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TORONTO, CANADA – ServerMania, a leading provider of cloud hosting and dedicated server hosting, is adopting security measures to protect its customers from the privacy and security risks posed by the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.

The company has also released an advisory urging dedicated server hosting customers to update server operating systems as soon as possible.


Spectre and Meltdown are critical vulnerabilities that exploit flaws in processors manufactured by Intel, ARM, and AMD. These processors are used in almost every computing device, from servers to smartphones. The vulnerabilities can be exploited by an attacker able to run code on the affected machines, revealing sensitive data by bypassing the processor’s built-in protections.

Microsoft and leading Linux distributions, including CentOS and Ubuntu, have released patches that mitigate the risk. Updating server operating systems to patched versions is the only way to protect server hosting customers and their users.

“The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities expose the vast majority of servers to the risk of compromise and data theft. It’s a huge problem, but the industry has reacted quickly to develop solutions that mitigate most of the risk,” explained ServerMania CEO, Kevin Blanchard, “At ServerMania, we are working with customers to secure servers across our cloud and hybrid server hosting ranges. Dedicated server hosting customers should update their servers as soon as possible.”

Spectre and Meltdown can be exploited by anyone in a position to run code on a server. They are particularly hazardous for multi-tenant systems like the public cloud, which hosts several users on the same server. A malicious user could theoretically run code in a virtual machine they control and access data from the host environment and other virtual machines hosted on the same server. Spectre and Meltdown present a risk in any scenario that allows unvetted code to be run on a server.

ServerMania offers a variety of infrastructure hosting options, including dedicated servers, hybrid servers, and public and private cloud platforms. The company is proactively patching its cloud and hybrid server platforms and is working with its customers to secure dedicated servers.

About ServerMania
ServerMania is a Canadian company with over 14 years of experience building high-performance infrastructure hosting platforms for businesses globally. ServerMania offers a wide range of fully customizable dedicated, hybrid, cloud, colocation and IP Transit services. Their mission is to empower clients by equipping them with fast, reliable, innovative infrastructure hosting while upholding a 100% network uptime SLA. This is assisted by a 24x7x365 rapid response team — one with some of the best response times in the industry. For more information, visit https://www.servermania.com.

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DULLES, VA – ParkMyCloud, the leading enterprise platform for continuous cost control in public cloud, announced today that it has released SmartParking(TM) for automated cloud cost optimization. The ParkMyCloud platform helps Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud customers save money on cloud resources by automatically integrating cost control into their DevOps processes. ParkMyCloud saves money by scheduling cloud resources to turn off when they are not needed – which they call “parking”.

With the new SmartParking release, the ParkMyCloud platform will look for patterns in utilization data from AWS CloudWatch, and create recommend schedules for each instance to turn them off when they are typically idle. This minimizes idle time to maximize savings on cloud resources – saving customers 65% or more.


“No other cloud management vendor is doing this,” said ParkMyCloud CTO Bill Supernor. “This new layer of automation takes cost optimization a step further than most tools go, from visibility to actionable, evidence-based scheduling, for maximized cost savings with minimal employee time needed to manage it.”

Like an investment portfolio, users can choose to receive SmartParking schedules that are “conservative”, “balanced”, or “aggressive” — where conservative schedules protect all historic “on” times, while aggressive schedules prioritize maximum savings.

“ParkMyCloud has helped my team save so much on our AWS bill already, and SmartParking will make it even easier,” said ParkMyCloud customer Tosin Ojediran, DevOps Engineer at a FinTech company. “The automatic schedules will save us time and make sure our instances are never running when they don’t need to be.”

This release supports SmartParking for AWS resources, with near term plans to add Azure and Google Cloud SmartParking support as well.

About ParkMyCloud
ParkMyCloud is a SaaS platform that helps enterprises optimize their public cloud spend by integrating cost control into their DevOps processes and automatically reducing resource waste — think “Nest for the cloud”. ParkMyCloud has helped customers such as McDonald’s, Capital One, Unilever, Avid, and Sage Software dramatically cut their cloud bills by up to 65%, delivering millions of dollars in savings for customers using Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. For more information, visit http://www.parkmycloud.com.

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Microsoft had recently released security updates to mitigate the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities from its systems. However, it was found that these security updates impact the system performance of computers and servers. Adding more to the difficulties, Microsoft has now said that it is offering Windows security updates released on January 3rd to only those devices that are running antivirus software from partners who have their software updated with January 2018 Windows operating system security update. In its security notes, Microsoft stated that compatibility issues occur with the anti-virus applications which make unsupported calls into kernel memory of Windows. The unsupported calls make the device unable to boot, showing the blue screen errors (stop errors). Thus, the users running incompatible antivirus applications in their system won’t receive the security updates issued by Microsoft. Microsoft and Intel had responded to the Meltdown and Spectre malicious actors which…
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The cloud hosting industry in 2017 witnessed an all-time high with a large number of investments, partnerships and product launches by big players. What was most surprising through the year was the number of SMBs taking the plunge with cloud services to avail data storage facilities in a bid to improve their product offerings. We also saw many Cloud Giants like Alibaba Cloud, AWS, Google and Oracle hogging the news cycle with their expansion strategies and endeavors for the future. This trend has heated the cloud market and made many industry analysts and onlookers predict the future of cloud hosting. Many predict that the rise of the cloud industry will steer the wheel of smaller players who piggyback on the steady wagons of larger enterprises whereas some predict that the smaller players will emerge as winners on their home soil while competing against foreign rivals. These speculations might be rife, but a consistent theme that emerges through these events is that the cloud…
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A new malware has been discovered in 53 different apps on Google Play, that could steal Facebook credentials and push ads to infected devices. Exposed by security researchers at Trend Micro as ANDROIDOS_GHOSTTEAM, the malware was present in many apps, created as early as April 2017. These Android apps were published in Play Store as utility apps (flashlight, QR code scanner, compass), video downloaders for social media, and performance boosters (file transfer, cleaner). One of the app was downloaded over 100,000 times, and seemed to have infected thousands of users. Trend Micro found that samples of some of these apps were in Vietnamese language, indicating that the apps were developed in Asia. The configurations of GhostTeam were in English and Vietnamese, and if the geolocation of the user was outside Vietnam, English will be the default language. The malware was primarily affecting Android users in India, Indonesia, Brazil, Vietnam, and Philippines. It was rapidly spreading via…
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LANSING, Mich. – Liquid Web, LLC, the market leader in managed hosting and managed application services to SMBs and web professionals, has officially launched the industry’s first platform dedicated to WooCommerce Stores.

“Our Managed WooCommerce Hosting product is more than just a simple one-click plugin installation. We’ve built a real offering,” said Chris Lema, VP of Products and Innovation. “We’re combining the power of WooCommerce with the industry-leading managed hosting expertise of Liquid Web, allowing store owners to focus on growing their business and leaving the hosting headaches to us.”


WooCommerce is the fastest growing eCommerce platform for store owners today. It sits on top of WordPress which is well known and free. People choose WooCommerce because they sense that it’s an easy to use platform that they can get started with a minimum investment. However, as their stores grow, they are challenged by a lack of staff and expertise to handle the increasing need for design, development and devops. Now they can buy an online store solution with the expectation that they have a provider who is an expert in hosting and a partner in risk mitigation.

The only hosting solution specifically designed for WooCommerce, Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce Hosting offering is a unique answer to common pain points for SMB store owners.

Dynamic Resizing Without Downtime
We’ve built a platform that can autoscale. This elastic and scalable platform gives store owners all the resources they need, helping stores stay fast, without requiring architecture or server changes. https://youtu.be/d8IZ2-nLDkw

High Performance Under Heavy Load
We’ve built a different set of tables to store order data that reduce query loads by 95% and increase capacity (without upgrading plans) by more than 75%. https://youtu.be/Sg2mxzFA8xo

Performance Tests Whenever
We’ve created more than 20 performance tests to help store owners know, in advance, that stores will be ready for whatever traffic comes. https://youtu.be/v-eyVsUOIOk

Far More Than Google Analytics
Our partnership with Glew means we can help store order information into actionable data that transforms how SMB’s grow their business. https://youtu.be/afiFqNTmag4

Paying Attention To Abandoned Carts
Our partnership with Jilt, the leader in abandoned cart technology for WooCommerce means store owners can take immediate action to capture lost revenue. https://youtu.be/_qbzB4ZZfI0

“Our customer isn’t buying hosting. Or a plugin. They’re not buying technology. They just expect it all to work. This is why we’re in the ‘managed’ business. We’re innovating and delivering value in a crowded market with a clear sense of the features that make a difference to our SMB stores owners and the designers, developers and agencies who serve them,” said Lema.

“With the addition of Managed WooCommerce Hosting to our product portfolio, we further our mission to empower web dependent professions all over the world to create content and commerce more easily, without worry and knowing they have a real person to turn to when they need help,” said Liquid Web CEO Jim Geiger. “We are very excited about the launch of this innovative product, reaffirming our commitment to simplifying how our SMB customers experience hosting and cloud services and having an important role in powering their business potential.”

To learn more about Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce Hosting offering visit: https://www.liquidweb.com/products/managed-woocommerce-hosting/

About Liquid Web
Marking its 20th year anniversary, Liquid Web powers content, commerce and potential for SMB entrepreneurs and the designers, developers and digital agencies who create for them. An industry leader in managed hosting and cloud services, Liquid Web is known for its high-performance services and exceptional customer support. Liquid Web offers a broad portfolio designed so customers can choose a hosting solution that is hands-on or hands-off or a hybrid of the two. The company owns and manages its own core data centers, providing a diverse range of offerings spanning from bare metal servers and fully managed hosting to managed WordPress and continues to evolve its service offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of its web-reliant, professional customers. With over 32,000 customers spanning 150 countries, the company has assembled a world-class team, global data centers and an expert group of 24/7/365 solution engineers. As an industry leader in customer service*, the rapidly expanding company has been recognized among INC Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies for ten years. Liquid Web is part of the Madison Dearborn Partners family of companies. Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”) is a leading private equity investment firm based in Chicago.

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