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Migrating production databases to Cloud SQL with minimal downtime

We’ve written a guide on how to import a MySQL database into a Cloud SQL instance while minimising downtime. The trick is to take an initial dump of the data...

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Announcing Beta Support for PostgreSQL in Cloud SQL

Today, we’re pleased to announce beta support for PostgreSQL 9.5 as a new engine option for Cloud SQL, our zero-config simple database service. PostgreSQL s...

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Building a scaleable filesystem with S3QL and Orbit

All our Cloud Servers come with resilient local permanent disks, stored on SSDs in a RAID configuration. For periodic backups, you can use our server snapsho...

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NixOS on Brightbox Cloud

NixOS is a Linux distribution that is configured using a functional language in a declarative way. I’ve been using it here at Brightbox as my main developme...

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Scheduled snapshots for Cloud SQL

We’ve just added a new scheduled snapshots feature to Cloud SQL, our hassle-free MySQL cloud database service. Cloud SQL has always supported manually takin...

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Official Ubuntu images and trademarks

Last week, the issue of Ubuntu trademarks raised its head once again, due to some claims from some service providers that they’re being told they have to pay...

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Custom maintenance windows for Cloud SQL

We’ve just rolled out a new feature for our Cloud SQL service: custom maintenance windows. Every Cloud SQL instance is regularly updated with the latest sec...

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Cloud Server Group DNS

When building clusters that can dynamically change, you need to be able to discover when new servers come and old servers go. Brightbox cloud servers can loo...

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Terraforming Brightbox Cloud

Today we’re announcing Brightbox Cloud support for Hashicorp’s Terraform in the form of a new provider plugin. Terraform is a tool to make managing your ove...

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Managing multiple accounts

Many of our customers need to keep track of the costs of certain groups of cloud resources. Often this is to allow accurate billing of their own customers, o...

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Ruby 2.3 Ubuntu packages

The first stable release of Ruby 2.3 arrived right on schedule on December 25th. It sports a few interesting new language features plus lots of little improv...

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Case-sensitive DNS records

We recently came across a problem that was affecting mail delivery from servers in Brightbox Cloud. Specifically, it only looked to be affecting deliveries t...

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