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( – For small and mid-size businesses, 2011 is going to be a big year. For many it will be a decisive year. This year, the companies that will embrace the Internet will grow big, and those who will not may face the risk of extinction. To help the willing ones, Gossimer has introduced a handful of Easy and Quick Website Builder Plans.

The most basic easy and quick website builder plan costs USD 2.59/month, and the most advanced one costs USD 8.99/month, with several other price points in between. Each of the website builder plans include web hosting and email hosting. It means the small and mid-size business owners will not have to pour more money in going online. To go online, all a business owner needs is a domain name and any of the Website Builder Plans.

The Website Builder Plans have been designed to help non-technical people create websites for themselves. The subscribers of any of the plans will be able to create a website for their businesses, without any external help. This, as the industry experts believe, will remove the fear of losing control from the minds of small and mid-size business owners.

“During the weeks that I took off for vacations, I happen to personally get in touch with many small and mid-size business owners. During these meetings I came to know, first hand, that how much reservation a business owner has in letting an outsider [web developer and designer] know about the nuances of their businesses, and this is what they sight as the main reason for not having a website,” Said Marvin Dreyer, CEO of Gossimer, “Another reason was the cost of website creation and their [small and mid-size business owners] inability to create websites by themselves. So we decided to make our Website Builder Plans easy-to-work with, and made them available on multiple price points.”

Subscribers of each plan can make unlimited changes to their websites, and they also get a huge library of unique website designs and templates to choose from. The website builder plan uses a WYSIWYG editor which works the same as does Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Word. The company also provides a promotion module with the plan to help small and mid-size business owners optimize their websites for search engine discovery. A person can do all sorts of things using Gossimer’s Website Builder Plans, and each of the plans comes with 30-day money-back guarantee.

This strategy seems to be working for Gossimer, one of the best web hosting companies in the world. Gossimer seems to be winning a steady stream of awards dating back over ten years. In the past year alone, the amount of awards has steadily increasing month over month. Latest awards include “The Most Popular Domain Register” awarded every month since May 2010 by the Domains Directory Additionally, Gossimer has been awarded “The Most Popular Web Host” every month since September 2010 by The Web Host Directory The awards are a direct reflection on the company’s focus on the customer.

In 2010, Gossimer has raised the bar by offering one after another exciting domain name registration and web hosting promotions, and with this new offering the company appears ready to set 2011 on fire as well. Only time will tell if Gossimer succeeds in achieving its goal or not.

About Gossimer, LLC

Gossimer is a full-feature, fastest growing domain name registration and webhosting company which has been voted as one of the 25 most famous web hosting company in the world for many consecutive months. Since 2001, Gossimer has provided web hosting, email hosting, SSL certificates, domain registration and now Website Builder services from New Jersey and Florida. The company is well known for its exceptionally responsive customer support, knowledgeable technical support, server uptime, and attractive web hosting packages.

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(The Hosting News) – Leading VMware hosting provider StratoGen today announced the launch of a new generation of cloud hosting service based on VMware vCloud Director. SHARP™ empowers users to create entire virtual datacentres in the cloud complete with firewalls, networks and virtual machines from a simple web based portal.

Karl Robinson, Managing Director said “This is a stunning new service that turns the cloud hosting market upside down. Whilst first generation cloud hosting services have enabled users to build and configure simple virtual machines, the StratoGen SHARP™ platform hands the full power of our cloud infrastructure over to the user in the form of a virtual datacentre. Within their datacentre customers can build routed networks, deploy and configure firewalls with NAT and DHCP, build vApps and of course deploy highly resilient virtual machines on the VMware hypervisor.”

StratoGen are the first major hosting provider to offer services based on VMware vCloud Director.

David Elliott, Technical Director commented “As a VMware partner, StratoGen were lucky enough to be part of the vCloud Director beta program so we have been working with this software for many months. After our own extensive testing program, we have been hugely impressed with the reliability and sheer power of the product. Advanced features include the ability to create VPNs and load balancing solutions using vShield, which you simply can’t do with any other cloud hosting solution.”

Virtual machines built on the platform can scale to 8 CPUs with 96GB RAM and run virtually any operating system. In addition, pre-built virtual appliances from the VMware virtual appliance marketplace are supported.

The StratoGen service also includes the ability to import virtual machines from existing VMware environments, allowing for a seamless migration from private clouds or other hosting services.

For further information on VMware hosting from StratoGen visit

To mark its launch, StratoGen are offering a free 15 day trial of the service.

About StratoGen

StratoGen is a leading VMware hosting company with a worldwide client base and award winning cloud platform. StratoGen hosted VMware products include a 100% uptime service level guarantee.

Source: Next Generation Cloud Hosting Service Launched


( – Zerowait today announced the opening of their Sydney, Australia office and depot. Laurence Jones, the new Australian Managing Director, is focused on providing Australian NetApp customers with cost effective alternatives to NetApp solutions, from complete off -lease transferable license systems to next business day support for out of warranty systems.

“In today’s cost conscious economy, many customers are looking to extend the life and ROI of their NetApp systems,” says Mr. Jones. “Zerowait’s extensive inventory and deep product knowledge allow customers to extend the life of their systems well beyond what NetApp advises, deferring expensive storage purchases. In many cases, older units can be re-provisioned for secondary applications, DR solutions or archival applications, significantly extending the ROI on these units.”

Rob Robinson, Vice President of Sales, said, “Many of our customers now take advantage of our off lease units with transferable licenses when they are provisioning new applications. We can often provide a recent, high end system for less than half the cost of a new system, while offering better performance and larger expansion capabilities. When it comes time to expand, our shelves and drives are often as much as 75% less than the cost of new storage. And while we hope that clients will select Zerowait as their support partner, all of our off lease units are eligible for NetApp support.”

“With the addition of our SimplStor product line, we can now provide complete storage solutions for our clients, from front line to archive,” added Mike Linett, President of Zerowait. “SimplStor offers easily extensible, single name space disk archive storage for less than the cost of tape. Combined with our off lease NetApp systems andenterprise class support, we can now offer Australian customers the cost savings that have built our business in the US and Europe. Zerowait can now offer local service around the world.”

About Zerowait: Headquartered in Wilmington, DE USA; Zerowait is the worldwide leader in independent service and support of NetApp filers. Zerowait solutions include off-lease fully licensed NetApp systems and the new SimplStor line of single name space archive storage. Storage administrators throughout the world rely on Zerowait to provide affordable solutions to the skyrocketing costs of data storage.


( – BlipSnips®, a 2010 graduate of the mentor-led technology accelerator program TechStars, today announced the release of its BlipSnips for Facebook product suite allowing consumers to create videos using their iPhones, mark their favorite moments, tag their friends and post the videos immediately to their friends’ Facebook walls – as well as allowing those friends to tag the same videos and share them with additional networks of friends, making the app highly social.
BlipSnips also recently announced that Chris Kelly, former Chief Privacy Officer at Facebook and a lead investor in BlipSnips, has been appointed a senior advisor to the company’s Board of Directors.

“The idea of social photography has existed for many years, but as video grows into such a dominant medium on the web, BlipSnips has brought much of that same social functionality to video for the first time,” said Kelly. “Now we can create, annotate and share video with many friends in just a few clicks and that represents a seismic shift in how video becomes social and how consumers can use video.”
The apps emerged out of BlipSnips’ CEO, John Bliss’s own personal experience when he received a long video of a cycling race he’d participated in. Bliss grew frustrated with how long it took to scroll back and forth through the video to identify himself in the race. He wanted to be able to tell the friend who’d sent him the video that he indeed saw himself in the race, but it was taking too long to view. Bliss knew that there had to be an easier and faster way for people to share video moments.

"Internet users spend more time on social networks and with online video than any other activity on the web,” said Bliss. “Yet, to date, this has been a passive, unsatisfying experience. BlipSnips is the first app to make video truly social, by sharing moments in video and tagging friends that appear in those moments, and doing so where people want to be social – from their mobile devices and on Facebook."

Justin Osofsky, Director of Media Partnerships at Facebook added, “People engage more with any type of content – including videos – when it’s surfaced through people they know and trust. We’re just starting to witness what’s capable when products are designed to be social from the ground up.”

The TechStars startup first launched its video sharing and commenting service upon graduating the 2010 summer class in August. The platform provides Internet users the ability to mark, caption and share their favorite moments of online video within their social networks and to embed their video content within blogs and websites.
BlipSnips’s move into Facebook brings their features to the fastest growing video hosting and consumption platform in the world. The integration also exploits many of the latest aspects of the Facebook platform’s Open Graph protocol to provide new abilities surrounding Friend Tagging within key moments as they appear in videos. The BlipSnips for Facebook suite launches with several key features for Facebook users.

“We built BlipSnips with a core objective to make video social,” said Greg Keller, Chief Product Officer of BlipSnips. “We’re glad to be first to Facebook with patent pending captioning and friend tagging at precise video moments – all without any limits on video length, shares or number of friends who can interact.”
Having the ability to easily tag people and moments in a video, as well as comment on those tags rather than just indicate your appreciation with a smiley, makes this product suite interactive for all levels of users.

BlipSnips for Facebook App Key Features

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    Mark and caption key moments within Facebook and YouTube videos

    Tag Facebook friends and notify them of their appearances in video moments

    Facebook and YouTube video management system for content organization and sharing

    Progressive, gesture-driven user interface

    Shoot video with iPhone iOS4’s HD camera, mark key moments, tag Facebook friends

    Upload directly to the BlipSnips for Facebook App for viewing, sharing and discussion

    Built on the Facebook Connect authentication platform

    Newly designed video player offering a rich array of interactive features

Pricing and Availability

The BlipSnips for Facebook application suite is patent-pending, entirely free and available now for use. BlipSnips is a social sharing service enabling users anywhere on the Internet to tag, share and discuss specific moments that matter to them within online video. Learn more at


( – PeopleSync today announces their 2011 webinar series. The mission of PeopleSync is to allow you to place the right person in the right position, and do this every time. This is accomplished establishing a benchmark of habitsfrom the top performers in a specific job. Potential candidates can be compared to this benchmark, and the level of the match is a strong predictor of future success. This process, known as Candidate Context Synchronization (CCS), removes the guesswork from hiring and placement.

The webinars will discuss various topics over the course of the year, including the views of end users from companies that have successfully deployed the CCS process in their organizations and the benefits they have seen. We will also hear from scientists who did the original research into the effects of behavior patterns on employee success, and the developers who turned this into the easy-to-use web based technology calledShadowmatch®

“Predictions of greater hiring for 2011 align very well with the PeopleSync offering,” says Adrian Wood, VP of Business Development. “As companies start to grow, re-organize and align to 2011 goals, the focus will be on making sure that every candidate is positioned for success. Our webinar series will help companies execute against this focus by hiring and positioning the right people, and doing it every time.”

All companies realize the value of attracting and retaining top-level talent. But these same companies do not have the assessment tools to increase the general level of talent throughout an entire organization to ensure that whole teams are highly successful. CCS helps you recruit people that are not only qualified, but that will fit precisely with your existing team and culture. In this way, organizations can begin to create an ever-increasing trajectory of success. Employee development and leadership identification can also be maximized using this same solution.

“The services offered by PeopleSync can transform the recruiting process from one fraught with problems to one that just works every time for every hire,” says Gerrit Zaayman, CEO of PeopleSync. Gerrit goes on to say. “Attending one of our webinars will quickly give you an understanding of the technology, and how it can help your company. Whether you are in Human Resources, or are a hiring manager on the front lines, you will find out how to make every new hire effective going forward. These webinars will be offered on a regular basis, go to our website ( to sign up.”

About PeopleSync

PeopleSync Incorporated, based out of Dallas, Texas, provides an innovative and flexible workforce optimization system called Shadowmatch® that will allow companies to rapidly optimize their current workforce and enable precision recruitment and development. The system provides a human resource manager (HR) or recruiters with a complete cockpit to create benchmarks of top performers. Using the benchmark, the system can predict the success of a candidate in a position, allowing companies to find the right candidate for a position every time.The system has many uses beyond recruitment, including leadership identification, succession planning, team building, personal development, conflict resolution, career development and much more. Since the system is fully automated and internet based it can easily scale to serve the needs of any size business providing rapid results. Companies consistently find the Shadowmatch® system offers deep and comprehensive capabilities to better manage and develop their workforce driving higher productivity to deliver quicker Return on Employment, delivering consistent customer success.


Schenectady, NY (Gawkwire) January 25, 2011 – AYKsolutions, a leading provider of web hosting solutions and unmetered servers, announced today their partnership with Secured Servers, an Arizona-based leader in dedicated server hosting, to offer comprehensive, cost-effective dedicated hosting solutions specifically configured for AYKsolutions customers. The new partnership enables AYKsolutions the ability to offer innovative, high performance dedicated server hosting solutions to all AYKsolutions customers.

“We are pleased to formalize our partnership with Secured Servers as our aspiration is to work with dedicated server providers and professionals who are experts at providing the best dedicated server solutions on the market,” says Artyom Khmelnitsky, President of AYKsolutions. “Our partnership with Secured Servers significantly enhances our ability to offer dedicated servers that businesses and individuals need to power their websites, web based applications, email, and gaming.”

The partnership with Secured Servers complements AYKsolutions’ high quality dedicated hosting services and allows the company to offer secure dedicated servers exclusively available at the Phoenix, AZ data center location. The next-generation data center in Phoenix, combined with Secured Servers’ proven dedicated server hosting network, gives AYKsolutions more reach into new markets and the ability to increase their number of managed and unmanaged dedicated servers.

“Dedicated hosting continues to be a viable solution for many businesses,” says Mark Greenspan, VP of Secured Servers. “By forging alliances and partnerships with quality organizations such as AYKsolutions, we can reach additional market segments and effectively meet the rising demand. The high quality services AYKsolutions provide, highlights their commitment to dedicated hosting, and we are thrilled to be associated with them.”

With Secured Servers’ high quality dedicated server options, Tier 1 backed network and proven technology to achieve maximum performance, cost-effectiveness and increased stability, AYKsolutions customers receive a higher level of service and operational savings. The partnership also enables both companies the ability to provide the reliability, stability, and the scalability necessary to grow with their customers’ needs and continue operating at peak efficiency and performance across geographically diverse areas.

“Our partnership with Secured Servers gives us the ability to offer exclusive features that are only available to AYKsolutions customers,” says Khmelnitsky. “AYKsolutions dedicated server hosting customers and anyone interested in having their dedicated servers hosted in our Phoenix, AZ location, receive 10TB outbound and free inbound with any Secured Servers server, double RAM, and an upgraded hard drive at no additional charge on select dedicated server hosting packages.”

AYKsolutions’ 100TB upgrade offer lasts until July 2011. The AYKsolutions/Secured Servers partnership focuses on providing superior service to dedicated server hosting customers. By entering into a strategic partnership, AYKsolutions and Secured Servers can deliver a higher level of performance, reliability, uptime, faster network connections, and many other features and services available to all customers. Dedicated server hosting customers are encouraged to visit to learn more about the exclusive line of dedicated servers.

About Secured Servers

Founded in 2003, Secured Servers has a rich history of providing quality web hosting solutions to meet a wide variety of needs. Featuring fast, reliable servers that can be used for online gaming, video/audio streaming, software development, e-mail, data storage and more, Secured Servers capitalizes on established relationships with bandwidth providers and IT companies to bring value to the market through its innovative service offerings, technologies, and processes. Leveraging a next generation data center, Secured Servers complements its dedicated hosting solutions with redundant power feeds, fiber connectivity options, 24/7 monitoring, and 24/7 support. Secured Servers is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona.

For more information about Secured Servers, visit

About AYKsolutions

AYKsolutions LLC. is a leading web hosting company that has been providing high quality hosting services since 2004. AYKsolutions offers a comprehensive range of web hosting solutions to meet the needs of Internet professionals and enterprise customers. The company’s product line includes shared hosting, dedicated server hosting, VPS hosting, reseller hosting, cloud hosting, and Vault Data Protection. With a roster of high-end data centers across the US and now Europe, AYKsolutions is able to provide dedicated clients with innovative and improved service levels and a professional, painless, and polite hosting experience.

For more information about AYKsolutions, visit


( – Colocation America maintains 22 premier data centers across the US, all with simple access to major connectivity hubs. “We are very happy that we were about to reach this goal two years in a row,” said Michael Trunkett, President of Colocation America. “Our success is a credit to our fantastic engineers and staff, not to mention the investment in upgrades we put into our data center infrastructure.”

Colocation America’s redundant power systems, which include inline power backups, onsite Caterpillar generators with standby fuel and UPS systems, are the backbone which keeps them up and running at 100% year round.  If a power outage were to occur, Colocation America’s power system would trigger the UPS systems, which would right away have the generators working and providing power to the facility. All of the equipment is monitored using the UPS system, ensuring that only clean power passes through the center and keeps everything running.

Trunkett also gives credit to their cooling systems, citing that “redundant CRAC units keep our centers at the optimal temperatures, preventing overheating and allows our hardware to run smoothly.”

All of Colocation America’s locations consist of more than just the data center. Spacious offices, friendly reception areas and space for onsite staff to work comfortably are a part of every location. Collectively, the engineers at Colocation America have over 40 years of experience and keep themselves up to date on new technologies. The engineers played a large role in the major upgrades which were made to the Telecom Center location.

Colocation America encourages prospective and current clients to stop by and take a tour of the data center closest to them. Customers looking for quality colocation hosting and 100% uptime based on state-of-the-art software and hardware, certified and experienced engineers, and leading service partners are encouraged to visit to learn more about Colocation America’s services.

About Colocation America

Established in 2000, Colocation America has grown to become one of the most reliable colocation hosting providers nationally. Based in Los Angeles, California, Colocation America was built from the ground up by professional engineers with a vision of delivering a fully integrated, trusted colocation server hosting service. Colocation America has earned a reputation of excellence through its attention to detail, highly qualified technicians and commitment to the latest data center technology.

Colocation America’s primary data centers are located in the world famous One Wilshire building (Los Angeles) and 60 Hudson (New York). Colocation America’s data center locations provide maximum scalability to major fiber carriers and can connect to virtually any backbone provider. Colocation America has direct access to over 240 bandwidth providers around the world and can scale Internet connectivity to meet client needs. Colocation America offers scalable complex managed hosting solutions including cloud computing, virtualization, and managed dedicated server environments. Colocation America leverages its extensive portfolio of colocation services with a powerful IT team to deliver affordable solutions to businesses.


( – In a first of its kind in the industry event, Blogtronix is launching an Enterprise Summit focused on Microblogging during Social Media Week in San Francisco – Feb 7th to Feb 11th.

The summit will consist of five workshops – each on a different subject with main focus Microblogging.

The event will be held in the Blogtronix Headquarters in San Francisco.

For more information or to register to the individual workshops, please visit or email us at
Program of the summit

Enterprise Microblogging in Action
Day 1 – Monday, Feb 7th
In this workshop we will discuss the fundamentals of Enterprise Microblogging and we will help you familiarize with the main functionalities of a microblogging system. Topics include:
    What is microblogging?
    How does it work?
    What are the different elements of a microblogging system?
Top 5 Uses of Enterprise Microblogging

Day 2 – Tuesday Feb 8th
In this workshop we will discuss the fundamentals of Enterprise Microblogging and its top 5 applications in today’s corporate world. We will explore together practical, proven, and innovative strategies on how to execute a successful internal community. Specific use cases that we will discuss include:
    Project-based collaboration and networking;
    People-based and idea generation communities;
    Management initiative communities;
    Department-centered collaboration and communities.
Technical Implementation of Enterprise Microblogging

Day 3 – Wednesday Feb 9th
In this workshop we will discuss the fundamentals of Enterprise Microblogging and the technical implementation within an organization. Topics include:
    SaaS vs Software;
    Customizations and integrations;
    Privacy issues.
Microblogging for Customer and Partner Communities

Day 4 – Thursday Feb 10th
In this workshop we will discuss the fundamentals of Enterprise Microblogging and its versatile applications in today’s corporate world. We will explore together practical, proven, and innovative strategies on:
    How to build an external community?
    How to execute a successful community and increase adoption?
    Community impact on SEO
Trends and Challenges of Enterprise Microblogging

Day 5 – Friday Feb 11th
In this workshop we will discuss the trends and challenges of Enterprise Microblogging and its versatile applications in today’s corporate world. Topics include:
    Private cloud community trend;
    Behind the firewall solution;
    Customized systems;
    Microblogging analytics.

The workshops will consist of two parts – the first one will be a presentations and a Q&A sessions with our social media experts and the second will be a hands-on training.

Participants are welcome to stay after the events to discuss different microblogging topics and strategies with the Blogtronix social media experts.

About Blogtronix

Founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, CA, Blogtronix is a pioneer social software company that was one of the first companies in the world to offer a comprehensive social business software suite. It is dedicated to helping companies and employees to better communicate and share ideas online.
Blogtronix powers over 16,500 microblogging communities in 170 countries in 32 languages.
For more information, visit


(The Hosting News)—EZPZ Hosting announced today it has deployed the SpamExperts Incoming Mail Filter to on all shared and reseller hosting accounts, automatically providing customers with enterprise-grade spam protection at no additional charge to them.

The hardware-based solution offers one of the industry’s most robust protections against spam, relying on public and internal anti-spam data sources to provide optimal protection. The Incoming Email Security Firewall combines more than 50 different filtering mechanisms that are continuously updated and configured to assure spam filtering is accurate and effective.

“For many of our customers, spam email creates more than just a nuisance—it also causes significant losses in productivity and can expose end users to a myriad of security threats, ranging from viruses to sophisticated phishing attacks. Unfortunately, the problem is not getting better, as many industry leaders had hoped,” said Daniel Knights, director of EZPZ Hosting. “By investing in this enterprise-grade, next-generation anti-spam technology for all of our shared and reseller hosting customers, we can deliver a tangible value-add that separates us from our competitors.”

According to SpamExperts, filtering is divided into two stages. Stage 1, the SMTP-stage, analyzes the behavior and reputation of the sending server. Around 95% of all spam can already be detected at this stage. In stage 2, the content-stage, the actual content of the message is checked and the remaining 5% of spam messages are detected. Together, a spam-score probability is calculated and based on this customizable score, messages will be accepted, rejected, or quarantined.

Last year, EZPZ Hosting introduced the industry’s first module to automate business management for reseller hosting customers, by enabling resellers to automatically provision and manage all new sub-reseller accounts through a single application. It was developed internally by EZPZ Hosting and provides an interface between WHMCS, a client management and billing system for hosting businesses, and WHMPHP, a master reseller hosting control panel.

In 2008, EZPZ Hosting received the Planet Positive certification. As part of the process, EZPZ Hosting measured the carbon footprint of its business, made a commitment to reduce it on an annual basis, and offset it by 110% into verified carbon projects.

To learn more about EZPZ Hosting, visit

About EZPZ Hosting
Located in the United Kingdom, EZPZ is a leading Web hosting provider offering Shared, Reseller, Dedicated and Shoutcast hosting services. With 24/7/365 technical support and 5-minute response times for all tickets, EZPZ offers world-class service to individuals and businesses internationally. The company hosts more than 65,000 domain names across data centers in the United States and Europe.

Source: EZPZ Hosting Deploys SpamExperts

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