Weekend Reading: Top Web Hosting Stories, October 1 to 5, 2012

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For the week of October 1 to October 5, 2012, the big news in the web hosting industry was the news, not publicly announced by the company, that Go Daddy had killed off its cloud servers product, followed by the company releasing, later in the week, an extremely detailed account of the events leading to its much-discussed September 10 outage.

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Go Daddy Identifies Causes of September 10 Outage in Detailed Postmortem Post

October 4, 2012 — Web hosting provider Go Daddy explained the combination of events that led to the its significant and widely-covered DNS outage September 10 in a 1,500-word post to the company’s technology blog made Thursday by chief information officer Auguste Goldman, identifying a “perfect storm” combination of network failures as the cause, and dismissing again the notion that the company’s systems were hacked.

Web Host Go Daddy Quietly Kills Off Cloud Servers Business

October 2, 2012 — Just five months after officially launching a cloud server product at the beginning of May, web hosting giant Go Daddy has quietly abandoned the model, choosing instead to focus on the more traditional product the company has seen success with.

Cloud Host Rackspace Launches First OpenStack Certification Program

October 3, 2012 — Cloud hosting provider Rackspace announced on Wednesday that it has expanded its training services, including launching the first certification program for OpenStack. This news comes as OpenStack has launched Folsom, its sixth release.

New Anti-Piracy Law in Japan Prosecutes Downloaders, Could Impact ISPs

October 2, 2012 — A new anti-piracy law went into effect in Japan on Monday that would see downloaders of copyright-infringing material face up to two years in prison, or a fine of more than $25,000. According to a report by Naked Security, this copyright law could mean prosecution for a person simply viewing a pirated music video on YouTube.

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Infratel Announces MightyCall, Integrated Platform for IP Telephony, Acquires RTC Labs

October 2, 2012 — Infratel, a developer of IP telephony tools for small businesses, announced on Tuesday that it had launched MightyCall, a platform aimed at better integrating its telephony tools to be more easily offered via the hosting channel by service providers – at the same time announcing the acquisition of IP calling software firm RTC Labs.

VPS Hosting Firm Solar VPS Launches Self-Built Management Console, the SolarSystem

October 3, 2012 — Virtual private server hosting firm Solar VPS announced on Wednesday that it has officially launched a new customer-facing management console, developed in-house and known as the SolarSystem, which it describes as a “benchmark in the evolution of web hosting.”

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Solar VPS COO Ross Brouse Discusses new VPS Management Console

October 3, 2012 — VPS hosting provider Solar VPS launched its new VPS hosting automation system, the SolarSystem, a customer-facing management platform developed in-house by the company to integrate third-party tools with unique proprietary features.

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