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eApps and 4T Networks merger: Same Philosophy. Stronger Team

Mon, 19th May 2014, 16:47

eApps and 4T Networks turned heads recently with their merger, resulting in a much more robust eApps taking on the clientele and ongoing projects of 4T. We wanted to get a little insight into the merger, and see what it meant for the trajectory of the two companies. So we sat down with Richard Lingsch, President of eApps, and got to know a little bit about the two companies, and how they plan to move forward.

HJ: What led up to the merger? Was there a particular shared quality that made eApps and 4T Networks compatible?

Richard Lingsch: eApps and 4T Networks have a long standing relationship. Both companies have a data center presence in the same facility in Atlanta and have collaborated on projects over the years. Both companies share the same philosophies in terms of delivering high quality services and going above and beyond the call of duty for customers. We knew that combining our services would be a good fit, but more importantly knew that combining our personnel would result in a much stronger team.

HJ: eApps has always appeared to be an enterprise-oriented service. Now combined with 4T Networks, is eApps an option for smaller developers, or is it still focused on serving larger-scale outfits?

Richard Lingsch: Actually both companies server a wide range of customers, from developers to enterprise customers. The eApps Cloud service has a very low entry level price, less than $15 per month for a virtual cloud server, and serves over 5,000 customers in more than 125 countries. 4T Networks offers VPS hosting for the lot to medium market and a VMware service that is geared toward Enterprise customers. Our plan is twofold. First, we will continue to position the eApps OnApp based Cloud service for a world-wide base of developers, SMBs and organizations seeking a semi-managed service at a lower price point than a RackSpace or similar provider. Second, we will leverage our VMware service to serve more customers seeking a complete, well supported, Enterprise grade VMware environment, again with a value proposition that is much more favorable than what is offered by the large service providers.

HJ: What does 4T Networks bring to the future of eApps?

Richard Lingsch: A stronger team and the VMware Enterprise grade service.

HJ: Will the 4T Networks brand continue to operate, or will its customers be rolled into eApps directly?

Richard Lingsch: The company will continue under the eApps brand.

HJ: The press release discusses 4T Network’s promising Create-a-Cloud service. How will the new eApps use this service to grow as a business?

Richard Lingsch: Create-a-Cloud was developed by eApps and is a registered trademark of eApps Hosting. 4T Networks customers that are not on the VMware service will have the opportunity to take advantage of the eApps Cloud service, using the Create-A-Cloud tools. eApps, with the assistance of 4T Networks staff is currently in the process of improving the Create-A-Cloud service to make it easier to use, and with even more predictable pricing. Our products and services group is also working on new ways to leverage the Create-A-Cloud concept, to simplify the use of the Cloud service even further, make it easier to install and use middle-ware application services, while at the same time offering more sophisticated tools for resource planning and management and enhanced security.

HJ: What is the timeframe on the merger? How are things progressing for both companies?

Richard Lingsch: The merger has been completed, we are now one entity called eApps Hosting. The integration of our network and administrative systems is proceeding well and with great care so as to minimize impact on our customers.

About eApps

Since 1996, eApps Hosting has evolved into a premier provider of application hosting services. The company's staff are experts on some of the most widely used applications, which are delivered and managed using a powerful web based administration interface. Our technical expertise initially focused on Java Application Servers (Tomcat, GlassFish, JBoss, Liferay Portal) for web applications, and relational databases (MySQL, PostgreSQL). Over the years our technical skills have expanded to cover other leading programming technologies and frameworks including PHP with Zend Framework, Ruby on Rails, and Groovy and Grails. We also provide support for widely used Content Management System (CMS) applications, including Joomla!, WordPress, and Drupal.

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