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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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GoGrid Captures “Gold” (Champion) Second Year in a Row in Info-Tech Vendor Cloud IaaS Landscape Report

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 by

Team GoGrid, for a second consecutive year, stands on the top of the podium after again being recognized as a “Champion” by Info-Tech Research Group. In the recently released Info-Tech report, “Vendor Landscape: Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service” —full version available here for download—GoGrid was listed among an elite set of cloud infrastructure providers that also includes Amazon, AT&T, HP, iland, Rackspace, and Terremark.

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Over several months, the analysts and researchers at Info-Tech evaluated numerous cloud infrastructure providers via surveys, pricing scenarios, reference clients, briefings, and product demos, and then scored each vendor in eight categories: Features, Usability, Affordability, Architecture, Viability, Strategy, Reach, and Channel. The first four categories were grouped as “Product Evaluation Criteria” and the second set of four as “Vendor Evaluation Criteria.” Each category was weighted slightly differently, as you can see below:

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After calculating scores based on the above 8 categories, each provider’s evaluated solution was then plotted on a 2×2 matrix broken into 4 “Zones” (as outlined in the “Methodology” section of the report):

  1. Champions: Both the product and the vendor receive scores that are above the average score for the evaluated group.
  2. Innovators: The product receives a score that is above the average score for the evaluated group, but the vendor receives a score that is below the average score for the evaluated group.
  3. Market Pillars: The product receives a score that is below the average score for the evaluated group, but the vendor receives a score that is above the average score for the evaluated group.
  4. Emerging Players: Both the product and the vendor receive scores that are below the average score for the evaluated group.

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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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Understanding the Differences in Private Clouds – A Video Explanation

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 by

When it comes to cloud computing, you have a variety of choices to make should you decide that you want the cloud powering your products and services. Do you go for a Cloud Application or traverse down the Cloud Pyramid to a Platform or Cloud Infrastructure service? Each layer represents different strengths and weaknesses in terms of control, breadth and depth of service and cost. Obviously, you should choose the solution that is both the most flexible and cost effective to suit your business or application needs. But sometimes the choices can simply be daunting. We are here to help – it’s important to choose a cloud partner and not simply a provider.

To add more complexity to the mix, there are now a few choices for Private Cloud deployments and implementations and yes, private clouds are hot right now. Why would you want a private cloud in the first place? Perhaps your organization deals with confidential data or needs to meet some compliance requirements. Or does your company have requirements the dictate limited or no public Internet access? Perhaps your corporation is looking to roll out cloud infrastructure for various divisions and needs to control cloud sprawl and renegade cloud “purchases?”

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To make things simple, there are really two choices for a private cloud: do-it-yourself in-house OR use a managed solution. There are some pretty clear differences between the two but instead of me listing them out, sit back and watch this 4 minute video to help explain the differences:

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