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From VPS to virtualized service provider: the new OnApp-WHMCS integration

Carlos Rego, CVO, OnApp
Carlos Rego
Chief Visionary Officer, OnApp
 

The new OnApp-WHMCS integration creates a 100% turnkey cloud and client management platform, giving hosts everything they need to enter the cloud market. OnApp’s Chief Visionary Officer, Carlos Rego, tells the story behind the new integration and just what it means for hosting providers.

 

When we decided to build OnApp, almost 5 years ago, one of the decisions we made was to focus on the management and metering of the infrastructure layer, and leave the accounting to existing billing packages. We didn’t want to force hosts, or their customers, to use yet another system just for cloud: it would complicate their accounting and increase their overheads. But more than that, we wanted to deliver the promise of a ‘single pane of glass’ for all services. By tying OnApp into their existing system, a hosting provider can give customers access to everything they offer, all in one place.

Towards the end of 2010, we released our first two integration modules for the WHMCS platform. They were successful, but not perfect, so in 2013 we made the decision to scrap them and start over, with the help and feedback of the WHMCS community and WHMCS itself. The results of this effort are what we announced today, with the launch of a brand new OnApp-WHMCS integration based on a stack of 6 modules: VPS, Cloud, CDN, DNS, Load Balancer and Reseller.

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Vision Labs: autoscaling in OnApp - solving the cloud scale conundrum

Carlos Rego, CVO, OnApp
Carlos Rego
Chief Visionary Officer, OnApp
 

This is the first in a series of Vision Labs posts that will explain some of the less well-known features in OnApp, and talk about the cool features we have in development.

 

When creating a complex product like OnApp, an orchestrator for all types of infrastructure, it’s easy to get so used to working with bleeding edge features and functions that for us they become the norm. It’s easy to forget that for our clients they are simply stunning and useful, which is why we created them in the first place… sometimes we don’t promote these features as much as we should.

So today, I’d like to highlight one of those hidden gems: autoscaling. It’s how OnApp scales  physical resources (IN, OUT, UP and DOWN) to fit the requirements of applications hosted on our platform.

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Tomorrowland, Miss Universe and the rise of the federated CDN

If you're planning a launch, running a promotion or managing a large global event, the last thing you need is problems with your website. You want to make it an event to remember for all the right reasons, and that's what a Content Delivery Network is for.

What's interesting, though, is the shift away from static, lock-in legacy CDNs to the kind of fluid, federated CDN service we've been helping our clients create for the last couple of years. It's a shift that's borne fruit for two pretty high profile brands in recent weeks, and two OnApp clients: Reliam, which hosts the Miss Universe web application, and stone.is, which hosts websites for the record-breaking Tomorrowland festival. 

We caught up with the CEOs of Reliam and Stone to ask why the federated approach is driving large brands to source global hosting infrastructure from their local service provider - not from the big guys you might expect...

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