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SimpleVLE has migrated to Amazon Web Services

Blog Image We have great news! SimpleVLE has moved into the AWS cloud. What does this mean for our users? Well most importantly, there should be no more down-time, because our systems have been configured in a way to mitigate hardware failures. In the past, our single server was a single point of failure. Now, AWS's Elastic Load Balancing monitors the health of our instances(servers) and when it determines that an instance is unhealthy, it no longer routes traffic to it. Instead, it spreads the load across the remaining healthy instances.

The performance should also be very noticeable now that we are on AWS. Using AWS tools, Auto Scaling, and Elastic Load Balancing, we can scale up or down based on demand. Backed by Amazon's massive infrastructure, we have access to compute and storage resources when we need them. In the past, when more users came to the site, there was a huge decline in performance.

All of the aforementioned things are great right? Better performance, zero down-time, it couln't get any better than this. Well, there is a problem...COSTS! The costs are going to be much higher, so we will definitely need donations to keep the site going. Click the following button to donate.

With little to no ad revenue, every little bit helps us keep the site free. To encourage donations, we are open to providing reasonable customizations for those that donate. For example, custom login pages for your students, school logos and color schemes are within the realm of possibility depending on the level of support provided. We may create a premium service for customizations in the future and donating users will certainly be given free access to those premium services. Thanks for using SimpleVLE.