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WAYNE, PA – Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) has expanded its Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) certification across its modern, resilient cloud platforms, and now offers compliant production and disaster recovery services on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its managed private cloud.

Organizations are often burdened with achieving PCI DSS compliance for everything from their infrastructure to their applications. By achieving certification, Sungard AS now reduces the complexity and cost of the process for customers, who only need to certify their applications.


While initial certification takes months or even years and can be costly, the real challenge for many organizations is maintaining it. One study from Verizon’s PCI DSS Compliance report found that only 29 percent of organizations were still compliant a year after their initial certification. Sungard AS is among those few, having demonstrated its ability to maintain PCI compliance for other services for half a decade, assuring that it can enable compliance for all customers.

“We’re continually updating and improving our cloud offerings to keep pace with market changes as well as deliver the service customers need,” said Josh Crowe, Chief Technology Officer at Sungard AS. “By certifying our cloud platforms for PCI compliance, customers who need PCI compliance can leverage our AWS and managed private cloud services to achieve their objectives quickly for both production and recovery workloads.”

AWS shared responsibility model of security means that while AWS is PCI-compliant, the elements organizations add to the cloud, from their operating systems, network and firewall configuration to their client-side and server-side data protections, must be PCI-certified by each organization. Sungard AS offers both production and recovery environments that are PCI-certified, saving crucial steps.

Private clouds grant organizations more control for mission-critical or complex workloads, achieving agility, security and economics with platforms like VMware. But the PCI certification process can be arduous in private cloud because both production and recovery environments must be compliant. Sungard AS uses the exact same infrastructure for production and recovery in a hosted private cloud, which both eliminates the double work and speeds PCI-compliant recovery.

For more information on Sungard AS’ modern, resilient cloud platforms, visit https://www.sungardas.com/en/services/cloud-and-hosting/.

About Sungard Availability Services
Sungard Availability Services (“Sungard AS”) is a leading provider of critical production and recovery services to global enterprise companies. Sungard AS partners with customers across the globe to understand their business needs and provide production and recovery services tailored to help them achieve their desired business outcomes. Leveraging more than 40 years of experience, Sungard AS designs, builds and runs critical IT services that help customers manage complex IT, adapt quickly and build resiliency and availability.

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DENVER – InMotion Hosting, a leading hosting company who provides web hosting and managed hosting solutions, is announcing a strategic partnership with Automattic Inc., and their Jetpack product, which will now be available for InMotion’s WordPress Hosting customers. Customers will automatically receive either Jetpack Personal (a $39 value) or Jetpack Professional (a $299 value) at no extra cost when purchasing a WordPress Hosting package from InMotion.

Managed WordPress Hosting from InMotion offers users a managed hosting platform for WordPress that includes security, performance and optimized speeds. Additionally, the suite of design, management tools and pre-installed features allow WordPress customers to build their site faster.


WP-2000S and WP-3000S now includes Jetpack Personal (a $39 value) offering great features such as unlimited image CDN storage and Akismet spam-filtering. For customers who purchase WP-4000S and up receive Jetpack Professional (a $299 value). This includes services such as automated security scans and unlimited high-definition video hosting.

“Jetpack is an incredible tool that allows our website hosting partners to provide a managed WordPress experience to their end users,” said James Grierson, Global partnerships Lead at Automattic.”We are very excited to have InMotion Hosting use the Jetpack platform for their next generation of WordPress websites.”

Sunil Saxena, Vice President of InMotion Hosting, commented “InMotion Hosting has always strived to deliver great products and services to our customers. The new partnership with Jetpack continues this commitment by allowing us to elevate our customer’s capabilities with our WordPress hosting products through this offering with Jetpack.”

The inclusion of Jetpack will now provide InMotion Hosting customers more tools to design, promote, and increase the security of their websites. Access to Jetpack is available to both new and existing InMotion Hosting customers immediately. Existing customers who aren’t already using Jetpack can connect and start using the plan’s features by logging into their Account Management Panel.

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SAN MATEO, CA – Cloudian announced that it raised $94 million in a Series E funding, bringing the company’s total funding to $173 million. The round includes participation from investors Digital Alpha, Eight Roads Ventures, Goldman Sachs, INCJ, JPIC (Japan Post Investment Corporation), NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc. and WS (Wilson Sonsini) Investments. Cloudian will use this investment, which is the largest single round to date for a distributed file systems and object storage provider, to expand its worldwide sales and marketing efforts and increase its engineering team to meet rising demand for its limitlessly-scalable enterprise storage solutions.

“Cloudian redefines enterprise storage with a global data fabric that integrates both private and public clouds — spanning across sites and around the globe — at an unprecedented scale that creates new opportunities for businesses to derive value from data,” Cloudian CEO Michael Tso. “Cloudian’s unique architecture offers the limitless scalability, simplicity, and cloud integration needed to enable the next generation of computing driven by advances such as IoT and machine learning technologies.”


According to IDC, the worldwide enterprise storage market grew by 34.4% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2018, reaching over $52 billion in annualized revenue. Cloudian’s global enterprise storage fabric meets this growing demand with a software-defined-storage platform that transforms standard servers and virtual machines into a pool of logical storage resources that can be co-located with data sources and data consumers, whether in physical data centers, at remote sites, or in the cloud. Scalable to hundreds of petabytes and beyond, the Cloudian architecture creates a global federation of storage assets to form a hyperscale fabric that eliminates the boundaries of traditional storage, allowing information resources to be transparently pooled and shared over distance.

“Computing now operates without physical boundaries, and customers need storage solutions that also span from the data center to the edge,” said Takayuki Inagawa, president & CEO of NTT DOCOMO Ventures. “Cloudian’s geo-distributed architecture creates a global fabric of storage assets that supports the next generation of connected devices.”

Global businesses in data-intensive verticals such as media, healthcare and manufacturing create and consume vast quantities of data at hundreds of locations across the organization. Cloudian meets these distributed storage needs with a peer-to-peer resource fabric and a single management framework that spans Cloudian storage appliances, industry standard X86 servers running Cloudian software, and public cloud storage. The result is simple, efficient data management across the global storage landscape.

“For too long, enterprise storage users have settled for solutions that offer incrementally more performance or scale without fundamentally addressing the challenge of global data management,” said Daniel Auerbach, senior managing partner at Eight Roads Ventures. “When Eight Roads Ventures first invested in Cloudian in 2014 we saw a different approach – here was a company applying cloud-scale technologies to the enterprise storage challenge. This, our third round of investment, affirms our belief in Cloudian’s innovative approach and next stage of growth.”

Recently added Cloudian customers include public health agencies in the US and UK, two of the top five Formula One teams, a US national research lab, an online travel market leader, a top three pharmaceutical company, a top three global car maker, a top five European bank, an Ivy League university, and one of the world’s largest global engineering companies.

“Global 2000 customers in media, automotive, manufacturing, healthcare, and government look to Cloudian to manage their rapidly growing information assets, a trend that we see only accelerating,” said Edouard Hervey, managing director at Goldman Sachs. “We believe Cloudian is well-positioned to dominate the next generation of enterprise storage with its elegantly simple design that integrates both the data center and cloud environments.”

“With long-standing roots in the Silicon Valley, our firm has represented over 3,000 private companies and early-stage startups, giving us a unique perspective on the success factors found in high-growth firms,” said Larry Sonsini, Cloudian investor and senior and founding partner of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. “WS Investments chose to work with the Cloudian management team led by Michael Tso because they exhibit the markers of long-term success with a strong, integrity-driven culture and an innovative solution to the vital challenge of global data management.”

Unlike traditional storage solutions whose architectures were derived from stand-alone systems that operate within a single data center, Cloudian’s architecture was built on cloud technologies that were designed for distributed environments and limitless scale.

“There will be 20 billion connected devices by 2020, creating a compelling need for data management solutions that are architected for geo-distribution and cloud integration,” said Gregory M. Bryant, Intel’s senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group and Cloudian board member. “Cloudian’s global data fabric architecture lets customers manage data organization-wide from a single console, so they can capitalize on the next generation of connected computing.”

The Series E funding includes a $25 million investment from Digital Alpha that was first announced in February.

About Cloudian
Cloudian turns information into insight with a hyperscale data fabric that lets customers store, find and protect data across the organization and around the globe. Cloudian data management solutions bring cloud technology and economics to the data center with uncompromising data durability, intuitive management tools, and the industry’s most compatible S3 API. Cloudian and its ecosystem partners help Global 1000 customers simplify unstructured data management today, while preparing for the data demands of AI and machine learning tomorrow.

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SEATTLE – Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced general availability of Amazon Aurora Serverless. Aurora Serverless is a new deployment option for Amazon Aurora that automatically starts, scales, and shuts down database capacity with per-second billing for applications with less predictable usage patterns. Amazon Aurora Serverless offers database capacity without the need to provision, scale, and manage any servers. Aurora Serverless brings the power of the MySQL-compatible database built for the cloud to applications with intermittent or cyclical usage patterns without the need to manage database servers. To get started with Amazon Aurora Serverless, visit https://aws.amazon.com/aurora/serverless.

Many AWS customers have applications with intermittent or cyclical usage patterns. For example, retail applications often experience seasonal spikes. Development and test workloads require database access only at certain times of the day or week. In addition, all new applications face unknown usage demands. This creates a capacity planning dilemma for customers who must either over-provision database capacity upfront to pay for resources they will not use or under-provision resources and risk performance problems and a poor user experience. With Amazon Aurora Serverless, customers no longer have to provision or manage database capacity. The database automatically and quickly starts, scales, shuts down, and starts up again in seconds based on the needs of the workload. Customers simply create an endpoint through the AWS Management Console, and Amazon Aurora Serverless handles the rest. Customers pay by the second for database capacity only when the database is in use. Amazon Aurora Serverless brings the power of Amazon Aurora, the fastest growing service in the history of AWS, to applications that only require intermittent or cyclical database access at a fraction of the cost.


“More and more customers are moving production applications and databases from Oracle and SQL Server to Amazon Aurora because it’s a highly available, highly durable, built-for-the-cloud database at one tenth the cost of the older guard database offerings,” said Raju Gulabani, Vice President, Databases, Analytics, and Machine Learning, at Amazon Web Services. “With the availability of Aurora Serverless, we now make it more cost effective for our customers to run intermittent or cyclical workloads that have less predictable usage patterns such as development and test workloads or applications that experience seasonal spikes, making Aurora even more attractive for every imaginable workload.”

NTT DOCOMO is the largest mobile service provider in Japan, serving more than 73 million customers. “Our data-based services are often not used at full capacity, resulting in high database running costs,” said Tomoyoshi Ohno, Vice President and General Manager of Innovation Management Department, NTT DOCOMO. “Amazon Aurora Serverless will allow NTT DOCOMO to reduce operational costs by matching capacity to actual demand. Because developers can use Amazon Aurora Serverless just like a traditional MySQL database, it will be easy to adopt in our service infrastructure.”

Pagely is the WordPress hosting leader in innovation, speed, scalability, and security, with thousands of clients ranging from the largest tech companies, to universities, creative agencies, city and state governments, and other large and midsize businesses. “We are excited by the flexibility that Amazon Aurora Serverless offers in our current managed WordPress hosting stack, and the new serverless WordPress application hosting model that it enables us to pursue,” said Joshua Strebel, Founder and CEO, Pagely. “Many of our large-scale WordPress sites have unpredictable database usage. Amazon Aurora Serverless gives us the ability to lower customer costs for these fluctuating workloads and free internal resources by eliminating the need for manual or monitored database resizing. Ultimately this is about saving time, money, and serving our customers better, and Amazon Aurora Serverless will help us do that.”

California Polytechnic State University is a nationally-ranked public university that’s driven by its core philosophy of Learn by Doing — a powerful combination of academic expertise and hands-on experience. “Our Learning Management System (LMS) is central to the student experience at Cal Poly, and we have high standards for performance, scalability and high availability,” said Alison Robinson, Associate Vice President, Cal Poly Information Technology Services. “Amazon Aurora meets our high standards. Given LMS usage patterns, with peaks during the first week of class, mid-terms, and finals, we expect to economize by paying only for the resources we need when we need them and eliminating the need for on-premises hardware. We also capitalize on the flexibility of the AWS environment that allows us to automatically shut down development and test instances when not in use, and spin them up quickly when needed.”

CB Insights is a private market intelligence firm that aggregates and analyzes massive amounts of data and uses machine learning and data visualization to help corporations answer strategic questions. “Leveraging serverless computing is key to our system architecture strategy at CB Insights as it allows us to handle bursts in computation needs in an effective and cost efficient manner,” said Pal Hoye, Chief Technology Officer of CB Insights. “We are excited about the opportunity to bring the serverless model to databases through Amazon Aurora Serverless. Through the preview program we have had early access to Aurora Serverless and it has confirmed the applicability for unpredictable data access scenarios. It’s also a good option for development/staging databases, which can be shut down when not in use to achieve additional cost savings.”

Cognizant is one of the world’s leading business and IT services companies, providing technology, consulting, and operations services to help companies digitally transform their businesses. “The launch of Amazon Aurora Serverless has been highly anticipated by the market,” said Arun Varadarajan, Vice President, AI and Analytics at Cognizant. “It complements several of our offerings, including Cognizant Adaptive Data Foundation, a solution which enables the creation of cloud-based, holistic data strategies requiring insights, scale and speed. Amazon Aurora Serverless will enhance products like Cognizant Lab Insights, an intelligent, connected lab performance management solution, because a serverless database architecture supports the intermittent data usage requirements of lab environments and provides better flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness.”

Amazon Aurora Serverless (MySQL-compatible edition) is available in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and will expand to additional Regions in the coming year.

About Amazon Web Services
For over 12 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 125 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 55 Availability Zones (AZs) within 18 geographic regions and one Local Region around the world, spanning the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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SOUTHFIELD, MICH. – Nexcess, a leading provider of performance-optimized WordPress and WooCommerce hosting, this month celebrates the one-year anniversary of the introduction of managed WooCommerce hosting to its global eCommerce platform.

Last year, WooCommerce joined Nexcess’ line-up of premium managed application hosting plans, which also includes Magento, WordPress, CraftCMS, and OroCRM. Site performance is critically important to eCommerce revenues, and WooCommerce retailers on the Nexcess platform benefit from the company’s commitment to low-latency hosting, which is supported by an environment specifically engineered for WooCommerce.


In the year since Nexcess introduced WooCommerce hosting, the company’s platform has evolved. The brand-new Nexcess Cloud provides on-demand WooCommerce instances with automatic scaling, comprehensive performance optimization, and a range of developer friendly features.

“The reaction to our WooCommerce hosting platform has been amazing, and we’re proud of the growth we have experienced in just a year,“ commented Chris Wells, President and CEO of Nexcess, “With the introduction of WooCommerce cloud hosting earlier this year, we have seen even more interest from retailers who plan to use our platform to increase the performance and reliability of their eCommerce store and to offer an enhanced retail experience to shoppers.”

Nexcess is among the most experienced eCommerce hosting providers in the world, with almost two decades as a trusted partner of retailers of all sizes. Nexcess’ shared, dedicated, and custom clustered hosting solutions are trusted by thousands of retailers, who rely on Nexcess’ stability and expert support.

Nexcess provides WooCommerce and Magento hosting for eCommerce retailers of all sizes, from solo retailers and small businesses to the largest enterprise stores. With data center locations in the USA, Australia, and Europe, WooCommerce stores hosted on Nexcess benefit from low-latency connectivity to the most important international eCommerce markets.

About Nexcess
Nexcess is a Southfield, Michigan-based eCommerce hosting company founded in 2000, with data centers distributed throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. Nexcess offers a variety of cloud, dedicated, and clustered eCommerce hosting services for Magento and WooCommerce, with an emphasis on achieving maximum performance for high-traffic sites.

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DES MOINES, IA – LightEdge expands its geographical reach and redundancy and invests further into the company’s world-class compliant cloud solutions as it acquires Austin, Texas-based OnRamp.

“LightEdge is thrilled to announce the expansion of our secure and compliant hosting and colocation services through the acquisition of OnRamp. This combining of forces elevates the strategic vision we have been successfully executing for the past decade. OnRamp brings a tremendous group of skilled experts, HITRUST-certified data center facilities, and a proficiency in delivering leading compliance and security solutions that make them a natural fit with LightEdge,” said Jim Masterson, Chief Executive Officer at LightEdge.


With the emergence of the IT cloud paradigm, many mid-sized enterprises are trying to get out of the hardware business. They are seeking trusted partners that specialize in providing compliant infrastructure to meet increasing audit standards, enhance data security, and minimize business risk or downtime. This acquisition presents the perfect opportunity for LightEdge to expand and serve this national demand.

“LightEdge is an innovative and forward-thinking organization. I am confident they have the drive, ingenuity, and financial support to continue to propel the combined company into the forefront of the nation’s top hosting and compliant cloud providers,” said Lucas Braun, Chief Executive Officer for OnRamp. “Our two cultures and values are a great fit, which was important to us in making this decision.”

LightEdge and OnRamp both bring over 20 years of experience to the industry. They have built deep expertise in achieving the world’s top compliance and security standards for their operations and their customers by hosting complex workloads for highly-regulated sectors like healthcare, financial services, education, and manufacturing. DH Capital, LLC served as the exclusive financial advisor for OnRamp.

LightEdge currently owns four colocation facilities: two purpose-built data centers outside of Des Moines, Iowa, one facility within the underground mines of SubTropolis Technology Center in Kansas City, MO, and another recently opened data center in Omaha, Nebraska. Through this acquisition, LightEdge will now be able to expand their geographically-dispersed data center reach into Austin, Texas and Raleigh, North Carolina. This acquisition also puts LightEdge on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) power grid, in addition to their presence on the Eastern grid. This dual-coverage and increased reliability will offer more value and flexibility for LightEdge customers.

About LightEdge
With over 20 years in business, LightEdge offers a full stack of best-in-class IT services to provide leading flexibility, security, and control. Their solutions include premier colocation across four purpose-built data centers, industry-leading private Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and cloud platforms, and the top global security and compliance measures. Their owned and operated facilities, integrated disaster recovery solutions, and premium cloud choices make up a true Hybrid Cloud Solution Center model. LightEdge’s strong financial backing of the Anschutz Group empowers them to invest heavily in their markets. LightEdge annually undergoes third-party audits for maintaining ISO 20000-1, ISO 27001, HIPAA, PCI-DSS 3.2, and SSAE 18 SOC 1 Type II, SOC 2 Type II and SOC 3. For more information, visit www.lightedge.com.

About OnRamp
Founded in 1994 as an ISP, OnRamp opened its first data center in 2003 and transitioned into the private cloud space. In 2010, OnRamp strategically pivoted into the high security hosting space and expanded its data center reach into Raleigh and an additional ground-up build of a second Austin facility. Today, OnRamp is a leading HITRUST-certified data center services company that guides businesses through the complexities of data security and compliance. OnRamp’s solutions help organizations in healthcare, financial services and education services meet compliance standards including HIPAA, PCI, SOX, FISMA and FERPA. Their breadth of hybrid computing and managed services ensures they can provide custom solutions from colocation to cloud. For more information, visit www.onr.com.

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