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HostingCon Global and Data Center World Join For 2017

HostingCon Global 2017 and Data Center World Global 2017 are going to colocate for 2017. With these two conventions combining, the exhibit hall will be an even bigger opportunity for technology companies to show off their latest tech, meet new customers, and brand build. The event will be open to attendees of either event. Over 65 percent of last year’s attendees were executive managers, representing over 600 different companies. The annual HostingCon Global buzzes each year with businesses meeting potential partners and new customers. Read more here.

Chicago Based SingleHop Celebrates 10 years

Chicago based SingleHop celebrated it’s 10th year in business by hosting a concert featuring rock band Cage the Elephant for 1,000 Windy City tech fans. The company was founded in Chicago by Dan Ushman and Zak Boca in 2006. The company’s founders have described the city as a vibrant and supportive environment for a thriving business. Co-founder Dan Ushman recently said in a blog post, “SingleHop started with the idea that automation can make IT better. That little idea morphed into the industry’s first fully automated bare metal platform, and now has been expanded to give more than 5,500 organizations around the world total control over their infrastructure and managed services.” Read more here.

OpenWhisk Serverless Cloud Platform Enhanced by Big Blue

IBM (Big Blue) has decided to enhance the OpenWhisk serverless cloud platform they offer. The enhancement will include new features and will help to provide better analytics and Big Data services. The main benefit for users will be scalability with some cost benefits, as well. IBM is a global brand most known for hardware and software. However, in recent years, they have become a big player in the cloud space. The company is headquartered in Armonk, New York. OpenWhisk uses a variety of architectural concepts to give the end user a serverless cloud experience. The new enhancement will help with debugging and many other facets of the product. Read the full story here.

IceStorm.com Introduced a New Express Website Builder

IceStorm.com, a web hosting company recently announced the launch of a new website builder. It’s called IceStorm Express Website Builder and will be a part of their suite of services. Icestorm.com started in 1997 and is headquartered in San Francisco, Californian. They offer SSD Hosting services with faster speeds compared to spinning disk hosting. They also offer cloud SSD VPS Hosting and domain registration. IceStorm Express is a faster website builder with more reliability for designers, artists and bloggers. It will be the flagship website builder for the company. Read the full story here.

Rural U.K. Sees a Boost in DIY Fiber Broadband

In 2011, a group known as Broadband for the Rural North or B4RN was formed in the U.K. This group had a goal of bringing fiber broadband to eight different parishes through self-installation. After five years, the group has helped run 2,000 miles of cable and has connected a total of 40 parishes. The rural broadband access cost 150 pounds for installation and another 30 pounds per month for those using it. Churches and schools are provided discounts and larger business pay a higher fee. B4RN has 14 paid staff members, along with volunteers, which all seek permission from farmers to dig trenches and run the fiber cables for connection. Read the full story here.

New Incoming Cybersecurity Regulations in New York Being Revised for Financial Institutions

Banks and insurance companies were given a January 1 deadline for complying with new cybersecurity rules in New York. However, this deadline has been delayed until March 1, 2017. The New York State Department of Financial Services announced revisions to the Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Service Companies last Wednesday, along with the new deadline. The original regulations were announced in September of 2016. Since the announcement, banks and insurance companies have been seeking an extension. These new rules have taken more than a year to be created and put into effect. Read the full story here.

Amazon’s Refusal to Release Echo Data in Homicide Case

In the recent James Andrew Bates homicide case, the court asked to review the data collected by Bates’ Amazon Echo device. Amazon refused the request two times, saying it would “not release customer information without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us.”  That isn’t surprising, considering the precedent set when Apple CEO Tim Cook refused to unlock the San Bernadino attackers’ iPhone. Cook made the following statement on the matter: “We fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.” The freedom and liberties afforded to American citizens will keep iPhone and Amazon Echo data secure and private – for now. Read more here.

Facebook Buying Offline User Data to Improve Ad Targeting

Facebook is now buying offline user data to improve ad targeting efforts, according to representatives from the company. Facebook is the number two data collecting organization (Google is number 1), but as it turns out, the user data we all post on Facebook isn’t enough to accurately target ads to users. That’s why Facebook is going offline in its quest to learn all there is to know about their audience. Currently, Facebook is working with 6 data partners to collect information on users: Transunion, WPP, Oracle, Experian, Epsilon, and Acxiom. This primarily allows them to collect financial data and credit score information. Read more here.

A Complete Guide to Building a Successful Solopreneur Blog

When you’re an entrepreneur or better yet, a solopreneur, you are in charge of running the whole show. You are the CEO, the manager, the accountant, the administrator, and more. Being a solopreneur is no easy feat but you can do it and do it well as with the right tips and tools. One of the biggest tricks up most sleeves is to run a business blog, which makes it easier to market, sell products, find new clients, and stay connected. A business blog is the key to being a successful solopreneur but it’s important that you are maximizing its value to your brand. Take a look at this complete guide to building a successful solopreneur blog. Learn the basics of blogging The first thing you’ll want to do is learn the basics of blogging if you’ve never done it before. This means that you’ll need to understand some basics of the blogging platform you choose, and then the rules of what makes a great blog. For example, your content will need to be strong so it’s important that you are willing to proofread or outsource for great content. You’ll need to make sure your content is centered around things that your audience actually wants to read because it’s relevant, interesting, and educational. Focus on a design and format that makes it easy to read, professional, and unique. Then find ways that you’ll be able to easily promote your articles. Set goals and learn your audience Once you’ve learned some basics, you’ll be ready to start making goals and finding the audience that you want to reach with your blog. Determine why you are blogging in the first place, whether it’s to get your brand known, to increase sales, or to show that you are a leader in your industry. Some solopreneurs are doing it to boost SEO efforts. Now consider who your audience should be in order to best target your blog to that group. This comes down to everything from the design to the content, the way you promote it, and the message you put out there. Make sure that providing content to this audience is the best way to achieve your goals and not just to fit in with your competitors. If you can put content out there that shows how you can solve their problems with your product or service, or you can’t find another way to reach a larger part of your target audience, blogging may be the perfect way to do so. Learn from others and then find your voice Once you’ve setup your blog and have your goals in place, your audience to target your blog towards, and you understand the basics of successful blogging, you can start learning from others. Start reading your competitor’s blogs or those that have found success. You may learn some tips, like creative design styles or common themes to keep audience engagement up. Is it all about beautiful photography, quirky blog posts, or an easy-to-use blog format? Now that you have some ideas of those that have been successful before you, you can start to think about how you will separate yours from the others and start making some decisions. What do you want the overall tone or voice to be like on this blog? You are already a unique individual, so it’s easy to find unique ways to speak t your audience. Put your personality on display and make your values and beliefs transparent. It will be easy to find a voice once you realize who you truly are and who you are trying to reach. Would your audience appreciate your introspective approach or would they love your humorous, weird side? Make a plan and start brainstorming Now you’ll need a plain and some brainstorming on blog ideas. Start writing down topic ideas whenever they come to mind and come up with a game-plan for the frequency of posts going forward. Promotional strategies and building your email list Lastly, you’ll want to come up with a promotional plan and to start building your email list. You’ll probably promote through major social media platforms, but you can also do so through forums like Quora, on professional sites like LinkedIn, or through guest blogging. Build an email list by offering great content, freebies, or otherwise in order to reach your audience more frequently and get your brand name out there. Check the stats and move forward with a game-plan Once you’ve completed these tasks, you can start to check your analytics to see what the stats say. If it looks like you’re doing things right then keep up the hard work. Otherwise, you may be able to see what areas you could improve, such as trying to reach more people on certain social media sites or seeing if people aren’t staying long because your content needs improvement. Change up your strategy accordingly. This is the only complete guide you’ll need in order to find success as a solopreneur blogger.

Reprise Hosting is a New cPanel Partner NOC

Recently, the Seattle-based company Reprise Hosting announced it has become a cPanel Partner NOC. The company was established in 2012 and offers a number of hosting options including Windows VPS hosting. They focus on cPanel VPS hosting and dedicated servers. This new partnership will help to enhance the company’s cPanel offering. Reprise Hosting’s premier managed customers will be able to use a free cPanel license and gain full 24/7/365 support including hands-on server administration. The company is also offering free migration services to make it easier on these elite customers. Read the full story here.

New Energy Efficient Data Center Opened by Laos

The first energy efficient data center for Laos was opened recently. This landlocked country found in Southeast Asia is bordered by Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and China. It has a centralized government and now it has an energy efficient data center. The country suffers from a very poor IT infrastructure, but the state-run data center will help with the issue. The new data center was financed by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization and the cost was $850,000. Read the full story here.

DigitalOcean Named as One of NYC’s Most Exciting Startups

Recently, DigitalOcean was named as one of the most exciting startups in New York City. The company was started in 2011 and was recognized as the second largest cloud platform and one of the fastest growing cloud platforms by Netcraft. The list of exciting startups came from The Hundert, which is a magazine from Berlin, Germany. Usually, this magazine compiles a list of startups in Europe, but decided to focus on New York City this year. Read the full story here.

Which Acquisitions Were Most Significant from 2016?

Many acquisitions happened throughout 2016 and caused a stir. However, none were more significant than the following 10: Cisco’s purchase of Jasper Technologies for $1.4 billion Oracle’s Acquisition of Ravello Systems for $500 million LeaseWeb USA’s acquisition of Nobis Technology Group Microsoft’s Acquisition of LinkeIn for $26 billion Samsung’s Acquisition of Joyent United Internationals Sale to Warburg Pincus Oracle’s Acquisition of Dyn GoDaddy’s Acquisition of Host Europe Group for $1.79 billion HNA’s Acquisition of Ingram Micro United Internet’s Acquisition of Strato All of these acquisitions showed where the industry is going and how larger companies are headed in a specific direction throughout 2016 and in the future. Read the full story here.

Could Cloud in 2017 Get a Bit Messy?

With more users, more data and more capabilities, a security threat matrix is now an important part of any cloud ecosystem. This could cause cloud computing to get a bit messy in 2017. According to the latest report from Cisco Cloud, it’s expected that hyperscale datacenters will account for about 53% of data centers by 2020. It’s also believed that about 92% of the workloads will be processed through a cloud data center and 74% will be SaaS. Along with these statistics, attacks are becoming more sophisticated and more frequent. This makes attacks on cloud data more dangerous as they become more advanced. DDoS may still be the most common type of attack used, but this could change as these attacks evolve. Read the full story here.

Safe Harbor in Australia Should Extend to All Service Providers

According to a report from the Productivity Commission in Australia, the country should scrap the “innovation patent” system and use the safe harbor IP scheme for all online service providers. These changes could help to save the education system licensing fees and could benefit ecommerce venders, online service providers and SMEs, according to the commissioner. This would cause fewer obstacles for cloud computing firms and other online service providers. It would also make the copyright system more adaptable to the newer services and technologies. Read the full story here.

New Cybersecurity Trends You’ll See in 2017

The Data Center Journal recently released a list of cybersecurity trends that will be new to us in 2017. While many security vulnerabilities have been problematic in the beginning of the cloud transition, the increased amount of data and channels that cause new vulnerabilities to arise are a major concern to companies and users with data stored in the cloud framework. Following are the 7 cybersecurity trends we’ll see more of 2017. Cybersecurity trends in 2017 More security vulnerabilities coming through the Internet of Things (IoT). Mainstream’s transition to the cloud and mobile computing will increase demands for security. Hacktivism and state-sponsored hacking means countries will consider cyber arms treaties. Businesses will struggle to adjust to changes in privacy frameworks. Customers and users will demand more online protection. A nation-wide shortage of cybersecurity skills will become more apparent. Companies will begin aggressively fighting back against cybersecurity threats and hacking. Read the full article here.

Cloud and Data Centers in for Security Challenges in 2017, Experts Say

More cloud users mean more data and new technologies that transmit that data securely. But the “securely” part is going to become more difficult in 2017, according to experts at Cisco. The latest Cisco Cloud Index Report talks about the changes happening right now in the cloud and data sector that will affect security considerations: Hyperscale data center traffic will quintuple by 2020, making it 53 percent of all data center traffic. Ninety-two percent of workloads will be processed by cloud data centers by 2020 Seventy-four percent of total cloud workloads will be SaaS by 2020 Enterprise workloads will make up seventy-two percent of total workloads by 2020. Additionally, cloud data involved in everyday life will evolve in 2017 and beyond. The total amount of data created by any device – mobile or desktop – will reach an astonishing 600ZB by 2020. Read more here.

Managed WordPress Hosting Company from FullHost

FullHost has announced they will now offer managed WordPress hosting. The company is found in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and was created in 2004. They currently offer comprehensive online solutions with data centers in both Toronto and Vancouver. The services offered by FullHost includes shared hosting, reseller hosting, bare metal dedicated servers and managed virtual cloud options. Now, they will offer new WordPress services including managed WordPress hosting perfect for those using this CMS. The solutions will be optimized to fit WordPress perfectly and provide a more efficient hosting environment. Read the full story here.

Singapore is the Center for Mega-Data Centers for Cloud Leaders

Singapore has been the default location for those looking to serve the Asian market. However, recently, it has become the place for mega-clouds to build their own data centers and lease capacity from other providers. Companies, such as Google and Microsoft have created their own data centers in Singapore, along with leasing space. LinkedIn, Facebook and other social networks also lease space on the island. These companies are looking for large multi-megawatt data centers they can lease and drive more demand with. This is similar to the way large cloud companies look for data centers in other locations, such as Dallas, Dublin and Chicago. Read the full story here.

First Major Judgement of Brexit Era for Internet Spying Powers Against Britain

Recently, the European Union’s top court passed the first major judgement after Brexit. It was against Britain saying the U.K. forcing telecommunications companies to hold onto data from customers for a full year goes against the bloc’s laws. Now, the suit will go back to the U.K. Court of Appeal for the final ruling. In October, a special U.K. tribunal ruled that spy agencies were not complying with human rights law until November 2015. Read the full story here.

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