CloudVPS has been selected as a cloud provider by the United Nations. After successfully provisioning and hosting cloud servers for the web applications of UN-HABITAT and the UN Industrial Development Organisation CloudVPS also provisioned a cluster for the UN Environment Programme.
Speed up your website without extra cost
Starting today, CloudVPS offers lightning fast international distribution of website content via a free Content Delivery Network (CDN). A content delivery network is a distribution network of fast servers that a spread out over multiple datacenters around the world. This means the CDN system can store static content like pictures at a location close by the visitor of a website. This content will subsequently be loaded extremely quickly when the page is requested.
Most often the largest part of a websites’ content is static so this can have an enormous effect on the response time of the page. CloudVPS offers its CDN together with international telecom Level 3, this means there are 93 locations across the world that can serve your content.
For 45 'stackers' Thursday January 23rd was all about open source cloud computing, during the second OpenStack Meetup Amsterdam, at Pakhuis De Zwijger in Amsterdam, hosted by CloudVPS.
The first OpenStack Meetup gathering had shown a bit of a wait-and-see attitude, because most of the visitors had not had much practical experience with OpenStack yet. In this second Meetup however, many participants already had a concept cluster operational, and some of them had even successfully completed a number of business cases. The Meetup was also joined by representatives from companies that are building ambitious OpenStack management solutions for the enterprise, like Mirantis, SUSE And RedHat.
php-opencloud is a popular libary to make it easy for PHP to communicate with OpenStack clouds. Our customers use it a lot to communicate with the CloudVPS Object Store.
Rackspace, an American provider, has originally developed php-openstack in-house and released it open source after the introduction of OpenStack. During this release it was made possible for php-opencloud to communicate with not-Rackspace based OpenStack clouds. A separate 'OpenStack module' was needed for this because the Rackspace cloud diverges in some important ways from a generic OpenStack solution.
The CloudVPS Object Store makes it easy to store static data (like pictures or documents) of a website. In this article we explain how you can easily link files stored in the object store to your website using Apache2.
The advantage of the CloudVPS Object Store is that the VPS itself does not need a lot of harddisk space. Within the object store there is a practically unlimited amount of storage available to store files. Your data is stored in multiple datacenters and you only pay for what you use. Files can easily be added to the object store using FTP thanks to our FTP To Object Store functionality.
The beta test for our new CloudVPS Compute platform has been ongoing for four weeks. We would like to take this opportunity to share some of our findings. First we would like to thank the beta testers for their participation and the tremendous amount of feedback we have received. At the moment we have 154 active beta testers that have reported 116 bugs and feature requests. 74 of these bugs and feature requests have been dealt with at this moment.
Besides the suggestions for improvements the general feedback has been extremely positive. The CloudVPS Compute Skyline interface and API are deemed to be extremely friendly compared to services like Amazon Web Services, while the performance is significantly higher.
CloudVPS has developed the first OpenStack based public cloud in the Netherlands. In April we launched the successful CloudVPS Object Store, our OpenStack based cloud storage platform. Now it is the turn of our virtual servers, called the 'Compute' function in OpenStack. With CloudVPS Compute our customers can easily create and manage large networks of virtual servers. In order to make management even easier, CloudVPS developed its own OpenStack interface called Skyline.
We are now beta testing the OpenStack platform and would like you to join us trying out the cloud platform of the future.
We have made it possible to use the CloudVPS Object Store with FTP and SFTP. This enables many backup programs to use the CloudVPS Object Store. The backup functionality of control panels and applications like the Wordpress, Magento and Joomla can now also use the object store. The object store can now also be utilised if you use FTP to share files. FTP to Object store works with FTP clients like Filezilla, GVFS, NCFTP, CyberDuck and WinSCP.
The advantage of using the CloudVPS Object Store for these applications is that data is automatically stored redundantly over two datacenters and customers only pay for the capacities actually used. In the case of file sharing, customers will not have to maintain a separate file server.
There is a big fight going on about who will provide the ‘operating system of the cloud’. Participants are a number of large names offering their own closed solutions, like Microsoft, VMware and Amazon. There seems to be a huge demand for an open source cloud platform and a number of projects are trying to fill this gap. According to recent research of the size en involvement of their respective communities, OpenStack is now clearly in the lead.
A guest blog by well known PHP programmer Stefan Koopmanschap. He has produced a case study building a simplified PHP version of Wetransfer on our object store. This case study was published in the September 2013 issue of the number one international PHP magazine PHParchitect. Because PHParchitect wanted to publish the case study we can not provide it on our blog at this point but Stefan did write this article about some of the thinking behind the case study. We hope Stefans' case study and this article inspires others to build the next WeTransfer on our privacy aware and open cloud storage platform.