Managed TFS 2013 Now Available

On January 27, 2014, in Announcements, Team Foundation Server, by Takeshi Eto

Takeshi Etotfs 2013Last year we launched Shared TFS 2013 hosting, and today we are announcing that Managed TFS 2013 Hosting is available in our U.S. and U.K.-based data centers.

Managed TFS is our premium TFS hosting solution; your own instance of Team Foundation Server on a dedicated VM all to yourself. No sharing involved.  Because you’re on your own server, we can offer server-side customization that is not available with shared TFS – for example, we can install special software on the server for you. More information on hosted TFS features here.

For our Managed TFS 2013 service we offer both the TFS Basic and TFS Full configurations. TFS Basic includes source control and work item tracking (our Shared TFS Hosting service is TFS Basic). The TFS Full option adds SharePoint and Reporting.

If you are interested a Managed TFS Hosting solution, please contact us for a quote.

If you are considering a Managed TFS solution but are not 100% sure if it’s right for you or your team, you can always try the 30 day free offer for our Shared TFS hosting solution (for up to 5 users) and test it to see if the hosted TFS ALM system works for you before you commit to a managed TFS solution.

 

Top 10 Things we Accomplished in 2013

On January 2, 2014, in Inside DiscountASP.NET, by Takeshi Eto

Takeshi EtoAnd another year goes by… Happy New Year!

Here is my annual Top 10 list for 2013. As in previous year’s lists (2012, 2011, and 2010) there is a lot to talk about, so here we go.

1. Windows 2012 R2 Refresh: ASP.NET 4.5.1 / MVC 5 / Visual Studio 2013 Support

logo-net-451Q4 2013 was a busy time for us. Microsoft released their Windows 2012 R2 update along with Visual Studio 2013 and updates for ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC.  We have always done our best to keep up with all the new Microsoft technology releases, so we quickly refreshed to Windows Server 2012 R2 for our hosting platform and launched support for ASP.NET 4.5.1 and ASP.NET MVC 5. Our hosting platform is Visual Studio 2013 ready!

2. Shared Team Foundation Server 2013 Hosting

tfs 2013Along with Visual Studio 2013, Microsoft released Team Foundation Server 2013. So we launched support for shared TFS 2013 hosting in our US and UK-based data centers. TFS 2013 adds more collaboration tools like Team Rooms, has enhancements to improve productivity like un-dockable details panes,  and includes GIT integration. We posted a Getting Started with TFS 2013 Hosting video.

3. Snapp beta – .NET PaaS with Staging

!Snapp-icon100x100In May we unveiled Snapp – a .NET platform-as-a-service solution that comes with a staging and production site for each application. Snapp is built on top of Windows Azure Pack – the same technology that runs Windows Azure. The Snapp service is currently in free beta mode so interested developers can sign up and test it out and provide us with feedback. Over the year we’ve launched some enhancements including hostname support, scheduled deployment, an asynchronous task notification alert system, and enhancements to the exception management system.

4. DevPro Best Hosting Service Bronze Award

best hosting serviceWith huge companies like Amazon moving into the hosting space, smaller independent companies like DiscountASP.NET find it increasingly more challenging to fight for mindshare. But despite the entry of the giants, for the fourth year in a row, we’ve placed in the top 3 for the award for Best Hosting Services in DevPro’s Community Choice poll. Thanks for your votes, and for your continuing support that allows us to remain independent, agile and responsive to your needs.

5. Google-on-Air

We expanded our activity on the Google+ platform in 2013, hosting a few Google Hangouts and going live with our own Michael Ossou conducting some great Google-on-air interviews with top-notch developers like Chander Dhall, Scott Allen and Dan Wahlin. Add us to your circles! If you aren’t on Google+, you really ought to check it out.

6. TeamExpand Partnership
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We partnered with TeamExpand to offer a fully-managed hosted TFS Timesheets solution. TeamExpand’s TX Chrono application installs on top of TFS  and is a web-based tool that allows developers to submit Timesheets for project work items and provides project managers with the ability to review and approve Timesheets.

7. SQL 2012 Reporting Services

sql 2012 reporting services hostingWe launched SQL 2012 Reporting Services as a new add-on option for our hosting customers.

8. Standalone TFS Build-as-a-Service

Some of you asked if it was possible to use just the build portion our TFS service. The idea (and challenge) intrigued us, so we created and launched a standalone TFS Build-as-a-Service solution. If you host your TFS repositories on-premises or at other TFS hosting services but require a customized TFS Build solution, our Build-as-a-Service is right up your alley. The Build solution is fully-managed and customizable. We can support FTP or WebDAV access and install code signing certificates and customized test frameworks. You can install Web Deploy and deploy straight from the build server. We can support complex build solutions that require multiple build servers and multiple build agents – in other words, all the flexibility of a custom build environment with none of the maintenance headaches.

9. Microsoft Gold Partner Status RenewalMicrosoft Partner Gold Hosting Competency

I mention this every year as an accomplishment because in recent years it has become increasingly difficult to attain Microsoft Gold Partner status. While we’ve seen other Gold partners drop by the wayside, we’ve been able to maintain our Gold status for eight years running. Every year is a challenge and we’ll continue to do our best to maintain our Gold status.

10. Free Community Hosting Sandbox

We truly enjoy helping the development community, so as you may know, we offer a lot of free beta hosting programs.  This year we worked with Microsoft to offer free hosting sandboxes to allow developers to test out new technologies like ASP.NET 4.5.1 on Windows 2012 R2 and Web Matrix 3. We will continue our tradition of offering beta hosting via our labs program whenever we can.

If it looks like we were busy in 2013, we were! But we have something up our sleeve for 2014 that we think a lot of you will enjoy, and we’re not going to make you wait too long to see what it is. Stay tuned! Things are about to get interesting…

 

Takeshi Etoteamexpand-logoWe have partnered with TeamExpand to offer a fully-managed hosted TFS Timesheets with TeamExpand’s TX Chrono application that installs on top of Team Foundation Server.

TeamExpand’s TX Chrono (TFS Timesheets) is a web-based tool that allows developers to submit time spent on project work items and provides project managers the ability to review and approve timesheets.

Traditionally TFS Timesheets have been adopted by businesses using TFS on-premises but through this partnership TeamExpand users have a hosted option as well.

For more information about TFS Timesheet hosting,  check out our web site.

For more information about TFS Timesheets, visit TeamExpand.com

 

ASP.NET 4.5.1 and MVC 5 Hosting Available!

On December 6, 2013, in Announcements, by Takeshi Eto

Takeshi Etologo-net-451We are happy to announce that we are now supporting the latest Microsoft Web Stack on the Windows Server 2012 R2 platform – including ASP.NET 4.5.1 and MVC 5.

With this new addition we are officially ready for web apps created with Visual Studio 2013.

.NET 4.5.1 includes a lot of improvements, but maybe most significantly, improved performance. In the past, if your site had a period of inactivity the application pool would be recycled, causing a potentially slow startup next time your site was requested due to the time it took to recompile and spin up the application pool. Now, when your application pool is recycled, it is paged to disk, so a new request after a period of inactivity should start up significantly more quickly. Microsoft says up to 90% more quickly.

The .NET 4.5.1 upgrade also includes MVC 5, which a lot of you have been asking for. It’s here now, and it’s ready for you!

It’s worth noting here that .NET 4.5.1/MVC 5 are only available on our newest servers. So if you want to start using them now, you may have to migrate your site to a new server. The good folks in tech support can help you with that, so feel free to open up a ticket with them and they will take care of you.

 

DiscountASP.NET Wins Dev Pro Best Hosting Award

On November 27, 2013, in Announcements, by Takeshi Eto

Takeshi EtoCCA_DevWe are not a huge company. Especially if you compare us to behemoths like Amazon, RackSpace or GoDaddy.

So we’re always happy to see that we rank alongside the giants when the results of annual community choice awards are posted from publishers like Dev Pro. I think it says a lot about our team here at DiscountASP.NET.

This year we won the Bronze Award in Dev Pro’s 2013 Community Choice Awards for the category of Best Hosting Service.

We usually know when voting is going to take place so we ask you to help us out by throwing a vote our way. You might notice that didn’t happen this year, and that’s because I didn’t get the memo that the Dev Pro voting was going to begin. So we ranked third (behind Amazon and GoDaddy, and ahead of 1&1 and Rackspace) without shamelessly asking for your votes.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; thank you for your continued support!

 
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