Happy Birthday ElasticHosts - we're 3!

ElasticHosts is celebrating its third birthday today. And like any three-year old, we’re pretty excited about it. There’s a lot to celebrate, because in the last three years, we’ve gone from a tiny startup to a major cloud housing provider, with data centres on two continents, a growing team, and customers around the world. We spotted the potential of the cloud market early. In fact, we were the second cloud hosting provider to launch anywhere in the world outside the US, with our beta in autumn 2008. Since then, of course, interest in cloud computing has grown phenomenally — and we’ve gone global, becoming the second-ever intercontinental cloud provider in summer 2010. Birthdays are a good time to reflect on what’s behind us and what’s still to come, so here’s a quick rundown of the ElasticHosts story.

Year 1: Development and beta

  • March 2008: ElasticHosts is founded, as Chris Webb and Richard Davies spot the potential of the cloud market and the lack of usable existing cloud services
  • November 2008: After intensive development, we launch our public beta, becoming the second public cloud outside the US
  • December 2008: We launch the ElasticHosts public API, with trademark simple syntax (tragically missing the chance to wish our customers “API New Year”)

Year 2: Full-scale commercial launch

Year 3: US launch, ElasticStack launch, expansion

  • June 2010: We tap into the American market, launching our US cloud hosting, becoming only the second intercontinental cloud
  • June 2010: Fame at last! We’re shortlisted for two awards, “Best Cloud Service” and “Best SMB Product, Service or Solution” at the Cloud Computing World Series Awards 2010 — and we win Best Cloud Service
  • June 2010: Another big moment: we launch ElasticStack to offer our (now award-winning) cloud hosting software to others, with two partners already on board
  • September 2010: We move into shiny new offices in London
  • December/January 2010: further ElasticStack expansion, with further public cloud partners launching their own services

Year 4 and beyond: the sky’s the limit

So what next for ElasticHosts? We’re in the middle of a major expansion phase, and this translates into:

  • Significant technical upgrades — over the next few months, you should see major improvements in everything from the front-end UI to backend storage
  • More datacentres in North America — we’re planning to add East and West Coast data centres to complement our existing San Antonio site
  • ElasticStack expansion — we’ll be signing new ElasticStack partners in new markets, and helping our existing partners grow

For today, though, we’re celebrating. Thanks to all our partners and customers for the past three years of support — we couldn’t have done it without you!