ioFlare, a New SSD Cloud Hosting Provider, Holding Open Beta and Giving Away 100 Cloud Servers

Montreal, QC (PRWEB) August 15, 2013

SSD powered Cloud Hosting is one of the hottest niches on the hosting market today and ioFlare who has been silently developing their business plan and infrastructure over the past 6 months is set to unveil a service offering lineup that will directly compete with the big boys in the niche.

ioFlares unwavering focus on providing a high performance service without compromise and at a price point that competes even with Digital Oceans base plan is what will quickly define them as a force to be watched. ioFlare is combining industry leading performance with a whopping 320gbps of ddos protection standard for every customer to use their service at no additional charge. This is sure to attract some attention in a world where ddos attacks run rampant and are costing businesses millions every month of the year.

ioFlare is kicking off their SSD Cloud Server Hosting business with an open beta where they will be giving away 100 of their base SSD Cloud Servers. This will server as a final test of service and infrastructure. The Open Beta is expected to begin at some point within the next 7 days and interested people are asked to keep a eye on as the servers will go fast once the doors open.

About is a new SSD Cloud Hosting provider that has been in constant development behind closed doors for the last 6 months. Ioflare is committed to no frills, no gimmicks high performance, high availability, Cloud Hosting solutions for professionals and enthusiasts alike.

X2CRM Ships Version 3.4 Open Source Sales Force & Marketing Automation System

Santa Cruz, California (PRWEB) August 22, 2013

X2Engine Inc. today announced the general availability of X2CRM version 3.4, an open source, high-performance sales force, marketing automation and service application for small businesses in both cloud and on-premise editions.

Key Features of X2CRM:

Web 2.0 Speed Optimized User Interface

Web Activity Tracker, now with Google Analytics Integration

Web and Facebook Lead Capture Form Designer

Automatic Web Form Embedding Code

Newsletter Generator

Lead Nurturing, Scoring and Intelligent Routing

Contact Activity Management

Sales Process Workflow Engine

Email Correspondence

Product and Sales Quotes

User Profile Pages and Universal Activity Streams

Custom User Role Designer

Field Security, Roles and Sales Teams

Visual No Code Form Editor for Administators

Both Cloud and On-Premise Optimized Options

Mobile Access Integration with X2Touch

Large Scale Marketing Campaign Management

Social Intranet Capability for Sales Teams

Shared Calendar and Event Information

Extreme Customization and Marketing Automation with X2Flow

X2CRM 3.4 Updates:

Improved X2Touch – iPad Compatibility and Mobile Integration

Vastly Improved Language Packs.

Updated Action History Charts – Graphic Customer Interaction

X2Flow User Interface Improvements

New Event Feed

Enhanced Server Efficiency

X2Flow: Marketing Action Event Designer

X2CRM had introduced their powerful new X2Flow module in their last release, version 3.3. X2Flow is a Marketing Automation Module which allows marketers to build automated marketing campaigns based on customer behaviors. X2CRM feel this feature is a clever and incredibly customizable business tool that places the power of X2CRM marketing and sales campaigns in the hands of their customers, allowing them to fine tune their business and harness the abilities of the X2Engine platform. X2CRM version 3.4 sees some small updates to this module, including new icons and a customizable editor window size.

Action Event History

The Action Event History Chart is a sales person’s best friend, says X2CRM. The Action History module is a clever and easy visualization of all interactions that a sales contact has been through. Like other modules in their open source CRM software, this feature is highly customizable and can be quickly and easily edited with various date and contact filters. X2CRM says this module streamlines beautifully with their phone system integration, automatically bringing up a contact’s page and action history chart whenever that contact calls. New in version 3.4 are some additional filter options as well as a visually enhanced interface.

Improved Language Support

X2CRM is a global brand, with installations for businesses in over 140 countries around the world. X2CRM is now offering improved Language Support and is currently available with translations in 15 languages, having recently added Polish to their list of integrated language options.

Updated Documentation

X2CRM is a fast moving operation, quickly and effectively responding to the suggestions and feature requests from users in their online support forum, X2Community. New and improved help screens and documentation descriptions are now available within the software as well as on

About X2Engine CRM

X2Engine, Inc. of Santa Cruz, California, was founded in 2011 by John Roberts, a SugarCRM co-founder and Customer Relationship Management software entrepreneur. The company provides sales & marketing software and cloud hosting services for X2CRM, a next generation open source, sales force and marketing automation customer relationship management system for small businesses. X2CRM has been installed on over 4,500 public and private cloud servers across 140 countries.

RIT launches nations first minor in free and open source software and free culture

Rochester, N.Y. (PRWEB) March 07, 2014

Responding to student interest and a growing industry demand for workers with such skills, Rochester Institute of Technology is launching the nations first interdisciplinary minor in free and open source software and free culture.

Starting in Fall 2014, RITs School of Interactive Games and Media will offer the minor in free and open source software (FOSS) and free culture for students who want to develop a deep understanding of the processes, practices, technologies, and financial, legal and societal impacts of the FOSS and free culture movements.

As students progress through the minor, they acquire domain knowledge, hands-on experience and community interaction skills, said Stephen Jacobs, professor of interactive games and media and associate director of RITs Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC). Students can use their new skills to become leaders, as well as contributors.

While propriety softwaresuch as Microsoft Officeis developed, controlled and restricted by organizations, free open source softwaresuch as Libre Officegives users the right and ability to freely use, modify and share the software itself. The free culture movement, exemplified by Creative Commons, allows for the same type of flexible use rights for creative works, such as music or graphics. When companies want to take advantage of the opportunities to modify and/or redistribute FOSS software, which is often more reliable, secure and less expensive, they turn to experts in FOSS culture, process and licenses.

Jacobs designed RITs first FOSS course around student-created games for the One Laptop per Child program in 2008. As their software ran on the laptops, Red Hat Inc., a leading provider of open source software solutions, donated 25 XO laptops for student use in the class. Red Hat has continued to collaborate with FOSS programs at RIT, including sponsoring the humanitarian program in Jacobs FOSSBox Lab.

RIT has long been a strong proponent of open source, not just in technology but also in the free sharing of ideas and knowledge, both of which are key factors in Red Hats involvement with RIT, said Tom Callaway, in charge of University Outreach at Red Hat.

RITs FOSS minor, driven by Professor Jacobs, helps address the role that free and open source software plays in todays world. Nearly every form of technology innovation, from gaming consoles to cloud computing, relies on open source code as a fundamental building block. Open source is helping define the way forward for digital society at large, Callaway said.

RITs 15-credit-hour minor, open to undergraduates across the university, includes three core courses from the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts. Students also select two elective courses that can be chosen from a list of computing and liberal arts courses. Electives from additional disciplines will likely be added over time.

Someone who doesnt know how to code can go all the way through this minor, said Jacobs. In required technical classes, students with different skills will work in teams to build a common project.

All students will take a course in which they develop and contribute to an existing humanitarian FOSS project. They will also take a course on theories of free and open source culture and another on the business and legal aspects of open source. Other electives can be selected based on the expertise of the student.

People are using free culture and its social structure to solve a host of problems, said Amit Ray, a professor in the Department of English. It is important for programmers, business people, scientists and even scholars to understand and be a part of free and open source culture.

Red Hat has supported Jacobs FOSS@MAGIC initiative, which promotes the practice of free and open source software development by connecting students to humanitarian projects, independent studies, co-op opportunities, conference registrations and travel, summer undergraduate research fellowships, faculty and staff professional development opportunities and hackathons.

For more information about the FOSS minor, go to

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Open Source Community Embraces the GoGrid Cloud

San Francisco, CA (Vocus) August 4, 2010

GoGrid, a leading Cloud Infrastructure and Hybrid Hosting Provider, today announced the launch of its Open Source Software (OSS) Partner Program. In recent months, adoption of GoGrid as a core and fundamental technology platform for enabling leading open source solutions to the cloud has accelerated. By packaging on-demand versions of software and leveraging the GoGrid Exchange, a unique cloud solutions marketplace, open source partners and businesses alike are realizing increased deployments and usage of popular open source software offerings.

“GoGrid’s ease of use, robust feature set, and excellent customer service make it an ideal cloud platform for deploying web applications – open source or otherwise,” said Erica Brescia, CEO of BitNami. “We are proud to offer ready-to-deploy GoGrid Server Images of BitNami-packaged open source applications, such as Alfresco, Drupal, WordPress, and more, through the GoGrid Exchange. GoGrid’s seamless provisioning tools make it even easier for BitNami users to get open source applications up and running in the cloud.”

GoGrid is the industry leader in partnering with open source companies to enable their software in the cloud. By leveraging the GoGrid Exchange program, partners are able to share or sell a customized server image. Each image is available to the GoGrid community as a Partner GoGrid Server Image (PGSI), which includes the partner’s branding and technical information. GoGrid users can search by solution type (e.g. internet security, backup, monitoring, web apps, compliance, and application scaling,) and instantly provisionwith the click of a mouseeliminating a lengthy installation process.

Through the GoGrid platform, open source companies can deliver their offerings as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and realize unparalleled benefits, including:

Detailed user data
High visibility by a leading cloud provider
Co-Marketing support
Access to GoGrid’s large and growing customer base
Low risk no sign-up fees or long-term commitment
Access to customer information and usage metrics by platform even for open source distributions

GoGrid is also working closely with Olliance Group, the leading open source business consulting firm, to work with partners to develop and refine their approaches for delivering open source solutions to the cloud.

“All too frequently, SMBs and enterprises deploy expensive commercial software, not realizing that significant cost savings and flexibility can be realized through the use of industry-hardened open source solutions.” said Greg Olson, Senior Partner at the Olliance Group. “Packaged open source solutions coupled with near-instant deployment from the GoGrid Exchange will allow many more companies to realize the benefits of open source software.”

Notable open source GoGrid Partners include:

BitNami provider of multiple popular open source application stacks
SourceFire/Snort open source intrusion detection
OpenVPN offering open source security software technologies

“Many of our customers want to embrace open source technology,” said GoGrid CEO and Co-Founder, John Keagy. GoGrid provides both the open source software community and our customers with a fully integrated one-stop shop to build a complete cloud. GoGrid customers can provision complex IT infrastructure, scale their infrastructure with custom cloud server images (MyGSI), F5 load balancing, cloud storage, and launch open source software solutions all in one location and with the click of a mouse.”

For more information about the GoGrid Open Source Software Partner Program visit,

To learn more about the GoGrid Exchange and uncover the power of cloud enabled solutions, visit

About GoGrid

GoGrid is a Global Leader in Cloud & Hybrid Infrastructure hosting. GoGrid enables sysadmins, developers, and IT professionals to create, deploy, and control free f5 load balanced cloud infrastructures and complex hosted virtual server networks with full root access/administrative server control. GoGrid physical and virtual server instances maintain industry standard specifications with no requirement to learn proprietary standards. Deploying GoGrid infrastructure takes minutes via a web control panel or GoGrid’s API. GoGrid gives users the control of a familiar data center environment with the flexibility and immediate scalability of the cloud. For more information, please visit: GoGrid Cloud Infrastructure.


Forecasting for the Little Guy Prophet Forecasting Enters Open Beta

Auckland, New Zealand (PRWEB) February 21, 2014

Retailers looking for an easy way to forecast demand for their products and plan inventory requirements will benefit from Prophet Forecasting.

The web application is designed to be used by stakeholders, rather than by professional statisticians, with a clear focus on simplicity.

Users can upload product sales history and use this to predict quarterly or monthly demand for the next 12 months. Demand forecasts can be adjusted manually and then combined with information about stock-on-hand, supplier lead times and desired service levels to generate regular stock plan reports, which contain recommendations for stock that should be purchased (to avoid stock outs) or promoted (if inventory levels are running too high).

Prophet Forecasting makes industrial strength forecasting accessible to companies that dont have a dedicated forecasting team or an army of statisticians, says company Founder, James Crosswell.

Key Product Features:

OW2 Unveils the Program of its First Open Cloud Forum, February 26-27 at Cloud Expo Europe in London

Paris, France (PRWEB) February 18, 2014

OW2, the global community for open source infrastructure software, announces the program of the first of its Open Cloud Forum Series, organised at Cloud Expo Europe in London on February 26-27. The Open Cloud Forum at Cloud Expo Europe 2014 is the first event in Europe exclusively dedicated to explore the trends shaping the future of open cloud computing.

The Open Cloud Forum Series are events dedicated to promoting open source cloud projects and market offerings as well as awareness for interoperability in the cloud. The Open Cloud Forum Series leverage OW2’s open source expertise and its support for many open cloud projects. The next two events in 2014 will be organised in Paris and in Brussels.

The Open Cloud Forum at Cloud Expo Europe 2014 is designed for technical attendees and project managers. They will acquire technical knowledge on the main open IaaS platforms and discover and learn about major open cloud technologies, including European Commission-supported collaborative projects and cloud initiatives from the OW2 community.

Open Cloud Forum Hands-on Tutorials:

Three tutorials of three hours each will be proposed to participants, enabling them to improve their basic technical knowledge and skills on how to build and use a cloud with the OpenStack, CloudStack and OpenNebula IaaS platforms.

European Commission-supported cloud projects and initiatives from the OW2 Community

The Open Cloud European Who’s Who R&D Projects session proposed by the OCEAN project will showcase state-of-the-heart open cloud technologies:

HARNESS: Hardware- and Network-Enhanced Software Systems for Cloud Computing
ClouT: Cloud of Things for Empowering Citizen Clouds in Smart Cities
Improving the agility of Cloud Ecosystems with MODAClouds
OPTIMIS: Cloud but Better
ARTIST: a General Approach to Cloudify Applications

OW2 community flagship open cloud projects and initiatives

Learn about OW2 community’s flagship open cloud projects and initiatives:

Uforge, Application Automation and Marketplace Platform: Cooperation with the OW2 community, by UShareSoft
Emerginov, A Telco Web PaaS for African Cloud, by Orange
Why an Open Cloud Broker? by CompatibleOne
Use-IT Cloud Market Place, by Prologue

Open Source and Cloud Service Providers round table

Panelists representing hosting service providers with Rackspace and Cloudwatt and the cloud federation community with the Oxford eResearch Centre, will discuss the role of open source software in the cloud computing market and its challenges for the future. The panel will be moderated by OW2 CEO C

6WIND Joins Open Networking Foundation as Leading Commercial Supplier of High-Performance Data Plane Solutions for Software Defined Networks

Paris (PRWEB) September 05, 2012

6WIND, the gold standard for data plane processing in software-defined networks, today announced that it has joined the Open Networking Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the transformation of networking through the development and standardization of a unique architecture called Software-Defined Networking (SDN), which brings direct software programmability to networks worldwide. As a leading commercial supplier of high-performance data plane software in SDN-based applications, 6WIND provides solutions that perfectly complement the products from other ONF member companies, eliminating critical data center performance bottlenecks and accelerating advanced networking functions.

6WIND is delighted to become a member of the Open Networking Foundation, said Eric Carm

Record Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2012 for Open Source ERP xTuple

Norfolk, Virginia (PRWEB) January 30, 2013

xTuple, fast recognized as the worlds #1 open source ERP, delivered record revenues in 2012 and continued strong overall growth in the fourth quarter, the third successive best quarter ever. Sales for the full year 2012 were up 50% over 2011 with a greater percentage of market-driven sales delivered by the xTuple Partner channel, which itself grew by 33%.

Employment doubled in 2012 to sustain market demand for more nimble open source ERP software. Close to one-third of employees now work outside xTuples Mid-Atlantic headquarters, covering eight U.S. states and Canada.

Embracing its open source roots, xTuple, the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) of any ERP on the market, is also proving itself to be among the easiest to use enterprise technology applications today. This aligns with the companys mission: to help companies of all sizes successfully implement powerful and easy-to-use open source ERP software, to grow their business profitably.

As Mike Atherton, xTuples Director of Training, puts it, ERP is akin to alchemy. Better than mere gold, xTuple turns business aspirations into reality and profits.

Milestones in fourth quarter 2012 include:

Open source innovator Marc OBrien joined the xTuple management team as Vice President of Business Development. OBrien, formerly of Acquia, co-founded OpenProj (now ProjectLibre), the open source alternative to Microsoft Project.

The rapidly growing Value Added Reseller (VAR) Partners were recognized at the annual xTuple Partner Conference (PartnerCon) with awards for exceptional growth and outstanding service.

The landmark and much anticipated release of version 4.0 of the xTuple accounting, CRM and ERP suite came in December 2012 with over 400 new enhancements in the classic Desktop and the first ever Mobile Web client, optimized for a multi-tenant Cloud hosting environment.

xTuple for Wholesale Distribution (xWD) began its soft launch with several new customer implementations in electrical and plumbing distributors, replacing the few remaining software alternatives under-supported by legacy vendors in the industry.

Technology analysts continue to seek out xTuple CEO Ned Lilly to explain how the xTuple product line runs circles around companies literally hundreds of times greater in size.

Were very comfortable playing the role of disruptor in a market that has, frankly, drifted away from product quality and customer satisfaction, said Lilly. Open source allows us to develop a better product and be more responsive to our global community of users customers, partners and even users of the free product. We believe its a better way to do business, and its gratifying to see this continuing affirmation from the market. But we also know that the onus is on us to keep delivering, and we intend to do so. 2013 should be another breakout year for xTuple.

xTuple Supports Innovation

From blueprints to buildouts, xTuple helps foster startups in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic technology corridor between Research Triangle, North Carolina, and Washington D.C. As a committed, passionate member of the Greater Norfolk tech community, xTuple is a financial sponsor as well as mentor at, an intense accelerator program, and other events where entrepreneurs showcase their ideas.

About xTuple

xTuple business management software gives growing companies control over operations and profitability. xTuple integrates all critical functional areas in one modular system: sales, accounting and operations including customer and supplier management, inventory control, manufacturing and distribution the powerful tools to Grow Your World

Open Cloud Consortium Offers Clouds for Science

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 13, 2012

The Open Cloud Consortium (OCC) has been providing cloud infrastructure for researchers with big data needs since 2009. The OCC is pleased to announce that it is introducing a new resource: its OCC-Y Cluster. The OCC-Y Cluster is a 4 rack 928 core cluster running Apache Hadoop with 1 PB of storage available.

The OCC-Y Cluster was donated by Yahoo!

The OCC manages and operates the Open Science Data Cloud, which is a multi-petabyte distributed cloud-based infrastructure for managing, analyzing, integrating and sharing scientific data. The OCC also operates and manages Project Matsu, which is a cloud-based environment for analyzing data from NASA’s EO-1 satellite.

The Open Cloud Consortium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. For your students and researchers to use the OCC-Y Cluster, your University needs to join the Open Cloud Consortium. Access is limited to select university computer science departments located in the United States and selected by one of OCCs major donors, Yahoo!

For more information contact info(at)opencloudconsortium(dot)org.

About the Open Cloud Consortium:

The Open Cloud Consortium (OCC) is a not-for-profit organization that: supports the development of standards for cloud computing and frameworks for interoperating between clouds; develops benchmarks for cloud computing; supports reference implementations for cloud computing; manages a testbed for cloud computing called the Open Cloud Testbed; and, sponsors workshops and other events related to cloud computing.

United States Golf Association’s U.S. Open Digital Apps Now Available

Far Hill, NJ (PRWEB) June 05, 2013

The United States Golf Association (USGA) today launched U.S. Open applications for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. These free user-friendly apps are designed to bring the excitement of the 113th U.S. Open Championship to fans around the world. The U.S. Open will be played at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., June 13-16.

New for this year is a data-rich, scoring-centric iPad app, developed by IBM. Detailed player information along with scorecards, statistics, groupings, starting times and live Marquee Group coverage throughout the championship highlight the tablet experience for iPad users. The app also features hole insights, which provide fans with an interactive look at statistics and trends for each hole. A personalized live leaderboard option that allows users to track up to five of their favorite competitors is also available.

Powered by IBM cloud computing and analytics technologies, all applications provide users with access to live HD video streaming, real-time scoring, live updates, news and photos. Their user-friendly design will provide fans on the go with up-to-the-minute information and statistics from Americas premier golf championship.

The iPad app is an exciting addition to our suite of U.S. Open digital products, said Sarah Hirshland, USGA senior managing director of business affairs. Providing a superior second screen experience has become an essential part of the USGAs digital strategy. Through our partnership with IBM, we know we have created easy-to-use applications to entertain, inform and engage fans who are following the U.S. Open.

Whether theyre on the go or on the couch, U.S. Open golf fans want to remain connected throughout the championship, said John Kent, program manager, IBM Sponsorship Marketing. Were proud to help the USGA deliver a compelling and interactive U.S. Open experience via a variety of mobile devices and platforms.

The U.S. Open application for Android and iPhone device users has been updated for 2013. Fans can follow the action with up-to-the-minute scores, news, photos and live video coverage. Through the use of push notification technology, app users can also receive updates for their favorite players sent directly to their mobile device.

Official U.S. Open applications are now available for download from iTunes and the Google Play Store.

About the USGA

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Womens Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGAs working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.

The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the games history and funds an ongoing For the Good of the Game charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGAs Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

For more information about the USGA, visit

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