We’ve had a busy few months in the cloud team. In March this year, we launched the virtual network-backed Cloud product – giving customers the opportunity to use a private internal network to communicate between cloud instances. The advantages are obvious – free data traffic, easy scaling, and protected private traffic within your cloud. After the release, we worked on adding a load balancing functionality to the virtual network and software-defined firewall to make it easier for customers to balance and scale traffic. Last Wednesday, we released this functionality to all our Public Cloud customers – giving them the option to add a load balancer to their infrastructure via our Customer Portal.
One of the advantages of cloud computing is the flexibility and redundancy it offers. If your cloud provider is running a fully redundant platform (in my opinion it can’t be done right any other way), most maintenance tasks can be performed without any impact for customers.
I am happy to announce the addition of the new Console feature for LeaseWeb’s Cloud and Virtual Server products. This new feature allows you to control your instances as if you were physically connected to the server. It is available for all Cloud and Virtual Servers instances ordered after 19 March 2012 (instances ordered before that date were delivered on a different platform).
Earlier this week, LeaseWeb USA launched our latest Cloud platform, resulting in a unified portfolio all across LeaseWeb’s locations. You can now set up Cloud services in three countries.
Today is another exciting day – we have just released additional Cloud platforms in Germany and the Netherlands and we restructured our Cloud portfolio!
The most important addition to our product lineup is the new LeaseWeb Cloud product, which combines cloud instances with a private virtual network. This enables you to create more advanced infrastructures while maintaining close control over data traffic consumption and access to your infrastructure.
It has been another busy month for the teams working on LeaseWeb Cloud. After toasting to the go-live of the U.S Cloud platform, we didn’t take a break. Instead we prepared for another expansion. I’m proud to announce that all the hard work has resulted in a new Cloud PoP for LeaseWeb Germany in their state-of-the-art Frankfurt-based data center!
Many of you probably know about our Cloud services in the Netherlands. In fact, since our new platform was launched, we’ve seen thousands of customers using our Express Cloud to host their applications. I’ve talked to quite a few of them and when I ask what they would like us to add, the answer is often: “More PoPs to choose from”.
I’m proud to announce that today, we took the first step in our global expansion by launching the LeaseWeb Cloud platform in the U.S.!
A while back we introduced the free Basic Firewall functionality for all Express Cloud Servers ordered after the 19th of March 2012. This is an easy way to add an extra layer of protection to your Cloud instance at no additional cost. Many customers are now using the Basic Firewall to further protect their infrastructure ever since we made it available, which is why I thought it would be a good idea to go through the features it offers – and to point out a few pitfalls when using them.
We keep adding new features to the LeaseWeb Cloud, evolving it into one of the strongest Cloud platforms on the market. A new update will be released soon, so be sure to watch this space for news about all the developments!
In the meantime, here’s a small preview of a new feature that we will be adding for free to all recent LeaseWeb Express Cloud instances: