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Apica WebOverload Named Best Cloud Solution by EuroCloud Europe


Apica, a leading load testing and performance monitoring provider for cloud and mobile applications, was awarded Best Cloud Service in the Nordics by EuroCloud Europe for its load test tool, Apica WebOverload. The EuroCloud Nordic awards were presented at the second annual EuroCloud Day, held on May 23, which showcased technology solutions from 29 countries across Europe. The awards recognize the technology and solution providers with best practices, innovation, and customer success in the cloud industry.

Apica WebOverload, part of the Apica WebExcellence performance testing suite, is a load testing tool that allows users to handle unexpected increases in peak loads by automatically scaling to the cloud and triggering landing pages so user sessions arent lost and servers remain intact. It optimizes web applications for excess traffic at peaks, helping to avoid overload and giving businesses the confidence to handle surges in traffic and usage.

The cloud has become an extremely valuable asset for organizations to increase and improve the scalability and reliability of web applications. But poor response times and outages continue to have damaging effects on a websites business and its reputation, says Sven Hammar, CEO of Apica. WebOverload gives users the peace of mind that comes from knowing your web application is prepared for any unexpected surge in traffic. We are honored that our cloud solution was recognized by EuroCloud for its impact in helping organizations optimize the user experience.

Apica WebOverload has also qualified for the Pan-European Cloud Computing Awards, which will be presented at the EuroCloud Congress, Oct. 8, 2012 in Luxembourg.


Apica provides the most effective technology for optimizing the performance of cloud and mobile applications. The Apica WebExcellence Suite offers companies and developers alike easy-to-use, cloud-based load testing and web performance monitoring tools to test applications for maximum capacity, daily performance, improved load times, and protection from peak load. For more information about how Apica is providing the highest standard for cloud and mobile application performance management, visit



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Constant Hosting Selects Gemini Technologies' Cloudian(TM) to Power Its S3 Compatible Cloud …

Leading IaaS Player Is Latest Company to Turn to Cloudian For its Public Cloud Storage Solution

FOSTER CITY, Calif. – Gemini Technologies today announced that Constant Hosting, an emerging leader in the public cloud storage and infrastructure as a service markets, has selected Gemini’s industry-leading Cloudian software to power its cloud storage service, continuing Cloudian’s momentum as the choice of Cloud Service Providers looking to build reliable, multi-tenant S3 compatible storage solutions quickly and cost-effectively.

Constant Hosting turned to Gemini because of Cloudian’s unique ability to provide full S3 compatibility in a quick-to-deploy turnkey cloud storage platform. Constant Hosting can now offer reliable and scalable cloud storage services via low cost commodity hardware while taking advantage of the broad number of applications in the Amazon Web Services ecosystem, enabling numerous profitable use cases. Cloudian is allowing the rapidly growing Constant Hosting to add key end user applications and low cost public storage without worries about scale or reliability.

“We are thrilled to have full Amazon S3 compatible cloud storage with Cloudian. No other cloud storage solution can offer a comprehensive solution that meets our customers’ and partners’ demands,” said Brian Haun, Cloud Services Director, Constant Hosting. “Not only is Cloudian the most affordable and reliable solution we have found, it is also the most robust. We look forward to continuing to grow our services and business with Cloudian.”

The Cloudian platform offers a fully distributed, peer-to-peer architecture, with no single point of failure. Cloudian also provides a comprehensive user interface for both end user applications as well as administrative functions, including billing , monitoring and provisioning. The solution easily scales from one node up to hundreds of nodes across multiple data centers, supporting petabytes of data. System operators can leverage heterogeneous commodity PC servers for cost-effective horizontal scalability. New node detection and data re-balancing is performed automatically without service interruption.

“With the Cloudian S3-compatible platform, public cloud providers such as Constant Hosting can build out highly reliable, powerful cloud storage options that can help them build their businesses,” said Giorgio Propersi, Gemini general manager, Americas and EMEA. “In addition, by using low-cost commodity infrastructure, Cloudian is taking down barriers and enabling companies to offer new innovative services without budget worries, which is exactly what Constant Hosting is doing today. We look forward to helping Constant Hosting continue to grow in the years to come.”

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About Gemini Founded in 2001, Gemini has been a worldwide leader in developing and deploying “Big Data” solutions for service providers around the globe. Today Gemini has transformed itself into a cloud pioneer and is uniquely positioned to provide service providers and enterprises with solutions for their cloud storage needs. Utilizing Cloudian’s unique Hyper-Store(TM) storage layer for maximum flexibility, service providers can now offer reliable and scalable cloud storage solutions utilizing low cost commodity hardware, while taking advantage of the broad number of applications in the S3 ecosystem. Gemini customers include Alcatel-Lucent, Vodafone, Nextel, Docomo, NTT, SoftBank, Telecom Italia, Nifty, and Clara Online, among others. The company is headquartered in Foster City, California, and has offices in Japan and China. For more information, visit or email

About Constant Hosting Constant Hosting is an emerging leader in the Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) industry, providing a broad range of solutions including compute, object storage, productivity apps and DNS. Constant also offers Managed Dedicated Hosting, IP Transit and Colocation distributed across multiple strategically located datacenters around the globe. Evolving since 1999, Constant Hosting conducts primary operations from and maintains corporate offices in the New York Metropolitan area. For more information, please visit

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Cloud Computing: do you have a clue?

In the attempt to seriously evaluate what parts of my network infrastructure and servers I can virtualize and which can be “clouded”, I get frustrated talking with “account executives” who don’t know what they’re trying to sell, nor how any of it works. When I start asking basic questions, or a simple objection to using cloud services, the same phrases come out: “our engineering staff can guide you”, “you just bring up the service in our cloud, and…”, “with the cloud there’s no administration overhead…”, etc. What does any of that mean other than “I have no idea what you just said, so I’m BSing here.”

Even the engineer sorts often can’t see the forest for the trees. When pitched a new cloud-hosted BI “solution” of an app we currently use in-house, on in-house located data, I said, “why would I connect across a limited internet pipe to look at my own data housed here?”, I got a momentary deer-in-the-headlights, then the same “well it will just save you so much time, money, and administrative over-head.” Uhm, yeah, that; what about the question I asked?

The few that I’ve talked to who can realistically look at how we do things, where data and users are, and what the infrastructure is, then intelligently respond are welcome advisers and genuinely helpful… albeit, rare.

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DRFortress Launches the First Local Pay-As-You-Use Cloud Computing Service for Hawaii and the Pacific Rim


DRFortress, Hawaii’s premier colocation and cloud services provider, today announced that it has launched DRFcloud, the first local, pay-as-you-use, cloud computing services based in the State and available throughout the Pacific Rim. This new service, offered in partnership with IaaS pioneer, Appcore, follows the successful start of the Nirvanix cloud storage service. Continuing to demonstrate leadership in the shift to the cloud in Hawaii, both the DRFcloud and the Nirvanix cloud storage hybrid node are maintained at the DRFortress datacenter in Hawaii with redundant mainland nodes for disaster recovery purposes.

DRFortress has demonstrated extraordinary vision in delivering the first On-Demand, Pay-by-the-Drink Cloud Storage and now the same for Cloud Computing Services to Hawaii, said Marc Staimer, president of Dragon Slayer Consulting. Hawaii IT organizations are now able to cost effectively take advantage of the cloud services revolution knowing their data and applications will be always be available regardless of local conditions.

Previously, Hawaii organizations interested in pay-as-you-use cloud computing were forced to use a Mainland provider, buy hardware boxes and pay maintenance fees or commit to a long term contract with a local virtualization firm, said Fred Rodi, President, DRFortress. With our new DRFcloud computing service, we have revolutionized Hawaiis cloud market by introducing no contract, pay-as-you-need, on-demand utility computing. Clients only pay for the computing power they actually use. In this time of tight budgets businesses and government agencies are increasingly turning to cloud computing as a means of providing flexible computing resources while lowering capital expenses.

Cloud computing is the most significant advancement in information technology today. According to leading industry analysts, the size of the cloud computing market is expected to be $150 billion by 2013. To gain significant share in this market, DRFortress is employing industry-leading technologies in the new DRFcloud service. With this service, entities of all sizes can implement their own private networks using virtual servers with nothing more than a few mouse-clicks. Companies can self-provision this new service instantaneously online through the DRFortress secure management portal at

We are pleased to partner with DRFortress to bring local speed, turn-key cloud solutions to Hawaii and the Pacific Rim, commented Brian Donaghy, Appcore CEO. Now service providers and IT departments will be able to use Appcore Onsite to launch applications and cloud servers on demand with the click of a single button.

While security is often mentioned as the number one issue holding businesses back from moving to the cloud, DRFortress addresses this concern by selecting technologies and partners who are able to deliver enterprise-class security and reliability proven in real-world production environments. In addition to DRFortress world-class secured datacenter, the companys partnersNirvanix and Appcorehave extensive processes and architectures in place to meet customers regulatory and business needs.

About DRFortress

DRFortress is the largest and the only carrier-neutral datacenter and cloud services provider operating in Hawaii. Based in Honolulu, DRFortress provides network neutral colocation and cloud services to enterprises, content companies, system integrators, carriers, wireless service providers, cable companies and ISPs. The mission of DRFortress is to manage and maintain world-class facilities and cloud service offerings so that customers can focus on their core business. To learn more, visit

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Intermedia Joins Cloud Security Alliance

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwire -05/31/12)- Intermedia, a global leader in cloud services and the world’s largest Microsoft Exchange hosting provider, announced today that it joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) as a corporate member. The CSA is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing, and to provide education on the uses of cloud computing to help secure all other forms of computing. The Cloud Security Alliance is led by a broad coalition of industry practitioners, corporations, associations and other key stakeholders.

“As our customers move to the cloud, and as end users access corporate and private data from a range of mobile and desktop devices, ensuring data privacy and security is of paramount importance,” says Michael Gold, president, Intermedia. “Intermedia has been providing secure, business-grade cloud-based services for over a decade. We look forward to working with the CSA to contribute deep knowledge in cloud security, while also learning from the many other experts in this fast growing space.”

“We are pleased to welcome Intermedia to the CSA,” says Jim Reavis, executive director of the CSA. “We applaud its decision to join other industry leaders in furthering the use of best practices for securing cloud computing, and look forward to them lending their experience to our continued research.”

Intermedia delivers its integrated suite of cloud services for small and medium-size businesses in its secure, business-grade cloud. The company’s cloud solutions use an array of security controls, including encryption and intrusion and malware detection systems, to address customers’ data privacy, security and compliance needs when transitioning their business communications to the cloud. The company develops and delivers many proprietary security services including Outlook Backup, Message Mirror, SpamStopper, VirusStopper and Mobile Device Management. Intermedia established a strong privacy policy governing the protection of customer data, which passed Safe Harbor compliance standards set forth by the US Department of Commerce.

ABOUT INTERMEDIAIntermedia is the premier provider of cloud services to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Its integrated suite enables SMBs to communicate, collaborate and handle content using a secure, business grade infrastructure. These highly reliable services are backed by a 24×7 support, 99.999% financially backed SLA, and a Cloud Concierge custom migration service. Intermedia is the world’s largest hosted Exchange provider with over 450,000 mailboxes under management. The company’s Office in the Cloud suite combines Intermedia’s proprietary offerings for complete mobility, backup, security, voice and more with Microsoft tools such as Exchange 2010, Lync and SharePoint. All services are delivered from Intermedia’s secure, SSAE16 certified datacenters and managed from the company’s proprietary HostPilot Control Panel — providing customers a single point of control. Intermedia also empowers thousands of partners — including managed service providers and select Fortune 500 companies — to sell cloud services under their own brand. Founded in 1995 Intermedia was the first to offer hosted Microsoft Exchange services. For more information, visit

ABOUT THE CLOUD SECURITY ALLIANCEThe Cloud Security Alliance is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing, and to provide education on the uses of cloud computing to help secure all other forms of computing. The Cloud Security Alliance is led by a broad coalition of industry practitioners, corporations, associations and other key stakeholders. For further information, visit us at and follow us on Twitter @cloudsa.

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OpSource CEO Treb Ryan to Present at Cloud Expo East 2012


OpSource, Inc., Dimension Datas wholly owned enterprise cloud and managed hosting business, today announced that CEO and Co-Founder Treb Ryan will present at the tenth annual international Cloud Expo East 2012 taking place June 11-14 at Javits Center in New York City. The conference, hosted by Sys-Con Media, focuses on the latest cloud trends affecting enterprises today. This year, Ryan will outline the evolutionary journey of IT as core functions move to the cloud overtime. He has also been tapped to participate in a panel discussing strategies for cloud and big data. OpSource will also be exhibiting at the conference in booth # 236.

Historically, IT initiatives have been implemented on a per-project, integration basisessentially, the antithesis of how cloud consumption models operate. How, then, would organizations rectify their business and IT objectives to ensure they remain on similar paths? The answer is to take IT to the cloud as well. On Monday, June 11 at 5:45 p.m. ET, Ryan will explore this idea and discuss the long-term benefits gained from transitioning to the cloud while delivering a presentation titled Evolution of IT to the Cloud.

IT organizations have realized that it is easier to use a SaaS application than to build and support a custom application in-house, said Ryan. It may sound like a radical change today, but businesses that carefully guide this transformation will stand to reap significant long-term benefits.

In addition, Ryan will be joined by executives from GoGrid, Appcore, Eucalyptus Systems, Racemi, Telx and OutSystems on a CEO Power Panel titled Cloud & Big Data Strategy Viewed Through the Lens of Business Value, that will take place on Tuesday, June 12 at 7:10 p.m. ET. Moderated by Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan, these industry expert panelists will answer pressing questions on recent cloud industry acquisitions, business value of cloud computing, enablement of new products, as well as the future of big data and the cloud.

Going beyond traditional cloud and hosting services, OpSource provides the integration, engineering, marketing and sales support required to launch and scale cloud-based solutions. Since introducing OpSource Cloud Hosting in 2009, OpSource has partnered with SaaS ISVs and enterprise customers to provide a public cloud IaaS service offering pay-as-you-go flexibility, 100 percent availability as well as increased security, control and support for integration.

OpSource is offering a special $200 free cloud promotion during the month of June for all attendees of Cloud Expo. Simply enter the promo CCE02 during registration on the OpSource website. Additionally, as a Bronze sponsor OpSource is offering special VIP guest passes to visit at Booth #236. Enter the Coupon Code “opsourceVIPgold” [case sensitive] at the Cloud Expo registration site here.

About OpSource

Founded in 2002, OpSource provides cloud and managed hosting solutions that enable businesses to accelerate growth and scale operations while controlling costs and reducing IT infrastructure support risks. Headquartered in Santa Clara, with operations in California, Virginia, the UK, Ireland, and India, more than 600 enterprises, service providers and Software-as-a-Service ISVs rely on OpSource’s expertise, experience and cloud automation technology to operate high-availability, business-critical hosting environments. OpSource is a Dimension Data company.

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Timesheet Software: Standard Time®: Cloud-based Timesheet – Video

30-05-2012 13:32 From This cloud-based timesheet offers task tracking inside the timesheet, a time log with another view of the records, expense tracking, client invoicing, and PTO accruals. Cloud-based simply means you can access it with a browser. The actual application may reside on your own servers or ours at Scoutwest. In either case, you access a certain URL that lets you log in and enter hours into your own timesheet. Only you and your manager can see the hours. Other terms for cloud-based are Software as a Service, or Web-based, or Subscription-based software. Administrators have full rights to manage employee access and product features. We also sell Windows-based software to run on your local workstation. If you host it, the Windows and Cloud apps can access the same shared database. This lets you deploy to a variety of platforms. Cloud Computing, in its easiest form Standard Time®. See more at:

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