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Amazon is Amazing! (From the GoGrid CEO)

Monday, April 25th, 2011 by

This blog post is long overdue but the recent events that affected customers using Amazon Web Services sparked an increased priority in my mind. I have long been an advocate of Amazon’s amazing efforts driving cloud computing to fruition. And the current unfortunate events have not changed my attitude towards them. Amazon is amazing!

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Really amazing! And GoGrid is really thankful.

Thank goodness Werner Vogels keeps getting up on stage with incredible success stories. Werner’s slides featuring Amazon’s growth statistics are so awesome that I bet they make Al Gore jealous. And that isn’t a tongue-in-cheek quip because Al Gore gave birth to the Internet. This isn’t a tongue-in-cheek blog-post. This is a hearty high-five to Amazon from GoGrid. The convenient truth for GoGrid is that when Werner takes the stage, it feels like he’ll need a ladder to show us how incredible the adoption is of AWS.

Can you imagine a world without Amazon? The whole “cloud” revolution probably wouldn’t be happening. SalesForce had been doing their thing for about a decade but it wasn’t until Amazon Web Services geared up that the whole “cloud” thing started cranking.

  • No great brand-name company was going to bring cloud computing to market because they’ve been watching a bookstore eat their lunch now for years and they still haven’t done anything relevant. I’m talking about computing giants like IBM, HP, Dell, and Cisco or telecom service providers like AT&T and Verizon. Sun was gonna do something relevant about 2 years ago but Larry pulled the plug on that. Amazon has declared an entirely new style of computing that will define the future, and the big-names just seem to be watching. Wake up! What is going through your dino-minds? There is a new Sheriff in town. Do you still think that Amazon is just an attempt to sell excess bookstore infrastructure that they didn’t need at Christmas? Amazon-dot-com faced an incredible IT challenge and so they invented an entirely new style of massively multi-tenant, incredibly scalable, programmable, on-demand infrastructure. Smell the Java ©!
  • Countless technology start-ups would never have started. Amazon established an entirely new paradigm that has changed the game for entrepreneurs in several great ways. First of all, Amazon enables bunches of new businesses that simply couldn’t have existed even if they had the capital. The best examples of these are the companies that simply grew too fast to get their needs met without programmable and massively scalable on-demand infrastructure.
  • Amazon has done wonders for the psyche of entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs feel empowered. There is a new consensus that a company can be started for almost nothing whereas it used to feel like a start-up needed $10,000,000. Entrepreneurs are liberated because they know that they can scale their cost of goods sold with their revenues and that they don’t need any CapEx. Amazon is a bigger friend to tech start-ups than venture capital and has become a comparable engine for growth in our economy.
  • OpenStack wouldn’t exist. OpenStack was invented to compete with Amazon. RackSpace never would have purchased SliceHost and jumped into the cloud game. RackSpace wouldn’t have needed a “cloud” strategy ‘cause their core business was doing great.
  • And last but not least, people wouldn’t care so much about GoGrid. We’re proud to have pioneered cloud computing alongside Amazon, but if we had done it alone it might be comparable to a tree falling in the forest. We had load balanced cloud servers years before Amazon, and load balancing is core to elasticity which is a defining attribute of cloud computing, but not as many people would have noticed. We also were way ahead of Amazon with on-demand Windows servers, real VLANs, dedicated servers, Hosted Private Cloud and bunches of other things but you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog-post if it weren’t for Amazon. We take great pride in having a feature-set that our customers and industry analysts alike consider to be the most comparable to Amazon’s. We’re headquartered in San Francisco and quite good at R&D ourselves and we also are pushing the industry forward. GoGrid got into the game trying to solve a different problem than Amazon, we were trying to automate managed hosting, but we’ve both ended up in nearly the same wonderful place…the cloud!

So thank you Amazon! You’ve done the World a great service!

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GoGrid CEO, John Keagy, To Present at Cloud Expo Europe 2011

Monday, January 31st, 2011 by

John Keagy, CEO and founder of GoGrid, will be presenting at Cloud World Expo 2011 in London, England. Cloud Expo Europe is a cloud event that is dedicated to the “past, present and future of cloud computing, virtualization and open source.”

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The conference is being held on February 2-3, 2011 in the Barbican Exhibition Hall 1 in London, England. The 2-day event has 3 different speaking tracks: Business, Solution and Security & Storage track.

John will be presenting on Wednesday, February 3rd. Details on his presentation are as follows:

Date: February 3rd, 2011
Time: 12:00pm – 12:30pm GMT
Location: Barbican Exhibition Hall 1
Presentation Title: “What it Takes to build a Leading Public Cloud”
Topic Details:

Being a cutting-edge cloud provider has enabled GoGrid to learn the nuances of being a profitable public cloud provider while also passing on cost-savings to its customers. However, there are many cloud vendors who are struggling to survive while providing innovative solutions to their customers. What makes one company more successful than others? And how does this translate to cost-savings to the cloud consumer? Are vendors passing on efficiencies to their end-users so that they can capitalize on the benefits of moving entire infrastructures to the cloud? How are cloud providers innovating internally to invest in their cloud growth and adoption strategies?

NTT America Enables GoGrid to Meet Customer Growth Demands (Press Release)

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 by

As part of its global expansion roadmap, GoGrid today announced that NTT America will be providing increased capacity and bandwidth to GoGrid customer to meet increased customer demand. NTT is among several GoGrid bandwidth providers including: Above Net and Level 3. The NTT relationship will help bolster capacity for various overseas markets including Asia and Australia.

The full Press Release is below:

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NTT America Enables GoGrid to Meet Customer Growth Demands via NTT Communications Tier-1 Global IP Network

NTT Com network facilitates growth for GoGrid’s Cloud Computing product suite

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GoGrid Offers Hosted Private Cloud Built on Proven Public Cloud Technology (Press Release)

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 by

As mentioned within The Wall Street Journal yesterday, GoGrid has a new Cloud service offering, namely a Hosted Private Cloud for enterprises and corporations. GoGrid’s Hosted Private Cloud provides a private, secure and dedicated infrastructure environment with all of the benefits of cloud computing, leveraging the powerful technology and management layers of our public cloud, GoGrid.com. What sets it apart from other “Private Clouds” in the marketplace is that it is run and managed by GoGrid, effectively converting CapEx to OpEx and eliminating costly expenses typically associated with in-house data center build-outs and management. GoGrid Hosted Private Clouds are dedicated to single corporations and with all of the characteristics of cloud computing: self-service, on-demand, managed via a portal or API, and scalable.

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The GoGrid Hosted Private Cloud is:

  • Secure – delivering state-of-the-art security and protection within a non-shared environment
  • Private – a cloud environment dedicated to a single company with unmatched computing performance of our public cloud
  • Lower Cost – with no Capital Expenditure, the GoGrid Hosted Private Cloud is a pay-as-you-go Operating Expense

Read more about the GoGrid Hosted Private Cloud on our website.

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Press Release: GoGrid Placed in Visionaries “Magic Quadrant”

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 by

Today GoGrid announced that it has been positioned in Gartner’s Visionaries quadrant as outlined within the December 2010 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service and Web Hosting.

About the Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2010, by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Access to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant Report

For a limited time, the full Gartner Magic Quadrant study will be available on the GoGrid home page. Please look for the following graphic there and click through to register to download the full report:

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Press Release

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