Loudcloud, the web infrastructure provider set up by Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, has rolled out several initiatives for application service providers (ASPs) and companies, including a server failure recovery service.
The products include an infrastructure service called Instant ASP, which features billing, batch job scheduling and customer monitoring. Loudcloud also rolled out Global Connect, a service that provides data backup, failover control and load-balancing functionality.
Ben Horowitz, Loudcloud president and chief executive, said: "For companies to continue to flourish on the internet, the process of adding new services and global growth needs to be dramatically simplified."
Loudcloud has expanded its network to help provide backup for customers' websites through data centres in the US. A centre in London will open next month and facilities in Asia are also planned for the future. In the event of natural or electrical failure, companies will be able to restart their internet operations from centres in Silicon Valley, the US' east coast, or in the UK.
A so-called scaling technology, codenamed Rapid Restore, has also been launched which enables Loudcloud to instantaneously tap into stand-by servers to replace failed devices. According to Horowitz, Loudcloud will be able to recover many server failures in 15 minutes with complete system restoration done in a day.
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