Online test of download time of a website

The Pingdom Monitoring service (yes, I am mentioning a competitor here 🙂 ) offer a nice tool. Just enter a URL and it shows you the download time for the HTML and all objects.

From the download times I saw with some websites it look like the server is located in Europe.

One bug: it downloads ALL CSS images and doesn’t check the webpage’s HTML against the CSS to find out which images the webpage would really load. But that’s not too much of a problem.

Here is the test for our company website www.paessler.com:

Pingdom Tools Test of www.paessler.com

There is a similar service at www.websiteoptimization.com  which only loads the CSS images and thius produces better results. This service is apparently located in the US.

http://www.websiteoptimization.com/services/analyze/

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Comparison: GoGrid Cloud versus Amazon EC2 | GoGrid Blog

I found this nice comparison of GoGrid vs. Amazon EC2 on the GoGrid Blog:

Feature Comparison Matrix

Feature

GoGrid

Amazon EC2

Instant server deployment
YES
YES
Instant server network scaling
YES
YES
Linux
YES
YES
Static IP address
YES
YES
Windows Server 2003
YES
NO
Microsoft SQL Server
YES
NO
FREE 24/7 phone support
YES
NO
FREE persistent storage
YES
NO
FREE inbound data transfer
YES
NO
FREE hardware f5 load balancing
YES
NO
FREE managed DNS
YES
NO
FREE DoS protection
YES
NO
Service Level Agreement
YES
NO
Graphical User Interface (GUI)
YES
NO
Hardware VLAN segmentation
YES
NO
Multiple IP addresses per server
YES
NO
Standard server images
YES
NO
Volume discounts
YES
NO
Private IP addresses on separate VLAN
YES
NO

There are more comparisons tables on the blog entry linked above.

The Virtual Machine & Virtual Appliance Library | JumpBox Inc.

JumpBox Inc. offers a collection of easy to use virtual appliances for Open Source software. Each JumpBox is focused on a single task (or single application) and is carefully crafted to capture the best practices for how the software should be implemented. The goal is to save you time and allow you to get more done with less effort.

Better prepared, sorted and categorized than the overflowing VMWare Virtual Appliances directory, but not all appliances are available without buying their $200 yearly subscription.

A short Cloud Hosting Link List

Amazon EC2

  • The “mother of all clouds” (Amazon was the first to offer these services and apparently has the most servers)
  • Barely usable without an interface like http://www.rightscale.com
  • No monthly minimum
  • Cloud hosting of specialized Linuxes (no native Windows)
  • More: http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html?node=201590011
  • First Impression after setting up a system: Looks like the best solution for Linux hosting, great control panel (I mean rightscale, of course), easy to use, virtual server runs solid

GoGrid (US, San Francisco, servepath subsidiary)

  • Cloud Hosting of Linux and Windows
  • No monthly minimum
  • More: http://www.gogrid.com/
  • First Impression after setting up a system: Looks like the best solution for Windows hosting, great control panel, easy to use, virtual server runs solid

Flexiscale (UK)

  • Cloud Hosting of Linux and Windows
  • No monthly minimum
  • More: http://www.flexiscale.com
  • First Impression after setting up a system: Webinterface looks and feels “old style” and sluggish. Starting my first server failed. My support ticket was solved 17h later with the manual start by their team.

ElasticHosts (UK)

Mosso (US, Rackspace subsidiary)

  • Cloud hosting of various web based platforms (php, ASP etc)
  • No “real” virtual machines, no non-web custom software
  • More: http://www.mosso.com

Joyent (US)

[ added July 30th 2008 ]

AppNexus (US)

  • Cloud hosting focused on larger customers (Linux and Windows)
  • Quote from an email from AppNexus: “We are focused on larger customers than GoGrid and flexiscale. We do have some small customers that only have a few servers in our cloud, but most of our customers spend $5 to $10,000 with us each month.
  • First Impression: None yet.
  • More: http://www.appnexus.com

GoGrid :: Scalable Load-Balanced Windows and Linux Cloud-Server Hosting

GoGrid is the world’s first multi-server control panel that enables you to deploy and manage load-balanced cloud servers in just minutes.

It took me less than 15 minutes to create a Windows 2003 Server and install our PRTG Network Monitor software on it to create an offsite monitoring system for our company. Daily costs seems to be between a dollar or two for our app (a permanently running monitoring system).

Create scalable web applications on Amazon EC2 — RightScale

RightScale‘s automated cloud computing management system helps you create scalable web applications that run on Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud. The RightScale Dashboard makes it easy to setup, launch, and monitor all of your EC2 and AWS activities.

.:: NOTEPAD++ ::.

Notepad++ is a free (free as in “free speech”, but also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement, which supports several programming languages, running under the MS Windows environment.

Open Source and hosted on SourceForge