Saturday, January 4, 2014

Cloud Computing Provider, VEXXHOST, Launches New Control Panel Usage Reports

Unlike typical hosting products where an agreed-upon fee is paid upfront, cloud computing fees are paid at the end of the billing cycle based on your usage.  While this allows for cloud computing users to take advantage of the fact that they don’t need to pay for resources they don’t need, it may also create a small uncertainty of the invoice that is coming at the end of the month.

The announcement of the new usage reports portal inside the cloud control panel of VEXXHOST on their blog explains in detail how the uncertainty around the cloud expenses was difficult for it’s existing and new customers, they have worked with their customers in order to address this uncertainty.

The new usage report interface provides full detailed data of what has been charged so far, as well as the amount charged for the previous month (as comparison).   The detailed usage section goes into a full breakdown for each server and snapshot inside the servers and how much exactly was charged for them.

As the blog post mentions, this new feature aligns with the current primary focus of the cloud-computing platform of VEXXHOST: deliver a high performance cloud computing platform that has the best value per dollar.  The company has seen a lot of success due to their focus in that arena.
As a simple comparison, an Amazon EC2 c3.large instance with 2 vCPUS, 3.75GB of memory and 32GB total SSD storage costs $0.15 per hour.   The similar configuration at Rackspace Cloud is 4 vCPUs, 4GB of memory and 80GB total SSD storage costs $0.16 per hour.

However, VEXXHOST offers an equivalent server with 4 vCPUs, 4GB of memory, 160GB of disk space at $0.055 per hour, which turns out to be around 60 to 70% cheaper than other cloud computing provider.  This provides a significant advantage for customers, as cloud computing remains a simple commodity which can be purchased anywhere.

As VEXXHOST operates its cloud based on OpenStack, it also has all the advantages of an open API, making it a very strong competitor to other major cloud computing providers.   The API allows large cloud computing customers to do large scale computing or integrate with existing applications easily.   The following few months should be very interesting as competition rises in this market.

Demand for Cloud Hosting, Disaster Recovery Fuels 50 Percent Revenue Growth for AIS Network

Greater demand for high security/ high compliance cloud hosting and disaster recovery services is the driving force behind AIS Network’s 50 percent surge in revenue growth over the last year. The cloud hosting provider's chief executive noted that strong customer focus on the benefits that cloud security affords, notably encryption, is making it an increasingly popular choice to replace aging, in-house legacy systems.

The privately held, Virginia-based AISN is a rapidly growing leader in enterprise-class hosting solutions for both the private and public sectors across North America. The company is widely recognized for its latest success in hosting mission-critical sites, data and applications for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“We’ve seen quite a lot of activity in the last four years but our biggest growth yet has surged considerably within the last year,” said AISN CEO Jay Atkinson.

“Unquestionably, businesses and governments are taking bigger leaps into the cloud. As that cloud adoption has accelerated, we’ve seen greater enterprise spending on infrastructure-related services. There is heightened interest in what state-of-the-art virtualization technologies can do to enhance security, storage and disaster recovery protection. We’ve spent significant time helping customers to integrate cloud platforms with legacy systems such as ERP and CRM systems. We see this activity accelerating over the next two years,” Atkinson said.

Atkinson said that as the company moves into 2014, it will continue to focus on meeting the needs of companies that require high performance services with over-the-top attention to security and compliance.

Exceeding the compliance mandates for HIPAA, SOX, PCI, SSAE 16 and other regulations has been AISN’s particular focus as its core customer base continues to grow in the areas of government, health care and financial services.

“It remains our mission to design and build the most secure custom, cloud-based hosting solutions on the market. We’re grateful to our clients, partners, employees and everyone who has been a part of AISN’s rapid success over the last few years,” Atkinson said.

AISN hosting clients are organizations of all sizes and varying industries, ranging from governments and nonprofits to startups and publicly traded companies. Companies with vast amounts of data and large user populations, particularly those in the highly regulated health care and financial services industries, rely on AISN to host their most sensitive data, applications and Web sites in a fully compliant environment.

About AIS Network
AIS Network takes businesses and governments to the cloud. Founded in 1993, AISN is the premier provider of fully managed hosting services to the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as numerous large enterprises and online businesses with demanding security, compliance and responsiveness requirements. Whether you’re using our high security/high compliance private cloud or good old-fashioned dedicated hosting, we take the worry out of your IT. Our world-class, disaster-resistant facilities and commitment to quality service ensure that our customers aren’t just satisfied – they love us. Visit

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Global Cloud Security Market - Forecast, Share, Size, Growth And Industry Analysis (2010 - 2017)

Over the last few years, enterprise adoption of cloud computing has grown incrementally. However, security remains the most renowned issue with the adoption of cloud computing for companies. As enterprises are increasingly investing into cloud infrastructure, technology vendors are finding new market opportunity of “cloud security” within the cloud computing market. Though the market is currently small, it is expected to grow exponentially over the next five years. The global cloud security market is estimated to be in excess of USD 6 billion by 2016. Among all the segments of cloud security, mobile cloud security will be segment of focus with 1/3rd of the global cloud security revenue contribution in 2016.

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With growing adoption of cloud computing, Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) will be largest hit with security threats and hence will be leading segment for security system adoption. Improved adoption & growing mobilization of enterprises will attract higher investment into mobile cloud security space. Public clouds, being more prone to security threats will contribute higher towards the cloud security market revenue.

A number of renowned security vendors such as Symantec and McAfee have already ventured in to the cloud security market with recent inclusion to the list being Sourcefire with itsFireAMP security solutions. Symantec leads the cloud security space with over one third of the market revenue in 2011. Other major vendors include Trend Micro, HiTrust, High Cloud Security and Bromium. The top five cloud vendors accounted for more than 2/3rd of the cloud security revenue in 2011.

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FrontRange Receives 2013 Cloud Computing Excellence Award

FrontRange, the only provider of Hybrid IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions, announced today that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named HEAT Cloud Service Management as a 2013 Cloud Computing Excellence Award winner for the third consecutive year presented by Cloud Computing Magazine.
“This award is a validation of FrontRange’s continued commitment to providing its customers with the most innovative, high-quality products available in the ITSM market.”
“We are thrilled to be selected for TMC’s Cloud Computing Excellence Award for the third consecutive year,” says Kevin J. Smith, Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Business Unit, FrontRange. “This award is a validation of FrontRange’s continued commitment to providing its customers with the most innovative, high-quality products available in the ITSM market.”
HEAT Cloud Service Management is a powerful, rapidly deployed, integrated set of Service and Client Management business functions that transforms service and support teams, service desks, and help desks from tactical service providers into strategic business enablers. This multi-tenant cloud solution improves day-to-day operations and increases the agility of the business to achieve service management and business alignment. With HEAT Cloud, customers achieve cost advantages and rapid implementations with no infrastructure to purchase, manage or support. It allows users to standardize on a built-for-purpose, fully-automated cloud based solution and attain transparency with end-to-end integrated service & client management capabilities, all within the fully extensible and configurable HEAT platform.

“FrontRange has been recognized for their achievement in bringing innovation and excellence in the market while leveraging the latest technology trends to create an enriched user experience,” said Erik Linask, Group Editorial Director, TMC.

“Recognizing leaders in the advancement of cloud computing, TMC is proud to announce FrontRange as a recipient of the third annual Cloud Computing Excellence Award,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “HEAT Cloud Service Management has demonstrated innovation as well as the ability to improve the cloud.”
The Cloud Computing Excellence Awards recognized the companies that have most effectively leveraged cloud computing in their efforts to bring new, differentiated offerings to market.

About FrontRange
FrontRange is a leading provider of Hybrid IT software solutions for organizations of all sizes. With our suite of HEAT applications, FrontRange is the only company in the world that provides, from a single platform, Service Management and Client Management software on-premise and in the cloud. HEAT manages millions of service interactions and millions of devices every day for more than 15,000 leading organizations around the world. Our customers deliver world-class service while maximizing operational efficiencies with reduced cost and complexity. FrontRange is headquartered in Milpitas, California and can be found at

About TMC:
TMC is a global, integrated media company that supports clients' goals by building communities in print, online, and face to face. TMC publishes multiple magazines including Cloud Computing, M2M Evolution, Customer, and Internet Telephony. TMCnet is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries, and is read by as many as 1.5 million unique visitors monthly. TMC produces a variety of trade events, including ITEXPO, the world's leading business technology event, as well as industry events: Asterisk World; AstriCon; ChannelVision (CVx) Expo; Cloud4SMB Expo; Customer Experience (CX) Hot Trends Symposium; DevCon5 - HTML5 & Mobile App Developer Conference; LatinComm Conference and Expo; M2M Evolution Conference & Expo; Mobile Payment Conference; Software Telco Congress, StartupCamp; Super Wi-Fi & Shared Spectrum Summit; SIP Trunking-Unified Communications Seminars; Wearable Tech Conference & Expo; WebRTC Conference & Expo III; and more. For more information about TMC, visit


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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

RISC Networks Announces Industry's First Cloud Readiness Analytic Platform for Infrastracture-as-a Service (IaaS) Environments

RISC Networks publicly made available its new cloud readiness analytics that arm businesses with the information needed to successfully size, scale, price, deploy and validate IaaS solutions based on their current infrastructure. RISC Networks' Cloud Readiness Analytics considers both the technology and business sides of cloud readiness and migration activities.

“The problem with most cloud readiness assessments today is that they are manual engagements and frankly, sales tools to guide the customer into buying the IaaS vendors solution,” said Jeremy Littlejohn, CEO and Chief Analyst. “Business leaders are looking for more than what these manual engagements or self-assessment tools are providing. Our Cloud Readiness Analytics give IT leaders the opportunity to take control of the cloud process for their organization.”

IT leaders are faced with the challenge of choosing from a variety of Cloud Iaas providers such as Amazon AWS, Bluelock, IBM, Rackspace, Savvis and more. Gartner released their 2013 Cloud IaaS Magic Quadrant in August and only two vendors made it in the leader quadrant, Amazon AWS and CSC, while Rackspace and Microsoft made the visionaries quadrant. Amazon AWS was the clear leader, however Gartner made several cautionary statements about AWS that RISC Networks can address for companies looking at Amazon AWS or any IaaS vendor.

In the Magic Quadrant, Gartner cautioned Amazon’s multiple generations of compute instances. The report stated, “Each of these represents different levels of performance, and you must take this into account when choosing what instance type to use, and determine which offers the lowest cost for your particular workload. When comparing AWS's performance with that of other providers, ensure that you are making an accurate, normalized comparison; do not equate an AWS EC2 Compute Unit (ECU) with a modern physical core.” RISC Networks’ Cloud Readiness analysis includes the Cloud Workload and Cost worksheet which details the major I/O requirements of the companies environments and predicts what Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) components companies would need from various cloud providers, as well as outlining the runtime cost for those components.
RISC Networks’ research has found that if companies purchased Cloud IaaS services based on usage vs. inventory, as most are doing today, companies could save 66% on their IaaS service cost. RISC Networks’ patent pending cloud usage algorithm looks at application usage, infrastructure dependencies, cloud I/O workloads and other information to help companies choose the right cloud IaaS provider. RISC Networks’ Cloud Readiness Analytics are packaged in a simple automated process that help companies sort through the complexities of planning, execution and validation of their IaaS migration.
“The way that cloud assessments are being conducted for companies today is brutally slow and inaccurate. In addition, they are usually slanted to the cloud providers’ benefit. Have you ever asked a car dealer which car you should buy? Or do you check some other resources first?” said Littlejohn. “You can look at our tool as the for Cloud IaaS customers. Our analytics tool provides companies with the data they need to take control, make informed decisions and hold their cloud providers accountable.”
Before RISC Networks’ Cloud Readiness Analytics, assessments were one-on-one, manual processes. RISC Networks’ Cloud Readiness Analytics eliminate the guess work around IaaS deployments and help IT leaders make the right choices in a shorter period of time and with more information than with current assessment practices.

To sign up or inquire about RISC Networks’ cloud readiness analytics, visit RISC Networks at or email cloud(at)riscnetworks(dot)com.
About RISC Networks
At RISC Networks we imagine a world where IT leaders are not constrained by the complexities of their IT tools. We have a perspective, a different way of thinking about IT, a simpler way! We believe you should have more meaningful data analysis; information that actually helps guide you in solving your problems, tools that help you research and take immediate action. IT – As simple as it should be™ Delivers New Salesforce1 Service Cloud--The Service Platform for the Internet of Customers

DREAMFORCE 2013 -- CRM +3.74% , the world's #1 CRM platform, today delivered the new Salesforce1 Service Cloud--the customer service platform for the Internet of Customers. The new Service Cloud is the game-changing social, mobile and cloud customer platform built to transform how companies deliver amazing customer service. Powered by the all-new Salesforce1 Customer Platform APIs, revolutionary new 1 Touch Service enables developers and ISVs to build and embed service everywhere--within any product, app or experience. Breakthrough Intelligent Service technology now empowers agents to resolve cases faster than ever by proactively surfacing actionable insights, identifying relevant experts and pinpointing related resources. With the new Salesforce1 App, any user, can now help resolve customer issues from anywhere on any device. Now every Service Cloud and Salesforce customer, including leading brands such as FitBit, HP, Philips and Stanley Black & Decker, has the customer platform to connect with their customers in a whole new way.

Comments on the News
-- "The always on, ever-connected customer demands service at the speed of now," said Alex Bard, SVP and GM of Service Cloud, "To meet this opportunity, companies need a customer service platform to connect with customers and the next generation of apps and devices--the Internet of Customers. Salesforce1 Service Cloud is the only platform that enables companies to embed service everywhere--in every single product, app or experience, making the path to customer satisfaction instant and frictionless."
-- "Stanley Black & Decker has a 170-year reputation for innovation, quality and performance to uphold. Our top priority is to provide the best possible service to solve real and meaningful problems for our customers," said JoAnna Sohovich, global president, Industrial and Automotive Repair, Stanley Black & Decker. "With Salesforce1 Service Cloud, my business is able to provide effortless solutions to exceed our customers' needs from any device, any location and anytime."
-- "In 2013, the biggest areas of pain for IT leaders focused on customer service and customer experience initiatives are: supporting mobile consumers, the explosion of social channels and the customer preference to turn to self-service and peer advice," said Michael Maoz, VP and Distinguished Analyst, Gartner Inc., Hype Cycle for CRM Customer Service and Support, 2013 (July 2013). "To address these issues, IT leaders, vice presidents and directors of customer service involved in customer support/experience initiatives are looking at the targeted use of big data analytics, peer-to-peer (P2P) communities and the evolving customer engagement center (CEC), which is the next generation of the customer service contact center for critical processes and technologies."
Salesforce1 Service Cloud--The Service Platform for the Internet of CustomersThe world is becoming completely connected. Every day millions of new products, apps and devices are connecting to the Internet. By 2020, there will be more than 50 billion connected things, from smartphones and wearable smart devices to jet engines and cars. And behind every product, every app and every device, there is a customer. Customers have never been so close, yet companies still struggle to connect with them. According to an Accenture report, 91 percent of customers are frustrated by having to contact a company multiple times for the same problem, 90 percent by being put on hold for an extended time and 89 percent by having to repeat their issue to multiple representatives.
Connected companies understand that customers require instant and effortless help, with the ability to engage immediately from any device and achieve first-call resolution. With the new Service Cloud on the Salesforce1 Customer Platform, any company can deliver customer service with the new service platform for the Internet of Customers with:
-- Revolutionary 1 Touch Service Embedded Everywhere: Leveraging the power of the Salesforce1 Customer Platform APIs, now Service Cloud and Salesforce enable companies to embed a help button into any product, app or experience. With 1 Touch Service, customers can now reach service agents the instant they need help. For example, a mobile banking customer can inquire about an unfamiliar charge by instantly connecting to customer service on any mobile device, reaching support within the mobile app.
-- Breakthrough Intelligent Service Technology for Faster Case Resolution: New Service Cloud Intelligent Service technology determines the fastest path to case resolution for any customer issue. The technology leverages advanced algorithms to proactively suggest similar cases, knowledge articles and internal company experts to help agents solve cases faster than ever. Instead of spending precious minutes sifting through stacks of unrelated case information, agents will now see all the most relevant information they need to solve cases right on their screens. In addition, new out-of-the-box capabilities of include real-time business insights and advanced analytics to enable fast growing companies to make smarter, faster decisions. Now, customer service agents can quickly connect to the right resources and experts to take immediate action.
-- Groundbreaking Mobile App Empowers Any Employee to Deliver Amazing Customer Service: Powered by the new Salesforce1 App, companies can now empower any employee to participate in delivering amazing customer service, anytime and anywhere. Dedicated customer service agents can easily collaborate with experts, managers and peers to harness the knowledge of the entire organization to resolve customer issues. This includes easy escalation by identifying relevant company experts to resolve difficult cases faster. Now, any employee can play a role in delivering amazing customer service anytime and from anywhere.
Leading Brands Deliver Amazing Customer Service with New Salesforce1 Service CloudService Cloud, the world's #1 customer service app, transforms support organizations to exceed customer expectations for the Internet of Customers. The world's leading brands, such as HP, Philips and Stanley Black & Decker, now have the customer platform to connect with their customers in a whole new way. Companies that have deployed Service Cloud have seen an average 41 percent decrease in first call resolution time, an average 35 percent decrease in support costs, an average 40 percent increase in agent productivity, and an average 37 percent increase in customer satisfaction, according to a recent third-party research report sponsored by
And with, the all-in-one customer support app for fast-growing companies, now a company of any size can deliver customer service for the connected world. provides an all-in-one, social, mobile and easy-to-use customer support app that lets small and mid-sized companies get up and running with everything they need to deliver outstanding customer service, in a matter of hours. It is the customer service solution of choice for some of the world's fastest growing companies, including Bonobos, FitBit, HotelTonight, Klout, One Kings Lane and Pandora.
Salesforce1 Customer Platform--The Customer Platform for the Internet of CustomersSalesforce1 Customer Platform is the new social, mobile, connected and cloud customer platform built to transform sales, service and marketing apps for the Internet of Customers. As the pioneer of enterprise cloud computing, built the next generation of the world's #1 cloud platform for the new connected world. Now, every company can connect with customers in a whole new way.
Pricing and Availability
-- Salesforce1 Service Cloud is now generally available and pricing starts at $65 per user per month.
-- Salesforce1 Service Cloud Intelligent Service technology is currently scheduled to be available in limited pilot in the first half of calendar year 2014.
-- Salesforce1 App is now generally available for download at the Apple App Store and Google Play.
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Mojave Networks Unveils Enterprise-Grade Cloud Security Offering to Protect Mobile Devices

Mojave Networks (formerly Clutch Mobile) today announced the availability of its cloud-based, enterprise-grade offerings to uniquely protect mobile devices starting at the network level. Using this approach, enterprises have unparalleled visibility into their mobile devices, allowing them to better secure sensitive company data, evaluate mobile applications and block advanced threats.
"Organizations today are struggling with a growing number of apps, cloud services, and personal devices accessing their corporate data and networks," said Garrett Larsson, co-founder and CEO of Mojave Networks. "Early on, we saw a huge market need for an easy to use, enterprise-grade mobile security solution that could take a different approach to solving this problem. By analyzing data traffic at the network layer, we are able to see risks in a whole new way, and in just a short amount of time, we've had dozens of enterprises around the globe deploy our solution." 

Mojave Networks also announced today that it has closed a $5 million round of funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) with participation from Sequoia Capital to accelerate its go-to-market strategy. Bessemer's investment will be used towards research and development, sales team expansion and industry partnerships. The company has already brought on team members from other security leaders including Symantec, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks and Lookout.  

"As mobile threats continue to grow in commonality and sophistication, enterprises must re-evaluate how they combat mobile threats," said David Monahan, Research Director, Enterprise Management Associates. "Looking beyond traditional mobile device management (MDM) and antivirus solutions, by looking more holistically at the device, the applications and their threats is key to gaining full visibility into devices on an organization's network. It's great to see companies like Mojave Networks launch to market with innovative approaches to solving this ever-evolving problem."
Mojave's solutions are completely hosted in the cloud with no on-premise software required, making deployment easy and affordable. With Mojave Networks, organizations can deploy a mobile security solution in under 10 minutes, swiftly implementing the means to gain unrivaled insight into application usage, data flow, network analytics and malicious threats while helping them control costs and comply with regulations.
Key features of Mojave Networks include:
  • Web and Network Security: Analyzes data from the device, apps and network to identify web malware, malicious apps, phishing attempts and advanced persistent threats (APTs).
  • Data Loss Prevention: Scans content (including SSL) for sensitive information using robust data loss prevention (DLP) tools. Helps organizations abide by regulations and stay in compliance.
  • Mobile Application Security and Control: Allows IT administrators to whitelist and blacklist application access from the device and network. Offers full visibility into what applications are running on the network to assess usage patterns, anomalies, and identify potential risks or malicious threats.
  • BYOD and Privacy: Provides granular settings to give end users the privacy they require while protecting company data. Privacy settings are fully transparent to the end users.
  • Reporting and Analytics: Features more than 30 customizable dashboards. Reports include information on bandwidth consumed, Android malware, phishing attempts, web malware and potential data leakages.
"When we implemented our mobile device program, we knew that we would have to centrally manage our tablets as they handle sensitive customer information that needs to be protected. Mojave Networks was the most affordable and complete solution to help us protect the confidentiality of private customer information through their robust data loss prevention tools and network security," said Lori Mouse, CFO, Bios Corporation.
Mojave Networks currently supports Android and iOS and starts at $4/month/device after a free trial period. For more information and to register for an account, visit
About Mojave NetworksMojave Networks has pioneered a cloud-based approach to mobile security for enterprises that blocks advanced threats and protects company data. This approach gives organizations unrivaled insight into application usage, data flow, network analytics, and malicious threats while helping them control costs and comply with regulations. Founded in San Mateo, CA in 2011, Mojave Networks is used by large and medium enterprises and government agencies.  The company is funded by Bessemer Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital, and its team includes former executives from Symantec, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks, and Lookout. For more information, please visit
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