video

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.

Read more

Filed under Web Hosting News by on #

LOS ANGELES, CA – LayerHost, an IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) company, and a premier server hosting and IP transit provider with an emphasis on DDoS mitigation, is celebrating the rebranding from its former name and shift of focus, Global Frag Networks and gaming servers, respectively. A launch party is planned at Mrs. Fish, 448 S Hill St. Los Angeles, CA 90013 on Thursday, January 10th from 6PM to 10PM. The mood will be set by an in-house DJ, and the dance floor will subsequently be open for business. Delicious hors d-oeuvres will be provided by Mrs. Fish from their signature menu, and the open bar will feature cocktails concocted by the mixologists of the establishment. There will be a raffle with prizes, including an Apple watch, an iPad, as well as a special prize which will be announced at the event. All guests will receive a custom LayerHost branded swag bag full of awesome goodies. Entry to the event will require a ticket, so please RSVP at http://launch.layerhost.com.

The roots of the company can be traced back to 2008, back when it was called Global Frag Networks. The operations of Global Frag Networks were rooted deeply in the game hosting industry of the time, serving as the web hosting provider for such games as: Counter Strike 1.6, Day of Defeat and Team Fortress Classic. With such a direct connection to video games, the name “Global Frag Networks” was strangely appropriate. But as the gaming industry privatized the hosting of their games, that is, game developers began to host their own servers for its multiplayer matches, a necessary pivot was desperately needed (and desired). In 2012, still under the name Global Frag Networks, the services provided by the company began to expand to include colocation, IP transit, as well as DDoS mitigation. As the company outgrew its previous operations, the same operations which its foundation was built upon, it became evident that a new name had to be created. Welcome into the arena, LayerHost, as the complete rebranding of Global Frag Networks. The growth of LayerHost saw many challenges and accomplishments, and the lessons learned throughout ultimately led to the optimization of how the company does business today. LayerHost has learned from its journey, and ultimately, has the same priorities in mind which made operations under Global Frag Networks successful: the focus on the clients, as well as their complete satisfaction.


Given this in mind, this launch party is a toast from LayerHost to all of the guests in attendance, and to those who unfortunately will not be able not make it. It is a big “thank you” to all of the clients who made Global Frag Networks successful and allowed it to transition to LayerHost, those customers who still are with the company today, and to all of the amazing new faces which LayerHost would be humbled and excited if given the opportunity to partner in mutual growth. Also, it highlights the efforts of the founder and CEO, Mohamad Kazah, who started the company as the aforementioned Global Frag Networks and now, has a small team of hard-working individuals with LayerHost. And because of the company growing to a state where there are several dedicated employees, it is also a celebration of the team’s hard work. But most of all, to the old friends and the new friends LayerHost will meet at the event, it serves as a way to say a big thank you, as well as a session to relax, enjoy good food, treats, and company.

Please RSVP at: http://launch.layerhost.com

The venue chosen for the event is the exquisite sushi restaurant, Mrs. Fish located in the heart of Downtown, Los Angeles. When you walk inside, the magnificent plethora of artwork on display by artists from Japan makes it difficult to establish the line between restaurant and museum. However, when you see the presentation of the food mimicking the real-life art on display at Mrs. Fish, only then does it become evident that there needs no distinguishing; it’s both. LayerHost chose this venue not only because they believe the guests will have an amazing experience there during the launch party, but because the ambience and je ne sais quoi mirrors that how the company interacts with its clients and operates. At LayerHost, even though the provided services such as: dedicated server hosting, IP transit, DDoS mitigation and VPS hosting are equivalent, if not better than the other providers, they pride themselves on giving the customers an experience that is hard to beat. This is possible because at LayerHost, the satisfaction rating of client is the quantifiable measure which comes before revenue and quotas. When you partner with LayerHost and and benefit from their products and unmatched reliability, you not only get an amazing product, but an unforgettable experience as well.

While the food of Mrs. Fish seeks to titillate your taste buds and the artwork, the senses, LayerHost operates to ensure that the care that their clients receive after the transaction is nothing short of a tender, familiar interaction. In this sense, the launch party for the rebranding of LayerHost is nothing more than a welcoming family gathering, complete with great food, elegant drinks, great music, great company and thoughtful gifts put together by the team. LayerHost hopes to see all of you in attendance and cannot wait to spend time with all of you!

Read more

Filed under Web Hosting News by on #

Vilnius, Lithuania – With a focus on individuals and small businesses, the web hosting company Hostens has introduced more locations of its VPN service. From now on, all customers can use VPS service in the following locations: London (United Kingdom), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Frankfurt (Germany), Vilnius (Lithuania), Washington DC (USA), San Francisco (USA), Singapore.

VPN service encrypts internet traffic by securing the user’s personal data, moreover, it provides an extra layer of protection when using public WiFi spots. Finally, it is a solution for those who wish to access geo-restricted content on, for example, video streaming sites.


“Our VPN service was introduced only one year ago, but we already have a substantial number of VPN users today. This is why we have decided to expand our range of VPN service”, – says Arvydas Strausas, the CEO of Hostens.

According to Mr. Strausas, one of the most relevant features of this service is the possibility to avoid country-specific restrictions by reaching content which is usually unavailable in some countries. Furthermore, there is no doubt about its necessity for the secure browsing. By using the VPN service, your traffic is encrypted between you and a VPN server, so your ISP can’t see where you’re going or what you’re doing.

Here is the full list of all the available VPN locations served by Hostens:
Europe

  • London (United Kingdom)
  • Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Frankfurt (Germany)
  • Vilnius (Lithuania)

North America

  • Washington (USA)
  • San Francisco (USA)

Asia

  • Singapore

About Hostens
Hostens is a division of the Lithuanian company “Interneto Vizija”, which was founded in 2003 and quickly grew into an international enterprise providing service to more than 100,000 clients across Europe. Thanks to loyal customers and their referrals, in 2005 the company had become the largest web hosting provider in Lithuania. By combining affordable and scalable options with an enterprise-level technology, Hostens is able to supply its customers with web hosting, VPS services, VPN service, and domain registration. Aided by the strong technical background of “Interneto Vizija” Hostens operates a geographically convenient data center located in Vilnius, Lithuania (the geographic midpoint of Europe). Hostens data center is built and maintained according to TIER III international standard.

Read more

Filed under Web Hosting News by on #

LONDON – OnApp has launched version v6.0 of the OnApp cloud management platform. More information and demos are available at https://onapp.com/v6.

OnApp v6.0 includes the new version of OnApp Accelerator, which delivers up to a 100% performance improvement for websites hosted in OnApp clouds. It also introduces Buckets, a combined Role-Based Access Control and billing engine that gives cloud service providers total flexibility in how they package and price their cloud services; new Software-Defined Networking capabilities; enhanced cloud workload import capabilities; enhanced notifications and cloud automation features; support for VMware vCenter; and improved export for usage data, to simplify integration with Business and Operational Support Systems.


“OnApp makes cloud easy for Telcos, MSPs and other service providers who have struggled to make cloud profitable – either because of the cost and complexity of building and managing their own open source clouds, or because of the commercial limitations of reselling hyperscale clouds like AWS,” said Tim Meredith, OnApp’s Chief Commercial Officer. “The new version of OnApp makes it even easier to build a cloud with OnApp, integrate cloud billing models with your existing billing systems and processes, and get to market fast with your own accelerated cloud services.”

OnApp v6.0 includes the new version of OnApp’s patented website acceleration technology. OnApp Accelerator delivers up to a 100% performance improvement for websites hosted in OnApp clouds, by automatically optimizing web content and distributing it to 20 locations on a global Content Delivery Network (CDN) managed by OnApp.

“We believe everyone should have great web performance – and with OnApp you get that for free,” said Ditlev Bredahl, OnApp CEO. “Our patented Accelerator technology makes websites up to twice as fast with zero effort. If your business depends on your website, you don’t need to know how to set up a CDN, and don’t have to pay extra for a CDN service – you just need to host your site with an OnApp cloud provider. OnApp Accelerator is a great value-add for service providers and helps make their customers’ e-commerce sites more profitable too. For customers who have more complex content delivery needs, like streaming video, we still offer a fully customizable CDN platform – but for the vast majority of website owners, Accelerator finally democratizes website performance.”

About OnApp
OnApp software makes cloud easy for MSPs, Telcos and other large service providers. The OnApp cloud platform enables service providers to sell the complete range of Infrastructure-as-a-Service products through an intuitive ‘single pane of glass’ user interface – including on-premises private cloud, hosted private cloud, public cloud, bare metal, containers, CDN and Disaster Recovery – and embraces multiple virtualization platforms, cloud locations and cloud infrastructure types, to create a simple, efficient, frictionless customer experience.

Read more

Filed under Web Hosting News by on #

MONROE, La. – Enterprises need a secure, fast and easy way to connect their locations and data centers to cloud service providers to support their rapidly changing IT application and infrastructure demands. CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today launched Cloud Connect Dynamic Connections, which provides enterprises with increased control over their networks and gives them the ability to easily self-provision connections on-demand through a secure portal or via API integration.

CenturyLink Cloud Connect Dynamic Connections enables real-time creation and deletion of private Ethernet connections to cloud service providers. Customers can now dynamically connect across hybrid cloud workloads including their private cloud and data center locations, as well as within a cloud provider such as Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS GovCloud (U.S.) is also included in the connectivity options.


Learn how enterprises can dynamically connect to the cloud:
https://www.centurylink.com/business/discover/dynamic-connections.html

This new capability makes it easier for enterprises to leverage flexible, high performance networking in a variety of configurations. With CenturyLink Cloud Connect Dynamic Connections, enterprises can quickly and easily connect locations on CenturyLink’s robust fiber network of more than 2,200 public and private data centers and over 100,000 on-net enterprise buildings to cloud service providers across the globe.

Watch the video: https://bcove.video/2OGSw6i

“CenturyLink can now provide on-demand, real-time network connections between enterprise locations, public data centers and cloud service providers across the globe,” said Paul Savill, senior vice president of core network and technology solutions at CenturyLink. “This also demonstrates how CenturyLink’s global network and hybrid cloud management solutions make the cloud ecosystem easier for enterprises to leverage. Our on-net customers can now enjoy a network experience that matches their cloud experience—wherever they operate.”

“Delivery of a traditional switched Ethernet circuit, from contract sign to turn up, averages close to 60 days for many carriers, making services such as CenturyLink’s Cloud Connect Dynamic Connections, which can turn up the same service in a matter of minutes, incredibly valuable,” said Fedor Smith, president of Atlantic-ACM. “The on-demand environment enabled by cloud services will no longer be shackled by the time restraints of traditional network implementation or limited to inter-data center connectivity.”

Key Facts:

CenturyLink Cloud Connect Dynamic Connections, part of the CenturyLink Cloud Connect portfolio, is available across thousands of locations in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe.
CenturyLink Cloud Connect Dynamic Connections is available on AWS, including AWS GovCloud (U.S.).
CenturyLink Cloud Connect Dynamic Connections is delivered over private MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 connections across CenturyLink’s redundant global fiber network using CenturyLink’s software defined networking (SDN) technology.
As a private Layer 2 network, the connection is inherently secure and minimizes exposure to external threats.
Billing works on a pay-as-you-go model. Every dynamic connection is on an hourly rate with no long-term contract and no early termination fees.1

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world’s best networking company by solving customers’ increased demand for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers’ trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity and providing managed network and cyber security solutions that help protect their business.

1 A CenturyLink master services agreement for network services with minimum term and early termination fees is required to gain access to Dynamic Connections.

Read more

Filed under Web Hosting News by on #

BALTIMORE – Speedify.tech recently announced that it developed new software ‘FreeSSL.tech Auto’ to help web designers, businesses and laymen add the “Secure” status of an SSL certificate to their website. Using a simple download, businesses can comply with Chrome 70 SSL certificate requirements without having to outsource the costly help of additional technical experts.

Removing the glaring “Not Secure” status message from websites’ address bars has become an urgent priority for many businesses and online retailers. The recent shift in Chrome opened an entire market of predatory “experts” who charge exorbitant fees to offer a relatively easy fix. In response, the web designers and developers of Speedify.tech created a free and simple way for businesses to comply with Google Chrome’s certificate requirements.


FreeSSL.tech offers ‘A Let’s Encrypt client/app’ that is written in PHP. “The app completes the automation of a free SSL certificate in shared hosting, renewing and installing that certificate quickly and without need of additional tech help. All that is required is a web browser, the software download and a few minutes.” said Anindya Sundar Mandal, Lead Developer of FreeSSL.tech.

This SSL Certificate app:

  • Works with shared hosting.
  • Requires no root access.
  • Requires no command line expertise.
  • Works with a friendly administrator’s dashboard.
  • Is installed and configured using a browser.
  • Is mobile responsive. Users can efficiently manage its functions using a mobile phone.
  • Is completely free of cost, with no obligations.

There are some minimum system requirements necessary to use the software, including:

  • Linux hosting: cPanel or any other control panel (this client is NOT compatible with Windows hosting).
  • PHP 5.4 and up.
  • MySQL 5 or MariaDB 10.
  • OpenSSL extension.
  • Curl extension.
  • MySQLi extension.
  • PHP directive allow_url_fopen = On
  • An SSL installation feature enabled for cPanel accounts (for automatic installation of a free SSL Certificate).

Speedify.tech also maintains a free video tutorial HERE (https://freessl.tech/video) for those who would like a simplified walk-through.

Secure status has always been an important feature for websites that take credit card information, but that is no longer the sole reason for businesses to add a certificate to their sites. Google Chrome rates sites “Not secure” if they ask for any type of user content: passwords, emails, etc. And after the recent July 2018 update, Chrome now marks any site “Not secure” that does not have a certificate.

Finally, starting October 16, 2018, Chrome begins marking uncompliant HTTP websites as “Not secure” with a bright red warning color whenever users start to type in information, immediately alerting users to that site’s status. Businesses that do not add a “Secure” status soon may find themselves losing customers.

About Speedify.tech and Getwww.me
Speedify.tech and Getwww.me are related web development and design companies that specialize in PHP, MySQL, Apache, Linux, CSS, JavaScript, HTML, WordPress, Joomla, Zend Framework and others. With over 10 years of experience in the business, the designers develop new mobile responsive websites, overhaul existing sites, add new functionality, increase website loading speeds and incorporate automation to many web processes.

To learn more about what Speedify.tech can do to speed up your website, visit: www.speedify.tech.
To learn more about how to transform or update your business or organization’s website, visit: www.getwww.me.

Read more

Filed under Web Hosting News by on #