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We are deeply sorry to announce that Xeround’s public cloud offering will be discontinued soon.
All Xeround FREE database instances will be terminated on May 8th, and the paid plans terminated on May 15th.
Xeround’s leadership forum has recently decided to re-focus the company’s effort. This means we will no longer be able to support our service over public clouds, across all of our currently active data centers.
What this means for your database?
We ask you to please export your database instance and migrate your database to another service of your choosing before the termination date.
We sincerely appreciate the support that our thousands of customers have shown us over the last couple of years. We regret the inconvenience this causes you, and hope your migration to a new DB solution goes smoothly.
We thank you for your business and for the overwhelming support of our users.
With the deepest respect,
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We want to let you know some great news Â - the LongJump team just grew by 5,500 people!
Thatâ€™s right. As of today LongJump is now part of Software AG.
This is terrific news for existing LongJump customers and new customers. Weâ€™ll now have the resources to work with customers globally, weâ€™ll have rock solid financial backing and we can leverage decades of proven mission-critical enterprise software expertise.
LongJump joins the family of industry leading software products mastering the major trends shaping the digital enterprise – Cloud, Mobile, Social Collaboration and Big Data with the brands youâ€™re already familiar with including Web Methods, ARIS and Terracotta.
We started this journey 10 years ago and weâ€™re so grateful that you have trusted LongJump for your business application needs.
Itâ€™s been our pleasure to serve you until now, and as we look into the future we are excited about whatâ€™s coming and we look forward to continuing this journey together.
Pankaj & Rick
Mobile Applications and the Need for Auto-Scaling: Dogfightâ€™s 3 Million Players Fly High with Xeround
InÂ particular,Â Mobile gaming applications are oftenÂ characterizedÂ with fluctuating demand patterns and sudden spikes in throughput- either when there’s a tournament, or during certain hours of the day or periods throughout the year, when more users play the game.
The cloud has all but become the standard for mobile and gaming apps, allowing developers to quickly deploy and go-to-market with their applications, and providing the scalability needed toÂ accommodateÂ the varying demand patterns of those apps – that often start small, but can sky-rocket at any moment.
At Xeround, we see many customers in the business of creating mobile and gaming applications using our database service. Often, they choose XeroundÂ primarilyÂ for our unique auto-scaling capabilities – allowing the database to seamlessly scale-out to support any demand from the application, then shrink back down for when it is underutilized.
One interesting example of such a customer is DogfightÂ - a popular multi-player airplane combat simulator available for Apple and Android mobile devices.
From smallÂ beginnings, the game now has over 3 million gamers world wide – playing against each other in real time, maneuvering historical WWI fighter planes and taking on rival airplanes in head-to-head air battles.
Learn how Dogfight uses Xeround Cloud database to ensure both high availability and seamless, unlimited, scalability to support any spike in demand – even when Apple promoted the game resulting in X3 traffic peak!
With Xeround’s auto-managed database service, Dogfight manages to keep their 3 million users – across three application servers in Europe, US, and Asia – all happy and engaged, as they battle to shoot each other in the skies :)
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dotCloud Support provided us the same level of service and turnaround time as a dedicated DevOps team.” said Andrew Foong, Co-Founder of TerseTag
Ever wonder how people come up with brilliant ideas for a startup company?
When Steven Pungdumri was searching for a pre-owned vehicle for himself, he spotted the perfect car on the road. The vehicle was moving too fast for him to catch the seller’s contact information off of the For Sale Sign. If only there was a short, memorable hashtag that could serve as a pointer to the owner of the vehicle, a completed transaction would have occurred. Steven wondered how many missed opportunities happened simply because people failed to capture each other’s contact information. The idea of a short, simple, persistent hash tag or “TerseTag” was born.
TerseTag is a web-based system for creating persistent hashtags that invoke a specific call to action. Terse tags can take the form of a hashtag or a QR code. A terse tag can be a memorable, one word tag, or a QR code which can be scanned with a smartphone scanner sending the users to a link to additional information. Essentially, a link between the physical and digital world.
The founders of TerseTag envisioned that people will find many everyday uses of terse tags besides car shopping. That is why they have a set of pre-built templates for people to do things such as advertising an event, selling a home, posting a job, or promoting a business, and many more. They even engage in some light “dog-fooding”, taking their personal terse tags with them as networking tools, like a digital business card.
TerseTag is still a young, self-funded company. Pungdumri founded the company when he was still a student with his co-founders at Cal Poly where they had the opportunity to test their business model during on-campus recruiting fairs. Together the young entrepreneurs generated terse tags for all the participating companies at each event and were blown away by the positive feedback from each organization.
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TerseTag is following the footsteps of Yelp, start local and go mobile. The first customers of TerseTag were their local gym, local businesses, and non-profit organizations. A simple search for “#cambodia” connects viewers to the YMCA’s Cambodia Project. Organizations can create vanity tags for a fee, but even individual users can use the free tier for personal and/or professional branding.
TerseTag’s Tech Stack on dotCloud
The tech stack includes Node.js and MongoDB. TerseTag uses dotCloud’s custom services to run their version of Node.js. Custom service provides developers the flexibility to run any application on dotCloud because the service is not tied to any specific language or framework.
Andrew believes that the greatest compliment to dotCloud goes to our community support. In the beginning, TerseTag’s developers had a lot of questions. Quick turnaround times were essential; the opposite would be detrimental to a young, growing company. dotCloud Support was helpful even with nonstandard modules or service setup.
“We filed many tickets when we first started developing TerseTag. When we wanted to try out a few modules for pdf generation, dotCloud Support was really helpful. We were pumping out pdf’s in full swing within a few days.” Andrew Foong, Co-founder of TerseTag.
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The start of PyCon US 2013 is just around the corner, next month in fact. This will be my second time attending PyCon and I couldn't be more excited.
The conference is officially sold out! 2,500 python enthusiasts will descend on Santa Clara, CA for more than one week of tutorial, talks and networking.
At dotCloud, nearly 90% of our platform is written in Python. So the national PyCon conference is a big deal for us. In fact, dotCloud is flying out myself and two other East Coast engineers to attend the conference.
Some people who have never attended a tech conference ask me what is so great about attending a tech conference. I have given it a lot of thought, and I think it boils down to three things.1. People:
You finally get to meet and hangout with people that you have only previously interacted with online. I personally feel that I can get more done in a 5 minute face to face conversation then I can in many back and forth emails that might take hours to write. So the chance to sit down and talk with folks is something I always try and take advantage of when ever possible.
I also try to take the time to thank the people who have written software that I use, or who have helped me in some way. Developing open source software is sometimes a thankless job, so I try to reach out to the authors of software I use, and make sure to thank them. If you aren't going to pay for the software, the least you can do is thank them. And what better way to do that, then in person?
It is also a great way to meet new people who are interested in the same things you are. I have met some great people at previous conferences that I probably wouldn't have meet any other way.2. Great talks:
There are a lot of smart people who are giving talks on lots of interesting topics. Make sure you plan your time accordingly, or you risk missing out. Before the conference, look through the schedule and mark which talks you really want to see. If you have any holes in your schedule, then feel free to pick a talk at random, you will sometimes be surprised how interesting some of these talks are, even when you know nothing about the topic. It can be a real eye opener.
I highly recommend seeing the talks in person. Sure you could download the slide deck after the conference is over, or wait for the video to become available, but it isn't the same as hearing the talk in person, and then being able to ask that person questions at the end. When the talk is over, the conversation doesn't have too.
Most speakers usually hang out in the hallway or reserve an open space, for more questions and discussions. This is a great opportunity to get a lot of one on one time with an expert in the field, so don't miss your chance.
3. Learning new technology:
If you want a good way to learn something new there is nothing better then listening to a talk from one of the experts on that topic.
Attending one talk is sometimes equivalent to reading a book. The presenter takes their knowledge on a subject they know really well and condenses it down to one talk, so you know it will be filled with the most important information, and all the fluff will be removed. If you want to learn a new technology, or how someone was able to accomplish something that you too might also need to do, what better way to learn this, than from a person with first hand experience?Talks I plan on attending:
There are a lot of great talks, and it is impossible to see all of them, so as of right now, these are the talks I plan on attending.
- MESSAGING AT SCALE AT INSTAGRAM (Friday 10:50 a.m.–11:20 a.m. in Track 2)
- THIS OLD VIDEO SITE: HOW PBS STREAMS VIDEO - AND YOU CAN TOO! (Friday 11:30 a.m.–noon in Track 2)
- MAKING DISQUS REALTIME. (Friday 12:10 p.m.–12:40 p.m. in Track 2)
- TRANSFORMING CODE INTO BEAUTIFUL, IDIOMATIC PYTHON (Friday 4:15 p.m.–5 p.m. in Track 6)
- MAKE MORE RESPONSIVE WEB APPLICATIONS WITH SOCKETIO AND GEVENT (Friday 5:10 p.m.–5:40 p.m. in Track 4)
- PYTHON FOR ROBOTICS AND HARDWARE CONTROL (Saturday 10:40 a.m.–11:10 a.m. in Track 2)
- WHO’S THERE? - HOME AUTOMATION WITH ARDUINO/RASPBERRYPI (Saturday 11:20 a.m.–11:50 a.m. in Track 2)
- BUILDING AN IMAGE PROCESSING PIPELINE WITH PYTHON (Saturday noon–12:30 p.m. in Track 2)
- CRYPTO 101 (Saturday 4:05 p.m.–4:50 p.m. in Track 4)
- DYNAMIC CODE PATTERNS: EXTENDING YOUR APPLICATIONS WITH PLUGINS (Saturday 5 p.m.–5:30 p.m. in Track 6)
- DISTRIBUTED COORDINATION WITH PYTHON (Sunday 1:10 p.m.–1:40 p.m. in Track 4)
What talks do you plan on attending?
I will be hanging out at the dotCloud booth #157 off and on throughout the conference, so be sure to stop by and say hi.
Also, for those of you who sign up for a free dotCloud account at our booth during PyCon, we are giving you $25 credit to take your first app live on our PaaS.
We are proud to share dotCloud API Winner FlyVerify's product demonstration at DeveloperWeek 2013
We'll have more videos to come of all the teams that presented at DeveloperWeek
We also sat down with team leader, Ryan Gerard, to hear more about how FlyVerify works, what it was like to work on dotCloud and what their next steps will be.Hear about it firsthand
Ryan shares why he chose to build on a Node.js and MongoDB stack and compares his experience running on dotCloud to his previous experience on Rackspace. He also talks about his refactoring process after the hackathon.
We also ask him what we can improve about the process of getting started. Afterall, user feedback is the best way to improve our offering. Watch the interview and tell us if you agree with his observations!