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GoDaddy, which claims to be the world's largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, has expanded its hosting services to offer cloud servers and Bitnami-powered cloud applications in Asia. It says the new offerings are designed to help individual developers, tech entrepreneurs and IT professionals to quickly build, test and scale cloud solutions.

'The platform offers a 'pay as you go' utility billing model and the flexibility to meet the needs of customers,' GoDaddy said. 'They only pay for what they use on an hourly basis and up to a monthly limit if they choose.'

GoDaddy cloud servers are integrated with GoDaddy products such as Domains and DNS, which allows customers to manage and maintain new and existing domains and subdomains. Also, cloud server customers have full access to multiple, public facing APIs. The new cloud offering from GoDaddy is available in 26 languages and 53 markets.

GoDaddy's cloud applications are powered by Bitnami, billed as 'the leading library for open source server application deployments.' According to GoDaddy, the partnership provides one-click optimized installation for application solutions like CMS (eg WordPress and Drupal), CRM (eg Odoo and OpenERP) and eCommerce (eg OpenCart and Magento).

The new cloud servers offering is built on OpenStack and powered by purpose-built KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) virtualization. With SSDs (solid-state drives) across the board, cloud servers is claimed to offer excellent performance due to very fast input/output. The basic service starts at $HK40/month and includes 512MB memory, one core processor, 20GB SSD storage and 1TB data transfer.

GoDaddy claims to have more than 14 million customers worldwide and more than 62 million domain names under management.