June 2014: the Pentalog infrastructure team has successfully met another challenge

Here’s an article on the relocation of our datacenter last June written by Alex Francu, Infrastructure Manager of the Pentalog Group.

The Pentalog datacenter in figures

In order to ensure the continuity and optimal security of the hosted services, the Pentalog private cloud is spread across various sites and relies on 3 datacenters: 1 French DC, 1 Romanian DC for our internal services, and a 2nd French DC for our cloud services.

This means in figures:

  • a BladeCenter platform with 10 physical servers
  • 120 CPU cores and 1 TB of RAM available to various virtual machines
  • 30-Terabytes of data storage
  • 250 active virtual machines
  • over 1000 services (websites, e-Commerce sites, messaging, social network, business applications, etc.) that must be fully operational 24/7

We also ensure continuous application services for one hundred clients, the

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The Pentalog business team is always there for you!

Before going on or returning from a vacation, and before the fall settles in, why not take some time to reflect on the best innovation, cost reduction and productivity gains solutions for your company?

Pentalog’s business consultants are bravely sacrificing themselves for their clients and prospects . To remain 100% available during this period that may favor interesting and productive exchanges, they will take no summer vacations! This means that they will work at full speed, the same as in the rest of the year.

Below are some of the topics they are proposing to you:

- Software development and Agile methodologies: solving field-related evolutive problems, implementing functional requirements, visibility on project follow-up, maintaining productivity or long and complex projects.

- Cloud infrastructure: architecture consulting, private cloud management, outsourcing services.

- BigData

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Is your eCommerce site legally compliant? (2/2)

How to make sure your site is compliant with the legislation in force

As promised in the previous article on the new Consumer Rights Directive, this time I will go into more legal details that all e-traders need to take into account in order to become legally compliant.

Reconsider your Terms & Conditions, legal mentions and licenses

The innovations brought by this new Directive automatically entail an update of your General Terms & Conditions of Sale, particularly the provisions on the transportation of the goods delivered to the client, as well as the withdrawal and refunding deadlines.

This is the perfect occasion for you to make sure whether the use of the eCommerce platform products (CMS platform, AddOns, additional tools) complies with the purchased license. With SaaS products, it’s highly unlikely to be outside the

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Is your eCommerce site legally compliant?

E-traders, get ready for some new legal changes that may affect your business!

June 13, 2014 saw the adoption of the Consumer Rights Directive, a new EU legislation aiming to enhance consumer protection for online payments and purchases. Considering Pentalog’s positioning with regard to e-traders, it seemed quite interesting to focus on these provisions, as they have a great impact on eCommerce sites which, if not updated yet, have become non-compliant with the law.

But how might this legislation affect your business? Here are the main aspects that need to be brought in line before and after confirming the order (also called contract):

Before confirming the order

       1.  No more hidden charges and costs on the Internet

Before confirming the order by means of a very explicit button such as “Order with obligation

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A penny for your thoughts? 3 million Euros for ours.

I first considered writing this article in Romanian, but there are so many wonderful expressions in English that we can’t just translate and still capture their true meaning.

The question in the title is definitely not about somebody getting rich. Although, with the right amount of thoughts you share for a penny, you might actually get somewhere. The penny in the title is the symbol of human curiosity and shared thoughts are the engine of growth. “Chance favors the connected mind” says one of my favorite authors, Steven Johnson.

It is this curiosity that has pushed humanity forward, on so many occasions. But while people pay a penny to satisfy their curiosity, they are willing to pay a lot more when trying to build what they had in mind, in the right way.

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Inauguration of “Château des Hauts” and celebration of Pentalog’s 20th anniversary

It’s time to feast! On July 3rd and 4th, Pentalog celebrates two wonderful events: the inauguration of “Château des Hauts”, our new headquarters, and the company’s 20th anniversary. Several remarkable speakers will take the floor. Among them, Olivier Mathiot, founder and CEO of PriceMinister, Jérôme Malavoy, CEO of TraceOne, who will tell us the extraordinary story of his digital Quo Vadis, Philippe Rodriguez, President of Bitcoin France, Olivier Siegwart, CTO at Meetic, and Jean Michel Billaut, who has retired but is still a web guru. They will talk about the challenges Europe has been faced with in this digitization war: e-commerce, food market, machines, local and foreign currencies. They will tell us exactly what to expect! These topics will also be approached by other great speakers who will equally take

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“Shake your eCommerce”. Pentalog. June 24. Marseille

Tuesday June 24, 2014 is the Day for European eCommerce passionates! Join Pentalog at the #Shake14 event and help us turn Marseille into the Euro-Mediterranean capital of eCommerce. What will you find here? No less than 40 conferences and workshops on major topics such as international development, trends, connected commerce and technologies. This is a unique opportunity for you to meet the key players in the field of eCommerce.

Pharo Palace from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM! Be there!

Frédéric Lasnier, Pentalog CEO, a renowned IT partner of many European digital companies and innovative startups such as Sharealike, Socrative or Sensee, will also attend this event to share his vision and experience as participant to the conference:

                HR, eCommerce: recruiting or involving passionate people?
               June 24, 2014 from 3:30 PM

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Pentalog welcomes you to Hanoi between June 10 and 20, 2014

European leader in IT outsourcing services, the Pentalog group is also established in Vietnam since 2008, a country that has reached the top 10 IT outsourcing destinations. More specifically, what Vietnam can offer you is:

  • A potential reduction of 40% up to 70% of your IT budget
  • English-speaking teams that work according to European quality standards
  • A positive time zone difference enabling you to take advantage of your teams during the morning and benefit from 24/7 support at day rates.

Mickaël Hiver, Head of Embedded Systems Business Line at Pentalog, will be on site from 10 to 20 June 2014 during the Open Days event organized by the Hanoi Delivery Center. He will welcome you in a short trip that will be 100% sponsored by Pentalog.

This is the perfect occasion for

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The conflict between Russia and Ukraine may have long-lasting impact on European nearshore geopolitics

The occupation of the Independence Square, which was already foreshadowing the armed opposition in Eastern Ukraine, has been shaping Western clients’ intentions with respect to Ukrainian IT service providers since December 2013.

But the more recent invasion of Crimea, followed by the turmoil in Eastern Ukraine, is becoming a real game-changer since Ukraine is a high quality IT service provider that US, German and Scandinavian companies heavily rely on. In the last 3 months, I’ve answered on 3 occasions to the questions and doubts of clients worldwide who are very much afraid of what is to come. All three have in-production teams in Ukraine and one of them is even considering buying large IT companies in Romania, Poland or anywhere else in Eastern Europe, as long as those countries are NATO and EU members.

In

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IT outsourcing companies: Indian quality ranking much higher than that of Western competitors

According to a survey of 3,700 clients, Indian IT services companies wipe out their European competitors in terms of quality, turning offshore delivery into a superior model. Are you surprised? I’m not, and neither are those working at the core of long distance projects…

The European study conducted by Whitelane Research reveals two things about the quality of IT outsourcing companies. The most striking-one refers to the ranking domination by the Indian providers that monopolize the first 3 positions and occupy a total of 6 out of the first top 10 positions. The second-one is that France occupies 6 positions out of the 22 listed, coming third after the Americans and Indians, but way ahead of European competitors. British and German providers seem to be lagging behind as far as quality is concerned.

I will

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Meet Pentalog CEO & Sales Director in Boston / NYC: 30 April – 15 May

In the past few months, Pentalog has been enjoying substantial business growth overseas, especially in the USA, where the group set up last year (read about our presence in Boston, MA). More details about clients and projects can be found on the pentalog.us website: Pentalog reports business growth in North America.

CEO Frederic Lasnier and Sales Director Sophie Lelarge will be in Boston and New York City for the next two weeks in order to meet clients and future business partners. They will attend the TechCrunch Disrupt 2014 conference in NYC on May 5-7 as part of the Startup Alley companies.

If you are a digital startup company, a software editor or an e-commerce business, you may seize this opportunity to have a talk about possible solutions to IT human resources

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EMOTION

This is it! Next Monday we’ll be settling in! After two years of total involvement, including one year of relentless works, I’m more than happy to tell you that we’ve finally made it. The fact that we’ve achieved this just a few months after Pentalog’s 20th birthday is even more exciting. Once again, I take this opportunity to shut up those non-dreamers who hide their narrow-minded spirit behind derisory criticism: the total purchases and renovation have cost us less than €3000/m2. This is slightly higher than initially expected but 3 times cheaper than in Paris, 4 times less expensive than in London, and about the same price as premium Bucharest locations where you cannot see a single tree. Pentalog brings back to life a magnificent place with a budget smaller than that

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