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I’ve been a fan (and user) of VirtualBox for several years now for desktop virtualization, so it’s great to keep seeing updates with exciting new features added.

The latest version of VirtualBox delivers some compelling new features, including support for live migration and branched snapshots. Migration capabilities reflect VirtualBox's potential for ascending into the enterprise arena.

via VirtualBox 3.1 adds live migration and branched snapshots.

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HostGator has been my web host for oh… 5+ years now and I’ve received nothing but excellent and reliable service from them during that time. Apparently they will soon be offering a service I hadn’t considered, Virtual Private Servers. This looks very appealing, both for personal projects and for projects for my employer. Hopefully HostGator’s VPS’s will be available soon!

*** VPS BETA TESTING IS NOW CLOSED ***

*** Feel free to continue the discussion ***

HostGator has been in the process of releasing VPS hosting, and we’re happy to announce it’s coming soon.

What is VPS?

VPS, or virtual private servers, is a great bridge between Shared Hosting and Dedicated Servers. Basically it’s a way for one server to have multiple operating systems running on it. If you get a VPS account with HostGator, you will receive super-user access (read: root) and your very own operating system installation on the server. Essentially it’s like having your very own dedicated server for a fraction of the cost.

What are the Details of HostGator’s VPS?

We’re still ironing out some nitty-gritty details, but I can say that these spec’s will, most likely, be what is released.

-Fully Managed VPS Hosting (complete with HostGator 24/7 Support)

-Software: Linux OS / cPanel & WHM Control Panel w/ Virtuozzo

-Pricing: From $40 to $150 per month (no contracts, no set up fees)

-IP’s: Each VPS will come with 2 to 8 Dedicated IP’s with the option to purchase more at a special rate

-RAM: From 256 MB (1 GB Burstable) to 4 GB (8 GB Burstable) DDR3 Memory

-CPU: From 1 to 4 CPU’s at 2.4Ghz+ (Hyperthreading, Intel Nehalem)

-Hard Drive: 6 Drives in a RAID 10 array (This is a much better setup than other VPS offerings from competitors as it alleviates the weakest bottleneck with VPS, the IO throughput)

Even though HostGator is just releasing VPS, many of our people here have extensive experience with them (5+ years), so we’re confident that we will be able to extend the same reliability, support offered with our shared/reseller/dedicated hosting with our VPS Hosting.

Can I upgrade my existing Shared or Reseller Hosting account to VPS?

We will be able to migrate over any Shared Hosting account (Hatchling, Baby, Swamp) at no charge. We are still working out the details for migrating over Reseller accounts to VPS, if they choose to upgrade. More details on that as we get closer to launch.

When can we expect this to be launched?

We’ve literally completed the hardware and software aspects. Right now it’s just a matter of negotiating deals with licensing companies to get the best rates.

via VPS Hosting from HostGator – HostGator Peer Support Forums.

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The latest podcast I’ve had the privilege of listening to during my commute was another .NET Rocks! Radio TFS home run, this time discussing hyper-v and virtualization with Brian Randell. Among other things Brian maintains the virtual machine images provided by Microsoft that allow you to trial Team Foundation Server using a fully functional Virtual PC or Hyper-V images. With an expiration date of December 31, 2009, there’s plenty of time to play!

Brian’s blog post about the images.

Unfortunately I don’t currently have enough surplus horsepower to give the images a run, but I’d recommend listening to the podcast.

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