Loudcloud Launches New Portal

Loudcloud, a service provider led by Netscape founder Marc Andreessen, has launched myLoudcloud, a new portal that gives the company's customers detailed information about their Web sites. Using a secure Internet connection, any Loudcloud customer can access real-time application infrastructure performance statistics and detailed Web site traffic reports. The portal, which can be personalized to fit customer needs, is available now.

"MyLoudcloud gives us access to detailed data about the performance of our systems in real time, even though Loudcloud is handling the management and hosting of our infrastructure," Chris Wong, CEO and President of SkillsVillage.com, said in a statement. "The portal also provides us with valuable information about the customers that are visiting our Web site and what areas are catching their interest."

The new portal is part of Loudcloud's Smart Cloud services, packaged "pay-as-you-go" Web-based business services, which include storage and networking equipment, software, bandwidth for online access, and around-the-clock operation and technical support. Launched in February of this year, Loudcloud offers different price structures for services, based on clients' needs, and targets companies that already have an Internet presence and venture capital backing.

The start-up has lined up some industry heavyweights as partners, including HP, Sun and Oracle, to offer customers bundles of hardware, operating systems, Web servers and e-commerce applications. The company is also working with hosting partners GlobalCenter and Exodus to support its customers' sites.