Monthly Archives: October 2007
|Cartika Hosting announced today it has added Microsoft SharePoint services to its reseller hosting offering, allowing resellers to provide private labeled collaborative solutions to their own customers.Toronto, Ontario October 9, 2007 — Cartika Hosting (www.cartikahosting.com), a business Web hosting provider, announced today it has added Microsoft SharePoint services to its private label reseller hosting offering, providing resellers with the ability to offer the collaborative software to their own clients.|
Cartika offers dynamic and flexible private label reseller hosting solutions, allowing resellers to sell Linux, Windows, and FreeBSD hosting. As part of the its reseller offering, Cartika also offers Dedicated Servers, ColdFusion hosting, Microsoft Exchange hosting, and now Microsoft SharePoint hosting–all managed from a central reseller interface automating every aspect of account creation, allocation and billing across the shared cluster.
|Overselling in the web hosting industry as been discussed exhaustively on company blogs, on forums/Bulletin Boards, in newsletters, etc… What really concerns me about these discussions is the lack of any consolidated information and the overall mis-information that is being distributed. Essentially, overselling is selling more of something then can actually be provided. Overselling is not unique to the web hosting industry and is readily practiced in several industries (ie telephone/cell phone providers, ISP’s, Airlines, Car Rentals, etc)|
Before I go any further, I want to make it clear that overselling on its own in the web hosting industry is not necessarily a bad thing (regardless of my personal opinions which are clearly set against this business model), IF, like in any other industry, it is managed properly, executed with enough underlying business intelligence to deliver the advertised services reliably and most importantly isn’t presented in a manner which is specifically designed to mislead and confuse the consumer. To oversell or not to oversell is a matter of preference for the provider and should be based on what sort of service a provider is trying to market and what sort of clients they are trying to attract – ie) the economics of the specific provider should determine how they manage their infrastructure and their resources. If a provider is targetting the general consumer market, responsible overselling can be a tool used to lower price points while only seeing a small statistical increase in the probability for issues in their given environment (however, they will certainly also limit their end users ability to burst and will be more stringent with regards to CPU utilization and will probably force upgrades to much more expensive, dedicated environments before otherwise might be required)