(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — For the week ending April 29, 2011, a couple hosting of companies are offering special discounts on services in celebration of the royal wedding. Web hosting provider Brain Host is offering one free year of hosting, while UK hosting firm WebHostingBuzz is offering 50 percent discount off all hosting plans. Additionally, CoreXchange is offering a discount pricing on disaster recovery for the upcoming hurricane season, and DemoWolf is offering 25 percent off all its hosting tutorials.

Brain Host Offers One Free Year of Hosting

To celebrate the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, hosting company Brain Host (www.brainhost.com) is offering new customers one year of free web hosting. The new hosting account includes unlimited Web space, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited email accounts, a free domain name, and the ability to host unlimited domains on one account.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Web hosting provider Go Daddy (www.godaddy.com) announced this week that it would be celebrating the fourth annual Web Professionals Day this Friday, a “holiday” created by the company in conjunction with the World Organization of Webmasters (www.webprofessionals.org).

Go Daddy says Friday, April 29, 2011 is the fourth Web Professionals Day, an occasion created “to honor all online professionals around the globe – the people who develop, run, refresh, secure and repair websites.”

The company will be hosting a party to clebrate the occasion in Scottsdale.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Lincoln Rackhouse Data Centers (www.rackhouse.com) announced on Wednesday it has acquired a Plano, Texas data center. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

The 150,000-square-foot “purpose-built” data center is located in the Legacy business park at 6653 Pinecrest Drive.

Built by Stream Realty Partners in 2006, the data center is located on a 20-acre site and built to  withstand 175-acre winds. The building is valued for taxes at more than $40 million.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — In a Friday posting to its blog, cloud hosting provider Amazon issued an apology for the April 21 outage to its EC2 cloud hosting service that disrupted many websites and applications – including several high-profile social media tools – providing a lengthy technical explanation and offering customers service credits.

While it was working to repair the outage, which had widespread impact and drew even more widespread attention, criticism and speculation, Amazon promised a detailed explanation of the problem’s cause. On Friday, it posted an almost-6,000-word accounting of the outage, written by the AWS team, to its blog. 

In the blog post, along with a lengthy and detailed technical explanation of the outage, the company offers customers an apology, along with a 10-day credit for their services.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REIEW) — Cloud hosting resources marketplace SpotCloud (www.spotcloud.com) announced this week that it has created the open source SpotCloud OpenStack Connector, an easy tool for companies building clouds on the OpenStack framework to make their services available on the SpotCloud market.

In the announcement, SpotCloud calls the release an important step in its efforts to open the SpotCloud market to the widest possible range of cloud services. The SpotCloud OpenStack Connector code is available for download from the company’s website. It is free open source software released under the Apache license.

The SpotCloud market is a kind of clearinghouse for infrastructure as a service resources, enabling sellers of cloud hosting to get their services in front of a community of buyers, who register for the service, and set up an account with SpotCloud in order to buy the cloud processing.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Colocation and data center operator Internap Network Services (www.internap.com) announced on Friday it will open a new data center in Los Angeles to serve increased demand for premium colocation.

The move comes a couple months after Internap announced plans to build a new 55,000 square foot data center in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

This facility will be Internap’s eleventh company-controlled facility in its eighth North American market.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Data center operator TELEHOUSE America (www.telehouse.com) announced this week that its public peering point the New York International Internet Exchange has doubled its traffic in the last year-and-a-half, consistently exceeding 100Gbps in daily traffic volume during 2011.

The company says the NYIIX facility is the largest public Internet exchange in the New York Metro Market, and one of the 10 largest peering points in the world. Established in 1996, the exchange currently has about 130 active peering members.

“Exceeding 100 gigabits per second of traffic is the result of our continuing ability to increase NYIIX members along with their increasing traffic volume,” says Akio Sugeno, senior director of Internet engineering and operations business development. “Such an accomplishment proves that NYIIX is one of the most important IXP’s in the United States.”


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Cable television giant Time Warner Cable (www.timewarner.com) announced on Friday it has completed its acquisition of cloud and Web hosting provider NaviSite (www.navisite.com) following its initial acquisition plans in February.

The acquisition is worth $230 million and is the company’s first forray into the data center services business, adding high-end managed hosting and a variety of cloud services, including cloud storage to its portfolio of services.

NaviSite will now operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Cable.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) –- Italian Web hosting provider Aruba (www.aruba.it) went offline for a few hours early Friday morning after a fire erupted at its primary data center, sending tens of thousands of websites offline.

The data center is located in the central Italian town of Arezzo. The fire impacted the facility’s backup power sources, leading to the automatic fire safety systems to shutting down the main power.

Fortunately for Aruba, the fire affected only UPS batteries and no servers were damaged, says the company.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) –- Web hosting provider Windstream Hosted Solutions (www.windstreambusiness.com) announced on Thursday it has opened its third data center in Charlotte as part of the company’s continued expansion.

The move comes a few months after Windstream announced it intends to offer $200 million of 7.75 percent senior notes due 2020.

Windstream now operates three SAS 70 Type II certified data centers within the Charlotte market, in addition to operating data centers in Raleigh and Cary, North Carolina, Boston, Newton, Iowa, State College and Ephrata, Pennsylvania, Jacksonville, Atlanta, and Nashville.

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