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PALO ALTO, CA – Jelastic Inc., turnkey PaaS that runs a wide range of containerized software stacks for smart application deployment, scaling and management, announced partnership with Sphere48, a web hosting company from Canada.

“By entering the Canadian market with Sphere48, we intend to provide local developers with the right tools for eliminating the complexity of application deployment and management, as well as reducing the total cost of ownership with fully automated scaling and pay-as-you-use pricing model, ” said Ruslan Synytsky, Jelastic CEO.


Cloud computing made a significant impact to the whole development world, and become a matured technology that keeps getting more and more users every year. Spending on public cloud computing in Canada will double from $2.3 billion CAD in 2016 to $5.5 billion CAD in 2020, by IDC. And by partnering with Jelastic, Sphere48 made an upgrade of their cloud hosting services in order to be competing in this growing market and meet the demands of the customers, offering PaaS, Docker containers hosting, professional assistance in arranging DevOps processes and a wide variety of extra tools for developers.

“We are proud today to be the first Canadian partner with the Jelastic team. We were looking for a PaaS solution to integrate to our hosting services since a long time now. We were already using the Jelastic platform for a few of our projects and we loved it. When we saw an opportunity to become partners with Jelastic, we seized it. We are looking forward to make this product known across all developers in Canada.” – Alexandre Barfuhok, Sphere48.

Specializing only in shared hosting services at the beginning, Sphere48 included VPS services later as well, and now they start offering PaaS cloud hosting for Canadian customers. In addition, the company put the firm emphasis on security: their data center is equipped with 24/7 video surveillance cameras, anti-DDoS protection devices, automatic backups and access to the servers’ room only for accredited employees.

Since Sphere48 becomes the pioneer to offer Jelastic in Canada, their aim is to make it well-known for local developers and startups across the country, and make a good impact on applications growth market in North America. To ease the entry point the dashboard of the platform is localized to French, in addition to the English version, and soon the users will be provided with a set of educational materials to closer get acquainted with the product.

Customers can try deploying, scaling and managing their projects at Sphere48 for 14 days free trial.

About Jelastic
Jelastic is a robust solution for the cloud market – hosting providers, enterprises and developers – combining the benefits of PaaS and CaaS in a single turnkey package. Its rich interface simplifies complex cloud deployments by automating the creation, scaling, clustering and security updates of microservices or monolithic applications. Jelastic has a unique pay-for usage-only pricing model and is available as public, private, hybrid and multi-cloud in more than 55 data centers worldwide. The platform provides support of Java, PHP, Ruby, Node.js, Python, .NET environments and custom Docker containers. More info is at https://jelastic.com

About Sphere48
Located in Montreal, Canada, Sphere48 made their name by providing an experienced customer service since 2013. The company plans to expand with Sphere48 powered by Jelastic across the whole Canada in both French and English provinces within the next few years. Sphere48 is running from the highly-performed data center, equipped with generators that guarantee a 48 hours autonomy.

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NEW YORK, NY – Ubersmith, an INAP (NASDAQ: INAP) company and a global leader in subscription business management software, today launches a worldwide partner program designed to create revenue streams as more and more companies shift to cloud computing with subscription and recurring billing. To lead its partner program, Ubersmith has hired Jeremy Chang as head of business development.

“The time is right for us to formalize our relationships with these companies, so we’ve decided to invest in this global partner initiative as a key step in our next phase of growth,” said Kurt Daniel, president of Ubersmith. “Our goal is simple: Help our partners evolve their offerings to capitalize on usage-based billing opportunities in order to grow their businesses and expand their value to their customers. As head of business development, Jeremy will help us achieve this goal”


The partner program will open doors for technology, services and channel companies to build stronger relationships with their customers, expand their portfolios and boost margins.

“When talking with our existing base of partners, they are all looking for ways to transition their portfolio from support for traditional billing to subscription and recurring billing models that are based on consumption,” said Jeremy Chang, head of business development, Ubersmith. “We’re giving partners what they need to accelerate this transition so that together we are both stronger going to market helping customers with our complementary capabilities.”

Program Details
In the Ubersmith program, partners fall into three groupings: Technology, Services, Channel. Within each of those, there are three levels: Registered, Advanced, Premier. The program enables partners to increase their revenue and profit. In addition, partners will receive: sales and marketing support, including access to Ubersmith sales enablement resources; dedicated tech support; product education; exclusive product access; sales and marketing training; access to Ubersmith’s product and development organizations to influence future product offerings.

GlowTouch Technologies, with 1,200 people worldwide, is one of the Service partners. Vidya Ravichandran, president of GlowTouch said, “We are always adapting our portfolio to changing market dynamics and needs of our customers. As the market continues to move toward consumption-based billing models, Ubersmith, with its subscription business suite and customer customizations is well positioned to take advantage of this. We look forward to deepening our partnership with Ubersmith going forward.”

OnApp, with 3,500 cloud provider customers worldwide, is among the Technology partners. Ditlev Bredahl, CEO of OnApp, said: “With its enterprise-grade billing and customer management capabilities, Ubersmith is a popular choice for telcos and MSPs who build their clouds with OnApp. We’re looking forward to expanding our relationship with Ubersmith, and helping MSPs and telcos deliver the new subscription-based models that will drive their growth in cloud, CDN and other services.”

To see the initial list of partners and to apply for the program, go to https://ubersmith.com/partners.

About Ubersmith
Ubersmith is a global leader in subscription business management software for organizations of all sizes. The company’s suite of usage-based billing, quoting, order management, infrastructure management and help desk ticketing solutions is integrated, open and scalable. Hundreds of companies around the world rely on Ubersmith to better serve their customers, better run their businesses, shorten time-to-market and boost overall efficiency.

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(Bloomberg) — A major shipping company is under attack. With help from a corrupt executive, an international hacking syndicate called Scorpius, has penetrated the computer networks of Fast Freight Ltd. The hackers have taken control of servers and compromised the systems that control Fast Freight's vessels and its portside machinery. The company's cybersecurity consultants have 48 hours to uncover the breach and repulse the attackers before they cripple Fast Freight's business and cause serious economic damage.
It sounds like the plot to a blockbuster thriller. But this was the fictional scenario 42 budding computer security experts faced at the annual U.K. Cyber Security Challenge competition earlier this week in London. With demand for cybersecurity expertise exploding, but qualified people in short supply, war-gaming competitions like this have become key recruiting grounds for companies and government security agencies.
"We want to find untapped talent to fill roles in our own operation and in the industry as a whole," said Rob Partridge, BT Group Plc's head of commercial development for penetration testing. BT is one of a half-dozen companies, including Airbus SE, Cisco Systems Inc. and smaller, specialist cybersecurity firms Darktrace Ltd. and Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., that sponsored this year's Challenge competition. The U.K.'s National Crime Agency, the Bank of England and law firm 4 Pump Court also supported
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OVERLAND PARK, KS – QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of data center and hybrid IT solutions, today announced it will provide direct connected colocation to AWS customers. The partnership is in direct response to increased demand for hybrid IT solutions.

QTS CloudRamp is the industry’s first turnkey, colocation solution for AWS customers. The solution is prebuilt, preconfigured and integrated with AWS cloud services. QTS CloudRamp was designed for customers needing short-term, AWS-connected colocation for cloud migration, or for longer-term hybrid IT workloads. It features flexible terms, including monthly options, automated onboarding, and is available for purchase online on AWS Marketplace.


“A growing number of our customers require colocation as part of their migration to the cloud,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Sales, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “QTS is a strategic colocation provider and provides customers industry leading customer support and as a Managed Service Partner has the ability to seamlessly integrate their solution with AWS.”

For enterprises with requirements extending beyond CloudRamp, QTS and AWS will provide tailored, hybrid IT solutions built upon QTS’ highly secure and reliable colocation infrastructure optimized for AWS.

“The AWS and QTS collaboration delivers a solution that allows us to more effectively manage our entire tech stack while giving us the flexibility to execute deployments worldwide,” said Mohit Saxena, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, InMobi. “This new collaboration helps companies, such as InMobi, minimize risk in their hybrid IT and cloud journey.”

“By aligning with AWS, we are able to offer an innovative approach to colocation, bridging the gap between traditional solutions and the cloud,” said Dan Bennewitz, Chief Operating Officer, Sales, Product & Marketing, QTS. “We are honored to collaborate with AWS and we are committed to working with them to serve the needs of their customers.”

QTS CloudRamp is now available via AWS Direct Connect from QTS data centers in Chicago, IL, Piscataway, NJ, Richmond, VA, and Santa Clara, CA. Tailored hybrid IT solutions for AWS customers are available across QTS’ 21 U.S. data center locations.

QTS continues to collaborate with AWS to develop a range of solutions leveraging AWS Direct Connect, QTS Managed AWS, QTS CloudRamp, and tailored colocation solutions.

About QTS
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading data center and managed cloud provider, offering a comprehensive portfolio of IT solutions built on the industry’s first Software-Defined Data Center Platform. QTS is a trusted partner to more than 1,100 customers throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. QTS owns, operates or manages more than six million square feet of data center space. QTS provides cutting-edge technology; flexible, scalable infrastructure; and an industry-lead customer experience.

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GLASGOW, Scotland – Managed hosting and cloud services provider iomart (AIM: IOM) has partnered with OnApp to launch a new cloud-in-a-box solution for small businesses and enterprise IT departments. The new solution combines OnApp Enterprise private cloud software with Intel® hardware to create a turnkey appliance that can be deployed on premises, or hosted by iomart, with self-managed and fully managed options available for each approach. By combining its experience in hosted cloud and managed services, with OnApp’s streamlined and intuitive private cloud management software, iomart can deliver private and hybrid cloud that is significantly more cost-effective and easier to manage than other solutions.

The new cloud-in-a-box solution is available now with a unique ‘try before you buy’ scheme that takes companies from proof-of-concept into production without any additional configuration or migration work. It is designed for companies looking to virtualise and consolidate traditional IT into a more cost-effective integrated appliance; to bring cloud automation and efficiency to their business without requiring an army of technicians; and to simplify the management of workloads across on-premises and hosted cloud infrastructure, using a single, unified cloud platform.


“OnApp is the perfect cloud solution for businesses that don’t want to hire an army of certified professionals to build and administer their cloud, or invest in the cost and complexity of running a complete VMware or Azure stack,” said Neil Christie, iomart’s Commercial Director. “Our new private cloud solution delivers rock-solid virtualisation, automated cloud management, software-defined storage and the robust security and access controls you need, at a fraction of the cost – and we can manage the whole environment for you, in your data centre or ours.”

United Hosting, a managed hosting brand within iomart, already uses OnApp. “OnApp provides our customers with cost-effective hosting that’s 100 per cent available. The self-healing technology means VM uptime is never interrupted by hardware failure,” explained Martin Cole, United Hosting’s Sales Director. “It allows us to offer highly available and instantly scalable solutions to our customers. It’s the flexibility and ease of use that our customers love.”

The wider offering from the whole of the iomart group of companies will allow many more of its customers to benefit. “With its OnApp hosting and managed services experience, iomart is perfectly placed to help companies choose the right mix of managed, unmanaged, hosted and on-premises cloud,” said Alistair Wildman, Chief Revenue Officer for OnApp. “OnApp Enterprise is a truly turnkey cloud solution that brings the public cloud experience to the enterprise data centre at a radically different price point – and working with iomart enables companies to take full advantage of whatever mix of on-premises and hosted private cloud works best for their applications and data.”

iomart’s new cloud solutions are based on Intel® 2u, 4-node servers with OnApp pre-installed and ready to run. They also include OnApp’s global 24×7 support. For hosted private cloud options, iomart offers a choice of eight data centre locations in the UK and a further 19 across Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. iomart provides a range of supporting services to help customers migrate workloads to its private cloud solution, and offers dedicated connectivity between on-premises clouds and its hosted clouds, to create ultra-low latency, hybrid cloud environments.

About iomart Group plc
iomart Group PLC (AIM: IOM) helps organisations maximise the flexibility, cost effectiveness and security of the cloud. From strategy to delivery, our 300+ consultants and solutions architects provide the cloud expertise to transform your business. With a dynamic range of managed cloud services that integrate with the public clouds of AWS and Azure, our agnostic approach delivers solutions tailored to your exact needs. iomart is a long-term supplier to G-Cloud and our infrastructure and cloud and backup services are designed to meet the requirements of the UK public sector. To find out more about our managed cloud services visit www.iomart.com

About OnApp
OnApp is a complete cloud management software platform for service providers and enterprises. The OnApp cloud platform enables hosts, telcos and other service providers to sell the complete range of Infrastructure-as-a-Service products. For enterprises, OnApp provides a turnkey solution for private and hybrid cloud, enabling IT departments to automate infrastructure management, reduce support costs, and simplify provisioning of IT resources to departments and users.

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LONDON & TOKYO – Dimension Data, the global technology solutions and services provider, and NTT Communications, the ICT solutions and international communications business within NTT Group, will create a single ‘cloud powerhouse’ by bringing together their cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) capabilities under the management of NTT Communications to deliver transformative, cloud-based solutions and innovation to clients of both organizations around the world.

Dimension Data and NTT Communications employ some of the most highly-skilled, sought-after cloud experts in the market. Bringing together these experts under the management of NTT Communications means the combined capabilities will have the power to drive innovation into the market and deliver the services that today’s organizations demand.


Both companies will retain their existing strategic partnerships under the new structure.

“Enterprises have an increasing need for hybrid IT to accelerate their digital transformation. Working together to enhance our cloud and value added services, combined with our industry leading networking, global data center assets and security capabilities, both Dimension Data and NTT Communications will offer clients a more compelling hybrid IT value proposition,” said Tsunehisa Okuno, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Business, NTT Holdings. “NTT’s extensive R&D investments will also enhance the range of services available to clients.”

Dimension Data Group Chief Executive Officer, Jason Goodall said: “Combining our cloud IaaS assets provides enterprises on their hybrid IT journey with a unique combination of services and expertise, on a global basis. We’ll deliver services at-scale and provide a level of innovation not currently available in the managed cloud-based hybrid IT solutions space.”

Katsumi Nakata, Senior Executive Vice President, NTT Communications said: “We’re excited that our augmented capabilities and broadened footprint will take us to the next level in global cloud IaaS platform, coupled with one of the largest software-defined network services that connect over 190 countries worldwide, more than 140 global data centres, and the world’s leading Tier 1 IP network. We are confident that we will continue to deliver superior results and contribute significantly to the success of both our clients and our cloud business.”

Clients will benefit from the new hybrid IT solutions that offer greater visibility, automation, management and governance. Other benefits include:

  • Secure and trusted global environment with public, private and hybrid cloud offerings protected by advanced networking, security features and third party certifications to meet compliance, security and company policies.
  • Consistent computing environment, programmable interfaces and automated delivery model across public and private clouds including bare metal servers, to promote agility and reduce operational costs.
  • Consumption-based billing model for private cloud to optimize commercial benefits even under tight private cloud requirements.
  • Integration with world-leading WAN and global data centers by software defined technologies to achieve flexible allocation of IT resources.
  • Single pane of glass through the cloud management platform for visualizing all the hybrid IT resources.
  • Ability to drive innovation within an open ecosystem to enable clients to leverage innovation of open-source community, vendor offerings and partners.

Leslie Rosenberg, Research Director, IDC said “NTT Communications and Dimension Data continue to demonstrate their collaboration and synergistic relationship with the announcement of a new combined cloud capability. Combining IaaS capabilities provides customers with enhanced global scale and hybrid IT capabilities. The synergy allows each company to play to their strengths – the broad reach of NTT Communications’ network and data centers coupled with Dimension Data’s technology expertise and consulting capabilities to help enable customers to achieve global scale and accelerate their hybrid IT and digital transformation initiatives.”

About Dimension Data
Dimension Data uses the power of technology to help organisations achieve great things in the digital era. As a member of the NTT Group, we accelerate our clients’ ambitions through digital infrastructure, customer experience, hybrid cloud, digital workplace, and cybersecurity. With a turnover of USD 8 billion, offices in 48 countries, and 28,000 employees, we deliver wherever our clients are, at every stage of their technology journey. We’re proud to be the Official Technology Partner of Amaury Sport Organisation, which owns the Tour de France, and the title partner of the cycling team, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. Visit us at http://www.dimensiondata.com

About NTT Communications
NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security, cloud and managed services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company’s worldwide infrastructure, including the leading global tier-1 IP network, the Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching over 190 countries/regions, and over 140 secure data centres worldwide. www.ntt.com

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