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SoftLayer and RightScale Team Up to Accelerate Deployment, Automation and Management of Workloads Across Cloud Infrastructures

November 8, 2011 by · Comments Off on SoftLayer and RightScale Team Up to Accelerate Deployment, Automation and Management of Workloads Across Cloud Infrastructures 

Web Hosting ServicesDALLAS, TX – SoftLayer® Technologies, the innovation leader in clouddedicated, and managed hosting solutions, and RightScale®, Inc., the leader in cloud computing management, today announced that the companies are developing the ability to manage and deploy SoftLayer cloud computing services through the RightScale Cloud Management Platform. Customers will be able to globally deploy, automate and manage their toughest computing workloads utilizing RightScale cloud management on SoftLayer’s public and private cloud infrastructure.

With this partnership, customers will be able to choose and deploy workloads on SoftLayer’s global cloud infrastructure based in the US, Europe and Asia with RightScale Cloud Management. With a global footprint of 13 data centers, SoftLayer will be the first to offer a mainland Europe public cloud through the RightScale Cloud Management Platform. The RightScale Cloud Management Platform provides pre-built ServerTemplates™ for faster cloud on-boarding and automation capabilities for increased efficiency. This partnership will also provide customers with access to the RightScale MultiCloud Marketplace that includes pre-built cloud ServerTemplates, scripts, and architectures published by RightScale, ISV, and SI partners. All of these pre-built configurations are fully customizable and provide a variety of solutions to get started ranging from standard application stacks to database solutions.

SoftLayer’s cloud servers, part of its family of CloudLayer® services, leverage the company’s proprietary network architecture to allow seamless integration of virtual and dedicated computing resources. These hybrid environments can be managed through a single Customer Portal and API, providing the highest level of efficiency, control, and scalability.   With RightScale, customers will have the ability to manage SoftLayer public and private cloud workloads through a ‘single pane of glass’ with portability across private and public clouds.

“We are excited to partner with RightScale and empower customers to leverage our services’ unique advantages with RightScale cloud computing management,” said Duke Skarda, SoftLayer Chief Technology Officer. “The benefits that RightScale has brought to the marketplace align directly with our founding mission to provide customers total flexibility and control.”

“SoftLayer has created an impressive cloud offering with a truly global service. We look forward to the partnership, supporting their growing cloud services and global rollout,” said Michael Crandell, co-founder and CEO of RightScale. “RightScale is committed to supporting major cloud infrastructure providers such as SoftLayer and offering the highest caliber of management solutions for their customers.”

SoftLayer will attend and exhibit at the RightScale Conference November 9, 2011 in Santa Clara, Calif. The RightScale Conference showcases a top-tier lineup of speakers, including RightScale co-founder and CEO Michael Crandell, the RedMonk analyst group, industry experts, and customers who will share key insights into how they’ve achieved success in the cloud. The RightScale Conference is hosted in conjunction with the Cloud Computing Conference and Expo 2011 (Cloud Expo) and registration for the RightScale Conference automatically registers participants for both events. To learn more about the conference and register visit RightScale Conference.
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NTT Com Receives Red Hat Cloud Leadership Award

July 18, 2011 by · Comments Off on NTT Com Receives Red Hat Cloud Leadership Award 

Hosting ServicesTOKYO, JAPAN – NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) announced today that the company’s cloud-based virtual hosting service, Biz Hosting Basic, has received the Red Hat Cloud Leadership Award from Red Hat Inc. NTT Com is the first company in the Asia-Pacific region to receive the award.

Biz Hosting Basic received high marks as a unique cloud computing service that combines robust, decentralized data centers and high-quality network services. The judging panel lauded Biz Hosting Basic’s capability to address Japan’s electricity shortage with its cloud-based unified solutions, such as Biz Desktop Pro, a high-performance virtual desktop service for teleworking, and quick recovery for business continuity. They noted that immediately after the March 11 earthquake, NTT Com quickly offered the service on a free basis to support the relief efforts of various organizations.
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Intermedia Acquires Zlago, a Channel-Focused Cloud Services Company

June 15, 2011 by · Comments Off on Intermedia Acquires Zlago, a Channel-Focused Cloud Services Company 

Webmaster ToolboxNEW YORK, NY – Intermedia, a global leader in cloud services and the largest Microsoft Exchange hosting provider, today announced its acquisition of Zlago, a privately held provider of cloud services. The Zlago acquisition was executed as part of Intermedia’s recent acquisition by leading private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners. Zlago founder and CEO Michael Gold now serves as Intermedia’s president, reporting to Intermedia chairman and CEO Phil Koen — former CEO, Savvis (NASDAQ: SVVS).

Intermedia distributes cloud services to 38,000 small and mid-size business customers directly and through its 6,800 global channel partners. The company manages an industry-leading 320,000 premium hosted Exchange mailboxes. According to Phil Koen, CEO, Intermedia, “The Zlago acquisition will not only extend the level of cloud expertise within Intermedia, but it will also prove to be a catalyst for strategic growth within the Intermedia cloud services portfolio. Intermedia gains Michael Gold’s management, cloud, and channel expertise — as well as important Zlago resources, such as deep relationships in the channel community. With Oak Hill’s resources behind Intermedia, we intend to build the leading provider of cloud services.” Read more

PCNet, Inc. Launches New Trumbull Data Center

June 8, 2011 by · Comments Off on PCNet, Inc. Launches New Trumbull Data Center 

Webmaster ToolboxTrumbull, CT – PCnet, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its new data center in Trumbull, Connecticut. This first data center delivers a robust multipurpose data center offering colocation and cloud infrastructure solutions. PCNet, Inc. has launched this data center initiative to meet the growing demand for data center services.

The PCNet, Inc. Data center is a SAS 70 Type II certified, operationally redundant data center with multiple Tier 1 Fiber Internet carriers, N+1 HVAC systems, UPS, and generator power backup systems. PCNet, Inc. has also integrated into its security framework campus-wide video surveillance, Two-factor biometric authenticated access, and its data center employees have been through a rigorous background screening process. Read more

Oak Hill Capital Partners to Acquire Cloud Services Provider Intermedia

May 27, 2011 by · Comments Off on Oak Hill Capital Partners to Acquire Cloud Services Provider Intermedia 

Webmaster ToolboxNew York, NY – Oak Hill Capital Partners, a leading private equity firm, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Intermedia.net, Inc. (“Intermedia” or the “Company”), a global leader in cloud services founded by technology entrepreneur Michael Choupak.  In conjunction with the transaction, Oak Hill Capital also announced that Phil Koen, former CEO of Savvis, Inc., will join Intermedia as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Since its founding in 1995, Intermedia has been a pioneer in offering secure and reliable cloud-based business-class email, and today is the largest third-party provider of these services to small and mid-sized businesses in the U.S.  The company has continued to innovate and expand its cloud service offerings, growing its user base at an annual compounded rate of 31% over the last four years.  As of April 30, 2011, the company manages an industry-leading 320,000 premium Microsoft hosted Exchange mailboxes. It distributes its suite of services to 38,000 business customers directly and through its 6,800 global channel partners. 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

Parallels Plesk Panel 10.2 Launches Support for IPv6

May 11, 2011 by · Comments Off on Parallels Plesk Panel 10.2 Launches Support for IPv6 

Webmaster ToolboxRenton, WA – Parallels, the hosting and cloud services enablement leader, today announced that it has launched support for IPv6 addresses and Server Name Indication (SNI). This one-two punch allows service providers to future proof against the imminent shortage of IPv4 addresses.

The announcement is part of the Parallels Plesk Panel 10.2 update that provides support of IPv6 on either Linux or Windows servers. Parallels Plesk Panel 10.2 can run each new subscription on IPv4, IPv6 or as a dual stack for both IPv4 and IPv6 simultaneously.  Service providers can also preserve their existing pool of IPv4 addresses by implementing SNI which allows multiple SSL certificates to be pointed to a single IP address for different domain names. Read more

OneNeck IT Partners with Datapipe to Add New Jersey Data Center

April 20, 2011 by · Comments Off on OneNeck IT Partners with Datapipe to Add New Jersey Data Center 

Hosting ServicesSCOTTSDALE, AZ –  Hosted application management company, OneNeck IT Services, announced today their strategic partnership with Datapipe in order to add a world-class, highly secure, SAS 70 Type II certified facility in New Jersey to their solution portfolio. The partnership with Datapipe will enhance OneNeck’s solution offering to customers based on the east coast, while adding to OneNeck’s already robust disaster recovery offering to customers worldwide.

The addition of the New Jersey data center facility provides OneNeck customers with a state-of-the-art data center space to locate their business critical IT environments. The Datapipe facility offers industry leading specifications, redundancy, connectivity, cooling, green power, and security, which are critical elements of OneNeck’s solution design. In addition to the significant cost and proximity advantage for OneNeck’s east coast customers, all customers can utilize OneNeck’s cloud offering through this facility as well. Read more

IBM Unveils Smart Cloud Services and Technologies for the Enterprise

April 7, 2011 by · Comments Off on IBM Unveils Smart Cloud Services and Technologies for the Enterprise 

Hosting ReviewsSan Francisco, CA – IBM today announced next generation cloud services and technology advances for clients moving key enterprise business processes into production cloud environments to innovate, reduce costs and increase agility.

To accelerate the shift from experimentation, development and assessment to full scale enterprise deployment of cloud, IBM is building out its existing cloud portfolio with IBM SmartCloud, its next-generation, enterprise cloud technologies and services offerings for private, public and hybrid clouds based on IBM hardware, software, services and best practices. Read more

GearHost Cloud Technology Brings Dynamic Scalability to Web Hosting

April 7, 2011 by · Comments Off on GearHost Cloud Technology Brings Dynamic Scalability to Web Hosting 

Hosting ReviewsDenver, Colorado GearHost, Inc. will radically change the way businesses experience web hosting with its new cloud hosting services. Cloud hosting ensures dynamic scalability and 100% uptime, making it a cut above legacy shared hosting options. This once exclusive top of the line technology is now available at a small business price.

“It used to be that only large corporations could access this technology,” shares GearHost founder and CEO Ryan Kekos. “But now, even the smallest business can afford to have cloud hosting for their website. Gone are the days when your business would lose money and customers because of a server crash or your host’s inability to scale your website. With GearHost cloud hosting, your website will never go down, no matter how big a traffic spike you get.”

With its ability to handle major traffic increases without a glitch, cloud hosting is currently the best web hosting technology there is. Getting into the cloud is no longer prohibitively expensive. Starting at $19.99 per month, GearHost offers the cheapest and most efficient Windows cloud hosting on the market. Making the switch is easy; no special coding is required and the GearHost team provides full support in moving to cloud hosting.

“With technology, it is not a question of if it will fail, but when,” says Kekos. “When you host with GearHost, you are purchasing a solution built with technology that guarantees your website will always be online. We predict that once the word gets out, businesses around the world will drop their legacy shared hosting in favour of the cloud. It just makes business sense.”

To find out about getting your business into the cloud and to learn more about cloud hosting technology, visit www.gearhost.com or call 1-888-535-5443. Read more

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