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CloudCentral provides simple migration option for Ninefold customers

As you may have recently read in the news Ninefold have announced that they will be ‘sunsetting’ their cloud platform at the end of January 2016. Ninefold is a company that we respect and it is sad to see another Australian company announce that they are ceasing to continue serving the Australian market.

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Domenic Carosa’s Dominet invests in CloudCentral

CloudCentral has a new cornerstone investor pre-IPO Dominet Digital. Dominet Digital Corporation Pty Ltd (“Dominet”) will cornerstone the Company’s acquisition of Cloud Central Pty Ltd by subscribing in Tranche 2 of the Placement as approved by Shareholders on 29 April 2014.

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The Heartbleed SSL Vulnerability

In the last few days, the Heartbleed OpenSSL security vulnerability has been receiving a lot of attention. It has affected an unprecedented wide range of organisations including Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Adobe.

We have ascertained that CloudPlatform internal services (i.e. virtual routers) are not affected by the SSL vulnerability.

We urge you to check your own cloud servers for the vulnerability as well. If your systems are vulnerable, we recommend urgently updating to the latest version of OpenSSL to patch this bug.

You can easily check whether your server is vulnerable using an online tool.

Technical details

The official security advisory on OpenSSL bug, including detailed listing of affected products, and remediation procedures is available from NCSC-FI.

For detailed instructions on patching systems affected by Heartbleed, customers should consult the documentation associated with their product. In patching systems, we recommend customers obtain OpenSSL 1.0.1g from trusted sources such as the developer or vendors website, or the OpenSSL software repository.

From a cave to the cloud

Using tools has made life easier for people from the dawn of ages. It may have started with the invention of hammers and spears but we’ve come a long way since. The cloud is part of this constant move for innovation to make our life easier. This started with Infrastructure as a Service, and now evolves to Platform as a Service.

A common misconception is that moving to the cloud will magically make your application cloud ready, resolving all issues around reliability and manageability. However, cloud is not a magic bullet. Cloud it is a tool to help you achieve higher reliability with less effort.

A good cloud provider provides cloud services with many built-in redundancies. No single point of hardware failure, be it a compute node, hard-drive failure or network failure affect the performance of a cloud hosted system. However, this doesn’t address the most common cause of failure: software. Not only that, it also ignores the true benefits of cloud computing.

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