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New Larger RAM Instances Now Available on GoGrid

February 17th, 2009 by - 9,549 views

GoGrid_win2k8_4GB_ram Last week, we quietly released some new larger GoGrid Cloud server instances. Today we are making that announcement a bit louder. What does this mean to you? Well, your GoGrid cloudcenter just got a bit broader and more powerful. For a year now, we have been offering 0.5, 1 and 2 Gigabyte RAM options in both Windows and Linux, now we have 4 and 8 GB RAM instances available. These larger instances, available on all 64-bit operating systems, allow for new types of higher-end environments to be spun up using all of the characteristics of Cloud Computing.

The lower size RAM instances (0.5, 1 & 2 GB) are perfect for a web front-end, where either Apache or IIS are running. For extremely high-performance and high I/O instances, we have been offering Cloud Connect as a way to create a dedicated hybrid infrastructure where Cloud Web Servers running on GoGrid can be linked via private dedicated network connections to dedicated and managed servers within the ServePath network.

With the new 4 and 8 GB RAM options, you can now set up a infrastructure with a robust set of high-performance application servers within the Cloud. These types of high RAM instances are perfect for users who want to take advantage of the increased RAM, CPU cores and persistent storage, especially when used in conjunction with specific applications (e.g., Microsoft SQL server or other Enterprise applications) that require more larger amounts of resources like RAM or CPU.

The 4 GB RAM server images can be deployed via the GoGrid web portal and API. The 8 GB RAM server images currently may only be deployed via the GoGrid API. I recommend reading the API section of the GoGrid wiki in order to fully understand how to deploy 8 GB RAM instances.

The 4 and 8 GB RAM images, available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1, CentOS 5.1, and Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 64-bit operating systems bring a new level of performance to the GoGrid line. 4 GB Cloud Servers have 3 CPU Cores and 8 GB have 6 CPU Cores, ensuring dedicated CPU allocations and high performance.

All GoGrid Cloud Servers come with persistent storage. The new larger RAM allocations announced today, are delivered with increased persistent storage: 4 GB Cloud Servers have 240 GB of hard drive space and 8 GB have 480 GB of storage allocated at boot time. Additional storage can be added using GoGrid’s dynamically scalable Cloud Storage offering which includes a 10 GB free allotment to start with. Each 1 GB thereafter costs $0.15/GB/month.

Our current breakdown of GoGrid Cloud Servers and associated RAM/CPU/Persistent Storage is as follows:

Server RAM CPU Cores Core Burst Persistent Storage
512 MB 1/8 1 30 GB
1 GB 1/4 1 60 GB
2 GB 1/2 1 120 GB
4 GB 3 3 240 GB
8 GB 6 6 480 GB

Further information on the new 4 and 8 GB RAM GoGrid Cloud Servers can be found on the GoGrid site. Server Release Information on these new images can be found on the GoGrid wiki. We have also posted a Server Compatibility Matrix that graphically shows what server instances are available with the associated RAM allocations.

If you are a Windows user, we ask that you please our Release and Errata pages as there are some known issues specific to 8 GB Windows Servers which may require a workaround and that they should be aware of before using 8 GB GoGrid Servers with Windows.

Our full Press Release on this information can be viewed here as well as on the GoGrid site.

As always, please leave any questions or comments here on this blog post, or open a Support case via the GoGrid portal should you need technical assistance.

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Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan, formerly the Technology Evangelist for GoGrid, is a recognized technology, social media, and cloud computing pundit and blogger who writes regularly about technology news and trends.

8 Responses to “New Larger RAM Instances Now Available on GoGrid”

  1. Joshua Moore says:

    This is fantastic news. Keep up the great work. With the 8GB instances you are one step closer to providing a real solution for high transaction databases.

  2. Thanks for the comment Joshua. In addition to these higher RAM instances, we also offer something unique to the Cloud Computing marketplace called Cloud Connect which enables you to set up a secure, private, dedicated network connection to a physical managed, dedicated server with our parent company ServePath. So, if you do have a high I/O or transaction-heavy environment that requires a dedicated DB server (complete with managed services), you should definitely take a look at Cloud Connect: http://www.gogrid.com/how-it-works/cloud-connect…. /> Please let us know if you have any questions.

  3. Joshua Moore says:

    Michael thanks for pointing out the possibility of using a dedicated server through ServPath. While that definitely addresses the issue of dedicated I/O it also falls back to a "non-cloud" solution. Ultimately you loose the ability to scale (quickly, in either direction) by doing this. That said, it's nice to have an option to address the issue even if there is a caveat.

    Also, you mentioned that it would be "complete with managed services". Are there any plans for offering managed services for cloud servers? With 2-3 instances in a cloud, management isn't a nightmare but that changes quickly when you get into deployments with a dozen or more instances.

    Again, keep up the great work. I am really excited by what GoGrid is doing and can't wait to see what's next!

  4. randybias says:

    There will be some solutions for allowing cloud-like scalability with dedicated servers in the future. That should take care of most downsides to this. On-demand, pay-as-you-go, etc.

    With regards to managed services we have a number of partners who provide this expertise and are well versed in building robust cloud architectures. Recommend you check with your sales folks for recommendations.

  5. Jeremy Mercer says:

    One of the GoGrid hooks is free hardware loadbalancing, but the catch is you only get 3 loadbalancers – and you need a separate loadblancer for HTTP and SSL traffic. So if your site uses SSL, you need to use two of the 3 available load balancers to get your site running. We're hitting this limit as we'd like to have a second test/spare/backup domain setup that parallels the configuration of our main site for testing and development (and as a backup). It would be great if you bumped the 3 loadbalancer limit to 4 to allow for this.

    • Hi Jeremy,One thing that you might want to consider is to set up a completely separate development and/or test environment and truly isolate your production from those. Many companies find that by setting up mirrored environments, they are better able to mimic real-world scenarios within these isolated environments. While that does mean that you have to get additional SSL certs, it may be worth your while considering that as an option.I will be sure to mention your concern about the 3 Load Balancer limit to our Product team.Thanks, Michael

      • Jeremy Mercer says:

        Yes, we are setting up an isolated test environment. All the resources it uses are completely separate from our main environment. "Out of the box" GoGrid gives us 10 ip addresses, so we can easily setup say 4 machines for our main environment and 2 for a test environment. The one scarce resource is load balancers. A limit of 3 seems arbitrarily low, given the other cloud resources available.

        Or are you suggesting we sign up for a completely separate GoGrid account just to get more load balancers for a test environment?

        • Yes, that is what I’m saying, new GoGrid account for development environment. You could, conceivably, set up a VPN tunnel between the two environments as well.

          Again, I will mention the 3 Load Balancer limit to our Product team.

          Thanks,
          Michael

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