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TORONTO, CANADA – ServerMania, a leading provider of cloud hosting and dedicated server hosting, is adopting security measures to protect its customers from the privacy and security risks posed by the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.

The company has also released an advisory urging dedicated server hosting customers to update server operating systems as soon as possible.


Spectre and Meltdown are critical vulnerabilities that exploit flaws in processors manufactured by Intel, ARM, and AMD. These processors are used in almost every computing device, from servers to smartphones. The vulnerabilities can be exploited by an attacker able to run code on the affected machines, revealing sensitive data by bypassing the processor’s built-in protections.

Microsoft and leading Linux distributions, including CentOS and Ubuntu, have released patches that mitigate the risk. Updating server operating systems to patched versions is the only way to protect server hosting customers and their users.

“The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities expose the vast majority of servers to the risk of compromise and data theft. It’s a huge problem, but the industry has reacted quickly to develop solutions that mitigate most of the risk,” explained ServerMania CEO, Kevin Blanchard, “At ServerMania, we are working with customers to secure servers across our cloud and hybrid server hosting ranges. Dedicated server hosting customers should update their servers as soon as possible.”

Spectre and Meltdown can be exploited by anyone in a position to run code on a server. They are particularly hazardous for multi-tenant systems like the public cloud, which hosts several users on the same server. A malicious user could theoretically run code in a virtual machine they control and access data from the host environment and other virtual machines hosted on the same server. Spectre and Meltdown present a risk in any scenario that allows unvetted code to be run on a server.

ServerMania offers a variety of infrastructure hosting options, including dedicated servers, hybrid servers, and public and private cloud platforms. The company is proactively patching its cloud and hybrid server platforms and is working with its customers to secure dedicated servers.

About ServerMania
ServerMania is a Canadian company with over 14 years of experience building high-performance infrastructure hosting platforms for businesses globally. ServerMania offers a wide range of fully customizable dedicated, hybrid, cloud, colocation and IP Transit services. Their mission is to empower clients by equipping them with fast, reliable, innovative infrastructure hosting while upholding a 100% network uptime SLA. This is assisted by a 24x7x365 rapid response team — one with some of the best response times in the industry. For more information, visit https://www.servermania.com.

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Microsoft has announced the general availability of its Accelerated Networking (AN) for Azure virtual machines (VMs). The AN can be used for both Windows and latest distributions of Linux. How does Accelerated Networking work? In AN, the software defined networking (SDN) of Azure is moved from CPUs, into the SmartNICs (smart networking interface) based on FPGA (field programmable gate-array). It enables a single root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) to a VM, which lessens the compute cycles by end user applications. Hence, the load on VMs is reduced, along with the decrease in inconsistency in latency. Benefits of Accelerated Networking The Accelerated Networking will speed up the networking throughput of Azure VMs up to 30 Gbps. Low latency Reduced jitter Reduced CPU usage Supported versions AN supports Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter and Windows Server 2016, and these VMs- D/DSv2, D/DSv3, E/ESv3, F/FS, FSv2, and Ms/Mms. AN was available in public preview only till 4th…
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Xen Project, a project hosted at The Linux Foundation, today announced Bitdefender, a leading global cybersecurity technology company protecting 500 million users worldwide, is a new Advisory Board member. The Xen Project Advisory Board consists of major cloud companies, virtualization providers, enterprises, and silicon vendors, among others, that advise and support the development of Xen Project software for cloud computing, embedded, IoT use-cases, automotive and security applications.

The Xen Project hypervisor is the number one choice for security-first environments due to its architecture, advanced security features, and extensive security disclosure process. Xen Project code provides the basis for security solutions from companies such as A1Logic, Bitdefender, Bromium, Dornerwork, Qubes OS, Star Lab, and Zentific. Its security process earned a Core Infrastructure Initiative Badge, and has been emulated by several open source projects, including OpenStack, OPNFV, and OpenDaylight.


With its Corporate HQ in Bucharest and Enterprise HQ in Santa Clara, Bitdefender protects half a billion users every day and works with large enterprises, SMEs, government organizations, and private individuals across more than 150 countries. It provides solutions for each customer’s specific security needs, and uses open source technology to address the new security needs of today.

Bitdefender and Citrix created the first commercial application of the Xen Project hypervisor’s Virtual Machine Introspection (VMI) infrastructure. VMI is an ideal API for developers building and monitoring security applications. The hardware-assisted VMI protects against intrusion and malware attacks adding an extra layer of security. It has been used to spot some of the newer military-grade cyber weapons, like EternalBlue.

According to Shaun Donaldson, Director of Strategic Alliances at Bitdefender, “Security insights gained from the Xen Project hypervisor VMI capabilities has revolutionized security. Instead of being reactive to what is occurring, security can be a proactive effort by using the architecture of virtualization to bridge the context gap.”

Donaldson went on to say, “We enjoyed working with the Xen Project as a contributor, and are pleased to now be an Advisory Board member. We look forward to contributing to the creation and extension of security capabilities, building on examples like VMI, within the Xen Project framework.”

“Security companies look to use the Xen Project hypervisor as its architecture can help mitigate security risks through use of sandboxing techniques, security features like VMI, KCONFIG and Live Patching, and extensive security process,” said Lars Kurth, advisory chairperson for the Xen Project. “Bitdefender is the first security company to join the Xen Project board, and we are excited to increase our expertise and practice in the security space to continue our momentum here and expand to other security-first companies.”

Bitdefender joins 10 advisory board members who are committed to the market and technical success of the Xen Project hypervisor. Member involvement includes financial support, technical contributions, and high-level policy guidance.

About Xen Project
Xen Project software is an open source virtualization platform licensed under the GPLv2 with a similar governance structure to the Linux kernel. Designed from the start for cloud computing, the Project has more than a decade of development and is being used by more than 10 million users. A project at The Linux Foundation, the Xen Project community is focused on advancing virtualization in a number of different commercial and open source applications including server virtualization, Infrastructure as a Services (IaaS), desktop virtualization, security applications, embedded and hardware appliances. It counts many industry and open source community leaders among its members including: Alibaba, Amazon Web Services, AMD, Arm, Bitdefender, Cavium, Citrix, Huawei, Intel, Oracle, and Qualcomm. For more information about the Xen Project software and to participate, please visit XenProject.org.

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LAKE FOREST, CA – PSSC Labs, a developer of custom HPC and Big Data computing solutions, today announced its PowerWulf HPC clusters are now available with Intel’s new Xeon® Scalable Processors and Intel’s Omni-Path HPC Fabric to deliver the performance needed to tackle cutting edge computing tasks including real-time analytics, virtualized infrastructure and high-performance computing.

PowerWulf clusters are built with Intel’s Data Center Blocks to ensure a truly turnkey solution that addresses customer integration challenges. Today’s customer datacenters require unique server solutions that run complex, business-critical workloads. Intel Data Center Blocks configurations are purpose-built with all-Intel technology, optimized to address the needs of specific market segments. These fully validated blocks deliver performance, reliability and quality for solutions customer want and can trust to handle their demanding cloud, HPC, and business critical workloads.


PSSC Labs PowerWulf HPC Clusters are available as config-to-order (CTO) to meet the specific needs of a customer. Key features of these solutions include:

  • Pre-configured and fully validated blocks with the latest Intel HPC technology
  • Powered by the Intel Xeon processor Scalable family, delivers an overall performance increase up to 1.65x compared to the previous generation, and up to 5x Online Transaction Processing warehouse workloads versus the current install base.
  • 2 operating system options to choose: RedHat, SUSE, and CentOS Linux
  • Multiple models with different support options
  • Intel Fabric Suite 10.5.1, Lustre 2.10
  • Intel Omni-Path Host Fabric Interface (Intel OP HFI) Adapter 100 Series and FDR/EDR InfiniBand Fabric
  • Intel Datacenter SATA and NVMe Solid State Drives (SSD)

“Intel’s integrated and fully-validated Data Center Blocks enables PSSC Labs to deliver more efficient and turnkey approach and reduce time to market, complexity and the costs of system design, validation and integration,” said Alex Lesser, EVP of PSSC Labs. “Partnering with Intel allows us to offer our customers the latest hardware options in our line of custom turn-key PowerWulf HPC clusters for a variety of applications across government, academic and commercial environments.”

PowerWulf HPC clusters also feature PSSC Labs CBeST Cluster Management Toolkit (Complete Beowulf Software Toolkit) to deliver a preconfigured solution with all the necessary hardware, network settings and cluster management software prior to shipping. With its component structure, CBeST is the most flexible cluster management software package available.

Every PowerWulf HPC Cluster includes a three-year unlimited phone / email support package (additional year support available) with all support provided by PSSC Labs US-based team of engineers. PSSC Labs is an Intel HPC Data Center Specialist and has been a Platinum Provider with Intel since 2009. For more information see http://www.pssclabs.com/solutions/hpc-cluster/

About PSSC Labs
For technology powered visionaries with a passion for challenging the status quo, PSSC Labs is the answer for hand-crafted HPC and Big Data computing solutions that deliver relentless performance with the absolute lowest total cost of ownership. All products are designed and built at the company’s headquarters in Lake Forest, California. For more information, 949-380-7288, www.pssclabs.com

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SAN JOSE, CA – Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions, green computing technology and an SAP global technology partner, today announced that its latest 2U 4-Socket SuperServer (2049U-TR4) supporting the highest performance Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, maximum memory and all-flash SSD storage has been certified for operating the SAP HANA® platform*. SuperServer 2049U-TR4 for SAP HANA supports customers by offering a unique scale-up single node system based on a well-defined hardware specification designed to meet the most demanding performance requirements of SAP HANA in-memory technology.

“Combining our capabilities in delivering high-performance, high-efficiency server technology, innovation, end-to-end green computing solutions to the data center, and cloud computing with the in-memory computing capabilities of SAP HANA, Supermicro SuperServer 2049U-TR4 for SAP HANA offers customers a pre-assembled, pre-installed, pre-configured, standardized and highly optimized solution for mission-critical database and applications running on SAP HANA,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “The SAP HANA certification is a vital addition to our solution portfolio further enabling Supermicro to provision and service innovative new mission-critical solutions for the most demanding enterprise customer requirements.”


Supermicro is collaborating with SAP to bring its rich portfolio of open cloud-scale computing solutions to enterprise customers looking to transition from traditional high-cost proprietary systems to open, cost-optimized, software-defined architectures. To support this collaboration, Supermicro has recently joined the SAP global technology partner program.

SAP HANA combines database, data processing, and application platform capabilities in-memory. The platform provides libraries for predictive, planning, text processing, spatial and business analytics. By providing advanced capabilities, such as predictive text analytics, spatial processing and data virtualization on the same architecture, it further simplifies application development and processing across big-data sources and structures. This makes SAP HANA a highly suitable platform for building and deploying next-generation, real-time applications and analytics.

The new SAP-certified solution complements existing solutions from Supermicro for SAP NetWeaver® technology platform and helps support customers’ transition to SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA®. In fact, Supermicro has certified its complete portfolio of server and storage solutions to support the SAP NetWeaver® technology platform running on Linux. Designed for enterprises that require the highest operational efficiency and maximum performance, all these Supermicro SuperServer solutions are ready for SAP applications based on the NetWeaver technology platform such as SAP ECC, SAP BW and SAP CRM, either as application or database server in a two- or three-tier SAP configuration.

Supermicro plans to continue expanding its portfolio of SAP HANA certified systems including an 8-socket scale-up solution based on the SuperServer 7089P-TR4 and a 4-socket solution based on its SuperBlade® in the first half of 2018.

For more detailed information on Supermicro’s portfolio of SAP-certified solutions, please visit https://www.supermicro.com/solutions/sap/.

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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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INVENT, LAS VEGAS – AWS re: Hostway, a leading managed cloud hosting provider and specialist in compliant hybrid cloud hosting solutions, announced the expansion of its multi-cloud managed service portfolio with the addition of AWS Cloud and VMware® Private Cloud Support, enabling comprehensive mission-critical software applications to be seamlessly moved to the cloud.

As healthcare, IoT and financial organizations continue to struggle with the barriers that have kept them from embracing cloud technology, including cost and compliance, Hostway has been building the foundation for rapid modernization and flexibility as one of few hosting providers that offer strict compliance with regulations such as HIPAA, PHI, ePHI and PCI.


“Our mission is to provide best-of-breed technologies and technical expertise for mission-critical software applications,” said Emil Sayegh, CEO and President of Hostway. “As regulated industries continue to move toward a mobile-based, always-on delivery model, scalability and privacy will continue to be major concerns. Our 20-year track record of providing highly scalable, flexible, and compliant solutions and a commitment to delivering best-in-class expertise to the world’s leading brands sets Hostway apart from other MSPs and hosting providers. Adding AWS and VMware to our portfolio enables us to provide our customers with even more choice and flexibility.”

Enterprises are on a multi-phased journey to the cloud and benefit from migration services that speed deployment, as well as ongoing operating expertise that can adapt to a company’s evolving set of business and technology needs. The newly announced Hostway Managed AWS and Managed VMware offerings provide businesses with trusted managed multi-cloud support services, tools and applications that allow customers to focus on their core business.

  • Multi-Cloud Choice: Customers have more options across multiple cloud environments. Hostway helps enable customers to run their workloads out of the data center and in the best-fit location, whether in Hostway data centers, AWS Cloud or on Azure Cloud, with their technology of choice whether its VMware, Linux or Microsoft.
  • Azure, AWS, VMware Expertise: Hostway is recognized as a global, at-scale provider of managed and professional services with hundreds of certifications in AWS, Azure, and Microsoft technologies. Hostway has achieved Microsoft Gold Certification in hosting and cloud platform solutions with additional certifications in application development, data centers and cloud solutions.
  • Managed Services: In addition to ongoing management, Hostway provides architecture, cloud transformation and cost optimization guidance, as well as assistance with capacity management and workload mobility between Hostway data centers and public cloud data centers.
  • Hybrid Deployments: Customers can leverage the best of both worlds with the performance and cost optimization of dedicated while supporting bursting of traffic to AWS or Azure. Customers can also benefit by avoiding cloud lock-in by having data in a dedicated cloud with dynamic compute of public clouds.
  • Security and Compliance: Hostway anticipates and quickly responds to ever-changing regulatory requirements and escalating security threats so that customers and their clients are always compliant with the latest regulations – including HIPAA, PHI, ePHI, and PCI – and their data is uncompromised.

Hostway blends automation, technology, and human expertise to deliver ongoing architecture, management, security services, and 24x7x365 operations, all backed by exceptional service, and certified engineers and architects.

About Hostway Services
Hostway Services, Inc. is the world’s most trusted managed compliant hosting provider, delivering managed cloud infrastructure and application hosting solutions for software companies including healthcare, SaaS and e-commerce focused organizations. Its team of engineers in North America, Europe, and Asia deliver reliable, secure and scalable private cloud, managed cloud and hybrid cloud hosting solutions to thousands of customers across ten geographically diverse SSAE 16 and ISO 27001 data centers around the world while ensuring strict compliance such as PCI and HIPAA. At Hostway, every customer interaction is treated as an opportunity to develop a long-term relationship based on trust. Visit http://hostway.com for more information.

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