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AWS Got You Down?

As I sit here sipping on a freshly brewed cup of Aricha Edido pour over from our friends at Commonplace Coffee, a large portion of the internet is on fire. To be more specific, initially the us-east-1 AWS region (and now others) are currently experiencing major issues that are causing outages across a multitude of websites and services. At ContainerShip, we utilize some AWS services, but we prescribe to our own cloud agnostic formula, hence my ability to sip a delicious coffee, when at previous jobs I would be sweating and risking a heart attack.

Topics: Cloud Computing Hosting IaaS Hybrid Cloud

New In Marketplace: IronFunctions Functions-as-a-Service in 11 Clouds

Today we added a new integration to the ContainerShip Cloud click to deploy marketplace, IronFunctions. IronFunctions is an open source project developed by iron.io that offers a FaaS (functions as a service) platform for developing and running AWS Lambda style micro applications.

Topics: Cloud Computing Docker Containers Serverless FaaS

Amazon Lightsail vs. DigitalOcean

On November 30th, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a new service called "Lightsail" which promises to deliver easy Virtual Private Servers (VPS) at predictable costs. 

AWS has been the leader in on-demand computing resources for a decade. They pioneered the space, and have by far the largest footprint when it comes to both customers, available regions, and revenue, which is on track to reach $13 Billion this year, according to a report by Business Insider. In the last 5 years however, DigitalOcean has had incredible success by selling to a different market, the individual developer. Making it easier to go from idea to deployment at a low cost, without navigating the confusing AWS control panel, while at the same time having access to an extremely active community. This move by Amazon appears to be a direct attack on DigitalOcean and the success they have had making cloud servers easier for hobbyists, developers, and small businesses to launch and manage. In this post we will dig in to both services and do a comparison on the available features, billing, pricing, and advantages of one over the other. I feel like we'll probably have to talk about what constitutes "VPS vs. Cloud" as well. We'll also dig in to how choosing a simple interface and manual server management now can hurt down the road as a project or business grows and your infrastructure needs to scale.

Topics: Cloud Computing Hosting Web Hosting

Dev Agencies: How To Maximize The Benefits Of Cloud Computing

While many development agencies have already embraced the cloud, dependence on existing IT infrastructure and legacy systems have resulted in most agencies having some sort of hybrid solution. This means that while some applications and servers are cloud-based, there are still local environments in use that need to integrate with newer infrastructure.

Topics: Cloud Computing

5 Ways Hybrid Cloud Computing Can Optimize Your Business

There is a lot of buzz around hybrid cloud computing – and with good reason. Touted as the cloud architecture of the future, the technology provides the best of public and private cloud options while addressing the limitations of both. As each business approaches the cloud with its own unique requirements and pain-points, hybrid cloud’s flexibility has become one of its key benefits. Below are just five examples of how hybrid cloud computing is helping optimize businesses of all scales and industries.

Topics: Cloud Computing

What Is Hybrid Cloud Computing?

As cloud computing goes from novelty to necessity, many companies are thinking about how to best leverage its performance-enhancing potential while stratifying their IT investments more wisely. A relative but popular newcomer on the scene is hybrid cloud computing; a way for businesses to integrate their on-premise, public and private infrastructure seamlessly.

Topics: Cloud Computing

Tips For Creating An Effective Hybrid Cloud Architecture

Cloud computing caused a fundamental change in how businesses build IT systems. It also changed the way IT teams interface with technology and the people who use it. Traditionally, if a business unit had a need for a new resource, IT would head down a series of reactive steps to get budget, find the right solution and, hopefully, implement a few months down the line.

Topics: Cloud Computing

The Ultimate Cloud Computing Stack For Startups

What startup companies need first and most of all is one thing: sell their product.

If the product is not yet ready to sell, the startup must set its goal to finish developing it, so they put it on the market to bring in positive cash flow. They need to get their core business rolling, and cash flowing into the company. All else is subsidiary.

Topics: Cloud Computing Paas Cloud Stack Startups

5 Cloud Based Tools That Will Make Your Life Easier

With cloud-based services continuing the exponential advances of Moore's Law (and applying it to more than just computer hardware), software development has to grow with similar speed to stay relevant. Although the market for software development and deployment has become more technical and competitive, the cloud provides many services to help development teams remove much of the busy-body work of running a business so they can focus on their core product: the software. 

Topics: Cloud Computing

Managing Rackspace: 5 Tips For Getting Started

If you're new to Rackspace, you probably already know it hasn't received as much attention as Amazon has in the growing list of top cloud hosting providers. Nevertheless, Rackspace has recently continued to grow in respect with IT professionals due to a better focus on customer service. Plus, they offer some specific cloud services others don't.

Topics: Cloud Computing