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Lansing Cloud Host Introduces Faster ‘Storm SSD’

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LANSING Storm On Demand, the cloud hosting arm of the Lansing-based managed hosting provider Liquid Web, Wednesday announced its latest high performance hosting product, Storm SSD.

In Storm SSD the company says it has tweaked its cloud servers, already the industry standard in terms of high performance, to include solid state drives and full redundancy.

This innovation sees Storm On Demand outdoing itself, by increasing the power and speed of a product which was already the fastest available I/O Performer in the Cloud market indeed, the company said, delivering input-output rates and access times that are literally impossible to achieve with a traditional disk based system.

Storm is among the early adopters of SSD in cloud computing. In addition to improved speed, the company said Storm SSD will operate with a low server load, eliminating bottlenecks and enabling a servers processing power to be fully utilized.

In testing, the system has shown capable of up to 475,000 inputs and outputs per second, vs. 7,800 for Amazon.

Storm SSD is ideal for High Performance web applications, large databases and indexes, as well as any environment in which data is subject to frequent access, said Liquid Web and Storm On Demand founder and CEO Matthew Hill. By improving upon our already rapid I/O performance, we are eager to see the new horizons our customers are able to explore.

Costs of the service ranges from $75 to $300 a month depending on speed and storage space requirements.

Liquid Web is a privately held managed web hosting company founded in 1997, with three wholly owned data center facilities in Lansing. In 2010 Liquid Web opened a software development office in Scottsdale, Ariz. Liquid Web has more than 20,000 clients in more than 120 countries. Liquid Web was a member of the Inc. 5000 list of Americas fastest growing privately held companies in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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KineticD Releases Suite of Cloud Backup Offerings for SMBs

TORONTO, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — KineticD, known for its cloud backup and data recovery services for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), today announced the availability of KineticCloud Backup Suite for SMBs and partners. KineticCloud Backup offers leading edge online backup technology to protect the entire SMB environment securely, reliably and economically.

As reported by the Aberdeen Group late last year, 48 percent of mid-sized businesses and 38 percent of small businesses have taken the initiative to move their data to the cloud with the main business driver behind cloud initiatives being disaster recovery or backup. KineticCloud Backup provides SMBs with the latest data backup and recovery technology. Specifically designed to ensure optimized data protection for PCs, Macs, servers and databases, KineticCloud completely automates tedious administrative tasks by simplifying management of backup software and schedules across all systems and business locations.

Early adopter partners who have integrated KineticCloud Backup into their services have already begun to enjoy the advantages of the product. Go Ask Robert, Inc., based in Little Rock, Arkansas, provides IT services to a variety of SMB clientele. Its first client deployment of KineticCloud Backup was on a file server for a local dental practice. Robert Bacon, president of Go Ask Robert, reported that the KineticCloud Backup for Server software was quick and easy to install, providing the dental office with immediate results, protecting data that included patient files, digital X-rays, accounting information and more. Even though the backup was running during business hours, none of the staff noticed any degradation in the server performance.

Shortly after installation, the dental office administrator realized that they had not had a successful tape backup in more than three months. In addition, technicians discovered a failing hard drive in its mirrored RAID array. The office manager was thrilled to learn that she would no longer have to worry about changing out tapes. More importantly, patient data is now protected by 448-bit Blowfish encryption, fully satisfying the requirements of PIPA and HIPAA regulations.

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Jamie Brenzel, CEO, KineticD:

“KineticCloud Backup provides broad support to our entire customer base, including SMBs and our channel partners. We are very excited to offer a complete solution that provides seamless Pause/Resume capabilities, the ability to manage, view and control the entire system from a single, Web-based point of administration and much more at an affordable price.”

Robert Bacon, President, Go Ask Robert, Inc.:

“Being a small business, it is imperative we provide the best and most cost effective backup and data protection solution. Our reputation depends on it. When it comes to data file backup and protection, and more importantly data file restoration and recovery, our clients rely on us to advise and provide them with a solid, safe and secure solution. We love the new KineticCloud Backup platform and will continue to recommend and install it for our clients with servers and desktops.”

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Swisscom IT Services Launches Cloud Storage Services Powered by CTERA Networks


CTERA Networks, the leader in cloud storage enablement, announced today that Swisscom IT Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swisscom AG, one of Europes leading telecommunications providers, is launching a range of Swisscom-branded cloud data protection and file collaboration services based on CTERA Networks Cloud Attached Storage technology.

Swisscom IT Services ranks as one of the top European providers specializing in the integration and operation of complex IT systems, and provides IT outsourcing and managed services to approximately 400 enterprise customers in Switzerland, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria and Singapore.

CTERAs Cloud Attached Storage solution empowers cloud owners to create, provision and manage a variety of storage services, such as backup and recovery, cloud on-ramping, file sharing, and mobile collaboration. The solution uses hybrid deployment architecture, consisting of a cloud-side service delivery platform, on-premises cloud storage gateways, and managed end-point agents. It gives service providers the flexibility to use the back-end storage infrastructure of their choice, while ensuring end-to-end security and optimized performance.

Swisscom IT Services chose CTERAs solution for its flexibility in delivering multiple services using a unified management platform; its ability to deliver those services in mixed environments that include mobile users, remote offices and virtualized hosted servers; and its seamless integration with Swisscoms existing object storage datacenter infrastructure.

We were looking for the optimal solution to extend cloud storage into a variety of business applications. After an extensive evaluation of cloud storage enablers, we found that CTERA provided the best value and best fit to the services we wanted to launch, said Donat Kaeser, product manager at Swisscom IT Services. Its a very flexible solution that provides a rich set of backup and file sharing features right out of the box, with enterprise-grade security and robustness, he added.

Swisscom is using CTERAs technology to deliver three different Swisscom-branded services:

Swisscom IT Services is world-class service provider with a long tradition of innovation, and we are excited to partner with them, said Liran Eshel, CEO of CTERA Networks. Our leading edge cloud storage enablement solution will help Swisscom on-ramp their customers to the cloud with secure and feature-rich cloud storage services.

About CTERA Networks

CTERA Networks revolutionizes data protection and file collaboration for SMBs and enterprise branch offices with Cloud Attached Storage, a hybrid solution that combines secure cloud storage services with on-premises appliances in an all-in-one solution for backup and recovery, file sharing and mobile collaboration. CTERA Networks was the first company to introduce cloud storage gateway appliances, and its scalable cloud service delivery platform empowers service providers and IT resellers to easily deliver cloud storage services to their customers, using the public or private cloud backend of their choice. For more information, visit

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New Intel Server Technology: Powering the Cloud to Handle 15 Billion Connected Devices


Addressing the incredible growth of data traffic in the cloud, Intel Corporation announced the record-breaking Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family. These new processors deliver leadership performance, best data center performance per watt1,4, breakthrough I/O innovation and trusted hardware security features to enable IT to scale. These processors are not only at the heart of servers and workstations, but will also power the next generation of storage and communication systems from leading vendors around the world.

Forecasts call for 15 billion connected devices5 and over 3 billion connected users6 by 2015. The amount of global data center IP traffic is forecasted to grow by 33 percent annually through 2015, surpassing 4.8 zetabytes per year, more than 3 times the amount in 20116. At these levels, each connected user will generate more than 4GB of data traffic every day the equivalent of a 4-hour HD movie. This will increase the amount of data that needs to be stored by almost 50 percent per year7. In order to scale to meet this growth, the worldwide number of cloud servers is expected to more than triple by 20158.

The growth in cloud computing and connected devices is transforming the way businesses benefit from IT products and services, said Diane Bryant, Intel vice president and general manager of the Datacenter and Connected Systems Group. For businesses to capitalize on these innovations, the industry must address unprecedented demand for efficient, secure and high-performing datacenter infrastructure. The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family is designed to address these challenges by offering unparalleled, balanced performance across compute, storage and network, while reducing operating costs.

The key requirements to enable IT to scale are performance, energy efficiency, I/O bandwidth and security. With the best combination of performance, built-in capabilities and cost-effectiveness, the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product families are designed to address these requirements, and become the heart of the next-generation data center powering servers, storage and communication systems.

Leadership Performance with Best Data Center Performance per Watt

Supporting up to eight cores per processor and up to 768GB of system memory, the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family increases performance by up to 80 percent1,2 compared to the previous-generation Intel Xeon processor 5600 series. The family also supports Intel Advanced Vector Extension (Intel AVX) that increases the performance on compute-intensive applications such as financial analysis, media content creation and high performance computing up to 2 times9.

Additional built-in technologies such as Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, Intel Hyper-Threading Technology and Intel Virtualization Technology provide IT with flexible capabilities to increase the performance of their infrastructure dynamically. These performance advances have led the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family to capture 1510 new dual socket x86 world records.

Modern data centers must improve the raw performance they deliver, but also do so efficiently by reducing power consumption and operating costs. The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family continue Intels focus on reducing total cost of ownership by improving energy efficient performance more than 50 percent1,4 as measured by SPECpower_ssj*2008 compared to the previous generation Intel Xeon processor 5600 series. These processors offer support for tools to monitor and control power usage such as Intel Node Manager and Intel Data Center Manager, which provide accurate, real-time power and thermal data to system management consoles. In addition, Intels leadership performance allows IT managers to meet their growing demands while optimizing software license and capital costs.

I/O Innovation and Network Capabilities

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Google drops the price of Cloud Storage service

Google has cut the price of its Cloud Storage, a hosted service designed for enterprise developers who want to store their applications’ data in the cloud, as opposed to in their own servers.

The fees, based on monthly usage, have been cut between 8 percent and 15 percent, depending on the amount of data involved, said Navneet Joneja, product manager for Google Cloud Storage.

“We’re committed to building extremely high availability storage in the cloud,” he said. The price cuts will be applied retroactively to March 1st, Google said on Tuesday.

Google also announced that several enterprise storage vendors have partnered with it and started to use Cloud Storage commercially in their products, including Panzura, StorSimple and Gladinet.

Cloud Storage was launched in beta version in 2010 with the name Google Storage for Developers, and shed the test label and its original name in October of last year.

It is intended as a cloud storage service for heavy-duty, enterprise applications that generate and contain massive amounts of data, not as an end user service where individuals can store files, like the Picasa Web photo manager, the Docs office productivity suite and YouTube for storing and sharing videos.

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Samsung's AllShare Play pushes pictures from phone to cloud and TV

Samsung showed off its revamped AllShare Play app, which allows users to store pictures and video on cloud-based servers or send them to Samsung HDTVs remotely.

Here at Samsung’s product showcase in New York, multimedia connectivity played a big role. The company talked up its rebranded AllShare Play technology, not to be confused with Google Play, which was previously called AllShare.

Essentially AllShare Play allows owners of Samsung tablets and smartphones, Samsung Galaxy Tabs and Galaxy Nexus devices for instance, to push media files such as pictures to servers in the cloud. Samsung says it will save up to 5GB of data for users of the free AllShare Play service.

Samsung also partnered with remote file storage software maker SugarSync. As a result, AllShare Play can also upload files directly from Samsung mobile devices to SugarSync’s servers if you have access to a SugarSync account. To be clear, current Samsung 2012 HDTVs already have the SugarSync app installed and users can get much of the same functionality just by downloading the SugarSync app from the Android Market.

This is the first time, however, Samsung has demoed this version of the AllShare Play app, which is still in development but expected to become available “soon.” Another compelling capability is SmartView, which lets you mirror what’s being displayed, and heard, on compatible Samsung TVs to enjoy on tablets and smartphones around the house. All devices need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network for this to happen, though, so a Slingbox competitor it is not.

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Servers Are Refreshed With Intel's New E5 Chips

Top server makers on Tuesday announced major product upgrades with Intel’s new Xeon E5 processors and technologies that deliver better performance and throughput for robust virtualization and cloud deployments in data centers.

Intel on Tuesday announced the Xeon E5-2600 series chips, which succeed the Xeon 5600 chips announced in March 2010. IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Dell concurrently announced servers with Intel’s new chips, and have also packed new networking and bus technologies that improve bandwidth for faster deployment of virtual machines.

Bottlenecks have been an issue in the past when deploying virtual machines, and adoption of the new PCI-Express 3.0 bus and 10-gigabit Ethernet at the motherboard level will improve throughput for servers to loop data quicker, analysts said. Server customers will also be able to deploy more virtual machines per server, which could allow industry standard x86 servers to take on demanding workloads such as analytics and databases.

The E5 chips include up to eight cores and boast a significant improvement in performance, which could be the biggest driver for server upgrades, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT. The E5-2600 chips are based on the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture. and deliver up to 80 percent faster processing compared to the Xeon 5600 chips.

The chips are also more power efficient, which could help companies curb power costs while consolidating x86 servers in data centers, King said. The hardware utilization rates will also improve with sensor technologies and system management tools that diagnose problems to keep servers running at peak efficiency.

The new servers will also support more memory — up to 768GB in 24 slots — which provide more DRAM for software applications and virtual machines to work with, said Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64. A larger memory pool is key to allowing heavier workloads such as databases to run on virtual machines.

IBM claimed its new two-socket BladeCenter HS23 server delivers 62 percent more computing power, and runs 20 percent more virtual machines than its predecessor BladeCenter HS22. The blade server will support up to four times more memory than HS22.

Beyond the processor, IBM looked at data center elements including memory, software, storage, networking and chassis when building the HS23, said Adalio Sanchez, general manager of IBM’s System x business. The HS23 blade is designed for virtualization and cloud deployments, or even database and ERP (enterprise resource planning) installations.

“It’s not about the processor anymore,” Sanchez said, adding that deployments are about optimizing workloads for better performance, economics and efficiency.

The improved I/O inside servers will partly come from support for PCI-Express 3.0, which is the successor to the PCI data transfer protocols to shuttle data between components and devices, said Insight 64’s Brookwood. PCIe 3.0 can move data at 8 gigatransfers per second, which is an improvement over its predecessor PCI-Express 2.0, which had a speed of 5 gigatransfers per second.

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Dome9 Security Launches Industry's First Free Cloud Security for Unlimited Number of Servers

SAN MATEO, CA–(Marketwire -03/07/12)- Dome9 Security, the leading provider of cloud security firewall management for public and private clouds, as well as for dedicated and virtual private servers (VPS), today announced Dome9 Lite Cloud — a powerful new free cloud security service that provides centralized firewall management for an unlimited number of servers and clouds in virtual private, cloud, collocated, and hosted environments. Starting today, the service is available at no cost via

Today there are more than 30 million cloud servers in use, and most are vulnerable to attack because their built-in security stacks such as the host firewall are too difficult to manage. For the first time, developers and administrators can simplify security management for an unlimited number of servers, including secure access to any server in any cloud, by using Dome9 absolutely free.

Dome9’s Lite Cloud offers GUI-based firewall management for an unlimited number of Windows and Linux servers and clouds. The free Lite Cloud service makes it simple to scale security to any sized infrastructure and ensure cloud server firewalls are not misconfigured or left unmanaged and exposed to brute force attacks and exploit vulnerabilities. It includes features such as activity logging and auditing, support for multiple administrators, and Dome9 Security Groups; and is fully expandable to Dome9’s Business Cloud service, which offers many expanded capabilities. Using Dome9’s centralized GUI-based approach, IT teams can avoid the hassle of individually managing IP tables or the Windows firewall, and secure access to any cloud server.

“Dome9 is launching the new Lite Cloud free service to ensure that every cloud server has the necessary baseline level of security,” said Dave Meizlik, Dome9 VP of Marketing and Business Development. “Security is the number one concern among cloud adopters, and now Dome9 has taken price out of the equation to ensure every cloud server is secured, with absolutely no limit to the number of servers you can protect.”

Since Dome9 is an on-demand security management service, signup and setup take less than five minutes and do not require a credit card. New customers of Dome9’s free Lite Cloud service receive the enhanced features of Dome9’s Business Cloud service for 30 days, including Dome9’s patent-pending Secure Access Lease technology providing 1-click, time-based access to any server and cloud. Lite Cloud customers can seamlessly upgrade to Dome9’s Business Cloud with just a few clicks and for just 4 cents per hour per server.

Dome9 Security is the only cloud security service to automate cloud firewall management for public and private clouds, as well as for dedicated and Virtual Private Servers (VPS), across all platforms. Dome9 closes a critical gap in today’s cloud computing server security — ports such as SSH, RDP, and MYSQL left open so administrators can connect to and manage their cloud servers. This common practice leaves servers vulnerable to hackers who need only guess the correct username and password or exploit any protocol vulnerability to gain unauthorized control of a server. Dome9 secures all administrative ports — for all servers and clouds — enabling secure access, on-demand. Its key innovation is the ability to provide secure access leasing — dynamically generated, time-based secure access to cloud servers — which enables customers to close all server administrative ports by default.

About Dome9 SecurityDome9, the leader in cloud security management, automates and centralizes cloud firewall management across all servers and clouds. Available for both enterprises and hosting providers, and as a free offering, Dome9 supports clouds, VPS, dedicated servers, and Amazon’s EC2 Security Groups, across all major operating systems and service providers. Dome9 is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel, with U.S. offices in San Mateo, Calif., and is venture backed by Opus Capital Ventures. For more information, visit:

Dome9, Dome9 Central, Dome9 Connect, Dome9 Cloud Lite, Dome9 Business Cloud, and Dome9 Agent are registered trademarks of Dome9 Security. All other trademarks are registered to their respective companies. Copyright Dome9 2012.

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