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NaviSite Launches New UK Cloud Node

June 20, 2011 by · Comments Off on NaviSite Launches New UK Cloud Node 

Webmaster ToolboxLondon, UK – NaviSite, Inc., a premier provider of enterprise-class hosting, managed application, managed messaging and managed cloud services, today announced the launch of its first European cloud node, located in Woking, UK. NaviSite has already established a strong reputation as a leading provider of innovative cloud-based solutions for enterprise customers. The new UK cloud infrastructure will provide European enterprises access to NaviSite’s Managed Cloud Services (MCS) – helping them comply with local regulations while eliminating network performance issues caused by long-distance broadband connections to offshore data centers.

“We are excited to announce our new UK cloud node,” said Philip Cheek, UK Managing Director, NaviSite Europe Ltd. “We are now well-positioned to meet the growing demand for enterprise-class managed cloud services in the UK and Europe, and are thrilled that we can offer our award-winning Managed Cloud Services to enterprises that require a local European cloud presence.” Read more

Michigan Data Center Achieves SSAE-16 Type II Certification

June 15, 2011 by · Comments Off on Michigan Data Center Achieves SSAE-16 Type II Certification 

Webmaster ToolboxANN ARBOR, Mich. – Online Tech announced that it has achieved SSAE 16 Type II certification for its Ann Arbor and Mid-Michigan data centers. SSAE 16 is the 2nd generation data center audit standard that is replacing the older SAS 70 audit standard.

UHY LLP has completed its SSAE 16 audit on both data centers as of February 28th, 2011 and delivered the audit report to Online Tech’s Board of Directors on May 13th. The company was found to be fully compliant. The report is available to Online Tech clients to provide evidence they are hosted is a highly secure, tightly controlled data center. Read more

SoftLayer Sponsors StopBadware to Help Combat Malware

June 2, 2011 by · Comments Off on SoftLayer Sponsors StopBadware to Help Combat Malware 

Webmaster 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. Read more

SMB’s Lack of Knowledge of IT, Including Cloud Computing, Prohibits Adoption Even with Plans to Maintain or Increase Technology Spend

May 20, 2011 by · Comments Off on SMB’s Lack of Knowledge of IT, Including Cloud Computing, Prohibits Adoption Even with Plans to Maintain or Increase Technology Spend 

Webmaster ToolboxCENTENNIAL, COLORADO & WASHINGTON – “You don’t know what you don’t know” may be the expression most appropriate for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB) when it comes to the benefits of technology and their business, according to an independent survey of more than 500 SMB decision makers released at National Small Business Week.

The study, commissioned by Verio Inc., the leading provider of online business solutions to SMBs worldwide, showed that more than two-thirds of respondents are uncertain if they will purchase a Cloud solution in the near future. However, despite this lack of knowledge, respondents seek the benefits of a Cloud offering, with 21 percent citing the ability to share resources and 20 percent citing on-demand resources as important, showcasing a need for education on Cloud benefits specific to small businesses.

With the proper knowledge and education on Cloud technology, 20 percent of decision makers stated they were likely or very likely to implement a Cloud Computing solution in the next twelve months while almost 10 percent were likely or very likely to implement in the next three months.

“This data clearly demonstrates that there continues to be a need for educating SMBs on the benefits of Cloud and more importantly, correlating those benefits to their current IT requirements,” said Mitch Merrifield, Senior Director of Managed Computing Solutions for Verio. “SMBs want to drive efficiencies, and Cloud technologies are some of the most innovative solutions to assist them in doing that.”

The survey also found that 19 percent of SMB decision makers are looking to cut technology costs, an improvement from 30 percent from last year, so the SMB appetite to purchase IT solutions continues to grow. Other findings include a sustained focus on building out and maintaining IT infrastructure as well.

“There are several considerations, including use cases, benefits, applications and purchasing, when SMBs are deciding how to best implement IT solutions such as Cloud,” continued Merrifield. “We believe as their understanding of these key factors and benefits evolve, this will significantly contribute to the adoption of Cloud technologies in 2011 and beyond.”
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Desktone to Offer Cloud-Hosted Virtual Desktop Infrastructure on Platform Equinix

May 18, 2011 by · Comments Off on Desktone to Offer Cloud-Hosted Virtual Desktop Infrastructure on Platform Equinix 

Webmaster ToolboxREDWOOD CITY, CA — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced that Desktone, the pioneer of Cloud-hosted Desktops-as-a-Service, will leverage Platform Equinix to launch the next generation of its cloud-hosted virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Desktone selected Equinix for its proximity to existing customers and target markets, flexible global infrastructure, and ability to scale to support rapid growth in end-user utilization and adoption. Desktone will initially deploy in North America, and has plans to expand globally across Platform Equinix.

“Desktone launched the industry’s first cloud-hosted desktop service platform over four years ago and has the only cloud-hosted VDI offering in the market,” said Peter McKay, CEO of Desktone. “Cloud-hosted VDI enables customers and service providers to get all the benefits of virtual desktops without the upfront costs and complexities that plague traditional onsite VDI deployments.” Read more

HP Trusted Advisors Reduce Complexity of Designing and Building Data Centers

May 17, 2011 by · Comments Off on HP Trusted Advisors Reduce Complexity of Designing and Building Data Centers 

Webmaster ToolboxPALO ALTO, CA – HP today announced a new consulting service that addresses the complexities and reduces the risks associated with the strategic direction, design and building of data centers.

The HP Trusted Advisor service offers HP consulting experts who work closely with clients to consider all aspects of business operations, IT infrastructure and facilities, as well as the enablement of technologies, such as cloud and green computing. As a result, clients can establish an aligned data center and IT strategy that meets business goals and objectives. Read more

Datapipe Secures $176 Million Equity & Credit Facility

May 12, 2011 by · Comments Off on Datapipe Secures $176 Million Equity & Credit Facility 

Webmaster ToolboxJersey City, N.J. – Datapipe, a leading provider of enterprise ready, mission-critical IT services, announced today that it has secured $176 million in combined equity and credit financing.  In conjunction with receiving a significant equity investment from ABRY Partners, Datapipe secured a new Senior Secured Credit Facility from a syndicate of lenders led by TD Securities as agent, joined by Brown Brothers Harriman, CapitalSource, Caterpillar Financial, CIT Group, GE Capital, ING and Raymond James Financial. DH Capital, LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to Datapipe for this transaction. The facility substantially increases Datapipe’s borrowing capacity and its ability to accelerate expansion plans.

“We are focused on enabling enterprises to outsource their mission-critical IT with confidence. This funding allows us to continue to grow and expand our services and solutions to meet our customers’ global needs,” said Robb Allen, CEO of Datapipe.  “Datapipe and our clients will benefit from the compelling combination of ABRY Partners’ deep expertise and the stability of TD Securities.” Read more

C7 Data Centers Signs Multi-Year Agreement With Level 3 Communications

May 2, 2011 by · Comments Off on C7 Data Centers Signs Multi-Year Agreement With Level 3 Communications 

Webmaster ToolboxSALT LAKE CITY, UT – Colocation data center and bandwidth provider C7 Data Centers, Inc. (C7) has announced the addition of Level 3 Communications (Level 3) to its portfolio of Tier-1 carriers. Level 3 is recognized as a leading provider of global, fiber-based communications, operating a Tier-1 carrier network.

“Enterprises are increasingly reliant upon digital systems to accomplish their critical business objectives, and, as such, data security, redundancy and recovery are vital components to an organization’s ability to remain competitive within the marketplace,” said Peter Reiss, Level 3’s General Manager for the Southwest Region. “C7 Data Centers excels in providing these solutions, and we are excited that the addition of our network services to their communications portfolio helps position C7 as one of the best connected data center providers in the region.” Read more

Internap Continues Expansion of Data Center Footprint With New High-Performance Facility in Los Angeles

May 2, 2011 by · Comments Off on Internap Continues Expansion of Data Center Footprint With New High-Performance Facility in Los Angeles 

Webmaster ToolboxATLANTA – Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP), a provider of intelligent IT Infrastructure services, announced that it will open a new data center in Los Angeles to serve increased demand for premium colocation. This facility will be Internap’s eleventh company-controlled facility in its eighth North American market and continues the company’s strategy to build a geographically diversified platform of premium data centers serving customers’ high-performance IT Infrastructure needs. The new Los Angeles facility will feature Internap’s route-optimized Performance IP™ service and will deliver best-in-class performance and availability across a portfolio of enterprise IP, CDN, colocation, managed hosting and cloud services.

Located in the South Bay, just 6 miles from Los Angeles International Airport, Internap’s new Los Angeles data center will include 55,000 square feet of premium net sellable data center footprint over time. The state-of-the-art facility will leverage modular designs and the latest power and cooling technologies to deliver power densities of up to 12 KW per cabinet to economically support long-term customer growth. The facility will minimize energy consumption and environmental impact through green data center practices such as a high-efficiency Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system, a cooling system that maximizes outside air for free cooling, reclaimed building materials and sustainable operational best practices. It will also feature a full range of customer amenities, including fully equipped office areas, technical workspaces, dedicated customer work environments and a full-service customer lounge. The first phase of approximately 15,000 net sellable square feet is expected to open in 2Q 2012. Read more

Nexcess Announces UK Magento Hosting Services

April 29, 2011 by · Comments Off on Nexcess Announces UK Magento Hosting Services 

Webmaster ToolboxAnn Arbor, MI – Nexcess, a Magento Enterprise Hosting Partner, has announced expansion into the UK Magento hosting market. This effort has been designed to better serve the company’s current and future eCommerce hosting clients by providing lowered latency throughout Europe and Asia.

“We’re very excited to be bringing 10+ years of eCommerce experience to the European web hosting market,” commented Chris Wells, President & CEO of Nexcess, “We knew that many of the specialized Magento hosting solutions that Nexcess provides are of great value to the European eCommerce webmaster, and wanted to deliver these services at lower latencies than we were capable of providing from our Dearborn, Michigan data center.” Read more

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