Public Cloud Adoption Issues and How to Solve Them

Public Cloud Adoption Issues and How to Solve Them

Enterprises have started embracing the cloud environment, after touting it as the future for a long time. For a company moving their greenfield environment and apps to the cloud for the first time, the public cloud space has often been considered a more popular alternative. However, a recent show organised by Gartner, a research firm, in December 2016 has shed light on some interesting findings.

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What's new with Windows Server 2016?

What's new with Windows Server 2016?

September 2016 saw Microsoft release the next iteration of Windows Server, bringing with it several new features and changes to the licensing model. Driven by Microsoft’s ‘cloud first’ strategy many of the new features are connected to the cloud, with some only available with the Datacentre edition.

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5 Best Practices for Cybersecurity in 2016

5 Best Practices for Cybersecurity in 2016

Security threats seem to be worsening with every passing day! In fact, it is no longer a case of what if you get attacked, but rather of when will it happen. And, enterprises are sweet spots for cyber criminals.

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Access addresses market demand with rebrand of hosting division from Stratogen to Access Alto

Access addresses market demand with rebrand of hosting division from Stratogen to Access Alto

Access Group is repositioning its hosting offering with a rebrand of its Stratogen business to Access Alto. The move further aligns the hosting division with Access Group and signals their position as a software and cloud services business with unmatched product breadth and technical capability.

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.Net App – FAS & E Series

.Net App – FAS & E Series

How can your enterprise manage the data stored at different locations, whether these are remote location or at data centers? Is it possible for you to guarantee information availability in the event of a disaster or hardware failure?

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Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 - what are the benefits?

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 - what are the benefits?

Following this week’s big announcement launching the Veeam availability platform we take a look at what it delivers and the benefits it can offer.

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Veeam Launch Availability Suite 9.5

Veeam Launch Availability Suite 9.5

Veeam delivers next generation of Availability for virtual, physical, and cloud-based workloads to enable the Always-On Enterprise

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DRaaS – Disaster Recovery: the full picture

DRaaS – Disaster Recovery: the full picture

With the ever-increasing risk of data disaster, a fully competent recovery plan is today a must for all businesses.

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Everything You Need to Know about VMware NSX

Everything You Need to Know about VMware NSX

Being a Software Defined Networking (SDN) platform, NSX managed to increase its bookings by three times between 2014 and 2015. And, it now has more than 1,400 paying customers which is a significant feat in such a short span of time. So, what is so special about VMware NSX?

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Access Alto Brochure

Access Alto Brochure

Fully customisable to suit your needs. Powerful, cost effective hosting and associated services. Read our brochure for more information.

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NFV could shake up the OpenStack vs. VMware battle

NFV could shake up the OpenStack vs. VMware battle

A few years ago, network operators began work on a set of specifications to enable cloud hosting for networking features - a concept known as network functions virtualization (NFV).

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StratoGen announces ability to trial OpenStack and Veeam Cloud Connect powered BaaS

StratoGen announces ability to trial OpenStack and Veeam Cloud Connect powered BaaS

StratoGen, industry leaders in Cloud Hosting, have announced two new 7 day trials available to businesses.

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Migrating cloud services: what you need to know

Migrating cloud services: what you need to know

There are many decisions to be made when it comes to migrating cloud services and much depends on the individual situation. However, there are some key points to bear in mind which we’ll discuss in this article.

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Transforming the future of cloud adoption in the UK

Transforming the future of cloud adoption in the UK

Gain insights from 1000 senior business executives on their hesitations towards The Cloud and what compelled them to migrate.

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6 Reasons Why You Cannot Ignore OpenStack

6 Reasons Why You Cannot Ignore OpenStack

We dive into the common questions surrounding OpenStack giving six key points to take into account when considering the migrating to the popular opensource platform.

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Disaster recovery – how much can you afford to lose?

Disaster recovery – how much can you afford to lose?

It’s like insurance, none of us want to think about it. Until of course, an incident happens and we breathe a sigh of relief that we had the forethought to ensure we were adequately covered.

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A day in the life..... Dan Gould, CTO

A day in the life..... Dan Gould, CTO

An insight into the daily life of our Chief Technical Officer and what he believes is in store at StratoGen.

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Kaseya Connect 2016

Kaseya Connect 2016

StratoGen will be attending Kaseya Connect 2016 in Carlsbad, California on the 3rd to 5th of May.

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Migrating cloud services: what you need to know (Part 3)

Migrating cloud services: what you need to know (Part 3)

Written by Anthony Doncaster

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Migrating cloud services: what you need to know (Part 2)

Migrating cloud services: what you need to know (Part 2)

Written by Anthony Doncaster

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Migrating cloud services: what you need to know (Part 1)

Migrating cloud services: what you need to know (Part 1)

Written by Anthony Doncaster

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StratoGen at Cloud Expo 2016

StratoGen at Cloud Expo 2016

StratoGen, the UK's number 1 Cloud Hosting provider, will be attending Cloud Expo 2016 demonstrating our award winning public, private and hybrid cloud products. Book your appointment with one of our cloud hosting specialists today!

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Virtual machine remote console plugin does not work in vCloud Director

Virtual machine remote console plugin does not work in vCloud Director

Written by Oleg Fedorov

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vShield Edge Gateway VPN setup guide

vShield Edge Gateway VPN setup guide

Written by James Delaney

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Cisco ACI, Introduction to Next Generation Data centre

Cisco ACI, Introduction to Next Generation Data centre

Written by Vakeesan Thevarajah

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Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery

Get continuity of your business and more importantly your revenue in the event of a disaster. As a leading VMware hosting provider, Access Alto have extensive expertise in disaster recovery solutions built on Zerto Virtual Replication.

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Getting a list of snapshots in vSphere using PowerCLI

Getting a list of snapshots in vSphere using PowerCLI

Written by Robert Napiza

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Desktop as a Service

Desktop as a Service

Hosted desktops are a smarter way to work - they look and act like a standard desktop computer to your employees, but are actually delivered over a secure internet connection. Your staff can access their hosted desktops 24 hours a day, from anywhere in the world, using any device that has a web browser.

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Private Cloud

Private Cloud

Access Alto Private Cloud hosting offers your organisation a dedicated VMWare and OpenStack cloud platform without having to buy, configure or maintain the underlying infrastructure.

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Public Cloud

Public Cloud

Access Alto are an award winning, leading VMware hosting provider. Access Alto delivers a powerful yet cost effective cloud hosting solution.

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Backup as a Service

Backup as a Service

A fully integrated, fast and secure way to backup and restore VMware from your existing virtual environment using Veeam Cloud Connect to a hosted backup repository in any Access Alto cloud location.

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About Us

About Us

We deliver enterprise-level hosting services to businesses of all sizes by providing you with the best of our technology without the pain of managing it. With the backing of our award-winning ‘Support Heroes’, you can be rest assured your applications will be Up Time. On Time. Every Time.

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OpenStack - is it right for you?

OpenStack - is it right for you?

Written by Anthony Doncaster

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Veeam Cloud Connect

Veeam Cloud Connect

Written by Daniel Gould

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Why now is the time to deploy an IPv6-only OpenStack Private Cloud

Why now is the time to deploy an IPv6-only OpenStack Private Cloud

Written by Karl Robinson

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EU Safe Harbour Ruling - what you should do as a business using the cloud

EU Safe Harbour Ruling - what you should do as a business using the cloud

Written by Karl Robinson

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How OpenStack Private Cloud works with containers

How OpenStack Private Cloud works with containers

Written by Karl Robinson

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VPS or VMware Hosting?

VPS or VMware Hosting?

We occasionally come up against pricing objections when customers compare our VMware Hosting services to other ‘VPS’ or Virtual Private Server offerings, and usually we have to explain why there’s no comparison.

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The future of cloud is private and hybrid

The future of cloud is private and hybrid

We could see the adoption of more private and hybrid cloud hosting solutions, which can enable companies to feel more in control and assured by having a solution solely for their own data and applications rather than for multiple organisations.

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Growing cloud frustrations putting a stall on adoption

Growing cloud frustrations putting a stall on adoption

Our survey clearly highlights three gaps between the perceived lack of cloud adoption by UK businesses and the deployment of a strategy aimed at increasing it. So what do StratoGen have to say about that?

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StratoGen Cloud Backup Powered By Veeam Cloud Connect

StratoGen Cloud Backup Powered By Veeam Cloud Connect

Backup now incorporates disaster recovery planning, and has wider ramifications for issues such as compliance and quality certifications. Accepted best practice is for backups to be stored in a 3-2-1 configuration, meaning three copies of data, on two different media, with one off-site. So off-site backups are no longer just nice to have: they’re essential for disaster recovery planning, risk mitigation, and in many cases, compliance reasons.

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Hosting provider StratoGen named 'Veeam Cloud Provider of the Year'

Hosting provider StratoGen named 'Veeam Cloud Provider of the Year'

Mid-market hosting solutions provider StratoGen, who were acquired by Access Group in December 2014, has been named ‘Veeam Cloud Provider of the Year’, at the VeeamON Forum held in the London Science

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OpenStack Kilo: Build Hyper-Scale Applications Quickly And Easily

OpenStack Kilo: Build Hyper-Scale Applications Quickly And Easily

Use of open source is soaring in the enterprise and especially in the datacentre. The likes of Google, eBay and Facebook run their global web-scale systems on open source software (OSS), and Linux is now the foundation for 75% of enterprise systems, according to a report from the Linux Foundation

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Backup, Archiving & Disaster Recovery – they are not the same!

Backup, Archiving & Disaster Recovery – they are not the same!

As a cloud service provider offering data backup for IaaS and Disaster Recovery as a Service, we regularly get involved in conversations which bridge the distinctly different disciplines of Backup, Disaster Recovery and Archiving.

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Cloud Computing for Tech Startups

Cloud Computing for Tech Startups

There was a time not too long ago when technology startups trying to make a mark on business, industry and society, were held back by the very cost of technology itself. The high voltage computing processing muscle they needed to pursue their dreams would run into thousands and thousands of dollars thanks to the prohibitive cost of computing infrastructure. Included in it was not only the cost of heavy duty servers but also the software required to run them.

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Cloud Computing and the E-commerce Industry

Cloud Computing and the E-commerce Industry

The unprecedented growth of the Internet and the phenomenal commercial opportunity it has unveiled, has propelled e-commerce to experience growth rates that have never been witnessed before. The web hosting features and resources required for e-commerce functionality call for uninterrupted performance, reliability, and data security among other factors.

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5 Real Reasons to Migrate to the Cloud in 2014

There are many ways to classify businesses both large and small. Some based on geographic footprint, location, age, industry, size, products, services etc. However, another way to classify businesses in 2014 which has already gained substantial attention is those that have moved to the cloud and those that have not .

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Deploying Hadoop in the Virtualized the Cloud

Deploying Hadoop in the Virtualized the Cloud

Apache Hadoop is a distributed file system for storing large amounts of data cross multiple commodity servers. It is said to store both unstructured and structured data, which is true, but you can use Apache Pig and Apache Hive to write a schema around this data to give it structure. That makes it something you can query. Otherwise it would not be of much use, yes?

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Migrating to the Cloud – Challenges and Considerations

Migrating to the Cloud – Challenges and Considerations

As organizations continue to experience vibrant growth and rapid entry into new markets, the need to architect new data environments which perform flawlessly, deliver cutting edge technology solutions, and conserve resources has become paramount. It is often assumed that a transition from a private in-house data center to a cloud-based infrastructure is the direction in which most organizations should embark. However, there are multiple challenges and considerations that should be addressed before you take the plunge.

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Pexip showcase live virtual videoconferencing at InfoComm14, via StratoGen Hybrid Cloud

Pexip showcase live virtual videoconferencing at InfoComm14, via StratoGen Hybrid Cloud

StratoGen has partnered with Pexip to demonstrate live hybrid cloud videoconferencing that bridges the gap between on premise and cloud hosted environments. During this interactive demo users are able to see instantly how easy it is to set up a private virtual meeting for users, regardless of location and capability.

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VMware vCloud Director Quick View

VMware vCloud Director Quick View

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Science Logic Application Monitoring

Science Logic Application Monitoring

StratoGen uses Science Logic Application Monitoring (SLAM) for its customers. Customers have full access to this market-leading tool, plus StratoGen uses SLAM to help customers work through performance issues.

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Science Logic EM7 Server Monitoring, By Walker Rowe, Guest Blogger, Computer Technology Writer

Science Logic EM7 Server Monitoring, By Walker Rowe, Guest Blogger, Computer Technology Writer

Science Logic has several cloud-based performance and operational monitoring products. Here we are going to look at their server monitoring product. They also have monitoring tools for services, applications, and networks.

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Public vs. Private Cloud Hosting – Where is Your Data? – By Tony Woods

Public vs. Private Cloud Hosting – Where is Your Data? – By Tony Woods

In any analysis of Cloud Hosting as a potential solution to the growing hosting needs of the enterprise, the ensuing discussion usually tends to focus on three main things, performance, scalability and cost.

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Hybrid Cloud Hosting, the Triple Miracle

Hybrid Cloud Hosting, the Triple Miracle

The rate at which technology has developed, expanded and even outgrown itself in recent times is nothing short of a major paradigm shift. This certainly holds true in the ever-evolving technology space of the cloud. As more companies realize how beneficial it is to carve a niche for themselves in the cloud, service providers continuously bring to the forefront innovations that were previously unimaginable. Hybrid cloud hosting is one such example.

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Zerto Disaster Recover – (At A Glance) by Walker Rowe, Guest Blogger, Computer Technology Writer

Zerto Disaster Recover – (At A Glance) by Walker Rowe, Guest Blogger, Computer Technology Writer

Zerto offers hypervisor replication, replacing the storage-based-replication approach to disaster recovery.

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New Product! StratoGen’s Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)!

New Product! StratoGen’s Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)!

Over the past few years we have seen incredible advancements in Disaster Recovery (DR) technologies. We’ve come a long way from the days of IT Departments leveraging in-guest/host agents to get those important bits onto a tape, and out of the building. Emerging virtualization technologies have matured to the point where we can now pluck virtualized environments direct from storage, and to bring systems online elsewhere in the event of failures, albeit with varying degrees of extended downtime. Not good for production level systems, or blood pressure.

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StratoGen In the final for ISPA “Best Business Use of Cloud”

StratoGen In the final for ISPA “Best Business Use of Cloud”

We are delighted to announce that StratoGen has been selected as a finalist in The ISPA Awards – the UK’s leading Internet industry awards, under the “Best Business Use of Cloud” category.

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VMware Horizon View – Snap Shot

VMware Horizon View – Snap Shot

VMware Horizon View provides your customers and employees a Windows Desktop, without the desktop.

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Choosing an Enterprise Cloud Hosting Provider? 10 Things to Consider First

Choosing an Enterprise Cloud Hosting Provider? 10 Things to Consider First

Choosing an Enterprise Cloud Hosting Provider? 10 Things to Consider First Cloud reliance is growing each year, with 60% of organizations now using cloud technology to perform IT-related tasks. Businesses are increasingly realizing the cost savings that can be achieved, in particular by turning hardware and software duties over to professional cloud-based hosting services. Businesses have the peace of mind of knowing their data and apps are secure and backed up, while also ensuring accessibility from a variety of devices.

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VMware vCloud Director User's Guide (vCloud Director 5.5)

VMware vCloud Director User's Guide (vCloud Director 5.5)

The VMware vCloud Director User's Guide provides information about managing organisations, catalogues, vApps, and virtual machines.

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vCloud API sample

vCloud API sample

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vCloud Director Edge Gateway

vCloud Director Edge Gateway

The Edge Gateway feature in Vcloud Director 5.1 is the evolution of the Routed Organisation Network in Vcloud Director 1.5. The Edge Gateway is implemented using vCloud Networking and Security (formerly vShield) and is fully integrated into vCloud Director.

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Hidden VMware Snapshots

Hidden VMware Snapshots

You may find from time to time that a snapshot removal fails and that the delete all option is not working.

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Free Webinar: Build Your Cloud Your Way

Duration: A 45 minute webinar, to help you understand your cloud infrastructure options Date: Tuesday 16th September 2014 16:45 GMT, 11:45 ET, 08:45 PT Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/364309622

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Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) on StratoGen OpenStack Private Cloud

The Network Function virtualisation (NFV) market is set to explode. The Telecoms industry is around $1.6 trillion with NFV investments set to reach around $21 billion by 2020.

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Access Group's StratoGen leads the way in mid-market hosting solutions with launch of OpenStack

Access Group's StratoGen leads the way in mid-market hosting solutions with launch of OpenStack

Hosting solution provider StratoGen, who were acquired by Access Group in December 2014, is leading the way for mid-market hosting solutions with the launch of its OpenStack solution.

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StratoGen shortlisted in ISPA Awards

StratoGen shortlisted in ISPA Awards

StratoGen, part of Access Group, has been named a finalist in the Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA) Awards.

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StratoGen to Showcase Dynamic Cloud Infrastructure to MSP community at Kaseya Connect User Conference

StratoGen to Showcase Dynamic Cloud Infrastructure to MSP community at Kaseya Connect User Conference

Leading VMware Service Provider, StratoGen, recently acquired by Access Group, has announced its continued sponsorship of the annual Kaseya® user conference, Kaseya Connect.

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StratoGen Deliver Unparalleled Service to CaféX via a Fully Scalable and Robust Public Cloud

StratoGen Deliver Unparalleled Service to CaféX via a Fully Scalable and Robust Public Cloud

CaféX is a rising star in the realm of real-time customer engagement solutions, operating out of the USA, UK and Asia.

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StratoGen Becomes MSPAlliance Member

StratoGen Becomes MSPAlliance Member

StratoGen demonstrates continued commitment to the International Managed Services Industry

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StratoGen Selected Again as an Approved G-Cloud 5 Supplier

StratoGen Selected Again as an Approved G-Cloud 5 Supplier

Leading VMware cloud hosting provider StratoGen has been officially selected as an approved supplier on G-Cloud 5, the government’s official online procurement network.

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StratoGen Appoints Kat McClure to Spearhead Global Marketing Efforts

StratoGen Appoints Kat McClure to Spearhead Global Marketing Efforts

Leading VMware cloud hosting provider StratoGen is pleased to announce the appointment of Kat McClure as its new Global Marketing Director.

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StratoGen to Showcase Dynamic Cloud Infrastructure to MSP Community at Kaseya Connect

StratoGen to Showcase Dynamic Cloud Infrastructure to MSP Community at Kaseya Connect

Leading VMware Service Provider StratoGen is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Kaseya Connect 2014. The annual user conference takes place April 14-16 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.

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StratoGen Disaster Recovery Solution Offers Lowest Recovery Times

StratoGen Disaster Recovery Solution Offers Lowest Recovery Times

Cloud based Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service solution offers sub 15 minute recovery times.

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StratoGen Announces Availability of VMware Hosting Services on G-Cloud 4

StratoGen Announces Availability of VMware Hosting Services on G-Cloud 4

The Cloud Store is a new way for Government to buy cloud IT products and services – an online catalogue of cloud based IT services available to the public sector.

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Private Cloud Hosting Drives Growth for StratoGen

Private Cloud Hosting Drives Growth for StratoGen

StratoGen today reported 145% year on year growth in private cloud hosting as enterprises ditched their onsite infrastructure and its associated headaches.

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StratoGen Shortlisted For 3rd Consecutive Year At Prestigious ISPA Awards

StratoGen Shortlisted For 3rd Consecutive Year At Prestigious ISPA Awards

StratoGen Shortlisted For 3rd Consecutive Year At Prestigious ISPA Awards Leading enterprise cloud provider StratoGen today announced that it has been shortlisted in two highly competitive categories at this year’s Internet Service Provider Awards.

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