Your Google Apps Control panel and domain need to be prepared for migration from legacy servers and services. While these settings are generally configured and checked by your Google Apps Partner or migration service provider you may need to restrict Control panel access and perform these settings yourself.
Just because you can move all of your old mail to Google Apps, you may not want to. Gmail, as part of Google for Work, comes with 30GB of space, that’s 6 times more space than leading email provider GoDaddy offers. Here’s how to create an exclusion folder, which can “hide” items from the migration process so they are excluded from being moved to Google Apps. Continue reading
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
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.
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!
Unified 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.
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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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.
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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