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SOUTHFIELD, MICH. – Future Hosting, a managed VPS and dedicated hosting provider, has warned server hosting clients of the dangers posed by insecure Memcached instances. When configured incorrectly Memcached, a popular caching application, can be used by bad actors to launch massive Distributed Denial of Service attacks (as reported in CSO Online).

Memcached is used by millions of websites around the world. It is a key-value database that caches the results of database queries to accelerate the performance of web applications. Memcached can be configured to accept connections from arbitrary hosts on the open web. Bad actors can use insecure Memcached instances to launch amplified, reflected DDoS attacks against their victims, taking their websites and applications offline.


Memcached is one of many applications that can be used to amplify the bandwidth available to an attacker: open DNS servers and NTP servers are also common vectors. But Memcached is significantly more potent. It can be used to amplify the data in a DDoS attack by a factor of more than 50,000.

“Future Hosting provides server hosting for thousands of businesses, and we’re concerned that insecure Memcached instances pose a serious threat to our clients and other businesses on the web,“ said Maulesh Patel, VP of Operations of Future Hosting, “Memcached is ubiquitous on the modern web because of its usefulness, but less experienced system administrators are not configuring it securely, providing bad actors with a DDoS vector that threatens even the largest online businesses.”

Earlier this year, a popular version control platform was targeted by a record-breaking DDoS attack that peaked at 1.35 TB per second. Soon after, that record was broken by a DDoS attack that used insecure Memcached instances to send 1.7 TB per second to its victim. Few businesses can mitigate attacks of this magnitude.

Future Hosting urges server administrators to ensure that Memcached instances hosted on their servers are configured securely. Memcached should never be reachable from the open internet or configured to respond to requests from arbitrary hosts.

Developers and system administrators without the expertise to securely configure server software should consider hiring a professional system administrator or a managed server hosting provider that can configure a secure hosting environment.

About Future Hosting, LLC
Founded in 2001, Future Hosting is a privately held leading Internet solutions provider specializing in managed hosting, including Dedicated Servers, Virtual Private Servers, and Hybrid Virtual Private Servers. The company has built a strong reputation for its high-quality service, innovative pricing models, and 3-hour Service Level Agreement. Future Hosting is based in Southfield, Michigan.

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TROY, Mich. – ManagedWay, the Troy-based industry leader in dedicated internet access, cloud computing and colocation services, announced today that it has begun providing 100 Gbps fiber optic internet access direct to customer premises.

“As demand continues to spike, ManagedWay has optimized both our internal processes and our network connections to deliver incredibly fast and affordable data transit to Metro Detroit clients,” said Robert Sanders, ManagedWay president and CEO. “Just 10 years ago, 1 Gbp was considered blazing fast, now we’re offering 100 times that speed for roughly the same cost.”


One of ManagedWay’s early 100 Gbps clients is MiSEN, the Michigan State Education Network that connects teachers and students and is one of the state’s most robust and demanding network infrastructures. By using multiple connection points, ManagedWay’s service to MiSEN is actually scalable up to 400 Gbps.

“Today’s classrooms are better connected than ever before. These connections are critical to the overall success of our educational system,” said Sanders. “ManagedWay is proud to support our dedicated teachers and help them deliver innovative curriculum.”

The Company also recently partnered with Arista Network to implement its award-winning software platform that helps to deliver availability, agility, automation, analytics and security to large scale data center operators like ManagedWay.

The Company previously announced partnerships with many leading transit providers and has established internet Points-of-Presence in more than a dozen U.S. cities, plus several international locations. By fortifying connectivity between major centers, ManagedWay offers a high-performance, customizable and scalable solutions with ultra-low latency, high security and completely transparent and dedicated end-to-end transport.

Recognized for outstanding client support programs and 24/7 on-site IT certified professionals, ManagedWay has experienced significant growth over the past several years. The new 100 Gbps service paves the way for continued success while bringing additional capabilities that clients want and need.

“Data has become the lifeblood for businesses everywhere. Our substantial network investments have drastically improved the way we manage our data transit and carrier relationships. While many of our competitors are only talking about ultra high speed service, we’re actively delivering it across major customer platforms,” Sanders said.

Experience the difference at ManagedWay. Visit www.ManagedWay.com.

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LATHAM, N.Y. – Leading Data Center and Cloud Hosting Solutions provider TurnKey Internet, Inc. announced today that their flagship Data Center in New York’s Tech Valley has received SSAE 18 SOC 1 & SOC 2 with HITRUST CSF certification. After a thorough audit, TurnKey Internet was deemed compliant with the regulations required to attain certification. The examination was conducted by SOC audit specialists The Moore Group CPA, LLC.

SSAE 18, previously known as SSAE 16 or SAS 70, contains the rules for a CPA firm conducting an attestation of a service organization’s internal controls and issuing a System and Organization Controls (SOC) report. The SOC certification audit investigates several core areas: security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy. It verifies that TurnKey Internet’s Data Center is of the utmost security, integrity, and reliability. It confirms that TurnKey Internet has procedures and safety precautions of the highest certification standard in place to ensure the security of the facility and its clients’ data within.


In addition to the SSAE 18 SOC 1 & SOC 2 certifications, TurnKey also earned HITRUST CSF certification. This certification demonstrates TurnKey’s compliance with U.S. federal and state government HIPAA regulations, standards and frameworks, regarding the security and protection of electronic personal healthcare information. This achievement places TurnKey Internet in an elite group of organizations worldwide that have earned HITRUST CSF certification and maintain a HIPAA compliant data center.

“Attaining the SSAE 18 SOC 1 & SOC 2 with HITRUST CSF certification was a significant goal and milestone for us,” remarked Adam Wills, President and CEO of TurnKey Internet. “We pride ourselves on our unparalleled reliability, security, quality of service, and—most importantly—customer satisfaction. This certification not only proves that we are excelling in those areas, but also assures our new and existing clients that they are receiving the best possible service and data protection available.”

For more information about TurnKey Internet’s Albany Data Center, or to speak with a Cloud Hosting Solutions expert, visit https://www.turnkeyinternet.net/datacenters/new-york/albany/

About TurnKey Internet
Founded in 1999, TurnKey Internet, Inc. is a full-service Cloud Hosting Solutions provider with Data Centers in New York and California specializing in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to clients in more than 150 countries. Services offered in both East Coast and West Coast, USA – include Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Dedicated & Bare Metal Servers, Backup & Disaster Recovery, Online Storage, Web Hosting, Managed Hosting, Hybrid Solutions and Enterprise Colocation. Headquartered in New York’s Tech Valley Region, TurnKey Internet’s Flagship company owned Datacenter is SSAE 18 SOC 1 & SOC 2 certified, as well as HIPAA compliant with HITRUST CSF certification. The facility is powered exclusively by on-site Solar and Hydroelectric sources to provide a 100% renewable energy footprint and in 2013 was designated as the 39th ENERGY STAR® Certified Data Center in the United States.

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ASHBURN, VA – Infomart Data Centers, a national wholesale carrier-neutral data center provider, today announced progress on its sustainability initiatives. Now owned by Infomart, the former Dulles Technology Center in Loudoun County, Virginia, is the first purpose-built data center in the region. Demonstrating its commitment to environmental responsibility, Infomart has recycled in excess of 1.8 million pounds of steel, aluminum, copper, batteries and other materials in retrofitting the facility, and made donations with the proceeds to charities supporting the Northern Virginia population.

“A key business challenge is how to align Infomart’s sustainability strategy with that of our clients, and we have achieved this by recycling, reusing and repurposing whenever possible,” explained Dan Ephraim, Vice President of Sales, Infomart Data Centers. “Our core objective is to think beyond the traditional construct of sustainability and identify new ways to responsibly extend the life of the property. Clients can feel confident that our commitment to sustainability is well-aligned with their corporate objectives.”


A resilient and fortified facility, Phase 1 of Infomart Ashburn’s development pipeline consists of three 2MW – 3MW, 10,000-square-foot data center suites, with the facility capacity totaling 18 MW. Infomart Ashburn features true 2N+1 IT critical power redundancy, allowing for concurrent maintenance without interruption, while leveraging the regional climate for maximum efficiency. Infomart will deliver real-time PUE metrics as well as mechanical and electrical infrastructure data through a Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) portal that will provide its clients maximum control and performance transparency.

“Infomart Data Centers demonstrates exemplary environmental responsibility to the Loudoun community through its sustainability initiatives,” stated Buddy Rizer, Executive Director, Loudoun Economic Development. “Infomart is setting the standard with its material recycling initiatives, commitment to energy efficiency and its contributions to charities supporting the local community. I salute them for being an involved and engaged member of the local community.”

The carrier-neutral Infomart Ashburn facility also features industry-leading physical security layers that demanding enterprise, cloud, and federal agencies require when selecting a partner to house their critical applications.

To learn more about Infomart Ashburn, visit www.infomartdatacenters.com/locations/Ashburn/.

About Infomart Data Centers
Founded in 2006, Infomart Data Centers is an award-winning industry leader in building, owning and operating highly efficient, cost-effective wholesale data centers. Each of its national facilities meet or exceed the highest industry standards in all operational categories of availability, security, connectivity and physical resilience. Recognized for its consistent excellence, Infomart Data Centers is dedicated to maintaining its reputation of reliability and best-in-class management while offering flexible solutions to meet the needs of its clients. Since the company’s inception, Infomart has demonstrated its commitment to environmental responsibility in designing and building energy-efficient and sustainable data centers for performance-driven organizations. Infomart Data Centers offers highly connected wholesale and colocation facilities in three Tier I markets throughout the United States, including San Jose, Calif.; Hillsboro, Ore.; and Ashburn, Va.

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Rzeszow, Poland – HostBill, a popular billing and automation software for web hosting industry has recently launched a set of tools integrated with Plesk: Plesk Key Administrator module to resell Plesk licenses and two new extensions to their Plesk module: Plesk DNS Helper and Plesk Service Plan Sync tool.

Plesk Key Administrator
Plesk Key Administrator module for HostBill allows to resell Plesk Software licenses (such as Plesk, Virtuozzo and more) and add-ons. With HostBill the licenses are created, provisioned and terminated automatically, making the reselling process completely hassle-free. The users can also set automatic renewal that could significantly improve the license management process. The end-clients can display the license details, change license IP, check license keys, activation and content in HostBill’s user-friendly client area. The admin panel on the other hand gives full control over the billing information and account lifecycle. The admin can also choose which client area functions end-customers will have access to.


Plesk DNS Helper
Plesk DNS Helper is and extension to the Plesk module and was created to help connect Plesk installations with one of the HostBill-supported DNS services: Power DNS, Power DNS Slave Zones, OnApp DNS, cPanel DNS or any other DNS that HostBill supports.

As Plesk handles DNS really well, but it’s more suited for single-install deployments, HostBill created the extension for users who want to deploy multiple Plesk instances and manage single DNS server (master) rather than multiple ones. The extension also helps to hook up PowerDNS to store slave zones, while the Plesk would keep master zone records.

With the Plesk DNS Helper extension installed in HostBill, any time new DNS zone is created / updated / deleted in Plesk, the extension notifies HostBill about it and HostBill then “decides” what to do next. It can push this zone to real master nameserver, notify secondary nameserver to create/update slave zone and after exporting such zone, HostBill can assign it to the related customer

As a result slave DNS (any supported by HostBill) will be notified automatically about new zones in Plesk or Plesk DNS will not be used to handle DNS queries, but as a source of data for actual DNS server that handles requests.

With this approach you can benefit from flexible & automated DNS templates built into Plesk on any central DNS server you wish to use with it.

Plesk Service Plan Sync tool
Plesk Service Plan Sync tool was developed to help manage service plans and addons changes across unlimited Plesk installations with ease. This extension is a real problem-solver especially for hosting companies that use more than one Plesk installation. This automated tool will help to keep multiple service plans and addons in sync between different installations.

The tool allows to create multiple configurations (for separate Windows/Linux Plesk installations or different installations for different purposes) that consist of Plesk servers. In each configuration you can select source server, that will serve as a source of actual plans & addons configuration. Other Plesk servers within configuration will have plans updated, and missing plans created according to the source plan with a single click of a button.

The Plesk Service Plan Sync tool will track what plans/addons/plan settings are missing or different compared to the source server and show those differences. You can then run a synchronization process and as a result all plans and addons missing will be added to target server and plansand addons with matching names but conflicting configurations will have their configurations updated to match those in source Plesk. Moreover, if you’re syncing Plesk with minor configuration/version/extensions differences you can setup overrides that will be prevented from overwritting when creating/updating plans and addons on this server, as well as when comparing it with target server.

Plesk Service Plan Sync Tool can be of use to you if you want to update your plans in bulk, add new plan to all your installations or add new Plesk installation.

About HostBill
HostBill is a powerful and flexible, all-in-one automation, billing, client management and support platform for online businesses. HostBill handles all aspects of running a successful online business, from client acquisition, through invoicing and payment collection, automated service provisioning and management, to customer service and support. Extensive range of advanced features, multitude of modules and apps and integration with various various control panels, domain registrars, payment gateways, order pages, client panels and more, make it the most comprehensive solution on the market for Hosting, Cloud/IaaS/VPS Solutions Providers, Domain name and SSL Resellers around the globe to automate and manage their online businesses.

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Gillingham, Kent – Level 5 is pleased to announce another landmark achievement with its appointment to G-Cloud 10, the UK Government Digital Service Framework. Already a Crown Commercial Supplier providing support and development for the public sector, Level 5 will now be able to provide domains, web hosting and software development consultancy to the public sector.

Level 5’s experienced, in-house team has been providing hosting services and application development to the public sector since early 2010, and this latest appointment comes soon after the launch of Level 5 Domains, which allows the public to sign up to managed hosting services.


About Level 5
Software architects established in 2010, Level 5 is a rapidly growing organisation, employing innovative ideas and best-in-class methodology in our mission to be at the forefront of application architecture. We aim to safeguard our clients in a rapidly changing environment by embedding adaptability and sustainability of the working environment. We are driven by our belief that, by generating real engagement, we can provide real-world differences for our clients and their users. That is where we believe the best value – and values – are to be found.

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