(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — In the final week of 2011, many web hosts offered deals enticing Go Daddy customers to transfer their domains. While some may have worked, a report by VentureBeat says results from statistics site DailyChanges illustrate that twice as many domains transferred into Go Daddy than out.

Among those web hosts offering Go Daddy or SOPA related deals include A Small Orange, offering 25 percent off shared hosting and domains, HostGator offering half of shared hosting, and cloud computing provider Centuric is offering 33 percent off deluxe hosting plan.

Web hosting provider WebHostUK is extending its Christmas promotion to the new year, and FastWebHost is offering 50 percent off unlimited web hosting until Jan. 1, 2012.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Cloud performance and monitoring provider Phixios announced this week it is now offering a low cost service for customers to audit and verify their SLAs of their outsourced IT infrastructure.

This service provides an independent verification of the availability of their outsourced IT infrastructure, which include network routers, switches, firewalls, load balancers, as well as servers, which include Windows, Linux, AIX, Solaris, and HP-UX.

The Phixios IT Outsourcing Verification Service is a cloud based service that provides “agentless” availability reporting.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Spanish data protection authority AEPD announced this week it has opened an online public consultation on cloud computing.

Running through until January 27, the consultation is designed to gauge the opinions of service providers and cloud computing clients, as well as individual users, academics and experts.

The consultation addresses nearly all aspects of cloud computing in terms of how it relates to data protection.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Hacker group Anonymous claims that it has stolen user password and credit card information from military equipment provider SpecialForces.com, according to a report by PCWorld on Wednesday.

This news comes after Anonymous stole customer credit card information from security research website Stratfor Global Intelligence Service. Anonymous used some of the information to donate to charities over the Christmas weekend.

According to the report, the breach occurred months ago in August, but Anonymous waited until this week to post the data online. While the report says about 14,000 user passwords and 8,000 credit card numbers were stolen from the website, Special Forces Gear says that the compromised customer passwords were from a backup of a previous version of the website that is more than a year old.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Managed hosting provider VISI announced on Friday that it will provide data center space and hosting services to Minnesota Public Radio|American Public Media.

According to the press release, VISI will host MPR|APM’s web properties including Marketplace.org and the Public Insight Network using with its SaaS platform. With this platform, MPR|APM can add colocation and cloud computing infrastructure as needed.

“We needed a hosting provider with a top tier facility in the Twin Cities to ensure the best availability for our web and IT services,” Brad Rosenberger, manager of IT infrastructure at Minnesota Public Radio said in a statement. “Now, more than ever, our listeners rely on MPR for our in-depth online reporting, in addition to our radio broadcasts.”


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Virginia-based real estate investment trust fund Gladstone Commercial announced on Thursday it has acquired a 26,080-square-foot data center in Parkway Center in Green Tree, Pittsburgh.

The company purchased the facility for $4.2 million, plus fees and expenses, from North Side-based Massaro Corp.

Located at 810 Parish Street, the data center is currently used as the headquarters as well as one of two area data centers by data cenetr operator Expedient Communications.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Data center firm INX announced on Thursday that its stockholders approved the merger agreement from November under which managed services provider Presidio will acquire all of the outstanding common stock on INX.

According to the press release, the finalization of the acquisition of INX remains subject to the satisfaction or waiver of a number of customary closing conditions set forth in the merger agreement. The transaction is expected to close on December 30, 2011.

When it is complete, INX stockholders will receive $8.75 in cash for each share of INX common stock.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Cloud hosting provider ProviDyn announced on Thursday it has signed a managed services contract with cleanup and restoration service provider ServPro.

ServPro is a nationwide organization but has local franchises throughout the United States.

ProviDyn’s contract is with ServPro’s branch in Atlanta where the managed service provider already supports many small and medium-sized businesses.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Monitoring firm LabTech announced on Thursday that it has integrated its monitoring and management solution with email hosting provider Reflexion Networks’ suite of email services. This integration will provide an automated way to ensure integrity of mission-critical hosted email services, according to press release.

LabTech monitors the availability of the Reflexion Total Control and Reflexion Archiving, Discovery and Recovery services’ user interface, sending an alert if the service is interrupted. LabTech says it also monitors the latency of the Reflexion mail scanner to detect inbound or outbound latency, also sending an alert if any is found. These alerts ensure that any threats are identified as quickly as possible so steps can be taken to ensure service quality.

According to the press release, Reflexion provides a range of hosted email services with varying degrees of ease of use, features, and affordability.


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Web and cloud hosting provider Enteracloud announced on Thursday that SEO services provider Market Target has chosen Enteracloud as its infrastructure provider and San Diego Colocation provider for upcoming expansion.

Market Target decided to go with Enteracloud based on its reputation for highly available, high performance infrastructure equipment towards the needs of Web 2.0 and high speed low latency applications including live media.

The upcoming expansion not only allows for Market Target’s continued growth, but the additional bandwidth and infrastructure allows them to scale its San Diego SEO Training program.

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