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Hivelocity Acquires Dallas IaaS Provider, Incero.com

Hivelocity, a leading provider of dedicated servers, cloud hosting, colocation and managed services, today announced the acquisition of Incero.com, a Texas based IaaS provider with data centers in Dallas, Seattle and New York City.

“We are very excited to bring the Hivelocity experience to all of our new customers.  Our customer centric focus is what continues to foster our growth and what allows us to do things like we accomplished today.  I hope our customers, new and old, are just as excited as we are about today’s news.  Every one of our customers will benefit from the addition of our 9th, 10th and 11th data centers in what is now 7 highly strategic domestic markets,” said Hivelocity COO, Steve Eschweiler. 

Soon, our new data centers in Dallas, Seattle and New York will be privately connected to our other data centers in Los Angeles, Miami, Tampa, Atlanta and New York City.  This private connectivity between all of our data centers gives us the ability to maximize network performance and allows our customers to exchange data between geo-diverse solutions free, fast and securely.  Our new customers from Incero will now have services previously unavailable to them like Private Cloud, Rapid Restore, Managed Services and the ability to instantly deploy Bare-Metal in more than twice as many markets as before.

Incero was founded in 2008 and quickly gained traction with aggressive pricing coupled with a no-nonsense approach to self-managed bare-metal.  “We think our new customers from Incero will be thrilled when they see what Hivelocity brings to the table for them.  Our pricing aligns with what they are accustomed to from Incero, but our scale allows us to offer them a great deal more in both solutions and customer service.  Hivelocity has made exceptional customer service and technical support the foundation of its business since 2002.  Our objective is to exceed our customer’s expectations every time we interact with them.  Over the next few months our goal is to improve upon everything they have already enjoyed at Incero previously.  We aim to improve their network, their support experience and give them more options to most effectively operate their online presence.

Hivelocity is a provider of high-performance data center services to over thousands of customers from 130+ countries since 2002.   Hivelocity boasts a Net Promotor Score of 81 which signifies a world-class level of customer service.  In 2017, Hivelocity completed the acquisition of RackAlley, an IaaS provider headquartered in Los Angeles.  Both acquisitions have been privately funded allowing Hivelocity to continue operating with only the customer’s best interests in mind.

For more information about Hivelocity you can visit them at https://www.hivelocity.net/.

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IBM acquires Private cloud and hosting business of Verizon

Verizon, through an official statement, announced the decision to sell its private cloud services and hosting business to IBM.

With the new development, it seems like Verizon’s cloud services and hosting businesses have come to an end. Verizon entered the cloud market back in 2011 when it acquired Terremark, preparing a strong foundation for its private cloud business.

Cloud market is witnessing a fierce competition between major players like Amazon, Google and Microsoft who have already reserved a place for themselves. Verizon also sold its public cloud services last year and with this recent move it appears like it was not able to set a higher scale for its cloud service and now might come up with new business strategies all-together.

George Fischer, SVP and Group President at VES (Verizon Enterprise Solutions) through the official statement, pointed towards various “strategic initiatives” that both Verizon and IBM together aim to work upon with this agreement.

He said, “It is the latest development in an ongoing IT strategy aimed at allowing us to focus on helping our customers securely and reliably connect to their cloud resources and utilize cloud-enabled applications.”

He further added, “Our goal is to become one of the world’s leading managed services providers enabled by an ecosystem of best-in-class technology solutions from Verizon and a network of other leading providers.”

IBM, on the other side, has been performing seemingly well, especially in the cloud services. Though its other legacy business is seeing a downfall, its cloud service department is faring well. Here, by purchasing private cloud and hosting business of Verizon, it further strengthens its cloud service portfolio.

The acquisition is expected to close by the end of this year.

Verizon had recently closed a deal with Equinix, in which it sold 29 of its datacenter to the latter.

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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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VMware To Buy Storage Hypervisor Software Developer Virsto

VMware, Inc. , the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, has  announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Virsto® Software, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based provider of software that optimizes storage performance and utilization in virtual environments. This is the third major acquisition of 2013 after NOVACAP and Management acquired Host.net and SupraNet Communications acquired Mad City Broadband early January.

We are excited to combine forces with VMware to provide customers a more cost-effective, efficient, and agile storage architecture. – Mark Davis, CEO, Virsto.

“VMware is committed to continuing to deliver software innovations that bring significant efficiencies to our customers while simplifying infrastructure and IT,” said John Gilmartin, vice president of storage and availability, VMware. “We believe that the acquisition of Virsto will accelerate our development of storage technologies, allowing our customers to greatly improve the efficiency and performance of storage in virtual infrastructure.”

Organizations are looking for solutions to address the increasing complexity and cost of storage within virtual and cloud environments, particularly for virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI), large software development and test centers and to support business-critical applications.  Virsto provides breakthrough storage optimization technologies that improve storage performance and utilization in these environments. When implemented within a VDI, Virsto can reduce the cost of storage per desktop by as much as 70 percent.

As part of its strategy to deliver the software-defined datacenter, VMware continues to invest and innovate to extend the benefits of virtualization to every domain in the datacenter – compute, network, storage and the associated security and availability services.  VMware has been at the forefront of innovations to storage in virtual environments, and the acquisition of Virsto will expand VMware’s storage portfolio, which includes the storage virtualization and management capabilities of VMware vSphere® and the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance™. In addition, EMC Corporation plans to license the Virsto technology, extending the cooperative efforts between the two companies in storage architectures.

“VMware and Virsto share a highly aligned vision to remove complexity and increase efficiencies through virtualization,” said Mark Davis, CEO, Virsto.  “We are excited to combine forces with VMware to provide customers a more cost-effective, efficient, and agile storage architecture.”

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The acquisition is scheduled to close in the first quarter of 2013 subject to customary closing conditions.

About Virsto
Virsto® Software Corporation changes the economics of storage in virtualized environments by improving utilization, increasing performance, and accelerating VM storage provisioning. Virsto reduces the cost and complexity of storage for VDI, test and development, business-critical application virtualization, cloud computing and other virtualization initiatives. Founded in 2007, Virsto is backed by leading Silicon Valley venture firms. For more information, visit www.virsto.com.

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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Rackspace Hosting Opens New Office In San Francisco

DAILYHOSTNEWS, December 5, 2011 – Web host Rackspace Hosting recently unveiled a new office located in San Francisco, California. The web hosting provider made the announcement via its official Rackspace Cloud Blog.

The new space provides room for Rackspace’s previous acquisitions of Anso Labs and CloudKick.

The web hosting provider acquired Anso Labs earlier this year, a company known for its work with OpenStack and cloud technology for NASA.

Meanwhile, server management specialist OpenStack was acquired by the web host in December of last year.

As a hosting provider, Rackspace offers cloud, managed hosting, and more.

The opening of the new office (located in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood) even caught the attention of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee who expressed excitement, stating, “San Francisco offers forward thinking companies like Rackspace a premier location to find the top talent that drives innovation.”

Meanwhile, the company was expected to hold a party to celebrate the office’s launch.

About Rackspace Hosting
Rackspace Hosting (NYSE: RAX) is the service leader in cloud computing, and a founder of OpenStack, an open source cloud operating system. The San Antonio-based company provides Fanatical Support to its customers and partners, across a portfolio of IT services, including Managed Hosting and Cloud Computing. Rackspace has been recognized by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as a Top 100 Performing Technology Company and was featured on Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. The company was also positioned in the Leaders Quadrant by Gartner in the “2010 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service and Web Hosting.”
Website: www.rackspace.com