As a wrap up to 2020, I would like to give a short and precise overview of the product changes that happened in 2020. All in all it was a really good year, we’ve seen a few priority shifts, meaning that we’ve released some alternatives instead of some products/features that were already mentioned in the initial 2020 roadmap. This shift in priority resulted from needs we saw among our partner and customer base as well as further market research.
In this section I’ll go into a little more detail on the products that we released without previous announcement, since products that we previously announced in the 2020 roadmap were described in more detail there.
Starting with a fast one. In 2020 we have completely re-imagine how we offer storage, with the addition of Rocket Storage.
Rocket Storage is an NVMe based local storage designed for the highest of workloads. Since it is local storage it comes with inherent pros and cons, like being much faster, with lower latency. The data is no longer highly available – therefore a backup plan is highly recommended.
Price point: at just 0,19 € per GB/month (the same price as our standard speed Distributed Storage) and roughly one hundred times faster I/O – this is a great product to use if your application requires extremely fast storage and low latency.
The previously available “storage” is now known as “Distributed Storage” and comes with it’s own set of distinct features like high availability from triple data redundancy and available in three different storage speeds.
Upgrading from version 4.0 -> 5.0 brings in itself a lot of new features. We now also offer a Persistent variant of Redis called Redis Store which is important for applications that require data consistency. Redis will write to a persistent disk which will be available even across restarting the service. Obviously if you are just using it as a cache we recommend to go for the Redis Cache option.
To put the service in a market comparison – our Managed Redis Databases prices are priced extremely competitively – our Redis Store is the best in price to performance ratio.
We also offer Redis Store (data persistence) at all RAM configurations without having to be on a premium support plan, unlike some other providers.
Our integrations allow so many opportunities – moving over easily from another provider, building your infrastructure as code, automation and so much more. I would like to point out our Terraform provider became feature complete, since it uses our gsclient-go API client they both follow the product developments closely and see regular updates. We are also in the process of publishing our own Hashicorp Packer integration – allowing you to easily manage your machine images on gridscale, as well as nicely integrating into our Marketplace.
Since it’s official release at the beginning of the year there have been a huge amount of developments in our GSK. Firstly being released from the labs phase, and then staying up to date with the Kubernetes upstream as well as many features and improvements along the way. In 2021 you can expect further native Kubernetes features like node pools and auto scaling as well as further integrations with our platform, namely our Platform Services.
I wanted to keep this short and sweet while focusing on the larger product efforts that weren’t specifically highlighted before. Of course, this means some features weren’t released or pushed back slightly (like Platform Services + PaaS features, Virtual Locations etc) but this doesn’t mean they aren’t coming! Early 2021 you can already expect custom SMTP servers, Managed Microsoft SQL Server, Virtual Locations, custom SSL Certificates and Kubernetes upgrades. I’ll be providing some more insights into our roadmap soon, and look forward to seeing you there.
Here we would like to walk you through all the possible ways that you can secure your account at gridscale through SAML, 2FA and Magic Link.
Interview with Henrik Hasenkamp, CEO at gridscale GmbH, Kristin Müller, Investment Manager at High-Tech-Gründerfonds (HTGF) and Andreas Schenk, Investment Manager at EnjoyVenture. Moderation: Nicola Römer, CMO at gridscale GmbH.
In the past few days, we have put additional space in our Frankfurt data center at interxion FRA1 into operation and massively expanded our hardware resources.
I was so happy to learn that we, gridscale, will provide the cloud infrastructure for the startup intueat during “Die Höhle der Löwen” (German “Shark Tank”) . Why? I can only say: The regional start-up connection. :-)
It was in spring 2015 when I met intueat for the first time. The highly motivated and extremely likeable students Mareike and Marc presented their intuitive weight loss program at the start-up weekend in Düsseldorf, where startups pitched their business idea and worked at their MVP (minimal viable product) in one weekend. Losing weight intuitively? Sounded good to me!
We successfully prepared the online shop of EVRGREEN together with YAY! Digital – an extremely cool start-up – for the TV broadcast of “Die Höhle der Löwen” (German “Shark Tank” equivalent).
To those who don’t know EVRGREEN yet: The online garden center promises to give everyone a green thumb. According to their slogan “Pflanz dich glücklich” (English: plant yourself happy), the two founders Jan Nieling and Philip Ehlers were part of the show on August 23, 2016. They were willing to swap 20 percent of the company shares for Euros 500,000 investment.
Three weeks ago today, Torsten, our CTO, introduced the open beta of our Load Balancer as a Service (LBaaS) with free SSL. With this load balancer, we have reacted to those multiple requests from our users. The LBaaS from gridscale can be configured with our customary comfort.
After my favorite IPv6 tunnel broker, Sixxs.net announces that it will no longer allow new registrations and will also throttle existing user accounts in the future, it is time for a short inventory on IPv6. Who can IPv6, who can’t?