For the past three years we’ve been neck deep in delivering Hyper-V Cloud servers to our customers. Since that time we’ve executed on a number of firsts and achievements in the hosting industry and we’re not stopping there.
Our Hyper-V Cloud achievements
- Became one of the first two hosting companies in the world to deliver Hyper-V Cloud servers.
- Built what was not only one of the largest all Dell Hyper-V Cloud deployments in the world but also one of the first and largest Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud deployments in the world.
- Built a highly scalable, flexibly shared hosting infrastructure for WebMatrix that runs 100% on top of Hyper-V Cloud (more details shared later).
And today we’re adding to that by announcing more firsts as we’re delivering:
- Hyper-V Cloud Pools – a new service targeted at medium sized businesses looking to offer resold Hyper-V Cloud Servers. Although, no the first to offer reseller Hyper-V clouds we’re the first to offer it as a bulk discounted solution.
- Industry’s First end-to-end Managed Hyper-V Private Cloud offering – without question we’re one of the most experienced companies in the world with Hyper-V Cloud so we’re packaging that competitive advantage and offering managed Private Hyper-V Clouds. Whether it’s enterprises looking for a hosted private cloud, ISV’s looking for a customized solution for their application or hosting providers looking to enter the cloud server business without the need for datacenter space, servers or server administrators, we’ll be able to provide the solution.
By leveraging our Datacenter presence, network vendor relationships, our hardware vendor relationships and our own expertise we’re able to deliver what is truly the first end-to-end Managed Hyper-V Private Cloud offering of this type.
We’re not stopping there though, we’re also investing in open-source! Over the past few months we’ve been hard at work with our friends at Microsoft, the folks at Austin Knowledge Group and our own team to contribute to the WebsitePanel project and are now beta testing our new Dynamic Datacenter Toolkit integrated install of WebsitePanel!
What’s all that WebsitePanel mumbo jumbo?
What’s it all mean? Well, it means you’re finally able to control your Hyper-V Cloud Server using a web based control panel. I know, I know. “Well it’s about time Jess!” and you’re absolutely right! That’s why I’ve also had a team of developers from Software Logistics, LLC (and Windows Phone MVPs) develop for us the first ever production, Hyper-V Cloud Mobile Control app and it’s available today in the Windows Phone Marketplace (sorry guys, it’s only running on Windows Phone 7 today but we’ll be delivering more soon).
My Hyper-V Cloud is available in the Marketplace today. It’s the first release and it integrates with our beta environment today but it’s there, it works and if you’re interested in trying it out just let us know.
As for the WebsitePanel application, we’re putting the finishing touches on it this week and will be putting beta customers on it in two weeks. If you have a windows cloud server and you’re interested in testing out this application, just drop us a note and we’ll get you on the list to test it out.
What’s pretty cool is from start to finish it takes about 15 minutes to bring up a new machine and it will be integrated with out signup system so machine will be delivered on the fly.
Meet us at WPC
This year, Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference will be held in Los Angeles, California. I’m fortunate that I’ve been asked to speak in two sessions.
On Monday at 3pm I’ll be sitting in a panel session: “WEB01 Panel Session: Development on the Microsoft Web Platform in an Open Source Ecosystem” With Brian Goldfarb (Microsoft), Mark Brown (Microsoft), Paul Sterling (Umbraco), Shaun Walker (DotNetNuke) and Ryan Jones (Microsoft) and we’ll discuss open-source applications and the web and the challenges facing developers today.
On Tuesday at 3pm I’ll be co-presenting in a session titled: “CHP05 Succeeding with Windows Web Hosting in an Open Source World” where I’ll help dispel myths like “Windows Hosting is expensive” and “Windows doesn’t scale as good as XYZ”.
We’ll also be exhibiting in the Microsoft Hosted Cloud Pavilion at WPC where we’ll be showcasing our new offerings for the first time (yes, you just got a sneak peek) and we’re going to be doing this little contest thing you’ll hear more about on twitter (@appliedI) next week.