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Cloudways Partners With Cloudflare to Launch New Enterprise-level Integration

Cloudways | March 23, 2022

Cloudways, the leading cloud hosting provider, is announcing the launch of a new integration in partnership with Cloudflare (www.cloudflare.com), the security, performance, and reliability company helping to build a better Internet. The integration will equip Cloudways customers with enterprise-level performance and security features. In a few clicks, at a fraction of the cost compared to other cloud hosting providers, and without an existing Cloudflare account, customers can make use of this new add-on inside the Cloudways platform.

With a global network of 250 cities in over 100 countries, Cloudflare’s security technology mitigates DDoS attacks in under three seconds while analyzing millions of sites (32 million requests per second) to intelligently identify and block attackers with a web application firewall (WAF). Performance capabilities are equally as impressive with Cloudflare’s CDN serving cached content by way of a reserved-for-enterprises network.

Through the integration, Cloudways will be able to offer web professionals and SMBs the choice to upgrade to a plan that includes access to superior speed and security capabilities offered from Cloudflare, reserved only to Cloudways customers, for only $4.99 per month per website, with volume discounts dropping the price down to $1.99.

“After a thorough evaluation of all the available solutions, Cloudflare was the obvious choice for us,” said Cloudways CEO and Co-Founder, Aaqib Gadit. “We’re always looking for innovative ways to provide more capabilities to our already powerful platform. Partnering with the leading edge development platform in the world will enable us to serve a broader audience of web professionals and SMBs.”

About Cloudways
Founded in 2012, Cloudways is an intuitive, one-click managed cloud hosting platform that hosts over 50,000 servers globally. G2’s Best Managed Hosting Provider for 2021, the platform lets users host WordPress and WooCommerce websites on top of a variety of cloud-hosting providers, including Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, DigitalOcean, Vultr, and Linode. The bootstrap-funded platform features a web app management function that easily launches cloud servers for the deployment of WordPress, Magento, and PHP.

About Cloudflare
Cloudflare, Inc. is on a mission to help build a better Internet. Cloudflare’s suite of products protect and accelerate any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare have all web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with every request. As a result, they see significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks. Cloudflare was named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top Company Cultures 2018 list and ranked among the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company in 2019. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Cloudflare has offices in Austin, TX, Champaign, IL, New York, NY, San Jose, CA, Seattle, WA, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Lisbon, London, Munich, Paris, Beijing, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo.

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Cisco Unveils Innovations Driving New Security Cloud Strategy English

Cisco | June 07, 2022

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Cisco is introducing less intrusive methods for risk-based authentication, including the patent-pending Wi-Fi fingerprint as an effective location proxy without compromising user privacy. To evaluate risk after a user logs in, Cisco is building session trust analysis using the open Shared Signals and Events standards to share information between vendors. Cisco unveiled the first integration of this technology with a demo of Cisco Secure Access by Duo and Box. "The threat landscape today is evolving faster than ever before, We are excited to strengthen our relationship with Cisco and deliver customers with a powerful new tool that enables them to act on changes in risk dynamically and in near real-time. You can expect to see more innovation and execution from Box and Cisco that help businesses protect their content across any location, application, or device." Aaron Levie, CEO and Co-founder of Box Secure Edge To radically simplify how organizations connect and protect users, things, and applications, anywhere, Cisco is excited to introduce Cisco+ Secure Connect Now, a unified Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solution. Cisco+ Secure Connect Now is a turnkey offer available in several countries that allows customers to quickly deploy SASE and ease day-to-day operations through a cloud-managed platform. The as-a-service subscription is optimized for value and managed through a unified dashboard. Cisco offers unmatched breadth and depth in its networking and security capabilities, which is why Telefonica Tech will add Cisco's SASE suite to its service portfolio. "As businesses shift to support hybrid work and work from anywhere models, we are committed to helping them adapt to the increased demand for high performing and secure connectivity," said Rames Sarwat, Director of Cyber Security & Cloud Products and Services at Telefonica Tech. 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Vodafone Partners with Oracle to Accelerate Technology Modernization on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle | June 22, 2022

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Flexera | June 17, 2022

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