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NEW YORK – The Switch® announced it will launch The Switch Access™, an extension of its global fiber and satellite network, at NAB 2018 (Booth SU4910). The Switch Access will allow customers easy access to The Switch’s extensive network of customers, connected venues, studios and production facilities, utilizing a broadband internet connection, from anywhere in the world.

Customers connecting to The Switch via The Switch Access can expect the same monitoring and end-to-end management of their feeds via The Switch Network Operation Centers with customer control via SwitchIT, The Switch’s patented scheduling and provisioning software platform. Once connected to The Switch, the customer gains seamless integration with The Switch resources including transport to studios and Over-The-Top (OTT) production, with The Switch’s proven quality of service and the ability to schedule transport, production and studios in one step.


With nearly 1,000 professional sports venues, studios, production facilities, broadcasters and OTT platforms connected to The Switch network, customers using The Switch Access can move content from or to the world’s leading producers, distributors, service providers and venues cost-effectively and with simple ease-of-use.

“The Switch has truly become a one-stop-shop supporting every aspect of the content supply-chain,” said Keith Buckley, president and CEO at The Switch. “Introducing The Switch Access, will provide content producers, who were located in regions outside of areas typically connected with major hubs, the opportunity to utilize every resource The Switch has to offer.”

The Switch will debut The Switch Access at the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas, alongside its existing product suite of services including: The Switch OTT, The Switch Studios, The Switch At Home, The Switch Mobile and SwitchIT, The Switch’s patented, award-winning customer-control software. The Switch can be found in the South Upper Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth SU4910. For more information on The Switch Access or to meet with The Switch at the 2018 NAB Show, please contact The Switch or visit: www.theswitch.tv/nab

About The Switch
The Switch is a leading global video solutions service provider, with owned and operated facilities in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. The Switch currently provides advanced video switching and local fiber circuit services, scalable Ethernet, At-Home production, production studios, OTT transcoding, satellite delivery and network origination to more than 800 demanding video content producers and distributors around the world.

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – dhosting.com is an exciting new web hosting startup which has just launched a breakthrough service that will prove to be a real game changer in today’s sluggish hosting market. Dynamic Edge is a service that combines the advantages of both cloud computing and shared hosting. With the approval of thousands of testers, Dynamic Edge is now ready to take the market by storm.

Founded by an international team of hosting industry veterans with more than 16 years of experience each, dhosting.com has created Dynamic Edge with the intention of challenging the market status quo and the mindset of its customers, just as Amazon did with the development of AWS.


Dynamic Edge is a truly scalable managed hosting service that unleashes the true potential of websites. Devoid of the typical resource constraints of shared hosting, Dynamic Edge is defined solely by CPU, RAM, and SSD resources (as is the case with cloud computing) and as a result, provides the advantage of fully automatic scaling of these resources without the need to restart the server. Thanks to this innovative solution, clients can scale IT infrastructure costs together with their website without worrying about aspects related to server management.

“Our mission is to provide hosting for high-flying projects. We perfectly understand the needs of customers thanks to many years of creating numerous products on the market. We believe that existing services have as many advantages as disadvantages. The previous model of scaling customers’ business was based on the fact that projects were run on shared hosting, after which they were gradually switched over to VPS servers and dedicated servers. However, the main problem for typical customers was the high cost of the service, as they had to bear the additional cost of administrator remuneration for the server and the management panel. With Dynamic Edge, clients will benefit by paying a subscription fee similar to shared hosting services, but with hourly billing for additional resources, so they will only pay more when these resources are used. It is very similar to the model for
cloud computing, but with us, the client receives a fully managed service and an advanced web page management panel.” Raphael Kusmider, CEO of dhosting.com.

By the end of the year, the goal will be to have achieved significant functional development of Dynamic Edge, including the expansion of existing modules and the creation of complementary modules that will serve to strengthen product advantage and increase customer satisfaction.

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Vilnius, Lithuania – With a focus on individuals as well as small businesses, Lithuanian-based web hosting company Hostens has introduced a VPN service. Hostens VPN service is safe, fast, and reliable. Furthermore, it is available in three continents: Europe, North America, and Asia.

As a significant part of everyday applications is unsafe, according to Hostens CEO Arvydas Strausas, Virtual Private Network (VPN) is used to ensure users’ private browsing, online privacy and security, while they communicate over the internet.


“We use plenty of various applications each day. In fact, not all of them are secure. At the end of the day, insecure browsing can end with a theft of our passwords or other personal information. Basically, the VPN service is one of the most reliable solutions to protect ourselves from it”, – sums up Mrs Strausas.

Ad networks track their potential customers from site to site, internet providers log the pages they have visited, while hackers target internet users if there is even a slightest possibility to do that. When using the VPN service, the internet traffic is encrypted, thus making it unreadable. Therefore, such data as your location or information about sites visited cannot be tracked. Based on the expertise of online security professionals, VPN service puts another layer of protection and significantly reduces the number of criminal actions on the internet.

Hostens VPN encrypts traffic with AES-256. Also, this system does not require complicated and time-consuming set-up processes.

About Hostens
Hostens is a division of Lithuanian company “Interneto Vizija” which was founded in 2003 and has quickly grown to serve more than 100,000 clients across Europe. Thanks to loyal customers and their referrals, the company had become the largest web hosting provider in Lithuania by 2005. By combining affordable and scalable options with enterprise-level technology, Hostens is able to supply its customers with web hosting, VPS services, VPN service, and domain registration. Combining 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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Penang, Malaysia – Exabytes, a leading web hosting service provider in Southeast Asia with over 18 years of experience today announces an extended strategic partnership with Plesk and the launch of ultra fast SSD VPS hosting bundled with the latest Plesk Onyx 17.8, aimed to simplify their customers daily operation, especially for web developers.

The latest version of Plesk Onyx places the needs of web professionals and developers as the number one priority with enhancements in four key areas: SEO, Site Performance, Server Security, and WordPress Smart Updates with the help of AI.


It is also worth mentioning that the existing useful features, such as Docker support, Git Deploy, System Update tools, Linux Cgroups limits, SSL Improvements, DNSSec Support, Plesk Extensions SDK, Ruby Support, Python Support, and many more are made available for task simplification.

“Through the addition of the latest 17.8 Plesk Onyx to our Linux SSD VPS services, we hope to
deliver the most value added services to our valued customers,” said Mr. Chan Kee Siak, the CEO of Exabytes. “These new services will enable Exabytes customers to get rid of the hassle of maintaining their own server and make web development quicker, easier and more secure. We’re delighted by the to work with Plesk in offering the best SSD VPS hosting solutions on the market,” Chan added.

About Exabytes
A leading web hosting provider that currently serves more than 75,000 clients in over 121 countries, and manages over 1,000 servers, Exabytes has 18 years of solid experience in server management and web hosting. Its commitments to customers include 24x7x365 professional technical support, 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee, 100-Day Money Back, friendly customer service team, 99.9% Network Uptime and 99.5% Server Uptime Guarantee.

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ARMONK, N.Y. – As companies look to embrace Artificial Intelligence (AI) to gain competitive advantage and increase productivity, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today unveiled a new data science and machine learning platform and an elite consulting team to help them accelerate their AI journeys.

Powered by a fast in-memory database that can ingest and analyze massive amounts of data –one million events per second* – IBM’s new Cloud Private for Data is an integrated data science, data engineering and app building platform. Designed to help companies uncover previously unobtainable insights from their data, the platform is also designed to enable users to build and exploit event-driven applications capable of analyzing the torrents of data from things like IoT sensors, online commerce, mobile devices, and more.


“Whether they are aware of it or not, every company is on a journey to AI as the ultimate driver of business transformation,” said Rob Thomas, General Manager, IBM Analytics. “But for them to get there, they need to put in place an information architecture for collecting, managing and analyzing their data. With today’s announcements, we are planning to bring the AI destination closer and give access to powerful machine learning and data science technologies that can turn data into game-changing insight.”

Launching on the IBM Cloud Private platform, Cloud Private for Data is an application layer deployed on the Kubernetes open-source container software and can be deployed in minutes. Using microservices, it forms a truly integrated environment for data science and application development. In the future, the Cloud Private for Data will run on all clouds, as well as be available in industry-specific solutions, for financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, and more.

Commenting on the news, Christian Rodatus, CEO of IBM business partner Datameer, said that “two of the biggest challenges for Data scientists is cleansing and shaping data, and operationalizing their insights to deliver value to business. The direction IBM is headed with IBM Cloud Private for Data is aligned with Datameer’s strategy and can enable companies to more quickly prepare data for machine learning and AI projects and operationalize these across their organizations.”

The Cloud Private Data solution also includes key capabilities from IBM’s Data Science Experience, Information Analyzer, Information Governance Catalogue, Data Stage, Db2 and Db2 Warehouse. The cohesive set of capabilities is designed to help Cloud Private clients quickly discover insights from their core business data, while keeping that data in a protected, controlled environment. In other words, the new solution is designed to provide a data infrastructure layer for AI behind the firewall.

IBM Launches Data Science Elite Team

Separately, IBM today announced the formation of the Data Science Elite Team – a new no-charge consultancy dedicated to solving clients’ real-world data science problems and to assisting them in their journey to AI.

According to a report from MIT Sloan, Reshaping Business with Artificial Intelligence, an estimated 85% of 3,000 business leaders surveyed believed artificial intelligence (AI) would enable competitive advantage, however, only about 1-in-5 have done anything about it. For many organizations, the task of understanding, organizing and managing their data at the enterprise level was too complex.

That’s where the new Data Science Elite Team comes in. This global team of data scientists, machine learning engineers, and decision optimization engineers is dedicated to assisting clients on-site to begin helping them better understand and control their data, and to start making machine learning an integral part of their business.

“Nedbank has a long tradition of using analytics on internal, structured data,” Patricia Maqetuka, Chief Data Officer, Nedbank Ltd. “More data is available now than has ever been available before and analytical tooling has undergone rapid evolution in order to keep up. Nedbank has embarked on a journey to start leveraging both internal and external data, creating new data driven business models and new sources of revenue. Thanks to the first IBM Analytics University Live we were exposed to the guidance and counsel of IBM’s Elite team. This team helped us to unlock new paradigms about how we think about our analytics and change the way we look at use cases to unlock business value.”

Specifically, Data Science Elite Team client engagements center around a use case and begin with a discovery workshop that helps clients understand their data environment and break this use case down into 3 to 4 discrete deliverables that can each be realized in two to three weeks. Following the workshop, clients are provided access to powerful data science strategies, technologies and methodologies through data science sprints and validation. The team, which comprises more than 30 people now, and is expected to grow to 200 over the next few years, is currently aiding more than 50 clients.

* Based on internal testing, February, 2018, that produced over 3 million inserts/second across three nodes.

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SANTA CLARA, CA – McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, today announced that it has extended its Cloud Security Platform to consistently protect Microsoft Azure, delivering the industry’s most extensive solution to secure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The solution addresses the most critical enterprise security requirements for Microsoft Azure and empowers customers to build applications on the Microsoft Azure cloud with the peace of mind that their applications, underlying cloud infrastructure and enterprise data are protected.

This announcement marks the introduction of the first joint solution following McAfee’s acquisition of Skyhigh Networks , demonstrating the company’s commitment to enhancing its Cloud Security portfolio, which now includes McAfee Skyhigh Security Cloud, McAfee Virtual Network Security Platform (McAfee vNSP) and McAfee Cloud Workload Security (McAfee CWS). McAfee Skyhigh Security Cloud for Azure is available now, and McAfee vNSP’s support of Azure customers will be available by the end of March. McAfee CWS, including support for Azure became available earlier this year.


As organizations migrate from data centers to the cloud, they need to take measures to ensure their use of cloud providers, such as Microsoft Azure, is safeguarded. This process is not easy due to many complex security parameters to configure, incidents to respond to and controls to manage, which are different across the various cloud providers. This leaves many cloud implementations vulnerable to attacks, such as those discovered by Skyhigh where man-in-the-middle (MITM) exposures could be used to penetrate enterprise cloud applications. McAfee solves this problem by providing one Cloud Security Platform that ensures comprehensive visibility and consistent enforcement of security and compliance configurations and policies across multiple cloud IaaS/PaaS platforms.

“Moving applications, data and workloads to the cloud exposes enterprises to new threats and risks,” said Rajiv Gupta, senior vice president of the cloud security business unit, McAfee. “At the same time, the adoption of cloud allows organizations to transform their business. This is why we are on a mission to make cloud the most secure environment for business. The introduction of McAfee Cloud Security Platform for Microsoft Azure is an important step to fulfilling this mission for our customers.”

About McAfee
McAfee is the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company. Inspired by the power of working together, McAfee creates business and consumer solutions that make our world a safer place. By building solutions that work with other companies’ products, McAfee helps businesses orchestrate cyber environments that are truly integrated, where protection, detection and correction of threats happen simultaneously and collaboratively. By protecting consumers across all their devices, McAfee secures their digital lifestyle at home and away. By working with other security players, McAfee is leading the effort to unite against cybercriminals for the benefit of all. www.mcafee.com

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