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ARMONK, N.Y. – As companies look to embrace Artificial Intelligence (AI) to gain competitive advantage and increase productivity, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today unveiled a new data science and machine learning platform and an elite consulting team to help them accelerate their AI journeys.

Powered by a fast in-memory database that can ingest and analyze massive amounts of data –one million events per second* – IBM’s new Cloud Private for Data is an integrated data science, data engineering and app building platform. Designed to help companies uncover previously unobtainable insights from their data, the platform is also designed to enable users to build and exploit event-driven applications capable of analyzing the torrents of data from things like IoT sensors, online commerce, mobile devices, and more.


“Whether they are aware of it or not, every company is on a journey to AI as the ultimate driver of business transformation,” said Rob Thomas, General Manager, IBM Analytics. “But for them to get there, they need to put in place an information architecture for collecting, managing and analyzing their data. With today’s announcements, we are planning to bring the AI destination closer and give access to powerful machine learning and data science technologies that can turn data into game-changing insight.”

Launching on the IBM Cloud Private platform, Cloud Private for Data is an application layer deployed on the Kubernetes open-source container software and can be deployed in minutes. Using microservices, it forms a truly integrated environment for data science and application development. In the future, the Cloud Private for Data will run on all clouds, as well as be available in industry-specific solutions, for financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, and more.

Commenting on the news, Christian Rodatus, CEO of IBM business partner Datameer, said that “two of the biggest challenges for Data scientists is cleansing and shaping data, and operationalizing their insights to deliver value to business. The direction IBM is headed with IBM Cloud Private for Data is aligned with Datameer’s strategy and can enable companies to more quickly prepare data for machine learning and AI projects and operationalize these across their organizations.”

The Cloud Private Data solution also includes key capabilities from IBM’s Data Science Experience, Information Analyzer, Information Governance Catalogue, Data Stage, Db2 and Db2 Warehouse. The cohesive set of capabilities is designed to help Cloud Private clients quickly discover insights from their core business data, while keeping that data in a protected, controlled environment. In other words, the new solution is designed to provide a data infrastructure layer for AI behind the firewall.

IBM Launches Data Science Elite Team

Separately, IBM today announced the formation of the Data Science Elite Team – a new no-charge consultancy dedicated to solving clients’ real-world data science problems and to assisting them in their journey to AI.

According to a report from MIT Sloan, Reshaping Business with Artificial Intelligence, an estimated 85% of 3,000 business leaders surveyed believed artificial intelligence (AI) would enable competitive advantage, however, only about 1-in-5 have done anything about it. For many organizations, the task of understanding, organizing and managing their data at the enterprise level was too complex.

That’s where the new Data Science Elite Team comes in. This global team of data scientists, machine learning engineers, and decision optimization engineers is dedicated to assisting clients on-site to begin helping them better understand and control their data, and to start making machine learning an integral part of their business.

“Nedbank has a long tradition of using analytics on internal, structured data,” Patricia Maqetuka, Chief Data Officer, Nedbank Ltd. “More data is available now than has ever been available before and analytical tooling has undergone rapid evolution in order to keep up. Nedbank has embarked on a journey to start leveraging both internal and external data, creating new data driven business models and new sources of revenue. Thanks to the first IBM Analytics University Live we were exposed to the guidance and counsel of IBM’s Elite team. This team helped us to unlock new paradigms about how we think about our analytics and change the way we look at use cases to unlock business value.”

Specifically, Data Science Elite Team client engagements center around a use case and begin with a discovery workshop that helps clients understand their data environment and break this use case down into 3 to 4 discrete deliverables that can each be realized in two to three weeks. Following the workshop, clients are provided access to powerful data science strategies, technologies and methodologies through data science sprints and validation. The team, which comprises more than 30 people now, and is expected to grow to 200 over the next few years, is currently aiding more than 50 clients.

* Based on internal testing, February, 2018, that produced over 3 million inserts/second across three nodes.

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San Francisco, CA – Cloudflare, the leading Internet performance and security company, today announced a collaboration with IBM that will provide IBM’s enterprise customers with the benefits of Cloudflare’s edge computing solutions.

With this collaboration, IBM becomes an authorized reseller of Cloudflare’s suite of security and performance edge services. Cloudflare’s solutions can be deployed in IBM customer environments, including public, private, hybrid cloud, or on-premise.

Through the collaboration, IBM plans to launch IBM Cloud Internet Services, a one-stop shop for enterprise network edge services. IBM Cloud Internet Services is designed to enable customers to more easily protect and accelerate their Internet properties—domains, applications, and APIs—through an integration of Cloudflare in the IBM Cloud console.

Cyber security threats are increasing in scale and becoming more complex every day, but security should not be a barrier for enterprises entering the cloud. Enterprises crave a cloud and edge security strategy that provides state-of-the-art protection and performance. With IBM Cloud Internet Services, in just a few clicks, enterprises can obtain the benefits of Cloudflare’s massive global network and core DDoS, WAF, DNS, and web caching solutions, in one place, without having to rely on multiple vendors.

“Now IBM enterprise customers can focus on innovating and spend less time worrying about performance issues or potential security incidents,” said Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare. “We admire IBM’s broad and deep experience with some of the world’s most powerful enterprises, and we view this offering as a great first step in working together.”

“The rate and sophistication of cyber threats is growing daily, but enterprises shouldn’t have to sacrifice performance in order to address the security of their Internet-facing applications,” said John Considine, General Manager, IBM Cloud Infrastructure. “IBM Cloud Internet Services combines IBM’s high value cloud capabilities and Cloudflare’s robust intelligent network to offer our customers an innovative solution.”

Early access to IBM Cloud Internet Services will be available in the IBM Cloud portal on March 19. Tune in on Wednesday, March 21 at 11:30 am PT during the “Building Future-Proof Cloud Solutions with an Enterprise-First Cloud Infrastructure” keynote to hear Matthew Prince and John Considine discuss the news at IBM THINK.

About Cloudflare
Cloudflare, Inc. (www.cloudflare.com / @cloudflare) is on a mission to help build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks that powers more than 10 trillion requests per month, which is nearly 10 percent of all Internet requests for more than 2.5 billion people worldwide. Cloudflare protects and accelerates any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare have all web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with each new site added. As a result, they see significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks. Cloudflare was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer, named the Most Innovative Network & Internet Technology Company for two years running by the Wall Street Journal, and ranked among the world’s 50 most innovative companies by Fast Company. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Cloudflare has offices in Austin, TX, Champaign, IL, New York, NY, Washington, DC, London, and Singapore.

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When it comes to starting your online business, choosing the best domain name, picking a robust website builder and selecting a reliable web hosting are 3 important factors that you need to get right at all costs if you want to achieve success and grow in the online business. Without getting these basic foundation right, you will simply disappear in the sea of other online businesses out there. Thus, today, we’ll tackle one of these factors, which is web hosting and to assist you in making the right choice. One of the major warning signs of a low-quality web host is frequent and unplanned downtime. The result of which is a loss of potential customers, leading to decrease in sales, which could ultimately affect your ROI. Also, a sub-standard hosting provider doesn’t invest in the kind of a robust infrastructure that is essential to keep your website safe from all potential harms and cyber threats. If you are planning on getting a hosting for your site then do check out this infographic…
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MADRID, Spain — Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) tools provider MarketGoo is the newest addition to the Vendasta Marketplace. Vendasta is the leading platform for companies who sell digital solutions to local businesses and the Marketplace serves as a platform for agencies and media companies to browse, pick out and sell digital products that are developed by third parties.

MarketGoo’s SEO tools help website owners and small businesses with no previous technical knowledge improve their site traffic and online visibility.


“With current demand for search engine optimization tools coupled with our own partners’ desire for a wider variety of offerings spanning different price points, incorporating MarketGoo into the Vendasta marketplace was a logical next step,” said Ed O’Keefe, Executive Vice-President of Marketplace at Vendasta.

SMBs and Agencies can now run SEO reports and assess easy-to-read results that will help guide their digital strategy, and attract and retain new customers.

MarketGoo generates a report of the user’s website, presenting a custom plan with improvements that should receive priority attention and simultaneously giving instructions on how it should be done. Features include:

– User friendly, step-by-step search engine optimization plan
– Tools and recommendations focused on increasing sites’ quality traffic and inbound links
– Analytics to help track improvements
– Competitor tracking
– Mobile Optimization and improvements

“The Vendasta Marketplace was a perfect fit for us to broaden our reach. We’re beyond excited for their Agency partners to be able to quickly access our SEO tool, package it and sell it to clients who want to improve their online results. Our experience with Vendasta has shown us that they truly care about the success of every business that forms part of their ecosystem and we have very high hopes for this channel,” said Wences García, CEO of MarketGoo.

About MarketGoo
Founded in 2012, Madrid-based MarketGoo offers solutions for SMBs to grow their business online by providing powerful, yet simple and easy to use search optimization tools. MarketGoo is also available as a white label, turnkey solution to monetise and educate website customers. Partners such as Telcos, Hosting companies and providers are currently distributing it to enhance their value-added portfolios. For more information, please visit marketgoo.com.

About Vendasta Marketplace
Vendasta Marketplace (vendasta.com/marketplace) is a full suite of third party apps and digital marketing solutions integrated directly into the Vendasta sales & marketing automation platform. Similar to how an app store connects people to tools that are tailored to specific needs, Marketplace provides SMBs instant access to à la carte marketing offerings via our Agency Partner’s brand. The resale platform has been a valuable addition to the Vendasta stack, with an average monthly revenue growth rate of 38% in its first year.

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LOS ANGELES, CA — DreamHost®, a global leader in web hosting and Managed WordPress, today announced an expansion of its Managed WordPress service, DreamPress, to give users even more options for powerful, purpose-built WordPress hosting.

Since its launch in 2013, DreamPress has brought affordable managed WordPress hosting to the masses in a one-size-fits all offering backed by the power of DreamHost’s open source cloud platform, DreamCompute. Living atop lightning-fast solid state drives (SSDs) and bundling Automattic’s powerful Jetpack plugin, DreamPress quickly became a customer favorite.


In late 2017 DreamHost sneakily and quietly launched a total of three DreamPress packages. These new packages took everything that users loved about DreamPress and gave them even more options to find packages that might more closely meet their needs and budget.

Starting at $16.95 per month (prepaid yearly), DreamPress Basic is the perfect entry point for users new to managed WordPress hosting. With automatic resource scaling, 5GB of storage, and basic site backups, DreamPress Basic is a great option for users looking for a seamless step up from traditional web hosting.

DreamPress Plus hits the sweet spot of price and performance at $24.95 per month. It doubles the amount of available storage space, includes advanced offsite backups powered by VaultPress, adds a daily malware scanning and repair service, grants access to over 200 premium WordPress themes, and bundles Jetpack Professional (a $299/year value) at no extra charge.

For true WordPress power users, DreamPress Advanced at $39.95 per month is the ultimate in luxury. It includes up to five telephone-based concierge-level technical support interactions per month, allows users to stage their sites in a sandbox before pushing to production, and tops out at a mind-boggling 15GB of high-speed SSD storage.

“Three is better than one! Three is better than one! Three is better than one!” said Director of Product, Managed WordPress, John Robison, while sweating three buckets in triple-digit temperatures whilst seated atop a three-humped camel, struggling to contain a triple martini within a coupe glass jauntily dangling off his triple-jointed wrist. “Turning customer suggestions into actual product improvements that make DreamPress better is absolutely our jam. Jam. Jam.” Sparks then erupted from Robison’s neck followed by a fiery explosion of metal and artificial flesh. Turns out, he was a robot. He fooled us all.

All three DreamPress plans are now available to both new and existing DreamHost customers. Easy, affordable, and powerful managed WordPress is just a click away at https://dreamhost.com/dreampress/

About DreamHost
Since 1997 DreamHost has helped individuals, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and developers worldwide bring their dreams to life on the Internet. A leader in Managed WordPress hosting, over 400,000 customers trust DreamHost to be their online home. Supporting the open source community with dedicated resources and a passionate team, DreamHost believes in the power of the Open Web and the people that make it happen. Learn more at DreamHost.com.

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TULSA, OK – TierPoint, a leading national provider of hybrid IT solutions, including cloud, colocation and managed services, announced today that it has completed construction of its new data center in Tulsa. The initial phase of the $20 million facility includes approximately 16,000 sq. ft. of raised floor space, as well as infrastructure support and office space. TierPoint partnered with Compass Data Centers on the project.

The new data center will further enhance TierPoint’s ability to meet growing market demand for hybrid IT solutions, including cloud, colocation, disaster recovery and IT security services. With 24x7x365 onsite security, technical and engineering support, the expanded facility includes dedicated space to be used by clients for their business needs. The design of the building will allow for additional phases of expansion, as needed.


“We have already begun to install clients and are currently negotiating with a couple of major institutions that have shown interest in the facility,” said Todd Currie, TierPoint Vice President and General Manager. Currie added that access to reasonably priced land and electrical power, as well growing interest in edge technology, make Oklahoma one of the most inviting data center markets in the country.

The new Tulsa data center is designed and operated to meet SSAE 18, PCI-DSS, GLBA and HIPAA security and compliance standards, verified by annual assessments of all 40 TierPoint facilities. Features include dual factor, biometrical access control with around-the-clock onsite security; dual utility service feeds with onsite TierPoint controlled substations; independent AB power distribution; N+1 backup generators; N+1 HVAC deployment; all designed for supporting up to 350 watts per square foot of raised floor. The site is carrier neutral with diverse fiber points of entry for redundancy.

In addition to the new facility, TierPoint currently operates a data center in Tulsa’s historic Brady District, as well as two data centers in Oklahoma City, including the state’s largest commercial data center.

About TierPoint
With an unmatched combination of clients, facilities, solutions and service, TierPoint is a leading national provider of hybrid IT, helping organizations drive performance and manage risk. The company has one of the largest customer bases in the industry, with over 5,000 clients ranging from the public to private sectors, from small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises. TierPoint also has one of the largest and most geographically diversified footprints in the nation, with 40 world-class data centers in 20 markets and 8 multi-tenant cloud pods, connected by a coast-to-coast network. The company offers a comprehensive solution portfolio of private, multitenant, hyperscale, and hybrid cloud, plus colocation, disaster recovery, security and other managed IT services. Led by a proven management team, TierPoint’s network of hundreds of highly experienced IT professionals offer local, white-glove customer service, seamlessly managing and customizing agile solutions that address each client’s unique needs.

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