(The Hosting News) – If you didn’t think Amazon was close to challenging Microsoft in the cloud arena, think again. According to a Bloomberg.com report on Monday, the company’s Windows Azure topped $1 billion in annual sales, a first for the platform.

Windows Azure was made commercially available in early 2010.

The record news follows a recent unveiling by Microsoft in which the company more directly went after Amazon by unveiling its own IaaS offering – something Microsoft’s Bill Hilf earlier this month said “now makes it possible for customers to move applications into the cloud.”

And despite the growth by Microsoft, Amazon still dominates the cloud landscape. According to Forrester Research analyst James Staten, Amazon accounts for around 71% of the cloud market while Azure takes in just around 20%.

That doesn’t mean things won’t change, though. In Bloomberg’s report, Staten noted he expected revenue for Azure to “double annually” going forward – something that could see Microsoft representing as much as 35% of the cloud market in just one year’s time.

Surely Microsoft still has a lot of work to do with catching up to AWS – a platform that was launched almost four years before Azure.

Source: Microsoft’s Azure Closer to Competing with AWS


Array Networks Inc., a global leader in application delivery networking, today announced the immediate availability of its new aCelera WAN optimization controller product line. The new aCelera product line is comprised of both virtual appliances, which provide scalability, flexibility and affordability for cloud and virtualized environments, as well as hardware appliances that deliver an unbeatable combination of functionality, performance and return-on-investment.

Source: Array Networks Expands Application Delivery Networking Portfolio To Include WAN Optimization Controllers


By 2016, 40 percent of mobile application development projects will leverage cloud back-end services, causing development leaders to lose control of the pace and path of cloud adoption within their enterprises, predicts Gartner, Inc.

Source: Gartner Says By 2016, 40 Percent Of Mobile Application Development Projects Will Leverage Cloud Mobile Back-End Services


(The Hosting News) – OnRamp today announced its sponsorship of the American Telemedicine Association Annual International Meeting & Tradeshow (ATA 2013), the world’s largest tradeshow focusing exclusively on telemedicine, telehealth, mHealth and cutting-edge remote healthcare technologies, May 5th-7th in Austin, TX. OnRamp will showcase its HIPAA Compliant Hosting solutions which are rooted in the data center operations company’s highly secure managed hosting, cloud computing and colocation services in exhibition at Booth #1314. OnRamp uses a 3-Step HIPAA Risk Assessment to diagnose, assess and manage any threats, vulnerabilities and risks to the IT structure of covered entities.

“With the recent changes to HIPAA, provided in the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, it is now, more important than ever for covered entities to establish partnerships with responsible 3rd Party vendors that do everything from the standpoint of their business to maintain the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of Electronic Protected Health Information (EPHI), and we do just that,” stated OnRamp Founder Chad Kissinger. “Our HIPAA Complaint Hosting and Data Center Services are a great solution for many of the companies attending ATA 2013.”

The 18th Annual event is expected to attract over 6,000 attendees with peer-reviewed presentations, exploring an array of topics related to telemedicine, telehealth, mHealth and remote medical technologies, along with an exhibit hall of over 250 Healthcare Technology vendors. The world-class, peer-reviewed educational program at ATA 2013 features 83 concurrent presentation sessions, organized into 7 hot-topic thematic tracks which include: Outcomes and Evidence, Finance and Operations, Best Practice and Service Delivery Models, Innovations, Public Policy, Pediatrics Telehealth Colloquium, and Industry Executive Sessions.

Keynote speakers for ATA 2013 include:

  • Lynn Britton, President and CEO, Mercy
  • Jeffrey O. Henely, Chairman, Oracle Corporation
  • Reed V. Tuckson, Managing Director, Tuckson Health Connections, LLC

In addition to maintaining the data storage industry SSAE16 SOC II certification, PCI and HIPAA compliance audits, OnRamp’s state-of-the-art Data Center facilities are designed to the highest levels of security, redundancy and reliability. Kissinger stated, “OnRamp has spent considerable time creating an in-depth, flexible 3-Step HIPAA Risk Management Process to assist each customer in making appropriate decisions as to how to use OnRamp’s Data Center services to build a comprehensive HIPAA compliant solution.” OnRamp customers use the company’s highly flexible data center services in a variety of ways to provide for the protection of their EPHI.

Registration for ATA 2013 is now open; for a FREE expo-only pass use promo code: VIPcomp13
For more information about ATA 2013, visit: http://www.americantelemed.org/ata-2013/program-overview

About OnRamp

OnRamp was founded in 1994 in Austin, TX. As one of Texas’ first Internet Operations companies, OnRamp’s history is rooted in providing reliable and secure connectivity that enables distributed computing. Today, OnRamp is a Data Center operations company that delivers a full suite of colocation, cloud computing, high security hosting and disaster recovery services backed by Full7Layer Support, to help customers build, deploy and manage Data Center operations at each and every layer.

Source: OnRamp Announces Sponsorship of ATA 2013


(The Hosting News) – Hosting company Codero on Tuesday rolled out two key new offerings including NAS (Network Attached Storage) along with SAN (Storage Area Network).

“We continuously listen to our customers to help gauge where we need to expand our products and services, and our customers asked for more cost effective, scalable storage and recovery options,” commented Codero SVP of Development Chandler Vaughn in a press release.

Meanwhile, promotional pricing for the new platforms start at 4 cents per gigabyte. Features of the offerings include storage optimization, full management, local appearance, easy set-up and more.

Source: Codero Unveils NAS & SAN Offerings


(The Hosting News) – C4L, today announced that they will be exhibiting at CRN’s Partner Connect event on 16th May at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, stand N5. C4L will use this event to provide first-hand information on their updated partner program, the C4L Partner Network, which features enhanced benefits including new tools, expanded partner tier levels and increased support, both technical and marketing.

C4L’s Partner Network has been designed to assist Business Partners in enhancing their competitive position within today’s marketplace. At the event, C4L will also be showcasing their existing service portfolio available to their Business Partners including colocation, connectivity, cloud and communication services.

Simon Mewett, CEO at C4L comments “The CRN Partner Connect event provides an ideal platform for us to deliver information to existing and potential Business Partners on our re-structured Partner Network, and the benefits it delivers. We will be outlining how we can jointly target, market, support and close business with our Partners. The partner channel is a top priority for C4L, not only in 2013, but in the company’s 3 year strategic plan and we are continuing to invest heavily in providing leading infrastructure for our channel partners.”

CRN’s Partner Connect event is a one-day event focused on helping the channel generate new business opportunities. The exhibition delivers a new level of networking to the channel by bringing together top players from resellers, distributors and vendors together in one place to meet, talk and do business.

About C4L

C4L is a leading data centre colocation and connectivity solutions provider, we have access to over 100 UK data centres and more than 300 globally. In these data centres, we offer a range of services including colocation, connectivity, cloud and communications. We have our own data centre located on the South West coast and operate a private, high-capacity, 1-100Gb capable fibre-optic network. This network is entirely Cisco-based and links multiple data centres across the UK using a diverse fibre optic backbone and DWDM technology to provide very high performance.

C4L’s partner program enables businesses to refer opportunities, or resell our complete portfolio of services. By becoming a C4L Business Partner, businesses are provided with the tools, infrastructure and support to enhance their competitive position within today’s market place.

C4L is now in its 13th trading year and our clients include government agencies, FTSE 250 companies, international financial institutions, system integrators, top 100 VARs, resellers and many of the UK’s network carriers. Our entire business is committed to customer satisfaction and quality of service and we have achieved certifications such as ISO9001 & 27001 to demonstrate this. C4L was the 2012 winner of HSBC’s South West Business Thinking initiative, and has been ranked in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and Fast 500 EMEA, as well as the Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100.

For more information visit http://www.C4L.co.uk/pr, alternatively call +44 (0)8000 098 764

Source: C4L to Launch Re-Structured Partner Program


(The Hosting News) – ServInt, a pioneering provider of managed cloud hosting for businesses worldwide, today announced it has begun offering guarantees on data center infrastructure, server uptime and customer support for all customers using its Jelastic auto-scaling cloud hosting platform.

Unlike service-level agreements (SLAs) offered by other cloud service providers, ServInt’s Jelastic SLA does not require customers to purchase additional hosting capacity.  Cloud service providers that require additional “availability zone” purchases effectively offset any compensation their customers might receive in the event of an outage.

Under the terms of the ServInt Jelastic SLA, ServInt guarantees that all data center infrastructure under its control will be available 100 percent of the time, and that the servers used to host its Jelastic customers will be available 99.9 percent of the time. Furthermore, ServInt offers a 100 percent availability guarantee for any ServInt infrastructure required to contact its technical support group.

“We are very proud to be one of the only hosting companies to offer the exact same service-level guarantees for our auto-scaling cloud as we do for our VPS and dedicated server offerings,” said ServInt COO Christian Dawson.  “Many of today’s auto-scaling service providers offer SLAs that are both underwhelming in the compensation they offer, and unfair in the additional cloud resources they require customers to purchase.”

Dawson concluded, “With ServInt’s 99.9996 percent historical uptime, we are able to not only offer our Jelastic customers the same SLA guarantees our VPS and dedicated customers enjoy – we are also able to make the SLA better for all our customers, regardless of platform.”

About Jelastic

Jelastic, Inc., based in Palo Alto, Calif., offers a Java and PHP server hosting platform for developers and hosting service providers.  Jelastic is the only Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering designed specifically for hosting service providers to deploy and make available to their customers.  Jelastic automatically scales Java and PHP applications and allocates server resources, thus delivering true next-generation Java and PHP cloud computing.

About ServInt

ServInt is a pioneering provider of high-reliability, managed cloud hosting services for enterprises worldwide.  Founded in Northern Virginia in 1995, ServInt provides a range of IaaS, PaaS, VPS and dedicated server packages to hosting service resellers, web designers, developers and online businesses in more than 130 countries.  To learn more about ServInt’s cloud, VPS and dedicated hosting solutions, please call 1-800-573-7846 from the USA, +1-703-847-1381 from outside the USA or visit www.servint.net.

All product and company names mentioned in this press release are trademarks of their respective companies.

Source: ServInt Offers SLA for Jelastic Cloud


(The Hosting News) - Content Management AG (CM-AG), a leading developer of web-based applications and value-added services, is proud to announce that Hetzner South Africa has successfully launched an English-language version of CM4all Sites. The new product named “SiteBuilder” is available in Lite and Standard packages for R19 and R59 per month, respectively. Founded in 1999, Hetzner South Africa has grown its market share exponentially and currently hosts over 230,000 active domains, making it the leading web hosting company in South Africa.

“We have been cooperating successfully with CM-AG since 2008 and are confident that their latest site building solution will be appreciated by our customers. CM4all Sites ideally combines outstanding usability with comprehensive and sophisticated functionality so that anyone at all can create and maintain a professional desktop and mobile website,” explains Athena Turner, Marketing & Communications Manager at Hetzner South Africa.

Thanks to CM-AG’s powerful content management core, mobile websites can be created for iOS and Android smart phones directly within CM4all Sites. A well-structured menu allows users to precisely define which parts of the existing content they want to adopt and whether they want to add a mobile start page. When activated, CM4all Sites automatically publishes the mobile website and the desktop version simultaneously.

CM4all Sites delivers numerous additional innovations, including an instant setup page, an enhanced WYSIWYG editor, and a comprehensive file browser with an interactive drop zone. Thanks to CM4all’s new widget technology, users at all levels will be able to integrate sophisticated features into their websites ranging from contact forms through photo galleries to social media connectivity with Facebook®, Twitter®, and Google+™. Additionally, CM4all Sites is designed with an open widget API that enables the integration of third-party services and allows for continuous development of widgets by CM-AG, OEM partners, and external software engineers.

“We are very pleased that our long-standing OEM partner Hetzner South Africa has successfully integrated CM4all Sites into its VAS portfolio. Strategically designed to support every business model from DIY to BIFM, CM4all Sites meets the complex demands of today’s hosting providers and enables Hetzner South Africa to market traditional hosting services in an appealing, all-inclusive paid website package,” states Robert Schovenberg, CEO of CM-AG.

The user interface of the English-language version of CM4all Sites was adapted to Hetzner South Africa’s corporate design. CM-AG safeguards the software’s availability with 24/7 support and continuously updates both the operating system and the software application.

Source: Hetzner South Africa Launches CM4all Sites


ServInt, a pioneering provider of managed cloud hosting for businesses worldwide, today announced it has begun offering guarantees on data center infrastructure, server uptime and customer support for all customers using its Jelastic auto-scaling cloud hosting platform.

Source: ServInt Offers SLA For Its Jelastic Auto-scaling Cloud Hosting Platform


April 29, 2013 — NTT Communications announced on Monday that its subsidiary NTT Communications Russia will offer a range of data center services via IXcellerate’s Moscow One carrier-neutral facility in Moscow.

Keep on reading: NTT Communications Offers Colocation Services in Moscow

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