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Platform9: Managed OpenStack SaaS Cloud Orchestration with Kubernetes

Written by: , Jul. 24, 2017

Cross-Platform Cloud Vendor Hardware Support for OpenStack & Kubernetes Cluster Servers

Platform9, a start-up company that offers managed hybrid cloud orchestration using integrated OpenStack and Kubernetes containers as a 'Software as a Service' (SaaS) product, announced a $22 million USD Series C funding round this week led by Canvas Ventures with support from Hewlett Packard, Redpoint Ventures, and Menlo Ventures. The announcement highlights a year of 360% customer growth for the company including the acquisition of key new enterprise clients like Autodesk, Sony, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Platform9 has additionally established working solutions with NetApp, Nutanix, Juniper, Dell/EMC, HPE, & other major IT corporations this year to grow cross-platform cloud interoperability on open source foundations. The company was founded by Sirish Raghuram, Madhura Maskasky, & Roopak Parikh, who all have backgrounds in technical engineering at VMware, as well as Bich Le, who created ARIES at HP Labs. Platform9 is also developing Fission, a serverless platform, and Omni, a set of extensions for OpenStack that can be used for public cloud management requirements.

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Hostinger – Good Prices and Supportive Environment for Small Businesses

Written by: , Jul. 13, 2017

Interview with Arnas Stuopelis, CEO of Hostinger

Early on, Hostinger entered the web hosting market from a different angle than other web hosting companies by ensuring that web development was available to everyone – free of charge. We had the opportunity to talk with Arnas, CEO of Hostinger, to learn how the company still sees it as its mission to provide a high quality, cheap and supportive web hosting environment for web development regardless of their level of technical skills.

Hostadvice interview with Hostinger CEO Arnas Stuopelis

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HostPapa – a One-Stop-Shop for Small and Medium Businesses

Written by: , Jul. 9, 2017

Interview with Jamie Opalchuk, CEO and founder of HostPapa

As one of the larger, more independent companies in the web hosting space, HostPapa is able to reach out to both small and medium-sized businesses alike, while keeping customer satisfaction its main priority. From its focus on green hosting, to its one-on-one customer support, this is what characterizes the company in every aspect.

I recently had the opportunity to chat with HostPapa's CEO and founder, Jamie Opalchuk. Here’s what he had to say about how he envisions the web hosting space in the future, the company goals and growth plan, and how he sees them in contrast with other hosting companies in the space.

Interview with Jamie Opalchuk, CEO and Founder at Hostpapa

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WebWerks – Experience and Stability for SMEs and the Public Sector

Written by: , Jul. 5, 2017

Interview with Suhaib Logde, Asst. Vice President of Webwerks 

"Data business center since 1996" reads the Webwerks website. While experience is definitely one of their strong points, Webwerks doesn't hesitate to start new business opportunities as well – like opening a new data center in Dubai to reach a new market in the Middle East.   I recently had the opportunity to chat with Webwerks' Assistant Vice President, Suhaib Logde, to learn how the company plans to continue to service the industry, and what the most important thing a customer should make sure he understands before buying any web hosting product.

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News from DrupalCon 2017: Developments in Decoupled Drupal & Ecommerce

Written by: , Jun. 27, 2017

Acquia Releases the Reservoir Distribution for Decoupled Drupal & OpenEDU for Online Learning

DrupalCon North America, the largest and most important annual convention for Drupal developers, took place this year in Baltimore (April 24-28, 2017) with Drupal founder and Acquia CTO Dries Buytaert delivering the keynote address. One of the new innovations in the Drupal platform that received a lot of attention at the convention was the advancement of various strategies for decoupling Drupal in order to separate the frontend and backend processes in a manner that allows for content to be streamed to multiple devices via APIs, overriding the standard theme-driven system of publication. Use of JSON API & OpenAPI, as implemented in the recent Reservoir distribution from Acquia for decoupled Drupal installs, can turn the Drupal CMS into a publishing engine that can be used with IoT devices, augmented reality applications, voice recognition systems like Alexa, fitness wearables, AI chatbots, and other next-generation software platforms that extend beyond the web browser. The 2017 DrupalCon featured 12 main session tracks with 175+ seminars & featured speakers, as well as a convention hall with thousands of IT company booths, all representing the vibrancy of Drupal's open source development community.

 


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