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TWIH: Executive namings, record growth and Intel’s take on the cloud

With constant news streaming from the industry’s largest get-together at WebHostingDay 2010 in Germany this week, some of the more direct stories coming from the web hosting industry have slipped through the cracks. Take a look at the week in review with new executive namings and continued growth from the industry’s leading players – along with just a dash of WebHostingDay 2010 news.

EMC, the well-known data center storage and recovery solutions provider, announced early this week the naming of their new executive vice president and chief marketing officer in Jeremy Burton, a long-time IT industry professional with 20 years of experience. In taking over his new role, EMC hope Burton can help to bring their existing people power and technologies to a more profitable place as they push towards a future they see dominated by cloud computing.

Burton leaves behind his position as president and CEO of Serena Software and brings experience from several firms including security giant Symantec, where he acted as group president of the security and data management business unit, holding considerable sway over the the very popular and very high-revenue Enterprise Security label.

“The addition of these partners, along with strong growth from our existing customers, led to impressive revenue increases for the company in 2009. We were exceptionally pleased with the success of our Global OEM program which enables our partners to address new markets, expand their reach and grow their business at a time when many organizations are navigating through the economic downturn.” – Steve Renda, Verio senior vice president of global sales and marketing

Increases in both revenue and service offerings continue to make headlines with small-business hosting firm Verio announcing record growth this week, dating from 2009.

The numbers released by Verio highlighted a 26 percent increase in year over year revenue and also pointed out the additions of key new customers taking advantage of their offerings including several large firms from an array of industries. Included are technology and telecommunications firms in Singapore, Indonesia and Brazil, expanding the company’s worldwide footprint where distribution of its services is concerned.

Finally this week is Thursday’s keynote speech given by director of marketing for cloud computing at Intel Raejeanne Skillern, an offering from a high-level technology insider with unique insight on the future of the web hosting business. With a position at Intel that keeps her in the midst of innovative technologies aimed at helping large firms like Google and Facebook maintain and grow their cloud, Skillern is privy to the future in general technology releases from Intel that will affect web hosting firms from the very large to the very small.

Skillern’s speech centered on what web hosts can do to take advantage of the ever-increasing number of individuals connected to the internet from a range of devices and the equally large amount of new content being published online, pointing out that the need for cloud computing for small- to medium-sized businesses is only going to grow with these factors into the future.

With principles such as energy efficiency, security and simplicity in both technology and offerings playing a key role in the future, web hosts offering businesses the ability to launch, maintain and grow their own clouds with minimal hassle while themselves maintaining a cost-effective data center solution will lead the way into the future of hosting, according to Skillern.

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