Netsurion’s new MSP bundle makes it easier for SMBs to “connect, protect and comply”

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

Netsurion, a provider of secure connectivity, threat management and IT compliance solutions, has announced at Channel Partners Evolution a new MSP-focused package of their software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN-as-a-service) solution, Netsurion Connect. With the expansion of their program, MSPs are able to quickly increase their capabilities without additional overhead.

The new MSP bundle of Netsurion Connect SD-WAN is an all-in-one secure connectivity solution. With one subscription-based platform, MSPs can offer their clients:

  • SD-WAN architecture for cloud management and network function virtualization
  • Secure Wi-Fi and 4G LTE cellular for always-on connectivity
  • Next-generation managed firewall for enhanced security
  • A full suite of PCI DSS compliance tools

The new edition of Netsurion Connect SD-WAN puts the MSP in the driver seat and creates new revenue and value-added service opportunities by allowing them to be the “hands-on-keyboard” and “eyes-on-glass,” while Netsurion supports the infrastructure. Netsurion Connect SD-WAN allows MSPs and Master Agents to deliver future-proof, cost-effective and differentiated services that provide single pane of glass visibility to respond to today’s evolving digital transformation, saving customers time and money when it matters most.

What’s particularly unique about Netsurion’s MSP solutions are that they effectively combine several networking security capabilities that typically would require multiple providers. Netsurion Connect allows service providers to bundle their network capabilities into a cohesive solution that significantly simplifies the on-premise network and drives down costs associated with hardware and bandwidth. Netsurion Connect SD-WAN includes Netsurion CXD, an inexpensive SD-WAN edge router that embeds Wi-Fi, 4G LTE cellular and stateful firewall. The entire solution is remotely deployed and managed from Netsurion’s Connect Orchestrator.

Volta Charging, a customer who is building the largest free car charging network in the U.S., was able to select a best-fit network connectivity and security solution based on Netsurion Connect SD-WAN. The backing of Netsurion remote support gave them the assurance that they could scale to support their growing number of locations and expand functionality with the same solution. Volta has a total of 500 charging stations in the country and over 400 stations are using Netsurion products, with more making the transition. “Security is extremely important to Volta as we grow and add new products,” says Jon Michaels, senior vice president of Volta Charging. “Netsurion Connect allows visibility and understanding into the network while being connected in order to troubleshoot any problems at a low cost.”

According to John Ayers, Netsurion’s vice president of product management, “Netsurion is now able to deliver a tailored solution to meet the requirements of SMB branch offices that need the support of the distributed environment with a centralized management system. It provides a low-cost entry point for MSPs looking to deliver a broader network and security solution set to customers in a simple, compliant solution.”

The new package builds on the company’s existing channel programs. Netsurion Protect has been empowering MSPs with advanced threat protection and compliance based on the EventTracker SIEM (security information and event management) platform since the partner program was announced in the summer of 2017. The offering is aimed at empowering MSPs that may not have the resources to implement and consistently monitor this comprehensive network connectivity solution.

Netsurion Comply layers in tools and support services to help achieve regulatory compliance. Merchant PCI DSS compliance is a primary focus of Netsurion. Netsurion Comply includes the PCI compliance management portal with self-assessment questionnaire, vulnerability scanning, reports and a compliance support staff to answer PCI DSS questions.

Resources
Netsurion Connect
Netsurion Security Insights Articles
Netsurion Videos and Webcasts
Netsurion White Papers

About Netsurion
With Netsurion, distributed enterprises accelerate innovation while reducing complexity by combining network security, threat management and compliance readiness into a single suite of managed services. Netsurion Connect is a powerful and practical WAN security platform with flexible co-management services to efficiently manage many branch locations and IoT applications. Netsurion Protect delivers enterprise-grade threat lifecycle management through a leading Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) platform that unifies machine learning, behavior analytics and security orchestration. Netsurion Comply consists of regulation-specific solutions that streamline compliance management, so organizations are always audit-ready. www.netsurion.com Twitter: @Netsurion

Media Contact for Netsurion:
Deb Montner, Montner Tech PR
dmontner@montner.com
203-226-9290

Source : Netsurion

How to Configure Email on a Different Host from the Website

Athough the common practice is to use the same host account for both email and website, you can run the two services on two different servers.

The article discusses the reasons why you may consider hosting your emails on a different server and how to do the setup.

Why Host the Email and Website on Different Servers

By default, a hosting company provides email functionality with the website hosting. This makes it appears as if the two are inseparable while in the actual sense, they are completely separate services that can run independently of one another.

There are several reasons why you may consider running the two on different servers. These include:

To Improve Reliability and Availability

Hosting the email service with a different provider improves reliability and avoids a complete shutdown when a server fails. If using one server, an outage or shutdown means that your customers and other users will not reach you on the website and email.

This may happen due to a malfunction or when the provider is maintaining the systems. But if they are on different servers, at least one will be functional if the other goes down. In addition, the website developer will not touch the emails hence reducing the chances of something going wrong.

Reduce the Complexities Involved When Moving Hosts

Migrating a website and emails running on the same hosting server to another is more complex and challenging, especially for people who are not conversant. In particular, moving the email accounts is more challenging. However, if they are on a different server, moving the website alone to another host is much easier and does not risk your email accounts and data.

To Avoid Blacklisting Due to Bad Neighbours in a Shared Hosting

If one customer in on a shared hosting server is sending spam, you risk damaging your site’s reputation. This will lead to blacklisting of the shared IP which will consequently block emails from your domain.

Although a VPS can help you to avoid this, it may be out of your budget and hosting your email on a different server is usually a better option.

Hosting Emails on a Different Server

To host your emails on a different server from that of the website, you need to change the Mail Exchanger (MX) record in your domain’s DNS records. The MX records are the ones that point to the server hosting your email and can be local if together with the website, or remote if on a different location.

To point your email away from your current account, you need to obtain the MX destination details from the provider who will host the emails. With these details you can either delete the existing MX record and add a new one or simply edit the existing. Unlike some other records, MX accepts the name of the mail server only and does not work with IP addresses.

The DNS records may be in another location, but you must have access to them. Some registrars may provide you with an interface to edit the DNS records while others allow you to set your own on a different server away.

For the purpose of this article we will perform the process using cPanel.

How to Configure the MX Records in Cpanel

Log in to the cPanel account using the syntax;

http://yourdomain_name.com:2083 or http://yourdomain_name.com/cpanel.

  1. Enter your username and password.
  2. Navigate to Domains and open Zone Editor

There are two options of working with the MX records. You can either

  1. Add a new MX record or
  2. Modify the existing records by editing the specific fields

 

Method 1

Adding a new MX record

 

  1. Open the Zone Editor
  2. If you have more than one domain in your account, select the one you want to modify and click on the Manage option. This will open the zone records for the domain.
  3. Click the drop down arrow on the +Add Record and choose Add MX Record.

This provides with the option to add the Destination server’s Fully qualified domain name and the Priority to assign to the record.

  1. Enter the Destination Fully qualified domain name such as aspmx.l.google.com for Google or smx1.web-hosting.com for Namecheap.
  2. Leave the TTL at the default, but you may need to confirm with the provider if it has a different value. The priority dictates the MX entry to give first preference, please confirm with your email host provider.
  3. Once you complete filling the details, click Add record to save the entry and proceed.
  4. Add more records. Ideally, you need at least two but can have more if your host allows it.

If you will host your emails on Google servers, use the following as the destination’s fully qualified domain names.

aspmx.l.google.com
alt1.aspmx.l.google.com
alt2.aspmx.l.google.com
aspmx2.googlemail.com
aspmx3.googlemail.com
aspmx4.googlemail.com

 

 

Similarly, if you will host your emails on Namecheap servers, use

smx1.web-hosting.com
smx2.web-hosting.com
smx3.web-hosting.com

The new server setting takes some hours to become active. Generally, it takes about 48 hours but may vary according to the provider, and some can take as low as 3 hours.

 

Alternative method 1

  • Instead of clicking Manage at the Zone Editor screen, click on the +MX Record to add a new entry.

 

This will give you the option to only add the fully qualified domain name for the destination as well as the priority.

If hosting the emails with the Namecheap, add the destination as smx1.web-hosting.com and a priority of 10.

  • Click Add an MX Record to save.
  • Repeat this for the other records but ensure that you pay attention to the priority according to the provider’s recommendations.

 

Method 2

Modify an existing MX Record

Instead of adding a new record, you can simply edit the existing and replace the old values with those for the new server.

  1. Log in to your hosting account cPanel
  2. Open the Zone Editor in Domains
  3. Click Manage option on the domain you want to modify. This will open the zone records for the domain you are modifying.

  • Click on MX to display a list of the active MX records

 

  • Navigate to the record to modify and click Edit

  • Replace the Priority value and the Destination’s Fully Qualified Domain Name with those that the new hosting provider has given you.
  • Click Save Record.
  • Repeat the process and change all the other MX records pointing to the old server so that they now point to the new destination.

Change Email Routing settings

Once you configure the MX records to point to the new destination, you need to change the routing. The email routing settings determine how the domain handles outgoing emails and has the following options.

  • Automatically Detect Setting: This enables the server to detect the settings.
  • Local Mail Exchange if the web host is handling the emails
  • Backup Mail Exchanger
  • Remote Mail Exchanger: if you are hosting emails on a different server away from the

To configure email routing;

  1. Login to the cPanel account
  2. Navigate to Email and open Email Routing

Select the domain you are modifying. (With new MX records) from the drop-down list.

 

Choose Remote Mail Exchanger option if using a different mail server away from the web host.

Click Change to save.

Conclusion

Most hosting companies tie the email and web hosting together while these are completely separate applications. Although this looks convenient, it may the domain owner the flexibility and freedom to move around the emails. In addition, it increases the probability of completely getting the customer offline in case the website hosting has issues.

To improve reliability and availability, the domain owner can host the emails away from the website. This requires signing up with the reliable email hosting provider, configuring the MX records to point to the new destination server and selecting the remote mail exchanger to route the domain’s incoming emails.

 

Major Benefits of SD-WAN – Software-defined Wide Area Network

The many benefit of SD-WAN allows organizations with distributed workforce to improve their network efficienty and reliability while lowering the costs. The SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network) is a technology that provides a wide range of operational and financial benefits. This is basically an automated, programmatic approach for managing network connectivity and costs.

The technology extends the software defined networking (SDN) to include the wide area networks and allow businesses to quickly create smart WANs. These hybrid wide area networks comprising of broadband internet, IP VPN and wireless services, enables companies to manage a variety of applications and environments including on-premise and cloud based systems.

Generally, one must define the routing policies. This allows for the automatic and dynamic forwarding of traffic across the most efficient and appropriate WAN path depending on the network conditions, cost of circuit, quality of service requirements, and more.

Benefits of SD-WAN

Generally, the SD-WAN address most of the challenges that organizations face when running the traditional expensive and rigid enterprise networks. The main advantages of software-defined wide-area network include;

  • Low capital and operational expenses for the WAN infrastructure as well as overall total cost of ownership.

benefits of SD-WAN

  • Enhancing the security by segmenting the network and encrypting the traffic hence reducing the impact or damage in case of a breach.
  • The SD-WAN supports zero-touch provisioning (ZTP). This allows the automatic provisioning and configuring of devices hence eliminating the manual processes of adding them to the network.
  • Increases agility, flexibility and responsiveness hence allowing businesses to quickly adapt and keep pace with changes and new technologies in the IT landscape.
  • Enabling load sharing across different connections as well as adjusting the traffic via the most efficient path depending the network condition, hence improving the overall performance.
  • SD-WAN supports multiple, high performance and secure connections hence preventing the backhaul penalties of the MPLS networks.
  • Supporting the automatic provisioning of resources and adopting to changes in network services such as WAN optimization, security, firewalls, VPNs and application delivery.

 

 

 

How to Configure Email on a Different Host from the Website

How to Configure Email on a Different Host from the Website

Although the common practice is to use the same host account for both email and website, you can run the two services on two different servers.

 

The article discusses the reasons why you may consider hosting your emails on a different server and how to do the setup.

Why Host the Email and Website on Different Servers

By default, a hosting company provides email functionality with the website hosting. This makes it appears as if the two are inseparable while in the actual sense, they are completely separate services that can run independently of one another.

 

There are several reasons why you may consider running the two on different servers. These include:

To Improve Reliability and Availability

Hosting the email service with a different provider improves reliability and avoids a complete shutdown when a server fails. If using one server, an outage or shutdown means that your customers and other users will not reach you on the website and email.

 

This may happen due to a malfunction or when the provider is maintaining the systems. But if they are on different servers, at least one will be functional if the other goes down. In addition, the website developer will not touch the emails hence reducing the chances of something going wrong.

Reduce the Complexities Involved When Moving Hosts

Migrating a website and emails running on the same hosting server to another is more complex and challenging, especially for people who are not conversant. In particular, moving the email accounts is more challenging. However, if they are on a different server, moving the website alone to another host is much easier and does not risk your email accounts and data.

To Avoid Blacklisting Due to Bad Neighbours in a Shared Hosting

If one customer in on a shared hosting server is sending spam, you risk damaging your site’s reputation. This will lead to blacklisting of the shared IP which will consequently block emails from your domain.

 

Although a VPS can help you to avoid this, it may be out of your budget and hosting your email on a different server is usually a better option.

Hosting Emails on a Different Server

To host your emails on a different server from that of the website, you need to change the Mail Exchanger (MX) record in your domain’s DNS records. The MX records are the ones that point to the server hosting your email and can be local if together with the website, or remote if on a different location.

 

To point your email away from your current account, you need to obtain the MX destination details from the provider who will host the emails. With these details you can either delete the existing MX record and add a new one or simply edit the existing. Unlike some other records, MX accepts the name of the mail server only and does not work with IP addresses.

 

The DNS records may be in another location, but you must have access to them. Some registrars may provide you with an interface to edit the DNS records while others allow you to set your own on a different server away.

 

For the purpose of this article we will perform the process using cPanel.

How to Configure the MX Records in Cpanel

Log in to the cPanel account using the syntax;

 

http://yourdomain_name.com:2083 or http://yourdomain_name.com/cpanel.

 

  1. Enter your username and password.
  2. Navigate to Domains and open Zone Editor

 

There are two options of working with the MX records. You can either

  1. Add a new MX record or
  2. Modify the existing records by editing the specific fields

 

Method 1

Adding a new MX record

  1. Open the Zone Editor
  2. If you have more than one domain in your account, select the one you want to modify and click on the Manage option. This will open the zone records for the domain.
  3. Click the drop down arrow on the +Add Record and choose Add MX Record.

 

This provides with the option to add the Destination server’s Fully qualified domain name and the Priority to assign to the record.

 

  1. Enter the Destination Fully qualified domain name such as aspmx.l.google.com for Google or smx1.web-hosting.com for Namecheap.
  2. Leave the TTL at the default, but you may need to confirm with the provider if it has a different value. The priority dictates the MX entry to give first preference, please confirm with your email host provider.
  3. Once you complete filling the details, click Add record to save the entry and proceed.
  4. Add more records. Ideally, you need at least two but can have more if your host allows it.

 

If you will host your emails on Google servers, use the following as the destination’s fully qualified domain names.

 

aspmx.l.google.com

 

alt1.aspmx.l.google.com

 

alt2.aspmx.l.google.com

 

aspmx2.googlemail.com

 

aspmx3.googlemail.com

 

aspmx4.googlemail.com

 

Similarly, if you will host your emails on Namecheap servers, use

 

smx1.web-hosting.com

 

smx2.web-hosting.com

 

smx3.web-hosting.com

 

The new server setting takes some hours to become active. Generally, it takes about 48 hours but may vary according to the provider, and some can take as low as 3 hours.

 

Alternative method 1

 

  1. Instead of clicking Manage at the Zone Editor screen, click on the +MX Record to add a new entry.

This will give you the option to only add the fully qualified domain name for the destination as well as the priority.

 

  1. If hosting the emails with the Namecheap, add the destination as smx1.web-hosting.com and a priority of 10.

 

  1. Click Add an MX Record to save.

 

  1. Repeat this for the other records but ensure that you pay attention to the priority according to the provider’s recommendations.

 

Method 2

Modify an existing MX Record

Instead of adding a new record, you can simply edit the existing and replace the old values with those for the new server.

  1. Log in to your hosting account cPanel
  2. Open the Zone Editor in Domains
  3. Click Manage option on the domain you want to modify.  This will open the zone records for the domain you are modifying.

 

 

  1. Click on MX to display a list of the active MX records

 

  1. Navigate to the record to modify and click Edit

 

 

  1. Replace the Priority value and the Destination’s Fully Qualified Domain Name with those that the new hosting provider has given you.
  2. Click Save Record.
  3. Repeat the process and change all the other MX records pointing to the old server so that they now point to the new destination.

 

Change Email Routing settings

Once you configure the MX records to point to the new destination, you need to change the routing. The email routing settings determine how the domain handles outgoing emails and has the following options.

  • Automatically Detect Setting: This enables the server to detect the settings.
  • Local Mail Exchange if the web host is handling the emails
  • Backup Mail Exchanger
  • Remote Mail Exchanger: if you are hosting emails on a different server away from the

 

To configure email routing;

 

 

  • Login to the cPanel account

 

  1. Navigate to Email and open Email Routing

 

          

 

  1. Select the domain you are modifying. (With new MX records) from the drop-down list.

 

  1. Choose Remote Mail Exchanger option if using a different mail server away from the web host.

 

  1. Click Change to save.

Conclusion

Most hosting companies tie the email and web hosting together while these are completely separate applications. Although this looks convenient, it may the domain owner the flexibility and freedom to move around the emails. In addition, it increases the probability of completely getting the customer offline in case the website hosting has issues.

 

To improve reliability and availability, the domain owner can host the emails away from the website. This requires signing up with the reliable email hosting provider, configuring the MX records to point to the new destination server and selecting the remote mail exchanger to route the domain’s incoming emails.

 

Speed and Reliability are Key When Choosing an Ecommerce Web Hosting Solution

The speed and reliability of your website or e-commerce site is critical if you want to retain visitors and customers. A sluggish website forces users to look for alternatives, as they do not have all the time to wait for pages to load. Similary, a website that keesp on crashing or is unavailable most of the times is not good for your business.

Seemingly minute differences in performance translate into big losses when you operate 24/7.

Please read more at : Source: Speed and Reliability are Key When Choosing an Ecommerce Web Hosting Solution

What is cPanel?

What is cPanel?

A cPanel is a web application or control panel for managing a domain host or website server. It makes it easier for average technical people, with no coding experience, to create and manage domains and subdomains, emails, databases as well as install web applications such as WordPress blogs, e-commerce websites, forums and more

What is Web hosting?

Web hosting is the location or service that stores and serves website files and services. It is a combination of compute, storage and networking resources required to store and run the web applications, and can be internal within an organization or as an external service offered by a hosting provider.

11 Types of Networks Explained: VPN, LAN & More

Ever wondered what VPN, LAN, PAN and other networks are? Learn what these 11 types of networks do for your data center.

Personal Area Network (PAN) , Local Area Network (LAN), Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), Campus Area Network (CAN), Metropolitan Area Network (MAN), Wide Area Network (WAN), Storage-Area Network (SAN), System-Area Network (also known as SAN), Passive Optical Local Area Network (POLAN), Enterprise Private Network (EPN) and Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Source: 11 Types of Networks Explained: VPN, LAN & More

The Internet in Real Time

By the time you finish reading this sentence, there will have been 219,000 new Facebook posts, 22,800 new tweets, 7,000 apps downloaded, and about $9,000 worth of items sold on Amazon… depending on your reading speed, of course. Now that the Internet is widely available, just one second of global online activity is jam-packed full of events, from communication with others to data storage to entertainment options galore.

The amount of data uploaded to the Internet in a single second is a staggering 24,000 gigabytes. Cisco forecasts that monthly Internet data will reach 91.3 exabytes – or 1 billion gigabytes – by the year 2016, pushing the amount of online activity even higher.

Want to know what else happens in single second online? Click here to find out what has happened on the Internet just since you loaded this page!

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Data Loss Risks in Cloud Storage

There are several data loss risks in cloud storage due factors such as security and compliance issues as well as hacking and malicious deletions.

As the public cloud storage continues to grow, consumers must be aware of the risks associated with the service. The global market is expected to grow further in the coming years. One of the driving factors being that the cloud allows customers to cut operational costs while improving reliability without investing heavily in in-house hardware.

Advantages of cloud storage

Cloud storage and service provides business and other customers with flexibility, convenience, and scalability. The services are accessible from any location and using a wide variety of devices, including the mobile phones, tablets, laptops, desktops. These can be standalone or integrated into local area networks as well as wide area networks where workers in remote locations can access the same service.

This allows the employees to collaborate and share data without being physically in the same place. Additionally, the company does not have to invest heavily and manage an in-house data center and staff. It also frees up the resources and employees’ time.

Data loss risks in cloud storage due to Compliance and security

Unless your cloud provider can confirm the physical location of your data, compliance with a certain country, industry and/or company rules may be near to impossible.

With data and services spread across several networks and locations in different countries, compliance becomes a challenge for the cloud computing clients.

The security and compliance for a specific company can only be guaranteed if the cloud storage provider can confirm the physical location where the data is stored.

Top data loss risks in cloud storage for business

Some of the factors that increase data loss risks include but not limited to

  • Users uploading data
  • Snooping
  • Key Management
  • Cloud Credentials
  • Data Leakage
  • No Control over Data

The typical data loss occurs due to

  • User error: where users accidentally or overwrite or delete data
  • Hacking:  where outsiders get into the business systems;
  • Closing accounts: when subscription expires or cloud provider closes down, some do not care about the stored data
  • Malicious delete: where users intentionally delete company data.
  • Third Party Software where a third-party tool or application overwrites critical data.