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Cirrus Tech Partners With Smarter Tools Inc. To Enhance Its VPS Offer

Toronto, Ontario, 24th June 2015 – Cirrus Tech Ltd, specializing in Linux and Windows VPS in Canada, is delighted to announce its new partnership with software developer Smarter Tools Inc. (Phoenix, Arizona).

Cirrus is now offering the SmarterTools product line including the SmarterMail (14 X) which is a leading webmail server, SmarterTrack customer service software and SmarterStats web log analytics and SEO software to its VPS hosting customers. These applications offer rich tools to improve email infrastructure, help desk set-up and website analytics statistics.

SmarterMail is a more cost-effective alternative to Microsoft Exchange without sacrificing functionality or usability and has customers in over 120 international locations. SmarterMail contains simple language strings to make it easier for automated translations and for customers who create their own translation files. SmarterTrack is a help desk application with an array of robust features made for tracking, managing and reporting on customer service and communications, including sales and support issues. The SmarterStats web log analytics and SEO platform allows users to monitor statistics in a single application and provides relevant and detailed website statistics to help businesses increase conversions and maximize ROI.

Customers hosted with Cirrus can now deploy the SmarterTools suite of products on their Virtual Private Server (VPS) plans. Hosting on Virtual Private Servers with Cirrus, offers users the SmarterTools suite at no additional charge. This makes Cirrus VPS hosting packages ideal for small to medium sized businesses looking for a scalable, redundant and customizable set-up that also provides applications and software options to improve overall business operations.

What SmarterMail provides:

Exchange-level Mail Server Software

  • Lower Hardware requirements.Smarter-Mail
  • Superior Stability.
  • Reduced maintenance costs.

The features of SmarterMail include a rich Webmail interface, file storage, detailed reporting, email archiving, advanced synchronization, out-of-the-box antispam and antivirus amongst many other options. SmarterTools products are used by businesses in over 100 countries worldwide.

Easy global access to email or chats

  • Access email, calendars, contacts, tasks, chats and notes from anywhere and any web browser.
  • Full functionality of a desktop client.
  • Gives users online ability to communicate and collaborate.
  • Discuss issues and strategies with global co-workers in real time.

The tools have been tested and optimized for most of the popular web browsers including Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera, allowing end users to access their business software from any device, from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

 

Integration and 24/7 Security with SmarterMail

  • Easily migrate from any mail service (Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook etc.).
  • Provides searchable message archiving and system level for inbound and outbound email and chat.
  • Create virtually any kind of messaging, add formatting to highlight important pieces of information in tasks, notes and more.

With no additional cost, SmarterMail includes vigorous internal antispam and antivirus features. This achieves 97% spam protection upon setup and installation. SmarterMail also includes a variety of intrusion detection methods to prevent the mail server from being compromised. Customers can also tie in external third party antispam services and devices quickly for an additional layer of security if customers want.

Cirrus VPS hosting plans start from $23.99/month and include guaranteed dedicated resources, instant provisioning and complete hardware independence. Visit www.cirrushosting.com or call 1.877.624.7787 for more details.

About SmarterTools
Founded in 2003, SmarterTools Inc. is an information technology management software company based in Phoenix, Arizona. SmarterTools builds a Windows mail server, customer service software, and Web log analytics and SEO software that simplify and automate the day-to-day IT operations of businesses and hosting environments in over 100 countries. Additional information about SmarterTools Inc. and the SmarterTools product line is available at the company website: www.smartertools.com

About Cirrus Hosting

Cirrus Tech Ltd. has been a leader in providing affordable and dependable VPS since 1999.  They have hosted and supported hundreds of thousands of websites and applications for Canadian businesses and clients around the world. As a BBB member with an A+ rating, Cirrus Hosting is a top-notch Canadian web hosting company with professional support, rigorous reliability and easily upgradable VPS solutions that grow right alongside your business. Their Canadian data center is at 151 Front Street in Toronto.

Breeze Through Your Cloud Security Concerns

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In 2014, businesses had begun to really grasp the IT Enterprise and fully comprehend Cloud Technology and its practices. The Cloud in return adjusted more of its core features and incorporated traditional needs for this Enterprise called IT. Weather it is for native Cloud Web-scale applications or for businesses of varied sizes, the Cloud is gaining its respect to be one of modern days best practices to increase efficiency as well as flexibility in any digital savvy business environment.

However, it is also estimated that the companies that do choose to adapt Cloud this year- about 25% percent of them would be investing in Cloud for the very first time. A lot of the companies across the world are being driven back to private cloud after the initial thrill into public and hybrid models, mainly due to the increasing security concerns.

In 2015 Gartner surveyed more than 2,800 IT leaders globally and found that a majority of CIO’s both in Canada and across the world had a concern about the increasing risks around securing data being created in the digital world in business practices. Apparently the Canadian CIO is said to be more focused on legacy modernization, application development and IT services, compared to other global business environments. And here then lies further credit due to the Canadian CIO for being experimental and brave despite his far greater fear than its global counterparts regarding digital risks. It has been surveyed that the Canadian CIO’s (92%) as compared to Global CIO’s (83%) are far more concerned regarding the ability to deal with these risks from a management perspective.

Both Canadian and other Global CIO’s are following almost the same patterns with only a slight variation when it comes to adapting Cloud options for Software and Infrastructure. Virtualization has increased efficiency and flexibility on the server side of computing. However, the storage side of it has remained mostly unchanged.

Canada in 2014 however, has not had a large number of breaches reported in comparison to other parts of the world especially the US.

Canadians attitude towards data privacy:

  • 78% – Have become reluctant to share personal information with businesses.
  • 1 out of 3- Have been fully satisfied with a companies’ privacy policy before starting a business with them.
  • 81%- Have expressed that the business they do with a company, depends on the companies’ public reputation around privacy.

It has been found that Cyber attackers can have unconstrained access in a victims systems for a median of 205 days before they are exposed and some breaches on the other hand can go undetected for even years, says a new report from FireEye. Apparently very few businesses can even detect a breech on their own. In 2014 it was estimated that around 69% of a company’s breach was found out by a third party.

 

Security with Cirrus Tech. Ltd.

Cirrus has been actively adopting measures for Cloud Security, throughout its business years in Cloud Hosting. Cirrus, not only adopted industry standard practices but has also after about 16 years of working within the industry and being deeply engaged with actual early on adopters of Cloud, has managed to reached some novel methodologies developed by its internal engineers.

Cirrus’ physical infrastructure resides in layer 3+ datacenters in Toronto, Canada and the entire access process is monitored, logged and supervised by specialized engineers 24/7/365.

The network layer of the infrastructure is powerfully protected not only for DDOS, data breaches and any sort of malicious attacks but is actively monitored by some of the very best threat management applications such as ThreatStop, Brocade firewalls, etc ….

VLANs or Virtual Private Networking option on Cirrus cloud hosting offering, adds another layer of security into the company’s offering, creating network isolation & separation. This helps to prevent any source of network data sniffing. Cirrus also has adopted Starwind one of the greatest industry storage platforms and created a unique data “block storage” layer in its cloud infrastructure with absolute data isolation amongst cloud clients that may be sharing some of this physical computing or storage layer.

All the customer relationships, from sales to support related issues are also entirely logged and performed through PCI compliant platforms and some very rigorous audits for potential points of breaches that may have been overseen.

 

There is no black and white around Cloud security just yet-however some companies and governments are far more committed to customer security and data management than others. As more and more hackers succeed to get their cheap thrills by breaking through the code- there will always be systems in check to ensure other peoples data privacy, remains sacred.