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eleven2 Upgrades Dedicated Server Range With RAID Protection, Backups and more

Web hosting provider eleven2 today announced that it has upgraded its entire dedicated server range.

The news comes a few days after eleven2 announced its plans to launch a secondary VPS location in Europe.

In an email conversation with Daily Host News today, Jon Eichler, VP Systems & Development, eleven2, said “We have upgraded all the CPUs on our dedicated server range to current generation. We have also made changes to ensure even our entry-level customers have RAID protection.”

“At eleven2, we take data integrity very seriously, and have gone the extra mile to ensure all of our dedicated server offerings are covered by both RAID and backups,” he added.

eleven2 has also updated pricing on the dedicated server plans. The dedicated servers are available in four offerings:

  • DS-100: Intel i3-3220 with 4 GB memory, 3 TB bandwidth and 500GB Raid1 HDs + 1TB backup. Priced at $199/mo.
  • DS-200: Intel e3-1270v2 with 8 GB memory, 6 TB bandwidth and 2x 1TB Raid1 HDs + 1TB backup. Priced at $299/mo.
  • DS-300: Hexa-Core Xeon e5-2620 with 16 GB memory, 10 TB bandwidth and 4x 1TB Raid10 HDs + 2TB backup. Priced at $499/mo.
  • DS-400: Dual Hexa-Core Xeon e5-2620 with 32 GB memory, 10 TB bandwidth and 4x 2TB Raid10 HDs + 4TB backup. Priced at $699/mo.

As customers’ sites grow, they can increase RAM, HDD space, Bandwidth, Port speed etc. eleven2 offers DD2/DD3 upgrades on all servers; SATA2, SAS and SSD drives; premium 3ware-based Raid 1/5/10 cards starting at $39/mo and up to 1000 mbps upgradable port speed.

All dedicated servers come with free cPanel & WHM, free data migration service and there is no setup fees involved. All dedicated servers are fully managed by eleven2’s in house support team, and are provisioned in their Los Angeles datacenter.

Here is more information on eleven2’s dedicated servers.

Earlier this year eleven2 unveiled its VPS services named “Virtual Premium Servers”.

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“POP Helps Users to Set up & Manage Their Online Presence Easily”- Juan Diego Calle,.CO Internet

Yesterday saw launch of POP.CO, a new platform that helps businesses get online instantly. The company behind POP.CO, .CO Internet S.A.S, is well known for coming up with fresh ideas to help entrepreneurs and start ups establish successful online presence.

POP.CO, the company’s latest endeavor, is a bundle of online services that comes with a .CO domain name, a custom POP Page and an email address powered by Google Apps.

Entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses who’re not tech-savvy enough don’t need to hire a web developer to build a professional web presence or spend extra time finding a Web address, hosting provider, email account, etc. as a central POP account handles all that. It also enables users to add and install proprietary or third-party apps to their domains directly through the platform.

Currently in Beta, POP is free for 15 days. Once the free trial ends, users can subscribe for $5 per user per month for the whole POP package.

We had a quick Q & A with Juan Diego Calle, CEO, .CO Internet, on additional features of POP.CO and the future roadmap. If you’ve any more questions or feedback about POP, you can get in touch with the team directly at deepthoughts@pop.co.

We are continuing to enhance POP.co in a variety of ways, including the addition of many more integrated apps, as well as new tools and services to help our users to build and grow their online presence with ease.
– Juan Diego Calle, CEO, .CO Internet.

Juan Diego Calle, CEO, .CO Internet.
Juan Diego Calle, CEO, .CO Internet.

Q: How much flexibility does POP provide in terms of choosing the hosting provider and third party apps?

A: While the basic POP bundle includes the domain name, a Google Apps account, and the POP page, the user has the ability to use any hosting provider they choose.

POP includes a simple DNS editor that allows the user, with a click of a button, to set the appropriate DNS records to point their domain to a number of popular hosting applications. If the user’s hosting provider isn’t included in the simple editor, POP has an advanced DNS editor where the user can create and manage any DNS record.

Additionally, for those advanced users who wish to use another party’s DNS we provide the user with the means to change their name servers completely. The goal of POP is to provide users with the tools to easily set up and manage their online presence while at the same time offering them the flexibility to use any hosting provider they choose.

Q: Although the official blog post makes a passing mention to it, how exactly can POP platform be customized for new gTLDs?

A: The POP platform has been designed to work with any TLD. Some customization of the business rules may be necessary for some TLDs, but this is to be expected and something we are prepared to handle. We believe POP is excellent fit for many of the new TLDs which will be competing for distribution channels. POP provides them with a simple, fully managed solution for controlling their own distribution.

Q: Once the beta period ends, and the service is available for $5/mo, what additional value will POP provide other than being a centralized app-marketplace?

A: In coming months we will continue to enhance POP in a number of different ways. We’ll be adding additional integrated apps that will provide users with more choices, as well as some new tools and services. The focus will remain on apps that improve the user’s online presence, such as website builders, communication platforms, and marketing tools.

Q: Will a .CO domain (which is relatively expensive) be also available in the $5/mo POP package once the beta period ends? Also, can users choose to retain their .CO and discontinue with POP?

A: Yes. The .CO domain will be available in the $5/month POP package once the beta period ends.

POP.co offers a bundled package that includes the .CO domain name, a Google Apps account, and the basic POP web page. After the free trial, a user can choose to subscribe for only $5/mo. There are no additional costs for the domain name, as the cost is bundled into the monthly fee. This is an excellent value as the retail price of a simple Google Apps account is $5 per month/per user, without any of the extra benefits that come with a POP.co account, including the custom .CO domain name, the POP web page, and integrated access to additional third party apps.

While POP does not support users who wish to simply have the domain name without the other bundled services, users do have the option to transfer their domain name to the registrar of their choice – or to cancel their account at anytime. There are no annual commitments.

Q: What criterion will POP be judging third party apps submitted by developers on for integration in the platform? Also, what additional value can developers expect to derive from submitting their apps at POP than other Self-Serve Marketplaces?

A: We have not yet established a firm set of criteria to be used when reviewing third party apps. In general, we’re looking for awesome apps that directly address the needs of our target market, and can be fully integrated via an API. While the details are still evolving, you can learn more here.

Q: What extra enhancements and features can users expect to be integrated in the POP platform with time?

A: As noted above, we are continuing to enhance POP.co in a variety of ways, including the addition of many more integrated apps, as well as new tools and services to help our users to build and grow their online presence with ease. We will also be focusing on supporting the unique needs of our new TLD clients, as they roll out instances of the POP platform in their own namespaces.

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LeaseWeb Releases LeaseWeb Cloud Load Balancer for Public Cloud

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider LeaseWeb today added a load balancing feature to its Public Cloud. The new feature will enable customers to optimize their use of cloud resources by managing the distribution of traffic across instances.

The news comes nearly two months after LeaseWeb launched its global Content Delivery Network.

Load balancing divides traffic evenly across servers and lets customers optimize the use of their resources and minimize server response time. Traffic is redirected according to a set of rules as defined by the customer for the individual TCP ports on their public load balancer address.

These rules range from balancing simple traffic (for example, for mail servers), to advanced rules with sticky policies for web applications. Rules can be managed via LeaseWeb’s Customer Portal, where customers can configure unlimited number of rules for a multitude of protocols and ports.

There are a lot of confusing billing models being used for load balancing services, often charging per incoming request. We wanted to bring a bit of transparency to the table. Our load balancer offers the same robust options to direct traffic flow, at a set price unmatched by other providers.
– Robert van der Meulen, Cloud Manager, LeaseWeb.

The LeaseWeb Cloud load balancer supports a variety of algorithms to balance web traffic:

  • Source Based, always assigns requests from the same source IP to the same instance.
  • Round Robin, cycles though all the instances in order.
  • Least Connections, allocates the traffic to the instance with the lowest number of connections.

The load balancing feature is available immediately to customers of all globally deployed LeaseWeb Cloud platforms, at a set price per month, regardless of the request load.

“There are a lot of confusing billing models being used for load balancing services, often charging per incoming request. We wanted to bring a bit of transparency to the table. Our load balancer offers the same robust options to direct traffic flow, at a set price unmatched by other providers,” said Robert van der Meulen, Cloud Manager, LeaseWeb.

“Our load balancing feature is fully integrated in our Customer Portal, ensuring it works flawlessly with our other cloud services. In combination with our global network, which has a capacity of 3.5 Tbps, our cloud products are well equipped to handle vast amounts of traffic,” he added.

Here is more information on Load balancer for LeaseWeb Cloud.

Earlier this year, LeaseWeb released Law Enforcement Transparency Report for 2012.

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Aquilent Launches New Cloud Resource Management Portal: Olympus Powered by Aquilent™

Aquilent today announced launch of its Cloud Resource Management Portal, Olympus Powered by Aquilent.

The new solution has been developed solely for federal agencies and  provides an application and environment centric model for managing the cloud, helping meet the increasingly complex requirements of the Federal Cloud First Policy.

Olympus enables federal customers to bridge the gap between native cloud tools and their individualized cloud infrastructures and significantly reduces the need for cloud expertise so that federal organizations can readily take full advantage of their cloud resources while remaining focused on their mission.

Olympus  works within any FISMA or DIACAP compliant environment, integrating with the Cloud Service Provider (CSP) security model and within the agency’s environment.  It  empowers the federal user to take full control of all cloud assets in one easy-to-use portal from the ground up.

Customers choosing to utilize Aquilent’s cloud hosting environment can now take full advantage of Olympus and can:

Olympus enables our customers to rapidly adopt the cloud while saving money from both hosting and the often hidden costs of the labor needed to support the cloud. With this fully secure, easy to use portal, our customers can further delegate cloud management tasks to the people who most need to perform them, ensuring an accurate audit trail along the way.
– Mark Pietrasanta, CTO, Aquilent.
  • Manage all cloud resources in consistent, unified and logical categories.
  • Reduce system administration costs with the intuitive, full-featured interface.
  • Easily view all billing and utilization activity down to the resource level.
  • Ensure the branded agency’s cloud portal is Section 508 compliant.
  • Deploy the portal securely within the agency’s cloud environment.
  • Easily manage access and fully audit all activities with a single sign-on.
  • Manage and reduce environmental costs through scheduled tasks.
  • Integrate business systems and processes through the flexible portal platform.

“Our federal customers have one main focus, and that is to serve citizens effectively as set forth within their missions,” stated David Fout, CEO, Aquilent.

“The cloud should be a strategic enabler and with Olympus Powered by Aquilent, our customers will be able to leverage, monitor and manage their cloud assets in support of their missions in the most efficient and cost-effective manner,” he added.

“Olympus enables our customers to rapidly adopt the cloud while saving money from both hosting and the often hidden costs of the labor needed to support the cloud,” said Mark Pietrasanta, CTO, Aquilent.

“With this fully secure, easy to use portal, our customers can further delegate cloud management tasks to the people who most need to perform them, ensuring an accurate audit trail along the way,” he added.

Here is more information on  Olympus Powered by Aquilent.

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Progress Software Announces General Availability of Progress Pacific Application Platform-as-a-Service

Progress Software Corporation today announced general availability of its application platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering, Progress Pacific.

Progress Pacific application platform-as-a-Service (aPaas) has new data connectivity and application capabilities and provides developers with flexibility that helps them avoid vendor lock-in and develop and deploy key business applications anywhere they want, including openstack, on-premise, hybrid, etc.

The key data connectivity and application capabilities include:

Progress DataDirect Cloud service: The new Progress DataDirect Cloud service enables applications to easily integrate data from popular SaaS, relational database, Big Data, social, CRM and ERP systems. It has a standards-based SQL interface that works with any ODBC or JDBC compatible application.

Progress DataDirect Cloud service

It’s clear that the move to aPaaS is gaining momentum as time-to-market and data capabilities in new apps are key requirements for developers and end users. Pacific addresses these needs with rich data, visual design and open deployment capabilities in a single platform.
– John Goodson, CPO, Progress Software.

John Goodson, Chief Product officer, Progress Software
John Goodson, Chief Product officer, Progress Software.

The connection management service uses a single standards-based interface to execute SQL queries against a wide range of cloud data sources, thereby allowing applications to be built in less time.

Progress Rollbase: Progress Rollbase infrastructure has been improved and now offers an enhanced user experience for standards-based business applications created with drag-and-drop tools using any web browser.

It also includes support for OpenEdge 11.3, fine-grained locking for published applications and integration of Progress DataDirect JDBC drivers.

Progress OpenEdge 11.3: The new integrated Progress DataDirect Cloud (BPM) and business rules management system (BRMS) capabilities simplify application customization using Progress OpenEdge 11.3 development software.

Flexible processes, rules and workflows can be easily configured to meet business requirements while greatly accelerating productivity.

“Customer and partner response to the Progress Pacific launch in June has been extremely positive and we are now delivering on our vision,” said John Goodson, Chief product officer, Progress Software.

“It’s clear that the move to aPaaS is gaining momentum as time-to-market and data capabilities in new apps are key requirements for developers and end users.”

“Pacific addresses these needs with rich data, visual design and open deployment capabilities in a single platform,” he added.

Here is more information on Progress DataDirect Cloud service and Progress Rollbase.

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TrendyTools Launches HTML5 Site Builder cPanel Plug-in With Five HTML5 Site Builders

TrendyTools today announced the launch of  their HTML5 Site Builder cPanel plug-in.

The new offering includes five HTML5 site builders, one of which is a business website builder and others are category specific website builders namely Salon, Church, Restaurant and Band.  Category specific site builders open new gateways for search traffic in search engines.

“We have launched these pocket friendly cPanel site builders as we observed web hosting companies spend a fortune on Site Builders by paying per server. Our goal is to offer hosting companies superior website builder without burning the pockets of Web Hosts already grappling with razor-thin margins.
– Abhishek Khaitan, Business Development Manager, TrendyTools.

Business Website builder has neutral templates and tools sufficient for a small business owner trying to build a basic website. Category specific website builders have templates and tools relating to that particular category. Each site builder is equipped with templates and tools needed to build a website.

All the site builders are self hosted on Amazon Ec2 servers.

Web hosting providers can offer HTML5 site builders to their clients along with their hosting plans to add greater value in customer conversion and retention.

Once a web hosting provider installs the plugin in their cPanel, TrendyTools displays all the website builders they’ve have purchased and their clients can access any website builder based on their requirement.

TrendyTools currently provides support related to website builder functionality and usage directly through the website builder admin page via Chat and email.

“We have launched these pocket friendly cPanel site builders as we observed web hosting companies spend a fortune on Site Builders by paying per server,” said  Abhishek Khaitan, Business Development Manager, TrendyTools.

“Our current licensing is modeled for 10 servers each. We can do custom pricing for hosting companies that have more than 10 servers. Our goal is to offer hosting companies superior website builder without burning the pockets of Web Hosts already grappling with razor-thin margins,” he added.

Here is more information on TrendyTools’  HTML5 Site Builder cPanel plug-in.

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Colocation provider Cologix to Build a 15,000 SQF Data Center in Downtown Vancouver

Cologix today announced plans to build a 15,000 SQF data center in downtown Vancouver at 1050 West Pender Street. The expansion builds on Cologix’s existing presence in 555 West Hastings.

No other downtown Vancouver provider can offer the access to capacity for growth and network neutral connectivity that we will provide at 1050 West Pender Street.
– Grant van Rooyen, President and CEO, Cologix.

Grant van Rooyen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cologix.
Grant van Rooyen, President and CEO, Cologix.

The news comes just a month after Cologix’s 26,000 SQF expansion in downtown Montreal at 1155 University Street.

  • Intended to meet the strong demand for network neutral colocation space, the new data center site will have Phase 1 available in Q 1 of 2014.
  • The new facility will provide for access to multiple carriers with Points of Presence (PoP’s) in the building as well as connectivity back to Cologix’s Meet-Me-Room in the carrier hotel at 555 West Hastings via a private fibre ring.
  • Designed to support more than 350 cabinets at full capacity, this expansion will roughly quadruple Cologix’s current network neutral capacity in downtown Vancouver.
  • Cologix plans to leverage the new Tier 3 design build standards for concurrent maintainability and will include robust power redundancy and highly efficient, green cooling technologies, which will leverage free cooling enabled by the conducive climate.

“Vancouver is the third largest city in Canada and our experience in the market shows it has been underserved from a data centre perspective for some time,” said Sean Maskell, President, Cologix Canada.

“We field regular requests from our diverse global customer base for establishing a connectivity-centric presence in Vancouver. In addition, Vancouver is home to a thriving set of tech savvy businesses that have not had access to reliable colocation capacity downtown and we look forward to fulfilling that need,” he added.

“The demand for network neutral colocation continues to grow across Canada while the number of truly network neutral providers is decreasing. We are pleased with the investments we have made in Toronto and Montreal to add incremental capacity and it is natural that we are turning our attention to Vancouver,” stated Grant van Rooyen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cologix.

“No other downtown Vancouver provider can offer the access to capacity for growth and network neutral connectivity that we will provide at 1050 West Pender Street,” he added.

Earlier this year, managed solutions provider OneCloud Networks chose Cologix’s Dallas INFOMART data center to support their rapidly growing business.

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WebNet Hosting’s Reseller Hosting Packages Now Available With Data Centers Based in Europe, Asia

WebNet Hosting yesterday announced that its reseller hosting plans will now be available in European and Asian data centers too. WebNet Hosting has been offering reseller hosting across the United States since its inception in 2002.

The news comes a few months after WebNet launched a new platform of online audio information sharing- audio hosting packages featuring SHOUTcast software.

Demand for reseller hosting is growing, and Amsterdam and Tokyo are two global locations with great connectivity that serve the entire globe. We get many requests from our resellers–asking for multiple locations–and now we have a solution for them.
– PJ Taei, Director of Operations, WebNet Hosting.

With WebNet’s reseller hosting plans, individuals will be able to use their wholesale-priced hard drive space and bandwidth to host third party websites for a profit.

  • WebNet Hosting has three reseller hosting plans; the Level 1 with U.S. based locations, and the Level 2 and Level 3 plans offered in Europe and Asia. WebNet plans to add data center locations in London and Singapore in the near future.
  • Reseller can WebNet provides its resellers with the ability to resell Dedicated, Cloud & VPS Servers to their customers fully white label. A discount pricing tier is available that offers increased discounts on the volume of sales.
  • Resellers can create their own own packages with the WHM (Web Host Manager) and customize the reseller panel to suit their needs. Reseller hosting accounts are fully managed and require no server management skills.
  • All plans allow for hosting of unlimited accounts come with free cPanel, WHM, WHMCS, and a redundant cloud server platform with auto healing and instant scalability as required. WebNet guarantees 99.99% uptime and offers technical support 24/7.

The technical specs of the plans are as shown below:

WebNet Hosting Reseller Plans

“Demand for reseller hosting is growing, and Amsterdam and Tokyo are two global locations with great connectivity that serve the entire globe. We get many requests from our resellers–asking for multiple locations–and now we have a solution for them” said PJ Taei, Director of Operations, WebNet Hosting.

“Offering reseller hosting not only helps WebNet Hosting get more reseller accounts, it also helps grow the resellers’ businesses by offering a worthwhile hosting solution to their clients,” he added.

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DataBank Announces New Managed Services Including Security Solutions, DCIM and ‘IT Stack’ Monitoring

Custom data center and multi-tenant colocation provider DataBank today announced a new suite of Managed service offerings. The new range of services will include security solutions, DCIM and ‘IT Stack’ monitoring.

Clients will now have enhanced visibility of their colocated IT equipment and infrastructure housed within DataBank’s data centers.

The news comes nearly two months after  DataBank expanded its white-floor capacity to its recently acquired VeriSpace data center in South Minneapolis.

The service rollout will include an expansion of data collection and monitoring with the addition of DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management), ‘IT Stack’ monitoring tools, and security solutions for Threat Management, Log Management, Scanning, and DDoS Mitigation.

“DataBank delivers the very highest-level infrastructure and environments in the markets we serve, and layering in these new services was a logical extension to our portfolio,” said Mike Gentry, DataBank VP of Operations.

“We are responding to customer demand and have moved forward with a number of best-in-class service partners to aid in the delivery of one-stop solution capabilities to enhance our end-user experience,” he added.

Here is more information on DataBank’s Managed Services suite.

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RightScale Launches ‘CloudSight’ and ‘Expert Advisor’ Cloud Consulting Services

Enterprise multi-cloud management provider RightScale today launched  RightScale CloudSight and Expert Advisor, two consulting services that’ll help enterprise customers develop and implement cloud strategies.

Designed to help enterprises quickly move along the cloud learning curve and realize greater benefits from the cloud, RightScale CloudSight will provide companies with professional consulting and will help them define a cloud roadmap, assess their application portfolio, design cloud architectures and build implementation plans.

The details of the assessment modules of RightScale CloudSight as listed on the company website are:

Roadmap

  • How does cloud fit into my corporate strategy and business needs?
  • What does cloud success look like?
  • How do I measure it?

Portfolio Assessment

  • Which applications are best for the cloud?
  • How do I map opportunities against requirements?
  • How do I prioritize?

Architecture and Plan

  • Which clouds are best for my applications?
  • What are the architectural decisions to consider?
  • How do I migrate?

The RightScale Expert Advisor program will have RightScale experts  inspecting to existing RightScale implementations to ensure cloud best practices. Clients will get contextual findings and actionable recommendations for running cloud deployments at peak efficiency, saving costs, adapting variable traffic, and preparing for small- or large-scale cloud outages.

Performance

  • Resource organization and visibility
  • Performance monitoring
  • Over- or under-utilization
  • Unused and misconfigured servers and volumes

High Availability and Disaster Recovery

  • Single points of failure
  • Resiliency to outages
  • Backup policies
  • Alert triggers
  • Auto-scaling design

Cost Optimization

  • Optimally-sized servers
  • Best purchase options
  • Unused resources

Change Management

  • Version control of configurations
  • Latest updates for RightLink, OS, and core application packages
  • Contact your RightScale account manager for more information on the Expert Advisor service.

RightScale’s services offering includes an enterprise cloud roadmap designed to reduce risk, speed time to market, and manage costs using tools such as PlanForCloud.com; Application assessment; Detailed project plans, architecture requirements, and diagrams; and advice on various private, public and hybrid clouds.

“As the complexity around cloud adoption grows, larger enterprises require partners that have the expertise to successfully align cloud strategies with business objectives,” said Daniel Moore, Vice president of services, RightScale.

“We are launching RightScale CloudSight and Expert Advisor in response to increased demand for our help driving strategic cloud initiatives that leverage a portfolio of public and private clouds,” he added.

Here is more information on RightScale’s  Cloud Consulting Services.

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