It’s been a great 1.5 years since we originally launched the GoGrid cloud back in March of 2008. We had several market firsts during that time including:
- Award-winning Graphical User Interface via any standard, modern web browser
- Windows Server 2003 in the Cloud
- Windows Server 2008 in the Cloud
- API under a Creative Commons Share Alike license to help drive standards in the Cloud
- $100 credits during the beta period
- Hybrid Cloud/Dedicated Server Networks via Cloud Connect
- Microsoft SQL Server Express, Workgroup & Standard as GoGrid images
Out of Beta
During our beta period, we had several thousand customers instantiate a variety of infrastructures within the GoGrid cloud, ranging from simple 1 server implementations to complex hybrid multi-server, load-balance network infrastructures. We also have customers ranging from startups/bootstrappers to SMBs to Education to Government to Enterprise. It is truly astounding to see they different types of complex infrastructures or business solutions that people are coming up with using the GoGrid cloud.
So today, we officially announced that the core GoGrid infrastructure is out of beta. As a side note, we have always fully honored our Service Level Agreement (SLA) despite the fact that it explicitly says that it does not apply to anything under the “beta” tag. We believed it to be important to our customers to provide as much professional support and peace of mind as possible. We understand that not everybody is used to diving in head first into not only a IT technology shift (of cloud computing) but also putting faith in new products (like GoGrid or EC2 or any other cloud providers). However, the market has validated what we are doing as thought-leaders in cloud computing and we have been receiving great analyst coverage (Gartner Cool Vendor and “Visionary” Magic Quadrant placement).
Our “What’s New” page on the GoGrid site outlines a few of the key features and enhancements that were part of the catalyst for removing the beta label including:
- MyGSI – an easy and semi-automated process for creating, editing, deploying, and managing a repository of Golden Images. (Details on this blog post.)
- Faster Server Deployments – Linux deployments average < 2 minutes; Windows in < 5 minutes (depending on overall system load)
- 99.99% uptime achieved since the beginning of Q2 2009
We will be hosting 2 webinars to further introduce you to the new MyGSI feature.
Please register and bring your questions about MyGSI, GoGrid or Cloud Computing in general.
The following press release was issued today about GoGrid leaving beta.
GoGrid Officially Comes Out of Beta with Performance and Feature Enhancements
New features, infrastructure refinements and cloud computing thought-leadership propel GoGrid to new heights, leaving the “beta” tag far behind.
San Francisco, CA August 19, 2009—Today GoGrid, the Cloud Computing service from ServePath, officially announced that its core cloud computing infrastructure hosting product is out of beta. GoGrid version 2.0 was released on August 6th, 2009, which included the important MyGSI feature that gives users the ability to create personal server images for rapid server cloning or parking.
With over a year and a half of innovation, development and engineering refinements, coupled with thousands of live customers running both Windows and Linux server infrastructure, GoGrid is clearly a leader within the cloud infrastructure hosting marketplace. Recently positioned in the “visionary” quadrant by a leading analyst firm, GoGrid enables IT professionals to have an alternative to costly dedicated, colocated or private datacenters by hosting that infrastructure in the GoGrid cloud.
Some notable points of GoGrid 2.0 and GoGrid in general:
- Ability to create, save, store and deploy custom server images (MyGSIs) – NEW
- 99.99% uptime achieved since the start of Q2 2009 – NEW
- Dramatic reduction in server deployment times – NEW
- Award-winning management web portal – NEW UI enhancements
- Programmatic control using REST-like API under Creative Commons Share Alike license – UPDATED
- Windows Server 2008 & 2003 – UPDATED
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 & 5.1 – UPDATED
- CentOS Linux 4.4, 4.5 & 5.1 – UPDATED
- PHP 5, mySQL 5, PostgreSQL 8.1.1, Apache 2.2 – UPDATED
- IIS 6 & 7, ASP.NET – UPDATED
- Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express, Workgroup & Standard – UPDATED
- Persistent storage on all GoGrid Cloud Storage
- Cloud Storage with 10 GB free
- Free f5 load balancing
- Cloud Connect feature to privately link the GoGrid cloud to dedicated or colocated environments within ServePath for hybrid infrastructure
- Free, static, contiguous blocks of public IP addresses
- Public and private networking within GoGrid Cloud
- Free 24/7/365 support
“Coming out of beta is an important achievement for GoGrid,” said John Keagy, CEO and Co-Founder of GoGrid and ServePath. “This notable event further affirms our commitment to providing our customers with an enterprise-ready product, complete with the product and support infrastructure that our customers demand.”
GoGrid Version 2.0, complete with the new MyGSI functionality, is currently available to all GoGrid customers, and also includes a number of feature enhancements as well as improved server deployment speeds. Details of these and other new features in this important release can be found at the GoGrid’s What’s New page, the GoGrid blog, the GoGrid Wiki and GoGrid User Forums. For details or to sign up for GoGrid Cloud Hosting, please contact a Sales Representative at: www.GoGrid.com.
About GoGrid – http://www.GoGrid.com
GoGrid is a leading Cloud Infrastructure Hosting provider that delivers true “Control in the Cloud™”. GoGrid enables system administrators, developers, IT professionals and SaaS (Software as a Service) vendors to create, deploy, and control load balanced cloud servers and complex hosted virtual server networks with full root access and administrative server control. GoGrid server instances maintain the industry standard specifications with no requirement to learn and adapt to proprietary standards. Bringing up servers and server networks takes minutes via a unique web control panel or GoGrid’s award winning API. GoGrid delivers portal controlled servers for Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, SQL Server, and ASP.NET. GoGrid also hosts multiple open-source server operating systems including several Linux operating systems (Red Hat Enterprise and CentOS) and supports application environments like Ruby on Rails. Free f5 hardware load balancing and other features are included to give users the control of a familiar datacenter environment with the flexibility and immediate scalability of the cloud, a “cloudcenter.” GoGrid won LinuxWorld Expo’s 2008 Best of Show award.
About ServePath – http://www.servepath.com
ServePath, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, is the leading managed and dedicated hosted server provider, delivering custom solutions and managed services to businesses that require powerful Internet hosting platforms for their production environments. Thousands of companies worldwide look to ServePath for its reliability, customization, and speed. ServePath has a Keynote-rated A+ network and guarantees uptime with a 10,000% guaranteed™ Service Level Agreement. The employee-owned company has been in business for nine years and operates its own San Francisco data center and is SAS70 Type II certified. ServePath uniquely delivers server infrastructures optimized for complex databases with cloud front-ends and application servers with Cloud Connect.
The full press release is also available online.
We have many exciting new features and enhancements coming. Unfortunately I can’t go into the details because it would spoil the surprise! But stay tuned, subscribe to our blog feed, follow us on Twitter and become a fan of the new GoGrid Facebook Fan Page!
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