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System Status: Operational
December 26th, 2015, 10:26pm
Category: System Status

Status System Notes
Normal vCenter vCenter is operating normally
Normal vCloud Director vCloud Director is operating normally.
Normal Virtual Machines All VMs are operating normally
Normal VMware Hosts All hosts are operating normally
Normal VMware Clusters All clusters operating normally
Normal SAN All SAN components operating normally
Normal L3 Switches All switches operating normally
Normal Firewall Clusters All firewalls operating normally
Normal Internet Connectivity Internet connectivity is operating normally

Notes: The Boston Firewall cluster is up and operating normally. The upgrade was successful.

                 
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System Status: Operational with Exceptions
December 26th, 2015, 10:00pm
Category: System Status

Status System Notes
Normal vCenter vCenter is operating normally
Normal vCloud Director vCloud Director is operating normally
Normal Virtual Machines All VMs are operating normally
Normal VMware Hosts All hosts are operating normally
Normal VMware Clusters All clusters operating normally
Normal SAN All SAN components operating normally
Normal L3 Switches All switches operating normally
Offline Firewall Clusters Boston cluster down due to planned maintenance; LA cluster operating normally
Normal Internet Connectivity Internet connectivity is operating normally

Notes: The firewall cluster is down in Boston due to planned maintenance. We expect the system to be back online in 20 to 30 minutes.

                 
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For 2016, Be Alert to Truthiness in Cloud Trends, Infinitely Virtual CEO Says
December 11th, 2015, 9:10am
Category: Press

Advises IV’s Adam Stern: To Truly Understand Market Forces in 2016, SMB and IT Communities Need to Look Beyond the Hype

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 10, 2015) – In the absence of innovation, semantics will do – and that, according to Adam Stern, founder and CEO of pioneering cloud hosting provider Infinitely Virtual, looms as a real dilemma for IT buyers and users in 2016.

Stern’s counsel: take a deep breath, step back and starve the hyperbole beast of the oxygen it needs to survive. His top predictions for the year ahead share a belief in healthy skepticism and informed decision-making:

o A Cloud Backlash That Really Isn’t.
“In 2016, I’m fully expecting a cloud computing backlash, if it’s not already under way,” Stern said. “The backlash really isn’t about architecture but about language. Any day now, the trend-setters will shift the terminology around — again. Off-premises computing will be combined with on-premises computing, based on different strategies and different types of companies – and they’ll keep doing that indefinitely. Whether it’s called ‘cloud computing’ or not is irrelevant. The words change, and the technology for off-premises will continue to mature, then be re-infused back into on-premises. It’s a bit like the space program, where NASA went to the moon and everyone got Tang; the spinoffs, in other words, are real.”

Per Stern, expect new terminology to surface some time next year. It wasn’t that long ago that everyone was crowing about the “client/server revolution,” he recalled: “From PCs to mainframes, and then PCs behaving like mainframes. Followed by ‘thin client,’ which was just an earlier iteration of today’s BYOD. The cycle repeats itself – it’s a bit more nuanced this time, perhaps, but it’s still the same idea. And hype aside, it feels very much like an evolution, not a revolution.”

o Seattle: Not Cloud HQ Anytime Soon.
Fueled by hiccups from two oversized players, recent reports of the cloud’s death have been greatly exaggerated, Stern noted. “To the degree tech pundits have been checking its pulse, the cloud is presumed to hover in a fixed point somewhere near the Space Needle,” he said. “It will become abundantly clear in 2016 that Microsoft’s Azure and Amazon Web Services are not the cloud. The cloud exists precisely for those small and midsize businesses that lack a tech army. Microsoft and Amazon simply aren’t set up to focus on niche segments without a Fortune-style customer in the mix. They thrive on a ‘high volume, low transaction cost’ model, which was never intended to accommodate small and midsize businesses.

“The cloud, however, is nothing if not radically dispersed — it’s a vast ecosystem consisting of thousands and thousands of vendors with offerings tailor-made for verticals and specific markets,” Stern said. “By that measure, Amazon and Microsoft are but two players within a very large landscape, which is why you won’t find many small businesses hanging out with Azure or AWS. The cloud wasn’t even invented in Seattle. That honor goes to VMware, in Silicon Valley, and RedHat, in Raleigh, N.C.”

That said, Amazon and Microsoft will help contribute to a new normal in the cloud market during 2016 by dint of their negative example, he suggested. “Popular discontent with the cloud may well increase as other invariably smaller vendors try to emulate the low-touch Amazon/Microsoft model,” Stern said. “For vendors serving SMBs, that’s a fool’s errand.”

According to Stern, cloud providers who are delivering for small and midsize business have long since validated the efficacy of the cloud. “These providers supply the fuel to keep cloud computing alive and kicking – vigorously,” he said. “There’s plenty of innovating going on in the application containerization space, so I expect to see any number of emerging, VC-driven cloud companies make their mark this coming year. I feel safe in predicting that most of these new players won’t need to be anywhere near Washington State.”

o Security: An Achilles Heel No Longer.
Security has been the cloud’s ostensible Achilles heel virtually since inception, Stern observed. “I say ‘ostensible’ because it’s often been much more about perception than reality,” he said. “In 2016, look for security to improve – both on the merits and in how the user community regards it. New auditing procedures and standards bodies that improve on SAE-style audits will in fact deliver greater security and much more uptime, and offer users that much more peace of mind as a result.”

In Stern’s view, this reflects the maturity of the cloud model — which, he noted, is in its own way yet another proof point on the side of the cloud’s staying power. “Off-premises computing will continue to be a vibrant part of the scene, whatever it may be called – application containerization, Infrastructure as a Service, Software as a Service, whatever,” he said. “They’re all part of a single unifying movement that isn’t going anywhere in 2016 or anytime soon.”

About Infinitely Virtual
Infinitely Virtual is a leading provider of high quality and affordable Cloud Server technology, capable of delivering services to any type of business, via terminal servers, SharePoint servers and SQL servers – all based on Cloud Servers. Named to the Talkin’ Cloud 100 as one of the industry’s premier hosting providers, Infinitely Virtual has earned the highest rating of “Enterprise-Ready™” in Skyhigh Networks’ CloudTrust™ Program for four of its offerings — Cloud Server Hosting, InfiniteVault, InfiniteProtect and Virtual Terminal Server. The company recently took the #1 spot in HostReview’s Ranking of VPS hosting providers. Infinitely Virtual was established as a subsidiary of Altay Corporation, and through this partnership, Infinitely Virtual provides customers with expert 24×7 technical support. More information about Infinitely Virtual can be found at: http://www.infinitelyvirtual.com, @iv_cloudhosting, or call 866-257-8455.

Media Contact:
Ken Greenberg
Edge Communications, Inc.
323-469-3397
ken@edgecommunicationsinc.com

                 
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Making its Move into HIPAA Hosting Official, Infinitely Virtual Successfully Completes HITECH Audit
December 7th, 2015, 9:59am
Category: Press

Milestone Will Permit Rollout of Various HIPAA Hosting Plans in 2016

LOS ANGELES (December 7, 2015) – Paving the way for a major move into the healthcare IT market with a series of HIPAA hosting plans, cloud hosting provider Infinitely Virtual today announced that the company has successfully completed the mandatory HITECH audit.

The HIPAA audit program analyzes various processes, controls and policies in the healthcare and health insurance arena, in keeping with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The audit spells out many of the requirements contained in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), to protect the privacy and security of protected health information.

Completion of the audit follows Infinitely Virtual’s introduction of a Full Disk Encryption (FDE) option. The FDE feature will be available for $9.99 for each virtual machine, in all HIPAA hosting plans. Full-disk encryption (FDE) works by automatically converting data on a hard drive into a form that cannot be understood by anyone who lacks the key to reverse the conversion.

“HIPAA is a rigorous and demanding environment, and only a select number of vendors can truly compete in the space, largely because of the security requirements,” said Adam Stern, founder and CEO, Infinitely Virtual. “With our HIPAA audit now complete, our strategic goal is to offer a series of HIPAA hosting plans during 2016 and to bring our distinctive Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) approach to healthcare IT, from pricing to customer support.”

The federal Office of Civil Rights established a comprehensive HIPAA audit protocol that specifies requirements to be assessed through these performance audits. The audit protocol is organized around modules representing separate elements of privacy, security, and breach notification. The combination of these multiple requirements may vary based on the type of covered entity selected for review.

Earlier this year, Infinitely Virtual earned the highest rating of “Enterprise-Ready™” in Skyhigh Networks’ CloudTrust™ Program for four of its offerings — Infinitely Virtual Cloud Server Hosting, InfiniteVault, InfiniteProtect and Virtual Terminal Server. The CloudTrust Program is designed to promote cloud services that have the highest rating of “Enterprise Ready.” Skyhigh (www.skyhighnetworks.com) provides an objective and detailed risk assessment of more than 9,000 cloud services across 50 attributes developed in conjunction with the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). IaaS vendors that satisfy the most stringent requirements for data protection, identity verification, service security, business practices and legal protection earn the highest rating of “Enterprise-Ready.”

About Infinitely Virtual
Infinitely Virtual is a leading provider of high quality and affordable Cloud Server technology, capable of delivering services to any type of business, via terminal servers, SharePoint servers and SQL servers – all based on Cloud Servers. Named to the Talkin’ Cloud 100 as one of the industry’s premier hosting providers, Infinitely Virtual has earned the highest rating of “Enterprise-Ready™” in Skyhigh Networks’ CloudTrust™ Program for four of its offerings — Cloud Server Hosting, InfiniteVault, InfiniteProtect and Virtual Terminal Server. The company recently took the #1 spot in HostReview’s Ranking of VPS hosting providers. Infinitely Virtual was established as a subsidiary of Altay Corporation, and through this partnership, Infinitely Virtual provides customers with expert 24×7 technical support. More information about Infinitely Virtual can be found at: http://www.infinitelyvirtual.com, @iv_cloudhosting, or call 866-257-8455.

Media Contact:
Ken Greenberg
Edge Communications, Inc.
323-469-3397
ken@edgecommunicationsinc.com

                 
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Security in the Cloud: The Key to HIPAA Hosting Done Right
December 7th, 2015, 9:23am
Category: Newsletters

It’s now part of the conventional wisdom that cloud computing has altered the IT delivery model. The steady embrace of the cloud among healthcare providers large and small does not, however, mean that organizations can or should let their guard down on matters of security and data protection. While cloud server hosting provides compelling benefits, security is an essential part of any discussion of cloud adoption, especially in a HIPAA-compliant world. Mitigating security risks is imperative to creating a comfort level among those in the healthcare field, to transition applications and data to the cloud.

Applications, systems and data all have different security thresholds. Even in a highly regulated industry like healthcare, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) can be the architecture of choice. With IaaS, web, mobile and social can be moved to a virtual server with an increasingly high degree of confidence. When deciding whether an application, product or service belongs in a cloud server, healthcare CIOs must consider:

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All You Can Eat, An Edict, Not an Opportunity?
December 1st, 2015, 3:05pm
Category: Newsletters

Business may be brisk for cloud service providers across the spectrum, but that doesn’t mean users are going home happy. According to a recent Forrester Consulting study, theirs is not a warm and fuzzy lot. The Forrester report cited seven deadly sins users commonly ascribe to their cloud providers, ranging from a glaring lack of transparency to feeling ignored, from stinginess with essential metadata to troubles with compliance and on-boarding.

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Writing the History of 2016
November 17th, 2015, 11:06am
Category: Newsletters

(1) The year of the semantic backlash.

In 2016, I’m fully expecting a cloud computing backlash, if it’s not already under way. The backlash really isn’t about architecture but about language. Any day now, the trend-setters will shift the terminology around — again. At the end of the day, off-premises computing will be combined with on-premises computing, based on different strategies and different types of companies – and they’ll keep doing that indefinitely. Whether it’s called “cloud computing” or not is irrelevant. The words change, and the technology for off-premises will continue to mature, then be re-infused back into on-premises. It’s a bit like the space program, where NASA went to the moon and everyone got Tang; the spinoffs, in other words, are real.

So new terminology will surface some time next year. It wasn’t that long ago that everyone was crowing about the “client/server revolution.” From PCs to mainframes, and then PCs behaving like mainframes. Followed by “thin client,” which was just an earlier iteration of today’s BYOD. The cycle repeats itself – it’s a bit more nuanced this time, perhaps, but it’s still the same idea. And hype aside, it feels very much like an evolution, not a revolution.

(2) In 2016, this much will become clear: Seattle isn’t Cloud HQ.

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Moving Closer to Managed Services, Infinitely Virtual Unveils Patch Management Offering
November 12th, 2015, 10:14am
Category: Press

New Managed Endpoint Option Available for $4.99 Per Server, Covers 40+ Microsoft Products and a Like Number of Non-Microsoft Applications

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 12, 2015) – While staying true to its roots as an Infrastructure as a Service provider, Infinitely Virtual today announced deeper expansion into the managed services space with the introduction of its new Patch Management option.

Effective immediately on all single-server plans, Infinitely Virtual now offers the option to automatically patch and update more than 40 Microsoft applications and operating systems and nearly as many non-Microsoft products. Among the Microsoft products covered under Patch Management are Active Directory, Bing, Exchange, Office, SQL Server, Skype, Virtual Server, Windows and more. Support for non-Microsoft products under Patch Management extends to Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader, Box BoxSync, Firefox, Google Chrome, Quicktime, Thunderbird, Yahoo Messenger and some 30 others. Patch Management is priced at $4.99 per server.

Infinitely Virtual has long offered semi-managed servers, and has managed the entire infrastructure up through the operating system. Until now, the company has left patch management to the customer. From this point forward, Infinitely Virtual’s Patch Management option will provide patches to both the operating system and supported applications.

“While our customers can continue to login and manage things like patches themselves, our managed product is actually less expensive and even easier to deploy,” said Adam Stern, CEO, Infinitely Virtual. In the months ahead, Infinitely Virtual will provide new managed services options from its portfolio of cloud services, and will expand Patch Management to multi-server plans early in Q1 2016. In addition, the company plans to roll out managed encryption and managed anti-virus options in the near future.

For additional information on the company, visit www.infinitelyvirtual.com.

About Infinitely Virtual
Infinitely Virtual is a leading provider of high quality and affordable Cloud Server technology, capable of delivering services to any type of business, via terminal servers, SharePoint servers and SQL servers – all based on Cloud Servers. Named to the Talkin’ Cloud 100 as one of the industry’s premier hosting providers, Infinitely Virtual has earned the highest rating of “Enterprise-Ready™” in Skyhigh Networks’ CloudTrust™ Program for four of its offerings — Cloud Server Hosting, InfiniteVault, InfiniteProtect and Virtual Terminal Server. The company recently took the #1 spot in HostReview’s Ranking of VPS hosting providers. Infinitely Virtual was established as a subsidiary of Altay Corporation, and through this partnership, Infinitely Virtual provides customers with expert 24×7 technical support. More information about Infinitely Virtual can be found at: http://www.infinitelyvirtual.com, @iv_cloudhosting, or call 866-257-8455.

Media Contact:
Ken Greenberg
Edge Communications, Inc.
323-469-3397
ken@edgecommunicationsinc.com

                 
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System Status: Operational
November 2nd, 2015, 8:15pm
Category: System Status

Status System Notes
Normal vCenter vCenter is operating normally.
Normal vCloud Director vCloud Director is operating normally.
Normal Virtual Machines All VMs are operating normally
Normal VMware Hosts All hosts are operating normally
Normal VMware Clusters All clusters operating normally
Normal SAN All SAN components operating normally
Normal L3 Switches All switches operating normally
Normal Firewall Clusters All firewalls operating normally
Normal Internet Connectivity Internet connectivity is operating normally.

Notes: vCenter has been fully repaired.

                 
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System Status: Operational with Exceptions
November 2nd, 2015, 7:20pm
Category: System Status

Status System Notes
Offline vCenter vCenter is offline for emergency maintenance.
Offline vCloud Director vCloud Director is offline due to vCenter emergency maintenance.
Normal Virtual Machines All VMs are operating normally
Normal VMware Hosts All hosts are operating normally
Normal VMware Clusters All clusters operating normally
Normal SAN All SAN components operating normally
Normal L3 Switches All switches operating normally
Normal Firewall Clusters All firewalls operating normally
Normal Internet Connectivity Internet connectivity is operating normally.

Notes: vCenter is offline – the redundant drive is being replaced.

                 
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Scheduled Maintenance

Date:

Expected Downtime:

Note to Users:

System Availability

Includes Scheduled Maintenance

System Oct Nov Dec
vCenter 100% 99.98% 100%
VMware Hosts 100% 100% 100%
VMware Clusters 100% 100% 100%
SAN 100% 100% 100%
L3 Switches 100% 100% 100%
Firewall Clusters 100%1 100% 100%
Internet Connectivity 100% 100%2 100%3

 

Note:
1Unscheduled firewall reboot firewall05 with 99.98% availability.
2Cogent circuit in Los Angeles was up 99.98%. Remaining circuits maintained 100% availability.
3Level3 circuit in Los Angeles was up 99.97%. Remaining circuits maintained 100% availability.

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