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GoGrid Partners, Cloudkick, Tap In Systems & RightScale, Put To The Test Managing Various Clouds Including GoGrid

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 by

Network World this week published a comprehensive review of 3 GoGrid Partners titled “First-ever test of public cloud management wares” and how their services can be used to monitor and manage Public Cloud resources including GoGrid. In the article, Thomas Henderson and Brendan Allen put RightScale, Tap In Systems and Cloudkick through some fairly rigorous testing to show the strengths (and weaknesses) of each Cloud Management vendor.

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Source: NetworkWorld.com

The point of the article is pretty clear to me. We (and Cloud Infrastructure providers Rackspace and Amazon) have been providing Cloud Infrastructure for several years now with 100,000′s combined customers actively using our respective clouds. Obviously, depending on the provider, this process can be quick and easy or a bit more involved. But once you have your infrastructure deployed in the Cloud, how do you monitor and manage it effectively? The authors take this challenge of deploying, managing and taking down jobs hosted in the cloud and discuss their findings within the article.

Summing it all up in a quote:

blockquote_2 Our findings in this test are that RightScale impressed us most with its overall control and deep understanding of specific cloud vendors like Amazon. Tap In Systems has more breadth in terms of different clouds that can be used, it’s just not as easy to use. And we liked Cloudkick for its simplicity and ease of use.

My opinion of these three Cloud Management vendors is that each have various specialties and are better at one function than another. Also, each vendor handles integration and control of specific Public Clouds in different ways. Be sure that you conduct some due diligence when choosing one as well as when selecting a cloud for them to manage. Regardless, I do recommend that you give the article a read as it provides some pretty good insight into these three vendors and how their products works with the 3 leading cloud infrastructure providers out there. (more…) «GoGrid Partners, Cloudkick, Tap In Systems & RightScale, Put To The Test Managing Various Clouds Including GoGrid»

Press Round-up Covering GoGrid API Launch

Friday, July 18th, 2008 by

Yesterday we officially launched the new GoGrid API and I wanted to pass on a few notable mentions that recently appeared in the blogosphere. This release was a fairly significant event for us as well as for users of Cloud Computing because for the first time, users now have a choice of using either a slick and intuitive web-based interface or an Application Programming Interface (API), depending on their needs.

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Technology writer, Mark Gibbs, who has been closely following GoGrid’s progress over the past few months writes:

“The GoGrid API is remarkable because of its depth – through a REST-style interface it provides access to everything that the GoGrid platform can do including configuring components, starting and stopping services, and retrieving status information as well as real time usage and billing data. “

He continues by discussing some possible options for hooking the GoGrid API into a Microsoft Visio COM object or C# to use Visio to diagram and control the service architecture. He extends this idea to incorporate the use of Business Objects’ Xcelsius to potentially create comprehensive GoGrid dashboards.

(more…) «Press Round-up Covering GoGrid API Launch»

NetworkWorld Review of GoGrid

Monday, June 2nd, 2008 by

networkworldlogoNetworkWorld today ran a review of GoGrid in their Web Applications Alert newsletter. Mark Gibbs, consultant, author, journalist, columnist and blogger, provides a candid analysis of GoGrid’s current offering in the review titled “Cloud Computing for the Middle Market.” However, it’s his sub-title provides the best summary: “With GoGrid you can provision a server in less than five minutes,” a fact that he experienced first hand.

For several months now, I have been touting the strengths of GoGrid through articles, blog responses, social networks and other media channels. Gibbs echoes many of GoGrid’s strengths (and a few weaknesses even) in his careful analysis. Some highlights:

“A new entrant in this market is GoGrid, currently in its Public Beta phase. I’ve tested the service and what GoGrid claims is true – you can provision a server in less than five minutes. A few minutes more and you can have more servers as well as load balancers and databases.”

Later Gibbs continues:

“GoGrid is very easy to expand and contract as needed and there’s a choice of operating systems to use (Windows as well as several Linux distros with different services configurations). Add to that 24/7 support and GoGrid is a very interesting platform for a variety of markets.”

It is Gibbs’ conclusion that contains the most resounding comment: (more…) «NetworkWorld Review of GoGrid»