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Business Intelligence in the Cloud – GoGrid CEO John Keagy Speaks at JasperWorld 2012

Monday, September 24th, 2012 by

This week, GoGrid partner, Jaspersoft kicks off JasperWorld 2012 in San Francisco, CA. If you are in the area and are interested in Business Intelligence (BI), learning how to manage and digest large quantities of customer and business data, and how to leverage JasperSoft as your data analytics platform in the cloud, you definitely should consider attending JasperWorld.

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Jaspersoft provides the most flexible and widely deployed open source BI platform in the world, enabling better decision-making through web-based reporting and analysis.

Speaker & Panel Info

GoGrid CEO and founder, John Keagy is a panelist at one of the sessions at JasperWorld. Information on the panel is below (as well as on Jaspersoft.com)

Title: BI Building in the Cloud
Track: Panel Session – Cyrill Magnin I, II, III (Level 4) – Parc 55 Wyndham
Date: 9/25/12
Time: 11:30am – 12:10pm (Pacific)
Moderator: Edd Dumbill
Speakers: Jan Aleman, John Keagy, Roger Sippl, Issac Roth
Abstract: SaaS applications have grown significantly, fueled by the efficiencies of a Cloud-based deployment. The next generation of applications are not only being deployed in the Cloud, they’re being built in the Cloud. Jaspersoft is bringing together respected industry leaders to discuss how BI is being built into applications for the Cloud and in the Cloud. Join us to hear how these development environments are enabling a new breed of data-driven applications in the Cloud.

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How To Optimize Cloud Server Workloads to Maximize Efficiency

Monday, September 24th, 2012 by

If you’re familiar with cloud infrastructure and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), you probably understand the substantial benefits that come along with deploying infrastructure in the public cloud: things like “utility billing and on-demand availability,” “elastic benefits that let you scale resources up and down based on demand,” and “the ability to rapidly move and redeploy workloads as needed.” This flexibility is why we originally brought GoGrid’s hourly pay-as-you-go Cloud Servers to market. They’re perfect for specific cases like these:

  • Periodic workloads that only run for a few hours, days, or weeks during a given billing cycle
  • Short-term, project-based workloads where term commitments aren’t desirable
  • Short-term spikes in workload where demand is erratic and being able to scale resources up and down quickly are desirable
  • Development and test workloads that require rapid iteration and redeployment of resources
  • Proof of concept workloads where instant access to resources and the ability to quickly change technology are key

Customers with steady-state and long-term workloads don’t always need this hourly flexibility, however. And that’s why GoGrid has developed prepaid monthly, semiannual, and annual Cloud Server products. Prepaid Cloud Servers are less flexible, but they do offer significant cost savings in exchange for the term commitment. The shortest prepaid term GoGrid offers is a monthly prepaid Cloud Server and the longest term is an annual prepaid Cloud Server.

If you run a constant workload during a given month, a prepaid term server is probably a better solution than an hourly server. Again, the tradeoff here is flexibility. Prepaid servers are ideal for:

  • Steady-state workloads where demand is constant
  • Workloads that tend to grow rather than contract
  • Production applications where you can plan for demand in advance

For example, imagine you run an eCommerce website. You know you always need three servers to run your operations throughout the year. During the holiday season, however, you know demand is likely to spike. Your deployment of annual servers going into the holiday would look something like this:

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GoGrid a Great Hosting Choice for Bloggers – Says Blogging.org

Thursday, September 20th, 2012 by

This week, Blogging.org posted an article and infographic (we LOVE infographics) related to hosting and blogging – “Top 25 Hosting Companies for Bloggers.” Over the past month, the Blogging.org staff has been surveying over 5600 bloggers to help define what hosting providers are best for hosting a blog.

We are pleased to announce that out of the thousands of hosting provider choices out there, GoGrid was in the Top 25 and of those 25, among only a handful of cloud infrastructure providers.

It’s important when selecting a provider to host your blog to consider the type of hosting you will use as there can be a variety of differences to support your WordPress, Drupal, TypePad or other blogging platform. Having tried a variety of these options, I recommend going a more “dedicated” route via cloud or physical servers where you get guaranteed performance, in fact, my personal WordPress blog is hosted on GoGrid.

Hosting a blog on GoGrid is easy. From pricing to control, we believe it is important to have understandable pricing, straight-forward deployment and no-nonsense management so that you can focus on your most important objective, creating content for your blog. You can deploy a GoGrid cloud server in minutes starting at $18 a month and this is for a cloud server dedicated to you.

Also, we have a Community GSI (GoGrid Server Image) that is preconfigured for WordPress. As a GoGrid user, simply search for “WordPress” from the GoGrid Management Portal, and you will see the image. Use this image to deploy a cloud server in literally minutes.

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