Softlayer launches new datacenter

Sun, 28th January 2007, 02:38

Earlier this week SoftLayer Technologies announced the addition of a new datacenter designed to create maximum automation, efficiency and control in all facets of the outsourced environment. With over 500 watts per square foot and several hundred tons of cooling capacity, the new facility is created for mass deployment of infrastructure with a power rating of 12kW per rack. "Traditionally, legacy facilities average 80 to 100 watts per foot and are designed for 2kW per rack," said Lance Crosby, President and CEO of SoftLayer. "Our new facility was engineered for mass scale hosting that includes a very dense server installation."

According to Mr. Crosby, extensive design and engineering expertise went into the planning and build out of the new datacenter. "This system has been thought out, tested and retested by some of the greatest minds in the business," he said. "We want to consistently provide our customers with the best in quality and service."

Phase One of the new datacenter went online with 5,000 square feet of usable datacenter space able to house over 12,000 servers. The datacenter has a long-term capacity of over 50,000 servers in a footprint of 20,000 square feet.

Sam Fleitman, COO of SoftLayer believes that creating new generation datacenters is a necessity. "The rising challenges of the new Web 2.0 movement, virtualization, and grid technologies include keeping up with network and infrastructure requirements," he said. "Servers are smaller, faster, and hotter; SoftLayer is responding by focusing on lower voltage processors, high efficiency power supplies, and increased circulation and cooling to maximize the density of datacenter resources."

Mr. Crosby concluded, "Our goal is to stop server sprawl, wasted space and power and bring the datacenter back inline with the present and future needs of our customers. We don't waste time, money or resources and therefore, our customers don't either."


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GoDaddy Suspends Domains on Request

Fri, 26th January 2007, 20:16

In what is widely being touted as a massive over-reaction, GoDaddy suspended one of their client's domains earlier this week - Fyodor Vaskovich awoke on Wednesday with his domain suspended entirely without warning. Fyodor, creator of the popular NMAP security scanner was surprised to find his site completely down as a result of the suspension.

The domain in question - seclists.org - is a popular mailing list archive site that hosts over 250,000 pages of content. GoDaddy received demands from MySpace to remove the content due to several of the pages containing user account details for MySpace. GoDaddy promptly complied - and removed access to the domain.

Fyodor posted a lengthy statement regarding the situation on the site after it returned to service:

"I called GoDaddy several times, and all three support people I spoke with said that the abuse department doesn't take calls. They said I had email [email protected] (which I had already done 3 times) and that I could then expect a response "within 1 or two business days". Given that tens of thousands of people use SecLists.Org every day, I didn't take that well."

GoDaddy which claims to have more than 17.3 million domains under it's management, states that it holds it's self-proclaimed #1 spot by "delivering the highest quality customer service, and by always appreciating and listening to its customers!" ... (!).


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1&1 week-long mail server issues

Mon, 22nd January 2007, 03:23

1&1 recently endured a week long mail server issue as a result of an "important update" to their mail server software.

1&1 states that no e-mail has been lost however there will be continued delays in service. A representative from the company stated there are millions of queued messages awaiting their systems to process.

The maintenance was entirely planned according to Press Chief Richard Stevenson, although there doesn't appear to have been any announcements regarding it made on their site. A large number of the 1&1 clientbase appears to have been affected by the issue. Both their SMTP and POP3 services were also down throughout the situation.

1&1 offers a complete range of web services from shared hosting to dedicated. Their guarantee is the highest product quality, top security and "unshakeable reliability".


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SoftLayer Upgrades Network

Thu, 18th January 2007, 04:30

Earlier this week SoftLayer announced a multi-million dollar core network upgrade. The upgrade has taken place on two of their backbone providers, Verio and Internap.

Multiple 10-gigabit connections from each of the carriers have been upgraded and additional upgrades for the remainder of their network are planned for the first quarter of this year.

According to the President and CEO of SoftLayer, the growth of voice-over-IP telephony, large scale gaming, and streaming video have driven the need for this upgrade. “The rise of these content platforms has led to a decrease in the packet size of information transmission and therefore has decreased the capabilities of today’s legacy Internet routing equipment,” he said. “How providers choose to meet this challenge will be key.”

SoftLayer was originally started in June of 2005 was formed to deliver low cost next generation on-demand hosting services for small to medium sized businesses. The company delivers unprecedented power and control to securely manage IT environments while providing unparalleled scalability.


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Hostjury: New features & details

Sat, 13th January 2007, 15:26

I'd just like to take a few moments to discuss the upcoming features of hostjury & some of our past success with the site.

WebHostReviews.com was created in early 2006 to help fill a void in the webhosting industry.
The void was an unbiased webhosting review site that wasn't entirely filled
with advertisements, affiliate ranked items & biased articles.

As both an avid consumer & provider in the industry, I myself was always frequently traveling throughout the web looking for reviews & news regarding webhosting companies.

Each time that I had to select a new provider I had to spend days researching one. Without a central location to find all sorts of information I had to resort to utilizing search engines & forums. Rather than the ability to use one single place to obtain all of the details necessary to choose a provider.

Development began and here we are. Thousands of visitors later and WebHostReviews.com is on the verge of launching several features that will change the way information travels within the web hosting industry.

Our upcoming features & changes:

Review Editing

Available shortly all web hosting reviews will allow the original poster to make changes.
In the event that your hosting provider has improved, resolved a situation or even went down the tube: You'll be able to let everyone know.

Host profiles & review response system

All webhosting providers listed at WebHostReviews.com will soon have the ability to add web hosting coupons, sales & additional product information.

 

Providers will even have the opportunity to respond to existing reviews. Companies will have the ability to make 'web hosting offers' built specifically for WebHostReviews.com visitors on both our forums and in their profiles.

WebHostReviews.com was built to help both the provider & consumer.

New contests!

WebHostReviews.com will soon be launching several new contests. We hope to help give away reviewers several thousand dollars in web hosting related products this year alone. We also plan on launching several contests designed specifically for web hosting companies. Prizes will be included but not limited to advertising on hostjury as well as server discounts, web design and many other awesome prizes.

Web hosting interviews & other information

We'd like to make WebHostReviews.com one of the best sources of information, news, reviews & interviews. Soon we'll be launching several new articles, interviews (with both web hosting providers & clients!) & industry news. We're currently seeking out some new providers to review so if you would like your company showcased here on WebHostReviews.com be sure to send us a quick e-mail to [email protected]

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Hostjury launches new blog & features

Wed, 10th January 2007, 04:30

WebHostReviews.com launches new blog!

We've recently launched a new blog here on WebHostReviews.com. We plan to announce web hosting news, changes and articles on the hostjury blog.

With the new system we plan to help give you additional insight into the web hosting industry. Additional knowledge that will allow you to function better as a web hosting consumer or provider.

We appreciate your feeback via comments on this news item.
Welcome to the new year!


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