Interviews

“New hyperscale cloud offerings, eCommerce and WordPress solutions and more in the offing from newly acquired Plesk” – Lukas Hertig, Plesk.

With cloud becoming the major enabler for delivering cloud-native applications, the cloud developers are finding increased importance among organizations undergoing digital transformation and thus, their market is growing at a fast pace. To be competitive, these developers need to embrace futuristic DevOps practices, with access to secure, faster and efficient infrastructure. With its OS agnostic WebOps platform, Plesk has been leading the cloud developer market in over 140 countries with 377,000 servers, automating 11M+ websites and 19M mail boxes. Plesk cloud platform grants application developers a ready-to-code environment along with a simple and more secure web infrastructure managed by web pros and hosting companies. Plesk’s platform has been progressively evolving to adapt to ...

“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...

“When it Comes to DR and BCP, Preventive Maintenance is Absolutely Critical”- Brad Ratushny, INetU

As Hurricane Sandy ravaged East Coast last year, causing more than $68 billion in damage , it also brought significant attention to the disaster readiness of data centers. Various data center facilities struggled with power problems amid widespread flooding and utility outages, immediately impacting the businesses that rely on those resources. While several data centers who downplayed the adverse geological contingencies were caught completely off-guard, various state-of-the-art facilities with meticulous DR planning also found it difficult to stay up and running in face of the unprecedented scale of Sandy. The storm exposed gaping holes in the the scope of existing disaster plans and hard-pressed the need of better monitoring measures, preemptive testing , backup power, and several other ...

“We Are The One Stop Shop For Any SMB or Entrepreneur to Come & Grow Online”- Rajiv Sodhi, GoDaddy

India has over 137 million users million users logged onto the internet, a number big enough to make it the third biggest country in terms of internet users in the world, but still relatively small keeping in perspective the country’s 1.2 billion population. The internet adoption rate in India is growing at a year on year rate of 26%, with small towns and the lower rungs of the economic ladder getting online faster than ever before. This growing internet usage is also changing the way Indian SMBs reach out to their customers. Indian SMBs with a website have 51% higher revenues, 49% more profit, and 7% broader customer bases than their offline-only counterparts, a recent industry report revealed. However, only a 5% of Indian SMBs have a web presence, reflecting a clear lack of skill, ...

“Tandem Comes With a Lot of Perks That Most Reseller Programs Don’t” – Dan Ushman, SingleHop

There is a lot to like about hosted IT infrastructure and Cloud computing provider SingleHop. Everything about the company – be it their extremely transparent SLA, automated deployment system, proprietary control panel LEAP, white-label partner programs, or the extensive detail in which the customer service & tech support system is listed on their website with multiple guarantees about the quality of services – is assured, innovative and fresh. We talked to Dan Ushman, Co-founder and CMO, SingleHop, about some new developments at the company this year (EU Data Center, Enterprise Private Cloud), LEAP, Tandem and the much known ‘Bill of Rights’ SLA. The idea behind LEAP is that you can deploy and manage any kind of infrastructure in any data center anytime through...

“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 ...

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...

“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...

“We Make it Easy, Fast and Economical for SMBs to Move to the Cloud”- Steve Zimba, Mural

Cloud has of late been marketed heavily as the panacea to every potential business problem. Lured by the ease-of-use and agility moving to the cloud brings in the business processes, SMBs are very eager to buy cloud services. This creates an enormous opportunity for service providers in the market, and they try to exploit it very aggressively. Only, it’s not as easy as it seems. Most SMBs find cutting through the fog and hype surrounding the cloud very difficult and struggle to get to grips with the new concept. They’re intrigued by the cloud, but also confused and wary of it. Moving to the cloud involves a very large, expensive and difficult set of problems, and SMBs simply don’t have the skill, resources and most importantly, time to understand every nuance and permutat...

Open-Xchange Raises $20M in Funding; Announces Two New Additions to Supervisory Board

Open-Xchange today announced that  it has secured $20M in Series C funding to help advance its cloud-based collaboration and office productivity suite. Open-Xchange has raised EUR 27m ($35m) to date, including the new investment. The new funding, led by United Internet Ventures, former Deutsche Bank COO Hermann-Josef Lamberti, and existing shareholders, will help extend the 50 percent year-over-year revenue and subscriber growth streak OX has had for the last 3 years. The news comes a few weeks after  Open-Xchange  today announced partnership with home.pl, a  Poland based web hosting provider. In an Interview with DailyHostNews earlier this week, Rafael Laguna, CEO, Open-Xchange said “Open-Xchange recently acquired  core developers from the Hamburg-based OpenOffice team as a  signifi...

“Our Goal is to Remove the Friction in the IT Cloud Value Chain”- John Zanni, Parallels

Parallels has an extensively broad range of products, that enable various service providers, right from web hosters, ISVs to Telcos, to manage just about anything they may need to grow their SMB cloud service revenue and profit. Speaking at the recently held WHD.India 2013, John Zanni, Vice President (VP), Service Provider Marketing and Alliances, Parallels, talked about how Parallels has designed and augmented its products according to the demands of the SMBs so that its customers and partners can grow their business selling nothing but what exactly the market demands for. We sat with him post-session to discuss Parallels’ latest product launches, their new features and USPs, and how they help service providers derive more value from the constantly booming SMB cloud market. He also ...

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