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Microsoft launches Azure Blockchain Development Kit to help businesses create distributed ledgers for various use cases and to extend developer capabilities. Microsoft has announced a new serverless blockchain development kit powered by its intelligent cloud platform – Azure. The new service dubbed the “Azure Blockchain Development Kit” is designed to facilitate seamless integration of blockchain with the best of Microsoft and other third-party SaaS offerings. “This kit extends the capabilities of our blockchain developer templates and Azure Blockchain Workbench, which incorporates Azure services for key management, off-chain identity and data, monitoring, and messaging APIs into a reference architecture that can be used to rapidly build blockchain-based applications.” – Marc Mercuri Principal Program Manager, Blockchain Engineering, wrote in a blog. The initial release will focus on three major capabilities – Integrating data and systems connecting interfaces deploying smart…
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TOKYO, JAPAN — NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (TYO:9432), announced that it will establish the NTT Global Data Centers Preparatory Corporation as the first step in creating a wholly owned subsidiary to comprehensively handle data center construction, asset management and wholesale services for NTT Group companies on a global basis. The company will respond to rapidly growing demands for data centers across countries worldwide and further strengthen data center-related business within the group. NTT Com will launch the preparatory company by the end of this December. Going forward, the envisioned data center “investment company” is expected to begin constructing data centers from April 2019.

In particular, the preparatory company will integrate the NTT Group’s special expertise in data center-related real estate and finance, creating a new data center business structure for faster decision-making and more efficient investment in data center construction.


Initially, the NTT Global Data Centers Preparatory Corporation will lay the ground for unifying NTT Com’s global investments in data center construction and asset management.

Thereafter, the envisioned data center investment company will enable NTT Com to develop globally unified strategies and specifications as well as deliver services to customers as the core of the NTT Group’s data center business. The company will also enable NTT Com to centralize its own worldwide data center businesses to satisfy the demands of NTT Com customers for globally unified and standardized services.

Going forward, NTT Com expects to accelerate its investment in data center business, especially in the U.S., Europe and APAC including Japan, by responding more flexibly to the scale and speed of services required by customers.

About NTT Global Data Centers Preparatory Corporation

Location: Tokyo
Capital: 100 million JPY
Ownership: NTT Communications Corporation: 100%
CEO: Ryuichi Matsuo : Vice President, Data Centers, Cloud Services : NTT Communications Corporation
Business: Data center construction investment, asset management and wholesale service for NTT Group companies

About NTT Communications
NTT Communications solves the world’s technology challenges by helping enterprises overcome complexity and risk in their ICT environments with managed IT infrastructure solutions. These solutions are backed by our worldwide infrastructure, including industry leading, global tier-1 public and private networks reaching over 190 countries/regions, and more than 400,000m2 of the world’s most advanced data center facilities. Our global professional services teams provide consultation and architecture for the resiliency and security required for your business success, and our scale and global capabilities are unsurpassed. Combined with NTT Data, NTT Security, NTT DOCOMO and Dimension Data, we are NTT Group.

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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 added a Dropshipping Starter Plan to augment their Managed WooCommerce Hosting product line, the industry’s first platform dedicated to WooCommerce Stores.

“We’re seeing people choose a dropshipping strategy to start their eCommerce journey because it doesn’t require product inventory,” said Chris Lema, VP of Products and Innovation. “And we’ve created a Starter Plan that focuses on these entrepreneurs. Our plan combines the power of WooCommerce with ShopMaster to help stores connect to more than 100,000 suppliers. We’ve also made it really easy to connect their WooCommerce store to Printify or Printful,” Lema said.


Starting at $125 a month, the Dropshipping Starter Plan comes in a bundle offering that delivers everything store owners need to run an effective and great looking dropshipping store. The robust plan includes Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce Hosting platform with WooCommerce, Jilt for abandoned cart and eCommerce emails, our custom thank you page plugin, Beaver Builder’s Page Builder, and the Astra Pro Theme & Plugin.

“Our goal has been to support every kind of eCommerce that you can do with WooCommerce, in a way that goes far beyond plugin installation,” said Lema. “That’s why Liquid Web’s Dropshipping Starter Plan gives store owners everything from design to implementation needed to get a fully customizable store online. And we’ve included integration with ShopMaster to give owners control of maximum earning potential. Solutions like ShopMaster are powerful enough to create more than one option for sourcing new products.”

“WooCommerce is the fastest growing eCommerce platform for store owners today,” said Joe Oesterling, Chief Technology Officer. “Developers and store owners choose WooCommerce because it’s an easy to use platform with flexibility. Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce Hosting offering is the only hosting solution uniquely focused on answering the common pain points for WooCommerce Store Owners.”

The Dropshipping Starter Plan joins the Liquid Web Managed WooCommerce Hosting portfolio, the only hosting solution designed specifically for WooCommerce. Plans start at $39/month and businesses can seamlessly migrate to larger offerings depending on volume and features.

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 21st 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 eleven 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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ST. LOUIS – TierPoint, a leading provider of secure, connected data center and cloud solutions at the edge of the internet, today announced the launch of TierPoint CleanIP™ – the company’s fully managed, next-generation firewall service.

“Increasingly, IT leaders are looking to secure their enterprises for less cost, with less complexity, greater visibility and more granular control, across users, devices, and applications,” said Rob Carter, TierPoint Senior Vice President of Product Development, Architecture and Engineering. “CleanIP responds to those needs, enabling full-feature, next-generation firewall functionality, flexibly scaling from the edge to the core, with industry-leading security and performance, wherever workloads reside.”


Leveraging the Fortinet FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall platform, CleanIP helps organizations protect against a much broader spectrum of intrusions than traditional managed firewall services and does so on a location-agnostic basis; it can be deployed across all venues, from client premises to TierPoint facilities, with public or hyperscale cloud support.

“TierPoint is a Fortinet Platinum MSSP Partner that has established a growing presence in the healthcare, financial, education, government, SaaS, communications, and enterprise markets as a leader in managed security and cloud services,” said Matt Pley, Vice President of Cloud, Carriers, Service Providers & Strategic Accounts at Fortinet. “We’re pleased to partner with TierPoint to offer customers advanced firewall services powered by the Fortinet Security Fabric and FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall.”

In addition to traditional managed firewall functions, CleanIP offers intrusion detection and protection systems (IDS/IPS); SSL traffic inspection of all encrypted content; content filtering (excluding web pages or e-mail deemed objectionable or outside of policy); network anti-virus/block malware; anti-botnet, IP reputation and application protection; VPN access with secure, multi-factor authentication; application awareness (filtering packets, to help distinguish between safe and unwanted applications); and user awareness (with granular control of applications by specific users, user groups, and user machines, limiting what can be sent and received).

TierPoint is hosting a related webinar on November 1, with Fortinet and SHI, on “Best Practices When Deploying Next-Generation Firewalls.”

About TierPoint
Meeting clients where they are on their journey to IT transformation, TierPoint (tierpoint.com) is a leading provider of secure, connected data center and cloud solutions at the edge of the internet. The company has one of the largest customer bases in the industry, with 5,000 clients ranging from the public to private sectors, from small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises. TierPoint also has one of the largest and most geographically diversified footprints in the nation, with over 40 world-class data centers in 20 markets and 8 multi-tenant cloud pods, connected by a coast-to-coast network. Led by a proven management team, TierPoint’s highly experienced IT professionals offer a comprehensive solution portfolio of private, multitenant, managed hyperscale, and hybrid cloud, plus colocation, disaster recovery, security, and other managed IT services.

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Vilnius, Lithuania – With a focus on individuals and small businesses, the web hosting company Hostens has introduced more locations of its VPN service. From now on, all customers can use VPS service in the following locations: London (United Kingdom), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Frankfurt (Germany), Vilnius (Lithuania), Washington DC (USA), San Francisco (USA), Singapore.

VPN service encrypts internet traffic by securing the user’s personal data, moreover, it provides an extra layer of protection when using public WiFi spots. Finally, it is a solution for those who wish to access geo-restricted content on, for example, video streaming sites.


“Our VPN service was introduced only one year ago, but we already have a substantial number of VPN users today. This is why we have decided to expand our range of VPN service”, – says Arvydas Strausas, the CEO of Hostens.

According to Mr. Strausas, one of the most relevant features of this service is the possibility to avoid country-specific restrictions by reaching content which is usually unavailable in some countries. Furthermore, there is no doubt about its necessity for the secure browsing. By using the VPN service, your traffic is encrypted between you and a VPN server, so your ISP can’t see where you’re going or what you’re doing.

Here is the full list of all the available VPN locations served by Hostens:
Europe

  • London (United Kingdom)
  • Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Frankfurt (Germany)
  • Vilnius (Lithuania)

North America

  • Washington (USA)
  • San Francisco (USA)

Asia

  • Singapore

About Hostens
Hostens is a division of the Lithuanian company “Interneto Vizija”, which was founded in 2003 and quickly grew into an international enterprise providing service to more than 100,000 clients across Europe. Thanks to loyal customers and their referrals, in 2005 the company had become the largest web hosting provider in Lithuania. By combining affordable and scalable options with an enterprise-level technology, Hostens is able to supply its customers with web hosting, VPS services, VPN service, and domain registration. Aided by the strong technical background of “Interneto Vizija” Hostens operates a geographically convenient data center located in Vilnius, Lithuania (the geographic midpoint of Europe). Hostens data center is built and maintained according to TIER III international standard.

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Overland Park, KS – Codero Holdings, Inc. (Codero), a leader in managed hosting and technology enablement, has added Melissa Bradbury to its management team as director of marketing.

In this role, Bradbury will be responsible for overseeing the long-term transition of Codero’s identity from an IaaS provider to a strategic managed services partner.


Bradbury brings to her role more than 10 years of progressively responsible experience in marketing and product management at Oracle and other leading technology companies. Her experience and proven track record of supporting sales teams, enabling business growth and orchestrating effective communications will be invaluable as she works to create additional awareness regarding Codero’s strategic initiatives and to build and strengthen client relationships and communication for long-term success.

According to Codero Chief Revenue Officer, Ric Riddle, Bradbury’s addition to the company highlights Codero’s focus on building true partnerships with clients.

“Melissa’s experience and her commitment to value for clients make her a tremendous addition to our team. In Codero’s growth culture, we actively seek leaders who work with passion and dedication to produce remarkable results for our organization and clients,” Riddle said. “We expect Melissa to be instrumental as we build lasting relationships with our clients and work with them to navigate the complexities of their technology needs.”

Codero continues to prove itself as a leader in technology enablement and has focused its efforts on providing fully managed services, including custom, optimized hybrid multi-cloud architecture and management. Using their experience as an IaaS provider, as well as their participation in the Microsoft Azure Cloud Solution Provider Program and the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network, the company provides platform-agnostic IT strategy and implementation to support clients’ individual technology needs.

About Codero
Codero helps customers and partners thrive in the cloud. A technology enabler that facilitates the adoption and use of advanced cloud solutions, Codero provides managed, dedicated, and hybrid multi-cloud services, backed by exceptional customer support. The company offers a diverse portfolio of fully managed offerings from bare metal servers within its own data centers to custom cloud and technology solutions focused on the specific needs of small and medium businesses and community anchor institutions. Codero serves over 3,500 customers worldwide. Learn more about Codero at https://www.codero.com.

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