Google Inbox: Advantages to using Gmail for Business

Today, Google announced “Inbox” an early release of an email management tool.  Don’t worry, If you own or manage a business and have the freedom to choose your company’s e-mail service, Gmail for Business is still the best option on the market. While plenty of people utilize Gmail for personal correspondence, it also has elite functionality for businesses as well. Let’s take a look at Gmail’s unique advantages from a business’s perspective. Continue reading

Easily Automate The Provisioning Of Your DigitalOcean Droplets!

Our metadata service is live! This enables Droplets to query information about themselves, and allows the use of CloudInit to bootstrap new servers. This is significant for users who want to improve the automation of their server provisioning process. As there are several products and services tied into this release, we want to provide a quick overview to get users up and running.

What kind of information is available via metadata?

Examples of available Droplet metadata include Droplet ID, data center region, IP addresses, and user-data.

What is user-data?

User-data is a special piece of metadata that can be provided by the user during the Droplet creation process. This data can be consumed by CloudInit to configure a server.

Which regions support metadata?

At launch, the SGP1, SFO1, LON1, AMS2, AMS3, & NYC3 regions have metadata available. It is enabled on new droplets in these regions.

What is CloudInit?

CloudInit is a process enabled on recent DigitalOcean images that is able to pull down and process information from metadata. When the Droplet boots for the first time, the CloudInit program executes the script it finds in the “user-data” field, providing users the opportunity to automate the initial configuration of their servers.

Which images can process metadata information with CloudInit?

Currently, Ubuntu 14.04 and CentOS 7 base images have CloudInit enabled. Any one-click apps based on these releases will also have this functionality available. CoreOS servers also process the “user-data” field using a different mechanism.

Where can I learn more about using metadata and CloudInit?

We have prepared community articles that cover using the metadata service and writing scripts for CloudConfig. Also, our developer portal contains full documentation of the Metadata API.

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We’re Participating In The RIPE Atlas Program!

We’re proud to announce our participation in the RIPE Atlas project – the world’s largest Internet measurement network!

The idea behind our participation is pretty simple: we host a few servers dedicated to running measurement tests administered by the Atlas network; in return, we get access to every other Atlas server around the world – well over six thousand to date – to run our own performance tests. This allows us to test and validate access to our data centers from thousands of locations around the world in just minutes! It’s an honor to participate in the program, and to be able to give back by contributing to a program that many others can benefit from as well.

We initially got involved with RIPE due to their responsibility of allocating IP space in Europe, as one of the five global Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). Our networking team came across a post on their portal requesting participants in their Atlas program: a global network of thousands of probes that measure Internet connectivity and reachability, providing an unprecedented understanding of the state of the Internet in real time. The entire Internet community can access the data collected by the network, as well as Internet maps, graphs and analyses based on the aggregated results.

There are two types of Atlas nodes: probes, which are smaller servers that just about anyone can run; and anchors, which serve as the solid foundation of the network. DigitalOcean is running Atlas anchors at our SFO1, SGP1, and LON1 sites, as these were the regions with the least amount of overlap. As we continue to expand, we’ll be in communication with RIPE to see if anchors are necessary in new locations.

We’ve only just begun harnessing the benefits of the Atlas network. Our engineers are currently working on ways to integrate this new distributed measuring ability with our existing systems to better detect Internet connectivity issues before they become problematic for customers. Previously, we’ve had to rely on intermittent data collected from customers to troubleshoot regional Internet disruptions. Soon, we’ll be able to automate connectivity and throughput testing from just about anywhere in the world!

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Using Gmail for Work: Unified Communications.

unified-communications-with-google-for-work.jpgUnified communications may sound like another technical buzzword if you never heard the term before. Unified communications is the next step to bringing all forms of communications: Voice, Chat, Text, Video and Collaboration under one roof. Gmail for Business and hangouts allow you to unifiy communications, you can text, hold video conferences, share information and data, and so much more all within Google Apps.  

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Outlook Calendar vs Google Calendar

Anyone with a busy schedule can benefit from an online or PC scheduling system. Two of the most popular calendaring Apps on the market are Google Calendar and Outlook’s built-in Calendar. Each app has its own unique qualities that differ from its competitors. Below, we layout the highlights of each app to help you determine which is best for your scheduling needs.

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By: Socrates

No problems and good luck! I know it can be a real nightmare to have hosting issues. That is why I am so happy and satisfied now ;-)

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Announcing The Release Of Our Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Server

The new Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ‘Trusty Tahr’ server is now available to spin up on DigitalOcean. Their latest Long Term Support release integrates the best of new open source technologies into an excellent and simple-to-use Linux distro. The team over at Ubuntu has been introducing new features and bug fixes throughout the cycle, officially taking it out of beta around 11:15 AM today.

This release will bring a new level of stability, scalability, and performance to cloud environments with support and maintenance for five years. Users can deploy applications securely and with confidence that they’ll be supported with patches and updates. While there isn’t much to talk about in terms of drastic feature changes, most of which were made during the interim releases, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is precisely what a Long Term Release should be: solid, stable, and well-tested with refinement and polish.

Ubuntu 14.04 Droplet Image

For detailed descriptions on new features and information concerning upgrading from Ubuntu 13.10 click here. You can spin up an Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Droplet now!

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yeah used to be great 100% uptime for like a year straight for me then suddenly beginning of this year they went downhill, I’ve had about 12-24 hour downtime during their SAN update.  Now it’s like they do SAN update every week, time to get out, something happened with, it’s like you said, 90% uptime at best or 75% for me.  This sucks since they don’t address the issue and fail to provide a solution.  

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Easily Transfer Snapshots Between Accounts

Under the images tab in the control panel, users can now send their snapshots to another DigitalOcean customer with a click of the mouse. Simply select the ‘transfer snapshot’ icon and enter the email address of the recipient. Upon clicking the transfer button, the sender will notice the icon turn blue, indicating that the snapshot is mid-transfer. When the user on the receiving end accepts, the sender will no longer have access to the image.

Image Transfer

As the receiver, you will have a new section on the Images page titled Pending Snapshot Transfer Requests. Here you’ll be able to accept or decline the transfer request. If approved, the snapshot will disappear from the original user’s account, as well as be added to your list of Snapshots where you’ll have full control over the image.

Image Transfer

This is one of many exciting rollouts to celebrate the coming of Spring :)

Just a heads up: as transferring a snapshot maintains all of the original snapshot’s settings, there may be configuration that allows the sender to potentially later access droplets created from the image. Make sure you trust anyone who gives you an image.

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Perhaps it is time for you to move away from too my friend?!

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Linux Web Hosting Package

Web designers often look for the web hosting packages and services before executing the plan of their web designing. There is wide variety of web hosts services available which compiles all the needs of the web designers and offer excellent services. But to choose from the plethora of services is a tedious task. Before executing their plan of designing website, the first step is to choose the appropriate domain name that suits the website. Web hosting package is the next and most important step where you will need to upload your files for configuration.

Web hosting packages plays an important role in the web designing. Various web hosting services are currently available in different operating systems such as Linux hosting, VPS hosting , Windows etc. There are certain essential ingredients which are needed for every hosting plan. It is important for web designers and webmasters to choose the appropriate and best suited web hosting plans and services.

One of the latest and common hosting plans is Linux hosting, which is more secure and efficient than other operating systems as well as hosting plans available in today’s era of advance technology. It is indeed considered as the most popular hosting services since it is freely available software around the web. This plan comes with a bunch of services and components such as Apache server, PHP language and mySQL database system. High performance, greater stability and even lower cost are the key features of the Linux operating system and are preferred by most of the designers due to its huge advantages over other operating systems.

Advantages of Linux Hosting web services:

There are various advantages that make this service stand out in today’s era and make it a preferable choice among the designers and webmasters.

  1. 1.Availability: This web hosting services are freely available around the web. Since it is open source software, designers don’t have to invest higher budget in hosting and the software can be changed by any person according to the requirement.
  2. 2.Secure and Stable: The key features of this hosting service are its security and stability which yield high productivity and efficient results in terms of performance.
  3. 3.Low Cost: The web hosting service suits best for those individuals who do not have high budget, the web hosting plan is quite cheaper and can be the preferred solution.
  4. 4.Combined Package: This hosting plan comes with a bundle of services comprising of FTP Access, Common gateway interface (CGI) mechanism, mySQL Database systems. These services make this hosting plan different from rest of others. This is the main reason that most designers find it an appropriate web hosting plan in today’s time.
  5. 5.Effective Administration services: The administration services offered by this platform are very effective and provide you excellent results.
  6. 6.Reliable: The above hosting plan is very reliable as it provides you with a facility of solving every technical problem that can arise during the working. Its reliability, security and performance are added features and advantages of this hosting plan.