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Jakarta, Indonesia – Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today launched a second data center in Indonesia to double its local capacity. The company also announced the Internet Champion Global Accelerator Program at today’s “Hello Indonesia 2019” event to empower local enterprises and talents, contributing to Indonesia’s 2020 Go Digital Vision.

Driven by strong customer demand, the opening of the second data center came only ten months after the first. Alibaba Cloud is the only global public cloud platform with local data centers in Indonesia. The two centers will provide high availability and strengthen disaster recovery capabilities, allowing customers to deploy mission-critical workloads in multiple availability zones and switch over within seconds. Alibaba Cloud now has 55 availability zones across 19 regions worldwide.


The two centers offer a comprehensive suite of products and services, ranging from elastic computing, database service, networking, storage, security, and middleware, to solutions that address vertical industry challenges. With strong demand for big data and analytic solutions from Indonesian enterprises, Alibaba Cloud has already launched Machine Learning for AI and, later this month will offer elastic search to provide real-time search, data analysis, and visualization capabilities. Alibaba Cloud has also launched Smart Access Gateway (SAG), an SD-WAN solution to provide a one-stop cloud connectivity solution for public cloud and hybrid cloud environments.

“The Digital Economy Vision of Indonesia sets out a clear direction for our future development. Our goal is to foster new decacorn and unicorn, accelerate the growth of at least 1,000 startups, and help at least 8 million people in the traditional farming and fishing industries, as well as SMEs, to go digital,” said H.E. Rudiantara, Minister of Communications and Information of Indonesia.

“With better connectivity and a fast-growing digital community, the Indonesian market presents enormous opportunities to both local and global enterprises,” said Leon Chen, General Manager of Singapore and Indonesia, Alibaba Cloud. “By doubling our data center capacity and launching the Internet Champion Global Accelerator Program in Indonesia, we aim to further build the cloud ecosystem and talent pool for Indonesia.”

The newly launched Alibaba Cloud Internet Champion Global Accelerator Program echoes the Indonesian Government’s digital ambition by providing training, mentorship, and venture capital opportunities to enterprises and professionals. Following its initial launch in Indonesia, it will gradually roll out to other global markets. Alibaba Cloud kicked off the program in Jakarta by giving 300 professionals from start-ups and enterprises an introduction to e-commerce technology, using Alibaba Group’s Double 11 Global Shopping Festival as a case study. The accelerator program will go to Bali on January 12 to further connect with more than 200 professionals and students.

Alibaba Cloud also continues to strengthen its local channel network with partners such as PT IndoInternet, PT Blue Power Technology and PT Sistech Kharisma. Today, Alibaba Cloud announced a strategic partnership with PT IndoInternet as the distributor of its full range of cloud computing products and services.

“We are very pleased to work with Alibaba Cloud. Reliable and cost-effective products and services are highly sought-after in our market as it expands. Serving as a distributor of Alibaba Cloud not only helps us meet increasing market demand but also enables local resellers to improve their product knowledge and service standards,” said David Tandianus, Director, PT IndoInternet.

About Alibaba Cloud
Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com), the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is among the world’s top three IaaS providers according to Gartner, and the largest provider of public cloud services in China, according to IDC. Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba Group marketplaces, start-ups, corporations and government organizations. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced that Mapzen, an open source mapping platform focused on the core components of map display including search and navigation, is a new Linux Foundation project.

Used by organizations such as Eventbrite, Foursquare, Mapbox, The World Bank, Snapchat, HERE Technologies, and Mapillary, Mapzen provides developers with open software and wide-ranging data sets that are customizable and easy to access. Using Mapzen, developers are able to take the open data and build vibrant maps equipped with search and routing services, augment their own libraries and also process data in real-time. This is something not available from conventional, traditionally proprietary mapping or geotracking services.

Launched by mapping industry veterans in 2013 in combination with architects, urban planners, movie makers, and video game developers, Mapzen will continue its mission to provide an open, sustainable and accessible mapping platform.

“Mapzen is excited to join the Linux Foundation and continue our open, collaborative approach to mapping software and data,” said Randy Meech, former CEO of Mapzen and current CEO of StreetCred Labs. “Shared technology can be amazingly powerful, but also complex and challenging. The Linux Foundation knows how to enable collaboration across organizations and has a great reputation for hosting active, thriving software and data projects.”

Mapzen’s services have historically seen upwards of 70,000 registered users. The project portfolio, now operated in the cloud and on-premise by a wide range of organizations, includes:

  • Tangram, a 2D/3D map rendering engine, which enables interactive visualizations in web browsers and on mobile devices. Tangram has over a thousand stars on GitHub and worked together closely with Mapzen’s Tilezen vector tile platform. These high-performance mapping components have ongoing contributions from staff members at Snapchat and HERE Technologies, among other organizations.
  • Valhalla, a routing engine that can plan trips by car, bike, foot, or public transit worldwide. Valhalla offers worldwide support for public transit, when paired with data from Mapzen’s Transitland platform. These mobility projects have ongoing contributions from staff at Mapbox, Mapillary, Interline Technologies, among other organizations.
  • Pelias, a geocoding search engine, has nearly 1,500 stars on GitHub. Pelias provides forward, reverse, and other forms of geocoding against a wide range of datasets, including Mapzen’s Who’s on First gazetteer, an openly licensed gazetteer of millions of places across the world.These search and data projects have ongoing contributions from staff at Cleared for Takeoff, the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Museum, and the New York City Planning Department, among others.

Developers use Mapzen’s open resources and projects to create their own applications or integrate them into other products and platforms. Mapzen’s resources are all open source, so developers are able to build platforms to their liking without the restrictions of data sets put in place by other commercial providers.

“Mapzen is a high-utility technology for developers building aesthetically pleasing maps, which are increasingly important to a wide range of businesses and government agencies. Mapzen’s open approach to software and data has allowed developers and businesses to create innovative location-based applications that have changed our lives,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation. “We look forward to extending Mapzen’s impact even further around the globe in areas like transportation and traffic management, entertainment, photography and more to create new value for companies and consumers.”

In addition to neutral governance, the Linux Foundation will align resources to advance Mapzen’s mission and grow its ecosystem of users and developers. Linux Foundation services range from helping to organize events and working groups to providing marketing support and handling IP and other legal issues as they arise.

Mapzen User Quotes:

“We’ve been using Who’s On First to help power Eventbrite’s new event discovery features since 2017,” said Simon Willison, Engineering Director at Eventbrite. “The gazetteer offers a unique geographical approach which allows us to innovate extensively with how our platform thinks about events and their locations. Mapzen is an amazing project and we’re delighted to see it joining The Linux Foundation.”

“We support Mapzen in its mission to offer open source geolocation technology for developers and organizations around the globe, and we’re happy to see that they’ve joined The Linux Foundation,” said Matt Kamen, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Foursquare. “At Foursquare, we believe that the world needs access to location tech and insights from trusted, independent platforms. Tools like those from Foursquare and Mapzen spur creativity and innovation.”

“HERE is impressed by the quality and flexibility of Mapzen tools and we are excited to see them continuing as a Linux Foundation project,” said Oliver Fink, Director at HERE XYZ. “Tangram and Tilezen are important technologies for HERE XYZ — we look forward to contributing to them and further supporting the open source mapping community.”

“At Interline, we’re proud to continue to provide professional support for many Mapzen software users in the transportation sector,” said Drew Dara-Abrams former Head of Mobility Products at Mapzen and current Principal at Interline Technologies. “Both public transit agencies and private mobility providers see great benefits to open platforms for transit data and multi-modal routing. Interline looks forward to further growing this user-base and to collaborating with others under The Linux Foundation’s umbrella.”

“We use the Mapzen toolbox every single day,” said Jon Schleuss, Data and Graphics Journalist at the Los Angeles Times. “Tangram has empowered our newsroom to make more maps faster. It has given us the ability to create amazing maps from vector data for both online and in our printed newspaper. I am excited to see the future of those tools supported by the open source community.”

“The story of Mapzen demonstrates the genius of open source software,” said Bibiana McHugh, Manager of Mobility & Location-Based Services at TriMet. “The code will continue to flourish through collaboration, community and shared resources, making it the smarter investment for government. TriMet is proud to use Pelias as part of the FTA MOD Sandbox grant project and to continue to collaborate on its development with Cleared for Takeoff.”

About Mapzen
Mapzen is an open and accessible mapping platform that focuses on the core components of geo platforms, including search, rendering, navigation, and data. Founded by map industry veterans in combination with architects, urban planners, movie makers, video game developers, artists and more, Mapzen empowers organizations of all sizes to reimagine what’s possible with cartography today. Mapzen supports the geo community through building tools and collaborating on open source mapping projects.

About the Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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ANN ARBOR, MICH. – A2 Hosting, a provider of multiple high-performance hosting solutions, today announced a major update for its Managed WordPress accounts. This offering provides users with an environment to create a high performing, optimized and secure WordPress site out of the box, plus all the features you expect from WordPress.

Some of the update’s top new features include AI learning technology making it possible to bring WordPress instances, plugins, and themes up to speed more effectively and efficiently than ever. Pingback attack protection, meanwhile, provides a layer of extra security for users. Other features include additional restoration points during updates, better WooCommerce integration, and an improved user interface.

Each Managed WordPress account features the Plesk control panel providing an intuitive manner for users to access their files, databases, email and more. Each Managed WordPress site also comes hosted on A2 Hosting’s exclusive Turbo Servers (20X faster page loads than competing WordPress hosting solutions).

All these features add up to a hosting solution aimed at taking pressure off of users. As with other A2 Hosting offerings, Managed WordPress accounts are supported by their signature 24/7/365 support from the A2 Hosting Guru Crew staff and come backed by their 99.9% Uptime Commitment for ultimate reliability.

“Our biggest commitment is and will always be our clients,” explains Brad Litwin, A2 Hosting’s Marketing Manager. “Coupled with a new price for our Managed WordPress hosting options, these updates will allow clients to build better websites, improve search engine rankings, and ultimately improve their core business. In the meantime, we’ll continue providing everything our clients need to ensure their success – reliability, flexibility, affordability, and superior performance.”

About A2 Hosting
A2 Hosting, Inc. is a high-performance hosting company located in Ann Arbor, MI. A2 Hosting provides their customers with ultra-reliable solutions and 24/7/365 US-based support from their Guru Crew team. Since 2003, A2 Hosting has offered innovative, affordable and developer friendly website hosting for personal homepages up to full-service solutions for businesses of all sizes, based in all locations. Each A2 Hosting service is hosted on their fine-tuned SwiftServer Hosting platform. Customers seeking an additional speed boost can host on A2 Hosting’s Turbo Servers featuring page load speeds up to 20X faster compared to competing hosts. To learn more about A2 Hosting, visit https://www.a2hosting.com

About WordPress
WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day. WordPress started as just a blogging system, but has evolved to be used as a full content management system and so much more through the use of thousands of plugins, widgets and themes. WordPress is limited only by your imagination.
To learn more about WordPress, visit https://wordpress.org

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TAMPA, FL – Joomla!, the award-winning content management system, is pleased to announce the fourth annual JoomlaDay Florida! The open source web development conference and expo brings together web designers, digital marketers, and developers from around the globe. Currently the largest Joomla Conference in North America, JoomlaDay Florida 2019 has expanded into a full three-day event of Keynotes, Sessions, Workshops, and Labs.

The event kicks off on Friday, February 22nd, 2019 with workshops on Joomla, cPanel & WHM, the Joomla Certification exam, and the opening party. Saturday follows with a full day of Keynotes and sessions, and the annual networking party at the First Chance Last Chance Patio Bar. The event concludes on Sunday with 90-minute labs focused on Business and Joomla Development. Not only for “Joomlers,” JoomlaDay Florida’s program is for anyone doing business on the web.


As of Jan 1st, 2019, ticket sales have reached 70%, and just as in past years, the conference is destined to sell out weeks before the event! Registration for the full three days is currently only $75, with late registration going up over $100 in February.

“We are very proud of our past events and our global impact within the Joomla community. This year we are honored to have the President and Vice President of Joomla in attendance and an international group of speakers from the Joomla, WordPress and Drupal communities. We are also excited to have the largest group of female speakers every at our event,” said Jason Nickerson, Joomla Capital Team Chair and organizer of JoomlaDay Florida.

Just over a month away, JoomlaDay Florida is happy to announce new and returning sponsors! cPanel, the Industry leading hosting platform returns as our Gold Sponsor with Plesk joining in as a new Gold sponsor along with Joomshaper, Cloudaccess.net, Hivelocity and JoomlaShine as Silver Sponsors. We are also excited to welcome new sponsor Yellow Web Monkey and returning bronze sponsors Joomlashack, Kliken, and Fabrik.

More information about this year’s conference and the schedule is available from https://joomladayflorida.com. Sponsorship and business requests can be found at https://www.sponseasy.com/p/joomladay-florida or by contacting the conference organizers at info@joomladayflorida.com.

About Joomla
Joomla! is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) for publishing web content. Over the years Joomla has won several awards including the 2018 best free CMS award from CMSCritic.com. Joomla is built on a model–view–controller web application framework that can be used independently of the CMS that allows you to create powerful online applications. Joomla is one of the most popular website softwares, thanks to its global community of developers and volunteers, who make sure the platform is user-friendly, extendable, multilingual, accessible, responsive, search engine optimized and so much more. For more information about Joomla, visit https://www.joomla.org.

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MarketGoo, a Spain-based SEO solutions provider, today announced that it has partnered with Endurance International Group, a leading provider of cloud-based platform solutions designed to help small and medium-sized businesses succeed online, to introduce a new SEO offering from Endurance’s key hosting brands. Designed with non-technical customers in mind, MarketGoo’s tool enables any website owner to help grow their business by optimizing their site for higher search rankings and more traffic on search engines like Google. “MarketGoo and Endurance share a similar goal of empowering website owners and their businesses to achieve their online goals. This SEO toolset is designed to help small businesses with no previous technical knowledge and it blends in seamlessly with the user experience across Endurance’s brands. We’re incredibly excited to see Endurance’s hosting customers improve their online results,” said Wences Garcia, CEO of MarketGoo. By generating a report of the user’s…
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In July this year, Microsoft had released the commercial preview of Office 2019 Server. It has now become generally available. The commercial release of Office 2019 Server includes Exchange Server 2019, Skype for Business Server 2019, SharePoint Server 2019, and Project Server 2019. “Office 365 delivers the most productive and most secure Office experience – with the lowest total cost of ownership for deployment and management. However, for customers who aren’t yet ready to move to the cloud, Office 2019 provides an update to the on-premises apps and servers,” wrote Microsoft in a blog post. Exchange Server 2019 comes with improvements to scalability and performance, along with new and enhanced search powered by Bing technology. There are new options that allow users to limit the forwarding of meeting requests. Skype for Business Server 2019 will make it easier for existing users to take advantage of key cloud experiences. The main features at general availability include support for…
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