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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 http://www.intermedia.net.

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 http://www.cloudsecurityalliance.org and follow us on Twitter @cloudsa.

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OpSource CEO Treb Ryan to Present at Cloud Expo East 2012

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

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. http://www.opsource.net.

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


30-05-2012 13:32 From http://www.stdtime.com. 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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Cloud Computing: Is it right for you?

Summary: How do you know if cloud computing makes sense for your organization? And if it makes sense for your organization what sort of services should you buy into? Here are the questions to ask.

How do you know if cloud computing makes sense for your organization? And if it makes sense for your organization what sort of services should you buy into? Even though cloud computing is everywhere, is being offered by all the major technology players, and all agree you need it, definitions vary.

Cloud Computing refers to the delivery of infrastructure components and services. Its name is derived from architecture diagrams where a cloud is used as a metaphor for the Internet. A cloud is used to abstract and represent the complex infrastructure environment.

The components that are housed in the cloud on the diagram are client devices, servers and data centers. Client devices include mobile devices, think and thick computers. While the data center in the cloud are defined as servers or collections of servers, for small organizations the cloud may represent a portion of a server. Being able to provide a portion of a server, or storage space, called capacity on demand is one of the hallmarks of cloud computing.

The as a service paradigm in cloud computing has vendors offering Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Database as a Service (DaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and more. In addition to getting the right balance of cost to benefit, availability, scalability, capacity, and regulatory concerns will drive the decision process.

Additionally, determining your organizations risk profile will be key to understanding if cloud computing and associated service is right for you. So what service makes sense for your organization? Here are the questions to ask.

1. Does the cost benefit justify the disruption?

Data center migrations are disruptive, costly, and complicated. Tightly coupled mission critical systems that make up the minority of the data center take the most time and expense to migrate. Though savings range from project to project and will vary by organization, the greatest savings will be found with labor, hardware, and software. The key is that the cost benefit outweighs the disruption the migration will cause.

2. Do your applications require specific hardware components or speed of delivery?

Some applications cannot be virtualized as they require specific underlying hardware components. While tempting, it is best to not migrate these to the cloud. Additionally, some applications require minimal delivery speeds. If latency is an issue, it is best to keep the entire system (i.e., all the system components – web, application, database, middleware servers, etc.) local. Simply look for other cloud opportunities within your environment (e.g., end of life servers hosting non-critical applications).

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IBM Deploying Cloud Servers For French Open Fans

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) said it was deploying cloud, or Internet, computing services for the website of the French Open so that it can handle as much as 100 times normal traffic.

IBM, the No. 2 computer company, will deploy three separate computer servers at remote locations tin France to operate as one throughout the tennis tournament, which started May 22 and ends June 10.

Last year, fans drove traffic on the French Open site to 330 million page views and 37 million daily visits, compared with only 31 million in 2010. IBM, of Armonk, N.Y., has devised other private clouds for sports events including the U.S. Open, Masters Cup and the Australian Open.

For the French Open, IBM also devised a new “slamtracker” feature that analyzes seven years of Grand Slam tennis data, or 39 million data points. Before each match, the feature will present on-screen data about each player’s record, style and performance to provide an indication of how he will play.

IBM shares closed at $194.53, down $1.93, in Wednesday trading. They’ve gained nearly 6 percent this year.

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Using Symantec’s Backup Exec.Cloud To Protect Your Small Business – Video


29-05-2012 16:44 Symantec’s backup service is easy to setup, can support multiple computers and keep track of previous file versions, includes protection for both Windows desktops and Servers, and is reasonably priced cloud-based backup for small businesses at $7 per GB per year. Symantec Corporation

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Venyu Expands Channel Offering With VMware vCloud(R) Powered Service

BATON ROUGE, LA and MARLBOROUGH, MA–(Marketwire -05/29/12)- Venyu announced today that its recently-launched VenyuCloud virtualization platform, a low-cost, easily-deployed alternative to physical servers, is now available through its trusted channel partners. VenyuCloud, a VMware vCloud Powered Service, provides a controlled, secure platform where IT managers can quickly provision cloud servers and virtual cloud data centers on demand that are compatible with their on-premise VMware based infrastructure. Venyu’s channel partner program helps IT solutions resellers and systems integration professionals develop, grow and support their business. Channel partners can expand their portfolio of enterprise-grade cloud computing, virtualization, disaster recovery and data protection solutions with a cost-effective, end-to-end IT infrastructure solution that is part of the VMware vCloud initiative.

“The addition of VenyuCloud to our channel portfolio enables our agents and value-added resellers (VARs) to expand revenue streams by offering a comprehensive, competitively-priced IaaS solution built on VMware cloud infrastructure,” said Shawn Brazeau, Director of Channel Sales, Venyu. “Venyu is committed to supporting the continued success of our partners by providing premium sales and technology training support as well as delivering a scalable, highly-available virtualization platform for their end-users.”

Venyu offers partners a variety of participation levels, aimed at companies of all sizes. As a channel partner, members receive customized programs and support from Venyu to develop revenue opportunities and secure new business. Venyu’s engagement levels include:

“Venyu’s depth of experience in cloud and virtualization, outstanding sales and tech support, and overall breadth of end-to-end solutions make the company an ideal channel partner,” said Dean Wittig, President of Wittig Associates, Inc. “The three stages of partnership offered in Venyu’s channel partner program give companies like ours flexibility to participate at the level of commitment that best meets our needs. With VenyuCloud added to the mix of services, we can now offer a robust, easy-to-use IaaS platform powered by industry-leading VMware virtualization and cloud computing technology, namely VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud Director.”

“There is a growing ecosystem of skilled and trusted service and solution provider partners that work in concert to serve the industry with turnkey solutions to deploy and manage VMware vCloud Powered Services on demand,” said Joe Andrews, director, Cloud Product Marketing, VMware. “We are pleased to be working with Venyu to bring their channel partners an innovative offering that continues to transform the way IT services are constructed and utilized today.”

For more information on Venyu’s fast-growing channel partnership program, please visit http://www.venyu.com/partner-us.

About VenyuVenyu is a premier provider of off-site data center services, cloud-based virtualization and battle-tested data recovery solutions that maximize business continuity. By leveraging Venyu’s portfolio of ROI-focused solutions within secure, highly-available data centers, organizations can reduce IT costs while increasing security and scalability. For more information about Venyu and its industry-leading solutions for cloud hosting, physical and virtualized recovery, managed hosting, online data backup and co-location, please visit http://www.venyu.com. Your Data Made Invincible.

VMware, VMware vSphere, VMware vCloud Director and VMware vCloud are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. The use of the word “partner” or “partnership” does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.

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Virtual Internet Nominated for Multiple Awards

LONDON, May 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —

Cloud hosting provider, Virtual Internet, has had its fantastic work and dedication recognised this month as the company has been nominated for two awards in July’s Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA) Awards.

The ISPA Awards commemorate the achievements and ongoing work of internet service providers in a variety of categories. Virtual Internet has been nominated in the ‘Best SME Business Hosting’ and ‘Managed Service Innovation’ categories.

Virtual Internet’s Managing Director, Patrick McCarthy, is thrilled to have been nominated for two awards: “To have been nominated for such awards is very satisfying for us as a company as it’s clearly an indication of our brilliant and ongoing work. It’s wonderful to have been recognised as one of the leading hosting and managed services companies in the UK. To go on and win the awards really would be the icing on the cake.”

The ISPA Awards bring together the UK’s finest companies within the industry and this year is the 14th annual awards. Over 40 companies have been nominated across 12 different categories. This year’s award ceremony will take place on July 3rd at the Park Lane Sheraton Hotel. An independent panel of ISPA Awards judges will decide on the category winners. Virtual Internet will most certainly be feeling optimistic in the build up to the awards.

Virtual Internet has established itself as a market leader in cloud services and exceptional managed services with tailored SLAs whilst also offering website hosting and applications without the need to manage the infrastructure that goes with it.

Virtual Internet is also a provider of high availability hosting solutions for corporations of all sizes. Virtual Internet can offer cloud servers, private cloud and hybrid cloud amongst others.

For further details about the services provided by Virtual Internet please do not hesitate to visit their website.

Contact: Yana Kryuchkova yana.kryuchkova@vi.net +44(0)207-854-6678

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