Servers from 3W

3W Infra has launched a new dedicated server plan based on Dell PowerEdge R230 hardware. The entry-level servers are aimed at SMBs and managed cloud hosting companies, and would provide cost-effective compute power for low-traffic websites, virtualization, development, cloud storage, as well as relatively small web and email applications.

3W Infra’s new dedicated server package based on Dell PowerEdge R230 server hardware will replace the company’s existing entry-level dedicated server offering based on an earlier hardware version, the R220.

Key features of the new 3W Infra dedicated server packages for SMBs and managed cloud hosting companies include: 

  • 1x Intel E3-1240 v5 4-Core CPU
  • Up to 64 GB DDR4 RAM
  • Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC8 Enterprise)
  • Software RAID
  • Up to 4x SATA/SSD HDD
  • Up to 20Gbps dedicated uplink to 3W Infra’s high bandwidth (160Gbps), fully redundant global network
  • Operating Systems: Windows Server 2016, VMware ESXi, CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, or BSD.
  • Free-of charge dedicated server setup

Transit-Only Global Network

3W Infra’s new dedicated server plan comes with a dedicated uplink to the company’s high bandwidth (160 Gbps) global network. This network would cater to the needs of the most demanding 3W Infra customers including streaming media companies and online gaming providers.

The proprietary global network purposely features a transit-only strategy, which would pre-eminently suit demanding requirements of business critical applications such as streaming and gaming. The transit-only strategy — compared to a peering strategy often used for establishing a global network — would provide 3W Infra’s customers with an enterprise-grade 100% uptime guarantee.

Just before summer, 3W Infra migrated its entire IaaS hosting infrastructure to a new data center hall in Switch Datacenters’ Amsterdam AMS1 facility with Tier 4 and OCP (Open Compute Project) specifications. The newly launched entry-level dedicated server package will be housed in this Amsterdam data center. The global network attached would ensure an easy and efficient global reach with low-latency features. 

For the new servers offered, this type of data center infrastructure would imply that these entry-level dedicated server plans are equipped with enterprise-grade high-availability and scalability features – such as 2N power infrastructure, modular power usage, a redundant 10Gbps (up to 20Gbps) full-duplex fiber uplink, and ample data center space available for future growth. 

ISO 27001, PCI-DSS Certification 

The upgraded entry-level server plans complement 3W Infra’s complete IaaS hosting portfolio which also includes mid-range and high-end dedicated servers for dynamic and demanding use cases such as high performance cloud computing infrastructure and big data.

Founded three years ago, the 3W Infra organization is now working on achieving the ISO 27001 information security management certification, as well as taking its steps to achieve PCI-DSS compliance — to ultimately ensure safety of the payment card data stored within 3W Infra’s IaaS hosting infrastructure. The 3W infra management team expects to implement the ISO 27001 and PCI-DSS certifications before year-end 2017.

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Data Center Platform from Cloudistics®

Cloudistics has announced the release of Cloudistics FLARE; a simplified data center platform optimized for SMB, ROBO, and retail environments. At the same time, it announced the launch of Cloudistics v3.3, now featuring deduplication and wider support for larger and more diverse applications.

Cloudistics FLARE

Cloudistics FLARE is ideally suited to fulfill the needs of smaller facilities. By combining all the physical resources for a small data center with Cloudistics enterprise software, FLARE provides a single, easy to manage solution that requires no special skills and can be deployed in a matter of minutes. The FLARE package includes:

  • Pre-packaged servers, storage, networking, virtualization, and management software.
  • Plug-and-play, easy to deploy, and simple single-pane-of-glass management from anywhere.
  • Built-in services such as an application marketplace, data protection, disaster recovery, firewalls etc.
  • Hosted SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) management interface.
  • Limitless scaling, grow as your application demands small footprint and energy efficiency
  • Simple, all-inclusive pricing

FLARE will change all that. It’s an all-inclusive data center-in-a-box that incorporates key infrastructure components — network, storage, compute, and virtualization — and which can moreover be managed from anywhere, using the all-inclusive web-based SaaS Ignite user interface.

Cloudistics v3.3

The Cloudistics v3.3 release is an update to the software component of the company’s complete on-premises cloud platform. The new release delivers several features that enhance scalability and productivity and increase customers’ return on investment in the support of larger and more diverse application workloads.

The new release includes these notable updates:

Compression and Deduplication with Single-Instance – Cloudistics Storage Blocks will natively include compression and deduplication with single-instance for data reduction. This will help customers reduce their storage footprint by a factor over 3x to 5x, increase data density, and lower facilities’ power and infrastructure costs. Customers deploying workloads will achieve storage reduction without any loss in performance, reliability, or scalability. A fully populated storage block with thirty-two 4TB flash drives will deliver over 500PB effective storage.

Support for the soon-to-be-released 14th generation Dell-EMC PowerEdge FC640 half-width modular servers as compute nodes – In addition to support of Dell-EMC PowerEdge FC430 and FC630. The new servers incorporate Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and deliver high performance with best-in-class density and exceptional scalability. A large memory capacity, of up to 2TB per node, make them a strong building block in large and dense workload scenarios.

Expanded Application Support for a wide variety of application workloads based on Microsoft Windows, Linux, BSD, and OpenSolaris – enabling customers to migrate or deploy an increasing variety of workloads on the platform including, virtualized legacy applications, purpose-built virtual appliances, and more. 

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IT Service Management from ManageEngine

ManageEngine has updated the cloud version of its flagship ITSM product, ServiceDesk Plus. With the ability to launch and manage multiple service desk instances on the go, organizations can now leverage proven IT service management (ITSM) best practices to streamline business functions for non-IT departments, including HR, facilities, and finance. Available immediately, the ServiceDesk Plus cloud version comes loaded with built-in templates unique to various business processes, giving users the flexibility to perform codeless customizations for quick and easy deployment of business services.

Within any organization, employees consume services provided by various departments on a daily basis. While each department offers unique services, the processes and workflows associated with those services follow a pattern similar to that of IT service management. However, organizations often implement ITSM workflows only within their IT department, seldom leveraging these ITSM best practices to manage service delivery across other departments.

Becoming a Rapid-Start Enterprise Service Desk

To date, ServiceDesk Plus has focused on providing ITSM best practices to the IT end of business. By discovering the common thread between the different service management activities within an enterprise, ServiceDesk Plus is now able to carry its industry-leading capabilities beyond IT. As an enterprise service desk, ServiceDesk Plus helps organizations instantly deploy ITSM solutions for their supporting business units by providing:

  • Rapid deployment: Create, deploy, and roll out a service desk instance in less than 60 secs.
  • Single enterprise directory: Maintain users, service desks, authentications, and associations in one place.
  • Unique service desk instances: Create separate service desk instances for each business function and facilitate organized service delivery using code-free customizations.
  • Service automation: Implement ITSM workflows to efficiently manage all aspects of the business service life cycle.
  • Built-in catalog and templates: Accelerate service management adoption across departments by using prebuilt templates and service catalogs unique to each business unit.
  • Centralized request portal: Showcase all the services that end users require using a single portal based on each individual’s access permissions.

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