HostingCon 2009: Top 5 Must See Companies


HostingCon this year was the biggest one yet, which has become a cliché since each subsequent HostingCon is bigger than the previous. Regardless, this year saw attendance up between 10% and 15% from 2008 and with it an increase in service providers and new technologies. If you didn’t make the conference or if you did but did not manage to see everything, I have composed the top 5 must see companies.

OpenSRS – If any company at HostingCon knew how to channel Twitter it was OpenSRS. After mining through every single twitter in the #HostingCon channel we found that of the top 20 key terms OpenSRS was the ONLY company that everyone seemed to be talking about. It’s easy to see why too since the OpenSRS booth was one of the most colorful and interesting and had some of the best bells and whistles at the show. Interest however would not end at the whirring noises and pretty lights of the booth, since OpenSRS does offer one of the most comprehensive email reselling service networks in the world. So OpenSRS, visit for the Service Guy, stay for the content.

Cloudmark, Inc. – Cloudmark is one of the biggest names is spam prevention. Earlier this year, Cloudmark released their in the cloud spam filter system called CloudFilter. Since then, Cloudmark has been making a push into the hosting space. CloudFilter has been on my Top 10 technologies for 2009 and its only going to get more popular as the months go by. CloudFilter boasts 98% plus accuracy and scrubs email before it reaches the mail server reducing the impact of spam on a Host’s infrastructure. Cloudmark’s CloudFilter is a powerful tool and can be applied in just about every form of hosting.

Dasient – One of the two new faces in this Top 5 list, Dasient provides Web Anti-Malware services, which identify, quarantine, filter, or even help remove depending on what service set you purchase. At its lowest level of service, Dasient gives web developers the ability to determine if their sites have been blacklisted due to malware intrusion. In the middle tier of service, Dasient gives blacklist monitoring as well as alerting the web developer if they malware on their site and how to solve the matter. At the higher end, Dasient will do all the other stuff previously mentioned, but will automatically quarantine malicious code and filter out malware before the pages are served providing bulletproof protection. Dasient’s service can compliment any Host’s feature list and they work alongside the Host to aid in the incorporation of Dasient’s services, seamlessly.

KEMP Technologies, Inc – In their sophomore year at HostingCon, KEMP has come a long way to add better features to their load balancers. KEMP load balancers have three things going for them. They all cover the same functions as the other, more popular, load balancers and in some places do it a lot better; they cost a lot less across the board; and use less power. It’s no wonder that KEMP has been so successful with Web Hosts. All the power for a lot less.

Packet Power – The amount of power used by devices inside a data center is not just something that only Green Hosts need be concerned over. Anyone who owns their own servers should be energy conscious. Over the past few years, electrical costs and the energy needs of servers and attached devices has been climbing.  Reduction of the usage and overall price tag of monthly energy costs have been scrutinized but companies are hard pressed to find the proper tools to test if their energy cutting techniques are actually working at the device level. Packet Power solves this problem by giving users the power usage figures of every device you choose. Packet Power is easy to use and can tell Web Administrators where the problems are and if power usage policies are working.

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