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Plesk acquires VPS management system SolusVM from OnApp

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.

Earlier this year, Plesk had partnered with Acronis to enable hosting and cloud service providers to easily back up Plesk servers.

As a part of the acquisition, the SolusVM team will join research and development team at Plesk. Plesk now owns all the assets of SolusVM. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Also read: ZNet becomes authorized Plesk distributor in India

“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

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OnApp Enterprise solution to bring cloud efficiency and flexibility to the datacenter

The leading cloud management platform provider – OnApp, recently announced its new range of solutions – OnApp Enterprise, to bring better price, performance and usability in the private and hybrid cloud market.

Its first solution will bring together the power of OnApp’s cloud management software stack with Data Center Blocks Hardware of Intel; and will turn out as a turnkey HCI (Hyper Converged Infrastructure) solution with one platform and one appliance.

The company has designed the solution keeping in mind the needs of IT departments and SMBs. The solution features consist of:

  • comprehensive tool sets for private cloud deployment and orchestration,
  • tools for user access control and governance,
  • monitoring and chargeback,
  • ability to connect with multiple public cloud providers.

The solution offers complete scalability with up to 254 servers per cluster, backed with asymmetric storage and computing capabilities. IT offers a single UI for managing private and public cloud across various clusters, clouds and datacenters.

Ditlev Bredahl, CEO of OnApp, said, “Our first solution, which we’re taking to market with Intel, offers more affordable, easier-to-manage and easier-to-scale private and hybrid cloud management for SMBs and enterprises. In the future, we’ll be introducing hardware-accelerated cloud and NFV, AI-enabled hybrid cloud management and more – to make OnApp the standard for enterprise cloud, too.”

The OnApp Enterprise solution will be available at as little as third of the price of competing products, per the company.

Also Read: Juniper to acquire Cyphort for Machine Learning security features

Being based on Intel’s Data Center Blocks including Intel SSDs, Intel Xeon, Intel Server Boards and other components, the solution will be offered as a ready-to-run HCI appliance.

AI Diaz, VP and GM at Product collaboration and Systems Division, Intel, reportedly finds huge market opportunity for HCI and other multi-cloud management in the enterprise market.

He said, “As a result of the collaboration between Intel, OnApp and our partners, companies of all sizes now have an easier, more powerful and more cost-effective way to deploy and manage their own flexible, software-defined infrastructure and bring the public cloud experience to the enterprise datacenter.

Also Read: IoT boosts spending on IT infrastructure, edge, storage and cloud: 451 Research.

The solution has been made available now from Intel Technology Providers – MultiTech, Hammer, Iron Systems, New Era Informatique and others.

The collaborative solution will bring together OnApp’s industry-leading cloud management platform and Intel’s best-of-breed hardware, to offer enterprise cloud automation and datacenter control.

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“OnApp Federation Gives You Capacity That’s Much More Affordable and Flexible” -Stein Van Stichel, Stone.is

Last week OnApp announced that hosting provider Stone.is successfully deployed OnApp CDN to host websites for Tomorrowland, an electronic dance music festival that took place on July 26–28 at De Schorre in Boom, Belgium.

Stone.is used 46 locations from OnApp’s federated CDN to create a global hosting platform for Tomorrowland’s customer information, ticket pre-registration and ticket activation websites.

By using OnApp’s federated CDN, Stone.is was able to support 4.6 million web pages with a peak of 1.4 million page views in just one hour on the ticket sales day with zero downtime. A total of one million fans from 214 countries pre-registered for the 180,000 Tomorrowland tickets.

DailyHostNews had a quick Q & A with Stein Van Stichel, CEO, Stone.is and Kosten Metreweli, CCO, OnApp on how OnApp’s federated CDN and Stone.is’s website optimization services ensured Tomorrowland’s global coverage while maintaining a fast, local experience for fans around the world with zero website downtime.

Q: How did OnApp and Stone.is work in tandem to ensure secure transactions on the ticket sales day?

Stein: The ticket sale itself was handled by the payment processor Paylogic. In order to join the ticket sale customers had to do a preregistration (handled by Stone & OnApp) – this ensured a buffer for the ticketing system and provided Paylogic the needed information on what crowd they had to expect on their ticketing gateways.

On pre-registration day, 500,000 people registered for access to the ticketing gateway within one hour. OnApp provided a list of partners in the federation that could provide the needed SLAs and that list was extensively tested by stone.is.

After the sale, tickets had to be activated on the Tomorrowland website, and are linked to each individual customer. This procedure helps Tomorrowland trace and flag potential ticket abuse. That’s how we helped out, to provide end users with the ability to check and secure their ticket purchase.

Q: How were the 46 locations used strategically chosen from OnApp’s federated CDN to ensure global coverage and fast local experience?

Kosten: Tomorrowland has been running for a few years, so they have a pretty good understanding of their audience profile and the countries they needed to cover.

It’s a huge event with visitors from 214 countries, and one of the main reasons they went with stone.is and OnApp is because of the number of locations we could give them presence in, through the OnApp federation.

Stein: We worked with OnApp to identify the PoPs already available in the federation that offered the right performance profile, and added to that capacity from other OnApp clouds to give them the global scale they needed. Tomorrowland has used other CDNs for previous festivals, including Amazon, and one of the biggest problems has been a lack of coverage in Asia-Pacific and Australia.

OnApp gave us plenty of capacity in every region, and in all we used 46 PoPs to handle the event. We also load-tested the PoP selection to make sure they could handle the projected capacity per region.

Q: What made OnApp an ideal choice for Stone.is, both from technology/resources and financial POV?

Stein: We’re a pretty successful hosting provider in our local markets, but when you’re faced with a truly global event, it’s hard for any provider to find the capacity you need to handle high traffic volumes from multiple regions in a very short timescale. But that’s the power of the OnApp federation. We could host the core web application on our clouds in Brussels and Antwerp, and get immediate access to any of the federation locations we needed to keep the Tomorrowland site fast and stable, wherever their visitors came from.

OnApp had support teams on standby as well, to fix any issues with the PoPs we were using, though in fact the whole CDN performed perfectly.

Of course every customer wants their service to be as efficient as possible, and the OnApp federation is very cost-effective. Other CDNs force you to take crazy contracts with long tie-ins, and force you to commit to a certain level of bandwidth. The OnApp federation gives you capacity that’s more affordable and much more flexible, because you only pay for what you use.

This flexibility offered is an added factor for global events like this, where last minute changes, band announcements or even links to the website on social media can create huge unexpected traffic spikes. With our solution and OnApp CDN, Tomorrowland can make announcements and their systems scale automatically with the load.

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Stone.is Uses 46 OnApp CDN Federation PoPs to Host Websites for Tomorrowland Festival

OnApp today announced that  hosting provider Stone.is successfully deployed  OnApp CDN to host websites for Tomorrowland, a huge electronic dance music festival taking place this weekend in Boom, Belgium.

OnApp’s federated CDN is the only way we could provide enough global capacity for this size event. Using OnApp CDN, we could distribute Tomorrowland traffic from cities all over the world for the launch, and scale back when ticket sales closed.
– Stein Van Stichel, CEO, Stone.is.

Stone.is used 46 locations from OnApp’s federated CDN   to create a global hosting platform for Tomorrowland’s customer information, ticket pre-registration and ticket activation websites.

By using OnApp’s federated CDN, Stone.is was able to support  4.6 million web pages with a peak of 1.4 million page views in just one hour on the ticket sales day with zero downtime.

A total of one million fans from 214 countries pre-registered for the 180,000 Tomorrowland tickets.  On the day ticket sales opened, two million customers were forwarded to Tomorrowland’s ticket system via websites hosted by Stone.is.  The festival saw record-breaking ticket sales that sold in just one second.

OnApp’s federated CDN, and Stone.is’s website optimization services  ensured Tomorrowland’s  global coverage while maintaining a fast, local experience for fans around the world with  zero website downtime.

OnApp’s federated CDN  offers more than 170 PoPs and the potential to add capacity from the 2,000+ OnApp clouds deployed to date across 87 countries. OnApp CDN makes these locations available on demand, with no tie-ins, and  offers instant scale for Internet events, promotions and launches.

Service providers can choose any mix of locations,  and , and pay only for the capacity they need without any tie-ins and bandwidth commitments.

The Stone.is hosting platform, featuring OnApp CDN, will also be used for upcoming Tomorrowworld event in the US.

Tomorrowland is a great example of federated CDN in action. Using the OnApp federation means any business with a global audience can turn to a local provider for a close-touch service, with proper SLAs and support, and still get access to as much global capacity as they need.
– Kosten Metreweli, CCO, OnApp.

Here is more information on how OnApp’s federated CDN was also used recently for the Miss Universe Organization website.

“Tomorrowland is a great example of federated CDN in action,” said Kosten Metreweli, Chief Commercial Officer, OnApp.

“Using the OnApp federation means any business with a global audience can turn to a local provider for a close-touch service, with proper SLAs and support, and still get access to as much global capacity as they need. And, for service providers, it opens up a whole range of new hosting products and revenue streams that are easy to take to market with no CAPEX – whether it’s a straightforward content acceleration service, or a full-scale, application-delivery platform. With OnApp, you don’t have to be big to be global,” he added.

“OnApp’s federated CDN is the only way we could provide enough global capacity for this size event. We optimized Tomorrowland’s sites to ensure there were no issues with the registration and activation process, and worked with OnApp to ensure we had the global coverage we needed. ” said Stein Van Stichel, Founder and CEO, Stone.is.

“Using OnApp CDN, we could distribute Tomorrowland traffic from cities all over the world for the launch, and scale back when ticket sales closed. With access to capacity from the OnApp federation, we can design hosting packages for high availability and high load, and guarantee uptime for global brands like Tomorrowland,” he added.

Earlier this year, OnApp launched OnApp Cloud v3.1 and  CDN.net, the first user customizable and usage-based content delivery network.

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OnApp Cloud v3.1 Enables Service Providers to Include Dedicated Smart Servers Into the Cloud

Cloud services provider OnApp yesterday announced OnApp Cloud v3.1, a new version of its flagship product OnApp Cloud that allows services providers to offer truly hybrid cloud services, utilizing smart and bare metal servers that can be managed with a single platform – OnApp control panel.

With OnApp you can put workloads where it makes sense to put them – on bare metal, on a smart server or in a public or private cloud. You get a single pane of glass into the different services running across your infrastructure, and so do your customers. – Ditlev Bredahl, CEO, OnApp.

OnApp Cloud v3.0 was rolled out earlier this year with an integrated SAN, global CDN and new support for VMware clouds.

This new version adds cloud benefits to service providers’ legacy hosting offerings and enables them to manage a full datacenter through a single pane of glass, along with new automation capabilities that more easily allow for third-party platform/application integration.

Now, entire virtual environments can be automatically built, and different applications and tools can be installed or activated, making running a cloud infrastructure even more light-touch. Other new features include General Availability Zones (GAZs) for OnApp CDN edge servers, bare metal server support and recipes for adding functionality or customization.

Some salient features of OnApp Cloud v3.1 are:

  • Recipes: Introduced in the new version, a recipe is a set of instructions that can be applied automatically to virtual machines, hypervisors, bare metal servers, smart servers and the OnApp control panel at different stages of deployment. Cloud providers can use recipes to tweak a configuration, install apps and patches or create a complete PaaS or SaaS environment. They can automate the process of adding new functionality or server configurations to standard OnApp environments.
  • Blueprints: Also introduced in the new version are blueprints – a new feature for VMware clouds running in OnApp. A way to deploy a complete distributed application like a web server, application server or database server with a single click, blueprints make application provisioning fast and error-free, and enable OnApp cloud providers to deploy and redeploy multi-server templates for the first time.
  • Smart servers: Customers who need dedicated hardware can now spin up a smart server on demand through the OnApp Cloud control panel. With smart servers, customers get the automatic scaling, self-provisioning and automatic failover features of OnApp Cloud. Smart servers have a thin virtualization layer and deploy across the network from a central repository using OnApp Cloud’s Cloud Boot capability.
  • Bare metal servers: can now be deployed and managed through OnApp Cloud control panel. Bare metal servers have no virtualization layer and customer apps and databases run straight on the hardware to get maximum performance.


OnApp Cloud v3.1 also includes provisioning and UI enhancements. Service providers now have more options for billing based on zones, which they can use to group different types of infrastructure for public, private, smart server or bare metal services.

OnApp CDN now has the ability to manage multiple CDN edge server locations from a single control panel server.

A free upgrade for existing OnApp Cloud customers, OnApp Cloud v3.1 will be available in the summer. Pricing for cloud servers will remain the same as the current version of OnApp Cloud, with a monthly fee per core and per cloud. Bare metal servers and smart servers will be priced per server per month.

A few weeks back, OnApp announced it’s partnership with Dell for creating three pre-tested cloud packages.

“Service providers have to change from thinking about the cloud as another silo of infrastructure, to thinking about the value of their infrastructure as a whole,” said Ditlev Bredahl, CEO, OnApp.

“With OnApp you can put workloads where it makes sense to put them – on bare metal, on a smart server or in a public or private cloud. You get a single pane of glass into the different services running across your infrastructure, and so do your customers. It’s how everyone gets the most out of legacy and cloud hosting,” he added.

To read our recent interview with Mr. Kosten Metreweli, CCO, OnApp, please click here.

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OnApp Launches Three Pre-tested Ready-to-run Cloud Packages for Service Providers in Partnership with Dell

Cloud services provider OnApp today announced it’s partnership with Dell for creating three pre-tested cloud packages. The said cloud packages are aimed at providing web hosting companies , telecommunications companies and MSPs with a swift and streamlined process of cloud services creation and their delivery to market.

Out of three packages , two are for small and one for large cloud deployments, thus providing, as OnApp terms it “cloud business in a box,’ which eliminates the complex process of building the cloud infrastructure from scratch and helps organizations start with the business of selling cloud services.

The two smaller packages are based on Dell EqualLogic storage and OnApp Storage (Details Below). Package for larger cloud deployments is based on Dell Compellent storage.

All of the packages are highly scalable and allow addition of host servers, networking and storage with increase in demand. In a recent interview with DailyHostNews, Mr. Kosten Metreweli, Chief Commercial Officer, OnApp did emphasize on OnApp Storage’s scalability saying “It really allows storage to grow as the service provider’s cloud grows.”

Check out the video below to see Mr. Paul Brook, Programme Manager, Dell talk about Dell’s partnership with OnApp and the new pre-tested hardware packages.</p

Dell is a great partner because they’ve put a lot of thought into how their hardware can best support our customers. Our goal is to eliminate barriers to success in the cloud market, and now we can offer a complete package to get the job done quickly, without the hassle of worrying about the specific hardware configuration you need. – Kosten Metreweli, CCO, OnApp.

All of the packages come with:

  • Complete virtual infrastructure: Power, Cabling, Rack, Servers, Storage, Networking, Management extensions and Optional deployment services.
  • Fully managed OnApp Cloud platform installation.
  • Pre-installed systems management.
  • Dell ProSupport™ services on all the hardware.
  • OnApp 24×7 support for OnApp Cloud.

Some additional benefits of the packages are:

  • Swift deployment.
  • 15 minute SLA for cloud platforms.
  • Fully managed installs and upgrades.
  • Choice of distributed and centralized SAN options to suit differing application use cases.
  • Full-featured cloud – Auto-scaling, load-balancing, automated provisioning, utility billing, CDN, control panel & API access, and more.

Detailed features and specification of each package are as follows (Maximize the images for best readability):

“Our approach has always been about making it as fast, painless and cost efficient as possible for service providers to bring cloud services to market and become profitable, said Mr. Kosten Metreweli, Chief Commercial Officer, OnApp.

“Dell is a great partner because they’ve put a lot of thought into how their hardware can best support our customers. Our goal is to eliminate barriers to success in the cloud market, and now we can offer a complete package to get the job done quickly, without the hassle of worrying about the specific hardware configuration you need,” he added.

Very recently, OnApp launched CDN.net, a customizable and usage-based Content Delivery Network. OnApp Cloud v3.0 was rolled out late February this year with VM support in order to helps cloud providers build SANs.

For more information on package based on OnApp Storage, please click here.
For more information on package based on Dell EqualLogic, please click here.
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More detailed information can be found here.

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OnApp Launches CDN.net, a Customizable and Usage-based Content Delivery Network

We’re taking a new approach to CDN, with a totally transparent service so customers pay for what they use, when they need it, with reliable performance and uptime. CDN.net is customizable on-the-fly to the needs of any business looking to deliver rich content quickly and affordably, wherever in the world their customers happen to be.
James Fletcher, Marketing Director, CDN.net.James Fletcher, Marketing Director, CDN.net.

OnApp yesterday announced the launch of CDN.net, the first user customizable and usage-based content delivery network,offering a cost effective way for businesses of all sizes to improve Web performance and reliability. The news comes three weeks after OnApp announced the General Availability of OnApp Cloud v3.0, the latest version of its cloud platform for service providers.

CDN.net provides a practical solution to improve the Web experience, a CDN for everyone that’s charged on a utility basis, with no commitments and configurable on-the-fly, offering a real alternative to the lengthy contracts and fees associated with legacy CDNs.

Backed by a global federated compute network, CDN.net is launching with 30 premium, hand-picked Points-of-Presence (PoPs) providing global coverage to guarantee a 99.99 percent SLA, and will spin up new locations adding availability of more than 150 locations in 40 countries worldwide. CDN.net offers the greatest choice and transparency of any CDN, catering to budget and quality demands on a completely pay-per-use basis.

“Today’s rich content demands plague online businesses with bounce-back, high latency and downtime that are harmful to their customer retention, marketing and SEO efforts. That’s why CDNs are now essential for all Web property owners. However, buying CDN is generally an expensive, frustrating experience where customers pay for resources they don’t end up using, and get a pre-packaged service that doesn’t match their business,” said James Fletcher, Marketing Director, CDN.net.OnApp Launches CDN.net, a Customizable and Usage-based Content Delivery Network

“We’re taking a new approach to CDN, with a totally transparent service so customers pay for what they use, when they need it, with reliable performance and uptime. CDN.net is customizable on-the-fly to the needs of any business looking to deliver rich content quickly and affordably, wherever in the world their customers happen to be.”

To read out recent interview with Mr. Kosten Metreweli, CCO, OnApp, please click here.

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CDN.net is the first user customizable, usage-based content delivery network, a CDN for everyone that’s configurable on-the-fly to location, budget and quality demands on a completely pay-per-use basis. Backed by the fastest-growing compute network, with more than 150 locations worldwide, CDN.net provides the greatest amount of choice and transparency to help businesses make more informed decisions to broaden their reach and create better Web experiences. For more information, visit www.cdn.net.

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

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

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

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

– Kosten Metreweli, CCO, OnApp.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OnApp Rolls Out OnApp Cloud v3.0 with VM support, Helps Cloud Providers Build SANs

OnApp has announced the General Availability of OnApp Cloud v3.0, the latest version of its cloud platform for service providers. OnApp Cloud v3.0 sets a new standard for cloud platform technology by moving far beyond simple cloud orchestration. With an integrated SAN, global CDN and new support for VMware clouds, it reduces the capital expenditure needed to build cloud services, and offers new ways for cloud providers to generate revenue by selling a wider range of services through their core cloud platform.

OnApp Cloud v3.0 gives you much more than just a cloud – it gives you the tools you need to build a global cloud business. – Ditlev Bredahl, CEO, OnApp.

OnApp Cloud v3.0 includes OnApp Storage, an enterprise-class Storage Area Network (SAN) designed for cloud environments; OnApp CDN, an integrated global CDN with new support for video on demand and live streaming; and new support for VMware clouds.  Combined with highly automated VM management, DNS, load balancing, autoscaling, failover, firewalls, billing, user management and other core cloud management functions, OnApp Cloud v3.0 makes it easier than ever before for service providers to build a successful global cloud business.

“OnApp Cloud v3.0 gives you much more than just a cloud – it gives you the tools you need to build a global cloud business,” said OnApp CEO, Ditlev Bredahl. “With VMware support in v3.0, you can take your cloud brand into the huge VMware market. You can create new services like CDN, and use our network of 140-plus locations to accelerate apps, video and other content for your customers. You can offer utility cloud, packaged cloud, private and public cloud, load balancing, autoscaling, firewalls, DNS and more, all managed through a single control panel.”

“With OnApp Storage included as well, we’ve removed the last real entry barrier to the cloud – which has been finding a storage system that matches the performance and cost profile cloud providers need, ” he added. “OnApp Storage is designed for cloud providers. You can build a SAN in your cloud by adding disks to your existing servers. You can use your current 1Gbit network environment, which is unique for a distributed SAN, and we’ve built some very smart technology that optimizes throughput, so you’re getting close to raw disk performance. It’s fully integrated with our billing, VM provisioning and other cloud management functions, and it scales naturally as your cloud service grows – if you need more space, just add more disks.”

Using OnApp Cloud v3.0, we’re building a new global cloud service that aims to give customers twice the performance of the Amazon cloud, at half the cost. The cost and performance benefits of OnApp Storage are an essential part of that mission. – Clint Chapman,CTO, Ubiquity.

Ubiquity Servers, who recently collaborated with Arbor Networks,  is one of the first cloud providers to adopt OnApp Cloud v3.0. Ubiquity was a key participant in the OnApp Storage beta test, which began in early 2012, and the company will soon launch new cloud services built around OnApp’s integrated SAN.

“OnApp Cloud v3.0 is the platform we’ve been waiting for since we launched our first cloud service back in 2007,” said Clint Chapman, Ubiquity’s CTO. “Traditional SANs are really not suited to the cloud. They’re very expensive, difficult to maintain and not very efficient for typical cloud workloads. Using OnApp Cloud v3.0, we’re building a new global cloud service that aims to give customers twice the performance of the Amazon cloud, at half the cost. The cost and performance benefits of OnApp Storage are an essential part of that mission.”

Highlighted features of OnApp Cloud v3.0 include:

A built-in, high-performance SAN: OnApp Storage is bundled with the full version of OnApp Cloud. It enables cloud providers to pool the capacity of SATA and SSD disks in their hypervisor servers to create fast, reliable and cost-effective storage for cloud services. OnApp Storage provides intuitive control of striping and redundancy, supports multiple tiers of storage, over-commit and other key functionality for service providers. Crucially, it includes OnApp’s VM-aware technology, which removes performance bottlenecks by ensuring that data resides on the same server as the application that needs it.

VMware support: OnApp Cloud v3.0 enables cloud providers to manage clouds running on VMware vSphere 5, as well as those built on the leading open source virtualization platforms, Xen and KVM. Using OnApp to manage VMware clouds gives cloud providers more control over billing and user management, a much more intuitive control panel, and reduces licensing costs compared with using VMware’s vCloud Director, vChargeback and other tools.

Integrated CDN with video support: OnApp Cloud v3.0 includes OnApp CDN, which enables cloud providers to accelerate web apps and content for their clients by hosting them at more than 140 locations in 39 countries worldwide. In version 3.0, OnApp CDN integrates media streaming software from the industry leader, Wowza, to enable video-on-demand and live streaming for all popular video formats.

Other new features in OnApp Cloud v3.0 include a redesigned control panel with new wizards for VM provisioning; Cloud Boot, a new way for cloud providers to automate the set-up and discovery of hypervisor servers, saving up to an hour per hypervisor; and more than 100 other enhancements and improvements.

To read our interview with Mr. Clint Chapman, CEO, Ubiquity servers, please click here.

Availability and Pricing
OnApp Cloud v3.0 is a free upgrade for customers with previous versions of OnApp Cloud. New customers can deploy OnApp Cloud v3.0 under OnApp’s standard monthly license.

About OnApp
OnApp software powers cloud, CDN and storage services for companies all over the world. OnApp products include OnApp Cloud, the leading cloud platform for hosts and service providers; OnApp CDN, a unique federated CDN platform for service providers; and OnApp Storage, a low-cost, high performance distributed SAN for cloud environments. OnApp launched in July 2010, has more than 110 staff across the EU, U.S. and Asia-Pacific, and can be found online at  www.onapp.com.

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Networking and Knowledge Transfer at the world’s biggest hosting and cloud fair WHD.global in March in Germany

Cologne, February 4, 2013. Where people are normally screaming on roller coaster rides, everyone will be talking about server hardware, data centers, virtualization and anti-spam solutions: From March 19-21, 2013 the biggest B2B event for the hosting and cloud industry, WHD.global ( World Hosting Days), is taking place at the Europa-Park theme park in Rust, Germany. More than 4,200 international experts visited the event in 2012 and about 100 exhibitors introduced their latest solutions.

In the relaxed atmosphere of a theme park the WHD visitors experience an outstanding mixture of business, information, networking and fun. That is because the concept includes an industry exhibition and talks held by hosting pioneers as well as lavishly organized social events. In addition the attendees may dare some roller coaster rides during the breaks.

Renowned companies like Verisign and Dell as Diamond-Plus Partners are among the exhibitors at the hosting.FAIR. But also many other well-known brands-HP, OnApp, Parallels and about 100 more-will welcome the visitors at their fair booths. Important masterminds of the hosting world will be speaking on the main stage called main.FORUM, for example Ditlev Bredahl (CEO, OnApp), Birger Steen (CEO, Parallels), Nicholas Ellis (Sr. VP Global Service Providers, CA Technologies), Peyman Blumstengel (Sr. Manager of Business Development, Samsung) and Raimund Genes (CTO, Trend Micro).

It is now possible for all interested members of the hosting and internet industry to register online at www.worldhostingdays.com. On request many exhibitors and media partners will be happy to give out promo codes for free attendance. Otherwise a standard ticket costs € 349 and a VIP ticket including many exclusive privileges costs € 999. The tickets comprise entrance to the event on all three days, first-class catering and an extensive framework program.

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WorldHostingDays GmbH
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Phone: 0221 65 008 150
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