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CockroachDB on Brightbox Cloud

We’ve been working with CockroachDB lately and have been very impressed. It’s an open source, distributed, highly-available SQL database server. It’s been in...

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Updated Debian and FreeBSD cloud server images

We’ve updated our Debian and FreeBSD Cloud Server images and a couple of details of how to use them have changed. Debian 9 Debia...

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Automated Let's Encrypt Certificate Management for Brightbox Load Balancers

Today, we’re pleased to announce automated SSL/TLS certificate management for Brightbox Load Balancers, using Let’s Encrypt! Brightbox Load Balancers distri...

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Updated Ruby 2.4, 2.3 and 2.2 Ubuntu packages

We’ve just released updated Ruby 2.4, 2.3 and 2.2 packages for Ubuntu. Ruby 2.2.7 Ruby 2.2.7 brings about 70 bug fixes since 2.2.6 but is also the last mai...

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Search and order resources in Brightbox Manager

Over the last few weeks we’ve been rolling out improvements to resource lists in Brightbox Manager. All resources, such as Cloud Servers, Load Balancers, SQ...

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Ruby 2.4 Ubuntu packages

The first stable release of Ruby 2.4 arrived on schedule on December 25th. As usual, it has various new features, bug fixes and quite a few performance impro...

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Updated Ruby Ubuntu packages

We’ve just released updated Ruby 2.3 and 2.2 packages for Ubuntu. Both Ruby 2.2.6 and 2.3.3 were released in November with updated Rubygems SSL certificates...

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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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