(The Hosting News) – Softaculous Ltd., the developer of Virtualizor VPS panel which allows admins to create a VPS on the fly by the click of a button, announced the release of Virtualizor 2.4.8, with major feature improvements and bug fixes.
Following are the Complete list of changes:
1) [Feature] We are introducing an IPv6 Only VPS Feature. The Admin can create the VPS with only IPv6 without any IPv4 IP Addresses.
2) [Feature] Added IPv6 in VPS Plans.
3) [Feature] Updated WHMCS Module to support only IPv6 VPS Plans. Also various other bugs have been fixed.
4) [Feature] Now Virtualizor Slave Servers will be automatically updated to latest Virtualizor Version when the Master is updated.
5) [Feature] We are introducing the “Master Only” version of Virtualizor. Now the Admin can install the Virtualizor on any server/VPS without any Virtualization installed. NOTE : You can still have any other Virtualized server as a Master as well. For more information on installation, visit this guide : http://virtualizor.com/wiki/Install_Master_Server
6) [Feature] Global setting added in General Configuration to disable auto Bandwidth Suspension.
7) [Bug Fix] Migration page was showing just 50 VPS in the VPS List. This is fixed now.
8) [Bug fix] VPS was not suspended through WHMCS if the VPS was already stopped manually by the user or the Admin. This is fixed now.
9) [Big Fix] For Virtualizor XenServer, the Admin can set the default Volume Group in General Configuration.
10) [Bug Fix] Previously only IPv4 IP ware accepted for DNS Nameservers, now Virtualizor also accepts IPv6 IP for DNS Nameservers.
11) [Bug Fix] Extended the limitation of 500 IPv6 IP to 5000 in Add IPs and Add IP Pool wizard.
12) [Bug Fix] The first row in the VPS logs of a newly created VPS was always showed as stopped. This is fixed now.
13) [Big Fix] If Webuzo control panel was installed in any VPS, the Virtualizor service would not stopped properly. This is fixed now.
Virualizor is a powerful web based VPS Control Panel. It supports OpenVZ, Xen PV, Xen HVM and Linux KVM virtualization on CentOS and Ubuntu. Admins can create a VPS on the fly by the click of a button VPS users can start, stop, restart and manage their VPS using a very advanced web based GUI. Users and Admins can see various sorts of Graphs in order to better manage their resources.
“With this new update, the admin can create a IPv6 only VPS without any requirement of IPv4 IP Addresses assigned.” said Pulkit Gupta, Softaculous founder and CEO. “Also, now Virtualizor can be installed without any Virtualization which can be used as Master only server or other Virtualized slave server.”
Virtualizor has 150+ OS templates that you can download and use by the click of a button ! New OS templates of various linux distros like CentOS, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, openSUSE are added regularly. These templates are available for all Virtualization types i.e. OpenVZ, Xen and KVM.
Virtualizor is developed by Softaculous Ltd which has also developed Softaculous auto installer which is used by over 3 Million users, simplifying the apps installation process for them. Softaculous auto installer has over 300 scripts in its library which can be installed with ONE CLICK.
About Softaculous Ltd
Softaculous was founded in 2009 with the goal of helping users to deploy apps by the click of a button. Softaculous is already being offered by leading Data Center’s and Web hosting companies around the world.
It is very easy to find, deploy, manage, backup applications using Softaculous. One can also deploy apps in the office using Softaculous Webuzo or Softaculous AMPPS.
For more information, visit http://www.softaculous.com/
(The Hosting News) – After announcing plans to kick off its biggest round of job cuts, Microsoft is now imposing stricter rules on its contract workers.
The new restrictions were outlined in a memo sent to vendors on Friday, stating that external staff is limited to 18 months of access to the company’s networks, in which a 6 month break between jobs will be required, reports GeekWire.
“The policy change affects US-based external staff (including Agency Temporaries, Vendors and Business Guests) and limits their access to Microsoft buildings and the Microsoft corporate network to a period of 18 months, with a required six-month break before access may be granted again,” states the email. “If your staff does not have Microsoft building or network access, this policy change will not apply to or impact them. The policy went into effect July 1st, 2014…”
According to the memo, the goal of the new policy is to “better protect our Microsoft IP and confidential information.”
“It’s not clear that all of the access to the corporate network that’s currently been granted is absolutely necessary for people to do their work,” said Microsoft spokesman Mark Murray. “It’s more been granted out of habit or out of default.”
“The company does want to carefully consider the volume of our use of external staff. But this particular policy is focused on protecting our confidential information and intellectual property.”
This news follows Microsoft’s announcement last week that the company intends to cut 14% of its workforce, 18,000 employees, by June 30, 2015, with 12,500 jobs associated with the Nokia Devices and Service team that Microsoft acquired in April.
(The Hosting News) – iland, an award-winning enterprise cloud infrastructure provider, today announced it is expanding its footprint into Singapore to address the demands of new and existing customers that require robust global cloud environments. Through the deployment in Pacnet’s CloudSpace II data center (SGCS2), iland can ensure customers have access to the highest quality facilities that pass rigorous audits for security, processes and controls.
As cloud adoption continues to climb, multinational companies are racing to implement global cloud strategies that ensure resources can be easily managed and scaled. However, many continue to struggle to predict costs, overcome complexity challenges and satisfy compliance requirements. iland’s proven Enterprise Cloud Services (iland ECS) deliver the visibility, performance and personalized support required to avoid these issues upfront and achieve faster return on investment. With data centers throughout the United States, United Kingdom and now Singapore, iland’s services are designed to seamlessly support development, testing, business continuity and production workloads.
“Singapore is a hub of business and technological innovation, and we are pleased to expand into the region as we support the global cloud initiatives of several of our multinational customers,” said Scott Sparvero, CEO and co-founder. “Enterprise cloud hosting should be hassle-free, secure and compliant with applicable requirements. We are committed to working directly with customers to address their dynamic needs and ensure they can drive and protect business.”
“We are very pleased that iland chose Pacnet’s Singapore CloudSpace facility to introduce its cloud services into Asia-Pacific,” said Giles Proctor, Pacnet’s Vice President of Data Center Services. “With direct connectivity to Pacnet’s robust subsea cable infrastructure and interconnected data center network throughout Asia-Pacific, iland can flexibly and seamlessly support the needs of its customers.”
Delivering the high performance that companies require for successful cloud implementation, iland ECS leverages cutting-edge Cisco UCS, Ivy Bridge microarchitecture by Intel, advanced storage and VMware technology. It is utilizing Pacnet’s SGCS2 data center, which is the first in Singapore to be recognized with Uptime Institute’s Tier III Certification of Design Documents.
iland ECS includes a portal that empowers IT and business users to quickly provision cloud services, predict and control costs, manage resources, maximize performance and enhance compliance. Rooted in a consultative approach to service, iland also has deep experience in enabling companies across the globe to protect themselves against human error, cybercrime and natural disasters through its unique Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) offering.
iland has been ranked as a leader in Forrester Research, Inc.’s report, “The Forrester Wave™: Disaster-Recovery-As-A-Service Providers, Q1 2014.” Forrester gave iland the highest scores possible for its core DRaaS offerings, recovery objective capabilities, platform and application support, data resiliency and risk mitigation, security, value proposition and vision, as well as pricing, service levels and contract terms.
Pacnet’s SGCS2 data center is an eight-story, 155,000-square foot standalone facility, strategically located in Paya Lebar. It is part of the Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN) infrastructure, the ﬁrst pan-Asian Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) architecture enabling organizations to provision network resources within minutes across multiple sites.
SGCS2 was awarded a GoldPLUS Rating in the new Green Mark for Data Center by Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore, which is the equivalent to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the US Green Building Council. The facility has also undergone a threat vulnerability risk assessment (TVRA) to ensure it meets the security requirements of the financial services industry.
For more information on iland’s Enterprise Cloud Services and DRaaS offerings:
- Read iland Enterprise Cloud Services Datasheet
- Read iland Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service Datasheet
- Watch the video demo of the Enterprise Cloud Services portal
With data centers in the U.S., U.K. and Singapore, iland delivers proven enterprise cloud solutions that help companies do business faster, smarter and more flexibly. Unlike any other provider, iland’s technology and consultative approach mean anyone–regardless of expertise, location or business objective–can experience the benefits of a hassle-free cloud. From scaling production workloads, to supporting testing and development, to disaster recovery, iland’s secure cloud and decades of experience translate into unmatched service. Underscoring the strength of its platform, the company has been recognized as VMware’s Service Provider Partner of the Year, Global and Americas. Visit http://www.iland.com.
Pacnet is Asia-Pacific’s leading provider of managed data connectivity solutions to major telecommunications carriers, large multinational enterprises and government entities. Ownership of the region’s most extensive high-capacity submarine cable systems with over 46,000 km of fiber and connectivity to interconnected data centers across 14 cities in the Asia-Pacific region gives Pacnet unparalleled reach to major business centers in key markets including China, India, Japan and the United States. Combined with a comprehensive set of managed network and value-added data center services, its assets and experience in the region help Pacnet service large businesses worldwide including Fortune 500 companies. Pacnet is headquartered in Hong Kong and Singapore, with offices in all key markets in the Asia-Pacific region and North America. For more information, please visit:http://www.pacnet.com.
(The Hosting News) – StackOps, the leading business in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platforms based on OpenStack™, has announced the availability of Stackops Portal, a piece of software that allows you to have all the capabilities of the OpenStack™ Cloud Operating system in an agile way which is attractive for end users.
StackOps Portal is a user interface designed for the complete customization of a Cloud solution. It is extensible thanks to its development framework and lowers the barrier to entry for OpenStack™. For example, it manages tasks such as Authentication, Authorization, Cross Site Scripting (XSS) and Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS), as well as the hot deployment of new components and settings on the fly.
The solution is designed for any company that wants to offer their internal customers a top-quality user experience for their Private Cloud, Service Providers who need to customize the user experience for their Public Cloud or ISVs which develop their products around OpenStack™and want to offer an integrated and unified interface solution.
It incorporates the advanced features of Hybrid Cloud for managing multiple clouds, whether public or private. Its user interface can connect multiple environments and manage them all as one. It has native integration with the OpenStack™ Authentication and Authorization system, which allows secure management of the visual components, based on fine-grained roles.
StackOps has developed more than 20 freely-available plugins, which are updated constantly so that all users have access to the latest capabilities offered by OpenStack™ and Stackops products. The administrator can upgrade to new versions as soon as they are available in a discreet manner which is fully transparent to the end user and in any case causes no service outage.
For over a year StackOps has been offering its OpenStack™ Hosted Managed Services with Stackops Portal and its users have expressed great satisfaction. Now this new version allows users of other distributions of the OpenStack™ ecosystem also to leverage their capabilities. The only requirement is for them to adhere to the standards and API defined by the OpenStack™ Community.
Stackops Portal is ready for download from http://www.stackops.com/portal.
StackOps is a European company, created in 2011 for the development and management of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platforms based on OpenStack™. StackOps has rolled out its solutions across four continents and manages its clients’ IaaS platforms in its service zones of Amsterdam and Madrid efficiently, thanks to the development of its own technology of self-provision, operations and pricing.
(The Hosting News) – Net Access, a leading colocation, cloud and managed services provider announced today the immediate availability of “FLEXServices”, a fully managed integrated suite of IT infrastructure services enabling customers to easily and rapidly deploy complex hybrid solutions.
According to a recent Gartner report, nearly 50% of large enterprises are expected to be using hybrid cloud by 2017. TechNavio believes hybrid cloud spend will be $79.54Bn globally based on a study issued earlier this year.
“Although the term hybrid cloud has been around for a while, the number of providers that can truly address the need for cross platform solutions is very small,” said Raul Martynek, CEO Net Access. “For nearly twenty years, we have been meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations by providing flexible, innovative solutions that drive clear business value. Today, we offer customers the ability to easily integrate cloud technology and colocation into one platform, thereby lowering overall costs and improving performance.”
The launch of Net Access’ fully integrated managed FLEXServices portfolio enables customers to easily build solutions to meet their IT needs for today and in the future without the complexities or overhead associated with designing, building and maintaining the complete infrastructure themselves.
In addition, Net Access FLEXServices are backed by:
- 24×7 support with onsite technical hands
- 100% Platform Availability SLAs
- 100% Internet Accessibility SLAs
- 2 Hour Hardware Replacement Guarantee
“We are very excited at the launch of our fully integrated FLEXServices,” said Dan Cech, CTO “As an industry innovator, we made the commitment and investment early on to ensure that our solutions would always work seamlessly together — from our base co-location and security services through to public and private cloud enabling true hybrid cloud capabilities.”
Net Access’ FLEXServices fully integrated portfolio of virtualized and dedicated infrastructure products addresses customers’ hybrid IT & cloud needs, and includes the following:
- FLEXServers – Managed Dedicated Servers and bare metal private cloud
- FLEXPrivateCloud – Dedicated private infrastructure with customer defined resource pool management
- FLEXVirtualDC – Virtual Data Center (DaaS) for customer defined resource provisioning on shared infrastructure
- FLEXVServers – Managed Cloud based virtual servers
- FLEXBackup – Dedicated and shared cloud backup
- FLEXStorage – Multi-tier dedicated and shared storage
- FLEXSecurity – Analytics and Monitoring with DDoS Mitigation, Managed Dedicated and Virtual Firewalls with IDS/IPS/Anti-virus and SPAM filtering
- FLEXColocation – Flexible colocation solutions from rack to cage with onsite 24×7 technical hands
- FLEXBridge – Private connectivity to all FLEXServices from within the data center environment and customer site for increased security and performance
For more information please visit http://www.nac.net/managed-services/
About Net Access
Net Access is an industry leading provider of data center services delivering secure, reliable, and flexible colocation, cloud, network, and managed solutions to IT intensive businesses. Founded in 1995, Net Access’ interconnected SSAE 16 audited and PCI DSS compliant data centers allow its customers to focus on their core strengths, without the need to operate the underlying infrastructure. Our team is made up of innovative, dedicated professionals that strive to provide outstanding service that aligns with our mantra, “taking care of the customer for life”.
(The Hosting News) – During the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conference on Saturday, Edward Snowden said he intends to devote much of his time to finding ways to help people communicate anonymously with encrypted messages.
“You in this room, right now have both the means and the capability to improve the future by encoding our rights into programs and protocols by which we rely every day,” said Snowden during the New York City event via remote video conference from Russia. “That is what a lot of my future work is going to be involved in.”
He went on to say that hackers need to spend more time developing tools to allow whistleblowers the opportunity to divulge government information to journalists without having to worry about going to jail or their identity compromised, reports Mashable.
Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, mirrored his statements by saying that “a lot of blood has flowed because people bit their tongues, swallowed their whistles and didn’t speak out.”
He encouraged people working for the government and corporations to come out and expose the corruptions and crimes they see to the public.
“You people need to do what you can…to make it possible for people to do this without spending their life in prison.”
(The Hosting News) – Pose, a sweeping, cloud-based point-of-sale (POS) solution for small-to-medium size retailers, announced today bold new pricing by offering its full-featured online POS solution for free to all U.S.-based businesses. As the cloud pricing wars spread from cloud computing to storage to productivity tools, Pose becomes the first mover in the race to zero for cloud-based POS. In doing so, Pose is paving the way for more SMBs to take their business mobile and to the cloud, while maximizing their revenues and profitability. Pose’s feature-rich offering provides, among other capabilities, an online cash register that helps small retailers keep real-time tabs on their business from anywhere, at any time, leveraging mobile devices.
Previously costing $49 per month, effective immediately, Pose is now making its cloud-based POS offering FREE – forever. By partnering up with select credit card transaction processors, Pose is now able to offer businesses some of the industry’s most competitive rates. For example, other online POS vendors charge north of Square’s 2.75% transaction fee, yet compare this to Pose’s transaction fee that will be as low as of 1.09% + 10¢ per swipe.
Pose’s new pricing comes with no strings attached, including no long-term contract requirements or plans to up-sell or cross-sell other relevant products or services to businesses. Nor are there other stipulations or hidden fees such as charging merchants more based on inventory quantity, number of customers, transaction volume, etc. Currently, there are several competing solutions that claim to offer a “free version,” but what SMBs essentially receive is a hobbled version of the software that provides limited usage which is often full of restrictions based on transaction volume, inventory volume, etc.
“We’re really pleased to be the first mover to democratize online POS for the millions of small and medium sized retailers out there seeking to bring the power of cloud computing to their stores. The reality is that vendors in our space have been living high on the hog charging SMBs for both usage of the product coupled with transaction fees that they also collect,” commented Dror Liwer, Pose’s CEO. “Pose wants to play fair, and we believe this is indeed a win-win for us and our SMB customers.”
In addition to its native integration with QuickBooks and multi-lingual, multi-currency support, Pose’s full-featured offering arms SMBs with a strong competitive edge, by gaining the ability to rapidly capture and analyze customer data and then set up tailored loyalty programs to reward customers for their continued support.
Privately-held, Pose is a sweeping, cloud-based point-of-service (POS) solution for small-to-medium size retailers who are seeking a better alternative to help them run their business. Pose stands apart from others in its ability to helps merchants gain a leg up on competition with cutting-edge, customer-facing functionality from loyalty and rewards to social media engagement to customer service. Unlike older competitors whose dated technology is unable to readily support mobile, Pose was built from the ground up to harness mobile. Pose is backed by RDSeed, a venture fund that invests in early stage startups. For more information, please visithttp://www.getpose.com.
(The Hosting News) – CloudOne (http://www.oncloudone.com), an IBM Premier Business Partner and the industry leader in cloud delivery of IBM Software-as-a-Service, announced today they have acquired the North American sales and marketing operations of Sodius Corp., the market leader in interoperability solutions for systems development. Simultaneously, Sodius Corp. announced a partnership to serve as CloudOne’s sales and marketing reseller in the growing French marketplace.
As part of the acquisition, Robert Baillargeon will become Director of Solutions Delivery for CloudOne’s new systems services practice. Led by CloudOne’s Vice President of Business Development James Pietrocarlo, a former executive in the Lab Services team for IBM Rational, this new practice will provide top-level consulting services and architectural direction for customers in automotive and related systems development industries.
Jean-Philippe Lerat, Président-Directeur Général of Sodius said, “I welcome this mutually beneficial agreement for our companies. This will leverage our strengths in our respective marketplaces, and put us at the forefront of systems development, which is integrated, cloud-delivered workspaces to accelerate collaborative product innovation.”
John McDonald, CEO of CloudOne added, “We’ve had a long and close relationship with Sodius, a company well-respected in the marketplace and appreciated by their customers for the capabilities and reputation they bring to systems development. It is an honor to represent their technologies in North America, and even more exciting is the chance to better serve the French marketplace through this new chapter in our relationship.”
CloudOne delivers on-demand Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Virtual Private Cloud solutions for IBM® software tools to meet the needs of all industry verticals and variably sized organizations. Cummins, Panasonic, Hilton, CVS/Caremark, US Army, Shell, Xerox, Deloitte, Delphi Automotive, Harman/Kardon, McDonald’s and other organizations worldwide rely on CloudOne’s cloud-based IBM SaaS services to make their infrastructure work on-demand.
Started in 2009, the company is privately owned and headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. CloudOne speeds the development of IBM® technologies with no up-front capital, so companies “pay as they go” on a monthly subscription saving them money on infrastructure, staffing and configuration costs while creating a dynamic, elastic environment to facilitate global collaboration, visibility and consistency. To learn more about accelerating architecture initiatives with CloudOne, visit http://www.oncloudone.com or follow us on Twitter @OnCloudOne.
Started in 1999, Sodius, a privately-owned French corporation, is dedicated to improving engineering processes for designing complex systems, products, and software by amplifying existing skills and engineering assets to deliver products more efficiently. Sodius provides off-the-shelf and custom interoperability solutions to integrate applications, engineering teams, and processes. Sodius is a technology provider for IBM Rational, with an expertise in integrating the Rational tool suite with non-Rational design and architecture products. To learn more about Sodius, visit http://www.sodius.com or follow us on Twitter at @SodiusCorp.
If you are moving from shared hosting to a VPS, one thing you might not be accustomed to dealing with is having shell access to your account. You can use SSH to directly manipulate your Linux or Unix virtual private server from its command line. That, however, comes with a security risk for you and any other user you afford with a user account. Since weak passwords are often the cause of security breaches, it is important to enforce strong ones. With password aging, you can also enforce regular password changes.
A program called “chage” will set the length of time between required password changes. The formula for setting times is:
m – Minimum days – The minimum number of days allowed between password changes
M – Maximum days – The maximum number of days that a password is valid
W – Warn – Specifies the number of days a user is warned before the password must be change
For example, if you want to specify that a user must wait 30 days before manual password changes, must change his password every 60 days and shall be warned 7 days before his password expires, the command string would look like this:
# chage -m 30 -M 60 -W 7 username
This is a tool you can use for yourself to remind you that you need to change your own password, and you can also use it for other users to enforce regular password changes. If you have multiple users, you should have a policy in place and make sure they are aware of it. For more information, type “man chage” from the command line or see this documentation.
(The Hosting News) – On Thursday Apple announced that its longest serving board member of 17 years, Bill Campbell, would be retiring.
“Over the past 17 years, it’s been exciting to watch history unfold as Apple emerged as the premier technology company in the world,” said Campbell. “The company today is in the best shape that I have seen it, and Tim [Cook’s] leadership of his strong team will allow Apple to continue to be great going forward.”
Campbell first joined Apple as Vice President of Marketing in 1983. Shortly after Steve Job’s return to the company, he joined the board in 1997 just as the company was near bankruptcy, Forbes reports.
“When Bill joined Apple’s board, the company was on the brink of collapse,” recalls CEO Tim Cook. “He not only helped Apple survive, but he’s led us to a level of success that was simply unimaginable back in 1997.”
Susan Wagner, director and co-founder of investment services BlackRock, will be taking his place on the board. She will be serving on both BlackRock’s and Apple’s board.
“I have always admired Apple for its innovative products and dynamic leadership team, and I’m honored to be joining their board,” said Wagner.
(The Hosting News) – Goliath Technologies, a leading provider of IT Operations Software for hybrid physical, virtual, and cloud environments, announced today that they have acquired TransformaTech. TransformaTech, a privately held company with offices in Exton, PA, provides monitoring as a service (MaaS) from the cloud for hosted and on-premise virtual and physical infrastructure.
“We have seen an increased demand for Monitoring as a Service, or MaaS as it is now called, especially from our customers who have deployed desktop virtualization solutions like XenApp, XenDesktop, and VMware View,” said Thomas Charlton, Chairman and CEO of Goliath Technologies. “The acquisition of TransformaTech will allow us to immediately offer MaaS to our customers because TransformaTech has the expertise, infrastructure, and business model in place to support customers such as the PA Department of Revenue, PMA Insurance, Cigna, Finish Line, Tire Kingdom, Fidelity, PayPal, and Amerigas.”
“We are very proud of our growth and profitability over the years. Identifying market trends early and reacting with technology solutions has always been a hallmark of our company and virtualization, cloud computing, and Monitoring as a Service were no exception,” said Bill Karounos, CEO of TransformaTech. “Now being part of Goliath Technologies, we will have additional resources and capabilities to realize our vision relative to offering MaaS to a larger base of customers.”
Bill Karounos will be transitioning to the Executive Team at Goliath Technologies as Vice President of Technical Operations. In this role, he will manage the entire customer experience from the first technical interaction through the purchase journey to ongoing support for both on-premise solutions and Monitoring as a Service in the cloud. All TransformaTech employees will join the Goliath Technologies team as well.
About Goliath Technologies
Goliath Technologies provides proactive IT operations software for IT organizations that address the evolving challenges of deploying virtual server and virtual desktop infrastructure whether on premise or in the cloud. Our solutions are purpose built for these emerging platforms and application delivery methods so they are vastly easier to use with greater functionality than alternative legacy products or point solutions. We communicate with existing enterprise frameworks, network centric solutions, and other IT management tools so we complement and extend existing IT investments with our virtual server and virtual desktop specific functionality. Customers include ADP, UHS, VA, Wyndham Hotels, NASA, Thomson Reuters, Overstock.com, MySpace, and Xerox.
Learn more today at http://www.goliathtechnologies.com.
TransformaTech, Inc. was founded in 2008 and was originally built around 4 core practices: Project Management, Systems Integration, Performance Engineering, and Development with the goal of helping clients successfully use technology to transform and modernize their businesses. Based on market, demand, and expertise, TransformaTech later formalized a practice around Virtualization and Monitoring and in essence transformed their own business. This practice has yielded a lot of success with Monitoring as a Service (Maas) and managed service offerings. Clients trusted TransformaTech’s ability to monitor and support their critical environments and applications leveraging TransformaTech’s own products, services, and expertise, as well as other value added technologies. Their end clients included PA Department of Revenue, PMA Insurance, Cigna, Finish Line, Tire Kingdom, Fidelity, PayPal, and Amerigas.
(The Hosting News) – CloudOne (http://www.oncloudone.com), an IBM Premier Business Partner and the world leader in cloud delivery of IBM Software-as-a-Service, is one of 27 companies from 12 Indiana counties that have earned a place in Indiana’s seventh annual class of ‘Companies to Watch’ program.
“We are honored to be included in such a stellar group of high-performing companies in our state. When a small company such as CloudOne can bring a major enterprise software company like IBM into the SaaS era, and simultaneously be entrusted by some of the world’s best companies to deliver critical business functions from the cloud it is due in large part to the support and guidance we have received from Indiana’s technology community and business sector as a whole,” said John McDonald, CEO of CloudOne.
Presented by the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE), its Indiana Small Business Development Center, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), and endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, ‘Indiana Companies to Watch’ recognizes privately held Indiana businesses that have experienced exceptional growth and well positioned for future growth. Eligible companies must have six to 150 full-time employees and have generated between $750,000 to $100 million in annual revenue or capital.
The 27 ‘Companies to Watch’ from 12 Indiana counties were named after evaluating 50 nominations for the awards and represent industries ranging from biotech research and robotic part design to gourmet flavor manufacturing and automotive safety.
The chosen companies project to have combined revenues in excess of $233 million and create more than 242 new jobs this year. The revenue projections represent an increase of more than $77 million or 50 percent from 2013.
The 27 ‘Companies to Watch’ will be honored at a public Aug. 20 ceremony at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. Tickets for the ceremony and dinner are still available and may be purchased online athttp://www.inctw.org or by calling 888.472.3244. To see the announcement in its entirety and a complete list of winners, visit http://isbdc.org/2014-indiana-companies-watch-winners/.
CloudOne delivers on-demand Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Virtual Private Cloud solutions for IBM® software tools to meet the needs of all industry verticals and variably sized organizations. Cummins, Panasonic, Hilton, CVS/Caremark, US Army, Shell, Xerox, Deloitte, Delphi Automotive, Harman/Kardon, McDonald’s and other organizations worldwide rely on CloudOne’s cloud-based IBM SaaS services to make their infrastructure work on-demand.
Started in 2009, the company is privately owned and headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. CloudOne speeds the development of IBM® technologies with no up-front capital, so companies “pay as they go” on a monthly subscription saving them money on infrastructure, staffing and configuration costs while creating a dynamic, elastic environment to facilitate global collaboration, visibility and consistency. To learn more about accelerating architecture initiatives with CloudOne, visit http://www.oncloudone.com/ or follow us on Twitter @OnCloudOne.
Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE) oversees the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC), the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and the Indiana Small Business Ombudsman. The OSBE staff helps grow the Indiana economy by assisting entrepreneurs and small businesses through programs and personal consultation. For more information on OSBE and to see how Indiana is “the state that works” for entrepreneurs visithttp://www.osbe.in.gov.
About the ISBDC
As part of OSBE, the ten Indiana Small Business Development Centers (ISBDC) support the formation, growth, and sustainability of Indiana’s small businesses by providing entrepreneurs expert guidance and access to a network of resources. Funding for the regional ISBDCs comes from state universities, chambers of commerce, economic development offices, mayor offices, and banks. Statewide financial support is provided by U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College. Administratively, the ISBDC Lead Center is operated by the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE), an agency of the Office of Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann. To learn more about the ISBDC and to become a client visit: http://isbdc.org.
About Indiana Companies to Watch
Indiana Companies to Watch is an awards program celebrating second-stage entrepreneurs presented by the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, its Small Business Development Center, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation. Sponsors include the Barnes & Thornburg, Katz Sapper & Miller, Key Bank and Ivy Tech Corporate College.
(The Hosting News) - Los Angeles based Xfernet has increased the footprint of its ActiveGrid cloud services to include Chicago, IL. Xfernet launched its ActiveGrid cloud services platform late last year and has quickly become a leading provider of cloud services in the Los Angeles area.
“The addition of our Chicago location allows us to provide a wider range of services to our clients,” says Sam Scott, CEO of Xfernet. “Our ActiveGrid cloud customers can now choose where and how to deploy their applications.” He also says, “The capability to geographically load balance applications is a very compelling feature that provides faster performance and near-continuous availability.”
Xfernet believes that the expansion of their ActiveGrid cloud services portfolio will attract SMB, mid-market, and Enterprise customers who are looking for affordable and reliable cloud and business continuity solutions.
Xfernet is a leading provider of managed cloud, grid computing, CDN and colocation services. Based in Los Angeles, Xfernet was founded in 1998 and now serves a wide range of enterprise and small business clients in the U.S. and abroad. Xfernet operates its own world class SOC2 Type II data center in Los Angeles. For more information, please call 855-XFERNET or visit http://www.xfernet.net.
(The Hosting News) – Microsoft announced today that changes are about to happen, starting with thousands of job cuts. In an email sent out by CEO Satya Nadella, he stated that a total of 18,000 employees would be getting laid off over the next year, with 12,500 of those employees coming from the Nokia Devices and Services team.
According to ZDNet, those affected in the first wave of 13,000 cuts will be notified over the next six months. These cuts affect employees in sales, marketing, engineering, and factory workers.
Nadella noted in his email to all employees that the company will offer those affected severance, and in some cases help to relocate to a new job.
“The company expects to incur pre-tax charges of $1.1 billion to $1.6 billion over the next four quarters, including $750 million to $800 million for severance and related benefit costs, and $350 million to $800 million of asset-related charges,” says a press release from the tech giant.
This is Microsoft’s biggest job reduction ever, with the last major reduction of 5,800 coming from Steve Ballmer in 2009.
“The overall result of these changes will be more productive, impactful teams across Microsoft. These changes will affect both the Microsoft workforce and our vendor staff. Each organization is starting at different points and moving at different paces.”
Microsoft will release more details about its “innovation investments” in its fourth-quarter fiscal earning call on July 22nd.
(The Hosting News) – Data Center World, the premier industry conference and expo for the data center industry, and Data Center Knowledge, the industry’s leading online source for news and analysis about the data center industry, jointly announced today a new collaborative effort.
Data Center Knowledge will assist Data Center World in developing the most up-to-date educational program available during a critical period of transformative change within the industry. One such area of change is the convergence of the traditional enterprise data center with third-party data centers and cloud providers – a topic where Data Center Knowledge has deep expertise. This trend toward the hybrid data center is one of the many strategic changes requiring today’s data center professional to learn new skills.
Under the effort, Data Center Knowledge’s editorial team is developing a Trends Track for the upcoming Data Center World Orlando conference. “This year’s Data Center World program will be better than ever with the help of the editorial staff at Data Center Knowledge,” said AFCOM President Tom Roberts. “By adding the collective experience of Yevgeniy Sverdlik, Editor in Chief, Rich Miller, Editor At Large, and Jason Verge, Industry Analyst, to help build the program, we are able to harness the knowledge of the industry’s leading news source to ensure our attendees are presented the most important and relevant trends within the data center industry today.”
Yevgeniy, Rich and Jason will work collaboratively with Tom to develop the Trends Track for the upcoming conference using their expertise to set specific session direction, bring in new speakers to the program and help moderate and facilitate conversations at the conference about the future of the industry. Topics will include utilizing managed services, the Open Compute Project, software defined data centers, the next-generation NOC, Internet governance and globalization, Big Data and power system innovations.
With Data Center Knowledge on board, attendees to the upcoming Data Center World Orlando conference will continue to receive the industry’s best real-world education available today. The enhancement of the Trends Track adds to an already strong program that will feature more education and networking hours, the best rated sessions and speakers from the previous Data Center World Global event and an entirely new track focused on practical managerial and leadership skills for today’s data center professional. You can learn more about the upcoming Data Center World Orlando conference by visiting http://www.datacenterworld.com.
About Data Center Knowledge
Data Center Knowledge (http://www.DataCenterKnowledge.com) is a leading online source of daily news and analysis about the data center industry. Data Center Knowledge covers the latest developments and trends driving the powerful growth in demand for mission-critical facilities, the challenges and opportunities presented by high-density computing and its impact on power and cooling, and the evolution of the industry to include cloud computing and modular data centers.
About Data Center World
Data Center World (http://www.DataCenterWorld.com) is the premier educational conference and expo for data center and facilities management professionals providing real-world solutions for critical data center infrastructure through comprehensive, vendor-neutral education, peer-to-peer networking and unparalleled access to technology service providers.
(The Hosting News) – FortaCloud ™ Hosting announced today it will be offering Free VPS Cloud Servers — a multi-tenant global, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, designed specifically for customers with rapidly growing infrastructure footprints who need the agility and elasticity offered by the cloud along with the simplicity, performance and stability of traditional IT environments.
“The rising complexity of the multi-tenant cloud affects applications in a variety of ways,” said Prieur J. Leary III, president of FortaCloud. “Traditional Virtualization and sharing a physical machine are fantastic tools for specific workloads, at certain scale; however, we’ve learned that the one-size-fits-all approach to multi-tenancy just doesn’t work once you become successful. FortaCloud was created to simplify scaling for customers who need to stay fast and lean while maintaining laser-sharp focus on building out their product.”
Noisy neighbors in traditional multi-tenant environments can degrade network latency, disk I/O and compute processing power, which results in unpredictable application performance. FortaCloud’s new offering taps its expertise in delivering scalable solutions that eliminate the growing pains typically associated with the current industry model.
“What’s exciting about FortaCloud is that you get all the benefits of cloud infrastructures, such as full automation and writing software to manage your servers, but without any of the compromises on performance or reliability,” said Carlos Aguirre, CEO of Infinifgy. “Running CoreOS on FortaCloud, you get a host operating system that is optimized for efficiency and ready to run your container-based applications from first boot.”
Free VPS Cloud Servers are built with Carrier Grade hardware, and powered by CloudStack. The servers come in three different sets of specifications, each custom designed to accommodate heavy duty workloads associated with large web scale applications.
Customers also rely on our best-of-breed support to manage the complexity of running their infrastructure on their behalf. By default, every Free VPS Cloud Server customer has access to FortaCloud specialists to optimize their application architecture, assist with code debugging, and monitor their infrastructure.
“We’ve all been trained to think of the cloud as generic virtual machines on demand. Traditional VMs have had their decade. The future ‘Cloud’ will be built on next generation infrastructure, such as FortaCloud,” said Carlos Aguirre, CEO of Infinifgy, a FortaCloud customer in the early access program. “We believe FortaCloud is the future of Infrastructure-as-a-Service. It’s simply more efficient”.
FortaCloud is currently available as a soft-launch under limited availability and expected to enter general availability this September. To learn more, please visit http://www.FortaCloud.co.
FortaCloud is a leader in Cloud Computing. Its technical expertise and best-of-breed support allow companies to tap the power of the cloud without the painful costs of hiring experts in a multitude of complex technologies. FortaCloud is also the leader in hybrid cloud, giving each company the best fit for its unique needs — whether on single- or multi-tenant servers, or a combination of those platforms. Headquartered in South Florida, FortaCloud serves more than 20,000 customers from every habitable continent on the planet. FortaCloud.co.
(The Hosting News) – Celestix Networks, the leading provider of secure remote access connectivity solutions, today announced the global availability of Celestix Cloud Edge Security Appliance 1.6 that manages the Windows® Server 2012 R2 Remote Access platform from a simplified web interface – Comet. The web UI enhancements on Cloud Edge Security Appliance aim to reduce the deployment time and ease the administrative overhead of both set up and management for any type of infrastructure; on-premises, virtual and cloud.
The Cloud Edge Security solution simplifies Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Access deployment. It is the latest in a long line of dedicated security appliances from Celestix built for Microsoft technology, and is delivered on the E Series advanced hardware platform. It is a comprehensive remote access solution that addresses multiple network connectivity requirements on a single device. It is designed to provide secure remote access for both managed and non-managed clients, as well as enabling hybrid cloud connectivity for hosted public cloud services. In addition, the Cloud Edge Security solution provides support for new bring your own device (BYOD) features that will help administrators control access to corporate data wherever it resides.
“The release of Cloud Edge Security Appliance 1.6 represents our significant efforts in simplifying configuration and enhancing the management interface to offer our customers the best suited and customizable deployment scenarios for Remote Access roles” said Gabriele Sartori, Chief Technology Officer for Celestix Networks.
The new release is packed with functionality like simplified configuration, enhanced reporting, and remote monitoring. Once the Remote Access role is configured, administrators can monitor and manage features from a work station with no need for KVM or RDP access to the appliance. The functional overview includes:
- One click to install a major service (ADFS/Device Registration Service, NPS, DirectAccess/VPN, Web Application Proxy, Remote Desktop Gateway, Remote Desktop Web, Work Folders).
- Quick access to service status and client usage information.
- Enhanced reporting for monitoring and compliance requirements.
- Efficient troubleshooting for DirectAccess client connections.
- Streamlined connection to Remote Access advanced management.
Pricing and Availability
For more information about Cloud Edge Security Appliances contact Celestix at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celestix Networks is the market-leading provider of network security solutions that enable the simple deployment of secure remote access connectivity across the cloud and distributed offices. Celestix has a proven track record and is a trusted brand in the delivery of managed security appliances and security solutions.
Founded in 1999, Celestix has delivered tens of thousands of security appliances worldwide and provides support to thousands of customers annually. The company is headquartered in Fremont California and maintains regional offices in London, Singapore and Tokyo. For more information call 1 (877) 884-1892 or visit Celestix on the Web athttp://www.celestix.com.
(The Hosting News) – Google has partnered with pharmaceutical maker Novartis to develop a smart contact lens capable of reading glucose levels and correcting eye’s ability to focus.
According to a report from the LA Times, the lens measure glucose levels in tears by using small chips and sensors that is embedded in the contact. The data is then wirelessly sent to the user’s mobile device.
For those with vision problems, the contact helps restores the eyes ability to naturally focus on objects near them, much the autofocus on a camera. This can be done by regularly changing the lens or having the contact permanently inserted into the eye as part of the “refractive cataract treatment,” says a press release from Novartis.
“Alcon and Google have a deep and common passion for innovation,” said Division Head of Alcon, Jeff George. “By combining Alcon’s leadership in eye care and expertise in contact lenses and intraocular lenses with Google’s innovative “smart lens” technology and groundbreaking speed in research, we aim to unlock a new frontier to jointly address the unmet medical needs of millions of eye care patients around the world.”
Google first announced this project in January, stating that they were looking for partners to help fight the losing battle against diabetes.
(The Hosting News) – Novosoft, LLC announces the new release of the popular Handy Backup data-keeping utility marked as version 7.5. The key feature of a new version is cleared, simplified interface bringing user a lot of comfort. Some other changes are possibility of restoring MySQL data in non-existing databases in just one click, sturdy supporting of MS SQL backup and restoration and significant improvement of speed when Yandex.Disk commercial cloud service is used by the program through WebDAV.
As Alexey Dolgushev, Head of Handy Backup Business Development Department, said: «We refine all the interface elements, polishing these operations to be even more intuitive and comfortable then before! We are also continue to build up deep internal structures linking our data-keeping software with APIs of some database engines such as MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server, giving users more speed and more extra actions. At last but not least, we are speeding up our WebDAV cloud interface, improving the speed of exchanging data between our software and the popular Yandex.Disk cloud service».
The version 7.5 of Handy Backup takes a lot of changes in all interface elements, giving user more understandable and intuitive control over all steps of backing up and restoration. Such interface changes are restricting overall software functionality by no way, being simpler to learn but as powerful as any times before for undertaking any real job.
Automating data exchange with MySQL database engine taking new step with this release, bringing user a possibility of restoring data in non-existing MySQL databases by a single click instead of some configuration actions presented before. Some operations with data from Microsoft SQL Server are also revised, giving more reliability when software works with most complex data environments in this particular database engine.
Finally the popular Yandex.Disk cloud service used as backup source or as data destination through the multi-cloud WebDAV interface, giving user much more speed in version 7.5. This improvement allows user to save a lot of data on Yandex.Disk taking much less time than before on this action.
About Novosoft LLC
Novosoft LLC is an IT company specialized by more than twenty years on business processes automation and IT consulting. Some products by the company are popular through the entire world among the individual and corporate users. All Novosoft products are characterized by highest stability attained by the perfect qualification of developer team, as well as by comfortable interface, reasonable prices and strong all-time technical support.
About Handy Backup
Handy Backup is the powerful, sturdy utility designed for backing up and restoration all types of data locally or via different networks. It can operate under all modern versions of Windows including Windows 8/7/Vista/XP, Windows Server 2012/2008/2003, as well as perform remote network operations under some distributives of OS Linux. The set of options provided by Handy Backup include data saving, restoring and synchronizing, taking snapshots of HDD images, as well as copying data to and from almost all database engines. The classic-looking graphical interface allows user to create and control all types of data-keeping tasks.
On the official product website you can read about different editions of Handy Backup, aimed to satisfy the needs of all user categories. You can also download a latest program version as a free 30-day trial.
For more information about Handy Backup, see the official product website www://handybackup.net.
(The Hosting News) - Pacnet, a leading provider of integrated technology solutions in the Asia-Pacific region, today announced that Gartner gives Pacnet the highest scores for 2 out of 4 Uses Cases named in the report: 3.7 out of 5 for High-Capacity Networks Use Case and 3.8 out of 5 for Low-Latency Networks Use Case as Pacnet received Product Score in Managed MPLS VPN, Ethernet Services, Internet Access, and Managed WAN Optimization/APM*.
Pacnet’s EAC-C2C is Asia’s leading state-of-the-art fiber optic submarine cable network spanning 36,800 kilometers between Hong Kong, China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Singapore. In addition to its flexible charging scheme and usage-based port charging options, Pacnet offers a high-capacity, low-latency service leveraging its optical network — recently upgraded to support 100G bandwidth and enhanced with Software-Defined Networking (SDN) capabilities via the release of Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN).
Pacnet’s MPLS-based IP VPN network provides full regional coverage as well as direct connectivity into China through an interconnection with Pacnet Business Solutions, its equity joint venture in China. The company expanded its IP VPN service into emerging markets such as Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.
According to Gartner, “Most communications service providers (CSPs) can provide connectivity to all the major markets in Asia, but differ significantly in their connectivity to new emerging markets in the Greater Mekong region and the Indian subcontinent, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) interconnections with local carriers, and their ability to support extended domestic connectivity in emerging markets. MPLS Internet Protocol (IP) virtual private network (VPN) continues to be the service of choice for multinational corporations (MNCs). However, demand is growing for two niche, but increasingly important, services: high-capacity services for content distribution to Asia’s very large consumer market, and low-latency services for financial trading and the banking sector.”*
“We believe Gartner’s assessment reaffirms Pacnet’s position as a strong connectivity player with robust Ethernet over optical networks, superior connectivity into emerging markets, good service and support, and experience in supporting large and highly distributed networks,” said Andy Lumsden, Chief Technology Officer at Pacnet. “We consider it also identifies Pacnet as a regional leader in the growing segments for high-capacity and low-latency services which were identified by Gartner as increasingly important in the APAC region.”
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Pacnet is Asia-Pacific’s leading provider of managed data connectivity solutions to major telecommunications carriers, large multinational enterprises and government entities. Ownership of the region’s most extensive high-capacity submarine cable systems with over 46,000 km of fiber and connectivity to interconnected data centers across 14 cities in the Asia-Pacific region gives Pacnet unparalleled reach to major business centers in key markets including China, India, Japan and the United States. Combined with a comprehensive set of managed network and value-added data center services, its assets and experience in the region help Pacnet service large businesses worldwide including Fortune 500 companies. Pacnet is headquartered in Hong Kong and Singapore, with offices in all key markets in the Asia-Pacific region and North America. For more information, please visit: www.pacnet.com.