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SAN MATEO, CA – Cloudian® today announced that HostedBizz, one of Canada’s premier cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers, has launched a new sovereign cloud data protection offering based on Cloudian’s HyperStore® object storage platform. The new service, HostedBizz HBS3, will bring the benefits of HyperStore’s limitless scalability, fully native S3 compatibility and advanced security features to HostedBizz’s customers. In addition, HostedBizz will offer HBS3 under a consumption-based pricing model in which customers pay only for the capacity they use each month.

Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, HostedBizz provides an integrated suite of IT infrastructure services including cloud servers, backup, disaster recovery, file sharing, remote desktop services, and private network access through a network of IT partners and resellers.


As it looked to expand its cloud offerings, HostedBizz wanted to ensure it had the best object storage platform. After conducting an extensive review of multiple vendors’ solutions, the company selected HyperStore as the foundation for its HBS3 service solution.

“To guarantee our customers a sovereign and trusted solution for data protection and long-term retention, we thoroughly evaluated Cloudian and concluded it was the best solution to fit the needs of our customers, including scalable capacity, multi-tenancy, and affordability,” said Jim Stechyson, co-founder at HostedBizz.

Specifically designed for cloud infrastructures, HostedBizz HBS3 will offer a range of HyperStore-based benefits, including:

  • Modular and limitless scalability, enabling users to start small and grow to an exabyte of storage capacity without interruption.
  • Fully native S3 compatibility, ensuring seamless integration with the expanding ecosystem of S3-based applications and archive solutions.
  • Advanced security features, including the ability to make backup copies immutable for protection against ransomware attacks.
  • Proven interoperability with Veeam and other vendor platforms for data protection, archiving and cloud tiering.
  • Integrated management tools to enhance control, monitoring and billing.
  • Multi-tenancy to provide users with secure, self-managed storage within a shared platform.
  • Geo-redundancy across multiple data centers in Canada.
  • Support for SMB/NFS storage services.
  • Cost savings of up to 70% compared to traditional disk and tape-based storage systems.

“Leading cloud providers like HostedBizz are seeing the opportunity to enhance their data storage and protection offerings to meet customers’ evolving needs,” said Jon Toor, chief marketing officer at Cloudian. “We look forward to partnering with HostedBizz to deliver higher value-add services to their customer base and help them further grow their business.”

About Cloudian
Cloudian is the most widely deployed independent provider of object storage systems, with the industry’s most advanced S3 compatibility and an extensive partnership ecosystem. Its award-winning flagship solution, HyperStore, provides limitless scalability and cloud-like technology, flexibility, and economics in the data center. Cloudian’s global data fabric architecture enables enterprises to store, find and protect object and file data seamlessly across sites, both on-premises and in public clouds, within a single, unified platform. Learn more at cloudian.com.

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Tokyo, Japan and Sunnyvale, CA – NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701), a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT, communications, and networking solutions, today announced a global strategic partnership with Intermedia, a leading provider of cloud-based Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) and Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS) solutions. Together, NEC and Intermedia are launching NEC UNIVERGE BLUE® CONNECT, a fully integrated and born-in-the-cloud UCaaS solution, and NEC UNIVERGE BLUE® ENGAGE, a CCaaS solution for businesses of all sizes.

For 120 years, NEC has transformed communications and IT for business. With over 80 million business users worldwide, NEC is in the top three globally for installed unified communications seats and ranks No. 1 for global line shipments over the past 3 quarters.


This partnership agreement with Intermedia represents NEC’s rapid global expansion into cloud-based communications and collaboration services.

With over 1,000 employees, 125,000 business customers, and 6,600 active channel partners, Intermedia develops and delivers tightly integrated, extremely reliable, highly secure, award-winning cloud communications software. Sold primarily under private label through a large network of reseller partners and major IT distributors, Intermedia’s solutions drive the communications for businesses of all sizes – from SMB to mid-market to Fortune 1000.

NEC UNIVERGE BLUE CONNECT and ENGAGE are built on Intermedia’s innovative, proprietary technology and world-class support and will be brought to market through NEC’s robust partner ecosystem. With NEC UNIVERGE BLUE CONNECT and ENGAGE, NEC is bolstering its global cloud communications offerings to fully support customer organizations in their migration to the cloud.

“The global NEC Group continues to be committed to helping customers solve a wide array of both business and societal issues and challenges, not the least of which is building a sustainable and more efficient society through the digital transformation of business infrastructure. This partnership for the delivery of cloud-based communications, collaboration, and contact center solutions with Intermedia allows NEC and its global network of partners to build toward a brighter future with the utmost care for quality, cost, and customer service,” said Kimihiko Fukuda, Senior Vice President, NEC Corporation and President, NEC Platforms, Ltd.

“NEC is committed to helping businesses meet the demands of today’s digital workforce through our Smart Enterprise portfolio, and we recognize that enabling customer migration to the cloud is a key component,” said Paul Kievit, President and Head of NEC Enterprise Solutions EMEA and Americas. “To support this rapid migration on a global scale, NEC aimed to team up with a born-in-the-cloud partner that could provide a best-in-class, fully-integrated suite of UCaaS and CCaaS solutions.”

Ram Menghani, SVP of Product Development for NEC Enterprise Communications Technologies, further stated, “After a comprehensive review of the market, Intermedia was the clear winner. Intermedia’s UCaaS and CCaaS solutions are elegant, intuitive, and deliver a seamless experience that allows for highly reliable and secure anytime, anywhere communications. Combining this with its unique, partner-first philosophy and impeccable support and reliability – including its 99.999% guaranteed uptime service level agreements and being the only business cloud application provider to have been certified by J.D. Power for its superior 24/7 technical support now four years in a row – made Intermedia the perfect fit for NEC.”

“It’s an incredible honor to enter into this relationship with NEC – not only because they are such a trusted leader and well-respected brand in the global unified communications space, but, like Intermedia, they also put partners first,” said Michael Gold, CEO, Intermedia. “Partners serve as the trusted IT advisors to the business community, and I’m proud that we’ve built Intermedia into the leading, partner-first cloud communications software company that it is today. Our formula has been pretty simple – first, deliver highly reliable and secure, easy-to-use and manage, feature-rich cloud applications that allow users to communicate how they want, where they want, and when they want. And then, back those products with the sales, marketing, onboarding, billing, and technical support partners need so they can focus on winning more business and earning greater top-line revenue. With this focus, Intermedia has built an active partner community that is 6,600 strong and growing. By teaming with NEC, we look forward to working together to provide our UCaaS and CCaaS solutions to help drive better communications for a broader global audience.”

Introducing NEC UNIVERGE BLUE® CONNECT and NEC UNIVERGE BLUE® ENGAGE

Today, more than ever, businesses need the ability to communicate and collaborate from anywhere at any time, both internally and externally. Businesses need tools that are easy to deploy, use, and provide users with an integrated experience. NEC UNIVERGE BLUE CONNECT and ENGAGE are born in the cloud and designed specifically for businesses of all sizes and the channel partners that serve them.

NEC UNIVERGE BLUE CONNECT is a cloud-based business communications platform that combines a full-featured cloud-based phone system, chat, video conferencing, and file sync and share, all available to users through desktop, web, and mobile applications. Built on Intermedia’s born-in-the-cloud UCaaS environment, NEC UNIVERGE BLUE CONNECT is intuitive, reliable, and easy to deploy, while remaining highly scalable and extremely cost-effective. NEC UNIVERGE BLUE CONNECT helps improve the communications and collaboration of businesses while being easy for partners to sell, install, and support.

NEC UNIVERGE BLUE ENGAGE is a cloud-based contact center designed to fit business needs from the small, single channel to the large and sophisticated omni-channel environment. A dynamic CCaaS solution, it combines robust functionality with carrier-grade reliability and world-class deployment and support services. NEC UNIVERGE BLUE ENGAGE helps businesses differentiate from the competition where it matters most – the customer experience.

“This is a big move for both NEC and Intermedia. When you combine NEC’s global reach and relationship with their channel, and Intermedia’s world-class UCaaS and CCaaS offerings, you have to take notice,” said Elka Popova, Vice President, Information and Communications Technologies, Frost & Sullivan. “Now, more than ever, this gives NEC a clear path to help their customers with their cloud migration to enable much of what’s needed in today’s business environment, specifically remote work and meetings.”

About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. The NEC Group globally provides “Solutions for Society” that promote the safety, security, efficiency, and equality of society. Under the company’s corporate message of “Orchestrating a brighter world,” NEC aims to help solve a wide range of challenging issues and to create new social value for the changing world of tomorrow. For more information, visit NEC at https://www.nec.com.

About Intermedia
Intermedia is a leading Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS), business cloud email and productivity applications provider hyper-focused on delivering easy-to-use and secure communication and collaboration solutions to businesses and the partners that serve them. More than 125,000 business customers and 6,600 active partners rely on Intermedia’s tightly integrated suite of cloud applications that are managed through one intuitive point of control and are backed by 99.999% uptime SLAs and J.D. Power-certified 24/7 technical support. Solutions include the all-in-one cloud communications and collaboration platform Intermedia Unite®, Intermedia Contact Center, AnyMeeting® web and video conferencing, file sharing and backup, business email, security, archiving, and more.

Intermedia’s 360° approach to partner success makes it easy for channel partners to sell, set up, manage, and support the cloud while achieving strong margins and creating attractive new revenue streams through both branded, co-branded, and private label programs.

Intermedia is the only business cloud application provider to have been certified by J.D. Power for its superior 24/7 technical support four years in a row – 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

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TORONTO – RANK Software, an AI-based security analytics and threat intelligence platform, and Scalar, Canada’s leading IT solutions provider, today announced a partnership to deliver next-generation cybersecurity solutions through new Security Operations Centers.

The problem of preventing today’s increasingly sophisticated cyber security attacks from harming enterprise networks is exacerbated by the estimated gap of 3 million skilled cybersecurity professionals worldwide.


RANK and Scalar address this problem by combining RANK’s Virtual Advisor to Security Analysts (VASA) AI-based threat detection platform that provides real-time threat hunting capabilities with Scalar’s expertise as a leading Managed Security Services Provider.

Combined, the two organizations will focus on creating next-generation Security Operations Centers and advance the development of VASA by removing friction to enterprise customers consuming leading security solutions. These Centers will create a new model by forming teams of cybersecurity experts that deliver VASA’s proactive threat hunting capability as a service.

VASA helps identify and prevent security threats in real-time by ingesting data from network sources and identifying anomalies for security analysts to review. VASA addresses the challenges of identifying internal and unknown threats commonly missed today by perimeter defense systems through:

Active Learning. RANK Software helps reduce the false positives generated by most AI tools by recoding analyst feedback and allowing them to apply an action to similar alerts. This makes the VASA platform smarter over time allowing security analysts to become more efficient.

Enterprise Scale. RANK Software ingests data from over 40 sources out of the box including System Network Traffic and End Point log files. It is capable of handling more than 1 billion events a day at 10+ gigabits per second.

Contextualization. RANK Software builds on the results of AI, machine learning, and behavioral analytics by making the data more consumable and understanding risk thresholds based on context. This helps assemble and interpret the signals needed to hunt and assess threats faster and with high precision.

Flexible Architecture. On the cloud or on-premise, RANK Software provides unparalleled context and visibility into potential breaches.

“The cybersecurity landscape continues to increase in severity and sophistication,” said Paul Kerr, President and CEO of Scalar. “VASA enables customers to take action against proactive threats. Combined with our expertise in service delivery, we’re excited to offer our clients this software as a way to increase their security posture against a rising tide of possible threats.”

“RANK overcomes the challenges of batch analytics, delivers context to data, and focuses on data fidelity,” said Rick Constanzo, CEO, RANK Software. “This partnership with Scalar gives us the ability to create next-generation Security Operations Center that will combine the best AI tools for threat hunting with the best cybersecurity.”

About Scalar
Scalar is Canada’s leading IT solutions provider, focused on security, infrastructure, and cloud. Founded in 2004, Scalar is headquartered in Toronto, with offices in Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria. Scalar was recently named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, named to CRN’s 2018 Solution Provider 500 List, and listed on the Growth 500 for the ninth year running. In addition, Scalar was deemed a major player in the IDC MarketScape for Canadian managed security service providers and ranked the #1 ICT security company on the 2014 -2018 editions of the Branham 300. For further details, visit www.scalar.ca or follow Scalar on Twitter, @scalardecisions.

About RANK Software
RANK Software is a leader in security intelligence and analytics. The company’s first product, VASA, is an AI-based threat detection platform that helps enterprises identify and analyze cybersecurity threats in real time, allowing them to take a proactive security posture in the rapidly changing cyber threat landscape. For more information, please visit www.ranksoftwareinc.com.

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Google is beefing up its cloud platform at its Cloud Next Tokyo ’18 conference. Among the raft of announcements, the company introduced a new code search feature as it revamped the Cloud Service Repositories. Cloud Source Repositories is a development service like GitHub that helps developers to privately host, track, and manage changes to large codebases on Google Cloud Platform. It is integrated with other GCP tools which allows users to automatically build, test, deploy and debug code. Using the code search feature in Cloud Source Repositories, the developers will be able to search across multiple projects, files, and repositories using the regular expressions. It will help them quickly review and debug the code. Google said that the Cloud Source Repositories are powered by the same underlying code search infrastructure that Google engineers use to perform their code search. “You get super-fast results and save a lot of time finding that piece of code that you know you’ve seen…
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2018 seems to be the best time to start a website. Why? Well, per Internet Live stats, there are over 1.5 billion websites on the world wide web today and the number is growing with each passing moment. So, there can never be a better time to start your own website than now. And when we say hosting a website, I can’t think of anything better than WordPress hosting. Simple interface that can even be used by people with limited technical knowledge. For those, who are completely unaware about technicalities of managing a website, fully managed WordPress hosting service can be of great help. If you’re having any of these thoughts, What’s the difference between shared hosting or managed WordPress hosting? Or Why should I go for fully managed WordPress Hosting? Or How to choose the best WordPress hosting service provider? Then my friend, you are at the right place. For many of you who still trying to understand – what is Managed WordPress Hosting, here’s the answer: In a managed…
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NEW YORK, NY – LaterPay – a technology company offering an industry-first, patented payment infrastructure designed to offer users immediate, frictionless access to content or services without requiring upfront registration or payment – has partnered with enterprise digital experience platform WordPress.com VIP to help publishers and digital media companies monetize content and services on their WordPress-powered websites.

WordPress.com VIP – which handles hosting, guidance, and support for major publishers including Time Inc., News Corp, and PMC – will offer LaterPay as a technical integration, making it available to clients on its platform as a plugin.


LaterPay saves users time and increases conversions for publishers. Instead of requiring upfront registration and payment – which derails over 98 percent of all intended purchases – LaterPay defers this process until customer purchases across websites reach a $5 threshold. By using LaterPay, VIP-hosted publishers can simultaneously expand existing subscription models, increase their paying customer base, and improve their user experience.

“We are always looking for new tools to offer to help our clients smartly increase reader revenue,” said Tamara Sanderson, Head of Partnerships at WordPress.com VIP. “We’re excited to add LaterPay and their innovative, pay later approach to subscriptions.”

Publishers that integrate LaterPay on their VIP-hosted site can choose from a number of monetization solutions that best suit their needs. For instance, publishers can prompt users to purchase a specific article, timed access to content, or a full subscription. Single purchases and time passes complement the full subscription model by pulling new potential subscribers into the publisher’s ecosystem while generating incremental revenues.

“Our collaboration couples first-rate enterprise hosting and support with a frictionless monetization solution,” said Hal Bailey, chief revenue officer at LaterPay. “We are excited to offer publishers an incredibly frictionless way to take advantage of all the monetization options that live between ads and subscriptions.”

About LaterPay
LaterPay turns users into paying customers for digital content or services such as journalism, videos, and software. LaterPay owns patented technology for enabling payments and micropayments without upfront registration and payment, facilitating the “use now, pay later” approach. This allows users to consume paid content and services on the internet with one or two clicks — without prior registration or having to pay in advance. It is only when the online tab’s limit is reached that users are prompted to register and pay via one of many popular payment methods. By decoupling purchases from payments, LaterPay lowers the entry thresholds for users to consume digital goods and services. With LaterPay, companies can tap into new customer groups, get users acquainted with paid content, and gradually but successfully market higher-value paid models such as time passes and subscriptions. In this manner, LaterPay builds a bridge between free, ad-financed offerings and subscription models by providing a paygate. LaterPay aims to empower content providers to monetize the vast space that lives between ads and subscriptions.

About WordPress.com VIP
WordPress.com VIP offers a fast, scalable and secure managed cloud platform, expert code review, and end-to-end guidance on running content applications at scale. VIP provide hosting and support for some of the biggest brands on the web, including News Corp, Time, Inc, and Facebook. VIP’s partner network offers the best WordPress design and development shops on the planet along with top notch technical integrations. These technical partners are services with which we have developed tight integrations and close business relationships. They have been carefully vetted for performance, security, ease of use, and scale, and are certified and supported by our team.

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