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ServInt Introduces Its New Flex Line of High-Performance, Fully Managed Dedicated Servers

MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

ServInt, a pioneering provider of managed cloud hosting for enterprises worldwide, today introduced its new line of fully managed, dedicated servers under the Flex brand. The new Flex Private servers named Flex Express, Flex Pro and Flex Enterprise feature some of the most powerful processors available, at price points that offer an extremely favorable performance-per-dollar value.

In addition, the Flex line offers a high level of platform configurability, made easy with a new, intuitive, online configuration system. This easy configurability is the first in a series of next-generation cloud infrastructure enhancements from ServInt all of which will be passed along to Flex customers as the platform evolves.

With the introduction of the Flex Private server line, ServInt is making next years server technologies affordable today, said ServInt Founder and CEO Reed Caldwell.

Caldwell added, Were also looking ahead with this product by making it the platform upon which we will deploy all of our next-generation advances in provisioning, scalability, billing and more. In other words: youll get started with Flex for the incredible value it offers today but youll stay with Flex because of the cloud infrastructure services it will deliver tomorrow.

All Flex Private servers exclusively use Dell enterprise-grade hardware. The Flex Express server offers all the following features for only $199 per month, with optional RAM and disk-space upgrades that can increase RAM and disk storage to as much as 12GB and 1.5TB, respectively:

The Flex Pro server available in both SAS and near-line SAS configurations provides all the following features for only $299 per month, with RAM and disk-space upgrade paths that allow customers to add as much as 24GB and 1.5TB, respectively:

The Flex Enterprise server available in both SAS and near-line SAS configurations provides all the following features for only $499 per month, with RAM and disk-space upgrade paths that allow customers to add as much as 32GB and 3TB, respectively:

About ServInt

ServInt is a pioneering provider of high-reliability, managed cloud hosting services for enterprises worldwide. Founded in Northern Virginia in 1995, ServInt provides a range of IaaS, PaaS, VPS and dedicated server packages to hosting service resellers, web designers, developers and online businesses in more than 130 countries. To learn more about ServInt’s cloud solutions, please call 1-800-573-7846 or visit http://www.servint.net.

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SYS-CON.tv @ 9th Cloud Expo | Nand Mulchandani, CEO and Co-Founder of ScaleXtreme – Video


25-02-2012 10:41 “We’re one of the few companies out there that is helping customers federate multiple clouds together so they can manage all of their servers through a single web browser,” notes Nand Mulchandani, CEO and Co-Founder of ScaleXtreme, in this SYS-CON.TV interview with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan at the 9th International Cloud Expo, held Nov 7-10, 2011, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

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Cloud Computing – 28/02/12 – Video


08-03-2012 17:37 Description: Recent disaster events throughout the country and even internationally have highlighted the need for businesses to ensure regular backups of essential data, and to seek alternative ways of working particularly in regards to using software which is accessible anywhere, any time on the internet to ensure minimal business down time. Many businesses use cloud computing on a day to day basis without even realising it — your emails may well be accessible via webmail or online programs such as gmail, yahoo, Hotmail or similar. Whilst some businesses utilise expensive servers, often requiring specialist IT staff to ensure it’s continual operation, many business owners are turning to cloud computing – renting capacity in a provider’s data centre, and connecting to it over the internet, often on a month to month basis. This allows a business agility in a fast moving technological world, and the right cloud computing solutions can improve a business’s efficiencies across the board significantly. Join our informative one hour webinar on cloud computing and learn: • What cloud computing is and how you can get started with it • What types of activities you might be able to conduct ‘in the cloud’ and why this could be advisable for your business • What cloud computing solutions exist and which ones might suit your business • How much different cloud computing solutions cost • How to choose the right solution/s for your business • Whether cloud computing is secure • How to

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DotNetNuke Tutorial – Great hosting tool – PowerDNN Control Suite – part 1/3 – Video #310 – Video


10-03-2012 11:49 http://www.DNNHero.com – This video will go through the ins and outs of hosting a DNN site on PowerDNN cloud servers. It will also demonstrate their own server tool called PowerDNN Control Suite which helps people get up and running quickly with their DNN sites. This is part 1 of 3.

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Defiant Kaleidescape To Keep Shipping Movie Servers

Although a California judge has legally blocked the sale of Kaleidescape’s DVD servers, the company said Monday that it intends to ship products until if and when an appellate court upholds the decision.

On March 8, Judge William J. Monaghan of the Santa Clara County district court issued a notice of injunction against Kaleidescape, ruling that the company was in breach of the CSS license agreement that it entered into with the DVD Copy Control Association, or DVD CCA.

Kaleidescape currently manufactures servers that allow consumers or businesses to rip a DVD, Blu-ray Disc, or CD and store its contents on a hard drive. However, the company has also agreed to store the disc in the drive during playback, which Hollywood wanted to eliminate the issue of “rip and return,” where consumers rented a DVD, ripped it, and then effectively pirated it for their own permanent use.

Since then, of course, cloud-based services like Netflix have dented that model, streaming a movie directly to a consumer’s client device via an encrypted stream.

Monday’s ruling stems from a 2009 decision, when Kaleidescape lost its chance to appeal to the state’s superior court on the contract issue. Instead, the case was remanded back to the Santa Clara County Superior Court, where the DVD Copy Control Association filed its original suit.

Judge Monaghan’s notice was dated April 8, to give time to Kaleidescape to prepare for the injunction, a DVD CCA spokesman said in an email.

Meanwhile, Kaleidescape said it believed it has the legal right to ship products until an appeal of the latest ruling dashed all hope.

“Judge Monahan entered his statement of decision and injunction order on March 8, 2012. Kaleidescape filed its appeal on March 9, 2012,” the company said in a statement. “Kaleidescape believes that under California law the injunction order should not come into effect unless the California Court of Appeal affirms Judge Monahan’s decision. Kaleidescape is confident that when the Court of Appeal reviews the facts of this case, particularly in light of the complete absence of any harm to the DVD CCA or its members, that it will reverse the trial court decision. The appeal process may take one to two years.”

For his part, Michael Malcolm, Kaleidescape’s chairman, founder, and CEO, said in 2009 that he believed his company could continue to ship product, legally. “I am very confident that however it goes, we’ll continue to stay in business and ship our products,” Malcolm said then.

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Dell to invest $700 mn in R&D, unveils 12G servers

The company also announced new EqualLogic PS Series storage arrays, vStart for Dell Private Cloud, Quickstart data warehouse appliance, and a couple of desktop virtualisation offerings

BANGALORE, INDIA: Dell announced a full portfolio of 12th generation, and Intel Xeon processor E5-2600-basedblade, rack and tower PowerEdge servers and also announced that it will invest $700 million for its R&D activities in 2012.

B Rudramuni, executive director, Dell R&D Center, said, 12th generation servers are critical component of Dells enterprise business and they are designed to help our customers to do more. Dell designed and built its 12th Generation servers with input from more than 7,700 customer conversations in 17 countries across four continents. This year, Dell will be spending more than $700 million on R&D, the vast majority of which will go toward enterprise solutions offerings including servers, storage, services and networking.

Also Read: Dell unveils OpenStack-based IaaS cloud platform

With its new PowerEdge servers Dell lays the foundation to extend its Fluid Data Architecture to the server. With Dell Express Flash, front accessible, swappable PCIe solid state disks connected directly to the server, Dell can provide up to 10.5 times more Microsoft SQL Server transactions per second than HDD storage.

It also features Dell CacheCade data accelerator and with this new generation of servers Dell extends its systems management capabilities with its second generation of embedded server management tools that efficiently manage the deployment, updating, monitoring and maintenance of server lifecycle. Dells new PowerEdge servers deliver bare-metal deployment.

Dell is also bringing a ‘breath of fresh air’ to all data centres with its 12th generation PowerEdge servers. With Dell fresh air IT equipment, a data centre can realize an estimated $3,000,000 in capital expenditures and even sustain at 45 degree celcius and 900 hours at a stretch, adds Rudramani.

S Sridhar, director, Enterprise Solutions Business, Global 500, India said, The large-scale memory capacity available on the new Dell PowerEdge servers could give the flexibility to significantly increase virtual machine consolidation. These are changes that will have a positive impact on an organizations bottom line.

EqualLogic PS Series storage arrays Dell also announced the next-generation EqualLogic PS Series storage arrays.

EqualLogic PS6110 Series: These arrays are configured with both optical (SFP+) and copper (10GBASE-T) 10GbE networking, supporting data centre flexibility. It features up to 72 terabytes in a single array and 1.2 petabytes in a single group.

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Borders + Gratehouse Adds Three New Clients in Cloud Sector

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire -03/12/12)- Borders + Gratehouse, a new kind of technology and consumer strategic communications firm, today welcomed three new cloud solutions to its portfolio of clients. AppDirect, SoftLayer and Xero join a growing client roster that spans cloud infrastructure, SMB and enterprise services as well as green and consumer technologies.

Cloud computing is the most transformative technology shift since the PC and the Internet. The flexible, Internet-based infrastructure, infinite scalability and service-based integration not only liberate classic business functions, but are enabling entirely new applications for businesses and consumers. Borders + Gratehouse supports the entire ecosystem of Cloud services and infrastructure technologies with innovative communication strategies and a strong network of media and influencer relationships. New clients announced today include:

“We conducted an extensive search and Borders + Gratehouse stood out based on their keen understanding of the market, the creativity they applied to educating and motivating various constituencies, and their solid track record of results for similar companies,” said Simon West, chief marketing officer, SoftLayer Technologies. “This is going to be a big year for SoftLayer and we are confident that Borders + Gratehouse is the firm that will help us make the most of it.”

About Borders + Gratehouse

Borders + Gratehouse is simply a better PR partner for innovative companies. We offer a unique combination of drive, imagination and experience that only comes from decades of success in PR and journalism. At Borders + Gratehouse we begin with the end in mind — meeting your business objectives through strategic communications. We transcend the “same old same old” PR strategies with the same zeal you bring to your own business. And we do it with a smart, informed approach that’s founded on relevance and insight. Our client expertise spans across cloud technologies, SaaS for SMBs, consumer and green technologies. Borders + Gratehouse is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Chicago.

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Porticor's new key technology simplifies data encryption in the cloud

Data at rest has long been protected by technology called public key infrastructure (PKI), in which data is encrypted when it’s created by a public key and only decrypted, in theory, by an authorised person holding the private key. But extending this type of data protection to the cloud can be complicated.

The migration to the cloud has introduced a new set of complex security issues for IT teams to manage due to the lack of direct control over the security of the data. Moreover, cloud providers believe that data security is a shared responsibility, where the service provider assures physical security and the subscribers must secure their servers and data. Presumably this would include a strategy for encryption and key management which requires that the keys be stored outside the cloud rather than in it.

Startup security company Porticor just released a solution that addresses the concern about data at rest in the cloud. Porticor offers a split key encryption solution where the cloud customer is the only one who knows the master key. What’s more, Porticor handles all the complexity of encrypting data so the customer barely needs to think about it. The security and convenience is all in the unique implementation of key management.

The fundamental problem of encrypting data in the cloud is where to store the keys. The customer can’t store the keys on a disk in the cloud because they could be vulnerable to hackers. The customer could allow a vendor to store its keys, but that means putting trust in a third party. The customer could bring the keys back into his own data center, but that seems to defeat the purpose of outsourcing data center services to the cloud. Porticor now offers an alternative for key management that is both simple and secure.

Porticor’s approach is based on the concept of the safe deposit box that has two keys – one for the customer and the other for the banker, or in this case, the Porticor Virtual Key Management Service. Just like the safe deposit box, the customer can’t decrypt the data without the key held by Porticor, and Porticor can’t decrypt the data without the master key held by the customer. In practice, the customer actually has one key per project, which is usually an application. Porticor has thousands of keys, one for each file or disk belonging to that project. Still, the keys must pair up in order to provide access to the encrypted data.

Beyond the keys being split between the customer and Porticor, the unique part of the solution is the keys themselves are encrypted by the customer’s master key, which only the customer holds and knows. As a result, Porticor holds project keys but the vendor can’t read them because they are encrypted. By encrypting the “banker” keys with the customer master key, Porticor gives the customer complete mitigation of end data protection. The customer must write down the master key and literally store it in a steel box. Once that is done, no one in the world other than the steel box ever sees the key. (Another option is to put the master key in an escrow service.)

Architecturally, the Porticor solution sits between the cloud based server and storage, ensuring that every bit of data between the servers and the storage is encrypted and every bit of data moving from storage to the servers is decrypted for customer initiated processes. The piece in the middle is the heart of the Portico solution, the Virtual Private Data (VPD) application. VPD is a virtual appliance that encrypts any disk or storage array with encryption algorithms such as AES-256. VPD retrieves the “banker” keys as well as requesting from the customer its key.

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Can a private cloud drive energy efficiency in datacentres?

As more and more companies virtualise datacentres, Jenny Williams asks if stepping into a private cloud would really mean greater energy efficiency.

A private cloud tipping point will be reached by the end of 2012. According to Neil MacDonald, vice president and Gartner fellow, more than half of the workloads in datacentres will have been virtualised, providing the foundation for private cloud computing capabilities to cut datacentre costs and increase energy efficiency.

However, TechTargets Data Centre Decisions 2011 survey found 57% of UK and European users are not using or considering using private cloud computing over the next 12 months.

With so many private cloud infrastructure offerings on the market from VMwares vSphere to Microsoft HyperV and System Centre and new products such as Dells pre-packaged private cloud for datacentres, vStart 200 are energy-efficient private cloud datacentres at an industry tipping point, or is it all merely market hype?

Virtualisation is being used to significantly reduce power usage in datacentres. According to Computer Weeklys sister title, SearchVirtualDatacentre, Palmers College in Essex reduced over 20 IBM servers to three in a server virtualisation and datacentre consolidation project.

The datacentre now uses VMware vSphere 4.1 servers and saves 19% of its capital budget by removing disaster recovery (DR) and server replacement costs.

We save roughly another 80% on power compared to what we would be using if our servers were not virtualised, says Dan Byne, IT manager at Palmers College.

Analyst Gartner believes private cloud platforms will further enhance server and storage virtualisation energy efficiencies. Private cloud platforms allow businesses to protect data using an internal, corporate network behind a firewall.

In a report titled Shrinking Data Centers: Your Next Data Center Will Be Smaller Than You Think, Gartner analyst David Cappuccio says private clouds and resource pooling enhance vertical scalability in the datacentre, while at the same time improving the productivity-per-kilowatt ratio.

By 2018, Cappuccio predicts data centres will take up only 40% of the space they occupy today, mainly housing core business services. Sanjay Mirchandani, EMC CIO and

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