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Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and VMware vSphere 5.1

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VMWare, Windows 8, Windows 2012 server and Veber

At Veber our aim is always to support the latest software, so we are delighted to introduce Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 and VMware vSphere 5.1 to our dedicated server plans. We asked the team what they thought the potential benefits of upgrading are for the B2B hosting market.

VMware vSphere 5.1 is the latest release from virtualisation platform industry leader, VMware. We have been using their software in cloud hosting for over five years and this upgrade brings the functionality bang up to date. vSphere 5.1 offers new features in storage, network, availability, security, compute, automation and management. We think that some of the key developments in the new vSphere 5.1 are the Network Health Client, vSphere Web Client and vSphere vMotion. These all make a big difference in the day to day management of our cloud hosting. Our CEO, Tim Poultney said “We are looking forward to offering a greater level of enterprise class networking functionality through the new Network Health Check and are particularly happy with the greater flexibility and robustness of the vSphere Web Client.”

As the first major update to Microsoft’s server OS since 2009, Windows Server 2012 is a welcome arrival. This software builds on a worldwide trend in cloud computing complete with the tagline ‘Built from the Cloud Up.’ We’re quite impressed with the server and the multi-server management that has been redone for the new release. Our Operations Manager, James Robinson gives his opinion on the OS’ use “Being able to view server infrastructure by role as well as by server is a key tool for us and our customers. What’s more, two key features that underpin Windows Server 2012, modularity and automation, are now starting to look more substantial. For example you can now move between Server Core and the full GUI edition by adding and removing features instead of having to completely reinstall.”

Tim our CEO says that Windows 8 is the OS that “We all love to hate”. We think that it is not to be ignored within hosting though, the system is just as important for businesses as it is for consumers – the OS offers the business to business market some solid improvements in desktop mode with its high levels of stability and security. Our operations manager, James agrees that Windows 8 can’t be ignored in the B2B market “Once you’ve accepted that for all intents and purposes Windows 8 is basically Windows 7 + 1 and runs much more like the operating systems we and our customers are becoming used to on tablets and smartphones, the intended functionality of the OS is easier to swallow. Add in the fact that Windows 8 runs quicker and more securely than before and we can’t ignore it as a runner in the B2B hosting market.”

 

To take advantage of ourknow-how of VMware vSphere 5.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, any other cloud hosting software and for business hosting, get in touch with the team today.

 

3,2,1…the launch of Python begins

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Please see below for the POBox Group’s latest PR release detailing our aims for our Python Cloud Server and Cloud Backup services which will be launched in early 2012….

Established UK ISP Veber Announces Upcoming Launch of UK Python Cloud Server & Cloud Backup Offering

With Veber as a sister company, Python has a well respected pedigree in the UK hosting industry. The goal is to make the 2012 Cloud Server and Cloud Backup services an accessible and customer focused example of this popular web hosting solution.

The staff at the POBox Group, home of established UK ISP Veber and the new Python Cloud Server and Cloud Backup venture, are very aware that the ‘Cloud‘ is currently a hotly debated topic in the web hosting industry and as such have vowed to ensure that, when launched in early 2012, Python offers an accessible and demand-appropriate service to its customers.

Tim Poultney, CEO of the POBox Group, is enthusiastic in his belief that “this computing model presents important advantages for SMEs and larger businesses in the current climate.  Those financial and logistical advantages of using a cloud-based infrastructure can only be truly realised if businesses have an understanding of what they are entering into. One of Python’s priorities is to help with that understanding. We are entering into a competitive market, take Amazon’s AWS and EC2, Virgin Media’s VPDC or Rackspace’s OpenStack project for example. The technology is growing, the awareness is growing – we aim to grow the understanding so that customers can make the right choices about computing models to suit their needs.”

Certainly, the advantages of Cloud Hosting are well-propagated: lower hardware costs, lower personnel costs and better security to name a few. When adopting this solution a business has no need to invest in expensive equipment or employ costly expert employees. In addition, security is one element where the benefits come into their own. Hardware crash? No problem, your offsite hosted data is safe in a secure, offsite location with maximum resilience.

Moreover, as James Robinson, Python’s Operations Manager, explains “this technology offers a high degree of personalisation and scalability. Customised Cloudstack software manages the virtualisation and allocates the cloud’s resources. As Cloud infrastructure is built on the tenets of scalability and adaptability the customer can increase or decrease their usage on demand instead of relying on a Veber style Dedicated Server with a fixed capacity.  Customers will pay only for the resources they use.”

Python’s offering is built on industry standard virtualisation software from VMware, with the addition of a customised Cloudstack software layer which manages all the automated infrastructure features such as high availability, resource load management, storage scaling and hardware monitoring. When asked who would benefit, Tim Poultney remarked, “Python Servers are for any company needing a flexible and secure hosting infrastructure – our expertise is already proven but we want to make this accessible to every company that needs cloud. We’ve designed Python as not only an easy to use, scalable and reliable infrastructure, but also easy for companies to understand and adapt – adding a second, third or fourth server is simple.”

If you are looking for online backup, the Disaster Recovery service will include specifications suitable for home workstations right through to larger enterprises. “We have thought carefully about the buyer personas we are aiming our service at”, says Vicki Perch Python’s Marketing Consultant, “and want to ensure that our offering is equally as accessible to a home PC user as to an SME or larger business Director. This includes the technical specification we offer as well as the cost and the support.” On the technical side, Python has been built with Windows, Mac and Linux clients and offers many advanced features such as long retention policies, full end to end encryption and multiple datasets. A full list of features will be available shortly.

Python’s services will be backed by the same marks of quality as their Veber counterparts. The Python Promise will ensure the use of branded hardware, Tier 1 UK datacentres such as Telehouse London, Tier 1 connectivity, 24/7 email support and like for like price match policy.

Python will be online in early 2012. In the meantime keep an eye on the website at http://www.python.co.uk or the POBox Group’s blog at blog.veber.co.uk to keep up to date with developments. You can also follow @veberhost on Twitter or take a look at facebook.com/veberhost. Veber continues to offer its trademark flexible and tailored approach to Dedicated Server Hosting, Cloud Hosting Services and Colocation Services.