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SoftLayer Achieves SOC 2 Certification Across Global Footprint

February 28, 2013 by · Comments Off on SoftLayer Achieves SOC 2 Certification Across Global Footprint 

Web Hosting ServicesDALLAS SoftLayer Technologies today announced that it successfully completed its Service Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type II examination for the company’s 13 data centers, located in the United States, Singapore and the Netherlands. The examination, conducted by independent accounting and auditing firm Weaver, evaluated the processes, procedures and controls for security and availability at SoftLayer’s facilities for the year-ending October 31, 2012.

SOC 2 certification assures SoftLayer customers that the company has effective operational controls and meets audit levels for data protection and availability. Organizations with certification and compliance requirements such as HIPAA and PCI DSS may request and leverage the company’s SOC 2 Type II report as part of their compliance strategy.

“SOC 2 exams are rigorous independent assessments, geared toward technology service providers, especially those running data centers,” said Val Stinson, director of compliance for SoftLayer. “With our successful completion of testing, we’re able to provide our customers with greater insights into our controls, procedures and systems for our entire portfolio of cloud based services. To date, approximately 100 customers have requested our SOC 2 Type II report as a part of their compliance efforts.”

This certification is also an important step for any Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider that supports outsourced, mission-critical, and information technology services. The audit includes a full assessment of:

  • Security: Data centers are protected against unauthorized access (both physical and logical).
  • Availability: Data centers are available for operation and use as committed or agreed.
  • Processing integrity: Processing is complete, accurate, timely and authorized.
  • Confidentiality: Information designated as confidential is protected as committed or agreed.
  • Privacy: Personal information is collected, used, retained, disclosed and destroyed in conformity with privacy principles issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA).

A SOC 2 examination is widely recognized, because it represents that a service organization has been through an evaluation of their control activities as they relate to the applicable Trust Services Principles and Criteria. A Type II report not only includes the service organization’s system description, but also includes detailed testing of the design and operating effectiveness of the service organization’s controls. Read more

KickAssVPS.com Now Offers Fully Dedicated Windows & Linux VPS Servers

February 28, 2013 by · Comments Off on KickAssVPS.com Now Offers Fully Dedicated Windows & Linux VPS Servers 

Web Hosting ServicesSt. Paul, Minnesota – KickAssVPS.com, a virtual private server provider today announced the company is now offering fully dedicated windows and Linux VPS servers which are also known as VDS, or virtual dedicated servers.  Each plan provides 4 gigabytes of RAM and 100 gigabytes of data storage which is more than enough memory and data transfer for even the busiest ecommerce websites.

A VDS performs and executes exactly like a stand-alone dedicated server.  Webmasters don’t share resources with any other businesses and they have full use of the CPU which includes a dedicated disk.  The company’s chief executive officer said, “Each VDS account has 100% isolation and separation and absolutely no sharing of server resources whatsoever.”

Webmasters can run a VPS on their own dedicated hardware which allows them to enjoy cloud-based features such as instant upgrades and real-time scalability with high availability and advanced management features.  KickAssVPS.com partnered with SmarterTools to allow the company to offer VDS customers the SmarterTools Bundle for free.

The SmarterTools Bundle package includes SmarterMail, SmarterTrack, and SmarterStats all of which are industry leading applications.  SmarterMail features include 97% spam protection out-of-the-box and advanced synchronization with Microsoft Outlook.  SmarterTrack is a customer service software package which includes a ticket system, live chat and custom reports.  SmarterStats is a web log analytics and SEO software application which gives webmasters the ability to track website traffic along with visitor behavior so webmasters can increase conversions a lot faster.

“KickAssVPS.com is one of the very few companies I have worked with that doesn’t bring a cringe and shiver down my spine when I have to call for support.” Joe Holt, Fishtrap Development

KickAssVPS.com is no stranger to awards and accolades.  The company recently won the Partner of the Year award at the Parallels Summit 2013 and it won the Windows Servers Editors’ Choice Award in January of 2013.  The Windows Servers award was issued by FindMyHost.com which also features KickAssVPS.com on its Guaranteed Host Spotlight page.   Read more

i2Coalition Educates Lawmakers about Internet at Capitol Hill Event

February 28, 2013 by · Comments Off on i2Coalition Educates Lawmakers about Internet at Capitol Hill Event 

Web Hosting ServicesWashington, DC — The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition), comprised of nearly sixty member companies representing Internet infrastructure providers and related tech firms, today hosted Internet Education Day on Capitol Hill. The event brought together leading organizations from the Internet infrastructure industry and lawmakers to discuss policy objectives for the 113th Congress.

“By meeting with i2Coalition members, lawmakers had an opportunity to hear directly from the people who provide the platform that allows the Internet economy to thrive,” said Christian Dawson, i2Coalition Co-Founder and Board Chair. “Members of Congress responded positively to our message, and we look forward to working with them in a collaborative manner to continue to foster an open and prosperous Internet.”
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Rackspace Acquires ObjectRocket to Help Customers Scale MongoDB in the Cloud

February 28, 2013 by · Comments Off on Rackspace Acquires ObjectRocket to Help Customers Scale MongoDB in the Cloud 

Web Hosting ServicesSAN ANTONIO – Today, Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the open cloud company, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire ObjectRocket, a MongoDB database as a service (DBaaS) provider. With ObjectRocket’s open source-based MongoDB solution, Rackspace will broaden its OpenStack-based open cloud platform to offer customers a NoSQL DBaaS. The ObjectRocket offering also immediately expands Rackspace’s capability to help customers shoulder big data in the cloud for today’s most demanding applications. The acquisition will close today.

“ObjectRocket is thrilled to join the Rackspace family. With Rackspace’s open cloud philosophy and our shared emphasis on providing the highest level of customer support, we feel this union is an ideal fit”
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Colocation America Announces Mac Mini Colocation: Dedicated Servers for Apple Users

February 28, 2013 by · Comments Off on Colocation America Announces Mac Mini Colocation: Dedicated Servers for Apple Users 

Web Hosting ServicesLos Angeles, CA – Colocation America (http://www.colocationamerica.com), a leading provider of colocation and dedicated servers, is now offering Mac Mini Colocation for Apple users who prefer to run an Apple based OS on a dedicated server. The Mac Mini makes a powerful server when used in conjunction with Mac Server OS X. Realizing a need in the marketplace, Colocation America is now able to accommodate the Mac Mini in its Data Centers. Apple users can now have access to ultra-fast connectivity, no nonsense billing and expert tech support 24/7/365.

“Traditional dedicated servers don’t always appeal to everyone, especially those accustomed to using an Apple based operating system. The Mac Mini has proven itself in a competitive marketplace. Due to its compact size and powerful OS the Mac Mini makes for an ideal dedicated server,” says marketing director Shawn Ahdoot.
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HostGator Offers Plesk 10 Control Panel for free with Managed VPS Hosting Accounts

February 27, 2013 by · Comments Off on HostGator Offers Plesk 10 Control Panel for free with Managed VPS Hosting Accounts 

Web Hosting ServicesHouston, Texas – HostGator today announced the company is now offering the Plesk 10 control panel for free for the first year with each managed VPS hosting account.  Customers also get free access to the company’s SiteBuilder and SiteStudio website building tools which is a plus for new webmasters who don’t know how to create HTML 5 websites.

The company’s free SiteBuilder comes with 4,500 free website templates and 52 free scripts all of which can be instantly installed with a few clicks of the mouse.  Webmasters also receive free website transfer, domain transfer, MySQL database transfer and script transfers.  The company’s CEO said, “We couldn’t make it any more affordable than free.  Our hosting packages are designed to allow the average business owner to launch a website without him or her needing to learn any coding language.”
HostGator’s managed VPS hosting accounts also include the following:

  • Unlimited Domains
  • Unlimited Sub Domains
  • Unlimited Email Accounts
  • Unlimited MySQL Databases
  • Weekly Off Site Backups
  • Unlimited FTP Accounts
  • Free Site Builder Software
  • Private Name Servers

New webmasters receive twenty-four technical support via live chat, phone or the company’s email ticket system.  The CEO said, “We provide all the support our customers need so they can get their websites up and running as quickly as possible.  We strongly believe that if we help our customers launch successful websites they will remain loyal to HostGator.”

HostGator provides free video tutorials and forums to help customers find answers to the most common website management questions.  The video tutorials cover everything from creating a website to making changes then republishing content.  The videos are hosted directly on the HostGator.com website so webmasters can learn how to accomplish a certain task then immediately implement the changes.

Managed VPS accounts include proactive server monitoring twenty-four hours a day with a 100% up time guarantee.  VPS plans can be completely customized and upgraded anytime and customers receive full root access so they’re in complete control of their accounts and servers. Read more

Superb.com Launches a “Lease-to-Own Dedicated Hosting” Program

February 27, 2013 by · Comments Off on Superb.com Launches a “Lease-to-Own Dedicated Hosting” Program 

Web Hosting ServicesHonolulu, Hawaii – Superb.com, a colocation & dedicated hosting provider today announced a new “Lease-to-Own Dedicated Hosting” program.  The program allows small businesses to own a server in only twelve months after which they pay a low monthly fee for colocation services.

The program allows small business owners to save more than $5,500 over two years which is a significant amount of money.  The company’s chief executive officer said, “Our Lease-to-Own Dedicated Hosting program is perfect for successful ecommerce websites that consistently earn a profit and want to increase their bottom line without any additional work.”
The lease to own servers provide up to 32 gigabytes of RAM and a 1,000 gigabyte hard drive.  The servers can be deployed in as little as twenty-four hours with billing cycles ranging from one month to a year.  Customers in the United States and Canada can simply choose to sign contract.  “We provide the latest equipment and hardware that performs to the most current hosting standards at price points that work for everyone” said the CEO.

“I would like to express my gratitude for incredible support at all hours of the day at Superb. In a sea of hosting companies, I find your people to be more responsive and technically astute than other hosting companies I dealt with.” – Scott Frost of awaken.net

The company’s innovation and dedication to superior customer support has allowed it to win several awards.  In January of 2013 Superb won the ‘E-Commerce’ Editors’ Choice Award issued by FindMyHost.com.  In 2012 the company was voted ‘Best Hosting Network’ by HostReview.com and it is listed as a ‘Recognized Leader in Web Hosting’ on the Web Host Industry Review website.
Mr. Richard Guzzo, VP at FindMyHost.com said, “Superb has been winning awards for the past fifteen years.  They are very good at coming up with cutting edge products as well as providing first-class customer support.”  Superb.com is also listed as a ‘Guaranteed Host’ on the FindMyHost.com website.

Small business owners interested in owning their own servers are encouraged to visit the Superb.com site to learn more about the company’s Lease-to-Own Dedicated Hosting program.  The company offers a number of money saving products all of which are designed to help businesses become successful at online marketing. Read more

Virtus Data Centers Achieves ISO 27001 Certification

February 27, 2013 by · Comments Off on Virtus Data Centers Achieves ISO 27001 Certification 

Web Hosting ServicesLondon – Virtus Data Centres (“Virtus”), a leading UK provider of premium carrier-neutral data centre services, announced today that it has achieved certification of the internationally recognised ISO 27001 standard for its UK operations. The ISO 27001 certification recognises Virtus’ continued commitment to delivering highly secure, reliable and best-in-class data centre services.

The ISO 27001 audit process covers a very broad range of fields such as security policies, operational continuity management, physical security, access management, communications and operations, personnel capabilities, compliance with legal requirements, in-house processes and business continuity systems. Regular reassessment of risks is required resulting in continuous improvement of business processes and efficiencies.
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Latisys Continues National Platform Expansion Adding Data Center Space and Power in Southern California

February 27, 2013 by · Comments Off on Latisys Continues National Platform Expansion Adding Data Center Space and Power in Southern California 

Web Hosting ServicesIRVINE, CA – Latisys, a leading provider of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions spanning data center colocation, managed hosting, cloud and hybrid infrastructure, today announced that it has commenced construction on an additional 12,000 square feet of raised floor and will add 1.8 megawatts of power in its Irvine, Ca. data center.

Latisys Irvine serves as the West coast hub of Latisys’ national IT Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform — which also includes Denver as an ideal Disaster Recovery site, along with Chicago and Northern Virginia as gateways to Europe and Latin America.

The current expansion is to Latisys OC2 which currently features 20 megawatts of power capacity, state-of-the-art cooling and the latest advancements in physical and logical security systems. OC2 encompasses 93,000 sq. ft. of data center space and joins OC1 (50,000 sq. ft.) next door making Latisys the largest data center operator — offering more power per square foot than any data center in Orange County. Read more

myhosting.com Launches a New Program Named “Build Your Custom Virtual Private Server”

February 26, 2013 by · Comments Off on myhosting.com Launches a New Program Named “Build Your Custom Virtual Private Server” 

Web Hosting – Toronto, Ontario – myhosting.com, a managed VPS provider, today announced the launch of new program named “Build Your Custom Virtual Private Server.” The program gives webmasters complete control over server settings and configuration and provides professional tech support twenty-four hours a day.

Small business owners can quickly launch a website with the program then slowly expand it as the business grows over time. myhosting.com’s chief operating officer said, “We decided to create the Build Your Custom Virtual Private Server product because we understand each business has unique needs and a one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn’t work anymore.”

A managed virtual private server offers the power and flexibility of a dedicated server at a fraction of the cost. It is dedicated to the individual customer’s needs, has the privacy of a separate physical server and can be configured to run server software.

The VPS is quickly becoming the option of choice for small businesses that need a fully customized web site but cannot afford a dedicated server.  With the company’s new program customers can choose a cPanel or Plesk control panel.  Loaded feature sets include the following:

  • 8 Virtual Processors (vCPUs)
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 20 GB Disk Space
  • 300 GB Bandwidth
  • 1 FREE IP Address
  • Disaster Recovery Backups

myhosting.com is one of the most innovative hosting companies in the world and it is no stranger to awards and accolades.  In fact, in January of 2013 the company won the ‘Virtual Private Servers’ Editors’ Choice Award from FindMyHost.com.   Mr. Richard Guzzo, a vice president at FindMyHost.com said, “myhosting.com’s senior management team is incredibly creative so we weren’t surprised to find out it was nominated for the virtual private servers Editors’ Choice Award.”

In addition to winning the FindMyHost.com award, the company won the ‘Hosting Partner of the Year’ award by Microsoft Canada and the ‘Best VPS Web Hosting’ award by TopRatedWebsiteHosting.com in 2012.  myhosting.com was also selected by HostReview’s award panel as the number one best affordable web hosting company of 2011. Read more

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