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A web hosting year in review

Fri, 21st September 2007, 00:16

The HostJury blog launched on January 10th, 2007. Late last year after launching HostJury, we never would have expected it to have grown as quickly as it has. Our traffic has grown in leaps & bounds, primarily a result of web hosting providers closing down, causing problems & giving people headaches.

Our first few blog posts were regarding the sudden, inexcusable actions of RegisterFly, their death and the growth that spurred from them. Similar to a fly laying an egg in the carcass of a dying beast. Only in this case it was the fly's last egg & we're stuck with the beast.

During the past year we've endured an awful lot of ups & downs of our own. Several threads have popped up around the internet calling HostJury a 'disgrace to the internet' but in the same breath thanked us for catching countless thousands of fraudulent, fake reviews posted by web hosting companies willing to go low.

Far, far too low:
iPowerWeb resorts to posting fraudulent reviews on Hostjury - Related HostJury post
IPowerweb / IPower clients enduring massive problems
Surpass Hosting posts fraudulent reviews on HostJury

But instead of concentrating on the bad, we're just glad the year is coming to a close. During the past year we've reported on a turn for the better in the web hosting industry. A large number of companies are becoming more 'socially' responsible and launching green programs. A few that come to mind are Netfirms & Dreamhost.

We hope next year holds better days. For the industry & everyone in it!

God bless :)

(Now stop posting fake reviews & get off my lawn, you young whippersnappers!)

Barracuda Networks Acquires Netcontinuum

Wed, 19th September 2007, 22:12

Campbell, Calif., Sept. 17, 2007 – Barracuda Networks, Inc., the worldwide leader in email and Web security appliances, today announced it has completed the acquisition of NetContinuum, the leading provider of Web Application Firewalls. The addition of NetContinuum’s award-winning products to Barracuda Networks’ product portfolio puts the company in a strong position to expand customer adoption of Application Delivery Controllers (ADC). NetContinuum, whose customer roster includes many Fortune 100 companies, develops solutions that combine Web application security, traffic management and SSL acceleration making it an easy to use solution for protecting Web sites of all sizes.

“NetContinuum is a recognized leader in the ADC market and this acquisition will enable Barracuda Networks to offer easy-to-use appliances that secure Web sites,” said Dean Drako, president and CEO of Barracuda Networks. “By combining Barracuda Networks’ strengths and sales channel reach with very mature and highly acclaimed NetContinuum products, we are confident that we will deliver industry-leading capabilities to a set of customers who had previously been unable to deploy Web site security solutions.”

With more than 50,000 customers worldwide, Barracuda Networks is the global volume leader in integrated network solutions for comprehensive email, Internet, Web and IM protection as well as application server load balancing. Utilizing its established worldwide sales channel, spanning 80 countries, Barracuda Networks will introduce the NetContinuum product line to a broader market.

Assisting E-commerce Providers with Growing PCI Compliance Pressure Following the launch of the Barracuda Load Balancer in late 2006, and through feedback from Barracuda Load Balancer customers, Barracuda Networks found major security shortcomings in current Web Application Firewall solutions. In addition, as major credit card companies are increasing pressure on their merchants to comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), many e-commerce businesses are seeking solutions to meet requirement 6.6 of PCI DSS calling for either detailed custom application code reviews or installation of a Web application firewall by June 30, 2008.

“We are finding that a large number of e-commerce providers are not protecting their Web sites, leaving their Web sites vulnerable to attacks that gain unauthorized access, steal customer data, or deface the Web site itself,” said Stephen Pao, vice president of product management for Barracuda Networks. “Barracuda Networks is skilled in taking complex technology, making it very straightforward and packaging it in an easy to use appliance for businesses of all sizes.”

As part of the acquisition, Barracuda Networks plans to maintain support for NetContinuum’s existing products as well as to increase investment in product development in the ADC product category. In addition, the majority of NetContinuum’s 75 employees have also joined the Barracuda Networks team. Barracuda Networks will continue to work with all NetContinuum sales channel partners, expanding the depth of its worldwide sales reach, and enabling them to provide better service and support to all existing and future customers. Updata Advisors, Inc., consulted with NetContinuum on the transaction.

About Barracuda Networks, Inc.

Established in 2002, Barracuda Networks, Inc. is the worldwide leader in email and Web security appliances. Barracuda Networks also provides world-class IM protection, application server load balancing and message archiving appliances. More than 50,000 companies, including Coca-Cola, FedEx, Harvard University, IBM, L'Oreal, NASA and Europcar, are protecting their networks with Barracuda Networks solutions. Barracuda Networks' success is due to its ability to deliver easy to use, comprehensive solutions that solve the most serious issues facing customer networks without unnecessary add-ons, maintenance, lengthy installations or per user license fees. Barracuda Networks is privately held with its headquarters in Campbell, Calif. Barracuda Networks has offices in eight international locations and distributors in more than 80 countries worldwide.

SoftLayer Receives Microsoft Gold Partner Certification

Wed, 19th September 2007, 22:00

September 19, 2007, Dallas, TX – SoftLayer announced today that it has attained the highly regarded status of Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, with certified expertise and service in Networking Infrastructure Solutions, Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Hosting Solutions Specialization and Storage Solutions Specialization. The Microsoft Partner Certification program identifies companies who meet exceptional performance levels when delivering solutions built on Microsoft technology. Gold certification is the program’s highest designation.

“This certification verifies that SoftLayer is committed to excellence,” said Steve Kinman, SoftLayer Customer Service Manager. “It’s exciting for us that Microsoft recognizes we have the talent, drive and dedication for providing the expertise that customers deserve and require.”

To receive certification, partner companies must undergo a comprehensive review by Microsoft to ensure that they meet the software giant’s exacting standards. Microsoft reviews many facets of a partner companies’ performance, including customer references and in-house capabilities, requiring multiple Microsoft Certified Professionals to be on staff. “We’re proud SoftLayer not only meets Microsoft’s Gold partner requirements, but exceeds them,” said Mr. Kinman.

“This certification does more than recognize what we have done well in the past. It advances what we can do for customers from here forward,” said Sam Fleitman, SoftLayer Chief Operations Officer. As a Gold Certified partner, SoftLayer will be among select companies that have the closest working relationship with Microsoft, giving it top-level access to Microsoft resources and support including a Technical Services Coordinator, Microsoft’s exclusive Partner Knowledge Base and more. SoftLayer will also have advanced access to the beta and pilot programs for Microsoft’s newest technologies. “We will be able to raise our service levels even higher, and let our customers try new technologies before some people have even heard of them,” said Mr. Fleitman. “That’s a competitive advantage that we can directly pass along.”

About SoftLayer Technologies

Located in the INFOMART in Dallas, Texas, SoftLayer was formed in June 2005 by a team of industry executives seeking to deliver low cost next generation on-demand hosting services for the small to medium enterprise (SME). Utilizing proprietary software, coupled with the industry's first network-within-a-network topology, the company delivers unprecedented power and control to securely manage IT environments while providing unparalleled scalability.

Attenda supports the Rugby World Cup

Wed, 19th September 2007, 22:47

Attenda Limited, the Always On Managed Services company, today announced that it is hosting the new Rugby Football Union Follow England website (www.rfu.com/2007), to help England supporters' follow their team as the 2007 Rugby World Cup kicks off in France.

Attenda has been managing the RFU main website for four years, however, the England Supporters' website is a new site and new application, which has been specifically launched for the Rugby World Cup 2007. The RFU is expecting tens of thousands of unique visitors to the site as this year's tournament kicks off. Operation and management of the new site is part of a three year contract renewal with Attenda.

The solution includes deployment of a new platform, with shared storage, and shared firewalls, providing the RFU with the on demand scalability that it requires to meet the expected peaks in site traffic during the RWC 2007.

The Follow England website provides supporters with a range of features including the latest England news, exclusive video clips, a daily podcast, a player diary, blogs,an exclusive column from Elite Rugby Director Rob Andrew and Ask Ashton, a regular Q&A session with England Head Coach Brian Ashton.

The new site uses Akamai Technologies' global content distribution network. This solution provides a consistent, high-definition video experience online using Akamai's uniquely distributed edge delivery network that is specifically tuned for optimal delivery of HD files online.

Commenting on the latest Attenda contract, Mike Morris, Network manager, RFU says, "We have developed a strong partnership with Attenda and rely upon their high quality web applications managed service to provide our customers with the optimum online experience." Morris continues, "Attenda were able to deliver an on demand highly scalable solution for our innovative Follow England website, enabling us to bring the site online in time for the start of England's 2007 Rugby World Cup campaign."

SWsoft Announces Acquisition of the Positive Software Division of Comodo

Sat, 15th September 2007, 13:40

HERNDON, Va., September 14, 2007 – SWsoft today announced it has purchased the assets of the Positive Software (PSOFT) automation division of Comodo, including its H-Sphere control panel software with 2 million end users worldwide. As part of the agreement, SWsoft will resell Comodo security products, including SSL certificates, with its automation solutions.

"Through this acquisition, PSOFT customers will benefit from SWsoft's extensive resources and high-quality customer support," said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of SWsoft. "It supports our OPEN FUSION technology initiative by expanding the number of customers who benefit from the large number of ISV (independent software vendor) applications which are integrated through a common hosting platform."

PSOFT is a premier automation software vendor for hosting companies and data centers. The product portfolio includes the H-Sphere control panel, H-Sphere Single Server Edition, CP+ dedicated server management, SiteStudio website builder, NOC Monkey remote server provisioning, and the Linux-based Free VPS solution. Existing PSOFT customers will receive product support through SWsoft.

These products will join the SWsoft set of automation solutions that includes Plesk server automation and PEM datacenter automation, as well as the Ensim Pro server automation software that was acquired earlier this week.

"Comodo is very pleased with the momentum we are building with SWsoft," said Melih Abdulhayoglu, CEO and chief security architect of Comodo. "Our shared commitment to address evolving needs of the hosting industry is well served by this agreement whereby customers get access to the most advanced infrastructure and security systems, solutions and products."

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

OPEN FUSION is an SWsoft technology initiative to improve integration among a wide range of systems, third-party applications and modules, and custom and in-house solutions. The OPEN FUSION platform enables optimized delivery of SaaS and traditional hosting services to help ISVs and service providers take full advantage of new opportunities in the market.

About SWsoft

SWsoft is a global leader in virtualization and automation software that helps consumers, businesses, and service providers optimize their use of technology. The company's software powers more than 130,000 servers and 600,000 desktops worldwide. The SWsoft product line includes Virtuozzo - the leading operating system virtualization solution, Parallels - the leading desktop virtualization product, and Plesk - the leading server control panel. Founded in 1999, the company has offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.swsoft.com.

GoDaddy expands into Denver

Tue, 11th September 2007, 13:36

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Sept. 10, 2007) – GoDaddy.com, one of the best-known names on the Internet, is opening a new facility in Denver. The move means immediate employment opportunities for software developers and gives Go Daddy the benefit of tapping the Denver community’s renowned talent pool.

“This just made sense for us and for our customers,” said Go Daddy CEO and Founder Bob Parsons. “We have more than 220 award-winning developers working in our Arizona and Iowa offices right now. As we continue to grow, we need to expand our development teams and Denver is a great place to recruit new talent.”

Parsons is proud of the fact Go Daddy creates, maintains and owns substantially all the technology behind its 37 product offerings. Go Daddy is the world’s largest domain name registrar and has a portfolio more than twice the size of its closest rival in the intensely competitive tech industry. The company’s Web site, GoDaddy.com, is a one-stop shop where people can buy everything they need to create and maintain an online presence.

Go Daddy was honored just last week as the “Most Innovative Company” by the Arizona Corporate Excellence organization. Parsons was also named Arizona’s “Business Leader of the Year” in 2007.

Go Daddy enjoys a rich employment history. Since 2004, the company has made the Phoenix area’s list of “Best Places to Work” every year. Go Daddy also ranked in a recent CNN Money list of “Best Employee Perks” because Parsons routinely rewards top performers with unusual gifts like cash, cars and exotic trips, and has even paid people’s mortgages for an entire year. The outspoken CEO insists on footing the tax bill because, as he says, “an employee shouldn’t be penalized for the perk.”

Parsons also refuses to offshore or out source a single job, in order to maintain high-quality customer service. With business booming, Go Daddy already has nearly 1,800 employees. The Scottsdale-based company already has five facilities in Arizona, which include locations in Phoenix, Tempe and Gilbert, as well as an office in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a full-time presence in Washington, D.C.

About The Go Daddy Group, Inc.

Go Daddy is a leading provider of services that enable individuals and businesses to establish, maintain and evolve an online presence. Go Daddy provides a variety of domain name registration and Web site hosting services, as well as a broad array of on-demand and other services. The Go Daddy Group, Inc. has more than 23 million domain names under management. Go Daddy registers, renews or transfers a domain name every 1.3 seconds. GoDaddy.com is the world's No. 1 domain name registrar according to Name Intelligence, Inc. GoDaddy.com is also rated the world's largest hostname provider according to Netcraft Ltd. During 2006, The Go Daddy Group registered approximately one-third of all domain names registered in the top six generic top-level domains, or gTLDs, including .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info.

Savvis Opens New Data Center in Atlanta

Thu, 6th September 2007, 20:36

ATLANTA – September 5, 2007 – SAVVIS, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVS), a global leader in IT infrastructure services for business and government applications, today announced that it has completed construction and officially opened a new data center in Atlanta to meet growing demand for integrated hosting and network services.

The new facility serves as an important link for Atlanta and Southeast-based businesses to tap into SAVVIS’ global, network and hosting IT infrastructure. The new facility offers the latest in power systems, network technology and capacity, and operations expertise, offering businesses an exceptional environment for running their IT systems and applications. The unique location of the facility also enables customers to minimize region-specific threats such as hurricanes to their IT operations.

“Atlanta is a key business hub in the U.S.,” said James Whitemore, Chief Marketing Officer for SAVVIS. “Our new Atlanta data center was built specifically to provide IT infrastructure as service to the growing number of Fortune 1000 firms with operations in Atlanta. In addition, Atlanta’s location outside of the hurricane corridor makes it ideal for delivering vital disaster recovery and failover services for businesses throughout the Southeast.”

The Atlanta facility offers approximately 30,000 square feet of raised floor space and employs 25 people. It provides customers with up to 165 watts/square foot of conditioned power delivered by a five bus electrical system and backed up with uninterruptible power supplies and diesel generators.

To protect customers’ mission critical applications and data, SAVVIS’ Atlanta data center maintains exceptional 24/7 security features including guards, video monitoring systems, false entrances, vehicle blockades, and bulletproof glass and walls. Entrance pods, “man traps,” and a biometric entry system ensure that only fully authorized personnel are granted admittance to the facility.

Hard Rock International, one of the world’s most globally recognized brands, chose SAVVIS to provide a fully managed hosted area network solution linking more than 60 of the company’s locations worldwide. The company chose SAVVIS’ new Atlanta facility as a key location to deploy its business continuity and disaster recovery solution.

"Business continuity and disaster recovery are fundamental IT requirements for our geographically dispersed operations," said Kelly Maddern, Sr. Director of Information Technology, Hard Rock International. "SAVVIS' experience with IT infrastructure, combined with their new Atlanta data center, makes them ideally suited to provide failover capabilities preventing any disruption in operations or service to our customers."

“Atlanta represents a new and vibrant market for SAVVIS,” said Phil Koen, CEO of SAVVIS. “As business becomes increasingly global by nature, IT infrastructure must scale accordingly. We look forward to working with Atlanta and southeastern businesses and are ready to help them enhance the way they manage their IT.”

With the opening of the Atlanta data center, SAVVIS operates 24 data centers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia encompassing approximately 1.1 million square feet. The company is currently completing construction and preparing to open additional data centers in the New York – New Jersey metro area, the Washington, D.C. metro area, and the San Francisco Bay area.

About SAVVIS

SAVVIS, Inc. (NASDAQ: SVVS) is a global leader in IT infrastructure services for business applications. With an IT services platform spanning North America, Europe, and Asia, SAVVIS leads the industry in delivering secure, reliable, and scalable hosting, network, and application services. These solutions enable customers to focus on their core business while SAVVIS ensures the quality of their IT systems and operations. SAVVIS’ strategic approach combines virtualization technology, a global network and 24 data centers, and automated management and provisioning systems. For more information about SAVVIS, visit www.savvis.net.

SEO Hosting Adds Twelve Free Search Engine Optimization Scripts

Wed, 29th August 2007, 18:30

Houston, TX. August 27, 2007 Host Gator, a leading provider of shared, dedicated and reseller hosting, announced the addition of twelve search engine optimization scripts for its new SEO Hosting service.

The scripts will be available free of charge to all customers and is part of Host Gator's commitment to making the SEO Hosting division the most complete hosting service and resource for businesses that want to optimize search engine placement.

"Host Gator is always looking for ways to help our customers succeed in their online endeavors," said Brent Oxley, founder and president of Host Gator. "Our customers identified search engine optimization as an area where they needed help and we responded by giving them all the technological capabilities they need to achieve these objectives."

Host Gator recently introduced the SEO Hosting division, which gives customers multiple C class hosting capabilities at affordable prices. The new division has its own site and resources at SEOHosting.com and the free downloadable scripts will be available at http://www.seohosting.com/seo-tools.php.

"The scripts are just another example of how we try to do anything we can to meet our customer's needs," said Oxley. "That goes beyond products and services to resources, information and things like scripts that enhance the entire hosting and web site development and marketing process."

Netfirms Launches Custom Web Design Services

Wed, 29th August 2007, 18:54

TORONTO, August 28, 2007-- Netfirms, Inc., a premier web hosting and domain name provider has officially launched Netfirms Web Design, an affordable, professional website design service that includes everything small businesses need to succeed online. To celebrate, Netfirms is giving away five free websites.

Businesses get a complete online presence with Netfirms Web Design, with three packages ranging in price from $399 to $1199. The Starter package includes six pages; Standard package, fifteen pages; and Ecommerce package, a fully functional e-store. All packages include a professionally designed website, free hosting, a domain name (website address), and optional maintenance.

Also included is a one on one consultation with a professional web designer throughout the design process. Websites are powered by an intuitive web-based content management system that allows business owners to easily make updates, and are typically built within five business days. "We've always been committed to helping small businesses. Our web design packages are complete solutions for any small business looking to succeed online," states Anthony Ramsundar, Web Design Account Coordinator, Netfirms, Inc.

In celebration of the launch, Netfirms is giving away five free website makeovers. Website owners that enter before September 30, 2007 will have a chance to win a professional website re-design.

For more information about the contest or to enter, visit: http://www.netfirms.ca/web-design/contest For more information about Netfirms Web Design, visit: http://www.netfirms.com/web-design/

About Netfirms: Netfirms, Inc., founded in 1998, provides web hosting solutions and technology to successful small and medium-sized businesses, home office, entrepreneurs and individuals worldwide. Netfirms hosts over 1,000,000 websites, with offices in the U.S. and Canada. Netfirms was selected in 2006 as one of HostReview.com's Top 10 Fastest Growing Web Hosting Companies.

Surpass Hosting employees post fake reviews

Tue, 28th August 2007, 16:35

The latest company to decide to post fake reviews on HostJury is none other than Surpass Hosting, owned & operated by HostDime in Florida.

For the past few days I've been removing a large number of their reviews that seemed questionable. They were all being referred to the site via private messages on MySpace, we expected the worst. Sure enough, one of their employees slipped up on the latest one.

Oops. Surpass Hosting shouldn't post fraudulent reviews on sites, it makes us sad at HostJury. So much for ethics! There are far too many providers out there with a lack of ethics already, we don't need another one!

Here's a few screenshots of the many fake reviews that have been posted:

Surpass Hosting Fraud

Surpass Hosting Fraud

They're not the first, of course. Surpass Hosting joins the ranks of HiVelocity, IPowerWeb & countless other providers who have decided to take it upon themselves to post fake reviews on HostJury. Fraud isn't a joke and should be taken into account if you're considering an account with companies like these.

Please note that 'dimenoc' is the internal network for HostDime, the company that owns & operates Surpass Hosting. Corp.dimenoc.com is their internal network from which the fake reviews were posted.

Located in Orlando, Florida, Surpass Hosting, LLC is a member of the HostDime family of web hosting companies. Our combined efforts have allowed us to launch two data centers in Central Florida. Surpass services over 100,000 websites adding approximately 300 more per week. June of 2007 will mark our fifth year of providing exceptional hosting for personal sites to high traffic portals. We are a fast growing company and one that you will always be able to count on.

Sun Completes Next-Generation, Energy Efficient Datacenters in US, UK and India

Tue, 21st August 2007, 16:24

SANTA CLARA, Calif. August 21, 2007 As part of the company's ongoing commitment to greening its global operations, Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: SUNW) today publicly unveiled three active, new datacenters in Santa Clara, California; Blackwater, U.K.; and Bangalore, India. Put into operation between January and June of this year, all three datacenters were built using breakthrough designs and next-generation energy efficient systems, power and cooling. Sun estimates that the company's datacenter efforts will save the planet nearly 4,100 tons of CO2 per year and trim 1% from Sun's total carbon footprint.

The Santa Clara datacenter is the largest of the three datacenters at 76,000 square feet. Phase One of the Santa Clara project began with a hardware consolidation and refresh project that took three months, increased compute power by more than 450% and is expected to save $1.1 million in energy costs a year. Accomplished in an aggressive 12 months, Phase Two involved designing the Santa Clara space and installing the new hardware. Sun estimates that Phase Two will yield an additional 30% savings in energy costs. Silicon Valley Power, a local utility company, has recognized the breakthrough efficiencies and design of Sun's Santa Clara datacenter by giving Sun nearly $1 million in rebates and awards.

"There are many projects, big and small, that businesses can begin today to make a difference. It doesn't have to be complicated and the ROI can be larger than you'd imagine," said Dave Douglas, Vice President of Eco Responsibility for Sun Microsystems. "We're opening the doors on our new global datacenters today to show what's possible in a relatively short time frame and because we believe strongly that sharing is the path to a greener world."

Through its efforts in California, the UK and India, Sun has reduced 267,000 square feet of datacenter space worldwide into approximately 133,000. Today, Sun will hold an event for customers at the Santa Clara facility to share best practices from the company's global datacenter efforts. Building on Sun's heritage of sharing and open source, the company will post key learnings from the project free of charge at www.sun.com/aboutsun/environment/green/datacenter.jsp to help other companies green their own datacenters and be kinder to the planet.

"New standards in datacenter design and management are not only good for the environment, but they are also good for a company's bottom line," said Sun Microsystems CIO Bob Worrall, who is responsible for reducing Sun's corporate datacenter energy usage by 20% in fiscal year 2008. "Most CIOs don't even see an energy bill, which makes little sense given that datacenters can consume a significant portion of a company's total energy draw. By working together, CIOs and CFOs can direct their efforts to successfully squeeze 'green' into - and out of - the datacenter."

The three new datacenters run exclusively on Sun's line of energy efficient products, including Sun Fire T1000/T2000 servers, Sun's x64 servers and the Solaris Operating System. Today Sun also announced a suite of programs and solutions under its Eco Innovation Initiative to help customers architect more energy efficient datacenters and save money. For more, please visit http://sun.com/presskits/2007-0821/.

Please visit http://sun.com/presskits/2007-0821/ for photos of all three datacenters and video, such as executive interviews, a flash tour of the Santa Clara facility and time-lapsed photography of the build-out process.

About Eco Responsibility at Sun

Sun's Eco Responsibility Initiative is guided by three principles: Innovate, Act and Share. Sun innovates by making products and services that are both good for the environment and good for business. Sun acts by operating in an open, eco-conscious way. Sun shares by making information and technology available to others so that we can all move forward and participate in an increasingly sustainable way. One of Sun's many Eco Innovation products includes the Sun Fire/SPARC Enterprise T1000/T2000 server, which is three to five times more energy efficient than its nearest competitor. Sun also takes responsibility for its products through end of life with its Global Takeback Program, which has allowed 95% of returned products to be recycled or reused. Sun is greening its own operations through programs like Open Work, which saves our environment 30,000 metric tons a year by allowing employees to work from home or in a flexible office. For more information on Sun's Eco Responsibility Initiative, please visit http://www.sun.com/eco.

Newly Acquired Facility Marks Peak 10’s Entry Into Eighth Market

Fri, 10th August 2007, 19:42

CHARLOTTE, N.C. and ATLANTA, Ga. (August 9, 2007) – Peak 10, Inc., the leading independent data center operator and managed services provider in the United States, today announced the acquisition of a 33,000 square foot facility in the Atlanta, Georgia suburb of Norcross. Peak 10 Atlanta is currently being upgraded to the standards of the company’s ten world-class data centers in its other seven key markets throughout Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee. Peak 10 management expects the new facility will be fully operational in September 2007.

Peak 10 Atlanta is the Company’s second new market expansion in 2007. In February, Peak 10 entered the Richmond, Va. marketplace with its acquisition of well-respected Virginia data center and managed hosting operator, bayMountain. Concurrent with its new market entries, Peak 10 has deepened its commitment to existing markets with major capacity and infrastructure expansions in Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Nashville, Tenn., a market it entered in August 2006 with the purchase of Rentech, Inc.

Kevin Brandon, Peak 10 Board Chairman, said the move into Atlanta reflects Peak 10’s strategy of expanding to contiguous markets, establishing enterprise-class data center facilities and developing a highly skilled local market leadership team for the delivery of services to its customers. “Our executive team has done a tremendous job of bringing their disciplined local service-driven business model to new markets while deepening our footprint and service delivery capabilities in existing markets. As a result, we have achieved significant scale without diminishing our core value proposition - strong local market presence and customer service.”

“Peak 10’s local leadership has set high standards and has built a solid reputation for understanding and enhancing customer growth,” said David Jones, president and chief executive officer of Peak 10, adding, “We are seeing a strong demand for our services and customer-focused solutions and know that Atlanta is a large market with high growth trends for small/medium enterprise and larger businesses. The reception of Peak 10 in Atlanta has surpassed our expectations.”

According to Peak 10’s Executive Vice President of Market Operations, Jeff Spalding, customers and partners have been asking Peak 10 to consider moving into Atlanta to provide additional geographic diversity and business solutions, which is in line with the company’s long-term strategic plan. “Our success in partnering with clients combined with a truly local service philosophy has enabled us to bring a customer-focused team and service mentality to the Atlanta market,” Spalding said.

Peak 10’s expansion has capitalized upon the growing trend in the business community to outsource IT infrastructure; increasing awareness of the need for business continuity and disaster recovery services; increasing demand for managed IT services; and meeting regulatory compliance demands. Peak 10 allows customers to cost-effectively manage and accelerate their growth, due to the importance of having a trusted and scalable infrastructure partner. The company’s strategic focus is to continue to invest in its market operations, to expand its geographic footprint and to enhance technical capabilities, operating scale and engineering expertise to build and maintain strong customer relationships. "Our ability to enter new markets and expand in established ones is owed to our strong balance sheet, rising cash flow and committed and experienced management team. We are poised for continued, rapid growth without the need for external equity financing and plan on additional expansion in the near term," added David Jones.

Peak 10 enables companies to increase revenue growth, improve service levels, meet regulatory compliance and lower costs by maximizing internal IT resources and ensuring the security and availability of complex technology infrastructure. The company operates eleven data center facilities in eight strategic markets with a growing customer portfolio that includes Global Knowledge, Pergo, Churchill Downs, LendingTree and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

About Peak 10, Inc.

Peak 10 is the leading independent data center operator and managed services provider in the United States, delivering scalable, economical and reliable solutions for hosting and managing complex information technology infrastructure. Peak 10 owns and operates world-class facilities in Atlanta, Ga.; Richmond, Va.; Nashville, Tenn.; Louisville, Ky.; Tampa and Jacksonville, Fla; and Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C. For more information on data center solutions from Peak 10, visit www.peak10.com.

FiberNet Announces Data Center Enhancement at Colocation Facility

Fri, 10th August 2007, 13:58

NEW YORK – August 8, 2007 – FiberNet Telecom Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FTGX), a leading provider of complex interconnection services, today announced that it will convert 8,000 square feet of currently unoccupied colocation space at its 165 Halsey Street location in Newark, New Jersey, into an Internet- grade facility. This conversion will include a power upgrade that will increase available capacity to 150 watts per square foot for data center customers.

“We are pleased to announce this latest enhancement to our colocation business,” said Jon A. DeLuca, President and CEO. “Our facility at 165 Halsey Street has been a great success, and this project will continue to drive our growth in this area.”

The enhanced space will be fully integrated with all of FiberNet’s other colocation facilities and data centers, including the 60 Hudson Street Meet-Me-Room, via its metropolitan optical networks and will deliver FiberNet’s full suite of transport and interconnection services. This Internet-grade space will also meet the requirements for power and cooling that are paramount for today’s data centers and Internet exchanges.

It is expected to be fully operational in the fourth quarter of this year. FiberNet intends to fund the development of this facility with existing cash, internally generated cash flows and availability under its credit facility. FiberNet will provide additional information with the release of its second quarter results.

About FiberNet Telecom Group, Inc.

FiberNet Telecom Group, Inc. owns and operates integrated interconnection facilities and diverse transport routes in the two gateway markets of New York/New Jersey and Los Angeles, designed to provide comprehensive broadband interconnectivity enabling the exchange of traffic over multiple networks. FiberNet’s customized connectivity infrastructure provides an advanced, high bandwidth, fiber-optic solution to support the demand for network capacity and to facilitate the interconnection of multiple carriers’ and customers’ networks. For additional information about FiberNet, visit the company’s website at www.ftgx.com.

HostNine Launches Reseller Central

Wed, 8th August 2007, 19:00

Allows web hosting resellers to manage all their domains across multiple cPanel servers using one interface.

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HostNine LLC, a shared web hosting company, announced the launch of Reseller Central, the first ever interface where resellers can manage all their domains across multiple cPanel servers around the world. Reseller Central was designed from the ground up by the HostNine team and replaces the WHM control panel completely.

Customers can host their domains in locations around the globe including London, Australia, Ireland, California, Chicago, Cedar Falls, Texas, Virginia, New York, Florida, and more. Resellers can choose from any of the available cities when adding domains in the control panel, says the company.

"We have spent the last six months developing a solution that will allow our customers the freedom to host all their domains from one centralized interface without having to login to multiple control panels," said Ben Gabler, Director of Operations at HostNine.

"If a reseller wants to host all of their accounts in Chicago, there are so many nodes in each location the chances of them ending up on the same node in the same location are slim to none," said Gabler. That way if there is an outage on a node it does not affect the reseller's entire account, only the domains delegated to that node. Reseller Central acts as a centralized management layer on top of an infinite amount of servers distributed throughout data centers around the globe. HostNine can add additional nodes to any location at any time."

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The Planet Appoints New General Managers for Marketing Advanced Services

Tue, 31st July 2007, 19:11

HOUSTON, July 24, 2007 -- The Planet, the world’s largest privately held dedicated hosting company, today announced the appointment of two new leaders for its advanced services and core hosting businesses. Jeff Nelson will lead the advanced services business, while Todd Mitchell joins the company to lead the core hosting marketing component. They will both report to Vice President of Marketing and Product Management Steve Kahan.

With the appointment of these new general managers, the company rounds out its marketing team to address the three pillars of its business: the new Microsoft business team led by General Manager Cody Menard (see April 30, 2007, release: The Planet Appoints General Manger to Lead New Microsoft Business Unit), complemented by Advanced Services General Manager Jeff Nelson and Todd Mitchell, Core Hosting General Manager.

“Through these three businesses, we will build products and services that support the entire range of customers who rely on The Planet for running their IT infrastructures,” said Kahan. “Whether it’s a customer looking for additional managed services; resellers who want to extend their business with core product offerings; or integrators looking to expand their Microsoft solutions, The Planet will span the entire spectrum. This strong trio of managers will help drive all aspects of the business to ensure customer success and drive revenue attainment. They bring deep experience in their respective domains and add significant expertise to the marketing team.”

Nelson will focus on building products, solutions and services as the company extends its reach into the managed services arena. He joins The Planet from Rackspace, where he spent more than five years during its expansive growth cycle. With Rackspace, Nelson developed products and services for its managed services portfolio to drive customer satisfaction.

Nelson’s previous experience includes work with Enron Broadband Services and @Home Networks, in security and network engineering roles. He is certified as a New Product Development Professional through the Product Development and Management Association (www.pdma.org ). Nelson earned an M.S. in Technology Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a B.A. in literature from the University of Oregon.

Hot on his heels...

Joining the company from shared hosting reseller Site5, Mitchell will develop products, solutions and services for The Planet’s resellers and also ensure superior customer experience for its SMB customers. At Site5, he most recently served as president and chief operating officer, helping to drive revenue and expand its customer base. Previous experience includes work with ProNIC Solutions and NDi Media. He attended St. Lawrence College and John Abbott College, both located in Canada.

Earlier this week we requested comment from Todd Mitchell of Site5 as there was no announcement of his departure. No call or e-mail was returned though.

About The Planet

The Planet is the leading provider of On Demand IT Infrastructure solutions, hosting more than 22,000 small- and medium-size businesses and 2.8 million Web sites worldwide. By offering the best choice of servers, software tools and world-class support, backed by state-of-the-art facilities and unmatched network connectivity, The Planet helps turn information technology into a powerful competitive advantage that enables customers to successfully grow their businesses.

Nominate your favourite Open Source CMS & win an iPod!

Sun, 22nd July 2007, 03:05

PacktPub is at it again with their annual 'Open Source CMS Award' contest. This year there are over $19,000 in prizes for Open Source projects!

Three random entry submitters will also win an iPod Nano so be sure to submit your favourite content management system today

Nominations are open until Friday, August 31st. The judging of each system will be based on performance, usability, accessibility, ease of configuration & customization, scalability, security & community contribution

The available categories to nominate in are

  • Overall Winner, Open Source CMS Award
  • Most Promising Open Source CMS
  • Best Open Source PHP CMS
  • Best Other Open Source CMS
  • Best Open Source Social Networking CMS

We're big fans of the e107 content management system around these parts, so if you haven't yet give it a shot. The links are below!

e107 official site
Submit your PacktPub Nominations

Remember there are 5 categories to nominate your favourite content management system in, don't forget to fill them all out & leave your favourites in the comments here.

Netfirms launches 'green' program for it's web hosting products

Fri, 13th July 2007, 07:15

TORONTO, July 11, 2007 - Netfirms, Inc. a leading North American web hosting company has officially launched its Netfirms Green energy saving program. Netfirms Green is a commitment to reduce the company's environmental footprint by conserving energy in its data centers and corporate offices.

The company is in the final stages of migrating their clustered server architecture and data center operations to a direct current power source using Rackable Systems (NASDAQ:RACK) patented DC power technology. The technology has already reduced Netfirms data center power consumption by 25%. By end of 2007, they plan to reduce power usage in data centers by 45%.

"Our proven DC Power technology has the potential to significantly reduce power consumption and increase server reliability" said Giovanni Coglitore, Chief Technology Officer of Rackable Systems. "DC power gives technology companies like Netfirms the opportunity to actively help our environment by reducing energy usage and decreasing the amount of heat produced in large-scale data centers while maintaining their competitive edge."

Jason Matheson, Product Manager at Netfirms in comparing DC power to other 'green' initiatives finds that "DC power is the most viable method of reducing our environmental footprint. It sees more direct results than purchasing renewable energy credits."

As part of the Netfirms Green program, the company has also reduced energy consumption in their offices. The corporate office is a Certified Go Green Building by the national BOMA Go Green Environmental Certification program. They have reduced energy consumption by minimizing decorative lighting and raising the air temperature in their buildings.

"Netfirms has always been environmentally responsible by participating in recycling programs and using environmentally sustainable resources and practices in our day to day operations. This new green program simply reinforces our ongoing commitment to the environment" states Thomas Savundra, President of Netfirms.

About Netfirms

Netfirms, Inc., founded in 1998, provides green web hosting solutions and technology to successful small and medium-sized businesses, home office, entrepreneurs and individuals worldwide. Netfirms hosts over 1,000,000 websites, with offices in the U.S. and Canada. Netfirms was selected in 2006 as one of HostReview.com's Top 10 Fastest Growing Web Hosting Companies.

Web.com Bought by WebSite Pros

Mon, 9th July 2007, 23:10

WebSite Pros has acquired Web.com for $129 million in a deal that reflects the growing importance of marketing services in the small business hosting market. WebSitePros is a publicly-held Jacksonville, Fla. company specializing in web design and Internet marketing, and will pay the equivalent of $6.52 a share for Web.com, which is the successor to hosting pioneer Interland.

Web.com has long been the focus of buyout rumors amid active consolidation in the U.S. web hosting industry, as mid-market players seek to scale up to compete with the huge platforms of Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Go Daddy. The combined company will have more than $117 million in annual revenue and 234,000 paid customers, the companies said in a press release. Web.com currently hosts 318K hostnames, while WebSite Pros hosts a modest 43K sites. By comparison, Microsoft and Google each gained more than 500K hostnames during May.

The deal brings together two companies that have been working different niches in the small business market. WebSite Pros focuses on what it calls "Do-It-For-Me" web services solutions, while Web.com concentrates on do-it-yourself web services. WebSite Pros bundles site design, pay-per-click advertising and site traffic reports in plans that command between $79.95 and $99.95, reflecting the willingness of newer users to pay premium prices to trusted service providers.

There was no immediate indication of whether the company will operate as WebSite Pros or use the more familiar Web.com name.

David Brown will continue as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Website Pros, while Web.com CEO Jeff Stibel will become President of Website Pros and join the board of directors. Web.com representatives will hold two of seven seats on the combined company's board.

Interland’s legacy in the hosting business dates to 1999, when PC maker Micron Electronics purchased HostPro to enter the web hosting business. The company went on an acquisition spree, buying Interliant, CommuniTech.Net, Dialtone, Trellix and HostCentric. But Interland's share price languished as it struggled to consolidate its many properties, and in 2005 the company sold its dedicated hosting business, hired Stibel as president and rebranded as Web.com

American Internet Services (AIS) open second data center

Mon, 9th July 2007, 05:26

San Diego, CA, July 05, 2007:  American Internet Service (www.AmericanIS.net) announced today the launch of a new 80,000 sq ft, state of the art, data center in San Diego.  American Internet Service (AIS) is now the largest independent Colocation provider in Southern California with more than 105,000 feet of premier Data Center and Colocation space. The new facility is located at 9305 Lightwave Ave in San Diego. 

 

American Internet Service’s first facility is located in the San Diego Tech Center.  This world class facility provides collocation services to many Fortune 500 clients.  AIS will maintain both San Diego data centers providing services both in the Golden Triangle/La Jolla area on the west side of San Diego and in the new San Diego Spectrum located in the Claremont Mesa area on the east side of San Diego.

When asked how AIS has been able to double its revenue in just over one year, Robert DeuPree, Chief Executive Officer says “American Internet Service’s amazing growth is attributed to two major factors.  The first is our clients demand for highly reliable, secure data center space and our ability to meet that need.  The second and most important reason is that we set ourselves apart from the competition by providing the best bandwidth, most uptime and the best customer service. AIS is setting the industry standards for colocation”.

Many Fortune 50 clients, including several well recognized “household” names and financial institutions that simply can not afford to go down and demand the ultimate in customer service choose American Internet Service. 

 

  • 13 Megawatts of Power
  • 1500 Tons of Cooling
  • Redundant UPS systems
  • Performance routing across 6 major backbones
  • Redundant feeds to redundant power substations and redundant generators
  • N+1 or greater redundancy on all data center and network systems.
  • State of the Art Security
  • 24x7 Staffing and remote hands
  • Standard setting customer service
  • Located between the 56, 15 and 163 freeways and Montgomery Field.

 

Live Earth Chooses AISO.Net for Solar-powered Web Site Hosting

Mon, 9th July 2007, 05:41

Romoland, CA -- AISO.Net (http://www.aiso.net), the World's first and only solar-powered hosting company, today announced that it was selected by Live Earth producers to host the liveearth.org Web site. As the leading environmentally friendly Web hosting company, AISO.Net custom designed a dedicated, reliable solution to power Live Earth’s Web site using energy efficient IBM (NYSE: IBM) BladeCenter servers with Second-Generation AMD Opteron™ processors (NYSE: AMD).

Live Earth is a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series occurring on July 7, 2007 to combat climate change. The Live Earth partnership will enable AISO to join Live Earth in inspiring over two billion people worldwide to take simple steps to lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

“AISO is proud to support Live Earth, a groundbreaking event to support a vital cause. We are doing everything we can do to be totally responsible and being the industry leader in environmental Web hosting,” says Phil Nail, technology manager for AISO.Net. “We are very excited about Live Earth choosing AISO to host their Web site, showing the world that AISO.Net truly cares about our environment.”

Live Earth has recognized that AISO is the only truly green Web hosting company and 100 percent solar powered data center that does not use green energy credits, proving their commitment to be the best, most reliable eco-friendly hosting company in the world.

Live Earth’s Web site is served from IBM BladeCenter servers with AMD Opteron processors. Blade computers – which integrate servers, storage, networking and applications into one system – offer a design point that helps reduce the proliferation of server "farms," large IT staffs to manage them and wasted energy resources. Today, companies like AISO.Net benefit from reduced power, cooling, and management costs by deploying the industry’s leading blade servers from IBM.*

“AISO.Net chose IBM and AMD over the other major vendors because of success with IBM’s hardware, the open and highly-available design of BladeCenter and excellent customer service,” continues Nail. “We can run the Live Earth Web site on IBM BladeCenter and get great performance without having the power draw we would have had with rack servers.”

To better support the goals of Live Earth as well as its own company, AISO.Net is making additional green enhancements to its datacenter. AISO is installing new carpeting made from recycled content, replacing all of its Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs with LED lighting, repainting the building using only LEED certified paint and installing an underground grey water tank that will provide for outdoor landscaping.

“Our technology partnership with IBM and collaboration with customers like AISO.Net is helping AMD honor our commitment to lead the world to energy-efficient processing," said Larry Vertal, senior strategist, AMD. "The industry-leading performance-per-watt capabilities of the AMD Opteron processor running the energy-efficient IBM BladeCenter servers will help enable AISO.Net to efficiently power Live Earth’s Web site while minimizing their own power and cooling requirements.”

About AISO.Net – www.aiso.net AISO.Net has been a trusted name in environmentally friendly Web hosting since 1997, providing a level of service that is unmatched in the industry. All network and server hardware is fully redundant with 24x7-automated systems monitoring to ensure the highest possible uptime. Using solar panels to power its data center and network, AISO.Net is the first and only 100% completely solar powered Web hosting company. Customers as far away as Kenya, East Africa rely on the service and reliability offered by AISO.Net.

About Live Earth – www.liveearth.org Live Earth is a monumental music event that will bring together more than 2 billion people on July 7, 2007 to combat the climate crisis. Live Earth will stage official concerts in New York, London, Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg and Hamburg, and will feature a mix of both legendary music acts like The Police, Genesis, Bon Jovi and Madonna with the latest headliners like Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Black Eyed Peas, Jack Johnson and more. Live Earth’s 24 hours of music across seven continents will deliver a worldwide call to action and the solutions necessary to answer that call. Live Earth marks the beginning of a multi-year campaign to drive individuals, corporations and governments to take action to solve the climate crisis. Live Earth is partnering with the Alliance for Climate Protection, The Climate Group, Stop Climate Chaos and other international organizations in this ongoing effort. Live Earth was founded by Kevin Wall, the CEO of Control Room, the company producing the events globally, and is supported by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

The Planet Launches New Unmetered Bandwidth Servers

Thu, 28th June 2007, 19:55

HOUSTON, June 27, 2007 — The Planet, now the world’s largest privately held dedicated hosting company, today announced the availability of a new unmetered bandwidth solution provided through Cogent. The highly affordable bandwidth ranges from a 10 Mb/s—100 Mb/s uplink. Available on three of the company’s most popular server configurations, the unmetered bandwidth offering provides an ideal solution for customers who require large amounts of cost-effective bandwidth with applications such as media hosting and streaming video.

With direct connections to the Internet through Cogent, The Planet ensures that customers are able to bypass congested transit networks by shortening the network path between the IT infrastructure and customers or end users. Using this method, customers gain access to vast amounts of bandwidth at affordable prices starting at $200 per month.

“On the heels of our unmetered bandwidth promotion, we recognized an opportunity to provide a sustainable, high-bandwidth offer as part of our regular product portfolio,” said The Planet’s Director of Product Management Urvish Vashi. “We’ve seen a significant and growing interest in streaming media from companies that operate high-traffic sites, who also face the challenge of where to find huge volumes of bandwidth without breaking the bank. Through a single source, The Planet delivers a complete IT infrastructure and plenty of unmetered bandwidth at affordable SMB price points.”

About The Planet

The Planet is the leading provider of On Demand IT Infrastructure solutions, hosting more than 22,000 small- and medium-size businesses and 2.8 million Web sites worldwide. By offering the best choice of servers, software tools and world-class support, backed by state-of-the-art facilities and unmatched network connectivity, The Planet helps turn information technology into a powerful competitive advantage that enables customers to successfully grow their businesses.

HostGator launches SEO Hosting Packages

Wed, 27th June 2007, 18:26

Houston, TX. March 23 - 2007 -- Host Gator, a leading provider of shared, dedicated and reseller web hosting, announced today that it will soon launch hosting services enhanced for search engine optimization under the brand SEO Hosting. In addition to all the expected SEO capabilities, this new service enables customers to optimize their web sites for search engines by enabling them to host on multiple C classes.

Customers are regularly asking Host Gator for multiple C Class capabilities because of their belief that Google will penalize sites that have the same C class and are linking to each other. With multiple C Class capabilities, customers no longer have to work with multiple hosting providers to overcome this problem and can consolidate all their sites with Host Gator.

"Host Gator is always listening to its customers and we strive to do all we can to meet their needs, especially in niche areas such as this," said Brent Oxley, President and Founder of Host Gator. "This is a truly a fantastic offering for webmasters and web publishers that want to do everything they can to optimize their web sites for search engines. None of our competitors can match our combination of both this technical capability and our rock solid hosting infrastructure."

SEO Hosting is being offered as low as $5 per month per C Class. Customers will have the ability to add or remove C Classes as they desire. Any customer with more than 50 sites will be assigned a dedicated account representative.

HostGator Reviews can be found here.

Host Gator is a provider of shared, dedicated and reseller web hosting services focused on the consumer and small business markets. Founded in 2002, Host Gator has become a leader in reseller hosting, assisting over 11,000 businesses become web hosting companies. Host Gator has offices in Boca Raton, Florida and its data center operations are co-located out of The Planet's facility in Dallas, Texas, enabling it to access Tier-1 backbone providers such as UUNet, Sprint, Level 3, Global Crossing, Verio and AT and T. HostGator's shared hosting plans are supported by HostGator's 24/7/365 phone support, and comes with a 99.9% uptime and 30-daymoney-back guarantee.

Hostopia prepares to launch new facility in New Brunswick

Mon, 25th June 2007, 20:29

Hostopia.com announced that it will be conducting a job fair, open to applicants interested in joining its planned Customer Interaction Centre, scheduled to open September, 2007. The high-growth Internet software and service company has confirmed its plans to open a customer interaction facility in a joint announcement with the Province of New Brunswick in Miramichi made earlier today.

Colin Campbell, Hostopia's CEO and COO states, "Hostopia's global Web services business demands high-calibre employees to staff our support operations. Hostopia is pleased to provide professional training to qualified applicants who will quickly become productive members of our service and support teams, currently located in Toronto and Nikolayev, Ukraine." Campbell adds, "Miramichi is a terrific location to house our newest support operation. Our extensive research into locations concluded that Miramichi offers a talented resource base of prospective employees, backed by a robust educational system and business infrastructure. We look forward to finding great new employees in the region and doing our part to help diversify the local economy in a true win-win partnership."

As Hostopia prepares for the opening of the new 20,000 square foot contact centre facility, it has announced immediate plans to interview, hire and train employees to be ready to work in time for the planned September operation opening.

Hostopia is a leading provider of web services that enable small- and medium-sized businesses to establish and maintain an Internet presence.

The company's customers are communication services providers, including telecommunication carriers, cable companies, internet service providers, domain registrars, and web hosting service providers. Hostopia's customers purchase their web services on a wholesale basis and resell these services under their own brands to small- and medium-sized businesses. The company provides customers with the technology, infrastructure, and support services to enable them to offer web services, while saving them research and development as well as capital and operating costs typically associated with the design, development, and delivery of web services.

Rackspace Managed Web Hosting, Reports Enterprise Messaging Portfolio Growth

Fri, 22nd June 2007, 15:25

San Antonio, Texas - (The Hosting News) - June 22, 2007 - Managed web hosting services company, Rackspace, has reached a business milestone, as its Global Messaging Portfolio surpassed 100,000 users, with its suite of mail and messaging solutions. Instituted in response to customer demand, Rackspace offers a comprehensive email portfolio with four enterprise-level messaging solutions.

The company recently made a significant addition to its suite of mail products with the launch of Managed Microsoft Exchange from Rackspace, the fastest growing product in its messaging portfolio. Additionally, Rackspace's suite of messaging and collaboration solutions include Noteworthy Managed Mail, Imail Server by Ipswitch and Dedicated Microsoft Exchange, where a customer manages their own Exchange server that is hosted by Rackspace.

Derek De Gannes, Vice President of Information Services at Caribbean Airlines remarked, ''When Caribbean Airlines Limited was formed, its aim was to be a lean, focused and profitable organization that leveraged outsourced internal systems to achieve this goal. With more than 1,000 mail users, we needed a stable, robust and experienced business relationship who was able to handle this sort of business-critical function for us in a short time frame, Rackspace came highly recommended and assisted us with the transition from internally managed email to Managed Microsoft Exchange from Rackspace seamlessly. I would recommend Rackspace to any organization that wants to focus its attention on the core business by leaving email management to a specialist.''

Emil Sayegh, Director of Product Marketing at Rackspace Managed Hosting added, ''Email is typically regarded as a mission-critical business function and requires a solid infrastructure and highly-skilled staff in order to perform reliably. Rackspace's mail portfolio was created in response to customer demand for email services that are backed by the same Fanatical Support that we provide for our hosting services. Our suite of messaging services has received great reception from the market and we have recently surpassed the milestone of delivering reliable, flexible email solutions to more than 100,000 users.''

A recognized global managed hosting firm, Rackspace Managed Hosting is a service organization delivering enterprise-level web infrastructure and managed services to businesses of all sizes. Serving more than 10,000 customers across seven data centers worldwide, Rackspace integrates the industry's best technologies for each customer need and delivers it as a service via the company's award-winning Fanatical Support. Founded in 1998, Rackspace has grown more than 50 percent a year since the company's inception. 

Linux-Based Website Uptime Beats Windows-Based Sites

Thu, 21st June 2007, 00:22

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Linux websites have better uptime and load faster than Windows-based websites. Research by WatchMouse, a website monitoring company, also shows that web server platform Apache outperforms the Microsoft IIS platform. Therefore, having a Linux website and an Apache web server platform offers the best choice for professional web pages.

WatchMouse researched the performance of over 1500 websites across different economic sectors in Europe. Most websites in this study are based on either Linux or Windows. Linux offers the best uptime. When looking at web server platforms, the overall opinion favors Microsoft IIS and Apache, although Apache outperforms Microsoft IIS in this area as well. The research finds that apart from operating system and web server platform, uptime is also dependent on the country where the server is based.

On average, Windows and Linux are running more than three-quarters of all websites. However, there are differences between countries. Poland and Germany favour Linux combined with Apache for their websites while the professional sites in UK and Sweden rely heavily on Windows/Microsoft IIS. When looking at the relative performance of the different web server platforms, Linux clearly beats Windows.

One in four of the monitored professional websites have an uptime of 99.9%, which suffices for customer satisfaction. Two-thirds of the websites have an availability of less than 99.9%, which accounts for at least 8 hours downtime, per year. According to WatchMouse this is not acceptable.

“Even though the companies in our study seem to prefer Windows over Linux, our research shows they would be better off using Linux/ Apache based websites. Research has shown that most web users are very impatient and will wait no longer than four seconds for a webpage to load,” said Mark Pors, Chief Technology Officer at WatchMouse. “Companies need to realize that website uptime is crucial for a healthy customer satisfaction and a solid client base. Organizations need to become more aware of the impact the choice of web server platform can have on their overall availability and performance.”