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Important Information about HIPAA Compliance

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As part of IX Web Hosting’s ongoing compliance initiatives, we have identified recent changes in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) that may impact some of IX’s customers. Specifically, these changes require Covered Entities and all of their Business Associates who create, receive, maintain transmit or have access to protected health information (or the possibility exists that the protected health information in the business associate’s custody or control could be compromised) to independently comply with HIPAA. To help identify those customers who may be impacted, IX is asking its customers to notify IX if they are considered a Covered Entity or Business Associate under HIPAA and store or transmit electronic protected health information using IX’s services. IX will assume that the recent changes in HIPAA do not impact IX customers who do not identify themselves as a Covered Entity or Business Associate. IX has also updated its Terms of Service with customers to prohibit the use of protected healthcare information on websites that IX hosts. If you answer “yes” to both of the following questions, please contact legal@ixwebhosting.com no later than 09/23/2013. Is your business a Covered Entity or a Business Associate as defined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 or HIPAA (45 CFR 160.103)? If so, are you maintaining or transmitting Protected Health Information or PHI (defined in 45 CFR 160.103) using any of the IX services? If you did not answer “yes” to both of the above questions, there is no need for further action Please see below for some frequently asked questions. We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to continuing to serve you. ******************************************************** If I answer “yes” to both questions will my service be impacted or change as a result of the new regulations? What if I answer “no”? If you answer “yes” to both questions your services will change. You must transfer to another hosting provider. Upon request, we can provide you with the name of a provider who is HIPAA compliant and operating in a HIPAA compliant data center. If you answer “no”, there will be no changes to your services at this time. If I answer “yes” to both questions what will IX do with the information that I provide? IX will use the information to recommend you transfer your account to a provider who can supply HIPAA compliant services. Will I be contacted by an IX representative whenever new regulations apply to my business? Not necessarily. We may contact you if the regulations apply to and affect IX’s provision of services to you.

Shared Server Scheduled Maintenance

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Over the next few weeks, we will be conducting scheduled maintenance on all of our shared servers. There are a number of updates occurring, including: cPanel updated from 11.34 to 11.38 New Apache 2.2.25, Percona MySQL 5.5.33, and PHP 5.3.27 as default installations PHP 5.2.17 and 5.4.19 alternate installs made available to customers. Improved Mod_Security rule sets Improved monitoring and load management capabilities Addition a Nginx Acceleration stack that will be available to customers Improved default MySQL and PHP configurations Replacement of Fantastico Deluxe with Softaculous Auto Installer For PHP, all existing users will default to 5.2.17 and all new users will default to 5.3.27. We encourage customers to use the latest PHP version available to help ensure optimal website performance and security. If you run a current version of WordPress, we recommend using PHP version 5.4. Customers that have enabled PHP version 5.4 have seen up to a 20% increase in performance. To use the respective PHP versions, please edit your htaccess entries to include one of these lines: For version 5.4: AddType application/x-httpd-php54 .php For version 5.2: AddType application/x-httpd-php52 .php For PHP 5.3, simply comment out any AddType PHP definition (if any). Our plan is to begin the maintenance on a small group of servers starting this evening and then upgrade approximately 5 servers per day until the upgrades are completed on all servers. Most upgrades will start at approximately 8 pm Eastern time. Expected downtime is approximately 20-30 minutes for web services, followed by an additional 10 minutes of cPanel inaccessibility. We expect fairly minimal disruption to customers and sites after the changes are complete. We have already rolled out these upgrades to some servers over the past month or two and have seen great results. We believe these changes will lead to much more stable and much better performing servers, and subsequently a better experience for all of our customers. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our support team. They will be happy to take a look at our schedule of upgrades and let you know when your accounts will be affected.

Web Hosting Simplified!

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Everyone who owns a domain has most definitely hosted their domain on the internet. But there are some people (not everyone is as intelligent as you) who don’t really understand what ‘Web Hosting’ means. Hence, here we are, with a small but comprehensive blog post on what Web Hosting is and what are the different kinds of web hosting available A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server owned or leased for use by clients, as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center. Hosting is a service whereby one computer configured as an Internet server offers a part of, or its whole resources, for use in exchange for a certain rental fee. Thanks to this service, one or more users can use information, services or content located on this server using another computer called client. The client uses the Internet to connect with the server and displays the desired content to the user. What are the different kinds of Web Hosting services available? Depending on the type of resources offered by an Internet server, there are various kinds of hosting services. Some of the most popular ones are – 1. Free web hosting Offered by different companies with limited services, sometimes supported by advertisements, and often limited when compared to paid hosting in terms of features. 2. Shared web hosting Shared hosting is the most popular form of web hosting. It is called “shared” because many different websites are stored on one single physical server and thus share its resources. A separate account with specific parameters (disk space, traffic, number of databases, etc) and a web-based account administration control panel is assigned to each user. The account is administered entirely by the user via a web-based interface control panel, which gives even the beginners quick access and full control over their accounts. 3. Reseller web hosting This allows clients to become web hosts themselves. Resellers could function, for individual domains, under any combination of these listed types of hosting, depending on who they are affiliated with as a reseller. Many resellers provide a nearly identical service to their provider’s shared hosting plan and provide the technical support themselves. 4. Dedicated hosting service In contrast to shared hosting, the user gets his or her own Web server but is either allowed full control of his box or is provided with a managed service model in which they are not allowed full control (user is denied root access for Linux/administrator access for Windows); however, they are allowed to manage their data via FTP or other remote management tools. The latter option of disallowing control is so that the provider can guarantee quality of service by not allowing the user to modify the server or potentially create configuration problems. The user typically does not own the server. The server is leased to the client. 5. Virtual Private Server Also known as a Virtual Dedicated Server (VPS), divides server resources into virtual servers, where resources can be allocated in a way that does not directly reflect the underlying hardware. Essentially, each such virtual server can be looked upon as being “dedicated”, because a separate operation system is being installed on it according to the user’s needs, which takes up the applications of one given client only. The most commonly used pieces of server virtualization software are VMware, FreeVPS, Usermode Linux, Virtuozzo, etc. 6. Cloud hosting service This is a relatively new hosting platform that allows customers powerful, scalable and reliable hosting based on clustered load-balanced servers and utility billing. A cloud hosted website may be more reliable than alternatives since other computers in the cloud can compensate when a single piece of hardware goes down. Cloud hosting also allows providers to charge users only for resources consumed by the user, rather than a flat fee for the amount the user expects they will use, or a fixed cost upfront hardware investment. There are also some specific types of hosting services which are provided by certain web host service providers. These are – 1. File hosting service A file hosting service is an Internet hosting service specifically designed to host user files. It allows users to upload files that could then be accessed over the internet from a different computer, tablet, smartphone or other networked device, by the same user or possibly by other users, after a password or other authentication is provided. 2. Image hosting service This allows individuals to upload images to an Internet website. The image host will then store the image onto its server, and show the individual different types of code to allow others to view that image. Hosting services have the potential ability to identify when and where their images are being used. When an image file is accessed, the image host is capable of logging the date and the general numeric internet address of the request. 3. Video hosting service This allows individuals to upload video content to share, distribute or place on a website. Users generally will upload via the hosting service’s website, mobile or desktop applications or APIs. The type of video content uploaded can be anything from short video clips all the way to full length movies. The video host will then store the video on its server, and show the individual different types of embed codes or links to allow others to view this video. 4. Blog hosting service This software is designed to simplify creating and maintaining weblogs. As specialized content management systems, weblog applications support the authoring, editing, and publishing of blog posts and comments, with special functions for image management, web syndication, and post and comment moderation. 5. Shopping cart software This software allows online shopping customers to accumulate a list of items for purchase, described metaphorically as “placing items in the shopping cart” or “add to cart”. Upon checkout, the software typically calculates a total for the order, including shipping and handling (i.e. postage and packing) charges and the associated taxes, as applicable. 6. Email hosting service Email hosting services usually offer premium email at a cost as opposed to advertisement-supported free email or free webmail. Email hosting services thus differ from typical end-user email providers such as webmail sites. They cater mostly to demanding email users and Small and Mid Size (SME) businesses. Email offered by most webhosting companies is usually more basic standardized POP3 or IMAP based email. BigRock offers you a variety of Web hosting, including Windows, Linux, Reseller, VPS, WordPress, Ecommerce and CMS Hosting. You can check out the plans we offer here - http://www.bigrock.in/web-hosting/ So which hosting service do you prefer?

Streaming SSL certificate updates

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If you use our streaming APIs, you should be aware of a change that’s coming in a couple months: We are updating the SSL certificates for userstream.twitter.com and stream.twitter.com on November 4, 2013. At that time, the User Streams root certificate will change. The new certificate for the User Streams API will be signed against the Verisign G3 root. Before November 4, you must verify that any User Streams code will work with the new root. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to install the new certificate, which you can install from this page, which also links to a test server that you can use to test your code. The stream.twitter.com certificate is already signed against the Verisign G3 root, so clients currently connecting to this domain already have the appropriate root certificates installed. For more information, please see Connecting to the Twitter API using SSL. Please use this discussion thread for any questions or feedback related to this change.

Streaming SSL certificate updates

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If you use our streaming APIs, you should be aware of a change that’s coming in a couple months: We are updating the SSL certificates for userstream.twitter.com and stream.twitter.com on November 4, 2013. At that time, the User Streams root certificate will change. The new certificate for the User Streams API will be signed against the Verisign G3 root. Before November 4, you must verify that any User Streams code will work with the new root. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to install the new certificate, which you can install from this page, which also links to a test server that you can use to test your code. The stream.twitter.com certificate is already signed against the Verisign G3 root, so clients currently connecting to this domain already have the appropriate root certificates installed. For more information, please see Connecting to the Twitter API using SSL. Please use this discussion thread for any questions or feedback related to this change.

From the dim background of mind, a start…

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A few months back an idea came to me that I haven’t been able to shake.  I should blog.  It’s a simple thought, but much like adopting a puppy or buying a fixer-upper, the choice comes with as many challenges as it does rewards.  First off, it’s a commitment that I wouldn’t make lightly. Once I make a commitment it’s in my nature to stick with it.  Einstein famously said, “it’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”  I instantly related to the “not so smart” part of that statement, but over the years I’ve found that the latter half is also true.  Nothing in my life or work that I’m most proud of came to me easily or quickly.  That has taught me the unique value of persistence.  So when I start something I know to be worthwhile, I try not to let speedups and unpredictable turns dissuade me from my goal. It’s also a little scary to write in long form to an open audience.  I get the pleasure of writing to my team at GoDaddy on a regular basis, but that’s a little different.  We’re all on the same team, we share a common vision for the future and though we don’t agree on everything, writing comes easily like talking to family.  In writing to the wide world, it’s hard not to feel a little self-conscious and far too easy to simply say nothing. A stable forum to write in long form, however, is also the main appeal for starting a blog.  If writing types were food, social posts would most certainly be pastry.  They are quick, fun bites that disappear quickly.  I like to think that my social engagements are thoughtful, but it would be a stretch to say that most are deeply considered.  My hope is that blogging would provide a more “meat and potatoes” outlet that could house more thoughtful content.  The slower pace of an individual blog (and welcomed comments) might also create a forum that could mull ideas for days or weeks, not in the milliseconds that tweets pass by my screen. “In the dim background of mind, we know what we ought to be doing–but somehow we cannot start” – William James Beyond the time commitment and the new exposure, there seemed to be a dozen other reasons not to start–or at least not to start today.  And so there the idea sat, in the dim background of my mind, as William James said, simmering but never coming to a boil–until now. Two things happened recently that helped turn thought into conviction.  While preparing to speak at a Fortune Brainstorm conference a few weeks ago, it came to me that some of the thoughts I was condensing into sound bites might be served better by expansion instead.  They were simple opinions about a CEOs role in recruiting, HR and company culture, but the shorter they got the less meaningful they became.  I wanted a platform where I could explore the ideas deeply, get feedback and then share those learnings in a virtuous cycle. This month we’ve been working overtime at GoDaddy to relaunch our brand.  All of the great things about GoDaddy (like our passion for small business and our truly killer customer service) are staying the same.  A lot is changing though, including our focus on world-class technology and shifting our approach to advertising to reflect our maturity in the market.  As we make changes, I think a public platform to discuss our evolution would be useful. My hope for this blog is that it provides a forum for discussion about what’s on my mind—and what’s on yours.  Some days it will be about GoDaddy; others about technology, consumer and small business trends, leadership technique, life, love or just observations about the world we live in.   I’ve started, and I also hope that starting will be half the climb. If you have ideas on topics you’d like me to opine on, let the flood gates open wide. Photo: MoodWheel

How Important is Server Location For Your Business?

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Deciding where your web hosting server is located is an important factor which often gets left out during your website purchase decision. The location of the server can be interpreted by search engines like Google as a strong signal that a page or website is relevant to the country where it is located, for example if a site runs on a .co.in domain and the server is located just outside Mumbai than it is assumed to be an India focused site. Here is what Google has to say about it-“Server location (identified by IP address of the server): is often physically near the website’s visitors and can be a signal about a site’s intended audience. Some websites use distributed content delivery networks (CDNs) or are hosted in a country with better webserver infrastructure, so it is not a definitive signal.” It may also help a website’s ranking on Google and other search engines if the server location has some relationship to the geographical region served by that site. Even Matt Cutts, head of Google’s web spam team has gone on record saying that relevant search results are determined in part by the IP address, which in turn is determined by the location of the server. Another reason to carefully consider the physical location of your servers is that the location can affect the speed at which the website loads or in other words load time. This is particularly important when it comes to matters like local search or search on a mobile device. It is a known fact that if a page doesn’t load within 3-4 seconds, there is a high possibility of a visitor going away from your website without looking for what he or she needed in the first place. So now that you are armed with these great insights lets talk about your next steps. It is imperative for one to find a Web Hosting provider with the sophistication and experience to offer Geo-located Hosting. Server hosting requires highly-developed technology, as well as long term investment in power, cooling and network infrastructure. These factors are not always available in sufficient quantity and quality to make hosting available in a certain country or region. So look out for providers in your country of focus and ask them all the right questions. If you would like to take a quick look at BigRock’s state of the art data centres you can check it out here.

If it’s not a .COM, it’s got to be a .NET!

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Being on the internet has become increasingly important for someone who has a business or thinks of owning one. The Internet opens up a new world for start-ups, savvy businessman or smart entrepreneurs, who want to capitalize on the opportunity to spread their business globally. Choosing an apt domain name for your business is rather crucial. It is important to pick a domain name which is easy to remember and can be easily searched by people. There are millions possibilities on the internet and there is a possibility that the .COM you want for your business has already been taken! Don’t let this deter you from getting a domain name extension you like. That’s where .NET steps in So what does .NET stand for? .NET is a generic top-level domain (gTLD) in the Domain Name System of the Internet. The name is derived from network, indicating its originally intended purpose was for organizations involved in networking technologies, such as Internet service providers and other infrastructure companies. However, restrictions were never enforced and the domain is now a general purpose name space. It is still popular with network operators, and is often treated as an alternative to .COM. Why should I choose .NET? .NET is a rising alternative especially for entrepreneurs building their businesses online. It allows businesses to - Be authentic by aligning the business with a domain that is widely recognized Be confident with a domain that has been connecting businesses and customers online with 100% reliability, availability and security for over 15 years Be recognizable by choosing the name the owner really wants on a best-in-class domain Join over 15 million registrations BigRock and VeriSign have come together to help you procure a .NET domain for your business. As there are no specific legal or geographic qualifications to get a .NET domain name registered, businesses of all shapes and sizes can register a .NET Top Level Domain. BigRock has a special .NET offer too. You can get a complete .NET website at just Rs. 399. This includes – a. 5 page Site Builder b. 1GB Web Hosting c. 60 Email Accounts d. 175 Templates e. E-Commerce Features Note – The offer includes DIY website package with Hosting and Email for 6 months You can check out the details here – http://www.bigrock.in/free-dotnet-website Feel free to get in touch with us anytime if you need further information Remember – If it ends with a .COM or a .NET, it’s powered by VeriSign!

Test accounts with user IDs greater than 32 bits

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For a variety of reasons, the numbers used to identify accounts via Twitter’s API grow faster than the actual number of accounts in the system. Currently, user IDs fit in 32 bits—a standard size for integers on many platforms. In January, we explained that the current pace of Twitter user ID allocation meant that we’d exceed 32 bits sometime this year. All developers should make sure their code will handle the switch. To help you update your code to use handle these bigger IDs, we’ve created two test accounts with large IDs: @64Flavors (ID: 4503597479886593) and @Overflow64 (ID: 4503599627370241). They’ve been set up to Tweet every 10 minutes, generating experimental data for both the REST and Streaming APIs. Keep in mind that the kinds of errors to look out for are “silent killers”. Typically, a large ID number will be silently transformed into a negative number or even the ID of a completely different (but possibly valid) account as higher bits are dropped. In the case of our test accounts, the generated IDs have been specifically allocated to avoid colliding with real accounts when truncated to 32 bits –– @Overflow64 truncates to -255 and @64Flavors truncates to 2147483393. Look for these numbers in databases or output by your code in order to determine dependency on 32-bit integers for handling user IDs. We strongly recommend using the id_str version of IDs wherever available on any data type, including Tweets, users, direct messages and lists. The string versions of IDs take up more space but will work consistently on any platform, even those where developers cannot control the size of integer data types. Please use this thread for any questions you may have about the migration to large user ID numbers. Tweets from @kurrik/users-with-ids-32-bits

Test accounts with user IDs greater than 32 bits

The Twitter Developer Blog -

For a variety of reasons, the numbers used to identify accounts via Twitter’s API grow faster than the actual number of accounts in the system. Currently, user IDs fit in 32 bits—a standard size for integers on many platforms. In January, we explained that the current pace of Twitter user ID allocation meant that we’d exceed 32 bits sometime this year. All developers should make sure their code will handle the switch. To help you update your code to use handle these bigger IDs, we’ve created two test accounts with large IDs: @64Flavors (ID: 4503597479886593) and @Overflow64 (ID: 4503599627370241). They’ve been set up to Tweet every 10 minutes, generating experimental data for both the REST and Streaming APIs. Keep in mind that the kinds of errors to look out for are “silent killers”. Typically, a large ID number will be silently transformed into a negative number or even the ID of a completely different (but possibly valid) account as higher bits are dropped. In the case of our test accounts, the generated IDs have been specifically allocated to avoid colliding with real accounts when truncated to 32 bits –– @Overflow64 truncates to -255 and @64Flavors truncates to 2147483393. Look for these numbers in databases or output by your code in order to determine dependency on 32-bit integers for handling user IDs. We strongly recommend using the id_str version of IDs wherever available on any data type, including Tweets, users, direct messages and lists. The string versions of IDs take up more space but will work consistently on any platform, even those where developers cannot control the size of integer data types. Please use this thread for any questions you may have about the migration to large user ID numbers. Tweets from @kurrik/users-with-ids-32-bits

Dedicated Servers Are At SEO Hosting!

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SEOhosting.com customers, Dedicated Hardware Hosting has arrived! New for Q3, we’re introducing 4 Dedicated Servers and New IP Space! Be the first to make the leap from Shared service to Dedicated hardware with Dedicated IP space. Take a look at our new offerings right here. We have 4 configurations, all which come bundled with IPs and you can upgrade by adding on more. We currently have availability to over 500 unique C Class IPs. All servers are standard with Xeon processors, 3.2TB of Bandwidth and the option for SSD drives.

Google Adds Server-Side Encryption to Cloud Storage

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(The Hosting News) – Google on Thursday announced that it had added server-side encryption to its cloud storage platform – a move that provides users with an extra layer of security. “Our goal is to make securing your data as painless as possible,” stated Google’s Dave Barth, Product Manager, via the company’s Cloud Platform blog. “To help, Google Cloud Storage now automatically encrypts all data before it is written to disk, at no additional charge. There is no setup or configuration required, no need to modify the way you access the service and no visible performance impact. The data is automatically and transparently decrypted when read by an authorized user,” continued the post. New data via Cloud Storage has already been set to server-side encryption while the tech giant is expected to deliver the feature for older objects in the near future. Google also emphasized the feature “frees” users from having to managing their own encryption and decryption keys – something that sets aside both hassle and risk. The company’s Cloud Storage platform delivers on things like unlimited storage, “fast” data access along with what the company says is a “reliable” infrastructure. Google Adds Server-Side Encryption to Cloud Storage

eApps Offers ControlScan’s PCI Compliance

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(The Hosting News) – eApps Hosting announced the availability of PCI 1-2-3, a PCI compliance service offered by ControlScan®, an Approved Scanning Vendor & Qualified Security Assessor under the PCI Security Standards Council. The service is made possible through a partnership between eApps Hosting and ControlScan. ControlScan’s service is accessed via a web based portal that provides four major functions to minimize the pain incurred, and time spent, gaining compliance: > Self Assessment Questionnaire – a step by step, visual tool that guides the merchant through the process of determining the applicable Validation Type, as defined by PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) version 2.0 > Scanning – network, server, and web application scanning that clearly shows vulnerabilities and provides automated support for the resolution process > Policy Builder – a set of custom security policies, and policy templates which are automatically generated based on the merchant’s card payment processes > Security Awareness Training – on-demand training, delivered in layman’s terms and which satisfies the PCI DSS security awareness requirement The service also provides Breach Protection coverage up to $50,000 and is backed by a highly trained staff with expertise in PCI DSS. ControlScan’s PCI 1-2-3 service is available to all of eApps Hosting’s Virtual Machine in the Cloud, Virtual Private Server, and Dedicated Server customers starting at $220 per year per commerce site. For additional information contact eApps Hosting at +1-770-448-2100 USA or +44 (0)20 8133 6940 UK, Skype: eappshosting, or visit http://eApps.com for on-line chat assistance. eApps Hosting is a value-added provider of cloud hosting services for businesses and organizations, serving more than 5000 customers, hosting over 15,000 domains in more than 125 countries. The company offers “Virtual Machine in the Cloud,” a hosting service that allows precise selection and adjustment of RAM, CPU, disk and other computing resources using the Create-A-Cloud® tool. The Linux or Windows Virtual Machine is provisioned in minutes. eApps services are backed by a responsive in-house 24/7 technical support team available by phone, Skype, chat, and email. PCI 1-2-3 is a product of ControlScan®, Inc., Windows is a product of Microsoft Corporation, OnApp is a trademark of OnApp Limited. eApps Offers ControlScan’s PCI Compliance

Limestone Adds Enterprise DDoS Protection

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(The Hosting News) – In an age where distributed denial of service attacks have become common-place, it’s crucial to have access to advanced technologies that effectively neutralize these crippling activities. While simple filtering has historically achieved some degree of success, the present-day scale and sophistication of attacks has necessitated a superior solution. An important component of DDoS protection is the technique used to mitigate any attack. In evaluating appropriate solutions, Limestone Networks has chosen to use a more heuristic based approach. This method was preferred because of its greater effectiveness in mitigating zero-day attacks. Regarding this development, Austin Brace, Network Engineer for Limestone Networks commented, “The release of our enterprise DDoS solution allows us to provide a simple way for our clients to better protect their business, as well as maintaining the solid network that we are known for.” Additional details of the solution are as follows: Fully Automated Protection. Detects and mitigates attack traffic in 2 minutes or less. Adapts to attacker changes in real-time without analyst intervention. Anticipates the behavior of the attacker and proactively blocks malicious requests. In conclusion, while the frequency and severity of DDoS attacks are intensifying world-wide, Limestone Networks, and their clients, reside safely behind advanced DDoS protection. If you have any questions regarding this service, or any of their dedicated server products, please visit LimestoneNetworks.com or contact an Account Specialist at sales(at)limestonenetworks(dot)com. Limestone Adds Enterprise DDoS Protection

Tier 3 Expands with Self-Service Cloud Networking

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(The Hosting News) – Hosting and enterprise cloud provider Tier 3 on Wednesday unveiled new self-service cloud networking capabilities for its clients. The company says the addition helps enterprises in the area of cloud deployments. “We all read about ‘the cloud price wars,’ but precious little focus is given to the human cost of IT. The time and expense of highly skilled workers performing mundane tasks consumes far more budget than public cloud services for most enterprises today,” explained Tier 3 founder and CTO Jared Wray via a press release. He continued, “That’s why self-service features and the removal of these tedious functions are so important to our customers. These self-service networking tools will help them increase business agility, and more importantly, re-allocate human capital more effectively within their organizations.” For more information, view Tier 3’s press release here (Tier3.com). Tier 3’s solutions pertain to areas including IT management, business apps, ISVs, system integrators and more. Tier 3 Expands with Self-Service Cloud Networking

Cloud Expo Europe moves to ExCeL London

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(The Hosting News) – Huge surge in demand from some of the world’s biggest technology companies has led to the UK’s Best Trade Show*, Cloud Expo Europe, moving to ExCeL for its 2014 event in February. Following the success of the 2013 show at Olympia, which attracted more than 6,850 attendees, AWS, Dell, NTT and Outsourcery have already joined the growing list of exhibitors for the 2014 event, which will take place later than usual on the 26th and 27th February. The expansion to ExCeL provides room for new additions to the Expo, including a Software Defined Networking programme, dedicated Big Data content and a new dedicated programme for developers – all designed to attract more decision-makers from enterprises, service providers and the cloud ecosystem. An impressive range of speakers, headed up by Netflix CTO Adrian Cockroft, will also have the crowds flocking to the event. Confirmed panel speakers include Chris Kemp, CEO of Nebula and former CTO at NASA, Daniel Leabeau, Group CIO at GlaxoSmithKline, as well as cloud computing experts from eBay, PayPal, Vodafone, HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Philips and Citibank. Thomas Standley, Cloud Expo Europe Show Director, said: “The move to ExCeL is a really strong and positive move to build on the rapidly growing success of Cloud Expo Europe. Vitally, it means we now have as much room to grow as we need, all on one level and with our Keynote and other content hubs located right at the heart of the show, driving traffic to exhibitors’ stands.” “To accommodate the move we have also moved the event to the end of February. This will be welcomed by many, as show preparations have previously been disrupted by Christmas and it also allows us to run an even more effective campaign in the two months prior to the event.” The move has also been welcomed by exhibitors, including Omer Wilson, Marketing Director EMEA at Digital Realty, who said: “We have seen Cloud Expo Europe grow exponentially over the last couple of years and are excited to follow the show to ExCeL as it prepares to grow its visitor and exhibitor numbers even further as Europe’s leading technology event.” CloserStill has also announced that the event will take place alongside Data Centre World, the largest data centre event in Western Europe. Data Centre World, which was recently acquired by CloserStill, made the move to ExCeL earlier this year and attracted a record-breaking attendance, up 19 per cent on the previous year, and its biggest ever exhibitor line-up. Phil Nelson, Director of CloserStill, said: “The combination of Cloud Expo Europe and Data Centre World is a compelling prospect. Both events will retain their separate identities, entrances, content and audiences but the two events together, with over 300 exhibitors and more than 10,000 visitors, will instantly be the biggest IT and technology gathering in the UK.” Jonathan Brown, Marketing Director of leading Cloud Expo Europe exhibitor Interoute, also endorsed the co-location with DCW: “Relocating Cloud Expo Europe to the ExCeL Centre is a smart move, positioning the event in a world class venue. Running the show alongside Data Centre World should attract many more delegates to the event, boosting the conversations and interactions that have made this such a successful show for us in the past.” *On 21st June Cloud Expo Europe won the exhibition industry’s Blue Riband award, the Association of Exhibition Organisers’ Best Trade Show accolade for an unprecedented second successive year Cloud Expo Europe moves to ExCeL London

OnRamp Sponsors VMXpo 2013

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(Gawkwire) – OnRamp, a data center operations company headquartered in Austin, TX, announced today its sponsorship of VMXpo 2013, an event hosted by Whitehat Virtual Technologies. The one-day conference, set to take place on September 4th, 2013, at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, is dedicated to exploring the latest in virtualization and mobile technologies. VMXpo will kick off with a welcome from Whitehat Virtual Technologies’ CEO Val King, and a keynote address from the Founder and President of DABCC, Inc., Doug Brown, a nationally recognized Citrix and virtualization expert. OnRamp will be in attendance to showcase its data center services which include colocation, managed hosting, private clouds, disaster recovery and high security hosting. VMXpo 2013 will feature a business track for executives and business owners, as well as a technical track devoted to virtualization and mobile technologies. With breakout sessions, contests and other special events for Small, Medium and Enterprise businesses, OnRamp will be joined by several well-known vendors from the virtualization space. They include: Citrix, VMware, Microsoft, Dell, AppSense, Frontline Performance Intelligence, Atlantis ILIO, eG Enterprise, NVIDA, PHD Virtual, Unidesk and Whiptail. As one of 11 virtualization vendors selected to participate in the conference, OnRamp will host a breakout session led by OnRamp Founder Chad Kissinger. Kissinger’s presentation, The Advantages of Using Data Center Managed Services to Improve Your IT Operations, will explore the benefits of utilizing data center service providers to add greater efficiencies to a business’s IT operations, and will highlight how OnRamp’s core competencies as a data center service provider can assist companies in deploying secure and highly flexible IT environments. OnRamp supports Whitehat Virtual Technologies, a Citrix Managed Service Provider and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure company, with managed hosting solutions to enable their IT operations. OnRamp’s managed hosting solutions provide everything needed to keep critical IT infrastructure running securely, reliably and effectively 24/7/365 from OnRamp’s state-of-the-art facilities located in Austin, TX and Raleigh, NC. OnRamp’s technical staff is experienced all the way up through the application layer and offer Full7Layer Support, going above and beyond routine requests to help customers where they need it most: inside their racks. For more information and to attend this free event, visit: http://whitehatvirtual.com/trade-show/registration/. About OnRamp OnRamp was founded in 1994 in Austin, TX. As one of Texas’ first Internet Operations companies, OnRamp’s history is rooted in providing reliable and secure connectivity that enables distributed computing. Today, OnRamp is a data center operations company that delivers a full suite of colocation, cloud computing, high security hosting and disaster recovery services backed by Full7Layer Support, to help customers build, deploy and manage data center operations at each and every layer. http://www.gawkwire.com/web_hosting/onramp_sponsors_vmxpo_2013.html

bodHOST Revamps Website

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(Gawkwire) – bodHOST Ltd (http://www.bodhost.com), a leading Managed Servers & Cloud Hosting provider in the United States, today unveiled their new revamped website. The refreshed website boasts of a fine catalog of their products which also reflects the company’s focus on cloud computing technology. As per the company release, the new website has been categorized into two sub types; Cloud Hosting that features their flagship Cloud platform eNlight Cloud along with Public Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, Private Cloud while Traditional Hosting features Dedicated Servers, VPS Hosting, Shared Hosting and Reseller Hosting. In addition to these, bodHOST Ltd. also offers services such as DR as a Service, Desktop as a Service, SAP Hosting, Zimbra Email Hosting, SSL Certificates and Backup Solutions. “In order to achieve the desired growth, we are implementing and adapting to various new methodologies to compete in the U.S. market, which – at $15.8 trillion in 2012 translated into 25% of the total world market, the largest single market in the world. This statistic is almost equivalent to entire Europe which is $19.9 trillion, which comprises 48 countries and 730 million people. The United States is also a host to 27 of the world’s largest 50 companies. Taking these numbers into consideration, anything is possible in the U.S. if we have the right strategy, right talent, and right motivation”, says Probal DasGupta, CEO at bodHOST LTD. He further adds – “The new revamped website shows the balanced approach bodHOST, as an organization, is taking towards web hosting and cloud services. We understand that there would always be individuals or organizations that prefer the traditional hosting platforms, so traditional hosting platforms can never be neglected. Hence, we have clearly provided a direction to visitors on our website by keeping a simple homepage where the visitor gets a high level view of what we offer. Through the cloud computing section of our website, we have showcased some innovative, interesting and amazing features of eNlight that shall benefit organizations across the world.” Since the rise of cloud computing, the company has transformed into a provider of Cloud Hosting servers and the newly launched website truly showcases the direction company is heading to. On the traditional hosting side, bodHOST offers Shared, Reseller, Virtual Private Servers, Dedicated Servers and Enterprise solutions. Under the Cloud Computing umbrella, bodHOST offers Virtual Private Servers, Cloud Setups hosted on its proprietary eNlight platform along with the popular Hyper-V cloud. bodHOST is among the first few companies to offer automated services in the web hosting industry backed with 24×7 round the clock technical support. The presence of qualified support staff and customer service oriented personnel gives the company a very significant presence in the web hosting industry. To ensure quality of service and support, bodHOST customer support team (866-662-0909 & 302-294-5628) is available round the clock to answer or troubleshoot any queries one may have. The company’s seasoned system administrators possess vast expertise in their respective field which facilitates provision of highly secured Linux as well as Windows servers. About bodHOST bodHOST, established in 1999, was one of the pioneers in web hosting in the U.S., and today manages almost 2 million domains worldwide, and offers a wide range of hosting solutions, both Cloud based (eNlight, VMware, and Hyper-V platforms), as well as traditional solutions like Dedicated Servers, Virtual Private Servers, Shared Servers, Server Mirroring Solutions, Load Balancing Servers and shared hosting services to businesses, professionals, and individuals. BodHOST continuously innovates in technology, and its eNlight Cloud provides auto-scaling for true pay-per-consume model unique in the industry at this moment. The company’s latest foray is in the South American market with the establishment of a presence in Santiago, Chile. http://www.gawkwire.com/web_hosting/bodhost_revamps_website.html

What is Cloud Computing?

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(The Hosting News) – With so many businesses migrating to the Cloud, it has become a popular buzzword in the mainstream press. But what really is the ‘Cloud’, and why should your business use it? Cloud computing is the latest stage in the Internet’s evolution. As a scalable and virtualised form of web hosting, the Cloud offers a range of benefits over conventional hosting. The ‘Cloud’ itself is a pool of resources – the hardware, networks and storage that combine together to deliver the end user with a service that they require. As a method of outsourcing IT systems, Cloud computing enables users to access services over the Internet whenever, and wherever they need it. Essentially Cloud computing means that instead of your IT system being the equipment and software that you buy and own, it becomes a service that you pay for monthly and access via the Internet. Cloud computing has revolutionized and streamlined thousands of businesses. Users place the running and maintenance of their servers in the hands of the service provider, therefore businesses no longer need to maintain IT systems in-house. Cost-effectiveness is an overriding benefit of the Cloud, with users paying on a subscription basis to their service provider. This also means that businesses will have access to the latest and most up-to-date equipment and technology, as opposed to financing upgrades to hardware and software themselves. The Cloud also offers a great deal of flexibility and adaptability; it grows with your business. RAM and memory can be upgraded instantly with the Cloud, meaning that users can scale up their server capabilities as and when they require. The Cloud beats dedicated servers in performance as it uses fast virtual servers with optimum responsiveness, meaning that no costly downtime will occur. Additionally, with virtualisation software such as market leader VMware, users are guaranteed unbeatable performance and reliability, which can be a major pitfall of running your own hardware in-house. The Cloud’s versatility is most useful for businesses in its ease of access, particularly with data sharing. Documents and files can be stored in the Cloud and accessed via an Internet connection, which is ideal solution for businesses. Also in terms of data backup, the Cloud provides peace of mind with securing valuable data. Most providers offer flexibility within the Cloud by offering the main ‘as a service’ models, namely IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. With IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) the provider runs and maintains the Cloud infrastructure, which is then accessed over the Internet. With PaaS (Platform as a Service), the provider facilitates the running and development of software applications from a central platform. And finally with SaaS (Software as a Service), software is rented from and managed by the provider. Article submitted by Lucie Sadler, Editor at Hyve.com What is Cloud Computing?

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