The onset of a new year has brought with itself new challenges and trends to look towards in the technology landscape in 2018. Nearly every industry is getting acquainted with the changing customer preferences and is thus undergoing a transformation to meet customer expectations. Hosting industry is not an exception. DreamHost is one of the leading web hosting services provider who leverages open source technology OpenStack for its cloud services software. Open source technologies are the most demanded technologies today. Open source technologies are the most demanded technologies today. We got in touch with the Brett Dunst, the VP of Corporate Communications at DreamHost to discuss about the changing web hosting industry’s landscape, the threats, opportunities and challenges lying ahead. With a proud host of over 1.5 million websites, WordPress blogs and smart applications for developers, designers and small businesses, DreamHost works with the vision to provide users the freedom to…
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Austin, TX – Codero Holdings, Inc. (Codero), a leader in managed hosting services and technology enablement, today announced that, in addition to providing infrastructure as a service (IAAS), the company will now offer platform-agnostic IT consultation, architecture, implementation, and management to help customers reap the benefits of a hybrid multi-cloud approach.

This announcement comes on the heels of Codero’s joint membership in and certifications from the Microsoft Azure Cloud Solution Provider Program and the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network.

“Customers’ IT needs are complexifying and changing rapidly, and it’s vital to their success that we be able to provide the ideal architecture for them, even when Codero infrastructure isn’t the optimal option or is only part of the solution,” said John Martis, CEO of Codero. “Shifting our focus from simply selling our own infrastructure to providing platform-agnostic consultation services and ongoing management ensures we’re able to help our customers optimize, scale, and evolve their businesses however they need to over the coming years.”

Codero will continue to offer bare metal servers and most of the products upon which the company has built its success, but customers will now be able to utilize Codero’s team of experts to configure and manage their AWS and Azure environments as well. Moreover, the company will employ a hybrid multi-cloud approach to design and build custom implementations that span multiple vendors and platforms when it makes sense.

With 40 percent of organizations planning to use multiple, interoperable cloud environments in the next two years, Codero expects to employ hybrid multi-cloud strategies for many of its customers.

In addition, Codero offers multiple managed options for Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and Cloud Backup, as well as suites of managed solutions designed for companies working in ecommerce, digital media, development, and gaming, along with small businesses and those with compliance or regulatory needs.

“It’s an exciting time in hosting because customers no longer have to experience tradeoffs – we can connect virtually unlimited environments across multiple vendors to custom-build the exact right implementation based on each company’s workloads, applications, site traffic, and other key factors,” said Martis. “Our team has always thrived on finding creative solutions and treating customers as individuals. These new relationships and managed solution offerings enable us to take that approach much further.”

About Codero
Codero is a managed hosting and technology enabler that facilitates the adoption and use of advanced and custom cloud solutions. A provider of managed, dedicated, and hybrid multi-cloud services, backed by exceptional customer service, Codero serves over 3,500 customers worldwide. Codero offers a portfolio of custom hosting and technology solutions focused on the specific needs of small and medium businesses and community anchor institutions. Codero helps customers and partners live and thrive in the cloud. Learn more about Codero at

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Lancashire, UK – Two ex-Fat Media Directors, Dominic Williams and David Whiteford, and former Fat Media Head of Hosting for almost a decade, Tony Cheetham, have regrouped to create Northern Bloc; the powerhouse windows hosting company that’s proud to serve the booming northern digital economy. The hosting platform is set to benefit growing businesses who want a no-fuss, reliable hosting contract, delivered by a team of people who have first-hand experience in growing digital businesses themselves.

The trio have invested in over £100,000 worth of equipment and software, and have clients in Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester signed-up already. Northern Bloc is currently a team of six with an apprenticeship scheme for budding IT Technicians.

The Northern Bloc Directors comment:
Dominic Williams
“Northern Bloc really allows us to celebrate our roots in the northern digital economy and proudly support other companies who want to grow, just like we’ve done in the past.”

David Whiteford
“Between us we have the perfect skillsets and years of experience, and decided we could deliver a hosting platform the way we think it should be… In our experience, customers want to speak to the people doing the work, not a salesperson.”

Tony Cheetham
“We chose Manchester as our base of operations because it’s central to the northern powerhouse and has a thriving digital economy which fits perfectly with our ethos. Manchester also has excellent connectivity and a wide availability of technical skills.”

Northern Bloc hosting is available to individual businesses, or agencies who need to host websites for multiple clients. Hosting is split into simple, easy to understand packages: Bloc 1, Bloc 2, Bloc 3 and Bloc 4 or full dedicated servers. Northern Bloc servers are located in the “Knowledge Quarter” of Manchester next to the universities and its head office is located in Manchester City Centre near St Peter’s Square.

“The Northern Powerhouse is an economy of over 15 million consumers, 175,000 business investors, 8 universities, one-third of the UK’s apprentices, over 65,000 start-ups in 2014 and £60 Billion worth of exports to over 100 countries. We’re proud to be one of the many working cogs in this booming economy and excited to help you reap the benefits too.”

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MUNICH, Germany – Coriant, a leading supplier of packet optical, IP, and SDN solutions to Tier 1 global service providers and web-scale Internet operators, today announced that WorldStream, a leading Internet Service Provider in the Netherlands, has deployed the Coriant Groove™ G30 Network Disaggregation Platform to enhance resiliency of its backbone network and scale transmission capacity to 100G per wavelength. WorldStream selected the ultra-high capacity, power-efficient Groove G30 solution to meet rapidly growing demand for Internet services and support resilient connectivity for Data Center Interconnect (DCI) and peering capacity. The Groove G30 is a unique DCI offering that provides end-to-end connectivity with a single solution for both muxponder and Open Optical Line system applications.

WorldStream offers a wide variety of ISP and data center hosting services, as well as global connectivity. The new Coriant Groove-powered network will support 100G per wavelength of capacity using best-in-class coherent optical transmission technology, with initial deployment delivering 18*100G of capacity respectively on geographically-dispersed redundant fiber routes connecting WorldStream data center facilities.

“In this past year alone we saw a dramatic rise in customer Internet traffic that drove a need to upgrade our network infrastructure to higher speed transmission,” said Tim Vollebregt, Network Architect at WorldStream. “After evaluating our options, we selected the Coriant Groove G30 solution for its ability to cost-efficiently meet our escalating capacity demands with a best-in-class plug-and-play architecture purpose-built for pay-as-you-grow scalability and configuration flexibility. As we increasingly focus on environmentally-friendly, carrier neutral colocation services, the industry-leading power efficiencies of the Groove G30 also proved highly compelling.”

The award-winning Coriant Groove™ G30 is an innovative and highly compact 1RU modular transport solution for ISP, cloud, data center, and IXP networks that can be equipped as a muxponder terminal solution and as an Open Line System (OLS) solution. Recognized for its industry-leading line system density, the Groove solution supports up to 96 channels in 1RU with full WDM terminal functionality, delivering 3X the density over comparable solutions and enabling significant OpEx savings via footprint and power efficiencies.

“As we’ve learned by working closely with service providers like WorldStream, it is not just about delivering scalable and cost-efficient transport, but also ensuring uninterrupted, high quality connectivity as more and more of their customers’ business critical data traffic rides on the network,” said Ronald Van der Kraan, Managing Director of Europe, Coriant.

About Coriant
Coriant delivers innovative and dynamic networking solutions for a fast-changing and cloud-centric business world. The Coriant portfolio of SDN-enabled, edge-to-core packet optical networking and DCI solutions enables network operators to cost-efficiently scale network capacity, reduce operational complexity, and create the resilient foundation for a new generation of mobile, video, and cloud services. Coriant serves leading network operators around the world, including mobile and fixed line service providers, cloud and data center operators, Web 2.0 content providers, cable MSOs, government agencies, and large enterprises. With a distinguished heritage of technology innovation and service excellence, Coriant is helping its global customers maximize the value of their network infrastructure as demand for bandwidth explodes and the communications needs of businesses and consumers continue to evolve.

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Rzeszow, Poland – HostBill has just announced the release of the new version of its billing and automation software for web hosting industry, with a number of new modules and features included.

In 2018 edition, HostBill extended its billing functionalities by adding new billing feature: Post Paid Billing, that allows the customer to pay for the service after they have used it. Post-paid customers receive a monthly bill that reflects all the charges incurred for the previous month. Billing type and billing cycle can be set in product/service configuration and in account settings. The Post Paid billing method can be especially useful for telco industry.

HostBill 2018 features new fraud protection module: FraudLabsPro. It’s the fourth fraud protection module introduced to HostBill. The module provides the choice of over 40 elements to inspect when analyzing the transaction parameters against the fraud, such as IP address, proxy, email address, billing and shipping address, credit card, device and more. The module also uses the blacklists data and machine learning technology to improve the efficiency in detecting fraud attempts. The information provided by FraudLabsPro can be used to manually accept, decline or further review orders or set automatic block on fraudulent orders.

HostBill’s payment gateways integration portfolio was expanded and now also includes two new payment gateway integrations: Conify and CoinGate. Both payment gateways allow to accept bitcoin and other digital currencies payments. HostBill has also added support for Stripe Source for GiroPay, Alipay and P24 and support for new Gocardless authentication method.

In the new version, HostBill has also introduced the integration with Slack, that will allow to show notifications from HostBill admin area directly in the chosen Slack channel, to help admin stay well-informed about what is going on in the system. The admin can choose on which events to get alerts (new order, new ticket, new transaction etc) to be able to react quickly on each new event.

HostBill is available in 4 different editions: Enterprise, Cloud, Data Center and All-Inclusive, that differ from each other by types and number of integrations included. Each edition is white-label, host on your server solution. All editions have now been updated to include even more integrations.

The basic, Enterprise edition provides access to all core HostBill features: automated billing, hosting automation, domain management and automation, client management, help desk system, affiliate system, integration with over 85 payment gateways and over 60 domain registrars. HostBill Enterprise includes integrations with popular hosting control panels and a number of handy apps: Slack Notifications, Fraud Protection, Affiliate System, Client Geolocation, Time & Performance Tracker and more. The basic license comes with 10 support tickets included.

Cloud Edition contains all HostBill features that were developed to cover all aspects of running a successful online business and are necessary for Cloud Hosting providers. This edition includes essential cloud hosting modules such as: OnApp Cloud, OnApp CDN, OnApp DNS, cPanel, CloudStack, Plesk, OpenStack, Proxmox and many more. 2018 edition has two new modules added: DigitalOcean and Power DNS and includes 15, instead of 10 support tickets.

HostBill Data Center Edition was designed with Data Center industry in mind. Apart from core HostBill features this edition includes a range of modules created specifically for Data Center businesses to improve the efficiency in managing the infrastructure, such as Inventory Manager, Colocation Manager, IP Manager and a number of other integrations. Data Center Edition integration portfolio was extended with eight new modules: Openstack, OnApp CDN, DigitalOcean, Ahsay Backup, DCI Manager, LibreNMS, Password Manager and AD/LDAP. Also, the license now includes 20, instead of 10 support tickets.

The most powerful and most flexible HostBill All-inclusive Edition is the best value for money. This edition not only includes all available hosting modules, all available apps, all available client portals and order pages but also 100 support tickets. From now on, the All-inclusive Edition also comes with additional license for testing.

About HostBill
HostBill is a fast and efficient automation, billing, client management and support platform for online businesses. With over 500 integrations with various hosting modules, control panels, domain registrars, payment gateways, apps, plugins, order pages, client panels and more, HostBill gives Hosting, Cloud/IaaS/VPS Solutions Providers, Domain name and SSL Resellers around the globe all necessary tools to automate and manage their businesses. HostBill prouds itself in fast release cycle and regular updates that helped to build a strong community behind the product.

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BOSTON and BATON ROUGE, La. – GlobalSign, a leading provider of identity and security solutions, today announced a partnership with loan software provider DocuFirst. The collaboration enables DocuFirst to deliver trusted digital signature capabilities to its customers through GlobalSign’s new Digital Signing service. By integrating the Digital Signing Service, DocuFirst can offer digital signatures directly through its application with zero development or investment needed and no burden placed on end customers.

The ability for DocuFirst to include digital signatures as part of its offering is especially important since its client base, which includes residential and commercial lending and mortgage firms, relies heavily on forms and signature collection to complete transactions. Bringing the signing process online significantly reduces the costs and resources associated with paper forms and signatures, and greatly increases document workflow efficiency and transparency. Knowing its customers would require signatures at least as secure and trusted as wet ink, if not more so, and taking into account the latest electronic signature requirements from industry groups like the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Fannie Mae, DocuFirst sought a PKI-based digital signature solution.

“Using GlobalSign’s new Digital Signing Service was an easy choice. It provides everything we need to deploy digital signatures into our application with one simple integration,” said Randall Nachman, founder, DocuFirst. “We have been searching for a way to make it easy for our customers to take the signing process online without sacrificing security and trust. By integrating digital signatures into our offering, we can provide an end-to-end workflow with signing processes even more secure than wet ink, thanks to the underlying cryptography, identity validation, and timestamping of GlobalSign’s solution.”

Highly Scalable, Cloud-based API-Driven Digital Signing Service

Announced in June, 2017, and now in production, GlobalSign’s Digital Signing Service makes publicly trusted digital signatures more accessible by integrating them directly into document workflow solutions while lowering barriers such as cost, maintenance, and internal expertise. Unlike traditional document signing products that require hardware and extensive cryptographic knowledge to source the required components, the cloud-based Digital Signing Service provides everything needed to deploy digital signatures into any application with one API call, greatly simplifying the integration process.

“GlobalSign’s Digital Signing Service brings together all the cryptographic components necessary to offer the most feature-rich and collaborative digital signature service on the market today. And because there is no database of private keys to compromise or documents stored, the level of security is increased significantly,” said Nadim Farah, product manager, GlobalSign. “We are very pleased that DocuFirst has found our product critical to the growth of their business. Products like DocuFirst are ideal for our Digital Signing Service since it can be integrated with any electronic document workflow solution.”

To learn more about GlobalSign’s Digital Signing Service, visit

About DocuFirst
DocuFirst is a provider of Document Management Software that helps organizations eliminate manual paper-based processes and collect digital content more efficiently. The company provides robust document management capabilities and allows businesses to collect and store data needed to fill forms, create and digitally sign those forms, and automate document indexing and workflows. All of these pieces are necessary components for 100% digital transactions. To learn more about DocuFirst, visit

About GMO GlobalSign
GlobalSign is the leading provider of trusted identity and security solutions enabling businesses, large enterprises, cloud-based service providers and IoT innovators around the world to conduct secure online communications, manage millions of verified digital identities and automate authentication and encryption. Its high-scale PKI and identity solutions support the billions of services, devices, people and things comprising the Internet of Everything (IoE). The company has offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit

About GMO Cloud KK
GMO Cloud K.K. (TSE: 3788) is a full-service IT infrastructure provider focused on cloud solutions. Established as a hosting company in 1996, the company has managed servers for more than 130,000 businesses and now has 6,500 sales partners throughout Japan. In February of 2011, the company launched GMO Cloud to enhance its focus on cloud-based solutions. Since 2007, the company has also grown its GlobalSign SSL security brand through offices in Belgium, U.K., U.S., China and Singapore. For more information, visit

About GMO Internet Group
GMO Internet Group is an Internet services industry leader, developing and operating Japan’s most widely used domain, hosting & cloud, ecommerce, security, and payment solutions. The Group also comprises the world’s largest online FX trading platform, as well as online advertising, Internet media, and mobile entertainment products. GMO Internet, Inc. (TSE: 9449) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. For more information, visit

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