[iRail] 1 very long week - New hosting

Alex van Herwijnen alex at alex-media.nl
Thu Oct 13 22:27:58 UTC 2011

Hi Pieter,

It's good to hear that iRail is growing, which means it's popular. Too bad
the hosting can't keep up with it ;)

Perhaps Windows Azure can be interesting for your hosting requirements? You
can run almost anything on Azure and you only pay for what you use.

- Alex

On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 1:50 AM, Pieter Colpaert
<pieter.colpaert at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi list,
> It has not been left unnoticed: last week we have had a lot of server
> trouble.
> Nevertheless, this is not an e-mail for telling you how sorry we are. We
> have had free hosting by the guys of rootspirit (which includes Yeri and
> Dries Harnie) for one year. Admiringly, they have never asked anything in
> return and we are very grateful for that. For one year our organisation has
> been able to grow to what we are today. Sadly, the servers, did not grow
> along. The need for new facilities to better accommodate the iRail npo has
> now become more than obvious.
> So much for last week. This week we are moving forward. At this moment we
> are running on rootspirit's back-up servers. This means we need to find
> scalable hosting asap. As a board-member I understand that I cannot just
> take this decision impulsively. Therefore I have started putting out some
> tweets on who to talk to in Belgium. There are 4 interesting parties:
> 1. openminds: good service, scalable hosting
> 2. priorweb: they have some really interesting packages for our budget
> 3. combell: very professional cloud hosting. We are already working
> together with Combell for apps for Ghent and apps for Meuven. Might give us
> a discount (to be discussed)
> 4. iLibris: a special company who are very interested in helping iRail out.
> Google them for more information
> I don't know all the details yet. This week I will have a meeting with
> openminds and iLibris. I hope to have some answers by email at the end of
> the week from Combell. As this needs to be done quickly I hope that we can
> do this quickly. I will keep you informed about the final decision.
> We don't want to accept sponsoring. We cannot put advertisements in an API,
> and putting advertising in a mobile client is a preposterous idea. We have a
> little left-overs from the Summer Of Code we organised (
> http://summerofcode.be). If 2 more "supporting" members join the NPO we
> have a budget of €60/month. This is very feasible. If anyone of you would
> like to donate something in order to get even better hosting, please feel
> free: 363-083717306 (spread the word ;)).
> Kind regards,
> Pieter
> P.S. A special thanks to Dries Harnie for feeling with us this week and
> fixing a lot of things himself. Thanks to Tim Esselens for helping to get
> BeLaws back up and running. Thanks to Christophe Versieux for the mental
> support :)
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