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(Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc. agreed to sell some of its Chinese cloud assets to its local partner but said it's committed to a domestic market for internet-based computing that could be worth $30 billion.
Beijing Sinnet Technology Co. will buy servers and other unspecified "operational assets" in the country's capital from Amazon Web Services for as much as 2 billion yuan ($302 million), it said in a filing to the Shenzhen stock exchange. The sale is intended to comply with government regulations and improve service, it said.
Amazon's business in China has been hollowed out by the rise of local rival Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., which has come to dominate e-commerce and is expanding in cloud computing with new data centers. Amazon, the global leader in internet computing, is vying for a slice of domestic spending on cloud services and gear that IDC estimates will reach $30 billion by 2021. But the U.S. company has to deal with laws introduced this year that mandate the storage of data within the country and bolster government control over the movement of information.
On Tuesday, the e-commerce giant rejected media reports tying its asset sale to an imminent departure from the Chinese market. It said instead it was selling hardware to comply with laws that forbid ownership or operation of certain types of cloud technology.
"AWS did not sell its business in China and remains fully committed," the company said in an emailed statement. "We're
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GLASGOW, Scotland – Managed hosting and cloud services provider iomart (AIM: IOM) has partnered with OnApp to launch a new cloud-in-a-box solution for small businesses and enterprise IT departments. The new solution combines OnApp Enterprise private cloud software with Intel® hardware to create a turnkey appliance that can be deployed on premises, or hosted by iomart, with self-managed and fully managed options available for each approach. By combining its experience in hosted cloud and managed services, with OnApp’s streamlined and intuitive private cloud management software, iomart can deliver private and hybrid cloud that is significantly more cost-effective and easier to manage than other solutions.

The new cloud-in-a-box solution is available now with a unique ‘try before you buy’ scheme that takes companies from proof-of-concept into production without any additional configuration or migration work. It is designed for companies looking to virtualise and consolidate traditional IT into a more cost-effective integrated appliance; to bring cloud automation and efficiency to their business without requiring an army of technicians; and to simplify the management of workloads across on-premises and hosted cloud infrastructure, using a single, unified cloud platform.


“OnApp is the perfect cloud solution for businesses that don’t want to hire an army of certified professionals to build and administer their cloud, or invest in the cost and complexity of running a complete VMware or Azure stack,” said Neil Christie, iomart’s Commercial Director. “Our new private cloud solution delivers rock-solid virtualisation, automated cloud management, software-defined storage and the robust security and access controls you need, at a fraction of the cost – and we can manage the whole environment for you, in your data centre or ours.”

United Hosting, a managed hosting brand within iomart, already uses OnApp. “OnApp provides our customers with cost-effective hosting that’s 100 per cent available. The self-healing technology means VM uptime is never interrupted by hardware failure,” explained Martin Cole, United Hosting’s Sales Director. “It allows us to offer highly available and instantly scalable solutions to our customers. It’s the flexibility and ease of use that our customers love.”

The wider offering from the whole of the iomart group of companies will allow many more of its customers to benefit. “With its OnApp hosting and managed services experience, iomart is perfectly placed to help companies choose the right mix of managed, unmanaged, hosted and on-premises cloud,” said Alistair Wildman, Chief Revenue Officer for OnApp. “OnApp Enterprise is a truly turnkey cloud solution that brings the public cloud experience to the enterprise data centre at a radically different price point – and working with iomart enables companies to take full advantage of whatever mix of on-premises and hosted private cloud works best for their applications and data.”

iomart’s new cloud solutions are based on Intel® 2u, 4-node servers with OnApp pre-installed and ready to run. They also include OnApp’s global 24×7 support. For hosted private cloud options, iomart offers a choice of eight data centre locations in the UK and a further 19 across Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. iomart provides a range of supporting services to help customers migrate workloads to its private cloud solution, and offers dedicated connectivity between on-premises clouds and its hosted clouds, to create ultra-low latency, hybrid cloud environments.

About iomart Group plc
iomart Group PLC (AIM: IOM) helps organisations maximise the flexibility, cost effectiveness and security of the cloud. From strategy to delivery, our 300+ consultants and solutions architects provide the cloud expertise to transform your business. With a dynamic range of managed cloud services that integrate with the public clouds of AWS and Azure, our agnostic approach delivers solutions tailored to your exact needs. iomart is a long-term supplier to G-Cloud and our infrastructure and cloud and backup services are designed to meet the requirements of the UK public sector. To find out more about our managed cloud services visit www.iomart.com

About OnApp
OnApp is a complete cloud management software platform for service providers and enterprises. The OnApp cloud platform enables hosts, telcos and other service providers to sell the complete range of Infrastructure-as-a-Service products. For enterprises, OnApp provides a turnkey solution for private and hybrid cloud, enabling IT departments to automate infrastructure management, reduce support costs, and simplify provisioning of IT resources to departments and users.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – GoDaddy, the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today launched Online Appointments for GoCentral to help service-based businesses acquire and retain customers. GoCentral’s Online Appointments gives businesses, such as hair stylists, fitness coaches and home cleaners, the ability to book client appointments online 24×7, sync with the most popular calendars, and get paid easily through a new integration with Square. An estimated 80 percent of US small businesses are service-based ventures and more than 10 million of them rely on customer appointments. Today, most of these businesses rely on a set of disconnected tools for scheduling, notifications, payments and customer management that makes daily operations frustrating – and increase the likelihood of missed appointments and lost sales.

GoCentral’s Online Appointments lets customers quickly and easily schedule appointments directly from a businesses’ website. It enables two-way calendar syncing with the most popular online calendars from Apple, Google and Microsoft and is optimized for both desktop computers and mobile phones. Regardless of where an appointment is scheduled, business owners will see it on their calendars and website immediately to eliminate double-booking. Online Appointments also provides automated text notifications and email reminders to both business owners and customers, so appointments are not forgotten.


GoCentral users can quickly accept payments for services and products both online or in-person through the Square integration. If customers partially pay for a service, GoCentral automatically keeps track of what has been paid and what remains. For example, a personal trainer can request customers to make an upfront partial payment online, and then have the customer pay in-full in the trainer’s gym.

“GoDaddy is hyper-focused on enabling small businesses to win with customers,” said GoDaddy Vice President, Presence and Commerce, Greg Goldfarb. “There are millions of service-based businesses who get bogged down with scheduling clients. Missed calls, multiple emails and texts and calendar malfunctions lead to missed appointments – which directly impact their success. Online Appointments eliminates the hassles of scheduling appointments, getting paid, synching calendars, and appointment confirmations by seamlessly integrating everything into your website.”

Online Appointments is the latest addition to GoCentral’s expanding capabilities for building a powerful online presence. GoCentral enables anyone to build a professional, mobile-optimized website in under an hour. After building a website with GoCentral, customers can then drive traffic and engagement with its integrated marketing features for SEO, social media and email marketing.

To learn more about Online Appointments, visit: www.godaddy.com/appointments.

About GoDaddy
GoDaddy powers the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. With more than 17 million customers worldwide and nearly 73 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Our mission is to give our customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. To learn more about the company visit www.GoDaddy.com.

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CHICAGO – GigeNET, an innovator in resilient managed cloud and dedicated hosting, announced the release of the Intel Xeon-D 1541 CPU. These high-density servers use less power and run cooler, while outperforming a large variety of E3 and some E5 chipsets. The lowered consumption translates to a very reliable engine for your cloud and dedicated workloads at a lowered cost.

The Intel Xeon D family was designed specifically to provide high-performance in a low-power “system-on-a-chip” (SOC) framework. These servers can efficiently process hyperscale workloads in cloud and dedicated hosting environments making them equally capable for reseller hosting and cloud deployments. In fact, it was the high density capability for shared hosting and business use that first attracted GigeNET to the chipset in the first place.


“The Xeon-D is where performance and environmental responsibility intersect. It is the most robust computational platform that I have seen for the entry level and mid-market server range, and has a small carbon footprint. The Xeon-D showcases what we can accomplish when we build tech that puts people, performance, and the environment first,” said Joe De Paola, EVP of Products at GigeNET.

GigeNET’s Xeon-Ds start with 64GB of DDR4 and can quickly scale to 128 GB. Rounding out the configuration, every Xeon-D comes with a 960GB Enterprise SSD with room for more.

About GigeNET
As the first company to provide complete and fully automated DDoS protection, GigeNET is the leader in Resilient Cloud and Dedicated Managed Hosting. Businesses partner with GigeNET to solve their IT infrastructure problems with custom solutions that nurture continued growth. The company provides coast-to-coast datacenter coverage in the US.

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The premier event for hosting, domains and cloud industry – CloudBazaar took place last week at the business capital of India – Mumbai. The event that drew over 2500 attendees and 40 partners turned out to be the perfect networking platform for insightful informational exchanges related to the cloud and hosting industry. The 20 sessions that were held at the event, were a balanced mix of B2B (Business-to-business) and B2C (Business-to-customer) interactions, where on one hand, who’s who in the industry talked about the benefits they have realized by moving to the cloud and on the other hand, industry experts discussed about the latest trends in the internet infrastructure industry. It was an event to remember with the list of elite attendees including the providers of the web hosting, cloud, backup, SaaS and datacenter services along with the ISPs, SSL certificate providers and leading individual bloggers and professionals as well, who were there to learn about new and emerging…
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LONDON & TOKYO – Dimension Data, the global technology solutions and services provider, and NTT Communications, the ICT solutions and international communications business within NTT Group, will create a single ‘cloud powerhouse’ by bringing together their cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) capabilities under the management of NTT Communications to deliver transformative, cloud-based solutions and innovation to clients of both organizations around the world.

Dimension Data and NTT Communications employ some of the most highly-skilled, sought-after cloud experts in the market. Bringing together these experts under the management of NTT Communications means the combined capabilities will have the power to drive innovation into the market and deliver the services that today’s organizations demand.


Both companies will retain their existing strategic partnerships under the new structure.

“Enterprises have an increasing need for hybrid IT to accelerate their digital transformation. Working together to enhance our cloud and value added services, combined with our industry leading networking, global data center assets and security capabilities, both Dimension Data and NTT Communications will offer clients a more compelling hybrid IT value proposition,” said Tsunehisa Okuno, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Business, NTT Holdings. “NTT’s extensive R&D investments will also enhance the range of services available to clients.”

Dimension Data Group Chief Executive Officer, Jason Goodall said: “Combining our cloud IaaS assets provides enterprises on their hybrid IT journey with a unique combination of services and expertise, on a global basis. We’ll deliver services at-scale and provide a level of innovation not currently available in the managed cloud-based hybrid IT solutions space.”

Katsumi Nakata, Senior Executive Vice President, NTT Communications said: “We’re excited that our augmented capabilities and broadened footprint will take us to the next level in global cloud IaaS platform, coupled with one of the largest software-defined network services that connect over 190 countries worldwide, more than 140 global data centres, and the world’s leading Tier 1 IP network. We are confident that we will continue to deliver superior results and contribute significantly to the success of both our clients and our cloud business.”

Clients will benefit from the new hybrid IT solutions that offer greater visibility, automation, management and governance. Other benefits include:

  • Secure and trusted global environment with public, private and hybrid cloud offerings protected by advanced networking, security features and third party certifications to meet compliance, security and company policies.
  • Consistent computing environment, programmable interfaces and automated delivery model across public and private clouds including bare metal servers, to promote agility and reduce operational costs.
  • Consumption-based billing model for private cloud to optimize commercial benefits even under tight private cloud requirements.
  • Integration with world-leading WAN and global data centers by software defined technologies to achieve flexible allocation of IT resources.
  • Single pane of glass through the cloud management platform for visualizing all the hybrid IT resources.
  • Ability to drive innovation within an open ecosystem to enable clients to leverage innovation of open-source community, vendor offerings and partners.

Leslie Rosenberg, Research Director, IDC said “NTT Communications and Dimension Data continue to demonstrate their collaboration and synergistic relationship with the announcement of a new combined cloud capability. Combining IaaS capabilities provides customers with enhanced global scale and hybrid IT capabilities. The synergy allows each company to play to their strengths – the broad reach of NTT Communications’ network and data centers coupled with Dimension Data’s technology expertise and consulting capabilities to help enable customers to achieve global scale and accelerate their hybrid IT and digital transformation initiatives.”

About Dimension Data
Dimension Data uses the power of technology to help organisations achieve great things in the digital era. As a member of the NTT Group, we accelerate our clients’ ambitions through digital infrastructure, customer experience, hybrid cloud, digital workplace, and cybersecurity. With a turnover of USD 8 billion, offices in 48 countries, and 28,000 employees, we deliver wherever our clients are, at every stage of their technology journey. We’re proud to be the Official Technology Partner of Amaury Sport Organisation, which owns the Tour de France, and the title partner of the cycling team, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. Visit us at http://www.dimensiondata.com

About NTT Communications
NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security, cloud and managed services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company’s worldwide infrastructure, including the leading global tier-1 IP network, the Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching over 190 countries/regions, and over 140 secure data centres worldwide. www.ntt.com

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