Michael PhillipsIf you’re a DiscountASP.NET customer, you’ve probably already heard about this, but for the rest of you, we’re really excited to announce something new; Everleap.

It’s cloud website hosting! Okay, I know what you’re thinking; “Hey man, there’s nothing new about cloud hosting!” Well, that’s not exactly true. There is something new about true cloud hosting. Take a look at how Everleap works.

everleap_sharedCloudServerThink about it, most cloud hosting that you see is sort of a hybrid not-really-cloud-at-all kind of thing that isn’t very far removed from traditional shared hosting. They call it “cloud,” but by their definition we could probably call DiscountASP.NET “cloud,” and as you know, it really isn’t.

Then there are the real cloud services; Azure, Amazon, and the handful of others that aren’t Azure or Amazon. If you have used one of those big cloud services you know that virtually everything that you might consider necessary to run your web site is offered as a separate service, metered and billed separately. And forget about support. If personalized support is available, it likely comes at a hefty additional cost.

EL_vennDiagram_A_v01With Everleap we set out to provide all the technical benefits of the big cloud providers along with the all-inclusive bundled services of traditional web hosting. So every Everleap site includes things like SQL, MySQL, SQL Reporting Services, SSL support, email and DNS service, and our excellent Technical Support that you know and love from DiscountASP.NET is included. Things you will most definitely pay extra for at the big cloud providers.

When I say Everleap is something new, it really is new. It’s the first hosting service built on Microsoft’s Windows Azure Pack. In the coming months you’re going to see other hosts coming out with Azure Pack offerings, but those will be generic, out-of-the-box plans. It isn’t possible for them to do what we’re doing at Everleap because they don’t have the experience that we do.

We have been up to our elbows in the technology underlying Azure Pack (Antares) for almost two years. We have built a world-class infrastructure to support the load balancing and flexibility available with Azure Pack, but not only that, we’ve also built our own Control Panel that allows us to quickly make adjustments and add features, something those generic guys aren’t going to ever be able to do.

Everleap is a premium service, something many of you have been asking us us to build for a long time. Well, here it is. And if I don’t say so myself, it’s really cool.

 

Michael PhillipsWe get a lot of treats here at the office. Whenever anyone goes on vacation outside the country (or even inside the country) they often bring back some sort of edible tidbit or another for everyone to devour.

Recently Dmitri brought in some Маcсандра Crimean dessert wine, which ranks pretty highly in terms of treats. For some of us, anyway.

Dmitri is originally from Moldova, a place that had its own run in with the Soviet Union back in 1990 or 91, so I’m sure he has an opinion on what’s going on in the Ukraine/Crimea right now.

In fact, he was kind enough to update the wine bottle with a new location…

Russian wine?

Russian wine?

 

Friday rewind

On February 28, 2014, in Technical, Video, by mjp

Michael PhillipsIf you missed our hangout last week with Microsoft Regional Director, author, and Dev trend setter, John Papa, you can see it in all its glory right here, right now.

You don’t want to miss the demo and all the other great info laid out for you by Mr. Papa and our own Michael Ossou in this jam-packed hour.

What are you waiting for?

 
Dino Dogan

Dino Dogan at New Media Expo 2014

Michael PhillipsDino Dogan claims that the first Tweet was sent 30,000 years ago when someone blew a plant-based dye out of their mouth and made an outline of their hand on a cave wall.

He compared cave paintings to social media during a panel discussion at the New Media Expo a little more than a week ago, and I think he happens to be spot on.

Though I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s not a message that a lot of people who make their livings through social media would necessarily be comfortable with. Because in order to sell a service (or sell yourself providing a service) these days, it’s important to appear to be on the bleeding edge of everything that comes down the line to someone’s computer, tablet or phone.

But if you take a step back and look at what we’re doing on all those computers, it’s not substantially different than what we’ve been doing for centuries:

Having conversations
Looking at pictures
Listening to music
Getting the latest news

Of course none of those things are “new,” by anyone’s definition of new. So what is “New Media”? We’re dealing with new delivery methods, for sure, but what are those new methods delivering?

Conversations
Pictures (some of them moving pictures on YouTube)

Music
News

We humans haven’t evolved much in the past few centuries, even if our technology has. We still want to do the same things we have always wanted to do; talk, find out what’s going on in the world, hear some music and look at some art. It’s just easier to do all of those things now, and we have technology to thank for that.

This social media stuff changes rapidly – at least the tools we use to engage in it do – which is why I continue to go to the New Media Expo. When you attend a conference like that you’re one short, fragile step ahead of the curve, and you get yourself involved with a lot of new things (maybe even before you want to be involved with them). In our business that’s important, because you guys talk to us using half a dozen different platforms, tools and methods. We stay on top of the technology because we value our communication with you.

NMX exhibition floorBut technology aside, I think a lot of what is discussed at conferences like NMX could have been discussed at a television or radio conference in 1965. How do we better communicate with our users? How do we get our message across to them without being boring or worse, not recognizing what they want and need? Those are questions we’re always asking.

The point Dogan was making when he called a cave painting “the first Tweet,” was that cave painting and social media have the same essence, and that is one human communicating with another. The same desires and skills are at work, as is the same fundamental need to connect. We can dress it up in new technology, but the result is the same.

NMX keynoteSo talk to us! On our forum, on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, and whatever else you’ve got up your sleeve. We’re here.

Images: Photos by Trav Williams, Broken Banjo Photography; www.BrokenBanjo.net
 

Michael Phillipstfs 2013Michael Ossou is back with a new video, Getting Started With TFS 2013.

If you’re new to TFS, or to setting up users in our Control Panel, check it out.

 
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