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SCOTTSDALE, AZ – SiteLock, the global leader in website security solutions, today announced a partnership with WHMCS, the leading web hosting billing automation platform. With this partnership, SiteLock becomes the first website security provider to be integrated into the WHMCS MarketConnect platform, giving web hosting companies access to a suite of industry-leading malware protection and remediation solutions including Find, Fix, Defend, and SiteLock 911.

“As cyber threats continue to rise and make headlines, security has become a top priority for web hosting companies and their customers,” said Matt Pugh, CEO of WHMCS. “Partnering with SiteLock enables us to expand our portfolio of MarketConnect cloud service offerings, and gives web hosts access to affordable, industry-leading website security solutions with all the automation and convenience the MarketConnect platform offers.”


The average website is attacked 59 times per day, which is up a staggering 168 percent from the previous year. As cybercriminals continue to become more cunning and the threat landscape continues to evolve – website security can no longer be overlooked. Many businesses rely on service providers, such as WHMCS, to provide these website security solutions as part of a full-service offering in order to simplify and streamline the go-to-market process.

Through this partnership, WHMCS powered web hosting companies will now have access to the SiteLock suite of powerful website security solutions including industry-leading scanners to automatically find and fix malware and vulnerabilities, along with a Web Application Firewall (WAF) that includes a Content Delivery Network (CDN). Products will be available on an individual basis, as well as through packages designed to meet specific customer needs.

“We are excited to partner with WHMCS and become their preferred provider of website security solutions,” said Tom Serani, Executive Vice President of Business Development for SiteLock. “As the demand for cyber security continues to increase, our combined offerings provide a lot of synergy to web hosts and their customers. In addition to delivering superior and proactive website protection, this partnership will create new revenue streams for WHMCS customers who can now deliver a more comprehensive solution to their end users.”

About SiteLock
SiteLock, the global leader in website security solutions, is the only provider to offer complete, cloud-based website protection. Its 360-degree monitoring detects and fixes threats, prevents future attacks, accelerates website performance, and meets PCI compliance standards for businesses of all sizes. Founded in 2008, the company protects over 12 million websites worldwide. For more information, please visit sitelock.com.

About WHMCS
WHMCS, the leading web hosting automation platform, automates and simplifies operations for web hosting businesses around the world. Through a single centralized control panel, WHMCS integrates with all the leading names in web hosting, domain registrars and cloud based services to fully automate the provisioning and deployment process. Founded in 2003, we are now the #1 trusted partner in automation used by more than 45,000 companies to help them scale and succeed. For more information, please visit whmcs.com.

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MADRID, Spain — Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) tools provider MarketGoo is the newest addition to the Vendasta Marketplace. Vendasta is the leading platform for companies who sell digital solutions to local businesses and the Marketplace serves as a platform for agencies and media companies to browse, pick out and sell digital products that are developed by third parties.

MarketGoo’s SEO tools help website owners and small businesses with no previous technical knowledge improve their site traffic and online visibility.


“With current demand for search engine optimization tools coupled with our own partners’ desire for a wider variety of offerings spanning different price points, incorporating MarketGoo into the Vendasta marketplace was a logical next step,” said Ed O’Keefe, Executive Vice-President of Marketplace at Vendasta.

SMBs and Agencies can now run SEO reports and assess easy-to-read results that will help guide their digital strategy, and attract and retain new customers.

MarketGoo generates a report of the user’s website, presenting a custom plan with improvements that should receive priority attention and simultaneously giving instructions on how it should be done. Features include:

– User friendly, step-by-step search engine optimization plan
– Tools and recommendations focused on increasing sites’ quality traffic and inbound links
– Analytics to help track improvements
– Competitor tracking
– Mobile Optimization and improvements

“The Vendasta Marketplace was a perfect fit for us to broaden our reach. We’re beyond excited for their Agency partners to be able to quickly access our SEO tool, package it and sell it to clients who want to improve their online results. Our experience with Vendasta has shown us that they truly care about the success of every business that forms part of their ecosystem and we have very high hopes for this channel,” said Wences García, CEO of MarketGoo.

About MarketGoo
Founded in 2012, Madrid-based MarketGoo offers solutions for SMBs to grow their business online by providing powerful, yet simple and easy to use search optimization tools. MarketGoo is also available as a white label, turnkey solution to monetise and educate website customers. Partners such as Telcos, Hosting companies and providers are currently distributing it to enhance their value-added portfolios. For more information, please visit marketgoo.com.

About Vendasta Marketplace
Vendasta Marketplace (vendasta.com/marketplace) is a full suite of third party apps and digital marketing solutions integrated directly into the Vendasta sales & marketing automation platform. Similar to how an app store connects people to tools that are tailored to specific needs, Marketplace provides SMBs instant access to à la carte marketing offerings via our Agency Partner’s brand. The resale platform has been a valuable addition to the Vendasta stack, with an average monthly revenue growth rate of 38% in its first year.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands – EvoSwitch, an international and cloud-neutral colocation company with large data centers located in Amsterdam and Washington DC with their cloud interconnection platform EvoSwitch OpenCloud, announces its plans to build a new highly energy-efficient data center in Amsterdam. The new carrier-neutral facility in the Netherlands will be located adjacent to its existing Amsterdam premises, EvoSwitch AMS1.

The new EvoSwitch data center is the first phase of a major facility expansion, with a roadmap to expand capacity up to 30 MVA in the coming years. It will add 6,000 square meters (sq. ft.) of colocation space, offering 7,5MW of new capacity to the company’s existing 15MW data center campus in Amsterdam. EvoSwitch’s in-house engineered modular data center building concept features 2N electrical redundancy and ‘Indirect Adiabatic Free Cooling’ with hot and cold aisle containment. It would allow for a low Power Usage Effectiveness figure (PUE= 1.2) thus resulting in a highly energy-efficient and reliable colocation data center environment for customers. EvoSwitch expects its new data center in Amsterdam to be operational in Q1 2019.


Patented Modular Data Center Technology

Although completely separated from current data centers present at the campus terrain in Amsterdam, the new EvoSwitch AMS1 data center (AMS1 Campus Hall 7, with Hall 8 and Hall 9 planned for subsequent phases) will be interconnected with existing data center infrastructure through a corridor. As this is an on-campus expansion, it would allow customers to profit from enterprise-grade and network-rich ecosystem features from day-1. Future-proof design amenities available at EvoSwitch AMS1 include colocation racks and private cages featuring redundant 2N cooling, direct access to major Internet Exchanges; an ever-expanding amount of managed services including cloud interconnectivity; the use of 100% renewable energy; 24/7 engineering staff onsite; and a 99,999% uptime guarantee.

“Our patented, in-house engineered and highly modular data center design offers stand-alone units with their own multiple UPS back-up solutions, as well as distribution boards, cooling units and fire suppression systems,” said Eric Boonstra, CEO at EvoSwitch. “This allows for highly autonomous and easily scalable data center units being deployed, even as a partial solution within current data center expansion, catering to the needs of cloud service providers and so many other companies with dynamic, high-scalability needs. Combined with third-party accredited security compliance standards in place, including ISO 27001:2013, PCI-DSS, SIOC1 Type II, as well as ISO 14001:2004 and LEED Gold certifications, our added data center space in Amsterdam meets all requirements of enterprises and CSPs across the globe.”

Colocation Demand in Europe

EvoSwitch’s new investment in its Amsterdam data center campus, EvoSwitch AMS1, comes as the carrier-neutral data center provider identifies growing demand for more colocation capacity and cloud interconnection services in Europe.

“European data center growth in 2017 was faster than ever before, according to a recent CBRE report and JLL report, particularly in Amsterdam and London,” added Mr. Boonstra. “The CBRE and JLL reports result are in line with our own experiences and revenue results this year. Another report from Digital Gateway to Europe mentions some key drivers for the Netherlands being a top-10 data center hub in the world. These key drivers include the wide range of high quality and low-latency connectivity options available; the stability of the energy grid in the Netherlands; and the country’s rapid expansion of ecosystems across networks, as well as cloud and hosting companies.”

“These market research reports confirm that we’re on the right track with the EvoSwitch colocation and cloud interconnectivity offerings and current expansion plans at our Amsterdam data center campus,” added Boonstra. “The rapid expansion of cloud ecosystems in the Netherlands in particular is an important factor in growing our customer base. The EvoSwitch OpenCloud cloud interconnectivity marketplace being established in 2015 enables ecosystems of cloud, hosting and networking providers as well as enterprises and startups to establish robust, direct links between networks inside our data centers in Europe and the US. It also allows for secure access at minimal latency to public clouds like AWS, Azure or Google Cloud Platform. The new data center build will add to the networking efficiency of ecosystem members, allowing for ecosystem growth and even more efficiency across cloud environments.”

About EvoSwitch
EvoSwitch provides secure and sustainable data center services, with cloud- and carrier-neutral data centers in Europe and the United States. EvoSwitch is home to growing ecosystems of customers around interconnection and hybrid cloud, operating at the edge of the Internet and providing access to public clouds. EvoSwitch enables global and local customers to build their IT infrastructure for growth, creating value for customers and partners alike offering currently 139.900 sq. ft. (14.000 m2) and ample room for further growth on both sides of the Atlantic. In response to customer demand and market requirements, EvoSwitch has built an extensive set of managed services including its EvoSwitch OpenCloud – a cloud-neutral and partner-rich (hybrid) cloud interconnection marketplace for low-latency interconnection options. As one of the first colocation data centers in Europe with ultra-low PUE figures while utilizing 100% renewables, EvoSwitch’s engineering teams provide special assistance for customers when optimizing equipment configurations, condition monitoring and reduction of energy consumption. EvoSwitch’s data centers in both Europe and the U.S. provide enterprise-grade security measures while meeting strict compliance and third-party accredited standards including ISO 27001:2013, ISO 14001:2004, PCI-DSS, SIOC1 Type II, and LEED Gold. To learn more about EvoSwitch, visit: https://evoswitch.com

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Nova Scotia, Canada – DemoWolf, producer of video support tutorials for the web hosting industry, today announced that effective immediately, they’ll be providing their video tutorials to web hosting companies who want them in their websites, for free.

This announcement comes on the heels of DemoWolf implementing a new business model about a year ago. At that time DemoWolf moved away from custom branding their video tutorials and selling them to web hosting companies – a service they’d offered since DemoWolf’s inception in 2005 – to instead offering a membership service whereby hosting providers could sign up to embed their video tutorials into their websites for a monthly fee.


This latest announcement however, seems to take their business model change to am entirely new level. Although there continues to be paid membership plans with more options, DemoWolf now offers a free plan that still allows companies to embed their video tutorials into the knowledgebase or support pages of their websites.

“After years of struggling to find the best model for our business, we feel we now have the formula, and the right pieces in place to continue bringing high quality video tutorials to market” says Rob Moore, president of DemoWolf. “Now every hosting company can offer our video support tutorials to their customers, absolutely free!”

The kicker as they say, is the video tutorials served through the free plan will have a short 5-10 second video ad play before the support video plays. Recognizing that DemoWolf’s members are typically web hosting providers, they will not allow ads for other web hosting or competing companies to display through their ad network. All ads will have to be approved by DemoWolf before being added to the network. In addition, ads will be a maximum of 10 seconds long, and will show a “timer” indicating when the ad will be finished and the main video can begin.

DemoWolf claims that their video support tutorials save hosting companies upwards of 80% in support costs. Instead of a hosting client calling or submitting a ticket to their hosting provider with basic questions, they can instead search for an answer online, and be presented with a video tutorial that will walk them through their solution.

About DemoWolf
DemoWolf currently has over 450 video tutorials covering many aspects of web hosting, and the most commonly asked questions by hosting customers. Topics include help videos on cPanel, Plesk, domain and DNS issues, email client setup instructions, FileZilla and other FTP client instructions, WordPress, and much more. DemoWolf also provides several free tools to help get their videos into members’ websites such as WHMCS, ClientExec, Blesta, HostBill and WordPress plugins and modules. For more information, you can contact DemoWolf by visiting their website at https://demowolf.com/contact/ or by calling their Halifax-based office at 1-902-225-7459.

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Rzeszow, Poland – Amazon Lightsail is an Amazon cloud service that offers bundles of cloud compute power and memory. With the new module for HostBill you can resell and automatically provision Amazon Lightsail instances directly from HostBill.

As HostBill is all about automation, Virtual Machines are created automatically. Automation also covers SSH Key Injection. HostBill takes care of the service lifecycle, ensuring automatic suspension (if the invoice is not paid on time), unsuspension (upon invoice payment) or termination, if needed. The client area allows to select VM location, start and stop or rebuild Virtual Machine. It also gives your clients access to set SSH Key and manage firewall. HostBill admin area gives the ability to view and manage billing details, control account lifecycle and limit access to Blueprints.


More information about the module can be found at: https://hostbillapp.com/products-services/lightsail/

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 Fast release cycle and regular updates helped the company build strong community behind the product, confirming that HostBill can make thousands of system administrators and hosting companies owners’ lives better.

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Paras Jha and Josiah White have pleaded guilty to federal cybercrime charges in an Alaska court for creating the Mirai botnet and launching attacks including the one that took down Dyn in October of last year, ZDNet reports.
Jha, who was unmasked by cybersecurity researcher Brian Krebs in January, was indicted along with White in early December, court documents unsealed Wednesday said.
"Jha conspired to conduct DDOS attacks against websites and web hosting companies located in the United States and Abroad," according to his plea agreement. The document also says Jha managed to infect more than 300,000 devices.
See also: Andromeda Botnet Brought Down by Law Enforcement Agencies, Private Sector
He also admitted to releasing the source code in order to create "plausible deniability" in case he was caught in possession of it. Having done so, Jha has allowed the threat to be reused and repurposed by other hackers, as Akamai detailed in a report earlier this year.
A justice department spokesperson indicated to ZDNet that further indictments in the case will be unsealed soon.
As was suggested by Krebs when he identified Jha, Dyn appears to have been collateral damage in a DDoS attack on game servers, as Jha and his co-conspirators, presumably meaning White, and possibly others, attempted to extort the companies hosting them.
Fast-growing botnet "IoT_reaper" was discovered to be using some of the Mirai code in October.

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