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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 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 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.
“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.
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Media Contact:Duane Zoscin, INetU, Inc. 610.266.7441


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IBM SmartCloud Virtualized Server Recovery – Video

24-02-2012 09:57 Visit 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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RSA and Zscaler Teaming Up to Deliver Trusted Access for Cloud Computing

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — RSA® CONFERENCE —

News Summary:

RSA and Zscaler are collaborating to develop a new cloud-based solution to help secure access and identities in the cloud Cloud-based solution to integrate RSA’s Cloud Trust Authority, RSA®’s Adaptive Authentication and Zscaler’s Cloud Security service

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RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE: EMC – News) and Zscaler today announced they are jointly developing a cloud-based solution to assert continuous trust in identities accessing any web application or cloud service.  The solution is designed to help enable organizations to apply policy and control to identities even outside corporate networks, and simplify the challenge of managing user credentials associated with multiple cloud applications and web services.  The integration of risk-based authentication and identity federation from RSA’s Cloud Trust Authority and RSA® Adaptive Authentication solutions along with the inline web security capabilities of Zscaler’s Cloud Security service would enable a ubiquitous service for continuous, risk-aware identification of users accessing the Internet.

The solution will include strong user authentication, identity federation, and dynamic risk assessment based on device identification, user behavioral profiling, and vulnerability detection.  The combined service being developed will be engineered to help organizations mitigate the risks of data theft, service abuse, and other threats that stem from insufficient authentication, stolen credentials or compromised user devices and accounts.  By monitoring the behavior of authenticated users and environmental conditions, the developed service will create a dynamic risk profile that can be used by web applications to minimize the potential of access from compromised accounts, bots, and malware, while still ensuring a positive, simple user experience.

Analyst Quote

Phillip Hochmuth, IDC Analyst

“Enterprises are shifting mission-critical applications and data into the cloud, and users are becoming more mobile than ever.  As a result more and more access to enterprise resources is occurring from outside corporate networks, using devices not controlled by the enterprise IT teams.  Attackers know that they can often steal corporate data more easily by compromising user accounts, sessions and endpoints, rather than attacking the enterprise servers or SaaS applications directly.  Zscaler and RSA are developing the industry’s only solution to this growing risk by integrating dynamic, behavior–based authentication with a global web security platform that protects users and data across all applications and web destinations.”

RSA Executive Quote

Art Coviello, Executive Vice President, EMC Corporation and Executive Chairman, RSA

“Tight integration between trusted authentication and web security technology delivered as a cloud service will offer much needed defense to counter increasingly sophisticated threats in mobile and cloud environments. RSA provides risk-aware authentication which, when combined with Zscaler’s Cloud Security service, will help enable continuous identity assurance and policy enforcement in the cloud.” 

Zscaler Executive Quote

Jay Chaudhry, President and CEO, Zscaler

“Trust is no longer about simply identifying the user. With more devices accessing more applications and data from more locations, trust must be established and enforced dynamically. Through this development partnership with RSA, Zscaler will enhance security for our customers and the cloud services they depend upon, by continually and dynamically establishing trust.” 

Joint Go-To-Market Initiatives

In addition to development of the cloud service to provide inline identity-awareness, both companies will also work together to jointly market and sell the combined solution.  

RSA and Zscaler are showing a proof of concept of this capability in their booths at the RSA® Conference. RSA will also demonstrate a beta version of the RSA® Cloud Trust Authority federation service.

Security and Compliance in the Post-PC World

Mobility and Cloud Computing change not only how and where organizations access information and applications but also how to manage ensuring trusted access, policy enforcement and even governance.  Ensuring and managing this trust becomes more complex as more and more IT services and sensitive information are accessed and consumed via devices, networks and applications that live entirely outside of corporate IT’s direct control.  RSA outlines five key criteria that are essential to delivering security and compliance for this remote, hyper-extended world.

1. Authentication must move to the cloud.  To address increased mobility of end users, authentication itself must be delivered from the cloud regardless of user location.

2. Enterprise identity management must extend to the cloud.  Identity information confined within the enterprise must extend to the cloud rather than create multiple independent silos of identities. 

3. Trust must be constantly verified. Trust is the key component throughout the user session and must go beyond authentication at login to more confidently detect and prevent session compromise.

4. Security must be risk-based.  Risk-based controls and analytics need to adapt to the risk levels that exist as users travel to remote locations, utilize remote networks and access a broader variety of cloud and web-based applications.

5. Leverage an ecosystem.  Providing trust, visibility and control will require an ecosystem versus any single vendor solution.  Security must be built into the Internet directly across all devices and access methods wherever the user and information reside.  This requires an ecosystem of vendors working in concert.

Additional Resources

About RSA

RSA, The Security Division of EMC is the premier provider of security, risk and compliance management solutions for business acceleration. RSA helps the world’s leading organizations solve their most complex and sensitive security challenges. These challenges include managing organizational risk, safeguarding mobile access and collaboration, proving compliance and securing virtual and cloud environments.

Combining business-critical controls in identity assurance, encryption & key management, SIEM, Data Loss Prevention, Continuous Network Monitoring, and Fraud Protection with industry leading eGRC capabilities and robust consulting services, RSA brings visibility and trust to millions of user identities, the transactions that they perform and the data that is generated. For more information, please visit

About Zscaler

Through a multi-tenant, globally-deployed infrastructure, Zscaler enforces business policy, mitigates risk, and provides twice the functionality at a fraction of the cost of current solutions. It enables organizations to provide the right access to the right users, from any place and on any device – while empowering the end-user with a rich Internet experience. For more information, visit us

RSA and EMC are either registered trademarks or trademarks of EMC Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.  All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

This release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined under the Federal Securities Laws.  Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iii) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (iv) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions; (v) component and product quality and availability; (vi) fluctuations in VMware, Inc.’s operating results and risks associated with trading of VMware stock; (vii) the transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and market change; (viii) risks associated with managing the growth of our business, including risks associated with acquisitions and investments and the challenges and costs of integration, restructuring and achieving anticipated synergies; (ix) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (x) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (xi) fluctuating currency exchange rates; (xii) threats and other disruptions to our secure data centers or networks; (xiii) our ability to protect our proprietary technology; (xiv) war or acts of terrorism; and (xv) other one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in the filings of EMC Corporation, the parent company of RSA, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  EMC and RSA disclaim any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

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Ethernet Alliance Interoperability Demo Showcases High-Speed Cloud Connections


In one of the largest interoperability demonstrations at OFC/NFOEC 2012, the Ethernet Alliance (Booth 724) is showcasing cost-effective, high-speed connectivity to the cloud via interoperable 10-, 40-, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) optical connections. Because Ethernet equipment suppliers and service providers are the largest consumers of optics, the Ethernet Alliance demonstration focuses on how the Ethernet ecosystem uses optics and how businesses are implementing 10-, 40-, and 100GbE optics in their networks.

The Ethernet Alliance and 10 member companies are demonstrating a variety of high-speed Ethernet technologies illustrating how 10GbE servers are driving the need for 40GbE and 100GbE uplinks within the data center environment and to cloud service providers. The demonstration creates a simulated cloud computing environment between two “data centers.” One data center is connecting a 100GbE lambda across an Optical Transport Network (OTN), while the second data center is connecting via four 10GbE links.

“When deploying cloud environments, end-users face a range of link rates from GbE to 100GbE when they apply Ethernet at the server, aggregation, core, and metropolitan layer,” said Scott Kipp, president, Ethernet Alliance. “The Ethernet Alliance multi-vendor interoperability demonstration highlights various Ethernet optical and copper solutions that can be used, and highlights advancements in technology for deployment today. One such example of an advancement in optical technology to be demonstrated is 25 gigabit per second directly modulated lasers (DML), which are key for the next generation of 100GBASE-LR4 module implementations. This new generation of optics is lowering the cost barriers for deploying 100GbE networks.”

The Ethernet Alliance member companies participating in the interoperability demonstration include Amphenol Corporation (NYSE: APH – News), Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD – News), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO – News), Dell Force 10 (NASDAQ: DELL – News), Finisar (NASDAQ: FNSR – News), Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA – News), JDS Uniphase Corporation (NASDAQ: JDSU – News), Spirent Communications (LSE: SPT.L – News), TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL – News) and Volex (LSE: VLX.L – News).

For more information about the Ethernet Alliance, please visit; follow @EthernetAllianc on Twitter; visit the Ethernet Alliance Facebook page; or join the Ethernet Alliance LinkedIn group.

About the Ethernet Alliance

The Ethernet Alliance is a global consortium that includes system and component vendors, industry experts and university and government professionals who are committed to the continued success and expansion of Ethernet technology. The Ethernet Alliance takes Ethernet standards to market by supporting activities that span from incubation of new Ethernet technologies to interoperability demonstrations and education.

For more information, visit Individuals who would like to receive updates on Ethernet Alliance news, activities and events may sign up for the organization’s newsletter at

Additional Quotes:

“Amphenol is once again proud to be part of the Ethernet Alliance live demo at this year’s OFCNFOC 2012 exhibition demo. As always this is a great opportunity for Amphenol to showcase our world class 10GbE SFP+ and 40GbE QSFP+ interconnect systems. Along with our passive and active copper cable assemblies, we will be showing our enhanced SFP+ and QSFP+ cages and connectors. We will also be demonstrating our latest optical interconnect solutions, including extending Ethernet from the traditional indoor environment to the sealed outdoor wireless and backhaul applications.” – Greg McSorley, technical business development manager and applications specialist, Amphenol

“It’s clear that network bandwidth and performance capabilities are limiting the service and revenue possibilities for cloud service providers. Through highly scalable 100GbE routing and innovative Ethernet fabric technologies, Brocade empowers communication and cloud service providers to simplify their infrastructure and create revolutionary new revenue generating services. We are pleased to be working with the Ethernet Alliance to demonstrate these new capabilities.” – Ken Cheng, vice president of service provider products, Brocade

“The next generation of computing is here and is driving workloads and data needs that will dictate the next generation of data center networking architectures. Dell is excited to be participating in the Ethernet Alliance’s OFC demonstration, showcasing how 10GbE and 40GbE can work seamlessly to support these networks. This demonstration highlights the interoperability of real technology, ready for deployment today.” – Arpit Joshipura, head of product management & marketing, data center networking, Dell, and former CMO, Force10 Networks

“Finisar is excited to participate in the Ethernet Alliance interoperability demonstration with our high-performance 40GBASE-SR4 QSFP and 100GBASE-LR4 CFP optical modules. These IEEE-compliant transceiver modules are playing a key role in the deployment of new 40- and 100GbE routers and switches required to meet the large increases in bandwidth demand.” – Christian Urricariet, director of marketing, high-speed optics, Finisar

“Cloud computing, increased media-rich traffic, and dynamic packet-switched core transport networks will exponentially drive the demand for higher-speed Ethernet links over the next several years. Ixia continues to support the Ethernet Alliance and its members to by validating the interoperability of HSE with ITU G.709 OTN, over data center interconnects, and up to 100GbE transport speeds – while running complex services.” – Michael Githens, lab program manager, Ixia, and technical lead, Ethernet Alliance interop demonstration

“JDSU is proud to support the Ethernet Alliance’s efforts of promoting next generation technologies for cloud computing. JDSU is showcasing two recently launched products – the T- BERD/MTS-8000 40/100G Transport Module, the most compact test solution in the market for both 40GbE and 100GbE, and the Xgig 40G Ethernet analyzer, a unique test solution for capturing 40GbE line rate traffic and characterizing networking performance.” – Assaji Aluwihare, director, communications test and measurement business segment, JDSU

“Spirent is pleased to partner with the Ethernet Alliance to demonstrate high-speed connectivity from the data center to the cloud. This demonstration is an opportunity to showcase Spirent’s ability to validate the performance of high-speed Ethernet based data center and cloud computing environments with realism and at scale.” – Jurrie van den Breekel, director of product marketing, Spirent Communications

“TE is excited to be part of the Ethernet Alliance demonstration at OFC/NFOC 2012. As a principal member of the Ethernet Alliance, we support its efforts to promote next-generation Ethernet standards and are committed to meeting our industry’s needs through our innovative high-speed technologies in fiber as well as copper cabling. Through participation in the Ethernet Alliance demonstrations, TE will showcase a complete solution set of optical modules, active optical cables as well as passive fiber and data center infrastructure supporting 10-, 40-, and 100GbE speeds.” – Nathan Tracy, business development manager, communications industry, TE Connectivity

“Volex is pleased to support the Ethernet Alliance’s exhibit booth and demo at this year’s OFA/NFOEC conference. We are providing high speed optical and copper cabling that support 40/100GbE links as well as powercords for active equipment in the demo. We are supporting new Ethernet interconnects like 100GBaseSR4 and 100GBaseCR4. Our Ethernet solutions include external optical and copper hydra fanout assemblies and internal optical and copper dataplane assemblies. Volex supports Ethernet implementations in DataCenter, Central Office, Industrial, and Medical applications.” – Ed Cady, business development director, Volex

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