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SoftLayer Investing $75 million in New European Operation to Meet Growth Demands

October 25, 2011 by · Comments Off 

softlayer SoftLayer Investing $75 million in New European Operation to Meet Growth DemandsWeb HostingDALLAS/AMSTERDAM — Expanding its global reach and IT hosting capabilities, SoftLayer® Technologies today announced the opening of its new European headquarters and data center in Amsterdam. Over the next two years the company will invest approximately $75 million in its European operations, which also includes new network PoPs in Amsterdam, London, and Frankfurt.

New and existing customers across Europe, especially the large corporate enterprises, Internet savvy small and medium sized businesses (SMBs), social media and gaming start-ups that make up SoftLayer’s core customer base, will be able to leverage these new capabilities, which will officially ‘go live’ at the beginning of November. European customers can now easily order SoftLayer’s unique cloud, dedicated, and managed hosting solutions.

“This launch strengthens our foothold across Europe by bringing our services closer to our existing and expanding customer base,” said Lance Crosby, Chief Executive Officer for SoftLayer. “Proximity to our customers is crucial to driving innovation and improving a better end-user experience. Currently more than 50 percent of our business is done outside North America. Our continued expansion into international markets gives our customers more control and flexibility in the way they manage and build out their cloud infrastructures and services.”

Today, with nearly half of its 23,000 customers coming from more than 140 countries, SoftLayer has an established international customer base and European demand for SoftLayer’s IT hosting services continues to soar across a variety of industries and countries. Companies like Ultra Knowledge, Flumotion, BaseCase and Magma Mobile, which have all adopted SoftLayer solutions and are able to deploy, scale and manage their Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions based on SoftLayer’s private network.

“We needed a scalable and reliable hosting provider with global network capabilities, more than just standard IT bells and whistles, to meet our growing demands,” said Etienne Jambou, Chief Marketing Officer for Magma Mobile. “SoftLayer provided us with a complete range of IT infrastructure services from development and production environments to web hosting and database management. Thanks to the robustness of SoftLayer’s infrastructure we have been able to remain focused on our core business.”

With the opening of the Amsterdam data center, SoftLayer will have 13 data centers and 16 PoPs worldwide. Each data center is functionally independent with distinct and redundant resources, as well as fully integrated with all SoftLayer facilities. The company’s global network fully integrates three distinct and redundant network architectures—public, private, and data center to data center—into the industry’s first Network-Within-a-Network topology for maximum accessibility, security, and control.

“The market opportunity for providing hosting and cloud solutions is still in its infancy,” said Melanie A. Posey, IDC Research Vice President, Hosting & Managed Network Services. “Companies like SoftLayer are taking the lead in establishing a globally accessible network that is helping push the adoption of these computing models to a broader mainstream audience. The addition of the new data center and capabilities will provide a foundation for users to securely run a complete gamut of solutions and services based on SoftLayer’s unique Intellectual Property (IP) and turnkey offerings.” Read more

SoftLayer Launches Mobile Apps for Windows Phone 7 and iPad

September 27, 2011 by · Comments Off 

softlayer SoftLayer Launches Mobile Apps for Windows Phone 7 and iPadWeb HostingDALLAS — SoftLayer® Technologies, the innovation leader in Cloud, Dedicated, and Managed Hosting, today announced the release of its Mobile app for Windows Phone 7 and Mobile HD app for iPad. Specifically designed for the Windows Phone 7 environment and iPad’s screen size, the new apps bring robust server and account management tools right to SoftLayer customers’ fingertips, anywhere they go.

We focus on giving customers total control over their infrastructure. This means being able to manage your services when, where, how, and on whatever device you want,” said Nathan Day, Chief Scientist for SoftLayer. “Our Mobile app for Windows Phone 7 and Mobile HD app for the iPad extend our suite of management clients to the mobile platforms our customers use most, and that includes Android as well. We’re already hard at work innovating the next versions of these apps so our customers can take advantage of even more features and functionality.”

The new apps feature fast menu navigation and enhanced design, delivering mobile control over many infrastructure management functions also found in SoftLayer’s industry-leading Customer Portal including:

  • Tickets—Quickly create a new ticket for a support request or view existing support tickets and check their statuses.
  • Servers—View performance details and control basic functions for your SoftLayer Dedicated Servers and CloudLayer Computing Instances. Easily turn a server off or on, ping the server to test its network availability, or reboot.
  • Bandwidth—Monitor the bandwidth usage of your SoftLayer Dedicated Servers and CloudLayer Computing Instance.
  • Accounting—Get up-to-date account information and view and download invoices.

SoftLayer Mobile for Windows Phone 7 is available for free download through Marketplace—Microsoft’s virtual store—and SoftLayer Mobile HD for iPad is available for free download through the iTunes® Store.

Updates and enhancements have also been made to iOS versions of the app and are available for free download through the iTunes Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch. SoftLayer applications for other mobile devices, including Android smartphones, are also available for free download. Read more

TheSSLstore Launches WHMCS Integration

June 29, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Hosting ServicesSt. Petersburg, FL – The SSL Store, one of the largest SSL certificate providers globally, today announced the launch of the WHMCS Integration.

The WHMCS plug-in is being made available through theSSLstore API allowing hosting companies and resellers the most efficient and effective way to employ SSL security to their customers. WHMCS is an all-in-one client management, billing & support solution for online businesses. WHMCS handles everything from signup to termination, with automated billing, provisioning & management. With WHMCS, you’re in control with a very powerful business automation tool. trans TheSSLstore Launches WHMCS Integration Read more

SendGrid & Rackspace Team Up to Provide Leading Transactional Email Service to Rackspace Customers

May 23, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Webmaster ToolboxSAN FRANCISCO, CA - SendGrid, the most trusted email infrastructure service, has announced a strategic relationship with Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the world’s leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry. The relationship will bring SendGrid’s leading email delivery, real-time analytics capabilities and scalability to Rackspace customers.

Rackspace provides enterprise-level managed hosting, cloud hosting, email and apps products to over 140,000 customers around the world. Rackspace also offers its customers a renowned commitment to its hallmark customer service, Fanatical Support®. The collaboration between Rackspace and SendGrid stems from the companies’ shared emphasis on providing the highest level of customer support and quality of service. Read more

SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby Named to TechAmerica Foundation’s Commission

April 12, 2011 by · Comments Off 

softlayer SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby Named to TechAmerica Foundation’s CommissionHosting ServicesDALLAS SoftLayer Technologies®, the innovation leader in cloud and on-demand dedicated hosting, today announced that Lance Crosby, Chief Executive Officer, was named as a Commissioner on the TechAmerica Foundation’s Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD2).

The commission will make recommendations for how government should deploy cloud technologies and address policies that might hinder U.S. leadership in cloud for the commercial space. Recommendations for government deployment will be presented to Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra. Commercial-facing recommendations will be shared with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Commerce Under Secretary Pat Gallagher.

“I am proud to serve as a Commissioner for CLOUD2. The cloud presents a profound opportunity and I believe that the federal government will play a key role in determining the path ahead.” said Lance Crosby, Chief Executive Officer for SoftLayer. “This is a critical time in the development of this technology and its impact on the economy. We can significantly help foster innovation and growth in the public sector, and across all industries.”

Salesforce.com Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff and VCE Chairman and CEO Michael D. Capellas will serve as co-chairmen for a commission of experts. Benioff and Capellas will be joined by Michael R. Nelson, visiting professor of Internet studies in Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture and Technology Program. CSC President of North American Public Sector Jim Sheaffer will serve as vice chairman, leading a task force focused on government adoption of cloud solutions. Microsoft® Corporate Vice President of Technology Policy and Strategy Dan Reed, who also leads the company’s eXtreme Computing Group (XCG), will also serve as vice chairman and will lead a task force focused on U.S. leadership in cloud technologies. Read more

Cloud Hosting Security Service Unveiled By StratoGen

March 17, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Hosting ToolboxEast Sussex, UK - Cloud hosting company StratoGen today launched a range of security features designed to enhance cloud security and help prevent malicious attacks.

The new service called SharpLock is free and available exclusively on StratoGen’s VMware hosting service. SharpLock acts as an additional firewall to protect administrator access to your cloud hosting account using a range of sophisticated security measures.trans Cloud Hosting Security Service Unveiled By StratoGen Read more

SoftLayer Sample Apps Show Flexibility of Open API

February 17, 2011 by · Comments Off 

softlayer SoftLayer Sample Apps Show Flexibility of Open APIHosting BlogSoftLayer Technologies®, the innovation leader in cloud, dedicated, and hybrid hosting recently released sample code for Windows® 7 and Mac OS® X apps for monitoring SoftLayer server information. The sample code showcases the versatility and robustness of the company’s leading open Application Protocol Interface (API).

“The Windows 7 Desktop Gadget and Mac OS X Dashboard Widget are great examples of the creative solutions that are possible with our comprehensive API,” said Stephen Johnson, Director of Interface Development for SoftLayer. “It features more than 100 fully-automated provisioning and management services that accommodate the needs of both casual developers and serious IT professionals—truly unleashing the power and flexibility of cloud computing.”

SoftLayer customers can leverage the API to create custom applications or control processes of any size, from small tools like the desktop gadgets to large-scale, infrastructure management workflows that automatically add servers to an environment when demand peaks. The API supports the use of SOAP, REST, and XML-RPC interfaces, and—as an open, standards-based platform—can fully integrate with any third-party or custom application.

“The automation and control is all there, just waiting for the innovative ways our customers will choose to use it,” said Mr. Johnson.

Further details on the SoftLayer API and implementation guidance can be found through the SoftLayer Development Network (SLDN), and its comprehensive blog, wiki, and forums. SLDN brings together SoftLayer engineers, IT professionals, and hobbyists to collaborate on ideas and exchange expertise about the SoftLayer API and how it interfaces with SoftLayer backend systems.

About SoftLayer Technologies
SoftLayer is the innovation leader in on-demand Web hosting and data center services. As the largest hosting company in the world, SoftLayer lets customers create dedicated, cloud, or seamless hybrid computing environments, leveraging the company’s world-class data center facilities in Dallas, Houston, Seattle, and Washington D.C., and network Points of Presence nationwide. SoftLayer integrates and automates all elements of its platform, empowering enterprises of any size with complete control, security, scalability, and ease-of-management via a leading Customer Portal and Open API. For more information, please visit www.softlayer.com or call 866.398.7638. Read more

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October 12, 2009 by · Comments Off 

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Mashery Selects Internap to Assume Managed Server Duties for Premium Customers

June 23, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Web Hosting ToolsATLANTA - Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP), a global provider of end-to-end Internet business solutions, announced today that it is providing managed server hosting services for Mashery, a cloud-based API (Application Programming Interface) infrastructure management company.

Mashery helps customers to embrace a new distribution channel – one that lets them create thousands of new content partnerships and create an ecosystem out of which new user experiences and revenue opportunities can grow. Thousands of software-driven companies are releasing APIs in order to become Software as a Service (SaaS) providers, either as a primary or secondary line of business. Although every API is different, the infrastructure to manage them includes the same set of challenges for most providers. Adopting Mashery’s developer management and support services allows customers to focus on their core businesses rather than trying to manage the APIs themselves.

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DiscountASP.NET Adds DNS Management API

March 24, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Webmaster NewsPasadena, CA - DiscountASP.NET, announces expanding their Open Control Panel API with the addition of APIs for DNS management. The new DNS management API is part of DiscountASP.NET’s Open Control Panel Initiative, whose goal is to provide customers with maximum control over their hosting presence management.

Previously, DiscountASP.NET introduced an ASP.NET web service API library which customers can use to develop their own web, desktop, or mobile applications that interface directly with their web hosting account management. Over the years, DiscountASP.NET has exposed methods to retrieve resource usage information, to recycle application pools, and to backup SQL 2008 and SQL 2005 databases. Today, DiscountASP.NET exposes methods for customers to retrieve, add, and delete their DNS A, CNAME, MX and TXT records. Read more

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