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From the Archives: GoGrid’s Vision of Cloud Computing circa 2007

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 by

At GoGrid, we’ve been living and breathing cloud computing since well before we launched our Public Cloud in April 2008. The idea of combining automation, virtualization, utility-based billing, scalability, and ease of use was always at the core of our Public Cloud offering. This was the vision of CEO and Founder, John Keagy, many years before we actually released our Public Cloud to the masses. We had different product names for the evolution of what we now call “the GoGrid cloud,” including UtilityServe and Grid Series.

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The essence of UtilityServe was captured back in 2006 by VMblog.com (Virtualization Technology News and Information):

“UtilityServe is the first hosting service to enable customers to use a browser to easily build, deploy, manage and scale Web applications on demand, and pay only for the computing resources they need. By eliminating the traditional IT resource and cost barriers associated with owning and maintaining hardware infrastructure, UtilityServe enables customers to focus on providing applications and growing their businesses.”

As Keagy stated in the article:

“The dedicated server industry provided order-of-magnitude improvements in server computing, but utility computing is the Holy Grail,” said Keagy. “Grid computing has been a great theory, and we’re wonderfully excited to finally make it a reality with UtilityServe.”

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GoGrid Proactively Responds to Xen Vulnerability

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 by

GoGrid regularly reviews, analyzes, and ranks recently published security vulnerabilities as part of its security program. We typically address security vulnerabilities that pose a risk to GoGrid’s digital ecosystem during our regular patch cycle. However, critical security vulnerabilities require immediate action. Such was the case with last week’s security advisory that impacted software such as Xen, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and some versions of Microsoft Windows. You can find specifics of the security advisory here: http://lists.xen.org/archives/html/xen-announce/2012-06/.

vaultThe vulnerability meant a system admin running a 64-bit paravirtualized (PV) guest (such as Windows 2008 R2 or a Linux 64-bit distribution) on a 64-bit hypervisor could gain kernel-level access by successfully exploiting Intel’s SYSRET design implementation. This vulnerability isn’t unique to Xen or even to virtualized environments. In fact, any guest user—that is, someone with non-administrator privileges—with logical access to a stand-alone server running NetBSD, FreeBSD, Microsoft Windows 7, or Windows 2008 R2 can perform a similar exploit against the OS and gain unauthorized access.

GoGrid’s Security team determined that the vulnerability exposed our customers to an attacker potentially gaining access to their virtualized systems. Even more important, GoGrid’s Security team determined the vulnerability was a prime target for a “zero-day exploit”—one that could occur on the same day the vulnerability becomes generally known.

As a result, we took immediate action: We downloaded and tested the patch, engaged on of our outside security firm partners to gain intelligence on how the Black Hat community perceived the vulnerability, scheduled an emergency patch rollout over the weekend, and deployed the security patch across all impacted systems.

On June 18, 2012, GoGrid Security team confirmed that an exploit had been published and is now circulating on the Internet.

We appreciate your understanding and support in allowing us to continue providing you with a safe, secure, and stable environment.

Winning & Socializing with Big Data & The Cloud – GoGrid Sponsors 10th Int’l Cloud Expo

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 by

Next week in New York City, cloud aficionados and Big Data proponents from around the world will convene on the 10th International Cloud Computing Expo in Javits Convention Center in New York City. From June 11 – 14th, conference attendees will be introduced to new advancements in cloud computing, learn how they can optimize their businesses using the cloud and understand how Big Data and Cloud Computing work hand-in-hand to help produce compelling new services and offerings analyzing and hosting the zetabytes of new data being collected from the social and enterprise web.

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GoGrid has been a long-time sponsor of the SYS-CON Cloud Expo conferences, especially the one in Silicon Valley which is just a short drive from our corporate headquarters in San Francisco, CA. We are excited to be able to meet face-to-face with many of our constituents on the East Coast as Silicon Alley continues to produce new and exciting startups and compelling new businesses.

Get a Free VIP Expo Pass

Not yet attending or a last minute planner? We have you covered! You can be our guest at the Cloud Expo by simply completing this online form. As you register, in the Priority Code, just enter gogridVIPgold which will change the price of admission from $2000 to $0.

What’s In Store for You & GoGrid at the Expo?

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