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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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PITTSBURGH – Just weeks after announcing their 11 recent hires, Tier1 is now announcing their move to a new office location in order to support their rapid and continuous growth. For the last 15 years, Tier1 has been headquartered out of the South Side of Pittsburgh, PA. They are now located in a Northern Suburb of Pittsburgh – Warrendale, PA – at 100 Global View Drive, Suite 100, Warrendale, PA 15086.

Tier1’s new office is not only significantly larger to support the growth that they have already experienced, but it will also allow for the additional growth that they anticipate. The expansion of Tier1’s Enterprise Technology services and cloud hosting solutions into new markets has accelerated the company’s growth and resource requirements.


Rob Guidarelli, Tier1 CEO, states his excitement for taking this next step towards Tier1’s future. He stated, “2018 has been a really exciting year for us [Tier1] so far. We’ve expanded our service offerings, hired many new team members, and now we’ve moved to a new office. I knew that the future for us [Tier1] was bright, and I’m confident that the best is yet to come.”

This new location also provides the majority of Tier1’s staff with a shorter and easier commute, which was another major deciding factor for the move. Additionally, it is centrally located to many large retail shopping centers, a wide variety of cafes and restaurants and numerous flagship hotels. The building itself is even surrounded by walking trails for the tenants. All of this was considered when choosing a new location to provide the staff with not only a better working space, but also the ability to enjoy the surrounding area, as well.

Guidarelli explains, “I really want to make Tier1 the best possible place to work for our employees and I know that a commute and work environment have a large impact on people’s day-to-day attitude and productivity. I hope that the shorter commute and the newer, larger workspace, as well as the endless opportunities surrounding the building, will help our team arrive to work happy and remain happy throughout the day.”

Tier1’s newly designed website is another recent change demonstrating the effects of Tier1’s rapid growth and forward-thinking mindset. The website has been re-organized and updated to include their new services with their already expansive array of offerings. The new design was built to reflect Tier1’s mission of simplifying Enterprise Technology, which can often be complex for users, by adding streamlined navigation and easily accessible information for its visitors – along with a more modern look and feel.

Readers are invited to explore the new website and stay up-to-date with Tier1 at: www.tier1inc.com.

Guildarelli goes on to state his enthusiasm for the future of Tier1, “These are just a couple of the many changes to come to support Tier1’s growth. With these changes, I am more excited than ever about the future of Tier1.”

About Tier1, Inc.
Founded in 2003, Tier1 is a forerunner in providing consulting and outsourcing services for enterprise technology applications and databases. With 50+ employees that have a minimum of 10 years experience and over 350 clients, Tier1 has built a world-class consulting and support organization. Based in Pittsburgh, but serving clients across the United States, Tier1’s services – to an extensive range of industries – include managed services, implementations, upgrades, development services, cloud hosting, cloud services, and staffing needs.

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SAN FRANCISCO – Docker announced the Windows Server Application Migration Program, the best and only way to containerize and secure legacy Windows Server applications in advance of the end-of-support deadline for Microsoft Windows Server 2008. With industry-leading Docker Enterprise 2.1 and best-in-class tools and services specifically designed for Windows Server application migration, customers can quickly and easily migrate and modernize legacy Windows applications while driving continuous innovation across any application, anywhere.

With a large percentage of Windows Server applications still running on Windows Server 2003 or 2008, companies that postpone migrating legacy applications and systems are vulnerable to security risks and a higher cost of maintenance. Traditional methods such as upgrading the underlying operating system or migrating applications on to new systems or the cloud, require significant resources and only serves to add to the existing technical debt. Docker’s new program helps organizations seamlessly migrate legacy applications with the only container platform capable of containerizing Windows Server applications. Additionally, enterprise customers can take advantage of services and tools that leverage Docker’s experience in application migrations to quickly discover, containerize and migrate Windows Server applications with immediate cost savings.


“The majority of our legacy product portfolio at Mitchell runs on Windows Server. We sought a solution that would allow us to containerize all of our applications so we could reap the benefits of DevOps, increase portability and align operational modalities across the board,” said Marius Domean, Director R&D, Mitchell International. “Only Docker Enterprise was able to provide us with a robust, enterprise-grade solution that enables us to transform our legacy application stacks while reducing operational costs, minimizing our footprint of thousands of virtual machines and allowing us to adopt a hybrid cloud hosting architecture.”

Docker Enterprise 2.1: The Only Platform for Containerizing Windows Server Applications

Docker Enterprise is the leading enterprise-ready container platform that provides companies the choice, agility and security needed to efficiently build and manage their entire application portfolio, while reducing overall costs by more than 50 percent. The latest release, Docker Enterprise 2.1, enables organizations to easily migrate and modernize legacy Windows Server applications while driving continuous innovation across any application, anywhere. New features of Docker Enterprise 2.1 include:

Improved performance and compatibility for Windows Server Applications: updated support for Windows Server 2016, 1709, 1803 and 20191 in addition to smaller image sizes, improved compatibility and expanded networking options.
Greater insights and availability with out-of-the-box dashboards: new dashboards and management console including health status visibility and deeper service and platform benefits.
Enhanced security and compliance: support for industry standard security and authentication including SAML 2.0 authentication and the cryptographic modules in Docker Engine – Enterprise have been validated against FIPS 140-2 standards for both Windows and Linux.

“Because we have been working with customers on Windows Server containers from the beginning, Docker has a proven model for migrating and modernizing legacy Windows Server applications quickly and cost-effectively to any infrastructure, on-premises or in the cloud,” said Scott Johnston, Chief Product Officer for Docker. “Windows Server customers come to us for help designing a container strategy for their legacy applications that will help mitigate end of support issues. Through this program many customers experience a 50 percent reduction in the total cost of ownership (TCO) of applications using Docker Enterprise, freeing up budget for strategic IT initiatives such as cloud migration or edge computing.”

Industry-proven Services and Purpose-built Tooling Automates and Accelerates Application Conversion

The Docker program includes a new service offering based on the experience of proven methodologies from Docker’s Modernize Traditional Application (MTA) program and from working with enterprises like Mitchell International on migrating applications using Docker Enterprise. As part of the services engagement, customers will be able to accelerate discovery and conversion using Docker Application Converter, a tool that automatically scans systems for target applications and speeds up the conversion process by automatically creating Docker artifacts.

Additionally, customers will have access to Docker Certified Infrastructure which automates implementation and configuration best practices for integrating containers into enterprise IT infrastructure like VMware vSphere, Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. When combined with Docker’s expertise, organizations will have a “blueprint” for future migration projects and new application development.

Foundation for Continuous Innovation
Once implemented, the Docker Enterprise container platform and methodologies enable organizations to both modernize existing applications and adopt new technologies based on business requirements and customer needs. With Docker Enterprise, companies can standardize the software platform and adopt new technology stacks and architectures without changing how the organization operates – whether applications are cloud native applications, AI or edge computing workloads. Traditional application migration techniques lock companies into a specific infrastructure or operating system. With Docker Enterprise, organizations have a secure repeatable model that doesn’t lock into a specific infrastructure or cloud, enabling companies to modernize applications and adopt new technologies as business requirements evolve.

About Docker
Docker, the leader in the container platform market, enables developers and IT operations to build, secure and manage applications without technology or infrastructure lock in. By bringing together traditional applications and microservices built on Windows, Linux and mainframe under one operating model, Docker’s container platform enables the world’s largest companies to accelerate key digital initiatives including cloud migration, application modernization and edge computing. For more information, please visit: https://www.docker.com.

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Johannesburg, South Africa – Huawei is set to build its Public Cloud in South Africa to provide cloud services to all Sub-Saharan African countries. This is another significant move by the leading global leading ICT solutions provider to accelerating its cloud business across the world.

South Africa is an important piece of HUAWEI CLOUD’s globalisation map. According to the plan, Huawei will hold a launching ceremony on 14th November in Cape Town for its first African station in Johannesburg.


Huawei believes cloud services are essential for digitization of economies. Huawei Cloud is committed to providing open, flexible, easy-to-use and secure cloud services, laying a solid foundation for a fully connected, intelligent world by bringing digital to every person, home and organisation.

HUAWEI CLOUD

Another Jigsaw Puzzle Piece of Globalization

Since it was established in March 2017, the Huawei Cloud Business Unit (BU) has unveiled more than 120 cloud services in 18 major categories. These cover more than 60 general solutions including SAP, high-performance computing (HPC), Internet of Things (IoT), Security, DevOps and more than 80 industry scenario solutions; covering manufacturing, e-commerce, gaming, finance and Internet of Vehicles (IoV).

In 2018, HUAWEI CLOUD officially launched the Hong Kong, Russia and Thailand Stations. By end September 2018, HUAWEI CLOUD had provided services in Asia Pacific and partner public cloud services in Europe and Latin America, outside of the Chinese market. Huawei Cloud and Huawei partner public cloud are available in 14 countries and regions, and will be available in most of major the regions around the world by end of 2018.

Referring to globalisation strategy, Deng Tao, Vice President of Huawei Cloud BU said, HUAWEI CLOUD was globalised since its inception because Huawei had been providing its products and technologies in the form of cloud services to partners like Deutsche Telekom (Germany), Orange (France), Telefonica (Spain) and China Telecom.

“Based on Huawei’s 30 years of ICT infrastructure experience and nearly 10 years of continuous R&D in cloud computing technologies, Huawei Cloud can provide a one-stop solution to large enterprises; addressing their challenges in digital and cloud transformation, as well as to small and medium-sized companies that aim to expand their business.” Deng said.

From AI to EI

This month, Huawei launched its comprehensive Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategy and full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio which is designed to provide powerful support for Huawei Cloud EI (Enterprise Intelligence), an AI service platform for enterprises and governments, was released in September 2017.

To turn AI into a practical reality, Huawei come up with the concept of EI. The company believes that a cloud will prosper only when it helps customers create value on an ongoing basis.

Talking about how to combine industry insight with AI, Jia Yongli; General Manager of EI Product Department of Huawei Cloud BU said, Huawei Cloud EI is a scenarios-based service.

“Huawei Cloud EI drives industry modernisation in three scenarios, including repetitive and high-volume work, tasks that require expert experience and work that needs multi-domain collaboration. These will help improve efficiency, pass on expertise, and break the limits of human intelligence,” according to Jia.

On April 17, 2018, Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the world’s top open source community in cloud technology, officially announced Huawei election to the Technical Oversight Committee (TOC), making Huawei the first Asian company to be admitted into the CNCF TOC. In May, HUAWEI CLOUD became an SAP-certified platform for deploying SAP HANA and SAP NetWeaver.

Huawei predicted that there would be five major cloud platforms in the world and promised that it would be one of those five. HUAWEI CLOUD is positioned to be an open, cooperative, mutually-beneficial and customer-centric ecosystem that creates values. The needs of enterprises in business development have become more complex and diverse, as they need not only to develop new applications on public clouds but also migrate some of their traditional services to public clouds, while continuing to provide support for these services. Huawei Cloud is committed to working with partners to build sustainable partnerships that can lead to an open ecosystem to better meet customers’ needs.

For more information, please visit Huawei online at www.huawei.com

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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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