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ScaleXtreme Cloud-Based Patch Management Open for New Customers

SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

ScaleXtreme, the leading provider of server automation products for the distributed data center, has opened access to its recently launched cloud-based patch management automation solution for use in public cloud machines, virtual machines and physical servers. Anyone can now signup for ScaleXtreme and begin scanning their servers for operating system vulnerabilities. Customers enjoy the ability to schedule, deploy and automate patches for multiple machines in the enterprise or hosted at a public cloud provider. Patches for Windows 2003, Windows 2008, CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu are available immediately.

We worked closely with select early adopters to ensure the product works great and are now pleased to open this remarkable scanning and patching functionality to anyone with a ScaleXtreme account, said ScaleXtreme CEO and Co-Founder Nand Mulchandani. The demand for patch management from our community amazed us, dramatically exceeding our expectations.

The product enables customers to deploy patches on the fly or on a specific schedule, such as during periods of planned maintenance, making the experience easy for both systems administrators and IT managers. Patching is one of many server operations radically simplified by ScaleXtremes cloud-based automation engine, which allows customers to automate all of their routine server management tasks through a single framework.

Customers have come to expect the same security features they enjoy inside their firewall to be available in the public cloud, said Mulchandani. Effective patch management helps people safely begin to bring long-running, stateful servers into the public cloud, where they can be managed like any other server in the enterprise. No other security or systems management product that we know of can operate across physical servers, virtual machines and the public cloud in this fashion.

ScaleXtreme offers free patch scanning for all public cloud machines, virtual servers and physical servers through its free ScaleXtreme Xpress product. For more information, visit http://www.scalextreme.com/solutions/patch.

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ScaleXtreme provides powerful, cloud-based server automation products for the modern distributed data center. Built from the ground up to be simple, scalable and social, IT gets a single unified automation platform to build and control physical, virtual and public cloud servers. For more information, visit http://www.scalextreme.com.

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Cloud Computing and Technology Mobility – Video


23-02-2012 14:23 With today’s economy, moving away from in house hosting of services can be a life saver. Hosted or “cloud based” services can be brought up quickly with very little overhead, some are even free! Aside from Google Docs, which is becoming more and more popular there are many tools available in the “cloud” that can benefit law IT. My intention is to present and discuss hosted services for document collaboration, file storage, and distance education. Some of the hosted services that I intend to discuss specifically are Drop Box, Adobe Connect Pro, and Adobe Buzzwords. These services and others are helping to reduce our overhead and giving the people we serve a better IT experience. Also, I will be discussing how these hosted services are not only easier in the short term but how they enable us to be more agile or “mobile” with our technology for the future. Room: 206 Time Slot: 4pm – 5pm Day: 06/18/2009 Presenter(s): Wesley Christiansen, University of Utah SJ Quinney College of Law

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Dedicated & Cloud Hosting Provider Codero Names Industry Veteran Emil Sayegh, President & CEO

LENEXA, KAN., FEBRUARY 29, 2012 Codero Hosting (www.codero.com), a leading provider of dedicated, managed, and cloud hosting services, has named Emil Sayegh as President and CEO. He will also serve on its Board of Directors. Sayegh succeeds Jonathan Ewert, who will remain on the Board.

Codero supports business customers worldwide through a reliable IT Hosting portfolio that spans dedicated, managed, and cloud services. Sayegh will focus his efforts on expanding Coderos portfolio and growing its customer base, leveraging Coderos reliable product set and its consistently high customer satisfaction ratings.

In the next six months, Codero plans to add additional staff to its current headquarters in Lenexa, Kansas and office in Phoenix, Arizona, and open a new office in Austin, Texas where the rapidly growing technology industry offers a highly skilled pool of technology workers and prospective customers.

I am honored to join Codero as the IT industry shifts away from internally run data centers and onto hosted IT infrastructure providers. Coderos reliability, stability, and customer service make it a compelling alternative to other players in the hosting space, said Sayegh. As a specialist in hosting, Codero already offers cost, flexibility, and scalability advantages to a rapidly growing base of business customers. As we further expand our portfolio and offerings in both existing and new markets, Codero is primed to become the trusted source for IT infrastructure hosting solutions for businesses of all sizes.

Sayegh previously led and expanded successful cloud computing and hosting businesses for HP (NYSE: HPQ) and Rackspace Inc. (NYSE: RAX). At HP he was the Vice President of Cloud Services and led the companys entry into the public cloud by leveraging HP technology and OpenStack, the open source cloud computing operating system. Prior to HP, Sayegh was the Vice President and General Manager of the Cloud Computing Division at Rackspace. During his tenure there, he led Rackspaces entry into the emerging public cloud market and rapidly grew the business to more than 100,000 clients. He also spent more than 15 years in the IT industry in successful marketing, product management, and product development leadership roles at Dell Inc., RLX Technologies (acquired by HP), and Compaq (acquired by HP). Sayegh will be based in Coderos new Austin office.

Emil is a high-energy strategic thinker and a goal-focused leader from the heart of the hosting and cloud computing industry. We are very pleased to welcome him to Codero knowing that he will successfully implement strategies to accelerate customer and revenue growth, said Tyler Newton, Chairman of Coderos Board of Directors and partner with growth private equity firm Catalyst Investors, Coderos principal investor. We are also appreciative of his predecessor, Jonathan Ewert, a Catalyst Entrepreneur who came into Codero at a critical time and has positioned the company for success. Catalyst Investors looks forward to other exciting opportunities to work with Jonathan.

Since its launch in 2009, Codero has been recognized with multiple industry awards as the most reliable, trusted dedicated and managed hosting service provider. Codero has also achieved a number of business milestones, including SAS 70 Type II certification, PCI compliance, and Microsoft Gold Certification. Coderos hybrid hosting platform of dedicated, managed, and cloud services serves thousands of business customers worldwide and hundreds of thousands of both simple and complex web sites and applications, including gaming platforms and back office applications.

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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

CARLSBAD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

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
Jim Ciampaglio
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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