|By Rob Brooks-Bilson||
|September 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT||
ColdFusion developers are faced with lots of choices when trying to find a ColdFusion hosting service that meets their needs. It can be tough locating a host that offers the right combination of features, service, and support at a price that's right for a variety of developers. In the March 2003 issue (CFDJ, Vol. 5, issue 3), we conducted our first interview with a ColdFusion hosting provider. This month, we interview Edgewebhosting.net CEO Vlad A. Friedman for the skinny on his company's ColdFusion hosting services.
CFDJ: Tell us a little bit about your company. How did you get
started in the hosting business?
Friedman: Edgewebhosting.net was started almost 5 years ago as a division of ACS&S, Inc., a 12-year-old systems integration and consulting firm. As our consulting arm grew into development of Web technologies, we started utilizing the services of several hosting companies for our clients. After a relatively short time, we realized there was a great divide in the marketplace between the service providers and ColdFusion developers (their customers).
Few if any of these companies offered what we would have considered quality hosting and support services, and most treated their customers quite poorly. At that point we began to offer hosting services with service-level agreements and a quality of service and support that we felt customers deserved. ACS&S was retitled and Edgewebhosting.net was born. Our growth was paced and managed effectively to completely remove any dependencies on outside funding. This has allowed us to maintain high quality of service even through tumultuous financial markets, as most of our competitors continue to lose staff and resources. After 5 years, we have grown and built a state-of-the-art data center facility that hosts tens of thousands of Web sites, and allows us to effectively handle our exceptional growth rate, which has exceeded 80% per year.
CFDJ: Why ColdFusion hosting?
Friedman: We chose ColdFusion for several reasons. First, we already had a staff of developers that were familiar with the product. Second, ASP was not yet a mature development environment. Last, we felt that we could provide better service than any other provider in the marketplace since we already had the in-house talent to provide support services. Originally, our goal was to bring in more consulting business via the relationships we built with the clients. Over time we learned that our original premise was flawed. There were so many developers upset with the service they received from their hosting providers that they swarmed into our data center. Now, hosting has become the primary service that we offer, accounting for over 85% of the company's revenue. Developers now encompass over 90% of our clientele, and consulting has become just a convenience service that we offer to a few select long-term clients.
CFDJ: What version(s) of ColdFusion do you support?
Friedman: We offer ColdFusion 5, ColdFusion MX, as well as ASP and .NET hosting. We are also investigating additional opportunities to potentially begin offering BlueDragon hosting.
CFDJ: What do you feel separates you from other companies that offer
Friedman: I would say it's our focus and tools specifically designed for developers and resellers. Our primary goal as part of our mission statement is to provide our customers with the best service experience they have ever received from any IT company, no exceptions. This is the primary goal of every engineer on our support team. Every call into our support center is answered by either a Level 3 CF developer or NOC (Network Operations Center) engineer. There are never any confusing phone trees or trainees answering calls in our facility.
Although none of us is perfect, our Real-Time Error Notification service allows our developer customers to appear that way. Our servers deliver real-time information to developers on all errors that occur on their customers' Web sites, including the page, refer, error, all CGI variables, browser, and several other useful tidbits of information necessary to debug coding errors. That way, problems can be corrected before the customer even knows about them.
We've developed a unique technology called The ColdFusion Self-Healer, which runs on every server in our facility. It monitors for a number of different ColdFusion and IIS problems, and automatically resolves 90% of them with no human interaction in 60 seconds or less. In these scenarios, most problems are resolved before a user even has the opportunity to pick up the phone and call to report a problem.
Our support system has been developed from the ground up with developers in mind. It allows for multiple technicians/developers/site owners to manage all of their sites, configuration, and support tickets from one console. One central administrator can monitor all of their sites, as well as tickets for all of the developers with access to each of the sites.
Our reseller plans allow developers to start receiving up to 50% discounts off our retail prices almost immediately, as compared to the 10-20 required accounts with some of our competitors. This compensates developers for the time they already spend with their clients handling Level 1 support tasks.
We have always believed that resellers and developers are our most important customers, and they have been the essential key to our growth. One of the keys in providing reliable service in a shared environment is not overutilizing your servers or infrastructure. Even on our entry-level CF accounts, we place no more than 65 Web sites per server. This ensures that the appropriate server resources are always available to our customers when they need them.
Many of our clients utilize our managed CF dedicated servers. This allows them to operate on a dedicated high-end platform without the knowledge and experience necessary to operate their own server. All backups, DNS, statistics, security patches, security management, e-mail, along with a number of other tasks, are handled by our NOC engineers, freeing our customers to focus on their greatest strengths: acquiring new clients and coding CF applications.
Our robust facility, powered by Cisco with N+1 redundancy built in, serves as a stable base of operations that achieves 99.998% network uptime for our clients. With advanced GlobalRoute technology, we can even automatically reroute traffic around most Internet brownouts, providing unsurpassed traffic delivery.
CFDJ: In terms of hosting ColdFusion sites, what aspect do you find
Friedman: The most challenging yet fun aspect of hosting is diving into our customers' code (at their request) to troubleshoot an issue. We are often asked to determine the cause of performance-related issues caused by coding or design problems. It's quite stimulating to get a grasp on a customer's application architecture (that they may have spent years developing), in a relatively short time frame, and offer design and implementation suggestions that can often double or even triple performance.
CFDJ: Can you give our readers an overview of the types of hosting
plans you offer, as well as the costs?
Friedman: Our entry-level shared ColdFusion account, Expert CFM plan starts at $49.95 retail ($24.95 for resellers/developers) per month. It includes CF 5 or MX, 75Mb of disk space, real-time Web statistics, and e-mail with POP3, IMAP, SMTP, and Webmail, as well as a wealth of additional features. As requirements grow, our Master CFM account at $99.95 ($49.95 for resellers/developers) per month includes 200Mb Web and 200Mb SQL Server 2000 space, SSL, and additional e-mail accounts. At our highest shared level, Semi-Private Service at $249.95 ($124.95 for resellers/developers) per month, we place only six Web sites per machine, allowing for the greatest reliability and flexibility for high-traffic sites.
CFDJ: If you could ask Macromedia for one enhancement to ColdFusion
that would make your life as a hosting provider easier, what would it
Friedman: Instead of requesting a technical enhancement, I would ask Macromedia to spend its resources to provide better support and help the CF community grow. We believe strongly in ColdFusion as a platform and in Macromedia as a leader in Web technology, but for CF to grow and succeed there needs to be a large base of developers who understand both the benefits and the implementation of CF technology. This is the reason we provide free hosting to so many CFUGs and CF community Web sites. The larger and more educated the developer base, the larger the opportunities in the marketplace. Remember, most often, the technologists, not management, drive architecture decisions.
CFDJ: Who can readers contact for more information, or to open an account?
Friedman: Readers can contact our sales department at 888-428-2752, e-mail [email protected], or just go to our Web site at http://edgewebhosting.net to read more about what types of services we offer. Our engineers are always ready and able to answer your questions.
The BPM world is going through some evolution or changes where traditional business process management solutions really have nowhere to go in terms of development of the road map. In this demo at 15th Cloud Expo, Kyle Hansen, Director of Professional Services at AgilePoint, shows AgilePoint’s unique approach to dealing with this market circumstance by developing a rapid application composition or development framework.
Dec. 22, 2014 11:00 AM EST Reads: 1,428
SYS-CON Events announced today that Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network and cloud communications, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN), a FORTUNE 500 and S&P 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company also offers broadband, phone and digital TV services to consumers primarily in rural areas.
Dec. 22, 2014 11:00 AM EST Reads: 2,333
The Internet of Things is not new. Historically, smart businesses have used its basic concept of leveraging data to drive better decision making and have capitalized on those insights to realize additional revenue opportunities. So, what has changed to make the Internet of Things one of the hottest topics in tech? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Gray, Director, Embedded and Internet of Things, discussed the underlying factors that are driving the economics of intelligent systems. Discover how hardware commoditization, the ubiquitous nature of connectivity, and the emergence of Big Data a...
Dec. 21, 2014 02:00 PM EST Reads: 2,410
"BSQUARE is in the business of selling software solutions for smart connected devices. It's obvious that IoT has moved from being a technology to being a fundamental part of business, and in the last 18 months people have said let's figure out how to do it and let's put some focus on it, " explained Dave Wagstaff, VP & Chief Architect, at BSQUARE Corporation, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 21, 2014 01:00 PM EST Reads: 2,020
The major cloud platforms defy a simple, side-by-side analysis. Each of the major IaaS public-cloud platforms offers their own unique strengths and functionality. Options for on-site private cloud are diverse as well, and must be designed and deployed while taking existing legacy architecture and infrastructure into account. Then the reality is that most enterprises are embarking on a hybrid cloud strategy and programs. In this Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo (http://www.CloudComputingExpo.com), moderated by Ashar Baig, Research Director, Cloud, at Gigaom Research, Nate Gordon, Director of T...
Dec. 21, 2014 11:30 AM EST Reads: 2,435
SYS-CON Events announced today that IDenticard will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. IDenticard™ is the security division of Brady Corp (NYSE: BRC), a $1.5 billion manufacturer of identification products. We have small-company values with the strength and stability of a major corporation. IDenticard offers local sales, support and service to our customers across the United States and Canada. Our partner network encompasses some 300 of the world's leading systems integrators and security s...
Dec. 21, 2014 10:00 AM EST Reads: 2,174
ARMONK, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is bringing a greater level of control, security and flexibility to cloud-based application development and delivery with a single-tenant version of Bluemix, IBM's platform-as-a-service. The new platform enables developers to build ap...
Dec. 21, 2014 06:15 AM EST Reads: 2,144
“In the past year we've seen a lot of stabilization of WebRTC. You can now use it in production with a far greater degree of certainty. A lot of the real developments in the past year have been in things like the data channel, which will enable a whole new type of application," explained Peter Dunkley, Technical Director at Acision, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 20, 2014 08:00 AM EST Reads: 1,424
DevOps Summit 2015 New York, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that it is now accepting Keynote Proposals. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.
Dec. 18, 2014 09:45 PM EST Reads: 1,279
"People are a lot more knowledgeable about APIs now. There are two types of people who work with APIs - IT people who want to use APIs for something internal and the product managers who want to do something outside APIs for people to connect to them," explained Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at SOA Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 18, 2014 09:00 AM EST Reads: 1,397
Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa, at more than US$500 billion, and ranks 23rd in the world. A recent re-evaluation of Nigeria's true economic size doubled the previous estimate, and brought it well ahead of South Africa, which is a member (unlike Nigeria) of the G20 club for political as well as economic reasons. Nigeria's economy can be said to be quite diverse from one point of view, but heavily dependent on oil and gas at the same time. Oil and natural gas account for about 15% of Nigera's overall economy, but traditionally represent more than 90% of the country's exports and as...
Dec. 18, 2014 06:00 AM EST Reads: 955
The Internet of Things is a misnomer. That implies that everything is on the Internet, and that simply should not be - especially for things that are blurring the line between medical devices that stimulate like a pacemaker and quantified self-sensors like a pedometer or pulse tracker. The mesh of things that we manage must be segmented into zones of trust for sensing data, transmitting data, receiving command and control administrative changes, and peer-to-peer mesh messaging. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ryan Bagnulo, Solution Architect / Software Engineer at SOA Software, focused on desi...
Dec. 17, 2014 11:15 PM EST Reads: 1,451
"At our booth we are showing how to provide trust in the Internet of Things. Trust is where everything starts to become secure and trustworthy. Now with the scaling of the Internet of Things it becomes an interesting question – I've heard numbers from 200 billion devices next year up to a trillion in the next 10 to 15 years," explained Johannes Lintzen, Vice President of Sales at Utimaco, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 17, 2014 11:00 PM EST Reads: 1,499
"For over 25 years we have been working with a lot of enterprise customers and we have seen how companies create applications. And now that we have moved to cloud computing, mobile, social and the Internet of Things, we see that the market needs a new way of creating applications," stated Jesse Shiah, CEO, President and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 17, 2014 08:00 PM EST Reads: 1,466
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built to optimize Microsoft workloads, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Gridstore™ is the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built for Microsoft workloads and designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Gridstore’s hyper-converged infrastructure is the industry’s first all flash version of HyperConverged Appliances that include both compute and storag...
Dec. 17, 2014 06:30 PM EST Reads: 1,417
Today’s enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices. To retrofit existing programs across all these devices using traditional programming methods is very costly and time consuming – often prohibitively so. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., discussed how you can create applications that run on all mobile devices as well as laptops and desktops using a visual drag-and-drop application – and eForms-buildi...
Dec. 17, 2014 11:45 AM EST Reads: 1,578
We certainly live in interesting technological times. And no more interesting than the current competing IoT standards for connectivity. Various standards bodies, approaches, and ecosystems are vying for mindshare and positioning for a competitive edge. It is clear that when the dust settles, we will have new protocols, evolved protocols, that will change the way we interact with devices and infrastructure. We will also have evolved web protocols, like HTTP/2, that will be changing the very core of our infrastructures. At the same time, we have old approaches made new again like micro-services...
Dec. 16, 2014 11:45 PM EST Reads: 1,428
Code Halos - aka "digital fingerprints" - are the key organizing principle to understand a) how dumb things become smart and b) how to monetize this dynamic. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Brown, AVP, Center for the Future of Work at Cognizant Technology Solutions, outlined research, analysis and recommendations from his recently published book on this phenomena on the way leading edge organizations like GE and Disney are unlocking the Internet of Things opportunity and what steps your organization should be taking to position itself for the next platform of digital competition.
Dec. 15, 2014 11:45 PM EST Reads: 1,786
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
Dec. 15, 2014 10:30 AM EST Reads: 6,938
As the Internet of Things unfolds, mobile and wearable devices are blurring the line between physical and digital, integrating ever more closely with our interests, our routines, our daily lives. Contextual computing and smart, sensor-equipped spaces bring the potential to walk through a world that recognizes us and responds accordingly. We become continuous transmitters and receivers of data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Andrew Bolwell, Director of Innovation for HP's Printing and Personal Systems Group, discussed how key attributes of mobile technology – touch input, sensors, social, and ...
Dec. 15, 2014 10:00 AM EST Reads: 1,999