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ST. LOUIS – Connectria, a global cloud service provider and founder of the No Jerks Allowed® movement, today announced that it has successfully completed the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Managed Service Provider (MSP) Partner Program Audit for the third year in a row. AWS Managed Service Partners (MSPs) consist of a select group of highly skilled managed service providers who have successfully completed a rigorous third-party validation audit according to AWS’ exacting standards.

Conducted annually, this stringent audit requires MSPs to demonstrate extensive expertise in cloud infrastructure and application migration, as well as the ability to deliver value by offering proactive monitoring, automation, and management of their customer’s environment.


“Once again Connectria is proud to be recognized among the elite audited group of AWS next-generation Managed Service Partners,” said Rich Waidmann, President and CEO of Connectria.

“Among the thousands of AWS partners around the globe, only a relatively few are able to achieve this level. That fact that this is the third year in a row that Connectria has earned AWS MSP status is a testament to the maturity of our AWS Managed Services expertise and business. It is also a reaffirmation of our TRIA for AWS offer, which has helped many organizations get the most out of AWS by addressing its top three challenges; performance, security/compliance and cost optimization.”

Connectria will be exhibiting at AWS re:Invent 2017, from November 28 – 30 at the Sands Expo Hall in Las Vegas. Please visit us at Booth #539 and ask about TRIA for AWS.

About Connectria
Since 1996, Connectria (connectria.com) has provided award-winning cloud hosting, remote monitoring and cloud security for more than 1,000 customers in more than 35 countries worldwide. At the core of Connectria is our No Jerks Allowed® company philosophy. As The Jerk Free Company®, we’ve established a unique culture where every employee goes “the extra mile” to take care of our customers. Being The Jerk Free Company® extends beyond our people too. We make it easy to do business with us through flexible terms, scalable solutions and straight-forward pricing to serve the technology needs of large and small organizations alike.

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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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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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NEW YORK, NY – Namecheap has partnered with New York On Tech to provide digital training and resources to students from local New York City high schools.

New York On Tech helps underrepresented young students prepare for academic and professional careers in technology, connecting them to opportunities and industry experts. They also provide training courses to enhance digital skills.


“Creating an online presence is an absolute must for the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators. Combining Namecheap’s technology with New York On Tech’s mission will help provide students with the tools and skills they need to help them in all areas of their lives. In doing this, we hope to contribute to building the tech talent of tomorrow! Our partnership is incredibly exciting,” said Richard Kirkendall, CEO of Namecheap, Inc.

Namecheap will provide digital tools—such as free domains and other resources—so students can easily create a website. They will also run a series of workshops that help students understand how an online presence can make life milestones more attainable. Examples include applying for college and internships, and the most effective way to search for jobs.

The workshops will consist of several two-hour training sessions focused on the importance of self-branding. The students will also utilize resources provided by Namecheap, and put their best work online for prospective college admissions or employers.

“Our partnership with Namecheap will allow New York On Tech students to gain a fundamental understanding of how they can showcase the skills they are learning in our program via the world wide web to attract new opportunities,” said Jessica Santana, Executive Director, New York On Tech. “An online brand is critical in a 21st-century workforce and economy and we are excited to partner with industry leaders like Namecheap to provide these tools and resources to students.”

By making these sessions personally relevant and engaging, Namecheap’s goal is to empower students and encourage them to take their next steps toward their academic or career goals.

The partnership launch event will be held on November 16th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the General Assembly, 902 Broadway, 4th Floor, in New York City.

About Namecheap
Founded in 2000 by Richard Kirkendall, Namecheap is a leading ICANN-accredited domain name registrar with more than 8 million domains under management. The company offers domain names at some of the best prices in the industry, with full-featured hosting packages, secure SSL certificates, and WhoisGuard privacy protection services.

About New York On Tech
New York On Tech programs provides the tools and skills students need to further themselves in technology. They work with more than 50 high schools, companies in various capacities and mentor/volunteers/instructors throughout New York City to help provide access to computer science and technology education to students.

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(Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc. agreed to sell some of its Chinese cloud assets to its local partner but said it's committed to a domestic market for internet-based computing that could be worth $30 billion.
Beijing Sinnet Technology Co. will buy servers and other unspecified "operational assets" in the country's capital from Amazon Web Services for as much as 2 billion yuan ($302 million), it said in a filing to the Shenzhen stock exchange. The sale is intended to comply with government regulations and improve service, it said.
Amazon's business in China has been hollowed out by the rise of local rival Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., which has come to dominate e-commerce and is expanding in cloud computing with new data centers. Amazon, the global leader in internet computing, is vying for a slice of domestic spending on cloud services and gear that IDC estimates will reach $30 billion by 2021. But the U.S. company has to deal with laws introduced this year that mandate the storage of data within the country and bolster government control over the movement of information.
On Tuesday, the e-commerce giant rejected media reports tying its asset sale to an imminent departure from the Chinese market. It said instead it was selling hardware to comply with laws that forbid ownership or operation of certain types of cloud technology.
"AWS did not sell its business in China and remains fully committed," the company said in an emailed statement. "We're
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The premier event for hosting, domains and cloud industry – CloudBazaar took place last week at the business capital of India – Mumbai. The event that drew over 2500 attendees and 40 partners turned out to be the perfect networking platform for insightful informational exchanges related to the cloud and hosting industry. The 20 sessions that were held at the event, were a balanced mix of B2B (Business-to-business) and B2C (Business-to-customer) interactions, where on one hand, who’s who in the industry talked about the benefits they have realized by moving to the cloud and on the other hand, industry experts discussed about the latest trends in the internet infrastructure industry. It was an event to remember with the list of elite attendees including the providers of the web hosting, cloud, backup, SaaS and datacenter services along with the ISPs, SSL certificate providers and leading individual bloggers and professionals as well, who were there to learn about new and emerging…
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