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SSD Hosting Isn’t Good Enough. We Built Something You Can Trust.

photo-mgt-reedFor almost 19 years I’ve believed that trust should be the foundation of every action we take here at ServInt. I originally set out to share my belief with small businesses by creating a different kind of hosting company — one that strives to find ways for small businesses to succeed and for entrepreneurs to realize their dreams. I wanted to let them focus on what they do, not on what we do.

Reliability, integrity, transparency, support, and expertise are cornerstones of building such a high level of trust, and these are values all of us at ServInt share. About a year ago I realized that I remained confident in why we do what we do, but despite all the breakthroughs in cloud technology I wasn’t confident in how we do it — not just as a company, but as an industry. Since that day ServInt has been working on a paradigm shift in web hosting, and today I’m proud to announce the result of our efforts.

We’re solving a problem that most people don’t even know exists. The most prolific example is someone with a new VPS or cloud service that complains of unreliable performance. They assume their provider sucks, or the industry sucks. It’s clearly not that customer’s fault and we all know it, but nobody knows what to do about it. Those types of situations make the whole industry look bad, and they should. This problem needed to be solved, and we are disrupting the industry by solving it. Nobody who cares about their business should buy a product they can’t trust, but there haven’t been cloud or VPS products they truly could trust without over-buying or over-engineering – until now. Read more

Stop Paying For Unused Resources in Cloud Hosting

If you’re not careful about how you purchase hosting “in the cloud,” you can end up paying a heavy price for the freedom of a scalable solution. ServInt’s Jelastic Java and PHP cloud service is different. It autoscales, allowing you to only pay for what you use. It also allows you to purchase cloud resources in bulk, to achieve maximum savings — and it allows you to set scaling resource maximums, to make sure you never bust your budget during a traffic surge. Here’s a video to show you how it all works:

Jelastic 1.9.2 Is Here, and It’s Awesome

jelasticServInt just rolled out a massive, free upgrade for all its Jelastic customers: version 1.9.2. This upgrade has a long list of new features that will make a great product even better, but here are just a few:

  1. Improved high availability of the Jelastic cloud. Jelastic has completely revamped its high availability/redundancy systems to make Jelastic more reliable than ever before.
  2. Firewalls for end users. Now, Jelastic automatically configures a firewall for each container you add to your Jelastic environment, defending your data against brute force or DDoS attacks, rootkits and botnets.
  3. A new Jelastic mobile app. Install the Jelastic Mobile App from the Apple Store and log in to your Jelastic account to trace and change the state of your environments and to keep track of your balance, right from your mobile device. Available for iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and iPad 2, 3, 4G.
  4. Ruby On Rails support. This product enhancement is currently in its beta test phase, so we are only activating it for customers who make a special request via the ServInt ticketing system. But if you’re a Ruby guy, we invite you to come in and kick the tires.

For more information on the new features of Jelastic 1.9.2, check out the press release.

If you’re a current Jelastic customer, you don’t have to do anything to enjoy these important enhancements. And if you’re not a Jelastic customer yet, click here to start your free two-week trial of Jelastic 1.9.2 today!

Netbeans to the Clouds

tech bench 2NetBeans IDE lets you quickly and easily develop Java desktop, mobile, and web applications, while also providing great tools for PHP developers. Now, with the Jelastic plugin for Netbeans IDE, you can develop, test and deploy your Java and PHP applications directly into the Jelastic cloud.

The Jelastic plugin for Netbeans is a set of software development tools that simplifies the process of application management and development in NetBeans IDE in the form of projects at the Jelastic platform.

The Jelastic plugin for Netbeans makes development of web applications on the Jelastic platform much more convenient, since developers can now log into Jelastic and deploy the app in the cloud right from NetBeans IDE.

185312906_2001d0c42d_oThe Jelastic plug-in for NetBeans IDE provides you with the following useful functions:

  1. Deploy NetBeans IDE projects to Jelastic
  2. Access and manage server log files
  3. Manage user environments
  4. Work with application contexts

To learn how to install and use the Jelastic plugin for Netbeans IDE, please refer to the following KnowledgeBase articles:

-Installing the Jelastic Plugin for Netbeans IDE
-Working With Jelastic Environments via Netbeans IDE

The Tech Bench is an ongoing blog series featuring the answers to common questions the ServInt MST fields everyday. You can find more great tech tips in the ServInt KnowledgeBase.
Photo by Martin Long

Magento in the Cloud

tech bench 2Editor’s note: A version of this post originally appeared on the Jelastic blog.

The online shopping industry is gaining popularity all over the world, and e-commerce sites are extremely popular. There are many options available online to build an e-commerce website, but Magento is considered to be one of the most robust, flexible and scalable open source e-commerce platforms on the market.

Magento also includes a wide range of tools to build and manage an online store. It is well known in the developer community for its use of object-oriented programming (OOP) and especially for its use of the EAV model. This allows Magento to be much more versatile than most e-commerce platforms at storing a large range of data.

Now, combine Magento with the the autoscaling of a cloud environment and you have a truly powerful e-commerce tool ready to scale to meet any traffic you generate.

Deploying your Magento  to ServInt’s Jelastic cloud is simple, and requires no special coding. Just follow these few simple steps below. Read more

Amazon Elastic Beanstalk Versus Jelastic

Elastic Beanstalk versus JelasticEditor’s note: A version of this post originally appeared on the Jelastic blog.

Jelastic is growing rapidly, and we are constantly asked how we differ from other Platform-as-a-Service cloud applications on the market. Today we’ll compare Jelastic to AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

What is AWS Elastic Beanstalk?

Amazon Web Service’s Elastic Beanstalk enables you to deploy and manage applications in the AWS cloud. You simply upload your application and Elastic Beanstalk automatically handles the deployment details of capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring.

What is Jelastic?

Jelastic offers a Java and PHP cloud hosting platform. Jelastic automatically scales Java and PHP applications and allocates server resources, thus delivering true next-generation Java and PHP cloud computing.

To identify the main differences, we examined Jelastic and Elastic Beanstalk solutions based on the top concerns we hear from our customers: auto-scaling, supported software stacks, plugins, replication, building projects in the cloud, GUI, and pricing.

AWS Restrictions:

  1. It’s a significant amount of work to deploy your app to the Amazon cloud for the first time. The spacial toolkit requires manual installation and code changes.
  2. In order to use a database, you need to use Amazon’s RDS service (which provides a MySQL, Oracle or SQL server database), which comes with various additional charges.
  3. Amazon started with Beanstalk and never really finished it. They are attempting to redo the whole thing from scratch with OpsWorks, with no guarantees.

How Jelastic is Different:

  1. Jelastic automatically installs, configures and interconnects your server instances with your selected software stacks.
  2. You don’t need to code to our APIs – just upload your application and select your stack. You can also mix and match software stacks at will.
  3. Jelastic is also blazingly fast. CPU and RAM changes take place in just a few seconds, so when the load goes up, your environment gets the resources it needs automatically and instantly.
  4. Jelastic provides a rich tool set to analyze and monitor your application. Read more

PHP Session Clustering in the Cloud

tech bench 2Editor’s note: A version of this post originally appeared on the Jelastic blog.

It’s often necessary to extend a PHP application across multiple servers. This is particularly crucial when your business depends on the availability of the application. Extending the app across multiple servers provides redundancy, ensuring that when one server fails, it doesn’t bring down the entire app.

If your application is running on different servers, you need to be able to handle session failover. But it’s also important to have a solution that can scale horizontally. You need to be able to add more servers as necessary to avoid overloading the machines.

Ensuring high availability for your app requires the related strengths of redundancy and scalability. And there is only one way to make sure this happens: a solution that adds clustering to cloud. Read more

FTP / FTPS and File Management in Java and PHP Cloud Hosting

tech bench 2Editor’s note: A version of this post originally appeared on the Jelastic blog.

You asked us for it, and we’ve delivered: ServInt’s auto-scaling cloud service, Jelastic, now supports FTP.

You can now get easier access to your application files and have a fast, reliable way of file sharing and data transfer to and from your servers in Jelastic environments.

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a standard network protocol used to transfer files from one host to another over a TCP-based network. For secure transmission, use FTP secured with SSL (FTPS). ServInt’s Jelastic cloud supports both FTP and FTPS.

FTP in Jelastic allows you easily to upload and download necessary resources to corresponding folders. You can also work with a group of files instead of uploading/downloading each file separately through the dashboard. And it is not necessary to redeploy your application after applying your edits.

As you may know, Jelastic supports log rotation, which is designed for the easy administration of systems that generate large numbers of log files. This allows automatic rotation, compression, and removal of log files. The problem is, you can only read the latest logs through the Jelastic dashboard, not ones that have already been compressed. Now, with Jelastic FTP support, it’s easy to look through your old logs using any FTP-client.

It’s also very simple through FTP to enable synchronization between your local machine and your cloud environments as well as edit most config files — even those unavailable through the dashboard.

Let’s examine how you can get all these benefits using the instructions below: Read more

How do You Know When it’s Time to Scale?

4041642787_34179c96f6_bEditor’s Note: This post is part of the comprehensive, free white paper, “How do You Know when it’s Time to Scale? Understanding and Predicting Server Resource Consumption.”

You’ve invested in a scalable hosting solution, be it a VPS or cloud. Whether you’ve got a team of developers coding for automated horizontal and vertical server scaling or you’re making your scaling choices manually, how do you know when it’s time to scale up to the next server tier?

Deciding when to scale is one of the hardest hosting decisions to make. Every situation is unique.

The only criterion that matters when gauging how well your server is performing is how fast your sites’ pages load and applications execute. There is no standard for this. Site visitors to a forum with millions of threads and very important content will probably put up with slightly longer load times than someone visiting a landing page for a site they’ve never seen before. Only you can determine how fast is fast enough.

But remember, we’re not talking about simply running a program on your server and waiting until it finishes. We’re talking about things like the number of MySQL queries per second your server can handle, or the number of Apache web processes. And the hard part is, there’s no way to give a standard number that every server should be able to handle. Queries are not all equal. The number of queries a given server will be able to execute has to do with the complexity of the queries. Predicting server scaling needs is about watching trends and determining when your applications are not performing as well as you’d like.

Let’s say you decide your site or application is doing well – pages load pretty quickly and your visitors aren’t complaining. Now you need to monitor the resource usage on your server to get a sense of how much it takes for the performance you have and see trends as they develop. The main resource factors to consider are traffic, disk storage and I/O, CPU, and memory. All of these contribute to the speed your queries are being served up to a given user. Read more

Apache TomEE in the Cloud

tommyThe news on ServInt’s auto-scaling Jelastic cloud keeps rolling in. We’ve just added Apache TomEE, one of the fastest and the most user-friendly enterprise-ready application servers available.

Unlike other JEE application servers, TomEE avoids architecture overhead and stays lightweight and as simple as possible. And with ServInt’s Jelastic cloud, it takes just one click to deploy an automatically scaling cloud based on TomEE.

With TomEE in ServInt’s Jelastic cloud, developers get:

- A streamlined, enterprise-ready application server
- An environment familiar to Tomcat users
- Embedded OpenEJB, making testing EJBs a snap
- Full compatibility with most Tomcat-aware and Tomcat-tested tools
- The ability for servlets to now get access to JPA and Transactions
- The ability to view or modify any Tomcat-provided resource files

“Jelastic’s integration of TomEE is the best I’ve seen.”
-David Blevins, founder of the TomEE project

There’s never been a better time to check out Jelastic. Sign up for your free two-week trial today.

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