(The Hosting News) – Hostway Corporation, a leading provider of cloud,managed and hybrid cloud services, today released a video featuring experts from Gartner and Microsoft offering information and advice on moving big data and mission-critical applications to the cloud. Simultaneously, Hostway announced the availability of SQL Server 2012 for the host’s Windows managed hosting plans and cloud servers. The 2012 edition adds flexible deployment options across on-premise, private and public environments.
These announcements come as Hostway prepares to discuss the trend of moving big data, mission-critical and database-intensive applications to virtual environments at the Cloud Expo in New York City. Hostway discusses these trends and its explosive cloud growth in detail in a video featuring Lydia Leong, Research VP from Gartner, Aaron Hollobaugh, VP of Marketing from Hostway, Chris Samson, Senior Hosting Technology Specialist from Microsoft and Leen Kashyap, Strategy Manager – Cloud Infrastructure from Microsoft.
The video examines the evolution of the cloud from a development and testing environment to a flexible and scalable platform for mission-critical applications and data storage. Experts from each company discuss the importance of building a strong virtual infrastructure and best practices for migrating mission-critical and database-intensive applications to virtual platforms.
SMBs, Cloud Growth, and Big Data
Over the past several years, Hostway has built cloud platforms that support over 600,000 direct customers and over 2 million partnership-based customers. The growth is directly tied to Hostway’s ability to provide enterprise-class technologies and services at a price point that allows SMBs to take advantage of technologies typically reserved for large organizations.
“We provide services to companies of all sizes, but we particularly target our solutions to support the enterprise needs of fast-growth SMBs,” noted John Martis, Hostway President. “We want to stay on the pulse of innovation – and our customers are how we accomplish that. We provide access to enterprise technologies to support their fast growth and in turn, we learn from them and share in their success.”
BidAbode, a fast-growth online real estate auction website, chose Hostway’s hybrid cloud solution to support its growth. BidAbode’s reliance on a virtual environment to support its mission-critical and database-intensive applications is an example of an innovative SMB trusting a redundant, instantly scalable public cloud to support its often unpredictable infrastructure needs.
“As a startup, we hoped to grow quickly, and we are excited to be experiencing that growth,” said BidAbode CTO Jared Gallardo. “Hostway’s hybrid cloud hosting has provided the scalable infrastructure we need to support our real-time, resource-intensive auctions.”
Hostway traditional managed hosting customers are migrating to cloud hosting due to the cost savings and business benefits, namely flexibility and scalability, over purchasing and maintaining stand-alone dedicated servers. Microsoft has responded to this growing trend by creating features of SQL Server 2012 that directly enhance the ability to deploy databases in the cloud.
Microsoft SQL 2012 Optimized for Cloud
“There are substantial upgrades added to Microsoft SQL Server 2012, most notably that it’s now cloud-ready,” states Mike Robski, Vice President of Research & Development for Hostway. “Data can be synchronized between databases via the cloud, and multiple user experiences can be powered across multiple devices.”
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 is available in four main editions and includes enhancements to business intelligence, availability, disaster recovery, speed, security and role management:
- Advanced Availability and Recovery Options
Enterprise-level alternative to database mirroring and support for multiple availability replicas
- Flexible Failover Clustering Enhancements
AlwaysOn failover cluster instances, multi-subnet failover and AutoStat functionality
- Major Performance Improvements
SAP-certified for demanding workloads with 50-60% compression capabilities for growing data
- Advanced Security and Compliance
Built-in encryption capabilities and built-in IT controls including SharePoint Active Directory
- Business Intelligence (BI) Enhancements
Most recognized and deployed BI platform that reduces self-service support
With the addition of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 as a database option for the company’s Windows cloud plans, Hostway continues to develop a complete virtual platform to answer the demand of companies moving more mission-critical and database-intensive applications to the cloud.
Windows managed hosting plans and cloud servers featuring Microsoft SQL Server 2012 are available immediately by contacting Hostway at 1-866-HOSTWAY or emailing serversales(at)hostway(dot)com. Full information is available at hostway.com/microsoft-sql-server/.
About Hostway Corporation
Hostway Corporation is a leader in cloud, managed, and hybrid Hosting. Hostway delivers reliable, secure, and scalable Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solutions to over 600,000 customers worldwide. Hostway services its clients from more than 250,000 square feet of state-of-the-art data center space, spanning four continents and 12 countries. Hostway has emerged as one of the largest cloud hosting and Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers in the world due to the company’s expertise in developing secure, multi-tenant hosting environments and is committed to providing SMB’s and large enterprises with cost effective business solutions. Hostway’s core products include managed hosting, cloud hosting, and email and applications.