You like APIs && Mobile && Open Source? We got that.

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First, let’s talk about the API part of the deal:

We recently launched SolarSystem 2.0. It included a handful of new features and improvements to SolarSystem’s easy to use, web-based control panel interface. At the same time, we also launched the first version of our SolarSystem API. This means that you can now programmatically interface with SolarSystem in your favorite programming language, allowing you to integrate, automate, and manage Pod-related activities on your own terms.


Using a Cloud VPS to Learn New Programming Languages

Learn a new programming language with Solar VPS

Learning a new programming language is more than just learning a new syntax. It can mean learning new patterns and anti-patterns, which means changing the way you think about and approach problems. Different paradigms can inspire you to use your preferred language differently.

A virtual private server is the perfect environment for learning new programming languages and frameworks. Let’s compare a VPS to alternative development environments:


Full Transparency and Solar VPS "Ask the Company" Application

Transparency is one of those words that, I think, has jumped the shark. It’s become a buzzword, if you will. A word that has lost its original intention. The Enterprise embraced social media, and with that, it seemed every company boasted the hip new tenet of “transparency” because they got on the Facebook and Twitter bandwagon.

Businesses have been interacting with clients in public and private forums since the beginning of time. Likewise, a company cannot exist without sharing some amount of higher level information with employees. So, what are companies doing to truly go above and beyond the ordinary level of transparency, both internally (with employees) and externally (with clients)?

I’d like to introduce myself, and then share a few things that have happened here at Solar VPS to further the cause of transparency. My name is Matt McCaffrey, and I’m a part of the Solar VPS development team. My team is very busy with a long list of features and enhancements to add to the SolarSystem, and I’d like to share my thoughts on some of those another time. Today, I wanted to talk about a few initiatives that I’ve been involved in that aren’t related to code.

So, what am I doing here? A developer, on the company blog? Yeah, it’s happening. We’re all doing our best to be more accessible. We’re building our SolarSystem Knowledgebase by sharing our tech knowledge, and have all been invited to share our thoughts on the company blog. I will be watching the blog closely, and if you have any thoughts, I hope you’ll share them in a comment. Also, if you want to reach me personally, I’m @mmccaff on Twitter.


Mobility in the Cloud – Working From Anywhere

Cloud Computing allows you to access your work, data and applications from anywhere, anytime.

Work from the Beach with the Cloud

Work from the Beach with the Cloud

Imagine working from a beach chair 2,000 miles from your home office, without your personal computer. Envision replying to emails, updating your blog or creating presentations all while sipping on a coconut filled drink with a little pink umbrella. Sounds impossible without your personal computer, right? Well, it isn’t. In today’s Internet-centric world, accomplishing work from the beach or the Borneo jungles is easily done by accessing the Cloud!

That’s because Cloud Computing allows you to work from anywhere, anytime as long as you have an Internet connection. With a VPS Cloud server, your files are saved virtually on the Cloud instead of on your hard drive effectively untethering you from a single physical computer. As long as you have access to a Wi-Fi connection, you can access your files from virtually anywhere.


The Growing Cloud

Numerous industries have already realized the benefits provided by Cloud Computing. That’s why tons of companies have already started adopting and integrating the technology into their businesses. While most of know the various uses for Cloud Computing, you may find some below you haven’t thought of yet.

Data Storage

Cloud Storage

Cloud Storage

Odd as it may sound, it’s still common for business to maintain their electronic data on in-house servers. Cloud Computing allows businesses to store their data remotely in a secure datacenter located the world away. While some companies choose to house their servers in their kitchen (I recently visited a company whose sandwiches were made next to their internal email server) Cloud Computing unshackles companies from their internal servers – in the process freeing up physical space and freeing up OPEX and CAPEX expenditures.

Cloud Computing solutions create an environment where employees can work together by having immediate access to the same information regardless of their location. Not only does Cloud storage save your business money on expensive software (CAPEX), it also saves space on the hard drive of each employee’s computer. Why would anyone outsource their electronic data storage? It’s simple, not only are the benefits of remote data storage plentiful, it’s extremely affordable, too.

As previously mentioned, the Cloud allows companies to take their internal servers off their books. This means companies no longer have to shell out upwards of $50,000 every few years to maintain and replace their internal server housing their email and phone needs. As automatic software updates save companies on CAPEX, no server equipment maintenance/replacement saves companies tons of dough on OPEX.


Outsourcing Your Web Hosting Will Save you Money

Peter Griffin said it best:

Profits Matter Over Everything Else

Profits Matter Over Everything Else

“It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white… the only color that really matters is green.”

All business owners want to do two things: Make Money and Save Money.

As a business owner, you probably already know how to make money. So, if you’re scratching your head wondering how you can save money, web hosting is one of the areas where you can really cut back on your costs – If you do it the right way.

Your company’s IT service is extremely important. Since the majority of businesses are run online these days, protecting your IT infrastructure is equivalent to protecting your company as a whole. It’s equally important to keep in mind that picking a Cloud hosting provider based on the cheapest price point won’t always save you money in the long haul. For instance, imagine what would happen to your business’ online presence if your website suddenly shut down? While you want to save money on web hosting, you shouldn’t sacrifice security and scalability (the ability to adapt to rapid changes in demand, by dynamically adding or removing cloud resources based upon performance metrics) by opting for the cheapest provider.