Cloud Computing Provider, GoGrid, Moves API Specification to Creative Commons Licensing Under a ShareAlike License

San Francisco, CA (Vocus) January 20, 2009

GoGrid, the Cloud Computing division of ServePath, LLC today announced the release of its cloudcenter API OpenSpec (open specification) under the Creative Commons ShareAlike license. This allows any Cloud Computing provider to build an API based on this OpenSpec, as well as to modify, share, and republish changes to the specification itself and profit from these efforts.

This innovative move reaffirms GoGrid and ServePath’s continuing commitment to the Open Source and Open License movement as well as setting an example in establishing open standards, transparency and commonality within the Cloud Computing Marketplace. Tools written to this OpenSpec standard will control both the GoGrid cloud platform and the products of other compatible cloud computing providers.

GoGrid is simultaneously releasing the GoGrid cloudcontrol command line utility, which exercises the functionality in the cloudcenter API OpenSpec. This utility is released under the Lesser General Public License (LGPL) which enables the broadest adoption while also encouraging reuse and sharing in conjunction with the OpenSpec.

This release is in the spirit of the original IETF mission statement (RFC3935) that specifies the creation of standards based on “rough consensus and running code.” GoGrid actively encourages the support and interest of the Cloud Computing Community in further developing this OpenSpec and will be revising and working towards updating the cloudcenter API and the its OpenSpec in a manner that fosters the community, interoperability and ease of use.

“This OpenSpec for the GoGrid API shows our commitment to openness, standards and innovation in the Cloud Computing space. We’re the first Cloud vendor to actively allow other Clouds to copy our API, creating more competition while also deepening cooperation,” said Randy Bias, VP of Product Strategy of GoGrid. “This move will encourage collaboration in defining Cloud interoperability that will be important for both Cloud Computing vendors and their customers.”

Further information on the GoGrid cloudcenter API OpenSpec and license can be found at: http://wiki.gogrid.com/wiki/index.php/API

Information on the GoGrid cloudcontrol command line utility can be found at: http://wiki.gogrid.com/wiki/index.php/API:cloudcontrol

GoGrid’s Application Programming Interface (API) allows GoGrid users to programmatically control their GoGrid environments. While the existing GUI enables users to easily and quickly create complex network infrastructures, the addition of the GoGrid API provides the ability to:

skin their own GoGrid portals
retrieve real-time billing and usage information
script and chain various GoGrid commands for automation
instantly query GoGrid environments to retrieve variables about all objects
hook GoGrid functions into other computing environments or management tools
The GoGrid API is for Developers, System Administrators, SMBs, Start-ups, Web 2.0 companies and Resellers, providing them the freedom to control the GoGrid Cloud Infrastructure via the clearly documented public API. The GoGrid API uses a REST-like Query interface where queries are sent via HTTP GET or POST requests to the API server. API keys are easily generated and managed within the GoGrid portal, can have role-based access controls (RBAC) applied to them and are unlimited. The current API output formats are JSON and XML. All commands delivered via the API are immediately reflected within the GoGrid web interface. Users can, for example, build API scripts that “get” available unused IP addresses, “add” servers with the unassigned IPs, and “power” the servers up.

About GoGrid (http://www.gogrid.com):

GoGrid is the leading Cloud Computing, hosted, Internet service that delivers true “Control in the Cloud” in the form of cloudcenters. GoGrid enables system administrators, developers, IT professionals and SaaS (Software as a Service) vendors to create, deploy, and control load balanced cloud servers and complex hosted virtual server networks with full root access and administrative server control. Bringing up servers and server networks takes minutes via a unique web control panel or GoGrid’s award winning API. GoGrid delivers portal controlled servers for Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, SQL Server, ASP.NET, multiple Linux operating systems (Red Hat Enterprise and CentOS) and supports application environments like Ruby on Rails. Free f5 hardware load balancing and other features are included to give users the control of a familiar datacenter environment with the flexibility and immediate scalability of the cloud, essentially a “cloudcenter.” GoGrid won the coveted 2008 LinuxWorld Expo’s Best of Show in Product Excellence award.

About ServePath (http://www.servepath.com):

ServePath, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, is the leading managed and dedicated hosted server provider, delivering custom solutions and managed services to businesses that need powerful Internet hosting platforms for their production environments. Thousands of companies worldwide look to ServePath for its reliability, customization, and speed. ServePath has a Keynote-rated A+ network and guarantees uptime with a 10,000% guaranteed Service Level Agreement. The employee-owned company has been in business for eight years and operates its own San Francisco data center and is SAS70 Type II certified.

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PersonalWeb Announces Limited Time Program to License True Name Patent Portfolio Royalty-free to Qualified Developers

Tyler, Texas (PRWEB) November 12, 2013

PersonalWeb Technologies LLC, today announced the launch of a royalty-free license program, which is intended to give qualified software developers and technology companies a limited period to enter into a patent licensing agreement with PersonalWeb for the use of its True Name patent portfolio. Independent developers that have yet to profit financially or receive the significant economic or commercial benefits that flow from the ability to utilize the True Name patents will be eligible for use of the True Name patents on a royaltyfree basis until usage increases and license fees become applicable.

In connection with the grant of a license and based on compliance with license terms, PersonalWeb intends to waive all damages for past use for these qualified developers that participate in its program prior to its expiration on January 31, 2014. Larger commercial developers and companies that receive significant economic or commercial benefit from the True Name patents will need a license from PersonalWeb for the use of the True Name patents.

By providing small independent developers an easy and no-cost license for the use of our patents, we are able to ensure that our intellectual property rights are respected while allowing licensed developers access to our important and market-proven technology and the many efficiency benefits the True Name patents provide, said Michael Weiss, president of PersonalWeb.

PersonalWeb owns the True Name Patent Portfolio consisting of 15 issued and pending patents that are important for many elements of cloud computing, distributed search engine file systems, content addressable storage and social media, critical to the development of a wide range of established and emerging distributed computing based industries. NEC, Nexsan and Caringo are some of the most recent technology companies to enter into a licensing agreement with PersonalWeb for their prior and continued use of the True Name patents. PersonalWeb has ongoing patent infringement litigation, all initially filed in the Eastern District of Texas, against Google, YouTube, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo, HP, IBM and others.

The Royalty-Free License Program is effective immediately and will be offered until January 31, 2014 to participants determined by PersonalWeb to be qualified. The Program is not available to defendants in the ongoing litigation or to anyone who has already received a notice of infringement from PersonalWeb. For further details, visit http://www.TrueLicensing.com or contact PersonalWeb at license(at)truelicensing(dot)com.

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About PersonalWeb: PersonalWeb was established in Tyler, Texas by a team who has been responsible for creating some of the Internets most popular software and applications used by tens of millions of people worldwide. The company develops products based on its patented technology that is important for many elements of cloud computing technology, distributed search engine file systems, social media and content addressable storage. For more information, please visit http://www.personalweb.com.







Hitachi, Ltd. to License Scala SignChannel in Japan


Tokyo, Japan (PRWEB) February 23, 2011

Scala Inc. has announced that the company and Hitachi, Ltd. have reached an agreement that will provide Hitachi with an exclusive license to operate and resell Scalas SignChannel low-cost digital signage software services throughout Japan.

Hitachi is already one of Scalas larger customers, having deployed more than 5,000 Scala driven displays throughout Japan. Scalas software powers Hitachis Mediaspace digital signage ASP services, which are used by customers such as barber shops, general retail and convenience stores, shopping malls, train and subway stations, real estate chains, etc.

According to Hitachis Takeshi Enokibori, Manager of the Mediaspace division of Hitachi, Ltd., When we first saw Scalas new SignChannel software and service, we quickly realized that it would easily satisfy the needs of a new class of customers who do not require all the powerful features of the traditional Scala systems that we continue to widely deploy in Japan.

Guillaume Proux, General Manager of Scala Japan, added, It was a natural fit for Hitachi who (using Scala) already has acquired over 50 percent market share of large-scale digital signage deployments in Japan.

According to Scala CEO, Gerard Bucas, The success of Hitachi with Scala in Japan and their new investment in the SignChannel business is validating Scala’s strategy of expanding to cover more markets and price points to provide the most versatile solution spectrum for our customers around the world.

SignChannel is an online SaaS service (see: http://www.signchannel.com) that combines the simplicity of a Web 2.0 application with the power of Scalas traditional template-based composition system. It integrates all of the modern features of a digital signage system, including creation and editing of playlists, scheduling, composition of messages from templates and more. SignChannel also includes a wealth of ready-to-display licensed content such as general news, sports news, weather information and health advice, which allows anyone to set up a digital signage display without ever having to worry about where to get useful and interesting content to keep their audience engaged.

SignChannels most interesting feature is its ability to use very low-cost media players (basically an appliance) and the resultant lower total cost of ownership, ease of installation and ongoing operation. Anyone who can connect an appliance to a WiFi network can install and use SignChannel nothing else to install! With a web browser, users then simply drag and drop content into a playlist, schedule it and voila! the content plays back on all associated playback devices (see: http://www.scala.com/signchannel for more details).

Hitachi plans to launch its fully localized SignChannel services with content sourced from local Japanese content providers. Hitachi will also promote the service through its extensive sales network across Japan.

The companies have also agreed that they will jointly develop various user interface customizations to enhance the commercial potential of the service in Japan. Hitachi plans to deploy SignChannel on its own cloud server technology and will work closely with a number of Japanese manufacturers to enable them to offer SignChannel-compatible hardware devices for sale in Japan and in the rest of the world.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2009 (ended March 31, 2010) consolidated revenues totaled 8,968 billion yen (US$ 96.4 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com .

About Scala

Driving more than 500,000 screens worldwide, Scala is a leading global provider of digital signage and advertising management solutions. Scala is the worlds first connected signage company, offering the leading platform for content creation, management and distribution in digital signage networks and the first unified platform for advertising management of both traditional and digital signage networks. The company’s digital signage customers include Rabobank, IKEA, Burger King, T-Mobile, Virgin MegaStore, Warner Brothers, The Life Channel, Rikstoto, Repsol, NorgesGruppen, Audi, ECE Flatmedia, Kaufhof (Metro Group) and thousands more. Advertising management customers include CBS Outdoor, Clear Channel Outdoor and Magic Media, among others. Scala is headquartered near Philadelphia, USA, and has subsidiaries in Canada, The Netherlands, France, Norway, Germany and Japan, as well as more than 450 partners in more than 65 countries. More information is available at http://www.scala.com.

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