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Systech Integrators® Forms Strategic Relationship With Rackspace Hosting® to Offer Cloud Hosting Services for SAP® …

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –Systech Integrators, Inc., an SAP channel and services partner, today announced the formation of a strategic relationship with Rackspace Hosting. This relationship enables Systech to deliver its Extra Mile service to customers as well as SAP applications and bolt-ons hosted on Rackspace. Rackspace Hosting is an SAP-certified provider of cloud services.

“The future of enterprise IT is moving towards a cloud strategy for companies of all shapes, sizes and industries,” said Rajeev Tyagi, chief operating officer at Systech Integrators, Inc. “By partnering with a top cloud platform leader, Rackspace Hosting, Systech can extend delivery of SAP applications via the cloud, empowering customers to leverage expanding cloud solutions that are secure, cost-effective, flexible, innovative and aligned to business goals.”

Through the Rackspace cloud-delivery platform, Systech’s customers can take advantage of traditional SAP enterprise applications while also benefiting from the following:

“By teaming up with system integrator Systech, Rackspace’s market leading hosting and cloud services are extended with the capabilities provided by an industry-leading provider of solutions and services in support of SAP applications,” said Andy Schroepfer, vice president of enterprise strategy at Rackspace. “This will allow customers to take advantage of Rackspace’s cloud services also in support of their SAP environments. Systech customers will be able to have their SAP applications hosted by a service leader in cloud computing with Systech’s proven support of SAP applications.”

About Systech Integrators, Inc. Systech Integrators, Inc. is a global IT solutions and services company. Systech offers end-to-end solutions and services in support of SAP applications, including implementation, business consulting, hosting (e.g., SaaS, cloud and traditional), application management services and qualified SAP Business All-in-One partner solutions. For more information, visit http://www.systechi.com/.

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Ericsson joins OpenStack cloud infrastructure community

Ericsson has joined OpenStack as part of its plan to serve operators that want to become cloud computing providers.

OpenStack is an open source community that develops software for private and public clouds. The Swedish telecommunications vendor will contribute to help develop OpenStack to support carrier-grade services and applications.

The services and applications include a number of areas, according to Andrs Vajda, cloud management driver at Ericsson’s Cloud Program. One of those areas is fault management, which is completely missing from OpenStack today. Ericsson is also planning to develop proper support for VMware, including the ability to migrate virtual machines between hosts, Vajda said.

The company will most likely contribute to help improve OpenStack’s networking features, as well.

“There will always be a trade-off between what goes back into OpenStack, and what we use as an add-on on top. That is still not worked out completely internally,” Vajda said.

At Mobile World Congress, Ericsson is demonstrating an upcoming management tool for OpenStack-based clouds. The demonstration uses a test bed consisting of three data centres, distributed across different continents. The tool is used to create and connect virtual data centres at each of the three physical locations, and join them together to form a distributed virtual private cloud.

The tool can also automate the deployment of cloud services or applications, and Ericsson has integrated an automated service-level agreement (SLA) resolution, as well. Along with technology from Telcordia, which Ericsson has acquired, the management tool will feed into Ericsson’s recently announced Network-enabled Cloud concept.

“There are two main differentiating factors for operators compared to other cloud providers. One, they have a trusted relationship with their enterprise customers and the second one is their control of the network,” Vajda said.

Ericsson’s concept will allow operators to provision a cloud service and configure the network resources needed at the same time. That is something Amazon or other big public cloud providers can’t do, according to Vajda.

The next step in Ericsson’s cloud concept will be to start moving data centres out into the network. Many components in today’s operator networks run on hardened Intel-based servers. Spare capacity on those servers is a tremendous resource that can be used for cloud services, according to Vajda.

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BeyondTrust Launches PowerBroker Servers Windows Edition

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BeyondTrust, the leading provider of privilege delegation and authorization management solutions, today announced the industrys first privileged identity management (PIM) solution for Microsoft Windows-based Servers. The companys PowerBroker Servers Windows Edition delivers full protection from potential misuse or abuse outside the job responsibilities and specified tasks of users.

Historically, Microsoft has delivered closed user interfaces and complex management protocols making it incredibly challenging for enterprises to implement the least privilege approach, said John Mutch, CEO at BeyondTrust. PowerBroker Servers Windows Edition helps organizations overcome this obstacle by providing effective least privilege capabilities for Microsoft environments to minimize the risk of rogue administrators and to fulfill compliance driven auditing requirements.

PowerBroker Servers Windows Edition leverages Microsoft PowerShell, the emerging standard for contemporary Windows server administration, improving both security and auditing within organizations by enabling responsibility for key administrative tasks to be safely assigned to the appropriate people without disclosing the full administrative password. This provides the full power of administrative access for tasks such as adding administrator accounts and managing Microsoft Exchange mailboxes, while delivering full protection from potential misuse or abuse outside the specified job responsibilities, such as stopping services, erasing disks or doing more subtle damage.

The industry is driving organizations to embrace PowerShell methodology, but the trick is leveraging it to implement well-accepted security principles, said Brian Mehlman, director, program management at BeyondTrust. While its true that PowerShell features a native security model, the reality is that a monolithic approach to security represents vulnerability in and of itself. PowerBroker Servers Windows Edition introduces a rich feature-set, enabling policy controls to minimize the risk of rogue administrators by delivering the fine-grain controls companies need to get the most from the PowerShell technology.

PowerBroker Servers Windows Edition provides augmented event logs, logging all actions that were performed with elevated privilege as well as by whom they were performed. This audit trail, combined with the safe partitioning of full administrative privilege, provides an extremely secure means of controlling administrative access to Microsoft-based servers and applications, meeting compliance driven auditing requirements for regulated industries that require restricting access to computing resources based on an individuals responsibility, such as PCI.

The beauty of the Beyond Trust approach is in its elegance, said Don Jones, one of the world’s leading experts on the Microsoft business technology platform. By intercepting all PowerShell traffic, BeyondTrust becomes a security gate. The solution can be configured with detailed Windows server and application permissions and it also creates the most detailed-possible log of all administrative activity.

For more information about PowerBroker Servers Windows Edition and the rest of the PowerBroker solutions visit http://www.beyondtrust.com.

About BeyondTrust

Founded in 1985, BeyondTrust is the global leader in privilege authorization management, access control and security solutions for physical, virtual, cloud and infrastructure computing environments. The companys products mitigate insider threats and secure the perimeter within across the enterprise, empowering IT governance to strengthen security, improve productivity, drive compliance and reduce expense.

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Harris kills remote hosting service as customers shun cloud storage

Harris Corp. has pulled out of its off-premise remote hosting business because of lack of adoption from customers in what could be seen as a sign of hesitation by some IT executives to store sensitive data in the cloud.

Harris – an international provider of communications and IT services – last year opened a 100,000-square-foot data centre in Virginia with the goal of hosting data for government, health care and financial industry customers. But, not more than a year after the company’s Cyber Integrated Center opened in May 2011, Harris announced plans to close the facility and sell the data centre.

“The company determined that although demand continues for cybersecurity and cloud enabled solutions, its government and commercial customers currently prefer hosting mission-critical information on their own premises rather than remotely,” the company said.

Mark Jordan, an analyst with Noble Financial Markets who tracks Harris and the defence and intelligence industry, said the move was not made as part of larger cuts within the company. Harris invested in a market that wasn’t providing a return, so it backed out, he said. Harris expects to incur a $70 million to $80 million after-tax charge because of the action.

“This is a sign, at least in the intelligence and defense industry, that there is reluctance to move to a third-party hosted environment for sensitive data,” Jordan said.

Robert Mahowald, a cloud researcher with IDC, was surprised by the move. Government agencies, he said, are being encouraged to move as much data and IT resources to the cloud as possible as a way to save money and reduce capital expenses.

“I don’t know that demand is not there,” he said. But, agencies also have to work with IT providers that are certified through the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), which Mahowald said has strict requirements to become compliant with. Harris spokesperson Jim Burke said the data center was FISMA compliant, yet customers still were not utilising the service.

According to the National Institute of Standards in Technology fact sheet about FISMA, to become certified by the US General Services Administration, an organisation must provide documentation in the following areas: access control, identification and authentication, audit and accountability, encryption, system and communications protection, physical security, personnel security, continuity of operations, awareness and training, incident response, security planning, system integrity, and acquisition.

Jordan, the Noble Financial analyst, said even if a data centre is FISMA certified, government agencies must have a good reason to move data off site.

“Unless the financials make the decision overly compelling, in the intelligence and defence world, they are going to be overly sensitive to valuable information,” he said.

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BitRock CEO on BitNami Cloud Hosting – Video


02-05-2011 16:38 Dell’s Barton George Interviews BitRock CEO Erica Brescia at the OpenStack Summit in Santa Clara, April 27, 11. Erica talks about how they make the open source sw easy to deploy and how BitNami cloud hosting specifically makes open source and soon commercial sw easy to deploy to the cloud.

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FireHost Appoints Jim Ciampaglio as Sr. Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing

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Posted February 28, 2012
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DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FireHost, a secure cloud hosting company with offices in the US and UK, has appointed Jim Ciampaglio to senior vice president of global sales and marketing. Ciampaglio joined FireHost in late 2011 after holding many successful sales and executive roles in related high-tech and hosting companies. In his role, Ciampaglio will further expand FireHost’s global distribution channels, including the implementation of a FireHost partner program, while overseeing business development activities for the company.
“Jim is an accomplished executive with broad revenue generation experience in technology and hosting. He brings with him a strong reputation for organizational leadership, which is going to be vital as FireHost continues to grow,” said Chris Drake, CEO of FireHost. “We’re excited to have Jim on our team to drive our sales and partner programs.”
Ciampaglio was previously the COO at NeoSpire Managed Hosting. There he was responsible for all operational departments and helped guide the company through its acquisition by Hosting.com. Prior to that role, he was vice president of sales at NaviSite, a Time Warner Cable Company that provided enterprise cloud hosting and managed services. With NaviSite he launched an SMB division and successfully implemented a global sales team focused on developing the company’s expansion into new markets. Ciampaglio was also the senior director of sales for NTT/Verio, a provider of hosted applications worldwide. Ciampaglio created the viaVerio reseller advisory board and partner portal. This program earned the company awards for its success by creating a marketplace and ecosystem that allowed its resellers to communicate and grow their businesses. Ciampaglio has also worked for Verizon, Aegis Communications and MBNA America.
“FireHost’s trajectory path is what every company hopes to attain. It’s an exciting point in time for this company and I’m honored to be a part of the FireHost success story,” said Jim Ciampaglio. “Everyone here has a driving passion to make FireHost the best hosting company for our customers and I look forward to helping introduce the FireHost brand into new channels and markets across the globe.”
FireHost announced its official launch into Europe last month with secure cloud hosting services now available through data centers in London and Amsterdam. Top enterprises including Fortune 50 companies trust FireHost to secure their websites and applications, including Johnson & Johnson, Hamilton Beach, Farmers Insurance Group, and Viking. FireHost is known for blocking millions of hack attempts per month against high-target, mission critical companies, and was the first hosting provider to deliver a totally secure, PCI DSS 2.0 compliant public cloud offering.
FireHost is hiring to fill roles in R&D, marketing & sales, customer support, and operations. A full list of job opportunities can be found on the company’s website.
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Web Host Webair Adds Carrier Neutral Cloud Services

NEW YORK, NY(Marketwire -02/28/12)- Webair, the leader in hosting solutions, today unveiled their Carrier Neutral Cloud Service, offering clients the flexibility and freedom of a cloud hosting environment while providing total control over all network infrastructure and carrier choices. This groundbreaking new service allows transparent access from cloud environments to thousands of transit and transport providers. Clients can now choose any carrier, multiple carriers, or build custom network configurations and tie it all into their own cloud topology.
In the late 1990s, physical data center infrastructure became disassociated from particular carriers. The result was increased competition among carriers, greater consumer choice among business owners, lower bandwidth costs and more reliable services. Then cloud computing came along and businesses were choosing between the computing scalability of the cloud or the network freedom of physical infrastructure. Now, by offering scalable cloud computing services with complete carrier neutrality, Webair gives clients the best of both worlds.
Webair Carrier Neutral Cloud services are currently available on Webairs NY Cloud nodes and will be rolled out in all other markets during the coming months. Webair clients can procure direct transit and transport services from hundreds of carriers. Similar to collocation clients, public and private cloud customers will be able to order connectivity directly from carriers via Webairs cloud cross connect platform leveraging meet-me rooms in 111 8th Ave., 60 Hudson St., 25 Broadway, and Telxs Ethernet Exchange.
Customers utilizing Webairs Carrier Neutral Cloud can configure any combination of transit or transport providers to directly connect to their computing infrastructure. This allows businesses with already established carrier relationships to utilize them in cloud in a truly open access cloud environment. Clients can choose to work with providers based on metrics that matter to them such as latency, route preferences, proven stability, or cost. Clients can further save money by aggregating commitments and consolidating contracts.
Webairs revolutionary Carrier Neutral Cloud removes barriers and provide clients with the unique ability to custom build a truly multi-homed cloud environment using any carriers they prefer, said Michael C. Orza, President of Webair. Put simply, our clients can finally take full advantage of all of the benefits of dynamic cloud hosting infrastructure without giving up any of the freedom to control their own network configurations.
Now is the time to take advantage of modern cloud computing services without the limitations of being tied to any one bandwidth provider. For more information about the Webair Carrier Neutral Cloud please visit http://www.webair.com/solutions-carrier-neutral-cloud.html or follow Webair on twitter @WebairInc.

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INetU Managed Hosting is SOC 2 and SOC 3 Compliant

ALLENTOWN, Pa., Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –INetU, Inc. a global provider of business-centric managed Cloud and application hosting is now SOC 2 and SOC 3 compliant. The company and by extension, its clients, achieved this important set of assurances through an intensive independent audit that was recently completed. The auditors did not find any exceptions in their report, which means that for each control objective, INetU met or exceeded the standards or expectations.
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“Data security and the confidences we need to provide to our business clients is something that we take very seriously at INetU,” said CEO and president Dev Chanchani. “Attaining SOC 2 and SOC 3 compliance is further confirmation that we are committed to bringing additional levels of audited scrutiny to our organization on behalf of our clients.”
SOC 2 compliancy represents a broad-based set of Trust Service Principles put forth jointly by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA). The principles define comparable standards of online data security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality and privacy. SOC 2 augments the SSAE 16 reporting standard that was not easily comparable between competitive companies reports because there wasn’t an agreed upon standard. SOC 2 has rectified this by providing an assessment against standardized principles.
“As INetU continues to excel in the industries of healthcare in the Cloud and online payment transactions platform hosting, our list of compliances and assurances like HIPAA, PCI, SOX and SOC show our true commitment to our clients’ and prospects’ online success,” said Chanchani.
INetU has also achieved the independent SOC 3 audit, which takes the detailed and very intensive reporting used in the SOC 2 and provides a public facing verified summary of the comprehensive audit. INetU is now displaying the official SOC 3 emblem on their website as verification of their successful security audits.
About INetU Managed Hosting
INetU, Inc. is a leading managed hosting and cloud provider serving businesses worldwide. Dedicated to building long-term relationships with its clients, INetU provides secure, high performance and reliable hosting for enterprise websites and Internet centric applications. INetU is all business, expertly providing compliant solutions for e-Commerce, Healthcare, Financial Services, SaaS, Web Development, Education, Government, Consulting and more. With domestic and international datacenters, INetU has the global reach and the flexible business hosting options needed to empower your success. INetU is PCI, SSAE 16/SOC 1, SOC 2/3, ISAE 3402 and Safe Harbor compliant and provides HIPAA guidance and assurances.
To learn more, visit http://www.inetu.net.
Media Contact:Duane Zoscin, INetU, Inc. 610.266.7441 dzoscin@inetu.net

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IBM SmartCloud Virtualized Server Recovery – Video


24-02-2012 09:57 Visit http://www.ibm.com to learn more. Watch this video to see how IBM can help you improve recovery times for applications running on both virtualizaed and non-virtualized servers. IBM SmartCloud Virtualized Server Recovery lets you leverage the cloud for faster and more cost effective recovery of your applications in the event of a disaster.

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