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Singapore – Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today launched a new suite of product offerings for the global market in the areas of cloud architecture, machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT) and security. These products will meet the needs of the retail industry in the region who are looking to digitize their operations under the New Retail concept that marks the seamless integration of online and offline. Alibaba Cloud is poised to strengthen its collaboration with customers and partners across different industries with these new offerings.

The launch of ASEAN Partner Alliance Programme is another highlight at Alibaba Cloud Summit – Infinity 2018. The alliance aspires to develop a sustainable ecosystem to empower more technology vendors, service providers, system integrators, ISVs and start-ups to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives. The program aims to recruit 150 solution partners and to train 600 sales and technology personnel in the next 12 months to fuel the growth of the ecosystem.


Derek Wang, Chief Solution Architect, Alibaba Cloud International said: “Asia Pacific is a unique market, and as a global cloud services provider with an Asian origin, we are committed to leverage our knowledge and experience to build a sustainable regional ecosystem and enrich our offerings to meet the needs of our customers in this digital age. This new suite of offering includes products that are highly efficient, cost effective, and some of them are the first of their kind in the industry.”

The new products fall into a number of inter-related categories. In relation to data technology and AI, Alibaba Cloud is launching two key products – Data Lake Analytics is an effective serverless service for customers to turn their cloud storage data into insights in Data Lake scenario; PAI is Alibaba Cloud’s proprietary machine learning platform that enables customers with limited AI background easy access to Alibaba Cloud’s AI capabilities. IoT Platform, a platform and toolkit will also be introduced to the global market.

Infrastructure and security will continue to be crucial as the fundamental consideration for enterprises undertaking cloud migration. In view of this, Alibaba Cloud will launch Anti-Bot Service, which is a software solution that protects users from online scalpers and crawlers. Hybrid Backup Recovery is a cost-effective, easy-to-use online backup service to protect critical business data while Dedicated Host provides customers with regulatory, stability and business standard requirements to enjoy a dedicated hosting service on a public cloud.

Alibaba Cloud’s partner network is an important strategic asset, as shown by the number of new offerings. With China Unicom Global, Alibaba Cloud is launching Smart Access Gateway that supports a multiple location enterprise network. Others are Apsara Stack, the next generation hybrid cloud solutions, delivered in collaboration with HPE, and Elasticsearch, which is an open source tool developed by Elastic and available on Alibaba Cloud.

“These products all have specific features that meet an identified need within the flourishing retail market in Asia Pacific region. E-commerce is witnessing considerable growth and Alibaba Cloud, leveraging Alibaba Group’s development, can offer a mature ecosystem to support the regional retail sector. Using these products will help merchants deploy their resources more effectively, and gain deeper consumer insights. The technology available can also give our consumers better protection against fraud and an improved shopping experience,” added Wang.

Alibaba Cloud invested significant resources in the global market especially Asia Pacific to support the region’s digital transformation, offering a larger range of solutions to local businesses and SMEs. Last month, the company launched the second Availability Zone and the first cloud based Anti-DDoS Scrubbing Center in Malaysia, providing customers with new levels of protection against DDoS attacks.

The new products and solutions will all be demonstrated at the Alibaba Cloud Summit – Infinity 2018.

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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LOS ANGELES – DreamHost®, a global leader in web hosting and Managed WordPress services, has given freedom to thousands of sites built with its proprietary website builder, Remixer. Effective immediately, DreamHost Remixer users who are also DreamHost customers now have the power to export their sites to WordPress, carrying across all styles, theming, and content created within Remixer into a freshly created WordPress website.

Since its launch in 2017, DreamHost’s Remixer has been the preferred click-to-edit site builder for thousands of web users looking to carve out a corner of the web with a powerful, yet simple-to-use interface. Paired with WordPress, the web’s most popular content management system, Remixer marries beautiful website designs and evocative user-generated content with the power of open source software.


Today’s WordPress export tool does away with Remixer’s “walled garden” approach to website content and brings true data portability to Remixer users. Remixer has embraced WordPress’ new, in-development “Gutenberg” design paradigm, exporting block-based designs and content designed to work with the WordPress of today and tomorrow.

“We’re committed to supporting the Open Web,” said DreamHost’s vice president of product, Remixer, Ralph Castro. “From free speech to free software, to giving our users complete control and ownership of their data, today’s launch builds on the web’s early promise to help users share their content online on their platform of choice.”

To date, Remixer is the only standalone website builder with the ability to export websites and their content directly to WordPress, making this a noteworthy industry first.

DreamHost Remixer’s WordPress export tool launches in beta today and is available at no charge to all new and existing Remixer All Access users and DreamHost Shared Hosting customers. User feedback during this period will be used, as always, to shape the future of Remixer and other new offerings from DreamHost.

About DreamHost
DreamHost is a premier Managed WordPress hosting provider, giving over 400,000 businesses, developers and content creators worldwide the tools they need to own their digital presence. Powered by a strong team of industry experts with nearly two decades of advanced web experience, DreamHost is a leader in Managed WordPress hosting. Supporting the open source community with dedicated resources and top-tier talent, DreamHost believes in the power of the Open Web and the people that make it happen. Founded in 1997, DreamHost has offices in Los Angeles and Orange County, California and in Portland, Oregon.

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SAN JOSE, CA – Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, today introduced first-to-market workstation and IoT solutions optimized for the new Intel® Xeon® E-2100 processors that Intel just launched today.

Supermicro’s new 5039C-T workstation tackles today’s most demanding applications at an affordable price. Based on Supermicro’s X11SCA motherboard, the 5039C-T is fully optimized for Intel’s latest Xeon E processors and supports up to 64GB of DDR4-2666 memory, fast M.2, U.2 SSD storage, dual GbE LAN ports, and USB 3.1 Gen 2. When equipped with NVIDIA® Quadro® Professional GPUs, the 5039C-T delivers exceptional performance for 2D or 3D design, modeling, and simulation applications.


Supermicro’s 1019C-HTN2 is a compact IoT system that supports three independent displays and is well suited for digital signage, DVR/NVR, POS, office server and network security applications. With a depth of 11.3 inches, this 1U system is powered by Supermicro’s X11SCZ-F micro-ATX motherboard and supports two hot-swap and two internal 2.5-inch hard drive bays, up to 64GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 memory, two GbE LAN ports, four USB 3.1 devices, a PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot, M.2 slot, and a dedicated IPMI 2.0 remote management port. Support for socket-based processors makes it easy for customers to populate an optimized CPU based on their specific requirements, while the PCI-E x16 slot empowers customers to expand their features. Overall, this cost-optimized system is ideal for applications that require multi-core, high-speed, power-efficient processing.

“As the demand for higher performing and reliable workstations and IoT systems grows, Supermicro continues to offer customers first-to-market solutions that implement the very latest technology advancements,” said Michael McNerney, vice president of Marketing and Solutions at Supermicro. “From professionals to content creators, our customers will benefit from the performance and reliability that these new workstation solutions offer. Furthermore, our new compact IoT system will surely be deployed in a wide range of applications from medical and surveillance appliances to robotic and industrial environments.”

Supermicro’s new X11SCA workstation motherboard comes in a standard ATX form factor packed with features and expandability options including 4k video support. Optimized for the latest Xeon E processors, this platform supports up to 64GB of either ECC or non-ECC DDR4-2666 memory, triple displays with DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, DVI-D; dual M.2, U.2, dual GbE LAN ports, and USB 3.1 Gen 2. In addition, there is a front panel USB-C header on the X11SCA motherboard with different versions to add either gigabit wireless 802.11ac with Bluetooth 5.0 (X11SCA-W) or Supermicro IPMI 2.0 with an additional VGA port (X11SCA-F).

About Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI)
Supermicro® (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced Server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market.

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Berlin, Germany – ZenMate, the leading VPN service provider owned by the internet security and privacy company ZenGuard GmbH, announced the launch of ZenMate VPN Ultimate, a superior subscription tier complementing existing service offering.

“ZenMate Ultimate is designed for the internet user who likes to take his or her online security into their own hands, as well as for those who heavily use streaming services to access their favourite content from anywhere in the world,” says Andrei Mochola, the CEO of ZenMate.


ZenMate Ultimate offers its users two brand new features when using the VPN. Firstly, this new tier comes with a 100% Streaming Guarantee for popular streaming services of user’s choice. Secondly, ZenMate Ultimate introduces OpenVPN Support.

Joern Stampehl, CTO, adds: “OpenVPN was by far the most requested feature from our users since several months. With such overwhelming engagement from our users, we ensured that rolling out OpenVPN support with dedicated servers was our top priority. Along with the feedback received from our beta testers, we’re sure that our users will enjoy the new Ultimate tier.”

To learn more about how to setup OpenVPN with ZenMate for all your devices please visit https://zenmate.com/openvpn

With the newly introduced tier, the ZenMate VPN portfolio now consists of ZenMate Free, ZenMate Premium and ZenMate Ultimate tiers, which address different needs of users without compromising their privacy and security. To learn more about differences between offered tiers please visit: https://zenmate.com/welcome. In the coming months, ZenMate will also be making major upgrades to its infrastructure to ensure that all users have an optimized online experience, with improvements to speeds and functionality.

About ZenGuard GmbH
Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Berlin, ZenGuard GmbH (https://www.zenmate.com ) provides a multi-platform security software and service that encrypts and secures users’ internet connection and protects their privacy while browsing. With its ZenMate flagship privacy service, ZenGuard prevents snoopers, hackers, governments, and ISPs from spying on users’ web browsing activities, downloads, credit card information, and more. In addition to a slimmed-down free version, ZenMate is also available as a Premium model with a subscription. With hundreds of servers in over 30 global locations and more than 45 million users, ZenMate is one of the world’s leading VPNs.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – iThemes, a leader in WordPress plugins announced that it will begin to offer iThemes Hosting, a complete WordPress hosting solution which will include BackupBuddy, iThemes Security Pro and iThemes Sync, all in one package.

“For the last 10 years, as we’ve built WordPress themes, plugins and services, one thing has always been missing— hosting. We’ve sought to build relationships with all of the popular and good (while they are still good) WordPress hosts out there but, frankly, it’s been a giant struggle and frustration for us (and likely our customers, too),” said Cory Miller, General Manager of iThemes. “In January, iThemes was acquired by Liquid Web, one of the premier managed hosting companies, and with it, the opportunity to create a complete WordPress hosting service with all of the products and support iThemes customers have come to love and trust,” said Miller.


iThemes Hosting will offer three types of hosting plans – Business, Professional and a Starter plan. The Starter plan is priced at $15 a month which will include one free migration with BackupBuddy, iThemes Sync Pro, and a free and automatic SSL certificate. iThemes Hosting includes a smarter, more helpful hosting control panel and site management all in one allowing customers to manage their sites faster and more productively.

“iThemes Hosting is a perfect option for customers that don’t make their money online, but make their money because they are online. It is for customers that need to have a low-cost option, but still require large capacity plans with tons of traffic and quality support,” said Chris Lema, VP of Products and Innovation at Liquid Web.

For a limited time, iThemes is offering their Business Plan (reg. $25/month) at an introductory price of $15/month. The Business plan includes iThemes Sync Pro, BackupBuddy, and iThemes Security Pro. To learn more about iThemes Hosting and the introductory pricing visit https://ithemes.com/wordpress-hosting.

About iThemes
iThemes, a Liquid Web company, is a leader in WordPress plugins that include BackupBuddy, iThemes Security Pro, multiple site management iThemes Sync and iThemes Sales Accelerator. iThemes was founded by Cory Miller in 2008 and has since grown it into a full enterprise providing professional WordPress plugins, tools and training resources designed for freelancers, marketers, bloggers and entrepreneurs. In 2011 and 2013, iThemes was recognized among the top 20 fastest-growing private companies in Oklahoma City, a designation given to the top companies demonstrating positive growth. In January, 2018, iThemes was acquired by Liquid Web functioning as an independent unit within Liquid Web. Liquid Web is part of the Madison Dearborn Partners family of companies. For more information, please visit http://www.liquidweb.com/, or read our blog. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date with all Liquid Web events.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today announced the launch of their second availability zone (“Availability Zone B”) in Malaysia to expand its cloud footprint and bolster its cloud capacity, serving increasing customer demand locally and in the region. The new zone complements Availability Zone A which was launched last year in heightening cloud security and ensuring business continuity through resilient cloud infrastructure.

Alibaba Cloud will also continue to invest in Malaysia by setting up the first cloud based Anti-DDoS Scrubbing Center in August. The center will mitigate risks and offer customers the highest level of protection against stronger DDoS attacks. The new center will feature a variety of security functions including Anti-DDoS Pro, a service that defends against all types of DDoS attacks.


“I welcome Alibaba Cloud’s effort to further support and enhance Malaysia’s digital economy. The world moves ever closer towards e-commerce and we see a considerable surge in demand by local industries to participate in this new economy on a global platform. Malaysia is now pushing ahead with efforts to strengthen its infrastructure with a view towards making access to the Internet a basic human right and categorising facilities which enhance access to broadband as a public utility. The success of our trade on a global platform with assistance of companies like Alibaba Cloud depends on an efficient Internet environment. The advanced technology afforded by Alibaba Cloud opens new opportunities, which I believe will quite substantially benefit Malaysia in its efforts to raise competition and efficiency in this new industry,” said Gobind Singh Deo, Malaysia’s Minister of Communications and Multimedia.

In addition to ensuring high availability and resiliency, Availability Zone B offers payment hardware security modules (HSM), elastic computing, database, networking and monitoring services. It is also certified for SAP hosting, the German-based global market leader in enterprise application software.

“Alibaba Cloud is committed to bringing elastic, scalable and secure cloud products and services to our Malaysian customers. The launch of our Availability Zone B and Anti-DDoS Scrubbing Center will enable us to offer even greater security and choice for our customers. At the same time, the launch will facilitate knowledge sharing with local enterprises and talents on how to use Alibaba Cloud technology to achieve a highly secure and resilient cloud infrastructure,” said Kenny Tan, Malaysia General Manager at Alibaba Cloud.

These new developments in Malaysia come on the back of a number of initiatives by Alibaba Cloud. Earlier this year, the company announced the collaboration with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in the Malaysia City Brain Initiative to create a smart city powered by AI and big data.

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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