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AUSTIN, TX – OnRamp Access, LLC, a leading high security and compliant hosting provider, is proud to announce the launch of its purpose-built, HITRUST-certified virtual private cloud (VPC) built on OpenStack® open-source software. OnRamp’s on-demand HITRUST Virtual Private Cloud helps organizations control costs, remain agile, and improve their compliance posture. It offers the ease of use of a public cloud—including capabilities like utility billing and self-service provisioning—with the security of a private cloud.

“OnRamp’s Virtual Private Cloud allows IT teams and DevOps to quickly meet market demands by deploying highly elastic environments that are secured to HITRUST standards. We built unique features into the product that solve common cloud challenges,” said OnRamp VP of Product Toby Owen.


For instance, users can control costs using capped resource usage, eliminate vendor lock-in through open-source APIs, and deploy even the most sensitive workloads with secure volume encryption. The virtual private cloud delivers a logically isolated environment that lets you retain control of your private networks, virtual machines, and storage, without the need for you to manage the infrastructure. And you can apply and maintain security settings for your entire environment with a dynamic policy engine.

“In a landscape of growing threats and increasing fines for non-compliance, it’s exciting to see OnRamp extend OpenStack’s use to meet healthcare security and compliance needs,” says Mark Collier, COO of the OpenStack Foundation. “One of our themes at the 2017 OpenStack Summit in Boston was the triad of cost, compliance, and capability. OnRamp’s VPC is a great example of how the community is moving OpenStack software into use cases that highlight those three Cs.”

“Launching our HITRUST-certified Virtual Private Cloud is just one of the ways OnRamp demonstrates our commitment to our customers’ needs for security, compliance and flexibility. We implement regimented processes and secure our facilities to meet stringent standards, and in turn, are able to share those benefits with our customers. OnRamp customers gain peace of mind knowing that all their systems, from their development environment to their mission critical apps, are supported by OnRamp’s systematic administrative, technical, logical and physical safeguards,” says OnRamp CEO Lucas Braun.

Concurrent to the product launch, the company achieved its Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) Common Security Framework (CSF) Certification. HITRUST CSF is the most widely recognized security accreditation in the healthcare industry, employing controls from several major security and standards bodies —HIPAA, PCI, ISO, NIST and others—to protect confidential data and critical assets.

With the HITRUST certification, OnRamp now delivers a suite of HITRUST-certified services, with secure-by-default configurations that save customers time and resources.

For more information about OnRamp’s HITRUST-certified VPC and other secure hosting options, visit http://www.onr.com.

About OnRamp
OnRamp is a leading HITRUST-certified data center services company that guides businesses through the complexities of data security and compliance. Our solutions help organizations in healthcare, financial services and education services meet compliance standards including HIPAA, PCI, SOX, FISMA and FERPA. OnRamp operates multiple, enterprise-class SSAE16/AICPA SOC 2 Type 2 data centers, where we deploy hybrid computing solutions that enable our customers to blend secure cloud computing, managed hosting and colocation service to best meet their unique requirements. Having consulted with thousands of businesses on their security and compliance needs, our team’s consultative approach helps you develop the right mix of solutions to free your resources to focus on agility and differentiation in your industry. Visit us at http://www.onr.com or contact us at 888.667.2660 for more info.

About HITRUST
Founded in 2007, the HITRUST Alliance, a not for profit, was born out of the belief that information protection should be a core pillar of, rather than an obstacle to, the broad adoption of health information systems and exchanges. HITRUST—in collaboration with public and private healthcare technology, privacy and information security leaders—has championed programs instrumental in safeguarding health information and managing information risk while ensuring consumer confidence in the organizations that create, store or exchange their information. HITRUST develops, maintains and provides broad access to its common risk and compliance management and de-identification frameworks. For more information, visit http://www.HITRUSTalliance.net.

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PHOENIX, AZ – PhoenixNAP®, a global IT services provider offering cloud, bare metal dedicated server, colocation, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) technology solutions, today announced Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) enhancements. Enabling even more effective profiling of incoming traffic, advanced reporting and easier resource scaling, the new solution builds upon phoenixNAP’s existing security infrastructure.

With DDoS attacks on a constant rise, businesses need to constantly ramp up their capabilities to defend against the most aggressive attacks. According to Akamai’s State of the Internet/Security Report for Q2 2017 , which analyzed data from 230,000 servers in over 1600 networks globally, the volume of DDoS attacks grew 28% since Q1 this year. The report also indicates that the evolution in the DDoS field shows no sign of slowing down and that businesses are to expect new, more sophisticated threats in future.


PhoenixNAP’s continuous work on improving its DDoS mitigation solution supports its rapidly growing global network services and provides its customers with an additional layer of protection to improve their data availability on a different level from a connectivity perspective.

“Our DDoS enhancements have undergone multiple phases of maturity and there are more to come in the near future,” says Ian McClarty, President of phoenixNAP. “In the current, fourth phase, we increased overall capacity, which allows us to handle significantly bigger attacks and address smaller single-server attacks that do not have an impact on overall network performance, but that can be detrimental to a single client.”

PhoenixNAP’s enhanced DDoS technology provides an additional layer of mitigation to successfully block a greater diversity of network attacks. The new solution is more adaptive and can scale more systematically than most traditional technologies, which provides greater efficiency to phoenixNAP’s clients.

The enhancements include more granular data scrubbing to improve the overall network health and make specific clients less prone to attacks. In addition to expanded mitigation capacities, an improved inspection center offers more detailed insights into attack-associated data, while enhanced API customization enables a more robust attack overview.

“A lot of companies that we work with are under heavy security regulations and our DDoS enhancements are another way for us to respond to their requirements,” adds William Bell, VP of Products at phoenixNAP. “We can now better address the growingly aggressive DDoS landscape, which has become a harsh reality for an enormous number of businesses. By improving the intelligence on attack strength and location, we empower our clients to better understand the threats and make more informed decisions about their data protection strategies.”

PhoenixNAP’s DDoS mitigation services support a wide range of solutions, from bare metal dedicated servers to private and hybrid cloud deployments, allowing phoenixNAP’s clients to fully leverage the multitude of phoenixNAP’s global IT services.

PhoenixNAP is a Premier Service Provider in the VMware Cloud Provider™ Program and a Platinum Veeam Cloud & Service Provider partner. 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 offering progressive Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions from locations worldwide. Our bare metal server, cloud, hardware leasing and colocation options are built to meet the evolving technology demands businesses require without sacrificing performance. Scalable OpEx solutions to support with the systems and staff to assist. PhoenixNAP global IT services. Visit http://www.phoenixnap.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ for more information.

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DUBLIN, IRELAND – Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, today announces its participation at Datacloud Ireland, taking place 21 September, 2017 at the Convention Centre, Dublin. Addressing an often-misunderstood subject, Host in Ireland Founder and President, Garry Connolly, as a Special Intelligence Session moderator, will join industry experts to explore the economic benefits associated with an increase in digital assets hosting throughout Ireland. In addition, Mr. Connolly will chair a panel session discussing the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on organisations throughout the region.

“More than a quarter of the gross domestic product of Ireland is from software and data-related services, underpinned by Irish data centres and colocation facilities,” shares Mr. Connolly. “The data hosting industry plays a critical role in Ireland’s economic development, creating a wealth of new employment opportunities as Ireland continues to attract major multinational companies seeking an optimal location to host their digital assets. As the data hosting sector continues to grow throughout the country, this conference will provide an opportunity for the industry’s most influential players to work in tandem to advance the data hosting industry, while educating the greater community on why digital assets hosting is important to the growth of the Irish economy.”


“Unfortunately, many people throughout Ireland don’t grasp the full value of digital hosting as it relates to job creation and economic development, failing to see beyond the mere physical construction of data center facilities,” Mr. Connolly adds. “To judge the data industry from that perspective would be akin to measuring the effect of the agricultural industry based on a field of hay. Similarly, the economic and job multiplier effects of data hosting extend well beyond the tangible infrastructure.”

On Thursday, 21 September, at 9:40 a.m., Mr. Connolly will join an esteemed group of national and international data protection specialists as the moderator of the Special Intelligence Session, “GDPR Mastered.” This session will explore the overall impact of the GDPR on the creation, retention and distribution of data, as well as the effects that it will have on data hosting throughout Ireland and the European Union.

In addition, later that morning, at 10:15 a.m., Mr. Connolly will chair the panel session “The Brave New World of GDPR,” featuring Ireland’s Deputy Data Protection Commissioner and representatives from NetApp, Frontier Privacy and Compuware. As companies evolve to comply with GDPR legislation, these changes bring about a host of new concerns, as well as opportunities. During this session, panelists will discuss the opportunities and challenges that the GDPR will have on all global companies and their relationship with the data of EU citizens.

“At its core, the GDPR is designed to help organisations gain increased focus on the privacy and security of EU citizens’ data,” remarks Mr. Connolly. “I am very much looking forward to joining other industry leaders as we explore ways to increase awareness of the implications of the GDPR, as well as educate attendees on how companies will need to ‘up their game’ in advance of when the regulation goes into effect on 25 May 2018, to ensure compliance before it’s too late.”

Alongside premier partners CBRE, EdgeConneX®, Equinix, Future-tech, Keppel Data Centres, Mercury Engineering, Primary Integration and Siemens, Host in Ireland will also be a featured organisation in the “Irish Pavilion,” an exhibit focused on the advantages of the Irish hosting ecosphere.

Datacloud Ireland will bring together international enterprises, local providers, investment agencies and power supply companies as a platform for networking, education and collaboration among hosting industry professionals. The forum highlights the unique value of data centre, cloud and IT infrastructure across Ireland, which has become the gateway to Europe for multinational businesses.

If you would like to set up a meeting with Host in Ireland at Datacloud Ireland 2017, please email hostinireland@imillerpr.com. To learn more about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

About Host in Ireland
Host in Ireland, winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information about Ireland’s digital asset hosting ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU. There’s a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland. Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the “5 Ps”: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power. On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market. Ireland supports this initiative through attractive fiscal structures, access to a skilled workforce and full support of the U.S. Safe Harbor and Patriot Acts — ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small. For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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SolarWinds MSP announced Tuesday that it has acquired SpamExperts, an Amsterdam-based mail security solutions provider. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Founded in 2005, SpamExperts offers SaaS-based mail protection and mail archiving services for IT service providers, including web hosts, MSPs, ISPs and telcos. In a statement, SolarWinds MSP says that SpamExperts will augment its SolarWinds MSP Mail offering, promising to provide more details in the next 30 days.
See also: SpamExperts Releases Open Source Anti-Spam Framework OrangeAssassin
In an email to partners, posted to the Web Hosting Talk forum, SpamExperts said that the acquisition will bring no immediate changes, only more opportunities.
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SpamExperts has been acquired by SolarWinds® MSP the leading global provider of comprehensive, scalable IT service management solutions.
As you know, SpamExperts has provided SaaS-based mail protection and mail archiving services for best-in-class MSPs, ISPs, telcos, and other IT service providers globally for more than ten years. SolarWinds MSP empowers more than 20,000 IT service providers worldwide with technologies to fuel their success. Solutions that integrate layered security, collective intelligence, and smart automation—both on-premises and in the cloud, backed by actionable data insights, help IT service providers get the job done easier and faster. SolarWinds MSP
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Data centers these days are busy replacing expensive hardware solutions with "software-defined" everything, but the trend is the opposite when it comes to security. While software still prevails in keeping servers secure, hardware is often being added to the mix as another layer of protection, especially during the boot process, when a computer is vulnerable to dangers such as maliciously modified firmware.
This trend started when UEFI — and Secure Boot — replaced BIOS on computers, and was carried a step further when Google began including an additional custom designed hardware security chip on all servers and peripherals in its data centers. In June, Hewlett Packard Enterprise followed suit and announced it was joining the secured-by-hardware crowd by including its own custom chip on its Gen10 servers. Lenovo also includes a degree of security-on-a-chip technology on its line of servers, through XClarity Controller.
There are several advantages to having security protections contained in chipsets that are separate from a server's CPUs. Being isolated from the server's main components, they are more difficult for an outside hacker who manages to get through a system's defenses to find and penetrate. In addition, they can utilize read-only memory that can be difficult or impossible to modify.
See also: Here's How Google Secures Its Cloud
At its Cloud Next event in March, Google unveiled a custom security chip
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Peter Sunde, a former co-founder of Pirate Bay has launched a domain name registration anonymization service. The service is called Njalla and offers protection for customer data and privacy. Instead of the customer owning the domain, the company will own it on behalf of the customer.

Njalla isn’t a domain registrar and doesn’t offer ownership by proxy, like many other privacy services. They own the domain fully for the customer and give the customer full control over it. The domain can even be transferred to the customer or another third party without charge.

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