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Newsletter: GoGrid Customer Update – March 2010

March 11th, 2010 by - 5,635 views

With the March 2010 GoGrid newsletter, we welcome and introduce a new name to our communications, that of Maria Gallegos who has joined us as a Product Marketing Coordinator for GoGrid. Maria comes from a marketing background (from financial services to non-profits) and will be producing the GoGrid newsletter as well as managing other customer experience programs. One of her first tasks has been the March 2010 Customer Update Newsletter.

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For those who are not current GoGrid users, we provide the full newsletter on our blog, just so that you can see what you are missing out on! If any of the items that are mentioned here interest you, or if you want to get started on GoGrid right away (remember, we provide a full range of hosted infrastructure solutions ranging from Cloud Servers to Dedicated Servers to Cloud Storage, all within a Load Balanced network), I encourage you to speak with a GoGrid Sales Representative. They can provide you with answers to many of your infrastructure hosting questions. Just tell them that I sent you!

Here is the full March 2010 GoGrid Customer Update newsletter:

Hello,

As 2010 continues to progress, so does GoGrid. From system enhancements to new partners, you’ll find this edition of the newsletter full of information to better help you manage your cloud hosting infrastructure. Specific topics include:

  1. New Features and System Enhancements
  2. New Windows Minimum RAM Limits
  3. New Partners GSIs
  4. GoGrid and Microsoft WebsiteSpark Event
  5. Other News

New Features and System Enhancements



Coming April 1, 2010

GoGrid will offer two new hardware firewall services. The firewall services are great for ensuring your hosted servers are free from malicious threats. Plus, you can manage security for your GoGrid VLAN from a single device. The hardware firewall services are delivered via a custom hybrid network and require a GoGrid Prepaid Data Transfer Plan.
Here are the available options:
Option 1: Fortinet Firewall
Pricing

  • $99.99/month
  • Free setup
  • Requires a monthly data transfer plan

Included features

  • 100 Mbps throughput
  • 100,000 concurrent sessions
  • Includes one VPN (SSL, site-to-site, or IPSec)

Option 2: Cisco ASA Firewall
Pricing

  • $349.99/mo
  • Free setup
  • Requires a monthly transfer plan

Included features

  • Robust site-to-site and remote access IPSec VPN connectivity
  • Multi-Vector Attack protection
  • Layer 2 transparent firewall capability

To learn more about GoGrid firewall services, please contact your GoGrid account manager or call the GoGrid sales line 1-877-946-4743.

System Enhancements

On Thursday, March 25, we will release updated Windows Server 2003 and 2008 base operating system images. The new images will appear in the image selection widget located in the GoGrid portal and include the following enhancements:

  • Updating the images with the latest (as of Feb. 2010) MS Windows Update HotFixes

New Windows Minimum RAM Limits


On March 25, we will implement new minimum RAM limits for all Windows Server 2003 and 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server operating systems.
Here are the new minimum RAM limits:

  • Windows Server 2003 – 1 GB minimum
  • Windows Server 2008 – 2 GB minimum
  • Microsoft SQL Server – 2 GB minimum

We are implementing these minimum RAM limits (based on Microsoft recommendations) in order to address server performance issues caused when Windows virtual servers are deployed without sufficient RAM. Existing virtual servers will not be affected by the new minimum RAM limits – the new RAM limits apply only to new server deployments.

New Partner GSIs


The GoGrid Exchange allows our partners to offer their services to the GoGrid community. This month we have rolled out 3 new partners. The new partners offer services that should allow you to better manage, control and secure your GoGrid infrastructure. Here are the new partner details:

EVault Off Site Backups

This is a cost-effective off site backup and recovery service for businesses that are hosting critical data in the GoGrid cloud. Look for EVault SaaS in the image selection widget located in the GoGrid portal.
For price details, please contact your GoGrid account manager or visit the GoGrid Exchange for EVault service details.

art of defence: hyperguard® SaaS

Protect your web and cloud applications against known and unknown attacks at the application layer (such as SQL injection, cross site scripting or more general OWASP Top10) with art of defence’s firewall (dWAF), hyperguard.
Pricing: $39/month
Access hyperguard SaaS by simply using the image selection widget locate in the GoGrid portal.
More details on art of defence is on the GoGrid Exchange.

Gear6

Delivers higher memory efficiency and is the only Memcached service that can leverage cloud-based storage to increase cache depth by several orders of magnitude. Free and paid images are now available in the GoGrid portal.
Find out more about Gear6 on the GoGrid Exchange.

Upcoming Webinar: Learn about the pros and cons of implementing Memcached in a cloud environment, the basics and best practices of implementation and leveraging free and commercial Memcached GoGrid offerings.

Title : Memcached: Making the Cloud Scalable for Web 2.0 presented by Gear6 and GoGrid
Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PD
Reserve your webinar seat now at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/511484563

To get started with any of our featured PartnerGSIs or to learn more, visit the GoGrid Exchange or contact your GoGrid account manager.

GoGrid and Microsoft WebsiteSpark Event


Win with GoGrid and Microsoft WebsiteSpark

Learn about this outstanding business opportunity that can save your startup or small business literally thousands of dollars in licensing and hosting costs.

Date : Tuesday, March 30, 2010 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM PST
Location: Microsoft – Silicon Valley, Mountain View, CA
Click here to register: http://websitespark-gogrid-01.eventbrite.com/?ref=ecount
For more information about using GoGrid as your WebsiteSpark Hosting Partner visit: http://www.gogrid.com/microsoft_websitespark/

Cloud Connect 2010 Expo

GoGrid will be an exhibitor at the Cloud Connect Expo. Explore the benefits and opportunities of cloud computing, learn how to develop successful business models and build relationships and get in-depth technical information on cloud development.
Date: March 15th – 18th
Location: Santa Clara Convention Center
For a Free Expo Pass or to save 40% on the price of a Conference Pass, use priority code: CNJPCC01 when registering at: http://www.cloudconnectevent.com

Other News


Watch the GoGrid New Feature Release Webinar

We recently hosted a webinar featuring recent updates to GoGrid. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, you can still view the video at GoGrid Feature Release Webinar.

GoGrid is HIRING!

We currently have over 10 open positions in Engineering, Sales, Marketing, Operations, Sales, Services and Administration. See: http://www.gogrid.com/company/careers.php for more details.

As always, you can find more information about 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 please feel free to contact me directly at Maria[AT]GoGrid.com.

Thank you,
Maria Gallegos

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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.

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