SiteGround Web Hosting Provider Selects The Planet Server Cloud

SiteGround web hosting provider has selected a new standard for its cloud offering from The Planet’s Server Cloud – 2010-08-02 – The Planet, the global web hosting leader, announced that SiteGround web hosting, one of its largest reseller partners has selected the company’s Server Cloud as the new standard for its cloud offering. According to SiteGround web hosting provider, The Planet Server Cloud uses the best virtualization technology on the market to deliver a service with outstanding reliability, redundancy and flexibility, which is suitable for business websites of all sizes.

“Server Cloud was expressly designed for our existing customers, with a platform that’s purpose-built for web-based businesses,” said Carl Meadows, senior product manager for Cloud Services with The Planet. “For resellers like SiteGround, their customers operate websites that depend on platform stability. They’ve got to be up and running around the clock, providing the performance guarantees that keep their customers coming back.”

“We were early beta participants in The Planet’s Server Cloud testing, which provided us with opportunities to offer feedback on the platform,” said Tenko Nikolov, CEO of SiteGround.  “Our customers rely on us to provide them with the best options to support their businesses, so we’ve thoroughly evaluated cloud options on the market. We were looking for pricing predictability and ample bandwidth allocations, in a no-surprises package for our customers. The Planet Server Cloud behaves like a dedicated server by guaranteeing our fair share of space, traffic and CPU, at a cheaper cost.  It’s great for small and big sites that want to cut costs while at the same time get a reliable service.”

About The Planet Server Cloud

The Planet Server Cloud provides a broad range of features for customers looking to expand their hosting profile:

Sun SAN Backend: The Planet Server Cloud is powered by a high-performance, high-availability Sun Storage Area Network (SAN). Many cloud solutions operate on local disks from the host server, leaving customers vulnerable to hardware failures that can result in down time and even data loss. Server Cloud is always available, since computing and storage resources are separate and independent. In the event of a complete host server failure, data is always protected.

Operating System Support: Customers can select operating system support from both Linux and Windows platforms, including Windows Server 2008 R2.

Next-Generation Virtualization: The Planet built its Server Cloud on the Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) Hypervisor, the primary platform supported by both The Linux Foundation and the top Linux distributions, including Canonical’s Ubuntu and Red Hat. KVM supports the latest virtualization technologies, including live migration, RAM de-duplication, para-virtualized storage and network capabilities, which combine stellar performance and efficiency. While other offerings require operating system (OS) modifications, KVM does not. Customers run unaltered/native versions of their chosen OS without any requirement for development modifications. As a result, they benefit from better security since new patches and updates are immediately available without the requirement for load development intervention.

Dedicated Resources: All resources for The Planet Server Cloud are 100% guaranteed. Customers receive completely dedicated CPU, RAM, storage and network capacity, which ensures performance isn’t negatively affected by another customer’s usage.

Enterprise-Grade Infrastructure: The Planet Server Cloud is powered by the latest technologies. From the Sun Microsystems SAN, to network gear supplied by Juniper and Cisco, and Dell servers equipped with Intel’s fast Nehalem processors, the company has developed this robust platform to be resilient under the most difficult loads.

Seamless, Rapid CPU, RAM Upgrades: Customers buy only what they require to get started and grow their performance seamlessly as demand expands. A single system reboot from the server host recognizes any added resources.

Managed Services: The Planet offers a full array of service upgrades, including managed server monitoring and remediation, server security management and managed backup.

About The Planet

The Planet is the leading provider of On Demand IT Infrastructure solutions, hosting more than 18,000 small- and medium-size businesses and 12 million Web sites worldwide. Customers have the power to choose from the broadest range of hosting solutions in the industry, from dedicated servers, Managed Dedicated Servers, Managed Hosting and data center colocation, all backed by 24x7x365 support. With the best choice of servers, software tools and world-class service, backed by state-of-the-art data centers and an enterprise-class network, The Planet turns IT into a powerful competitive advantage that enables customers to grow their businesses.

About SiteGround Web Hosting is a leading provider of web hosting services that hosts more than 250,000 domains worldwide. The company offers shared hosting, business hosting, reseller hosting, managed dedicated hosting solutions and cloud hosting. SiteGround offers a powerful system infrastructure and superior 24/7 technical support that guarantee reliability, uptime and quality of service. For more information about SiteGround

Enterprise-Grade Virtualization Management Now Available for Xen and KVM

Managing open source hypervisors, including Xen and KVM, became a lot easier today with the release of ConVirt 2.0 Enterprise edition from Convirture Corp. – 2010-07-29 – Managing open source hypervisors, including Xen and KVM, became a lot easier today with the release of ConVirt 2.0 Enterprise edition from Convirture Corp.

The open source version of ConVirt has been available for more than three years and is broadly deployed and well-tested in real-world data centers — having been downloaded more than 30,000 times. In fact, ConVirt1.x is included in most major Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Open SUSE, Debian and others.

ConVirt 2.0 Enterprise extends ConVirt Open Source with the advanced automation and scalability features necessary for running large-scale or mission-critical virtualized environments. By delivering high availability, backup and recovery, storage and network automation, and enterprise-grade security, ConVirt 2.0 Enterprise enables IT managers to meet and exceed service levels while using infrastructure in the most efficient way.

ConVirt 2.0 Enterprise is also the go-to tool for enterprises ready to move beyond virtualized infrastructure management towards a hosted or private cloud model. With an extensive cloud management feature set, which includes multi-tenant security, delegated control, scheduled provisioning, resource limiting, and many more, ConVirt 2.0 Enterprise enables IT organizations to offer infrastructure-as-a-service, while ensuring full isolation and compliance with corporate policies.

“We’ve implemented a variety of virtualization platforms over the years and managing them all – especially the open source hypervisors – has always been the single biggest pain point,” said Steven Scoleri, Principal Architect at GSI Commerce, a leading provider of e-commerce and interactive marketing services. “Our beta test of ConVirt 2.0 Enterprise has gone very well and we think it just may be the game-changer we’ve been looking for. We no longer need experts on hand at all times to complete simple virtualization tasks. We look forward to further exploring ConVirt’s capabilities and using it to manage our entire open source-based virtual data center.”

“Until now, any organization that wanted a complete solution for managing and automating a virtual data center was locked into expensive and proprietary solutions like VMware vCenter,”,” said Arsalan Farooq, CEO of Convirture. “That changes today as ConVirt 2.0’s advanced automation, private cloud management, enterprise scalability and datacenter integration features now meet or exceed what’s available from proprietary platform vendors. With ConVirt 2.0 Enterprise, organizations considering Xen or KVM as open source alternatives to commercial virtualization platforms are no longer forced to compromise on manageability. ”

About ConVirt 2.0 Enterprise

ConVirt 2.0 Enterprise supports all of the features available with the ConVirt 2.0 Open Source product including:

  • Server pool-based management
  • Templates-based provisioning
  • Monitoring and configuration management
  • Comprehensive virtual machine administration
  • Highly scalable, 3-tier, standards-based architecture

In addition, ConVirt 2.0 Enterprise delivers scalability, automation, and private cloud management features that were previously available only for proprietary virtualization platforms, including:

  • High availability: ConVirt 2.0 Enterprise ensures that mission-critical applications are always up and running by delivering a comprehensive high availability feature set, including virtual and physical machine failover;
  • Backup and recovery: A full backup and recovery feature set ensures successful recovery from planned and unplanned outages. Scheduled and on-demand backups are supported. Restore modes can be for the most recent state or any earlier backup. Both virtual machine state and storage are captured, so virtual machines are brought up in a consistent state.
  • Private Cloud Management: A data center that has been virtualized can be turned into a private, infrastructure-as-a-service cloud in a scalable and secure way, with support for full multi-tenant security, delegated control, scheduled provisioning, resource limiting and the ability to create virtual appliances that comply with corporate standards and publish them effortlessly to cloud users.
  • Storage and network automation with ConVirt 2.0 Enterprise significantly streamlines the error-prone and time-consuming tasks of configuring network and storage in a virtualized environment. Storage configuration standardizes storage across a server pool by automating configuration of all storage types, including NFS, iSCSi, AOE, Fiber Channel and LVM. Network integration provides a centralized interface for managing virtual networks.
  • Enterprise Integration: ConVirt 2.0 Enterprise provides a full suite of integration capabilities, including an open repository, command line interface, and programmatic APIs.

Pricing and Availability

ConVirt 2.0 Enterprise is available immediately direct from Convirture. Pricing starts at $1,495 per host for up to 10 hosts, with volume pricing available for larger environments. A “per virtual machine” pricing package is also available for ISP’s and hosting providers. More information is available at

About Convirture

Convirture was founded in 2006 to help organizations effectively manage open source virtualization platforms. More information is available at

Telx is Selected by DediPower as Its Cloud Colocation Provider

Telx®, a leading interconnection and colocation provider in strategic North American markets, today announced that it has been selected as a colocation provider by DediPower, a UK-based managed hosting and on-demand data center company. – 2010-07-29 – Telx®, a leading interconnection and colocation provider in strategic North American markets, today announced that it has been selected as a colocation provider by DediPower, a UK-based managed hosting and on-demand data center company. Telx’s secure, connection-rich colocation facility at 60 Hudson Street in New York City is now DediPower’s primary Point of Presence (PoP) within the U.S., enabling secure, reliable delivery of on-demand cloud application and managed hosting services, including its recently-launched Public Cloud offering, to customers in three continents.

“DediPower was in need of a Manhattan colocation facility to extend our state-side coverage and provide connectivity to our overseas customers,” said Craig Martin, CEO of DediPower. “We looked for the colocation partner within the U.S. that had the most strategic locations and the largest number of service providers we could choose from to ensure reliable application and storage service delivery. Our international and North American customers can directly tap into our infrastructure on a guaranteed, high-speed connection in the 60 Hudson Street location, without going over the public Internet. The Telx solution provides our managed private cloud network the high redundancy, security and connectivity choice we require.”

As a connectivity partner, Telx delivers a secure, connection-rich environment from which DediPower can offer low-latency access to its cloud applications and managed hosting network infrastructure, including its Content Delivery Network and its new Public Cloud, a solution that uses only best of breed hardware and dedicated support normally associated with private enterprise solutions. The Telx interconnection replaces the need for a public Internet connection, ensuring that DediPower’s cloud services are more secure, latency is reduced, quality of service is enhanced and the number of hops is minimized.

“We are pleased to welcome DediPower to our flagship 60 Hudson Street location,” said Brad Hokamp, CMO of Telx. “Telx’s colocation and interconnection solutions have helped cloud and managed hosting providers like DediPower improve the reliability, security, and latency of their on-demand infrastructure through our Global Marketplace of service providers.”

To learn more on Telx’s value to cloud providers, including improved network performance, reduced time to market and direct access to the industry’s largest ecosystem of leading telecommunications carriers, ISPs, content providers and enterprises, please visit

About 60 Hudson Street
60 Hudson Street continues to be Telx’s flagship interconnection facility as well as the nerve center for international communications. Telx is a leading colocation and interconnection service provider within 60 Hudson Street. The building, referred to as the premier North American interconnection facility, is situated on the heart of the Hudson Street/Ninth Avenue fiber highway. This facility also provides low-latency access to Telx’s Financial Business Exchange (FBX) solution and Global Marketplace of providers. Telx’s New York colocation centers, including 60 Hudson Street and 111 8th Avenue, provide a managed, network-neutral, secure environment for core interconnection networking elements for carriers, ISPs, content providers and enterprise business customers.

About DediPower
A leading UK provider of managed hosting and data center solutions, DediPower makes internet and eBusiness innovation a reality and delivers outstanding ROI for organisations of all sizes. Current clients include Sony, Virgin, ITV, NHS and The BRIT Awards. Focused on delivering service excellence through its Support with Passion® philosophy, DediPower’s enterprise class data centers offer 100% availability and accredited data security to support business critical, data-rich, ecommerce, interactive and web-based applications. It provides managed hosting, managed private cloud, virtualization, multi-server clusters, and colocation services. DediPower is a winner of numerous hosting awards and is a Microsoft Gold certified partner and RedHat Ready hosting partner. DediPower’s headquarters is located in Reading Berkshire, UK. For additional information, visit

About Telx
Telx is a leading provider of interconnection, colocation and business exchange services in strategic, high demand North American markets. With 15 premier facilities, Telx increases speed to market and reduces connectivity costs by providing direct connections to the industry’s highest performance networks and access to more than 800 leading telecommunications carriers, ISPs, content providers and enterprises. Telx is a privately held company headquartered in New York City with four facilities in the New York Metro area, two facilities in Chicago, two facilities in Dallas, three facilities in California, (Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Santa Clara) and facilities in Atlanta, Miami, Phoenix and Charlotte, N.C. For more information about Telx, visit

Resource: Web Hosting News