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Details on the Recent Upgrades to GoGrid: East Coast Load Balancers, New Dedicated Server Images & 16 GB RAM Images

August 4th, 2010 by - 6,404 views

Right on the heels of the GoGrid 3.0 release, we needed to be sure that we didn’t slow our momentum down. To that end, this week we have released some new features to GoGrid which are important to highlight.

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We have 3 exciting features, specifically:

  • East Coast Load Balancers
  • New GoGrid Dedicated Server Images
  • 16 GB RAM on GoGrid Cloud Servers

East Coast Load Balancers

As we work towards obtaining full feature parity within a few months in our East Coast Datacenter launch, one of the first items that we enabled was that of Load Balancing. Just like in the West Coast Datacenter, Load Balancing on the East Coast remains FREE. With the rollout of Load Balancers in the East Coast, all GoGrid users now have the ability to deploy 6 total Load Balancers for free, 3 in each Datacenter.

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Remember though, you can only balance traffic within 1 particular datacenter. That is to say, you currently cannot use one load balancer to manage traffic across 2 datacenters. You must set up a load balancer within each datacenter to route traffic therein.

New GoGrid Dedicated Server Images

At GoGrid, we were the first to pioneer the term “Hybrid Hosting” which means that you can mix and match the best of breed infrastructure solutions within your GoGrid Cloud. You can choose to instantiate GoGrid Cloud Servers for elastic scalability as well as deploy GoGrid Dedicated Servers should you want PCI compliance or require a dedicated solution. You can use the Load Balancers to route traffic between Cloud and Dedicated servers as well as attach Cloud Storage to either Server type.

With this release, we added SIX new images to the GoGrid Dedicated Server list, bringing the total available Dedicated Server Images to 26. The new Dedicated Server Images are:

  • Ubuntu 10.04 (32-bit)
  • Ubuntu 10.04 (64-bit)
  • CentOS 5.5 (32-bit)
  • CentOS 5.5 (64-bit)
  • RHEL 5.5 (32-bit)
  • RHEL 5.5 (64-bit)

With this update, the list of available GoGrid Dedicated Servers now includes:

  • Linux
    • Fedora Core Linux 11 & 12 (32 & 64-bit)
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.8, 5.4 & 5.5 (32 & 64-bit)
    • CentOS Linux 4.8, 5.4 & 5.5 (32 & 64-bit)
    • Ubuntu Linux 8.04, 9.04 & 10.04 (32 & 64-bit)
    • Debian Linux 4.0 & 5.0 (32 & 64-bit)
  • Windows
    • Windows Server 2008 Standard (4 & 8 Core License)
    • Windows Server 2008 Standard with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard (4 & 8 Core License)
    • Windows Server 2008 Standard with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard (4 & 8 Core License)
    • Windows Server 2003 Enterprise (32 & 64-bit and 4 & 8 Core License)
    • Windows Server 2003 Enterprise (64-bit and 4 & 8 Core License) with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 & 2008 Standard (64-bit and 4 & 8 Core License)

The process for ordering a dedicated server has not changed. Simply click the ADD button within the GoGrid portal, and select Dedicated Server:

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Then choose the Configuration you would like:

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And then select the Operating System image you want on that GoGrid Dedicated Server (note: I have highlighted the new CentOS 5.5 options in the list):

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Once you save your GoGrid Dedicated Server configuration, it will be available for you within 2 business days.

16 GBs of RAM on GoGrid Cloud Servers

For those GoGrid users requiring more RAM, Cores and persistent hard drive space, we have now enabled the ability to provision GoGrid Cloud Servers with 16 GB RAM allocations.

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GoGrid Cloud Servers deployed with the 16 GBs of RAM configuration also have 960 GBs of persistent storage and either 8 or 16 cores depending on the Operating System (Windows and Linux respectively). 16 GB configurations are backwards compatible with MyGSIs and Partner GSIs. However, this configuration is only available for 64-bit Operating Systems.

There were also a series of bug fixes included with this release.

What other items would you like to see included in future releases of GoGrid? Leave a comment and let me know!

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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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