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Oakley Capital acquires majority stake in cPanel

Oakley Capital’s WebPros BV group is acquiring a majority stake in cPanel, the Linux-based web hosting automation software platform.

Founded by Nick Koston in 1997, cPanel provides automation tools and GUI to help users easily manage their websites and hosting accounts. The cPanel comes with a set of rich features to enable the customers to administer all the facets of a website using easier point and click software.

The acquisition of cPanel is part of Oakley’s strategy to acquire leading internet infrastructure software businesses. It also invested significantly in its WebPros BV group to acquire Plesk and SolusVM.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to acquire one of the most well-respected businesses in internet infrastructure software.  Oakley has significant experience of investing in this sector, and we look forward to working with Nick and the team to continue cPanel’s growth,” said Peter Dubens, Managing Partner of Oakley Capital Private Equity.

The companies said that new transaction will enable significant investment in new product and feature innovation and support the growth of cPanel platform to offer an improved user experience.

“This investment reflects a great step forward for cPanel.  Our team has developed software that contributes to the success of millions of websites operating globally and looks forward to continuing to do so with the same passion that our loyal customers have come to love,” said Nick Koston, CEO of cPanel, Inc.

“This investment will give internet infrastructure providers access to a wider range of software, features and support.  I am excited about what the future holds for the company and the great team at cPanel.”

Also read: Nutanix eyes multi-cloud DaaS opportunity as it acquires Frame

Oakley will invest $50 million into WebPros as a part of this transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval. cPanel has more than 220 employees, with customers in over 70 countries. The company will remain headquartered in Houston, Texas, with Nick continuing as CEO.

Image source: cPanel

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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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ZNet becomes authorized Plesk distributor in India

Expanded partnership provides growth and market-leading user experience to Indian customers

ZNet, India’s leading hosting and cloud services provider, today announced that it has become the distributor for Plesk in India. Plesk is the leading WebOps platform to build, secure and run applications, websites and hosting businesses that scale in the Cloud. Plesk is more than just a generic control panel providing automation capabilities to reduce complexity, save time and simplify the lives of web professionals and IT administrators alike.

Plesk’s rich and open extension catalogue provides access to relevant features and enables service providers of any size to specialize, address customer needs and grow their business.

This aligns well with ZNet’s extensive customer and partner network comprising hosters, developers, system administrators and service providers, who will now be able to get Plesk licenses and solutions at an even more competitive pricing and increased support.

Also Read: ZNetLive launches first of its kind customer self-service mobile app for its clients

We’re thrilled to announce that as the distributor of Plesk in India, ZNet is now authorized to provide the full range of Plesk solutions for developers, digital agencies, IT admins, content mangers, web hosters, hyperscalers at a very competitive pricing,” said Munesh Jadoun, CEO, ZNet Group. “With our home-grown automation tool (RackNap) we will deliver these Plesk solutions in an efficient automated manner to our customers,” he added.

For Plesk, this move translates to increased penetration in the Indian market by attaining the ability to provide its high quality, feature-rich, OS agnostic platform to Indian resellers and customers from a single, highly qualified source.

The internet industry is projected to double by 2020 in India. We believe that fast adoption of digital technologies paired with a rise in mobile-phone penetration and decline in data costs will add approx. half a billion new internet users in India over the next five years,” says Nils Hueneke, CEO at Plesk. “We are very pleased to take our partnership to the next level. Together with ZNet, we’ll be able to offer compelling services in a fast-growing market addressing current and future trends for the benefit of both resellers and the end customers.”

For more information on ZNet, visit: www.znetcorp.com

For more information on Plesk, visit: http://www.plesk.com/

Contact partners@znetlive.com for becoming a Plesk and ZNet Partner.

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CloudFest – the mega cloud and hosting festival in full swing – fog, edge computing, latest processors and more

CloudFest, formerly WorldhostingDays, is the wonderland of cloud and hosting industry. The mega 7-day festival has kickstarted from 10th March in Europa-Park Rust, Germany, and is now in top form with over 6500+ enthusiasts from the cloud, hosting and service provider industries taking part from more than 80 countries.

The event is proving to be the ultimate platform for networking exchanges and sharing of the latest innovations and technologies in over 250 keynotes and panel discussions.

It is the most happening days for the cloud and hosting industry professionals who have come together to explore and analyze the future of the data center, cloud, internet and hosting industries.

Highlights till now

  • CloudFest Hackathon

The largest gathering and exchange of open source technology projects and knowledge – CloudFest Hackathon, just like its previous years, helped solve real-life open source problems.

  • Come2Gather Party on 12th

The perfect opening of the CloudFest – was the platform for attendees to network with each other in a calm and relaxed environment.

  • Speaker Line-up

This time the event is not only having speakers from the leading IT industries but also has some out-of-the-box lectures by various headliners like slackline world record holder Alexander Schulz, and technology futurist Ian Khan, to name a few.

  • Lords of Uptime Concert

In context of music, in 2017 the event had Royal Machines – rock band with music legends like Billy Morrison and Steve Stevens. This year, the president of CloudFest – Sören von Varchmin, is here with his own band, inviting his fellow colleagues from the cloud and hosting industries to form – the Lords of Uptime.

He has also tattooed the name of the event and has reportedly promised each imitator a free VIP ticket as part of the #nofake Tattoo Challenge, worth € 999.

  • Business, fun and rollercoasters

The 7-day festival is the perfect blend of technology meet fun. Hosted in Germany’s most popular theme park, participants are feeling awestruck with amazing roller coaster rides, side events and parties.

Some interesting sessions so far

  • Das Kamhout – Sr. Principal Engineer and Global Director, Cloud Solution Architecture at Intel Data Center Group talked about the evolving cloud computing landscape in his session – Defining what’s possible: Cloud Services Built on Intel.

He explained how Intel’s latest cloud infrastructure innovations are exclusively designed to help CSPs accelerate and differentiate their services and define new possibilities. At this occasion, he also introduced Intel’s latest generation Xeon scalable processors, accelerators and technologies to meet the demand of fast growing cloud workload.

  • Scott Schnell – senior vice president of Marketing and Channels at Verisign, talked about the latest trends that have an impact over the demand for domain names and how they are connected to cloud hosting in his session – Domain Name Industry Drivers.
  • Daniel Bounds – Sr. Director, Datacenter Products at AMD, launched new EPYC processor that is ideal for the scale and density requirements for both physical and virtual hosting environments.
  • Jacques Boschung – SVP Global Alliances and Telco at Dell EMC talked about the artificial intelligence (AI) world and how Dell which is at the forefront of AI can help their partners by offering latest high performance, edge computing and real time predictive technologies.
  • Igor Lebedev – CTO at SONM in his session Decentralized Fog Computing: A step into the future with SONM talked about how fog computing solutions can become a complementary technology which can eliminate cloud computing limitations.
  • Ebrahim Keshavarz – the senior vice president at Verisign, showcased their latest NameStudio API – a sophisticated domain name suggestion service that will deliver .net and .com domain names.
  • Lindsay Leonard, the enterprise territory sales manager of Seagate talked about the company’s updated portfolio of new technologies and products fueled by the cloud.
  • Jan Loeffler – CTO of Plesk in his session explained the importance of selling bundled solutions and how by selling infrastructure combined with Plesk technology will help solution providers win in the market era.

RackNap’s Senior Vice President, Sabarinathan Sampath told DHN about how their cloud platform helps CSPs manage their provisioning, billing, support, inventory, partner and customer lifecycle from a single platform.

Not-to-be missed

  • NGD Systems, Inc. showcase of computational storage. They are using FAISS (Facebook Artificial Intelligence Similarity Search) in a POC (Proof of concept) around the distributed implementation of ANN (Approximate Nearest Neighbor) search. NGD’s Cataline-2 (CAT-2) In-Situ Processing NVMe SSDs will be used for faster and scalable search of nearest neighbors.
  • Leaseweb, which is a Gold partner at the CloudFest’s session about digital transformation with the motto Not your average cloud – We empower your digital transformation with our hybrid cloud solutions.
  • Super Micro Computer, Inc. exhibition of SuperBlade, MicroBlade, and 2U BigTwins.
  • ASRock Rack’s latest 4U100-C612 storage server that features 4U 100-bay high performing and high-density storage capacity for the hosting businesses.
  • CloudLinux – leading manufacturers of web security and stability solutions. The CEO Igor Seletskiy session about the role of big data in securing cloud servers.
  • StackPath’s Michael Marques discussion on the business of internet privacy, showcasing a white-labelled VPN service (WLVPN) to protect user privacy and security.

Free tickets for DHN readers

If you are a DHN reader, you get standard pass worth € 349 euros, without any cost, by simply registering using the code CF18JUJ, as we are the official media partners of the event. Only two more days left, so, register today.

Stay tuned, to get exclusive updates from the event.

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Plesk and Acronis partner to provide easy server-backup and recovery solution 

Plesk, the leading WebOps platform provider, recently announced its partnership with Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection and storage.

Plesk will now integrate Acronis Backup Cloud into its website management platform and innovative control panel, enabling hosting and cloud service providers to easily back up Plesk servers. It will also help IT administrators and web professionals to protect entire servers and all the websites they contain.

The Acronis Backup Cloud – a hybrid cloud backup-as-a-service solution, offers enterprise-grade protection and allows users to store data in datacenter of service provider or in the Acronis cloud. A part of Acronis Data Cloud, it also provides disaster recovery, file sync, storage and shared services.

“Partnering with Acronis we bring the world’s best cloud backup solution to millions of Plesk users. Backup and Restore is no longer a nice-to-have for websites, but a must-have,” said Nils Hueneke, CEO at Plesk.

The companies together will allow hosting customers to perform self-service recovery of a website, mailboxes, and databases using Acronis from Plesk UI.

Additionally, the Acronis Plesk partnership will help CSPs and web hosting providers to target new businesses within and outside the customer base, resulting in increased average revenue per user (ARPU).

“Web professionals understand the importance of protecting their websites but are often intimidated by the complexity of traditional solutions. Acronis Backup Cloud addresses that head on with a one-click solution. Once enabled, hosting customers can perform granular self-service recovery of a website or individual files, mailboxes, and databases without contacting support,” said John Zanni, President of Acronis.

Plesk has been helping sysadmins and SMBs to add value across multiple cloud services for more than decade now. At Word Cloud Summit 2017, Jan Loeffler (CTO at Plesk) shared his views on how service providers can offer a ready to code and secure platform to their end customers with Plesk Onyx.

Also read: Acronis celebrates business growth with success of new hybrid cloud products

The service providers can protect Plesk servers just by installing the Acronis Backup Cloud agent on their physical servers and VMs, and then adding the Acronis Backup Cloud extension to Plesk UI.

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World Cloud Summit 2017 highlights: cloud paving way for datacenter transformation

World Cloud Summit – one of the most awaited industry events, which was hosted virtually this year, came to end on 6th December 2017. The two-day event hosted online, attracted over 500 attendees.

The event brought the thought leaders from all around the world to discuss about cloud, hosting, datacenter, AI and IoT.

The event started with a keynote session by Guruprit Ahuja, CEO and Co-founder – RackNap, who talked about building an enterprise cloud strategy aligning with industry trends.

He discussed about the transformation of the IT industry due to cloud and how this cloud shift will reshape IT industry in the coming years. He considered Microsoft, Google and AWS as the major trendsetters, and said that those who successfully attain this transformation will survive while the rest stand the risk of extinction.

Later, Pradeep Jhunjhunwala, Technology Strategist – Microsoft, talked about Datacenter Migration to cloud where he explained ways of workload and application migration to Azure. He said that Microsoft Azure is a complete cloud solution with hybrid capabilities and also discussed about the significance of Azure Stack.

Jan Loeffler, CTO – Plesk, shared his views on how service providers can offer a ready to code and secure platform to their end customers with Plesk Onyx.

The event also saw Sabarinathan Sampath, Senior Vice President – RackNap, discuss the importance of automation in service delivery in his session Simplifying Management and Delivery of Cloud Services.

The list of attendees included cloud providers, IaaS providers, hosters, MSPs, datacenter providers, system integrators and traditional IT service providers.

Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Tata Communications, RackNap, Plesk and ZNetLive stood as the event partners.

The organizers also announced World Cloud Summit, 2018 which will be a physical event to be held in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

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World Cloud Summit 2017 to help CSPs, MSPs, Telcos and Datacenters to capitalize on rapidly growing cloud industry 

World Cloud Summit (WCS) 2017, the exclusive virtual event for the cloud, web hosting, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and other IT industry professionals, is scheduled to be held on 5th and 6th December 2017.

Cloud market is becoming increasingly promising, and over 84% enterprises have planned to move their large workloads to the cloud within the next two years, according to a recent survey.

The event has been organized to virtually bring the cloud and IT industry thought leaders on a single platform to share their ideas on how one can capitalize the booming cloud opportunity.

The industry experts will discuss the emerging trends that are shaping the future of the IT industry, and will help identify areas where biggest opportunities lie for the emerging businesses.

WCS is going to help enterprises learn new strategies, identify and address the evolving needs of clients who are ready to adopt the cloud solutions.

CSPs, MSPs, Telcos and Datacenters have four industry specific sessions on 5th December which have been tailored to their interests and focus areas-

1. Building an enterprise cloud strategy aligning with industry trends.

2. Workload and application migration to Azure: A path to recurring revenue.

3. How service providers can offer a ready to code and secure platform?

4. Simplifying management and delivery of cloud services.

WCS will help you better understand how you can optimize your business model to incorporate new services across different verticals that present better business opportunities, build a profitable roadmap as per changing industry scenario, grow to become a leading solutions provider, and meet customer expectations with better service delivery and support.

Many leading IT companies including Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Tata Communications, ZNetLive, RackNap and Plesk, are the partners of WCS 2017.

The eminent personalities speaking at the event include Pradeep Jhunjhunwala, Technology Strategist, Microsoft; Krishnan Kannan, Head, Cloud Economics, AWS; Rajesh Awasthi, AVP – Global Hosting & Cloud Services, Tata Communications Limited; Guruprit Ahuja, CEO and Co-founder, RackNap; Jan Loeffler, CTO, Plesk; Munesh Jadoun, CEO and Founder, ZNetLive; Sabarinathan Sampath, Senior Vice President, RackNap; among others.  You can know more about WCS 2017 and register yourself here.

DHN is the media partner of this event, so stay tuned for the latest updates.

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Plesk Acquired by Oakley Capital Private Equity for $105 Million

Plesk announced today that it has completed its separation from Parallels Holdings Limited having been acquired by mid—market private equity investor, Oakley Capital Private Equity (Oakley Capital), in a transaction valued at $105 million (€95.9 million).

As an independent company and with Oakley Capital’s investment, Plesk will move beyond traditional web hosting into the hyperscale cloud. By forging a strong partnership with Automattic — who operate WordPress.com, Plesk anticipates becoming the market leader in WordPress management. Plesk will offer web professionals push-of-a-button access to advanced tools like Docker, support for microservices, and simplified cloud management.

Jan Löffler, Chief Technology Officer, Plesk said in his statement, “The growing dominance of hyperscale cloud providers has the world’s 20 million cloud developers looking for access to faster, more secure and efficient infrastructures. Our main investment focus will be to develop a WordPress management tool that enables scalability, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and security that can be deployed from anywhere to everywhere.

Plesk, headquartered in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, is one of the most used WebOps platforms to manage specialized applications, websites, and cloud businesses. This investment marks a step to advance with new acquisitions and engineer the Plesk platform for the future.

With Oakley’s investment, we are now in a position to expand our existing channel of more than 2,500 strategic partners and accelerate deployments and go-to-market innovations. We will deliver simplified hyperscale cloud platforms for all businesses related to and dependent on hosting services,” said Nils Hueneke, Chief Executive Officer of Plesk.

Plesk is a strategic partner to leading web companies. This includes Amazon Web Services as well as Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Alibaba, and Docker. The company has also signed an agreement with Symantec to provide Encryption Everywhere. And alongside Kolab — the company behind Roundcube, the most popular open source webmail provider — Plesk developed a secure premium email option focused on privacy.

Earlier this year, Plesk signed a partnership with Automattic to co-develop Plesk’s WordPress Toolkit. The management tool integrates and manages the growing number of key technologies used to run, build, and secure websites and applications in the cloud. With a simplified ecosystem, developers, designers, and website builders can easily scale and secure websites and deploy changes quickly and efficiently. Also, the tool integrates with multi-server functionalities like Docker so users can stay on top of the most innovative web technologies.

We are delighted to be investing in Plesk, which is a widely used software platform with significant growth potential in a sector we know well. We are excited to be partnering with a strong management team and we believe that our combined experience will support the business as it moves into the next phase of its development,” commented Peter Dubens, Director of Oakley Capital.

Plesk will continue to share advancements about its progress in simplifying the lives of web professionals with cutting-edge innovations.

 

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Softaculous 4.2.7 Released with Automated Backups Feature and a Few Bug Fixes

Softaculous today announced the release of Softaculous 4.2.7. The news comes three months after the release of Softaculous 4.2.2, which came with Auto upgrade feature, Password Strength Checker etc.

Softaculous 4.2.7 comes with Automated Backups of installations and a few bug fixes. Some of the key changes are:

  • Automated Backups : Users can now choose from the install form/edit installation page to take automated backups (i.e. Daily, Weekly, Monthly).
  • Admins can now choose to prepend a prefix for Admin Username field for their endusers on the script install form.
  • All scripts requirements can be checked from the Softaculous Admin panel to determine which scripts might not work on the server.
  • Added settings in Softaculous Admin panel to individually disable New installation, Remove installation, Edit installation, Backup installation emails sent to the endusers.
  • Added setting to disable Backup installations emails from the Softaculous Enduser panel -> Email Settings.
  • Admins can define the PERL version, MySQL version, list of enabled extensions, list of enabled functions in the pre install hook to override the requirements check done while script installation.
Softaculous 4.2.7 adds support for automated backups for an installation for existing and new installations.
Pulkit Gupta, Founder and CEO, Softaculous.Mr. Pulkit Gupta

Bug Fixes in Softaculous 4.2.7:

  • The cPanel user’s email was stored by default in user details file in Softaculous. Now it will be stored only if a user has specifically changed the email address in Softaculous Enduser panel -> Email Settings.
  • Fixed the Auto Install API and SDK to work with Directadmin.
  • Script installation was not allowed if the user wanted DB prefix to be empty. This is now fixed.
  • On the Task List page hyperlink was displayed even for the paths. This is fixed now.
  • Softaculous used to send update notification for the installation(s) s) that were manually updated i.e. when Softaculous records were outdated. Softaculous will now find the actual version of installation(s) and if it does not match with the existing records the Softaculous records will be updated and notification(s) will be sent only if installation(s) are still outdated.

Softaculous Auto Installer apps library has 300 scripts and 1115 PHP Classes.

“Softaculous 4.2.7 adds support for automated backups for an installation for existing and new installations.” said Pulkit Gupta, Founder and CEO, Softaculous .

“The automated backups installation feature added in Softaculous 4.2.7 will let the users to select to take regular backups i.e. Daily, Weekly or Monthly.” said Brijesh Kothari, Sales Head, Softaculous.

“So in case the user wants to revert any changes they will have a recent backup to restore from,” he added.

Softaculous Auto Installer integrates into popular hosting control panels like cPanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin, H-Sphere and Interworx and allows the user to install any application by the click of a button and also upgrade when a new version is available. The categories of scripts include blogs, forums, micro blogs, wikis, social networking, image galleries, ERP, Project Management, Educational, etc.

The applications available in the Softaculous apps library are WordPress, b2evolution, StatusNet, Drupal, Joomla, Concrete5, phpBB, MyBB, SMF, bbPress, Coppermine, Gallery, Mediawiki, DokuWiki, TikiWiki, Elgg, Dolphin, OpenX, SquirrelMail, LimeSurvey, Piwik, Mantis, SugarCRM, WHMCS, PrestaShop, Magento, CraftySyntax, osTicket, Moodle, Claroline, etc.

Softaculous is available in two versions-Free product and Premium product having 54 and 309 apps respectively.

Here is our Interview with Pulkit Gupta, Founder and CEO, Softaculous from earlier this year.

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“We Are Looking to Fund Our Resellers and Help Them Grow”- Shridhar Luthria, ResellerClub

A relatively low risk investment with limited startup cost, Reseller hosting is a lucrative opportunity for IT entrepreneurs looking to kick-start their own business. However, with a gazillion established web hosting firms out there claiming to provide white-label hosting solutions with customized plans, value added features and technical support, cutting through jargon and making an informed decision of choosing the right reseller hosting provider can be a herculean task.

There are only few web hosting firms who’ve the right infrastructure, experience, resources and skillset in place to provide their resellers with just about anything they need to start and successfully manage their web hosting business, and ResellerClub is one such organization.

A veteran Web Presence products & services provider, ResellerClub has a wide product range that includes Domain Registration, Web and Email Hosting, SSL Certificates and Website Design, backed up by top-shelf customer support and state-of-the-art infrastructure. The company also has a ‘Power Partner Program’ in place where it funds its resellers’ marketing plans and helps them grow.

We sat with Shridhar Luthria, General Manager & Business Head, ResellerClub post his session at WHD.India 2013 to discuss ResellerClub’s recent product launches, Domain Reseller program, Geo-located hosting, plans for Q3 and Q4, and of course, the upcoming ResellerClub Hosting Summit 2013. The complete video of our interaction is below, and a print version follows it.

We want to make sure that we can truly expand ResellerClub Hosting Summit 2013 in terms of the diversity that exists within the audience because that’s really what exhibitors and audience would want, to interact with their counterparts from other countries as well.

– Shridhar Luthria, General Manager & Business Head, ResellerClub.

Shridhar Luthria, General Manager & Business Head, ResellerClub
Shridhar Luthria, General Manager & Business Head, ResellerClub

Q: Last year saw a major expansion in the product range of ResellerClub. Can we have a quick recap of everything that’s new and resellers need to know about?

A: We launched multi-domain hosting products on cPanel and Plesk. We launched reseller hosting on WHM and Plesk. We’ve launched VPSs as well and we’re going to increase that portfolio as we go on.

We are looking at Enterprise Email launching next week, which will be directly competing with the likes of Google Apps, and our resellers can offer it to their clientele with better support resources.

We are also looking at dedicated servers and a bunch of additional products like SiteLock, Website backup solutions, Hosted CRMs etc., which make up for more than 20% of the revenue of every large hosting company.

Q: This one is regarding Geo-located hosting launched by ResellerClub a few months back. How important would you say is server location in Overseas Hosting? Also, what percentage of your reseller base, do you think, has been able to leverage the benefits of your servers round the globe fully so far?

A: In a lot of ways, providing international hosting or hosting overseas works brilliantly for us in terms of partnering with resellers, because they definitely need that.

But the reason they need that is because of the fact that the consumer today believes that hosting on a local server is going to be faster than hosting on a US server.

That’s not really the case always but because of this ‘myth’ and demand that exists, it does become a very important aspect for resellers when they consider to partner with us. So it’s fabulous from that perspective.

Q: Are you planning to make any changes in your Domain Reseller program in light of the new gTLDs that are about to hit the market soon?

A: In terms of the Domain Reseller program, we are obviously looking at offering as many new TLDs as we can, but our key focus will be on integrating the most generic ones, like .home, .shop, .web etc. first, because these will be useful for a larger audience. As we move along, we’ll look at integrating some of the slightly more specific vertical ones as well.

The biggest change is obviously going to be that now instead of 70, there will be probably 200 different TLDs for a reseller to be able to resell. So we’re planning to make a lot of changes to the entire domain flow at our Private-Labeled Storefront to accommodate them.

Apart from that, one aspect that we are definitely looking at is understanding the user behavior – has he come on the website before, what type of domain name has he searched for, which country is he from etc. Based on some of these aspects we will try and provide them with more relevant search results which are valid for all the new gTLDs that are coming out.

Q: While ResellerClub has seen global success with a good reseller base in China, Turkey, Russia etc., India still remains its forte, where it is synonymous with dependable domain services and web hosting. How do you plan to establish stronger foothold overseas, especially in the US market?

A: To be honest, if India continues to grow the way it is and some of these other markets you mentioned like China, Brazil, Turkey etc. continue to grow the way they are, and given our growth within these markets, I might not even need to look at the US with as much focus as I am probably right now.

Having said that, the US has been one of our largest markets for quite some time. While we’ve been growing exceptionally well in the markets that you mentioned- India, China, Turkey etc., the US has always been one of our largest markets for sure.

I think the only thing we need to do over there is to make sure we can consolidate, partner with more clients, offer them our different products and services and hope that they will bite on to that and work with us more closely in the future.

Q: Reseller Hosting Summit 2012 , held in Mumbai, India was a big success. What additional value do you expect to derive from Reseller Hosting Summit 2013?

A: I think for any conference of ResellerClub Hosting Summit’s type, there are three most important and essential aspects – the quality of speakers and sessions held, the sort of exhibitors that attendees get to talk to and partner with, and of course the number of people that attend the event.

So our aim is simple. First, we want to make sure that we have as many good speakers as possible. I think the speakers last year did a fantastic job and we’ll be lucky to have all of them come back again and probably some more.

Second, we want to make sure that we can get as many different brands as possible over there so that Indian resellers and service providers get to interact with these people and derive more value out of the event.

Third, we hope that we can get as many different resellers, hosting providers and web service providers as possible to attend the event. We are doing it in New Delhi this year and it’s one of the best places because it’s one of our largest bases. We also have a lot of different partners from Jaipur, Chandigarh and a couple of other cities close by, so it’ll be quite easy and convenient for them to come to the ResellerClub Hosting Summit 2013 and interact with each other.

One other aspect that we are planning to bring in this time is to invite our partners from all across Asia. We are looking at the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and China. We want to make sure that we can truly expand ResellerClub Hosting Summit 2013 in terms of the diversity that exists within the audience because that’s really what exhibitors and audience would want, to interact with their counterparts from other countries as well. Hopefully we can pull that off and make it an interesting event.

Q: What changes do you expect to see in the Indian Hosting & Domains market in near future?

A: I think we are at a point in Indian market where probably the US was about 9 or 10 years ago. So first of all, I expect a jump in growth; may be not this year but within the next two or three years for sure. Today, there are about 41/2 million domain names owned by Indian consumers and registrants. I expect that to probably grow to about 15 or 20 million within the next 5 years. The United States is at about 60-70 million right now, so we are not there yet but I expect that level of growth within the next few years.

I also expect consumers to demand a lot more in terms of online advertising and additional products like website security,backup solutions etc. So every hosting provider or web services provider will need to start offering these products and make sure that they can cater to a wider range of needs of the consumers.

Q: To wrap up, what’s in the bag for Q3 and Q4 of 2013?

A: There are a couple of surprises for sure. We’re really excited about some new products like enterprise email, dedicated servers and all these additional products talked about.

Apart from that, we are also launching a program, where we are looking to fund our resellers for their marketing plans. Resellers can use an application form and send us their marketing plans and the numbers and volumes that they hope to achieve by executing them. We are looking to partner with them, fund them and help them grow, because at the end of the day, our (ResellerClub’s) growth is pretty much linked to the growth of our clients. So if we can help them get a greater market share, we are basically helping ourselves.

These are some of the things that are planned out for Q3 and Q4, along with RCHS 2013. Let’s see, it should be a fun year.

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