We’re extending the free period for usage fees associated with the
to 1 Jun 2012. This means it will remain completely free of charge
to take, store and access your server snapshots and to upload
your own OS images :)
Cloud IPs, our
flexible and instantly mappable IPv4 addresses, will be chargeable
from the previously extended date of 1 April at just £0.0035 per
Watch this space for two sweet new features for Cloud IPs!
posted 29 Mar 2012
by Jeremy Jarvis
“Real-time”, “asynchronous”, “event-driven”, “distributed” are all words
familiar to today’s developer.
Two examples where this is more evident than anywhere else are the phenomenal
growth of Node.js, and the new HTML5 WebSocket protocol.
Applications built with these technologies often require many concurrent and
long-running connections. Thousands of concurrent connections disconnecting
and reconnecting adds a considerable amount of unnecessary load, and
workarounds tend to add more working parts and/or additional complexity.
So, today we’re announcing two new features for our Cloud Load Balancers
to complement these types of workload and deliver high-performance and
The first of these features is that you can now specify your own listener
timeouts of anything up to 1 day, meaning clients can maintain long running
connections without being needlessly disconnected.
The second feature is a new
http+ws mode for listeners, which enables you to
efficiently serve both plain HTTP and WebSockets traffic over the
same port. The Load Balancers automatically detect WebSockets handshakes
and upgrade the timeout to 1 day, whilst standard HTTP traffic maintains your
These new options are supported in the latest version of the
CLI (0.17.5) which is available right
For details of these and other Load Balancer configuration options, check out
CLI Guide or
P.S. If you’re not yet a customer you can
sign-up for Brightbox Cloud in
just a couple of minutes with no commitment - just pay for what you use by
posted 21 Mar 2012
by Jeremy Jarvis