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OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL – Sima Solutions LLC (SIMA), a real-time software solutions company and leading Business Process Management (BPM) provider, announced today the strategic deployment of SimaCLOUD, an integrated IBM Cloud Hosting WebSphere Commerce platform. SimaCLOUD Solutions provides clients managed transformation services to migrate legacy WebSphere Commerce application environments into the Cloud. Our new managed services and solutions for WebSphere Commerce hosting is designed to enable companies to bridge on-premises environments into private or public clouds and accelerate app development. The SimaCLOUD solutions for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce includes the open source Kubernetes-based container architecture and supports Docker containers. This facilitates integration and portability of workloads as they evolve to any cloud environment, including the public IBM Cloud, AWS, Azure, and others.

“Regardless of what version of WebSphere Commerce you are starting with, SimaCLOUD Solutions for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce has the roadmap to accelerate transformation of your WebSphere Commerce application to cloud hosting,” states Jim Pollitt, President of Sima Solutions LLC. He continues: “The new Sima Managed Services and Solutions for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce provides Flexible Platforms with Support for Enterprise Developers to simplify management of WebSphere Commerce and accelerate app development.

  • Dev / Test Cloud Environments to add more application and agile development capacity fast and efficiently
  • IBM Private Cloud migration to move existing application workloads into the latest version of WebSphere Commerce
  • Advanced Cloud Management Automation: Streamlined management across cloud environments to help launch, monitor and manage services and help ensure consistent security protocols.
  • Security & Data Encryption: Security Vulnerability Advisor to scan containers across the cloud to surface potentially serious issues and weaknesses; Ability to encrypt all data in flight and provide for strict access control by users within a cluster.
  • Core Cloud Platform: Includes a container engine, Kubernetes orchestration, and essential management tools surrounding developer runtimes, which are fully integrated and automated.
  • Infrastructure Choice: Compatible with systems from leading manufacturers including Cisco, Dell EMC, Intel, Lenovo and NetApp, as well as IBM Systems, including IBM Power Systems, IBM Z, and IBM Data and Application Support & DevOps Tools
  • Infrastructure Choice – Compatible with systems from leading manufacturers including Cisco, Dell EMC, Intel, Lenovo and NetApp, as well as IBM Systems, including IBM Power Systems, IBM Z and IBM Data
  • Application Support, Optimized management & DevOps Tools: Containerized versions of software and development frameworks, including IBM WebSphere Liberty, Open Liberty, MQ and Microservice Builder, as part of software bundles; and APM, Netcool and UrbanCode, which can be added for a separate fee.

About Sima Solutions LLC
Sima Solutions’ SimaCLOUD for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce enables organizations to create, deploy, and manage WebSphere Commerce apps in the cloud environment of their choice. A GSA Schedule 70 contract holder (GS-35F-037AA) with over 20 years’ experience in the IT-consulting industry, Sima Solutions is a leading provider of software and services for IBM’s products based on WebSphere, e-Commerce and service-oriented architecture (SOA). Led by experienced, top-tier lead architects, their consultants provide project-based or staff-augmentation services to design, build and deploy enterprise-class solutions for small to midsize organizations to global enterprises. For more information, visit www.simacloud.com.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced today that Hostway, a leading managed cloud hosting provider and specialist in compliant hybrid cloud hosting solutions, has selected Digital Realty as the foundation for its ongoing global expansion. Hostway is also joining the Digital Realty Service Exchange to provide its own clients with secure, direct access to multiple public cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

Hostway has nine locations globally, the newest of which is located in Digital Realty’s Austin facility. Hostway serves SaaS, healthcare, financial services, e-commerce, and Internet of Things (IOT) customers, most of whom are executing hybrid IT strategies that balance on-premise infrastructure, colocation and public cloud environments.


Hostway’s offerings are highly differentiated, focusing on compliance and security with specialization in HIPPA, PCI and ISO. Hostway takes pride in its ability to manage large, multi-faceted cloud migrations with zero downtime, conducting successful migration every month involving large, complex applications.

“After a wide review of all options and comparison of several data center providers, we selected Digital Realty due to its superior reliability and low latency connectivity along with great customer service,” said Emil Sayegh, CEO and President of Hostway. “We view Digital Realty as a global platform with locations all around the world that we can leverage in our growth. Our clients have very specific requirements to comply with various regulations and we can always depend on Digital Realty to help us meet and exceed those. Additionally, the Digital Realty Service Exchange offers an unparalleled, extensive list of public cloud providers that is unmatched elsewhere in the market.”

Building on its longstanding Microsoft Azure offerings and recent introduction of AWS, Hostway continues to expand its cloud portfolio in terms of both service breadth and global distribution. Digital Realty’s Service Exchange is an ideal solution because it provides instant access to the hundreds of enterprise customers within the Digital Realty ecosystem, as well as extended connectivity to regional cloud epicenters around the globe. Automated network provisioning reduces manual efforts and accelerates speed to market, enabling enterprises to quickly begin adopting and consuming cloud services. Aggregating traffic from multiple customers over a single connection allows them to scale more efficiently.

“Hostway has truly distinguished itself through its focus on compliance and security, supported by its strong track record of resiliency and customer service,” said Sherri Liebo, SVP Marketing at Digital Realty. “Its experience in conducting cloud migrations with zero downtime for such a wide range of customers and applications is impressive. We are delighted that Hostway has selected Digital Realty for its ongoing expansion and look forward to working closely with Hostway and its customers to ensure their business needs are met.”

About Digital Realty
Digital Realty supports the data center, colocation and interconnection strategies of more than 2,300 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Digital Realty’s clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, gaming, life sciences and consumer products.

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Oro is unique in that it is built specifically for B2B e-commerce, Oro Chief Operating Officer Motti Danino told the WHIR.
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INVENT, LAS VEGAS – AWS re: Hostway, a leading managed cloud hosting provider and specialist in compliant hybrid cloud hosting solutions, announced the expansion of its multi-cloud managed service portfolio with the addition of AWS Cloud and VMware® Private Cloud Support, enabling comprehensive mission-critical software applications to be seamlessly moved to the cloud.

As healthcare, IoT and financial organizations continue to struggle with the barriers that have kept them from embracing cloud technology, including cost and compliance, Hostway has been building the foundation for rapid modernization and flexibility as one of few hosting providers that offer strict compliance with regulations such as HIPAA, PHI, ePHI and PCI.


“Our mission is to provide best-of-breed technologies and technical expertise for mission-critical software applications,” said Emil Sayegh, CEO and President of Hostway. “As regulated industries continue to move toward a mobile-based, always-on delivery model, scalability and privacy will continue to be major concerns. Our 20-year track record of providing highly scalable, flexible, and compliant solutions and a commitment to delivering best-in-class expertise to the world’s leading brands sets Hostway apart from other MSPs and hosting providers. Adding AWS and VMware to our portfolio enables us to provide our customers with even more choice and flexibility.”

Enterprises are on a multi-phased journey to the cloud and benefit from migration services that speed deployment, as well as ongoing operating expertise that can adapt to a company’s evolving set of business and technology needs. The newly announced Hostway Managed AWS and Managed VMware offerings provide businesses with trusted managed multi-cloud support services, tools and applications that allow customers to focus on their core business.

  • Multi-Cloud Choice: Customers have more options across multiple cloud environments. Hostway helps enable customers to run their workloads out of the data center and in the best-fit location, whether in Hostway data centers, AWS Cloud or on Azure Cloud, with their technology of choice whether its VMware, Linux or Microsoft.
  • Azure, AWS, VMware Expertise: Hostway is recognized as a global, at-scale provider of managed and professional services with hundreds of certifications in AWS, Azure, and Microsoft technologies. Hostway has achieved Microsoft Gold Certification in hosting and cloud platform solutions with additional certifications in application development, data centers and cloud solutions.
  • Managed Services: In addition to ongoing management, Hostway provides architecture, cloud transformation and cost optimization guidance, as well as assistance with capacity management and workload mobility between Hostway data centers and public cloud data centers.
  • Hybrid Deployments: Customers can leverage the best of both worlds with the performance and cost optimization of dedicated while supporting bursting of traffic to AWS or Azure. Customers can also benefit by avoiding cloud lock-in by having data in a dedicated cloud with dynamic compute of public clouds.
  • Security and Compliance: Hostway anticipates and quickly responds to ever-changing regulatory requirements and escalating security threats so that customers and their clients are always compliant with the latest regulations – including HIPAA, PHI, ePHI, and PCI – and their data is uncompromised.

Hostway blends automation, technology, and human expertise to deliver ongoing architecture, management, security services, and 24x7x365 operations, all backed by exceptional service, and certified engineers and architects.

About Hostway Services
Hostway Services, Inc. is the world’s most trusted managed compliant hosting provider, delivering managed cloud infrastructure and application hosting solutions for software companies including healthcare, SaaS and e-commerce focused organizations. Its team of engineers in North America, Europe, and Asia deliver reliable, secure and scalable private cloud, managed cloud and hybrid cloud hosting solutions to thousands of customers across ten geographically diverse SSAE 16 and ISO 27001 data centers around the world while ensuring strict compliance such as PCI and HIPAA. At Hostway, every customer interaction is treated as an opportunity to develop a long-term relationship based on trust. Visit http://hostway.com for more information.

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Netmagic, the leading data center provider, has added a range of new cloud offerings to its product portfolio, aiming to position itself as a multi-cloud provider. The number of customers who opt for hybrid IT solutions is rapidly increasing. The customers prefer multi-cloud to avoid vendor lock-in, and to be able to use specific providers for a use case, like Azure for big data. Also, the rapid growth in finance and e-commerce services have increased the demand for cloud and data center hosting services. Netmagic saw the multi-cloud need of the customers as an opportunity to serve them with all the offerings at one place. “Clients want a range of cloud services for different products. Some may go for AWS or Azure, some projects require dedicated hosting while others may require captive data centers depending on workload. Instead of approaching different vendors we want them to see us as a one-stop solution,” said Sunil Gupta, Executive director and president, Netmagic. The company…
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