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November 15th, 2013


Webair Expands Fully Managed Cloud Platform to Amsterdam

Webair Expands Fully Managed Cloud Platform to Amsterdam

NEW YORK, Nov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Webair, a leading provider of Cloud Hosting and Managed solutions, announced their High Availability Cloud Servers are now offered at their Amsterdam datacenter location. Designed to give clients a flexible hosting advantage that will provide true scalability, redundancy and load balancing of traffic between the United States and Europe.

Every Webair Cloud Server plan includes a free industry standard software stack pre-installed, guaranteed memory capacity and instantly upgradeable service plans.  Webair Cloud is true high availability cloud computing infrastructure that harnesses the fault tolerance of enterprise grade hardware to keep cloud servers up and running without downtime, as well as redundancy between physical nodes, SAN disks, network switches & routers.

Designed to work seamlessly with Webair Cloud Load Balancing and Cloud Storage technologies to offer unified solutions for fully load balanced cloud instance to run large websites. Traffic can even be balanced between clusters in New York and Amsterdam providing greater global performance and redundancy.

Webair’s Cloud Server solution is a fully managed hosting platform providing guaranteed resources such as CPU, memory and IOP/s and allows for Hybrid Cloud configurations in our Amsterdam facility with a mix of cloud compute, physical servers and colocated servers.  Integration with Webair’s EZPanel provides for one click upgrades allowing you to change plans with the click of a button and a reboot of your cloud server. Dedicated Cloud Servers are designed for maximum performance and fast deployment.

About Webair:

Founded in 1996, Webair is a leader in managed hosting solutions, including Managed & Secure Cloud Infrastructure. Webair offers a variety of hosting services including Public, Private & Hybrid Clouds, Dedicated Servers, Colocation, CDN and Video Streaming Solutions. Webair, headquartered in New York, operates an international network of data centers located in New York, Los Angeles, Montreal and Amsterdam.

Follow Webair on Twitter: @WebairInc and Facebook: facebook.com/WebairHosting


November 11th, 2013


FusionCloud: The Perfect Cloud Compute Cocktail of Speed, Reliability, and Flexibility

THE PERFECT CLOUD COMPUTE COCKTAIL OF SPEED, RELIABILITY, AND FLEXIBILITY

By MyHostNews.com
As the cloud moves from buzzword to mainstream, there are still issues surrounding cloud computing in regards to I/O speed. Not every app, website, or database work well in a standard cloud compute environment.

It’s no secret that disk speed has been an issue in cloud hosting environments. Large sites, databases, and other disk critical applications have instead remained on dedicated servers.

Dedicated servers present their own problems, though. Dedicated servers are:

• Slow to setup
• Expensive
• Require more man hours to maintain

Quite simply, the slower I/O of most cloud compute platforms brings many databases and I/O intense apps to a crawl. Since the inception of the cloud, limitations of cloud I/O architecture has been a roadblock to I/O heavy applications.

The benefits of migration to a cloud compute environment are numerous, and until now, most IT managers charged with managing I/O intense applications have steered clear.

The reasons for choosing the cloud to host your applications has been a no brainer for most company IT department heads. Almost all of us are familiar with the top 3:

1. Cost Savings
2. Scalability
3. Load Bursting

Now, you can add a fourth item to the list:

4. Insanely Fast I/O

Thanks to a relatively new technology, I/O is no longer an issue in a cloud compute environment. That is if your hosting provider has the ‘right’ technology in play.

The truth is, 99% of all cloud compute providers simply don’t have the resources to provide a cloud using the right technology.

You see, it’s not cheap.

Most cloud compute platforms are designed to not care about disk I/O. Mass storage is the name of the game. Most cloud providers tout mass storage as being a big bonus. If all you require is a huge amount of cheap disk space and simple HTML page delivery, these providers are perfect. However, if you care about performance, these are not the providers for you.

Enter Fusion-io.

Fusion-io is a new PCI card that provides incredible I/O performance when meshed with a cloud compute platform such as VMWare.

One such provider has been able to merge the stability and flexibility of VMWare with Fusion-io to create the perfect cocktail of speed and functionality. It’s called the FusionCloud and launched recently by Webair.com

To find out a little more about this perfect cloud compute mix of both hardware and software I sat down with Sagi Brody from Webair.com.

Chris (FindMyHost): Good afternoon, Sagi. Can you tell our readers a bit more about the FusionCloud?

Sagi (Webair): FusionCloud is a revolutionary cloud computing service designed to provide the fastest possible IOP/s and lowest latency to applications running in the cloud. IOP/s (Input/Output operations per second) is a measure of how quickly programs can read or write data to its storage medium – typically disks. Traditional cloud services are limited in their abilities to provide fast IOP/s performance thus hindering the use of specific applications in the cloud. Examples include busy database clusters, big data analytics, and file servers. Users wanting to move these applications into the cloud are therefore unable to do so or forced to spread the applications between multiple less performing cloud servers which causes considerable operational overhead, complexity, and higher costs.

FusionCloud provides more IOP/s and lower latency in a single cloud server than is achievable in most modern physical hardware configurations. This enables users to move those applications into the cloud and provider better performance than they experienced prior with more redundancy and scalability.

Chris: This sounds almost too good to be true. Can you elaborate on what the actual Fusion-io PCI card is? I know our readers are techies and would love to hear more.

Sagi: Webair’s FusionCloud service is built using the fastest possible solid state disk technology. Specifically, FusionIO PCI-X cards are utilized in our SANs for reads AND writes. FusionIO cards use the same solid state flash memory found on SSD disks. However unlike the SSD disk, they bypass the server’s disk controller which was never meant to operate at such high speeds and now cause bottleneck. Instead they connect directly to the PCI bus unleashing the full potential of the hardware. Even though SSD and FusionIO cards both utilize similar flash memory, a single FusionIO card can deliver performance at least 10-15x that of an SSD disk.

Chris: Can you give us some comparisons on the actual speed difference between a traditional cloud platform and the FusionCloud? The readers would be interested in some hard numbers so they can compare.

Sagi: Sure – Webair has been able to integrate this technology into its cloud computing platform so that each cloud server is guaranteed at least 10,000 IOP/s in a redundant and scalable way. To compare that to traditional disks, a server with a single SATA disk cannot achieve more than 100 IOP/s. A 10 disk SAS array would yield no more than 1,500 IOP/s. Furthermore – Webair FusionCloud utilizes redundant SANs that can provide these high IOP/s numbers at extremely low latency and in a redundant fashion so that the loss of a physical card or disk would not cause any downtime or degradation of service for the users.

Chris: Pretty amazing. What kind of disk storage and replication options are available to FusionCloud customers?

Sagi: The configurations are highly customizable. Users can mix and match storage tiers to applications within their cloud servers so that the correct technology is utilized for each use case. Therefore, they only need to purchase enough FusionCloud storage for their high IOP/s uses and can utilize our SAN storage or cloud storage for the their other needs. Each of these storage tiers is redundant by default, includes built in snapshots, and offers multiple options for off site or global replication.

Conclusion
Dedicated servers are more difficult and more expensive to maintain than a cloud environment.

Many have been hesitant on moving I/O heavy applications and platforms to the cloud due to slow performing disk speed. Webair’s FusionCloud solves the problem traditional cloud platforms face concerning slow performance through creative use of hardware and software.

Webair provides IT directors the best the cloud has to offer mixed with state-of-the-art disk speed to form the perfect cocktail of performance and reliability.

To learn more about FusionCloud and Webair, please visit: www.webair.com/webhosting-cloud-fusion.html

Christian Henning
Founder/CEO FindMyHost, Inc.


September 27th, 2013


Webair is here to assist Nirvanix customers

News reports have stated that Nirvanix is closing its cloud services and that current Nirvanix customers have a deadline set of October 15 to remove data. This will be a very challenging time, especially for those with large amounts of data to migrate.

Webair is here to help!

If you are currently a Nirvanix customer, you can take advantage of free data migration services to Webair Cloud Storage and also receive Cloud Storage credit of $500. For details on this special offer, contact our Sales Team today.

Why Webair?

Webair has been in business since 1996 with over 16 years of experience in hosting storage solutions. Webair’s cloud storage is a service built around a scalable cluster of storage nodes. Data is stored on all nodes and duplicated many times over across the cluster to provide extremely high speed, redundancy, and data protection.

Webair’s cloud storage architecture was designed and developed to specifically address the needs of storing, managing and accessing file-based data and other digital content. The enables businesses to create a single, shared pool of storage that can modularly scale to more several petabytes of capacity and deliver data throughput of up to 20 GB/second, achieving the type of industry-leading capacity and performance required by next generation enterprise data centers. Each modular, self-contained node contains disk capacity along with a powerful storage server, CPU, memory and network connectivity. As additional nodes are added to a cluster, all aspects of the cluster scale linearly, including capacity, throughput, memory and CPU processing power. Nodes automatically work together, harnessing their collective power into a single unified storage system.

Other Solutions

In addition to Cloud Storage, Webair has several Cloud services that can compliment your storage needs including:

Webair Public Cloud, Webair Private Cloud and Webair FusionCloud.

We look forward to helping you make a smooth transition. Call us with any questions at 866-WEBAIR-1.


August 9th, 2013


Webair is the featured cover story of the Long Island Business News

Webair breaks incubator mold

For a firm eyeing the future, Webair is remarkably well-rooted in the past. The Garden City tech company is headquartered in a a building that’s been Doubleday Publishing’s offices and JetBlue’s Flight Operations Center. But in with the new: The firm’s temperature-controlled, escorted-access, 25,000-square-foot flagship data center, dubbed “NY1,” features direct access to transatlantic fiber providing the best connection speeds to Europe of any U.S. data center.

But in an era when tech startups are considered Long Island’s last, best economic hope, Webair’s most intriguing trait may be its unique spin on the co-working phenomenon.

Within its ample offices, it hosts tech startups in search of space and mentoring, in exchange for access to the startups’ brainpower.

There are other business accelerators, but none like this: Webair has a separate, primary function and revenue source, and incubates on the side.

Software developers Interconnecta and Clerk 123 and cybersecurity firm Integris Security currently share Webair’s sprawling center, qualifying it as one of Long Island’s busiest business accelerators.

Webair moved to Garden City in 2010, creating a headquarters for  operations in Manhattan, Los Angeles, Montreal and Amsterdam. About 50 data center employees, mostly technicians, fill a cubicle-lined space that could easily accommodate twice as many, leaving plenty of room for the guest companies.

The advantages flow both ways. The startups gain access to Webair’s many trappings, including a super-secure 24/7 work environment, uninterrupted emergency power provided by dual 600-kilowatt diesel generators and the wisdom of veteran tech professionals with decades of experience.

Webair Long Island Business News Cover Story

http://libn.com/2013/08/09/webair-breaks-incubator-mold/


July 30th, 2013


Introducing EZPanel Mobile by Webair

Webair, a leading provider of Cloud Hosting and Managed solutions, announced the release of EZPanel Mobile, the newest addition to its highly popular EZPanel Control Panel provided to all Webair clients. With EZPanel Mobile, clients can instantly create and deploy cloud servers, configure SMS alerts for particular events, monitor and manage all aspects of their accounts and even chat with a technician in the datacenter 24/7 right from their smartphone.EZPanel Mobile provides you with powerful tools and support you need to centrally manage your account.  Clients can deploy IaaS resources, manage colocation space, and fully control managed cloud, physical and load balanced servers.

“With the addition of EZPanel Mobile, our customers can easily and conveniently manage all their hosting resources from its user friendly interface, from server reboots and database management to monitoring bandwidth and storage right their phone or tablet,” said Sagi Brody, CTO of Webair.

All of the features from the web based version are available in EZPanel Mobile, including one-click WordPress and Magento installs, ability to create or modify MySQL databases, management of crontabs and DNS zones.  Its easy to use management interface integrates with a number of Webair’s existing service offerings including Cloud Storage, FusionCloud, CDN services, and dedicated servers.

EZPanel Mobile was designed with ease of use in mind, written for iPhones, iPads, Androids and other mobile devices providing full control of your infrastructure anywhere, anytime.

About Webair

Webair is a leader in managed hosting solutions, including Managed & Secure Cloud Infrastructure for companies of all sizes and is recognized as a global leader in the industry. Webair offers a variety of Hosting services including Public, Private & Hybrid Clouds, Dedicated Servers, Colocation, CDN and Video Streaming Solutions. Headquartered in New York, operates an international network of data centers located in New York, Los Angeles, Montreal and Amsterdam.

Follow Webair on Twitter: @WebairInc and Facebook: facebook.com/WebairHosting.


June 19th, 2013


Webair CTO Featured Panelist at Hostingcon 2013

Webair CTO Sagi Brody featured panelist at Hostingcon 2013 in Austin Texas http://www.hostingcon.com/account/events/schedule/#inline_324 to discuss Development Hosting.  Discussions included opportunities for setting up development hosting, and the best tools available. Developers and hosts discussed the importance of stacks, balancing development, test, stage and production sites, and handling team and source code management.   It was a great success and many participants walked away with knowledge and tools to become successful in development hosting.


June 14th, 2013


Webair Updates VSYS hosting platform

Webair’s VSYS hosting platform has been updated!

We are happy to release an updated version of Webair’s VSYS hosting platform.  We have put a lot of testing into this updated platform and we hope that our customers will take advantage of the updated features.

Here are some of the highlights of this release of Webair’s VSYS hosting platform:

  • FreeBSD 9.1: FreebSD 9.1 improves on the stability, performance and security of FreeBSD 8.2
  • Apache 2.2.24: Offers a number of security updates and performance improvements
  • MySQL 5.5.31:  Offers a number of security updates as well as performance improvements
  • PHP 5.3.25:  The PHP update includes a number of security fixes from previous versions
  • Improved MySQL Backups: We are excited to offer live backups of both MyISAM tables & InnoDB tables
  • OpenSSH 6: Allows for more complex authentication mechanisms as well as fixes a number of security bugs
  • New and updated packages: We have updated numerous packages based on the updated FreeBSD ports collection
  • Improved One-Click installations: We have updated our integrations and one-click installations of Wordpress, Wowza and Magento based on customer feedback
  • Integrated Server Statistics: We are happy to include server statistics on server utilization integrated into our control panel
  • PCI Compliance testing: PCI compliance tests have been ran against our VSYS hosting platform, we offer additional testing and configuration to obtain certification.

  
We will continue to offer our customers an impeccable level of service along with an underlying platform that offers increased levels of security, reliability and performance.  We continue to be committed to the FreeBSD Operating System and the open source community as a whole.

Please contact us with any questions.

Thanks!
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March 28th, 2013


Webair Wins DailyHostNews Editors Choice Award for Cloud Service Excellence!

Webair has been announced as winner of DailyHostNews’ Editor’s Choice Award for it’s excellence in Cloud Services.

Given after a thorough evaluation of Webair’s services on various parameters, including, but not limited to representation of services in terms of ease of use for the end term user, services’ position as global market innovator, unique implementation features, scalability, speed, value for money, reliability, customer support and quality of online assistance resources; this Award recognizes the fact that  Webair’s cloud services are  most distinctive in  features and market appeal.

Scoring high on trust and reliability parameter, Webair currently provides an 100% network uptime guarantee. In addition to offering web hosting, Webair offers domain registration, website design, social media solutions, eCommerce solutions, custom programming and SEO services.

Webair Cloud Server Solutions come with various resources like  CPU, memory, network bandwidth, IOps etc. with all the single points of failure eliminated. What’s particularly impressive is the fact that Webair has cloud hosting infrastructure backed by Fusion ioMemory and provides 10,000 IOP/s per instance, which is 100 times the IOP/s performance of other solutions. This gives clients the ability to convert even the most powerful physical servers to a cloud environment; and also  puts  Webair’s  support resource intensive applications like database servers, data analytics and industrial content delivery products in an all together different league, guaranteeing excellent value for money.

Fully compatible with Linux, Windows, and BSD operating systems as either Managed or Self managed plans, Webair FusionCloud servers can be quickly upgraded to 8 CPUs, 144GB of memory, 10TB of Cloud Storage. Another  great feature about  Webair’s  Cloud services is that if any of the  base plan doesn’t fit a customer’s needs 100%, he/she can  can customize it too to meet his/her needs.

Final Verdict: Webair scores an overall “A” grade after being judged on a broad range of  parameters listed above. A reliable and dependable hosting solutions provider with 15+ years of industry experience, Webair is a clear front-runner when it comes to choosing high-speed cloud servers; and delivers nothing short of best in class services.


March 19th, 2013


Introducing ProtoCloud IaaS by Webair

Introducing ProtoCloud IaaS by Webair

NEW YORK, NY, March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Webair, a leading provider of Cloud Hosting and Managed solutions, announced ProtoCloud, the newest addition to its highly popular family of cloud hosting services. ProtoCloud is Webair’s true Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud offering. Built with scalability and availability in mind, ProtoCloud provides IaaS scalability on top of a highly available foundation. By default, and at no additional costs, ProtoCloud instances are provisioned with no single points of failure via the use of redundant & scalable computing nodes, Network infrastructure, SAN and FusionIO storage.

ProtoCloud comes with an easy to use management interface and integrates with a number of Webair’s existing service offerings including Cloud Storage, Carrier Neutral Cloud, FusionCloud, CDN services, and dedicated servers. Webair clients can interconnect ProtoCloud instances with other dedicated or virtual servers via secure internal networks to form true hybrid solutions. A RESTful API makes it convenient for customers to integrate ProtoCloud into their applications, requiring minimal administration and management.

“We’ve added ProtoCloud to our portfolio of Cloud services to provide our clients with true highly available IaaS out of the box without the complexity or the guess work it takes to build it themselves. The ability for clients to integrate ProtoCloud with various other Cloud hosting and traditional hosting services means highly customized and hybrid environments can be built to match even the most demanding needs ,” said Gerard Hiner, Executive Sales Manager at Webair.  ProtoCloud’s on-demand provisioning and utility billing models provide customers with an easy way to utilize the infrastructure for requirements such as Big Data analytics, NoSQL database workloads, load balanced web hosting and application testing/ development at a low cost resulting in excellent value for clients.

ProtoCloud integrates seamlessly with EZPanel, Webair’s popular, feature rich control panel. Customers can sign up for ProtoCloud with the click of a button and easily add additional services such as CDN, dedicated servers and FusionCloud to their account from within EZPanel.  ”Our customers can conveniently manage all their hosting resources from EZPanel’s friendly interface. Likewise, resource allocations and bandwidth can be aggregated between services and shown on the same bill. This empowers our clients with a true end-to-end solution that allows them to match use cases to the most appropriate solutions, and all under a fully managed umbrella of our ServerGenius support,” said Sagi Brody, CTO of Webair.

ProtoCloud will be launched first in Webair’s NY1 datacenter and will be expanded to Amsterdam, Los Angeles and Montreal in the coming weeks. Designed around industry standard best practices and security, ProtoCloud provides a robust computing platform that delivers on performance, convenience and reliability.

About Webair

Founded in 1996, Webair is a leader in managed hosting solutions, including Managed & Secure Cloud Infrastructure for companies of all sizes and is recognized as a global leader in the industry. Webair offers a variety of Hosting services including Public, Private & Hybrid Clouds, Dedicated Servers, Colocation, CDN and Video Streaming Solutions. Webair, headquartered in New York, operates an international network of datacenters located in New York, Los Angeles, Montreal and Amsterdam.

Follow Webair on Twitter: @WebairInc and Facebook: facebook.com/WebairHosting


February 5th, 2013


Webair Successfully Completes SSAE 16 Examination for NY1 Data Center

Webair Successfully Completes SSAE 16 Examination for NY1 Data Center

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Webair, a global leader in cloud hosting and managed services, announced today the successful completion of control procedures and compliance for its NY1 data center as verified in a Service Organization Control Report (SOC 1) prepared under the terms of SSAE 16 by independent auditing firm BrightLine CPAs & Associates, Inc.

“Not only are we devoted to our clients ever growing technological needs, but we are also focused on operating our data centers and facilities at the highest regulatory standards that our industry allows,” said John Rugolsky, Operations Manager, Webair.

SSAE 16, developed by the Auditing Standards Board (ASB) of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), replaces SAS 70, which was the standard used for reviewing service organization control processes for nearly two decades.

BrightLine CPAs & Associates, Inc, performed an independent examination and extensive testing of control activities and effectiveness at Webair’s NY1 data center, with a full assessment of:

-  Physical Security
- Operations and customer service
- Development and information technology organization
- Risk assessment monitoring

The controls addressed in SSAE 16 are those that a service organization implements to prevent, or detect and correct, errors or omissions in the information it provides to user entities. SSAE 16 report assures potential and existing clients that Webair’s policies and procedures are sound and that critical Internet services and data are secure. Webair customers can request a copy of the report, which should make it easier for them to pass their own SSAE 16 audit.

“We want these results to be accessible to all of our clients to not only show them our dedication to their success, but also, our commitment to providing the security and safety that their business deserves,” added Mr. Rugolsky.

Located in Garden City, NY, Webair’s flagship data center known as NY1 is the most secure and redundant facility east of New York City.  Strategically located 25 miles outside Manhattan, NY1 boasts the lowest network latency to Europe via direct feeds to Transatlantic fiber. Offering a full range of managed services, cloud hosting and disaster recovery suites, NY1 provides for all of a company’s Internet needs.

About Webair

Founded in 1996, Webair is a leader in managed hosting solutions, including Managed & Secure Cloud Infrastructure for companies of all sizes and is recognized as a global leader in the industry. Webair offers a variety of Hosting services including Public, Private & Hybrid Clouds, Dedicated Servers, Colocation, CDN and Video Streaming Solutions. Webair, headquartered in New York, operates an international network of datacenters located in New York, Los Angeles, Montreal and Amsterdam.

Follow Webair on Twitter: @WebairInc and Facebook: facebook.com/WebairHosting.


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