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eGroup Delivers Cloud Computing

MT PLEASANT, S.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

eGroup announces eCloud v2.0, its newest public cloud computing platform.

eCloud v2.0 delivers efficient, flexible and cost-effective ways for IT departments to meet escalating business needs. In the eCloud, customers can access their applications and data anytime, anywhere, on any device.

Steve Rattacasa, cloud services manager at eGroup says, Customers from any business and of any size can take advantage of our public cloud offering by running their workloads in our cloud, minimizing their capital and operational costs, and being more agile in meeting the needs of their business. For businesses that are understaffed, eGroup eases the burden of daily IT management by offering hosting agreements with IT support.

Dan McNannar, president and CEO of Hire Quest, a franchisor of temporary staffing offices with locations in 18 states, needed more control over their web servers and SQL databases. Hire Quest had outgrown its previous hosting vendors ability to support their requirements. We did not have complete access to our hosting environment, said McNannar. We had to VPN and remote desktop multiple times to get to specific data. Utilizing the eCloud, Hire Quest has experienced the required level of control and the VPN and remote access is now clean and simple.

Cloud computing is a high demand market where flexibility, service, security, performance and availability are key. eCloud performs in every category:

Since 1999, eGroup has provided innovative technology solutions to businesses across the Southeast. In addition to cloud services, eGroup focuses on application services and end-user computing. Contact eGroup at info@eGroup-us.com or visit http://www.myecloud.com or http://www.egroup-us.com for more information.

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Appcore(R) and IP-Converge(TM) Bring Cloud Computing Offering to Market in the Philippines

DES MOINES, IA–(Marketwire -05/21/12)- Appcore, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service company, today announced their partnership with IP-Converge, a telecommunications and IT provider and data center facility operator in the Philippines, to deliver cloud hosting services in the region.

The solution chosen for deployment was Appcore Onsite, an IaaS solution which incorporates hardware, software, networking and support into a single cloud computing on-site platform. Appcore Onsite’s easy-to-use software modules include Launch to Cloud, a one-step process which enables users to provision servers in five minutes and select from a comprehensive store of applications.

“Our alliance with Appcore further expands our cloud offerings to meet the demand for enterprise applications that help reduce cost and increase efficiency in today’s challenging business landscape,” comments Reynaldo Huergas, President, IP-Converge. “We are proud to be the first provider in the Philippines to go to market with this solution powered by our state-of-the-art carrier-neutral Internet data center facility.”

The strategic partnership gives Appcore entry into a market which is undergoing rapid increase in demand for affordable cloud-computing solutions.

Brian Patrick Donaghy, CEO of Appcore, said: “Appcore’s cloud platform offerings are unique — as we are the only manufacturer in the industry to combine infrastructure, software services, and automated provisioning as a business solution. We deliver the business of cloud through this integrated suite, helping service providers to speed time-to-market and revenue with a platform of resources and applications to use and a portfolio from which they can sell. We are very happy to be working with the world class IP-Converge team to enable cloud services to the entire region.”

“This cloud solution will be hosted in IPC Data Center in the Philippines and utilize IP-Converge’s robust carrier-neutral network infrastructure,” says Edgar R. Gutierrez, IP-Converge VP for Carrier Relations and Special Projects. “And because our data center sits in a network that is peered with all major telecommunications providers in the Philippines, users will experience high-speed access to their virtual servers and applications, ensuring unhampered operations in their own secure private cloud, regardless of which Internet provider or telco they are subscribed to.”

As a highly-customizable offering, Appcore Onsite helps IP-Converge to meet their corporate initiatives of delivering premium-quality services and a personalized approach to their customer base, while benefiting from a solution that is revenue-ready in 45 days.

About IP-ConvergeIP-Converge is an information technology and telecommunications company, providing local and regional enterprises with managed data services and business solutions certified to international standards — ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management Systems) and ISO 27001:2005 (Information Security Management Systems). It is also the first, and only, Internet data center and Cloud Services Provider listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE: ‘CLOUD’). For more information, visit http://www.ip-converge.com

About AppcoreAppcore delivers Infrastructure-as-a-Service technology to telcos, data centers, fiber rings and enterprises to enable Public (service provider) and Private (enterprise) cloud environments. The company’s flagship product, Appcore Onsite, is a certified, integrated stack of hardware and software systems designed to be data center roll-in ready, accelerating the deployment of cloud environments. For more information, visit https://www.appcore.com

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Research and Markets: Hosting & Cloud Providers in Europe – The Top 100

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Dublin – Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/3tjhnp/hosting_and_cloud) has announced the addition of the “Hosting & Cloud Providers in Europe – The Top 100” report to their offering.

The fastest growing segment of the IT industry is the provision of managed services. Traditional ISPs, Co-Location and Hosting providers have now been joined by major telcos and global cloud companies as well as local channel organisations, all trying to define their role in this fast evolving market.

IT Europa’s Hosting & Cloud Providers in Europe – The Top 100 database highlights the major players in this marketplace across 16 European countries. The database report is provided in Excel format and identifies the leading Hosting & Cloud Providers in Europe.

What’s In This Report?

Information included in the Hosting & Cloud Providers in Europe – The Top 100 database report:

– Company Name

– Country

– Staff numbers

– Address details including telephone, fax and website, general email

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AutoPilot – Cloud Based Computing – Video


16-05-2012 11:20 AutoPilot’s Cloud based system helps grow your business at a price you can afford. Only with AutoPilot can operators eliminate bulky and expensive servers from their site and instead, host this information on off-site centralized servers managed by AutoPilot. This not only lowers the operating costs at your wash, but also provides automatic backup and recovery services for your valuable data.

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The Cloud Saves the Day for Sarasota Chamber of Commerce – Video


16-05-2012 15:10 Business Challenge and Solution: The Sarasota Chamber of Commerce was faced with the expense of replacing aging Exchange servers. SouthTech gave them an alternative, cloud-based solution – Microsoft Office 365 – that saved money and improved email performance.

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Net4 India – Video


17-05-2012 00:30 Net4 is India’s leading Data Centre, Cloud Hosting and Network Services Provider. It is a NSE & BSE listed business enterprise with revenues of Rs. 304 Crores/ USD 65 million (2010-11). Net4 focuses on providing services to businesses (small, medium and large) and its services include: Data Center & Cloud Services, Internet Leased Lines, Business VoIP, Website Hosting, Business e-mail & Domain Name Registration. Net4 is amongst the largest provider of hosted email, web hosting and domain name registration (www.net4.in) in the Asia-Pacific region and currently servers over 350000 customers. The company’s client base includes the likes of CNBC TV18, Essar, Godrej, Hutch, ITC, L&T, Lufthansa, NIIT, ONGC, Proctor & Gamble, Reliance, Sahara, SBI, Siemens, and TCS. Specialties Data Centre & Cloud Solutions, Internet Bandwidth Services, Enterprise Email & Hosting Solutions, VoIP Solutions

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Cloud Computing in a day? Hands-on how-to video IBM Starter Kit for Cloud Computing – Video


17-05-2012 08:15 IBM Starter Kit for Cloud x86 Edition is an entry-level software offering that takes your virtualized environment from “cloud-ready” to “cloud.” Users can request and provision an environment quickly through an easy-to-use web-based interface. IT managers can monitor and manage this environment for improved efficiency and utilization of the data center. IBM Starter Kit for Cloud x86 Edition works with the IBM® BladeCenter® Foundation for Cloud virtualization platform in addition to select IBM System x® and BladeCenter servers.

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Hands-on with CrashPlan: cloud backup for all

We’ve recently spent a fair amount of time talking aboutcloud syncing solutions for PCs and mobile devices. In addition to syncing files and data across multiple devices, these services also provide as much off-site backup as most home users need. But power users andbusinesses often need more controlthan the typical cloud sync service can offerwhether its over what data is backed up and how, which users can use the service, how that data is secured both in transmission and at rest, or any combination of those flavors of control.

For users and system administrators who are less worried about syncing and more worried about keeping their data safe, a cloud backup solution could be the answer. Among cloud backup solutions, CrashPlan is one of the most competitive, both in features and in pricing. For consumers and small businesses, CrashPlan offers a range of versatile and highly configurable products that can back up client data to CrashPlan’s cloud servers without requiring users to pay for and maintain their own file servers or network-attached storage devices. Larger businesses and enterprises can also back data up to CrashPlan’s cloud, but are given the added option of creating their own on-site backup servers, which should calm security hawks distrustful of using other companies’ servers to store important or sensitive data.

Some of the CrashPlan plans.

Though the details sometimes differ, all versions of CrashPlan operate in the same basic way: using client software installed on the computer you want to back up, you specify what files you’d like to back up and where you’d like to back them up to. All versions of CrashPlan can use CrashPlan’s hosted servers, but other versions can also back up to locally hosted CrashPlan servers, external drives, or even other client computers. Once backed up, you can use the client to restore files and folders to your system.

Selecting files for backup. Hidden files can also be backed up if desired.

CrashPlan clients are available for Windows, OS X, Linux, and Solaris operating systems. There are also apps available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone that let you view and download any file stored on a CrashPlan server.

All versions of CrashPlan protect user data with client-side encryption. The paid plans encrypt files with 448-bit Blowfish encryption before transmission, and transmissions are protected by another layer of encryption. For CrashPlan+ and CrashPlanProE, that’s 128-bit Blowfish; for CrashPlanPro, it’s AES encryption. Users can specify their own passwords or 448-bit encryption keys from the client, meaning that no one at CrashPlan can actually access your data. The free version of CrashPlan uses (relatively) less-secure 128-bit Blowfish encryption to protect files.

Just a few of the settings available to CrashPlan users. These can be defined either in the CrashPlan client or, in the Pro plans, by system administrators.

CrashPlan also stands apart from other backup solutions through the power of its client software. Regular end-users can easily perform routine tasks like selecting files and folders for backup and restoration, but power users can also set their own encryption passwords, dictate how much network bandwidth and processor time the backup process can use when the computer is in active use and at idle, and even configure what networks the client can use for backup. You can get pretty specific with that last partnot only can you distinguish between different network media (wired Ethernet vs. WiFi or cellular, for example) but you can also choose between individual wireless networks (letting your computer back up while it’s on your desk, but not while you’re at Starbucks). The professional versions of CrashPlan also allow you to dictate default values for these settings.

Most backup clients either present a user interface that’s so simple that it’s restricting (like Dropbox), or so complicated that it’s bewildering (likeSpiderOak). CrashPlan does a good job of making user-facing functionality accessible while providing access to advanced options for power users and administrators.

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SDN Makes Cloud Offshoring More Attractive

Are the Cayman Islands, known as a tax haven, next for cloud offshoring? Photo: twodolla/Flickr

Calligo may not be the first to take its cloud operations offshore, but in the age of software-defined networking (SDN), it could be the start of something bigger.

Its unclear if a small, niche player that offers the benefits having actual servers located on the Channel Islands can create a business that can compete with Amazons infrastructure as a service or the myriad private clouds people want to build, but the experiment is worth watching, writes GigaOms Stacey Higginbotham.

Whats on offer? Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) (running VMware CloudFoundry): check; Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) (tapping Nicira and SolidFire): check; a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform: check; and disaster recovery and a virtual desktop program: check, check.

All these offerings come by way of leased servers on Frances Channel Islands to provide a cloud option for companies that need to keep their data offshore. Been there, done that with HavenCo. (More on that below.)

Whats so interesting is that the decision to go offshore is made easier in the age of SDN.

GigaOm writes:

Calligo is using Niciras software to create software-defined networks inside its data centers and between them to create a seamless and unified cloud for clients while also ensuring that specific security and data routing protocols are kept in place. Much like Googles use of software-defined networks between its data centers, or NTTs experiments in creating a seamless failover environment spread between multiple data centers in Japan, Calligo is showing what a abstracting the network from the physical infrastructure can do.

[Calligo] says its possible to use Niciras software to essentially cobble together various layers of infrastructure into a seamless cloud from the clients perspective.

So by using whitebox networking gear, Calligo saves a bunch, the story goes. But heres what stands out most, cloud watchers: In many ways Calligo has built a software-defined data center. Higginbotham writes.

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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.

For more information about the CODiE Awards, visit http://www.siia.net/codies/2012

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. http://www.firehost.com

Follow FireHost on Twitter and the FireHost blog: twitter.com/firehost http://www.fireblog.com

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 http://www.siia.net/software

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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