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Equinix this week announced partnerships with two very different cloud service providers.
One is with the German enterprise software giant SAP, whose Customer Relationship Management (CRM) cloud infrastructure can now be accessed directly via private network links inside Equinix data centers. SAP has second-largest CRM market share after Salesforce.

The other deal is with Rescale, a provider of high-performance computing infrastructure as a service. Rescale’s IaaS cloud is also now accessible by Equinix customers through direct connections that bypass the public internet. Rescale will offer access to its new ScaleX HyperLink infrastructure to meet enterprise users’ burst requirements. In other words, if your on-premises data center cannot handle a spike in demand, you’ll be able to add cloud capacity temporarily using this service.
A Big Deal for SAP
The partnership with SAP brings direct connections to the enterprise SaaS at eight Equinix data centers. This is important for SAP, considering that its biggest competitor in the CRM arena — industry leader Salesforce — began offering direct connections through Equinix in February.
“SAP joined the Equinix Cloud Exchange platform to address customer requirements for enterprise hybrid architecture in an environment that lends itself to the very highest levels of performance and reliability,” Christoph Boehm, senior vice president and head of SAP’s Cloud Delivery

 

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Equinix this week announced partnerships with two very different cloud service providers.
One is with the German enterprise software giant SAP, whose Customer Relationship Management (CRM) cloud infrastructure can now be accessed directly via private network links inside Equinix data centers. SAP has second-largest CRM market share after Salesforce.

The other deal is with Rescale, a provider of high-performance computing infrastructure as a service. Rescale’s IaaS cloud is also now accessible by Equinix customers through direct connections that bypass the public internet. Rescale will offer access to its new ScaleX HyperLink infrastructure to meet enterprise users’ burst requirements. In other words, if your on-premises data center cannot handle a spike in demand, you’ll be able to add cloud capacity temporarily using this service.
A Big Deal for SAP
The partnership with SAP brings direct connections to the enterprise SaaS at eight Equinix data centers. This is important for SAP, considering that its biggest competitor in the CRM arena — industry leader Salesforce — began offering direct connections through Equinix in February.
“SAP joined the Equinix Cloud Exchange platform to address customer requirements for enterprise hybrid architecture in an environment that lends itself to the very highest levels of performance and reliability,” Christoph Boehm, senior vice president and head of SAP’s Cloud Delivery

 

November 4, 2013 — SherWeb announced on Monday that it has acquired Thoughtbus, a hosted Microsoft Exchange provider, for an undisclosed amount. Headquartered in Saratoga Springs, New York, Thoughtbus is a privately-held brand of Nomia Inc., and provides hosted Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Lync Server, and CRM.

Keep on reading: SherWeb Acquires Hosted Microsoft Exchange Provider Thoughtbus

 

October 8, 2013 — Project Hosts is making its software-as-a-service solutions (including Microsoft PPM, SharePoint and Dynamics CRM) available on a Windows Azure cloud infrastructure that meets the necessary security assessments required by the US government.

Keep on reading: Project Hosts Offers SharePoint, CRM on Government-Approved Azure Cloud

 

Ask for advice about retail ecommerce and you are likely to get a plethora of responses, most of which are acronyms that may perplex you. People will tell you that you need ERP, CRM, BI, POS and more just to get your online business going. By the time you launch, you could have already spent thousands of dollars on software. So, what do you really need to get your retail ecommerce started?

If you are starting small, software may be the least of your concerns. Long before you reach the point of needing some major business management solution, you will need to decide how to manage your business. No amount of IT magic will make a business succeed without good business practices and careful planning.

Aside from the common business sense required, you will also need some more important technological features before you even think about software. Some of them include:

  • A reliable web host – Most providers will talk about 99% uptime, but you really need to look at the numbers, talk to people who have used these hosts, and read honest reviews.
  • Security – Want more acronyms? Try PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) and SSL (Secure Socket Layer). Both are critical security features you should look for in good ecommerce hosting to keep your customer data and payment information private and safe.
  • Multichannel marketing and sales – No longer does ecommerce simply mean the customer will sit down at a desktop computer and click a link to buy. Your customers may use phones, tablets, or even gaming console to make purchases. You must provide a variety of channel interfaces to meet their needs.

Ecommerce is changing rapidly and you need to be prepared. Your focus should be on reliability and security rather than some fancy software that promises to save your business.

Source: What Do You Really Need for Retail Ecommerce?

 

(The Hosting News) – Since cloud computing is becoming an important aspect in how businesses manage their IT systems for CRM and other software packages, the landscape of the small business will be around 50% using cloud technologies within the next few years. Speculation on this points out that the increased storage of data, acquired through SaaS or software, as a service via cloud server hosting. Besides the storage, and use of the specific software, the security for this avenue is fast becoming a concern because of the privacy and the initial costs that come with a private host. However, there are measures to take that will aid in safeguarding proprietary information once it becomes identified.

The best way to combat this is to ensure the use of secure channel (i.e. encrypted data transfer). One definite way to make sure is to connect with web addresses that begin with the ‘https.’ The encryption method is the most important aspect to consider when dealing with data transfer over the internet, specifically when working with PII data or proprietary information.

The alliance for cloud security suggests that the interfaces between the different software and APIs to the cloud servers post the highest risk if no precautionary measures are present. Nevertheless, there are standards for the designs of the APIs and the support for the virtual machines. One of the largest areas of conflict is the accessibility issue of proprietary data, as mentioned above. What this means is there should be monitoring on workstations after identifying the type of information available to the users.

This is where data separation and controlling the access to the data become necessary through a joint venture of the hosting service the businesses using it and the customers of the business. The measures that have worked to combat any intrusion are the compartmentalization techniques utilized to encrypt the data.

The main thing is having an awareness of the possibility of security breaches. This issue is important with any server hosting system and is becoming a major factor on the choices of which hosting services to work with. Nonetheless, finding answers to questions concerning your hosting needs may be found when you contact us. We will help with the analysis and suggestion for a service that fits your needs

Source: Security and Cloud Server Hosting

 

(The Hosting News) – Softaculous Ltd., the developer of Softaculous Auto Installer that simplifies Application deployment on various hosting platforms, announced the addition of Zurmo CRM to Softaculous apps library on 25th February 2013 Softaculous users can now install Zurmo CRM with just one click.

“We have included Zurmo in our library as a response to growing demand for the application,”

states Brijesh Kothari, Sales Head at Softaculous. “Our goal is to keep our library up to date with the applications people want the most and we are happy to add this promising script.”

“It’s all about making installation easy and having users spend time working with the application, not spinning their wheels on the install process,” stated Zurmo Co-Founder Ray Stoeckicht in a recent Zurmo blog post. “With Softaculous, users have a solid way to get Zurmo up and running quickly and easily. It is an honor to be part of the many great scripts that Softaculous offers.”

Check the Features, Ratings and Reviews here : http://softaculous.com/softaculous/apps/erp/Zurmo

About Softaculous

Softaculous was founded in 2009 and incorporated in 2010 with the goal of helping users to deploy apps by the click of a button. Softaculous is already being offered by leading Data Centre’s and Web hosting companies around the world.
It is very easy to find, deploy, manage, backup applications using Softaculous. One can also deploy apps in the office using Softaculous Webuzo or Softaculous AMPPS.
For more information, visit http://www.softaculous.com/

About Zurmo, Inc.

Zurmo, Inc. is the CRM company behind the Zurmo Open Source Project. The company develops, supports, and offers CRM solutions for Zurmo Commercial customers. Zurmo, Inc. is redefining the way Customer Relationship Management is used. Our team is driven by the common goal of building and supporting a better Open Source CRM solution based on rock solid engineering and progressive user adoption methodologies. Learn more about Zurmo, Inc. by visiting http://www.zurmo.com

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Source: Zurmo CRM Added to Softaculous Apps

 

Nimble, the pioneering social relationship management platform, today announced it has been selected as a winner of the respected CRM Watchlist 2013. Nimble, which has been recognized three previous years, again joins other leading CRM vendors, including Salesforce.com, Microsoft, SAP and Oracle. Nimble was selected out of 153 entrants and was the only social relationship manager to win the award.

Source: Nimble Honored For Third Consecutive CRM Watchlist Recognition, Joining Salesforce.com, Microsoft And Oracle

 

Today, Project Hosts Inc., the recognized leader in custom cloud hosting of Microsoft EPM, PPM, SharePoint and CRM solutions, and Tabarca Technologies, a Business Group in Spain that specializes in project management solutions for Spanish markets, announced that they have signed an agreement by which Tabarca Technologies will immediately begin providing Project Hosts services quot;En Espanolquot; for Spanish-speaking customers around the globe.

Source: Project Hosts And Tabarca Technologies Launch quot;Project Hosts En Espanolquot; To Deliver Custom Cloud Hosting Of Microsoft Project Server And Sharepoint Solutions In Spanish

 

December 5, 2012 — Web hosting provider Project Hosts announced on Wednesday that it has launched its services – which include Microsoft EPM/PPM, SharePoint and CRM cloud hosting services – in Toronto, Canada.

Keep on reading: Project Hosts Opens Canadian Data Center, Offers Microsoft SharePoint, CRM and EPM Cloud Hosting

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