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Anturis to Provide Comprehensive IT Infrastructure Monitoring For ReadySpace’s Business Customers

Anturis Inc. today announced that its cloud-based monitoring & troubleshooting solution has been selected by ReadySpace, a cloud and managed hosting services provider to provide comprehensive IT infrastructure monitoring solutions for its business customers. ReadySpace will now offer Anturis’ solutions as an integrated addition to its Managed Service packages.

Anturis came to market early this year in beta phase and recently emerged from beta with the launch of its commercial product availability.

In an interview with DailyHostNews today, Sergey Nevstruev, CEO, Anturis, said:

ReadySpace selected Anturis for its IT infrastructure monitoring and troubleshooting needs because of two key reasons:

  • infrastructure model representation (i.e. users work with real-life entities like a database or a web-server, rather than with separate metrics) – which makes Anturis best suited to the needs of server monitoring.
  • integration with Parallels Automation platform via APS – which let Anturis have rather deep integration (including billing and customer portal) very quickly.
Anturis is the perfect addition to our suite, and will be utilized as the primary tool set of our technical team for monitoring and troubleshooting our customers’ various IT services.
– David Loke, CEO, ReadySpace.

David Loke, CEO, ReadySpace.
David Loke, CEO, ReadySpace.

ReadySpace will deploy Anturis to support its over 5,000 business customers, primarily in the Asia Pacific region, and especially in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Offered in ReadySpace’s Managed Service platform, the new Anturis IT monitoring solution delivers:

  • Website Monitoring: Monitoring the uptime and performance of websites. It checks for DNS, SSL, HTTP, network and application-level problems.
  • Server Monitoring: Keeps an eye on servers’ resources utilization and software performance (CPU, memory, swap, disk, OS processes, log files and more).
  • Web App Monitoring: Uses synthetic transactions to ensure visitors can successfully sign up, search, check out, log in and otherwise interact with your website.
  • MYSQL Monitoring: Watches over key database performance metrics, such as slow query rate, connection usage, Innodb buffer pool usage, and more.
  • Network Monitoring: Keeps watch over LAN and WAN connectivity and network devices using ICMP ping, SNMP and TCP checks and other network protocols.

The commercially launched version of Anturis comes with several new features and enhancements, including numerous GUI and usability enhancements, such as improved wizards. It also includes extended diagnostic data for faster troubleshooting, such as presenting the list of top five CPU-consuming processes at the time of CPU overload.

“As an international leader of cloud and managed hosting services, we are always looking for ways to improve and enhance our Managed Services,” said David Loke, CEO, ReadySpace.

“Anturis is the perfect addition to our suite, and will be utilized as the primary tool set of our technical team for monitoring and troubleshooting our customers’ various IT services.”

DailyHostNews used Anturis earlier this year to monitor its own IT Infrastructure and found it an extremely feature rich, affordable, compressive and promising product.

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Jason Calacanis to Present a Major Keynote Address at Pubcon Las Vegas 2013

Pubcon today announced that Internet entrepreneur and active angel investor Jason Calacanis, Chief executive and founder, Inside.com will present a major keynote address at Pubcon Las Vegas 2013, a social media and optimization conference, which will take place on October 21 – 25, 2013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Pubcon Las Vegas 2013 attendees are in for a real treat as Jason starts off our biggest week ever of search and social media marketing, also featuring keynotes by Google’s Matt Cutts and UnMarketing president and popular digital marketing personality Scott Stratten.
– Brett Tabke, CEO, Pubcon.

Brett Tabke, CEO, Pubcon.
Brett Tabke, CEO, Pubcon.

“We’re delighted to present Jason Calacanis — one of the world’s most successful social media and technology entrepreneurs and angel investors — as our kick-off keynote speaker during October’s Pubcon Las Vegas 2013 conference,” said Brett Tabke, CEO, Pubcon.

“Pubcon Las Vegas 2013 attendees are in for a real treat as Jason starts off our biggest week ever of search and social media marketing, also featuring keynotes by Google’s Matt Cutts and UnMarketing president and popular digital marketing personality Scott Stratten,” he added.

As a founder of founder of ThisWeekIn.com, Calacanis has hosted the popular podcast “This Week in Startups” since 2009.

After three years of hosting TechCrunch50, he founded the LAUNCH conference to spotlight unannounced start-ups, with the first event held in 2011 and featuring 140 start-ups.

In 2007 he also founded Mahalo.com, the “human-powered search engine.”

Calacanis is also well known as a co-founder of Weblogs, Inc., founder of Rising Tide Studios, founder of Open Angel Forum and General Manager of Netscape.com.

He joined Board of Directors of Dyn in late 2012. Calacanis’ Inside.com is expected to launch in the fall of 2013.

Pubcon Las Vegas 2013 – named a Forbes magazine must-attend conference – will offer 130 + conference panel sessions with a week-long exploration of the future of technology and latest online marketing studies presented by industry experts in Internet marketing, search engines, and online advertising.

The event will also see Pubcon Masters Group training program and workshops, a day-long group of intensive educational training programs led by some of the industry’s most respected search and social media professionals, as well as a new networking badge option.

Registration for Pubcon Las Vegas 2013 is open and available at special early-bird rates for a limited time.

A month ago, PubCon announced that the Pubcon Regional Austin 2014 conference will take place on Tuesday, January 28 at the AT&T Conference Center on the University of Texas campus.

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RiverMeadow Software Releases RiverMeadow Cloud Migration SaaS 2.0

Automated server migration solution developer RiverMeadow Software today announced the availability of version 2.0 of RiverMeadow Cloud Migration SaaS with many new features and infrastructure enhancements.

With the enhancements delivered in RiverMeadow Cloud Migration SaaS 2.0, we continue to remove the barriers of entry for just a fraction of the cost and without the operational headaches, so organizations can immediately gain the economic and practical benefits of cloud computing.
– Mark Shirman, CEO, RiverMeadow.Mark Shirman, CEO, RiverMeadow

RiverMeadow Cloud Migration SaaS is an API-based platform which automates the cloud migration process from beginning-to-end, without having to install agents or take servers out of production, thereby saving considerable amount of cost and time. It accommodates both Linux and Windows server-to-cloud migrations.

RiverMeadow Cloud Migration SaaS migrates whole servers and disk volumes at the OS level.

Cloud providers can provide their cloud URL and credentials, and instantly access RiverMeadow’s three key processes – Collect, Convert and Deploy – that automate server migrations from start-to-finish.

For more complex projects such as full datacenter or hybrid cloud deployments, the RiverMeadow SaaS provides the necessary feature-set for migrating multiple servers or interdependent clusters of servers at a single time.

The new release is a re-architecture of RiverMeadow Cloud Migration SaaS, and enables RiverMeadow to rapidly scale-out whether it is geographic, feature or hypervisor support.

RiverMeadow plans to add datacenters around the world over the next six months to address a broader, global market in partnership with VMware, Cisco, Ericsson and others.

The video below demonstrates the RiverMeadow Cloud Migration SaaS Web UI automating the migration of an ESX VM into a CloudStack environment:

“The cost and complexity of migrating virtual, physical or cloud-based servers into the cloud can be overwhelming — averaging thousands of dollars per server and man-months’ worth of operational effort,” said Mark Shirman, CEO, RiverMeadow.

“With the enhancements delivered in RiverMeadow Cloud Migration SaaS 2.0, we continue to remove the barriers of entry for just a fraction of the cost and without the operational headaches, so organizations can immediately gain the economic and practical benefits of cloud computing,” he added.

Here is more information on RiverMeadow Cloud Migration SaaS.

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INetU Enhances its Client Center; Adds Dynamic Virtual Scaling and Unmanaged Virtual Machines

INetU today announced major enhancements to its Client Center, including dynamic virtual scaling, the ability to add unmanaged virtual machines and available access through an Application Programming Interface (API).

The news comes a fortnight after INetU  added INetU Application Traffic Firewall to its Managed Security Suite.

INetU Clients now have even more control and visibility into their servers and can make adjustments on the fly as needed. Cloud hosting can be complex, but the INetU Client Center continues to simplify the experience by providing one pane of glass to monitor and manage everything. – Andrew Hodes, Director of technology, INetU.

The new enhancements will allow  INetU customers to utilize:

  1. Dynamic Virtual Scaling – INetU customers can now scale virtual machines to allow for increased or decreased memory/CPU as needed.
  2. Unmanaged Virtual Machines – INetU clients can now add unmanaged virtual machines (VMs), which are  ideal for less critical systems such as development or testing where managed services like monitoring, tuning and backups are not required.
  3. Access Through API – INetU clients can now access the Client Center through an API and integrate it with their custom applications or services.

“In the changing world of business, companies must have the ability to work and evolve rapidly,” said Andrew Hodes, Director of technology, INetU.

“INetU Clients now have even more control and visibility into their servers and can make adjustments on the fly as needed. Cloud hosting can be complex, but the INetU Client Center continues to simplify the experience by providing one pane of glass to monitor and manage everything,” he added.

INetU Client Center is a  remote interface between INetU and its clients. It  acts as a one central location for customers to monitor and manage their cloud resources.

Some of the existing capabilities of INetU Client Center are  capability to add virtual machines, integrate private, hybrid and INetU Gated Community Cloud™ products while tracking additional services like security, logging and support requests.

For more information on INetU and its offerings, click here.

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IBM Closes SoftLayer Acquisition; Partners With Flow to Provide Real Time Integrated Data Solutions

IBM has completed the acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies for an undisclosed amount. IBM entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SoftLayer a month back in a bid to strengthen its position in cloud computing.

IBM has also announced that Flow, Inc will now stream its real-time data analytics based on IBM SmartCloud and the SoftLayer technology platform.

IBM plans to provide clients with real-time integrated solutions based on Flow, the SoftLayer technology and IBM SmartCloud, which will enable them to send and receive data from any mobile device that is integrated with enterprise data, thereby enabling the collaboration essential to a Social Business.

We were delighted to learn that IBM’s acquisition of SoftLayer has been finalized. Real-time performance is at the heart of our value proposition and SoftLayer immediately delivered us dramatic performance improvements. In addition, with IBM’s SmartCloud, we are able to apply improved analytics to the data we stream. – Eric Alterman, CEO, Flow.Eric Alterman, CEO, Flow

“We were delighted to learn that IBM’s acquisition of SoftLayer has been finalized,” said Eric Alterman, CEO, Flow.

“Real-time performance is at the heart of our value proposition and SoftLayer immediately delivered us dramatic performance improvements. In addition, with IBM’s SmartCloud, we are able to apply improved analytics to the data we stream,” he added.

With the combination of Flow and SoftLayer software, IBM clients will be able to connect, process and route real-time data to and from any number of enterprise applications, analytics and mobile services.

IBM has formed a new IBM Cloud Services division which will combine SoftLayer with IBM SmartCloud into a global platform. The said division, led by James Comfort, General Manager, IBM, will thus provide a broad range of choices to both IBM and SoftLayer clients, ISVs, enterprises, channel partners and technology partners.

While IBM enjoys a dominant position with the enterprises and government in the cloud computing market, its spread among the SMBs is weak when compared to Amazon.com. This acquisition will help IBM build out its private and public cloud-based services for a broader range of clients, including SMBs

“Cloud computing provides a profound and transformative change in business and government,” said James.

“With SoftLayer in IBM’s portfolio, it will be easier and faster for organizations to adopt game-changing cloud services,” he added.

The speed and simplicity of SoftLayer’s public cloud services combined with IBM’s enterprise grade reliability, security and openness will make it easier and faster for SMBs around the world to incorporate cloud computing.

IBM Acquires SoftLayer

IBM SaaS solutions for Smarter Cities, Smarter Commerce and other applications will be made available via SoftLayer over time, providing line-of-business clients improved time to value and new innovation across an increasingly integrated portfolio of solutions that accelerate business process innovation, provide analytics at the point of impact, and connect collaborative business networks within and across organizations.

For more information, click here.

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Radix Registry’s Bid for the Operation of Uncontested .host gTLD Passes ICANN’s Initial Evaluation

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.

Radix Registry launched completely free and non-binding pre-registrations for .host domain names a fortnight back at the HostingCon.

One of three uncontested applications amongst the 31 new gTLDs that Radix has applied for, .host gTLD is scheduled to go live in January 2014.

.HOST Domain Launch Timeline

At the recently held WHD.India 2013, Sandeep Ramchandani, Business Head, Radix Registry, talked about the involvement of Radix Registry in ICANN’s New gTLD Application Process and how industry members and business organizations at large stand to benefit from them.

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.

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Mural Helps Over 100,000 SMBs Maximize Use of Cloud-Based Collaboration Tools

Customer on-boarding platforms and services provider Mural today announced that it worked with over 100,000 small and medium-sized businesses in the last year and helped them maximize use of their cloud-based applications, including nearly 20,000 businesses on Microsoft collaboration tools.

Service providers are most vulnerable to losing customers in the first 90 days after a sale.Mural engineers work one on one with SMB employees to engage them more deeply, understand their overall IT needs, and educate them on other Microsoft services they could benefit from. – Steve Zimba, President, Mural.

The news comes three weeks after Mural launched Platform MaaX, a new on-boarding and post-sales support platform designed to provide SMBs with services that accelerate cloud implementation.

SMBs have used the Platform MaaX effectively to accelerate the cloud implementation and improve their satisfaction with Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services, SharePoint and Lync products, says the official press release.

Increasing activation rates by 233 percent and lowering customer churn by 70 percent, Platform MaaX ensures that users maximize the benefits of cloud services, and hence accelerates the path to revenue for service providers, including software developers like Microsoft service providers and hosting partners, as well as Office 365 resellers and syndication partners.

Platform MaaX supports a broad range of mission-critical SaaS services from various technology service providers and IaaS services including virtual servers and cloud storage from multiple strategic partners.

Its core capabilities include tools for rapid on-boarding and data migration applications, a Customer Experience 360 training and certification program, cloud service-specific data-gathering APIs, and a detailed user-centric knowledgebase.

Mural Platform MaaX -- an on-boarding and post-sales support platform

“Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services, SharePoint and Lync give SMBs the robust, world-class collaboration capabilities they need to compete and succeed,” said Steve Zimba, President, Mural.

“Service providers are most vulnerable to losing customers in the first 90 days after a sale.Mural engineers work one on one with SMB employees to engage them more deeply, understand their overall IT needs, and educate them on other Microsoft services they could benefit from. We continue to serve more than 10,000 such businesses every month,” he added.

Available as a private-label or Mural-branded managed service and delivered from the Mural Customer Experience Center in Arizona, Platform MaaX can also be licensed, including use of all tools, methods, data analytics and content.

“Microsoft is committed to helping customers transition to the cloud and has built a large portfolio of products and service to support this effort,” said Marco Limena, Vice president, Hosting Service Providers Business at Microsoft.

“Microsoft also believes in giving choice to customers when it comes to where to deploy these technologies, and its strong alliance with its community of hosting service providers around the world ensures a seamless experience for customers,” he added.

Mural will be showcasing the advantages of its customer experience offerings at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, July 7–11 in Houston, in booth #1724.

For more information, click here.

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Anturis IT Infrastructure Monitoring Software Delivers Great Features at Affordable Prices

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 road map 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.

Modus-operandi

Configuring Anturis is an easy task and requires little effort. Once you create your account, you can choose which component of your infrastructure you want to monitor, including server, desktop, database, firewall, printer, application etc. You can do so easily on the main page of the Anturis control panel.

We chose to monitor one of our servers based in Mumbai, India. Once we chose it as a component, it became listed on the left side of the control panel as well as appeared as an icon in the main area, clicking on which showed the results of the monitoring session (more on it later).

Anturis Infrastructure Monitoring Software review

In order to monitor servers, a Private Agent needs to be installed on your system. The Private Agent sends collected data to the Anturis service via a secure HTTP connection to the Anturis cloud data center. A special agent software first needs to be downloaded from the Locations&Agents tab in the Anturis Console. The Agent installation (as well as all its subsequent maintenance) can be done easily with its own desktop GUI . Your user account credentials are required to connect the agent to the Anturis service. Once we supplied the correct information, the agent got connected and became visible in the list of ‘Available agents’ at the Anturis control panel.

Anturis Infrastructure Monitoring Software review 1

The modus-operandi of the Anturis Private Agent is better shown in the figure below:

Anturis Private Agent Installation

After installing the Private Agent, you need to create a person who’ll be notified in case of problems. Notifications can be delivered via email, SMS or phone call, and the notification method depends on problem severity. Once you assign a newly created person to be responsible for an application, you can also configure various other factors to customize the monitoring as per your needs, like the Error threshold, Monitor Period (the time interval between two subsequent checks of a monitored object) etc.

Over the next few days, we received regular daily status emails including a couple of warnings about problems with the server. We were also able to access the daily log report form the Anturis control panel.

Conclusion

As mentioned earlier, configuring Anturis is straightforward and doesn’t require technical skills. It monitored our web services effectively, from both user and infrastructure perspective, and provided us with truly valuable information and immediate feedback about errors that could have cost us significant time, resources and money, had they not been addressed timely.

Delivering features at par with enterprise-level IT monitoring softwares, without the grotesquely high prices that generally accompany them, Anturis comes across as an affordable, compressive and a very promising product, especially for the SMBs who cannot afford to spend an exorbitant amount of money on monitoring IT services.

Anturis was in the Beta at the time we used it for monitoring out infrastructure and is now available commercially with various new features and enhancements. There is also a free plan available for those who want to use limited services. For more details, click here.

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INetU Adds INetU Application Traffic Firewall to its Managed Security Suite

Managed hosting and cloud provider INetU has added INetU Application Traffic Firewall to its Managed Security Suite.

The INetU Application Traffic Firewall goes beyond classic Web Application Firewalls and provides an additional layer of critical protection for businesses by thwarting attacks targeting application vulnerabilities, says the official press release.

The world needs to access your applications, but your business needs to ensure that users and data are safe. The INetU Application Traffic Firewall is the lock at your front door protecting this information against would-be attackers looking to exploit your applications as a way in.  –Andrew Hodes, Director of technology, INetU.

Once the  troublesome  threat profiles are detected,  The INetU Application Traffic Firewall can be configured to handle the situation based on the specific needs of the customer.

Some of the key features of  the INetU Application Traffic Firewall are:

  1. It  collects updates covering known attackers and new threat patterns, and  adjusts to provide up-to-date protection.
  2. It  assists clients in meeting the requirements for SOX regulatory compliance, healthcare HIPAA/HITECH and payment processing PCI DSS standards.
  3. It learns and adapts to the way applications work normally, and then blocks abnormal behavior.
  4. It monitors and logs all activities and provides businesses with  a clear understanding of suspicious activity through the INetU Client Center.
  5. It addresses SQL injection attacks, cross-site scripting and data theft.
  6. It is managed by INetU along with its other Managed Security Suite offerings and is priced cost-effectively.

“The world needs to access your applications, but your business needs to ensure that users and data are safe,” said Andrew Hodes, Director of technology, INetU.

“The INetU Application Traffic Firewall is the lock at your front door protecting this information against would-be attackers looking to exploit your applications as a way in,” he added.

The complete INetU Managed Security Suite offering now includes Managed firewalls with VPN,  Security Incident Event Management,  Intrusion Protection and Detection Systems,  Dual Factor Authentication, Vulnerability Scanning,  File Integrity Monitoring and the INetU Application Traffic Firewall.

For more information, click here.

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ThemeChilly Launches DomainChilly V2, a New Domain Focused WordPress and WHMCS Theme

ThemeChilly today announced launch of its new DomainChilly V2 WordPress Theme and WHMCS Template, which caters to the niche market of web hosting providers.

The news comes 2 months after the premium WordPress theme provider launched CloudChillyV2 and HostChillyV3.

The Domain Focused DomainChillyV2 theme has an intuitive home page that has been designed special focus on domain registration & domain transfer, says the official press release.

The theme comes with a matching WHMCS Order Form Template which is fully compatible with WHMCS v 5.2 and offers all the standard WHMCS pages, design source files & HTML templates.

DomainChilly V2 Theme

DomainChilly V2 is responsive and compatible with a number of web browsers including Mozilla FireFox , Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and the Netscape. Some of the key features are:

  • WHMCS Template: The user gets a matching WHMCS Order Form Template with the new themes.
  • Domain Promos Page: Allows the user to show the promos on domain name registration through a promo landing page.
  • Web Hosting Plans: The user is allowed to show a maximum of three plans along with features, plan details, pricing and a lot more.
  • VPS Slider: This feature makes the user’s VPS order process easier. The user can exhibit a maximum of 4 VPS plans with VPS slider that would show changes in CPU, RAM, Storage, Bandwidth when the slider is moved to different plans.
  • Dedicated Server Plan: Permits the user to show up to 6 dedicated servers with feature highlights on mouse hover.
  • SSL Page: Allows the user to show off his SSL Plans with a dedicated SSL Page that displays four types of SSL along with their features.
  • Elegant Menus: The simple yet elegant menu structure enables easier site navigation and thereby allows the prospective customers to easily browse the user’s services & other information.
  • Color Skins: DomainChillyV3 offers three color skins choices-Blue, Green or Red. The user is allowed to change the color scheme of his theme quickly, without changing the core functionality.
  • Latest News: The new themes allow users to display the latest news on his homepage, thereby enabling the visitors to subscribe for the newsletter.
  • Social Links Integration: Allows the user to quickly add social profile links to the most popular social network such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin, Pinterest, etc.
  • Contact Page: The user gets completely designed contact page with contact form, office address & quick contacts of different departments such as Sales, Support, etc.
  • Security/Payment Modes Icons: Allows the user to showcase his website security seal or payment modes at the bottom of the layout. The pictorial icons facilitate proper visibility about payment options or security seals to the user’s prospective clients.
  • Comprehensive Documentation: The user also receives a well-documented tutorial with complete instructions alongwith images for guiding him with the theme installation process or managing theme options.
  • Always Up-to-date: The user need not worry about the theme updation as ThemeChilly’s themes are always updated with the newest available version of WordPress and WHMCS.
  • Timely Support: For any help, the user can reach Themechilly’s 24*7 support system that keeps tracks of all his queries, to keep up with the ThemeChilly’s exceptional customer service.

The new theme is also customizable as per the users’ needs.

For more details, click here. To see a free demo of DomainChillyV2, click here.

Earlier this year, Themechilly also launched DedicatedChilly – an exclusive WordPress theme for Dedicated Hosting sellers.

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