RackNap, a leading cloud brokerage platform, today announced the general availability of RackNap Express to help cloud service providers (CSP), hosters and independent software vendors (ISV) drive cloud adoption quickly and efficiently.
The solution includes several new features that meets basic needs of CSPs including the ability to fulfill Microsoft’s new CSP direct bill requirements by August 31. In addition, RackNap Express will be available with no deployment cost.
New features include one-click trials of Microsoft Office 365, upgrading/downgrading Office 365 subscriptions, automated renewal of subscriptions, and an optimized process to migrate customers from one CSP to another.
With RackNap Express, CSPs can choose to sell either some or all Office 365 stock-keeping units (SKUs) with complete automation for billing and provisioning. They can import the SKU listing from the Partner Centre Portal, set markup for individual SKUs, sell add-ons, and more.
They can also offer Microsoft Azure under the CSP program, in which customers can consume any high-end services, like IoT or AI, and the service provider can bill the customer for its actual consumption. These Azure services are offered on both prepaid and post-paid billing models (with defined credit limits).
“RackNap Express will enable Microsoft CSPs to sell cloud solutions without worrying about the investment or management of the underlying infrastructure. It is a ready-to-use business automation tool and helps CSPs to reduce their operational costs, fast-track customer onboarding, and increase profits,” said Guruprit Ahuja, CEO, RackNap.
“RackNap supports the adoption of cloud services, brings efficiency with automation and helps our partners to focus on their business,” said Nicole Herskowitz, General Manager, Microsoft Azure Product Marketing, while announcingavailability of RackNap on Azure Marketplace, earlier this year.
Plesk, the leading WebOps platform provider, recently announced that it has acquired the VPS (virtual private server) and IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) management system called SolusVM from OnApp.
SolusVM (Solus Virtual Manager) platform allows enterprises to manage OpenVZ, Xen and KVM virtual machines from a single point. It comes with a web-based and customizable user interface using which customers can easily manage the virtual servers.
The VPS management system of SolusVM is designed for cloud service providers (CSPs) and resellers, which supports several billing systems and virtualization technologies.
With the acquisition, Plesk aims to provide CSPs and web professionals a single solution for web operations.
“We’re very happy to have Solus Virtual Manager and their complete VPS management solution on board. SolusVM lets companies of any size manage virtual machines – from one central user interface, with security and ease. Firstly, makes it a breeze for service providers, resellers and end-users to provision, manage and sell virtual machines. Secondly, it’s the first choice for providing cloud-based infrastructure hosting, based on the most popular virtualization platforms, like Xen, KVM, and OpenVZ.” – Nils Hueneke, Plesk CEO
Plesk’s expanded portfolio of services will allow customers to control more VPS accounts, and access broader set of hosting solutions to run, automate and scale apps, sites and businesses.
“This acquisition will also propel forward development and innovation of the next version of SolusVM,” wrote Plesk in a blog post.
“We’re excited to join Plesk, and become part of a changing force in the hosting industry. SolusVM fits naturally into the growing Plesk portfolio, providing new and compelling opportunities for our customer base. They can now expect a faster pace of innovation while being able to access the WebOps services and automation that Plesk is known for.” – Phill Bandelow, SolusVM Team Lead
The annual festival for the cloud, telecom, infrastructure and hosting industry – CloudFest, successfully came to a close on 16th March 2018. The week-long event was the ultimate celebration of the cloud with fun, knowledge and networking exchanges.
The sixth edition of CloudFest saw a huge turnaround with over 7000 attendees, 1300+ CEOs, 2500+ companies, 250+ speakers and 80+ countries.
The sessions included latest announcements, product exhibitions, case studies and panel discussions.
One of the important highlights of the event was the CloudFest Hackathon that brought together open source technology leaders and communities together, who did some real-time coding.
The sessions covered everything from fog computing to domain, to security, to infrastructure, to colocation and big data.
Here’s a quick recap of the key sessions held at CloudFest 2018:
SONM – Decentralized fog computing
Igor Lebedev – SONM (Supercomputer Organized by Network Mining) CTO, discussed about the various challenges of current architecture related to computing workloads, networking requirements and storage amounts. He advocated Microservices and MPP (Massively Parallel Processing) as the solutions to increasing architectural challenges. Under fog computing, the tasks are solved right where they are. GPUs per him, are 100 times more powerful than the usual CPUs.
Verisign – NameStudio API
Ebrahim Keshavarz – Product Management at Verisign, introduced company’s new NameStudio API – a sophisticated domain names’ suggestion tool that can deliver countless .com and .net domain names and suggest relevant domains across a large number of TLDs.
He said that the domain names are the common denominator for various online services.
And thus, finding the perfect domain name is very important. Verisign’s NameStudio API is backed with various machine learning algorithms and can be easily integrated across any online platform.
Hubgets – Communication against the machine
Bogdan Carstoiu – the CEO at Hubgets, talked about the increasingly growing market for unified communications. He discussed how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is having a strong implication in the communication industry. AI based smart bots can save a lot of time wasted in repetitive tasks by suggesting answers to the people.
Solar Archive – Delivering Shareholder value as a Managed Service Provider
David Clayton – non-executive director at Solar Archive, talked about the shareholder value and how can MSPs maintain the capital flow in their business.
He identified infrastructure, talent, brand and many other points as important assets of a cloud MSP.
He discussed the importance of investing in right infrastructure and talent to manage the MSP business and grow revenue. The must-haves of a successful MSPs are:
Here, he also emphasized the importance of email archiving which he said will grow at a CAGR of 14% during 2015-2019. 60% of the business data is on email as such it is important to protect and secure the email conversations. Here, MSPs stand a huge opportunity by offering email archiving services.
VMware – Avoid the Silo
Graham Crich – EMEA Director at VMware Cloud Provider Program at VMware, talked about the evolution of the computing from mainframe to mini and present-day virtualization platforms. He also discussed about the silos that are being built across a particular cloud service and how cloud providers can help their end customers break these silos.
He talked about VMware and AWS partnership and how this will lead to new opportunities for the cloud providers. As session takeaways, he advised CSPs to avoid being siloed, by embracing the whole hybrid cloud operating model and choosing the right tools and management layer to integrate the multi-cloud environment.
InterNetX – Hitting the cloud with Kubernetes
Killian Ries – Senior System Engineer and Marco Revesz – Business Automation Evangelist, at InterNetX, talked about Kubernetes and how they migrated a monolithic application to a micro-service based cloud application which was hosted on Kubernetes. Through a case study, they presented a solution to develop, deploy and run an application on modern DevOps standards.
Infradata – Evolution of Hosting
Remco Hobo – security architect at Infradata, talked about the evolution of the hosting industry. He identified digital economy, customer demands and technology as major drivers of the current technology landscape. He brought in the various challenges and opportunities of hosting industry:
Here, hosting providers need to specialize in their specific sectors to stay relevant in the highly competitive market.
Asseco Data Systems – Security in the Cloud
Andrzej Dopierala – President of the Management Board at Asseco Data Systems, talked about the security in the cloud. He discussed the rising security challenges in the digital market. Here, he introduced various tools like SimplySign for PDF signing, Certum Code Signing, Certum SSL and Certum Email Signing as the most popular trust services. By expanding these services to the cloud, the security of data can be enhanced.
e-shelter services – Colocation, enabler for Hybrid and Multi-cloud solutions
Toan Nguyen – Director Business Development & Cloud Platform at e-shelter services, talked about colocation services and how they can be the enabler for hybrid and multi cloud solutions.
He said that the cloud, Edge Computing, IoT and digitalization are the leading trends that drive customer’s demand for scalable and agile data centers. This will require the present-day data center and colocation service providers to reframe their business strategies to answer the evolving customer needs.
He emphasized the role of colocation data center and connectivity as the key for digital transformation.
HPE – Cloud28+ – Beyond a Single cloud story
Xavier Poisson Gouyou Beauchamps – VP Service Providers and Cloud28+ WW at HPE, discussed about HPE’s partner ecosystem and how it helps partners to extend their sales reach and create new revenue opportunities. He told how HPE is combining hybrid IT innovations – software defined infrastructure, private cloud with the speed and agility of public cloud, and management of multi-cloud and Hyperconverged infrastructure to redefine cloud at the edge.
He also announced new updates to the Cloud28+ platform.
Apart from the sessions, there were various innovative products and technology models that were presented during the event. One of the mention worthy products was RackNap which is a cloud services delivery platform. We got in touch with its COO (Chief Operating Officer) Sabarinathan Sampath, who told us about the product in detail, and how it is helping businesses globally to automate their products/services delivery.
CloudFest had some out-of-the-box sessions by Technology Futurist – Ian Khan, who is a strong advocator of technologies like cloud, AI and blockchain. He said, “If business success can be attributed to one thing, it is trust,” and that should be the base when companies interact with new systems.
Alexander Schulz, Slackline World Record Holder, motivated the attendees by sharing his own experience of becoming a slackline record holder. He said that stepping out of the comfort zone is one of the important steps towards achieving success in personal as well as professional front.
CloudFest, overall, was an event that celebrated cloud every day and through every session. We are very excited for the next edition of CloudFest.
Meanwhile, you can have a look at the short video on CloudFest:
The premier event for hosting, domains and cloud industry – CloudBazaar took place last week at the business capital of India – Mumbai. The event that drew over 2500 attendees and 40 partners turned out to be the perfect networking platform for insightful informational exchanges related to the cloud and hosting industry.
The 20 sessions that were held at the event, were a balanced mix of B2B (Business-to-business) and B2C (Business-to-customer) interactions, where on one hand, who’s who in the industry talked about the benefits they have realized by moving to the cloud and on the other hand, industry experts discussed about the latest trends in the internet infrastructure industry.
It was an event to remember with the list of elite attendees including the providers of the web hosting, cloud, backup, SaaS and datacenter services along with the ISPs, SSL certificate providers and leading individual bloggers and professionals as well, who were there to learn about new and emerging technologies.
The networking opportunities were galore and the SMBs and other participating companies got the chance to interact with the leaders in the domain and the cloud industry and learn the required strategies to get ahead in the market.
The event started with a session on ‘Building scale for your business’, led by Vice-President, Channel Partnerships of Endurance International Group – Shridhar Luthria. He captivated the audience with his tips on ways to maximize a company’s output within the available resources, while meeting its scaling requirements.
We also saw Mohit Pande – Country head, India, Google Cloud, bring out the significance of automating cognitive insights through machine learning and how to gain advantage in business by taking predictive as well as prescriptive data-driven decisions.
Prabhakar Jayakumar, Country Manager, India – DigitalOcean, talked about cloud and how it supports cost-efficient business scaling.
Later, Amitabh Jacob, Head of Partner & Alliances, Amazon Internet Services, emphasized the importance of digital transformation for businesses and how AWS has been helping its customers achieve it.
We also saw insightful sessions on domain names, from Andy Simpson – Data Scientist, Verisign. He discussed about intersection of online services and domain names.
Anand Vora – Director, Business Development, International Market, Donuts Inc. brought out the significance of new TLDs and how service providers can guide their customers to use these emerging TLDs to define their digital identities.
There was also a panel discussion focusing on domain names and their importance in the growing age of business as an important component of web presence.
Apart from these, there were other sessions also, headed by various experienced business leaders like Sujit Shetty – Architect Lead for Data & AI for Microsoft India, Vikramank Singh – Data Scientist, Facebook and an invite-only session with Deepak Kanakaraju – Digital Marketing Blogger.
The event was primarily organized by ResellerClub and Event Tree. Platinum sponsors were Donuts Inc. and Constant Contact along with .biz and .co TLDs.
Google Cloud, AWS, Zoho, DigitalOcean, OpenSRS, Radix, Jetpack and E2E networks were the Gold sponsors.
Overall, the event was a huge success and now we look forward to CloudBazaar 2018.
ZNetLive – India’s leading web hosting and cloud services provider, recently announced the launch of its mobile app that will help its users in India and across the world save time, quickly manage their business and stay connected with ZNetLive on the go.
The first of its kind, customer self-service mobile app is designed to perform well, even under limited network connection. It will maximize productivity by reducing browsing time of the customers and will provide them with improved accessibility, optimal levels of engagement and more interactive experience.
Developed in-house, this Android app will provide ZNetLive clients an editor to edit and raise tickets; functionality to buy domains, view services and billing details; manage their service accounts; and communicate with ZNetLive, anywhere, anytime as per their convenience. It can be installed with a simple click.
ZNetLive’s mobile app comes with the below mentioned features:
Simple and easy with few minutes’ learning curve.
Enables clients to receive instant notifications.
Allows pertinent scheduling information at clients’ fingertips.
Provides easy one-touch access with clear and intuitive interface.
App’s eight simple modules are accessible via dashboard and give further access to four important services, including domains, support, services and billing.
Support module – With this module, customers can view and perform functions related to their support tickets.
Services Module – This module enables customers to view their service(s) and billing details.
Domains Module – This helps customers to view their domain(s) related information – name, expiration date, amount and renew button.
‘Buy Domain’ module – This helps customers to search an available domain name including premium ones.
Billing module – This section enables customers to view their billing and order description details.
Profile module – With this module, customers can view their profile details and get notifications related to their raised tickets.
‘Forgot Password’ module – The customers can reset their password from this section.
‘Sign IN’ module – This module will allow customers to login to app with their credentials and also reset their forgot password.
There’s a lot of buzz in the hosting and cloud industry for the biggest B2B event – The Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit 2017 (HCTS), that will be held from September 18 to 20, 2017 at Bellagio Resort & Hotel, Las Vegas. The event will witness the largest gathering of corporate leaders, IT practitioners, industry visionaries and financial professionals.
The august gathering will be discussing about the digital future being brought forth by the advanced innovative technologies like cloud, IoT and the huge opportunities that this digital transformation wave is bringing in for the Cloud Operators, Managed Service Providers, Hosters and Datacenter Owners.
The three-day event, for which the registrations are filling up fast, will witness the industry powerhouses – 451 Research analysts and industry experts, talk about the latest hosting and cloud industry trends. The attendees will be able to get insights into powerful, practical and effective IT rollout strategies and how their implementation can lead the companies towards a successful digital future.
The list of speakers includes the names of 451 Research’s best analysts and research directors with an expertise in datacenter technology and IoT (Internet of Things) framework.
In the beautiful ambience of Bellagio hotel with a Mediterranean – blue lake facing view, the event will be an outstanding blend of knowledge, networking, and fun. Apart from the event, while in Las Vegas and at the Bellagio, one can enjoy the dance, music, and acrobatics with “O” by Cirque du Soleil aquatic theatre in a Parisian-Style Opera house.
HCTS have some elite sponsors for the event who are the established experts in their fields like Western Digital – the diamond sponsor and DH Capital – the platinum sponsor. The gold sponsors include leading companies like Bank Street, Deutsche Bank, OnApp, Red Hat and more.
The event registration is now open for all interested members of the hosting and cloud industry. They can get themselves registered here. For the convenience of the members, the registration has been divided into – Enterprise end users (Complimentary), Service Providers ($1199), General Attendance – 451 Research client ($2095) and Non – client general attendance ($2895).
The organizers have even discounted room rate with the Bellagio, interested members can apply through a direct link (available on the event’s official website) until August 14, 2017.
Radix Registry announced last Friday that its bid for the operation of the generic top level domain (gTLD) .host has passed the initial evaluation stage in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) new gTLD program.
Ideal for web hosts, ASPs, ISVs, cloud service providers, data centers and other entities within the web hosting industry, .host offers domain names short, memorable domain names with increased search efficiency, and better categorization and branding for the hosting community.
Last year saw Radix Registry investing over $30 million on the application of 31 gTLD applications; seven of which (.SHOP, .WEB, .SITE, .MUSIC, .HOTEL, .ONE and .BLOG) feature in Sedo’s top 10 valuable domain list and three (.HOST, .PRESS and .SPACE) have no other applicants other than Radix, making them virtually theirs.
For more information on .Host domains, click here.
Radix Registry launched completely free and non-binding pre-registrations for .host domain names earlier this week at HostingCon.
Radix will keep those who pre-register for a .host domain informed of the launch process by furnishing personalized reminders. It will also offer discounts and special deals, increasing the odds that a pre-registered name will be granted.
A new TLD created specifically for the hosting industry, .host is one of three uncontested strings that Radix applied for, the other two being .press and .space.
Ideal for web hosts, ASPs, ISVs, cloud service providers, data centers and other entities within the web hosting industry, .host offers domain names short, memorable domain names with increased search efficiency, and better categorization and branding for the hosting community.
“The hosting industry is one of the most internet dependent industries, with a majority of its lead generation, marketing and customer engagement activities taking place online, ” said Mr. Bhavin Turakhia, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Radix Registry
“We were really surprised to find out that we were sole applicants for such a powerful extension. The team worked extra hard to move up our pre-registration and make it coincide with Hostingcon,” he added.
SingleHop, a highly automated hosting and infrastructure services provider, today announced the debut of its SingleHop Public Cloud based onVMware cloud infrastructure technology. Built to meet the most stringent demands of today’s real-‐time enterprise, the SingleHop Public Cloud gives organizations of any size the reliability, user control, direct professional support, and the instant scalability they need from their cloud services provider. The news comes a month after SingleHop added hosted cloud apps built on Standing Cloud’s marketplace platform.
One of the primary goals for our new VMware-based Public Cloud offering was to blend our award-winning service with an enterprise-‐class cloud product. – Marc Bollinger, SingleHop Development Manager.
The SingleHop Public Cloud leverages the rich capabilities of the VMware vCloud® Suite, enabling users to quickly shift processing workloads from internal to virtual resources as needed. Users are able to manage their cloud services through SingleHop’s innovative LEAP Control Panel. Because of the advanced cloud server deployment technology in the VMware vCloud Suite, cloud servers can be added or subtracted in as little as 60 seconds to match demand in real-‐time.
Adding to the appeal of the SingleHop Public Cloud is its exceptional failover protection backed by its scalable SAN-‐based cloud storage system. Hourly, rather than monthly, usage billing ensures that organizations pay only for the exact resources allocated, while enjoying free 24/7/365 access to qualified, VMware-‐certified engineers for reliable high-‐level technical support and peace-‐of-‐mind.
“The promise and potential of cloud computing carries with it the need for reliability and responsiveness. The new SingleHop Public Cloud, based on VMware cloud infrastructure technology, gives users of all sizes exactly what they need,” said Andy Pace, SingleHop Chief Operating Officer. “Our new offering combines VMware’s renowned dependability and scalability with SingleHop’s LEAP Control Panel for the ultimate in flexibility and ease-‐of-‐use. Add in our exceptional tech support and Customer Bill of Rights SLA, and it’s easy to see why the SingleHop Public Cloud is the best enterprise-‐grade cloud resource in the industry.” The SingleHop Public Cloud is an exceptional choice by almost any standard. Features include:
• Mobile Accessibility.SingleHop’s LEAP Control Panel can be accessed from anywhere via PC, iPhone, iPad or Android device. In addition to offering fingertip control of physical and virtual resources, notifications, alerts and updates are delivered automatically.
• AutoScaling. Create your own rules-‐based guidelines for automatically increasing or decreasing the RAM, number of processors, or storage you use in your SingleHop cloud-‐ based resource.
• Hourly Billing. Development teams, testing, and other groups with variable resource needs benefit from hourly—compared to monthly—billing as they scale their use of cloud-‐based resources up and down to meet their to-‐the-‐moment needs. Hourly billing is available across all SingleHop Public Cloud resources, including its application-‐hosting product, Hosted Cloud Apps.
• SAN-‐based Storage with Automatic Failover. The SingleHop Public Cloud replaces local storage with a robust and fully redundant SAN-‐based cloud storage solution. This means that if the cloud server you are using for processing should ever fail, the system will automatically spin up a new instance which connects to the same storage allocation— saving you what could otherwise be hours of data transfer and resource reconfiguration. Failover happens fast, often without missing a ping.
• Load Balancing.SingleHop’s VMware-‐based infrastructure provides automated load balancing between multi-‐node deployments. This means Web servers or application servers are easily configured to balance traffic between multiple cloud servers for optimal performance.
• Faster Deployment. Virtual resources can be deployed more than 5 times faster than before with our new Public Cloud offering. Deployment times for cloud servers are in the 60-‐second range.
• Template and Capture Functionality. VMware technology allows users to create a template of any server or group of servers to revert or replicate as needed. The capability is especially useful for routine configuration of multiple virtual machines.
• Supports both Windows and Linux operating systems.
“One of the primary goals for our new VMware-‐based Public Cloud offering was to blend our award-‐winning service with an enterprise-‐class cloud product,” said Marc Bollinger, SingleHop Development Manager. “In fact, our customer-‐centric focus leads everything we do. Not only do we offer the industry’s most comprehensive SLA on all our products, but our support structure ensures that customers talk to a certified SingleHop technician, not a call center representative.”
To learn more about the SingleHop Public Cloud, powered by VMware, click here.
SingleHop is a cloud hosting company that offers highly scalable, on-‐demand infrastructure services to both end-‐users and resellers. With clients in 114 countries, three strategically located data centers (two in the Chicago-‐area, one in Phoenix, Arizona) and over 12,000 servers online, SingleHop delivers state of the art resources and services with industry-‐leading deployment time and customer support. SingleHop was established in 2006 and makes its home in Chicago, IL. In 2011, the company was named #25 on the Inc. 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in America.
The integration of AWS GovCloud with Standing Cloud helps meet a key need in the public sector that our customers and partners have been asking for. – Michael Ficco, Vice President of Business Development, Standing Cloud.
The addition of AWS GovCloud to the list of leading cloud and hosting providers supported by Standing Cloud – including AWS, Rackspace, HP Cloud, Microsoft Windows Azure, GoGrid, VPS.net and more than a dozen others – immediately expands the cloud application hosting options available for US government agencies and customers.
“At Standing Cloud, we’re committed to supporting the industry’s widest range of cloud service providers and data centers, to ensure flexibility, reliability and choice for our customers, whether they’re ISVs, developers, solutions providers or application users,” said Michael Ficco, Vice President of Business Development, Standing Cloud. “The integration of AWS GovCloud with Standing Cloud helps meet a key need in the public sector that our customers and partners have been asking for.”
According to Amazon Web Services, AWS GovCloud (US) is an AWS Region designed to allow US government agencies and customers to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements. The AWS GovCloud framework adheres to U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) requirements. Workloads appropriate for the AWS GovCloud Region include all categories of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), including ITAR, as well as Government oriented publicly available data.
About Standing Cloud: Founded in 2009, Standing Cloud is based in Boulder, Colorado. Investors include Foundry Group and Avalon Ventures. Standing Cloud is a leading provider of cloud application management services. They deliver a seamless application layer for cloud providers, technology solutions providers and ISVs, making application deployment and management fast, simple and hassle-free for their customers. www.standingcloud.com