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Data centers these days are busy replacing expensive hardware solutions with "software-defined" everything, but the trend is the opposite when it comes to security. While software still prevails in keeping servers secure, hardware is often being added to the mix as another layer of protection, especially during the boot process, when a computer is vulnerable to dangers such as maliciously modified firmware.
This trend started when UEFI — and Secure Boot — replaced BIOS on computers, and was carried a step further when Google began including an additional custom designed hardware security chip on all servers and peripherals in its data centers. In June, Hewlett Packard Enterprise followed suit and announced it was joining the secured-by-hardware crowd by including its own custom chip on its Gen10 servers. Lenovo also includes a degree of security-on-a-chip technology on its line of servers, through XClarity Controller.
There are several advantages to having security protections contained in chipsets that are separate from a server's CPUs. Being isolated from the server's main components, they are more difficult for an outside hacker who manages to get through a system's defenses to find and penetrate. In addition, they can utilize read-only memory that can be difficult or impossible to modify.
See also: Here's How Google Secures Its Cloud
At its Cloud Next event in March, Google unveiled a custom security chip
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Data centers these days are busy replacing expensive hardware solutions with "software-defined" everything, but the trend is the opposite when it comes to security.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. & DENVER, CO – Peak 10 Inc. (“Peak 10”) announced that it has completed its acquisition of ViaWest, Inc. (“ViaWest”). The deal positions the combined company as a leading national provider of hybrid IT solutions including colocation, interconnection, cloud, managed solutions and professional services to more than 4,200 customers nationally. The combined solution sets of the two companies will help organizations optimize their journey of IT transformation while simultaneously balancing cost, scalability, compliance and security. Peak 10 announced the acquisition on June 13, 2017.

“Today marks the first day of an exciting new chapter for Peak 10 + ViaWest,” said Chris Downie, chief executive officer. “We’re thrilled by the response we’ve received from customers and partners since announcing the acquisition just seven weeks ago. We look forward to taking the next step in the evolution of this company, as we help enterprises nationally solve their most difficult IT infrastructure challenges. Our mission stays the same: providing our customers with the best technology and customer experience possible, and we believe we’re in a great position to do so.”


Peak 10 + ViaWest’s robust suite of assets now spans 20 domestic and international markets. The company now comprises 40 highly-redundant data centers, 2.7 million square feet of data center space, 13 cloud nodes and more than 10,000 cross connects. These capabilities, coupled with over 1,000 dedicated employees, underlie the steadfast reliability of its solutions. Customers will benefit from increased scale and broad geographic coverage, accelerating the company’s overall commitment to growth and reinforcing its customer-first approach.

To support the company’s expanded geographic footprint and strategic growth, Peak 10 + ViaWest has broadened its senior leadership team. Chris Downie will remain chief executive officer. Nancy Phillips will serve as the executive chair of the board for the combined company.

“By joining forces, Peak 10 and ViaWest have combined some of the smartest minds in the IT industry,” said Nancy Phillips. “Our highly experienced executive team brings a demonstrated track record of success and is well positioned to lead the combined organization to even greater heights. As one of the leading national hybrid IT infrastructure and solutions providers, we look forward to our combined growth and delivering significant benefits to our thousands of customers.”

About Peak 10 + ViaWest
Peak 10 + ViaWest is a powerful combination that helps organizations optimize their journey of IT transformation while simultaneously balancing cost, scalability, compliance and security. Its 4,200 customers trust it to deliver hybrid IT infrastructure solutions spanning colocation, interconnection, cloud, managed solutions and professional services. Peak 10 + ViaWest’s robust suite of assets span 20 domestic and international markets and is comprised of 40 highly-redundant data centers, 2.7 million square feet of data center space, 13 cloud nodes and more than 10,000 cross connects. These capabilities, coupled with over 1,000 dedicated employees, underlie the steadfast reliability of its solutions. For more information on Peak 10, please visit www.peak10.com. For more information on ViaWest, please visit www.viawest.com.

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SUNNYVALE, CA – Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today announced that Exaring, a digital service provider based in Germany, is using Juniper Networks’ high-performance solutions to create a scalable and fully-automated infrastructure for its next generation IP-based TV services.

Exaring’s platform offers German households diverse broadcast services in the cloud via a smart device. The company operates a comprehensive fiber infrastructure exclusively for the transmission of IP entertainment services, combining high-definition TV quality with the convenience of easy-to-use apps and the flexibility of the web. Exaring has also created its own TV platform waipu.tv.


Exaring, with the flexible and automated network architecture created by Juniper Networks’ technology, can integrate and deploy new services in a very short time, achieving lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and meeting consumers’ high demands for its IP TV playout platform. The automated platform also allows the company to monitor and dynamically adjust its network performance in real-time, based on data intelligence and analysis.

Juniper Networks® QFX Series switching technology was selected by Exaring to deliver automated television services to end-users, including high-definition (HD) and 4K (ultra HD) video, via customers’ existing internet connections without additional installations.

Exaring’s functions run in a cloud environment created by Juniper’s QFX switches, which are high-performance, high-density switching platforms with open architectures that serve as universal building blocks for automated, programmable fabric architectures. This environment supports applications that move hundreds of gigabits of video.

Exaring deployed the Juniper Networks’ QFX10000 at its data center edge, which has IPv4 and IPv6 peering functionality and low latency transport, together with Juniper’s ASIC functionality, such as Virtual output Queueing (VoQ) technology.

The overall switch network infrastructure is underpinned by Junos® OS, Juniper’s single operating system for centralized management, which further streamlines and simplifies Exaring’s network operations. The automation capabilities of Junos® OS, running on QFX Series switches, integrates seamlessly into Exaring’s broader orchestration and automation infrastructure.

About Juniper Networks
Juniper Networks challenges the status quo with products, solutions and services that transform the economics of networking. Our team co-innovates with customers and partners to deliver automated, scalable and secure networks with agility, performance and value.

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London, UK – Interoute, the global cloud and network company, has rolled out a cloud-based storage service based on Cloudian’s HyperStore object storage technology. Offered as part of the Interoute Virtual Data Centre cloud platform, it provides customers with fast, reliable and highly durable cloud-based storage for unstructured data, backups and archives at very low cost.

Having evaluated a range of object storage technology vendors, Interoute selected Cloudian’s HyperStore for its scale-out capabilities, industry-leading S3 API compatibility, multi-tenancy features and ease of integration. Interoute customers have adopted the Cloudian-based service for use cases such as data resiliency, hosting static content and media archiving.


Interoute is offering multiple petabytes of capacity, with further growth planned in accordance with customer demand. The Cloudian deployment is available across the entire Interoute platform with 17 Virtual Data Centre zones globally. Customers have the option to use resilient in-country deployments in Switzerland and Germany.

The geo-location flexibility offered by the Cloudian solution in combination with the Interoute Enterprise Digital Platform, gives Interoute customers control over data locality and assured performance, enabling them to build regulatory compliant storage solutions in different territories.

“With GDPR looming large in 2018, as well as the rapid adoption of VDC and SaaS platforms, our customers are revisiting the legacy world of physical backup and archiving and demanding a simple, controlled, auditable cloud service, “ explained Mark Lewis, EVP Products and Development at Interoute. “So, we’ve created an easily accessed and integrated, cost effective object storage service to support their digital transformation.”

“Jon Toor, Chief Marketing Officer at Cloudian, commented, “With Cloudian, Interoute is offering its customers choice in limitlessly scalable and cost effective storage, a foundation that is proven scalable and reliable in some of the world’s largest unstructured data stores.”

About Cloudian
Based in Silicon Valley, Cloudian is the leader in enterprise object storage systems. Our flagship product, Cloudian HyperStore, enables service providers and enterprises to build reliable, affordable and scalable object storage solutions.

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Gloucester, UK – Fasthosts Internet Ltd, a leading web and cloud hosting provider, has announced the addition of Managed Stacks and Applications to its virtualised technology portfolio.

Following last year’s successful launch of CloudNX servers, leading web hosting provider Fasthosts has built on this next-generation cloud platform to introduce an all-new range of virtualised services. Customers now have even more options when it comes to enterprise-level cloud computing, with servers, stacks and apps that can be dynamically deployed, flexed and scaled.


CloudNX services now include Root Servers, Managed Stacks, and Applications

So what are Root Servers, Managed Stacks and Applications? Root Servers are powerful and highly scalable virtual machines with full root access, representing infrastructure as a service on the CloudNX platform. Fully configurable and customisable, Root Servers give users complete control to build and maintain their own unique cloud hosting environment.

Managed Stacks are custom software bundles that include everything a web project needs to run on the CloudNX platform. To start coding, the user simply selects their preferred database, web server and scripting language, while Fasthosts takes care of the operating system, software updates and security.

When it comes to Applications, CloudNX provides content management systems including WordPress, Drupal and Joomla, pre-installed and ready to use. Fasthosts handles the infrastructure, leaving the user with more time to focus on their content, with the full functionality of their chosen CMS combined with the performance of dedicated resources.

The power behind these new virtualised services is container technology. Managed Stacks and Applications are built on software containers that automatically spin up to spread the load across a cluster of cloud servers, with no single point of failure. This means higher availability and rapid failover if anything needs to be patched or rebuilt.

For users looking to upgrade from shared hosting, platform as a service on CloudNX offers a range of advantages. CPUs, RAM and SSD storage resources are scalable and 100% dedicated, with absolutely no contention from other users. This is especially beneficial for demanding, high-traffic applications like ecommerce, and design agencies running several client websites. Multiple projects can be easily deployed via a single control panel, with processing power and memory dynamically allocated to ensure high performance – all without the headaches of server admin and patching. So, with time to market, redundancy and convenience taken care of, and with the benefit of dedicated resource and no ‘noisy neighbours’, users can simply focus on growing their own business.

Gavin Etheridge, Fasthosts Product Owner, understands the huge benefits offered by Root Servers, Managed Stacks and Applications to customers looking for a bespoke cloud hosting solution:

“With the addition of Managed Stacks and Applications to our CloudNX product line, we can now provide customers with a very broad set of solutions for managing their web projects, without the need to sign up to any lengthy contracts,” he confirms.

“The incredibly lightweight setup process means you can spin up a new environment for your preferred CMS in as little as 55 seconds. If our customers anticipate more traffic for promotional offers, testing or events, they can designate resources to individual projects as needed. When you need to adjust the level of resources, just make the changes within the Cloud Panel, and they’ll be executed in less than one minute.”

“Customers using Managed Stacks and Applications can focus 100% on their core business, while Fasthosts takes care of the first layer of infrastructure to ensure they’re up to date and, vitally, secure. And, as this is fully supported in the UK by our team, we’re on hand to help, speeding up the process and giving our customers more time to create the content they want. All our customers need to do is bring the code.”

The next phase of Fasthosts’ move towards containerisation will see the introduction of containers as a service running on Docker-based container technology. Docker is renowned for granting the ability to configure purpose-built software stacks to match highly individual requirements, providing the customer with a resilient, agile platform that increases the availability of their online services helping them to be even more successful on the internet.

Find out more about Root Servers, Managed Stacks and Applications on CloudNX at https://www.fasthosts.co.uk/cloud-servers

About Fasthosts
Fasthosts has been a leading provider since 1999, offering secure UK data centres, 24/7 support and a highly successful reseller channel. We provide everything web professionals need to power and manage their online space, including domains, web hosting, business-class email, dedicated servers and a next-generation cloud platform. Outside of our support queries, our dedicated Professional Service experts go above and beyond customer requirements, providing bespoke and cost-effective server management. So whether you’re launching a new project, migrating from another provider or upgrading your software, Fasthosts does the hard work for you. Website: www.fasthosts.co.uk.

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