(Gawkwire.com) Applied Innovations, a Microsoft Gold Certified Windows hosting provider, announced today it has partnered with Microsoft Corp. to deploy 500 Hyper-V-based Managed Virtual Private Servers (VPSs) for small businesses in Microsoft’s popular WebsiteSpark Program.
The Microsoft WebsiteSpark Program ignites success in Web businesses by helping Web Professionals, from designers and developers to small business owners, to drive new business opportunities through connections with partners and customers around the world. WebsiteSpark also provides Web Professionals with free Microsoft software and solutions, as well as support and training opportunities. Through their participation in the Microsoft WebsiteSpark Program, potential partners can grow their own business and customer base by gaining exposure as a Microsoft partner and participating in an ecosystem that includes not only Web developers and designers, but also their customers.
As part of the deployment for Microsoft, Applied Innovations has not only completed one of the largest-ever single client infrastructure build-outs in its more than 10-year history, but also deployed one of the largest all-Dell hardware based deployments on Hyper-V to date.
Applied Innovations created the Hyper-V cluster exclusively with Dell hardware, including robust server configurations and a fully redundant, high-performance Storage Area Network (SAN). By using virtualization technologies, Applied Innovations was able to create a solution that comes at a mere one-fourth of the cost of a traditional, dedicated server solution.
“Virtualization technologies, which only in the past year have begun to resonate in the Windows hosting community, are key to our ability to deliver next-generation hosting solutions for today’s Web developers and Web designers. We’re able to create rapid, high-performance solutions in configurations that were simply not possible just a few years ago,” said Jess Coburn, founder and CEO of Applied Innovations. “Microsoft’s decision to select Applied Innovations reflects not only our close working relationship, but also our ability to leverage the latest in Microsoft virtualization technologies to solve pressing business needs, which has become an important competitive advantage in recent months.”
“Applied Innovation is one of our key hosting partners for the WebsiteSpark Program and has a strong ongoing relationship with Microsoft, based on a shared commitment to innovation, quality and affordability. Their usage of Hyper-V to dramatically improve value and reduce cost for their customers hosting on the Microsoft Web Platform is a great example of this partnership,” said Mark Hindsbo, General Manager of Developer & Platform Evangelism at Microsoft.
Through the Applied Innovations partnership, Microsoft will select up to 500 WebsiteSpark Program participants to additionally receive enterprise-grade managed Windows Server hosting at no cost for one year. After the first year, participants are able to renew their hosting through Applied Innovations directly at a special discounted rate. Each WebsiteSpark VPS comes fully managed and monitored by Applied Innovations, and includes a variety of other key features already available to existing customers of the company. Additionally, each WebsiteSpark VPS includes failover protection – virtually eliminating the possibility of Web site downtime in the event of a hardware failure or required system upgrade.
As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Applied Innovations works closely with Microsoft to roll-out Windows hosting-related marketing campaigns and support the software giant’s other hosting initiatives. In fact, Applied Innovations was among the first hosting companies invited to partner with Microsoft when it initially launched the WebsiteSpark Program in September 2009.
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