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Connectria Brings IBM i & AIX To Azure & AWS

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ST. LOUIS – Connectria, a global leader in cloud services, today announced the launch of four new services that allow businesses to run IBM i and AIX workloads alongside workloads in Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS): IBM i For Azure IBM i For AWS IBM AIX For Azure IBM AIX For AWS By combining Connectria’s industry leading IBM i Cloud and IBM AIX Cloud with Azure and AWS, Connectria makes it easier for IBM Power Systems Users to safely move all their data center workloads, including legacy applications, to the cloud. Designed to minimize effort and mitigate risks, Connectria’s solutions include full data migration and planning services along with Connectria’s comprehensive 24/7 managed services and security to ensure that its customers’ environments are reliable and secure. “Adding IBM i and AIX Workloads into Azure and AWS is a game-changer for customers looking to move their workloads to the cloud,” said Rich Waidmann, Connectria’s President and CEO. “Our customers want the flexibility to run the right workloads in the right clouds, but without sacrificing security, compliance, performance, or costs. Our new solutions make this possible. Best of all, they’re available today.” Every Connectria solution includes the TRiA Multi-Cloud Management Platform, which allows Connectria and its customers to monitor and manage all of their cloud environments from within a single dashboard. With TRiA, customers can address the three biggest challenges when running applications in the cloud: Performance; Security/Compliance, and Cost Optimization. TRiA continuously gathers data from cloud resources; monitors security, compliance, performance, and costs; identifies anomalies; creates events; and notifies Connectria’s 24/7 Command Center when intervention is needed. Using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, the evaluation and resolution of many events happens automatically and quickly. The result is a best-practice approach to managing mission critical workloads in the cloud across a wide range of systems. “The vast majority of the CIOs and CTOs we talk to don’t want to replace their core business applications running on IBM i or AIX, just so that they can move to the cloud,” said Rusty Putzler, Chief Operating Officer at Connectria. “But they do want the benefits of the cloud in terms of flexibility, scalability, and avoiding capital outlays for equipment and data centers. Our solutions enable this, and bring the benefits of AWS and Azure to IBM i and IBM AIX customers under one umbrella. About Connectria Connectria is the first and largest IBM i and IBM AIX Cloud provider in North America, and the only company to support AWS, Azure, GCP, IBM i, AIX, and VMware clouds. Founded in 1996, Connectria (connectria.com) has provided award-winning cloud hosting, remote monitoring, and cloud security for more than 1,000 customers in 35 countries worldwide. At the core of Connectria is our No Jerks Allowed® company philosophy, where every employee goes “the extra mile” to take care of our customers. Being The Jerk Free Company® extends beyond our people too. We’re easy to do business with through flexible terms, scalable solutions, and straight-forward pricing to meet the technology needs of organizations of all sizes.

Facebook Ad Sequences: A Better Way to Acquire Customers

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Want to lower the cost of your Facebook ads? Curious how connecting with your customers can help? To explore Facebook ad sequences that cost less and improve results, I interview Amanda Bond, a leading Facebook ads expert. Her course is The StrADegy System. She’s a regular speaker at Social Media Marketing World and a HubSpot […] The post Facebook Ad Sequences: A Better Way to Acquire Customers appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

FindMyHost Releases February 2019 Editors’ Choice Awards

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Web Hosting Directory and Review site www.FindMyHost.com released the February Editor’s Choice Awards for 2019 today. Web Hosting companies strive to provide their customers with the very best service and support. We want to take the opportunity to acknowledge the hosts per category who have excelled in their field. The FindMyHost Editors’ Choice Awards are chosen based on Editor and Consumer Reviews. Customers who wish to submit positive reviews for the current or past Web Host are free to do so by visiting the customer review section of FindMyHost.com.  By doing so, you nominate your web host for next months Editor’s Choice awards. We would like to congratulate all the web hosts who participated and in particular the following who received top honors in their field: Dedicated Servers XLHost.com   Visit XLHost.com  View Report Card Business Hosting ProVistaTech.com   Visit ProVistaTech.com  View Report Card European Hosting KnownSRV.com   Visit KnownSRV.com  View Report Card VPS BudgetVM.com   Visit BudgetVM.com  View Report Card Secure Hosting RivalGuardian   Visit RivalGuardian.com  View Report Card Cloud Hosting HomepageUniverse.com   Visit HomepageUniverse  View Report Card Hybrid Servers QualityHostOnline   Visit QualityHostOnline  View Report Card Budget Hosting ZipServers.com   Visit ZipServers.com  View Report Card Enterprise Hosting GlowHost.com   Visit GlowHost.com  View Report Card Shared Hosting Innovative Hosting   Visit InnovativeHosting  View Report Card Virtual Servers VPSFX.com   Visit VPSFX.com  View Report Card SSD Hosting ioZOOM.com   Visit ioZOOM.com  View Report Card Reseller Hosting KVCHosting.net   Visit KVCHosting.net  View Report Card Managed Hosting ServerWala   Visit ServerWala.org  View Report Card cPanel Hosting MightWeb.net   Visit MightWeb.net  View Report Card Website Monitoring UptimeSpy.com   Visit UptimeSpy.com  View Report Card Windows Hosting ToggleBox   Visit ToggleBox.org  View Report Card Co-Location Tier.Net   Visit Tier.Net  View Report Card About FindMyHost FindMyHost, Inc. is an online magazine that provides editor reviews, consumer hosting news, interviews discussion forums and more. FindMyHost.com was established in January 2001 to protect web host consumers and web developers from making the wrong choice when choosing a web host. FindMyHost.com showcases a selection of web hosting companies who have undergone their approved host program testing and provides reviews from customers. FindMyHost’s extensive website can be found at www.FindMyHost.com.

How to Organize Social Media Marketing Tasks: 3 Tools

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Do you need to bring some organization to your social media workflow? Looking for tools to help? In this article, you’ll discover three tools to help you better organize social media posting, monitoring, and campaign execution tasks. #1: Plan Your Social Media Schedule With ContentCal One of the biggest challenges for multi-platform social media managers […] The post How to Organize Social Media Marketing Tasks: 3 Tools appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

Changing the Marketing Team: The Journey: Season 2, Episode 19

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Are you doing too much yourself? Then watch The Journey, Social Media Examiner’s episodic video documentary that shows you what really happens inside a growing business. Watch the Journey This episode of The Journey explores how Social Media Examiner’s Michael Stelzner begins the search for someone to replace himself as the head of marketing. It also […] The post Changing the Marketing Team: The Journey: Season 2, Episode 19 appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

How to Use Facebook Premiere: What Marketers Need to Know

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Do you want more views for your Facebook videos? Wondering how Facebook Premiere can help? In this article, you’ll learn how to schedule a Facebook premiere and find tips to help you better engage with your viewers. What Is Facebook Premiere? Facebook Premiere is a feature that allows you to upload and schedule pre-recorded videos […] The post How to Use Facebook Premiere: What Marketers Need to Know appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

How to Share Documents in Your LinkedIn Posts: Marketing Tips

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Want more visibility for your documents? Wondering how to better showcase your content in the LinkedIn feed? In this article, you’ll learn how to add clickable downloads, slideshows, and PDFs to your organic LinkedIn posts. What Is LinkedIn’s Document Sharing Feature for Organic Posts? LinkedIn’s document sharing feature lets you upload documents to organic LinkedIn […] The post How to Share Documents in Your LinkedIn Posts: Marketing Tips appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

How to Use Facebook Automated Rules to Manage Facebook Ads

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Spending too much time managing your Facebook ad spend? Want to manage your Facebook advertising campaigns more efficiently? In this article, you’ll discover how to use Facebook’s automated rules to save time managing Facebook ad performance. Why Use Facebook Automated Rules to Manage Facebook Ad Campaigns? There are two main phases of Facebook advertising: setup […] The post How to Use Facebook Automated Rules to Manage Facebook Ads appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

Why You Should Build Content Marketing Bridges – Here’s Why #199

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The dismal truth is that most brand content marketing fails. It performs poorly because it can’t bridge the gap between brand goals and prospect needs and desires. In this episode of our popular Here’s Why digital marketing video series, Mark Traphagen shares how to build bridges to your target market with content marketing.  Don’t miss a single episode of Here’s Why with Mark & Eric. Click the subscribe button below to be notified via email each time a new video is published. Subscribe to Here’s Why Resources The Content Marketing Bridge: Linking Brand Goals to Prospect Needs See all of our Here’s Why Videos | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Transcript Eric: Hey, Mark, what’s a content bridge? Mark: Eric, it’s a metaphor I use for a key characteristic I’ve observed about the most effective content marketing. And by effective, I mean content that actually produces results for the business publishing it. Eric: Why a bridge? Mark: If you have two pieces of land, separated by a chasm, you need a bridge to move people from one to the other. In marketing, every business starts with a chasm between the goals of the business, what the business wants to achieve, and the prospects that want to reach. Effective content successfully builds a bridge between the two that not only allows prospects to cross over it–in other words become qualified leads or customers–but encourages them to do so. Successful content marketing builds a bridge between business goals and prospect needs.Click To Tweet Eric: How do you build content marketing bridges then? Mark: Let’s start with the main goals of the two land masses the bridge is supposed to connect. Now, on the one side is your business. I call this Brand Island. Brand Island is populated by the purpose, intention, and reason for existence of your brand. It’s why your business exists. That goes beyond to make money and into the specifics of your products and services, what you bring uniquely to the marketplace. Now, across the water is Prospect Island. Here dwell the needs wants, hopes, dreams, and desires of your prospective customers. Eric: And your content needs to be able to bridge those two islands? Mark: Yes. Most content that fails to produce desired business results tends to be anchored on one or the other island but fails to reach across the gap. The content may be stuck on Brand Island if it is too salesy, or talks too much about your product or service without linking it to what your prospects actually need. On the other hand, content that is stuck on Prospect Island tries too hard to grasp the hearts and minds of potential customers while failing to make a strong association with the brand and what it sells. For example, a brand that sells shoes might post a pop culture quiz that goes viral, but few consumers will remember that it had anything to do with a shoe seller. The key is to always have both islands in mind as you create your content, your business goals and brand identity on the one side and the needs and desires of your prospects on the other. Then find a link between the two. Often that link will be emotional at its core, but it must strongly associate the emotional response with the brand. A great example of this is the clothing retailer Patagonia. You and I have used them as example often, and in this case, their environmentally conscious content. That creates a strong connection with the brand’s affluent, socially conscious outdoors enthusiast customers while emphasizing that Patagonia shares their values. Don’t miss a single episode of Here’s Why with Mark & Eric. Click the subscribe button below to be notified via email each time a new video is published. Subscribe to Here’s Why See all of our Here’s Why Videos | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel

Facebook Group Changes: How the Invited Category Impacts Groups

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Welcome to this week’s edition of the Social Media Marketing Talk Show, a news show for marketers who want to stay on the leading edge of social media. On this week’s Social Media Marketing Talk Show, we explore YouTube recommendations and Facebook group membership changes with guests Owen Video and Bella Vasta. Watch the Social […] The post Facebook Group Changes: How the Invited Category Impacts Groups appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

Google Data Studio: How Marketers Can Build Powerful Dashboards

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Want an easy way to interpret your analytics? Wondering how to create dashboards? To explore how to create dashboards with Google Data Studio, I interview Chris Mercer, a measurement marketing expert. He’s the founder of MeasurementMarketing.io and the Measurement Marketing Academy. Mercer explains how dashboards and analytics reports differ and when to use each one. […] The post Google Data Studio: How Marketers Can Build Powerful Dashboards appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

How to Develop a Social Video Strategy: Tips and Tools

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Need to add more video to your marketing? Wondering how to use video strategically? In this article, you’ll discover tips and easy-to-use tools that will help you incorporate video into your marketing campaigns. #1: Align Video Content With Your Social Media Marketing Objectives Any content you create for your social media channels should ideally serve […] The post How to Develop a Social Video Strategy: Tips and Tools appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

Goodbye Pinterest: The Journey, Season 2, Episode 18

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Is your website traffic converting? Then watch The Journey, Social Media Examiner’s episodic video documentary that shows you what really happens inside a growing business. Watch the Journey This episode of the Journey explores how Social Media Examiner made the decision to fully abandon Pinterest, despite receiving lots of traffic from the platform. Watch how they […] The post Goodbye Pinterest: The Journey, Season 2, Episode 18 appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

25 Shopify Integrations That Are Proven to Increase Sales

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In many ways, Shopify is to e-commerce what WordPress is to blogging. It’s a common, powerful platform that works well out of the box, but the true power of the system comes from the apps and plugins you can install. Shopify apps come in a wide variety of different purposes, but many of them are extremely good and useful to businesses. Before we dig in, I do need to make one disclaimer. I label these apps as proven to increase sales, but that doesn’t mean they’re guaranteed to work for you. Some web stores simply don’t need certain advanced features, and others might not know how to get the best use out of them. Pick the right tools for the job, apps with functions you can make immediate use of, and don’t try to shoehorn in any integrations you don’t know how you’ll use. 1. Boost Sales This app by Beeketing is an upsell and cross-sell engine that helps you turn a low value cart into a higher value customer. When a user is checking out a product, it will show them recommendations of higher-end versions of similar products, as well as products that go well with the original. Looking at a shoe? It will show off pricier shoes, as well as accessories like laces, insoles, or shoe polish. After the free trial, the app costs $30 per month. 2. Facebook Channel This is a free app that allows you to create an embedded store on Facebook directly. One of the hardest parts of Facebook marketing is getting people to leave Facebook long enough to make a purchase on your website. Why bother, though, when you can sell directly through Facebook? Integrations allow you to post photo albums of your products and have them tagged automatically with links to purchase those specific products. 3. Optin Monster Optin Monster is one of the pioneers of exit intent pop-overs and lightbox calls to action. Their Shopify app helps you turn visitors into email subscribers, even if they don’t make a purchase. You can also use exit intent pops to capture abandoned carts, retarget returning customers, and even use geolocation features to target customers with specific regional deals. On top of it all, it comes with easy split testing. The app costs $50 per month. 4. Smile Smile is a loyalty and rewards program manager. If you’ve ever wanted a loyalty card, a rewards or points system, or any way to incentivize returning customers without having to give them special coupons or extreme deals, this is the app for you. It’s responsive, easy to manage, and can integrate with other Shopify apps with no issue. They offer a free plan, but have paid plans for additional features. 5. Omnisend This is an email marketing app that includes several other ways to contact customers and reach out to potential new customers. Not only does it include email, it also can use SMS/text messages, Facebook Messenger, and even Google retargeting. It’s a very robust app, though it does need some configuration and a smart plan for using it. You can’t just shotgun out messages and hope to see a decent return. The app is free but has paid features. 6. SEO Manager We all know and understand the importance of SEO. Web stores often encounter issues unique to them, such as a lower amount of content per page, the need for keyword-focused descriptions, and issues with canonicalization. All of these and much, much more are handled with this app. You can deal with broken links quickly and easily, you can set up structured data to integrate with Google and other apps, and you have all the usual SEO tools like meta data management, keyword research, and connection to the Google search console. The app will run you $20 per month. 7. Printful Printful is a powerful print on demand service. It’s almost less of an app to facilitate your store than it is a system to set up a new business. They have over 200 different products you can customize, including shirts, apparel, embroidery, posters, and more. You just add designs. Users buy them and the Printful facilities create the item and ship it out quickly and with minimal hassle. No minimum order sizes and no warehousing requirements to be found. 8. Referral Candy Referral Candy is an app that incentivizes and rewards users for referring others to your store. It’s basically a way to set up a tiered rewards program for your brand advocates. You can customize the interface from the ground up, track all of your referral performance, and reward customers however you like. Coupons, cash payments, special gifts; it’s all available for you to set up. The app costs $50 per month. 9. Plug In SEO This SEO app is a decent alternative to the other SEO app I’ve already mentioned. It’s a very simple tool that helps scan and monitor your store’s SEO health. It checks things like site speed and blog performance with some keyword analysis. It finds problems and notifies you when they crop up, with regular email alerts and health analysis. Use it to find problems and figure out how to fix them. The app has a free plan available. 10. Socialphotos This is an app that integrates your Shopify store with your social media feeds, in a different way than usual. When users buy your products and post photos of themselves with those products, you are notified, while the app monitors hashtags and widgets. You can then curate those photos and, once you obtain permission from the user of course, can use them in your marketing. What’s better than user testimonials and social proof? 11. WisePops No, it’s not talking about your dad here. WisePops is a pop-up manager. It has a drag and drop editor for creating pop-overs with exit intent or timed display, with a number of different possible calls to action. The most important part, however, is the 30+ different targeting options it’s able to use to display different pop-ups to different people. Of course, you get analytics for all of it on top of the tool. The app costs $50 per month. 12. Sales Pop Have you ever been on a site and seen little notifications in the corner that another user purchased a product? Have you ever experienced the fear of missing out, inspired by limited quantities of an in-demand product? Do you think you could leverage both of those feelings to encourage customers to buy, and buy now? That’s what this app does for you. It’s the second offering from Beeketing on this list, and with good reason; for a free app, it does a lot to encourage sales. 13. Yotpo This is a social reviews app. It monitors your social media and follows up with customers to encourage them to leave their ratings, reviews, photos, and testimonials – as well as questions you can answer – in a way you can use them. The free plan includes on-site display and social monitoring, some SEO features, and even some content generation. Paid plans give you even more ways to display your customer reviews, and more besides. 14. Oberlo Oberlo is an interesting app and it’s not for everyone, but dropshippers absolutely love it. It’s a product search engine that helps you identify products you can sell on your site via dropshipping. The major benefit to the app, though, is that Oberlo has a network of suppliers already working with them, so you can skip the tedious outreach and negotiations and get right to selling. 15. Pre-Order Manager Before you skip this one because you don’t do pre-orders, hang on a moment. While this is a manager for pre-orders, it’s also a way to elegantly handle limited stock. When you run out of stock of an item, instead of showing out of stock and sending users elsewhere, this app allows you to let them pre-order copies for when the product comes back in stock. This helps you continue your sales, as well as know just how many products you need to order to refresh that stock. 16. Messenger Channel More and more people are using Facebook Messenger to talk to both each other and with brands. Many brands on Facebook are setting up response bots and using Messenger as a channel, so why not do it on your store? This free app allows you to add a “contact us” button branded with Messenger, that works in Messenger. So long as you have someone on the other end to answer the line, this can be an excellent channel for both sales and support. 17. Gleam Gleam has quickly become one of the most popular and most common engines for social media contests. You can set up a wide variety of integrations to harvest information about your customers, as well as encourage engagement by requiring visits to your social profiles, asking for retweets or subscriptions, and even referrals to their friends. Gleam is free, but access to certain types of entry, high volume contests, and other expanded functions will cost money. 18. One Click Social Login The easier it is for users to log into an account, the more likely they are to make a purchase. When they don’t need to create a new account from scratch and can just click a button to sign in with Facebook or another social network, they’re a lot more likely to buy just because of the lower hassle of purchasing. This integrates that one-click social media access and helps auto-fill forms based on the information they provide. 19. Free Shipping Bar Remember how, years ago, Amazon used to have threshold-based free shipping? You could get free shipping on orders that met a certain cart value. This had some problems – the proliferation of “filler” items was one of them – but it was still a good way to encourage larger carts under the guise of offering additional value. This app allows you to offer the same sort of plan; free shipping on orders over a certain value, configurable to your custom threshold. 20. Coopt Campaigns This $20 app is a spin-off of another popular app linked in its description. It’s a DIY version. What does it do? It incentivizes your customers to share their purchases and your posts on social media by giving those users coupons or rewards instantly. Think of it like Gleam, except with offer claims instead of sweepstakes or giveaways. 21. Instagram Shop This app by Snapppt is integration into Instagram. Instagram allows you to configure a store with structured data, and can use that data in special posts that allow you to tag products and sell items directly through the site. Setting it all up can be a bit of a mess, so that’s where this app comes in. It can configure it all for you, and gives you analytics, user generated content features, and influencer marketing all in one. 22. Wishlist Plus One great way to ensure that customers can come back, while also giving you excellent data to use to contact those users and sell them when a sale, deal, or contest is underway, is the wishlist. This app lets you set up a wishlist system for your store, complete with deep customization, re-engagement and retargeting options, and a lot more. 23. Shippo If you’re not a dropshipper, you know you have to manage your shipping costs, and it can be a huge hassle to keep on top of all of the various ways to manage shipping without spending a fortune. That’s what this app does; it manages shipping methods and label printing to maximize your profits while minimizing the cost of shipping. It’s a free app, though you do have to pay a flat fee per label printed. 24. Compass Using all of these tools is one thing, but how do you know where your store is underperforming in the first place? Analytics! Compass is a high quality e-commerce analytics platform that can track and benchmark your performance across a variety of different platforms, all on one dashboard. It benchmarks you against similar stores as well. 25. Back In Stock Nothing is worse than losing sales because you didn’t have enough inventory in stock. Rather than offering preorder sales as the preorder manager app does, this one allows users to sign up for email notifications and alerts when products are back in stock. It integrates with a number of popular email apps as well. The post 25 Shopify Integrations That Are Proven to Increase Sales appeared first on Growtraffic Blog.

How Google Analytics Attributes Traffic From Facebook

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Want a better understanding of Google Analytics? Wondering why Facebook and Google Analytics sometimes report different results? In this article, you’ll learn how Google tracks traffic and conversions and how to resolve discrepancies between Google Analytics and Facebook Ads Manager. What Is Traffic and Conversion Attribution? To understand what attribution is and how it works, […] The post How Google Analytics Attributes Traffic From Facebook appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

IaaS Hosting Provider NovoServe Establishes 40GE Connection to Asteroid IXP in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands – NovoServe, a venture capital backed Infrastructure-as-a-Service hosting provider with company-owned data centers focused on delivering custom-engineered IaaS hosting solutions including dedicated servers and virtual servers to customers worldwide, has established a 40GE port connection to the Asteroid Internet Exchange Point (IXP). It means that NovoServe’s current peering/interconnection capacity at the Asteroid IXP Platform for its cross-border network backbone in the Netherlands and Germany will quadruple to meet its coming expansion needs. NovoServe is already eying 100GE to follow its planned IaaS hosting network restructuring in Q1 2019 and expected bandwidth volume growth this year. The Asteroid IXP offers a fully automated, secured interconnection platform were some of the largest carriers, ISPs, hosting companies, CDNs and content providers globally are coming together to exchange traffic from The “smart” engineering design of Asteroid’s Internet Exchange Point in Amsterdam provides its users with a full-featured, highly automated and scalable network peering system. NovoServe’s cross-border network backbone in the Netherlands and Germany offers a bandwidth mix composed of IP Transit and peering through Tier-1 carriers and IXPs. With two company-owned data centers in the Netherlands, 6 network Points-of-Presence (PoPs) established in two interconnected rings between Amsterdam and Frankfurt, as well as peering connections already available through other Dutch IXPs, NovoServe’s network architecture is designed to create optimal routing paths for their IaaS hosting solutions. The connection to the Asteroid IXP Platform provides NovoServe with efficient interconnection and enhanced routing options to minimize latency while reinforcing network security, redundancy and speed. By upgrading their peering/interconnection capacity from 10GE to 40GE port capacity, NovoServe will be able to meet the requirements of increasing network traffic within NovoServe’s European network ecosystem. “We’re pleased to see NovoServe establish a significant upgrade and enhanced connection to our highly automated IXP, following their impressive bandwidth volume growth lately. NovoServe’s European network backbone and bandwidth volume backed by their own data centers is adding great interconnection and efficiency opportunities to the other peering partners present on the Asteroid IXP platform,” said Remco van Mook, CEO of Asteroid. “As a VC-backed IaaS hosting company with significant network growth lately, we expect NovoServe to further contribute greatly to our fast-expanding ecosystem of partners, also with regards to their planned further international growth in the years to come.” Online gaming, CSPs, Streaming “Asteroid delivers highly efficient, cost-effective and simple-to-deploy local network interconnection,” said Herke Plantenga, co-founder and CEO of NovoServe. “They put lots of engineering effort into the design of this IXP and have shown that they are clearly ahead of the curve in understanding Internet interconnection with their nimble, efficient model. Built on the latest technologies, their platform provides a disruptive technology design, where network peers are just one simple click away for us, resulting in a highly automated peering.” Now that NovoServe has upgraded from 10GE to a 40GE connection at the Asteroid IXP platform, the company is already eying a 100GE connection as it expects fast IaaS hosting network growth and expanded latency-reduction requirements during 2019. “The connection of our data centers and network to the Asteroid Internet Exchange Point in Amsterdam provides our customers with a faster, and more robust network infrastructure, improved network performance, and expanded network routing options,” added Mr. Plantenga. “Especially our clients with latency-sensitive applications including online gaming companies, Cloud Service Providers and SaaS application providers will benefit from adding the Asteroid IXP platform to our network ecosystem. It gives them reduced latency and enhanced security guarantees. The capacity upgrade to 40GE meets our current network growth and bandwidth volume requirements. As we have planned to re-architect our Germany/Netherlands cross-border network backbone in Q1 2019 to support further network growth and geographically expanded latency-reduction, we are already contemplating a 100GE port capacity upgrade.” About Asteroid Asteroid is a global interconnection platform innovator. They operate neutral Internet exchange points (IXPs) worldwide, and work with trusted parties in local markets to deliver their innovative IXP platform locally wherever there is a need. The Asteroid IXP model is a return to the original spirit of simple, efficient interconnection but built on state-of-the-art technology, lightweight and scalable architecture, and advanced toolsets. Asteroid IXPs provide a simple, modern and cost-effective way to peer with some of the largest networks in the world. With its nimble, yet powerful design, the Asteroid platform sets a new standard for IXPs. To learn more about Asteroid, visit their website: https://www.asteroidhq.com/ About NovoServe Founded in 2015, NovoServe is an international Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider focused on delivering custom-engineered IaaS hosting solutions including dedicated servers, virtual servers (VPS hosting), managed services, and more. The company currently has 2,000 dedicated servers under management. Backed by venture capital including participation from German private equity company BE Beteilungen GmbH, NovoServe is aiming at further international expansion in Europe and beyond. NovoServe has two company-owned data centers with a 100% uptime history available in the Netherlands (Doetinchem and Enschede) while it also has co-located data center presence in Frankfurt, Germany. These three data centers are redundantly interconnected through NovoServe’s cross-border network backbone in the Netherlands and Germany. A scalable network with global reach, this network features a smart routing design for NovoServe’s IaaS hosting solutions, spanning several redundantly interconnected data centers with PoPs located in the cities of Amsterdam (NIKHEF), Frankfurt, Enschede (2x), Hengelo, and Doetinchem. To learn more about NovoServe, visit their website: https://www.novoserve.com/

Connectria Brings IBM i & AIX To Azure & AWS

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ST. LOUIS – Connectria, a global leader in cloud services, today announced the launch of four new services that allow businesses to run IBM i and AIX workloads alongside workloads in Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). By combining Connectria’s industry leading IBM i Cloud and IBM AIX Cloud with Azure and AWS, Connectria makes it easier for IBM Power Systems Users to safely move all their data center workloads, including legacy applications, to the cloud. Designed to minimize effort and mitigate risks, Connectria’s solutions include full data migration and planning services along with Connectria’s comprehensive 24/7 managed services and security to ensure that its customers’ environments are reliable and secure. “Adding IBM i and AIX Workloads into Azure and AWS is a game-changer for customers looking to move their workloads to the cloud,” said Rich Waidmann, Connectria’s President and CEO. “Our customers want the flexibility to run the right workloads in the right clouds, but without sacrificing security, compliance, performance, or costs. Our new solutions make this possible. Best of all, they’re available today.” Every Connectria solution includes the TRiA Multi-Cloud Management Platform, which allows Connectria and its customers to monitor and manage all of their cloud environments from within a single dashboard. With TRiA, customers can address the three biggest challenges when running applications in the cloud: Performance; Security/Compliance, and Cost Optimization. TRiA continuously gathers data from cloud resources; monitors security, compliance, performance, and costs; identifies anomalies; creates events; and notifies Connectria’s 24/7 Command Center when intervention is needed. Using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, the evaluation and resolution of many events happens automatically and quickly. The result is a best-practice approach to managing mission critical workloads in the cloud across a wide range of systems. “The vast majority of the CIOs and CTOs we talk to don’t want to replace their core business applications running on IBM i or AIX, just so that they can move to the cloud,” said Rusty Putzler, Chief Operating Officer at Connectria. “But they do want the benefits of the cloud in terms of flexibility, scalability, and avoiding capital outlays for equipment and data centers. Our solutions enable this, and bring the benefits of AWS and Azure to IBM i and IBM AIX customers under one umbrella. All four solutions are immediately available from Connectria. About Connectria Connectria is the first and largest IBM i and IBM AIX Cloud provider in North America, and the only company to support AWS, Azure, GCP, IBM i, AIX, and VMware clouds. Founded in 1996, Connectria (connectria.com) has provided award-winning cloud hosting, remote monitoring, and cloud security for more than 1,000 customers in 35 countries worldwide. At the core of Connectria is our No Jerks Allowed® company philosophy, where every employee goes “the extra mile” to take care of our customers. Being The Jerk Free Company® extends beyond our people too. We’re easy to do business with through flexible terms, scalable solutions, and straight-forward pricing to meet the technology needs of organizations of all sizes.

JoomlaDay Florida 2019 – The Fourth Annual JoomlaDay Florida Announces Its Conference Line Up, Sessions, and Sponsors

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TAMPA, FL – Joomla!, the award-winning content management system, is pleased to announce the fourth annual JoomlaDay Florida! The open source web development conference and expo brings together web designers, digital marketers, and developers from around the globe. Currently the largest Joomla Conference in North America, JoomlaDay Florida 2019 has expanded into a full three-day event of Keynotes, Sessions, Workshops, and Labs. The event kicks off on Friday, February 22nd, 2019 with workshops on Joomla, cPanel & WHM, the Joomla Certification exam, and the opening party. Saturday follows with a full day of Keynotes and sessions, and the annual networking party at the First Chance Last Chance Patio Bar. The event concludes on Sunday with 90-minute labs focused on Business and Joomla Development. Not only for “Joomlers,” JoomlaDay Florida’s program is for anyone doing business on the web. As of Jan 1st, 2019, ticket sales have reached 70%, and just as in past years, the conference is destined to sell out weeks before the event! Registration for the full three days is currently only $75, with late registration going up over $100 in February. “We are very proud of our past events and our global impact within the Joomla community. This year we are honored to have the President and Vice President of Joomla in attendance and an international group of speakers from the Joomla, WordPress and Drupal communities. We are also excited to have the largest group of female speakers every at our event,” said Jason Nickerson, Joomla Capital Team Chair and organizer of JoomlaDay Florida. Just over a month away, JoomlaDay Florida is happy to announce new and returning sponsors! cPanel, the Industry leading hosting platform returns as our Gold Sponsor with Plesk joining in as a new Gold sponsor along with Joomshaper, Cloudaccess.net, Hivelocity and JoomlaShine as Silver Sponsors. We are also excited to welcome new sponsor Yellow Web Monkey and returning bronze sponsors Joomlashack, Kliken, and Fabrik. More information about this year’s conference and the schedule is available from https://joomladayflorida.com. Sponsorship and business requests can be found at https://www.sponseasy.com/p/joomladay-florida or by contacting the conference organizers at info@joomladayflorida.com. About Joomla Joomla! is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) for publishing web content. Over the years Joomla has won several awards including the 2018 best free CMS award from CMSCritic.com. Joomla is built on a model–view–controller web application framework that can be used independently of the CMS that allows you to create powerful online applications. Joomla is one of the most popular website softwares, thanks to its global community of developers and volunteers, who make sure the platform is user-friendly, extendable, multilingual, accessible, responsive, search engine optimized and so much more. For more information about Joomla, visit https://www.joomla.org.

RANK Software Partners with Scalar to Advance Proactive Cybersecurity Threat Hunting as a Service

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TORONTO – RANK Software, an AI-based security analytics and threat intelligence platform, and Scalar, Canada’s leading IT solutions provider, today announced a partnership to deliver next-generation cybersecurity solutions through new Security Operations Centers. The problem of preventing today’s increasingly sophisticated cyber security attacks from harming enterprise networks is exacerbated by the estimated gap of 3 million skilled cybersecurity professionals worldwide. RANK and Scalar address this problem by combining RANK’s Virtual Advisor to Security Analysts (VASA) AI-based threat detection platform that provides real-time threat hunting capabilities with Scalar’s expertise as a leading Managed Security Services Provider. Combined, the two organizations will focus on creating next-generation Security Operations Centers and advance the development of VASA by removing friction to enterprise customers consuming leading security solutions. These Centers will create a new model by forming teams of cybersecurity experts that deliver VASA’s proactive threat hunting capability as a service. VASA helps identify and prevent security threats in real-time by ingesting data from network sources and identifying anomalies for security analysts to review. VASA addresses the challenges of identifying internal and unknown threats commonly missed today by perimeter defense systems through: Active Learning. RANK Software helps reduce the false positives generated by most AI tools by recoding analyst feedback and allowing them to apply an action to similar alerts. This makes the VASA platform smarter over time allowing security analysts to become more efficient. Enterprise Scale. RANK Software ingests data from over 40 sources out of the box including System Network Traffic and End Point log files. It is capable of handling more than 1 billion events a day at 10+ gigabits per second. Contextualization. RANK Software builds on the results of AI, machine learning, and behavioral analytics by making the data more consumable and understanding risk thresholds based on context. This helps assemble and interpret the signals needed to hunt and assess threats faster and with high precision. Flexible Architecture. On the cloud or on-premise, RANK Software provides unparalleled context and visibility into potential breaches. “The cybersecurity landscape continues to increase in severity and sophistication,” said Paul Kerr, President and CEO of Scalar. “VASA enables customers to take action against proactive threats. Combined with our expertise in service delivery, we’re excited to offer our clients this software as a way to increase their security posture against a rising tide of possible threats.” “RANK overcomes the challenges of batch analytics, delivers context to data, and focuses on data fidelity,” said Rick Constanzo, CEO, RANK Software. “This partnership with Scalar gives us the ability to create next-generation Security Operations Center that will combine the best AI tools for threat hunting with the best cybersecurity.” About Scalar Scalar is Canada’s leading IT solutions provider, focused on security, infrastructure, and cloud. Founded in 2004, Scalar is headquartered in Toronto, with offices in Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria. Scalar was recently named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, named to CRN’s 2018 Solution Provider 500 List, and listed on the Growth 500 for the ninth year running. In addition, Scalar was deemed a major player in the IDC MarketScape for Canadian managed security service providers and ranked the #1 ICT security company on the 2014 -2018 editions of the Branham 300. For further details, visit www.scalar.ca or follow Scalar on Twitter, @scalardecisions. About RANK Software RANK Software is a leader in security intelligence and analytics. The company’s first product, VASA, is an AI-based threat detection platform that helps enterprises identify and analyze cybersecurity threats in real time, allowing them to take a proactive security posture in the rapidly changing cyber threat landscape. For more information, please visit www.ranksoftwareinc.com.

Equinix Expands its Global Footprint to South Korea with New Data Center in Seoul

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REDWOOD CITY, CA – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced the expansion of its global footprint to South Korea with its new International Business Exchange (IBX®) data center in Seoul. This carrier-neutral data center—called SL1—will provide interconnection and colocation services to businesses in support of their digital transformation initiatives and adoption of cloud. The new SL1 IBX data center will provide more than 18,000 square feet (approximately 1,680 square meters) of colocation space, offering an initial capacity of 550 cabinets in the first phase, and is scheduled to open in Q3 2019. South Korea is one of the top 15 largest economies in the world[1] and one of the most vibrant digital economies globally—with high bandwidth and advanced applications driving many of its industries. It also ranks second globally for its focus on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)[2], making it a key market for many of today’s global enterprises. It has a high broadband penetration rate, with numerous internet service providers (ISP) that require carrier-neutral data centers for their interconnection needs. By entering this new market, Equinix will help our global customers expand into South Korea, while helping local companies across the enterprise, service provider, cloud and content spaces accelerate their digital transformation initiatives via Platform Equinix®. The expansion into South Korea coincides with the impending nationwide launch of 5G networks in March 2019. The introduction of 5G will usher in a new era of next-generation services and breakthroughs in industries such as Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) that will require data transactions at higher speeds and volumes, with lower latencies. With data expected to continue to grow exponentially, the need for data centers that are able to meet the demands of businesses through colocation or interconnection services will be further amplified. This market expansion is significant to Equinix as it supports the company’s ongoing global expansion and strengthens its leadership position in the Asia-Pacific region. The launch of the SL1 IBX data center will expand the company’s Asia-Pacific coverage, enabling customers to securely deploy their infrastructure, reach global ecosystem partners and scale their businesses at the digital edge. Over the past three years, Equinix has invested more than $800 million to organically build and expand its presence in the Asia-Pacific region. These IBX facilities are built on Platform Equinix, which is comprised of 200 IBX data centers across 52 markets and 24 countries, providing data center and interconnection services for more than 9,800 of the world’s leading businesses. Equinix currently has 40 IBX data centers across 12 markets in Asia-Pacific. The new addition to Platform Equinix will be located at Sangam, known as Digital Media City, near Seoul’s central business district, and offer an initial capacity of 550 cabinets. Currently, Equinix provides customers with access to more than 1,800 networks and over 2,900 cloud, IT and system integrator services globally. This strategic expansion to Seoul will help address the rising demand for carrier-neutral, network-dense data center services from companies in South Korea. The expansion will also support the rapidly increasing private exchange of data between businesses—also known as interconnection. According to the second volume of the Global Interconnection Index, a market study published by Equinix, Interconnection Bandwidth capacity in Asia-Pacific—a measurement of direct and private data exchange between businesses—is expected to grow at a 51% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2017 to 2021, contributing more than 27% of Interconnection Bandwidth globally. Designed for global and local businesses that require network and ecosystem density, the SL1 IBX data center will offer a wide range of connectivity options, including cross connects, Equinix Connect, Equinix Internet Exchange and Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric), providing businesses with secure and direct connections to their customers, partners and the world’s leading services providers. With ECX Fabric, Equinix customers can discover and dynamically connect to any other customer and partner through an easy-to-use portal and a single connection to the Equinix platform. This will include direct and secure connectivity to a wide array of network service providers as well as cloud and IT service providers globally. About Equinix Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most-interconnected data centers. In 52 markets across five continents, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies. Equinix.com.

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