The Power of Dedicated Servers. The Scalability of Cloud Hosting. The Result ? One Cloud Servers.

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The Power of Dedicated Servers. The Scalability of Cloud Hosting. The Result ? One Cloud Servers.

17 May 2010 Nessun commento

EngineNetworks believes every business is entitled to protection from malicious hacker schemes. This mantra resonates in every decision we make and drives the daily activities for each and every agent of our organization.

We constantly strive to make enterprise-grade hosting features available for companies of all sizes, and VMWare?s vShield? capabilities (introduced last summer) have helped fulfill our mission. vShield? marks a significant advance in virtualization technology by providing a ?shared [multi-tenant] computing resource pool, while still maintaining trust and network segmentation of users and sensitive data.?

We quickly realized adding vShield? to our secure hosting infrastructure would make it possible to package the power and privacy of dedicated servers with cloud-like scalability, and our technology staff has worked tirelessly since the announcement to devise the right solution.

The result of their hard work is an affordable, compliance-ready Cloud Server with all the tools necessary to protect your customers? personally identifiable information (PII) and payment card information from hackers without hiring your own internal IT security staff.

Our new offering combines the best features of Dedicated and Cloud hosting into one, affordable Cloud Server. This service is new to the hosting marketplace and unique to EngineNetworks, so we?ve made it easy to compare how our Cloud Servers stack up against popular options. ?When security and affordability are key factors in your consideration set, we make it an easy decision,? said Engine Networks CEO and founder.

The standard features of our new Cloud Server proves we?re more serious than ever about providing security for all.

  • Redundant firewalls help ensure uninterrupted protection from malice on the Web.
  • Redundant web application firewalls provide protection at the application level, where many hackers find a ?back door?.
  • Intrusion protection and DoS/DDoS mitigation suppress ?in your face? style attacks.
  • Encrypted backup, server monitoring and proactive response are just a few of the managed hosting services available to keep web applications running smoothly.

In addition, each Cloud Server has cloud-like scalable resources available at a moments notice.

  • Scale up to four processors and 32 GB of memory quickly as website traffic grows.
  • Tack on Terabytes of easily accessible SAN space
  • Increase resources in anticipation of marketing events and scale back down to what you need once business returns to usual
  • Improve business continuity with premium services like load balancing and high availability switching

Virtualized servers provide scalable resources and on a flexible schedule to help ensure loss of revenue, user dissatisfaction, and brand damage due to downtime never happen.

?EngineNetworks puts each customer inside its security infrastructure, similar to what is found in an enterprise datacenter with the different being the multi-tenancy of the hoster. This is an interesting approach that we believe will work for many customers. So long as the customer does not have particular customized security requirements, they can comfortably fit within this architecture and enjoy security and be in compliance.?

Learn more about how our advanced, Cloud Server configurations can help your business.

#064 Planned Maintenance: 14.05.2010, 20:00 ? 15.05.2010 12:00 CEST VMware Cloud Upgrade

12 May 2010 Nessun commento

As a result of software-upgrades from VMware ESX3.5 to the new VMware vSphere (formerly ESX4) in our VMware Cloud Hosting platform and infrastructure, customers VMware Virtual Machines and VMware Dedicated Host servers at the according locations could be temporarely unavailable for nearly 15/30mins.  The upgrades will start on the 14.05.2010 at 20:00 and will be completed on 15.05.2010 at 12:00.

This maintenance concerns :
- VMware Cloud Hosting Cluster#1, Cluster#3 and Cluster#5 based in Zurich.
- VMware Cloud Hosting Cluster#2, Cluster#4, Cluster#6 based in Geneva.
- VMware Dedicated Hosting based in Zurich and Geneva.

This maintenance do not concerns :

- VMware Cloud Hosting Clusters based in Milan
- VMware Dedicated Hosting based in Milano
- VMware Dedicated Hosting already upgraded with VMware vSphere
- Colocation and Housing
- IP-Transit, Ethernet Services, MPLS and VPN services

Each customer Virtual Machine needed to be rebooted twice or three times to let our technicians update Virtual Machines to VMware vSphere Virtual Machine. Each reboot could not need more then few minutes.
Please, notice that reboot could be not consecutive and could be spanned across the maintenance time window. Anyway, activities will not be longer then 15/30mins for each Virtual Machine.

NOTE: No hard reboot will be done on Customer Virtual Machines. To let our technician be able to soft reboot the guest OS, all the Virtual Machines needs to have VMware Tools installed and upgraded. All unManaged VMware customers are pleased to install the VMware Tools ro upgrade it to the last version. For any support about VMware Tools upgrade or VMware Tools installation you could contact our Technical Support team through Support portal at or by email at [email protected]

All times are CEST time zone.
Of course we’ll try to keep the outages as short as possible.

Should we encounter any problems during the maintenance, we will
postpone the remaining upgrades to a later date, which of course will be
announced before. Please be also aware, that the timetable may vary a
bit in case of unpredictable delays.

All activities will be updated promptly on our twitter channel and by email.

Introducing the Instant Provisioning for VMware vCloud

26 April 2010 Nessun commento

Instant provisioningEngine Networks vCloud Hosting based on VMware vSphere is a reliable, on-demand, pay-as-you-go infrastructure solution that ensures compatibility with internal VMware environments and with VMware Virtualized? services worldwide.

On Demand
o   Create virtual machines as needed
o   Add capacity with the click of a button
o   vApp

Pay as you go
o   Pay only for what you use
o   Metered billing for network, CPU, RAM, storage & licensing

o   Seamlessly upgrade your environment
o   Upload your own VMs

Engine Networks vCloud Hosting is specifically designed as an easy and affordable way to try a virtual cloud or host application.  This solution is perfectly suited for test and development or a startup environment. Developers are able to use the Engine Networks vCloud service to rapidly deploy application environments and get started quickly.  The Engine Networks vCloud service retains the robustness, interoperability and reliability that Engine Networks and VMware is known for while delivering the easy access and cost effectiveness of the pay as you go model.

If you’re interested to be a Beta tester please contact us

Downtime or not, Cloud is the best solutions for Up-Time.

25 January 2010 Nessun commento

“The cloud” is still in its youth, maybe adolescence, so its easy to point fingers and scream when an outage occurs.  Just recently, Amazon Web Services had an outage in its Northern Virginia data center due to the failure of a power supply in an “availability zone” as well as a second failure of a component in the redundant system.  Outages happen, so it shouldn’t have been as big of a shock as it was made out to be.

However, when companies are beginning to outsource data center operations, they have high expectations, which is why zero failure is a good standard for providers to aim at in the clouds.  The fact is, all internal systems fail too, but there is no one to point the finger at.  When real people and real technology is involved, outages will occur.  I strongly feel that the cloud, outages or not, will have higher up-time and availability than most, if not all, internal systems.  High-profile clients, sensitive data and the fear of hundreds of clients yelling and screaming is enough motivation for any infrastructure as a service provider to architect a bullet-proof cloud.

At Engine Networks, we like happy clients, that’s why we promise 99.99% up-time and push every day to make our cloud bigger, better and stronger.

A YouTube Course in “Cloud”

25 November 2009 Nessun commento

New to the idea of Software as a Service SaaS Virtualization? This video from Salesfor will help bring you up to speed:

This short video clip, produced by, effectively points out that managed cloud hosting is a superior way to run your business. It’s clear that multitenancy is simply a more efficient way to approach IT infrastructure.

For those of you who are new to cloud, some of the major benefits of cloud computing are that your data is:

  • secure
  • backed up in another location (redundant)
  • not limited in storage or resources

To help you better understand Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas), Common Craft recently put out a cool little video that is put together like School House Rock for the 21st century.

You can check it out here: Cloud Computing Hosting in Plain English

I always keep an eye open for better ways to explain the benefits of virtualization and cloud computing to not-so-technically-inclined friends as well as potential clients. I found these quick videos to be expremely helpful in succinctly illustrating cloud computing hosting.

Engine Networks meet ICT cluster from Poland

28 September 2009 Nessun commento

In September, Engine Networks hosted in Torino some important ICT companies from Switzerland and Poland and organized presentations and B2B meetings.

This meeting aims at: supporting the development of new strategies of cooperation between companies; the advantage coming from Engine Networks Virtual Cloud platform.

Compliant Hybrid Cloud Solution

22 September 2009 Nessun commento

A marketing software as a service company needed a reliable, redundant infrastructure promising security and compliance for guaranteed uptime and compatibility. Engine Networks combined their platform with VMware vCloud, LeftHand SAN technology and HP Blades to create a cost effective, scalable, reliable and compliance solution with VPN to allow communication betweeb customers in-house servers and Engine Networks’ virtual cloud. Learn how Engine Networks built and public and private hybrid cloud solution that met Customers compliance and scale needs.

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