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Softaculous Releases VPS Control Panel Virtualizor 2.2.8 with GUI changes and Bug Fixes

A week after completing the addition of 300 scripts and 1115 PHP Classes in their library, and 4 days after releasing Softaculous 4.2.2, Softaculous Ltd., the developer of Virtualizor VPS panel, today announced the the release of Virtualizor 2.2.8. Softaculous has been very frequent in upgrading it’s wide range of products and in a recent interview with DailyHostNews, Mr. Pulkit Gupta, CEO, Softaculous said that “INNOVATION was something we always banked upon and continue to.”

A new traffic shaping Algorithm has been added for XEN in this version of Virtualizor.We have also made a few GUI changes to simplify tasks for users.
– Pulkit Gupta, CEO, Softaculous.Mr. Pulkit Gupta

Virualizor is a web based VPS Control Panel. It allows admins to create a VPS by a single click of a button, and helps VPS users start, stop, restart and manage their VPS using a very advanced web based GUI. Users and Admins can also better manage their resources by using various graphs available with it.

Virtualizor 2.2.8 a few GUI changes and bug fixes. The changes are:

  • Addition of New Traffic shaping Algorithm for XEN.
  • Addition of 1gbps and 10gbps VPS bandwidth control Support.
  • [GUI] Admin can now view the additional VPS info in List VS page.
  • [GUI] Rescue mode notification is provided in Virtualizor admin panel.

Bug Fix : Earlier, traffic shaping parameters used to vanish in KVM after restarting VPS and main Server. This issue has now been fixed.

“A new traffic shaping Algorithm has been added for XEN in this version of Virtualizor.We have also made a few GUI changes to simplify tasks for users.” said Pulkit Gupta, founder and CEO, Softaculous .

Virtualizor supports OpenVZ, Xen PV, Xen HVM and Linux KVM virtualization and recently added features like Rescue Mode, Optimized Backup, Secondary CD-ROM, and many more in the previous version 2.2.7. Click here for more details.

 

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Five Critical Ways for SMBs to Avoid IT Downtime and Maximize IT Infrastructure Reliability

With more Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) online than ever before, maintaining a reliable IT infrastructure is critical. When a small business’ website suffers performance problems and outages, the company risks the possibility of lost income and sales, customer dissatisfaction, security risks and breaches. In today’s world of nonstop online consumer interaction, it is essential that SMBs have a plan in place to ensure website and IT infrastructure accuracy and consistency.

Most SMB owners are not IT experts and are almost entirely focused on their own products and services. In that tunnel vision, they may not fully understand the essential IT web services that are required to keep the online part of their business up and running. For the longest time, IT infrastructure monitoring was just for big businesses. In today’s increasingly complex tech landscape, now almost everyone needs it because mostly every business (even the smallest) relies on an always-on online presence. The consequences of businesses being offline are staggering. According to recent data, in 2012 alone there was $237 million in turnover attributed to downtime, which can cost upwards of $1 million a day or as much as $40,000 in one hour of downtime for businesses.

The experts at Anturis Inc., a vanguard IT solutions company, have come up with five critical ways for SMBs to avoid downtime and maximize IT infrastructure reliability. By keeping these tips in mind and ensuring they have the proper IT monitoring solution in place, SMBs can minimize losses and maintain a strong, secure and reliable online presence:

Tip #1: Monitor Transactions, Not Just Website Homepages
The monitoring of a website means that the main page (homepage) will be opened periodically. If the page doesn’t open or an error occurs, the system administrator will be notified. However, monitoring the homepage (or even several pages) is not enough to ensure customer satisfaction. Today’s online platforms usually include one or more Web applications, and what you see on the next page often depends on what you do on previous pages.

For example, in a typical E-Store, a customer checks the product catalog first, then selects the product they want to purchase, adds it to a shopping cart and proceeds to a payment page. They can then view the total price on the final page. This multi-step transaction touches many different subsystems of a website behind the scenes. Running a transaction involves not only the web server, but also a database (to fetch the catalog), shopping cart module, payment gateway and other functions. To ensure everything is running successfully there has to be constant monitoring, with regular testing of transaction speed and completion to ensure that a customer receives the product and service properly and in a timely manner.

Tip #2: Check The Hard Drive Disk For Space Availability
Even though there can be multiple reasons why a website fails, there are a few things that commonly happen. One such issue is the lack of disk space. This is very dangerous, as it can lead not only to stopping the website service, but also to data corruption that can be hard to fix quickly. Databases grow in size with time, and so do email archives and log files. This all requires more and more gigabytes to function properly. Monitoring free space on the hard disk drive, and adding to it regularly, is essential.

Tip #3: Check How The CPU Load Changes In Time
According to statistics, 25% of users will leave a website if it doesn’t open within three seconds. Lack of processing power can significantly reduce the level of service and overall feel and functionality of a businesses’ website.

CPU loads vary all the time. If it’s 100% for some time, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the system is overloaded. It is important to view and monitor the average data over a day, week, month and year. If the CPU load increases from week to week, the system administrator can determine when the system should be upgraded. It’s also useful to periodically analyze the leaps of the CPU load. If there are large leaps, it could mean that there is a process that overloads the CPU from time to time, or perhaps the CPU is being impacted by malware. During this time, the quality of service is reduced. Identifying these processes and causes helps to ensure that a business is using its CPU capability more efficiently.

Tip #4: Monitor Your Service From Multiple Locations
Internet providers, datacenters and sometimes even entire regions can suffer from temporary Internet connection degradation. If you monitor the availability of your website from a single location you will be notified not only about problems with your server, but also problems with the connection between the monitoring location and your server. Monitoring, and more importantly automatic monitoring, from several locations ensures that you will not receive notifications caused by connection problems. If a check fails from one location but unavailability is not confirmed with failures from other locations, this points to a network problem rather than Web server problem. An often overlooked issue, this tip may save significant time diagnosing issues caused by false positives.

Tip #5: Monitor Your Website Host
It’s possible that the hosting provider is the cause of a website being down and unavailable. This doesn’t necessarily mean a full outage of your server, but perhaps a noticeable performance degradation that will adversely affect visitors. Typical causes of performance issues on a host’s side are poor isolation of virtual servers, computing resource over-utilization and inaccurate configuration changes.

If an SMB experiences problems with their website host, they can ask for a monetary refund or consider moving to a different host. If you have high traffic to your website, you can also consider redundant configuration.

In the end, IT infrastructure monitoring is now a must for most every business. Downtime costs opportunity, customers and money. While there are certainly more guidelines to avoiding downtime, the above highlight the critical tips for SMBs to save lost time, lost revenue and strive towards the ultimate goal of 100% availability.

About Anturis Inc.
A vanguard IT solutions company, Anturis Inc. is the developer of IT infrastructure monitoring and troubleshooting solutions for small to medium sized businesses. Anturis, now available in beta, delivers organizations of all kinds a 24×7 comprehensive monitoring and troubleshooting service that is both feature rich and easy to set up and use. Anturis, Inc. was founded by successful IT entrepreneurs Serguei Beloussov, Max Tsypliaev and Ilya Zubarev. For more information, or to start using Anturis now, visit www.anturis.com.

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SoftLayer’s 13 Data Centers Achieve SOC 2 Certification

With our successful completion of testing, we’re able to provide our customers with greater insights into our controls, procedures and systems for our entire portfolio of cloud based services.
– Val Stinson, Director of compliance, SoftLayer

SoftLayer Technologies today announced that it successfully completed its Service Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type II examination for the company’s 13 data centers, located in the United States, Singapore and the Netherlands. The examination, conducted by independent accounting and auditing firm Weaver,evaluated the processes, procedures and controls for security and availability at SoftLayer’s facilities for the year-ending October 31, 2012.

SOC 2 certification assures SoftLayer customers that the company has effective operational controls and meets audit levels for data protection and availability. Organizations with certification and compliance requirements such as HIPAA and PCI DSS may request and leverage the company’s SOC 2 Type II report as part of their compliance strategy.

“SOC 2 exams are rigorous independent assessments, geared toward technology service providers, especially those running data centers,” said Val Stinson, director of compliance for SoftLayer. “With our successful completion of testing, we’re able to provide our customers with greater insights into our controls, procedures and systems for our entire portfolio of cloud based services. To date, approximately 100 customers have requested our SOC 2 Type II report as a part of their compliance efforts.”

This certification is also an important step for any Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider that supports outsourced, mission-critical, and information technology services. The audit includes a full assessment of:

  • Security: Data centers are protected against unauthorized access (both physical and logical).
  • Availability: Data centers are available for operation and use as committed or agreed.
  • Processing integrity: Processing is complete, accurate, timely and authorized.
  • Confidentiality: Information designated as confidential is protected as committed or agreed.
  • Privacy: Personal information is collected, used, retained, disclosed and destroyed in conformity with privacy principles issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA).

A SOC 2 examination is widely recognized, because it represents that a service organization has been through an evaluation of their control activities as they relate to the applicable Trust Services Principles and Criteria. A Type II report not only includes the service organization’s system description, but also includes detailed testing of the design and operating effectiveness of the service organization’s controls.

About SoftLayer Technologies

SoftLayer operates a global cloud infrastructure platform built for Internet scale. Spanning 13 data centers in the United States, Asia and Europe and a global footprint of network points of presence, SoftLayer’s modular architecture provides unparalleled performance and control, with a full-featured API and sophisticated automation controlling a flexible unified platform that seamlessly spans physical and virtual devices, and a global network for secure, low-latency communications. With 100,000 devices under management, SoftLayer is the largest privately held Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider in the world with a portfolio of leading-edge customers from Web startups to global enterprises. For more information, please visit softlayer.com.

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What is SaaS? Software-as-a-Sevice Explained!

Saas Explained.When someone explains Software as a Service or Cloud Computing to you – do you have one of those moments where you hear the words, but can’t make sense of what they are saying? Here is an analogy that virtually everyone can understand.

We all understand the cost of buying and maintaining a car. Today, people can either buy or lease a car. In both cases, some repairs are covered under warranty or included in the lease, but there are still costs involved to operate and maintain it. Not to mention the hassle of selling or trading the car in when you need a new one. What if a third option were available – Car as a Service?

In this model, you would pay a flat monthly fee to use the car. All maintenance, repairs, and even upgrades are included. Fuel, oil changes, standard maintenance, unexpected maintenance, body shop work, etc. are all included in the monthly fee. To top it off, when the manufacturer comes out with a time tested new model, your car will automatically get exchanged for latest model at no additional cost. No need to sign anything and go through the hassle of signing a new lease – the new car would be delivered to your home or office, all your personal belongings in the car would be transferred to the new car, and the old one would be taken away.

You might be thinking that this still sounds like nothing more than a fancy lease. But it’s actually very different. In addition to covering all maintenance expenses and model upgrades, there are no long term agreements or commitments. If at some point you no longer need the car, you simply turn it in at the end of the month and the payments go away.

Now let’s say that you have 5 employees and got each of them a car under the Car as a Service plan. These same benefits would apply to all of your employee’s cars as well. If 2 employees leave, simply return their cars and keep the rest. Your monthly fee will immediately be adjusted accordingly. You only need to pay for the cars as long as you need them. You always know exactly how much to budget each month because there are never additional expenses for fuel, maintenance, or repairs. And you never have to worry about your car getting old because you will receive a new model every few years.

If Car as a Service really existed, would you entertain this option the next time you need a car? If the answer is “Yes”, then you need to consider Software as a Service the next time you need to buy or upgrade any software applications or computer hardware. The video below will make things clear as to how SaaS works:

What is SaaS?
Software as a service (SaaS) is a model for using software as a subscription service instead of buying the license and installing the application files on a local computer from a CD, or increasingly as a download from a vendor website. According to technology analyst firm IDC, key characteristics of Software as a Service include:

  • Network-based access to, and management of, commercial software.
  • Server management from a central location rather than at each customer site.

Software as a Service is generally priced on a per-user basis for each application, with billing managed by a major credit card. Sometimes there are minimum user requirements, minimum subscription time periods, as well as additional fees for setup, extra bandwidth and storage.

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Saas Working Model

Who is it for?
In the business-to-business arena, the Software as a Service model is most often focused on the small-medium business segment. Unlike large enterprises, smaller companies have:

  • Little or no staff devoted to information technology, and the employees they do have are often stretched thin and are generalists in their knowledge and skills.
  • Limited budgets, particularly for capital expenditures.
  • More fluid needs for tools and people due to rapid growth and other changing requirements.
  • Greater demands on time, as most small business owners and their employees wear multiple hats.
  • Growing propensity to operate on a ‘virtual’ model, with employees working from home, at remote work sites, or from rented office space that is shared with other businesses.

The flexibility of software as a service is particularly attractive to small business owners –

  • No upfront investment in money or time, and often no contracts.
  • Ability to use powerful business applications without having to acquire the specialized infrastructure and staff needed to manage them.
  • Power to mix and match applications or add and remove users as needed
  • Freedom to work from any location.

How does it work?
The Software as a Service model requires primarily a web browser and an internet connection:

  1. The customer goes to a website and ‘buys’ a subscription – generally monthly – to the desired Software as a Service applications and number of users. An account is set up with a major credit card for billing.
  2. The person who places the order (who generally becomes an administrator) is given login credentials and a web URL for secure access to the Software as a Service application.
  3. Every user added to the account receives his/her own log-in credentials granting them web access to the Software as a Service application(s) for as long as needed and as long as specified terms are met.

Most Software as a Service vendors provide a secure web portal with additional services such as support, along with administrator access for changing the number of users or applications and maintaining other account information.

SaaS BenifitsAdvantages:
Since nothing resides on a single hard drive (with a few exceptions in which files must be installed locally), the application can be used from any internet connected PC, providing greater flexibility.

  • With pay-as-you-go terms, you pay only for what you use.
  • You’re never locked into a license, so there’s no obsolescence and no buyer’s remorse if something doesn’t work out the way you thought it would, or if requirements change. While purchased software cannot be returned, software as a service subscriptions may be cancelled.
  • Reap the productivity rewards from an application whenever you want, without a commitment or big upfront investment in money or an evaluation process.
  • Add or remove users as staffing needs change, and applications as business needs change.
  • Predict and budget how much you will spend, and move the cost from a capital expenditure to a business expense.
  • Redirect financial resources, people and time for other needs and priorities.

Disadvantages:

  • With SaaS, the users do not have a copy of the executable file: it is on the server, where the users can’t see or touch it. Thus it is impossible for them to ascertain what it really does, and impossible to change it. SaaS inherently gives the server operator the power to change the software in use, or the users’ data being operated on.
  • Users must send their data to the server in order to use them. This has the same effect as spyware: the server operator gets the data. She/he gets it with no special effort, by the nature of SaaS. This gives the server operator unjust power over the user.

Final word on SaaS:

  • Software as a Service vendors manage software as a core business with experienced, dedicated staff in professional data center facilities.
  • Security, redundancy and resources are equal or superior to those of the largest, most sophisticated enterprises. With today’s security threats and the growing importance of information technology for productivity and competitive advantage, robust facilities are moving from ‘nice to have’ to ‘must have’.
  • Bandwidth has become readily available (particularly with the growth of wireless) and highly competitive, making it more dependable as well as less expensive. Today, homes and offices are routinely equipped with high-speed, broadband internet access.
  • You will have one less thing to worry about. No servers, systems or software to install, administer, backup, protect and upgrade.

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New VMware Cloud Credits Purchasing Program Provides an Easy On-Ramp to the Cloud

VMware yesterday announced the new VMware Cloud Credits Purchasing Program – a new way for customers to take advantage of public or hybrid cloud as a key component of their comprehensive IT strategy and work with VMware vCloud Service providers more effectively. PeakColo was one of the first Cloud service providers to participate in the new VMware Cloud Credits Purchasing Program.

The VMware Cloud Credits Purchasing Program brings the Solution Provider and Service Provider communities together, to create a unique value proposition for both. – Geoff Waters, Senior director, VMware Cloud Service Provider Program.

Customers can purchase VMware Cloud Credits from VMware Solution Provider Partners and redeem over time with approved VMware Service Provider Partners. Through the VMware Cloud Credits Program, customers will work closely with their Solution Provider partner to identify potential workloads and estimate the credits required to deploy the workload in the cloud via an authorized VMware vCloud Service Provider Partner. The program enables the customer to apply their credits as needed based on business requirements and provides a very effective mechanism to control cloud spend and manage their providers. In addition, VMware Cloud Credits are managed inside MyVMware providing customers with a single pane of glass to view their perpetual licenses along with all public and hybrid cloud spend.

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VMware Cloud Credits are redeemable for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offerings from approved VMware vCloud Service Providers – redeemable IaaS offerings include:

  • IaaS Compute Services – CPU, RAM and Storage for each VM;
  • IaaS Networking Services – IP addresses and bandwidth for each VM;
  • Operating System Licensing – OS license for each VM;
  • Network & Security Software Add-ons – Software firewalls, load balancers and anti-virus;
  • IaaS Monitoring and Support – Packaged support for IaaS solution.
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“The VMware Cloud Credits Purchasing Program brings the Solution Provider and Service Provider communities together, to create a unique value proposition for both,” states Geoff Waters, senior director, VMware Cloud Service Provider Program.
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VMware Cloud Credits benefit VMware Solution Provider Partners by enabling them to strengthen their strategic value, and offer a full range of cloud solutions to augment perpetual license sales offerings. Additionally, vCloud Service Providers and Solution Providers can take advantage of VMware Cloud Credits to help deepen their relationships with existing customers by working together to identify potential public or hybrid cloud workloads, as well as open up avenues for new customers through additional products and value-added cloud services. For more details, Click here.

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Phoenix NAP Launches Managed Private Cloud Solution

Phoenix, AZ, February 21, 2012 Phoenix NAP®, a full service data center and primary network access point (NAP) offering cloud services, dedicated server hosting, colocation, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) technology solutions, announced today the launch of its new managed private cloud solution based on VMware vCloud® technology. The news comes two days after PhoenixNAP enhanced it’s cloud offering with virtual machine Import/Export and Network Storage. A while back,  PhoenixNap  expanded  secured servers offering to East Coast Data Center.

We take a consultative approach to everything we do and Managed Private Cloud will reflect that mentality,” said Bell. “We understand that businesses are not the same, and will require cost-effective solutions with varying levels of assistance and support, or even different physical locations for virtualized solutions.
William Bell, Director of cloud services, Phoenix NAP.

“This launch coincides with a growing demand in the market for reducing capital expenditures through virtualization while supplementing it with some level of technology-focused support,” said William Bell, director of cloud services for Phoenix NAP. “It’s perfect for any company that wants to refresh its hardware, virtualize some of its infrastructure, or
develop new applications in a VMware-based cloud environment, but may not have the specialized resources to do so.”

At the Premier partner level within the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP), VMware technology enables Phoenix NAP to consume VMware virtualization solutions in a way that aligns with the business models typical of service and hosting providers, allowing its customers to use VMware virtualization solutions, applications and services with no up-front expense. Phoenix NAP Managed Private Cloud utilizes integrated software technologies, namely the VMware vCloud® Suite, while incorporating SLAs and guarantees backed by dedicated technical resources.

At the outset, this solution will be available out of Phoenix NAP’s Phoenix, Ariz. data center location, with additional
locations to follow, according to client need. Additionally, pricing for the solution is aligned with many small- and medium business budgets.

“We take a consultative approach to everything we do and Managed Private Cloud will reflect that mentality,” said Bell. “We understand that businesses are not the same, and will require cost-effective solutions with varying levels of assistance and support, or even different physical locations for virtualized solutions.”

About Phoenix NAP
Phoenix NAP®, a full service data center and primary network access point (NAP) offering cloud services, dedicated server hosting, colocation, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) technology solutions leads the path through its innovation and vastly redundant data center systems. Our highly personalized approach ensures that all of your requirements are met. Whether it’s high-density colocation, flexible storage, physical servers or cloud services, our enterprise-grade facility and certified NOC technicians supply IT solutions to fit your every need. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.phoenixnap.com.

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SingleHop Launches VMware Based Public Cloud Service

SingleHop, a  highly automated hosting and infrastructure services provider, today announced the debut of its SingleHop Public Cloud based onVMware cloud infrastructure technology. Built to meet the most stringent demands of today’s real-­‐time enterprise, the SingleHop Public Cloud gives organizations of any size the reliability, user control, direct professional support, and the instant scalability they need from their cloud services provider. The news comes a month after SingleHop added hosted cloud apps built on Standing Cloud’s marketplace platform.

One of the primary goals for our new VMware-­based Public Cloud offering was to blend our award-­winning service with an enterprise-­‐class cloud product. – Marc Bollinger, SingleHop Development Manager.

The SingleHop Public Cloud leverages the rich capabilities of the VMware vCloud® Suite, enabling users to quickly shift processing workloads from internal to virtual resources as needed. Users are able to manage their cloud services through SingleHop’s innovative LEAP Control Panel. Because of the advanced cloud server deployment technology in the VMware vCloud Suite, cloud servers can be added or subtracted in as little as 60 seconds to match demand in real-­‐time.

Adding to the appeal of the SingleHop Public Cloud is its exceptional failover protection backed by its scalable SAN-­‐based cloud storage system. Hourly, rather than monthly, usage billing ensures that organizations pay only for the exact resources allocated, while enjoying free 24/7/365 access to qualified, VMware-­‐certified engineers for reliable high-­‐level technical support and peace-­‐of-­‐mind.

“The promise and potential of cloud computing carries with it the need for reliability and responsiveness. The new SingleHop Public Cloud, based on VMware cloud infrastructure technology, gives users of all sizes exactly what they need,” said Andy Pace, SingleHop Chief Operating Officer. “Our new offering combines VMware’s renowned dependability and scalability with SingleHop’s LEAP Control Panel for the ultimate in flexibility and ease-­‐of-­‐use. Add in our exceptional tech support and Customer Bill of Rights SLA, and it’s easy to see why the SingleHop Public Cloud is the best enterprise-­‐grade cloud resource in the industry.”
 The SingleHop Public Cloud is an exceptional choice by almost any standard. Features include:
• Mobile Accessibility. SingleHop’s LEAP Control Panel can be accessed from anywhere via PC, iPhone, iPad or Android device. In addition to offering fingertip control of physical and virtual resources, notifications, alerts and updates are delivered automatically.
• AutoScaling. Create your own rules-­‐based guidelines for automatically increasing or decreasing the RAM, number of processors, or storage you use in your SingleHop cloud-­‐ based resource.
• Hourly Billing. Development teams, testing, and other groups with variable resource needs benefit from hourly—compared to monthly—billing as they scale their use of cloud-­‐based resources up and down to meet their to-­‐the-­‐moment needs. Hourly billing is available across all SingleHop Public Cloud resources, including its application-­‐hosting product, Hosted Cloud Apps.
• SAN-­‐based Storage with Automatic Failover. The SingleHop Public Cloud replaces local storage with a robust and fully redundant SAN-­‐based cloud storage solution. This means that if the cloud server you are using for processing should ever fail, the system will automatically spin up a new instance which connects to the same storage allocation— saving you what could otherwise be hours of data transfer and resource reconfiguration. Failover happens fast, often without missing a ping.
• Load Balancing. SingleHop’s VMware-­‐based infrastructure provides automated load balancing between multi-­‐node deployments. This means Web servers or application servers are easily configured to balance traffic between multiple cloud servers for optimal performance.
• Faster Deployment. Virtual resources can be deployed more than 5 times faster than before with our new Public Cloud offering. Deployment times for cloud servers are in the 60-­‐second range.
• Template and Capture Functionality. VMware technology allows users to create a template of any server or group of servers to revert or replicate as needed. The capability is especially useful for routine configuration of multiple virtual machines.
• Supports both Windows and Linux operating systems.

“One of the primary goals for our new VMware-­‐based Public Cloud offering was to blend our award-­‐winning service with an enterprise-­‐class cloud product,” said Marc Bollinger, SingleHop Development Manager. “In fact, our customer-­‐centric focus leads everything we do. Not only do we offer the industry’s most comprehensive SLA on all our products, but our support structure ensures that customers talk to a certified SingleHop technician, not a call center representative.”

To learn more about the SingleHop Public Cloud, powered by VMware, click here.

About SingleHop
SingleHop is a cloud hosting company that offers highly scalable, on-­‐demand infrastructure services to both end-­‐users and resellers. With clients in 114 countries, three strategically located data centers (two in the Chicago-­‐area, one in Phoenix, Arizona) and over 12,000 servers online, SingleHop delivers state of the art resources and services with industry-­‐leading deployment time and customer support. SingleHop was established in 2006 and makes its home in Chicago, IL. In 2011, the company was named #25 on the Inc. 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in America.

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CloudZoom Launches Cloud App Distribution Platform

CloudZoom has announced the launch of its Cloud App Distribution Platform. The platform serves as a single source of easily deployable, ready-to-run IaaS Cloud Apps. An IaaS Cloud App is a virtual image containing an Operating System with one or more preconfigured applications. The platform supports a robust list of hypervisor types: VMWare, OpenStack, CloudStack, KVM and others. As one founder stated, “CloudZoom improves the way Cloud Providers connect with new and existing customers. The platform delivers product solutions that make a customer’s virtual machine (VM) deployment experience better.”  The platform facilities a mutually beneficial arrangement between Public Cloud Providers and Cloud App vendors. To help Cloud Providers and Vendors visualize the potential of its new platform, CloudZoom has also launched a demo site.

Vendor marketing and sales concerns are reduced, freeing them to focus on developing and supporting the best Apps possible. We want Vendors to concentrate on quality. After all, it’s in their best interest and will reduce their support costs.

Cloud Providers can achieve a competitive advantage from an increased Cloud App selection for their customers, while at the same time decreasing costs and reducing the time required for App inventory management. For Cloud Providers, they no longer have to build and maintain a series of Cloud Apps, or negotiate contracts with individual App Vendors. By signing one contract with CloudZoom, they gain access to an ever increasing collection of high quality, verified Cloud Apps. The concept is that an increased App selection will drive cloud usage, thereby increasing revenue. There is also the potential for additional revenue generated by Cloud App sales.

Vendors can benefit from greater market exposure, in turn, helping them to grow their customer base, and focus on their core business competencies. “Vendor marketing and sales concerns are reduced, freeing them to focus on developing and supporting the best Apps possible. We want Vendors to concentrate on quality. After all, it’s in their best interest and will reduce their support costs.”, as one founder put it. The benefits to Vendors are available with no risk and at zero up-front cost. Today, the process of introducing Apps into the CloudZoom platform requires Vendors work with CloudZoom to download the Cloud Apps. Development is currently underway to provide Vendors with tools, an API, and UI for supporting the management of their Apps.

There are two pricing models available to Cloud Providers: subscription and usage. The subscription pricing model allows Cloud Providers access to a limited, but broad selection of Open Source Apps. One upside of the subscription model is the unlimited VM usage per App. For the usage model, the key is the complete selection of both Commercial and Open Source Apps, and this is based on usage per VM hour. The usage model may be more profitable with the increased selection, but it requires an integration with the CloudZoom platform for handling billing and auditing. Upgrading from the subscription model to the usage model is available. This upgrade feature is a nice option for those interested in testing the CloudZoom platform before investing too much capital.

Cloud Providers that feel they could benefit from a wider selection of Cloud Apps, please click  here.

About CloudZoom
CloudZoom is an IaaS Cloud App Distribution Platform that populates Cloud Provider App Stores with quality apps from a growing Cloud App Vendor network. The CloudZoom platform reduces the cost, time and effort to find, manage and sell IaaS Cloud Apps. CloudZoom is a startup (founded in 2011) based out of New Hampshire (USA).

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