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Cloudstar Promotes Chris Cury to President

JACKSONVILLE, FL –April 8, 2021–

Cloudstar, a leading provider of cloud computing, cyber-security, and technology consulting services, today announced that Christopher J. Cury will assume the role of President, effective April 8, 2021. This responsibility is in addition to his existing duties as EVP of Sales & Customer Service.

As President, Mr. Cury will be responsible for the strategic leadership of Cloudstar, including the management of sales, compliance and operations.

“Christopher has played an important role in the expansion and diversification of our business,” said Gregory G. McDonald, Chairman of the Board. “He has a deep understanding of delivering cloud services and security products to our client base consisting of highly regulated industries, and has demonstrated exceptional leadership and customer service. Both our company and our customers will benefit from his wisdom, experience and guidance as we continue to expand into new markets through organic growth and strategic acquisition”.

“Under his leadership, Cloudstar has consistently gained market share, enjoying an average of 42% year over year gains to bottom-line revenue,” said Cheryl Swopes, CFO.

Mr. Cury succeeds Gregory G. McDonald who founded Cloudstar and who served as President and CEO for the past 12 years.  As majority shareholder, Mr. McDonald will continue to serve the company in a senior advisory capacity and as Chairman of the Board.

Mr. Cury joined Cloudstar in 2015 and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Salve Regina University.

 

About Cloudstar

Founded in 2009, Cloudstar is an emerging leader in financial services technology, with a focus on mortgage origination, title insurance, real estate, consumer banking, law, risk & compliance, and business technology consulting.

Our Core services include managed colocation, public & private cloud, containerization, cyber-security, SIEM / SOC, IT resiliency, telecommunications, application integration, and industry specific business and workflow consulting for regulated industries.

 

For additional information, please visit: www.MyCloudstar.com

CONTACT:  Greg Petrow

Director of Operations

(800) 340-5780

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Cloudstar Adds Two Additional Failover Data Centers

Jacksonville, FL March 17 2021 – Cloudstar is pleased to announce the addition of two additional data centers for the purpose of providing real-time fail-over options to its customers.  The data centers, located in both Phoenix, Arizona and Atlanta, Georgia were selected for their geographic locations, and proximity to high speed fiber routes.

Cloudstar, a Zerto Service Provider (ZSP), offers customers the ability to replicate files, virtual machines, and workloads in real time.  In the event of a service disruption, the customer’s entire server infrastructure can be instantly transferred to an backup data center facility in minutes, with near zero data loss said Gregory McDonald, CEO of Cloudstar.

Because Zerto is a continuous data protection (CDP) solution which continuously journals all changes, customers can restore an entire environment to virtually any point in time – instantly.  Customers now enjoy the flexibility to choose their backup data center location from any of the following six states – California, Arizona, Georgia, Colorado, Florida, and New Jersey.

“Working hand-in-hand with our customers to develop a comprehensive cyber-security & disaster recovery plan to meet or exceed regulatory guidelines is what we do best.” said Christopher Cury, EVP of Customer Experience.  “The more our customers view the relationship as a partnership, or an extension of their team, the better the results”.

While nobody wants to think about downtime, ransomware, regional Internet outages, DDoS attacks, data corruption and state sponsored cyber-crime remain the top reasons for unplanned downtime. Cloudstar remains committed to helping its customers embrace these challenges and plan for the unexpected.

About Cloudstar

Cloudstar is an emerging leader in financial services technology, with a focus on mortgage origination, title insurance, real estate, consumer banking, law, risk & compliance, consulting and outsourcing solutions. Through the breadth of our solutions portfolio, and our subsidiary companies MortgagePhish, Cloud Bunny & Teletonix Communications, Cloudstar delivers a wide variety of solutions to thousands of customers located throughout the United States and emerging global markets.

Our Core services include colocation, public & private cloud, containerization, virtualization, cyber security, SIEM, IT resiliency, telecommunications, application integration, industry specific business development and workflow consulting.

Cloudstar continually strives to make customer service our number one focus being mindful that our success depends on the success of our customers. We take information security very seriously, never losing sight of our obligations to protect and secure the confidential assets of our clients and their customers.

Partner with Cloudstar to take your organization to the next level.

www.MyCloudstar.com

 

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Roland DuBeau Named President of MortgagePhish

JACKSONVILLE – Marth 3rd, 2021.  MortgagePhish, a leader in wire fraud prevention through simulated phishing attacks and security awareness training, today announced the promotion of Roland DuBeau from Senior Vice President to President. Roland joined Cloudstar, the parent company of MortgagePhish, in November 2016 and served as the company’s director of product development and compliance.

“During his time with MortgagePhish, Roland’s contributions have been invaluable to not only creating the technology behind the email phishing platform, but also creating the online dashboard that helps employers track the progress of their staff by seeing who in their company accidentally clicks on phishing emails, then track who has received the subsequent online security awareness training.” said Gregory McDonald, founder of MortgagePhish.

“Since joining MortgagePhish, I have been fortunate to work with outstanding teams throughout the organization” said DuBeau. “Our number one goal is to protect title companies and home buyers against the devastating effects of theft and fraud – it’s our passion and we sleep better at night knowing we’ve made a difference”.

As President, DuBeau oversees national operations including, product execution, security awareness training, regulatory compliance, and industry relations. He fosters a culture of excellence among MortgagePhish employees by identifying top-tier talent and prioritizing employee engagement. In addition, his role includes ensuring the company’s technology stays one step ahead of the latest cyber security threats to meet the objective of training customers.

About MortgagePhish

MortgagePhish is a fully-managed system built specifically to train land title, real estate and mortgage professionals to combat the latest wire fraud and cyber security threats by providing a “safe learning environment” where employees can experience what a real phishing attack would feel like.

MortgagePhish empowers employers to test whether their employees are familiar with the dangers of the Internet by sending industry specific simulated attack emails, text messages, or USB thumb drive drops, testing outcomes, and educating pursuant to the results.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, MortgagePhish is a subsidiary of Cloudstar, a leading financial services and mortgage technology provider.

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Cloudstar Launches Mortgage & Fintech Consulting Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 8th 2021 – Jacksonville FL.  Cloudstar is pleased to announce the launch of a new mortgage and fintech consulting department.  The department is bridging the gap between mortgage operations and technology delivering both management consulting and technology services to all aspects of the mortgage industry.

Services include process optimization, LOS support and selection, business intelligence, operational consulting, cyber-security, on-site and remote training, and regulatory compliance & advisory services along with custom RESTful API development with advanced systems integrations.

“Our goal is to service the entire Industry said Gregory McDonald, CEO of Cloudstar, which includes working with Wholesale & Retail lenders, in addition to brokers, to deliver solutions for Loan Origination, Distressed Asset Management, Default Tracking and REO Properties. And because of our already large industry presence in banking and land title, we are uniquely positioned to provide additional insight and value.”

About Cloudstar

Cloudstar is an emerging leader in financial services technology, with a focus on mortgage origination, title insurance, real estate, consumer banking, law, risk & compliance, consulting and outsourcing solutions. Through the breadth of our solutions portfolio, and our subsidiary companies MortgagePhish, Cloud Bunny & Teletonix Communications, Cloudstar delivers a wide variety of solutions to thousands of customers located throughout the United States and emerging global markets.

Core services include colocation, public & private cloud, containerization, virtualization, cyber security, SIEM, IT resiliency, telecommunications, application integration, industry specific business development and workflow consulting.

Cloudstar continually strives to make customer service our number one focus being mindful that our success depends on the success of our customers. We take information security very seriously, never losing sight of our obligations to protect and secure the confidential assets of our clients and their customers.

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Note: If you would like to learn more, please visit our mortgage & fintech consulting page which can be viewed HERE

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Cloudstar Welcomes Director of Title Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 8th 2021 – Jacksonville FL.  Cloudstar is proud to announce and welcome Nancy Allen as the company’s Director of Title Services.  Nancy will be responsible for managing the title service department which includes consulting, SQL reporting, and workflow services for ResWare, RamQuest and SoftPro along with developing innovative new technologies such as blockchain integrations, APIs, and machine learning.

Throughout her 15+ year career, Nancy has worked across a wide range of industries from real estate title, settlement services and mortgage default, to FinTech, Big Data, and blockchain technology. Nancy specializes in process improvement, data analysis, product and project management and technology implementation.  She is also a subject matter expert in the mortgage industry.  Prior to her current role, she served as Senior Vice President of Operations at Oversite Data Services, LLC., where she was instrumental in developing a docket-based legal compliance and management solution recognized by HousingWire as one of the most innovative technologies in the U.S. housing economy. Additionally, Nancy served as Director of Operations at Albertelli Law, a full-service real estate law firm.

“We are extremely excited to have Nancy on board as her industry and technical knowledge make her a true leader in the mortgage and land title space and a major asset to our team” said Christopher Cury, EVP at Cloudstar.

Nancy graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida International University, obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Finance, and is currently an MBA candidate, specializing in Business Data Analytics.  She holds Six Sigma Champion and Lean Black Belt certifications and has a distinguished record for successfully analyzing critical business needs, identifying deficiencies and opportunities, and developing innovative and cost-effective solutions to accelerate growth and drive performance.  Nancy is an incredible talent with the experience and ability to make an immediate impact on any operation.

Nancy Allen

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Cloudstar Adds Support for Promox Virtual Environment

Cloudstar is pleased to announce the addition & support of Promox Virtual Environment to our suite of Cloud products and services.

Promox provides compute, network, and storage layers into one single solution and is part of Cloudstar’s strategy to embrace open sourced solutions meet the next generation of cyber security challenges.  This addition dovetails with the addition of Cloudstar’s Linux and open-source offerings through our recent acquisition of open sourced hosting company, CloudBunny.

“Banks, Credit Unions, Law Firms, and Title Companies, are facing more cyber security challenges than ever before, and by embracing the native security that open source solutions such as Linux provide, they’ll have one more tool in their arsenal of defense against ransomware and data breaches” said Gregory McDonald, CEO of Cloudstar.

Proxmox VE is an open-source server management platform for your enterprise virtualization. It tightly integrates KVM hypervisor and LXC, software-defined storage, and networking functionality on a single platform. With the integrated web-based user interface you can easily manage VMs and containers, highly available clusters, or the integrated disaster recovery tools with ease.

Enterprise-class features and a 100% software-based focus make Proxmox VE the perfect choice to virtualize your IT infrastructure, optimize existing resources and increase efficiencies with minimal expense. You can easily virtualize even the most demanding Linux and Windows application workloads, and dynamically scale computing and storage as your needs grow ensuring that your data center adjusts for future growth.

Promox

 

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Cloudstar Introduces Support for End-of-Life Systems

A significant portion of the country’s businesses still rely on old, dead operating systems, which puts them at grave cybersecurity risk.

End-of-Live System and Obsolete OS Hosting from Cloudstar is the solution.

Research by Kaspersky found that four in ten of very small businesses (VSB), and roughly half of small and medium-sized businesses (SMB), still rely on operating systems such as Windows XP or Windows 7 which are nearing their end of life.  Many still are forced to run dangerously outdated server operating systems, some dating back to the 1990’s such as Windows NT, or Novell Netware.

Sometimes however, there are specific reasons why business must continue forward running these outdated operating systems.  Legacy line of business applications, custom software that cost millions to write, tends to drive the decision.

Security is not only the biggest concern. Often times, as employees retire, knowledge is lost, and today’s IT professionals simply aren’t trained on 30 year old technology- Hardware begins to fail, placing these companies between a rock and a hard place.

Cloudstar is here to help extend the life of your business applications.  Our team of experts can transfer outdated workloads from on premise hardware, to secure custom build cloud environments where it is forever preserved.  Our team is here to assist as an extension of yours, and through VPNs,  private circuits, and image based server imaging, we do our best to tackle the security challenges and recovery.

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Cloudstar Adds Director of Operations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Greg Petrow joins Cloudstar as Director of Operations
Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

 

JACKSONVILLE, FL (July 7th, 2020) Cloudstar CEO Gregory McDonald announced today that Greg Petrow has joined Cloudstar as Director of Operations.

“Mr. Petrow brings with him a wealth of experience including strategic planning, project management, financial analysis and IT management” McDonald said. “Additionally, having served as Director of Operations of National Property Data, and VP of Operations for PSW Investments, he brings with him a wealth of highly relevant industry experience”.

At Cloudstar, Greg’s primary roles and responsibilities will include: managing all hands-on operational aspects of the company, assisting the sales department in the successful growth of the company; and providing the leadership, management, and vision necessary to ensure Cloudstar’s financial strength and operating efficiency. Special emphasis will be placed on ensuring that Cloudstar continues to deliver the very best in customer service.

“We’ve are very excited to have Greg on board, and look forward to him expanding Cloudstar’s level of customer service, and moving us further into global markets” said Gregory McDonald – CEO.

Greg has a distinguished leadership record, having led teams that developed a highly successful Upper Court Judgement / Lien Search Company, managed the development of multiple web-based applications, overseen and performed business valuations for tax and litigation purposes, as well as managing the day to day operations of a VC, hedge fund and global investment firm.

Greg earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Case Western Reserve University and was an active member of Zeta Beta Tau.

Cloudstar is a provider of cloud-based data center products, services and consulting for regulated industries worldwide.

 

Greg Petrow

 

 

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John Badon Joins Cloudstar as Sr. Systems Engineer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JACKSONVILLE, FL April 3rd 2020 – Cloudstar is please to announce that John Badon has joined our Florida data center team in the role of Senior Systems Engineer.  John brings with him 10+ years of industry experience.  He graduated from Northshore Technical College with an A.S. degree in Network and Systems Administration, and has earned over twenty technical certifications including:

MICROSOFT

  • MCSE – Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Cloud
  • MCSE – Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Server Infrastructure
  • MCP
  • MCSA

 

CISCO

  • CCNA

 

COMP TIA

  • A +
  • Network +
  • Security +
  • Cloud +
  • Project Management +

 

Other

  • Apple OSX Certified
  • SNIA Storage +

 

“John brings with him years of valuable experience in designing, implementing and troubleshooting complex network and cloud infrastructure and we look forward to having him on the team” – said Gregory McDonald CEO of Cloudstar.

John’s work experience includes serving as a systems engineer for the Federal Department of Law Enforcement, L3 Systems Engineer at Global Data Systems, managing systems for the State of Louisiana’s Attorney General’s office, and having worked as a technical instructor teaching classes at ITT Technical College.

Having John on board will be instrumental to Cloudstar’s growth and expansion plans and he will play a key role in managing projects, troubleshooting complex issues, and working with our team of in-house engineers to manage our overall cloud infrastructure.

About Cloudstar

Cloudstar is a multi-national provider of virtual desktop hosting, hosted software and applications, custom tailored IT infrastructure design, email encryption, managed services, IT security, and consulting to regulated industries across the United States.

Cloudstar started in 2009 as Cloudstar Consulting Corporation and was created to meet the unique needs of the land title industry. As the company grew from a consulting and IT infrastructure design firm, Cloudstar Consulting Corporation re-branded as simply “Cloudstar”, a DBA of the newly formed holdings company, Keystone Management Group, LLC. In 2014, Cloudstar purchased a 50% interest in U.S. Telecommunications firm, Teletonix Communications LLC in addition to adding Diologix, an electronic medical records encryption company and Notary Transfer to its portfolio of brands. Cyber security firm, MortgagePhish was added as of 2019. Cloudstar has recently expanded to provide services to the entirety of the United States, Canada and Mexico with offices in three states and privately held infrastructure co-located at five U.S data centers.

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For more information, please visit http://www.MyCloudstar.com

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Billy Keating Joins Cloudstar as Sr. ResWare and SQL Admin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jacksonville, Florida, March 30, 2020 – Cloudstar is proud to announce and welcome William (Billy) Keating as Sr. ResWare Administrator & SQL Reporting Expert. Billy will be working with our Title Production Team to support and manage Cloudstar customers who utilize the ResWare software platform.

Billy Keating has been in the Title Industry for three (3) years as ResWare administrator for Nationwide Title companies. His expertise includes excellent customer service and troubleshooting, document creation, workflow automation, user training and SQL reporting.  Automation and accuracy are what he strives for to make the User experience in ResWare a seamless process that will allow for more opportunity to use time where it is needed the most. Billy’s experience in report building empowers businesses with data, including real time data tracking to stay within SLA’s, view financials, and to keep settlements on track.

“Billy’s knowledge of the ResWare platform and the industry will add to the already expansive services that Cloudstar offers our customers. Billy’s experience helps bridge the gap between title and technology. On behalf of Cloudstar I would like to personally welcome Billy to the team”.

– said Christopher Cury, EVP Customer Experience, Cloudstar.

 

About Cloudstar

Cloudstar is a multi-national provider of virtual desktop hosting, hosted software and applications, custom tailored IT infrastructure design, email encryption, managed services, IT security, and consulting to regulated industries across the United States.

Cloudstar started in 2009 as Cloudstar Consulting Corporation and was created to meet the unique needs of the land title industry. As the company grew from a consulting and IT infrastructure design firm, Cloudstar Consulting Corporation re-branded as simply “Cloudstar”, a DBA of the newly formed holdings company, Keystone Management Group, LLC. In 2014, Cloudstar purchased a 50% interest in U.S. Telecommunications firm, Teletonix Communications LLC in addition to adding Diologix, an electronic medical records encryption company and Notary Transfer to its portfolio of brands. Cyber security firm, MortgagePhish was added as of 2019. Cloudstar has recently expanded to provide services to the entirety of the United States, Canada and Mexico with offices in three states and privately held infrastructure co-located at five U.S data centers.

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For more information, please visit http://www.MyCloudstar.com

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