Posts Tagged ‘server’


Santa “Cloud” or How Cloud Computing Saved Christmas

Monday, December 15th, 2008 by

santa-cloud Okay, let’s face it. I know at least one Enterprise organization that has migrated their traditional infrastructure to one based on Cloud Computing. That would be The North Pole. Their CEO is none other than Santa Claus (Saint Nicolas, Kris Kringle & Father Christmas are some of the other aliases he goes by). He runs an incredibly efficient organization with Mrs. Claus as CFO and the Head Elf as CIO. They have a very predictable business cycle, which includes global, year-round information gathering and management that catalogs the “naughty” and “nice” people world-wide coupled with a robust transportation and distribution system active only one day annually. How is this all accomplished so efficiently year after year?

I recently spent some time with Santa and had the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his organization. Below is a transcript of our discussion:

Me: Hello Mr. Claus.

Santa: Ho ho, please call me Kris.

Me: Ok Kris. Thanks for spending some time with me today and granting me some insight into your traditionally “closed” organization.

Santa: But of course. Transparency seems to be quite important nowadays. Obviously I can’t disclose all of my secrets; that would take away my magic!

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Trending Various Computing Terms – “Clouds” are getting Congested

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008 by

I spent some time analyzing search trends of different computing keywords to try to put everything in perspective. Google trends is a nice too that gives insight into broad search patterns.


We all know that the term “Cloud Computing” is relatively new to the Technology buzz. But just how new is it? For starters, I ran a quick comparison of “Cloud Computing,” “Grid Computing” and “Utility Computing”.


The term Grid Computing has been around for a while (even before Google Trends tracking shows it). But as you can see from the graphic above, it is trending downwards. Utility Computing has pretty much remained below the radar in comparison. But, the newcomer Cloud Computing, which made its full entrance into this trend analysis around 2007 is rapidly gaining momentum. 2008 seems to be a pivotal time where it surpassed Grid Computing (and continues to grow).

Cloud computing is relatively new as a server hosting term. People are starting to loosely associate it with traditional hosted server solutions. So to put this all in perspective as well as add some other “hot” keywords in to the mix, I trended the following:

  • Cloud computing
  • Grid computing
  • Dedicated server
  • Colocation
  • Virtualization

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New Feature: “IP Suggest” Makes Finding an Unused Public IP Address Easy!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 by

Yesterday we rolled out a new feature for GoGrid that should make the creation of Servers and Load Balancers even easier and faster. We call it “IP Suggest” and it is extremely easy to use. As you are creating a new Server or Load Balancer and you come to the IP Address field, just start typing in the beginning digits of your IP addresses. The network “widget” shows you a list of all of your Public IP addresses, used or unused.


For the Application/Web/Database servers, only the UNUSED IP addresses are presented within the IP address field.


The Load Balancer acts a bit differently. For the Virtual IP field, only the UNUSED IP addresses are displayed, however on the Real IPs field (these would be the IP addresses of the application/web/database server where you want the Load Balancer to direct traffic), ALL IP addresses are displayed.

LB_virtualIP_unused LB_realIPs_suggest

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New Server Templates added to GoGrid (Part 1)

Thursday, April 10th, 2008 by

As part of our regular updates to GoGrid code and functionality, we have released several new Web/Application and Database Sever Templates to GoGrid. This is part of a two set release with the next round coming tomorrow. (More information on the second set of templates in a subsequent blog post.)


One of the great features of GoGrid is the ability to instantly create new servers based on precompiled and tested templates. Our goal is to provide a significant number of templates to match many different development needs and do so in a timely manner.

Yesterday, we released the following templates:

Web/Application Servers:

  • CentOS 4.5 (32-bit) with LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) stack
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (32-bit) with LAMP stack
  • Windows 2003 Server (32-bit) with IIS, ASP.NET and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express

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Squashing Virtualization Bugs – The Dogbert Way

Friday, February 15th, 2008 by

The Dilbert cartoon continues its virtualization theme and the topic is a new “creative” way to ensure that you don’t have any bugs!


Obviously the GoGrid team doesn’t subscribe to this methodology, only to the cartoon.