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Hostway Names Robert Boles CEO, Plans Product Expansion

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Hostway Corporation named Robert Boles CEO on Thursday, along with announcing plans for a major product expansion.

Boles succeeds John Martis, who becomes the company’s COO, and under them Hostway says it will broaden its IaaS offerings, as well as delivery models.

The announcement of new leadership and product expansion is the first indication of the company’s intentions since it was acquired by private equity firm Littlejohn & Co in December.

Hostway plans both internal product development and partnerships to expand hosted and cloud solutions, including a private-label, turnkey cloud reseller platform which will be announced at the upcoming Parallels Summit next week in New Orleans.

Since partnering with Parallels a year ago, Hostway has moved towards reselling cloud services to SMBs and enterprises through companies which already serve them, including integrating its public cloud with the Parallels APS.

“Hosting and cloud services are becoming increasingly critical to SMBs, and Hostway has established a solid foothold in the space,” Boles said. “The company is ideally positioned to take advantage of the ongoing move to consuming IT as a service, and we’re going to do that by offering bundled IaaS/solution packages that help SMBs streamline the sourcing process, consolidate billing, and get their own solutions to market faster.”

Boles joins Hostway from Cognizant Technology Solutions, where he was SVP of IT Infrastructure Services for the $8B global IT and business process outsourcing company. In that role, Boles led Cognizant into data center and cloud services.

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