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Who’s Behind Hostens: An Interview with Hostens CEO

August 22, 2017 by · Comments Off on Who’s Behind Hostens: An Interview with Hostens CEO 

Arvydas_Strausas_HostensFifteen years ago, a developer from Lithuania wanted to start his own business – a web development company. In the process, he would go on to tackle a much bigger opportunity by starting a web hosting business. Today, his company owns the most modern data center in the Baltics and serves more than 100.000 clients across Europe.

In this special interview with the founder and CEO of Hostens Arvydas Strausas we discover a special blend of his long-term vision, discuss the hosting business landscape, and Arvydas’ journey in web hosting business.

Arvydas, when and how did you start your IT career?

I started programming at a young age. So, that’s the reason why I decided to study computer science at Vilnius University. Afterwards, before founding my own company, I worked as a developer. I remember my first project well. It was a gas station management software.

Later, after a few years of working in software engineering field, I became very interested in web technologies. Actually, all this happened 15 years ago, right after the dot-com boom when everything related with internet was growing at an extreme pace. So, at the age of 23, I founded my own company, named ‘Interneto vizija’.

Today, ‘Interneto vizija’ Ltd is the leading Lithuanian hosting service provider operating under such brands as:

  • lt – the biggest web hosting provider in Lithuania. Serveriai.lt serves more than 150.000 domain names.
  • Time4VPS – a specialized VPS server provider. Time4VPS already has more than 20.000 clients in 150 countries.
  • Hostens – our new and friendly web hosting service. We expect to start operating in multiple regions with worldwide server locations.

All these divisions use a modern TIER III Data Center owned by ‘Interneto vizija’ and located in Vilnius.

How did you come up with an idea to build hosting business? What was the competition like at that point (locally and globally)?

At the beginning of company’s history in 2003, ‘Interneto vizija’ mainly implemented various web development projects. At that time, web hosting was only our side activity. However, over time we noticed that hosting services became a high-demand service in comparison to web development. So, it was a leverage to start web hosting business.

Talking about the competitive environment, there were also several strong players in the market at that time. However, these companies were resting on their laurels and didn’t expect to be challenged by a new strong competitor. Quality customer service and technological advantage let us gain customers’ confidence and get a significant market share in Lithuania.

What was the hardest thing about building your business empire and what lessons did you learn from that?

The business was at a crossroads at the beginning of the company’s history. As I’ve already mentioned, we had to set the strategic directions whether we go further with web development projects or start a web hosting business. Finally, we discovered our niche and became the best in it.

Talking about lessons learned, it’s important to recognize the moment when your company starts growing. At that time, you have to stop doing everything by yourself and create a reliable team by delegating tasks to other people.

Finally, regardless of how many modern technologies we use, we still can’t get things done without people. So, I learned that clients tend to forget about some technical issues, but they never forget bad customer service.

Name 5 technologies that are instrumental for your business right now?

In general, our services are based on source technologies: TCP/IP, Linux, KVM, PHP, and MariaDB.

Why should clients choose your services over Digital Ocean, Linode, etc.?

The companies mentioned are really great. However, clients with the same budget are able to have more powerful and faster services with higher capacity here at Hostens or Time4VPS.

How will hosting business change in the next 5 years?

Talking about the future of web hosting business, I would highlight the following trends:

  • The market concentration will continue in the coming years. The big players will grow rapidly both due to the acquisition (for example, GoDaddy), and the organic growth (Amazon’s example).
  • Even tough more businesses will implement various cloud computing solutions, web hosting providers will continue to look for their niche by offering specific solutions. I predict that web hosting companies will try to avoid cloud services which are too generic and compete directly with AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud. For example, a company called GoDaddy have recently cut off their cloud services based on OpenStack.
  • Data security will become more important than ever. Upcoming May the EU Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will replace the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC. According to the EU institutions, it is the most important change in data privacy regulations in 20 years. From that time, even a single security incident can financially ruin the business.
  • From a technological point of view, all companies will become quite similar across the industry. Therefore, the importance of customer service will definitely increase and become one of the strongest competitive advantages.
  • Unfortunately, the frequency of DDoS attacks is increasing and becoming more varied. Therefore, I predict that the DDoS protection service will become as common as SPAM filter service is now.
  • In 5 years’ time 90% of all sites will be using SSL certificates.
  • nTLD domains won’t dominate in the domain market. gTLD, as well as ccTLD domains, will continue to be a big trend in the future.

What is the IT landscape like in Lithuania? How hard is it to hire great IT experts? How do you motivate your staff to stay in your company?

The information technology industry is intensely competitive and “hot” here in Lithuania. Of course, we have to compete with big and global companies in order to attract clients as well as the best employees.

I won’t be very original by saying that our greatest value is our team. But it’s true. We pay a lot of attention to personal qualities of a candidate for a job. This is why the hiring process can take quite a long time here at Hostens and Time4VPS. However, when the right employee is hired, we’re sure that he or she will quickly adapt to a new work environment. Finally, a thorough recruitment process and its results highly motivate the staff.

Android phone vs. iPhone? What is your preference and why?
My choice is Android phone. Since iPhones are only produced by Apple, the control provided over its software and hardware is really, really tight. While Google offers its Android software to many big brands, such as Samsung, HTC, Huawei, and many more. Android OS is “open” and provides you with flexibility, functionality, and freedom of choice. So, for me one of the strongest attributes of Android has always been the level of customization it allows.

Tesla cars – cool or not?
Cool :).

QTS Achieves Eight Consecutive Years of Five 9s Facility Uptime Performance

August 11, 2017 by · Comments Off on QTS Achieves Eight Consecutive Years of Five 9s Facility Uptime Performance 

Overland Park, KS – QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), an international provider of data center, managed hosting and cloud services, announced it and its predecessor have achieved 99.999 percent or greater uptime at its world-class data center facilities since 2008.

“Data center availability is critical to the ever-increasing demands of enterprise organizations and their customers – be it digitizing patient records, consuming online entertainment or conducting e-commerce transactions,” said Jim Reinhart, Chief Operating Officer – QTS. “Our track record of achieving ‘five 9’s’ or greater uptime is a reflection of our long-standing commitment to delivering a premium customer experience through our facilities, technology and people.”

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Serverius Launches New Internet Exchange AS-IX

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Serverius initiates the start of a new internet exchange: the AS-IX It’s a non commercial peering initiative between several network and datacenter owners which are offering free 10G peering ports and a 1G VLAN from their own network PoP locations.

“The AS-IX is much more powerful than conventional internet exchanges” Sergey Petukhin says. “Also the AS-IX network range is quite large from the start. Members can already connect on many places in the Netherlands. From the upper north to the Amsterdam region. Therefore the AS-IX is much more than another new internet exchange initiative like there are many“.

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Expedient Expands Indianapolis Data Center

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PITTSBURGH – Expedient, a cloud computing and data center infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider, today announced a planned $4.5 million expansion and upgrade of its data center in Carmel, Indiana. This is Expedient’s third expansion and upgrade of the Indianapolis data center since September 2013, and reflects continued customer demand for greater capacity, redundancy, and reliability. The three projects combined represent a total investment of $14.5 million dollars.

With a planned completion in November 2017, the expansion will add 3,500 square feet of computer room space, increasing raised floor space to 26,000 square feet, in addition to 12,500 square feet of electrical/mechanical rooms and more than 15,000 square feet of office, common area, and convenience spaces. Additional planned upgrades include the replacement of two uninterruptable power supply (UPS) systems, the installation of new computer room air conditioning units (CRAC) and power distribution units (PDU), and design improvements and additional cooling capacity for the HVAC system, resulting in a higher level of redundancy for Expedient customers.

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iSign Launches iSecure Protector to Protect Computers and Servers from Hackers with Impenetrable Security

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LACEY, WA – iSign Launches iSecure Protector to Protect Computers and Servers from Hackers with Impenetrable Security

This week iSign International, a company dedicated to developing innovative software solutions aimed at making computers and servers impenetrable to hackers, officially released iSecure Protector 2017, iSecure Protector Enterprise 2017, and iSecure Protector Server Edition 2017.

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Tampa Data Center Market Movers: Hivelocity & Total Telecom Management (TTMUSA) Ink Data Center Partnership

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TAMPA, FL – Hivelocity launched it’s second data center in Tampa in response to the demand for locally owned and operated supply in Tampa. A Tampa Bay Business Journal Fast50 award winner, Hivelocity’s growth has historically been driven by it’s dedicated server and private cloud businesses, making Hivelocity the largest consumer of it’s own data center services. Rick Nicholas, VP of Colocation at Hivelocity explained “We’re able to meet customers where they are along their journey to the cloud. We offer private connectivity from their colocation space to our public cloud, private cloud, storage, and dedicated server offerings so they can migrate and grow in the manner that best suits them. Total Telecom’s a trusted name to walk customers along that journey and we’re thrilled to serve their customers.”

The Partnership aims to expand Hivelocity’s exposure to the Enterprise and Government segments. Hivelocity’s newly opened TPA2 data center is the latest in the growing requirements for Data Center space expected to be a $62.3 Billion dollar industry by 2022 (Source http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/PressReleases/colocation.asp ). The newly opened 30,000sf/3MW facility 15 minutes from Downtown Tampa is Hivelocity’s second data center in Tampa and provides the ability to custom design, build, and support the unique needs of Government and Enterprise organizations. This facility is the most recent to open in Tampa with the ability to expand by an additional 60,000sf/6MW over the coming years.

TTMUSA is a sourcing and advisory group quietly assisting Business and Government organizations better source and operate their technology needs. “We are very excited about the opening of Hivelocity’s TPA2 facility. Tampa Businesses have been in need of better options to host their most critical IT infrastructure for years. Mergers/Acquisitions, lack of investment, and lack of local support has been the most common complaint. This has lead to many of our Tampa based Customers to source and grow their space out of the region. Hivelocity is unique in a number of respects. They built one of the largest and robust IP interconnections for their Private Cloud Customers in Tampa and Atlanta. The space provides the opportunity to completely customize around a client’s needs and its proximity to Tampa. This infrastructure, aquility, and Geographic desirability will be a winning combination in our engagements to assist customers find proper data center housing both in Tampa and Atlanta.” Allan Watkins

About TTMUSA
Total Telecom Management, Inc. (TTMUSA) is a full service, boutique Master Agency, located in Roswell, GA. TTMUSA has focused on how to develop a complete IT life cycle for their customers specifically in the VAR community. TTMUSA is a key partner resource for numerous VAR’s and MSPs to assist them in leveraging network services and cloud “as-a-Service” solutions. TTMUSA focuses on simplifying the technology to enhance the buying experience for their enterprise and government customers. TTMUSA achieves success when we empower our partners and their customer IT teams to focus on the adoption of new technologies swiftly and efficiently while maintaining a high level of cost effectiveness. As one of the leading full service boutique Master Agents, we strive in providing the best results on ever engagement.

About Hivelocity
Hivelocity provides cloud hosting, dedicated servers and colocation services to customers from over 130 countries worldwide. By simply focusing on solutions and environments that put the customer in the best position to succeed, Hivelocity has grown steadily since 2002. These highly scalable solutions are delivered from CJIS, SSAE16, SOC 1, SOC 2 and HIPAA certified facilities. For more information about Hivelocity you can visit them at https://hivelocity.net.

Fasthosts launches platform as a service on CloudNX

August 7, 2017 by · Comments Off on Fasthosts launches platform as a service on CloudNX 

Gloucester, UK – Fasthosts Internet Ltd, a leading web and cloud hosting provider, has announced the addition of Managed Stacks and Applications to its virtualised technology portfolio.

Following last year’s successful launch of CloudNX servers, leading web hosting provider Fasthosts has built on this next-generation cloud platform to introduce an all-new range of virtualised services. Customers now have even more options when it comes to enterprise-level cloud computing, with servers, stacks and apps that can be dynamically deployed, flexed and scaled.

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CloudLinux Releases LibCare, the Toolset for Livepatching of User Space, Free as Open Source

August 7, 2017 by · Comments Off on CloudLinux Releases LibCare, the Toolset for Livepatching of User Space, Free as Open Source 

Palo Alto CA – Leading OS developer CloudLinux announced today that it has published a toolset for livepathing of user space software to GitHub. The toolset is released under the GPL2 license and allows software developers to develop and apply patches to their running software without the need to restart it. Similar to commercially available KernelCare service, which livepatches kernels for various Linux distributions, the LibCare toolset allows developers to live patch any software, as long as the source code of the software is available. This ensures that business-critical software with nontrivial update processes doesn’t require users to restart during an update. Perfect application of this technology is within databases, Web servers, libraries, virtualization technologies such as QEMU, and more.

“We often see vulnerabilities in QEMU or GLIBC that are not cured by a simple update and instead require a reboot or a substantial amount of work to make sure everything is updated and secure”, said Igor Seletskiy, chief executive officer at CloudLinux. “With LibCare, software developers can offer live user space patching to avoid downtime and security risks. There is nothing like that available on the market as open source, and we are excited to be able to offer this to software developers to make their applications more secure and more reliable for customers.”

The LibCare source code is available on GitHub at https://github.com/cloudlinux/libcare.

About CloudLinux and KernelCare
CloudLinux is on a mission to make Linux secure, stable, and profitable. KernelCare, by CloudLinux, provides automated kernel security updates without reboots for most popular Linux distributions. It ensures optimal performance and uptime by allowing hosting providers and enterprises to keep kernels up-to-date with all security patches while keeping servers online.

Interoute deploys Cloudian for global cloud storage services

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London, UK – Interoute, the global cloud and network company, has rolled out a cloud-based storage service based on Cloudian’s HyperStore object storage technology. Offered as part of the Interoute Virtual Data Centre cloud platform, it provides customers with fast, reliable and highly durable cloud-based storage for unstructured data, backups and archives at very low cost.

Having evaluated a range of object storage technology vendors, Interoute selected Cloudian’s HyperStore for its scale-out capabilities, industry-leading S3 API compatibility, multi-tenancy features and ease of integration. Interoute customers have adopted the Cloudian-based service for use cases such as data resiliency, hosting static content and media archiving.

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Exaring Automates Entertainment Services Delivery Platform with Juniper Networks’ Solutions to Drive Digital Transformation

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SUNNYVALE, CA – Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today announced that Exaring, a digital service provider based in Germany, is using Juniper Networks’ high-performance solutions to create a scalable and fully-automated infrastructure for its next generation IP-based TV services.

Exaring’s platform offers German households diverse broadcast services in the cloud via a smart device. The company operates a comprehensive fiber infrastructure exclusively for the transmission of IP entertainment services, combining high-definition TV quality with the convenience of easy-to-use apps and the flexibility of the web. Exaring has also created its own TV platform waipu.tv.

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