Author Archives: Liam Eagle

About Liam Eagle

Liam Eagle has worked as a contributor to the Web Host Industry Review since its inception in 2000, and as editor since 2003. He has been editor of the WHIR's print magazine since its launch. His daily involvement in the gathering and reporting of Web hosting news and his regular interaction with Web hosting leaders gives him an uncommonly broad appreciation of the issues and tends facing the business. Through his WHIR blog, Liam spots Web hosting trends and offers opinions on the industry-wide impacts of major developments and the motivation behind big announcements. Follow him on Twitter @liameagle

Bitcoin Boom

Web hosting was one of the first industries to embrace bitcoin, and within the past two years, adoption has become even more widespread. Since 2012, web hosts including MonsterMegs, Namecheap,, and even WordPress have joined the ranks of hosting providers who accept the virtual currency. Created in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto, bitcoins are a digital currency not… Read More

State Cloud Tax

Until recent years, most states in the US allowed the sale of cloud software to go untaxed. It seems that those days may be behind us though as several states, including Vermont and Massachusetts, have either recently passed new legislation that will tack sales tax onto cloud software or are headed in that direction. On one… Read More

The Technology Evangelist and the Hosting Industry

Believing in the product is an essential part of the evangelist’s role in a hosting company. The technology evangelist is a role that has risen to prominence in the hosting industry in the last few years, particularly among the companies that supply software and services to hosting companies. While it’s not yet a concept that… Read More

Interview with Fabio Banducci, CEO, PEER 1 Hosting

WHIR: How does a deal like this transpire from the perspective of a public company? Was PEER 1 involved in soliciting the offer? Fabio Banducci: Cogeco’s advances initially were unsolicited. PEER 1 had not disclosed any intention of going into a process. That said, there is a shareholder’s agreement that… Read More

Mega, Kim Dotcom and The Hosting Business

When Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was arrested last January, it looked like a scene out of a blockbuster action film: two black helicopters carrying 76 armed police swarmed his New Zealand property, seizing nearly $20 million in assets, including 18 luxury cars. After the dramatic arrest, and with his bank accounts frozen, it seemed unlikely that… Read More

CyrusOne IPO Sees Heavy Interest

When data center REIT CyrusOne completed its IPO in January, the company made a strong case for the value of data center assets to Wall Street, ultimately pricing the offering above the range it had originally estimated, asking $19 per share, and raising roughly $314 million from the sale of 16.5 million shares. In the few weeks… Read More

A Farewell and Thank You Note from Liam Eagle

February 15, 2013 — After nearly 13 years at the Web Host Industry Review, I’ll be moving on after this week. I wanted to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt thanks to the hosting community, and to look ahead to some of the exciting things to come from the WHIR in the future. Read More

Gandi Meets Private Cloud Networking Challenge, Plans Open-Source Release

February 15, 2013 — Web hosting provider Gandi announced this week that it has released a new feature of its cloud VPS hosting services, providing customers the ability to create private VLANs based on technology developed by the company – technology Gandi says solves one of the major barriers service providers face in scaling out cloud, and which Gandi intends to release as an open-source project in the coming months. Read More

Rackspace Gets $2.5 Million Texas Job Training Grant with Alamo Colleges

February 8, 2013 — At a news conference held today in Austin, Texas, managed and cloud hosting giant Rackspace Hosting announced that, in partnership with Alamo Colleges to win a $2.5 million Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas state government’s Workforce Commission, that will be used to provide job training for 1,000 new workers, and current Rackspace employees, in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas. Read More

Data Centers Canada Updates Channel Partner Program

February 7, 2013 — Canadian data center real estate company Data Centers Canada announced on Wednesday that it has launched a channel partner program, aimed at IT resellers and other technology service providers, as well as real estate professionals. Read More

Serguei Beloussov Shares his Vision for the Future in Parallels Summit Keynote

February 6, 2013 — In one of the closing keynotes at the Parallels Summit this week in Las Vegas, founder and former CEO Serguei Beloussov delivered a presentation that, while it covered a very broad swath of topics, ultimately delivered a pretty focused message about Beloussov’s own vision, and Parallels’ vision, for the future of technology, service providers and small businesses and the role Parallels and its partners will play. Read More

Selling a Cloud Services Portfolio, with Stephanie Rowan of Parallels

February 6, 2013 — Continuing the trend of delivering information and insight into SMB purchasing decisions and cloud services demand, Parallels senior manager of market development Stephanie Rowan delivered a talk Wednesday morning providing hosting providers and other Parallels service provider partners with some ideas around creating an effective cloud services portfolio. Read More