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Showing posts with label Remote desktop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Remote desktop. Show all posts

Monday, May 05, 2008

A virtual Virtual Private Server tutorial

We've had a surprising amount of interest in my recent post about VPS support in Alpha Five Platinum (or maybe not so surprising, when you think about it). That post became the most-read article on the blog, outperforming all other posts 300 fold. Pretty amazing. And it tells you something: this is a feature people really want to take advantage of.

To recap, you can now host your Alpha Five apps with any ISP, easily. Given the popularity of my initial post on VPSes, I asked Dave McCormick if he could produce a quick tutorial on the topic. Dave has just posted a 14 minute step-by-step video tutorial that shows you how to get your Alpha Five v9 Web apps online at virtually any ISP on Earth.

You can watch the high-rez video (link above), or watch parts 1 and II here.

It could be the best 14 minutes you'll spend this week.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Secrets of Virtual Private Servers

A Virtual Private Server (VPS) doubles as a machine to develop your Alpha Five Web applications, and a place to host them.

It's not hard to move a local Alpha Five development environment (or other Windows programs) onto a VPS or dedicated server. Requirement #1: a broadband connection. You'll need broadband performance to make this work.

Next you'll need a dedicated host. Unlike oil prices, hosting costs have been dropping. Clive Swanepoel of ZebraHost, an Alpha Five hosting partner, is offering a VPS starting at $34.95 a month.

Clive and I were chatting today (which prompted this post). He told me he's seeing a steady increase in the number of Alpha Five shops accessing VPSes or dedicated servers via their standard Windows XP or Vista remote desktop connection. Instead of building locally, uploading, and then deploying remotely, they're creating their applications right on the server.

Frankly, this was an eye-opener for me. But when you think about it, it makes perfect sense for anyone building Web apps. The advantage, of course, is that they can access their source app from any Internet connection, anywhere in the world. And that means higher service levels for their users or customers.

It also means developers can build and deploy Alpha Five Web apps from sources other than Microsoft Windows, such as a the Mac OS or Linux distros.

Another advantage of this approach: you can backup a VPS or dedicated server, using the Virtuosso control panel at ZebraHost. The backups are stored securely on the network, and are accessible or recoverable with a click.

If you've been in this business as long as I have -- from the earliest days of MS-DOS and green screens that weren't networked, even locally -- the ability to build, deploy, and manage apps remotely, wirelessly, from anywhere there's an Internet device is really quite incredible.

By tapping the power of a VPS, you can code and support Alpha Five apps anywhere. A word of warning, however. Do NOT work on your apps in the bathroom. That's a good way to get electrocuted, and I don't need a lawsuit.


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