PC Users Urged to Upgrade to Windows 8.1 for Improved Security

Hoboken, New Jersey (PRWEB) May 08, 2014

eMazzanti Technologies CEO, Carl Mazzanti, urged Windows users to upgrade to Windows 8 to counter increasing security threats as he discussed From Windows XP to Windows 8.1: Changes, Differences, Trends on the popular blogtalkradio program VMB, The Voice of Manhattan Business, sponsored by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.

The rocket ship growth of malware and spyware runs across all platforms, stated Mazzanti. Users should upgrade to Windows 8.1 to increase security and counter the threats. Each new version of Windows has a much smaller threat landscape, with Windows 8 having one tenth the attack surface vs. Windows XP.

In the informative interview, Mazzanti also summarized the progression and issues of each of the Windows versions from Windows 2000 to Windows 7, whats different in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, and the expected release of Windows 9, spring of 2015.

In discussing the benefits of Windows 8/8.1, Mazzanti mentioned improved performance as evidenced by faster boot times, and shared insights about the Tiles, a major user interface change from Windows 7.

The tiles are much more than links to directories, explained Mazzanti. They are a phenomenal way of pulling in active data you might be interested in on multiple platforms without having to launch individual apps.

The program concluded with a brief discussion of what to expect in Windows 9 and beyond. Mazzanti said he hopes to see file storage synced across all devices, a sexier user interface and faster setup on any new device, with automatic transfer of settings and apps.

Customer feedback is insanely important to Microsoft, stated Mazzanti. With so much input, we are excited about whats coming in future releases of Windows, particularly the user experience.

The timely 45 minute program aired at noon, May 7, 2014. However, eMazzanti encourages everyone to access the complete recorded interview.

Other related resource information:

Continuing the Windows 8 vision with Windows 8.1

eMazzanti Article Gives 10 Reasons Why Windows 8.1 is Worth It

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SoftNAS Launches SoftNAS 2.1 Upgrade for SoftNAS Professional

Houston, Texas (PRWEB) March 19, 2014

SoftNAS, the #1 NAS in the Cloud, today launched the SoftNAS 2.1 upgrade for SoftNAS Professional on VMware

SoftNAS Launches SoftNAS 2.1 Upgrade for SoftNAS Cloud

Houston, Texas (PRWEB) March 19, 2014

SoftNAS, the #1 NAS in the Cloud, today launched the SoftNAS 2.1 upgrade for SoftNAS Cloud for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). The upgrade delivers several unique features, including the only cross-zone high availability (HA) with the first patent-pending Elastic HA technology on AWS Marketplace of Amazon Web Services (AWS).

AWS Cross-Zone HA provides failover across Amazon EC2 availability zones for NFS and CIFS to provide non-stop storage operation for mission-critical applications. Elastic HA utilizes an enhanced elastic IP address to deliver up to 99.999 percent reliability and seamless automatic failover within approximately 20 seconds.

SoftNAS supports high availability with its new SNAP HA add-on module, which allows easy HA cluster configuration in less than 2 minutes with just 3 mouse clicks.

Additionally, the 2.1 upgrade includes a cloud computing storage API and CLI, which makes SoftNAS easy to integrate with AWS CloudFormation templates, auto-scaling groups, and other automation systems used by DevOps teams for agile cloud deployment. SoftNAS is the only NAS on AWS that supports all regions, instance types (PVM & HVM), Amazon S3 as a Cloud Disk, and Elastic Block Storage (EBS). Furthermore, data remains under the control of the customers own Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).

DevOps teams are looking to automate everything possible and fulfill the promise of the cloud. The API and CLI, as well as the CloudFormation templates, make SoftNAS Cloud the ideal storage component for DevOps use, said Rick Braddy, SoftNAS CEO.

The upgrade also includes added support for NFSv4 Kerberos and LDAP Support, which enables multi-user security access rights to files and directories managed by the SoftNAS filer, and improved NFS and CIFS performance and throughput tuning for enhanced read and write caching to increase IOPS.

Pricing for the 2.1 upgrade will remain the same. SoftNAS Cloud starts as low as $ 0.02 per hour per instance and is available on an hourly basis on AWS Marketplace across all Amazon EC2 regions, for up to 20 TB per instance.

For SoftNAS Cloud customers, high availability and SNAP HA will automatically be included at no extra cost with use of two SoftNAS Cloud instances configured for high-availability.

About SoftNAS

SoftNAS LLC, the #1 NAS in the Cloud, is a privately held software company with headquarters in Houston, Texas. SoftNAS is the market leading NAS on the AWS Marketplace, delivering enterprise-grade network-attached-storage that runs both in the cloud and on-premise, through popular cloud computing environments Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, and Amazon EC2 as affordable software-as-a-service (SaaS).

Hosting Provider ViUX Systems Improves Retention of High-Value Customers by Creating a Natural Upgrade Path Powered by Parallels Software

Raleigh, North Carolina (PRWEB) July 23, 2013

Parallels Partner, ViUX Systems is the subject of a new case study published by Parallels with the title “Hosting provider ViUX Systems improves retention of high-value customers by creating a natural upgrade path powered by Parallels software”.

The case study speaks about the history and growth of ViUX Systems and its use of Parallels software to solve business problems faced along the way… most specifically, Parallels Virtuozzo Containers & Parallels Cloud Server – the latter of which ViUX has recently deployed as the foundation of its Cloud Servers and new Virtual Datacenter.

The case study details how ViUX has progressed from Shared Hosting, to Dynamic Dedicated Servers, to now using Parallels Cloud Server as the foundation upon which all ViUX services will be provisioned going forward… and how this marks a critical step in the evolution of the ViUX Cloud, as it now includes revolutionary Parallels Cloud Storage technology which significantly improve the availability and performance of ViUX Cloud Servers provisioned upon new state-of-the-Internet Dell PowerEdge C- Series Servers.


Parallels Cloud Server allows ViUX to provision Cloud Servers as both Containers and Hypervisors on the same physical servers. This flexibility lets ViUX take advantage of the scalability and streamlined management of Operating System Virtualization (Containers); while also making use of Hardware Virtualization (Hypervisors) to create Virtual Machines (VMs) – all deployed on top of Parallels Cloud Storage.

Parallels Cloud Storage combines and pools the disk space on ViUX servers into a single large storage cluster to deliver Cloud Storage at a fraction of the cost of competing solutions. When used to deploy Cloud Servers, Parallels Cloud Storage eliminates the physical server as a potential single point of failure, for high-availability Cloud Hosting.

ViUX Systems was one of the first Hosting Providers to announce deployment of Parallels Cloud Server (PCS) back in February as a beta offering just prior to the Parallels Summit 2013 in Las Vegas. The live production deployment of PCS by ViUX uses new Dell PE C6220 Servers. The complete configuration and deployment details are published in the ViUX Blog: ViUX Deploys 54TB Cloud Storage Cluster Using Parallels Cloud Server 6.0 on Dell PowerEdge Cloud (6220) Servers.

Parallels Cloud Server includes: Parallels Containers, the highest density, highest performance Cloud Server Virtualization solution (formerly Parallels Virtuozzo Containers) – enabling near instant provisioning with no operating system updates required by the customer; and Parallels Hypervisor (formerly Parallels Server Bare Metal) – giving ViUX the flexibility to create Virtual Machines for customers who prefer to manage and maintain their own operating systems; all controlled by Parallels Business Automation, which is the hosting automation and billing system from Parallels that ViUX has used since 2006.

Using Parallels Cloud Server and other software systems from Parallels, ViUX has deployed a super-efficient and highly automated Cloud Hosting Infrastructure from which a wide range of Web Hosting and Managed Cloud Services are offered, such as: Shared Cloud Hosting; Private Cloud Servers; Dynamic Dedicated Servers, etc… that appeal to the broadest possible customer base.

The new case study published by Parallels about ViUX Systems gives the history of this evolution and how Parallels software has allowed ViUX to overcome certain business problems along the way – resulting in the latest offering from ViUX… the Virtual Datacenter.


About ViUX Systems, Inc.

ViUX Systems is a privately held North Carolina Corporation established in 2003 with the mission to provide individuals and businesses of all types and sizes with the Web / Internet Technology and Software Solutions required to offer their products and services to the world… with Vision, Understanding, & eXperience in Web Services.


About Parallels

Parallels is a worldwide leader in hosting and cloud service enablement and desktop virtualization. Founded in 1999, Parallels is a fast-growing company with more than 900 employees in North America, Europe, and Asia.

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Edge Announces Internet Backbone Upgrade

Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) June 07, 2013

Managed hosting provider Edgewebhosting Inc. today announced it has completed upgrades to the core internet connectivity at both of its Baltimore datacenters. Edges managed enterprise cloud and managed dedicated hosting customers can now take advantage of increased throughput, reduced latency and improved reliability through Edge’s network of high speed carriers connected via multiple geographically diverse 10 Gbps up-links.

This upgrade is just the latest enhancement to our infrastructure due to our continued growth and the ever increasing demands of our customers, said Michael Jordan, Director of Network Services. Ensuring fast, reliable and scalable solutions is the core of our managed hosting solutions.

Edges highly scalable, and multi-homed core network is peered with multiple independent Tier 1 providers.

About Edgewebhosting Inc.

An innovative provider specializing in managed hosting services, Edge delivers customers 100% uptime with a staff dedicated to 24/7 monitoring. Among the companys solutions are cloud hosting, dedicated server hosting, server cluster hosting, colocation server hosting and more. Edge exceeds customer expectations by providing no surprise pricing, ensuring that monthly bills stay free of unexpected charges. Compliant hosting from Edge complies with industry standards in the areas of PCI, SSAE16, SAS70, HIPAA and FISMA. For more information on Edgewebhosting Inc., please visit: http://www.edgewebhosting.net

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Insite Data Services (IDS) Announces Major Upgrade to the CoSentry High Availability Platform

Omaha, NE (PRWEB) September 01, 2012

CoSentry (http://www.cosentry.com) — a leading provider of cloud services and Compliance, Regulated Environments (CRE) for data centers — today announced it has been selected by Insite Data Services (http://www.insitedataservices.com/) to provide a high availability, consolidated infrastructure platform that will include advanced security and replication services.

We recently completed the upgrade of our latest generation of high performance PCI certified platforms and integrated that platform with a special high density fiber build that allows us to provide a unique new level of service redundancy for critical applications, commented Anthony Johnson, solutions Consultant for Cosentry. He continued, The team at Insite was demanding and knowledgeable about the type of infrastructure they needed to provide their clients, and the resulting design is among the industries finest.

The build out will allow IDS to offer an advanced service cloud built on the network of highly secure data centers, allow for the distribution of workloads and ultimately assure availability, security and compliance.

Craig Slaby, IDS Director of Operations added, The service solves a lot of problems for our clients who want to spend their time tackling business, not technical issues. We are pleased to be involved with the CoSentry team on this project. The sophistication and security of this solution could not be accomplished by any individual institution, but by leveraging CoSentrys multi-million dollar investment in infrastructure, process engineering and compliance services, it becomes one more thing our clients dont need to be concerned about.

The project is part of an ongoing engineering design and process improvement process that is intended to take advantage of the serial changes in science and technology.

About Insite Data Services

Insite Data Services is a technology company focusing on three main solutions: application hosting, data protection, and secure email. We discovered that community financial institutions were not being given the resources and support needed to succeed in today’s competitive markets. By partnering with industry leading technology providers, we offer quality products with the highest level of personal service. Our technology and financial background has given us the expertise necessary to exceed our clients’ expectations and challenges.

Contact Information:

Craig Slaby

Director of Operations


Phone: 402-420-6000

About CoSentry

CoSentry serves as a one source provider of data center, cloud computing and managed technical services. For over 10 years CoSentry has been helping clients create and protect PCI certified and NIST compliant technology platforms to compete in todays ALWAYS ON business environment. Business leaders depend on CoSentrys world-class capabilities including collocation, virtual server and storage platforms, high-capacity internet and technical help desk services to keep their businesses running no matter what. CoSentry has facilities in Kansas City, MO, and Sioux Falls, SD, Papillion, NE and Omaha, NE. For more information about CoSentry, please visit their main Data Center | Colocation web site.