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Jelastic Becomes First Public PaaS to Offer Apache TomEE

Jelastic, Inc. today announced the addition of Apache TomEE, one of the fastest and the most user-friendly enterprise-ready application servers available, to its award-winning, ultra-scalable Java and PHP server hosting platform. The addition gives customers more choice, as well as the opportunity to deliver the Java EE 6 Web Profile in the simplest way possible. The news comes just a few days after Jelastic announced the launch of a major new version of its ultra-scalable and interoperable Java and PHP cloud hosting platform.

TomEE joins the family of Tomcat, Glassfish, Jetty, Apache and NGINX already offered by Jelastic. But they aren´t just combining the usual suspects into a platform that is identical to all other cloud platforms – they have put a significant amount of time into offering TomEE users the best experience possible. – David Blevins,Founder, TomEE project.

“TomEE has long been among the top requests that we have been hearing from our community,” says Dmitry Sotnikov, Jelastic COO. “TomEE is a natural fit for any cloud platform that offers Tomcat, as it offers Java EE compliance, but with the footprint and startup time of Tomcat. And since we pre-announced our intention to include TomEE in Jelastic late last year, the feedback we have been getting was overwhelmingly positive. It is lightweight yet powerful, which makes it a perfect choice for cloud hosting.”

“Jelastic´s support of Tomcat has always been top-notch, and their support of TomEE shows real vision,” says David Blevins, founder of the TomEE project. “TomEE joins the family of Tomcat, Glassfish, Jetty, Apache and NGINX already offered by Jelastic. But they aren´t just combining the usual suspects into a platform that is identical to all other cloud platforms – they have put a significant amount of time into offering TomEE users the best experience possible. It´s very tightly integrated with the functionality of all the other layers of their stack including load-balancing, replication, persistence to SQL or NoSQL databases and more. Jelastic´s integration of TomEE is the best I´ve seen.”

Apache TomEE is a full-blown application server that combines several enterprise projects including Apache OpenEJB, Apache OpenWebBeans, Apache OpenJPA, Apache MyFaces and more. Put briefly, Tomcat + Java EE = TomEE. There´s a definite “less is more” philosophy in Apache TomEE. That´s important because it´s easy for developers of app servers to go too far. The result is usually a slow-starting, memory-hogging beast. Unlike other JEE application servers, TomEE avoids architecture overhead and stays lightweight and as simple as possible. With Jelastic, it takes just one click to get an automatically scaling cloud based on TomEE.

With TomEE, developers get:

  • An enterprise-ready application server that nonetheless remains simple
  • A lightweight server – developers can run applications without any additional runtime requirements or startup time even when the applications are large
  • Full compatibility with most Tomcat-aware and Tomcat-tested tools
  • An environment that will be completely familiar for Tomcat users, with no need to learn anything new
  • Embedded OpenEJB, which makes it great for testing EJBs
  • The ability for servlets to now get access to JPA and Transactions
  • The ability to view or modify any Tomcat-provided resource files

The Jelastic platform provides developers with all major Java software stacks, including Tomcat, GlassFish, Jetty and now TomEE application servers, as well as with SQL (MariaDB, PostgreSQL, MySQL) and NoSQL (MongoDB, CouchDB) databases. It also allows developers to switch between Java versions, access their configuration files and change their settings. The same power is available to PHP users: developers choose either Apache or NGINX as their application server, select the version of PHP, have all key PHP extensions, and can easily add other modules that they might need.

Jelastic is a truly global PaaS offering. It is hosted in the US with ServInt; in Russia with Rusonyx; in Germany with dogado; in the UK and Ireland with Layershift; in Japan with Tsukaeru; in Brazil with Websolute; in Sweden with Elastx; and in Finland with Planeetta.

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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Oracle Acquires Private Cloud Infrastructure Management Software Provider Nimbula

Nimbula’s product is complementary to Oracle, and is expected to be integrated with Oracle’s cloud offerings. – Oracle.

US enterprise software giant Oracle announced yesterday that it has acquired Nimbula, a provider of private cloud infrastructure management software. Nimbula’s technology helps companies manage infrastructure resources to deliver service, quality and availability, as well as workloads in private and hybrid cloud environments. The financial details of the acquisition, which is expected to close in the first half of 2013 have not been revealed yet.

The motive behind the acquisition remains uncertain. Though Oracle didn’t out out official press release , in a brief blog post, it said that “Nimbula’s product is complementary to Oracle, and is expected to be integrated with Oracle’s cloud offerings.”

Mr. Charles Babcock of Information Week indicated in a write-up that it’s possible that Oracle is acquiring Nimbula as an insurance that it won’t be left behind by a rapidly evolving world of public cloud computing, much of which is based on open source code. Instead of integrating with Oracle’s existing cloud offerings, Nimbula Director may give Oracle a bridge over which its products could connect to and communicate with a future standard, open source cloud provided by different suppliers.

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VMware Appoints Mr. Bill Fathers as SVP and GM of Hybrid Cloud

VMware, Inc, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, yesterday announced the appointment of Bill Fathers as senior vice president and general manager of VMware’s newly-formed Hybrid Cloud Services business unit. The news comes nearly two weeks after VMware 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.

I look forward to leading the new Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit and partnering with our ecosystem to provide customers the ultimate flexibility in how they deploy existing and new applications – on-premise, off-premise, or through whatever combination works best for their business needs.
– Bill Fathers, SVP & GM, VMware Hybrid Cloud.VMware appoints Bill Fathers as senior vice president and general manager of Hybrid Cloud Services

“Bill understands how to drive adoption of enterprise cloud services and has a clear vision to build and strengthen our newly-formed Hybrid Cloud Services business unit,” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware. “With his expertise and proven ecosystem mindset, VMware and its partners will deliver the richest set of complementary cloud offerings and empower our customers to achieve maximum value from their hybrid cloud investments.”

At a Strategic Forum for Institutional Investors yesterday, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger outlined the company’s strategy, including plans to extend the software-defined data center with a hybrid cloud service offering, and the creation of a new Hybrid Cloud Services business unit to be led by Fathers.

“Enterprise adoption of cloud services is ramping exponentially, and VMware is uniquely positioned to deliver on the promise of hybrid cloud,” said Fathers. “I look forward to leading the new Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit and partnering with our ecosystem to provide customers the ultimate flexibility in how they deploy existing and new applications – on-premise, off-premise, or through whatever combination works best for their business needs.”

Fathers joins the VMware leadership team from Savvis, a leading provider of cloud computing and managed hosting, where he most recently served as President overseeing sales, marketing, product development, global operations and all corporate functions in North America, Europe and Asia. Fathers brings more than 15 years’ experience scaling global services businesses from start up to more than $1 billion in revenues as well as deep ecosystem expertise from his years building partnerships across service provider, ISV and system integrator communities.

About VMware
VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2012 revenues of $4.61 billion, VMware has more than 480,000 customers and 55,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.

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10gen to Accelerate Demand for MongoDB, Launches Partner Program

10gen, the MongoDB company, has launched its Partner Program, designed for software, hardware, cloud, channel and services companies that develop, market, sell and support solutions based on the leading document database. The program includes the Industry’s First NoSQL Validation Program for MongoDB, unique access to 10gen Education intellectual property as well as a wide range of additional technical, sales and marketing resources to officially align partners with the growing ecosystem around MongoDB.

The 10gen Partner Program is designed for companies looking to efficiently build new business or revenue streams based on MongoDB and capitalize on big data, cloud, mobile and other computing trends and opportunities related to our document-oriented database. – Ed Albanese, VP, Business development, 10gen.
 Ed Albanese, VP, Business development, 10gen

Three levels of participation are offered: Member, Authorized Partner and Strategic Partner. The Partner Program offers companies access to a broad set of technical and business resources, including:

  • Industry’s First Validation Program for NoSQL: 10gen validated technologies have been proven to use supported APIs and to comply with current development guidelines for integration with MongoDB
  • Partner Spotlight: A showcase of MongoDB-based offerings from vendors across the ecosystem, making it easy for prospective customers to identify relevant solutions
  • Technical and Sales Resources: Online training, engineering support and more
  • 10gen Education: Partner organizations gain unique access to 10gen Education IP
  • Marketing Support: Access to marketing collateral, presentation materials and structured brand-use privileges help increase visibility, validation and value with publicity and joint marketing opportunities

“MongoDB is one of the most popular new technologies, and the energy from startups and major vendors alike for building around MongoDB is high,” said Ed Albanese, vice president of business development at 10gen. “The 10gen Partner Program is designed for companies looking to efficiently build new business or revenue streams based on MongoDB and capitalize on big data, cloud, mobile and other computing trends and opportunities related to our document-oriented database.”
10gen-mongoDB-Partner program
Requirements for potential partners may involve: trained technical and sales staff, product validation, successful joint customers, case studies and other marketing activities.

Program participants include:

  • Software Partners: Applications, tools, infrastructure, business intelligence (BI) and other companies
  • Hardware Partners: Server, storage, semiconductor, networking and other hardware companies
  • Cloud Partners: Infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, SaaS and hosting providers
  • Channel Partners: Value-added resellers, volume resellers, distributors and other channel companies
  • Services Partners: Application development, system integration, consulting and other services companies

Current 10gen partners include IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Red Hat, VMware and many others.

MongoDB is the open-source, document database popular among developers and IT professionals due to its agile and scalable approach. As one of the most popular new technologies, MongoDB has more than 3.8 million downloads, 47,000 Online Education registrations, 15,000 MongoDB User Group (MUG) members and 10,000 attendees at MongoDB global events in 2012.

Common use cases for MongoDB include operational and analytical big data, content management and delivery, mobile and social infrastructure, user data management and data hub. 10gen has more than 500 commercial customers including many of the world’s leading brands, such as Cisco, Craigslist, Disney, EA, eBay, Ericsson, Forbes, Foursquare, Intuit, LexisNexis, MTV, Salesforce.com, Shutterfly and Telefonica.

More information about joining the 10gen Partner Program is available at here.

About 10gen
10gen is the company behind MongoDB, the leading NoSQL database. MongoDB is the open-source, document-oriented database that is quickly reshaping the overall database and big data market due to the popularity of its agile and scalable approach among developers and IT professionals for new applications in the cloud and beyond. For more information, visit www.10gen.com.

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“We intend to build full-featured IT infrastructure solutions for SMBs”-Sergey Nevstruev, Anturis

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are growing, and with this growth, they’re changing the way they use technology to run their businesses. However, with their purse strings drawn tight and not having a clear roadmap of IT implementation, SMBs generally invest in IT in a phased manner. The problem manifolds for them as th? present market only offers solutions that are either expensive and bloated or open-source with a great need for fine-tuning and customizing. With limited knowledge of technology and their budgets tight, none of the options seem feasible for SMBs.

This is where a product like Anturis comes in. Promising features at par with enterprise-level IT monitoring softwares, without the exorbitant prices that generally accompany them, Anturis sounds like a pretty solid service that can play a strategic role in businesses of all sizes, helping companies do more with less to realize cost savings and profitability. Plus, it’s in beta and currently free for the first six months of use. What’s not to love?

More on it from Mr. Sergey Nevstruev, CEO, Anturis himself, with whom we recently had an opportunity for a Q&A session.But before that, let’s have a look at this comprehensive demo below for a firsthand look at the benefits of Anturis monitoring solutions.

At Anturis, we intend to fill the gap and build full-featured cloud IT infrastructure monitoring and troubleshooting solution for SMBs: Easy to set up, reliable and affordable.

– Sergey Nevstruev, CEO, Anturis.

Mr. Sergey Nevstruev, CEO, Anturis.
Mr. Sergey Nevstruev, CEO, Anturis.

Q: What is your name and role with Anturis?

A: Sergey Nevstruev, CEO.

Q: For those who don’t know what Anturis is, can you please brief it a bit?

A: 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.

Q: Anturis comes across as a service that provides the best of both worlds. It promises to deliver features at par with enterprise-level IT monitoring software, without the grotesquely high prices that generally accompany them. What was the thought process behind coming up with this initiative? Were SMBs your primary target from the word go?

A: Anturis’ main target is the SMB marketplace. As more and more SMBs come online, their businesses rely on online services. Restaurants allow customers to book reservations online, medical clinics and hair stylists now allow clients to make appointments online as well. As SMBs are more online now than ever before, most don’t have an IT department at all. Servers are hosted and software is installed by a part-time IT administrator. They need enterprise-level solutions that will not only monitor websites, but their entire online service, as well as servers (CPU, processes, HDD free space, etc.) Most cannot afford to spend an exorbitant amount of money on these monitoring services and many do not have a qualified IT professional. Anturis offers the ultimate solution: An affordable, yet extremely compressive service, that does not require the skills of a dedicated IT person.

Q: Anturis is currently in the Beta period and is available for free. What are the features provided in this period? And how has the response been so far?

A: The Anturis beta launch is aimed to kick-start our product and service at an increase rate as well as to build a strong community. It is not something usually referenced as “beta testing” against an artificially selected pool of users with a main purpose to catch bugs. In our case, we are providing full functionality for free, so the Anturis beta features include full-cycle monitoring. These features include:

  • Collect: A comprehensive and convenient cloud-based monitoring approach to data collection. Drills down through every layer of infrastructure. Can easily monitor across distributed platforms, data centers or branch offices around the world.
  • Analyze: Analyzes collected data prior to alerting you to any potential concerns. Correlates related issues from different parts and layers of the IT infrastructure.
  • Alert: Generates meaningful and actionable alerts.
  • Report: Gives you the option to view detailed information about specific problems as well as get historical perspective.
  • Troubleshoot: Provides the tools to make solving IT problems faster and easier.

As the Anturis beta just recently launched, we are experiencing organic growth and have already received much positive feedback. The overall Anturis beta response to-date mainly confirms the value of an easy-to-set up and use solution for the SMB market.Anturis

Q: How long will the beta period last?

A: If users sign up today, they will receive the Anturis beta for free for six months. We have several goals to reach with our beta. This includes building a good base for commercial launch, verification of marketing channels and so on. We plan to achieve this in 3-5 months. After that, we will move to the next commercial stage.

Q: How much will the commercial plans cost after the beta period is over?

A: The price will start from a low 2-digit figure (per month) and will depend on the amount of monitors (measured parameters) needed.Our commercial plan is still in development and we are not ready to provide specific price points at this time. The main goal is to present plans that fit companies with different IT infrastructure sizes and needs. There will be also a free plan once the commercial solution launches.

Q: Anturis sounds like a very promising product; but the competition to support open source technology is pretty intense out there. Nagios, the current industry standard for IT monitoring services, has prices far less compared to enterprise level software and somewhat falls in the same league as yours. How do you plan to stand out?

A: Nagios is a great solution, and IT professionals really enjoy it. However, to use Nagios you have to be a well-qualified IT expert. Both to set it up as well as to use the solution. It also requires installation of many parts. That means that even though the price of the solution is not high (or free) there are associated other costs. Even if you are an expert, you can’t start monitoring in 5 minutes. You definitely can with Anturis.

Q: What value does Anturis offer in the Cloud arena?

A: It’s now obvious that everything moves to the cloud. Hosted IT infrastructure market CAGR is 25%. So why shouldn’t IT infrastructure management tools follow the trend and move to the cloud as well? Cloud technology brings a whole new generation of IT solutions, which are easier in use and much more affordable for smaller businesses. As an example, you may rent a cloud server with just several mouse clicks and it will cost you several dozen dollars per month. No upfront cost. No need for a full team of skilled IT professionals. Legacy IT management/monitoring software solutions (whether commercial, enterprise or open-source) look a bit cumbersome in the new Cloud context. When you can add a new virtual server in one minute you wouldn’t spend ten minutes to configure monitoring for it.

At Anturis, we intend to fill the gap and build full-featured cloud IT infrastructure monitoring and troubleshooting solution for SMBs: Easy to set up, reliable and affordable.

Q: What plans do you have in store for 2013?

A: Today, we start with the Anturis beta mainly in the US. By the end of the year Anturis will go commercial. We also will target additional markets globally (Europe, Russia) and work towards expanding our user base and build our customer levels.

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VexxHost Unveils Fast cPanel Powered Cloud Sites Service

Montreal, Canada: Leading cPanel cloud hosting provider VexxHost , announced today the launch of Cloud Sites, a new service powered by cPanel that delivers the best cloud performance and reliability in the industry. Deployed on a state-of-the-art cloud platform and bundled with valuable features, Cloud Sites is highly redundant, ultra-fast, and instantly scalable cloud hosting.

Cloud Sites- Powered By OpenStack
Cloud Sites- Powered By OpenStack
Cloud Sites combines the power and reliability of cloud hosting with the convenience of a managed service. Customers can sign up for an affordable Cloud Sites plan to maximize website performance. Our optimized platform then has an immediate, measurable impact on page loading and application processing times. – Mohammed Naser, CEO, VexxHost.
VexxHost Launches Fast cPanel Powered Cloud Sites Service

“Cloud Sites combines the power and reliability of cloud hosting with the convenience of a managed service,” says Mohammed Naser, CEO at VexxHost. “Customers can sign up for an affordable Cloud Sites plan to maximize website performance. Our optimized platform then has an immediate, measurable impact on page loading and application processing times. Meanwhile, our expert team takes care of server configuration and management, allowing customers to focus on their businesses, instead of working with their hosting plan. This is the first time technology like this has been available as part of a web hosting plan.”

VexxHost’s new Cloud Sites service is a cPanel cloud hosting solution that runs individual accounts in isolated virtual containers. Cloud Sites offer allocated hardware resources, including RAM, CPU, and disk space, improving the performance of websites and applications. In addition, with massively scalable redundant storage that heals itself in the event of failure, customers can always be confident that their website will always remain online. The entire infrastructure is designed for performance, with optimized web servers that can handle up to 20 times more connections than standard web hosting accounts, high availability file storage, a static content offloading system and more. Using this technology, VexxHost provides the fastest, most dependable cPanel Cloud hosting solution in the industry.

“We have optimized every part of our infrastructure to create the best cloud hosting solution,” says Naser. “In addition, Cloud Sites include powerful software and applications to help our customers find success. We also bundle Cloud Sites with CloudFlare Railgun, which increases website performance, valued at over $200 a month and free to Cloud Sites customers. Cloud Sites customers also receive more than 200 web applications, an automated script installer, and $200 in marketing credits. By choosing Cloud Sites, customers get an optimized, feature-packed service that runs on the best infrastructure in the business.”

Cloud Sites from VexxHost brings is an extremely fast cPanel hosting platform, combined with value-adding free features and 24/7/365 monitoring and support. Customers can select from tiered cloud hosting plans to meet the demands of their businesses, and even take advantage of free expert migration to get their cloud site online.

To learn more about Cloud Sites and cloud hosting services from VexxHost, please visit www.vexxhost.com.

About VexxHost
VexxHost, Inc. was founded in 2006 to provide online hosting services. Since then, the company has grown to become one of the largest technology leaders in the hosting industry, offering the latest cloud-based services to thousands of customers. Customers range from small businesses to governments, in more than 150 different countries worldwide.

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Solar VPS Selects Digital Realty For SolarSystem™ Node In Dallas, Texas

Solar VPS has announced the expansion of its internally developed Windows and Linux VPS Cloud Hosting software, the SolarSystemTM. The expansion of the SolarSystemTM to Dallas, TX marks the company’s first partnership with Digital Realty, a global data center leader. The partnership with Digital Realty at their Dallas, TX location is the first node in a series which will see additional Solar VPS SolarSystem™ nodes established in Phoenix, AZ and Miami, FL.

The new Dallas Solar VPS node hypervisors are comprised of next generation hexa-core Intel E5 Processors with 256GB of RAM each allowing for additional burst and growth. The new node utilizes a fully redundant 10GB network and operates a NetAPP Base SAS Storage platform for all storage needs. This new Dallas, TX SolarSystem node is built upon the same architecture as its sister Solar VPS node that was deployed in Clifton, NJ in January of 2013.

Digital Realty is the right data center partner for the SolarSystem™ solution. The selection of Digital Realty as our partner was based on their proven track record as an industry leader in data center uptime and customer service as it mirrors the Solar VPS company philosophy. – Salvatore Poliandro, Director of Data Center Operations,Solar VPS.

Solar VPS Director of Data Center Operations, Salvatore Poliandro, said, “Digital Realty is the right data center partner for the SolarSystem™ solution. The selection of Digital Realty as our partner was based on their proven track record as an industry leader in data center uptime and customer service as it mirrors the Solar VPS company philosophy. The SolarSystem™ nodes are the fastest nodes available in the industry and are built on proven, reliable technology offered at affordable rates. We are proud to be pushing the industry forward with a solution designed for IT professionals and small businesses.”

When asked about their new partnership with Solar VPS, Andrew Schaap, Vice President of Sales at Digital Realty, commented, “The demand for Software as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service is driving significant growth in companies like Solar VPS. We are pleased to be the data center provider for the SolarSystem™ offering as the Solar VPS business continues to expand.”

Built to be highly scalable and fully affordable, the new Dallas SolarSystem location will empower the Cloud Hosting needs of IT professionals, Web Hosting ninjas and small to medium sized businesses looking for a leg up in our Internet-centric economy. From the Dallas location, SolarSystem™ is primed to fuel the Cloud Hosting needs of existing and potential hosting clients located across the US and Central America.

In business since 2005, Solar VPS has clients in more than 90 countries across the globe. The company is a recognized leader in the Cloud Hosting community, offering 24/7 support, redundant network connectivity and is backed by FortressITX technology. Providing the best Cloud VPS Hosting experience available, Solar VPS is perfect for growing ecommerce websites, bloggers and IT professionals.

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“OnApp Storage Grows as the Service Provider’s Cloud Grows”- Kosten Metreweli, OnApp

On 8 August 2011, the then $2.7 billion valued CDN market changed irreversibly. OnApp, a one year London based cloud platform at that time, grabbed the CDN market out of the hands of the big players and opened it up at prices so nominal that no one could’ve imagined. Using spare cloud capacity of hosts around the globe to provide CDN PoPs, OnApp got rid of the mammoth investment that was earlier needed to build new infrastructure. Starting with 40, OnApp now has over 150 PoPs across 40 countries in a short span of 18 months.

With the recently rolled out OnApp Cloud v3.0, the latest version of its cloud platform for service providers, OnApp has established itself as a software builder which develops new features at an aggressive pace and whose progress is to be watched out for. DHN got an opportunity for a Q&A session with Mr. Kosten Metreweli, CCO, OnApp. Read away as he shares interesting bits about the products OnApp has to offer, their USPs, OnApp’s robust growth and threatens us with homicide. (Yes!)

OnApp Storage is what we call ‘VM-aware’ – it tries to make sure that a copy of a virtual disk always sits on the same hypervisor server as the compute that is consuming it – that basically takes most of the ‘read’ load off the network, reducing network bottlenecks while at the same delivering near-local-disk performance. It really allows storage to grow as the service provider’s cloud grows.

– Kosten Metreweli, CCO, OnApp.

Kosten Metreweli, CCO, OnApp.
Kosten Metreweli, CCO, OnApp.

Q : What is your name and role with OnApp? How long have you been in this role?

A : Kosten Metreweli – I’m Chief Commercial Officer at OnApp, responsible for marketing and sales. I’ve been with OnApp for about 18 months now.

Q : For those who don’t know what OnApp is, can you please brief it a bit?

A: OnApp software powers cloud services (IaaS) at over 500 hosting companies, MSPs and telcos across over 40 countries. Our products allow them to deliver fully-featured cloud services profitably and with minimum CapEx spend. We have three key products:

OnApp Cloud – this provides the orchestration, user management, metering, and user interfaces that are fundamental components of any cloud, as well as value-added features such as load balancing, autoscaling and Managed DNS.

OnApp CDN – this is a great additional revenue stream for service providers – it accelerates customer applications such as ecommerce, media and gaming by caching content close to end-users. We give service providers two bites at the cherry here – first of all they generate revenue by selling the CDN service itself, but they can also contribute their spare infrastructure to the OnApp Marketplace to become part of the CDN itself – generating a second revenue stream.

OnApp Storage – this is our newest product, and we’re extremely excited about it. This is a replacement for a traditional SAN, built to support cloud workloads, and requiring minimal upfront capex.

Q: The recently launched OnApp V3.0 is unique as it comes with an integrated SAN which scales naturally as the cloud grows. Can you elaborate a bit more on it? What additional features does OnApp V3.0 have when compared to OnApp V 2.3.3?

A: OnApp v3 comes with an integrated SAN called OnApp Storage. We found the biggest obstacle for service providers deploying cloud services was the SAN. Traditional SANs are big and expensive, and frankly don’t support cloud workloads that well. OnApp Storage is a totally new approach. It basically allows you to put commodity hard disks and SSDs into the empty drive bays on your existing hypervisor servers, and it turns those into one big pool of storage that can then be cut up into virtual disks, each with it’s own unique ‘enterprise’ properties. OnApp Storage is what we call ‘VM-aware’ – it tries to make sure that a copy of a virtual disk always sits on the same hypervisor server as the compute that is consuming it – that basically takes most of the ‘read’ load off the network, reducing network bottlenecks while at the same delivering near-local-disk performance. It really allows storage to grow as the service provider’s cloud grows.

We’ve added a couple of other headline features in OnApp v3.0. First in OnApp CDN, we’ve added live streaming of video – this not only makes the service more attractive to end-users, but also generates more revenue for service providers that contribute POPs. Secondly, we’ve added VMware support to OnApp Cloud – meaning you can now manage Xen, KVM and VMware hypervisors, all from within one pane of glass. Lastly – we’ve done a complete revamp of the user interface – it is not only a great looking UI, but we’ve also focused on usability by adding several wizards for non-trivial tasks.

Q: How does the new Cloud Control Panel of OnApp V3.0 enhance customer and administrator experience?

A: The Control Panel has had a complete makeover – so it looks extremely slick, and at the same time is easy for a service provider to rebrand – allowing them to get-to-market extremely fast. But the changes are not just skin-deep. We’ve included several wizards that guide the user step-by-step through various activities – such as creating a virtual machine, and we’ve put the most common activities for an object within instant reach. This not only enhances the end-user experience, but also reduces support calls for the service provider.

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Q: Can you please throw some light on OnApp Storage’s ‘smart disk’ technology? What value does it add to SAN?

A: There are two really important technologies in OnApp Storage. The first is ‘SmartDisk’. Unlike other distributed SAN technologies out there, this removes the need for a metadata server, instead each disk understands it’s own content, and relationship to the rest of the array. This not only removes a single point of failure – the metadata server, but also allows very fast recovery in the event of a hypervisor failure – disks can simply be swapped over to another hypervisor, and they will resync and pick up where they left off, without the need to completely rebuild. The second important technology is what we call ‘VM-aware’ – this tries to ensure that one copy of a virtual disk always sits on the same hypervisor as the workload that is using it. What that means is that any reads from the SAN are effectively a local read – meaning they are fast, and add no load to the network. Writes are obviously distributed across all the copies of a virtual disk, but for most workloads, reads are the bulk of the IO. The combination of these technologies makes the SAN fast, reliable and allows it scale as the cloud service grows.

Q : What would you say makes OnApp Storage more suitable for Cloud than the traditional SANs out there?

A: There are a few problems with traditional hardware SANs. They require a large up-front investment, and when you need to grow the SAN, you have to grow in large chunks – with OnApp Storage, you add commodity hard disks and/or SSDs as you need them. They take up valuable rack space and power – with OnApp Storage, you’re using the spare drive bays in your existing Hypervisor servers. With cloud workloads, things tend to get bottle-necked at the SAN controller – with OnApp Storage, and it’s VM-aware technology, a lot of that network traffic is removed. You don’t have much flexibility in what you offer your end-customers because you have to define properties like redundancy, striping etc.. up-front for the whole SAN – with OnApp Storage, you define those properties on a virtual disk level, giving as much granularity as you need. In short – we’ve designed this from the ground up to be suitable for Cloud.

Q: OnApp CDN was revolutionary in a way that it took the CDN market out of the hands of the big players (who charged grotesquely high prices for it) and enabled it for hosting providers. How has the response been so far? What would you like to say to hosting providers who don’t sell CDN as of now?

A: The response has been amazing. We’ve gone from a standing start to 150 points of presence across over 40 countries within the space of 12 months – that makes us one of the top 3 global CDNs by number of points of presence. Each one of those points of presence is an additional revenue stream for our service providers. The CDN service itself has been growing strongly, with thousands of new websites being accelerated every month. For service providers not yet selling CDN – I’d urge them to get started – you don’t even have to be using OnApp Cloud. End customers are increasingly realizing the value of accelerating their websites, especially in ecommerce, media and gaming, so offering the service not only increases ARPU, but also stickiness.

Q : To wrap up, what is in the box for 2013?

A: I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you. Seriously, though – we’ve got big plans for our federation – both in terms of adding more capabilities beyond CDN, but also driving more revenue across it for our service providers. We’re adding new capabilities to OnApp Cloud, OnApp CDN and OnApp Storage that will continue to make our service provider customers the fastest growing in the industry while driving down their costs.

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Rackspace Extends Cloud Operations Expertise to Enterprise Private Clouds; Launches OpenCenter

Rackspace Hosting , the open cloud company, yesterday 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. Key among the new functionality in this release is OpenCenter, a single interface for deploying, configuring and operating clouds at scale in an enterprise data center. The news comes a few days after Rackspace lowered the price for cloud bandwidth and content delivery network (CDN) services by 33 percent.
Rackspace Private Cloud Adds OpenCenter User Interface

New features of Rackspace Private Cloud Software include:

  • OpenCenter – Drawing from experience of operating The Rackspace Open Cloud, OpenCenter provides a centralized graphical user interface and API that simplifies and automates the operational activities associated with deploying, managing and maintaining Private Clouds.
  • High Availability – OpenCenter provides API or point-and-click deployment and management of high availability environments for the OpenStack controller nodes, improving up-time and reducing business risk.
  • Host Operating System Choice – Customers can now select from Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS for the host operating system in Rackspace Private Cloud deployments.
Rackspace Private Cloud’s powerful new OpenCenter platform is a user interface and orchestration tool built to deploy, operate and scale on-premise private clouds. This paves the way for Rackspace to bring its continuous integration and deployment expertise from the public cloud arena into private enterprise data centers.
– Jim Curry, GM, Rackspace Private Cloud.Jim Curry Rackspace

Rackspace Private Cloud Software is a combination of stable OpenStack® community ‘trunk’ code and proven Rackspace tools, packaging and configuration. Rackspace engineers have validated and certified products from over nine major industry partners for the private cloud software through its Technology Alliance Program. To download the free and open source Rackspace Private Cloud Software, click here.

As a proven open cloud operator, enterprise CIO’s are trusting Rackspace more than ever to help them on the journey to become service providers in their own data centers and accelerate their businesses with the efficiencies and value of cloud. Rackspace provides training, support or operations expertise on our Private Cloud powered by OpenStack to over 100 organizations, including 22 percent of the Fortune 100, since its launch in August 2012.

“Rackspace Private Cloud’s powerful new OpenCenter platform is a user interface and orchestration tool built to deploy, operate and scale on-premise private clouds. This paves the way for Rackspace to bring its continuous integration and deployment expertise from the public cloud arena into private enterprise data centers,” said Jim Curry, SVP and GM of Rackspace Private Cloud. “We are taking our own solid technology practices forward into private open cloud backed by Fanatical Support.”

“Through the operation of The Rackspace Open Cloud, built on OpenStack, we have already seen over 1590 code releases pushed live to open cloud without customer disruption. This joins 465 million API requests for Cloud Servers and a total of over 8400 unit tests have been run before each code release, so it has been a busy and dynamic period,” Curry said.

With this development, RackSpace continues to introduce new open cloud capabilities that will enable customers to have a true ‘cloud anywhere’ experience through continuous integration and delivery, workload portability and network interoperability. With continuous delivery and integration customers can take advantage of continuously developed, tested, integrated and deployed innovations and improvements to Rackspace Private Cloud. Workload portability will allow customers to move and scale workloads between Rackspace public and private clouds, while network interoperability enables customers to create a true hybrid cloud on a single network.

About Rackspace
Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX) is the open cloud company, delivering open technologies and powering more than 205,000 customers worldwide. Rackspace provides its renowned Fanatical Support® across a broad portfolio of IT products, including Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Hosting and Dedicated Hosting. Rackspace has been recognized by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as a Top 100 Performing Technology Company, is featured on Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For and is included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Rackspace was positioned in the Leaders Quadrant by Gartner Inc. in the “2011 Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting.” Rackspace is headquartered in San Antonio with offices and data centers around the world. For more information, visit www.rackspace.com.

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Jelastic Launches Version 1.9 of Its Breakthrough Cloud Hosting Platform

Jelastic, Inc., today announced the launch of a major new version of its ultra-scalable and interoperable Java and PHP cloud hosting platform. The new version, Jelastic 1.9, features a flexible new pricing model, FTP support, caching in NGINX and the latest versions of software stacks (including TomEE and MariaDB 10.0.0). The news comes a few days after Jelastic announced that it’s two hosting partners, Layershift and dogado Internet GmBH have begun formally guaranteeing the performance of their tech support operations.

We have added major discounts for reserved resources, as well as discounts for volume usage. These discounts allow developers to host their production apps at a reasonable price. We have also added support of new software stacks such as TomEE 1.5 and MariaDB 10. These projects are extremely innovative, and Jelastic is the only PaaS to drive these kinds of innovations to the community. And we allow developers to test these great products in just a few clicks.
Ruslan Synytsky,CEO,Jelastic.

 

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

Version 1.9 builds on the formidable strengths of the globally available and widely recognized Jelastic PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) platform. The platform, initially launched in October 2011, has more than 40,000 users, and is being offered by hosting partners in the United States, UK, Brazil, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Russia and Japan. It has won the highest Java prize, the Duke´s Choice Award from Oracle, due to its fundamentally new approach to cloud hosting of Java applications.

While other platforms impose limitations on developers by forcing them to code to specific APIs and adapt their applications to various constraints, Jelastic maximizes convenience for its users. Uploading and deploying an app on Jelastic takes only a few minutes, since the platform is standards-based and can run virtually any Java or PHP application without any code changes.

Moreover, Jelastic can automatically scale any application. As soon as an application´s load grows, the platform simply makes additional resources available to it. When the load goes down again, the platform reduces the resources.

“Today Jelastic is introducing a significant update with a revolutionary pricing model which was explicitly designed for production applications and for large scaling,” said Jelastic CEO Ruslan Synytsky. “We have added major discounts for reserved resources, as well as discounts for volume usage. These discounts allow developers to host their production apps at a reasonable price. We have also added support of new software stacks such as TomEE 1.5 and MariaDB 10. These projects are extremely innovative, and Jelastic is the only PaaS to drive these kinds of innovations to the community. And we allow developers to test these great products in just a few clicks.”

jelastic v1.9The newly launched Jelastic 1.9 offers the following useful new features and improvements for developers and hosting service providers:

For Java and PHP developers:

  • Volume discounts with reserved and dynamic resources: Jelastic´s automatic vertical scaling provides an application with exactly the amount of RAM and CPU it needs, and reclaims those resources when the application no longer needs them. This allows Jelastic to offer a revolutionary pricing model in which users only pay for what they use. With the introduction of Jelastic 1.9, developers can now choose the reserved and autoscaling limits for their applications and get the corresponding volume discounts in return. The higher the resource consumption is, the lower base price the customer gets. This is ideal for large-scale applications and production use.
  • Easier access to application files with FTP/FTPS: The new version of the platform offers support for the FTP/FTPS protocol. This provides a fast, easy, and reliable way of file sharing and data transfer to and from servers in Jelastic environments.
  • Higher performance through file caching: Jelastic 1.9 supports caching in NGINX (for both NGINX-balancer and NGINX PHP server). This improves performance by reducing the access time to the resource and increasing the resource building speed.
  • More enterprise-ready servers with built-in TomEE: The new version adds Apache TomEE, the enterprise edition of Apache Tomcat, to meet demand for a more enterprise-ready server. This provides application developers with the best technology stack that can be deployed to a simple Java EE container. TomEE is a full-blown app server, but retains the simplicity of Tomcat and avoids architectural overhead.
  • More databases with MariaDB 10.0: Jelastic 1.9 is the first PaaS offering MariaDB 10.0, the most advanced database in the SQL world. This database offers developers the advantages of multi-source replication, dynamic columns, and MariaDB Galera Cluster. It is even faster and more fault tolerant, and has more flexible database replication, than previous MariaDB versions.

For hosting providers:

  • Powerful business analytics: Jelastic 1.9 ships with an advanced reporting console that lets hosters see and analyze all aspects of their PaaS business and customer behavior, including conversion process, churn rate, activity rate, feature popularity, revenue per customer, and much more. This helps hosting companies not just provide the technology but successfully manage and evolve their cloud businesses.
  • Log management: A new log management system provides a wide range of benefits. It stores and indexes Jelastic logs and provides a browser-based user interface that the hosting provider´s support team can use to effectively support their Jelastic customers. Among other things, it lets the team easily view the current state of the services, see the result of changes made, subscribe for email notification, and so on. This allows faster and more flexible detection and resolution of problems.
  • Simple software upgrades: Hosting providers can benefit from the new version´s support for building templates from RPMs. It ensures simple upgrade of software inside a container, and makes it possible to perform one-click installation of custom applications inside a container. Pre-installed templates are no longer needed.
  • Improved security: The new version adds HTTPS for database administration web pages, so the links to such web pages from Jelastic dashboard will be secure if SSL is switched on for the environment where the requested database is added.
  • Multiple improvements in administration tools: A new set of JCA (Jelastic Cluster Admin) features provides capabilities including smart live migration, dashboard customization, funding history for billing users and logging for actions. System monitoring, tariffs management, troubleshooting administration issues and generating statistical reports became even more convenient.

To learn how Jelastic is making deploying Java applications easy, please visit jelastic.com.

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 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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