Archive for February, 2013

 

How To Create a Distributed, Reliable, & Fault-Tolerant GoGrid Dynamic Load Balancer

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 by

As Rupert Tagnipes outlined in his article “High Availability with Dynamic Load Balancers,” crafting a fault-tolerant, reliable website is critical to a company’s online success. There’s nothing worse than going to a website to do a transaction only to have it either be slow to respond or have an interaction time out. By setting up a load balancer in front of transactional web or application servers, companies can ensure their web presence is resilient, responsive, and gets information to their customers reliably.

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GoGrid launched with a free load-balancing service in 2008. This year, we introduced our next-generation cloud load-balancing service on GoGrid. Embracing the software-defined networking (SDN) mantra, we created our load-balancing service to embrace the key characteristics of cloud computing: on-demand, usage-based, and distributed. I encourage you to read more about our Dynamic Load-Balancing service in Rupert’s article.

Although understanding why load balancing is critical to success is important, knowing how to create a new GoGrid Dynamic Load Balancer is equally important. This How-To article will guide you quickly and easily down that path.

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As always, I like to boil the process down to 3 easy steps. In the case of the Dynamic Load Balancer creation process, these steps are:

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Personal cloud computing driven by apps, data

Monday, February 25th, 2013 by

The way people acquire and use computing resources is rapidly changing. In the past, individuals would use personal computers, or PCs, for virtually every task, as the devices enabled nearly anytime access to sensitive or important digital assets. Today’s world is much different, however, especially since the dawn of the smartphone and tablet, making the computing endpoint market much more diverse. Now instead of using a PC, people have turned to cloud computing.

The personal cloud model is gaining momentum outside the workplace because of its ability to provide seamless connectivity between information and computing devices, regardless of make, model or platform type, according to a report by Gartner. As consumers continue to leverage a multitude of smartphones, tablets and other gadgets, they will demand an independent environment separate from any particular endpoint.

Personal cloud computing driven by apps, data

Personal cloud computing driven by apps, data

“Cognizant computing evolves the connected device and personal cloud service into an activity of seamless and frictionless integration connected to sensor-driven ‘invisible’ devices that are optimized for a particular set of functions,” said Michael Gartenberg, research director at Gartner. “This data and information can then be tied to other services across larger ecosystems, platforms and operating systems.”

The natural evolution of computing
Cloud infrastructure and cognizant environments represent the next natural step in computing​’s transformation into a more reliable and convenient service, Gartner noted. Rather than solely being driven by the proliferation of smartphones, tablets and other devices, computing’s future relies on the ongoing use of applications that can be accessed via multiple mediums.

Analysts said this increased use of advanced software has made solutions aware of their surroundings, providing users with more relevant information in a timely manner. This evolution is especially important as it makes its way into the business world, helping companies capture, analyze and leverage data effectively. Because software is now ubiquitous and not reliant on a particular device, individuals don’t have to make a long-term commitment to a single platform.

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Companies becoming more confident in cloud benefits

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 by

Although businesses around the world are leveraging cloud computing more frequently now than in the past, decision-makers are still relatively unfamiliar with the technology and are more likely to make important choices based on instinct rather than understanding. Still, executives are trying to get better acquainted with the cloud because they know the hosted services will play a crucial role in the development of the overall private sector in the years to come.

A recent survey by The Open Group highlighted this occurrence, noting that more than 92 percent of IT professionals said they have already implemented the cloud and are using it for business purposes or are researching how the technology can improve operations. This is a slight increase from 2011 and represents a shift in the private sector.

Companies becoming more confident in cloud benefits

Companies becoming more confident in cloud benefits

Yet not all companies deploy the same cloud models because each has unique needs that may be met more easily by one service than another. The Open Group revealed that nearly 30 percent of respondents were using the private cloud in 2011 while another 17 percent adopted public offerings. In 2012, these rates increased to nearly 60 percent and more than 25 percent, respectively, suggesting that decision-makers around the world have become more trusting of the cloud.

What are the perks of using the cloud?
The study found that approximately 83 percent of IT professionals believe the cloud will have a significant impact on at least one business process in the coming years. This is because using the cloud provides firms with a number of advantages.

In fact, The Open Group revealed that improving cost savings, business agility and resource optimization were the top three reasons for deploying the cloud. Other important drivers behind implementing the hosted technology included enhancing business continuity efforts, eliminating obstacles to support innovation and boosting the quality of overall IT support.

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Cloud supports mobility better than legacy infrastructure

Thursday, February 14th, 2013 by

Although there are still some advocates for legacy enterprise computing technologies, decision-makers need to understand the global IT transformations that are contributing to change. In many cases, traditional infrastructure solutions simply cannot keep up with the fast-paced demands of today’s businesses, especially as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and other mobile strategies become more incorporated into everyday operations.

A recent CIO report highlighted how using cloud infrastructure services is the only effective way to manage a company’s use of the “three Ms” – mobile, media and marketing. Because the public cloud is highly flexible, scalable and cost-efficient, decision-makers can migrate the three Ms to the hosted environment without worrying about connectivity, availability or wasting precious time and resources.

Cloud supports mobility better than legacy infrastructure

Cloud supports mobility better than legacy infrastructure

If executives fail to grasp the importance of using the cloud in today’s business world, they will have trouble keeping their business up to date and relevant with the ongoing transformations in the private sector, CIO noted. Mobility in particular will play a crucial role in the development of the enterprise, as individuals will continue to demand the use of smartphones, tablets and other devices in the workplace.

Understanding the mobile landscape
Legacy applications were developed with a particular set of operating systems in mind because executives were able to predict the tool’s usage and population. Today’s applications are much different because decision-makers cannot accurately forecast when and how any given mobile device will be used or what software will be leveraged outside the office, CIO reported.

Furthermore, mobile apps are developed with a wide range of endpoints in mind. This means the software needs to be capable of supporting a bigger combination of interfaces. When solutions are created and used in the cloud, they are much more open than traditional applications, allowing them to be accessed by more devices.

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How To Scale Your GoGrid Infrastructure

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 by

Scalability is one of the biggest benefits of cloud computing. Compared to traditional physical servers, cloud servers offer dynamic elasticity that allows businesses to scale “up” or “out” based on load or demand. Scaling “out” means adding more servers to your infrastructure and scaling “up” means adding resources (like RAM) to an existing cloud server.

Adding more cloud servers to your GoGrid infrastructure is easy, as is creating a GoGrid Server Image (GSI). Just a quick refresher: you would use a GSI to deploy copies of a particular server configuration or setup—this is horizontal scalability: create a GoGrid cloud server, save an image of it, and deploy copies of that server.

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But let’s say that you want a particular server to have a little more power. One of the best “upgrades” you can make to any computer or server is to add more RAM. Running applications consumes RAM (as does the underlying operating system). Giving that server more RAM will make it run even more efficiently.

So, how do you add more RAM to an existing GoGrid Cloud Server? Just like the 3-step processes before (Create a GoGrid Cloud Server – Select. Configure. Deploy. & Create a GoGrid Server Image – Select. Save. Share.), this process is equally easy:

1. Select
2. Configure
3. Scale

Before we walk through this process, it’s important to remember that RAM scaling only works on “hourly” GoGrid Cloud Servers. If your server is on a monthly, semi-annual, or annual plan, you won’t be able to scale your server. In that case, you’ll want to create a GSI of an existing server and then deploy a new hourly server based on that GSI. If you do have an hourly cloud server, the process is easy. (more…) «How To Scale Your GoGrid Infrastructure»