Only a month (October 2011) after announcing a formal license distribution deal with software developer Parallels, CloudLinux announced last week that it had signed its first Preferred Partner Program client in Utah-based VPS.net. The deal makes the UK2 Group company the first web hosting company to benefit from the Preferred Partner Program’s sales and marketing efforts offered in conjunction with CloudLinux. Not only will VPS.net be able to call on CloudLinux for those marketing services, they will also have access to a variety of the organization’s technical resources including the CloudLinux repositories.
The main selling point of CloudLinux OS is its light-weight size and easily manageable footprint. Because the OS is not resource hungry it allows for virtual shared hosting with the ability to tightly control CPU usage, memory, and individual customer connections. This control allows administrators to prevent a single client from dominating the resources of a shared server, making for more efficient servers and happier customers.
CloudLinux CEO Igor Seletskiy wrote in an official press release, “The combination of the CloudLinux OS with service from VPS.net gives shared hosters ready access to deliver to their customers. The enhanced security and stability offered by CloudLinux OS provides an unmatched experience for shared hosting customers and is proven on more than 5,000 production servers running CloudLinux OS.”
VPS.net, along with its parent company, was acquired months ago by a private equity firm that subsequently decided to spin off the company’s virtual hosting system into a new cloud platform. The deal with CloudLinux fills the resulting gap and allows VPS.net customers to take full advantage of all the shared hosting features of their virtual machines.