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GLASGOW – iomart Group plc (AIM: IOM) has been approved to supply a comprehensive portfolio of managed cloud services on the G-Cloud 11 framework which will help public sector bodies reduce management costs and simplify compliance.

In all, iomart, together with its digital transformation consultancy SystemsUp and storage specialist Cristie Data, has been approved to deliver a total of 29 separate cloud services across the three lots of hosting, support and software, to support central government, local authorities, healthcare, education and blue light services as they continue to transform the way they deliver their services to the public.


Declan Sharpe, UK Sales Director, iomart, said: “We have the people, skills, knowledge, technologies, infrastructure and partnerships to offer public sector organisations a one-stop shop for cloud strategy, implementation, security and management. Instead of having to deal with multiple suppliers, we offer a single point of access to a large portfolio of cloud services, producing a better experience and genuine economies of scale for any public sector body that chooses to work with us.”

The approved G-Cloud 11 services from iomart include Backup as a Service, Disaster Recovery as a Service, Desktop as a Service, IaaS Private Cloud, IaaS Public Cloud, Managed AWS, Managed Azure, Microsoft CSP for Azure and Office 365 and Managed Security. The addition this year of Microsoft CSP for Azure and Office 365 means iomart can also help customers in the public sector leverage funding from Microsoft for proof of concepts.

Through its consultancy SystemsUp, iomart can help public sector organisations with cloud strategy and security, application optimisation, workplace collaboration and data analytics, plus secure internet connectivity via partner ZScaler. While through its storage brand Cristie Data iomart offers a number of transitional cloud services for public sector organisations that are still on premise, as well as web security and Office 365 security software from partner Barracuda.

iomart has been an approved supplier since the early days of the G-Cloud framework. To find out more search for iomart on the Digital Marketplace visit https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk.

About iomart
For over 20 years iomart Group plc (AIM: IOM) has been helping growing organisations to maximise the flexibility, cost effectiveness and scalability of the cloud. From data centres we own and operate in the U.K. and from connected facilities across the globe, we deliver 24/7 storage and protection for data across the most complex of cloud and legacy infrastructures. Our team of over 400 dedicated staff work with our customers at the strategy stage through to delivery and ongoing management, to implement the secure cloud solutions that deliver to their business requirements. For more information visit www.iomart.com

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ATLANTA — DC BLOX, a multi-tenant data center provider delivering the infrastructure and connectivity essential to power today’s digital business, announces the opening of its fourth center facility in Birmingham, Alabama. The first phase of the facility, now customer ready, delivers up to 5MW of power, 18,000 square feet of white space and 13,000 square feet of office space, featuring conference rooms, demo space, hoteling cubes and workstations. This location is DC BLOX’s flagship facility and is capable of expanding to over 200,000 square feet with over 60MW of critical IT load to serve as a technology and innovation hub for the surrounding area.

As data centers move more toward the edge of the network to accommodate a growing number of applications demanding local processing and storage – low-latency, high-capacity connectivity is a key component of this evolving architecture. DC BLOX’s Birmingham data center offers access to the company’s full breadth of solutions including cloud storage, colocation and rich connectivity to support enterprise, government and education customers, as well as managed service providers, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies and content providers that do business in the Southeast. The facility is part of DC BLOX,s private, high-speed network fabric, which provides 100Gb+ bandwidth, low-latency connections to Internet Exchanges, access to numerous carriers across data centers and secure cloud connectivity.


“We live in a digital age, and the world is not standing still. DC BLOX’s new data center is certainly a welcome addition to the Birmingham community,” said Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. “It will connect the city with high-performance networks to ensure business continuity, and ultimately, it will drive the digital economy. In addition to elevating Birmingham’s technological capabilities, the new data center will bring several high-paying jobs for Alabamians. DC BLOX’s efforts are a much-appreciated investment into Alabama’s future success, and their increased presence in this great state will help propel us forward.”

DC BLOX offers the highest data center performance, reliability and connectivity available in the markets it serves. The company is dedicated to meeting the infrastructure needs of businesses and communities in emerging and underserved markets throughout the Southeastern U.S., where robust connectivity and Tier 3 data center availability is limited. This new local data center enables Birmingham-area businesses and government entities to offload the cost and complexity of managing their own data centers and provides the connectivity needed to address an increasingly distributed IT ecosystem. The grand opening of the Birmingham, AL data center is taking place on July 11th.

“With construction designed to withstand 150+ mph winds, N+1 power and cooling systems, a fully-protected private network and enhanced security developed to accommodate Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) standards, the Birmingham facility is designed for security and reliability,” states Mark Masi, DC BLOX Chief Operating Officer. “Our data hall is designed to accommodate cabinets of varying densities and can be adapted for custom solutions as well.”

“We are thrilled to be joining the Birmingham community,” adds Jeff Uphues, Chief Executive Officer of DC BLOX. “The State of Alabama and the City of Birmingham care deeply about the prosperity of their citizens and are working to bring in companies like ours to invest in their communities and bring jobs to the region. They understand that a data center is core infrastructure that attracts other technology-dependent companies, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.”

About DC BLOX
DC BLOX is a multi-tenant data center provider delivering the infrastructure and connectivity essential to power today’s digital business. DC BLOX’s software-defined network services enable access to a wealth of providers, partners and platforms to businesses across the Southeast. DC BLOX’s connected data centers are in Atlanta, GA; Huntsville, AL; Chattanooga, TN, and Birmingham, AL. For more information, please visit www.dcblox.com.

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Microsoft has announced a new managed PaaS service that will provide enterprises secure and seamless RDP and SSH access to virtual machines directly through the Azure Portal. Called Azure Bastion, the new service has been designed as an additional safeguard for the organizations that don’t want to connect to Azure VMs through public internet connections, as it can sometimes lead to the security and connectivity issues. “Azure Bastion is a new managed PaaS service that provides seamless RDP and SSH connectivity to your virtual machines over the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). This is completed without any exposure of the public IPs on your virtual machines,” Yousef Khalidi, Microsoft wrote in a blog post. “Azure Bastion provisions directly in your Azure Virtual Network, providing bastion host or jump server as-a-service and integrated connectivity to all virtual machines in your virtual networking using RDP/SSH directly from and through your browser and the Azure portal experience. This…
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Last month, Microsoft had released fixes for a critical Remote Code Execution vulnerability (CVE-2019-0708), called BlueKeep. This vulnerability was found in Remote Desktop Services, affecting some older versions of Windows. The tech giant has now warned that an exploit exists for this vulnerability. According to an internet-scale port scanner, nearly one million devices on the public internet are vulnerable to BlueKeep. “Future malware that exploits this vulnerability could propagate from vulnerable computer to vulnerable computer in a similar way as the WannaCry malware spread across the globe in 2017,” wrote Microsoft in a blog post. Which versions of Windows are affected by BlueKeep vulnerability? The following Windows systems are vulnerable to CVE-2019-0708 BlueKeep: Windows 2003 Windows XP Windows 7 Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2008 Users of Windows 8 and Windows 10 are not affected by this vulnerability. How can BlueKeep vulnerability affect users? If a vulnerable…
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HOUSTON, TX – cPanel is excited to announce a new partnership with JetApps. Starting immediately, users can buy a JetBackup license directly from cPanel.

JetBackup supplies hosting providers with a great deal of flexibility by allowing unlimited backup jobs, multiple schedules per job and unlimited destinations. Creating and applying custom hooks to backup and restore functions gives companies the ability to meet the unique needs of their clients.


When asked about the importance of quality backups, Eric Ellis, Vice President of Customer Experience for cPanel, LLC said, “Throughout my technical career, I’ve always preached about how vital it is to make and test backups. Understanding how important this is when considering a backup technology partnership, JetBackup stood out as a dependable name in backup software making it an easy choice for cPanel. I’ll be using this robust software on my servers from now on.”

JetBackup’s self-service functionality allows cPanel end-users, hosting customers, to restore an account in seconds, removing the support burden with traditional cPanel & WHM backups. Some hosting providers have seen up to 70% fewer support tickets related to account backups and restores. When clients have speed and ease-of-use, it is a win-win for both cPanel partners and their clients. Users can also enable JetBackup’s GDPR compliance feature for their account backups.

“We love partnering with companies that share our values of providing a high-quality product, backed by excellent customer service. Naturally, cPanel was a perfect fit! It has been a pleasure working with the entire cPanel team throughout this process of deepening the compatibility and integration of JetBackup into cPanel & WHM®. This partnership is a great benefit to both cPanel and JetBackup customers alike,” Tim Hollis, CEO of JetApps, Inc.

JetBackup is now for sale directly through the cPanel store and the Manage2 portal for cPanel partners. It will be available later this year for purchase through the WHM® interface.

About cPanel, L.L.C.
Established in 1997 by CEO Nick Koston, cPanel provides one of the internet infrastructure industry’s most reliable and intuitive web hosting automation software platforms. With its rich feature set and customer-first support, the fully-automated hosting platform empowers infrastructure providers and gives customers the ability to administer every facet of their website using simple point-and-click software. Based in Houston, Texas, cPanel employs over 220 team members and has customers in more than 70 countries.

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Ubuntu 19.04 ‘Disco Dingo’ is finally here. Canonical has released the latest version of Ubuntu with a focus on open infrastructure deployments, developer desktop, internet of things (IoT), as well as cloud to edge software distribution. Ubuntu is a leading open source Linux distribution based on Debian, and an operating system for desktop, server, and cloud computing. The latest version of Ubuntu will bring integrations with the main open infrastructure projects, including OpenStack, Kubernetes, and Ceph. There will be advanced life-cycle management for multi-cloud and on-premise operations. For IoT, it will add support for AWS DeepRacer, a developer-centric model for autonomous ground vehicle community development. Along with this, Ubuntu 19.04 will also have integration with the Edge X stack and multiple smart display solutions. The company said that over 2,000 independent software publishers distribute their apps to Linux desktops, appliances and cloud virtual machines (VMs) via…
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