Internap Acquires Montreal-based iWeb Technologies for $145 millions

iWeb/Internap 5754iWeb Technologies, a Montreal-based web hosting company, has been acquired today for $145 million by Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP). This one of the biggest acquisitions in the year of a Canadian tech company and is a testament to the success of iWeb's founders, Eric Chouinard and Martin Leclair. Started 17 years ago at the early beginning of the Internet industry, iWeb's first success was in shared hosting catered to the french-speaking market, of course for Quebec websites but soon the French market as well. It then launched dedicated servers, which proved to be its major commercial success for years to come. iWeb was soon registered on TSX.v and at one point was considered as the Canadian Rackspace, with cheaper electricity compared to other countries, new data centers opening, and well-run operations. However, new technologies came, such as Slicehost/Linode's VPS first, and then the cloud computing wave. In recent years, iWeb   Read more…


Is your Startup Hosted in Montreal?

Hostingcon 5283Last week, I was at Hostingcon, a yearly Conference and Trade Show for Web Hosting and Cloud Service Providers, which took place in Austin, TX. I had the chance to represent iWeb and share my thoughts about How to Build a Cloud on a panel discussion with Ditlev from OnApp, Rob from Dell (also sitting on the Openstack board), Tony from Flexiant and Ryan from Microsoft on a panel that discussed the technologies, pitfalls and challenges of building a Cloud. My view on the subject was that Cloud Platforms are gaining maturity and that in order to Build a Cloud today you should build it on top of an existing platform. Whether you are going to choose Openstack, OnApp, Microsoft, Cloudstack, Flexiant, Open Nebula or another platform will mostly depend on your expertise,   Read more…


The most dedicated product owner in Montreal

The most dedicated product owner in Montreal 3793In the category of product owners, I don't think you can beat Michael Daudignon of iWeb. Most product owners have a vision of the product, and yes most are passionate, but only a few take it personally as much as Michael, who decided to sing about the joy and merriness that the Smart Server brings. With the control panel as illustrated below, Michael says you can control your server. Compared to Amazon who doesn't offer a control panel for their customers or Rackspace which has a minimalist cp, iWeb apparently will allow anyone to easily manage your server's configuration. This is in constrast to startups in Montréal who choose to take a more clinical approach to product ownership, and leave instead to the marketing team or the whole company to do all the communication (traditional or not) of the product. Here's another shot of Michael who chose to disguise as Super-smart-man,   Read more…


Upcoming: TheBugHunt with mTrip, iWeb, matchFWD and ArtSumo

Upcoming: TheBugHunt with mTrip, iWeb, matchFWD and ArtSumo 3032For those interested in application usability, and also those interested in hooking up with technology companies, a bug hunt event is scheduled this thursday July 28th, 6pm at Notman House (51 Sherbrooke west). Like in previous editions, the idea is simple: have a diverse panel of users go through your application, at the same time, and let them log bugs, comments, feedback in a common document (see previous Google doc here). It's also a unique opportunity for product owners to watch how people are using their application, validating their product roadmap or highlighting instead bugs in the interface that they need to fix. Each company is invited to participate in beer & pizza money, with a short presentation (2 to 3mn) of their application and also present what users should do, with a summary of the directions on the common document. We then have 20 minutes or so   Read more…


iWeb Technologies and MontrealTechWatch unveil special program for Montreal tech startups

banner_iweb 2892View iWeb communication View offer Montreal (QUEBEC) June 29th 2011 — iWeb Technologies, global provider of internet hosting services, and technology media site MontrealTechWatch today unveiled a program to kickstart Montréal web startups, with exclusively designed products and services. MontrealTechWatch is Montreal’s first new media site covering local technology and innovation. With a mix of blog posts and new media coverage, a strong presence in social media outlets, and itsorganization of tech-focused events such as Blitzweekend, MontrealTechWatch has developed a strong local presence amongst web developers, entrepreneurs and designers. Heri Rakotomalala, founder and main editor of MontrealTechWatch, recognized the need to support the next generation of technology entrepreneurs: “iWeb is in 150 countries and has approximately 15,000 servers in its 4 data centers. They also recently launched the SmartServer, a dedicated server with cloud features, at a competitive price. iWeb is a solid choice in server hosting, and we are   Read more…


iWeb Technologies valued at $47M, will undergo privatization

Screen shot 2011-04-18 at 11.20.45 AM 2404iWeb Technologies, one of the largest web hosting companies in Canada with four data centers, has been on TSX.V Ventures since late 2004. It also received $22M funding from Goldman Sachs over past years, to support the development of new data centers and hiring efforts. Recently, iWeb made also headlines for its R&D efforts, with the launch of the new SmartServer / SmartLayer product. Today, the company has announced that a private group has offered to buy all shares in the public company and delist it from the TSX exchange, in other words a company privatization. The unnamed group has offered $1.50 per share, which is 25% higher than the last week's iWB.V stock price, valuing it at $47M, for reported $29M yearly revenues for 2011. This is not a binding offer, but the group will have the option to match any other proposal. It has also been announced   Read more…


Fire starts near data center; 3000 servers down

Fire starts near data center; 3000 servers down 2017Last night was a test for iWeb Technologies support team. A fire broke near their iWeb-CL data center, and as a result, power supply was spotty. In such a scenario, and to prevent any sudden power outage for hosted servers, generators are started and iWeb waits for HydroQuébec to provide again regular electricity. iWeb was especially unlucky though. All generators started as expected, but one transfer switch didn't switch power as expected to one of the 3 generators; so a while later, a whole segment housing 3000 dedicated servers was off the grid. It's a web hosting company's worst scenario. In less than a second, thousands of websites, web applications and services, databases, e-commerce websites are down. A support team must then race to restart all servers, making sure that the restart process doesn't overload the power infrastructure, and finally, most servers are hopefully back a few minutes later... but the   Read more…


iWeb launches SmartServers, dedicated servers with cloud features

iWeb launches SmartServers, dedicated servers with cloud features 1993First a disclaimer: I've been involved with iWeb in the early stage of this project, in product design. I believe though that the following is a impartial review! For those who are unaware of it, iWeb is a web hosting provider, based in Montréal. They own and run their own data centers, setting them apart from the majority of hosting providers who either rent their servers or colocate them in a third-party data center. In the past years, iWeb has been growing tremendously, with double-digit growth numbers, now more than 20,000 customers, funding from Goldman Sachs, and an excellent track record in data center maintenance. They were also listed in top 10 hosting provider compagnies worldwide, in DCK, an industry reference. Hosting is a highly competitive market. Unlike most Internet markets, it's one of the rare services where customers are willing to pay and have a shopping behaviour similar   Read more…