Spring 2014 Newsletter

We haven’t sent a newsletter in a while but we have been working hard behind the scenes here at ElasticHosts and we now have a lot of exciting news to let you know about:

  • Pricing updates
  • New Cloud Servers product based on containerisation
  • New Cloud File Storage product
  • New look control panel
  • New look website
  • Infrastructure upgrades

Pricing updates

We have been making some changes to our pricing, including reducing the price of SSD everywhere and data transfer in some locations. We have also introduced 15 minute billing periods, reduced the minimum server size and minimum subscriptions.

  • SSD now 50% off in all locations
  • Data transfer reduced by > 40% to £0.06 in UK, €0.06 in Amsterdam and $0.05 in San Jose
  • Minimum VM size cut to 500 core-MHz CPU and 256 MB RAM
  • 15 minute billing, no minimum rates.

Introducing Elastic Containers (edit - renamed as Springs in 2015)

ElasticHosts yesterday launched Elastic Containers , a brand new type of cloud server. We will be offering these as a second product, alongside the Virtual Machines that you are currently using. In addition to being very cost-effective, Elastic Containers are high performance, auto-scaling cloud servers for Linux. They scale up with load and are only billed for what they use. This means that if you run 1GB of software on a 4GB machine, we’ll only bill you for 1GB, but if you need 4GB, it scales up to that size as necessary. They boot in under 2 seconds and achieve superior performance than a standard VM thanks to less virtualisation overhead.

Technically, Elastic Containers are running as Linux namespace containers on a shared host kernel, similar to LXC, rather than virtual machines running on the QEMU-KVM hypervisor. They support any Linux distribution and boot from Folder filesystem storage (see below). Find out more about Elastic Containers Springs.

Introducing Folders for cloud file storage

Folders are our new Cloud File Storage product, also launched yesterday. They are SSD-backed network folders that you can mount as drives on your cloud servers and also remotely, on your own local machine, to easily and simply sync between them, e.g. with rsync, sshfs or WebDAV. They can also be used as a simple web server for static files such as images. Folders are the storage for Elastic Containers, and are also “elastic”. Like a folder in a filesystem they will grow to match the size of their contents, so you never have to worry about increasing or decreasing disk size.

New look Control Panel

As part of our Elastic Containers launch we have redesigned the icons and buttons on the control panel to give the site a more modern feel. Don’t miss our new drag and drop functionality too. We have also added a Statistics section where you can track the usage in your account. Why not log into your account and take a look for yourself?

New look website

We have revamped our website to showcase our two products: Virtual Machines and Elastic Containers. The new site is designed to be faster and easier to navigate. We have recently added several tutorial videos to help you make the most of your cloud servers.

Infrastructure upgrades

Over the last few months we have been expanding and upgrading the hardware in several of our zones, including Amsterdam, Los Angeles and San Jose. These upgrades include a move to brand new Intel hardware and you can now run cloud servers up to 64GB in these locations. Please let us know if you have any ideas on how to improve our service. We are always happy to receive feedback.