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SoftLayer Sponsors StopBadware to Help Combat Malware

June 2, 2011 by · Comments Off 

softlayer SoftLayer Sponsors StopBadware to Help Combat MalwareWebmaster ToolboxDALLASSoftLayer® Technologies, the innovative Cloud, Dedicated, and Managed Hosting provider, today announced its sponsorship of the non-profit anti-malware organization StopBadware. Founded in 2006, StopBadware provides tools and resources that help website owners, Web hosting providers, end users, and URL blacklist operators fulfill their respective roles in defending the Web against badware. The organization’s services include:

  • Badware Website Clearinghouse
  • Independent review process
  • Tips for users and website owners
  • Community forum
  • Guidelines and definitions
  • Web hosting best practices
  • Aggregated data & badware trends
  • Reports and insights

“SoftLayer recently demonstrated their commitment to combating badware by supporting our best practices for Web hosting providers,” said Maxim Weinstein, Executive Director of StopBadware. “We’re excited they have elected to extend their support by becoming a StopBadware sponsor.”

“We are proud to sponsor StopBadware,” said Sean Charnock, Senior Vice President of Business Development for SoftLayer. “More than 22 million websites are hosted on SoftLayer’s infrastructure, making us one of the largest providers in the world. With such a reach, we believe it is our duty to strengthen efforts to protect the Internet for everyone.”

SoftLayer joins industry leaders Google, Mozilla, PayPal, and Verizon in supporting StopBadware, which last year spun off from Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Earlier this month, the organization released best practices that guide hosting providers in responding to malware reports. This report is available in full at http://stopbadware.org/home/webhost.trans SoftLayer Sponsors StopBadware to Help Combat Malware Read more

SoftLayer Chief Scientist to Speak at Citrix Synergy and All About the Cloud

May 25, 2011 by · Comments Off 

softlayer SoftLayer Chief Scientist to Speak at Citrix Synergy and All About the CloudWebmaster ToolboxDALLAS SoftLayer® Technologies, the innovative provider of Cloud, Dedicated, and seamlessly integrated environments, today announced that Chief Scientist Nathan Day will speak at All About the Cloud, on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 10:50am and at Citrix Synergy, on Thursday, May 26 at 2:00pm.

At All About the Cloud, Mr. Day will speak about the importance of choosing the right technology for the job instead of using a one size fits all approach. Different infrastructure options will be considered with a focus on which applications work best in each compute environment.

Mr. Day will explore integrated environments at Citrix Synergy. He will reference three different case studies about organizations using a combination of Cloud and Dedicated environments, focusing on which technologies perform best in certain circumstances.

“I am looking forward to speaking at both of these important events,” said Nathan Day, SoftLayer Chief Scientist. “SoftLayer is the only hosting provider that can provide the level of integration we offer and I am proud to be able to share what we have accomplished.”trans SoftLayer Chief Scientist to Speak at Citrix Synergy and All About the Cloud Read more

SoftLayer Launches San Jose Data Center

April 27, 2011 by · Comments Off 

softlayer SoftLayer Launches San Jose Data CenterWebmaster ToolboxDALLAS SoftLayer Technologies®, the innovative provider of Cloud, Dedicated, and seamlessly integrated environments, today announced the launch of its first California data center facility, located in San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Designated SJC01, the new facility has capacity for more than 12,000 servers in three data center pods. With an advanced dual-path network structure, including redundant network interface cards (NICs) in every server, customers can select up to 2G of connectivity for any SJC01 server and configure their networking resources to achieve all new levels of efficiency.

“SJC01 increases our rapidly growing footprint. We now have a total capacity for more than 155,000 servers in 11 data centers, and seven additional network Points of Presence (POPs),” said Sam Fleitman, SoftLayer Chief Operating Officer. “Our customers in the region, as well as customers around the world that have end users in the area, are excited to leverage the better end-user experience that closer proximity can bring. And we’re excited to be a new local option for some of technology’s greatest companies.”

“SoftLayer is the Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider of choice for customers that want innovation, the best network, and the ultimate control,” said Lance Crosby, SoftLayer Chief Executive Officer. “Those advantages make a huge difference to software and technology developers, social media operations, and more. And nowhere do you find more of those enterprises than Silicon Valley. It’s a perfect fit for hosting’s innovation leader to come to technology’s innovation capital.

Key features of SJC01 include:

– Redundant network infrastructure
– Fully-automated platform
– SAS70 Type II compliance
– Multiple tier 1 carriers
- Unique pod design concept

Like all SoftLayer data centers, the San Jose facility is functionally independent with distinct and redundant resources, and fully integrated through SoftLayer’s revolutionary network architecture, allowing seamless inter-data center capabilities. SJC01 has 24×7 onsite support and multiple security protocols controlling entrance to the facility. It is fully connected to SoftLayer’s data centers located in Dallas, Houston, Seattle, and the Washington D.C. area, and to the company’s network Points of Presence in seven additional U.S. cities.

SJC01 servers can be ordered starting today at www.softlayer.com or through the company’s leading Customer Portal. Read more

Approved Host SoftLayer Introduces the Technology Partners Marketplace

April 13, 2011 by · Comments Off 

softlayer marketplace Approved Host SoftLayer Introduces the Technology Partners MarketplaceHosting ServicesDALLAS, TX SoftLayer Technologies®, the innovative hosting provider of Cloud, Dedicated, and integrated environments, today announced the launch of its Technology Partners Marketplace, a showcase for current SoftLayer Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Independent Software Vendor (ISV) customers’ products and technologies. The Marketplace is designed to connect these customers with the rest of SoftLayer’s community of over 26,000 customers.  At launch, featured partners include App First, Mollom, StandingCloud, and Migration Box, with more to be added soon.

“The SoftLayer customer community includes a vibrant group of startup and established software and technology-product companies,” said Paul Ford, Vice President Community Development. “We are thrilled to launch this new venue to promote those providers to the rest of our customer base, and to the world at large.  The Technology Partners Marketplace is another great example of the many benefits of being a member of the SoftLayer community.”

“We’re excited to be part of the inaugural class of partners in the Marketplace,” said David Roth, CEO of AppFirst, an advanced application monitoring and managing solution. “SoftLayer has been the ideal platform for us to offer our services and grow our operations upon. And now they’re providing a great opportunity for us to share our offering with more people—and build even more business.”

“There are countless other SoftLayer customers doing innovative things with SoftLayer’s automated solutions,” said Eduardo Fernandez, CEO of MigrationBox, a company providing powerful email and enterprise data transfer and management services. “It’s going to be great to have this tool that not only let’s us generate greater awareness, but also let’s us learn about what others are doing in the SoftLayer ecosystem and find solutions that we can use in our operations.”

The Technology Partner Marketplace will continue to add new partners showcasing the many interesting and useful technology products and services delivered by SoftLayer’s diverse customer base. To learn more about the Technology Partners Marketplace please visit www.softlayer.com/marketplace. Read more

SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby Named to TechAmerica Foundation’s Commission

April 12, 2011 by · Comments Off 

softlayer SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby Named to TechAmerica Foundation’s CommissionHosting ServicesDALLAS SoftLayer Technologies®, the innovation leader in cloud and on-demand dedicated hosting, today announced that Lance Crosby, Chief Executive Officer, was named as a Commissioner on the TechAmerica Foundation’s Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD2).

The commission will make recommendations for how government should deploy cloud technologies and address policies that might hinder U.S. leadership in cloud for the commercial space. Recommendations for government deployment will be presented to Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra. Commercial-facing recommendations will be shared with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Commerce Under Secretary Pat Gallagher.

“I am proud to serve as a Commissioner for CLOUD2. The cloud presents a profound opportunity and I believe that the federal government will play a key role in determining the path ahead.” said Lance Crosby, Chief Executive Officer for SoftLayer. “This is a critical time in the development of this technology and its impact on the economy. We can significantly help foster innovation and growth in the public sector, and across all industries.”

Salesforce.com Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff and VCE Chairman and CEO Michael D. Capellas will serve as co-chairmen for a commission of experts. Benioff and Capellas will be joined by Michael R. Nelson, visiting professor of Internet studies in Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture and Technology Program. CSC President of North American Public Sector Jim Sheaffer will serve as vice chairman, leading a task force focused on government adoption of cloud solutions. Microsoft® Corporate Vice President of Technology Policy and Strategy Dan Reed, who also leads the company’s eXtreme Computing Group (XCG), will also serve as vice chairman and will lead a task force focused on U.S. leadership in cloud technologies. Read more

SoftLayer Teams Up with Tech Wildcatters Incubator Program

March 16, 2011 by · Comments Off 

softlayer SoftLayer Teams Up with Tech Wildcatters Incubator ProgramHosting ToolboxDALLAS SoftLayer Technologies®, the innovation leader in Cloud, Dedicated, and Hybrid hosting, today announced a partnership with the Tech Wildcatters Incubator Program, a Dallas-based “microseed” fund and startup accelerator. SoftLayer will provide the program’s startup companies a $1,000 credit per month for 12 months for SoftLayer services (including cloud, dedicated, or hybrid solutions), a direct channel to SoftLayer thought leaders, and co-marketing activities including case studies, customer stories, press releases, and more.

“We’re extremely pleased to join in the work Tech Wildcatters is doing,” said George Karidis, Chief Strategy Officer for SoftLayer. “There is nothing more important to us than fostering the companies that will innovate all new applications and services, just as we have worked to transform our part of the technology industry. We look forward to watching the next Facebook and Google emerge and change everything all over again.”

Every spring and fall, Tech Wildcatters selects 8-10 new technology companies to attend a 12-week “bootcamp,” and provides them with up to $25,000 in funding and an opportunity to present to angel investors, venture capitalists, and corporate development teams. The program focuses on delivering exceptional mentorship, leveraging an impressive roster of successful entrepreneurs committed to providing guidance, and insight across all aspects of technology and business.

“Tech Wildcatters is proud to partner with SoftLayer to bring our 2011 spring class best-in-class connectivity and cloud services,” said Gabriella Draney, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Tech Wildcatters. “After a very successful inaugural year in 2010, Tech Wildcatters decided to take its program even further by calling on SoftLayer because of their fully-automated solutions that empower companies no matter the size with complete access, control, security, and scalability that they need to scale. SoftLayer, like Tech Wildcatters, has the ability to take companies to the next level of success with knowledge, expertise, and power.” trans SoftLayer Teams Up with Tech Wildcatters Incubator Program Read more

SoftLayer Launches Dedicated Hardware Firewalls

March 9, 2011 by · Comments Off 

softlayer SoftLayer Launches Dedicated Hardware FirewallsHosting ToolboxDALLAS - SoftLayer Technologies®, the innovation leader in Cloud, Dedicated, and Hybrid hosting, today announced the introduction of Dedicated Hardware Firewalls, available on demand and without service interruption through the company’s leading Customer Portal. The new offering lets SoftLayer customers protect one, multiple, or all Cloud, Dedicated, and Virtual systems that share the same Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN), for just one price.

“Each customer’s environment and operations are unique, with their own specific security needs,” said Nathan Day, Chief Scientist for SoftLayer. “Our Dedicated Hardware Firewalls provide customers the opportunity to further individualize their network security strategy, gaining even greater uptime, accessibility, and control.”

SoftLayer’s Dedicated Hardware Firewalls stand between an entire VLAN and the Public Network, analyzing and filtering all network traffic. With the company’s simple-to-use Customer Portal, customers can easily configure the firewall settings for the entire VLAN as well as for individual computing systems. The Portal even provides a library of templates for applying protection rules and configurations for specific applications. Current templates include mail and Web services, Parallels® Plesk, and cPanel, with more to be added soon.

“We work hard to empower our customers, giving them total control and security so that nothing gets in the way of their infrastructure doing the job it is supposed to do,” said Kelly Morphis, Development Lead for SoftLayer. “These days malicious network activity happens to everyone. It’s not a matter of if, but when and how much. Dedicated Hardware Firewalls are the best assurance that your systems will be safe from attacks and accessible to legitimate traffic, no matter what gets thrown at you or anyone else on the Internet.”

“Firewalls are significantly important, yet just one part of the multi-tiered security strategy that we call ‘SecurityLayer™’,” said Mr. Day. “With software and hardware solutions, strategic partnerships with industry-leaders, and certified operational procedures, we wrap our services in overlapping layers of security to ward against threats at the physical, network, system, application, and data levels. Each layer fortifies the others.”

For more information about the new Dedicated Hardware Firewalls and other SoftLayer security solutions, please visit www.softlayer.com/solutions/security.trans SoftLayer Launches Dedicated Hardware Firewalls Read more

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