Rackspace Announces Full Suite of Cloud Hosting Offers : Acquisitions of Jungle Disk, Slicehost and Launch of Cloud Files Enable Company to Expand Cloud Hosting Portfolio

AUSTIN, Texas (PRWEB) October 22, 2008

“Cloud computing offers tremendous benefits to our customers that complement our traditional managed hosting services,” said Lanham Napier, CEO, Rackspace Hosting. “Being a leader in hosting means being a leader in the cloud. Today, we made clear our intent to have the best suite of cloud offerings. Our new offerings are part of a strategy to bring cloud benefits to all businesses with simple, cost-effective products that everyone can use, backed by the best customer support that only Rackspace can deliver.”

Rackspace’s acquisition of two innovators in the cloud community, Slicehost and Jungle Disk, bring proven solutions to the suite including on-demand, virtualized servers and online storage software and services, respectively. Slicehost is a leader in Xen-based virtual machine hosting with more than 15,000 “slices” online today. Jungle Disk offers reliable cloud storage solutions that allow users to easily share an unlimited amount of cloud storage between multiple users through a secure, mountable network drive and automatic backup. Over time, Rackspace intends to integrate their capabilities into its complete hosting portfolio to provide business customers a suite of hosting solutions to meet all of their IT needs.

“On-demand computing is the new foundation of hosting,” said Jason Seats, founder, Slicehost. “Rackspace gives us the ability to expand the Slicehost offer and meet the needs of the corporate world whose interest in cloud technologies has only just begun. In addition, no one else shares our customer first service philosophy more than Rackspace. It is an obvious fit.”

“Rackspace is a natural fit for the next evolution of Jungle Disk,” said Dave Wright, CEO and founder, Jungle Disk. “We are creating a set of storage solutions that will help solve rapidly-growing storage problems for businesses. We believe that no one could take this solution to the business world better than Rackspace. Together we will push the cloud revolution and make simple and cost effective storage solutions available to businesses of all sizes.”

Rackspace is quickly developing one of the most comprehensive hosting solution suites ranging from dedicated managed servers and hosted email solutions to highly scalable cloud hosting and storage services based on open standards and technologies. Combined, IT departments and small businesses now have a full range of tools to power their computing needs.

Cloud Hosting Portfolio

Rackspace’s cloud strategy is supported by three core offerings, all part of Mosso, Rackspace’s Cloud Hosting Division. The company’s existing Hosting Cloud and CloudFS storage offerings have been re-branded to reflect the company’s newly integrated approach:

Cloud Sites — Rackspace’s flagship cloud offering, The Hosting Cloud, is now Cloud Sites. Developed by Mosso, Rackspace’s cloud division, it offers a scalable platform for handling huge traffic spikes and a pay-as-you-grow pricing model. Cloud Sites is a heterogeneous environment, supporting both Windows and Linux. Cloud Files — Rackspace’s internet-based storage service, CloudFS, is now Cloud Files. Cloud Files gives developers instant access to an enterprise-grade storage infrastructure and reduces overall investment and IT costs while providing infinite scalability. Cloud Files offers an industry leading SLA and a highly competitive pricing model with replicated storage starting at $ 0.15/GB. Also later this year, Limelight Networks will team with Rackspace to allow developers to easily distribute content to millions of end users around the world and bring scalable content delivery and application acceleration services to the masses. While continuing to support the Amazon S3 platform, Jungle Disk will port to Rackspace’s Cloud Files system in the coming months. Jungle Disk comes in both desktop and workgroup editions across the Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. Cloud Servers — This new hosting solution, which will deliver on-demand server capacity to businesses of all sizes, will leverage key technology developed by Slicehost, which uses Xen virtualization software. Slicehost will remain as the company’s developer brand, creating innovative new features driven through shared intellectual property in conjunction with development initiatives from Rackspace. As part of the announcement, Slicehost also announced new, larger slices for high performance computing, lower prices as well as IP sharing for high availability computing. Rackspace also announced widespread community interest in their cloud suite. A wide set of cloud tool companies have expressed intent to support the Rackspace cloud. The list of companies includes RightScale, CohesiveFT, rPath, SOASTA and Vertica. In addition, Sonian Networks, the leader in cloud mail archiving solutions, and Mailtrust, the Email Hosting division of Rackspace announced they had reached an agreement to offer low cost archiving to Mailtrust’s 100,000+ business domains. Through this agreement, Sonian Networks will also port their solution to the Rackspace cloud suite.

The purchase price of the combined acquisitions is approximately $ 11.5 million payable in cash and stock, with the potential for up to $ 16.5 million in additional payouts of cash and stock based on certain performance criteria.

For more information on Rackspace’s Cloud Hosting offerings, please visit: http://www.mosso.com.

About Rackspace Hosting

As the world’s leader and specialist in hosting, Rackspace Hosting is changing the way businesses worldwide buy IT. Rackspace delivers computing-as-a-service, integrating the industry’s best technologies into a flexible service offering, making computing more reliable and

Mosso, Rackspace’s Cloud Division, Enables Cloud Files with Limelight Networks Content Delivery Service : Cloud Storage and CDN Integration Enables Unlimited Online Storage to be Distributed Across the Globe Quickly and at a Low Cost

SAN ANTONIO (PRWEB) November 19, 2008

Cloud Files, a scalable online storage service, as well as the relationship with Limelight, was announced last month at the Cloud Event as part of the new suite of Cloud Hosting offerings from Rackspace. In conjunction with Cloud Files, Limelight’s robust and proven delivery service helps enable Mosso to quickly deliver files around the globe.

“Using Cloud Files for Action Method Online means that we don’t ever have to worry about running out of space, or adding expensive hardware. We can allow our users to upload as many files as they like while managing their projects and scale seamlessly with amazing performance,” said Chris Henry, Co-CTO, Behance. “And with a CDN leader like Limelight delivering our users’ files, we believe we can count not only on reliability but also on the fastest download time out there.”

Limelight Networks operates a dedicated optical network that interconnects thousands of servers around the world. This network enables the company to deliver massive files at the speed of light directly into the access networks that consumers use every day. When an end user requests a file, Limelight’s network pulls it from the closest Mosso server, caches the content within their geographically distributed network, and serves it up at blazing speeds.

“Limelight Networks’ global delivery platform provides Mosso with world-class performance, scalability, and efficiency, which can help them ensure that any object stored in the Cloud Files service will reliably and efficiently be delivered to their end-users,” said Peter Coppola, vice president, product management, Limelight Networks, Inc.. “This combination of cost effective, unlimited online storage with Limelight’s worldwide distribution platform is truly innovative, and we are proud to work with Mosso and Rackspace to bring this exciting new service to market.”

“The Mosso/Limelight relationship brings full-fledged, robust CDN capabilities and unlimited file storage to developers and corporate IT shops alike. We expect Mosso’s new CDN capability to greatly enhance the quality of the end user experience by speeding the delivery of bandwidth-heavy rich content, including audio and video.” said Emil Sayegh, general manager of Mosso. “For literally pennies per gigabyte of bandwidth and storage and no upfront commitments, the CDN advantage is no longer only available to the giants of the internet. Together with Limelight, we have just democratized content delivery.”

Beyond enabling developers to rapidly and affordably serve content with a simple “right click”, this new CDN capability also adds an additional layer of redundancy for public content. Other Cloud Files benefits include:

Ease of Use: Files can be managed either through an online control panel or programmatically through language specific APIs (ReST, PHP, Python, Java, .NET) Flexibility: Customers can use as much or little storage as necessary, while paying only for what is used Stored files can be as small as a few bytes or as large as 5GB Metadata: Additional metadata can be added, and delivered, along with each file that is stored Pricing for Cloud Files with CDN starts at 15 cents per gigabyte of storage and 22 cents per gigabyte of bandwidth from any edge location around the globe. High volume users receive price breaks at 30 TB of storage and/or 5 TB of bandwidth. Pricing includes CDN transit services only available through Cloud Files. Mosso CDN integration is available today with no additional fees for CDN-based requests. There are no upfront fees required to get started and end users pay only for storage space and outgoing bandwidth that has been used. For more pricing information, please visit http://www.mosso.com.

About Mosso, Rackspace’s Cloud Hosting Division

Mosso is the home of Cloud Sites, Cloud Files and Cloud Servers, providing enterprise-grade hosting and storage services. Mosso provides an easily managed interface allowing developers, designers and IT managers to deploy reliable web applications quickly and easily as well as high performance cloud-based storage services. Founded by two Rackspace employees, Mosso is built upon a cross platform, clustered-computing architecture. For more information, visit http://www.mosso.com or call 1-877-934-0409.

About Rackspace Hosting

As the world’s leader and specialist in hosting, Rackspace Hosting is changing the way businesses worldwide buy IT. Rackspace delivers computing-as-a-service, integrating the industry’s best technologies into a flexible service offering, making computing more reliable and

Savvy Firms Have Understood the US Government’s Abilities to Access Private Files for Years, IT Expert Says

Manchester (PRWEB UK) 18 June 2013

Risk management is the key consideration when looking to take advantage of cloud services, and companies can greatly minimise the risks of facing future problems through thorough preparation, IT expert Adrian Spink has said in a new Find the Edge article.

His article comes following The Guardian’s revelations that the NSA has been routinely accessing and monitoring online communications, and mining data from companies like Google, Apple and Skype.

He suggests most large firms were already aware, or suspected, activities such as these were taking place, and questions whether the revelations actually change very much.

Williams uses the article to discuss the steps companies can take to protect their data when using cloud services.

He said: ‘Take the right precautions and youll prevent not only your cloud provider, but apparently now also the NSA (or MI5), from accidentally distributing your sensitive commercial information to all and sundry.

‘The important point is to understand the difference between data and information if managed properly, encrypted information turns into meaningless data and can then be cloud hosted.

‘On Google Drive, for example, there are a plethora of tools that will encrypt the files on the endpoint before uploading them.’

He points out that the issue with this approach is that changing provider can be difficult, and highlights the need for an exit strategy from day one.

Williams said: ‘Its not that easy to find examples of cloud services that give an absolute assurance that your data can be transferred and wiped when your contract is terminated.

‘Even if you migrate back into a traditional in-house data centre and your data was unencrypted, the NSA will be able to merrily trawl its way through your companys previous records for as long as it likes.

‘With cloud services, risk management is the name of the game, and preparation is the key.’

The full article can be viewed here: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/technology/security/so-what-if-the-us-government-spies-on-google-users.

Adrian Spink is CEO of Company85, which is a technology consultancy that emphasises cyber security. More information about him can be found here: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/expert-panelist/adrian-spink.

Kenny Goodman, founder of Find the Edge, said: “These revelations have dominated news coverage over the last week, and Adrian does a great job of explaining how they affect businesses that use cloud services or are considering using them.”

Find the Edge is a website where individuals from all sectors can access ideas, insight and news from some of the brightest brains in business.

Delfigo Files Patent on Optimizing Mobile Biometric Enrollment”

Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 16, 2013

Delfigo Security, the pioneer in intelligent authentication solutions, today filed a utility patent based on the physics phenomenon to enhance user identity management based on individual enrollment data of users to their unique keystroke or mobile touch-based biometrics.

Enrollment in systems that examine behavioral and environmental data based on past inputs can challenge companies and enterprises that prioritize user experience during the enrollment process. While the access capabilities are enhanced and more secure with a robust set of reference data and the additional context it provides to the identity scoring of users, asking the user to repeatedly train a system, or settling for a smaller and weaker data set than would be ideal in order to get results more quickly, can weaken companies resolve to adopt touch-based biometric technology and cause frustration for their customers and global users.

Delfigo Securitys newly developed technology improves the strength of enrollment data for new users of keystroke and mobile biometric solutions, resulting in better scoring immediately following user enrollment. By using unique data that has been submitted by the user to enhance existing enrollment data and its accuracy, Delfigo is able to offer their customers the benefits of a stronger identity access enrollment balanced with the ability to continue to offer users a seamless enrollment experience, with improved results immediately following the enrollment period.

The well known and understood phenomenon of Hysteresis, which is the dependence of a system not only on its current environment but also on its past environment is key to ensure that we turn mobile user data into big data at the micro scale,” said Ralph Rodriguez, CEO of Delfigo Security. “Our scientific team of physicists has taken our unique approach into almost a quantum scale whereby we are able to detect unique dependencies because the system can be in more than one internal state. This coupled with our ability to take a high-dimensional enrollment phase space after user enrollment is complete creates a solution that is truly a game changing leap forward in applying mathematics and physics to identity management.

Identity management needs to account for the concept that past behavior affects the current state of identity, says Hyoun Park, Principal Analyst, Nucleus Research. By reinforcing hysteresis, companies can create an identity state for each user that reflects past behavior rather than simply depending on a static password or identity profile. As a result, companies can develop a dynamic user identification where the current state of identity is defined and amplified by the past.”

About Delfigo Security

Delfigo Corporation d/b/a Delfigo Security, with offices in Boston and at M.I.T. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a venture-backed software company providing solutions for identity and access management. The Delfigo solution provides a multi-factor risk-based authentication platform using a patent-pending, artificial intelligence based architecture. The Delfigo software reduces risk of identity theft and fraud for enterprises and ensures regulatory compliances, at a reduced total cost of ownership. Delfigos platform is designed with cloud computing and SaaS needs in mind. To find out more on how you can leverage the Delfigo technology for your enterprise needs, please visit http://www.delfigosecurity.com or call 617-946-0600 or email info(at)delfigosecurity(dot)com.

About Stage 1 Ventures

Delfigo is backed by Stage 1 Ventures, LLC, a venture capital firm specializing in investments in early stage companies. The firm seeks to invest in mobile industry, the executable Internet, or Software as a Service (SaaS), IPTV and Internet video, pay-for-performance marketing and advertising, and security sectors. In mobile industry, it focuses on search and advertising; consumer entertainment, including games, music, and video; content management and distribution, communication, including video sharing, SMS, MMS, and social networking; enterprise and consumer applications, productivity enhancement, and infrastructure supporting all of the above. The firm typically invests in companies that have first demonstrated market enabling IP. Stage 1 Ventures, LLC is based in Waltham, Massachusetts.