2013 has proven to be just as exciting as we had hoped. We laid out a plan where the key words where:
As some of our competitors services have grown increasingly complex we have continued down our path of providing an easy to use service and it will continue to be one of our unique selling points. It is often contradicting to say you want to add functionality and keep simplicity and ease of use. New features most commonly adds a layer of complexity – so it is a challenge to truly keep things easy to use as you grow your feature set.
New Stockholm data center
In an effort to move City Cloud forward we want to add more data centers and continue to add important functionality. This spring we added Stockholm as our second data center and we are working hard on adding the third which will be in London. Each data center is built on our core foundation which means large storage nodes and blade servers where all virtual machines (VM) can “float” over many physical servers should there be any hardware failure. We are also only using true full virtualization which means that each VM has its own kernel and can not be affected by other VMs sharing parts of the infrastructure. Stockholm has been in beta for more than three months and on the 9th of September we are leaving beta and allowing for anybody to start adding production machines. You can now build truly reduntant solutions over two data centers in the cloud.
A completely new interface
By now I hope you have had a chance to see our new user interface. The general idea is that you should be able to have several people from your organization to manage multiple aspects of your cloud environment which spans over multiple data centers – and possibly multiple providers in the future. You can group your servers per data center and you own defined groups. We have made it very clear what you can expect to pay for servers and services. All in an effort to make it very clear to you what to expect in a world where your computing resources are bought hourly and on demand.
In a few weeks you will be able to add access groups for complete control over who does what. Backup is now a part of the general interface as well and you can choose to backup only files or a full disk image. You have full control and can retrieve your backups at any time from the cloud for as little as 15 cents per GB stored.
New server profiles
You requested to have a greater choice of server profiles as well. We listened and have added many new profiles. First – you can create as large of a profile as 16 cores and 128 GB of RAM. You know also have profiles where the relation between cores and RAM is different – such as high memory and low cores or many cores and low memory. All to make it a better fit for that particular workload you have.
We lowered our prices this spring and more changes are on the way. During September we will make new changes to our price list – particularly on our larger profiles. Today you get a new server for just over 10 Euros a month.
Finally – as you can see – we have launched a new website to offer a cleaner look and to make it easier to find what you are looking for. We will continue to improve the website to make sure it has all the information that you need to get started and get deeper involved with the City Cloud community.
We hope you enjoy all the new additions of City Cloud and look forward to giving you more news soon. Do not hesitate to give us more feedback in what we can do even better.
CEO City Network Hosting