Over the last two months we've upgraded both the software and hardware of the CloudVPS Object Store.
The CloudVPS Object Store is growing with milions of objects a week. Growth has increased exponentially since the introduction of our popular Backup to Object Store product. This meant that we had to increase the hardware quicker than expected. Over the last two months we increased the capacity of the object store by 400%. The rebalancing of objects resulting from this unfortunately decreased performance for a couple of weeks.
CloudVPS launches a long expected new piece of software, CloudVPS BOSS, or Backup to Object Store Script. This program allows you to backup Linux servers to our highly redundant and cheap CloudVPS Object Store, instead of to our backupservers.
This blog is written by CloudVPS developer Koert van der Veer, it was published earlier this month on his personal blog.
There are a ton of CMS systems for personal blogs. Wordpress is probably the most popular one, but there are many others. These CMSs tend to have an online admin panel, protected by a password. Creating a blog entry is usually pretty easy, although when you're a bit picky about the appearance of your post, you'll end up editing HTML.
While these systems are perfect for non-techsavvy users, they have one major weakness: both the software and the content need to be on the same server. This means that the software you use is exposed to the entire internet. Just google wordpress vulnerability to get a sense of the implications. Moreover, you'll need a server configured for some script language, usually PHP, which has both cost and performance implications. Lastly, if your blog gets slashdotted, there is often no good way to scale your blog, as there are many dynamic components.
If nice wysiwyg editing is not among your requirements, you could decide to switch to a static blog system. In this blog I'll be using the CloudVPS objectstore as a storage medium, but there are many alternatives for that, too.
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.
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.
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.
It would be convenient if you could manage your object store directly from your browser. Until now this has not been made easy by the different object stores in the market. If a private container in an OpenStack based object store is approached by a browser then an error message follows because the browser fails to identify itself. Amazon S3 shows a similar error message in this case.
We have now developed a solution that allows you to use your browser as an object store interface.
PW Webdevelopement's first project with the CloudVPS Object Store was a web application for the distribution and modification of price cards for airport shops in different international airports. PW Webdevelopment has been using an object store to store media files of their applications for a couple of years now.
Peter Wiggers, founder of PW Webdevelopment: "The biggest advantages of using an object store for the meda files are scalability and the high level of built-in redundancy. The extra security compared to maintaining a separate file server also plays its part.".
The media files related to this application were placed on Amazon S3 in the past. PW Webdevelopment recently decided to move their data to the CloudVPS Object Store, however.
As of today the CloudVPS Object Store is available. An object store can be used to easily store files in the cloud and make them available through an API or URL. This makes an object store ideal for images, movies, backups and many other types of files. The popularity of object stores is starting to grow rapidly now, especially with developers and parties that want to store large numbers of files.
Advantages of an object store:
You only pay for your usage of storage, traffic and the API.
Your data is stored three times within two datacenters.