Hosted Cloud Apps

Major Outage Downs Microsoft Cloud Services

Microsoft’s web services were hit by a major outage on Tuesday afternoon. The outage caused its services – Xbox Live, Outlook.com, Hotmail, Office 365, Skype, OneDrive and more to go down. This is the second time that the services have went down this month. Users are unable to sign into Microsoft hosted accounts; gamers online are facing problem downloading games from Xbox One, Xbox 360 and other platforms that are running on company’s game system. Our engineers and developers are actively continuing to work to resolve the issue causing some members to have problems finding previously-purchased content or purchasing new content. Stay tuned, and thanks for your patience,” Xbox support forum reported. DownDetector.com flooded with over 200 reports, further confirming the outage. The service ...

“HybridCluster Allows Hosters to Differentiate, Sell New Services & Drive up Margins”- Luke Marsden, HybridCluster

There is something great about products and services that are developed by industry veterans to relieve their own pain points, to figure a way around the very problems they face day in and day out, and in the process build something that is a valuable contribution to the industry as a whole. This is where necessity, ingenuity, shortage and perspicacity hold hands in order to give birth to something that has substantial impact on the work cycle of the entire industry ecosystem. In May this year, when HybridCluster completed $1 millions fundraising and launched HybridCluster 2.0, I was supposed to prepare an Interview Questionnaire for Luke Marsden, CEO, HybridCluster. I knew little about the product at that time, but somewhere during my research work for the same, I decided that HybridClust...

“We Provide Constant Visibility Into a Company’s Cloud Spending”- Mat Ellis, Cloudability

Self-service, one of the greatest features cloud computing, makes lives of enterprises jumping on the cloud bandwagon easier in more than one ways. It makes it possible for them to have software, security, infrastructure and many other full-blown enterprise-capable applications up and running in minutes. All their website data could sit in the cloud on infrastructure they don’t even own or operate. But such ease-of-use and flexibility also brings with it less visibility of resources, less control over computing, unintended expenses and ballooned bills. A big majority of companies are unaware of the services and resources deployed by them that they don’t even need or aren’t properly utilizing. Large number of workloads, lax monitoring and lack of usage alert thresholds lea...

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...

Bit Refinery Chooses Digital Fortress’ Seattle Data Center to Host its Hadoop Hosting solution

Cloud infrastructure as a service provider  Bit Refinery has chosen Digital Fortress’  Seattle data center to host its newly launched Hadoop Hosting solution. BitRefinery’s Hadoop Hosting solution allows companies to store massive amounts of data through a very low cost solution. Organizations can also analyze the data without having to purchase expensive, massively parallel computing (MPC) appliances. We selected Digital Fortress as our colocation partner for our newly launched service because the company was able to support our need for mission-critical infrastructure. In this environment we can support our customers need to store and analyze vast amounts of data while ensuring their data is replicated and secure. – Brandon Hieb, Managing partner, Bit Refinery. Other features...

“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 ...

6fusion Launches The UC6 Meter for Amazon; Enables Cost Comparison of AWS Against Other Providers

6fusion today released  UC6 Meter for Amazon to open beta enabling customers to quantify and compare resource utilization and costs in Amazon Web Services (AWS) to any other public and private IT infrastructure. The ability to normalize metering for Amazon is the basis for Amazon users to create an apples-to-apples comparison with other infrastructure suppliers for the first time. 6fusion allows all suppliers to compete openly on a clear price-to-value ratio. – Rob Bissett, SVP Product Management, 6fusion. Some of the key features of the UC6 Meter for Amazon are: It  leverages 6fusion’s Workload Allocation Cube (WAC) as a normalizing metric. It is built on 6fusion’s Open Market Framework and  utilizes the flexible architecture designed to separate the infrastructure layer from 6fusion’s me...

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 mill...

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

Anturis Inc. today announced that its cloud-based monitoring & troubleshooting solution has been selected by ReadySpace, a  cloud and managed hosting services provider to provide comprehensive IT infrastructure monitoring solutions for its business customers. ReadySpace will now offer Anturis’ solutions as an  integrated addition to its Managed Service packages. Anturis came to market early this year in beta phase and recently emerged from beta with the launch of its commercial product availability. In an interview with DailyHostNews today,  Sergey Nevstruev, CEO, Anturis, said: ReadySpace selected Anturis for its  IT infrastructure monitoring and troubleshooting  needs because of two key reasons: infrastructure model representation (i.e. users work with real-life entities like a datab...

Savvis Launches Cloud Data Center Services Built on vCloud Director 5.1

Cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions provider Savvis has launched  Savvis Cloud Data Center, a virtual data center service built on VMware vCloud Director 5.1 and Cisco’s Unified Data Center technologies. Some of the key features of Savvis Cloud Data Center are: 1] It uses VMware’s vCloud Director 5.1 cloud stack on top of infrastructure from Cisco, Intel and Dell to simplify infrastructure provisioning and enables IT to move at the speed of business. 2] It deploys  VMware’s  Linked Clone technology, enabling  end users are able to rapidly clone base vApps into children vApps by only storing changes made by children and reading all other data from the base. This enables significant storage savings for IT and acceleration for end users who have highly cloned applications. 3] E...

“Jelastic Has Everything That Hosting Companies Need to Offer PaaS”- Dmitry Sotnikov, Jelastic

Java, the most widely used enterprise and e-Commerce language used in corporate computing, was specifically designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. It has, throughout its nearly two decades of worldwide usage, remained close to the “write once, run anywhere” (WORA) ideal that Sun Microsystems so ambitiously put across when it was first released in 1995. However, its efficiency has been tested of late with the advent of cloud computing. Not designed for applications to run in the cloud, Java does not support multitenant virtualized and cloud computing configurations natively. Java applications don’t scale well in the cloud, which creates a roadblock for enterprises and SMBs who need to rapidly adjust their IT resources to meet the fluctuating busin...

Introduction to Cloud Storage: Understanding Your Options

Cloud storage solution is emerging as an alternative to the in-house data storage and backup.  It is a growing industry where data storage solution is offered through third-party managed platforms – typically over the internet.  Data, folders and files can be shared and stored in a multi-tenant, resource pool that is accessible from anywhere. Several types of cloud storage solutions are available for personal as well as business usage.  For example – one of the first and popular cloud storage services were Google Docs and Spreadsheets offered by the search engine giant.  They have played a pivotal role in popularizing cloud storage in both business and personal level. In a cloud storage environment, company and personal data can be accessed from anywhere and on any internet ena...

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