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Newsletter: GoGrid Customer Update – October 2009

The GoGrid newsletter went out today. Unfortunately, if you are not already a GoGrid customer, you didn’t receive it…until now! There are a lot of exciting items covered here (a few of which you already know if you subscribe to this blog’s RSS feed including the Edit, Delete and Restore function of MyGSIs). If you aren’t already a GoGrid user, I recommend that you sign up (and here is a quick hint, if you want a $100 GoGrid credit on new account, contact a GoGrid Sales Rep and they can consult with you on your best options for the Cloud).

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Below is the entire GoGrid Newsletter (October 2009):

Hello Michael,

In this edition of the GoGrid newsletter I cover recent feature releases, planned features for the next release, and the end-of-life (EoL) of Server Images with preinstalled applications.  Here are the specific topics:

  1. MyGSI Enhancements: Edit, Delete, and Restore
  2. Revamped Billing Summary Widget
  3. Cloud Storage: Data Import via Postal Service
  4. Sneak Preview: Planned features for the next two releases slated for early and mid November:
    • Windows 2003 32 bit base operating system
    • Windows 2003 64 bit base operating system
    • RedHat Enterprise Linux 5.4 base operating system
    • CentOS 5.3 base operating system
    • New Monthly and Annual Pre-Paid Price Plans
    • Partner GSI
    • Ubuntu 9.04
  5. Server Images: EoL Image  List

MyGSI Enhancements: Edit, Delete, and Restore


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You can now edit, delete and restore GoGrid Server Images (MyGSIs).  Michael Sheehan, GoGrid Technology Evangelist, has provided an excellent screencast of the new functionality located at the GoGrid Blog.
Here is a quick snapshot of the enhancements:

  • Edit allows you to change the “Name” and “Description” of a MyGSI
  • Delete allows you to delete a MyGSI
  • Restore allows you to restore a MyGSI up to 24 hours after it was deleted

The enhancements are live and available in the GoGrid portal and API.

Revamped Billing Summary Widget


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The Billing Summary Widget has been revamped to make it clearer.  The widget includes 3 new sections:

  • Billing Cycle: displays your billing start and end date
  • Memory: displays RAM deployed and projected monthly Server RAM usage
  • Transfer: displays Transfer used and projected monthly usage

View Michael Sheehan’s screencast for complete details or read the documentation in the GoGrid wiki.
Cloud Storage: Data Import via Postal Service


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If you have a large set of data that you want added to your Cloud Storage account, and you don’t want to upload it via the internet, simply ship us a physical hard drive(s) with the data and we will upload it for you.  There is a one-time fee of $99.99/per device and you are not billed for the data transfer from the hard drive to Cloud Storage.  Read Michael Sheehan’s blog post for more details about this service.

Sneak Preview: Planned Features for the Next 2 Releases


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The next two releases are scheduled for early and mid November 2009 and include:

  • Windows Server 2003 32 and 64bit base operating systems with no preinstalled applications
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 5.4 32 and 64-bit base operating system with no preinstalled applications
  • CentOS 5.3 32 and 64-bit base operating system with no preinstalled applications
  • New Monthly and Annual Server RAM Hour and Transfer prepaid pricing plans:
    • We are revamping all Pre-Paid plans.  Server RAM Hour pricing will start as low as $0.05/Server RAM Hour.  Annual Pre-Paid pricing plans are available today.  With Annual Pre-Pay plans, pay annually and receive 2 FREE months of service, which is a savings of 17%.  Speak to your account manager for more details.
  • Partner GSI:
    • We are working with several Partners to make their Partner GSI images available to all users through the GoGrid portal.  A Partner GSI is a customized GoGrid Server Image that comes preloaded and configured with a partner’s software.  Some Partner GSIs have a monthly fee.  Expect detailed information on Partner GSIs in the next GoGrid Newsletter. To learn more about our partner programs and explore partnering with GoGrid to release your own Partner GSI please visit the partner page: http://www.gogrid.com/partners/index.php or contact Kole Hicks, GoGrid Product Manager, at Kole AT gogrid.com.
  • Ubuntu 9.04 64-bit base operating system

Please expect more details on all these new features in the October newsletter, which will be sent out in late October.

Image Templates: End-of life list


The below images will be end-of-life on 11/03/2009; moving forward our focus is on the root OS (of course you can add software installations as you see fit).  If you want to continue to use the images below, please create a MyGSI and save it to your Cloud Storage.  We will continue to support all current Windows and Linux base operating systems.

  • Windows 2003 IIS (32 bit)
  • Windows 2003 IIS (64 bit)
  • 32-bit Windows Server 2003 IIS6 / MSSQL Server 2005 Express / ASP.NET
  • 32-bit Windows Server 2003 R2 MSSQL 2005 Express
  • 32-bit Windows Server 2008 IIS7 / PHP / MSSQL 2005 Express
  • 32-bit Windows Server 2008 IIS7 / PHP / ASP.NET / MSSQL 2005 Express
  • 32-bit Windows Server 2008 IIS7 / PHP / MySQL
  • 32-bit Windows Server 2008 Apache / PHP / MSSQL 2005 Express
  • 32-bit Windows Server 2008 IIS7+FastCGI(PHP)+MSSQL 2005 Express
  • 64-bit Windows Server 2003 R2 IIS6 / MSSQL Server 2005 Express / ASP.NET
  • 64-bit Windows Server 2003 R2 MSSQL 2005 Express
  • 32-bit Windows Server 2008 IIS7
  • 32-bit Windows Server 2008 IIS7 / MS SQL Server 2005 Express
  • 32-bit Windows Server 2008 IIS7 / MS SQL Server 2005 Express / ASP.NET
  • 64-bit Windows Server 2008 IIS7
  • 64-bit Windows Server 2008 IIS7 / MS SQL Server 2005 Express
  • 64-bit Windows Server 2008 IIS7 / MS SQL Server 2005 Express / ASP.NET
  • 64-bit CentOS 5.1 Apache 2.2
  • 64-bit CentOS 5.1 Apache 2.2+PHP 5.1
  • 64-bit CentOS 5.1 LAMP
  • 64-bit CentOS 5.1 MySQL 5
  • 64-bit CentOS 5.1 PostgreSQL 8.1
  • 64-bit RHEL 5.1 Apache 2.2
  • 64-bit RHEL 5.1 Apache 2.2+PHP 5.1
  • 64-bit RHEL 5.1 LAMP
  • 64-bit RHEL 5.1 MySQL 5
  • 64-bit RHEL 5.1 PostgreSQL 8.1

Become a Fan of GoGrid on the Facebook Fan page!


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If you have pictures of your hundreds of GoGrid servers or photos from an event where you saw GoGrid in action or met with some of our employees, we encourage you to post them to the Fan Page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/GoGrid/12731148364

As always, you can find more information about GoGrid at:

GoGrid Product Site – http://www.gogrid.com
GoGrid Blog – http://blog.gogrid.com
GoGrid Wiki – http://wiki.gogrid.com
GoGrid Forums – http://forums.gogrid.com

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me directly.
Mario AT gogrid.com

Thank you,
Mario

This email newsletter was sent out by our VP of Products, Mario Olivarez.

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