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GoGrid Amsterdam Data Center Now Open – An Important Milestone for GoGrid & Me Personally

Monday, February 13th, 2012 by

Today is very important milestone for all of us here at GoGrid. While we have always considered ourselves an international company, with over 35% of our customers located outside the US, expanding to our first international location is an exciting step for GoGrid and marks the beginning of many great things to come. And today is that day that we are “throwing open the doors” of our new data center in Europe. I am extremely pleased to announce the general availability of our newest data center in Amsterdam, which represents the culmination of our team’s hard work and big dreams.

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Our Amsterdam data center is housed in a state-of-the-art Equinix facility which has proven to be a perfect fit for GoGrid. My team and I had a great time working with the Equinix team while we were getting things up and running. Particularly impressive is the Internet connectivity from our Amsterdam data center to the rest of Europe which makes this location the best choice for us.

When I wasn’t at the Equinix facility supervising the installation and rollout, I was also visiting our new European headquarters in Amstelveen. Just minutes from Amsterdam and our data center, Amstelveen is a prime location for GoGrid’s EMEA headquarters and is also home to major offices for companies like HP, Agilent, Cannon, and Ricoh.

While this expansion is clearly an important step for GoGrid, it is also an incredible personal accomplishment for me. When I started working at GoGrid seven years ago, I asked founder John Keagy if he could foresee an opportunity for eventual international expansion. His answer? Absolutely. You can imagine how amazing it was for me to take on the role of lead executive for this expansion and see our vision become a reality.

I’ve spent countless hours in data centers throughout my career, but being in our data center in Amsterdam in the middle of the night when we first flipped the switch to allow some initial beta customers test the environment out, and then seeing those green lights flashing away was an experience I’ll never forget.

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CloudLink Now Available to All GoGrid Customers

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 by

CloudLink, a dedicated, private connection between GoGrid data centers, is GoGrid’s newest product that comes with some exciting new features. After being in private beta for several months, is now available to all GoGrid customers via the GoGrid portal. Customers who purchase it will have the ability to link servers from our US-West-1 Data Center to our US-East-1 Data Center via a dedicated, secure and redundant line. Customers are now be able to easily connect their servers via the private network between our Data Centers.

How do I get it?

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The first step is to purchase the product. We have added a link within the GoGrid portal where you can click to order CloudLink. After clicking on the link, you will be presented with a form where you can select the desired bandwidth. It will take at least 2 business days to activate CloudLink on your account – once it is ready, you will get a message from GoGrid with a CloudLink welcome letter.

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How To Gain Early Access to GoGrid’s Amsterdam Cloud Infrastructure

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 by

As you may have seen, last week we announced the opening of GoGrid’s European Headquarters in Amsterdam. This is an exciting milestone for GoGrid since it means that GoGrid’s cloud infrastructure is now available in even more locations across the globe and with a European data center, sales and account support. Talk is cheap though, so we wanted to provide new and existing GoGrid customers the opportunity to gain “early access” to our European cloud so that it can be experienced first-hand.

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Whether you are new to GoGrid or an existing customer, we can grant you early access to the GoGrid Amsterdam data center easily. Choose one of the options below:

  • New GoGrid Users – Please visit the GoGrid signup page: https://securesignup.GoGrid.com and use promocode: AMSGG100. The promocode will grant you access to deploy infrastructure within the new Amsterdam data center as well as provide you with a $100 service credit.
  • Existing GoGrid Users – Please contact your GoGrid Account Representative about VIP early access and pricing.

Please note, for new users, the promo code can only be used between January 30th, 2012 and February 13th, 2012 and will last through February 29th, 2012 or when the $100 cap is reached, whichever comes first).

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GoGrid Cloud Survey Report – Operating Systems in the Cloud (Part 6)

Monday, August 1st, 2011 by

When most people hear the phrase “operating system in the cloud” they usually think of a really cool client-side, Web-based desktop like EyeOS or CloudMe or even Chromium OS. Perhaps that is the future of client operating systems, but when cloud infrastructure providers talk about operating systems, they are making reference to which OS your cloud infrastructure will run on. And, it’s not always limited to just one in many cases.

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At GoGrid, we provide a variety of operating systems including:

  • Windows Server
  • Ubuntu
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Debian
  • CentOS

Operating systems in the cloud are very important because they are what your applications and infrastructure are built upon. Whether you’re using the cloud to deploy test & development environments, act as your data center or run your company’s business critical applications, the operating system plays a vital role in cloud infrastructure.

Most IT professionals are pretty passionate about what operating system they prefer. For instance, search for “Windows vs. Linux” on Google – over 109 million results have some sort of opinion on the topic. But, since actions speak louder than words, we wanted to determine which operating system was used more by the IT industry.

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How Much Time and Money Could You Save with Cloud Computing?

Monday, June 13th, 2011 by

Managing your own infrastructure isn’t an easy thing. You have to spend hours, days or weeks planning your specific needs, deploying the right hardware for your use cases (which you also have to pay for), and hiring a team to manage the hardware and operations. Making those types of projections or even “predictions” is kind of like gazing into a crystal ball at times. But what if your infrastructure needs change? Your business is hopefully growing and your infrastructure needs to match your success. Well, as you grow, you have to run through that whole process all over again. You have to plan, deploy and manage; and each of these tasks has a significant cost, not only from a monetary standpoint, but also in terms of project management, human capital and your sanity as a whole.

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The main principle behind Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is to develop a simpler process to address your IT needs and ensure that it takes less time to plan, manage and deploy – saving you time and money in the end. The question isn’t, “Can cloud computing save you time or money?” because we all know the answer to that. Yes. Of course it can! The real question is, “How much time and money can you save with cloud computing?

In order to find that answer, you need to have a clear understanding of the benefits of cloud computing and where the real savings come into play. I go over this in great detail in my white paper, Skydiving Through The Clouds. Below are some of the ways companies benefit from transitioning to cloud based infrastructure.wp-small-skydiving

  • Economies of Scale – underutilization and misappropriated hardware become a thing of the past. The cloud enables compute, storage and RAM resources to be more efficiently managed, provisioned and scaled, all within a shared environment.
  • Cost Control – knowing exactly what you are using and how much that usage will cost you allows for a much stricter control over expenditures.
  • “Disposable IT” – companies have the ability to create, use and destroy infrastructure based on their business needs.
  • Burstable Workloads– scaling based on demand allows organizations to efficiently use infrastructure in a timely basis.
  • Avoiding Capital Expenditure – with cloud computing, infrastructure becomes an operating expense with no need to amortize hardware costs over time.

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