Thursday, August 4, 2011

Virtacore Improves Cloud Security with SSAE 16 Type II Audit

Sterling, VA – August 4, 2011 Virtacore Systems, Inc., an industry leader in hybrid cloud services, announced today the successful SSAE 16 (Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16) Type II audit completion of their cloud hosting, dedicated server and colocation services and systems. The audit was performed by The Moore Group CPA, LLC, a nationally recognized independent auditing firm.

This new AICPA standard, which became effective June 15, 2011, is the successor to the SAS 70 Type II standard, which Virtacore was previously audited against. The SSAE 16 defines all of the requirements applicable to data centers and other hosting providers. By holding both the SAS 70 Type II and SSAE 16 Type II, Virtacore reinforces its main corporate philosophies:
  • Cloud computing should always be secure and reliable
  • Customers should be able to have faith in their cloud services, allowing them to direct effort into revenue generating activities
“The completion of this audit allows Virtacore to continue to offer comprehensive services to our customers that have compliance requirements”, noted George Naspo, Virtacore CEO. “By passing this audit, we are able to show both our customers and potential customers that we are committed to upholding the highest standards in our business.”

Virtacore maintains its newest cloud operations within Equinix LEED certified data centers, which gives Virtacore customers additional confidence in the practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

Jamba Juice Among Companies Being Imitated in China: Good for the Brand?

Read the whole article at Seeking Alpha:

>>After the fake Apple (AAPL) store was highlighted last month, journalists have started reporting about several other Chinese “copycat stores” that resemble western brands.

Ikea, Disney Stores (DIS), Subway and Dairy Queen were among the first names that were quoted as being “imitated” in China – as it might be reasonable for trademarks with a strong international appeal. It is a bit more unexpected to see Jamba Juice (JMBA) among these leading companies, as WSJ reported yesterday:

Colocube Featured in Equinix Cloud Provider Customer Success Case Study

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 04, 2011

Colocube is pleased to announce that Colocube Cloud services are featured in an Equinix Customer Success Story for Cloud and IT Services.

“We are very pleased to be featured in an Equinix Customer Success story for our Private Cloud offering hosted at Equinix. Equinix data centers are second to none and which all other data center facilities aspire to be. Their uptime and security records are unequalled and Platform Equinix provides a complete ecosystem for any customer”, stated Fred Tanzella, CEO of Colocube.

The Equinix Customer Success story highlights Colocube Cloud Services for Colocube customer Titan Trading Analytics Inc, a leading provider trading solutions to hedge funds, prime brokers and retail brokers by monitoring real-time data while simultaneously sifting through historical ticks and social media sentiment to stream behavioral trading signals.

“Colocube has enjoyed tremendous growth in the enterprise cloud market with our cloud solutions as a part of Platform Equinix(TM), providing both a public pay-for-capacity on-demand cloud and enterprise private clouds. Security is a main concern for both large enterprises and the SMB market”, stated Fred Tanzella, CEO of Colocube. “Colocube’s background and resources in Internet security combined with the physical security provided by Equinix has provided a framework for best practices of securing data in the cloud”.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Immersion Corp (IMMR) Downgraded by Capstone to "Hold"


>>Immersion Corp (IMMR) Downgraded by Capstone to "Hold"

Why shutting down 800 federal data centers won’t be easy

from GigaOM:

>>During a call last week, Equinix GM of the Global Enterprise Segment Greg Adgate told me that although it makes a lot of sense for certain agencies to deploy applications in cutting-edge data centers that can meet performance and scalability needs, getting funding to build such a facility won’t be easy. That means a ripe opportunity for companies like Equinix that can offer co-location space directly and/or that host service providers certified to meet federal compliance standards.


However, it might be too early to make accurate predictions as to whether agencies will meet the OMB mandate, or what steps they’ll take to save money on operations if they can’t hit the consolidation mark. Equinix’s Adgate said the first pass will be relatively pain-free because the government operates many data centers that “aren’t data centers as we know them” — telco closets, retrofitted offices, and other infrastructure caches — that will be easy to lop off. It’s the infrastructure and applications running in actual data centers that will be more difficult to move.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Most Data Center Related Stocks Remain Strong YTD, While CDNs Collapse

Read the whole artcile at Seeking Alpha:

>>Some data center related stocks hit a brick wall in July, and saw their stock price decline by roughly or more than 10% - mostly an effect of the first earnings in the sector.

Pure players and REITs were among the best performers, and their monthly road appeared to be just a bit bumpy, with Equinix (EQIX), increasing about 3.5%, and Interxion (INXN), losing about 2%, representing the extremes of this relatively narrow performance range.

CapSense/CapSensePLUS with Haptics & SmartSense COMING SOON

from HT to jedi on the IV MB:

>>Introduction to the CY3280-HEM kit:

The CY3280-HEM Kit is designed for easy evaluation of the CY8C20xx6H series of devices (to be used with a Universal CapSense Controller Kit) . This evaluation module kit is a combination of a 16-button matrix buttons and a single segment slider , along with an additional Haptics-enabled daughter card.

Introduction to the CY8C20xx6H family :

The CY8C20xx6H product family enables dynamic tactile feedback providing immediate confirmation of touch. The solution integrates Immersion TS2000 Haptics effects library for ERM (Eccentric Rotating Motor) drive control. Immersion’s 14 pre-defined effects, allow dynamic tactile feedback that enables users to experience a “touch back,” supplying intuitive yet unmistakable confirmation. This feature enables a unique bi-directional communication channel that provides tremendous benefits that include user interface paradigms that are either impossible or extremely difficult to produce without it.

Samsung orders 30 million touch sensors for Galaxy smartphones in 2H11


>>Samsung Electronics, in view of booming sales of its Galaxy i9000 and S2 smartphone, has placed orders for 30 million touch sensors used to make 4-inch AMOLED screens with Chunghwa Picture Tubes and other Taiwan-based suppliers, with shipments scheduled for the second half of 2011, according to industry sources.