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Jakarta, Indonesia – Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today launched a second data center in Indonesia to double its local capacity. The company also announced the Internet Champion Global Accelerator Program at today’s “Hello Indonesia 2019” event to empower local enterprises and talents, contributing to Indonesia’s 2020 Go Digital Vision.

Driven by strong customer demand, the opening of the second data center came only ten months after the first. Alibaba Cloud is the only global public cloud platform with local data centers in Indonesia. The two centers will provide high availability and strengthen disaster recovery capabilities, allowing customers to deploy mission-critical workloads in multiple availability zones and switch over within seconds. Alibaba Cloud now has 55 availability zones across 19 regions worldwide.


The two centers offer a comprehensive suite of products and services, ranging from elastic computing, database service, networking, storage, security, and middleware, to solutions that address vertical industry challenges. With strong demand for big data and analytic solutions from Indonesian enterprises, Alibaba Cloud has already launched Machine Learning for AI and, later this month will offer elastic search to provide real-time search, data analysis, and visualization capabilities. Alibaba Cloud has also launched Smart Access Gateway (SAG), an SD-WAN solution to provide a one-stop cloud connectivity solution for public cloud and hybrid cloud environments.

“The Digital Economy Vision of Indonesia sets out a clear direction for our future development. Our goal is to foster new decacorn and unicorn, accelerate the growth of at least 1,000 startups, and help at least 8 million people in the traditional farming and fishing industries, as well as SMEs, to go digital,” said H.E. Rudiantara, Minister of Communications and Information of Indonesia.

“With better connectivity and a fast-growing digital community, the Indonesian market presents enormous opportunities to both local and global enterprises,” said Leon Chen, General Manager of Singapore and Indonesia, Alibaba Cloud. “By doubling our data center capacity and launching the Internet Champion Global Accelerator Program in Indonesia, we aim to further build the cloud ecosystem and talent pool for Indonesia.”

The newly launched Alibaba Cloud Internet Champion Global Accelerator Program echoes the Indonesian Government’s digital ambition by providing training, mentorship, and venture capital opportunities to enterprises and professionals. Following its initial launch in Indonesia, it will gradually roll out to other global markets. Alibaba Cloud kicked off the program in Jakarta by giving 300 professionals from start-ups and enterprises an introduction to e-commerce technology, using Alibaba Group’s Double 11 Global Shopping Festival as a case study. The accelerator program will go to Bali on January 12 to further connect with more than 200 professionals and students.

Alibaba Cloud also continues to strengthen its local channel network with partners such as PT IndoInternet, PT Blue Power Technology and PT Sistech Kharisma. Today, Alibaba Cloud announced a strategic partnership with PT IndoInternet as the distributor of its full range of cloud computing products and services.

“We are very pleased to work with Alibaba Cloud. Reliable and cost-effective products and services are highly sought-after in our market as it expands. Serving as a distributor of Alibaba Cloud not only helps us meet increasing market demand but also enables local resellers to improve their product knowledge and service standards,” said David Tandianus, Director, PT IndoInternet.

About Alibaba Cloud
Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com), the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is among the world’s top three IaaS providers according to Gartner, and the largest provider of public cloud services in China, according to IDC. Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba Group marketplaces, start-ups, corporations and government organizations. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee.

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PHOENIX, AZ – phoenixNAP®, a global IT and security services provider, offering security-focused cloud infrastructure, dedicated servers, colocation, and specialized Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) technology solutions, announced today the launch of its Security Services product offering.

“Our teams have been hard at work for nearly two years, building the foundational components needed to deliver this service to our customers,” said William Bell, Executive Vice President of Product. “We have created a 24/7 SOC, built from the ground up, working hand-in-hand with the teams that you trust to build and maintain your critical infrastructure. InfraSentry is the realization of our vision to create a truly secure Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform.”


InfraSentry from phoenixNAP is a security service suite providing customers with a holistic security solution, capable of advanced detection with active defense mechanisms, protecting our customers against potential security threats targeting your environments. Designed to complement our Infrastructure Services by adding real-time Threat Detection Services (TDS), Advanced End-Point Protection (AEP), Incident Triage (IT), and Mitigative Services (such as discounted Backup-as-a-Service Advanced), we provide our customers with a trusted, battle-tested approach, modeled on the NIST Cyber Security Framework.

As a global IT infrastructure provider, phoenixNAP is in the unique position to understand the holistic approach to security and provide a multi-layer data protection strategy. Infrastructure and security is in its DNA. InfraSentry enables organizations to access a global communication fabric, as well as a suite of comprehensive network and application monitoring systems to improve your security posture.

“We are not an audit company attempting to offer security-related services to capitalize on a market gap. Security for us is not an add-on service. It is built into the fabric of our design and the cornerstone of every service we offer. InfaSentry is a natural extension of our commitment to security. We believe that security is a basic customer expectation and it is our responsibility to provide our customers with the support necessary to keep their data safe” said Anthony Dezilva, Product Manager, Security Services.

InfraSentry complements the recent launch of phoenixNAP’s Data Security Cloud, a regulatory compliant cloud infrastructure platform that supports workloads requiring stringent governing controls to support organizations’ certification needs.

To maintain the necessary level of alertness and preparedness, the phoenixNAP teams train alongside the highest levels of cyber defenders within the industry. The security teams gain battle-tested skills and contribute in return through the continued development of orchestration techniques, and the use of its global footprint to detect and operationalize threat-vector intelligence before it impacts our client base.

“InfraSentry represents a significant extension of our security services portfolio and is fundamental to our “Secure-by-Design” product focus,” said Ian McClarty, president of phoenixNAP. “With threat detection and management as a primary focus in a growing number of organizations, we are thrilled to offer a solution that responds to the immediate needs of the market.”

Every Security Operations Center Analyst at phoenixNAP is, at a minimum, certified at the CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst CySA+ (CSA+) level. Each analyst has successfully engaged in an eight-week Threat Detection, Hunting, and Incident Response curriculum, conducted under the ACTRA TUF team program.

“Security Services is a major step in the evolution of phoenixNAP’s value-added services portfolio,” said Ray Powers, Executive Vice President of Implementations. “We pride ourselves in offering painless solutions to the ever-growing compliance and security regulations needs of companies doing business via the modern internet. We have invested heavily in this global infrastructure and the training of our SOC and operations teams. We can’t wait for our customers to experience this service.”

InfraSentry relies on the best of breed, multi-tenant threat management solutions, machine learning, and incident orchestration technologies to provide critical infrastructure insights. The platform aims to identify any deviant behavior and signal the operators of a potential threat event. Different behavior patterns are gathered from both real-time collaborative and subscribed industry threat data sources, keeping current with up-to-date data of possible malicious activities. Correlating this information with Dark Web threat intelligence, we aim to actively defend our customer networks, without waiting for the first signs of impact.

“The launch of InfraSentry is a major milestone for our team and the first step in our MDR (Manage, Detect and Respond) capability. It is enhanced through Incident Orchestration and the integration of Dark Web Threat Intelligence,” said William Bell, EVP of Product. “We continue to focus on extending this service offering to help our clients further solidify their security posture.”

“Nearly two years ago, we set out on a journey to fulfill the client demand that their infrastructure provider also handles the security of their infrastructure. Designated as a “Security-First’” company, by our executive team, we began to transform our product offerings and our operations to not only meet but exceed that goal. More than realizing our goal of building the most robust security offering available, we are thrilled to announce that InfraSentry can support and enhance the Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability (CIA Triad) of your critical infrastructure.” said Anthony Dezilva, Product Manager, Security Services.

For more information about phoenixNAP’s security efforts, visit this page.

phoenixNAP is Microsoft Gold Datacenter partner, Platinum Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) partner, and a Premier Service Provider in the VMware Cloud Provider Program. phoenixNAP is also a PCI DSS Validated Service Provider and its flagship facility is SOC Type 1 and SOC Type 2 audited.

About phoenixNAP
phoenixNAP is a global IT services provider with a focus on cybersecurity and compliance-readiness, whose progressive Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions are delivered from strategic edge locations worldwide. Its cloud, dedicated servers, hardware leasing, and colocation options are built to meet always evolving IT businesses requirements. Providing comprehensive disaster recovery solutions, DDoS-protected global network, hybrid IT deployments with software and hardware-based security, phoenixNAP fully supports its clients’ business continuity planning. Offering scalable and resilient opex solutions with expert staff to assist, phoenixNAP supports growth and innovation in businesses of any size enabling their digital transformation. To learn more about phoenixNAP’s global IT services, visit phoenixnap.com.

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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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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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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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Vilnius, Lithuania – With a focus on individuals and small businesses, the web hosting company Hostens has introduced more locations of its VPN service. From now on, all customers can use VPS service in the following locations: London (United Kingdom), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Frankfurt (Germany), Vilnius (Lithuania), Washington DC (USA), San Francisco (USA), Singapore.

VPN service encrypts internet traffic by securing the user’s personal data, moreover, it provides an extra layer of protection when using public WiFi spots. Finally, it is a solution for those who wish to access geo-restricted content on, for example, video streaming sites.


“Our VPN service was introduced only one year ago, but we already have a substantial number of VPN users today. This is why we have decided to expand our range of VPN service”, – says Arvydas Strausas, the CEO of Hostens.

According to Mr. Strausas, one of the most relevant features of this service is the possibility to avoid country-specific restrictions by reaching content which is usually unavailable in some countries. Furthermore, there is no doubt about its necessity for the secure browsing. By using the VPN service, your traffic is encrypted between you and a VPN server, so your ISP can’t see where you’re going or what you’re doing.

Here is the full list of all the available VPN locations served by Hostens:
Europe

  • London (United Kingdom)
  • Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Frankfurt (Germany)
  • Vilnius (Lithuania)

North America

  • Washington (USA)
  • San Francisco (USA)

Asia

  • Singapore

About Hostens
Hostens is a division of the Lithuanian company “Interneto Vizija”, which was founded in 2003 and quickly grew into an international enterprise providing service to more than 100,000 clients across Europe. Thanks to loyal customers and their referrals, in 2005 the company had become the largest web hosting provider in Lithuania. By combining affordable and scalable options with an enterprise-level technology, Hostens is able to supply its customers with web hosting, VPS services, VPN service, and domain registration. Aided by the strong technical background of “Interneto Vizija” Hostens operates a geographically convenient data center located in Vilnius, Lithuania (the geographic midpoint of Europe). Hostens data center is built and maintained according to TIER III international standard.

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