Zayo Acquires Dallas Based Provider, CoreXchange

March 7th, 2014 by THN News No comments »

(The Hosting News) – On Thursday Colorado based bandwidth infrastructure company, Zayo, announced that it had acquired CoreXchange through its zColo division, states a press release from Zayo.

The $17.5 million purchase of the Dallas based data center and bandwidth firm will add another new data center for zColo, totaling to more than 18,000 square feet of data center space.

zColo intends to integrate CoreXchange’s online presence, ColoUnlimited, to Zayo’s Tranzact Internet Portal, enabling customers to add services and products.

Adding this new facility expands Zayo’s presence in the Dallas area, where its footprint already spans to more than 500 route miles and over 250 on-net buildings.

“Dallas is one of the world’s leading corporate headquarter hubs and has seen tremendous growth in the high tech and energy fields,” said Chris Morley, president at Zayo Group. “Expanding the zColo footprint not only provides more alternatives for colocation in the Dallas market, but provides easier access for customers to tap into Zayo’s international Bandwidth Infrastructure footprint.”

This acquisition brings Zayo’s total data center count to 27 locations across the U.S.


Zayo Acquires Dallas Based Provider, CoreXchange

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WatServ Gets Early Experience With Microsoft Dynamics AX R3

March 7th, 2014 by THN News No comments »

(The Hosting News) – Waterloo Managed Software Services USA Inc (WatServ) announced today that it has reached an agreement with a large North American distribution company to provide hosted Cloud Computing services for Microsoft Dynamics AX2012R3.

“This hosted Cloud Computing solution provides the customer with the ability to evaluate the new R3 version of Dynamics AX2012 with lower risk, greater speed and without significant investment compared to running the pilot on premise,” said John Robb, WatServ’s Vice President of Marketing. “The new version is not available to the public yet which makes WatServ one of the first hosting companies in the world that will have experience with managing the latest release of Microsoft Dynamics AX.”

“WatServ is pleased to be working with this customer and Microsoft Consulting Services on this engagement,” said Tom Doerner, President of WatServ. “This engagement will advance our market-leading depth of skill and experience with managing large global deployments of Dynamics AX.”

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Stage2Data, Canada’s Premier Cloud Solution Provider, Announces Partnership With Orion Research and Innovation Optical Network

March 7th, 2014 by THN News No comments »

(The Hosting News) –  Stage2Data, Canada’s premier cloud backup and recovery solution provider, has announced an exciting new partnership with Orion Research and Innovation Optical Network.

Orion is an Ontario-based company dedicated to connecting and supporting research, education and innovation customers through leadership and critical infrastructure. Orion boasts one of the fastest research and education networks in the world which enables users to be connected to a world of possibilities. When it was time to partner with a cloud solution provider, Stage2Data was chosen as one of the successful vendors based on the strength of their suite of products and services.

During the announcement late last week, Stage2Data CEO, Jeff Collier stated, “Our team of experts will be deploying physical infrastructure on Orion’s network which will add value to customers and team members alike. We are proud to be partnering with such an extraordinary organization and we look forward to helping ensure their data security and protection.”

Orion’s CEO and President Darin Graham echoed the sentiments of Stage2Data saying, “Stage2Data aligns perfectly with Orion’s focus on providing cost-­effective, easy-­to-­use services for our connected institutions.” Graham added, “This partnership makes fully managed data backup and recovery solutions accessible directly through our network, along with Stage2Data’s stellar 24 x 7 customer service support. It has never been easier for our connected institutions to affordably manage their data.”

The partnership is being celebrated at Stage2Data as it coincides with the launch of their new website and a more aggressive stand in the market. Stage2Data is a 100% Canadian owned and operated company and has earned the title of Canada’s Premier Cloud Solutions Provider by bringing over 60 years of combined experience in the data protection space. Leveraging the power a...

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The Benefits of Cloud-Based Database Virtualization

March 7th, 2014 by Tavis J. Hampton No comments »

Conventional hosting wisdom has always dictated that a database runs better with more resources assigned to it. In fact, some high traffic websites have entire dedicated servers just for their databases. Why then would a system administrator ever prefer virtualization for database hosting? What follows are a few key reasons why database virtualization is a good idea for cloud hosting.

First of all, it is important to understand the different types of database virtualization. It can range from simply running the database server executable on a virtual machine to a fully virtualized and scalable database cluster. In any case, it has its advantages.

Some of the advantages of database virtualization are:

1. Scalability – Need more space and power for your databases? With virtualization you can add them on the fly. If you have images ready to go, you do not even need to do much configuring, if at all.

2. Pooling resources - While a dedicated server for databases might sometimes make sense, it can often lead to CPU, RAM, and storage space sitting idly. With virtualization, you can put your resources to work.

3. Lower costs – Ultimately, if you save on server space and power, you will save money. Like server, virtualization, database virtualization costs less than dedicated database servers.

4. Performance boost – It is much easier to allocate and optimize with virtualization because it is all software defined. You decide exactly how resources are assigned. You can also pool cache across storage and effectively boost performance.

Leveraging the power of an open cloud platform, you can configure your database virtualization exactly how you need it and enjoy the scalability and high availability you need for your websites.


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Swedish Cloud Startup Jumpstarter.io Wants to Help Developers Bring Projects Online in a Snap

March 6th, 2014 by Nicole Henderson No comments »

Platform-as-a-service provider Jumpstarter.io launched in general availability this week on a mission to make it as easy as possible for developers and web agencies to launch a website or project by spinning up a pre-configured server in less than a second.

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Three-day StartupBus Journey Reaches Rackspace HQ, But This Entrepreneurial Trip Isn’t Over

March 6th, 2014 by David Hamilton No comments »

Seven buses carrying a total of 30 coders and designers traveled North America this week, giving them 72 hours on the road to design, build and launch applications before reaching Rackspace's headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. This is all part of the StartupBus initiative that has brought together 30 entrepreneurs…

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Cloud Host DigitalOcean Raises $37.2M in Funding for Scaling, Hiring

March 6th, 2014 by David Hamilton No comments »

DigitalOcean, a web hosting startup geared towards making hosting simple for developers, has closed a $37.2M Series A led by Andreessen Horowitz and including IA Ventures and CrunchFund.

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Red Hat Adds Microsoft .NET To Its OpenShift Service

March 6th, 2014 by THN News No comments »

(The Hosting News) – The world’s largest commercial open source company, Red Hat, is bringing its OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service to Microsoft.NET and SQL Server capabilities through collaboration with Uhuru Software.

According to Uhuru, “OpenShift users can now use the same tools they love for managing their Linux apps with .NET. Likewise, Windows users can now take advantage of the powerful OpenShift environment for rapidly deploying, managing, and scaling their applications without sacrificing compatibility or functionality of the .NET platform they know.”

Through this collaboration the companies can provide OpenShift users with the ability to easily write applications using .NET on Windows, with a MySQL backend on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

“By adding .NET and Microsoft SQL Server to the list of available OpenShift platforms, Uhuru helps us extend this commitment, enabling developers to create .NET applications using familiar OpenShift workflows. With Uhuru, OpenShift can deliver a PaaS solution for .NET that is native to Windows while still enabling the secure, multi-tenant architecture that users have come to expect from our platform,” said Technical Director of OpenShift, Chris Morgan via blog post.

OpenShift is now able to provide application isolation for Windows on multiple .NET apps.

For more information visit OpenShift’s blog here.


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eFolder Named a Coolest Cloud Vendor by CRN

March 6th, 2014 by THN News No comments »

(The Hosting News) - eFolder, a leading supplier of cloud data protection and file sync solutions for the IT channel, today announced that it has been named one of the top 100 Coolest Cloud Vendors of 2014 by CRN. The annual list recognizes the most innovative cloud vendors and solutions tailored to address the channel industry’s unique needs. eFolder is recognized for its acquisition of cloud file sync technology provider Anchor and the integration of its petabyte-scale storage cloud with leading technology vendors.

Each year, CRN honors the 100 Coolest Cloud Vendors in an effort to help solution providers navigate the growing cloud marketplace and identify the best solutions to support the IT channel. Winners are named across five major cloud categories including platforms and tools, infrastructure, storage, security and software, based on data and information gathered from both solution provider nominations and the CRN editorial team. eFolder was also included in the 20 Coolest Cloud Storage Vendors of the 2014 Cloud 100.

“The adoption of cloud computing solutions is showing no signs of slowing down as solution providers look to provide their clients with the scalability, flexibility and cost benefits necessary to compete in today’s business environment,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “Each vendor on this list was carefully selected based on its ability to help organizations capitalize on those opportunities.”

eFolder’s strategy involves combining eFolder’s petabyte-scale storage and DR cloud with eFolder software as well as with leading third-party software tools, such as Dell AppAssure and StorageCraft ShadowProtect, to deliver integrated and comprehensive backup, business continuity, and disaster recovery solutions. In September 2013, eFolder acquired Anchor, the only comprehensive file synchronization platform built exclusively for managed service providers (MSPs), value...

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Pipelinersales Announces Additional Integration with Google Services

March 6th, 2014 by THN News No comments »

(The Hosting News) – Pipelinersales Inc. announced that they extended the Pipeliner CRM integrations with Google services. Earlier, the integration with Google Drive was announced for file sharing and now additionally Pipeliner CRM offers two-way synchronization of Google Contacts as well as integration with Google Tasks. With the adaption of Google Apps in the Enterprise, Pipelinersales wants to ensure seamless integration and further development in this area.

According to a recent study by Frost and Sullivan “ 89% of Enterprise Admins using Google Apps are very satisfied and 59% say Google plays a key role in their organization’s IT infrastructure. In addition 49% of admins site third-party applications as playing an important role in their organizations adoption of Google Apps in their move to the cloud. Admins also who adapt Google as their core or important part of their IT Infrastructure install and use more apps overall.”

Pipeliner CRM complements an organizations move to the cloud as critical CRM data is up-to-date and in sync as close to real time as possible. Pipeliner is the only CRM software available that enables automatic synchronization for both Mac and PC systems—locally or through the cloud. This is significant for enabling team collaboration as data is safely backed-up, and instantly available to the entire team.

Exclusive to Pipeliner CRM is an intuitive graphic representation of the sales pipeline. This enables the individual salesperson, as well as management, to be intimately involved with sales through a very unique user experience. Sales management, as well as other departments such as Marketing and Finance, can have a 360-degree view of sales, utilizing the results for management, marketing campaigns, sales analysis and financial forecasts. With Pipeliner, sales forecasts—along with closing rates—can be determined. Sales analytics and sales forecasting are vital not only to the s...

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