Data center and colocation provider Equinix has launched a service that gives customers on-demand, direct access to multiple clouds and networks without the bottlenecks associated with accessing cloud services across the public Internet.

 

Open source software company Red Hat has agreed to acquire software-defined storage company Inktank, whose object and block storage technology helps customers scale their cloud storage to the exabyte-level on cost-effective commodity hardware.

 

Cloud data protection company CipherCloud launched a free solution called Cloud Discovery this week. The software reveals cloud application use within a network to company IT, so that it can accurately assess cloud use and risk within the organization. Along with giving away the solution for free to registered enterprise…

 

The Department of Defense (DoD) says it can save money by moving to the cloud, but first it needs to set security requirements that outline the details of this move. This in contrast to previous information that the DoD had no need for public cloud services. The WHIR previously reported…

 

US data storage companies have trust issues, especially Microsoft OneDrive, which 32 percent of IT professionals distrust, according to a recent poll. The poll, the results of which were released on Wednesday, also indicated that 22 percent distrust Apple, while 18 percent distrust Yahoo.

 

The White House has given a peek behind what factors the federal government considers when deciding whether to disclose knowledge of computer vulnerabilities to the public.

 

Applications are now being received by registrars for the new .LONDON domains, which are scheduled to come online in three months, making it one of the first cities in the world to launch its own domain name.

 

Cloud services often enable companies to be more flexible and cost-efficient, but there’s a certain amount of risk when dealing with a third-party, which concerns continue to be a major barrier in moving workloads to the cloud. Too often, cloud providers have the power to access customer data without them knowing.

 

Last time, we told you about the very first session scheduled in the Issues & Trends track at HostingCon 2014 — Ashar Baig of GigaOM looking at “The Future of Cloud Services.”

But there are three other tracks at this year’s conference — Management, Sales and Marketing, and Technology. What’s on the schedule for these tracks bright and early on Monday, June 16th at 9:00 a.m.?

For the Management track, Jad Jebara of Tuangru (and former SVP of Finance and Administration at Peer 1 Hosting), talks about optimizing your EBITDA to ready yourself for acquisition in “The Industry is Consolidating. What’s Your Exit Strategy?” For more details on what Jad will cover, go here.

The Sales and Marketing track starts the day off with Simon West of Monophonic (and past CMO of SoftLayer, Terremark and Data Return) discussing “Death by PowerPoint: A Practical Guide.” If you’re selling B2B hosting services, at some point you’ve got to get out the deck and pitch your business to your prospects. Simon shares his perspective on turning this experience into a competitive advantage whether your audience is a prospect, customer, analyst, or investor. Tips discussed will range from narrative to structure, and then to design.

Finally, the Technology track features Raj Dutt, SVP of Internap with “Bringing Colo Into the Cloud Era.” There are more details of what Raj will be covering in this session here.

So that’s the complete starting line-up for this 10th anniversary edition of HostingCon. Now the ball is in your court … gentlemen, start your engines … play ball, and … they’re off!

Note: The full schedule of speakers and presentations has now been posted, so take a look and plan out your must-see sessions.

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Don’t forget that Early Bird pricing can save you $100 on registration, but it is only in effect a few more days until May 1st. Join us and turn up the heat at HostingCon 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida.

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