(The Hosting News) – RackHigh, a Middle East leader in highly automated bare metal and cloud infrastructure, today announced a substantial upgrade to its stable of bare metal Saudi Arabia dedicated servers. By updating the dedicated server lineup, the company hopes to help customers get better performance by taking advantage of the latest and greatest hardware available.
The new server line is a significant shift forward and presents the option for a higher level of performance and scalability to RackHigh’s clients. As part of this new change, customers will always have access to the latest server hardware in an easy to use and understand pricing structure. Within these models, Intel’s versioning concept has been put into play. To put it simply, versioning gives customers access to bleeding edge hardware as well as more economical options, while keeping hardware complexity low. This makes it easier for customers to find the latest hardware, and also highlights older versions that offer a better value for customers who may opt for more included RAM and storage space included at no extra charge.
“This product line makeover marks a really big day for RackHigh as we now give customers access to not only a simplified pricing structure, but more importantly continued access to the latest and greatest processors from Intel.” said Mazhar ‘Udail Basara, RackHigh’s Executive Vice President, Sales & Enterprise Solutions.
RackHigh has always been primarily concerned with providing superior customer service, which is one of the reasons this upgrade has been initiated. The company prides itself on treating each customer as an individual with unique needs that should be respected.
“These 16 different server configurations all add up to create a well-rounded server portfolio,” said Shafiq Ur Rehman, RackHigh Founder and CEO. “By streamlining our servers we can ensure that customers receive the best performance for their needs and by elimination the complexity and confusion involved in having a lot of server models, our customers can receive superior, focused service.”
RackHigh is a dedicated server and cloud hosting company in the Saudi Arabia that offers highly scalable, automated, on-demand infrastructure and value added services to both end-users and resellers. With clients in 120 countries, three geographically dispersed Saudi Arabian-based data centers and a new facility in Los Angeles, CA; RackHigh provides dedicated, cloud, and managed services to more than 2,000 customers with 2,500+ servers online. RackHigh delivers state-of-the-art resources and services with industry-leading deployment time and custom support.
(The Hosting News) – On Thursday Colorado based bandwidth infrastructure company, Zayo, announced that it had acquired CoreXchange through its zColo division, states a press release from Zayo.
The $17.5 million purchase of the Dallas based data center and bandwidth firm will add another new data center for zColo, totaling to more than 18,000 square feet of data center space.
zColo intends to integrate CoreXchange’s online presence, ColoUnlimited, to Zayo’s Tranzact Internet Portal, enabling customers to add services and products.
Adding this new facility expands Zayo’s presence in the Dallas area, where its footprint already spans to more than 500 route miles and over 250 on-net buildings.
“Dallas is one of the world’s leading corporate headquarter hubs and has seen tremendous growth in the high tech and energy fields,” said Chris Morley, president at Zayo Group. “Expanding the zColo footprint not only provides more alternatives for colocation in the Dallas market, but provides easier access for customers to tap into Zayo’s international Bandwidth Infrastructure footprint.”
This acquisition brings Zayo’s total data center count to 27 locations across the U.S.
(The Hosting News) – Waterloo Managed Software Services USA Inc (WatServ) announced today that it has reached an agreement with a large North American distribution company to provide hosted Cloud Computing services for Microsoft Dynamics AX2012R3.
“This hosted Cloud Computing solution provides the customer with the ability to evaluate the new R3 version of Dynamics AX2012 with lower risk, greater speed and without significant investment compared to running the pilot on premise,” said John Robb, WatServ’s Vice President of Marketing. “The new version is not available to the public yet which makes WatServ one of the first hosting companies in the world that will have experience with managing the latest release of Microsoft Dynamics AX.”
“WatServ is pleased to be working with this customer and Microsoft Consulting Services on this engagement,” said Tom Doerner, President of WatServ. “This engagement will advance our market-leading depth of skill and experience with managing large global deployments of Dynamics AX.”
WatServ is one of the world’s largest, most experienced providers of Cloud Computing services for hosted Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM solutions. For more information, please visit http://www.watserv.comor email info(at)watserv(dot)com or call 1-866-531-2598.
Orion is an Ontario-based company dedicated to connecting and supporting research, education and innovation customers through leadership and critical infrastructure. Orion boasts one of the fastest research and education networks in the world which enables users to be connected to a world of possibilities. When it was time to partner with a cloud solution provider, Stage2Data was chosen as one of the successful vendors based on the strength of their suite of products and services.
During the announcement late last week, Stage2Data CEO, Jeff Collier stated, “Our team of experts will be deploying physical infrastructure on Orion’s network which will add value to customers and team members alike. We are proud to be partnering with such an extraordinary organization and we look forward to helping ensure their data security and protection.”
Orion’s CEO and President Darin Graham echoed the sentiments of Stage2Data saying, “Stage2Data aligns perfectly with Orion’s focus on providing cost-effective, easy-to-use services for our connected institutions.” Graham added, “This partnership makes fully managed data backup and recovery solutions accessible directly through our network, along with Stage2Data’s stellar 24 x 7 customer service support. It has never been easier for our connected institutions to affordably manage their data.”
The partnership is being celebrated at Stage2Data as it coincides with the launch of their new website and a more aggressive stand in the market. Stage2Data is a 100% Canadian owned and operated company and has earned the title of Canada’s Premier Cloud Solutions Provider by bringing over 60 years of combined experience in the data protection space. Leveraging the power and proven ability of Attix5, the Stage2Data team is bringing a suite of solutions to Orion’s current and future clients giving them even broader and far reaching benefits of the network.
For more information, please contact:
Affinity Partner Team
Director, Business Development and Strategic Alliances
Orion Research and Innovation Optical Network
(416) 507-9860 x 228
Stage2Data is Canada’s premier cloud solution provider and offers cloud, private cloud, on premise and hosting.
Conventional hosting wisdom has always dictated that a database runs better with more resources assigned to it. In fact, some high traffic websites have entire dedicated servers just for their databases. Why then would a system administrator ever prefer virtualization for database hosting? What follows are a few key reasons why database virtualization is a good idea for cloud hosting.
First of all, it is important to understand the different types of database virtualization. It can range from simply running the database server executable on a virtual machine to a fully virtualized and scalable database cluster. In any case, it has its advantages.
Some of the advantages of database virtualization are:
1. Scalability – Need more space and power for your databases? With virtualization you can add them on the fly. If you have images ready to go, you do not even need to do much configuring, if at all.
2. Pooling resources - While a dedicated server for databases might sometimes make sense, it can often lead to CPU, RAM, and storage space sitting idly. With virtualization, you can put your resources to work.
3. Lower costs – Ultimately, if you save on server space and power, you will save money. Like server, virtualization, database virtualization costs less than dedicated database servers.
4. Performance boost – It is much easier to allocate and optimize with virtualization because it is all software defined. You decide exactly how resources are assigned. You can also pool cache across storage and effectively boost performance.
Leveraging the power of an open cloud platform, you can configure your database virtualization exactly how you need it and enjoy the scalability and high availability you need for your websites.
(The Hosting News) – The world’s largest commercial open source company, Red Hat, is bringing its OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service to Microsoft.NET and SQL Server capabilities through collaboration with Uhuru Software.
According to Uhuru, “OpenShift users can now use the same tools they love for managing their Linux apps with .NET. Likewise, Windows users can now take advantage of the powerful OpenShift environment for rapidly deploying, managing, and scaling their applications without sacrificing compatibility or functionality of the .NET platform they know.”
Through this collaboration the companies can provide OpenShift users with the ability to easily write applications using .NET on Windows, with a MySQL backend on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
“By adding .NET and Microsoft SQL Server to the list of available OpenShift platforms, Uhuru helps us extend this commitment, enabling developers to create .NET applications using familiar OpenShift workflows. With Uhuru, OpenShift can deliver a PaaS solution for .NET that is native to Windows while still enabling the secure, multi-tenant architecture that users have come to expect from our platform,” said Technical Director of OpenShift, Chris Morgan via blog post.
OpenShift is now able to provide application isolation for Windows on multiple .NET apps.
For more information visit OpenShift’s blog here.
(The Hosting News) - eFolder, a leading supplier of cloud data protection and file sync solutions for the IT channel, today announced that it has been named one of the top 100 Coolest Cloud Vendors of 2014 by CRN. The annual list recognizes the most innovative cloud vendors and solutions tailored to address the channel industry’s unique needs. eFolder is recognized for its acquisition of cloud file sync technology provider Anchor and the integration of its petabyte-scale storage cloud with leading technology vendors.
Each year, CRN honors the 100 Coolest Cloud Vendors in an effort to help solution providers navigate the growing cloud marketplace and identify the best solutions to support the IT channel. Winners are named across five major cloud categories including platforms and tools, infrastructure, storage, security and software, based on data and information gathered from both solution provider nominations and the CRN editorial team. eFolder was also included in the 20 Coolest Cloud Storage Vendors of the 2014 Cloud 100.
“The adoption of cloud computing solutions is showing no signs of slowing down as solution providers look to provide their clients with the scalability, flexibility and cost benefits necessary to compete in today’s business environment,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “Each vendor on this list was carefully selected based on its ability to help organizations capitalize on those opportunities.”
eFolder’s strategy involves combining eFolder’s petabyte-scale storage and DR cloud with eFolder software as well as with leading third-party software tools, such as Dell AppAssure and StorageCraft ShadowProtect, to deliver integrated and comprehensive backup, business continuity, and disaster recovery solutions. In September 2013, eFolder acquired Anchor, the only comprehensive file synchronization platform built exclusively for managed service providers (MSPs), value-added resellers (VARs), and IT service providers. According to Kevin Hoffman, CEO of eFolder, the company has reached more than 1,800 transacting partners.
“eFolder is honored to be recognized as a Coolest Cloud Vendor by CRN,” says Ted Hulsy, VP of Marketing. “During this period of tremendous company growth, this award further validates our ability to anticipate the demands of the IT channel and equip partners with a powerful solution suite to meet their clients’ needs.”
Coverage of the 100 Coolest Cloud Vendors will be featured in the February issue of CRN, and online athttp://www.CRN.com.
eFolder is a leading supplier of cloud data protection, business continuity, and cloud file sync solutions for MSPs, solution providers, and VARs. Delivered as wholesale services to the channel, eFolder enables its partners to provide branded data protection and file sync services and to generate highly profitable, recurring revenue. eFolder services complement many of the managed service offerings already deployed by partners and integrate with common PSA systems, making adoption of eFolder services fast and easy. eFolder also empowers cost-effective partner and end-user private clouds, allowing partners to meet the needs of any client, regardless of size or readiness to engage in public cloud services. eFolder is a privately held company and is headquarted in Atlanta, GA. For more information, please visit: http://www.efolder.net and follow us on Twitter: @eFolder
Anchor, a wholly owned subsidiary of eFolder, is the only comprehensive file synchronization platform built exclusively for MSPs, VARs, and IT service providers. Anchor is available on Windows, OSX, iOS, Android, and on the web, and can be delivered through public or private cloud models. For more information, please call 415-541-9002 or visit http://www.anchorworks.com
About The Channel Company
The Channel Company is the channel community’s trusted authority for growth and innovation, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED, and SharedVue. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more athttp://www.thechannelcompany.com.
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(The Hosting News) – Pipelinersales Inc. announced that they extended the Pipeliner CRM integrations with Google services. Earlier, the integration with Google Drive was announced for file sharing and now additionally Pipeliner CRM offers two-way synchronization of Google Contacts as well as integration with Google Tasks. With the adaption of Google Apps in the Enterprise, Pipelinersales wants to ensure seamless integration and further development in this area.
According to a recent study by Frost and Sullivan “ 89% of Enterprise Admins using Google Apps are very satisfied and 59% say Google plays a key role in their organization’s IT infrastructure. In addition 49% of admins site third-party applications as playing an important role in their organizations adoption of Google Apps in their move to the cloud. Admins also who adapt Google as their core or important part of their IT Infrastructure install and use more apps overall.”
Pipeliner CRM complements an organizations move to the cloud as critical CRM data is up-to-date and in sync as close to real time as possible. Pipeliner is the only CRM software available that enables automatic synchronization for both Mac and PC systems—locally or through the cloud. This is significant for enabling team collaboration as data is safely backed-up, and instantly available to the entire team.
Exclusive to Pipeliner CRM is an intuitive graphic representation of the sales pipeline. This enables the individual salesperson, as well as management, to be intimately involved with sales through a very unique user experience. Sales management, as well as other departments such as Marketing and Finance, can have a 360-degree view of sales, utilizing the results for management, marketing campaigns, sales analysis and financial forecasts. With Pipeliner, sales forecasts—along with closing rates—can be determined. Sales analytics and sales forecasting are vital not only to the survival of a sales department, but to an overall company as well.
For clients using Google for their business, this integration is critical to the overall experience with Pipeliner CRM. Pipelinersales will continue to complement Google Apps with additional integrations in upcoming releases. The company has leaked that a major release of their Pipeliner CRM is imminent next month. They are committed to integrate with a host of applications. Pipelinersales has teamed up with SyncApps® by Cazoomi, Bedrock Data, and Zapier to integrate with applications such as: HubSpot, Constant Contact, MailChimp, VerticalResponse, ExactTarget, and Act-On.
With Pipeliner, salespeople have a powerful tool to empower them to be the entrepreneurs that they are. Pipelinersales is revolutionizing the marketplace with not only an exceptional CRM tool, but training and education to help salespeople sell smarter.
Pipeliner offers free trialware at: http://www.pipelinersales.com/easy-crm-software-download/
About Nikolaus Kimla
Nikolaus Kimla is the founder and managing partner of Pipelinersales, Inc. and the creator of Pipeliner. Kimla is also the initiator of the independent economic platform GO AHEAD! which is based on the principles of free market economy. He is the author of Salespeople Embracing It All, The IT Revolution and Empty Coffers–New Burdens. For more information on Nikolaus Kimla: http://www.nikolauskimla.com
About Pipelinersales Inc.
More than 19 years ago, Nikolaus Kimla set the foundation for Pipeliner’s future with his company uptime IT-Technologies Inc. The creation of Pipeliner CRM initiated in 2007 and has been steadily developed through intense research. Pipeliner is next generation sales CRM software designed to empower sales teams and grow profitable customer relationships. Pipeliner CRM gives new ways to look at, and to interact with an active sales pipeline. It brings the power of sales data back to salespeople with unique methods that empower salespeople and make managing complex sales easy and fun.
For more information on Pipeliner sales CRM software please visit: http://www.pipelinersales.com or read our blog at: blog.pipelinersales.com. Follow our discussions on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
(The Hosting News) – Infrastructure on demand provider, Hivelocity, introduced its new web site earlier today. The new site is Hivelocity’s first complete site overhaul in 5 years and is further evidence of the company’s efforts to expand its “Hivelocity Experience” initiative.
For several years the Hivelocity brand has evolved to not only stand for reliability and consistency but for personality and excitement. Hivelocity prides itself on providing customers with a unique hosting experience that tends to be more personalized and fun than its competitors. Hivelocity offers a live order tracker which allows customers to follow along as their new servers get assembled and even watch live as their server gets racked and powered on for the first time. Customers are also periodically sent personalized pictures of their servers giving them a glimpse of the product paid for but rarely seen. Features like this and the new site are all part of a deliberate effort to provide a uniquely enjoyable customer experience.
“The Hivelocity Experience is consistently delivering that moment of pleasant surprise which comes from having your expectations not only met, but exceeded. Our website is the beginning of the Hivelocity Experience for most of our users, so we took a step back to consider their needs when we set out to redesign it. With a mixture of modern design and concise information architecture, we empower our users and save them time from the very beginning. Our new website lays the foundation for every interaction we have thereafter and reinforces what the Hivelocity Experience is about. Our goal is to consistently exceed our customer’s expectations with our expertise, innovation, personal attention and, of course, reliability,” says Hivelocity Product & Design Manager, David Alexander.
The new Hivelocity site can be seen at http://hivelocity.com . The new site will see additional features added to it over the next few weeks with version 4.1 expected mid-March.
(The Hosting News) – Following the massive data breach that stole more than 110 million customers credit cards and personal data in late 2013, Target’s Chief Information Officer has officially resigned.
According to the LA Times, Beth Jacob’s resignation is effective on Wednesday as the company quickly searches for an interim replacement that can “help guide the company through the transformation.”
“While we are still in the process of an ongoing investigation, we recognize that the information security environment is evolving rapidly,” said Target Chief Executive Gregg Steinhafel . “To ensure that Target is well positioned following the data breach we suffered last year, we are undertaking an overhaul of our information security and compliance structure and practices at Target.”
Jacob had been in her current position with the retailer since 2008 in which she oversaw the company in Indian and the U.S.
In mid Decemeber, Target revealed that around 40 million paymet cards had been stolen in an attack, in which the company later added another 70 million customers addresses, phone numbers, and other information had been compromised as well.
Last week, the company revealed that its fourth-quarter profits decreased by 46% as well a a 5.3% decrease in revenue.
(The Hosting News) – With current service numbers exceeding 4000 domain names and 2000 web hosting offerings, Axislayer has built up some serious pedigree. The soundly established internet hosting service provider’s addition of their affordable Linux hosting plans will give the Linux market a chance to experience great customer service, as only Axislayer can deliver it, particularly those shared hosting clients who have a reason to necessitate strategic use of the Linux platform.
Following the launch of Axislayer’s unlimited shared Linux hosting plans, customers can enjoy a choice between three Linux hosting packages, offering unlimited storage space and bandwidth, driven by the use of cPanel. According to the Axislayer website, the unlimited Linux plans include a single-domain version as well as an unlimited domain version, which covers the unique needs of all clients.
With prices beginning at $7.16 per month, the power of unlimited Linux hosting is now available to those to which it may have previously been out of reach, bringing the power and freedom of flexible shared Linux hosting services to the masses.
Users can be assured of a great service too, earmarked to simply be a continuation of Axislayer’s established services, spanning the entire online storage and hosting spectrum. Axislayer’s range of services spread beyond web hosting, covering reseller hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated servers and the registering of domain names.
With these existing services bolstered by the addition of Axislayer’s $7.16-per-month unlimited shared Linux hosting packages, end-user sectors such as small-to-medium sized businesses, government agencies, non profit organizations and prominent individuals can continue to enjoy world class web hosting services with more flexible options to chose from.
Axislayer users also enjoy a great support system, incorporating a seamless support portal, billing system, ticket system and live chat platform to improve the overall user experience and account for any problems users may experience.
Axislayer’s launch of their unlimited shared Linux web hosting plans could not have come at a better time, following the glaring hole in the market left by service providers who are not as client-oriented as Axislayer. Axislayer employs a very simple strategy of maintaining a focus on clients all the time, priding themselves in providing a strong foundation for businesses to thrive and this is manifested through their latest offering, in the form of the recently launched unlimited shared Linux web hosting service.
Starting at only $7.16 per month, Axislayer’s unlimited shared Linux web hosting service falls in line with their tradition of providing high value through their range of low cost solutions.
Axislayer.com is an internet hosting service provider, providing high-quality hosting solutions to small and medium-sized businesses, prominent individuals, non-profit organizations and government agencies. Axislayer enjoys a worldwide reach, with a product line supported by their promise of strong support.
Priding themselves on the provision of a solid foundation for businesses to thrive, Axislayer’s current portfolio of clients sees them managing over 4,000 domain names and over 2000 web hosting services.
(The Hosting News) – Revolutionary New Product for AS/400 Migration
Infinite I 10c incorporates every conceivable update and capability that any end-user or developer could desire for their legacy COBOL or RPG programs that were written for the AS/400 environment. The latest product from Infinite migrates and deploys applications written for the AS400 platform to Linux, Windows and UNIX platforms. The toolset also deploys data to Oracle or MS SQL as part of the process. The interactive portion of the applications are deployed via a graphical browser that is inherently part of Infinite I 10c. In previous versions of the Infinite I toolset migrating applications, data and screens were separate processes and required different products. This is a converged toolset designed to simplify the complete process.
The Flexibility to support existing RPG applications in Java
As RPG and COBOL resources become more scarce, businesses are seeking to provide support for core applications in more widely deployed languages like Java. With this in mind, Infinite provides the ability to make changes to RPG or COBOL source code from a Java editor. This means that basic code maintenance issues can be handled in Java. Additionally, Infinite provides the ability to co-execute with Java-based applications via plug-ins directly from the original code. Of course, the Java front end of the Infinite I 10c screens can also plug into, consume and be consumed by Java applications.
Support for RPG Free Format
Infinite I 10c includes support for RPGIII, RPG/400, RPG ILE, COBOL/400, COBOL ILE, CL, CLILE and DDS. The latest version also supports RPG Free. The ability to recompile and deploy applications beyond fixed format for RPG was a considerable undertaking. Infinite felt that this support was crucial because there are many developers who continue to work on their IBM I platform as a development environment. Many of these companies then deploy applications under AIX or Linux for the Power platform. Support for the extended RPG environment was viewed as important by the Infinite team.
Migration, Modernization and Cloud-Enablement in one
“We wanted to release a tool that migrated, modernized and integrated AS/400-based applications to open systems in a way that incorporated all the tools the marketplace has required”, said Bruce Acacio, CEO , Infinite Corporation. “I think this new product hits the mark, said Raquela Kaplan, Director of Marketing, Infinite Corporation.
Once the applications are recompiled and deployed, they will operate under Linux, Windows or AIX without having to write a single line of code. The data will automatically be migrated as part of the same process and it will reside in Oracle or MS SQL. The green screens of the legacy AS/400 applications will transform into beautiful graphical screen automatically with no editing required and will be deployed via any industry standard browser. In the post-migration environment, future application support can be provide in the original language or Java. These applications can co-execute with Java applications from runtime and at the front end. Data can be accessed from Oracle or MS SQL as it would be with any application that was written for those databases natively.
This new version of Infinite I is a complete remake of the toolset. There are new compilers that add functionality for Free Format Code developed in RPG, expanded support for ILE functionality in RPG, COBOL, and CL. There are new development tools that provide for support and maintenance of migrated code in Java, C, and in the original RPG or COBOL. This new version also allows the Infinite I Application Server to co-execute with COTS Java applications or newly developed Java applications in a seamless manner. Infinite I v10C is a Cloud deployed Application Server that renders screens graphically in Java using Tomcat/Apache. It requires no client and is accessible from all major mobile devices and operating systems.
Infinite i 10C simply takes RPG and COBOL applications written for the IBM I (AS/400) platform and deploys them under Linux in a Java-based UI. The data is deployed using Oracle 12c. This toolset for modernizing AS/400 applications creates a complete Java-interactive migration toolset.
There are toolsets that translate RPG or COBOL in to Java or C#, there are toolsets that migrate data from the iDB (DB2/400) database to Oracle, and there are GUI generators that also web-deploy screens. This toolset from Infinite I 10c is the complete package. Infinite i 10C migrates, Infinite i 10C modernizes, Infinite i 10C updates the database, and most importantly, Infinite i 10C doesn’t require a rewrite of the code or data structure.
When the process is complete (about 90 days); the IBM I-based code will execute under inexpensive, industry standard X86 servers, running open source Linux under the Oracle database using graphical screens that are cloud deployed in Java.
To learn more about migrating AS/400 applications to Linux, Windows or UNIX, please visithttp://www.infinitecorporation.com.
(The Hosting News) – In an increasingly global environment, the Internet infrastructure industry faces a diverse set of serious issues that we as an industry need to address together. To look at these concerns, an area of focus for the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) has been best practices for our industry. Our approach to developing best practices encapsulates three areas, always with the goal of striking the right balance between security, safety and privacy: working with experts and industry professionals; identifying like-minded partners; and fostering the growth of the Internet economy.
On March 5th, members of the i2Coalition will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to take part in our second annual “Internet Education Day on Capitol Hill.” Here, leaders of the Internet infrastructure industry will come together with staff and members of Congress to discuss best practices, policy goals and the potential for growth of the Internet economy when all parts of the industry’s ecosystem are working together.
As part of the event, we will hear from Cindy Southworth, Vice President of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Having worked with the Anti-Spyware Coalition and a wide range of non-profit organizations, Ms. Southworth has a unique understanding on this aspect of our industry.
Working with the online community to protect victims, Ms. Southworth has seen firsthand the way the issues we care about impact lives. In her address, she will specifically discuss how the ability to access the records of crisis centers without a subpoena hurts victims, and why these centers are increasingly moving away from using the cloud for storage for this very reason — an issue that can be addressed with reforms to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).
In addition to hearing Ms. Southworth’s experiences, we look forward to collaborating with organizations with expertise in various other areas.
Among these is the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. i2Coalition looks forward to working together with NCMEC to raise awareness about existing tools such as their CyberTipline.
As an industry, we must also work together to develop a set of sensible self-policing policies. i2Coalition seeks to partner with like-minded organizations who understand the nuts and bolts of the Internet. By working together, we can develop methods and practices that will move our industry forward in our common goals to promote safety and privacy in the Internet community while providing an arena for economic expansion.
In the last six months, i2Coalition has signed Memorandums of Understanding with Germany-based eco, the Association of the German Internet Industry, and the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG). Working with these groups on our areas of common interest will allow us to continue finding best practices that are best for our industry as a whole.
While working to achieve the above-stated goals, we need to do so in a way that strikes the right balance between safety and privacy while also fostering the growth of the Internet economy. Internet infrastructure companies must continue to be the engine of innovation that drives this critical aspect of our economy as a whole.
Building an Internet community dedicated to safety will strengthen our businesses and create room for the Internet to grow by heading off unnecessary government regulation. We must police our networks effectively, ensuring safety, protecting privacy, and fighting online crime — working with partners, learning from experts, and striking a balance that allows the Internet economy to continue to thrive.
Our member companies, many of which are the small and medium-sized businesses that are the “nuts and bolts” of the Internet, are committed to fighting piracy, fraud, child pornography, and other Internet-based legal offenses. We support initiatives that will make the Internet a better place, and we look forward to continuing in our mission to do so.
(The Hosting News) – Axonom, a global provider of cloud-based portal and product configuration software, today announces Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP partner, Vertical Cloud Service and Reviora, select the Powertrak Partner Relationship Management solution suite to automate its rapidly-growing partner channel program.
Vertical Cloud Service, in partnership with Reviora, a leading provider of managed hosting solutions, offering high availability cloud environments for critical business applications, leverages Powertrak CPQ and Partner Portal solutions to help sell, service and support its Microsoft Dynamics and Acumatica partner community.
With a large number of Microsoft Dynamics SaaS users relying on Vertical Cloud Service daily, and over 70,000 users at peak season this year, the company sought a flexible, scalable, packaged solution to operate its quote and order processes and streamline partner and customer interactions and transactions.
“We have put together an industry-leading partner program where we work with the best consultants and implementers in the nation to deploy hosted software,” said Jason Mindte, VP Sales at Vertical Cloud Service. “Our rapid growth mandated that we had to provide our partners with access to mission-critical information and ordering tools to help them succeed.”
Powertrak Product Configurator is a robust, end-to-end, configure-price-quote (CPQ) solution that empowers internal sales to efficiently build quotes and configure orders quickly and accurately. Utilizing the same underlying technology,Powertrak Portal extends the selling, quoting, registration, and sharing of information to external relationships such as partners, distributors, and resellers.
With Powertrak, Vertical Cloud Service now delivers critical tools and information that partners need for maximized business success, such as quoting and ordering, training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support and communication.
“Vertical Cloud Service evaluated the top CPQ vendors,” stated Mike Belongie, COO of Axonom. “In the end, they chose Axonom’s Powetrak solution for two primary reasons. First, the one-stop-shop ability of Axonom to provide an end-to-end, quote-to-cash solution for Vertical Cloud Services’ partners. Second, the flexibility of Powertrak to be rapidly configured to dynamic requirements.”
Convergence attendees are encouraged to visit Axonom in Convergence booth 2521 in the Expo Hall at the Georgia World Congress Center for live demonstrations and product education on Powertrak CPQ, Customer and Partner Portals, Time and Billing, Forecasting/Demand Planning, and Design Win.
To learn how Vertical Cloud Service helps Microsoft Partners with customized versions of Dynamics go to market with a fully web-enabled SaaS offering, visit Reviora’s booth 2936 in the Convergence Expo Hall.
Axonom is an independent software vendor that develops, designs, and markets Powertrak, the innovative B2B revenue management suite for high-tech and manufacturing industries. Powertrak enables companies to successfully sell and service to its customers and partners in an environment that requires multi-level relationship tracking, web self-service, partner/dealer loyalty management tools, streamlined quote-to-order processing, time and billing management, hassle-free payment options, and a worldwide presence.
(The Hosting News) – SMU will begin offering in fall 2014 a new master’s degree in datacenter systems engineering, the first in the United States to offer the technical depth and breadth of a multidisciplinary graduate degree in this rapidly evolving and essential field.
The program is open to full-time and part-time graduate students, and is available on the Dallas campus as well as through the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering’s well-established distance education program. Enrollment is expected from current professionals in industry and government, as well as undergraduates in engineering, science, mathematics and business preparing to enter the field for the first time.
At least four million workers currently are associated with datacenter operations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, and the number is expected to increase by 800,000 in 2016, and by an additional 2 million by 2018. Approximately 70 percent of these workers will have bachelor’s degrees or higher.
“Our society has become intimately linked to a variety of digital networks including social media, search engines, e-commerce, gaming and big data,” said Marc Christensen, Dean of the Lyle School. “Data center design is a fascinating challenge due to the millions of dollars lost per second of outage. The proper management and design of these datacenters require a diverse combination of highly specialized skills, and SMU Lyle is uniquely positioned to offer a degree that will connect all the needed technical disciplines.”
SMU’s Master of Science in Datacenter Systems engineering is built around five core courses that address the industry broadly, while offering elective specializations in three technical areas:
• Facilities, infrastructure and subsystems
• Datasystems engineering and analytics
• Computer networks, virtualization, security and cloud computing
”SMU’s Master of Science in Datacenter Systems Engineering program addresses a long unfulfilled need in the datacenter industry,” said Chris Crosby, CEO of Compass Datacenters. “Its comprehensive, cross-disciplinary curriculum provides the breadth of knowledge professionals need for success in this complex industry with numerous interdependencies.”
The SMU Datacenter Systems Engineering program is directed toward preparing professionals for a leadership role in this field, whether specifically as a technical contributor or more broadly in management. The program is designed to build a solid foundation for continued professional growth consistent with modern datacenter engineering practices and the changes that lie ahead for this industry.
SMU has a unique opportunity to play a significant role in educating engineering professionals in this field both locally on-campus and nationally via distance education. Approximately 50 datacenters exist within the greater Dallas area.
The Lyle School of Engineering is a pioneer, offering graduate engineering distance learning in the United States for more than 50 years, providing more than 4,000 students with degrees. All graduate engineering classes in SMU’s Lyle School are conducted in modern classroom/studios, equipped with commercial level audio, video and digital media capture equipment, as well as professional grade lighting. Instructors are provided with multiple, user-friendly audio/video systems to aid in the delivery of the class materials.
Although some pre-recorded material may be incorporated into class, the instruction is always “live”, and a recording of the “live” presentation is available to the student within an hour of the completion of the class period, which may be viewed and/or downloaded via internet connectivity. During Spring 2013, the Lyle School of Engineering offered 69 courses online, requiring 200 hours of recorded material each week, serving 270 students.
In addition to meeting Lyle School admission requirements for a Master of Science degree, applicants are required to satisfy the following requirements:
• A Bachelor of Science degree in one of the engineering disciplines, computer science, one of the quantitative sciences or mathematics.
• A minimum of two years of college-level mathematics including one year of college-level calculus.
More information about SMU’s Master of Science in Datacenter Systems Engineering is available athttp://www.smu.edu/Lyle/Departments/Multidisciplinary or by contacting the Lyle Graduate Programs Office at214-768-2002.
(The Hosting News) – Apple’s Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Peter Oppenheimer, will retire at the end of September, ending his 18 year career at the Cupertino, California based company.
Luca Maestri, current VP of Finance and Corporate Controller will succeed Oppenheimer as CFO, starting the transition in June, announced Apple early Tuesday.
During Oppenheimer’s years as CFO, Apple saw an annual revenue increase from $8 billion to $171 billion, as well as the company globally expanding its products.
“His guidance, leadership and expertise have been instrumental to Apple’s success, not only as our CFO but also in many areas beyond finance, as he frequently took on additional activities to assist across the company. His contributions and integrity as our CFO create a new benchmark for public company CFOs,” said Tim Cook, Apple CEO.
Maestri recently started working at Apple and has over 25 years of experience in senior financial management. He will oversee the controller, treasury, investor relations tax, information systems, and internal audit and facilities functions.
“When we were recruiting for a corporate controller, we met Luca and knew he would become Peter’s successor. His contributions to Apple have already been significant in his time with us and he has quickly gained respect from his colleagues throughout the company,” added Cook.
In a statement, Oppenheimer said during his retirement he wants to spend more time with his family, travel, get more involved with Cal Poly, and finish his pilot’s license.
(The Hosting News) – The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) will host a program on Wednesday with leaders of the Internet infrastructure industry and members of Congress to discuss best practices, policy goals and the potential for growth of the Internet economy when all parts of the industry’s ecosystem are working together. Cindy Southworth, Vice President of National Network to End Domestic Violence, Ximena Hartsock, President of Phone2Action, and Christian Dawson, i2Coalition Co-Founder and Board Chair, will be speaking at the event. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) will each be receiving the i2Coalition’s “Champion of Internet Innovation” award.
WHO: Senator John Cornyn (TX) (video message)
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
Cindy Southworth, VP, Vice President, National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)
Ximena Hartsock, President, Phone2Action
Christian Dawson, Co-Founder and Board Chair, i2Coalition
WHAT: i2Coalition Internet Education Day
WHEN: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST
**Press registration opens at 1:45 p.m.**
WHERE: Rayburn 2168 (Gold Room)
Washington, DC 20515
I2Coalition Members Participating in Advocacy Day Include:
Data Foundry Inc.
Endurance International Group
LeaseWeb USA, Inc
W. David Snead PC
The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) supports those who build the nuts and bolts of the Internet, and we treat it like the noble profession that it is. We believe the continued growth of the Internet is vital for growing an environment of innovation and seek to engage in ways to foster success of the Internet and Internet infrastructure industry. We seek to influence decision makers to weigh decisions on whether they are good or bad for the Internet economy and its foundational industries. In short, we seek to foster growth within the Internet infrastructure industry by driving others to harness the Internet’s full potential. To learn more about i2Coalition, visit www.i2Coalition.com.
(The Hosting News) – AppZero, the fastest, most flexible way to move server applications, announced today it has signed a channel partnership agreement with Dot Net Solutions, one of the UK’s top Microsoft Cloud partners. The agreement is part of a worldwide channel strategy implemented by AppZero to ensure comprehensive global coverage of its award-winning application migration software in the run-up to Windows Server 2003 (WS2003) end of support. Microsoft recommends AppZero Enterprise for application migration for various applications from Windows Server 2003 to either Windows Server 2012 or Windows Azure.
“The challenge in choosing the right partner is finding one with the knowledge and industry expertise to migrate applications with as little disruption to the business as possible—Dot Net met that criterion and more,” said AppZero CEO, Greg O’Connor. “Their industry expertise, combined with their consulting services makes Dot Net a highly valued member of the AppZero team.”
Also joining the AppZero Partner Program are:
- Infront Consulting, a global IT consulting firm with offices in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Singapore;
- KMD, one of Denmark’s leading IT and software companies; and
- Blue Turtle, a leading South African enterprise technology management company.
The partnership with Dot Net will continue to increase AppZero’s global presence, as the July 14, 2015 deadline for the end of support for WS2003 approaches. Enterprises around the world are gearing up to move their Windows production applications onto newer operating systems and/or to the Cloud in order to remain compliant and ensure they are running their applications on a supported platform. AppZero is the only product on the market that can “up-level” Windows server applications onto newer operating systems.
“Dot Net’s partnership with AppZero delivers a vital component to the mix – the ability to migrate legacy applications on older operating systems, to modern alternatives which can run in the Public Cloud. It forms an integral part of our Cloud Managed Platform and we are delighted to announce the partnership between the businesses today,” said Dan Scarfe, Founder of Dot Net.
AppZero is the fastest and most flexible way to migrate server applications to and across any cloud or datacenter, without re-engineering, re-installation or lock-in. Encapsulating Windows applications in VM/OS-free packages, AppZero’s patented software makes complex server applications moveable with ease. For more information, visithttp://www.AppZero.com and follow us on twitter @AppZero_Inc.
About Dot Net Solutions
For the past five years, Dot Net has focused purely on Cloud; offering Infrastructure and Application Development solutions. They have created a complete solution to help organisations embrace public and private Cloud. Dot Net’s Cloud Managed Platform is a collection of tooling and processes that facilitate organisations adoption and migration to System Center, Windows Azure and Office 365. Their managed services platform then delivers management and support on top of this to produce a complete end-to-end solution. For more information, visithttp://www.dotnetsolutions.co.uk.
(The Hosting News) - CrossFiber Inc., the leading provider of photonics switches to Web 2.0 data centers, has announced that it is partnering with Packetcounter, Inc. to offer dramatic CapEx savings to data center operators and Cloud service providers.
CrossFiber optical circuit switches (OCS) provide “optical bypass” rack-to-rack or cluster-to-cluster for high data-rate traffic within the data center. While the per-port cost for CrossFiber OCS at 10 Gbps is lower than traditional Ethernet packet switches, the cost reduction at 40 Gbps exceeds 80%. CrossFiber all-optical switches support all data rates, have been tested at 100 Gbps, and provide future-proofing for data centers which need to migrate from 10 Gbps to 40 or 100 Gbps over time.
“To date CrossFiber’s large customers have deployed their own analytics and control software to offload large, persistent flows in data centers via CrossFiber OCS. The upcoming OCS controller by Packetcounter, interoperable with CrossFiber OCS, will offer that capability to the data center and Cloud community at large,” said Hus Tigli, President & CEO of CrossFiber.
“We are excited to add support for CrossFiber LiteSwitch™ OCS to Packetcounter’s upcoming OCS Controller. CrossFiber and Packetcounter combined solution delivers 40G to the data center at one-fifth of the capital cost of existing large modular chassis-based packet switches,” said Nathan Farrington, CEO of Packetcounter.
CrossFiber has the industry’s largest engagements in Web 2.0 data centers. Packetcounter is founded by Nathan Farrington, who studied next-generation data center architectures deploying optical circuit switches at the University of California, San Diego, and was previously Data Center Network Engineer at Facebook.
CrossFiber is a leading innovator, developer and manufacturer of breakthrough photonic switches for data centers and telco fiber optic networks. CrossFiber photonic switches are based on proprietary technologies which combine 3D MEMS micro-mirrors on silicon, non-invasive beam steering (NIBS), and custom ASICs. CrossFiber’s unique combination of performance and cost makes LiteSwitch™ systems the most suitable across all major applications in data centers and telco fiber optic switching. More information can be found at http://www.crossfiber.com.
Packetcounter, Inc. is a computer network software company founded by two researchers from Amin Vahdat’s team from UC San Diego who pioneered the field of optically-circuit-switched (OCS) data center networks. Packetcounter’s OCS Controller provides the missing control plane needed by data center operators wishing to offload traffic from more expensive “Big Iron” packet switches onto low-cost and low-power OCS switches. The company is located in Cupertino, California. For more information, contact us at info(at)packetcounter(dot)com.
(The Hosting News) – Web.com Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: WWWW), a leading provider of Internet services and online marketing solutions for small businesses, announced today that it has acquired SnapNames from KeyDrive S.A. SnapNames is a leader in the daily online auction sales of domain names across all categories, including expiring, deleting and privately-owned domain names.
“We are very pleased to bring SnapNames under the Web.com umbrella,” said David L. Brown, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Web.com. “This acquisition enables us to enhance our existing domain related assets and provide additional services for customers who are looking for specific domain name addresses. In today’s expanding domain resale marketplace, SnapNames is a global industry leader with experience and expertise in domain lifecycle management and auction services.”
Since 2000, SnapNames has engineered a dynamic online marketplace, where high-performing domain names are bought and sold daily. With tens of thousands of newly expired domains flowing into SnapNames inventory every day, SnapNames provides a broad set of choices to customers. SnapNames has exclusive partner relationships with some of the world’s top registrars, thereby giving its users access to a broad set of domain names for purchase.
Web.com owns two of the world’s largest retail registrars in Network Solutions and Register.com. With the addition of SnapNames, Web.com will further expand its global partnership channel by leveraging SnapNames’ extensive international network, thus helping customers find the right domain names the first time they look. In addition, the acquisition complements NameJet, the domain name auction platform managed through a joint venture partnership with Web.com and Rightside.
The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Web.com expects this transaction to be immaterial to 2014 financial results. Web.com will provide updated guidance when it reports financial results for the first quarter of 2014 and conducts its regularly scheduled conference call.
Web.com Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WWWW) provides a full range of Internet services to small businesses to help them compete and succeed online. Web.com meets the needs of small businesses anywhere along their lifecycle with affordable, subscription-based solutions including domains, hosting, website design and management, search engine optimization, online marketing campaigns, local sales leads, social media, mobile products and eCommerce solutions. For more information, please visit web.com; follow Web.com on Twitter @webdotcom or on Facebook at facebook.com/web.com. For additional online marketing resources and small business networking, please visit smallbusinesssummit.web.com.