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Rackspace acquires Exceptional Cloud Services; Adds Error Tracking & Redis-as-a-Service

Rackspace Hosting , the open cloud company, today announced the acquisition of Exceptional Cloud Services and its suite of developer solutions, including error tracking and Redis-as-a-Service capabilities. The news comes a few days after Rackspace announced major new features in its free and open source Rackspace Private Cloud Software, powered by OpenStack and supported by its own Fanatical Support services.

Exceptional Cloud Services offers a deep portfolio of developer-focused tools, including:

  • Exceptional.io – Exceptional tracks errors in over 6,000 web applications. The service reports errors in real-time and gathers the information developers need to fix them fast.
  • Airbrake.io – Airbrake collects errors generated by other applications and aggregates the results for review.
  • Redis To Go – Redis To Go makes managing Redis instances easier, whether it’s one instance or hundreds. Faster caching and easier in-memory dataset operations deployed on demand.
  • Ranger.io – Ranger is a cloud monitoring service designed to provide quick setup and system level availability information.
  • Radish – Radish is an early access dashboard for Redis performance reporting.
I want to welcome Jonathan and his team to Rackspace and I look forward to working together to help developers build great things on the open cloud. – Kevin Minnick, Vice President, Product Management for Cloud, Rackspace.
Rackspace Adds Error Tracking and Redis-as-a-Service

The offerings are used by more than 50,000 app developers ranging from startups like StickerMule and HowAboutWe, to giants like Exec, Groupon, HotelTonight, Oracle, TaskRabbit and Zendesk, to enhance their development, troubleshooting and Big Data applications. This acquisition of Exceptional Cloud Services will help advance Rackspace’s recent push into the MongoDB market, as the company supposedly plans to integrate Redis To Go solution with the MongoDB database as a service from ObjectRocket to provide developers with a choice of open source-based data platforms delivered as reliable, managed services that increase the speed and reduce the complexity of building powerful applications on the Rackspace Open Cloud.

“The ObjectRocket team had a Redis service on their roadmap, and this will allow them to speed up their delivery there. It will also allow customers that want to use both Redis and Mongo together to consume both of those as a service instead of having to launch a VM and install Redis manually, which is maybe what they would have done before.”- asid Bret Piatt, Director of corporate strategy and development, Rackspace.

Jonathan Siegel, CEO of Exceptional Cloud Services and co-founder of RightScale, RightCart and RightSignature, will now join Rackspace and bring with him a wealth of developer tooling experience. “We’re delighted to join the Rackspace family. Rackspace’s reputation for service is unmatched and truly unique in the marketplace. Combined with their leadership in the open-sourced cloud, they have created an amazing environment for innovation and growth,” said Siegel. “Rackspace and Exceptional have a mutual interest in delivering best in class tools and services for developers. Aligning efforts make sense. Integrating the expertise, tools and IP that Exceptional brings to the table into the Rackspace Open Cloud will create new and compelling experiences for developers.”Rackspace Adds Airbrake with Exceptional Cloud Services Acquisition

“I want to welcome Jonathan and his team to Rackspace and I look forward to working together to help developers build great things on the open cloud.”- said Kevin Minnick, Vice President, Product Management for Cloud, Rackspace.

Exceptional will continue to offer the same service for their customers and customers will not have to use other Rackspace products in order to use the Exceptional services. All sales for Exceptional will continue to be supported by the Exceptional team, but the company is working hard on a joint sales strategy. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Jelastic Launches Cloud Platform in the Netherlands in Partnership with Info.nl

Jelastic, Inc., provider of the ultra-scalable and interoperable Jelastic PaaS for Java and PHP, today announced its launch in the Netherlands through Info.nl, a full-service online agency headquartered in Amsterdam. Jelastic enables developers and SMBs to get applications up and running in the cloud in minutes instead of hours, since neither lock-in nor code changes are required. The news comes a few days after Jelastic cloud hosting platform launched free public beta in Sweden with Elastx. Very recently company was also in news for launching Auto-Scaling PHP Cloud Hosting Platform-as-a-Service and introducing a new pricing model combining autoscaling & volume discounts.

We are extremely excited about Jelastic’s launch in the Netherlands, and proud to have a great partner like Info.nl, one of the most innovative and technically advanced online agencies in the country. Netherlands is the hosting hub of Europe, and adding it to the Jelastic family is a major milestone for us. – Dmitry Sotnikov, COO, Jelastic.Dmitry Sotnikov, COO, Jelastic

“We are extremely excited about Jelastic’s launch in the Netherlands, and proud to have a great partner like Info.nl, one of the most innovative and technically advanced online agencies in the country,” said Jelastic COO Dmitry Sotnikov. “Jelastic is the only truly global PaaS available through the best local hosting providers in various countries. Netherlands is the hosting hub of Europe, and adding it to the Jelastic family is a major milestone for us.”

“We are very delighted to announce Jelastic’s availability in the Netherlands,” said Info.nl CEO Jann de Waal. “As a technology partner, Jelastic brings us a next-generation Java and PHP cloud platform. It integrates seamlessly within our services and reduces the cost of ownership of online platforms, while increasing flexibility.”

“Jelastic helps us develop faster and cheaper,” said Info.nl System Architect Edgar Vonk. “A particularly nice feature is that it is not necessary to communicate with an API. Using the web interface, we are able to deploy applications and to build and maintain test and integration environments. Jelastic represents the next step in automated deploys, and will be vital for DevOps teams.”

Jelastic’s Java and PHP cloud platform differs from other PaaS offerings in that its key priority is convenience and ease of use. The platform is standards-based and offers a wide range of major stack components. Developers simply choose the software stacks they need, and in a few minutes their application is smoothly running, and able to easily scale, on Jelastic. Setting up and managing cloud environments is simple and straightforward, so that the entire lifecycle of an app is significantly optimized.

Jelastic supports a wide variety of application servers for Java and PHP (Tomcat, GlassFish, TomEE, Jetty, Apache, NGINX), databases (MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, CouchDB, MongoDB), Memcached, and more. Jelastic is available through a global network of hosting service providers: in the USA through ServInt, in Germany through dogado, in Russia through Rusonyx, in Japan through Tsukaeru, in Finland through Planeetta, in the UK and Ireland through Layershift, in Brazil through Websolute, in Sweden through Elastx, in Switzerland through Innofield, and now in the Netherlands through Info.nl.

About Info.nl
Full-service online agency Info.nl connects brands with people. Info.nl has been facilitating IT and online marketing for businesses since 1994. Online services and commerce are able to build up sustainable relationships with their customers, with Info.nl monitoring and safeguarding the entire process and keeping track of every detail. Info.nl is based on the following clear principles: create one overarching online platform; put the customer first; and recognize that data is the fuel of your business. In short, Info.nl ensures that every online contact with a brand or organization happens smoothly and successfully. More information is available at www.info.nl.

About Jelastic
Jelastic, Inc., based in Palo Alto, Calif., offers a Java and PHP cloud platform for developers and hosting service providers. Jelastic is the only Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering designed specifically for hosting service providers to deploy and make available to their customers. Jelastic automatically scales Java and PHP applications and allocates server resources, thus delivering true next-generation Java and PHP cloud computing. You can learn more about Jelastic or sign-up for the service for free at jelastic.com.

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OpenKM Teams with Standing Cloud; Brings Open Source Web-based Document Management to Cloud

OpenKM, a leading developer of open source, web-based enterprise document management solutions, has announced the launch of OpenKM Cloud, a new cloud-based offering that makes deploying and managing OpenKM fast, simple and affordable in the cloud.

The ability to offer instant cloud hosting and automated back-ups of OpenKM to our reseller partners, small business users and enterprise customers enables us to reach markets faster and more efficiently than we could with just downloads. For OpenKM Cloud offers all the benefits of SaaS, without having to rewrite code or invest in hardware or infrastructure, and Standing Cloud made it easy for us.
– Gaspar Palmer, General Manager, OpenKM. OpenKM Teams with Standing Cloud to Bring Open Source Web-based Document Management to the Cloud

OpenKM Cloud, built on technology from Standing Cloud, a leading provider of cloud marketplace and management solutions for cloud providers and ISVs, brings choice, flexibility and easy point-and-click installation and management to OpenKM, delivering single-click managed hosting, provisioning, deployment, management and back-up at a simple monthly bundled price. Essentially eliminating the need for software downloads, the automated hosted deployment of OpenKM cloud makes it easy to build, test, deploy and scale fully functional OpenKM systems in just a few clicks.

“The ability to offer instant cloud hosting and automated back-ups of OpenKM to our reseller partners, small business users and enterprise customers enables us to reach markets faster and more efficiently than we could with just downloads,” said Gaspar Palmer, General Manager of OpenKM. “For OpenKM Cloud offers all the benefits of SaaS, without having to rewrite code or invest in hardware or infrastructure, and Standing Cloud made it easy for us.”

With OpenKM Cloud, customers can choose the hosting provider, data center and geography of their choice from a wide range of 20 leading public cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services, HP Cloud, Rackspace, CloudSigma, GreenQloud and more. OpenKM deployments hosted through OpenKM Cloud on Standing Cloud are completely portable from cloud-to-cloud, meaning customers are never locked in to a single platform or cloud provider. They can quickly add capacity or move to another cloud, and are protected against downtime and service outages.

In addition, once the installation is up and running, Standing Cloud’s built-in automated application lifecycle management features provide easy point-and-click access to a range of automated management services, including 24×7 server monitoring, automated back-ups, auto-restore, single-click version and resource upgrades and more.

“At Standing Cloud, we’ve had great success with our hosted cloud solutions for ISVs, particularly with open source enterprise solutions for collaboration, content management, publishing and portals. Extending our solution to OpenKM is an excellent fit,” said Joni Klippert, Director of Customer Development for Standing Cloud. “By reducing the complexity of downloading software and configuring servers, and combining automated back-ups with the choice, flexibility and reliability of multiple clouds in the U.S. and Europe, we’re excited to help OpenKM and their resellers grow their user base.”

OpenKM is available today at openkm.com/en/cloud-full-service. It is priced at $50 per month for up to 50 users, in addition to hosting fees, which will vary based upon the selection of one of the 20 leading cloud providers supported by Standing Cloud.

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CloudBees Launches Continuous Cloud Delivery to Accelerate Application Delivery

Leveraging the CloudBees Platform, Continuous Cloud Delivery provides the quickest way to deliver applications and ensure the highest levels of quality. – Sacha Labourey, CEO, CloudBees.
CloudBees Continuous Cloud Delivery

CloudBees, Inc., the Java Platform as a Service (PaaS) innovation leader, has announced Continuous Cloud Delivery (CCD) — a new approach to accelerate application delivery and meet high-frequency update requirements necessary for web and mobile applications. CCD represents the fastest way for development teams to push application changes and deploy the resulting code to production, all via the cloud.

With CCD, enterprises, mobile application developers and SaaS vendors have a solution to one of their most pressing problems – delivering incremental software features and updates quickly to keep up with rapidly changing markets and maintain their competitive edge. Rather than following traditional, lengthy software release cycles, software teams must deliver software in a more agile manner. CCD addresses this need by automating the development and testing processes, ensuring that software applications are always in a ready-to-deploy state.

“Our customers have made it very clear to us, time-to-market is their most pressing business challenge,” said Sacha Labourey, CEO and founder, CloudBees. “Leveraging the CloudBees Platform, Continuous Cloud Delivery provides the quickest way to deliver applications and ensure the highest levels of quality.”

The CCD approach leverages key elements within the CloudBees PaaS to transform the application delivery process:

  • Cloud-based development ensures that all developers have visibility into code changes and application status at all times, even across teams
  • Scalability and elasticity ensure resources are instantly available
  • Repositories are centrally accessed for the sharing of source code and version control management
  • Jenkins Continuous Integration (CI) automatically incorporates code changes and processes those changes based on team-established rules
  • Ready access to development, testing and staging resources eliminates friction with IT and long waits for infrastructure resources
  • Continuous deployment means updates are pushed to production as soon as they are ready
  • Transparent deployment ensures no application downtime when updates are pushed out; transactions in process are not disrupted

In addition to the services available within the CloudBees PaaS, CloudBees’ partner ecosystem offers an extensive set of hosted services. Developers can make use of best-of-breed application testing, performance monitoring, log management, mail and database service providers among others.

To download the Continuous Cloud Delivery white paper, click here.

About CloudBees
CloudBees provides a Java Platform as a Service that enables Continuous Cloud Delivery (CCD), accelerating the development and deployment of web and mobile applications. CloudBees serves the needs of a wide range of businesses from small startups that need to quickly create new on-line businesses, to large IT organizations that need to rapidly respond to dynamic market opportunities. For more information, please visit www.cloudbees.com.

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Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider LeaseWeb opens New Office in London

In order to respond more quickly to the growing demand by our customers in the UK market, we felt that it was imperative for us to establish a local sales team as soon as possible.
– Emrah Aydin, LeaseWeb.Emrah Aydin, LeaseWeb.

LeaseWeb, an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider, is expanding its footprint with the launch of a UK sales office. It follows the establishment of a new network Point of Presence (PoP) in London and improved connectivity with the London Internet Exchange (LINX).

The new office based in the heart of London is just minutes from Tech City, the media and technology hub otherwise known as ‘Silicon Roundabout’. LeaseWeb has appointed Dale Weedman, a technology pioneer and co-founder of one of the UK’s first free Internet Service Providers, as part of its business development team, with more hires expected in the next quarter. Dale Weedman will be supported locally by an experienced team which includes Lawton Cheney, who has over five years of business development experience at LeaseWeb.

According to Emrah Aydin, Team Manager Business Development, LeaseWeb the company’s expansion into the UK market is perfect timing: “The internet economy represents more than 8% of UK GDP and is growing faster than any other G-20 country,” he says.

“The UK is a market leader when it comes to e-commerce, online gaming and mobile computing, all of which are key target segments for LeaseWeb. In order to respond more quickly to the growing demand by our customers in the UK market, we felt that it was imperative for us to establish a local sales team as soon as possible.”

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Joyent Cloud Platform Now Offers Cloudant Database as a Service

Cloudant, provider of a globally distributed database-as-a-service (DBaaS), yesterday announced the company’s service is now available on the Joyent high-performance cloud platform to deliver a finely tuned database technology stack. Joyent designs and drives innovation into its public cloud using unique OS-based virtualization called SmartOS, which is optimized to support high-scalability applications for cloud computing.

Cloudant’s move to the Joyent public cloud builds on the company’s April 2012 partnership with Joyent, marking the initial availability of Cloudant’s NoSQL DBaaS on Joyent. Today, the two companies are also launching a new multi-tenant Cloudant cluster running in the Joyent East Coast data center. Dedicated Cloudant clusters will be available in every Joyent data center later this month.

We built the Joyent public cloud to power real-time Web, social and mobile applications, so it makes sense to have a DBaaS partner like Cloudant that’s geared toward operational application data. Giving Cloudant the ability to quickly deploy throughout the global environment of our public cloud service aligns with our focus on scalability and performance. That’s what our customers care about most: low cost, real-time systems that are easy to use.
Jason Hoffman, CTO, Joyent. “
 Jason Hoffman, founder and CTO, Joyent

“Collaborating with Joyent to run Cloudant on Joyent’s SmartOS is just another example of how we efficiently improve service,” said Alan Hoffman, co-founder and chief product officer at Cloudant. “Making sure operational data scales flawlessly with application code is challenging, which is why when we see technology that helps our customers, we start integrating it. Now, with Joyent, we’re able to quickly provision Cloudant accounts across the global network of Joyent data centers.”

Cloudant can now take advantage of the dynamic tracing framework and real-time troubleshooting features of DTrace in the Joyent public cloud, which provides deep insight into global system performance and allows both companies to deliver increased application performance to customers.

“We built the Joyent public cloud to power real-time Web, social and mobile applications, so it makes sense to have a DBaaS partner like Cloudant that’s geared toward operational application data,” said Jason Hoffman, founder and CTO, Joyent. “Giving Cloudant the ability to quickly deploy throughout the global environment of our public cloud service aligns with our focus on scalability and performance. That’s what our customers care about most: low cost, real-time systems that are easy to use.”

About Joyent
Joyent is the high-performance cloud infrastructure company, offering the only cloud service that’s purpose-built to power today’s modern applications. Known for instant scalability, cloud uptime and excellent service and support, Joyent provides both large enterprise and small business customers with the most cost-effective public and hybrid cloud solutions available today. Joyent’s customers are among today’s fastest-growing brands, including Message Bus, ModCloth, TaskRabbit, Voxer and Wanelo. For more information, visit www.joyent.com.

About Cloudant
Cloudant provides the world’s first globally distributed database-as-a-service (DBaaS) for loading, storing, analyzing, and distributing operational application data for developers of large and/or fast-growing Web and mobile applications. Cloudant’s DBaaS is a managed service that helps developers eliminate the delays, costs, and distractions inherent in working with databases and their administrators, while providing unmatched scalability, availability, and performance. This capability accelerates time-to-market and time-to-innovation because it frees developers from the mechanics of data management so they can focus exclusively on creating great applications. Cloudant is privately held and backed by top-tier investors including Avalon Ventures, In-Q-Tel, Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, and Y Combinator. For more information, visit cloudant.com.

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Webair wins the DailyHostNews Cloud Services Editor’s Choice Award

Webair, a hosting services provider has been announced as winner of DailyHostNews’ Editor’s Choice Award for it’s excellence in Cloud Services. Given after a thorough evaluation of Webair’s services on various parameters, including, but not limited to representation of services in terms of ease of use for the end term user, services’ position as global market innovator, unique implementation features, scalability, speed, value for money, reliability, customer support and quality of online assistance resources; this Award recognizes the fact that Webair’s cloud services are most distinctive in features and market appeal.

Webair wins the DailyHostNews Cloud Services Editor's Choice AwardFounded in 1996, Webair provides viable and affordable Web hosting solutions for companies by providing software, bandwidth and management tools needed to run a broad range of web hosted applications – from Internet to enterprise server solutions. It’s Cloud Server Solutions come with various resources like CPU, memory, network bandwidth, IOps etc. with all the single points of failure eliminated. What’s particularly impressive is the fact that Webair has cloud hosting infrastructure backed by Fusion ioMemory and provides 10,000 IOP/s per instance, which is 100 times the IOP/s performance of other solutions. This gives clients the ability to convert even the most powerful physical servers to a cloud environment; and also puts Webair’s support resource intensive applications like database servers, data analytics and industrial content delivery products in an all together different league, guaranteeing excellent value for money.

Fully compatible with Linux, Windows, and BSD operating systems as either Managed or Self managed plans, Webair FusionCloud servers can be quickly upgraded to 8 CPUs, 144GB of memory, 10TB of Cloud Storage, and are available from $249/m. Another great feature about Webair’s Cloud services is that if any of the base plan doesn’t fit a customer’s needs 100%, he/she can can customize it too to meet his/her needs.

Out of the three 24*7 customer support mediums provided- Support Tickets, Phone calls and live chat support, editors at DHN preferred the ‘Support Ticket’ method as it ensures faster tracking and monitoring of issues thereby providing quick and efficient support. Other points of contact such as email, phone and live chat were also met with great response and resolution times and DHN found Webair’s technical support team incredibly knowledgeable, informative, helpful and friendly. Webair’s online knowledgebase is detailed, efficient and successfully helps sort out some of the most frequently faced problems by customers.

Scoring high on trust and reliability parameter, Webair currently provides an 100% uptime guarantee with an option of submitting a cancellation request and getting full refund within the first 30 days of ordering if customers aren’t satisfied with the provided services.

In addition to offering web hosting, Webair offers domain registration, website design, social media solutions, eCommerce solutions, custom programming and SEO services.

Final Verdict: Webair scores an overall “A” grade after being judged on a broad range of parameters listed above. A reliable and dependable hosting solutions provider with 15+ years of industry experience, Webair is a clear front-runner when it comes to choosing high-speed cloud servers; and delivers nothing short of best in class services.

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Jelastic Introduces Revolutionary Pricing Model Combining Autoscaling & Volume Discounts

New generation Java and PHP cloud hosting platform Jelastic Inc. has introduced a revolutionary pricing model. The new model is designed explicitly for production applications and extensive scaling. It also offers great discounts for reserved resources and volume usage. The news comes 5 days after Jelastic became first public PaaS to offer Apache TomEE.

We are adding the ability to set both minimum and maximum scaling limits, get volume discounts, and immediately see the projected costs the moment you create or change Jelastic environments. With these changes, Jelastic moves even further ahead of its competition, and becomes extremely cost-effective for small- and large-scale production deployments alike.
– Ruslan Synytsky, CEO, Jelastic.

Ruslan Synytsky,CEO,Jelastic
Ruslan Synytsky,CEO,Jelastic.

“Fair pricing is vital to make any business sustainable yet cost-effective for customers,” says Ruslan Synytsky, CEO, Jelastic, “Last year we became the first PaaS to launch vertical scaling of servers and true utility-based pricing. With our latest release, we are adding the ability to set both minimum and maximum scaling limits, get volume discounts, and immediately see the projected costs the moment you create or change Jelastic environments. With these changes, Jelastic moves even further ahead of its competition, and becomes extremely cost-effective for small- and large-scale production deployments alike.”

The new model contrasts sharply with conventional industry pricing practices. Developers will find it more attractive than existing models for a number of reasons:

Free is never free: Many supposedly competitive cloud hosting vendors attract developers by making it easy to run new apps for free. But as apps start growing, they need more and more resources. And those additional resources are far from free. In fact, at that point the formerly “free” pricing usually becomes very expensive as pricing is rarely adapted to large scale production use.

With Jelastic, automatic volume discounts provide make scaling cheaper: Jelastic can give automatic discounts for usage depending on the amount of resources that the application consumes. So unlike with the “free to start, expensive to scale” platforms, higher-volume usage is automatically cheaper. Larger applications with higher resource consumption and commitment levels automatically get a lower price, making Jelastic perfect for large-scale production use.

Per-machine pricing is bad for customers: The computer-based (per-machine) pricing model commonly used in the industry today means that customers often have to overpay, choosing bigger machines than they actually need because they have no other option.

With Jelastic, the only true consumption-based PaaS, customers only pay for the resources they need: Jelastic is the only Platform-as-a-Service on the market today that has built-in automated vertical scaling. This means customers do not have to guess the machine size they need. Unlike with per-machine or other models, they can let Jelastic add memory, CPU and disk space on the fly. And they pay only for their actual hourly consumption.

Jelastic customers can now set Lower and upper limits, to get the best price for their usage patterns: Beginning with Version 1.9, Jelastic lets customers specify the lower and higher scaling limits for all the servers they use within the platform. The higher customers set their minimum resource-use level, the bigger discount they get. At the same time, the maximum level still allows for overage in case the application needs to scale up to serve increased usage. This lets customers set limits that optimize price and operational efficiency.

Jelastic provides cost projections each time the customer creates a new environment or makes changes: Any time a customer changes its configurations, Jelastic immediately displays both the minimum and the maximum expected monthly bill. This makes the pricing both fair and predictable.

Developers who want to see how Jelastic´s new pricing model works can go to jelastic.com, sign up for a free trial, and get exact estimates on pricing, even while hosting their apps during the trial.

About Jelastic
Jelastic, Inc., based in Palo Alto, Calif., offers a Java and PHP server hosting platform for developers and hosting service providers. Jelastic is the only Platform-as-a Service (PaaS) offering designed specifically for hosting service providers to deploy and make available to their customers. Jelastic scales Java and PHP applications and allocates server resources automatically, thus delivering true next generation Java and PHP cloud computing. You can learn more about Jelastic or sign up for the service for free at jelastic.com.

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Webair Launches ProtoCloud, an Infrastructure-as-a-service Cloud Offering

Webair, a leading provider of Cloud Hosting and Managed solutions, yesterday announced ProtoCloud, the newest addition to its highly popular family of cloud hosting services. ProtoCloud is Webair’s true Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud offering. Built with scalability and availability in mind, ProtoCloud provides IaaS scalability on top of a highly available foundation. By default, and at no additional costs, ProtoCloud instances are provisioned with no single points of failure via the use of redundant & scalable computing nodes, Network infrastructure, SAN and FusionIO storage. In february, Webair also completed control procedures and compliance for its NY1 data center as verified in a Service Organization Control Report (SOC 1) prepared under the terms of SSAE 16 by independent auditing firm BrightLine CPAs & Associates, Inc.ProtoCloud is Webair’s true Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud offering.

ProtoCloud comes with an easy to use management interface and integrates with a number of Webair’s existing service offerings including Cloud Storage, Carrier Neutral Cloud, FusionCloud, CDN services, and dedicated servers. Webair clients can interconnect ProtoCloud instances with other dedicated or virtual servers via secure internal networks to form true hybrid solutions. A RESTful API makes it convenient for customers to integrate ProtoCloud into their applications, requiring minimal administration and management.

Our customers can conveniently manage all their hosting resources from EZPanel’s friendly interface. Likewise, resource allocations and bandwidth can be aggregated between services and shown on the same bill. This empowers our clients with a true end-to-end solution that allows them to match use cases to the most appropriate solutions, and all under a fully managed umbrella of our ServerGenius support. – Sagi Brody,CTO, Webair.
Sagi Brody,CTO, Webair.

“We’ve added ProtoCloud to our portfolio of Cloud services to provide our clients with true highly available IaaS out of the box without the complexity or the guess work it takes to build it themselves. The ability for clients to integrate ProtoCloud with various other Cloud hosting and traditional hosting services means highly customized and hybrid environments can be built to match even the most demanding needs ,” said Gerard Hiner, Executive Sales Manager at Webair. ProtoCloud’s on-demand provisioning and utility billing models provide customers with an easy way to utilize the infrastructure for requirements such as Big Data analytics, NoSQL database workloads, load balanced web hosting and application testing/ development at a low cost resulting in excellent value for clients.

ProtoCloud integrates seamlessly with EZPanel, Webair’s popular, feature rich control panel. Customers can sign up for ProtoCloud with the click of a button and easily add additional services such as CDN, dedicated servers and FusionCloud to their account from within EZPanel. ”Our customers can conveniently manage all their hosting resources from EZPanel’s friendly interface. Likewise, resource allocations and bandwidth can be aggregated between services and shown on the same bill. This empowers our clients with a true end-to-end solution that allows them to match use cases to the most appropriate solutions, and all under a fully managed umbrella of our ServerGenius support,” said Sagi Brody, CTO of Webair.

ProtoCloud will be launched first in Webair’s NY1 datacenter and will be expanded to Amsterdam, Los Angeles and Montreal in the coming weeks. Designed around industry standard best practices and security, ProtoCloud provides a robust computing platform that delivers on performance, convenience and reliability.

About Webair
Founded in 1996, Webair is a leader in managed hosting solutions, including Managed & Secure Cloud Infrastructure for companies of all sizes and is recognized as a global leader in the industry. Webair offers a variety of Hosting services including Public, Private & Hybrid Clouds, Dedicated Servers, Colocation, CDN and Video Streaming Solutions. Webair, headquartered in New York, operates an international network of datacenters located in New York, Los Angeles, Montreal and Amsterdam.

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A2 Hosting Now Offers Network Optimizer Railgun with Solid State Drive (SSD) Hosting

A2 Hosting, the web host known for their high-performance SwiftServer hosting platform, is now offering network optimizer Railgun as a free feature on their solid state drive (SSD) Hosting service. The news comes a few days after CloudFlare released V3.3.3 of RailGun. According to performance tests, pages load up to 300% faster when hosted on one of A2 Hosting’s SSDs. Additionally, Cloudflare (the company who developed Railgun), has reported that sites using Railgun will experience up to 143% faster HTML load times.

A2 Hosting Now Offers Network Optimizer Railgun with Solid State Drive (SSD) Hosting
A2 Hosting Now Offers Network Optimizer Railgun with Solid State Drive (SSD) Hosting
As an Optimized Partner, A2 Hosting is now one of the fastest hosts on the Internet. Their implementation of Railgun is smooth, making it easy for any website owner to install CloudFlare with just a click.
Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO, CloudFlare.
Matthew Prince, CloudFlare

“Website performance has a direct correlation on that site’s chance for success”, commented A2 Hosting’s Marketing Manager Brad Litwin. “Site speed impacts conversion rates, SEO, bounce rates, visitor satisfaction and most importantly your bottom line. At A2 Hosting, you can really boost the performance of your site when you factor in our fine-tuned SwiftServer platform and SSDs. Now that we’re a CloudFlare Optimized host, you can throw in the speed boosting ability of Railgun into the fold”

While CloudFlare automatically caches 65% of the resources needed to make up a web page, the other 35% of resources are unable to be cached. They are either dynamically generated or marked “do not cache”. The remaining 35% is often the initial HTML of the page that has to be downloaded first. This is where Railgun comes in handy, by speeding up the remaining 35%.

The markup of websites doesn’t change often from one request to the next. Instead of transferring the entire request between CloudFlare and the website’s server, Railgun works by only transferring changes in markup from one request to the next. This cuts down on transfer time and overall page load time. Railgun caches these differences in memory so page processing is as fast as possible.

“A2 Hosting was one of the first hosting providers CloudFlare partnered with. We are excited to have been able to work with them to get Railgun tested and ready for launch” said Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of CloudFlare. “As an Optimized Partner, A2 Hosting is now one of the fastest hosts on the Internet. Their implementation of Railgun is smooth, making it easy for any website owner to install CloudFlare with just a click”

Before requesting Railgun gets turned on for their site, SSD Hosting customers should setup CloudFlare’s content delivery network with 1-click in their A2 Hosting control panel. By automatically serving content from servers closest to a website’s visitors, Cloudflare optimized sites can see pages load up to 200% faster. A2 Hosting’s SSD customers interested in using Railgun just need to request that A2 Hosting’s Guru Crew support team turn on Railgun for their site.

About A2 Hosting
A2 Hosting, Inc. is a Linux based web hosting company located in Ann Arbor, MI. A2 Hosting provides their customers with ultra-reliable solutions and 24/7/365 US-based support from their Guru Crew team. Since 2003, A2 Hosting has offered innovative, affordable and developer friendly website hosting for personal homepages up to full service solutions for businesses of all sizes. Each A2 Hosting service is hosted on their high-performance SwiftServer Hosting platform. Their Perpetual Security measures help keep customers safe from malware injections and other attacks.

About CloudFlare
CloudFlare, Inc. makes sites twice as fast, protects them from attacks, ensures they are always online, and makes it simple to add web apps with a single click. CloudFlare supercharges websites regardless of size or platform with no need to add hardware, install software, or change a line of code. The CloudFlare community gets stronger as it grows; every new site makes the network smarter. Thanks to our awesome sauce technology, every month hundreds of millions of people experience a faster, safer, better Internet. CloudFlare was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer, named the Most Innovative Network & Internet Technology Company of the Year for the last two years by the Wall Street Journal, and ranked among the world’s 50 most innovative companies of 2012 by Fast Company. CloudFlare is based in San Francisco, California, USA.

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