We have started taking registrations for the VPS.NET Beta Testing Program.
We will start the program in January, participation will be limited to 50 users so make sure to register now for a better chance of a spot
You can enroll at this page http://vps.net/signup-for-beta-testing/
There are the usual requirements (listed on the signup page), basically acknowledgment that the Beta system is not to be used for abuse, but above all, we need participants who can give us lots of feedback, VPS experience is not a must, we are hoping for all levels of experience, from those who never used a VPS and can give us feedback on the intuitiveness of the system, to those who can compile a VPS Kernel while taking a shower and eating a hot dog (now that's muti-tasking)
The greatest task on any job, has to be product tolerance testing.
We are gearing up for a series of tests that will define what sort of SAN we will be using on the VPS Cloud, the actual tests will be performed early next week, for now we are setting up the hardware for it, once we have done it, we will post the results here in the bog.
Here is the info on what we are planning ...
I have always been a huge fan of website mascots, they are not just great marketing tool, but also a fantastic way for people to relate to their provider, plus for us, it's a fun way to express ideas by utilizing the mascot, you can create cartoons, explanatory graphics, etc .. much nicer than plain text and a chart.
With that in mind, we decided to create one for VPS.NET ... here is it's story.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said "Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors, than from his virtues."
I guess we can adapt that quote to the fact these days we learn more from when the systems fail, than when they are working fine .. such was the case today.
We had done some tests on the VPS Cloud self healing measure by shutting down a Hypervisor's services, and always, the VPS nodes residing there, would automatically boot up on a different one in the Cloud ... always below 40 seconds (yes, 40 seconds)... but we decided that was no fun, it was time to go to the datacenter and pull some cables ... yes .. I love my job
Since starting working on the VPS.net Cloud project, several people have asked me ... what exactly is a VPS Cloud? I quickly explain it's a conglomerate of high power servers and network based storage working in unison to allow almost instant deployment, scalability and self healing, a true utopian hosting environment...
That is usually followed by "yes .. but where is the actual cloud ?" .. and then my job just got harder.
After months of planning, we are finally in the homestretch towards releasing our (until now, Uber-secret) VPS.net Cloud.
So as such, time has come to start a blog, to keep everybody informed on the latest and greatest features we are working on for the VPS Cloud, as such, during the upcoming days and weeks, we will post details on the new website, the Cloud features, the user interface, and much more.
VPS.net is a new brand by that great hosting outfit, the UK2 Group, owners of 10TB, UK2.NET, Midphase, etc ..
So keep checking this page every day (or even several times a day, things are moving fast), we expect to release VPS.net LIVE on January 31st, but will be looking for beta testers in the upcoming few weeks