Control Panel Enhancements 3 of 3

The third instalment in our series on the latest updates to the Go2Cloud Control Panel is around some enhancements to changing some of your server settings (namely CPU and Firewall) while the server is still running. While our platform offers complete flexibility and scalability of your servers, there was often a need to restart your server for some of those changes to take effect. We are continually working to improve the real-time scalability of the platform and have introduced 2 new updates. You are now able to access your servers con figuration page while the server is running, by clicking on the Configuration Gears icon. From within the configuration page you can now edit the CPU allocation and the Firewall settings. The firewall changes will now take immediate effect. CPU changes are Two-Fold, you will immediately get the benefit of the additional CPU cycles, however Windows Operating systems will only correctly reflect the number of cores after the next...

Control Panel Enhancements 2 of 3

Next up in our line-up of some of the great new features in our recent control panel update is Two-Factor Authentication. In the on-going pursuit of secure online applications, Two-Factor Authentication is the new standard for authenticating. We have now added the ability to enable Two-Factor authentication for your account from the profile page. We currently support any TOTP (Time-based One Time Password) token generator like Google Authenticator (available on Android, iPhone or Blackberry) or Microsoft Authenticator (available on Windows Phone) To enable Two-Factor authentication on your account, first install one of the TOTP apps on your mobile device and configure it using the Secret Key on your profile page, then enter the current token from the app into the field on your profile page. On subsequent logins after you have entered your username and password, you will be prompted for the token from the mobile app (This token changes every 30...

Control Panel Enhancements 1 of 3

The team here at Go2Cloud have been hard at work over the past few months adding some great new features to our platform. Over the next couple of days we will introduce you to some of our favourites. First on the list is our Shiny New In-Browser VNC access. Previously when you created a new server and wanted to access the server console and do all your initial setup, you would need to download and install a VNC client like TightVNC or RealVNC, you would then need to enter in the server’s IP address and VNC password in order to connect. Most of these clients don’t have a great management interface or mechanism to save and remember your server’s details which resulted in lots of copying and pasting. So… We decided to make life much easier and allow you to access your server’s directly from the Control Panel in your Favourite Browser, while still allowing you to also continue to use the VNC application access method You may have noticed that there is an extra button on your Server Panel called “Show Screen” Clicking on this button will now automatically connect you to the VNC session with your VNC password, so no need to copy and paste a thing. The rest is pretty straight forward after that. While the In-Browser VNC automatically authenticates you, we have taken the liberty of further securing it, with the topic of tomorrow’s post, our next new feature, 2-Factor...

WARNING – Cloud Disillusionment Approaching

Overheard at a coffee shop the other day: “I’m sick and tired of the HYPE around Cloud Computing” You would think that given the business we are in, I should have been concerned by that statement and yet … I was actually ecstatic! Here is why… Have you ever heard of the Gartner Hype Cycle? Our smart friends over at Gartner use the simple graphic you see above in order to plot the maturity and adoption of various technologies. It is broken down into 5 specific phases as follows: Technology Trigger – New tech gets folks like you and I all excited. Peak of Inflated Expectations – Expectations become completely unrealistic. (Click of a button, will solve all your problems) Trough of Disillusionment – Poor expectation management results in unrealistic goals and ultimately a failure Slope of Enlightenment – Brushing away shiny marketing fluff, realistic expectations result in realistic goals & more success Plateau of Productivity  – Benefits of the tech are widely accepted and leveraged in practical ways with incremental improvements. The statement made in the coffee shop tells me that Gartner’s current view is that we are on our way to (and through) the “Trough of Disillusionment” with regards to Cloud Computing. The only vendors who have anything to worry about are those who sell the “fluff” commonly known in our trade as “Blue Sky”. Anyone focusing on adding real value will soon see themselves rising up the Slope of Enlightenment to continue delivering great value to customer and partners alike. We believe that Go2Cloud is one of the businesses you can rely on to continue to...

We LOVE Our Competition! Find Out Why…

Yes, you heard right! This is how we feel about our competitors: “We WUV you!” It sounds totally bizarre, but it’s 100% true. Simply walk around our offices and ask anyone what they think of “Company x” or “Company y” and you will hear comments like: “Those guys are awesome!” “We love the way they work and hope they never change” No doubt you are still a little confused, let me explain: So long as our competitors are… Taking “an insane, 24 to 48 hours to set-up a cloud server“ Forcing customers into “resource plans (i.e. levels) and then jerking prices when an incremental resource change is made“ Using the “promise of cloud, to lock in long term contracts for data and other core services“ Smashing the customers bank balance with “unpredictable out of bundle data and storage costs“ Allow marketing teams to create “Technicolor yawn (think about that for a second) which baffles brains with buzz words and kills trees“ Forcing customers to “Log a ticket or support call to do just about anything to my server“ Using “buzz words to simply make a buck“ Making “spelling errors on their landing page“ Being slow in “communicating potential outages and suggesting customers bring their own UPS backup power“ … we will continue to love them. While we have seen a number of competitors landing on our site, browsing around and signing up for free trial after free trial, we still keep hearing the same old feedback from our new, excited and happy customers (who we also love very much). So there you have it: We really do WUV our competition...
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