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ST. LOUIS – Connectria, a global cloud service provider and founder of the No Jerks Allowed® movement, today announced that it has successfully completed the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Managed Service Provider (MSP) Partner Program Audit for the third year in a row. AWS Managed Service Partners (MSPs) consist of a select group of highly skilled managed service providers who have successfully completed a rigorous third-party validation audit according to AWS’ exacting standards.

Conducted annually, this stringent audit requires MSPs to demonstrate extensive expertise in cloud infrastructure and application migration, as well as the ability to deliver value by offering proactive monitoring, automation, and management of their customer’s environment.


“Once again Connectria is proud to be recognized among the elite audited group of AWS next-generation Managed Service Partners,” said Rich Waidmann, President and CEO of Connectria.

“Among the thousands of AWS partners around the globe, only a relatively few are able to achieve this level. That fact that this is the third year in a row that Connectria has earned AWS MSP status is a testament to the maturity of our AWS Managed Services expertise and business. It is also a reaffirmation of our TRIA for AWS offer, which has helped many organizations get the most out of AWS by addressing its top three challenges; performance, security/compliance and cost optimization.”

Connectria will be exhibiting at AWS re:Invent 2017, from November 28 – 30 at the Sands Expo Hall in Las Vegas. Please visit us at Booth #539 and ask about TRIA for AWS.

About Connectria
Since 1996, Connectria (connectria.com) has provided award-winning cloud hosting, remote monitoring and cloud security for more than 1,000 customers in more than 35 countries worldwide. At the core of Connectria is our No Jerks Allowed® company philosophy. As The Jerk Free Company®, we’ve established a unique culture where every employee goes “the extra mile” to take care of our customers. Being The Jerk Free Company® extends beyond our people too. We make it easy to do business with us through flexible terms, scalable solutions and straight-forward pricing to serve the technology needs of large and small organizations alike.

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PALO ALTO, CA – Jelastic Inc., turnkey PaaS that runs a wide range of containerized software stacks for smart application deployment, scaling and management, announced partnership with Sphere48, a web hosting company from Canada.

“By entering the Canadian market with Sphere48, we intend to provide local developers with the right tools for eliminating the complexity of application deployment and management, as well as reducing the total cost of ownership with fully automated scaling and pay-as-you-use pricing model, ” said Ruslan Synytsky, Jelastic CEO.


Cloud computing made a significant impact to the whole development world, and become a matured technology that keeps getting more and more users every year. Spending on public cloud computing in Canada will double from $2.3 billion CAD in 2016 to $5.5 billion CAD in 2020, by IDC. And by partnering with Jelastic, Sphere48 made an upgrade of their cloud hosting services in order to be competing in this growing market and meet the demands of the customers, offering PaaS, Docker containers hosting, professional assistance in arranging DevOps processes and a wide variety of extra tools for developers.

“We are proud today to be the first Canadian partner with the Jelastic team. We were looking for a PaaS solution to integrate to our hosting services since a long time now. We were already using the Jelastic platform for a few of our projects and we loved it. When we saw an opportunity to become partners with Jelastic, we seized it. We are looking forward to make this product known across all developers in Canada.” – Alexandre Barfuhok, Sphere48.

Specializing only in shared hosting services at the beginning, Sphere48 included VPS services later as well, and now they start offering PaaS cloud hosting for Canadian customers. In addition, the company put the firm emphasis on security: their data center is equipped with 24/7 video surveillance cameras, anti-DDoS protection devices, automatic backups and access to the servers’ room only for accredited employees.

Since Sphere48 becomes the pioneer to offer Jelastic in Canada, their aim is to make it well-known for local developers and startups across the country, and make a good impact on applications growth market in North America. To ease the entry point the dashboard of the platform is localized to French, in addition to the English version, and soon the users will be provided with a set of educational materials to closer get acquainted with the product.

Customers can try deploying, scaling and managing their projects at Sphere48 for 14 days free trial.

About Jelastic
Jelastic is a robust solution for the cloud market – hosting providers, enterprises and developers – combining the benefits of PaaS and CaaS in a single turnkey package. Its rich interface simplifies complex cloud deployments by automating the creation, scaling, clustering and security updates of microservices or monolithic applications. Jelastic has a unique pay-for usage-only pricing model and is available as public, private, hybrid and multi-cloud in more than 55 data centers worldwide. The platform provides support of Java, PHP, Ruby, Node.js, Python, .NET environments and custom Docker containers. More info is at https://jelastic.com

About Sphere48
Located in Montreal, Canada, Sphere48 made their name by providing an experienced customer service since 2013. The company plans to expand with Sphere48 powered by Jelastic across the whole Canada in both French and English provinces within the next few years. Sphere48 is running from the highly-performed data center, equipped with generators that guarantee a 48 hours autonomy.

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NEW YORK, NY – Namecheap has partnered with New York On Tech to provide digital training and resources to students from local New York City high schools.

New York On Tech helps underrepresented young students prepare for academic and professional careers in technology, connecting them to opportunities and industry experts. They also provide training courses to enhance digital skills.


“Creating an online presence is an absolute must for the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators. Combining Namecheap’s technology with New York On Tech’s mission will help provide students with the tools and skills they need to help them in all areas of their lives. In doing this, we hope to contribute to building the tech talent of tomorrow! Our partnership is incredibly exciting,” said Richard Kirkendall, CEO of Namecheap, Inc.

Namecheap will provide digital tools—such as free domains and other resources—so students can easily create a website. They will also run a series of workshops that help students understand how an online presence can make life milestones more attainable. Examples include applying for college and internships, and the most effective way to search for jobs.

The workshops will consist of several two-hour training sessions focused on the importance of self-branding. The students will also utilize resources provided by Namecheap, and put their best work online for prospective college admissions or employers.

“Our partnership with Namecheap will allow New York On Tech students to gain a fundamental understanding of how they can showcase the skills they are learning in our program via the world wide web to attract new opportunities,” said Jessica Santana, Executive Director, New York On Tech. “An online brand is critical in a 21st-century workforce and economy and we are excited to partner with industry leaders like Namecheap to provide these tools and resources to students.”

By making these sessions personally relevant and engaging, Namecheap’s goal is to empower students and encourage them to take their next steps toward their academic or career goals.

The partnership launch event will be held on November 16th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the General Assembly, 902 Broadway, 4th Floor, in New York City.

About Namecheap
Founded in 2000 by Richard Kirkendall, Namecheap is a leading ICANN-accredited domain name registrar with more than 8 million domains under management. The company offers domain names at some of the best prices in the industry, with full-featured hosting packages, secure SSL certificates, and WhoisGuard privacy protection services.

About New York On Tech
New York On Tech programs provides the tools and skills students need to further themselves in technology. They work with more than 50 high schools, companies in various capacities and mentor/volunteers/instructors throughout New York City to help provide access to computer science and technology education to students.

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CLIFTON, N.J. – Comodo, a global cybersecurity innovator, today announced the availability of the world’s first 100 percent free, 24/7/365 instant malware removal service, for any website—inspired by Comodo’s philosophy that security is “a right not a luxury.” As part of its ongoing efforts to create trust online, Comodo has stamped out malware from computers and is now focused on stamping out malware from websites, which can stifle e-commerce by eroding customer safety and confidence.

The free service is powered by Comodo’s cWatch platform, which is paired with unparalleled security operation centers (SOCs) globally and best positioned to help fight malware that plagues websites today.


Businesses experiencing any of the following symptoms can sign up here: https://cwatch.comodo.com/.

  • My website is infected with malware
  • My hosting provider shut down my site due to malware
  • I received a malware alert on Google Webmaster Tools
  • My website is blacklisted
  • My website is loading slower than usual
  • There is a warning about my site on Google
  • My site is sending emails on its own
  • I’m seeing strange files and/or folders
  • There are strange redirects occurring
  • My site is not loading

Comodo’s SOC analysts will instantly remove all malware lurking on the company’s website, perform hack repair, including checking the files, databases and any malicious code running to remove infection from the site, and keep the customer fully updated throughout the process.

This one-time website cleaning is 100 percent free, with no obligation and no credit card needed. Separately, to keep the site clean for the future, users can subscribe to Comodo’s cWatch Web service for just $9 per month. This level of web security has previously only been available to large enterprises and government agencies, but now everyone can afford to protect their websites, so they are never infected again.

cWatch Web is a comprehensive suite of solutions and managed services that provides malware detection and protection; attack response and remediation/recovery; and performance acceleration and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack prevention for websites and web applications. The full feature list includes:

  • 24/7 SOC
  • Managed web application firewall (WAF)
  • Real content delivery network (CDN)
  • SIEM threat detection
  • Instant malware removal
  • Website hack repair
  • Full blacklist removal
  • Daily malware & vulnerability scan
  • Website acceleration
  • DDoS protection
  • Bot protection
  • Vulnerability removal

Cloud-based and delivered in an affordable Security-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, cWatch Web brings world-class website and web app protection to small, medium and large enterprises. With the solution in place, websites and web applications are protected from ever being infected in the first place. Free malware removal service participants will have the opportunity to learn more about, and potentially upgrade to, cWatch Web to prevent future infections.

“After multiple blunders caused by website security issues, such as the Equifax hack, have dominated the headlines recently, companies need to be more diligent than ever,” said Melih Abdulhayoglu, CEO of Comodo. “Protecting websites is mission-critical. This malware removal service is a great first step, allowing companies of all sizes to return their websites to a safe state for no charge. Businesses looking to choose proactive prevention over reactive detection and remediation can guard their sites from hackers with cWatch Web.”

Learn more about the free website cleaning service here: https://cwatch.comodo.com/. Comodo’s full cWatch Web suite of website performance and security solutions is available online, or through certified Comodo partners.

About Comodo
The Comodo organization is a global innovator of cybersecurity solutions, protecting critical information across the digital landscape. Building on its unique position as the world’s largest certificate authority, Comodo authenticates, validates and secures networks and infrastructures from individuals to mid-sized companies to the world’s largest enterprises. Comodo provides complete end-to-end security solutions across the boundary, internal network and endpoint with innovative technologies solving the most advanced malware threats, both known and unknown. With global headquarters in Clifton, New Jersey, and offices in Silicon Valley, Comodo has international offices in China, India, the Philippines, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit comodo.com. Comodo and the Comodo brand are trademarks of the Comodo Group Inc. or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. The current list of Comodo trademarks and patents is available at comodo.com/repository.

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MONTRÉAL, CANADA – VEXXHOST, a leading OpenStack® infrastructure-as-a-service provider, announced today the launch of its new OpenStack consulting service. This service is aimed to provide companies with the assistance and guidance needed to get any OpenStack project up and running smoothly.

VEXXHOST consultants and engineers have been running the company’s current line of services, OpenStack based public, private and hybrid clouds, for over six years. The operational experience gained from running these infrastructures is at the core of the company’s new consulting service. VEXXHOST consultants can offer guidance in implementing OpenStack projects such as compute, network, object or block storage, orchestration, load balancing, big data, file sharing, cloud images and container services as these services are all currently offered on the VEXXHOST suite of cloud services.


VEXXHOST’s new OpenStack consulting service can also provide help to companies looking to deploy a new OpenStack environment, which can be a very overwhelming project. VEXXHOST’s consultants can help by understanding the needs and requirements of the organization and advising on best practices to reduce both time and risk. VEXXHOST’s consultants can also assist with upgrading an existing OpenStack infrastructure to newer releases.

“There is no doubt that an OpenStack infrastructure can provide benefits to many companies, though we have noticed that the complexity of the software has made some organizations wary of it. Our goal with this service is to provide consulting to help organizations leverage OpenStack without the complexities that come with it,” says Mohammed Naser, CEO of VEXXHOST and a longtime OpenStack contributor. “We are excited to officially have consulting as part of our OpenStack solution lineup, something which we have provided in the past directly for large enterprise customers.”

“The OpenStack vendor community continues to grow, evolve and mature. That rich ecosystem includes services that help make OpenStack faster to deploy, easier to consume and tailored to the unique demands of specific industries and workloads. Vexxhost has been an important participant in the OpenStack project, and the addition of services to their lineup will only expand the value and insights they can bring back to the community at large.” Heidi Bretz, Director of Business Development at OpenStack.

VEXXHOST is currently offering a free initial 30-minute consultation. For more information or to request a quote, please visit https://vexxhost.com/openstack-consultation/

About VEXXHOST Inc.
Founded in 2006, VEXXHOST Inc. is a Canadian cloud computing provider offering OpenStack public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud and consulting solutions to customers, from small businesses to governments, from over 150 different countries. VEXXHOST Inc. delivers a high level of expertise to help clients optimize cloud infrastructure so they can focus on their core competencies.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – RACK59 Data Center (RACK59), Oklahoma City’s premier data center, today announced that telecommunications provider Cogent Communications has established a new Point of Presence (PoP) in the company’s data center located at 7725 W Reno, Oklahoma City, OK 73127.

The new collaboration between RACK59 and Cogent Communications will provide additional resources to handle the growing bandwidth needs of both established companies and the emerging start-ups that comprise RACK59’s customer base. With this recent addition to RACK59’s 7725 Connect, customers in the data center now have access to a variety of local and international providers. With the addition of Cogent Communications, 7725 CONNECT can offer access to 14 Internet Service Providers with On Net presence.


“I am very excited to light RACK59 with Cogent’s fiber presence, said Samual Curtis, P.E., Managing Member of RACK59 Partners, LLC. “The spirit of RACK59 has always been to promote a carrier friendly Internet Exchange Point, while cultivating a free peering environment for all fiber carriers interconnected at RACK59. The new connection with Cogent allows RACK59 colocation customers a direct connection to prime content and affordable Internet access.”

Cogent Communications is a multinational Tier 1 Internet Service Provider that offers Internet access and data transport services to the Corporate and NetCentric segments. The new PoP within RACK59’s 7725 Connect is part of RACK59’s broader strategy to provide Tier 1 network connectivity coupled with superior data center services for Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

RACK59’s carrier dense and carrier neutral data center contains 15,000 square feet of available space and possesses the features that today’s enterprise customers have come to expect, including a high-density server environment with fully redundant power architecture. The SSAE16 Certified facility is outfitted with a multi-stage security system, including HID card readers, biometrics, and 24/7/365 monitoring. All power equipment is built with 2N redundancy in case of component failure and the building draws power from two independent power grids, backed by two diesel generators with 10,000 gallons (1 full week) of reserve fuel.

About RACK59 Data Center
RACK59 is a colocation data center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma that provides secure, competitively priced data center solutions for medium to enterprise businesses. All customers, whether they use one rack or an entire private data center, benefit from RACK59’s premier facility, power, connectivity and unmatched service. We maintain this high standard through our unsurpassed, hardened facility and customer focused business model. RACK59 is SSAE16 compliant and provides 24/7/365 technical support; diverse network routes via dark fiber, and a 100% uptime guarantee. Data center tours are available. For additional information please visit: RACK59.com.

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