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Compliance Emerges at the Forefront of Cloud Industry Demands

Compliance Emerges at the Forefront of Cloud Industry Demands | Cloud Hosting Industry | Scoop.it
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As compliance increasingly heralds its importance among cloud providers, the focus on the industry’s most comprehensive compliance programs rises in priority. -


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KSA Organizations Looking For Data Center Innovations - The Data Center Journal

KSA Organizations Looking For Data Center Innovations
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Huawei also showcased their next gen data center architecture DC2.
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VAZATA Raises $13M in Equity to Further Accelerate Growth

VAZATA Raises $13M in Equity to Further Accelerate Growth | Cloud Hosting Industry | Scoop.it

$13M in Equity to Further Accelerate VAZATA Growth

 

Plano, Texas, September 12, 2012– VAZATA, a leading provider of complex managed hosting, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and colocation, today announced it has raised $13 million in growth equity to accelerate expansion initiatives and take advantage of current sales momentum.

 

The $13 million total includes a lead investment from Altpoint Capital Partners LLC and follow-on investments from existing investors Ballast Point Ventures and Lance Black, CEO of VAZATA.

 

Lance Black, CEO of VAZATA, said, “this investment allows for further expansion of our vStructure™ IaaS platform, geographic presence and professional resource pool. We’ve realized steady growth in all lines of our business including managed services, virtualization solutions and traditional colocation, and we’ve been able to secure new customer engagements in both the government and enterprise sectors. The next milestone is to make strategic investments that will increase that momentum. We couldn’t have chosen a more ideal partner than Altpoint Capital. They understand the dynamics of our industry, share a common vision and have a proven track record of success.”

 

Over the past 24-months, VAZATA has launched successful new products and services, secured important infrastructure accreditations – like FISMA compliance and SSAE 16 Type II audits – and added customers in a wide breadth of sectors including U.S. Federal Government Agencies, Software-as-a-Service providers, sports and entertainment, healthcare, legal, consumer products/services and non-profit organizations.

 

“U.S. market growth projections for cloud services and IaaS are significant. VAZATA’s history of achievement in both the Government and Commercial sectors speak to the attractiveness of their highly secure and compliant product offerings. Lance and his team have a solid vision for growth and we look forward to working together with management and Ballast Point on the many opportunities that lie ahead,” said Anish Sheth, Principal, Altpoint Capital. Altpoint Capital joins Ballast Point Ventures as the second institutional investor in VAZATA. Paul Johan, Partner at Ballast Point Ventures, commented, “we view this as a critical step in the process of not only expanding VAZATA’s market presence in terms of solution offering and customer portfolio, but also in accelerating VAZATA’s growth rate.”

 

About VAZATA

 

VAZATA is a complex managed hosting, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and colocation provider serving Global 1000 businesses, U.S. Federal Government Agencies and Mid-Market Enterprises. The company provides highly secure, stable, and scalable technology solutions that meet the challenges of its global customers using a proprietary cloud architecture called vStructure™. The vStructure™ IaaS platform allows for enhanced computing capabilities, accessibility, and fiscal viability in solutions designed to grow with organizations of all sizes. VAZATA’s IaaS architecture supports customers in their hosting needs and also provides solutions for disaster recovery and business continuity for mission critical applications. In 2011, VAZATA was the first company to receive an Authority to Operate as a cloud services technology provider to federal agencies. The backbone of support is its purpose built IaaS supported by three world class data centers, which have all achieved FISMA and SSAE 16 Type II compliance. Data centers are located in Texas and Northern Virginia.

 

About Altpoint Capital Partners LLC

 

Altpoint Capital Partners LLC is a New York based private equity firm that invests behind experienced management teams and makes substantial equity investments in enterprises with the potential for significant growth and operating profit improvement. For more information about Altpoint Capital Partners LLC, please visit www.altpointcapital.com.

 

About Ballast Point Ventures

 

Ballast Point Ventures is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida and currently has $200 million in capital under management. BPV provides expansion capital to rapidly growing, privately owned companies across several industries, including health care, business and financial services, communications and consumer/retail. The partners of Ballast Point Ventures have invested in and supported more than 85 companies over the past twenty years. BPV seeks to partner with outstanding entrepreneurs and provide them with capital, an extensive network of successful entrepreneurs and key industry players, and a wealth of experience surrounding the opportunities and challenges facing rapidly growing companies. BPV closed on $140 million for Ballast Point Ventures II in 2009 and seeks to make $3 million to $10 million growth equity investments in companies with substantial operations in Florida, the Southeast and Texas.

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Cloud Services Industry Seeing Huge Growth in IaaS

Cloud Services Industry Seeing Huge Growth in IaaS | Cloud Hosting Industry | Scoop.it

According to Gartner Research, Global IT spending is expected to hit in the $3.6 trillion range, with enterprise software, telecom equipment, computer hardware, IT services and telecom services on the rise from 6 percent all the way up to 17.5 percent. While numbers in all these categories increased from 2010 to 2011, a slower pace is anticipated with many of the world markets in a state of flux.

 

An impressive exception to the slowing down of IT spending over the next few years is cloud computing. While 2011 say cloud services totaling around $91 billion the growth by year end 2012 is expected to hit the $109 billion mark. By the year 2016 cloud services are predicted to reach $107 billion.

 

The Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Market

The IaaS market has been growing rapidly. New vendors are constantly flooding the market, and many estimates suggest the market will be at least $20 billion by 2015. The estimate reported by Gartner is that IaaS will soon account for a quarter of the overall hosting market.

 

IaaS service offers many options in terms of information management and staff utilization. For a business, the need to buy the equipment needed to support operations has diminished: storage, hardware, servers and networking components, including the big expenses concerning their maintenance and periodic upgrade are now the services providers’ problem, with the client only paying for what and when they need it. Of course, this means that the service provider becomes an extremely important partner, whose professionalism, technical acumen and also ability for innovation are crucial.

 

From $4.2B in revenue generated in 2011 to $24.4B in 2016, IaaS is expected to grow by just over $20B in the forecast period globally.

 
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Boys & Girls Club of Salem Replaces Stand-Alone Fundraising Systems with ... - Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Boys & Girls Club of Salem Replaces Stand-Alone Fundraising Systems with ... - Virtual-Strategy Magazine | Cloud Hosting Industry | Scoop.it
Boys & Girls Club of Salem Replaces Stand-Alone Fundraising Systems with ...Virtual-Strategy MagazineDonorCommunity, Inc., developers of an innovative cloud computing software platform for fundraising and advocacy, announced today that the Boys & ...
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Invisible Computing: How Cloud Is Forcing Software And Hardware Apart - CloudTweaks

Invisible Computing: How Cloud Is Forcing Software And Hardware Apart - CloudTweaks | Cloud Hosting Industry | Scoop.it
Software - The real question is how cloud computing will fundamentally alter the landscape of the software market (How #Cloud #Computing Is Forcing Software And Hardware Apart.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Cloud Computing and On-Demand Infrastructure

INFOGRAPHIC: Cloud Computing and On-Demand Infrastructure | Cloud Hosting Industry | Scoop.it
Cloud Computing - Here is an excellent infographic which outlines some hosting options Shared Web Hosting to Public Cloud Computing 2.0....

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A good reference on what is out there regards to "as a Service"

 

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vConnect Luncheon - "Back-Up and Storage in the Cloud" Event Date is Set for November

vConnect Luncheon - "Back-Up and Storage in the Cloud"  Event Date is Set for November | Cloud Hosting Industry | Scoop.it
VAZATA Announces Date for Next vConnect Luncheon Event Next Topic: Back-Up and Storage in the Cloud

Dallas, Texas, August 31– VAZATA, a leading provider of complex managed hosting, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and colocation, announces November 15th as the confirmed date for its next event in the vConnect Luncheon Series. The event will include a brief seminar on the topic of “Back-Up and Storage in the Cloud”. Attendance is complimentary and seating is limited.

 

VAZATA recently hosted a vConnect Luncheon Series event on August 30th. Over 75 attendees from the DFW technology leadership community attended to network and discuss the topic of “Cloudy Apps v/s Cloudy Storage.” Pete Benoit, VP of Technical Solutions for VAZATA, said, “we felt it was a great success and the dialogue on the topic of ‘cloudy apps versus cloudy infrastructure’ was insightful. These opportunities to network with industry peers and gain feedback on key industry issues are important in our sales, marketing and solution design efforts. We appreciate everyone who came out and invested time with us.”

 

VAZATA’s vConnect Luncheon Series invites local technology leaders to participate in networking and dialogue on current industry topics related to virtualization strategies and solutions. Participation is entirely sponsored by VAZATA and all members of the DFW IT community are invited.

 

RSVPs are required. To learn more about the vConnect Luncheon Series, contact VAZATA at info@VAZATA.com or 866.620.7516.

 

About VAZATA


VAZATA is a complex managed hosting, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and colocation provider serving Global 1000 businesses, U.S. Federal Government Agencies and Mid-Market Enterprises. The company provides highly secure, stable, and scalable technology solutions that meet the challenges of its global customers using a proprietary cloud architecture called vStructure™. The vStructure™ IaaS platform allows for enhanced computing capabilities, accessibility, and fiscal viability in solutions designed to grow with organizations of all sizes.

 

VAZATA’s IaaS architecture supports customers in their hosting needs and also provides solutions for disaster recovery and business continuity for mission critical applications. In 2011,

 

VAZATA was the first company to receive an Authority to Operate as a cloud services technology provider to federal agencies. The backbone of support is its purpose built IaaS supported by three world class data centers, which have all achieved FISMA and SSAE 16 Type II compliance. Data centers are located in Texas and Northern Virginia.

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VMware Leading Virtualization - A little History

VMware Leading Virtualization - A little History | Cloud Hosting Industry | Scoop.it

Virtualization was first implemented more than 30 years ago by IBM as a way to logically partition mainframe computers into separate virtual machines. These partitions allowed mainframes to “multitask”: run multiple applications and processes at the same time. Since mainframes were expensive resources at the time, they were designed for partitioning as a way to fully leverage the investment.

 

 

Virtualization was effectively abandoned during the 1980s and 1990s when client-server applications and inexpensive x86 servers and desktops led to distributed computing. The broad adoption of Windows and the emergence of Linux as server operating systems in the 1990s established x86 servers as the industry standard. The growth in x86 server and desktop deployments led to new IT infrastructure and operational challenges. These challenges include:

Low Infrastructure Utilization Increasing Physical Infrastructure Costs Increasing IT Management Costs Insufficient Failover and Disaster Protection High Maintenance end-user desktops

In 1999, VMware introduced virtualization to x86 systems to address many of these challenges and transform x86 systems into a general purpose, shared hardware infrastructure that offers full isolation, mobility and operating system choice for application environments....click here to read more. 

 
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Six Signs That The Cloud Computing Industry is Growing Up

Six Signs That The Cloud Computing Industry is Growing Up | Cloud Hosting Industry | Scoop.it
Industries have growing pains until it matures. Consider these six points that the cloud computing industry journey is reaching maturation.
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