(The Hosting News) – Google has a vision for the world’s internet café’s: Less desktops and more tablets.

The company recently moved to replace the traditional computing format at locations in Senegal, West Africa by announcing “TabletCafes.”

“Easy to use tablets are a great way of introducing new users to the Internet. But for most Africans, the hardware remains too expensive.  We’ve come up with a potential solution, making them available in cybercafés,” explained the company via its Europe blog on Thursday.

In fact, the availability of tablets at such locations allows users to install apps along with browsing the internet as they please. Once done, the cafes initiate factory resets on the devices.

“Our hope is that cybercafés attract new customers interested in a more simple and interactive way of going online, and make significant savings on their number one operating expense: electricity. Tablets consume much less power than desktops or laptops, and don’t require ventilation. Among other things, these savings can be reinvested in faster connectivity,” Google went on to say.

Internet cafes aren’t as big in the United States but are extremely helpful in the developing world. According to data from Internet World Stats from Q2 of last year, just 7.0% of Africans are active internet users.

Source: Google Replaces Desktops with Tablets in Senegal


(The Hosting News) – Data center provider Interxion announced on Thursday the construction of a new facility in the Frankfurt, Germany area.

Making the announcement, the company cited “continued demand.”

The addition will work to provide for Interxion’s Connectivity Hub – a network that contains more than 150 ISPs along with “directly popped carriers.”

“The consistent demand we are experiencing in the Frankfurt market is driven by cloud service providers, digital media, and financial services customers attracted to our vibrant Connectivity Hub.  We are prudently allocating capital in phases to respond to this demand from our communities of interest while maximising returns,” commented Interxion CEO David Ruberg via a press release.

Interxion provides for services including colocation, cloud, digital media and more.

Source: Interxion Plans Frankfurt Data Center


(The Hosting News) – ComputeNext, the operator of the world’s largest federated cloud ecosystem and e-commerce platform for IaaS, is officially announcing partnership with GMO Cloud America, a global public cloud provider with a portfolio of value added services and foothold in the Asia Pacific region.

The ComputeNext IaaS marketplace has continued global expansion this month with the addition of IaaS and cloud services across three additional regions. This feature release from ComputeNext, unveils live compute and storage resources from GMO Cloud America, a subsidiary of GMO Cloud K.K. – a leading Japanese hosting company. “Following our recent recognition as a Cool Vendor in cloud service brokerage by Gartner, we have to take a step back and give credit to our partners,” said CEO Sundar Kannan, “without such well differentiated cloud providers like GMO Cloud we wouldn’t have achieved half as much.”

Cloud consumers can now use GMO Cloud resources through the ComputeNext cloud service brokerage platform for rapid discovery and procurement of cloud services such as servers, storage, and on-demand software. Developers and IT organizations will now have access to localized IaaS serving Japan, and Malaysia alongside 25+ other regions readily available for purchase, automated provisioning, deployment, and management on the ComputeNext service brokerage.

Through partnership with ComputeNext, cloud consumers can choose GMO Cloud resources as well as IaaS 25+ additional locations where data privacy laws, latency, or data gravity are a factor. With a unified invoice and API abstraction layer, IT organizations can achieve faster go-to-market with a single API connector to platform-agnostic infrastructure from cloud providers such as GMO Cloud who not only differentiate with unique locations, but offer additional value added services and location based expertise such as Japanese localization, GTM and a suite of associated services to ensure success in new markets.

GMO Cloud America is a full-service, cloud computing solutions provider that aims to help businesses revolutionize their IT environments through automated provisioning of infrastructure over the internet. Being a subsidiary of GMO Cloud K.K. – Japan’s largest internet hosting company – enables GMO Cloud America to offer one of the highest-performing and robust cloud solutions and resources in the market. The sophistication of GMO Cloud’s technology brings ease to users so that technical skills required are reduced and specialized equipment is no longer needed.

Behind the simplicity is a vast array of features including a resource-type model, pre-configured cloud servers, aggressive Service Level Agreement, a multi-level security strategy, a comprehensive and accessible management panel and much more.

“We constantly have our customers in mind when it comes to our service innovation; this way, we keep abreast with what they really need and provide accordingly”, says CEO Mitsuru Aoyama. “This, combined with years of technical expertise in the industry has allowed us to appropriately serve enterprises and organizations that intend to continually evolve to achieve technological advantage.”

Case in point is a major Japanese systems integrator, which uses GMO Cloud hosting for running various separate tests without having to worry about affecting the services they provide to their customers. In an interview with their CEO, he had this to say about GMO Cloud, “Cost-performance was the most decisive factor when choosing GMO Cloud’s hosting. We compared several services and GMO Cloud was clearly best-placed to combine our need for multiple virtual machines running simultaneously with a comparatively low cost structure.” Read more about why customers chose GMO Cloud in a case studies here.

About ComputeNext

ComputeNext – most recently named a Gartner Cool Vendor (2013) in Cloud Service Brokerage, is a Bellevue, WA based cloud-technology company which is pioneering the way organizations search, discover, procure and provision cloud services. As a leader in building federated cloud ecosystems they enable end-to-end transactions across platform agnostic infrastructure. With the belief that a handful of IaaS providers cannot satisfy the world’s computing demands, ComputeNext has built their marketplace to deliver a transparent and transactional user experience for the search, discovery, and provisioning of cloud services.

About GMO Cloud America Inc.

GMO Cloud America Inc. is a full-service hosting and cloud computing solution provider and a subsidiary of GMO Cloud K.K., a leading Japanese web hosting company. The company offers global data-centers, premium on-demand infrastructure, solid strategic partnerships and a competitive performance-based pricing model. GMO GlobalSign, SSL global leader and GMO Internet Group Company, secures the company’s high-performance network. For more information, please visit https://us.gmocloud.com/company/.

About GMO Cloud K.K.

GMO Internet Group company, GMO Cloud K.K., is a full-service IT infrastructure provider focused on cloud solutions. Established as a hosting company in 1996, the company has managed servers for more than 130,000 businesses and now has 6,000 sales partners throughout Japan. In February of 2011, the company launched GMO Cloud to enhance its focus on cloud-based solutions. Since 2007, the company has also grown its subsidiary, GMO GlobalSign, an issuer of SSL security certificates through offices in Belgium, U.K., U.S., China and Singapore. For more information, please visit http://ir.gmocloud.com/english/.

Source: Cloud Service Brokerage Expands in Asia Pacific


(The Hosting News) – FORETHOUGHT.net announces today its Silverlining 2.0 upgrade to its cloud IaaS hosted services including dramatically improved performance and scalability.

With the Silverlining 2.0 portal powered by the full VMware platform and support, customers can customize each virtual machine to their specific needs with total control, often on the fly with no service disruption. The SilverLining IaaS solution minimizes downtime due to poor security of ‘shared’ web hosting, crashes and hacked servers. All operating systems are supported such as Linux, Windows and DOS.

“Our Silverlining IaaS cloud hosting solution was designed to be easily scaled up or down to provide our customers transparent use of technology regardless of operating systems,” said Jawaid Bazyar, FORETHOUGHT.net President. “Our promise to our customers is simple: to provide them well designed technology solutions, a professional response system and personalized service. Our latest upgrade to our IaaS cloud hosting solution gives them just that and lets them be in control of their infrastructure with ease and access to their data and voice solutions anywhere, anytime.”

Backups and restores are nearly instantaneous over the FORETHOUGHT.net 10-gigabit infrastructure. Customers can take a snapshot before an upgrade and if something goes wrong, roll back with one click. In case of emergency, FORETHOUGHT.net clients can use one of FORETHOUGHT.net Disaster Recovery Centers throughout Denver which ensures that their data is safe and secure. This allows quick recovery of all data in minutes.

FORETHOUGHT.net customers can typically save year over year, reduce latency issues and now receive 10M fiber broadband as part of all IaaS and colocation packages. FORETHOUGHT.net offers white label and resale opportunities.
FORETHOUGHT.net provides some of the lowest latency (less than 5 milliseconds) available in the Colorado market because of its fiber backbone and extensive peering with other ISP providers, and now includes 10M internet connectivity as standard in any cloud or colocation package.

To learn more about what to expect from your colocation provider, check out our Top 10 Items to Expect From Your Colocation Provider list. To learn more about the FORETHOUGHT.net IaaS offering, check out

Source: FORETHOUGHT.Net Launches 2.0 Upgrade


(The Hosting News) – GalaxyVisions and ColoGuard, New York City’s leading providers of Internet hosting and colocation solutions, today announced their support of the 2013 CarePoint Health Foundation’s 2013 Spring Gala and congratulated organizers on the successful event.

GalaxyVisions and ColoGuard were among the sponsors and contributed to the gala, which took place at the Marriott Teaneck at GlenPointe. The event raised money to continue the foundation’s mission of providing money to strengthen access to healthcare for uninsured and under-insured members of the community.

“We’re proud to be able to contribute to this important organization, which benefits the same community that we serve,” said Raymond Sidler, chief executive and co-founder of GalaxyVisions and ColoGuard. “As GalaxyVisions celebrates its 10th anniversary as a company, we feel it’s important to contribute back to the community.”

The CarePoint Health Foundation provides outreach programs related to health, wellness, prevention and education. It also focuses on mental health resources and ensuring access to important health screenings. It regularly make small capacity-based grants for the region’s health needs, including recent contributions of $5,000 in gifts and goods to Hope House in Hudson County and $25,000 to the United Way of Hudson County.

The importance of health services is familiar territory for both GalaxyVisions and ColoGuard. ColoGuard, for example, provides colocation services for several medical providers in the Tri-State area, including Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital and Hoboken University Medical Center. ColoGuard’s state-of-the-art HIPPA compliant colcoation datacenter is being used to host applications, storage and serve as a highly available backup for disaster recovery plans.

Last month, GalaxyVisions and ColoGuard announced that an independent auditor certified that their shared data center is in compliance with the strict federal standards set by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The audit, which was conducted by IS Partners LLC of Horsham, Pa., reviewed the data center’s ability to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of Electronic Protected Health Information (EPHI). Auditors reviewed how data is collected, stored, processed and transmitted to and from the facility.

“The needs of the medical community are in our DNA,” Sidler said. “We look forward to supporting the IT operations and the community outreach of health-care organizations across the New York metropolitan area.”

GalaxyVisions and ColoGuard are no strangers to charitable giving back to the community. In October, for instance, GalaxyVisions announced that it was donating 10% of total sales during the month to breast cancer awareness programs to coincide with national Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

About ColoGuard

ColoGuard Inc. was born out of the increasing need for affordable enterprise colocation solutions. ColoGuard is a privately held managed colocation facility based in the heart of Brooklyn, NY, just minutes from New York City. With a state-of-the-art in-house data center, ColoGuard’s goal is to provide affordable enterprise colocation solutions for companies of all sizes. ColoGuard’s facility offers a diverse network routes via dark fiber, 24/7/365 live technical support and prices and services that are unmatched by competitors.

About GalaxyVisions

GalaxyVisions was founded in 2003 and is a privately held managed services provider located in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. It provides affordable hosting solutions for companies of all sizes. GalaxyVisions supplies the servers, software, bandwidth and management tools needed to run almost any web-based application. From small projects to enterprise server solutions, GalaxyVisions will meet or beat the price of any competitor. GalaxyVisions is committed to excellent quality service 24/7/365.

Source: GalaxyVisions, ColoGuard Help Community


May 30, 2013 — Rackspace announced on Thursday that it has added the Brocade Vyatta vRouter to its portfolio of networking and security solutions for its hybrid cloud.

Keep on reading: Rackspace Offers Brocade Vyatta vRouter in Limited Availability


May 30, 2013 — Distributed denial of service protection services provider Prolexic announced on Thursday it has successfully mitigated what it says is the “largest DNS reflection attack ever recorded,” which peaked at 167Gbps.

Keep on reading: Prolexic Stops Massive DNS Reflection Attack


May 30, 2013 — Data center operator Digital Realty Trust announced on Thursday it acquired a six-building portfolio located at the MetCenter Business Park in Austin, Texas for $31.9 million.

Keep on reading: Digital Realty Trust Expands Austin Presence with Six Data Centers


May 30, 2013 — Microsoft announced on Wednesday that Skype and Lync customers can connect now across the platforms, which it says is the first step in combining the “enterprise richness of Lync and the global reach of Skype.”

Keep on reading: Microsoft Mixes Business with Pleasure through Lync-Skype Connectivity


May 30, 2013 — European data center operator Interxion Holdings announced on Thursday it will construct its eighth data center in Frankfurt, Germany (FRA 8).

Keep on reading: Interxion Holdings to Build Eighth Data Center in Frankfurt

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