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Washington, D.C. – Any business collecting, storing, processing, or otherwise handling data containing personally identifiable information on European Union citizens needs to plan for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect May 25, 2018.

Open-i Advisors’ new GDPR preparation service makes it easy and affordable to assess how web hosting and cloud computing providers collect, store, and use customer data. Our data consultants are experts on mapping the way your organization uses data, finding possible risks, and determining what steps you can take to mitigate risks. You’ll be presented with a document that can be either assessed by our partner lawyers or your own legal team.


We work with you to create a report that includes:
• A summary of risk points
• A map of data flows by department
• A list of suppliers and other third parties with whom the client may share data (or who may share data with the client) with their GDPR statements included as relevant
• A list of all found public privacy or disclosure statements, ready for review

“By working with Open-i Advisors, you can save time and money by packaging up everything you will need to hand off to legal counsel so that they can address your needs in as low cost a manner as possible,” says Open-i Advisors Co-Founder Christian Dawson. “Our legal partners are experts on GDPR compliance, so if you’re looking for a holistic solution we can provide that as well”.

GDPR preparation from Open-i Advisors provides data expertise when you need it, with a data-consultant led discovery process, to analyze how data is used across your organization. Our process is straightforward and simple:

Initial Compliance Check: We speak with key people at your company to assess your data privacy risks and measure your current privacy controls against the GDPR.

Data Discovery – Internal: An extensive register of your organization’s current data processing activities will be produced, along with a comprehensive visualization of the organizational data life-cycle in its entirety.

Data Discovery – External: Open-i Advisors will do a public search of statements made by your organization, including privacy policy, email submission forms, white paper submission forms, client sign-up forms, etc.

Final Compliance Check: Open-i Advisors will highlight areas of anticipated concern to consider business process changes where necessary, and to discuss with legal counsel.

This GDPR preparation service is offered for a reasonable hourly fee, which will result in a low cost for your company to gain all the insights you need to identify internal changes needed by your organization.

Find out more about GDPR Preparation for Hosting & Cloud Companies here: http://openiadvisors.com/consultancy/gdpr-preparatory-consulting/

About Open-i Advisors
Open-i Advisors is a consulting company focused on Internet-related industries. Its hands-on approach helps organizations manage their customer data and determine their optimum market focus using next-generation industry segment data gathering and analysis. Open-i Advisors industry-expert consultants offer their experience and leverage a process that includes the power of quantitative data to better understand and actualize client goals. For more information, please visit www.openiadvisors.com.

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DENVER – Cologix™ a network and cloud neutral interconnection and data center company announced that the Uptime Institute awarded the coveted Tier III certification of Constructed Facility to the new COL3 data center in Columbus, Ohio. The 160K SQF, 18+MW data center is the largest neutral data center in the Columbus area, offering the most robust network and cloud ecosystem in the region. The Tier III certification is the IT industry’s most trusted and adopted global standard for the proper design, build and operation of data centers.

Tier III Certification of Constructed Facility ensures that data centers have been constructed as designed and verifies that it is capable of meeting the defined availability requirements. The Tier III Certification includes:

  • The data center design meets the demands determined by the global parameter system and the norms of the Uptime Institute for Simultaneous Maintenance.
  • Demonstrated redundant delivery path with ability to isolate power & cooling components and perform planned maintenance without suspending the data center’s operations or impacting IT operations.
  • Review of mechanical, structural, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, fuel pumps, networking, and more to ensure systems are built to the intended performance capacity, effectiveness, and reliability.
  • Live system demonstrations under real-world conditions, validating performance.

“Customers trust us with their business critical infrastructure and we are committed to delivering a connected, stable, secure and scalable data center environment for them,” said Grant van Rooyen, Chief Executive Officer, Cologix. “Part of that process includes designing data centers that pass the Uptime Institute’s rigorous criteria for concurrent Maintainability and we are exceptionally proud of our Operations and Construction teams who worked tirelessly to ensure COL3 was certified in order to ensure our Customers have access to the most sophisticated, protected and connected data center in Columbus.”

COL3, the largest and most advanced data center in the Columbus region, is concurrently maintainable, and offers scalable power solutions. Further unique attributes include an EF-4 tornado rating, K-rated perimeter fence and 24×7 guards. The redundancy, scale, security and connectivity enables Cologix to uniquely address growing market demand ranging from individual cabinets to multi-megawatt deployments.

To learn more about the Uptime Institute’s tier classification system, visit https://uptimeinstitute.com/tier-certification. To learn more about Cologix’s Data Center, visit http://www.cologix.com/ohio-colocation-columbus-col-3/.

About Cologix Inc.
Cologix provides reliable, secure, scalable data center and interconnection solutions from 25 prime interconnection locations across 9 strategic North American edge markets. Over 1,600 leading network, managed services, cloud, media, content, financial services and enterprise customers trust Cologix to support their business critical infrastructure and connect them to customers, vendors and partners. Our dedicated, experienced local teams and scalable solutions enable us to provide industry-leading customer service and the ability to successfully support customers at the Internet’s new edge. For a tour of one of our data centers in Columbus, Dallas, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Minneapolis, Montreal, New Jersey, Toronto or Vancouver visit www.cologix.com.

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Rzeszow, Poland – HostBill has just announced the release of the new version of its billing and automation software for web hosting industry, with a number of new modules and features included.

In 2018 edition, HostBill extended its billing functionalities by adding new billing feature: Post Paid Billing, that allows the customer to pay for the service after they have used it. Post-paid customers receive a monthly bill that reflects all the charges incurred for the previous month. Billing type and billing cycle can be set in product/service configuration and in account settings. The Post Paid billing method can be especially useful for telco industry.


HostBill 2018 features new fraud protection module: FraudLabsPro. It’s the fourth fraud protection module introduced to HostBill. The module provides the choice of over 40 elements to inspect when analyzing the transaction parameters against the fraud, such as IP address, proxy, email address, billing and shipping address, credit card, device and more. The module also uses the blacklists data and machine learning technology to improve the efficiency in detecting fraud attempts. The information provided by FraudLabsPro can be used to manually accept, decline or further review orders or set automatic block on fraudulent orders.

HostBill’s payment gateways integration portfolio was expanded and now also includes two new payment gateway integrations: Conify and CoinGate. Both payment gateways allow to accept bitcoin and other digital currencies payments. HostBill has also added support for Stripe Source for GiroPay, Alipay and P24 and support for new Gocardless authentication method.

In the new version, HostBill has also introduced the integration with Slack, that will allow to show notifications from HostBill admin area directly in the chosen Slack channel, to help admin stay well-informed about what is going on in the system. The admin can choose on which events to get alerts (new order, new ticket, new transaction etc) to be able to react quickly on each new event.

HostBill is available in 4 different editions: Enterprise, Cloud, Data Center and All-Inclusive, that differ from each other by types and number of integrations included. Each edition is white-label, host on your server solution. All editions have now been updated to include even more integrations.

The basic, Enterprise edition provides access to all core HostBill features: automated billing, hosting automation, domain management and automation, client management, help desk system, affiliate system, integration with over 85 payment gateways and over 60 domain registrars. HostBill Enterprise includes integrations with popular hosting control panels and a number of handy apps: Slack Notifications, Fraud Protection, Affiliate System, Client Geolocation, Time & Performance Tracker and more. The basic license comes with 10 support tickets included.

Cloud Edition contains all HostBill features that were developed to cover all aspects of running a successful online business and are necessary for Cloud Hosting providers. This edition includes essential cloud hosting modules such as: OnApp Cloud, OnApp CDN, OnApp DNS, cPanel, CloudStack, Plesk, OpenStack, Proxmox and many more. 2018 edition has two new modules added: DigitalOcean and Power DNS and includes 15, instead of 10 support tickets.

HostBill Data Center Edition was designed with Data Center industry in mind. Apart from core HostBill features this edition includes a range of modules created specifically for Data Center businesses to improve the efficiency in managing the infrastructure, such as Inventory Manager, Colocation Manager, IP Manager and a number of other integrations. Data Center Edition integration portfolio was extended with eight new modules: Openstack, OnApp CDN, DigitalOcean, Ahsay Backup, DCI Manager, LibreNMS, Password Manager and AD/LDAP. Also, the license now includes 20, instead of 10 support tickets.

The most powerful and most flexible HostBill All-inclusive Edition is the best value for money. This edition not only includes all available hosting modules, all available apps, all available client portals and order pages but also 100 support tickets. From now on, the All-inclusive Edition also comes with additional license for testing.

About HostBill
HostBill is a fast and efficient automation, billing, client management and support platform for online businesses. With over 500 integrations with various hosting modules, control panels, domain registrars, payment gateways, apps, plugins, order pages, client panels and more, HostBill gives Hosting, Cloud/IaaS/VPS Solutions Providers, Domain name and SSL Resellers around the globe all necessary tools to automate and manage their businesses. HostBill prouds itself in fast release cycle and regular updates that helped to build a strong community behind the product.

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Apple has made changes to revised app store guidelines that threatened to block a wide range of small business apps created with templates, DIY tools, and SMB app platforms.
The guidelines were originally revised earlier this year to ensure a minimum standard of quality and uniqueness for apps accepted to the App Store, and to make sure that they are not simply "wrapped" websites or social media pages. The revisions were also intended to limit spam in the App Store. A number of developers and app-creation companies catering to SMBs and non-profit organizations that had thought they would be unaffected by the changes, however, were recently informed that their apps would be banned as of January 1.
App store review guideline 4.2.6 previously said: "Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected."
The rule has now been amended to read: "Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected unless they are submitted directly by the provider of the app's content. These services should not submit apps on behalf of their clients and should offer tools that let their clients create customized, innovative apps that provide unique customer experiences. Another acceptable option for template providers is to create a single binary to host all client content in an aggregated or "picker" model, for example as a restaurant finder app with separate customized entries or pages for each client restaurant,
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced today that Hostway, a leading managed cloud hosting provider and specialist in compliant hybrid cloud hosting solutions, has selected Digital Realty as the foundation for its ongoing global expansion. Hostway is also joining the Digital Realty Service Exchange to provide its own clients with secure, direct access to multiple public cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

Hostway has nine locations globally, the newest of which is located in Digital Realty’s Austin facility. Hostway serves SaaS, healthcare, financial services, e-commerce, and Internet of Things (IOT) customers, most of whom are executing hybrid IT strategies that balance on-premise infrastructure, colocation and public cloud environments.


Hostway’s offerings are highly differentiated, focusing on compliance and security with specialization in HIPPA, PCI and ISO. Hostway takes pride in its ability to manage large, multi-faceted cloud migrations with zero downtime, conducting successful migration every month involving large, complex applications.

“After a wide review of all options and comparison of several data center providers, we selected Digital Realty due to its superior reliability and low latency connectivity along with great customer service,” said Emil Sayegh, CEO and President of Hostway. “We view Digital Realty as a global platform with locations all around the world that we can leverage in our growth. Our clients have very specific requirements to comply with various regulations and we can always depend on Digital Realty to help us meet and exceed those. Additionally, the Digital Realty Service Exchange offers an unparalleled, extensive list of public cloud providers that is unmatched elsewhere in the market.”

Building on its longstanding Microsoft Azure offerings and recent introduction of AWS, Hostway continues to expand its cloud portfolio in terms of both service breadth and global distribution. Digital Realty’s Service Exchange is an ideal solution because it provides instant access to the hundreds of enterprise customers within the Digital Realty ecosystem, as well as extended connectivity to regional cloud epicenters around the globe. Automated network provisioning reduces manual efforts and accelerates speed to market, enabling enterprises to quickly begin adopting and consuming cloud services. Aggregating traffic from multiple customers over a single connection allows them to scale more efficiently.

“Hostway has truly distinguished itself through its focus on compliance and security, supported by its strong track record of resiliency and customer service,” said Sherri Liebo, SVP Marketing at Digital Realty. “Its experience in conducting cloud migrations with zero downtime for such a wide range of customers and applications is impressive. We are delighted that Hostway has selected Digital Realty for its ongoing expansion and look forward to working closely with Hostway and its customers to ensure their business needs are met.”

About Digital Realty
Digital Realty supports the data center, colocation and interconnection strategies of more than 2,300 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Digital Realty’s clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, gaming, life sciences and consumer products.

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IBM Cloud wants to make sure that what happens in Germany stays in Germany, at least as far as its European customers' data is concerned. Starting next month, the cloud provider will institute new security measures at its Frankfurt data center that will restrict access to all data stored in the facility to EU-based IBM employees. These employees will also review, approve, or deny all access by non-EU based employees.
In addition, clients using IBM Cloud's dedicated environments in Frankfurt will review and approve all non-EU access requests to their content whenever an issue, support or otherwise, requires such access. In those cases, access will be temporary, and the client will be notified when the access is ended. Logs tracking access will be available to the client.
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Over time, the company said, this support model will be expanded to include IBM's full cloud architecture stack in Frankfurt, taking in infrastructure, AI, data, analytics, DevOps, and more. Beginning in 2018, German users will be offered full encryption — at rest and in-transit — with keys that will remain in possession of the customer.
Reading between the lines, this means that Big Blue has all but locked access to client accounts on Frankfurt servers for everyone outside Europe, including its own employees in the US.
Related: Microsoft CEO Urges Tech to Focus
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