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Maximize your Business Potential with GoGrid & IBM DB2 Database & Cloud Solutions – Webinar

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 by

A majority of applications running on the web require data and databases. In fact, I’d say 99% of websites are controlled by data-driven applications. And new types of data are being created each and every second from social interaction, transaction, and geolocation data, for example.

With a variety of data management, warehousing, and analysis options available, how do you know which one to choose? Are you working mainly with unstructured data? If so, then a Big Data solution might be what you need. Big Data is relatively new, however, and might not be the best fit for your company. There are plenty of other options, one of these being IBM DB2.

GoGrid and IBM have teamed up to offer a quick and easy way to deploy an IBM DB2 database solution in the cloud. If you’re an IBM Independent Software Vendor (ISV), you can deploy a pre-configured DB2 server and have it up and running on the GoGrid cloud in literally minutes.

So, why would you and other ISVs want to go this route? For starters, you’d get:

  • Faster time-to-market with your DB2 offering
  • Easy and quick proof-of-concepts (POCs) or demoing of your DB2 solution
  • Consolidated cloud infrastructure and DB2 licensing invoices

To help you get started, IBM and GoGrid recently recorded a webinar that explains the benefits of using DB2 as your database solution. If your customers are application developers needing databases to power their application or you, as an ISV, want to provide a solution for your clients to demo—and potentially convert this demo or POC into a full-fledged offering—this webinar is for you.

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How to Install LAMP, Webmin & ConfigServer Security & Firewall on a CentOS 6.0 GoGrid Cloud Server

Thursday, July 19th, 2012 by

Let me preface this post by saying, I am NOT a Linux guru. In fact, I consider myself to be a newbie when it comes to the intricacies of Linux. I probably know enough to be dangerous, at least dangerous to the server. So, I’m writing this post with the following disclaimer: Don’t ask me for any details on the “why” or how to do what I’m outlining below differently. But since I figured that lots of you are like me, I wanted to share.

Since I’m a Linux newbie, you’ll probably understand why I wanted to write this post though. I’m not a command line junkie—GUIs are much more my thing. But when it comes to running a server that is speedy and high performance with low overhead (e.g., doing away with GUIs), you’re probably looking at various Linux distros. What I wanted to do was set up a basic Linux system running a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) stack that also had a web-interface and some added security controls.

The great thing about doing this type of experimentation in the cloud is that I can create essentially a Dev & Test environment where I can spin up a server in minutes, install software, configure it, and test everything out. Then if it doesn’t work the way I want it to, I can tear it down and start again from scratch. The cloud lets you do this quickly, easily, and inexpensively.

In this tutorial, you can basically have the entire configuration up and running in the GoGrid cloud in less than an hour and only spend about $0.25 to test this out (assumes a 2 GB server running for 1 hour at $0.12/GB RAM/hr.)

Here’s what we’re using:

  • CentOS 6.0 (64-bit) – with 2 GB RAM
  • Webmin – web-based interface for sysadmins for UNIX that lets users set up user accounts, Apache, DNS, file sharing, and a whole lot more
  • ConfigServer Firewall & Security (CFS) – a Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall, login/intrusion detection, and security application for Linux servers

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Create a Basho Riak Cluster on GoGrid

Monday, July 9th, 2012 by

Basho is a GoGrid partner and responsible for the open-source Riak project. If you are not familiar with Riak, it is a well regarded open-source distributed database. It was built off of the Dynamo concept so it is often compared to Cassandra and Amazon Dynamo DB.

Riak is used as a fast, fault-tolerant distributed database. Companies like Mozilla use it for storing and analyzing beta testing results. Mozilla needed a solution to help improve the user experience and that would allow them to store large amounts of data very quickly. Another example of a company using Riak is Bump which uses Riak to scale and manage massive amounts of data sent between it’s millions of users. Riak is used to store elements of past user conversations so that communication history is readily accessible to users.

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Basho Riak version 1.1.4 is now available as a GoGrid Community Server Image (CGSI). You can find it when you launch a virtual machine and search for “Riak”. This image is available in all our data centers. This CGSI contains the open source version so support is only available via the community site and will not have all the features present in the Enterprise version. However, you can use this image to either run a proof of concept (POC) of Riak to see if it will meet your needs or to run a small cluster. These will run on GoGrid’s high performance VMs which have been shown to have significant performance advantages over other cloud implementations.

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Why is GoGrid faster?

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