What the heck is SPLA, and how does it affect me?

Takeshi EtoWe occasionally receive inquiries from potential customers who are concerned about the Microsoft license fees they may be responsible for paying when hosting on the Everleap infrastructure. So I thought I would talk about how Microsoft licensing works for hosts and hosting customers.

Typically when software is purchased, only the person or business that purchased the software is licensed to use the software. But what if a business wants to “rent out” the use of software to their customers? Enter the Service Provider Licensing Agreement, or SPLA for short.



.NET Conf UY v2016

Michael PhillipsThe third .NET Conf UY is taking place September 29th through October 1st in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Get the very latest on Microsoft technologies, including HoloLens, .NET Core, DevOps, Docker, Universal Apps, Windows 10, Internet of Things, Xamarin, Sharepoint, Office 365, SQL Server and Visual Studio. Hob-nob with top experts, and enjoy a unique opportunity to learn, share and network. Workshops, conferences and fun are all guaranteed, in an informal, friendly environment.

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Changing the Node.js version

Ray PenalosaUnlike traditional web hosts, the Everleap system supports multiple versions of Node.js.

Here’s a full list of available versions, and instructions for changing the version your website uses:



SQL 2016 is now available for Managed SQL

Michael PhillipsIf you have a large database, a lot of small databases, or need SQL server customization, our Managed SQL service is something you should consider.

And now you can get a Managed SQL server running SQL 2016. What’s new in SQL 2016? Stretch Database, Query Store, Temporal Tables, Native support for JSON and more.



Shared SQL 2016 is available now

Takeshi EtoI’m happy to announce that SQL Server 2016 is available as a database option on all of our cloud hosting plans.

sql 2016 hostingYou can now create SQL 2016 databases in the Everleap Control Panel. All of the SQL tools available for SQL 2014 and SQL 2012 are also available for SQL 2016.

And Managed SQL 2016 is coming soon…



Cloud Backup – Automate your site and database backups

Automated backupsTakeshi EtoToday I’m excited to announce a new Cloud Backup solution that will automatically backup your website, SQL databases, and MySQL databases off-site onto the Amazon cloud. The service comes with a web-based management portal to manage backup scheduling, versions and restoration.

It’s a solution for “Oops” recovery
We’ve all accidentally overwritten something or deleted an important file that broke a site or destroyed a site’s layout. Cloud Backup can save you hours of painstaking work.



Everleap customer story – Q&A with Jeff Ammons of the Gwinnett, Georgia, Microsoft User Group

Michael PhillipsThe entire Q&A with Jeff – and more customer stories – are available on our site.

Jeff Ammons is the President of the Gwinnett, Georgia, Microsoft User Group (GGMUG). As the hosting sponsor of the GGMUG since 2010, we wanted to learn more about Jeff and his group and we talked with him recently to get the details about what he has going on and how it all came to be.

Thanks for talking with us Jeff. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your professional background.

GGMUG-Jeff-EverleapI’ve worked for a variety of companies over the past couple of decades ranging from very small to very large. My longest experience was with the Atlanta Journal Constitution where I spent ten years. I love the AJC, but newspapers are having a hard time in the 21st century.



Everleap attains Microsoft Gold Hosting competency – again!

Takeshi EtoI’m very happy to report that we’ve successfully renewed our Microsoft Gold Partner status for 2016, making this our 11th year in a row.

microsoft-gold-partner-300x84Every year we invest time and resources in meeting the high bar of requirements that Microsoft has set for the Microsoft Gold Partner status. We do this to demonstrate our commitment to staying on top of Microsoft technologies, and to maintain access to MSDN subscriptions, product licensing, Microsoft support and other pre-sales/advisory resources that are only available to Gold Partners.



Top 10 things we accomplished in 2015

I’ve been recapping our Top 10 accomplishments at DiscountASP.NET for many years over on the DiscountASP.NET blog, so I started the same tradition for Everleap last year. Here is my Top 10 list for 2015.

  1. Launched Managed SQL hosting
    managed sql hostingWe offer a Shared SQL hosting solution with our cloud hosting plans but some of you told us you needed more – more SQL storage, or more customization, or you needed to manage a lot of smaller SQL databases for a growing SaaS application. So we launched a Managed SQL hosting solution where you get your own private VM with your own SQL installation. Since it’s a private VM that is not shared with any other customers, we can do some customization on the server. We can enable features like SQL CLR and SQL Jobs or install special software or set up custom configurations for transaction logs or backups.


Everleap community spotlight – Kids-U and GiveCamp

Michael PhillipsThe entire Kids-U GiveCamp story – and many more customer stories – are available on our website.

Kids-U is a Texas non-profit that has provided after school tutoring in math, language arts and reading to over 3,000 students in Dallas. 99.9% of Kids-U students have been promoted to the next school grade. How can an organization like this afford to hire designers, developers, business consultants and IT professionals? In short, they can’t. Every single penny they raise goes towards ensuring underprivileged children get the support they need.

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Recently, Ryan Gilmour and Dallas GiveCamp teamed up to build a great database application for Kids-U. GiveCamp is a weekend-long event that pairs charitable organizations with technology professionals who donate their time to assist these non-profits in developing solutions, strategies and tools that help them continue their good work more effectively and efficiently.



A simple explanation of load balancing

Michael PhillipsOne of the cool things about Everleap is the ability to run your site from multiple servers and have those servers automatically load balanced. A lot of complicated things take place on the router to achieve load balancing, but in simple terms load balancing is just the equal distribution of the incoming requests across whatever number of servers the site is running on.

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For example, if your site is running on two servers (something that’s available for every site on Everleap), and 100 requests come in for the site, 50 requests will go to each of the two servers. That way the incoming load is balanced between the available servers.



Everleap customer story – Q&A with Kyle Neumeier of Little Rock Techfest

Michael PhillipsThe entire Q&A with Kyle – and more customer stories – are available on our site.

This year’s Little Rock Techfest is taking place on October 16th, 2015 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Arkansas. As the hosting sponsor for the conference, we recently caught up with developer Kyle Neumeier, one of the organizers, to learn more about the event.

Everleap: Thanks for talking with us Kyle. Could you tell us a little more about yourself and your professional background?

Little-Rock-Techfest-Kyle-EverleapKyle Neumeier: I’m a software developer based in Little Rock, Arkansas. I deal mainly with Microsoft technology but have used other tech as well, namely Java, in the past. I’ve been doing this for eight years. I currently work remotely for CareEvolution, a health information technology company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.



Everleap customer story – Q&A with Neil Baker of ezRider

Michael PhillipsThe entire Q&A with Neil – and more customer stories – are available on our site.

Avid cyclist Neil Baker started ezRider in 2012. Neil is a programmer who works professionally in the Electrical Engineering industry with experience in developing Windows desktop database applications. He paired his love of bike riding with his programming knowledge to a build a site that connects riders with others in their local area. Recently, Neil made some upgrades to his site, taking his site into the cloud with Everleap.

Everleap: Thanks for talking with us Neil. First off, let’s chat a little bit about your site and how it got started.

ezRider-Neil-EverleapNeil Baker: Melbourne Australia’s Beach Road is one of the busiest roads in the world for weekend warrior road bike riding. It is estimated that there are up to 30,000 riders on the road on a good weekend. Around five years ago, I became one of them. These riders consist of single riders as well as small, medium and large groups. In my group, around four to ten of us would ride regularly on Saturdays and Sundays. Organizing our group meant “are you going yes or no?” phone calls and mass SMS about the planned ride and where to meet. This worked well, but we never knew who was going to turn up – people were at times left alone at the meeting spot or we left without someone.



CIO Review Recognizes Everleap in 100 Most Promising Microsoft Solution Providers List

Takeshi EtoI’m happy to announce that Everleap was recognized in CIO Review’s annual, “100 Most Promising Microsoft Solution Providers” for 2015.

Top 100 Most Promising Microsoft Solution Provider 2015Having launched Everleap just last year, this recognition is validation of all of the hard work our entire team has put in to deliver a simplified cloud hosting solution that businesses can understand and budget for.



Everleap customer story – Q&A with Jason Mauss of GoldenSlam Fantasy Tennis

Michael PhillipsThe entire Q&A with Jason – and more customer stories – are available on our site.

GoldenSlam.com was founded by developer Jason Mauss. Jason started programming as a teenager in the 1990s and he is currently a Lead Software Engineer for a data center company. GoldenSlam.com gives tennis fans the opportunity to play a fantasy tennis game and follow players, scores and stats from the pro tour, while also being part of a community of individuals passionate about the sport.

Everleap: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us Jason. Tell us a little bit about your site and how it got started.

GoldenSlam-Jason-EverleapJason Mauss: I had the idea for the site kicking around my head for a long time. When you look at other popular sports like hockey, baseball, soccer, and football, they all have data easily available on tons of sites, with all kinds of ways fans can invest themselves in the sport. It used to be that you would just watch your favorite team once a week and that would be about it. Millions of fans can now watch ALL of the games played each week, create their own fantasy rosters and really just live and breathe their sport.