LOS ANGELES, CA -- Oct 22, 2013 -- DreamHost®, a global leader in Web hosting and cloud services, today announced new usability features and even more affordable utility pricing and packages for DreamObjects™, its highly scalable, resilient, and cost-effective cloud storage service for Internet entrepreneurs and developers. DreamObjects can be used for a wide range of popular cloud storage applications including web and application file serving, web site backup and disaster recovery, as well as for persistent personal or business backup of photos, videos and important files.
Breaking the Sound Barrier in Public Cloud Storage Value
DreamObjects now offers full support for custom CNAME records, enabling customers to use their domain name of choice to link to objects stored in DreamObjects, rather than the domain name assigned by the DreamObjects system. DreamHost is a top 20 global domain registrar, so customers can easily register a new domain or manage their current domain to create new CNAME records and link them to their files in DreamObjects, all from the best-in-class DreamHost panel.
The second major feature launched enables upload of files to DreamObjects directly from the DreamHost panel using any web browser. This feature makes it easy for users to quickly upload files while working in the panel, providing an alternative option for upload in addition to the powerful desktop upload utilities from partners that DreamHost has partnered with.
DreamHost is well known for delivering great value and access to hosting and cloud services for creatives, entrepreneurs and developers worldwide. The company constantly strives to lower the cost to deliver services by contributing to and leveraging world class open source software like Ceph for storage, OpenStack for cloud computing, and WordPress for... well, WordPress!
In partnership with Inktank, DreamHost has optimized the Ceph storage software behind DreamObjects to deliver greater cost and operating efficiency. Beginning immediately, DreamHost is passing on those cost savings to customers of DreamObjects by reducing utility pricing from 7¢ per GB/mth to 5¢ per GB/mth of storage used. Bandwidth costs continue to come down worldwide, so DreamObjects' data transfer prices are also reduced from 7¢ per GB/mth to 5¢ per GB/mth, making DreamObjects one of the lowest cost per GB utility storage clouds in production. Even lower per GB pricing is available for customers with more predictable storage needs, with monthly pre-paid storage plans available for between 5¢ and less than 2¢ per GB per month, depending on the number of GB's or TB's needed.
DreamObjects is compatible with Amazon™ S3 and OpenStack Storage-based APIs, so stored files or data can be migrated easily between other object storage services and DreamObjects, or vice versa, ensuring that customers choose and use DreamObjects because of great value and performance -- not because they are locked-in by contract or technology. New customers can also sign up a 30-day free trial and get 100GB storage and 100GB data transfer out free, so they can try before they buy.
DreamObjects is an ideal cloud storage service for individual users, small businesses, web designers, and developers. Popular uses for DreamObjects range from personal and business backup of documents, files, photos and videos using powerful desktop clients like ExpanDrive™, CloudBerry™Backup, Cyberduck™, and CrossFTP™, to web and mobile application storage and web site backup. Application developers leverage DreamObjects to store and serve images, videos and web application files separately from their web hosting server and database, accelerating performance and reliability of applications using modern approaches to architecting web applications. Web site owners can create backups and archive them to DreamObjects, either through an automated script or a plug-in (i.e., WordPress), and individuals wanting to store content accessible via the Internet can take advantage of disaster recovery capabilities by storing copies of files or data in DreamObjects, to protect against damage to or loss of their local backup drive.
"In pursuing our vision for accessible and affordable cloud storage and compute services for entrepreneurs and developers worldwide, we relentlessly focus on customer requirements that empower new and innovative uses of these platforms, and deliver meaningful value and performance for customers," said Simon Anderson, CEO of DreamHost. "Our introduction of CNAME support, easy uploads from the DreamHost panel, and engineering-driven cost savings for DreamObjects are all part of our drive to enable individuals and businesses worldwide to build their dream project or business, and have fun while doing it."
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"Customers look to ExpanDrive's Strongspace product for a simple and reliable way to backup data in the cloud using open standards like SFTP and rsync," said Jeff Mancuso, CEO of ExpanDrive. "We value our relationship with DreamHost, and the DreamObjects deployment of Ceph technology with its seven 9's durability makes the service an ideal backend for Strongspace's diverse customer base."
"Simplicity, flexibility, and choice are at the heart of what we strive to provide our customers with every move we make at CloudBerry," said Alexey Serkov, CTO of CloudBerry Labs. "Aligning with DreamHost, and taking advantage of the simple integration of its DreamObjects cloud storage service with CloudBerry Managed Backup, allows us to give service providers or IT departments yet another, highly cost-effective option for backup of their important data. This is especially true with the aggressive new price points DreamHost is hitting for DreamObjects. To support this activity, CloudBerry Lab offers a 30% discount on all products to DreamObjects customers through the end of the year."
"Inktank is excited to support DreamHost's expansion of the company's Ceph-based cloud storage and cloud compute offerings," said Bryan Bogensberger, CEO of Inktank. "DreamHost is leveraging Ceph's tunable reliability, scalability and efficient manageability at scale to deliver extremely cost competitive object storage and block storage products. With Ceph at the core of its DreamObjects service, DreamHost is now aggressively proving its performance and value leadership in the cloud computing industry!"
For more information about the DreamObjects public storage cloud service, please visit the following site: http://dreamhost.com/cloud/dreamobjects
DreamHost is a leading web hosting and cloud services provider with over 375,000 customers worldwide and 1.3 million blogs, websites and apps hosted. The company offers a wide spectrum of web hosting and cloud services including Shared Hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Dedicated Server Hosting, Domain Name Registration, the cloud storage service, DreamObjects, the cloud computing service DreamCompute, and the managed WordPress service DreamPress. Please visit http://DreamHost.com for more information or follow us on twitter at @DreamHost.
Inktank is the company delivering Ceph -- the massively scalable, open source, software-defined storage system. Launched by some of the leading developers of Ceph, Inktank is dedicated to helping organizations fully leverage the transformative power of Ceph to decrease storage costs, increase operational flexibility and help free them from restrictive and expensive proprietary storage systems. Inktank provides best-in-class professional services and support offerings to enterprises, service providers, and cloud platforms. Please visit www.inktank.com for more information or follow us on Twitter at @inktank.
Ceph, The Future of Storage™, is a massively scalable, open source, software-defined storage system that runs on commodity hardware. Ceph has been developed from the ground up to deliver object, block, and file system storage in a single software platform that is self-managing, self-healing and has no single point of failure. Consuming Ceph storage is easy because it is in the mainline Linux kernel and has many userland implementations. For example, Ceph can be accessed through the kernel, via Hadoop, Samba and FUSE, via the S3 and Swift APIs, and via the OpenStack™ and Apache CloudStack cloud operating systems. Because of its open source, scalable, software defined storage architecture, Ceph is an ideal replacement for legacy storage systems and object and block storage for cloud computing environments. Please visit www.ceph.com for more information.
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