For those of you who are not currently GoGrid customers, I thought that it might be good to provide our latest GoGrid Newsletter online. Moving forward, I will be doing this every time the newsletter comes out. First, a little heads up. The current $50 Free GoGrid Trial will be expiring soon, so if you haven’t tried GoGrid out yet, I encourage you to do so…NOW! Simply visit this page to get started.
Below is the GoGrid newsletter (v1.9):
I want to reach out and give you an update on the software projects currently in-flight and their associated release dates. Our software engineers are working hard preparing some exciting new features and services and I wanted to keep you appraised of our progress. Some of the new features are exciting because they will help you better manage and scale your GoGrid cloud infrastructure. Here are some important highlights:
- New release date for MyGSI (My GoGrid Server Image)
- Enhancements to server deployments via the portal (8 GB RAM and faster server deployment time)
- Ubuntu support
- Prepaid pricing plans that can save you cash
- AppZero partnership that allows you to easily move Windows apps to and from the GoGrid cloud
- Lost password reset
The new myGSI release is coming soon. While initially targeted at the beginning of July, we wanted to ensure that the code was of the highest quality. Consequently, we have slightly moved the date a bit later so as to provide a solid product update. The release is targeted for the last week of July – about 6 weeks from now. An earlier release is possible and will be determined in the next couple weeks as our Technical Product Team polishes out final details. You can look forward to an exact release date in the next newsletter.
If you’re not familiar with MyGSI, it allows you to:
- Deploy a sandbox instance
- Upload an application and configure it to your exact specification
- Use scripts we provide to bundle and save the instance to Cloud Storage
- Use the MyGSI as a “golden master”
- Deploy the MyGSI to servers with any allotment of RAM, which is great for rapid horizontal and vertical scaling
- Maintain a library of MyGSIs
More information on myGSI’s can be found on the GoGrid blog:
GoGrid Blog: Personal Server Images
If you have questions regarding MyGSI, please contact your Service Team or me directly: mario AT gogrid.com. If you do not know how to contact your service team, please submit a support ticket requesting your account team’s contact details.
8 GB RAM Deployments via the UI & Faster Server Deployments
In early July, 8 GB RAM servers will be deployable via the GoGrid Customer Portal; currently, 8 GB RAM servers can only be deployed via the API.
Our engineers have completed a refactor of the server “add” process, dramatically increasing server deployments. Linux servers now deploy in sub 2 minutes and Windows servers sub 5 minutes. If you are constantly adding and deleting servers, you will see a big improvement in server deployment times. Both new features rollout in early July.
The tentative release date for Ubuntu is mid-to-late August. You can expect an update after the MyGSI release.
Prepaid Pricing Plans That Can Save You Cash
I just finished reading through all of the survey comments earlier this week (yes, we actually read your comments) and was surprised by the many “high prices” comments. If you are on the pay-as-you-go plan, I can see why you would think our pricing is high. If you use GoGrid more than 2 weeks per month then you need to be on a prepaid plan. Prepaid plans save you 30-50% on your monthly charges. With prepaid plans, you pay monthly for an allotment of Server RAM Hours, and in return, you get a much lower Server RAM Hour unit cost. For example, the Pay-as-you-Go unit cost is $0.19, whereas, the Enterprise Prepaid plan unit cost is $0.08. If you have questions, please contact your service team.
View prepaid plans: http://www.gogrid.com/pricing/plans.php.
Our new partner, AppZero, makes bundling and moving Windows applications to GoGrid easy. Their plan is to support Linux by the end of the year. Here are some common AppZero use cases:
- Move Windows apps to and from the GoGrid cloud
- ISVs can use AppZero to multi-tenant their apps
- Clone an existing server
- Extending disaster recovery to the cloud
There is a monthly charge to use AppZero. If you want more information, please contact your service team Account Manager, or contact AppZero directly:
201-377-0492 ext. 4246
sleduc AT appzero.com
Lost Password Reset and the Sun Error Page
Lost password reset is now available on the portal login page. This feature should have been released sooner, but simply slipped down the list as we focused our efforts on the core product. I’m sure there are other enhancements like this, but rest assured that over time you’ll see constant improvements.
Lastly, we’ve also replaced our portal framework technology, so that occasional Sun page error is finally gone for good. Plus, the portal now loads 40% faster. Broadband users should see a big improvement in load times.
As always, you can find more information on GoGrid at:
- GoGrid Product Site: http://www.gogrid.com
- GoGrid Blog: http://blog.gogrid.com
- GoGrid Wiki: http://wiki.gogrid.com
- GoGrid Forums: http://forums.gogrid.com
If you have any questions about the above features please feel free to email me at mario AT gogrid.com.
This email was sent from our VP of Products, Mario Olivarez.
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