Web Hosting – DALLAS, TX — SoftLayer Technologies®, the innovation leader in on-demand Cloud and Dedicated hosting, today announced the availability of MICRON RealSSD™ P300 solid state drives (SSDs) in 50GB, 100GB, and 200GB capacities. The new SSDs provide reliable and secure enterprise-class storage ideal for high-performance and data-intensive applications, such as databases requiring fast read/write performance.
“From the day we added the first SSDs to our portfolio of hardware solutions, customer response has been exceptional. And once they got a taste for the performance advantages the technology provides, they couldn’t wait to get higher capacity drives to take that performance even farther,” said Sam Fleitman, Chief Operations Officer for SoftLayer. “We chose the MICRON SSDs because they not only answer the call for higher capacity, they also bring with them incredible new performance features.”
The selected SSDs are the first in the market to leverage the SATA III 6Gbps interface and feature single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash to provide exceptional performance and low latency, with sequential read speeds of up to 360Mbps and up to 45,000 random write IOPs.
“We continuously research and test new hardware in order to find and deploy the most innovative, leading-edge technologies,” Mr. Fleitman said. “We’re proud to offer the new Micron SSDs, and the competitive edge it will give our customers for their business operations.” Read the rest of this entry »
Web Hosting – DALLAS, TX — SoftLayer Technologies®, the innovative hosting provider of Cloud, Dedicated, and integrated environments, today announced the launch of its Technology Partners Marketplace, a showcase for current SoftLayer Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Independent Software Vendor (ISV) customers’ products and technologies. The Marketplace is designed to connect these customers with the rest of SoftLayer’s community of over 26,000 customers. At launch, featured partners include App First, Mollom, StandingCloud, and Migration Box, with more to be added soon.
“The SoftLayer customer community includes a vibrant group of startup and established software and technology-product companies,” said Paul Ford, Vice President Community Development. “We are thrilled to launch this new venue to promote those providers to the rest of our customer base, and to the world at large. The Technology Partners Marketplace is another great example of the many benefits of being a member of the SoftLayer community.”
“We’re excited to be part of the inaugural class of partners in the Marketplace,” said David Roth, CEO of AppFirst, an advanced application monitoring and managing solution. “SoftLayer has been the ideal platform for us to offer our services and grow our operations upon. And now they’re providing a great opportunity for us to share our offering with more people—and build even more business.”
“There are countless other SoftLayer customers doing innovative things with SoftLayer’s automated solutions,” said Eduardo Fernandez, CEO of MigrationBox, a company providing powerful email and enterprise data transfer and management services. “It’s going to be great to have this tool that not only let’s us generate greater awareness, but also let’s us learn about what others are doing in the SoftLayer ecosystem and find solutions that we can use in our operations.”
The Technology Partner Marketplace will continue to add new partners showcasing the many interesting and useful technology products and services delivered by SoftLayer’s diverse customer base. To learn more about the Technology Partners Marketplace please visit www.softlayer.com/marketplace. Read the rest of this entry »
The commission will make recommendations for how government should deploy cloud technologies and address policies that might hinder U.S. leadership in cloud for the commercial space. Recommendations for government deployment will be presented to Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra. Commercial-facing recommendations will be shared with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Commerce Under Secretary Pat Gallagher.
“I am proud to serve as a Commissioner for CLOUD2. The cloud presents a profound opportunity and I believe that the federal government will play a key role in determining the path ahead.” said Lance Crosby, Chief Executive Officer for SoftLayer. “This is a critical time in the development of this technology and its impact on the economy. We can significantly help foster innovation and growth in the public sector, and across all industries.”
Salesforce.com Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff and VCE Chairman and CEO Michael D. Capellas will serve as co-chairmen for a commission of experts. Benioff and Capellas will be joined by Michael R. Nelson, visiting professor of Internet studies in Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture and Technology Program. CSC President of North American Public Sector Jim Sheaffer will serve as vice chairman, leading a task force focused on government adoption of cloud solutions. Microsoft® Corporate Vice President of Technology Policy and Strategy Dan Reed, who also leads the company’s eXtreme Computing Group (XCG), will also serve as vice chairman and will lead a task force focused on U.S. leadership in cloud technologies. Read the rest of this entry »
Hosting Toolbox – DALLAS — SoftLayer Technologies®, the innovation leader in on-demand Cloud and Dedicated hosting, announced it will be the first hosting provider to offer servers featuring Intel® Xeon® 1200 Series processors. The 1200 series is part of Intel’s next-generation Sandy Bridge processor family, delivering rich new features ideal for powering cloud applications, virtualized computing, content streaming, and more.
Key benefits of the new servers include:
- Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)
- New Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (256 bit)
- Intel Turbo Boost 2.0
- 8MB L3 CPU Cache
- Intel Hyper-Threading
- Data Center Manageability Interface
“We’re proud to offer our customers the latest, most advanced Intel processors on the first day they are publicly available,” said Sam Fleitman, SoftLayer Chief Operations Officer. “Our customers are the companies creating new Web applications and advanced online services, or radically expanding their global IT infrastructure. They push the envelope of innovation and the limits of technology every day—so we don’t delay helping them expand those limits whenever possible.”
The Sandy Bridge microarchitecture is a significant advance in processor integration and manufacturing. It unifies processor cores, memory controller, last-level cache (LLC), and graphics and media processing for new advantages including fast core access to shared data in last-level cache, higher memory bandwidth, and intelligent “performance to workload” matching. Sandy Bridge also gives compute-intensive applications new performance gains with Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)—a new, 256 bit instruction set extension to Intel SSE—plus all new Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), operating system, and virtual machine manager (VMM) enhancements. Read the rest of this entry »
Web Hosting News – LONDON – Virtual Internet has announced a new cloud package called Virtual Data Centers which allow IT managers to virtualize their infrastructure “on-demand” via the Internet.
The new self-service package allows managers to slice and dice a minimum of 10GB (or more) of physical disk space and/or physical memory into multiple configurations at will. Read the rest of this entry »
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Web Hosting News – New York, NY – NTT America, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation, and a global infrastructure services provider, today announced the integration of VMware’s vCloud Director virtualization software into NTT Communications’ enterprise cloud hosting offerings. NTT Communications is one of the first infrastructure hosting providers in the world to launch a hosted cloud solution based on VMware’s vCloud Director, enabling organizations of all sizes to capitalize on the advantages of utility-based cloud computing. NTT America engineers and product development personal will be on hand to showcase these technologies at the 2011 VMware Partner Exchange on February 7-10, 2011, at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
First announced at VMware’s VMworld in August 2010, NTT America’s engineering staff has developed and deployed both multi-tenant and private cloud infrastructure, which provides customers with available and scalable access to the underlying compute resources that make up a virtual data center. This new cloud solution provides organizations with greater flexibility to create and change their individual environment to suit their specific needs. Organizations only need to purchase the minimum amount of resources required to design their virtual data center including CPU, RAM, storage and network access. Customers can then manage the amount of resources they require in near real-time, further enabling them to customize an environment ideal for their operations, while only paying for the assets they contract. NTT America also provides customers the ability to access up to an extra 25 percent worth of resources to existing environments. A full commercial launch is expected in March. Read the rest of this entry »
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Web Host News – SAN FRANCISCO — SoftLayer Technologies®, the innovative on-demand data center services provider will enable customers to take advantage of Citrix Cloud Solutions announced today at Citrix Synergy™ 2010. SoftLayer has partnered with Citrix to host the Virtual Demo Center which demonstrates how these initiatives can be implemented in SoftLayer’s infrastructure-as-a-service model.
Citrix Cloud Solutions are based on an open technology stack with deep interoperability between layers, enabling enterprises to support existing investments including third-party virtualization technologies and tools. A key solution highlighted by the Virtual Demo Center is the Citrix Cloud Solution for On-Demand Demos, which enables companies to leverage cloud computing to dynamically create customer training environments to demonstrate how a product functions.
“The Virtual Demo Center, running on SoftLayer CloudLayer™, shows the value cloud can bring to Independent Software Vendors (ISVs),” said Lance Crosby, CEO of SoftLayer. “Using the Citrix Cloud Solution for On-Demand Demos, SoftLayer can enable ISVs to stand up fully isolated Proof of Concept (PoC) environments on demand without having to burden the sales force, channel, or customers with concerns over provisioning and configuring the PoC hardware and software capacity.” Read the rest of this entry »
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Web Host News – SAN FRANCISCO — SoftLayer Technologies®, the innovative on-demand data center services provider, is providing the infrastructure support for learning labs and live demos of multiple Citrix Cloud Solutions at Citrix Synergy™ 2010. The demos are part of an environment that will provide hands-on training sessions for hundreds of attendees during the conference, showcasing Citrix virtualization and cloud technologies.
Citrix solutions running on SoftLayer infrastructure for the Citrix Synergy 2010 include:
Web Host News – DALLAS — SoftLayer Technologies®, a global provider of on-demand data center, hosting, and cloud services, today announced it is the first in its industry to offer servers featuring the new Westmere family of Intel® Xeon® processors, available immediately. Formerly referred to as the Nehalem-C series, Westmere processors feature up to six cores per chip, up to 12 threads per socket, and 12MB on-chip cache.
Key benefits include:
- Up to six-core operation (up to 12 threads per socket with Hyper-Threading)
- Turbo/Hyper-Thread enabled
- 12MB L3 CPU cache
- 3 channels of DDR3 memory
- DDR3L support
- Intel Turbo Boost optimization
- VT performance improvements Read the rest of this entry »
Web Host News – DALLAS — SoftLayer Technologies®, the innovative on-demand data center services provider, has completed the SAS 70 Type II audit for a second year. The review was conducted by an independent auditing agency and included extensive testing performed over a 12-month period. It involved all existing SoftLayer data center facilities in Dallas, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
SoftLayer’s SAS 70 data centers must maintain prescribed levels of data security and redundancy, as well as personnel controls. Specific procedures for accessing servers or data must be followed by data center staff in order; all systems access and activity must be logged, and all physical access must be highly controlled.
“A SAS 70 Type II review is an in-depth survey of a service organization’s control objectives and activities,” said Steve Kinman, Customer Service Manager for SoftLayer. “With an objective evaluation of our organization’s effectiveness in meeting our control objectives, we can continue to assure our customers the highest levels of security and reliability. It is an important step for any service organization supporting outsourced, mission-critical, and information technology services.” Read the rest of this entry »