How to setup & optimise MongoDB on public cloud servers

Long gone are the days when MongoDB was the ‘new kid on the block’. These days, MongoDB has evolved to become the go-to solution for many people who are leaving relational databases behind. In this article I’m not going to make the argument for why you should use MongoDB over {insert other NoSQL database}, or […]

An introduction to server provisioning with CloudInit

This month we announced a very exciting partnership with Canonical, the makers of Ubuntu. One key element in this partnership is the introduction of full CloudInit support between the CloudSigma cloud and Ubuntu. An introduction to CloudInit If you’re not familiar with CloudInit, it is the industry standard for bootstrapping cloud servers. Using a simple […]

CloudSigma partners with Canonical to become an Ubuntu CPC

We’re excited to announce that as of today, CloudSigma is an Ubuntu Certified Cloud Provider. This partnership means that we will be working closely with Canonical (the makers of Ubuntu), ensuring that Ubuntu runs flawlessly on our cloud. This also means that we will be part of Ubuntu’s ecosystem, which includes exciting projects such as […]

How to run Docker on CloudSigma (with CloudInit)

Pre-requisites: An SSH key. Basic understanding of Docker. The official documentation is a great start. In the recent year or so, Docker has received a tremendous amount of attention. It appears to be one of those things where the timing was just perfect. While the concept of containers is hardly anything new (which I talked […]

Securing your data in the cloud with encryption

One common concern that many people have against putting their data in the cloud is that it isn’t as secure as storing it on premise. While there is some truth to this argument, depending on your legal jurisdiction, it may or may not be true. Yet, if you are running an unpatched server that is […]

An introduction to failover in the cloud

One of the hardest, but most important things to do when building your cloud architecture, is to eliminate Single Point of Failures (SPoF). What this means is that every mission critical service should be able to survive an outage of any given server. Some companies, like Netflix, have taken this to an extreme and created […]