Many of you have asked for it, so I’m happy to announce that Exchange ActiveSync is now available as an add-on enhancement. You can activate this add-on through the Control Panel.
Though Exchange ActiveSync has been supported on SmarterMail for some time, it is only now with changes to how Microsoft licenses this technology that we are able to launch this feature.
For those unfamiliar with Exchange ActiveSync, it is a protocol that has become a de facto standard to sync groupware and mobile devices. With the ActiveSync add-on, your email, contacts, calendar and tasks are synchronized between our mail servers and your mobile device (e.g. your smartphone or tablet) in real time.
ActiveSync includes synchronization support for most mobile devices on the market, including Google Android, Apple iPad and iPhone, Motorola, Nokia, HP, Samsung, LG and Windows Phones.
We know that we are a mobile society and having access to information on-the-go is increasingly important for your business and personal life. So we are glad to be able to make this feature available to help you be even more productive.
SQL 2014 has been added as a new option when you order SQL service through Control Panel and all the backup, restore, attach mdf tools are available for it as well.
While we were at it, we also added more flexibility to the DNS Manager. You can now create multiple records with the same name, edit and delete the root domain A record, create CNAMEs with the root domain name – and a lot more.
With all of the excitement over the launch of our new cloud hosting solution over at Everleap, I overlooked announcing that we have successfully renewed our Microsoft Partner Gold Hosting Competency for 2014! We are going into our 9th year of maintaining our Microsoft Gold Partner status.
Even though we’ve been announcing our Microsoft Gold Partner renewal annually, it is no small feat to continue keeping this status. Microsoft has raised the bar significantly to attain the Gold level status over the last few years.
To earn a Microsoft Gold Competency, organizations must employ more Microsoft Certified Professionals who must pass various up-to-date certification exams related to the competency, submit multiple customer references and demonstrate their commitment to customer satisfaction by participating in an annual survey and score well. There are Cloud marketing assessment tests to pass as well.
Achieving the Gold level status is an investment that we make every year because it truly shows our commitment to stay on top of Microsoft-related technologies, helps us maintain a strong relationship with Microsoft, and serves as a big differentiator among all the other hosts.
As an example of our commitment, it is through this strong relationship with Microsoft that we were able to be the first host to launch a production scalable cloud hosting solution for websites and web applications using Windows Azure Pack.
I went to HostingCon last week which took place in Miami Beach, Florida. I picked up my badge and found this yellow tag on it.
Turns out it’s HostingCon’s 10th year anniversary and I’ve been going to this event every year since it started. I was honored and felt like an old geek at the same time! I saw a handful of like geeks walking around and commiserated with some of them.
So why do I travel all the way across the U.S. to hang out with hosting competitors? It may sound strange but I like going to this event just because it’s great to check in with all the other hosting companies.
While we are all in the same hosting business, there are many different technology niches and customer segments, so all of us approach hosting at different angles. There is plenty of room for everyone and we can all learn from each other.
But what’s more important is that we all share the same issues too – be it dealing with spam, software licensing, hardware, DDoS attacks, abuse issues, and regulatory issues. Many of these issues are bigger than one host and it takes many hosts working together with other vendors to help improve things for the entire hosting segment – which also translates to making hosting work better for all customers.
In fact, HostingCon was the place that the i2Coalition first started – as an idea during a lunchtime gathering of like-minded hosting professionals a couple of years ago – at first to deal with the SOPA act in a collective way.
We decided to participate as a founding member and the organization is now helping educate our elected officials on what we do as hosting providers and how we contribute to the economy and jobs and is helping guide federal policies that affect all hosts and their customers.
Luckily, next year the event will be in San Diego which will make traveling a little easier.
Managed TFS is our premium TFS hosting solution; your own instance of Team Foundation Server on a dedicated VM all to yourself. No sharing involved. Because you’re on your own server, we can offer server-side customization that is not available with shared TFS – for example, we can install special software on the server for you. More information on hosted TFS features here.
For our Managed TFS 2013 service we offer both the TFS Basic and TFS Full configurations. TFS Basic includes source control and work item tracking (our Shared TFS Hosting service is TFS Basic). The TFS Full option adds SharePoint and Reporting.
If you are interested a Managed TFS Hosting solution, please contact us for a quote.
If you are considering a Managed TFS solution but are not 100% sure if it’s right for you or your team, you can always try the 30 day free offer for our Shared TFS hosting solution (for up to 5 users) and test it to see if the hosted TFS ALM system works for you before you commit to a managed TFS solution.