Newsletter – April 12, 2012

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Really excited about what’s in today’s newsletter. So, I’ll keep the intro short, but I do want to tell you about two very cool things: 1) last week we launched Jelastic in Russian with our partner Rusonyx! 2) Next week, look out for another really cool announcement (US).

Java Agent in Jelastic!

A lot of you voted for this to be a new feature and we are proud to say that you can now use the javaagent parameter within Jelastic.
A Java Agent is an interceptor in front of your main method, executed in the same JVM, loaded by the same system classloader and governed by the same security policy and context. It is quite easy to use the parameter in Jelastic.
  • Just upload your jar file to your home folder
  • Open variables.conf file (server folder) and specify the path to jar file

If you want to read a little more about this new feature, you can check it on on theblog, or log into Jelastic and try it out!

How to build fail-safe Clusters, and then how to do it the easy way!

One of the best ways to make sure that your website can handle spikes in traffic and high loads is to build Clusters into your website solution.

GlassFish is one application server that allows you to build this great feature into your website and applications. In our how-to, we show you how to do this the traditional way: by setting up two hardware nodes and two servers (one for databases and another for load balancing), install the JVM, configure the cluster, setting up the load balancing for HA, configure the databases and then deploy your application.

You can do it that way, or you can do it the easy way: just a few clicks within your Jelastic dashboard.

Moving your blog from Posterous to WordPress or Blogger

Since Twitter acquired Posterous, there has been a lot of speculation on whether or not it will be safe to continue using it for blogs. To be on the safe side, our friend Matt Woodard did a how-to on moving your blog from Posterous to either WordPress or Blogger.

These are the steps for moving to WordPress:

  1. Create an account on wordpress.com if you don’t already have one
  2. Create a new blog (the free one is fine)
  3. Click on “Tools” and then “Import” on the left-hand side
  4. Click on “Posterous” in the list of import tools that comes up
  5. Enter your Posterous login information and the URL for your Posterous site and click submit
  6. Wait
If you have a ton of posts it can take a while to import but they send you an email when it’s done. Once the import to wordpress.com is done, you:
  1. Click on “Tools” and then “Export” on the left-hand side
  2. Leave the “All Content” radio button checked if you want everything (or choose what you want to export) and click “Download Export File”
  3. Go to the WordPress install where you want to import the blog content
  4. Click on “Tools” and then “Import” on the left-hand side
  5. Click on “WordPress”
  6. Select the export file you downloaded from wordpress.com and click “Upload file and import”
It is actually quite easy, thought there are some caveats. You can read more about it here, as well as see about the transfer to Blogger.

If you have any questions over the updates, or having any issues, please let us know. You can reach us for support at Support@Jelastic or with more general questions at Info@Jelastic.com.

If you have any questions over the updates, or having any issues, please let us know. You can reach us for support at Support@Jelastic or with more general questions at Info@Jelastic.com.

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Thank you so much for using Jelastic. We appreciate your support and are working hard to make sure that Jelastic is and continues to be the best answer to putting Java apps in the Cloud. If you have any questions, you can use the links below to reach our or try our support forums.

Judah Johns, Chief Evangelist @ Jelestic, Inc.

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