[iRail] 1 very long week - New hosting

Pieter Colpaert pieter.colpaert at gmail.com
Sat Oct 15 09:51:18 UTC 2011

Hi Alex,

thanks for your suggestion! Since we're an open data non-profit 
organisation which creates open source application, it would be weird to 
oblige everyone to get the hang of a proprietary product. On top of 
that, cloud-hosting is way more expensive and the EUR60/month would be 
the price for the electricity only. If you want us to buy cloudhosting, 
please feel free to do a generous donation ;)

I think we will go with iLibris. They have a really nice offer which I 
will mail you all about later.

Kind regards,


On 10/14/2011 12:27 AM, Alex van Herwijnen wrote:
> 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 <mailto: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 EUR60/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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