Changelog 10th June 2021

Welcome to the Cloud 66 Changelog. These are the changes that have gone out this month:

Introducing Application Private Networks

General

We rolled out a significant new feature to all of our products (and for all of our customers) - Application Private Networks.

An Application Private Network, or APN for short, is a VPN that connects all of your application servers. It also makes it possible for you to connect to your application servers through a secure VPN tunnel from your PC or mobile phone. It's backed by Wireguard - the leading VPN solution for Linux.

Take a look at our announcement blog post for more!

Application Health Checks

General

Application Health Checks will help our customers be more confident about their application deployments. Application Health Checks test your application endpoints via HTTP from different data centers around the world.

Using Application Health Checks you can identify potential issues and narrow them down to DNS, network or application issues to help you with fast and reliable connectivity and availability checks for your applications.

Application Health Checks are available to all Cloud 66 customers for free.

Maxihost partners with Cloud 66

General

We are pleased to announce that Cloud 66 is partnering with Maxihost, a global bare metal cloud provider built for developers.

Maxihost builds a platform that combines the compute power and security of bare metal servers with the automation capabilities of the cloud, allowing developers to deploy Intel and ARM-based dedicated servers in minutes across different locations around the world.

For more information check out our announcement blog post.

Additionally, we’ve arranged for $100 in free credits exclusive to Cloud 66 users only. To claim it, go to https://credits.maxihost.com, add your Maxihost API Key and code Cloud66.

HAProxy v2.2 Now Supported

General

We now support the installation of HAProxy v2.2 by default. This version includes various performance improvements. Take a look at the release notes here. With the recent release of support for multiple HAProxy instances on an application, you can now scale up a newer version of HAProxy in parallel with your existing one, and switch over (after testing) at your leisure!

PostgreSQL v13 Now Supported

General

We now support PostgreSQL v13! This was a long requested version update, so we are very happy to announce it. New PostgreSQL installations will install v13 by default. You can still specify to install an older version if you wish via your manifest.

The PostgreSQL v13 update brings various improvements over PostgreSQL v12, if you are looking for more detail, head over to read the official release notes.

MongoDB v4.4 Now Supported

General

MongoDB v4.4.x is now supported by default for new MongoDB installations! You can still specify an older version if you wish via your manifest.

This is a big update as our previous version was ageing significantly. With this update, we now support authentication too; we'll automatically create/inject new username/password environment variables into your application for easy use, and if you're using Rails, we'll modify your db configuration for you automatically!

Check out the official release notes.

Linode Dedicated CPU Instances

General

We now support creating Linode Dedicated CPU instances! This feature was requested by a few customers - if you would like to see another feature added please create/vote for it over on our uservoice page!

Introducing MySQL backend for CoreDNS

Open-Source

This plugin uses MySQL as a backend to store DNS records. These can then be served by CoreDNS. The backend uses a simple, single table data structure that can be shared by other systems to add and remove records from the DNS server. As there is no state stored in the plugin, the service can be scaled out by spinning multiple instances of CoreDNS backed by the same database.

We have open sourced this project. For more information visit the MySQL backend for CoreDNS github page.


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