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December 31, 2012

FatCloud: Tech Partner Spotlight

We invite each of our featured SoftLayer Tech Marketplace Partners to contribute a guest post to the SoftLayer Blog, and this week, we're happy to welcome Ian Miller, CEO of FatCloud. FatCloud is a cloud-enabled application platform that allows enterprises to build, deploy and manage next-generation .NET applications.

'The Cloud' and Agility

As the CEO of a cloud-enabled application platform for the .NET community, I get the same basic question all the time: "What is the cloud?" I'm a consumer of cloud services and a supplier of software that helps customers take advantage of the cloud, so my answer to that question has evolved over the years, and I've come to realize that the cloud is fundamentally about agility. The growth, evolution and adoption of cloud technology have been fueled by businesses that don't want to worry about infrastructure and need to pivot or scale quickly as their needs change.

Because FatCloud is a consumer of cloud infrastructure from Softlayer, we are much more nimble than we'd be if we had to worry about building data centers, provisioning hardware, patching software and doing all the other time-consuming tasks that are involved in managing a server farm. My team can focus on building innovative software with confidence that the infrastructure will be ready for us on-demand when we need it. That peace of mind also happens to be one of the biggest reasons developers turn to FatCloud ... They don't want to worry about configuring the fundamental components of the platform under their applications.

Fat Cloud

Our customers trust FatCloud's software platform to help them build and scale their .NET applications more efficiently. To do this, we provide a Core Foundation of .NET WCF services that effectively provides the "plumbing" for .NET cloud computing, and we offer premium features like a a distributed NoSQL database, work queue, file storage/management system, content caching and an easy-to-use administration tool that simplifies managing the cloud for our customers. FatCloud makes developing for hundreds of servers as easy as developing for one, and to prove it, we offer a free 3-node developer edition so that potential customers can see for themselves.

FatCloud Offering

The agility of the cloud has the clearest value for a company like ours. In one heavy-duty testing month, we needed 75 additional servers online, and after that testing was over, we needed the elasticity to scale that infrastructure back down. We're able to adjust our server footprint as we balance our computing needs and work within budget constraints. Ten years ago, that would have been overwhelmingly expensive (if not impossible). Today, we're able to do it economically and in real-time. SoftLayer is helping keep FatCloud agile, and FatCloud passes that agility on to our customers.

Companies developing custom software for the cloud, mobile or web using .NET want a reliable foundation to build from, and they want to be able to bring their applications to market faster. With FatCloud, those developers can complete their projects in about half the time it would take them if they were to develop conventionally, and that speed can be a huge competitive differentiator.

The expensive "scale up" approach of buying and upgrading powerful machines for something like SQL Server is out-of-date now. The new kid in town is the "scale out" approach of using low-cost servers to expand infrastructure horizontally. You'll never run into those "scale up" hardware limitations, and you can build a dynamic, scalable and elastic application much more economically. You can be agile.

If you have questions about how FatCloud and SoftLayer make cloud-enabled .NET development easier, send us an email: sales@fatcloud.com. Our team is always happy to share the easy (and free) steps you can take to start taking advantage of the agility the cloud provides.

-Ian Miller, CEO of FatCloud

This guest blog series highlights companies in SoftLayer's Technology Partners Marketplace. These partners have built their businesses on the SoftLayer Platform, and we're excited for them to tell their stories. New partners will be added to the Marketplace each month, so stay tuned for many more come.
June 30, 2011

Having a Computer Guy in the House

This SoftLayer Blog entry actually comes to us from Kate Moseley (Age 10), daughter of VP of Network Engineering Ric Moseley.

I think it is cool that my dad is a computer guy that works for SoftLayer because he is always able to fix our computers, TVs, and anything electronic. His job is to order and fix computer networks. He also likes messing with anything technical at home including iPods, iPhones, computers, TVs, etc.

My dad is always working so hard to earn money for our family. Sometimes he's so busy emailing people at work that when you ask him a question, it's like he can't even hear you. I also think that it's cool that he gets to travel to a different state almost every month it seems like. I love going to my dad's office because I get to see what it's like working in an office with so many people in such a busy place.

My dad goes to many meetings with his boss, Lance, and the rest of the staff. When he's not at his office, he's still working really hard at home! Sometimes he stays up till 4 o'clock in the morning to help fix things at his work. One time he got a call while we were on vacation saying that a router was down at the data center and he needed to come back ASAP! So he packed up his bags and headed back to Dallas! Sometimes we don't even get to sit down and have an actual meal as a family because he always misses dinner and sometimes he's on a conference call for more than 2 hours at a time.

My dad used to work at The Planet. He and 9 other people came up with the company called "SoftLayer." SoftLayer recently merged with The Planet, and now they are one big company. His company is always getting bigger, so almost every year they have to move offices to a different location. My dad loves his job because he gets to interact with one of his favorite things: Technology. SoftLayer has given my family an opportunity to do many things in life that we would not ever have had the chance to do.

Someday I hope to be a part of SoftLayer just like my dad is today.

- Kate Moseley

If you share Kate's hope to one day be a part of the SoftLayer team, visit the SoftLayer Careers page. We have more than 50 positions available in Dallas, Houston, Washington, D.C., Seattle, San Francisco and Amsterdam. As Kate explained, SoftLayer is growing like crazy, so whether your background is in Finance, Technical Support, Facilities, Human Resources, IT, Marketing, Sales or Development, we want you to join us!

June 15, 2011

Relenta: Tech Partner Spotlight

We invite each of our featured SoftLayer Tech Marketplace Partners to contribute a guest post to the SoftLayer Blog, and this week, we're happy to welcome Dmitri Eroshenko from Relenta. In his guest post, Dmitri explains Relenta's inspiration and history to help you better understand how Relenta's online app can benefit your business.

Relenta

Company Website: http://www.relenta.com
Tech Partners Marketplace: http://www.softlayer.com/marketplace/relenta

Relenta: Get Things Done with One Click

We're all suffocating from information clutter. Our customer data and communications are scattered all over the place — multiple email accounts, social networks, CRMs and contact managers, instant messengers and chats, spreadsheets, various productivity and collaboration apps, calendars, and so on. We enter and re-enter data in different apps, which we endlessly cross-reference to reconcile discrepancies. We worry constantly that we're missing something.

At some point, we reach the threshold where pain becomes unbearable, stop and say, "There must be a better way!"

Our small software development team started working on Relenta six years ago with these very words. The idea was to take several apps our team used regularly — including email, of course — and distill them into one single program. Soon after we started building the program, we realized that by storing different types of customer records in the same backend database, we'd actually only begun the process of consolidating the information ... And that's where we started building Relenta's interface to truly streamline the process.

Instead of displaying various bits of customer information on separate screens, we created an interface that aggregated ALL data in one single activity stream. These "news feeds" provide at-a-glance views on the history of each of the customer relationships being tracked by the system. The feeds also put you in a one-click zone, from which no information is more than a single click away and no activity takes more than a single click to perform.

The rest is history. Today, Relenta is an elegant online application that lets you organize your entire customer-related life so that nothing is more than one click away.

The idea of building our platform around the one-click zone became our mantra and guiding principle. To put you into a one-click zone,
Relenta offers:

  • A unified inbox for all customer communications, including email and social network messages from LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter
  • A centralized platform for contact management, shared calendar, internal messaging, workflow management and document management
  • A built-in email marketing and email-autoresponder solution
  • A product philosophy that emphasizes disciplined process management and minimizes the number of steps it takes to get things done
  • A framework that enables asynchronous and geographically dispersed collaboration by keeping everyone and everything on the same page

As a result of this streamlined workflow, your data isn't fragmented or unnecessarily duplicated across your systems and you can be more efficient in your operations. By interlinking all communication activity between our team and each customer, we found ourselves getting twice as much work done in half the time.

If you find yourself bouncing between platforms to manage your customer relationships, Relenta might be a great fit for you. While I can talk about the value Relenta can provide and send you as many customer testimonials as you want to read, what matters is whether the app meets your needs. Check out our Live Demo and sign up for a Free Trial to put us to the test.

-Dmitri Eroshenko, Relenta

Join the one-click revolution at www.relenta.com!

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