(The Hosting News) – Microsoft is under investigation, as Chinese government officials visited four Microsoft offices in China on Monday.
According to The New York Times, authorities from the State Administration for Industry and Commerce visited the company’s offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu as part of an official investigation, though no further details were given.
“We aim to build products that deliver the features, security and reliability customers expect and we’re happy to answer the government’s questions,” said Microsoft’s public relations officer, Joanna Li.
Recently, the tech giant has been under fire from Chinese media due to security risks from Edward Snowden’s government surveillance leaks.
In May government offices in Beijing banned users from installing Windows 8 on new computers after one of its broadcasters reported that the operating system was used to gain information on citizens, USA TODAY reports.
(The Hosting News) – NovaStor, an international provider of award-winning backup solutions, has recently completed a round of internal testing on the effectiveness of common backup solutions when faced with the task of backing up millions of small files. This specific test was performed to rate efficiency in a scenario in which less efficient backup software may struggle to complete successfully within a limited backup window.
With small businesses requiring critical data protection across a wide range of environments, NovaStor engineers have received requests globally to enhance the NovaBACKUP product line to meet extremely specific customer requirements.
One such environment is where a customer must backup and protect a large number of small files in a single backup job within a given amount of time. This scenario frequently results in much longer backup times than backup jobs consisting of fewer large files, with an equal total size. Small and fragmented files will often affect the performance of backup software due to a number of factors, including the resource overhead required to open files, read the Meta data, allocate, and to record data for each and every file. A large portion of disk activity may simply be spent searching for the location of the next file, rather than actually performing the backup.
Performing a complete system or image backup of all files is one way to address this issue, but it may not be appropriate or sufficient in all cases. This has prompted NovaStor to put common backup products to the task of performing a backup for one million small files in a single backup job while measuring and examining the results.
Time to Complete Backup:
NovaBACKUP Business Essentials 16 – Time Elapsed: 23 minutes, 46 seconds
Competitor A – 33 minutes, 7 seconds
Competitor B – 54 minutes, 45 seconds
NovaBACKUP completed the task significantly faster than the competing products, offering backup administrators greater flexibility when developing their backup strategy. Businesses must consider the amount of time they have available to complete backup of critical data, and which solution offers them the ability to meet this window.
Peak CPU Usage:
NovaBACKUP Business Essentials 16 – 13.7 %
Competitor A – 30%
Competitor B – 100%
While the occasional CPU spike may be acceptable to some administrators, the taxing of a CPU and how it responds to load may be indicative of further performance issues.
Peak Memory Usage:
NovaBACKUP Business Essentials 16 – 0.5%
Competitor A – 13.5%
Competitor B – 10.5%
NovaBACKUP again exceeded expectations in the category of peak memory usage. With available resources at a premium for small businesses, backup software must be efficient enough to complete the task at hand without intervention by the administrator.
While many backup solutions call for a dedicated server as part of their minimum requirements, the efficiency of NovaBACKUP and its ability to function in environments with shared resources comes as a welcome relief for many network administrators.
Are you an IT provider interested in signing up as a NovaStor reseller? Sign up as a ValueCREATE! partner today:http://www.novastor.com/partner
NovaStor® (http://www.novastor.com) is an international provider of powerful, affordable, all inclusive data-protection solutions for physical and virtual environments. NovaStor provides backup & restore solutions to Small and Medium Business (SMB) as well as Enterprise environments to protect data on Both Sides of the Cloud. NovaStor’s SMB solution NovaBACKUP® is rated #1 for businesses requiring local and remote protection of Windows Servers, VMware, Hyper-V and NAS environments with advanced monitoring capability, detailed reporting, and administration from a Central Management Console. NovaStor’s Enterprise solution NovaBACKUP DataCenter brings F500 references, scalability, reliability and speed to medium-large heterogeneous environments; a single pane of glass designed to reduce administrative effort and lower TCO. NovaStor’ Setup Assistance is an industry first where experts relieve clients from the complexity of installation and support. NovaStor is management-owned with over 5,000 partners, and millions of seats distributed. With global headquarters located in Zug, Switzerland and offices in Germany (Hamburg) and the USA (Agoura Hills), NovaStor is also represented in numerous other countries through partnerships.
(The Hosting News) – Glasgow-based web hosting company and domain name registrar Easyspace, which is part of UK cloud company iomart, has launched a new range of dedicated servers that can be purchased online.
The dedicated servers have a range of dual and quad core processors with up to 16GB of ECC Ready RAM and SSD OS Drives designed to give greater control.
Sarah Haran, managing director of Easyspace, said: “This new range of dedicated servers gives our customers the choice to have complete control and flexibility as opposed to having to share resources with others. These servers offer high performance, security and email stability.”
The new dedicated servers are available from Easyspace from £39 per month and can be configured and purchased through the website athttp://www.easyspace.com/dedicated-servers. Servers are usually set up within 24 hours of purchase and access is via a full control panel which provides monitoring and alerts as well as Reboots and KVMoIP requests.
For more information on the choice between dedicated and shared hosting visit the Easyspace blog.
Easyspace is part of one of the UK and Europe’s leading cloud companies iomart Group plc which provides compute, storage and connectivity to thousands of businesses from data centres at eight locations in the UK and a network of international Points of Presence.
(The Hosting News) – EdgeConneX®, specializing in hosting content at the edge of the network, has partnered with TelNet Worldwide (TelNet), a full service provider of cloud communications services essential to enterprises of all sizes, to develop Southeast Michigan’s newest and most advanced Tier III data center in the city of Southfield. Poised for a November 2014 launch, the newest Edge Data Center® combines EdgeConneX innovation, including purpose-built design, advanced engineering and rapid deployment capabilities coupled with TelNet’s greater Michigan go-to-market expertise and customer service focus.
EdgeConneX specializes in providing purpose-built, edge-of-network facilities that enable the fastest delivery of content to consumers. EdgeConneX is creating a new edge of the Internet by designing and deploying Edge Data Centers that are strategically positioned nearest to network provider aggregation points, ensuring the lowest latency data delivery as well as improved quality of service. With over 14 Edge Data Centers, operational or under construction, EdgeConneX is the fastest growing data center company in the country. Our Edge Data Centers are designed and built to adhere to the highest technical standards in the industry and boast a new and proprietary online data center infrastructure management system (DCIM) that provides real-time visibility into each center’s operation. This DCIM monitoring tool will be customized for TelNet’s use in providing service to its customers.
This data center will greatly complement TelNet’s existing redundant, highly reliable network to further its network, cloud and managed service offerings. With 15 years of growth in the industry, TelNet continues to expand its enterprise and wholesale service offerings and will be providing colocation, managed services, virtualization and data storage at this location.
“EdgeConneX is locating data centers strategically throughout the US to reshape the way the Internet functions, and Detroit is an important location. They chose TelNet because of our strong reputation in the region, local expertise, and commitment to bringing the best-of-breed cloud, next-generation network, and managed services to the marketplace,” says Pat O’Leary, CEO of TelNet, adding, “The partnership with EdgeConneX will provide a powerful combination and competitive advantage to businesses in Southeast Michigan.”
“TelNet is a great partner in the build of our most recent Tier III Edge Data Center. Their focus on enterprise customers complements our wholesale focus to create a balanced ecosystem serving the needs of the entire marketplace. Our Detroit area location was selected for its rich fiber density, vast power and proximity to Michigan’s technology hub,” adds Clint Heiden, Chief Commercial Officer at EdgeConneX. “With Edge Data Center locations across the country, we plan to grow and expand our relationship, with effort toward building additional partnership opportunities in other geographic areas.”
For more information about EdgeConneX and its leading edge of network solutions for expanding and improving access to mobile and data communications, visit edgeconnex.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Headquartered in Virginia and operating a national infrastructure with a best-in-class Field Operations team, EdgeConneX® provides space, power and connectivity for content, network, colocation, CDNs and service providers, as well as wireless carriers, telecommunications companies, and commercial property owners. EdgeConneX infrastructure solutions create a new edge for traditional networks offering superior performance and economics. Our purpose-built Meet You Points® optimize delivery of data at network-critical locations closest to the end-user. For more information, please visit edgeconnex.com.
About TelNet Worldwide
Michigan-based TelNet Worldwide, Inc. provides comprehensive voice and cloud services, network solutions and data center services, which simplify and unify the ways businesses communicate and collaborate. TelNet’s IP-based solutions, professional services, and an expanding portfolio of enterprise data center solutions enhance the productivity and competitive position of its customers. TelNet also offers next generation, 24/7 contact center services. For more information, please visit telnetww.com.
They might be reading your emails, studying your shopping habits, or even using your computer as a spam machine to send male enhancement offers to unsuspecting third parties, and these are the mild scenarios. Cybercriminals can do serious damage to home and business computers, mobile devices, and servers. In the worst case scenarios, they can take down infrastructure at its core.
What can you, the average user, do to stop cybercriminals? Adopt a virtual watchdog? Send out some predator drones? Permanently cut your Internet connection and live out the rest of your days in an underground bunker? You could, but a more practical prevention method is to use a more secure password. The problem is that better passwords are often more difficult to remember. That is where a password manager can be a life saver (for your computer. You still need to eat your vegetables, exercise, and wear your seat belt).
A 2012 cybercrime study revealed that 46 percent of adult Internet users had fallen prey to cybercrimes in the past twelve months. As many as 40 percent do not use complex passwords or change their passwords routinely. Furthermore, despite all of the fancy online security technology at our disposal, the most common exploit that cybercriminals attack is a weak password.
Chances are you have probably already been told how to make a password more secure, especially if you work with computers in a professional environment. They told you not to use your birthday, your dog’s name, your favorite soap opera character, or any other ridiculously easy-to-guess passwords like “password”, “1234″, or “unlockme”. Despite these warnings, many of us still use weak passwords because strong ones are too hard to remember. 70 percent of us forgot at least one password just last month.
Password managers can help you keep track of all of those sites, whether for work or play, that require you to login. You can then make your password longer, more secure, and less like the code word you used to get into your childhood club house. Moreover, you can sync your passwords across multiple devices, such as laptops, tablets, and phones, so that you can easily and securely access your favorite accounts on the go.
The possible disadvantage of online password managers is that they are only as strong as the service that provides them. It does no good to have your passwords store in a single location if that location is not secure. If you do not trust any cloud services to hold your passwords, another alternative is to use an on-premise system or simply to store your passwords on a local encrypted storage device.
Cybercriminals are always thinking up new and creative ways to exploit innocent web users, but that is no reason to make it easy for them. Using a secure password generator to create your password and a password manager to store and access it when you need it may very well help you avoid becoming a statistic in the cybercriminal victim category. Make those criminals earn their spoils. Let them try for years to break into your password manager vault and crack your ironclad passwords.
(The Hosting News) – IBM and the California Department of Technology announced today plans to create a private statewide cloud service that will store all citizens’ data in one central location.
Under the $400 million, five year contract, the service, dubbed CalCloud, will allow more than 400 state and local agencies access to the service on a subscription basis through a single sign-on system, reports TechTimes.
“Transforming how the State of California delivers technology services is not only more efficient and cost effective, it will spur innovation with cloud capabilities that are open and secure,” said IBM Senior VP of Global Technology Services, Erich Clementi.
“California is setting an example for other states on how to use cloud technology to improve coordination across agencies and municipalities while reducing the barriers and duplication that can impede the delivery of government services.”
According to USA Today, the Department of Technology has been working with IBM for 18 months on the project, which was brought on by the 2011 White House Cloud First Initiative.
IBM’s public sector general manager Dan Pelino says the initiative could bring positive benefits to the economy such as helping it become “healthier.”
“In 1950, 30% of people lived in cities, but by 2050 it’ll be 70%, and they will be drawn to places who can compete for talent with efficient citizen-based services,” says Pelino. “Whether it’s a woman who is pregnant being guided through that experience seamlessly by health agencies, or simply unemployment benefits being dispensed in a timely manner, all of that will factor into where people choose to live.”
There are currently over 20 California state departments using services offered through CalCloud.
The world has gone mobile. PC sales have dipped, and phone and tablet sales continue to rise. People expect to be able to access the online sources they want wherever they happen to be. Therefore, making sure your ecommerce online presence is compatible with mobile devices is crucial for your success.
According to a report by ShopVisible, mobile devices accounted for 30 percent of ecommerce website traffic in 2013 (15% for mobile phones and 15% for tablets). That percentage will likely grow in 2014 and continue to grow for some time. Moreover, a report from Custora says that mobile e-commerce revenue will reach $50 billion in 2014.
Now, imagine you have a website that ignores mobile devices, presenting the exact same interface it presents to desktops and laptops. If mobile users find your site difficult to use on smaller screens, they might just bypass it for another store. That is revenue you lose.
There are a few options to make your ecommerce site mobile friendly:
- An App - The advantage of a mobile app is that it provides a crisp, fast, native interface for mobile devices, and people simply love apps. The disadvantage is that you will have to develop or pay someone to develop the app. You will also have to make more than one version for each mobile OS and keep them updated and secure.
- Mobile redirect – Many sites detect mobile browsers and redirect users to special mobile versions of their sites. They might also provide links to them from their main pages. The advantage is one page for all mobile devices, no custom apps. The disadvantage is that those detections do not always work and take away some choice from people who might have large tablets and who actually want to see the desktop versions.
Mobile devices will continue to play a big role in ecommerce for the foreseeable future. It is imperative that you not ignore this slice of your customer population. You owe it to them and your wallet to meet their needs.
(The Hosting News) – A free webcast entitled, “Cloud Technologies for CFOs and CPAs”, is scheduled for Tuesday, August 19, at 2:00 pm (EST). Taylor Macdonald, recognized by Accounting Today as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Accounting (2010-2013) and a vice president at cloud accounting software provider Intacct, will be discussing insights into cloud technologies affecting accounting and finance, along with future trends for the industry.
Mike Shah, VP of Finance of Paymetric, a leader in integrated, secure electronic payment management, will also be sharing the challenges his company faced with an earlier financial system and answering questions about their decision to move to the cloud.
This free webcast is sponsored by InCloud360, a leading provider of cloud financial and CRM solutions across the Southeastern United States. InCloud360 CEO John Bartz will participate in the discussion and moderate a Q&A regarding cloud technologies.
To register for “Cloud Technologies for CFOs and CPAs”, click here.
InCloud360 is a cloud technology advisory, consultancy and services firm tailored to helping mid-market and fast growing small businesses achieve their optimal level of operational efficiency and effectiveness by defining and implementing core processes, optimizing outcomes and using best of breed solutions to deliver the greatest value to their customers. InCloud360 specializes in professional services, technology, nonprofits and related verticals. For more information, call 678-250-3086 or visit http://www.InCloud360.com.
Paymetric, Inc. is the standard in secure and integrated payments. Its innovative payment acceptance solutions expedite and secure the order-to-cash process, improve ePayment acceptance rates, and reduce the scope and financial burden of PCI compliance. Leading global brands rely on Paymetric for the only fully integrated, processor-agnostic tokenization solution, supported by dedicated customer service. Paymetric is a nationally award-winning industry leader recognized for continual innovation, SAP partnership and world-class support since 1998. For more information, visit paymetric.com.
Bringing cloud computing to finance and accounting, Intacct’s award-winning applications are the preferred financial applications for AICPA business solutions. Intacct’s accounting software, in use by more than 7,300 organizations from start ups to public companies, is designed to improve company performance and make finance more productive. The Intacct system includes accounting, contract management, revenue recognition, project accounting, fund accounting, inventory management, purchasing, vendor management, financial consolidation and financial reporting applications, all delivered over the Internet via cloud computing. Intacct is headquartered in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit http://www.intacct.com or call 877-437-7765.
(The Hosting News) – The booming tech industry in Singapore has reached new heights and continues to persuade a growing influx of brands to leverage the Internet to grow their businesses. Domainname.sg sees this as a great opportunity to target a huge market for fast and reliable domain hosting services.
To provide the best support for their customers as they possibly can, Domainname.sg has invested over $150,000 to fully upgrade their customer support infrastructure with the latest technology and tools to ensure that their customers can reach their customer support representatives in the fastest time possible, and allow the representatives to provide a quick turnaround for anything from simple to complex account issues.
“Our commitment to customer service and comprehensive product offerings are the main reasons why Domainname.sg became a household name for affordable and first-class domain hosting. We intend to fulfill our commitment to provide our customers with speedy issue resolution by reducing their waiting time for our replies, especially when a smooth and uninterrupted web presence is critical for their online businesses,” says Linda Choi, Customer Service Senior Manager of Domainname.sg.
Domainname.sg’s premier 24/7 Customer Support can be reached primarily through a chat support platform or by email. Besides their reliable customer support, Domainname.sg offers 99.99% advanced network uptime, affordable standalone domain name registrations, and worry-free installation setup.
Domainname is a Singapore-based domain hosting provider that has powered more than 15,000 websites worldwide. Its features include unmetered bandwidth, highly reliable enterprise-grade servers and infrastructures, robust web security, dedicated backup servers, and user-friendly cPanel platform. Please visit them athttp://www.domainname.sg to get started.
(The Hosting News) – ZK Team announces the release of ZK Spreadsheet 3.5 under an open source license enabling developers to embed Excel functionality within their Java based Ajax web applications. Since its debut in February 2008, ZK Spreadsheet has become a mainstay in developer’s toolkits obtaining favourable reviews from across the globe.
ZK Spreadsheet enables Ajax applications to deliver rich online spreadsheet functionality within browsers using pure Java without the need to install Excel or applets on the server or client. With the ability to include Excel functionality in any web page, developers are able to create collaborative and dynamic enterprise applications at minimal cost.
The latest 3.5 series comes with it a major upgrade in model implementation, an API overhaul for simpler usability to perform common user actions. Version 3.5 further introduces a few more new features and bug fixes to increase stability and user experience including but not limited to:
- New skyline theme
- Theme customization
- Model performance enhancement
- Smart Number General Formatting
“ZK Spreadsheet is an open source solution providing effortless Excel integration with Java based Ajax applications and enables rapid development and extensive control of large data driven applications,” stated Henri Chen, VP of Engineering, “That’s one of the main reasons many critical projects rely on ZK Spreadsheet.”
Potix Corporation develops and supports ZK, the #1 Java based Ajax solution on SourceForge.net, the world’s largest open source host. Innovation is the most driving force behind the growing Potix. Potix delivered the first Ajax framework to support Java and Android phones, the first embeddable Ajax spreadsheet, and the first to synergize the power of pure Java, markup and scripting languages.
ZK has more than 1,500,000 downloads since its first release in late 2005. ZK is deployed by a large number of Fortune Global 500 companies, including Barclays, Societe Generale, Swiss RE, eBay, Roche, Deutsche Bank, Sony, Sun Microsystems, Audi, EMC and Toyota, providing them with the ability to rapidly create rich Ajax enterprise level applications.
One the problems many organizations are increasingly facing is discontinuity that exists between on-premise and public cloud systems. System administrators often struggle and even sometimes fail to integrate their current local applications and data with their remote cloud services. Those that do find some level of integration often use workarounds and patches to accomplish it.
Several cloud service providers have acknowledged this problem and are working to provide their customers with integrated hybrid cloud solutions or even federated cloud solutions. Unfortunately, if you are on a tight budget and running a small business, for example, these options might be out of your price range.
Another option is to use a free and open source solution that is designed to create the same type of hybrid or federated cloud system. Many times, these software solutions may not come with the same support or guarantees that commercial vendors may offer, but some have impressive community support behind them and proven software that can make integrating your legacy systems with your new cloud ones less daunting.
To effectively integrate your on-premise and cloud systems, you need to make sure they can connect to each other without constant manual intervention. In other words, having to FTP your locally-changed data should be unnecessary. The other important aspect of integration you need is validation. Even if you successful sync data between one and the other, you need some way of verifying that data in one location is the same as the data in the other. Any software solution you choose should at least have those features.
Cloud computing is supposed to save you money, so if you can avoid having to spend thousands on an integration system, that is all the better. If, however, money is no object and you want a true hybrid or federated cloud and also need the support and SLA-type guarantees, a commercial offering may be your best bet.
(The Hosting News) – Apple has released a statement concerning the allegations of a forensics expert who claims there is a “backdoor” installed on every iOS device that allows the company to collect users data.
“As we have said before, Apple has never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products of services,” said Apple in a statement.
During the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conference in New York, hacker Jonathan Zdziarski, better known as NerveGas, discussed Apple’s use of backdoors in his presentation titled “Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanism in iOS Devices.”
Zdiarski notes that the backdoors are initialized when devices running iOS are connected to a computer using a USB cable.
“The iOS device and the computer swap security certificates with each other to establish a secure relationship, exchanging encryption keys needed to set up encrypted SSL channels,” says a report from TechTimes. “This pairing cannot be undone unless the iOS device is wiped or the computer is restored to its original factory settings.”
In order to access this, hackers must have the pairing keys, access to the same wireless network that the device is on, and know exactly where the device will be.
Zdiarski said in his presentation that iOS’s “sole purposes is to dish out data, bypass backup encryption, and give you alomost the same amount of personal data you get form a backup on the phoine, in some cases even more.”
Apple acknowledged his claims with the following statement:
“We have designed iOS so that its diagnostic functions do not compromise user privacy and security, but still provides needed information to enterprise IT departments, developers and Apple for troubleshooting technical issues. The user must agree to share this information, and data is never transferred without their consent.”
(The Hosting News) – Today, e2b teknologies, a Sage Software reseller and Sage Gold development partner, announced that the company will exhibit their e2b anytime apps product line next week in booth #729 at Sage Summit 2014. The annual conference for Sage customers and partners will be held July 28-31, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.
e2b teknologies will exhibit products includingAnytime Collect, accounts receivable management software; Anytime 500, manufacturing and distribution add-ons for Sage 500 ERP; Anytime Supply Chain, integrated supply chain management software; andAnytime Commerce, an integrated B2B ecommerce storefront. Solutions from the anytime apps product line were designed with seamless integration to Sage ERP systems to help companies in the distribution, manufacturing, and service industries enhance and extend their Sage ERP systems for optimized operations. Additional product information and representatives from e2b teknologies will be available at booth #729 to answer any question regarding the products listed above.
“As long-time Sage partners and member of the Sage community, we have an intimate knowledge of Sage ERP systems; but more importantly, we know Sage users and their needs,” said Lynne Henslee, President of e2b teknologies. “Our anytime apps product line gives manufacturing, distribution and service companies the opportunity to take advantage of many benefits cloud computing has to offer through well-designed and easy-to-use applications built by trusted Sage Partners who understand their specific business and operational needs. We are excited to attend Sage Summit and show the community how these applications can help them become more effective and efficient in everything they do; anytime, anywhere.”
In 2013, e2b teknologies earned recognition as a Sage Gold Development Partner of the Year. The receipt of this accolade was based on the company’s ability to successfully deliver solutions that best fit customer needs, their reputation for a high level of customer satisfaction, and the significant impact e2b teknologies made in contributing to Sage customer retention. Other recent accolades awarded for the company’s expertise in ERP implementations, development, and consulting include Accounting Today’s VAR 100, Bob Scott’s list of top 100 VARs, Bob Scott’s VAR stars, Inc Magazines 500/5000 List, The Weatherhead 100, NEO Success, Fast Track 50, and an A+ rating with the BBB of Cleveland.
About e2b teknologies
e2b teknologies (e2btek.com) is a Microsoft Managed Partner providing cloud-based business software applications and business services to progressive businesses worldwide. e2b anytime apps (e2banytime.com) is the publisher of Anytime Supply Chain enterprise-class supply chain management software, Anytime Collect accounts receivable management software, Anytime Commerce B2B ecommerce platform, and related Anytime brand products. e2b enterprise (e2benterprise.com) develops custom cloud-based business applications and resells leading ERP accounting software, CRM, and other enterprise business software applications from leading publishers.
(The Hosting News) – BVS Consulting, a boutique consultancy for technology companies looking to accelerate growth with partnerships in international telecommunication networks, hosting services, data center managed services, and application and content delivery services, launched today. The company provides consulting services on Network, Data Center, Cloud and Investment solutions for technology providers seeking to enter or expand their business within the international and wholesale telecommunication communities.
BVS Consulting advises clients on how to build advanced infrastructure and managed services that deliver the scale, security and reliability sought by today’s global carriers, enterprises and government entities by sourcing and developing state-of-the-art, Tier-1 data center facilities and the services that enable their operations. The consultancy also directs telecommunication companies on how to design and build sophisticated Fiber Optic and Metro Ethernet networks that facilitate the exchange of traffic at a global level.
Additionally, BVS Consulting specializes in MEF Certification coordination; Enterprise Cloud solutions; Software-as-a-Service (SaaS); Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS); and Interconnection services, including Optical and Electrical Cross-Connects and Peering, Lit Connectivity, Wavelengths and Dark Fiber services, Hubbing to interconnect domestic and international traffic, Colocation, and Communications Access Management.
“At BVS Consulting, we combine deep insights into the global technology landscape with proven methodology and strategic alliances to deliver cutting-edge solutions for diverse tech companies,” says Benjamin Von Seeger, President and CEO of BVS Consulting. “BVS excels at connecting with our customers on a greater level, understanding requirements and exceeding specific needs with custom-tailored Network, Data Center, Cloud and Investment solutions as well as strategic go-to-market plans that build high-growth, successful businesses.”
The firm’s successes include the development of over 1,000,000 sq. ft. of data center space throughout key technology hubs including Miami, São Paulo, Madrid, Beijing, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and beyond. BVS Consulting’s special project portfolio also comprises working with leading telecommunications providers to develop resilient communications infrastructure for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.
BVS maintains proven experience in M&A as well as securing multimillion-dollar contracts from the largest national and international telecom carriers, content providers and other major corporations from Latin America, Europe, Asia and the United States.
About BVS Consulting
BVS Consulting is a boutique consultancy for technology companies looking to accelerate growth with partnerships in international networks, hosting services, and data centers managed services, application and content delivery services. Our team has developed and managed productive relationships with the largest national and international telecommunication (Tier-1) carriers, content providers and other major corporations from Latin America, Europe, Asia and U.S.A. To learn more about BVS Consulting, please visit http://bvsconsulting.com.
(The Hosting News) – SharePoint-Videos.com releases a new version of VisualSP-the SharePoint Help System. The new version, called VisualSP-Lite provides in-context and on-demand help to SharePoint users via a help tab in the ribbon of the SharePoint interface. There is no-cost to deploy and use this system.
After installing VisualSP-Lite, the Help tab shows up automatically on all sites in the following locations: Wiki pages, Document Libraries, Lists, List and Library Settings, and Site Settings. This Help tab follows the user around everywhere they go providing them context sensitive help and support. Help items are in the form of video tutorials, documents, tip sheets/screenshots, and links to other resources. All resources are served from the cloud service free of charge.
Oranizations can easily install the Farm solution for SharePoint on-premise (available for version 2010 and 2013), or the SharePoint online version at SharePoint-Videos.com. The installation process takes only two minutes.
How does VisualSP-Lite differ from the Paid Versions of VisualSP?
There are three other versions of VisualSP that include additional functionality such as:
- Ability for the organization to add its own custom content to the Help tab
- A VisualSP web part that provides the same great help within the web content page
- Content provided (video tutorials, reference documents, tip sheets) to be hosted in-house by the organization
- Analytics on content access
- Metrics on usage and the users
Learn more at VisualSP.com
About SharePoint-Videos.com (Rehmani Consulting)
SharePoint-Videos.com (SPVideos) focuses on empowering information workers, technical decision makers, administrators and developers in corporate environments with the SharePoint knowledge they need to be successful. SPVideos is the creator of VisualSP SharePoint Help System – in-context support delivered to users through the Help tab in SharePoint ribbon. VisualSP has been helping drive SharePoint adoption in organizations by exposing Help content such as: video tutorials, screenshots and reference documents to the users when they need it. In addition, hundreds of video tutorials are available on the SharePoint-Videos.com site, which empower all SharePoint users to build powerful solutions and use the SharePoint platform effectively. http://www.sharepoint-videos.com
Security should always be a big concern when you manage websites or even run an entire web server. cPanel offers a helpful tool in WHM that can scan your server for security issues, inform you when they are found, tell you how severe they are and inform you when they are resolved.
You can access Security Advisor in WHM from the home screen by navigating to Home >> Security Center >> Security Advisor. cPanel recommends that you visit the Security Advisor regularly to check for issues. It will tell you the last time that you scanned and how long the scan took. To start a new scan, just click “Scan” or “Scan Again”.
Issues are divided into four categories:
- Red – Warnings – These are issues that need to be addressed immediately in order to avoid possible security intrusions or other problems with your server
- Yellow – Possible Issue – These may or may not be critical issues. Further investigation is required to find out if something is wrong.
- Gray – Information – These are often more like suggestions than actual security problems. Nevertheless, in many cases, following the advice can help you avoid security problems later.
- Green – Resolved – These are issues that have been fixed.
When an issue is presented, WHM will usually give you instructions to fix it, and it may even provide a link to the appropriate WHM section where you can resolve it. Once you have completed whatever tasks are necessary to resolve an issue, scan your server again to ensure that the issue is fully resolved.
(The Hosting News) – Cybercriminals have attacked more than 30 banks in six countries by tricking customers into downloading malicious software through a smartphone app.
According to MarketWatch, the campaign, dubbed “Emmental” from researchers at Trend Micro, allows malicious software to be installed through an email from well known retailers, which redirects customers to a website that asks users to log in and install a mobile app from the Google Play Store.
Through the app, the hackers are able to fully control users bank accounts.
The cybercriminals have managed to successfully take funds “in the seven figures” from banks in Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, and Japan.
“This is a threat that’s going to migrate west,” said Trend Micro’s chief officer, Tom Kellermann. “If this attack code is viable against those institutions, then it will be even more prevalent here in the U.S.”
Kellermann noted that Russian slang was found in the app’s coding, as well as connections from Romania.
“This shows technical sophistication on par with the intelligence community,” added Kellermann.
(The Hosting News) – The new site also features live chat, which will allow inquiring visitors to receive additional information about the IT solutions available instantly. The existing customers now have a client portal to manage their accounts, submit tickets, etc.
This redesign became necessary because of the tremendous growth they’ve experienced over the last several years. “We simply outgrew our last site,” said Josh Brambila, General Manager at Simpleworks. “We needed a revamped web presence to better represent the full range of services we offer and to give us even better contact with our customers. We also wanted a fresh look and feel for the site to reflect the professionalism, expertise, and progress that defines what we do.”
Thanks to Power Plant Media, a web design company in Colorado Springs, the new site meets all of their needs. The knowledgeable and talented design team at Power Plant exceeded Simpleworks’ expectations. They are now confident that visitors, too, will appreciate the attractive design and new features which will help their IT team serve them even better.
Simpleworks’ Comprehensive IT Solutions
Simpleworks has certified, experienced technicians who can install, set up, manage, and troubleshoot any IT service needed by a business or individual. Thanks to their loyal customer base, they have now expanded their services to include Voice over IP (VoIP) etc., in addition to the many other solutions they offer:
- Network management
- Business Internet
- Phone and unified communications
- Backups and disaster recovery
- Computer support and repair
- Virtualization and cloud solutions
- Managed email services
- Security and compliance
- Datacenter services
- Server support
- Desktop support
… and more! Check out the new website for more information about each of these services.
Simpleworks is the leading IT support solution for small and medium-sized businesses and residential customers in Southern Colorado. Regardless of the IT needs—whether simple or complicated, large or small—their specialists can build and manage a business’ entire network. While they do have a brick-and-mortar location, there’s no need for a customer to bring their equipment to them. Simpleworks’ computer support team will come to anoyone’s home or business, and if an emergency occurs, they are on call, ready to help.
(The Hosting News) – InfiniDB, a leading provider of high-performance analytic data platforms, today unveiled the InfiniDB Accelerator Program that is geared to help organizations fast track an enterprise deployment of InfiniDB. The program gets highly skilled InfiniDB Solution Architects involved early in the process to help assess the customer’s technical problems to be solved, determine how InfiniDB can best provide a solution, and provide a framework to help the organization meet milestones for implementation success.
InfiniDB provides unparalleled technical insight and best practices to help move a customer’s InfiniDB cluster from proof-of-concept to production, quickly and with optimal performance. This includes looking at customer resources, identifying possible problems and risks early in the project, and optimizing the performance of the team and deployment. The end result is a quicker time-to-value for organizations and a reduction in the total-cost-of-ownership of their analytic infrastructure.
“InfiniDB is a proven fourth generation, open source, high performance analytics database known globally for its scalability, speed, and simplicity. However, when organizations start to tackle enterprise scale deployments, a number of understandable challenges can occur. These range from simple internal procurement policies to more complex roadblocks that can keep projects from ever getting started. The aim of the InfiniDB Accelerator Program is to help organizations quickly get started, see results, and keep the momentum going for their data analytics projects and initiatives,” said Jim Tommaney, chief technology officer at InfiniDB.
The InfiniDB Accerator Program is $4,000 and includes:
- Key InfiniDB Enterprise Edition functionality that is not part of the standard open-source download, including Enterprise Manager
- Dedicated InfiniDB Solutions Architect
- Customized production deployment plan
- Project kickoff meeting, schema and query review, project review and production sizing, recommended hardware configurations
- InfiniDB installation support resource
- Weekly project status updates
- Enterprise customer support for 60 days (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST)
The InfiniDB® database, introduced in early 2010, combines columnar technology and massive parallel processing (MPP) to deliver exceptional scaling and speed, and is a vanguard in price for performance for real-time, Big Data analytics. 100% open-source, MySQL® accessible, and available on premise, in the cloud, and on Apache Hadoop™, InfiniDB provides IT with the flexibility it needs to deploy Big Data applications with the confidence that their existing investments in hardware, software, and know-how that will grow with their data.
Popular applications of InfiniDB include InfiniDB for the Cloud and InfiniDB for Apache Hadoop. InfiniDB for the Cloud enables users to deploy massively scalable, high-performance analytics applications in Amazon Web Service® (AWS®) with dynamic provisioning. InfiniDB for Apache™ Hadoop integrates with the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) and enables users to perform real-time, high-performance ad hoc analytics within an Apache Hadoop cluster.
For more information about InfiniDB and the Accelerator Program, visit http://www.infiniDB.co. Keep updated on the company by following @InfiniDB .
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InfiniDB empowers organizations to solve problems and create new solutions with powerful Big Data analytics. The company’s platform is a fourth-generation massive parallel processing (MPP) column-oriented data technology that is known for its rapid implementation, simplicity and extraordinary value. InfiniDB, InfiniDB for the Cloud, and InfiniDB for Apache™ Hadoop® are built for today’s growing enterprise. These organizations demand speed, scale and efficiency in their analytics platforms where leveraging traditional and emerging data technologies, structures and architectures are required. InfiniDB products are licensed as GPL-2.0 with complementary consulting services, maintenance and support agreements.
For more information, to join the community, and download software, visit http://www.InfiniDB.co and follow @InfiniDB.
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(The Hosting News) – Since 2010, Beyond Nines has been focused on addressing a gap in the marketplace: customer-oriented hosting for Blackbaud® software like The Raiser’s Edge®, The Financial Edge® and NetCommunity™ (http://www.beyondnines.com/hosting/).
The Beyond Nines cloud hosting platform available for Blackbaud® software and data is recognized as the premier independent alternative to hosting in-house or with the manufacturer. Beyond Nines continues to enhance its hosting offering by adding new features and functionality, including a standard testing sandbox and bullet-proof disaster recovery.
Each month, more and more nonprofits move to Beyond Nines hosting and see the results in increased flexibility, speed and service. But to date, a group of nonprofits has been unable to consider a switch to Beyond Nines hosting because of commitments to existing long-term contracts. A move to another host before the original contract is up would mean critical funds wasted.
Because so many organizations faced similar frustrations, Beyond Nines has launched a new offer: For all new hosting clients migrating from an existing paid hosting solution to Beyond Nines, the first six months are free. That means no hidden charges, no migration fee and no random maintenance costs.
To take advantage of this offer, organizations can get in touch directly with Beyond Nines about making a switch:http://www.beyondnines.com/contact-us/ The hosting team can schedule reviews with nonprofit IT and development teams to review customizations and user needs.
ABOUT BEYOND NINES HOSTING
Beyond Nines specializes in hosting Blackbaud® software. We are the only third-party hosting provider with proven expertise hosting Blackbaud® software and Blackbaud®-integrated products. Beyond Nines offers limitless possibilities for customization – most at no additional cost. Fusion Labs, Omatic Software, SmartTHING, Dropbox, PowerPlan, SAP Crystal Reports and Zeidman Development are just a few examples of third-party companies with purpose-built applications to enhance and extend the capabilities of your Blackbaud® software that we fully support in your hosting environment. A few of the highlights of our hosting offering:
- Your own private virtual servers on our VSphere Enterprise Plus private cloud
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Beyond Nines is based in Seattle, Wash. and provides nonprofits with a full suite of professional services including consulting, web design and hosting of The Raiser’s Edge®, The Financial Edge®, and NetCommunity™. Beyond Nines serves a wide range of clients using Blackbaud® products, including arts and cultural organizations, educational institutions, religious communities and membership-driven nonprofits.