Introducing self signed SSL certificates in just two clicks!

27th February 2014 by Joe Gardiner

We’ve improved the way SSL certificate creation for vCluster works in the CatN control panel. If you’re running a development or test environment on vCluster, you can now quickly generate and assign a self signed SSL certificate to allow you …

Platform as a Service billing explained

18th November 2013

In this video Joe Gardiner explains why PaaS is important for reducing cost and waste when compared to dedicated hosting and in particular, infrastructure as a service. IaaS is held up as an excellent solution for saving money by outsourcing …

Evolution of our product names

1st July 2013

What’s in a name? In the theme of explaining about the origin of our names here is a brief history of how we chose the names of our two main services, and how they have evolved over time. vCluster is …

Advanced PHP error handling in the cloud

8th April 2013

LogPipe is a PHP extension module that extends the default PHP error messages with additional information and allows you to pipe the logs to an external program or write them to a syslog facility. When a user connects to a …

vCluster Development Update 3

22nd October 2012

Following on from vCluster update number 2 I have plenty more to share with you as we approach the private beta stage of vCluster development. Rapid Deployment An important part of the vCluster stack is the ability to deploy the …

vCluster Development Update 2

4th September 2012 by Joe Gardiner

As I said in my previous vCluster update post earlier this month, I want to publish regular updates as we approach the launch of vCluster version 2. So what have we been working on over the last few weeks, and …

vCluster Development Update

7th August 2012

As followers of CatN will know we have been in beta for a long time, this last beta stage has lasted for about a year. Technically we came out of beta for a couple of months and unfortunately went back …

TCPWebLog – Collecting and Aggregating Web Logs on the Cloud

15th June 2012

TCPWebLog is a Free Open Source Software system to collect and aggregate Web-type logs (i.e. Apache, Varnish, PHP, FTP …) from multiple GNU/Linux computers running on a Cloud. When a user connects to a Website hosted at CatN, the response …

How to create TCPWebLog RPM packages for Enterprise Linux

15th June 2012

This is a short hands-on tutorial on creating TCPWebLog RPM packages for Enterprise Linux, including, but not limited to, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS and Scientific Linux (SL). TCPWebLog is a Free Open Source Software system designed to collect …

Making sales with G-Cloud

12th June 2012

I’m happy to announce that we have made our first sales to UK central government through the G-Cloud programme. This success has come from over a year of work attempting to break into the central government hosting market. You can …

vCluster package structure for version 2

16th May 2012 by Steve

With the launch of CatN vCluster version 2 nearing, I will be following on from the previous posts introducing the new version and the vCluster timeline to explain one of the major changes we will be introducing. Previously we offered …

Openindiana vs Nexentastor vs FreeNAS

11th May 2012

In my previous post I gave a (very) high level overview of ZFS and why I think it is a solid foundation for vCluster. What I did not say though, was why we chose OpenIndiana over the other operating systems …

An introduction to ZFS

11th May 2012

One major part of the new vCluster release is storage. As you may know, vCluster uses NFS extensively, so we want to make sure that it works reliably. Reliability means that the data stored is always available, meaning that the …

Explaining the vCluster Timeline

9th May 2012

The parent company behind CatN, Fubra, has long had aspirations of providing a web hosting service. As the company has grown over the past 12 years it has had to overcome a multitude of hosting related problems and has always …

What is vCluster (version 2 beta)?

2nd May 2012

The CatN team and I have been working on the vCluster product for quite a while now. The last time I checked, including vCluster 1.0, it has actually been for 2 years. Never fear though, we are rapidly approaching product …

CatN vCluster beta closed

11th November 2011 by Steve

Since launching vCluster version 1.0 early last year, we have had a lot of interest and uptake from people looking to test our clustered hosting service for their websites and applications. We have now exceeded our quota of beta users …

New CatN Control Panel teasers

18th August 2011

As those of you who attended WordCamp UK in Portsmouth will know, we have almost finished our new control panel for the upcoming release of vCluster 2.0. To whet your appetite here are some images and descriptions of new control …

Welcome to the new CatN!

14th April 2011 by Joe Gardiner

Welcome to the new look CatN hosting! With the launch of the new site CatN enters a very exciting period of development with the addition of new products and the hardening of current ones. I will continue to post on …

CatN Hosting for Beginners

15th October 2010

Let’s imagine a USB thumb drive. You’ve probably used one, and you can just plug it into your computer and copy files onto it. The great thing about a usb thumb drive is that you can carry it with you …