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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

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

The Future Of Private Cloud Hosting: Everything You Need To Know

Whether there will still be a need for dedicated private cloud hosting solutions in the not-too-distant future has been a debate that has steadily gained momentum in recent years. This is partly due to the fact that public cloud has grown in popularity as a cheaper option for businesses looking to expand their I&O capabilities.

Topics: Hosting

Google Cloud vs. AWS: What You Need To Know

There isn't any question that AWS (Amazon Web Services) has become one of the leading cloud providers, though you'll find many who find equal merit in Google Cloud. The comparisons are sometimes wide on features, yet it ultimately depends on what your business requirements are when faced with making a quick choice.

Topics: Cloud Computing Hosting

PaaS Hosting: How To Select A Provider

You'll find many "as a service" options from cloud providers, and some businesses enjoy using the cloud for one or more of these services. PaaS (or Platform as a Service) is popular for a good reason: It manages your applications and other infrastructure in the cloud to save money on physical hardware and time maintaining servers.  This allows developers to focus on development rather than environment configuration issues.

When you have a software development team, they can easily test their applications using a PaaS and promote code changes through environments easily.  A good PaaS effectivley solves the common 'bottleneck' issues developers face when trying to succesfully deploy applications.  Containerized apps will run regardless of the underlying hardware removing an operations team from the equation entirely.

Topics: Paas Hosting

What Is Container Hosting And Management?

Within your company's IT staff, you've perhaps been hearing some inside discussion asking "what is container hosting and management?" You'd probably like to have this question answered yourself since no doubt much of the talk about it relates to packing more computer workloads into one server.

Topics: Containership Hosting

Build Or Buy: 6 Key Things To Consider Before Building A Platform

For companies looking to deliver any aaS (as a Service) product, a PaaS (Platform as a Service) is necessary for creating, producing, and serving their product and customers. Many tech companies invest the time to create their own PaaS without considering the issues faced by anyone who is trying to build their own infrastructure and management systems just to create a software system. This is like trying to reinvent the wheel in order to build a better cart.

Topics: Paas Hosting Web Hosting Platform as a Service

What’s all this talk about Cloud/Container Native & Cloud First and how does it relate to DevOps?

In the last two years I’ve noticed a lot of posts, webinars, and meetup groupsdedicated to talking about building software that is “Cloud/Container Native” and I think it’s great that more focus is being put on the topic. With containers and orchestration being all the rage, it’s important to discuss the developer side of the DevOps contract, and how to build software that will function properly in a more automated world. That is what building cloud native software is all about. Taking steps during development to ensure that applications are being architected in a way that will enable things like logging, metrics, scaling, and more to snap in to place. It’s exciting that as an industry and a craft, we are moving in a direction that makes life easier for everyone involved, but it was not always like this, and we still have a long way to go before every team can reach DevOps nirvana.

Topics: Cloud Computing DevOps Hosting Web Development

Bare Metal Cloud For Docker: Integrated with ContainerShip

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Topics: Docker Containership Hosting