Introduction to Partner Server Images
A few months ago, we introduced MyGSIs (personal server images) which allow users to create custom personal GSI (GoGrid Server Images) with all of their code, applications and data. These personal server images are then compressed and stored in GoGrid’s Cloud Storage for use later instantiating copies of those MyGSIs within a user’s GoGrid cloud. Building upon that framework, backend structure and concept, we have released Partner GSIs and the GoGrid Exchange.
A Partner GSI appears in the same list of servers or sandboxes available for deployment. GoGrid has a growing number of partners, each of which specialize in a variety of capabilities including internet security, backup, monitoring, web applications, compliance and application scaling. New partners are being added regularly so be sure to check the GoGrid Partner page for additions. Also, a new “microsite”, called the GoGrid Exchange, will be launching shortly where you can get detailed information about Partners and the images they are providing.
To use a Partner GSI, simply select it from the server list as you are creating a new GoGrid cloud server. Do note that some partners charge an additional amount for using their pre-packaged GSI. If you use a Partner GSI that has some sort of “token based billing” attached to it, you will receive a charge for the use of that server in your next billing statement. Also, even if you use a Partner GSI that has a billing token assigned to it for an hour (or more), you are charged the full amount associated with that image. There is no partial or fractional billing for Partner GSIs. Partner images will show a different “owner” (see the screenshot below).
GigaSpaces eXtreme Application Platform (XAP)
GigaSpaces (XAP) is now available as a PartnerGSI. This high-end application server is designed to meet the most demanding business requirements in a cost-effective manner and is the only product that provides a complete middleware solution on a single, scalable platform. XAP is trusted by Fortune 100 companies, which leverage it as a strategic solution that enhances efficiency and agility across the IT organization. Look for it in the GoGrid catalog. Below is a screenshot that shows the available GigaSpaces images currently available on GoGrid:
There is good documentation on the GigaSpaces’ wiki which goes through (in detail) the steps required to setting up XAP on GoGrid. It covers the Prerequisites, Components & Terminology, Running In-Memory Data Grids, Running Applications, a few Examples (running Java and .NET data), File Transfer Options, and Using WinSCP to transfer Files.
Also, for a limited time, users can try XAP on GoGrid for free (until 3/31/10).
For product information please visit: http://www.gigaspaces.com/xap
The GoGrid Exchange
The GoGrid Exchange is essentially a marketplace where Partners can host their GoGrid server images. If you are interested in becoming a GoGrid partner and have your Partner GSI in the GoGrid Exchange please contact:
- Business Development Manager, Paul Lancaster: plancaster AT gogrid.com
- Product Marketing Manager, Kole Hicks: kole AT gogrid.com
If you have a PaaS or SaaS offering and want to have it available within the GoGrid cloud, have a particular server configuration with specific application sets that can benefit the GoGrid user community and you would like to monetize your efforts, I recommend that you contact either Paul or Kole.
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