(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Telecommunications provider KDDI America (www.kddia.com) announced on Monday that it has invested approximately 85.5 percent of common shares in CDNetworks (www.cdnetworks.com), a global content delivery network service provider headquartered in Seoul, Korea for about $167 million.

KDDI America has a fiber network backbone that covers 170 countries as well as 91 offices located in Asia, North America, South America, Europe and Australia. In addition to telecommunications services, KDDI America offers infrastructure as a service, colocation and managed services.

According to the press release, CDN services are essential for Internet providers to offer their users. KDDI America says CDN services accelerate Internet communication by temporary cache and delivery of contents in servers located closer to end users.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — In the week ending October 28, many web hosting providers offered their share of treats in the days leading up to Halloween. Hostmonster has a 50 percent discount on shared hosting, DreamHost is offering up to 92 percent off its shared hosting, Storm On Demand is offering bandwidth pricing on its cloud hosting plans, and QuadraNet is providing the first month of colocation service for free.

Hostmonster Offers 50 Percent Off Shared Hosting

Web hosting provider Hostmonster (www.hostmonster.com) is just one of a few companies offering Halloween-themed discounts this week. From now until October 31, the company is offering 50 percent off its shared hosting plans. Customers can sign up for shared hosting for $3.95 per month, which is regularly $7.95 per month. The plan includes one free year of domain regisration, unlimited web space, unlimited bandwidth, and unlimited email accounts.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — In the same week that Facebook’s Open Compute Project (www.opencompute.org) formalized some of its organizational structure at its summit in New York City, the company announced plans for a data center in Lulea, Sweden that will showcase some of the design principles that helped found that project.

The Lulea data center will be the company’s first outside the US, in part an effort for Facebook to provide faster service to users in Europe and beyond.

The company says the location offers a climate that will enable the data center to use outside air for cooling 8-10 months out of the year, significantly reducing energy consumption. It also provides a strong power infrastructure, enabling Facebook to use redundant substations, fed by two independent sources, and reduce the number of generators installed by approximately 70 percent.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Mass-market web hosting provider Web.com (www.web.com) announced this week that it has been named a Google AdWords Premier SMB Partner, one of the first company’s in North America to take part in the new program.

According to the announcement, Web.com has been a Google Authorized Reseller for several years. The new program matches “trusted AdWords partners” with small businesses seeking expert help in creating and managing online advertising campaigns (presumably specifically using Google tools and services).

As a PSP partner, Web.com will be expected to provide those SMBs with campaign management, reporting, one-on-one support and more general marketing guidance.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Data center monitoring solutions provider ONPATH Technologies (www.onpathtech.com) announced on Friday it has named Gene Litt its vice president of marketing.

In this newly created role, Litt will drive the marketing strategy and results for ONPATH’s high-performance scalable connectivity and monitoring solutions as the business expands its solution value in the network monitoring, test automation, cyber security, and cloud networking application segments.

Litt has over two decades of experience in the IT industry building and marketing communications solutions to enterprise, government, network equipment manufacturer, and service provider customers.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Private equity firm TA Associates (www.ta.com) announced on Thursday it has completed the acquisition of colocation provider CoSentry (www.cosentry.com). The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

TA partnered with CoSentry management to acquire the company. Selling shareholders include private equity fund McCarthy Capital and investment company WaittCorp Investments.

Founded in 2000, CoSentry offers a range of business continuity and resiliency services, including colocation, hosting, managed services, cloud computing, security and disaster recovery.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — At the second Open Compute Summit, held Thursday in New York, the Open Compute Project (www.opencompute.org), a kind of open data center architecture effort created by Facebook earlier this year, saw some official structure develop around the organization.

Launched in April, the Open Compute project was initiated by Facebook, opening up the custom data center design used in its own facilities.

Along with the creation of a foundation to lead the project, the group also announced a group of directors that includes individual contributor Andy Bechtolsheim, Don Duet of Goldman Sachs, Frank Frankovsky of Facebook, Mark Roenigk of Rackspace and Jason Waxman from Intel, according to a blog posted by Frankovsky on the Open Compute website.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Storage technology developer Scality (www.scality.com) announced on Wednesday that its technology is being employed by synchronization and collaboration specialist TeamDrive (www.teamdrive.com) in the delivery of a file sharing and synchronization solution for private clouds.

A Drop-Box-like service that features “the highest possible standards of security,” the TeamDrive solutions uses Scality’s scalable RING Organic Storage solution, along with TeamDrive’s own built-in encryption technology. Users can choose to host synchronized files on the TeamDrive cloud, or on their own servers, should compliance requirements dictate.

The solution is priced similarly to Drop Box – free, with for-pay upgrades to higher storage limits.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Colocation provider Internap Network Services (www.internap.com) announced on Thursday it has launched what it says is the world’s first commercially available public cloud compute service based on the OpenStack (www.openstack.org) open source platform.

Internap first unveiled in May it is preparing to launch a public infrastructure as a service cloud, built in part on the OpenStack cloud computing platform software.

Internap’s Open Public Cloud compute service provides “high-performance, on-demand provisioning and scaling of enterprise computing capacity to meet changing web and application demands,” said the company.

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