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.



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.

Dallas-give-camp-Ryan-Everleap

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.