Friday, 22 May 2015

Blacknight Launches BaseKit’s Website Builder for Small Businesses

Blacknight makes it even easier to get your small online business up and running with BaseKit’s Website Builder for Small Businesses.

Blacknight proudly announce the addition of the BaseKit Website Builder to their suite of business friendly services. The BaseKit builder allows businesses to create a beautiful, responsive website, blog or online store instantly, which is particularly great for those who aren’t necessarily tech savvy enough to code a site from scratch but need a website that looks and behaves professionally.

For a lot of small businesses being able to get an attractive and responsive website up and running is hard work and potentially expensive. If a business is operating on a shoestring budget, there aren’t funds available to hire a website designer or IT person to maintain the code for an online store. BaseKit’s Website Builder takes the burden of these expenses off of small businesses, allowing them to build up their online presence and control all aspects of their website.

Blacknight CEO Michele Neylon explains: “Blacknight began as a small business so we are particularly keen on offering the best solutions for getting small businesses online. While a lot of businesses might opt for WordPress or another CMS, the downside is that maintaining the software can be a chore. By using our new super duper easy to use BaseKit website creator they don’t need to worry about software updates, security concerns etc.”

Neylon also stresses the importance of small businesses operating through their own website rather than relying on services like Facebook to maintain their online identity. “It is so important that businesses have their own website with a great domain name. I cringe when I see a business solely using Facebook for their online presence because if Facebook should suddenly close its doors or change their policies, all of their data will be lost. Creating your own website that you control ensures that all of your data remains secure with you.”

The Blacknight BaseKit Website Builder will be available in a variety of packages from a Basic Monthly that starts at 8 Euro per month to an Enterprise Annual package that includes unlimited storage and bandwidth for 240 Euro annually. Blacknight customers can log into their control panel to manage their account and website building options securely, quickly and easily.

Blacknight have also created a demo site to show off what you can do with the service:

Thursday, 21 May 2015

RTE Programme Bright Sparks starts Sunday

Bright Sparks is an eight-part science documentary series for RTÉ Radio 1 starting this Sunday at 7pm. The programme will be presented by physicist Professor Shane Bergin from Trinity College Dublin. 

Prof. Bergin says of the series: "Scientists are curious people who wish to explore the world around them. Their ideas are sparked by shared conversations. Bright Sparks invites you to listen in on those conversations and understand the root of ideas, discovery, invention and how science works."

Throughout the series, Prof. Bergin meets the men and women who are leading scientific research in Ireland. He also discovers how Irish science and innovation are changing how we live. He explores how these ideas are shaping how we combat disease, face climate change, develop new technologies and how we uncover the mysteries of the universe.

In 2013, the leading international science monitor, Nature Publishers, marked Ireland as one of the top five countries, globally, to watch in terms of scientific research. However, less than two years later over 1,000 Irish researchers signed an open letter to the Government, authored by neuroscientist Professor Kevin Mitchell, where he made the case for increased long term state funding, saying: “Without investment in long-term, fundamental research there will be no discoveries to capitalise on.” Bright Sparks questions what drives scientific research in Ireland, who decides what is funded and what impact does it have, not only in Ireland, but also in the world.

The series explores how Irish researchers and their work is tackling contemporary issues, from climate change, antibiotic resistance to the future of food and solutions for dementia, cancer and motor neurone disease. Prof. Bergin looks at the impact that Irish scientific research is having on our lives, from his own field, nanotechnology with industry leader Professor Jonathan Coleman, to robots designed to care for the elderly and disabled in their homes with Trinity engineer Conor McGinn. The series goes from cutting edge space materials with Sinead McGlynn from Clonmel based Enbio to breakthrough biomedical devices, like Dr. Anne Moore’s malaria vaccination patch, that puts Ireland as a global leader in the fight against disease and illness.

Bright Sparks reveals the depth and scale of Irish research from genetics to space and looks at the legacy of research investment in the last 15 years but questions whether those advances are being undermined by research cuts and a short-term mission for outcomes.

Prof. Bergin meets some of Ireland’s most accomplished scientists including astrophysicists Peter Gallagher and Creidhe O’Sullivan, geneticists Emma Teeling and Aoife McLysaght, immunologists Luke O’Neill and Paul Moynagh, and neuroscientists Richard Roche and Geraldine Boylan to discover the importance of curiosity in solving the challenges of our world and in shaping a better one.

Tune in: RTÉ Radio 1, 7 - 8pm, Sunday May 24th - Sunday July 12th 2015  

Blacknight Introduces Jelastic, A Developer’s Dream

Blacknight announce the addition of Jelastic, the developer’s dream platform, to their suite of services.

Jelastic is the only zero code change PaaS that frees developers from coding to proprietary APIs. Any application can be supported in Jelastic with no complex APIs to code to with no changes required for cross platform deployment. Both new and legacy applications can be migrated to the cloud in minutes.

What this means is that Jelastic basically allows developers to deploy applications in seconds without making any code changes; users may simply upload and go. Jelastic also offers Enterprise-class availability and isolated containers mean that failures do not affect other environments. Provided database replication and horizontal scalability ensure the highest availability.

Because Jelastic offers unique, fully elastic scalability, users save up to 73% over other solutions as they only pay for resources used, not chunks of resources reserved. “Our new Jelastic powered cloud will help give Irish and European developers the flexibility and control they want without the dangers of unexpected overages,” states Blacknight CEO Michele Neylon. “With over 20 thousand attendees at the recent Web Summit in Dublin we know that Ireland is a popular location for digital startups, so now we’re able to offer a hosting solution to meet their needs.”

Blacknight chose to offer Jelastic over competing services because it combines best of breed technology with a truly unique platform allowing their customers to work faster and smarter. Also, Blacknight operates all of their hosted services through their in-house, green, data centre. Because the data centre is located locally, in Ireland, Blacknight’s hosted services are not subject to the privacy concerns that other hosting services with data centres in the United States may be beholden.

Blacknight CTO Paul Kelly, explains “We are very excited to provide a solution for developers to build scalable web apps for their customers and know what their minimum and maximum spend will be, i.e. they control how scalable the app is, from 1 ‘cloudlet’ to 16 ‘cloudlet’s. Users can deploy on Java (Multiple Java installs), PHP (multiple versions), Ruby (multiple versions), Node.js, and Python (multiple versions).Jelastic also scales up and out so you can increase the number of cloudlets that an individual instance has, or you can create more instances if, say, the first instance is busy for an interval.”

Blacknight customers can begin deploying Jelastic today.

To find out more about Jelastic on the Blacknight hosting platform please visit: