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Press Release: “ServePath Named ‘Cool Vendor’ by Leading Analyst Firm”

Monday, April 27th, 2009 by

gartner_logo The following press release came out today about GoGrid’s parent company, ServePath, and discusses how Gartner has included ServePath as a “Cool Vendor” for development done under the GoGrid brand as related to Cloud Computing.

ServePath Named “Cool Vendor” by Leading Analyst Firm

Vendors selected for the “Cool Vendor report” are innovative, impactful and intriguing

San Francisco, CA April 27, 2009 — ServePath, LLC has been included in the list of “Cool Vendors” in the April 2009 “Cool Vendors in Cloud Computing Systems and Application Infrastructure, 2009” report by Gartner, Inc.

The “Cool Vendor” report by Gartner, Inc. showcases key findings and recommendations to consider when evaluating Cloud server infrastructure services and companies. As defined by Gartner, Cloud services are divided into two general categories: infrastructure and applications. ServePath’s Cloud Computing division, GoGrid, represents excellence within both cloud categories as is evidenced through the Gartner “Cool Vendor” selection of ServePath. The report is available on the Gartner website for a limited time.

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How To Set Up High Availability Web Applications in the Cloud using GoGrid

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 by

Web Applications like WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, SugarCRM and others are all the rage and have been for quite a while. The huge availability of Open Source applications, typically based on Linux, Apache, mySQL and PHP (LAMP stacks) that you can find in SourceForge or other repositories, makes the implementation of powerful web-based solutions a snap. Once you find the web application of your dreams, the next step is finding a hosting provider. There are many VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting providers that offer shared hosting at pennies on the dollar. But with those VPS solutions, you are left with exactly that, a “shared” environment. So, if someone else on your shared server is running bad scripts or code that sucks up resources on your server, you are affected with little or no recourse to resolve other than to complain, moan or move to a different provider.

So, as you grow (or as your service deteriorates due to the resource-sucking of others on your shared box), you are left with a decision of what to do next. Many people choose the most obvious upgrade path of leasing a dedicated server (e.g., at ServePath, we offer dedicated, managed hosting) or colocating (where you bring your own hardware and a hosting provider like Coloserve leases space, power, cooling, security and bandwidth). But now, you have another option that truly fits the model of delivering scalable web hosting…put in in the Cloud, with GoGrid, for example.

Recently I helped map out the implementation of a secure, redundant, load-balanced web application in the Cloud using GoGrid.

Original Setup

A client originally set up the following implementation of a WordPress blog on GoGrid:

GoGrid is Looking for FANTASTIC Case Studies!

Monday, March 23rd, 2009 by

If you are currently a GoGrid customer, I want to talk to you! As you know, the Cloud is all the hype with lots of vendors, analysts and industry experts expounding the virtues and benefits. (I’m one of those who keeps the grease in the marketing buzz machine rolling.) But I’m also an advocate, not only of Cloud Computing, but especially of those using GoGrid successfully.

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So, here is what I’m looking for…

  • Windows Developers – people using the “Windows-side” of GoGrid. That is to say, ASP.NET, Windows Server 2008 or 2003, Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008, IIS
  • Linux Developers – those implementing either Red Hat Enterprise Linux and/or CentOS
  • OpenSource Users – if anyone is developing rich applications using PHP, mySQL, PostgreSQL, Apache
  • Mixed Environments – of particular interest to me is those using combinations of the items above
  • Failover Scenarios – are you using GoGrid as a failover site? For redundancy?
  • Cloud Connect – have you created a hybrid hosting solution that you are particularly proud of, using a combination of Cloud and Dedicate hosting?
  • Twitter Development – since Twitter is all the rage, are you creating the next killer app to manage the Twittersphere?
  • Statistical Analysis – are you spinning up a series of high end GoGrid servers for a few hours to do number or other data crunching?
  • Web 2.0/3.0 Products – how are you AJAX-ing your applications using GoGrid for hosting? What great new mashup application have you created?
  • API Activity – are you using the GoGrid API in any particularly exciting way? How ARE you using the API?
  • Cloud Storage – how have you mixed in GoGrid’s Cloud Storage into your infrastructure? As a backup solution? To server data?
  • Digital Media Manipulation – are you using GoGrid to process large sets of digital media?
  • Database intensive products – have you implemented an architecture that utilizes a high-end DB either in the GoGrid Cloud or cloud-connected to a dedicated server?

So, what do you get out of it? I can definitely promise a few things:

  • Free PR and Marketing – tell us all about the product or service that you are proud of and we will write about it,  include in our newsletters and pass around various social networking sites
  • Web links – we will include your site in links on our sites and blogs
  • Potential presence at trade shows – if you are chosen as a showcase customer, we welcome you at our upcoming tradeshows
  • Potential participation in our Referral programs – please contact me for details
  • Other forms of “Thank you’s” – (wink)

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Podcast: GoGrid’s Telemachus Luu & Michael Sheehan and f5′s Peter Silva on Cloud Computing

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 by

f5_devcentralLast week I had the pleasure of joining Peter Silva (Technical Marketing Manager at f5) and Telemachus Luu (Director of Business Strategy at GoGrid/ServePath) in a podcast hosted by f5 on their DevCentral community site. The topic of the podcast was “Cloud Computing” (of course) but specifically how using f5 technology, ServePath and GoGrid were able to create a full spectrum of hosting solutions ranging from Dedicated and Managed Hosting (ServePath) and Colocation hosting(ColoServe), up and into the Clouds with GoGrid.

The podcast titled “Hosting in the Cloud with ServePath and F5” covers a variety of topics including:

  • ServePath’s product extension from managed hosting to cloud hosting with GoGrid
  • The “Cloud Pyramid” and distinctions within the various Cloud layers
  • Understanding the nuances within the Cloud Infrastructure layer: “Infrastructure Web Services” & “Cloudcenters”
  • How f5 was paramount in creating a Cloud Computing Infrastructure offering

I encourage you to listen to this 30 minute podcast (forgive the audio quality, we were in an empty conference room) which is available at the following locations:

  • On f5′s DevCentral site
  • As a downloadable MP3 file
  • Play from this site (click on the graphic below)

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GoGrid Whitepaper: “Scaling Your Internet Business”

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 by

Today we released a new Whitepaper written by Randy Bias, GoGrid’s VP of Technology Strategy titled “Scaling Your Internet Business.” If you are a Web Application Developer or interested in learning about scalability, specific to how it relates to Web Applications in or outside of the Cloud, I encourage you to give this whitepaper a read.

The whitepaper can be downloaded here from the GoGrid site.

Scalability is critical to the success of many organizations currently involved in doing business on the Web or who are providing information that may suddenly become heavily demanded. While there are many strategies that IT organizations can undertake, the way they are designed and implemented can make or break these businesses.

The GoGrid whitepaper discusses the following topics:

  • How web applications scale
  • Cloud Computing and scalability therein
  • Thinking through and choosing a scaling strategy
  • GoGrid & ServePath scalability options

Scalability can come in all shapes, sizes and flavors. You can scale “up” (vertically) or “out” (horizontally). Choosing the right option can be tricky, if not daunting. Depending on what you want your strategy to be, you can choose “cloud-only”, “dedicated/colocated-only” or a “hybrid” approach.

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