New Loudcloud service deals with natural disaster

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Loudcloud has launched a set of new infrastructure services – ‘Global Connect’ and ‘Instant ASP’ – designed, as you might deduce, to speed global growth and the transition of software companies into application service providers.

Global Connect includes global disaster recovery. Through the use of Loudcloud’s Opsware, the company will be able to fail a customer’s Internet operations, from a Silicon Valley data center, to a data center on the East Coast or in the United Kingdom in the event of a natural or technical disaster.

“For companies to continue to flourish on the Internet, the process of adding new services and global growth needs to be dramatically simplified,” said Ben Horowitz, president of Loudcloud. “Instant ASP and Global Connect reflect the evolution and learning from working with our customers.”

Included in Instant ASP are configuration, management, billing, customer monitoring, and log management, in order to offer a software application as an Internet-based service. A new scaling technology called Rapid restore lets Loudcloud instantaneously tap into a pool of stand-by servers to replace a failed machine in a live environment. The technology helps ASP customers to offer high-availability solutions without incurring the costs of full redundancy at each tier.

Among the ASPs that have already subscribed to Loudcloud’s infrastructure services are BlackHog, Catapulse, eDeploy.com, Interelate, Mercury Interactive, StatementOne and MetaTV.

Instant ASP and Global Connect services are scheduled to debut in the market throughout Q4 2000.

Loudcloud was founded by some of the Internet’s leaders, including Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen and former Netscape/AOL executives Ben Horowitz, Tim Howes and In Sik Rhee.

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