(The Hosting News) – AT&T is set to pay $105 million to settle claims that it had used the practice of “cramming” to charge customers for services such as dating tips, ringtones, and horoscopes.
According to Bloomberg, the mobile giant will pay $80 million in refunds to customers, $20 million in fees to all U.S. states, and anther $5 million to the FCC in fines.
“This settlement will put tens of millions of dollars back in the pockets of consumers harmed by AT&T’s cramming of its mobile customers,” stated Edith Ramirez, FTC Chairwoman. “AT&T had strong reason to suspect that the charges were unauthorized, yet continued to place these charges on its customers’ bills.”
Ramirez added that AT&T took at least 35 percent of every charge, which most of the charges, disguised as “AT&T monthly subscriptions,” were roughly $9.99.
“We reached a broad settlement to resolve claims that some of our wireless customers were billed for charges from third-parties that the customers did not authorize. This settlement gives our customers who believe they were wrongfully billed for PSMS the ability to get a refund,” said an AT&T spokesman.
T-Mobile is currently under investigation by the FCC for the use of cramming practices as well.
(The Hosting News) – ComputeNext, an award-winning cloud service marketplace provider, announced today that it has been named to the inaugural Cloud Partner Program Guide, a list of the leading technology vendors withcloud-related partner programs designed to benefit members of the indirect IT channel and their cloud initiatives. This guide offers solution providers a valuable resource for locating and exploring the IT industry’s top cloud technologies, programs and offerings, and a way to connect with the organizations making these cloud technologies and partner programs available specifically through the IT channel.
“Cloud computing is a game-changing technology, and it’s imperative that the IT channel be able to quickly identify those organizations most deeply committed to helping solution providers grow their cloud-related revenue,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company, publisher of CRN. “Each cloud provider and vendor noted by the CRN editors has been chosen based on its robust cloud partner program, as well as the unique and enthusiastic ways in which it has embraced the channel as a go-to-market strategy.”
ComputeNext designs, builds, and operates cloud marketplaces that aggregate the cloud server hosting, storage, software, and networking offerings from a federation of over forty cloud service providers worldwide. The marketplace is powered by an extensive cloud brokerage platform with single sign on capabilities, patented normalized search & discovery technologies, a complete transactional & billing engine, and a provisioning & management layer that all work together to create an end-to-end consumption experience for cloud services. ComputeNext’s Channel Partner Program enables the IT channel and cloud resellers and agents to identify location, availability, and cloud computing pricing for the resources required, and then purchase and deploy those services from a single account.
“Our marketplace is perfectly tailored for cloud resellers and the IT channel to utilize in providing services to their customers”, says Dan Moore, Director of Channel Development for ComputeNext. “Meeting the ever-growing needs of IT and leveraging cloud services are no easy tasks, and the marketplace helps simplify those processes for the IT channel to fulfill the operational, geographical, and financial parameters for a majority of their customer use case scenarios.”
ComputeNext is an award-winning and industry-recognized cloud service brokerage company based in Bellevue, WA. They empower buyers and sellers of cloud services to connect and transact in a transparent, near real-time operational and business model. ComputeNext designs, builds, and operates Global Cloud Marketplaces for Fortune 500 companies, empowering end-users and service provider ecosystems with their patented technologies and sourcing capabilities.
About The Channel Company
The Channel Company is the channel community’s trusted authority for growth and innovation, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED, and SharedVue. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more athttp://www.thechannelcompany.com.
(The Hosting News) – ZCorum, a leading provider of managed broadband services and diagnostics, announced that they have added hosted email to the suite of services they currently provide to ComSouth. An independent telecommunications company serving communities in middle Georgia, ComSouth was already receiving cable provisioning, monitoring and cable modem diagnostics from ZCorum. A different company was providing email service for ComSouth’s Internet subscribers but after several months of intermittent issues ComSouth needed to find a more reliable email provider. Since they were already receiving other managed services from ZCorum, they looked into ZCorum’s hosted email offering and decided to make the switch.
“We were working with ComSouth on an implementation plan to make a smooth transition for their subscribers,” said Neal Grillot, Vice President of Operations for ZCorum. “A few weeks before the scheduled conversion date, email service from the other provider went down completely for several days, leaving their customers without email. ComSouth called us to see how quickly we could get everyone moved over to our servers, and we were able to successfully convert all of their accounts within 48 hours, which is really quite remarkable considering everything that has to take place.”
“It’s always a pleasure working with the folks at ZCorum, and especially in a case like this where we were in a bind,” said Travis Bentley, Network Services Manager at ComSouth. “I really appreciate how quickly they were able to get our subscribers transitioned to their servers so we could get email flowing again.”
“When ComSouth called, my team immediately went to work to get their email switched to our system,” said ZCorum President and CEO, Julie Compann. “We truly do consider our Affiliates to be members of our ZCorum family, so we strive to treat their subscribers as if they are our own. I’m glad we were able to get them up so quickly.”
ZCorum provides managed broadband services and diagnostics solutions to cable companies, telephone companies, utilities, and municipalities, assisting in all aspects of broadband implementation, engineering and consulting, bandwidth management, network monitoring and diagnostics. ZCorum also offers wholesale, private-labeled Internet services, including data and VoIP provisioning, email, Web hosting, and 24×7 support for end-users, enabling service providers to compete more effectively in their local markets. ZCorum is headquartered in Alpharetta, GA. For more information, please visit http://www.ZCorum.com.
(The Hosting News) – Businesses can have these applications available on their own computers with web-enabled tools that are easy to learn and use. Office 365 Enterprise 4 features include Office on Demand services with on-line access from any computer that has Internet access. These services enable users to work from virtually anywhere and on nearly any device to fit any organization’s needs. Office 365 Enterprise 4 features email, web conferencing, presence, instance messaging and Lync with Enterprise Voice, a stand-alone Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) offering to enhance or replace traditional private branch exchange (PBX) systems. However, in order to activate the VoIP features, businesses are required to also deploy Lync Server in a hosted data-center. Enterprise Voice users can call colleagues on your organization’s VoIP network or PBX, and they can call traditional phone numbers outside your organization. The Enterprise Voice solution includes common calling features such as answer, forward, transfer, hold, divert, release and park, and Enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) calling (E9-1-1 is available only in the United States.) Enterprise Voice also supports a broad range of current and older IP and USB devices.
As enterprises are deploying Office Enterprise 4 Licensing from Microsoft, many are exploring the robust Lync capabilities as a possible replacement to their current premise based PBX solution. CallTower allows Office Enterprise 4 and deploy Lync Enterprise Voice in a hosted model to realize the full power of Lync as a PBX replacement in a fraction of the time and at considerable cost savings. CallTower Hosted Lync delivers high-value communication and collaboration services to businesses, saving them hard dollars on conferencing, travel, real estate and IT administration costs. CallTower Hosted Lync will also provide more flexibility to fit unique scenarios (e.g., remote offices, International and domestic divisions, contact center solutions, integration with Cisco, etc.).
According to a May 2014 report from MarketsandMarkets, the unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) market is forecast to grow from $13.10 billion in 2014 to $23.34 billion in 2019 — 12.2 percent compounded annually over the next five years with Office 365 and Lync 2013 leading this growth.
CallTower exists to connect people and organizations to each other and the people that are important to them and their businesses. CallTower is a leading provider of cloud-based enterprise-class unified communications solutions for growing organizations worldwide. We develop an innovative platform to deliver hosted best of breed communication solutions with industry leading support. We enhance our clients’ strategic and operational capabilities by integrating best of breed business phone service, mobile applications, email hosting, unified messaging, instant messaging, audio, web and video conferencing, collaboration tools, contact center, cloud services and global networks into one reliable platform.
(The Hosting News) – International hosting company Storm Internet Ltd. (www.storminternet.co.uk), are today celebrating a decade in business. The Oxfordshire based company, which provides high quality hosting solutions for individuals and businesses around the world, has grown from a small start up in 2004 to become recognised as the UK’s best SME hosting company and UK’s best dedicated hosting company in 2014 by the highly respected Internet Service Providers Association.
Storm Internet was founded in 2004 by Salim Benadel and became one of the first companies in the UK to focus solely on offering SMEs affordable hosting solutions. 10 years on, Storm Internet is going from strength to strength, has a full team of experts and is a major player in the web hosting industry. Since the start, the company has achieved impressive growth. “The key to our success is to always put the customer first in all that we do” explains Benadel.
Benadel continues, “Reaching this milestone would not have been possible without the support of our loyal customers, both past and present, and we would like to send a huge thank you to them from all of us here at Storm Internet. To become their hosting provider of choice, we have had to demonstrate our capabilities as being a focussed, innovative and trustworthy company that is truly passionate about our products and the service we provide. We have also had to gain their respect, which in tough economic times is where we hope our ‘added value’ really shines.”
Benadel explains, “There will be a series of exciting new services coming to Storm Internet within the next few months, including a revolutionary new private cloud initiative, aimed at significantly reducing the cost of private cloud services to customers compared to current industry standards.”
Benadel concludes: “It gives us enormous pleasure to be able to share our anniversary celebrations with our customers and industry colleagues. Our commitment to small businesses and helping them to deliver real tangible savings, benefits and additional revenue by making use of cloud technologies is what drives us. To know we have done this well over the past 10 years means everything to us, and is the exact reason we come to work each day. We love what we do and are very much looking forward to the future ahead. With expanding customer service, support and R&D teams we believe we’ll be able to strengthen this commitment to SMEs over the coming years significantly more.”
To celebrate their success, Storm Internet are giving away thousands of pounds worth of prizes. This includes over £5000 worth of credit which can be used on their cloud services, a range of Nexus 7 tablets and a family holiday to Disneyland Paris!
For all media enquires please contact Carlene Whitehead at Carlene.Whitehead@storminternet.co.uk or telephone 01865 236393.
About Storm Internet
Storm Internet specialises in managed cloud servers and web hosting solutions. The company was founded in 2004 by its CEO Salim Benadel with a strong focus on helping small and medium sized enterprises to get the most out of the internet. Making business better lies at the core of what they do. With a commitment to SMEs, Storm was voted the winner of the UK Internet Industry’s “Best SME Hosting” award in 2013 and “Best Dedicated Hosting” award in 2014. Storm is ranked among the top ten hosts in the world for uninterrupted service by website monitoring service Hyperspin, and continues to hold its position as one of the fastest hosts in the world by international comparison website fasthosts.net.
Storm Internet’s main services include:
- Managed cloud servers – Storm designs, builds and manages bespoke cloud solutions that help businesses achieve savings, resilience and increased revenue. Faster data access, on-demand scalability, backed by high-end, round the clock support, for less.
- Dedicated servers – Award winning, fully managed hosting solutions for running high traffic web sites & applications, or where the ability to configure the server is required. Get the best in technology, service and support from a team of people who are dedicated to you – 24/7/365.
- Web hosting and email – A shared platform for hosting low to medium traffic web sites and email. Excellent low cost starter platform to help establish web presence. Offering a unique lifetime hosting service to help get small businesses’ off the ground.
(The Hosting News) – AT&T customer’s data may have been exposed during a data breach that occurred in August by one of the company’s employees.
According to Reuters, 1,6000 customers data was exposed in the hack, including customers Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers.
“We take our customers’ privacy very seriously and value the trust they have in us,” said an AT&T spokesperson. “Unfortunately, we recently learned that one of our employees did not follow our strict privacy rules and inappropriately obtained some customer information. This individual no longer works at AT&T and we are directly contacting the limited number of affected customers.”
For those affected by the data breach, AT&T is offering a ear of free credit monitoring, as well as ensuring all false charges are reversed.
(The Hosting News) – Optio Data announced today they achieved Gold Partnership status in enterprise storage as part of Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) award winning PartnerOne channel program. HP’s PartnerOne Program aligns marketing and technical resources with channel partners who have made strategic investments to help drive complex HP solution sales.
“Going after HP Gold was a big commitment for us. We’ve been busy building out a world class HP proof of concept center while at the same time making huge investments in our technical competencies. The investments we’ve made in our pre-sales and delivery organizations means Optio Data is able to leverage HP’s entire portfolio when architecting solutions for our customers,” said Jeff Stevens, Executive Vice President of Optio Data.
HP’s PartnerOne has four membership levels, Business, Silver, Gold, and Platnium, to reward partners for investing in their relationships with HP. HP’s Gold designation in enterprise storage is awarded to partners who possess deep subject matter expertise on their most complex technologies including converged infrastructure, 3PAR StoreServ shared storage, StoreVirtual scalable storage and StoreEasy/StoreOnce backup products. To achieve Gold Partner status in enterprise storage, partners must also demonstrate competencies in HP storage solutions through stringent Sales and Accredited Technical Professional (ATP) Specialist certifications.
HP is a world-leading, information technology corporation that specializes in cloud, security, and big data. HP’s strategy is to create a better future for everyone through the company’s innovations and actions with a program called Living Progress. Living Progress helps human, economic, and environmental progress by using a sustainable business model.
About Optio Data:
With the support of a world-class professional services organization, Optio Data delivers efficiencies and flexibility through specializations in Cloud Computing, Data Management, and Technology Integration. Optio accomplishes this by leveraging a state-of-the-art proof of concept center and technology integration facility.
To request an HP product demonstration from Optio Data’s proof of concept center or to learn more about Optio Data, visit them online at http://www.optiodata.com or call 888-981-3282.
(The Hosting News) – Cloud services provider SherWeb today announced that it is renaming its flagship Hosted Exchange bundles, formerly known as SkyOffice, to SherWeb Communication and Collaboration.
Earlier this year, SherWeb became the first and only hosting provider to offer the enterprise-grade bundles paired with standard 24/7 phone support for all accounts. The bundles include Microsoft Hosted Exchange 2013, Hosted SharePoint 2013, Hosted Lync 2013 and SherWeb Online Backup (also formerly known as SkyNox). This is SherWeb’s fourth generation of Exchange hosting.
The long-time cloud services provider says its new branding strategy is part of a larger effort to make its hosted services more accessible to the growing number of businesses and resellers eager to embrace the cloud.
“The cloud industry has matured tremendously since we first began in 1998, and so have customer and channel expectations,” says Donna Zamiska, Marketing Manager at SherWeb. “As our cloud offering grows over time, our product names will need to be more descriptive and most importantly, channel-friendly.”
According to SherWeb, the new branding strategy will also make it easier for partners to white-label its award-winning solutions. Since 2012, SherWeb’s channel network has grown to more than ,000 partners in over 100 countries. SherWeb credits this success to its high partner margins, performance discounts, VIP support and free customer migration from all platforms.
The company offers three choices of flexible partnership models: reseller, distributor and advisor. Partners can choose to white-label, co-brand or get paid to simply make referrals and let SherWeb take charge of the customer relationship. SherWeb provides the tools and resources for partners to succeed in any model they select.
In July, SherWeb was named Microsoft’s World Hosting Partner of the Year Finalist; it was World Hosting Partner of the Year Winner in 2013.
To learn more about SherWeb’s cloud services, visit http://www.sherweb.com/partner-with-sherweb.
About SherWeb Inc. – Since 1998, SherWeb has been helping businesses increase agility and trim IT overhead with our best-in-class cloud services. Today, more than 25,000 customers in over 100 countries are working more productively thanks to the added value we build into our wide range of SaaS, IaaS and PaaS solutions. SherWeb also has a growing network of ,000 partners who successfully resell our affordable and customizable cloud services around the world. For details, visit http://www.sherweb.com/.
(The Hosting News) – Storgrid, the innovator that enables the securely sharing and controlling of files from anywhere while uniquely leveraging existing IT infrastructure, today announced the latest version of their Enterprise File Sync & Share (EFSS) software. Storgrid Enterprise File System (EFS) 2 introduces encryption in combination with hijack filtering and the multi-rights access to files in order to meet privacy and security expectations of enterprise customers. Storgrid also introduced support for the latest Microsoft and Linux platforms including backward compatibility for customer investment protection.
“Today the majority of corporate data remains on premise or in a private cloud,” said Rob Christ, CEO of Storgrid. “Yet many corporate employees utilize consumer apps to share confidential and sensitive information. We foresee the fastest growth for EFSS will be with enterprises leveraging their own solutions to regain control over corporate data. Storgrid EFS 2 enables this market dynamic for the EFSS market currently at $1B.”
Storgrid EFS 2 additionally offers:
- Transparent access to any supported file serving environment where the data is available as a genuine company share for easy access and control utilizing existing security and authentication policies with Active Directory (AD), LDAP, SSL and WebDAV in a simple 6-step process to provide secure information to all connected clients with authorization.
- Application Program Interface (API) for company branded solution that can be customized for each customer environment with a presentation layer on top of file services.
- Transparent and secure access from apps for tablets and smartphones and other mobile devices for the following platforms:
o Apple iOS 7 and later
o Google Android 4.0 and later
o Microsoft Windows Phone 8.0 and later
- Transparent and secure access and management from browsers for desktops, notebooks, convertibles, tablets, and smartphones for the following platforms:
o Apple iOS 7 and later
o Apple Mac OS X 10.7 and later
o Google Android 4.0 and later
o Microsoft Windows 7 and later
o Microsoft Windows Phone 8.0 and later
- Support for existing Microsoft- and Linux-based server platforms including the following:
o Linux: Ubuntu 14, RedHat 4, CentOS 5, or Suse 13 and Java 7
o Microsoft: Windows Server 2008 R2 or 2012
- Encryption in combination with hijack filtering for privacy protection.
- Multi-rights access to files. The view only option of the original files remain behind the firewall with permission controls for file access and added security.
Storgrid software has compelling value as it is easy to deploy, customizable to fit any customer’s environment and no migration is ever needed as the software connects to the data repositories and files on the existing infrastructure and remains there. The Storgrid software solution has the flexibility to be deployed on premise or for hosting companies that would like to build their own, white labeled, EFSS service.
“Storgrid is the most advanced EFSS service available in the marketplace today,” said Rob Verbeek, Director of WideXS, a cloud service provider. “We offer the solution from a private cloud. For organizations that prefer to keep their data completely at their own location, these can also be placed locally. They may also opt for a hybrid model. In that case, the data is replicated locally in the hosted Storgrid environment.”
Storgrid software provides extensive reporting capabilities to address corporate governance, regulatory mandates for privacy and data security and company policies for lifecycle management of all information assets.
“Hyundai BS&I is eagerly awaiting the release of the new Storgrid software. With all the additional features incorporated, we expect that it will satisfy our customer’s requirements,” said Seong-Eun Mun from Hyundai BS&I, part of Hyundai Group Family Company. “Keeping customer data on site and under strict control is essential in our markets.”
Storgrid EFS 2 is available beginning October 7th 2014. Licensing is available on a per user basis or for service providers on a Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA).
Storgrid is a secure software platform for creating enterprise file sync and sharing solutions that protect information when workers use mobile devices or distribute files to others. Information uniquely remains on your existing servers and storage and authorized users access files through secure apps and browsers with the flexibility of using any desktop, tablet or smartphone device. Unlike hosted alternatives, the Storgrid software-based platform uses existing infrastructure for superior return on investment (ROI). Storgrid’s software has been developed over the last decade and launched to the market in 2011. Storgrid is a privately held company founded in The Netherlands and has a global presence with regional offices in Santa Clara CA, Hong Kong and The Netherlands.
- Follow Storgrid on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Storgrid
- Join Storgrid on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/storgrid.efs
- Connect with Storgrid on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/2883895
(The Hosting News) – Leading online community solutions provider 7Summitsis creating a foundational experience at Dreamforce at Booth N1011, which will take place October 13-16, 2014 at multiple venues in downtown San Francisco. This year’s Dreamforce introduces Salesforce Community Cloud, and 7Summits introduces solutions that are already delivering measureable results for its clients.
Dreamforce offers more than 1,400 sessions and thousands of live solutions from the world’s largest cloud ecosystem. As a silver sponsor, 7Summits experts join other industry visionaries, product experts and world leaders to help businesses transform through online communities for employees, partners and customers.
“7Summits is excited to share over five (5) years of direct experience creating online community experiences that transform businesses,” said Paul Stillmank, CEO of 7Summits. “Online communities directly align with our purpose of unleashing people’s potential to create, innovate and compete in entirely new ways. By creating impactful community experiences, we are helping companies leverage their employees, partners and customers to help build their business.”
7Summits’ clients PLUS Relocation, Algonquin College and Mac Property Management will all be on hand at Dreamforce, and all three are benefiting from Salesforce Communities being brought to life by 7Summits. In addition, Plus Relocation will be speaking at Dreamforce, high-lighting their experience creating a valuable business solution on the Salesforce Communities platform through their partner 7Summits.
As a Dreamforce silver sponsor, 7Summits’ community visionaries will present a lunch n’ learn titled Tips from Community Experts on Increasing Activation and Adoption on Monday, October 13, from 11:30am – 1:30pm in the Yerba Buena Gardens. At this session, 7Summits experts will show how companies are changing the way they do business using Salesforce Communities developed by the innovative 7Summits team. Attendees are encouraged to register prior to the show.
7Summits is helping attendees unleash their potential with a game experience via Twitter. Dreamforce attendees who tweet, “I want to unleash my potential with Communities @7SummitsAgency #Unleash7S” will win a t-shirt and will be entered to win a daily prize including a Google Chromebook, iPad mini, or Jawbone. In addition, 7Summits will be giving away one-on-one, on-site social listening sessions with our very own Social Listening Expert.
Visit 7Summits at Dreamforce in Booth N1011 for more information about deploying a Salesforce Community, or register for a one-on-one session. If unable to attend Dreamforce, visit http://www.7summitsagency.com to discover more about 7Summits’ strategic online community development capabilities.
7Summits is a leading provider of communities founded in 2009 to help companies engage customers, partners and employees to grow their business and become more fully networked enterprises. By partnering with premier technology companies like salesforce.com, Jive, Box and Bunchball, 7Summits creates comprehensive solutions that deliver top-line revenue growth and bottom-line productivity improvements. The company is a valued strategic partner of Fortune 500 companies and mid-market accounts, and has received investment funding from both Sverica International and salesforce.com. 7Summits is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with an extended presence in Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Denver and Austin. For more information, please visithttp://www.7summitsagency.com.
(The Hosting News) – Global IT solutions integrator Technology Integration Group (TIG) has launched their Big Data and Business Analytics portfolio to meet the growing client demand of future growth. Leading the charge is Hillary Delabar, an industry veteran with extensive experience in building high performance teams to deliver business analytics strategies and solutions. TIG’s Big Data and Advanced Analytics offering creates the essential individual engagement, assimilates massive volumes of data — including the information on individual decisions, choices, preferences and attitudes — then converts that insight into high-value outcomes ranging from personalization to business model redesign.
Today, businesses have massive amounts of rich data being gathered but underutilized. The insatiable appetite for data continues driving a much deeper need for information. The reliance on storage systems and technologies for all businesses in turn leads to heightened demand for Advanced Analytic solutions.
“The demands on the business and thereby IT are becoming more complex. What we do is help our clients simplify their business processes and thereby streamline their IT environments. By applying big data tools and industry specific data science processes, our advanced analytics solutions transform the way our clients do business. Our analytics tools and techniques present information in compelling data visualizations and help decision makers comprehend the factors that drive efficiencies as well as influence choice. When we identify business stress points, we can help define actions to remedy those situations.” Says Delabar
“At TIG we believe that Big Data and analytics is a catalyst to help clients become more competitive and grow their business. As social media, mobility and cloud converge organizations can innovate and expand, or be displaced by those that do.” says Bruce Geier, CEO and President of Technology Integration Group.
TIG is a premier ISO 9001:2008 certified, full-service IT systems integrator with 33 years of experience providing end-to-end technology solutions. In addition to the company’s headquarters in San Diego, TIG has 22 offices located in Albuquerque, Atlanta, Boise, Denver, Eugene, Detroit, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Irvine, Fort Walton Beach, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mobile, Pensacola, Philadelphia, Richmond, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Tampa, and Shanghai, China.
For more information visit http://www.tig.com
(The Hosting News) – OneNeck® IT Solutions announces signing a five-year contract renewal with Targus Group International to extend the 17-year partnership. OneNeck will continue providing full ERP application support along withhosting and managed services for Targus’ global Baan environment.
“OneNeck consistently directs resources in a way that ensures Targus is successful with its IT initiatives,” said Chuck Farner, VP of Information Systems and CIO at Targus. “I am constantly impressed with their technical expertise, dedication to high-value service, and outstanding commitment to customer service. For 17 years, they have been demonstrating their ability to be a true partner and have made themselves an invaluable extension of our IT team, which is exactly why we’ve extended our contract with them.”
Targus is the leading global supplier of carrying cases and accessories for the mobile lifestyle. The company delivers solutions that make mobile technology easier, more productive and more enjoyable. More than 30 years ago, Targus pioneered the notebook carrying case category partnering with corporations, retailers and OEMs to provide the best possible protection for notebook PCs. Today, the company, which has locations in 18 countries, continues to define and shape the mobile accessory category.
Under the terms of the contract, OneNeck will continue to provide Targus with cloud and managed hosting solutions for their Infor Baan environment.
“During the last 17 years, I believe we have truly become a strategic partner with Targus, and an extension of their IT department,” stated Clint Harder, CTO and general manager of Managed Hosting and Cloud Services at OneNeck. “By helping Targus optimize their Baan environment, it allows their employees the opportunity to focus on their core business and strategic initiatives while we provide management and day-to-day support of their IT environment.”
“Seventeen years ago, when we were first looking for an IT solutions provider, we didn’t have an organized IT infrastructure, even at the regional level,” said Farner. “We were even challenged with creating a scalable IT environment that could be centrally managed and supported to serve as the foundation for globalizing our communications, supply chain and financial systems. We wanted all of it, but didn’t want to create a significant in-house IT department. That’s when we started reviewing experienced IT companies and chose OneNeck. As a middle-market specialist with deep ERP expertise and global experience, we knew OneNeck would be the best fit for us. And, they continue to be.”
“Targus has been with us since 1997,” says Harder. “We still have some of the same people working with them. The knowledge we have about their business coupled with our understanding of Baan, you simply cannot put a price on it. We are pleased they continue to renew with us and look forward to delivering the solutions they need.”
For more information contact: Cindy Tomlinson / associate manager of Public Relations / OneNeck IT Solutions / 608-664-4471 / cindy.tomlinson(at)tdstelecom(dot)com
About Targus Group International
Targus created the mobile accessory category with its invention of the laptop case over 30 years ago. The company continues to advance the mobile accessories category with innovative and relevant solutions for today’s mobile lifestyle. Targus products enhance productivity, connectivity, and security, liberating users to use their mobile devices in any and all environments with the utmost convenience and comfort. Founded in 1983, Targus’ headquarters are located in Anaheim, Calif., with offices worldwide and distribution agreements in more than 100 countries. For more information on Targus visit targus.com.
About OneNeck IT Solutions
OneNeck® IT Solutions LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems Inc., employs approximately 630 people throughout the U.S. The company offers a full suite of IT solutions including cloud and hosting solutions; ReliaCloud™ enterprise cloud services; managed services; ERP application management; professional services; and IT hardware. OneNeck owns and operates four Tier 3 data centers in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and manages two Tier 2 data centers in Arizona. Visit oneneck.com for more information.
TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., operates OneNeck® IT Solutions LLC, TDS Baja Broadband LLC, and BendBroadband. Combined, the company employs 3,300 people. Visit tdstelecom.com.
Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000™ company, provides wireless; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 5.8 million customers nationwide through its subsidiaries TDS Telecom and U.S. Cellular®. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems employs 10,100 people. Visit tdsinc.com.
(The Hosting News) – Microsoft and a dozen other companies are taking a pledge to protect student’s data.
The pledge was created by the Future of Privacy Forum and the Software & Information Industry Association as a way help students and their parents be assured that companies do not sell kindergarteners through 12th graders information and not target the students with advertising, the New York Times reports.
“We wanted to say to parents: ‘No one’s going to sell your kids’ data; nobody’s going to track your child around the Internet; no one’s going to compile a profile that is used against your child when they apply for a job 20 years later,’” said executive director of the Future Privacy Forum, Jules Polonetsky. “We hope this is a useful way for companies that want to be trusted partners in schools to make it clear they are on the side of responsible data use.”
Among the 14 participating companies are Amplify, DreamBox Learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, MIND Research Institution, and Think Through Math.
(The Hosting News) – Telax, a leader in cloud contact center technology, is proud to announce the launch of its new Resource Hub. Following the launch of Telax’s new website (http://www.telax.com), the new Resource Hub reflects the company’s commitment on providing customer-solution focused content that visitors can is easily access.
The new Resource Hub is designed to encourage the visitors to “explore” Telax’s content library which consists of case studies, whitepapers, industry articles, videos and more. “For the first time, visitors will be able to access the entire Telax content library in one centralized place” said Fahad Muhammad, Marketing Director, Telax. “Our new Resource Hub is designed to provide visitors with a unique and fun experience that is specifically tailored to their content needs.”
The new Resource Hub also introduces interactive whitepapers and case studies. The interactive content will offer visitors a variety of new features such as keyword search, mobile support, improved navigation and social media integration. “With the interactive content, not only we are able to give the readers the tools to enjoy the content, but also with improved keyword search, they can find information they are looking for quickly and efficiently,” said Koray Parmaks, VP Client Services, Telax. “With responsive design built in our new interactive content, you will have a seamless and enjoyable experience regardless of which platform you use.”
To visit the Resource Hub, go to http://www.telax.com/resources
About Telax Hosted Call Center:
Telax Hosted Call Center provides the capabilities to create a world-class customer care and service desk operation. By leveraging cloud computing, Telax delivers an advanced contact center solution with more functionality than traditional hardware at a fraction of the cost. Telax clients get a customizable, easy-to-use solution that includes responsive, full-service support and no long-term contracts. The simplicity delivered by Telax Hosted Call Center enables clients like Best Buy, Johnson & Johnson, CI Investments, Health Canada and the GSA, to provide the best service to their customers, valuable business intelligence to their executives, and a user friendly solution for their agents. The result is a better customer experience today and a better organization tomorrow. And Everybody’s Happy. ™
(The Hosting News) – Egnyte, the only provider offering secure enterprise file services on premises and in the cloud, today announced the company will exhibit at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, an industry-leading event focused on driving digital business for organizations around the globe. The company also unveiled several initiatives and partner integrations that further strengthen the security features for Egnyte’s suite of services, which will be demonstrated in booth #146.
“Egnyte has built a robust suite of file services with security and data protection at its core,” said Kris Lahiri, co-founder and CSO at Egnyte. “With flexible hybrid deployment options, encryption and security standards weaved throughout our solution, Egnyte can effectively meet the security, compliance and privacy needs for our customers around the world.”
As the market leader in file sync and share, Egnyte’s security initiatives aim to offer best-in-class features and partner integrations, as well as provide resources on what security considerations should be factored in when selecting an EFSS solution. The security initiatives include:
Egnyte helps customers securely access and manage their data both in the cloud and on premises. Through a new integration with Netskope, a leading cloud security company, Egnyte’s customers can eliminate Shadow IT by monitoring, tracking and restricting employee usage of rogue cloud applications across the company’s network. This partnership with Netskope offers Egnyte customers a free cloud risk assessment tool.
“Netskope aims to enable safe cloud usage and protect customer data with cloud app discovery, deep visibility, and granular control. We work with leading cloud-based applications and, together, address our customers’ security and compliance needs,” said Sanjay Beri, CEO at Netskope. “Through our integration with Egnyte and their enterprise suite of file services, it’s easier for our customers to standardize on one solution to control their data, regardless of where it is stored — in the cloud or on premises.”
Authentication and Authorization
Egnyte integrates with its customers’ on-premises security appliances, including AD, LDAP, and SSO, to enhance security and user management within Egnyte and across all storage locations on premises and in the cloud. The company partners with Okta, an enterprise-grade identity management provider. Egnyte’s Co-Founder and VP of Product Management Rajesh Ram will speak at Okta’s event Oktane in mid-November 2014 about the key threat vectors that IT organizations face when it comes to the cloud and mobility and how to effectively manage them.
Secure Cloud Migration Education
Egnyte is committed to providing tools and resources for CIOs and IT Pros to effectively define their cloud migration strategy and selectively move data to the cloud based on their business and compliance requirements. The company today introduced its upcoming webinar scheduled for October 16, 2014, titled “Moving to the Cloud: Managing Risks.”
This session will provide best practices for evaluating cloud providers and address potential risks associated with moving data to the cloud. It will also cover how companies can tier out their data and move less sensitive files to the cloud, while keeping secure files on premises, through a hybrid approach to file sync and share.
At Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, the company will demonstrate the latest versions of its flagship solution, key security features and integrations in booth #146 in the Atlantic Hall of the Walt Disney World Dolphin hotel October 6-9, 2014. The demonstrations include:
- Device Control
- Folder, Subfolder and File Permissioning
- Two-Factor Authentication
- Granular Link Access Controls
- Third-Party Security Integrations
To get a product demonstration or to meet with one of Egnyte’s executives at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, visit here to RSVP.
Egnyte powers enterprise file services for thousands of customers of all sizes around the world. The award-winning platform optimally balances IT’s need for security, control, and compliance with users’ demands for simple access to documents stored on premises and in the cloud from any device. Founded in 2007, Egnyte is a privately-held company headquartered in Mountain View, CA. It is backed by venture capital firms Floodgate Fund, Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Northgate Capital Group, Polaris Partners, and strategic partners CenturyLink, Seagate Technology, and an unnamed major storage vendor. Please visit http://www.egnyte.com or call1-877-7EGNYTE for more information.
(The Hosting News) – ASEOHosting, a leading provider of international SEO hosting, has released an advisory to its clients concerning the recent announcement from Google that SHA-1-based SSL certificates with expiry dates after 2016 will prompt a visual security warning in the Google Chrome browser.
There appears to be confusion among web hosting clients as to the likely impact of Google’s planned deprecation of SHA-1. To ensure that hosting clients have the information they need to make an informed decision, ASEOHosting is releasing an advisory notice.
“We believe that thousands of site owners and eCommerce merchants could be adversely affected by the early deprecation of SHA-1 in Google Chrome,” commented Daniel Page, Director of Business Development at AHosting, Inc., “While we acknowledge that SHA-1 is potentially insecure, the timing of the deprecation gives clients very little time to prepare in advance of the holiday season.”
Hosting clients who use SHA-1 signed certificates that will expire after 1 January 2017 should replace their certificates with ones that use the SHA-2 hashing algorithm: most certificate authorities will reissue certificates without cost.
Google would like sites to upgrade to SHA-2 (SHA-256) well before 2017, and plans to start showing a visual indication of potential insecurity for sites with SHA-1-signed certificates that expire after 1 June 2016. Google plans to introduce the changes in the beta version of Google Chrome in November and thereafter in the stable version. The move may impact site owners and eCommerce retailers in two ways:
Users may be given the impression that a site using SHA-1 is insecure, potentially impacting sales and user trust.
To avoid undermining user trust, site owners with SHA-1 certificates may decide to have their certificates reissued using SHA-2.
Some browsers, including older versions of Internet Explorer, do not support SHA-2, and site owners will have to make a decision about whether to support users of those browser versions.
SHA-1 is no longer considered a secure hashing algorithm. In theory, it’s possible that a malicious individual with sufficient resources could induce a certificate authority to produce a hash collision on a SHA-1 signed certificate, which would allow them to circumvent the identity validation offered by certificate authorities. In practice, a successful exploitation of the vulnerability is unlikely to be within the means of criminals until 2017 at the earliest.
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(The Hosting News) – Hewlett-Packard announced today that it will split the company into two different public companies, one focused on PC and printing and another focused on software and services.
“Today’s announcement comes as HP approaches the fourth year of its five-year turnaround plan. Over this time, the company has executed successfully against its turnaround objectives, keeping customers and partners at the forefront,” says a press release from HP. “HP has reignited its innovations pipeline, strengthened its go-to-market capabilities, rebuilt its balance sheet, and inspired its workforce and management teams. The company is now positioned to accelerate performance, drive sustained growth and demonstrate clear industry leadership in key areas.”
According to ABC News, the service business, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, will be lead by Meg Whitman, while Dion Weisler will lead HP Inc.
HP first announced plans to split the companies in 2011, though executives decided not to follow through.
This deal is expected to close by the end of 2015.
(The Hosting News) – More than 80 million accounts were affected in the JPMorgan Chase data breach that occurred in August, confirmed the company on Thursday.
According to CNN, the hackers were able to access 76 million customers’ accounts, and 7 million small business where customers names, phone numbers, and home and email addresses were compromised, as well as “internal JPMorgan Chase information relating to such users.”
However, the company noted that the cybercriminals did not get ahold of information such as IDs, account numbers, Social Security numbers, and birth dates.
“The firm continues to vigilantly monitor the situation and is continuing to investigate the matter,” said JPMorgan.
A number of banks were attacked in August where the hackers infiltrated the banks systems by using a zero-day flaw, allowing them the ability to remotely control the systems, noting that attack appeared to be “far beyond the capability of ordinary criminal hackers.”
The bank plans to spend around $250 million yearly for cybersecurity to protect its customers from future attacks.
(The Hosting News) – Silicon Cloud International (SCI), a provider of secure and private cloud computing infrastructure, announced today successful pilot program launch of its semiconductor workflow platform in Singapore. The pilot program included trials by the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on a collaborative design with remotely located researchers, using the SCI platform. The launch kickoff event was hosted by SUTD and was attended by about 50 professors, researchers, semiconductor industry leaders, and university students.
SCI’s cloud-based environment is used to guarantee consistency of the virtual platform, the tools used, and the data generated with laser focus on IP protection and security.
SCI provides an end to end semiconductor design infrastructure that is maintenance-free and provisioned with the latest semiconductor process technologies, production grade workflows, semiconductor Intellectual Property (IP), and Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software. SCI’s common and consistent infrastructure enables global semiconductor development and research collaboration, improves time to market, and provides secure access to leading edge EDA tools, process libraries and IP cores.
“Universities have been unable to collaborate on semiconductor design due to incompatible workflows, different EDA tool environments, IP security concerns and complexity in setting up common design environments. Silicon Cloud addresses these issues with its cloud-based, secure semiconductor workflow platform”, said Mojy Chian, CEO and co-founder of Silicon Cloud International.
Professor Yeo Kiat Seng, Associate Provost (Graduate Studies and International Relations) at SUTD, said: “With the increased complexity of today’s semiconductor designs, research collaboration amongst semiconductor research groups is critical to improve design efficiency. The multi-disciplinary environment at SUTD together with its world-class faculty will help our industry partners to accelerate the pace of innovation, both technically and in terms of generating new intellectual properties targeting a broad range of applications, including system-on-chip for future smartphones, storage, tablets and computers.”
For more information, please visit http://www.siliconcloudinternational.com
About Silicon Cloud International Pte. Ltd.
Incorporated in Singapore, Silicon Cloud International (SCI) establishes secure and multi-tenant cloud computing centers for universities and research institutions around the world. As an initial application, SCI’s cloud is providing a turn-key Integrated Circuits (IC) design infrastructure. The design infrastructure is all encompassing and includes PDK (Process Design Kit), EDA software tools, design IP, integrated design flows, virtualized and scalable computing resources, and IC design training packages. SCI’s private cloud and thin client architecture provides a novel security model for university academics, research institutions, and their industry partners.
For more information, please visit http://www.siliconcloudinternational.com
About Singapore University of Technology and Design
The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is Singapore’s fourth public university, and one of the first universities in the world to incorporate the art and science of design and technology into a multi-disciplinary curriculum. Established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), SUTD seeks to nurture technically-grounded leaders and innovators in engineering product development, engineering systems and design, information systems technology and design, and architecture and sustainable design, to serve societal needs.
The University, also in collaboration with Zhejiang University (ZJU) and Singapore Management University (SMU), is distinguished by its unique East and West academic programme which incorporates elements of technology, entrepreneurship, management and design thinking. Graduate opportunities include an MIT-SUTD Dual Masters’ Degree Programme and an SUTD PhD Programme. As a research-intensive university, SUTD will bring together the best minds and ideas to seek solutions to modern-day challenges and create a better future. For more information, please visit http://www.sutd.edu.sg.
(The Hosting News) – Protocol Insight today announced that they will be demonstrating the new conformance and debug analysis capabilities of their UFS Test Suite at the upcoming MIPI® Alliance meeting in Shanghai, China on October 9th, 2014.
Universal Flash Storage (UFS) memory is designed for embedded and removable flash-based storage in mobile devices and systems requiring high performance and low power consumption. The UFS standard was developed by JEDEC, and is based on the MIPI® M-PHY physical and Unipro® protocol layers. UFS offers a low active power level and a near-zero idle power level, which, combined with the power-saving attributes of the related MIPI specifications, allows for significant reductions in device power consumption.
Protocol Insight’s UFS20COMP UFS Test Suite, first announced in June at the MIPI Alliance meeting in Budapest, Hungary, is now much more than just a compliance test suite. In addition to verifying compliance with the JESD224 Conformance Test Specification, it offers new analysis capabilities while inspecting every packet for protocol conformance to JESD220B version .0.
New Conformance and Analysis Capabilities
Warning status flags spell out any test results that do not conform to a “shall” requirement specified in JESD220B UFS standard Version .0. For example, in this screenshot the UFS Inquiry DATA IN packet (Packet 0) has an EHS length value of 0xaa in the LUN 0, HSG1, X1 link configuration. Since JESD220B states in Table 10. that “the Total EHS Length value shall be set to zero” this packet does not conform to the standard and is flagged with a Warning status.
Test results can now be grouped, filtered and summarized to get a better picture of overall device performance. Analysis can be done by test parameters such as warning status, test category, individual tests, or test rules, or by packet characteristics such as packet number, byte, LUN, speed, and link.
For further analysis, individual packets can be viewed in a packet decode pane in a structure consistent with JESD220B.
Pricing and availability:
A beta release of the UFS20COMP UFS Test Suite is available now, and version .0 will be released in October 2014. Contact email@example.com for v1.0 release schedule and pricing information.
About Protocol Insight:
Protocol Insight (http://www.protocolinsight.com) offers test and measurement (T&M) software tools to customers who are developing products for the mobile computing and cloud computing market, and consulting and design services to engineers designing serial protocol interfaces.
Protocol Insight staff have extensive experience developing T&M protocol tools, having been involved in the industry’s first Bluetooth, PCI Express, MIPI D-PHY and MIPI M-PHY protocol analyzer, exerciser, and compliance products.
Protocol Insight is a MIPI expert, with a background developing both D-PHY and M-PHY protocol exercisers and analyzers. Protocol Insight staff have contributed to the development of the UniPro standard thru the UniPro Working Group, and have had direct interaction and collaborated with strategic MIPI customers and industry leaders worldwide, in marketing, business development and co-development roles.
Protocol Insight offers MIPI test capability, and serial protocol and MIPI design consulting services.
About the MIPI Alliance
The MIPI Alliance is a global, collaborative organization comprised of companies that span the mobile ecosystem and are committed to defining and promoting interface specifications for mobile devices.
The MIPI® Alliance is a non-profit corporation that operates as an open membership organization. All companies in the mobile device industry are encouraged to join, including semiconductor companies, software vendors, IP providers, peripheral manufacturers, test labs and end product OEMs. Today, more than 250 member companies actively participate in the Alliance, developing interface specifications which drive consistency in processor and peripheral interfaces, promoting reuse and compatibility in mobile devices.
MIPI and the MIPI logo are a licensed trademark of the MIPI Alliance.
JEDEC® and the JEDEC logo are registered trademarks of JEDEC Solid State Technology Association.
PCI-SIG®, PCI™, PCI Express®, and PCIe® are registered or unregistered marks of PCI-SIG.
The Bluetooth figure mark, word mark and combined mark are the property of the Bluetooth SIG.