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

October 25, 2011 by · Comments Off on SoftLayer Investing $75 million in New European Operation to Meet Growth Demands 

Web 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 on SoftLayer Launches Mobile Apps for Windows Phone 7 and iPad 

Web 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

NTT America Highlights Key Industry Trends, Predictions for Remainder of 2011

July 21, 2011 by · Comments Off on NTT America Highlights Key Industry Trends, Predictions for Remainder of 2011 

Hosting ServicesNEW YORK – NTT America, a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) and a Tier-1 global IP network services provider, today highlighted several key trends and upcoming industry developments in the broadband and IP transit industry.

“New technology innovations, global developments and the changing nature of how both businesses and consumers are using the Internet are all impacting our industry greatly,” said Michael Wheeler, vice president of NTT America’s Global IP Network business unit. “Now is the time for businesses to make the adjustments needed for success in the future.”
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SoftLayer Launches Ksplice Uptrack

June 9, 2011 by · Comments Off on SoftLayer Launches Ksplice Uptrack 

Webmaster ToolboxDALLAS SoftLayer® Technologies, the innovation leader in Cloud, Dedicated, and Managed Hosting, today announced it has added Ksplice® Uptrack to its wide range of available services. The powerful Linux operating system (OS) add-on enables kernel security updates to be installed on SoftLayer Dedicated Servers or CloudLayer® Computing instances in seconds, while systems are running with no reboot required.

“We’re excited to offer customers the advantages that Ksplice provides for managing their Linux systems,” said Nathan Day, Chief Scientist for SoftLayer. “Now, there is no need to delay updates to maximize uptime on your production environments. You don’t even have to reboot to set Ksplice up the first time.”

Ksplice Uptrack collects Linux updates from all major vendors, converts each into a rebootless update, and then publishes the updates to Ksplice Uptrack servers for seamless download and installation. Ksplice operates at the object code layer, enabling it to transform many traditional source code patches into hot updates with little or no programmer involvement. Key features include:

– Virtualization support for VMware®, Parallels® Virtuozzo, Citrix® Xen®, and more
– Compatibility with control panels and third-party kernel modules
– Rollback capability to instantly reverse any update
– Performance neutrality, not requiring a persistently running process
– Convenient browser-based tool for seeing if systems are up to date

In addition, Ksplice Uptrack servers are on the SoftLayer private network, streamlining installation for SoftLayer customers and using no metered bandwidth for installation.

Ksplice Uptrack can be ordered today for new servers at www.softlayer.com or for existing servers through the SoftLayer Customer Portal. Read more

SoftLayer Launches Public Cloud Computing Image Sharing

June 8, 2011 by · Comments Off on SoftLayer Launches Public Cloud Computing Image Sharing 

Webmaster ToolboxDALLAS SoftLayer® Technologies, the innovation leader in Cloud, Dedicated, and Managed Hosting, today announced the launch of a public image repository for CloudLayer® Computing. Since its inception, CloudLayer Computing has allowed customers to save private image templates, enabling the deployment of additional similar instances without having to install and configure the same operating system and applications multiple times. With the new repository, these image templates can be published for all customers to use.

“One of cloud computing’s greatest advantages is exceptional deployment speed. We wanted to simplify and accelerate the deployment process even more,” said Matt Chilek, Vice President of Systems Development for SoftLayer. “The public repository does just that, letting customers deploy community or commercial instances without having to start from scratch. But, even better, it provides a vehicle for customers who create special-purpose servers or appliances—like for VOIP, Load-Balancing, or Application Hosting functions—to widely distribute their models.”

Publishing or using an image template with the public repository is a simple, automated process through SoftLayer’s industry-leading Customer Portal. Images can be searched for by criteria including publisher or template name, and then ordered on an hourly or monthly billing basis. Read more

SoftLayer Chief Scientist to Speak at Citrix Synergy and All About the Cloud

May 25, 2011 by · Comments Off on SoftLayer Chief Scientist to Speak at Citrix Synergy and All About the Cloud 

Webmaster ToolboxDALLAS SoftLayer® Technologies, the innovative provider of Cloud, Dedicated, and seamlessly integrated environments, today announced that Chief Scientist Nathan Day will speak at All About the Cloud, on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 10:50am and at Citrix Synergy, on Thursday, May 26 at 2:00pm.

At All About the Cloud, Mr. Day will speak about the importance of choosing the right technology for the job instead of using a one size fits all approach. Different infrastructure options will be considered with a focus on which applications work best in each compute environment.

Mr. Day will explore integrated environments at Citrix Synergy. He will reference three different case studies about organizations using a combination of Cloud and Dedicated environments, focusing on which technologies perform best in certain circumstances.

“I am looking forward to speaking at both of these important events,” said Nathan Day, SoftLayer Chief Scientist. “SoftLayer is the only hosting provider that can provide the level of integration we offer and I am proud to be able to share what we have accomplished.” Read more

Verizon to Participate in World IPv6 Day on June 8

May 24, 2011 by · Comments Off on Verizon to Participate in World IPv6 Day on June 8 

Webmaster ToolboxNEW YORK – Verizon will join the Internet Society and participate in World IPv6 Day on June 8. The event will give Verizon customers and industry leaders an opportunity to test the new Internet addressing system, IPv6, and learn about its future benefits.

For 24 hours, network service providers, Internet service providers, content delivery networks, website owners, hardware and software manufacturers and others will enable IPv6 on their main services and test its readiness. This is the first global-scale production trial of IPv6. Read more

Intermedia Launches Online Backup for Servers

May 18, 2011 by · Comments Off on Intermedia Launches Online Backup for Servers 

Webmaster ToolboxNew York, NY – Intermedia, the world’s largest Microsoft Exchange hosting provider, today launched a server backup option to its Online Backup service. The new feature allows customers to back up their Windows servers including versions 2000, 2003, and 2008 – protecting their server-based data in case of hardware issues or in the event a file is accidentally overwritten. Intermedia Online Backup also includes a desktop version – launched in April 2011 – that enables companies to automatically back up files on their employees’ desktops and laptops. The service is powered by Mozy™, an online backup service from EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC).

Businesses set up and manage Online Backup – both the server and desktop versions – from Intermedia’s HostPilot® Control Panel. HostPilot is used to manage all Intermedia cloud services, including the company’s popular hosted Exchange email and VoIP calling services. Intermedia’s integrated approach gives companies access to the cloud services required to run their business, sparing them from having to use multiple control panels or pay multiple bills. Read more

SoftLayer Revenue & Operations Grow in First Quarter of 2011

May 17, 2011 by · Comments Off on SoftLayer Revenue & Operations Grow in First Quarter of 2011 

Webmaster ToolboxDALLAS SoftLayer Technologies®, the innovative provider of Cloud, Dedicated, and seamlessly integrated environments, today announced continued operational and financial growth in the first quarter of 2011. Along with other achievements, the company earned $78 million in revenue for January 1 – March 31, 2011.

“This has been another great quarter for SoftLayer,” said Lance Crosby, Chief Executive Officer for Softlayer. “We continue to bring game changing innovation to the market at a record setting pace and this will continue as we go forward, particularly given we have successfully completed our integration efforts with the Planet.”

Key milestones for SoftLayer through the end of March this year have included:
– $78 million revenue
– $33 million EBITDA
– 26,000+ customers across 140+ countries
– Over 81,000 servers under management
– Integration with the Planet complete

Significant achievements, updates, and launches have included: (check links below)
Renewal of SAS 70 Type II Certification
Parallels Automation on-Demand
Dedicated Hardware Firewalls
Lance Crosby Appointed as Cloud Commissioner

“The current quarter is continuing our explosive trajectory,” added Crosby. “SoftLayer has launched what we believe is a market disrupting managed hosting offing in April and I am very pleased to announce that international expansion to Europe (via Amsterdam) and Asia is well underway. This will be another great year for SoftLayer.” Read more

Highwinds Launches StrikeTracker 2.0 Beta with New Features and Enhanced Analytics

May 10, 2011 by · Comments Off on Highwinds Launches StrikeTracker 2.0 Beta with New Features and Enhanced Analytics 

Webmaster ToolboxNEW YORK – Highwinds®, a leader in content delivery, network and IP services, today announced that it is previewing the latest version of its award-winning StrikeTracker® console this week at Streaming Media East.  StrikeTracker delivers real-time reporting, analytics and content management to Highwinds’ content delivery network (CDN) customers.  Highwinds is also pleased to announce Highwinds TAP (Technology Access Program), which enables forward-thinking companies to experience Highwinds’ latest innovations, such as StrikeTracker 2.0 Beta, before they become publicly available.

StrikeTracker is a value-add technology that has achieved status as the industry’s leading CDN console since its initial launch in 2008.  Over the past several years, it has received customer praise and public recognition alike – including a Streaming Media European Readers’ Choice Award for Reporting and Analytics, and selection as a Streaming Media Editors’ Pick – for its rapid provisioning, content control, real-time analytics and self-service tools. Read more

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