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The Bunker and CNS Announce IT Security Partnership

July 29, 2011 by · Comments Off on The Bunker and CNS Announce IT Security Partnership 

Hosting Services – The Bunker delivers ultra secure Managed Hosting, Cloud Computing, Colocation, and Outsourced IT from within Europe’s most secure data centres, and is pleased to announce a partnership to offer CNS’s COMPLIANCEngine and payment card industry (PCI QSA) compliance services alongside The Bunker’s ultra-secure data centres.

The partnership will enable both companies to offer a range of complimentary services ranging from consultancy and network-auditing processes, accreditation to QSA, CESG, CHECK and CLAS standards, through to colocation, managed hosting and cloud computing in ultra secure, ex-military nuclear bunker data centres. Read more

PEER 1 Hosting Makes Data Center History with 1.1 PUE

July 27, 2011 by · Comments Off on PEER 1 Hosting Makes Data Center History with 1.1 PUE 

Hosting ServicesSouthampton – PEER 1 Hosting, the global online IT hosting provider, is bringing a new standard in data centre efficiency to Britain, offering a predicted PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) rating of 1.1, the lowest in the country by a considerable margin, to customers of its new data centre in Portsmouth, UK.

By signing with Excool, a UK-based, innovative cooling technology specialist, PEER 1 Hosting will become the first data centre in the world to work with Excool, delivering the greenest state-of-the-art facility for managed hosting, dedicated hosting, cloud and co-location, all under one roof.
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Peak 10 Advises Businesses to Prepare Disaster Recovery Plans for Hurricane Season

July 27, 2011 by · Comments Off on Peak 10 Advises Businesses to Prepare Disaster Recovery Plans for Hurricane Season 

Hosting ServicesCHARLOTTE, N.C. – Peak 10 Inc., a managed services and cloud provider with world-class data centers, is encouraging businesses to ensure that their disaster recovery plans and business continuity programs are in place for the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season. The annual hurricane season, predicted to demonstrate “above normal” activity levels this year, serves as a timely reminder that natural disasters occur regularly and can cause serious damage to a company’s business.

Peak 10 is urging its clients and other businesses to review their current BC/DR plans, as natural disasters, technical malfunctions, cyber attacks and simple human errors can eradicate a company’s essential data. A thorough DR plan can minimize downtime and the impact it has on employees, partners, customers and a company’s bottom line.
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Codero Announces New Dashboard and Other Customer Portal Enhancements

July 26, 2011 by · Comments Off on Codero Announces New Dashboard and Other Customer Portal Enhancements 

Hosting ServicesLenexa, Kan. – Doing business with Codero is easier than ever thanks to enhancements the company made to its online portal including a new and improved dashboard. The provider of optimized infrastructure created the Codero Server Portal v2 to be a one-stop place for customers to manage their hosting accounts and give them exclusive access to information related to Codero’s products and services. The tool is still receiving positive feedback from customers six months after its release and Codero continues to refine it to make it even better.

Codero first revamped its global customer portal in November, 2010 to enhance the customer experience. Over the last few months, the Codero Development team listened to customer suggestions and relied upon more feedback to make even more improvements. Below is a highlight of some of the major changes just released:

Improved Dashboard. The new dashboard redesign increases overall usability, design and navigation. It makes it easier to find messages, tickets, invoices and services to manage Codero accounts from a single web page. Visibility to bandwidth usage is even more immediate and a Twitter feed has been included.

New SMS Service Notifications. Customers can sign up with the new SMS service to receive service notifications in the event of an emergency. There are now three methods to receive emergency alerts: SMS, email or instant messenger. Customers can also follow @CODERONOC for service-related Codero messages.

Revamped Payment Method. Managing payment options has been streamlined for simplicity with more functionality. The functionality to edit existing payment methods and delete outdated payment information is now available.

DNS Management Improvements. The entire DNS Management section was rewritten to provide bulk modifications of DNS records through the online portal.   We have also extended the functionality to provide support for long data records, such as Domain Keys, and IPv6 in preparation for the IPv6 roll out at Codero.

Nicholas Gaugler, Vice President of Development and Engineering at Codero, said, “Customer experience is what drives Codero to continually improve not only Server Portal v2, but every piece of software we develop and integrate. We want to encourage engagement so we can personally help our customers succeed with their hosting solutions. We will continue to deliver additional features and functional enhancements to Server Portal v2 to make it even more valuable for Codero customers.”

In the coming months, Codero will have new functionality on the service page. The enhancement will give customers the ability to see available upgrades and downgrades to their existing packages and schedule those changes, during a maintenance window of their choice, directly from Server Portal v2. Read more

CyrusOne Commissions 65,000 Square Feet of Data Center Space in North Dallas

July 26, 2011 by · Comments Off on CyrusOne Commissions 65,000 Square Feet of Data Center Space in North Dallas 

Hosting ServicesDALLAS – CyrusOne, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cincinnati Bell (NYSE: CBB) and preeminent enterprise data center colocation solutions provider, today announced the commissioning of an additional 65,000 square feet of premium data center space in its North Dallas facility.

“With the expansion of our North Dallas facility, CyrusOne stands ready to help enterprise customers better manage their data center requirements with highly cost-efficient and flexible solutions,” said Gary Wojtaszek, president of CyrusOne. “Increasing demand from Fortune 1000 companies for colocation space in the Dallas area is being driven by business expansion and a growing desire to have a centralized location for applications and data center. CyrusOne is uniquely qualified to meet this demand.”
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SoftLayer Launches High-Availability Dedicated Firewalls

July 19, 2011 by · Comments Off on SoftLayer Launches High-Availability Dedicated Firewalls 

Hosting ServicesDALLASSoftLayer® Technologies, the innovation leader in Cloud, Dedicated, and Managed Hosting, today announced the introduction of High-Availability Dedicated Firewalls to its lineup of security solutions. SoftLayer customers have the option of adding this high level of protection as a new service for current or new Cloud, Dedicated, or Virtual systems that share the same VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network).

“High-Availability Dedicated Firewalls provide our customers with greater peace of mind,” said Matt Chilek, Vice President of Systems Development and Technology at SoftLayer. “Unfortunately, malicious network activity can happen to anyone, so we’re dedicated to providing our customers with the best protection possible so they can focus on their business and not worry about the security of their infrastructure.”

High-Availability Dedicated Firewalls go beyond protecting servers from malicious activity. The service includes a secondary physical firewall for failover protection, and automatic fall back when the primary firewall regains service.

SoftLayer’s firewalls stand between the 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 also 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.

High-Availability Dedicated Firewalls are the newest addition to SoftLayer’s selection of firewall security services, which includes Dedicated Hardware Firewalls and Standard Firewalls. All can be provisioned on demand and without service interruption through the company’s leading Customer Portal. The extra security of these firewalls complements SoftLayer’s effort to provide further individualization for each customer’s network security strategy to help them achieve even greater uptime, accessibility, and control.

For more information about these and other SoftLayer security solutions, visit softlayer.com/solutions/security.
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Enterhost Pursues Green Data Center Initiatives

July 19, 2011 by · Comments Off on Enterhost Pursues Green Data Center Initiatives 

Hosting ServicesFORT WORTH, TX – In a phased, three-year approach to reduce the environmental impact of its 20,000-square-foot data center, Enterhost is replacing its cooling system with the most energy-efficient, advanced data center air conditioning system available by Data Aire, Inc.

As the backbone of information technology, data centers contain the servers and storage systems needed to provide infrastructure technology solutions to businesses and other organizations.  But the downside is this equipment consumes a great deal of power. The EPA estimates that national energy consumption by servers and data centers could reach more than 100 billion kWh this year, representing a $7.4 billion annual electricity cost.
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CenturyLink and Savvis Complete Merger

July 15, 2011 by · Comments Off on CenturyLink and Savvis Complete Merger 

Hosting ServicesMONROE, La. – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) and Savvis, Inc. today completed their previously announced merger. The combination creates a premier managed hosting and colocation provider with global scale positioned for leadership in meeting customer demand for outsourced IT and cloud services.

“The combination of CenturyLink’s hosting and network assets with Savvis’ proven solutions in colocation, managed hosting and cloud services substantially enhances CenturyLink’s capabilities and immediately provides the company with a solid platform for future growth,” said Glen F. Post, III, chief executive officer and president of CenturyLink. “The transaction helps us meet the accelerating demand for cloud-based services through a robust hosting presence, including 48 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. CenturyLink is now positioned to address complex customer needs with our colocation, hosting and cloud products.” Read more

SoftLayer Completes SSAE 16 Review

July 14, 2011 by · Comments Off on SoftLayer Completes SSAE 16 Review 

Hosting ServicesDALLAS SoftLayer® Technologies, the innovation leader in Cloud, Dedicated, and Managed Hosting, today announced that the control procedures and compliance for its 11 data centers have been verified in a Service Organization Control Report (SOC 1) prepared under the terms of the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16 (SSAE 16) by independent auditing firm Weaver.

“We’re committed to operating our data centers and facilities at a level that meets or exceeds the highest industry and regulatory standards,” said Steve Kinman, Vice President of Customer Relations for SoftLayer. “We’re proud to be one of the first in the hosting industry to complete a SSAE 16 review, assuring our customers that they can count on us for best practices in all that we do.”

SSAE 16, developed by the Auditing Standards Board (ASB) of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), replaces the Statement on Auditing Standards No. 70 (SAS 70), which was the standard used for reviewing service organization control processes for nearly two decades. SoftLayer has received SAS 70 Type II assessments since 2008.

Weaver performed an independent audit and extensive testing of control activities and effectiveness at all SoftLayer data centers, with a full assessment of:

– Oversight by executive management
– Operations and customer service
– Development and information technology organization
– Human resources policies and procedures
– Risk assessment monitoring

The SOC 1 was prepared using the “inclusive method” that incorporated reviews of relevant SoftLayer service partners, mitigating the need for SoftLayer customers to collect additional compliance verifications.

“Not only do we want to provide customers with superior assurance and confidence in our operations, we wanted to make it easy for them,” said Mr. Kinman. “Using the inclusive method streamlined the process. And we’ve created an easy-to-use tool in our Customer Portal so customers can e-sign the SSAE 16 non-disclosure agreement and immediately access the verification they need.” Read more

WebECS Launches New Sonic Support Service

July 12, 2011 by · Comments Off on WebECS Launches New Sonic Support Service 

Hosting ServicesColumbus, OH – Designed to complement the hosting company’s existing range of popular managed Windows dedicated server hosting, ASP.NET web hosting, and Windows VDS hosting, market leader WebECS today announced their impressive new Sonic Support service. WebECS’ newly improved customer service offering has been carefully tailored to give businesses the immediate assistance they need and is available with all WebECS hosting plans.

“Over the past 14 years, we have established a reputation for delivering reliable Windows hosting with outstanding customer support,” says Kyle Beckham, President of WebECS. “We are always looking for new ways to reach out to our customers and communicate with them effectively when they encounter technical issues. Now, with the launch of our Sonic Support service, we are more confident than ever that we can resolve problems faster than the competition. The name says it all – Sonic Support is superfast help and is available now to every WebECS customer.” Read more

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