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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

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.

ServInt’s Jelastic Cloud Takes a Big Leap Forward

jelasticWe’ve got some big news about our auto-scaling cloud platform, Jelastic.

We’ve just released a major update that makes the ServInt Jelastic cloud more powerful — and more affordable — than ever.

To start with, we’re introducing a brand-new cloud product called the “Virtual Dedicated Server,” or VDS, that adds true auto-scaling IaaS capabilities to the ServInt cloud. Now you can spin up auto-scaling cloud instances completely independent of PHP and Java to basically do what you’re used to doing with our Flex VPS and dedicated platforms — which is to say, pretty much whatever you want.

Just as exciting: to help bring down the price of our auto-scaling cloud solutions, we’re also offering deep volume discounts — as high as 75% — for Jelastic cloud services. But that’s not all. We’re introducing something brand new to bring down costs even further: “reserved cloudlets” — cloud resources with even bigger savings for customers who can commit to resources on a monthly basis.  This new pricing structure rewards ServInt customers with some of the deepest volume discounts in the cloud industry.

Of course, we’re also making sure Jelastic gets even better when it comes to supporting key apps and software stacks. Some of these changes include FTP support, caching in NGINX, and the latest versions of software stacks, including TomEE and MariaDB 10.0.0.

To read more details about the technical improvements of our Jelastic update, check out our press release.

And if you’re ready to try out ServInt’s auto-scaling cloud, sign up for a free trial today.

Scheduling MySQL Backups in ServInt’s Jelastic Cloud PaaS

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

The importance of performing regular backups of your data cannot be understated. We’ve talked about it before on the ServInt Source, and we’ll keep talking about it as long as there are new hosting customers who have yet to learn the value of having good backups.

While our Flex VPS solutions have automated, scheduled backups, we’ve gotten a few questions about how to create scheduled backups in our Java and PHP Cloud PaaS solution, Jelastic.

The advantage of using scheduled backups is obvious: unlike manual backups, a backup process can be run during off-peak hours when data is unlikely to be accessed and without the need to oversee the operation.

You can run scheduled backups with Jelastic using the VDS service and cron. The backups will occur on the schedule you specify. The crontab command works by reading a crontab file, a plain text file that lists all the jobs you have scheduled. Each line of the crontab file consists of the command with all its options and arguments, and the date and time to run it.

Here are the steps for setting up backups in your Jelastic Cloud deployment. Read more

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