This month, we added more cloud providers to our offering, and this week, we made it easier to choose one in the "configurator." We're also sticking to our plan to give you as much control as you need, adding support for post-deployment scripts, as well as access to a status log display. As well, continued expansion for multi-app hosting support. Here's all the details:
Improved display of data centers within the configurator. Previously, whenever we added a new cloud / data center location, it would show up as its own, separate line item under the "Select a data center" expandable list in the configurator. That list had officially become unruly! With Jimbo, you'll now see only one line item per cloud, with the data center selection available in a drop-down menu.
e.g. In the case of Softlayer, where we offer multiple data center locations, you'll just see a line item for "Softlayer" and in the drop-down menu on that same line you'll see: "Dallas, Texas, USA", "Seattle, Washington, USA", etc.
Support for post-deployment scripts. After an application has been installed, users will be able to upload a "Post-Deployment Script" (that will be the file type, if you will, that you'll select from the drop-down), via our existing "File Upload" feature (found under an application's "Advanced Options"). Once uploaded, our scripts will know to run your script each time the application is subsequently installed (e.g. upon restore or auto-restore).
How might this be used? Post-deployment scripts can be used for all sorts of things, but one case we might see is... We don't back up cron jobs. If you need a cron job for use with their app, you can configure a post-deployment script so that your cron jobs would be automatically run upon restore / auto-restore.
We intend to expand this feature in the future to make it available upon initial application installation, moving a test drive to hosted, etc.
Access to a status log display, at both the server and application level. Given that the activity occurring around a user's servers and applications sometimes feels a little black-box-ish, we're going to provide the ability for users to display a status log of that activity. From a server's menu tab and from an app's "Actions" menu, the user will be able to display a pop-up window showing the activity that's been logged for that server / application for a particular time period. e.g. For the time frame of yesterday: when backups were taken, if they were successful, etc. Over time, we'll log more and more things, such that this status log will grow in its interesting-ness and usefulness.
Multi-app support for OpenVBX, JustLAMP, JustLINUX. We've had customer requests for multi-app implementations of OpenVBX and have a need ourselves for multi-app implementations of JustLAMP and JustLINUX (to support a particular customer's migration of services to our platform), so are adding those to the list of apps that are "multi-app" enabled.