As we enter 2016 and leave 2015 behind, I sat here reflecting on the history of JoeTech.com and what’s to come.
A Little History
When I first started this blog in 2006, I had a nine year old web development company and we provided hosting to our clients, but I wanted this to live away from my own servers while I figured out what I wanted it to be. I registered a domain name, found affordable hosting with Aplus.net and began an adventure. As time passed, the blog gained loyal readers and I enjoyed having an off-site dedicated server that I could add more project sites to and maintain as I wanted. In 2009, Aplus became Codero and the reliability and service only improved. From uptime to billing to real-time customer care, I watched Codero get better is my blog grew with it. In 2012, Codero’s new CEO Emil Sayegh was in Phoenix for their new data center and invited me to lunch where we discussed the past and present of Codero and hosting in general over Thai food. It was refreshing and memorable to have a CEO sit down one-on-one over lunch and ask how his company could be what a customer like me needs.
Codero in 2015
Codero was growing pretty steadily before, but 2015 looks to have been a pretty busy year for the company. In June, they announced their acquisition by a group of 32 telecom providers. This not only expands their market reach, but it opens the door to a new array of edge data centers, which should easily speed up that “time to first byte” for a lot of hosting clients. Continuing to focus on speed, the Codero Cloud went 100% SSD-powered just one month later. This is critical when you need to spin up a new instance and scale immediately. Of all the things happening with Codero in 2015, though, I really enjoyed the client stories. The one that stood out to me was the Midtown Comics success story. Although I don’t collect comics, I do collect sports cards which pose similar challenges in terms of cataloging and searching online. I love that they built their own system from the ground up and I recognize how important it is to get the technology stack right for such an endeavor.
For Codero, it looks like there’s going to be continued focus on the growth of their cloud and the new edge data centers as well as how this will help clients succeed with big data and the Internet of Things, both of which I have heightened curiosity in. As the Codero Cloud evolves, I imagine I will evolve my hosting needs with it. Like Midtown Comics, I’m planning a lofty collectible catalog system build from the ground up and building it in their cloud seems like the only way to spend my 10th year with Codero.
By now, my regular readers know all about my love for my dedicated server host, Codero. I really never have any problems at all and my uptime is always 99.99%+ This month, they’ve given me more reason to love them. From November 1st through the end of 2011, Codero is giving away a lot of cool prizes and all you have to do to be entered to win is Like Codero on Facebook. I’m entered and I’m hoping to take home the iPad 2. Below is a list of all the prizes:
Win These Prizes
11.04.2011 Wii Video Game Console (sorry… Jan Warner already won this)
11.11.2011 Amazon $200 Gift Card
11.18.2011 PlayStation PS3
11.25.2011 Amazon $100 Gift Card
12.02.2011 Xbox with Kinect
12.09.2011 iTunes $100 Gift Card
12.16.2011 GameStop $100 Gift Card
12.23.2011 iPad2 (32GB)
That’s a lot of cool stuff. If you want more info about the contest and the rules, head to http://www.codero.com/specials/#win-prizes
What do you hope to win?
Codero, my dedicated server host has been widely known for dedicated servers and hosting. Recently, however, they’ve launched their cloud beta to provide an affordable, scalable alternative to standard hosting solutions. In an age when a site can go viral overnight, a cloud solution can sometimes be the difference between success and failure.
What Is Cloud Hosting?
Cloud computing is using the power of multiple connected computers, rather than just one. Cloud hosting is simply hosting your website on multiple connected computers (a cloud) rather than just one server. Scalability is a key benefit of a cloud hosting solution. As your site grows, your hosting solution can grow with it with minimal limitations and without the need for a tedious migration. While there are other solutions that could meet growth needs, cloud hosting is the most affordable, because you typically just pay for what you need as you need it. It is flexible like your water bill. If you need more resources, you just use them and your bill increases with use.
About The Workshop
The Social Business Summit and Strategy Workshop, produced by Social: IRL, features Jeremiah Owyang and will be held April 26, 2011 at the Embassy Suites, Kansas City International Airport. The event will focus on social media strategy and research while taking a business objectives first approach to achieving scalable social programs. It also include hands-on sessions, group collaboration and an interactive Q&A. Codero is sponsoring the event and will be connecting with web developers and enthusiasts at the workshop to educate them about their Cloud offering.
While we’ve seen cloud networks before, Codero’s solution is priced competitively and like their dedicated server plans, it’s packaged to be easy to set up and use. For a technology that does so much, this is pretty unique. If you’re in the Kansas City area, check out the event and talk to Codero about their Cloud.