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FireHost Named 2012 SIIA CODiE Award Winner for Best Cloud Infrastructure

DALLAS, TX–(Marketwire -05/17/12)- FireHost, a secure cloud hosting company, has been named Best Cloud Infrastructure by SIIA for 2012 and received a CODiE Award. The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, announced FireHost’s win after a peer review of 119 finalists. Now in its 27th year, the awards recognize greatness in industries that expect innovative thinking.

“This recognition by a leading industry organization is very meaningful to us,” said Chris Drake, CEO of FireHost. “This is the second CODiE Award FireHost has won since our launch in 2009 and we are honored to be chosen by SIIA. We are very proud of our secure cloud offering and strive to remain at the forefront of the technology.”

Rhianna Collier, SIIA vice president for the software division goes on to say, “All of this year’s winners reflect excellence and vision. I’m proud to congratulate them on the success of their applications, platforms, and products.”

FireHost delivers secure cloud hosting on their infrastructure that was built from the ground up to exceed compliance and the highest security standards. The company continues to see considerable growth with their PCI DSS, and HIPAA offerings. Major brands hosted by FireHost include Atlas Van Lines, Farmers Insurance, and Hamilton Beach, and many Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 companies.

In 2010, FireHost won a SIIA CODiE Award in the Best Security Solution category. Since that win, the company has more than doubled in size each year, expanded operations to Europe, and serves customers in 26 countries.

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About FireHostFireHost is a secure cloud hosting company focused on protecting companies’ sensitive data and brand reputations with an architecture built for security, scalability and performance. Customers with specific compliance or performance needs subscribe to FireHost’s PCI, HIPAA or high-traffic solutions, including some of the largest companies in the world as well as many fast growing eCommerce, SaaS and healthcare IT providers. FireHost provides services from Dallas, Phoenix, London and Amsterdam.

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About SIIAThe Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education, and intellectual property protection to more than 500 leading software and information companies. The SIIA Software Division provides a forum for companies developing the applications, services, infrastructure and tools that are driving the software and services industry forward. For further information, visit

About the SIIA CODiE AwardsThe SIIA CODiE Awards, originally called the Excellence in Software Awards, were established in 1986 by the Software Publishers Association (SPA), now the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), so that pioneers of the then-nascent software industry could evaluate and honor each other’s work. Since then, the CODiE Awards program has carried out the same purpose — to showcase the software and information industry’s finest products and services and to honor excellence in corporate achievement.

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Lenovo Expands Server Portfolio with New ThinkServers for Cloud and Virtualization Deployments


Lenovo (HKSE: 0992.HK – News) (PINK SHEETS: LNVGY) today announced two new additions to the ThinkServer familythe ThinkServer RD530 and RD630 rack servers. Designed to easily integrate into existing IT infrastructures that handle complex workloads, the servers deliver the powerful processing power and memory capacity needed for compute-intensive deployments such as cloud and virtualized environments. Intelligent power consumption features help deliver a 160 percent improvement in performance per watt compared to previous generation Lenovo servers complement the servers raw horsepower. Additionally, built-in full redundancy reduces 90 percent of server downtime due to single point system failure, making the new ThinkServers ideal for IT departments needing high performance, scalability and high availability for even the most demanding applications.

The ThinkServer RD530 and RD630 servers offer a compelling value to companies seeking a rack server optimized to increase performance, maximize efficiency and ensure business continuity, as well as deliver the flexibility to manage different application requirements in the data center. Based on industry standard protocols and IPMI 2.0 compliant interfaces, customers can easily deploy the servers in hybrid server networks, allowing them to integrate the new ThinkServers without sacrificing their existing IT investments. IT managers can install the operating system and drivers using a two-click rapid deployment featureenabling the servers to go into production within minutes of being rackedand integrated remote management tools make simple work of monitoring and maintenance.

The size and scale of todays enterprise data centers requires IT organizations to balance needs for uncompromised performance and cutting-edge power efficiency, while at the same time manage increasing amounts of data with fewer resources, said Lu Yan, senior vice president, Think Product Group, Lenovo. Whether organizations need a server platform for IT and web infrastructure, collaboration, business processing or decision support, the RD530 and RD630 ThinkServers deliver high performance and simple management with the unmatched reliability and value of Lenovos Think-branded business products.

Available in either 1U (RD530) or 2U (RD630) configurations with tool-less rail kits for easy installation, Lenovos latest two-socket rack servers come equipped with choices of processors from the Intel Xeon E5-2600 product family. With up to eight cores per processor, the Intel processors achieve up to 30 percent greater CPU performance and more than twice the memory bandwidth compared to the current Lenovo server platform. Both servers feature up to 320GB of RAM deployable in 20 DIMM slots, hardware and advanced RAID (redundant array of independent disks) controller options and large memory capacity that provides full redundancy with up to eight (RD530) or 16 (RD630) hot-swappable hard drives.

Lenovos new ThinkServers also deliver impressive power savings and are up to 45 percent more efficient than previous generation Lenovo servers. Exclusive Smart Grid power management technology leverages Intel Node Manager to scale power management to the data center level, simultaneously managing as many as 1,000 servers. SmartGrid can be used at each level of the data center hierarchyrack, row, room or groupto provide IT policy-based, power management that increases server utilization while significantly lowering energy consumption and operating costs.

A new chassis design that improves thermal efficiency 30 percent and helps ensure uninterrupted performance in ambient temperatures up to 104F (40C), above the industry average of 95F (35C) enhances the power efficiency of the ThinkServer RD530 and RD630. The design also delivers an added benefit with improved fault tolerance, resulting in a 40 percent lower risk of failure due to vibration and shock issues. The servers further improve power consumption in the data center with high efficiency 80 PLUS Gold-rated power supplies, optional low voltage memory and fan speed control algorithms that compensate for altitude and temperature.

Intel welcomes Lenovos new generation of server platforms. By utilizing the Intel Xeon processor E5 familys leadership performance and breakthrough I/O capabilities, Lenovo is able to offer optimized solutions for customers across a broad spectrum of workloads, said Boyd Davis, vice present and general manager of Intels Datacenter Infrastructure Group. Lenovos new server platforms also take advantage of Intel Node Manager technology to provide customers with greater flexibility, control, and power management in their datacenters.

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The ThinkServer RD530 and RD630 are available mid-June at or through Lenovo business partners. Prices for the ThinkServer RD530 and RD630 start at $2,399 and $2,699, respectively.

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Lenovo Debuts New Cloud-Ready Servers

Lenovo today announced two new additions to its line of ThinkServers: the ThinkServer RD530 and RD630. These rack servers have been designed to meet the cloud and virtualization needs of today’s IT business infrastructure.

The RD530 is a 1U rack server with tool-less rail kits for easy mounting, while the RD630 is a 2U server. Customers can choose among the Intel Xeon E5-2600 processor family to accommodate the two sockets in both serverswith the potential to deliver up to eight cores per processor.

Each server can support up to 320GB of RAM in 20 DIMM slots. Redundancy and fault tolerance are provided with advanced RAID controller options, and a choice of up to eight or 16 hot-swappable drives.

Lenovo states that the new servers are more power-efficient than previous generation Lenovo servers. The new chassis improves thermal efficiency by 30 percent, and has optimal low voltage memory, as well as fan speed control algorithms that compensate for altitude and temperature. The vendor also claims that the new design reduces failure due to vibration and shock by 40 percent.

Additional capabilities include Smart Grid power management technology, which leverages Intel Node Manager to scale power management of up to 1,000 servers in a datacenter. IT administrators can install an operating system and drivers using a two-click rapid deployment feature.

Prices for the ThinkServer RD530 and RD630 begin at $2,399 and $2,699, respectively. Both units are available starting mid-June direct through Lenovo’s website, or through Lenovo partners.

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T-Systems Becomes SAP-Certified Global Provider of Cloud, Hosting and Application Management Services; SAP® Global …

TROY, Mich., May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — T-Systems, a global provider of information and communication technology for multinational corporations and public sector institutions, today announced it is one of eight SAP partners to become an SAP-certified global provider of cloud, hosting and application management services and an SAP global hosting partner.

SAP-certified providers of cloud, hosting and application management services receive certification from SAP based on their ability to deliver high-quality service operations.

Businesses benefit from T-Systems’ expertise offered in support of SAP solutions. For example, over 3.8 million productive users of SAP solutions receive services from T-Systems in support of those solutions, and T-Systems supports 80 percent of all SAP solution-based transactions from the cloud. The support and services provided by T-Systems makes it the No. 1 global provider of dynamically scalable services in support of SAP solutions. T-Systems has more than 500 customers running SAP services via the cloud from T-Systems’ data centers located throughout the world, for example, Philips, Deutsche Post DHL and Shell.

“Businesses in a range of sectors, including those in North America, are well positioned to benefit from T-Systems’ strong partnership with SAP,” noted Heike Auerbach, managing director of T-Systems in North America. “T-Systems’ services in support of SAP solutions are tailored to the specific needs of our customers, and offer proven user support, problem resolution, and maintenance and optimization of SAP applications.”

About T-SystemsDrawing on a global infrastructure of data centers and networks, T-Systems operates information and communication technology (ICT) systems for multinational corporations and public sector institutions. On this basis, Deutsche Telekom’s corporate customer arm provides integrated solutions for the networked future of business and society. Some 48,200 employees at T-Systems combine industry expertise with ICT innovations to add significant value to customers’ core business all over the world. The corporate customers unit generated revenue of around EUR 9.2 billion in the 2011 financial year.

SAP and all SAP logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies.

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ST. GEORGE, Utah, May 15, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via PRWEB – is one of the best resources for web hosting reviews and information about related industry topics and opportunities. Started by industry professionals that have been involved in web hosting and related fields since the last 1990s, Web Host Ranking provides detailed, first-hand knowledge, experience, and help about topics ranging from creating a WordPress blog to dedicated server hosting and much more. The Web Host Ranking team is excited to announce the latest expansion of the site to include information and reviews on VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting, dedicated servers, and cloud hosting services. Webmasters that are frustrated with shared web hosting can check out the new categories at Web Host Ranking and get detailed information about other opportunities that may work better.

The Web Host Ranking website is updated several times a week with new How-to articles, web hosting reviews, awards, marketing tips, web host comparisons and more. Web hosting service providers can visit the Get Listed page and quickly learn what it takes to have their service reviewed on the Web Host Ranking site. Every review is unique and contains detailed information about the company and services they offer. There are many things, in addition to web hosting, involved in creating and maintaining a successful web presence. Many web hosts provide all the basic tools for building a website but have very few products or services that will help the webmaster understand search engine optimization, website marketing, and how to analyze website traffic and statistics. Web Host Ranking provides a one-stop place for webmasters to get help and information about each of these topics. Users can also compare hosts like BlueHost vs DreamHost to find which provider will best meet his/her needs.

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Webmasters and web hosting service providers alike can benefit from the service and information provided by . Visitors can visit the Get Listed or About Us page to get more information about Web Host Ranking or to get in contact with a member of the staff to ask questions or get more details about getting a service listed on Web Host Ranking. Companies that offer related services like domain name registration, SEO services, or ecommerce software should also contact Web Host Ranking for more information about getting a site or service listed and reviewed on the site. Visitors will find the best deals like the latest BlueHost coupon or other industry specials.


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Six Degrees Group Announces Two Cloud Hosting Acquisitions


Six Degrees Group today announces that it has completed the acquisitions of two London-based pure-play managed hosting and cloud providers. Firstserv and Serverstream were both founded over 10 years ago and focus exclusively on the rapidly growing hosting market with a particular emphasis on the digital media, publishing and leisure sectors. Customers include Sunseeker, The Spectator and Port of London Authority.

Both Firstserv and Serverstream will be integrated into Six Degrees Groups managed data division where they will add 3m of hosting revenues, representing a mix of managed hosting, cloud hosting (virtual private, private and hybrid) and complex web hosting. 17 highly-skilled personnel will be joining Six Degrees Group where they will focus on integrating and expanding the Groups hosting platforms. The acquisitions are part of a series of strategic investments being made in the Six Degrees Groups cloud offering.

Following these transactions, Six Degrees Groups run-rate revenues now exceed 40m with underlying EBITDA of over 10m. The company continues to enjoy strong double-digit organic growth, underpinned by cross-selling.

Alastair Mills, CEO of Six Degrees Group, stated: I am delighted to welcome both Firstserv and Serverstream to Six Degrees Group. This announcement sees the Group continue to focus on managed data services, particularly in the fast-growing cloud hosting sector. Our goal for 2012 is to become one of the top five hosting and cloud providers in the UK.

Gordon Kenneway, MD of Firstserv, said: This is an important day for all at Firstserv. Our employees will now have access to a larger, geographically diverse hosting platform with best-in-class compute and storage resources, which is also a very exciting step for our customers. I am looking forward to joining Alastair and the Six Degrees team to help establish their position as one of the UKs fastest growing cloud companies.

Jonathan Obadia, MD of Serverstream, commented: We are excited to be joining Six Degrees Group. Serverstream has a strong reputation for delivering complex hosting solutions to mid-market customers and this merger enables us to continue our expansion with additional services, scale and geographical diversity. Our customers will continue to receive the same exceptional levels of service and support that theyve become accustomed to, with the added benefit of access to additional resources and complementary services.


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Freudenberg IT Announces New Vice President of Technical Architecture for FIT’s SAP® and Application Cloud Hosting …


Freudenberg IT (FIT), an SAP global hosting partner and SAP-certified provider of hosting and cloud services, has hired Jim Kunz as their Vice President of Technical Architecture. Jim will be responsible for the customer-facing role of technical support throughout the sales process; working closely with the FIT Engineering and Architecture teams to ensure customers are engaged, educated, and knowledgeable with respect to FITs SAP and IT Services offerings.

Mr. Kunz has extensive IT Industry experience in e-business and application cloud solutions, complex hosting, services sales, application software development, commercial help desk and desktop services, business process, financial modeling, and management.

Jim comes to us with nearly 30 years of experience working at IBM, states Todd Kemmerly, SVP of Sales and Marketing, FIT Americas. He has a wealth of experience in the IT infrastructure industry architecting solutions in support of mission-critical applications like SAP. We are very pleased to have Jim on our team.

Prior to joining FIT, Jim was a member of IBMs managed hosting and application cloud solution sales team for 11 years, where his last position was Client Solutions Executive of Sales for IBMs East region.

I came to FIT because they have exceptional talent in their engineering, architecture, project, delivery, sales and leadership teams,” said Jim. “To be successful in an SAP and application cloud hosting environment you must possess four intangibles: financial stability, technical innovation with rock star delivery, and competitive pricing. FIT has it all! I continue to be impressed with FITs ability to offer real value to our customers while maintaining a rich company culture, along with a genuine focus on customer service. I am excited to have joined this team, and Ive already seen examples where FIT has exceeded our customers expectations with regard to the timeliness of solution responses and the commitment to meet our customers delivery needs.

Mr. Kunz will be among the FIT SAP Executive and Technical teams on hand at SAPPHIRE NOW in booth 2823 on May 14-16, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. FIT encourages visitors to meet Jim and learn about the companys innovative SAP solutions.

About Freudenberg IT

Freudenberg IT (FIT) is a global provider of IT services for implementing, optimizing and operating IT systems. FIT specializes in mission-critical hosting capabilities across the globe using its world-class FIT-owned data centers. IT services include Managed Hosting Services (e.g. SAP, Exchange, etc.), LAN/WAN Management, Client Services, Helpdesk Services, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Disaster Recovery Services, and more. As an SAP-certified global provider of hosting and cloud services with over 40 years of experience running and hosting SAP, FIT is recognized as a strategic partner and top-tier hosting provider within the SAP ecosystem. FITs customers benefit from its emphasis on mission-critical computing with extensive audits and certifications across most industries. FIT is part of the Freudenberg Group, a family-owned business of 160+ years, employing over 37,000 employees across 58 countries today and with solid financials of over 6 billion (a 9.6 percent increase over 2010) in annual revenues.

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Hughes Cloud Services & Hosting Showcases Its Comprehensive Enterprise IT Offering At …

HCS Simplifies Cloud Hosting through Migration Support, Expert IT Management, Fully Secured Data Centers and More

LAS VEGAS – Hughes Cloud Services & Hosting LLC (HCS), a provider of secure, comprehensive cloud hosting and management services, will showcase its corporate IT offering at Interop Las Vegas 2012 Booth #804, taking place at Mandalay Bay May 6-10. This turnkey solution for cloud hosting and management boasts unmatched security, reliability and expert support for enterprises in any industry.

Backed by a global IT organization with decades of experience managing huge data streams and currently providing real-time data and video services to 17 million customers worldwide, Hughes Cloud Services & Hosting combines the security and control of a private cloud with end-to-end support and a global private network.

With two newly constructed data centers designed to Department of Defense MAC I (Mission Assurance Category I) standards, companies experience the highest level of security along with a comprehensive solution platform – including complete corporate IT management, cloud migration services, enhanced network and security services and cloud computing infrastructure design, all delivered via private clouds tailored to the unique demands of their clients.

“Hosted solutions provide many organizations with cost savings that can be invested in their core business, but often these savings come at a price of diminished security and reliability,” said Jose Albino, (Lt. Col. US Army, Retired) Director of Operations and Compliance of Hughes Cloud Services & Hosting. “As a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, HCS offers decades of experience moving enormous volumes of complex data over satellite and terrestrial networks, providing our customers with an expert extension of their IT department. We combine the security and reliability of our facilities, network and systems with our experienced technical staff to simplify the migration to the cloud and to provide continuous data management support.”

Security measures at the facilities ensure premium disaster recovery capabilities, the latest security and intrusion prevention technologies, and the most stringent protection for systems that handle information vital to operations, readiness, and mission effectiveness. Full electrical and mechanical redundancy, and high-bandwidth fiber network access, provides the very highest levels of uptime and reliability.

Additional benefits of the Hughes Cloud Services & Hosting solution include cost-effective, multi-tiered storage options; state-of-the-art monitoring and visibility to the client; user-friendly provisioning portals; and multi-carrier diverse connectivity.

For more information about Hughes Cloud Services & Hosting, visit or schedule a meeting at Interop Las Vegas booth #804.

About Hughes Cloud Services & Hosting Hughes Cloud Services & Hosting (HCS) leverages state-of-the-art data centers, virtualization technologies and its Department of Defense MAC I experience to provide its clients with unparalleled cloud-based solutions and support. HCS’s services enable our customers to scale and support their business requirements quickly, securely and cost effectively, providing the flexibility they need to remain agile and competitive in their industries. HCS provides a full portfolio of cloud services, from cloud design and migration support to disaster recovery and advanced network services. HCS has the expertise and the experience to deliver the ideal cloud strategy, tailored to the unique demands of enterprise clients in any industry. For more information, visit

About EchoStar Corporation EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) is a premier global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions that enhance today’s home entertainment lifestyle. Its wholly owned subsidiary, Hughes, is the world’s leading provider of satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network technologies and managed network services for enterprises and governments in more than 100 countries. Among the many offerings of this combined powerhouse in broadband data and video are HughesNet, the market’s #1 high-speed satellite Internet service; Sling Media’s award-winning placeshifting technology; Move Networks’ adaptive bit-rate streaming technology; and Hughes Cloud Services, leveraging state-of-the-art data centers and its Department of Defense MAC I experience to provide unparalleled cloud hosting solutions and support.

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TechWiseTV @ Interop: Cisco Intelligent Automation, Starter Edition – Video

08-05-2012 22:49 Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud Starter Edition is a software solution to help your organization quickly deploy your first private cloud network and begin enjoying the benefits of cloud computing. The starter edition is focused on simple infrastructure provisioning through a self-service portal with automation, orchestration, and lifecycle management for both virtual and physical servers. That simplicity speeds your time to cloud computing and improves your network agility.

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