XMission's New Hosting Division Stackable.com Wants to Make Life Easier for Web Developers

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Stackable strives to offer a more developer-centric service that integrates the development and testing processes into web hosting.

Testing on Stackable means that developers will not experience any surprises when they deploy their site, giving them more confidence and security.

Today XMission announced the launch of its new hosting division, Stackable (stackable.com). Fully owned by Utah technology entrepreneur and XMission founder, Pete Ashdown, Stackable will allow web developers across the nation to more easily integrate web development and testing processes into hosting.

"Seeing the need for better web hosting, XMission simplified access to cloud hosting technologies like virtualization, real-time scalability, and high availability. Stackable web hosting makes scalable web hosting easy at a price that can't be beat," said XMission president and founder Pete Ashdown.

XMission started development on Stackable in 2008 after hearing many web developers express their frustrations with traditional hosting services. "We knew that developers felt dissatisfied with the traditional model, but they didn't necessarily want to put everything in the cloud either. EC2 for example can cause more deployment problems than it solves and can be very expensive," said Ashdown. Systems engineers Jason Hansen, Michael Place, and Eric Waters built Stackable in-house at XMission.

Stackable allows web developers to increase or decrease the resources provisioned for their site as demand increase or decreases. "Virtualization makes scaling much easier for the developer," said Michael Place, Senior Engineer for Stackable. "A developer can instantly add resources like memory from the Stackable control panel, and we'll only charge them for the resources used. This just isn't possible with a traditional host. Developers had to either purchase too many resources to anticipate growth, or they found themselves with too few resources when they needed them." Stackable also offers unlimited load-balancing at no additional charge.

Additionally, Stackable allows developers to test website functionality on the live server, by providing a separate testing environment and private URL. "Testing on Stackable means that developers will not experience any surprises when they deploy their site, giving them more confidence and security." According to Place, this means that developers can test and refine their website in an environment identical to that of the live server.

"With other hosts, developers never know if code developed on their workstation will work when uploaded to the hosting provider," said Place. "Stackable lets developers create multiple versions of a single website and then, with a single click, deploy a chosen version into production."

Stackable hosting starts at $35 per month for one 256MB container. All new customers who sign up for a Stackable account will receive a container for free for one month. This free container can be either 256MB or 512MB. Additional resources or containers will be billed at the advertised rate.

For additional information, visit http://www.stackable.com

About XMission
XMission is one of the oldest and most experienced Internet service companies in the United States, and Utah's leading independent Internet service provider (ISP). Headquartered in Salt Lake City, XMission provides broadband Internet connectivity, digital phone service, web and email hosting, and colocation services to residents and businesses.

In 2007, XMission became the first Internet service provider in Utah to upgrade to 100% renewable energy through Rocky Mountain Power's Blue Sky program.

XMission also proudly supports nonprofit organizations by providing free web hosting services, in-kind donations, and sponsoring community-based events and facilities, including the Salt Lake Science and Engineering Fair, Ignite Salt Lake, the Utah Arts Festival, the Utah Open Source Conference, and the Twilight Concert Series.

Detailed descriptions of XMission's services are available online at http://www.xmission.com. XMission can be reached by email at sales(at)xmission(dot)com or by phone at 877.964.7746.

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