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REDWOOD CITY, CA and MUSCAT, Oman – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, and Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel, a MSM listed company: OTEL), announced the companies have entered into a joint venture to deliver data center and interconnection services to customers in the Middle East through the development of a new network-dense data center that will be located in Barka, near Muscat, the capital of Oman. This joint venture will establish the first world-class, carrier-neutral hub in Oman where carriers, content providers and cloud providers colocate critical IT infrastructure.

Oman is strategically positioned between Asia, Africa and Europe, and the new Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center will create a regional interconnection hub with ultra-low latencies between global business markets. Based on demand and requirements, customers in the GCC and wider MENA region can also leverage other Equinix data centers in the region for dual access to content providers, allowing carriers, content providers and cloud providers to further build resilience into their IT and network infrastructure.


The new IBX data center in Oman will benefit from connectivity to strategic cable landing stations (CLS) and subsea cable systems that terminate directly inside the facility. It will also benefit from the investments by Omantel in multiple strategic subsea cable systems throughout the region and world. This subsea cable connectivity will provide customers with significant cost savings and an increase in performance and security.

Under the terms of the agreement, Equinix and Omantel will both fund equity contributions in an amount of US$10 million for the joint venture representing a 50% shareholding each, and additional funds will be raised through debt financing assumed by the joint venture company. The shareholders’ agreement was signed on June 20, 2018, and the joint venture company was established on June 26, 2018.

Equinix will operate the new IBX data center, which will include 18,600 square feet of colocation space and approximately 750 cabinets at full build. The first phase of the three-phase build will include 250 cabinets and is expected to be completed and open for business by Q2 2019.

According to the recently published document Worldwide Datacenter Installation Census and Construction Forecast, 2018–2022, IDC observes a clear trend of movement of internal data centers to service provider data centers. With more than 200 data centers worldwide, Platform Equinix™ enables customers to easily interconnect with one another in business ecosystems for maximum collaboration across digital supply chains in 52 markets globally. Additionally, 30 Equinix metros are close enough to the shorelines to support the CLS model.

Omantel is a global communications provider with cable landings and connectivity to more than 120 cities globally. It has investments in 20 subsea cable systems and leverages six diverse landing stations in Oman and one in France. Additionally, Omantel is an investor in AAE-1 consortium, one of the largest, newest high-capacity connections between Asia, Africa and Europe. Omantel has also invested in multiple regional and international cables including Europe India Gateway (EIG), Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG), Gulf to Africa (G2A), and Silk Route Gateway-1 (SRG-1), among others. As a result, Omantel will be able to offer a redundant and unique latency of 160ms between Frankfurt and Singapore, two of the world’s main capacity hubs accessible directly from within the new IBX data center in Oman.

About Equinix
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most-interconnected data centers. In 52 markets across five continents, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies.

About Omantel
Omantel Wholesale is the international and domestic wholesale arm of Oman Telecommunications Company S.A.O.G. (Omantel), the first and leading integrated telecommunications service provider in Oman. Founded in 1970, Omantel is a joint-stock company listed in Muscat Securities Market and is 51% owned by Oman Investment Fund (OIF), a wholly owned investment arm of the Omani government. The company has laid the groundwork for telecommunications and technological advancement in the country and it continues to invest heavily within its own borders and abroad. As a result, Omantel has acquired a controlling stake in Kuwaiti Mobile Telecommunications Company (Zain Group) last year, making it the second largest shareholder in the company. Omantel Wholesale capitalizes on ultra-low latency networks to enable innovation and digital transformation globally, utilizing Oman’s geographic advantage at the absolute nexus of the east, west, north, and south to enable its customers and partners to deliver their services with the best possible end-user experience.

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Rzeszow, Poland – HostBill, a popular billing and automation software for web hosting industry has recently launched a set of tools integrated with Plesk: Plesk Key Administrator module to resell Plesk licenses and two new extensions to their Plesk module: Plesk DNS Helper and Plesk Service Plan Sync tool.

Plesk Key Administrator
Plesk Key Administrator module for HostBill allows to resell Plesk Software licenses (such as Plesk, Virtuozzo and more) and add-ons. With HostBill the licenses are created, provisioned and terminated automatically, making the reselling process completely hassle-free. The users can also set automatic renewal that could significantly improve the license management process. The end-clients can display the license details, change license IP, check license keys, activation and content in HostBill’s user-friendly client area. The admin panel on the other hand gives full control over the billing information and account lifecycle. The admin can also choose which client area functions end-customers will have access to.


Plesk DNS Helper
Plesk DNS Helper is and extension to the Plesk module and was created to help connect Plesk installations with one of the HostBill-supported DNS services: Power DNS, Power DNS Slave Zones, OnApp DNS, cPanel DNS or any other DNS that HostBill supports.

As Plesk handles DNS really well, but it’s more suited for single-install deployments, HostBill created the extension for users who want to deploy multiple Plesk instances and manage single DNS server (master) rather than multiple ones. The extension also helps to hook up PowerDNS to store slave zones, while the Plesk would keep master zone records.

With the Plesk DNS Helper extension installed in HostBill, any time new DNS zone is created / updated / deleted in Plesk, the extension notifies HostBill about it and HostBill then “decides” what to do next. It can push this zone to real master nameserver, notify secondary nameserver to create/update slave zone and after exporting such zone, HostBill can assign it to the related customer

As a result slave DNS (any supported by HostBill) will be notified automatically about new zones in Plesk or Plesk DNS will not be used to handle DNS queries, but as a source of data for actual DNS server that handles requests.

With this approach you can benefit from flexible & automated DNS templates built into Plesk on any central DNS server you wish to use with it.

Plesk Service Plan Sync tool
Plesk Service Plan Sync tool was developed to help manage service plans and addons changes across unlimited Plesk installations with ease. This extension is a real problem-solver especially for hosting companies that use more than one Plesk installation. This automated tool will help to keep multiple service plans and addons in sync between different installations.

The tool allows to create multiple configurations (for separate Windows/Linux Plesk installations or different installations for different purposes) that consist of Plesk servers. In each configuration you can select source server, that will serve as a source of actual plans & addons configuration. Other Plesk servers within configuration will have plans updated, and missing plans created according to the source plan with a single click of a button.

The Plesk Service Plan Sync tool will track what plans/addons/plan settings are missing or different compared to the source server and show those differences. You can then run a synchronization process and as a result all plans and addons missing will be added to target server and plansand addons with matching names but conflicting configurations will have their configurations updated to match those in source Plesk. Moreover, if you’re syncing Plesk with minor configuration/version/extensions differences you can setup overrides that will be prevented from overwritting when creating/updating plans and addons on this server, as well as when comparing it with target server.

Plesk Service Plan Sync Tool can be of use to you if you want to update your plans in bulk, add new plan to all your installations or add new Plesk installation.

About HostBill
HostBill is a powerful and flexible, all-in-one automation, billing, client management and support platform for online businesses. HostBill handles all aspects of running a successful online business, from client acquisition, through invoicing and payment collection, automated service provisioning and management, to customer service and support. Extensive range of advanced features, multitude of modules and apps and integration with various various control panels, domain registrars, payment gateways, order pages, client panels and more, make it the most comprehensive solution on the market for Hosting, Cloud/IaaS/VPS Solutions Providers, Domain name and SSL Resellers around the globe to automate and manage their online businesses.

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Gillingham, Kent – Level 5 is pleased to announce another landmark achievement with its appointment to G-Cloud 10, the UK Government Digital Service Framework. Already a Crown Commercial Supplier providing support and development for the public sector, Level 5 will now be able to provide domains, web hosting and software development consultancy to the public sector.

Level 5’s experienced, in-house team has been providing hosting services and application development to the public sector since early 2010, and this latest appointment comes soon after the launch of Level 5 Domains, which allows the public to sign up to managed hosting services.


About Level 5
Software architects established in 2010, Level 5 is a rapidly growing organisation, employing innovative ideas and best-in-class methodology in our mission to be at the forefront of application architecture. We aim to safeguard our clients in a rapidly changing environment by embedding adaptability and sustainability of the working environment. We are driven by our belief that, by generating real engagement, we can provide real-world differences for our clients and their users. That is where we believe the best value – and values – are to be found.

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EDINA, MINN. – Equus Compute Solutions announces the release of its WHITEBOX OPEN™ R1560 server, part of the Equus portfolio of custom, cost-optimized open-hardware server and storage platforms. Incorporating dual Intel® Xeon® Scalable CPUs and new open-hardware features, the R1560 is an ideal compact high-performance compute solution for demanding applications such as content delivery, cloud services, business applications, and virtualization. The R1560 server is ideal for content delivery network providers (CDNs), cloud services providers (CSPs), value-added resellers (VARs), and enterprise IT.

The 1U 4 Bay R1560 server features four 3.5”/2.5” hot-swap HDD bays and 16 DIMMs for up to 2TB of memory. The R1560 also features OCP slots that accommodate multi-vendor cards including 1, 10, 40, 50, 100 Gbps Ethernet NICs, and NVMe/SSD storage modules. The R1560, like all of the WBO server platforms, can be customized to exact end-user specifications.


The R1560 NVMe version of this server supports two 3.5”/2.5” hot-swap HDD bays and two NVMe bays for customer applications that demand higher storage performance.

The R1560 supports all the WHITEBOX OPEN features, including OpenBMC system management, which is the open-source implementation of the Baseboard Management Controller firmware stack that works across heterogeneous systems and can free companies from proprietary system management vendor lock-in. The R1560 also supports LinuxBoot to customize the server BIOS for flexibility, improve security, and create a lightning-fast boot experience. The server’s OCP networking enables it to utilize NC-SI (network controller sideband interface) in-band network management communication, removing the need for a separate 1GbE management port and the associated dedicated network that in turn generates cost savings, frees rack space, and reduces cabling complexity.

The R1560 and R1560 NVMe servers are shipping now. Technical details on all the WHITEBOX OPEN servers are available here: https://www.equuscs.com/servers/whitebox-open/.

About Equus Compute Solutions
Equus Compute Solutions customizes white box servers and storage solutions to enable flexible software-defined infrastructures. Delivering low-cost solutions for the enterprise, software appliance vendors, and cloud providers, Equus is one of the leading white-box systems and solutions integrators. Over the last 28 years, we have delivered more than 3.5 million custom-configured servers, software appliances, desktops, and notebooks throughout the world. Our advanced systems support software-defined storage, networking, and virtualization that enable a generation of hyper-converged scale-out applications and solutions. From components to complete servers purchased online through ServersDirect.com, to fully customized fixed-configurations, white box is our DNA. Custom cost-optimized compute solutions is what we do, and driving successful customer business outcomes is what we deliver. Find out how to enable your software-defined world with us at http://www.equuscs.com.

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ASHBURN, VA – Infomart Data Centers, a national wholesale carrier-neutral data center provider, today announced that it has recently completed a new data center suite at its Ashburn facility. The new data center suite is the first of six 10,000-square-foot suites, each with flexible power capacity of up to 3 MW. When complete, the facility will bring up to 18 MW of premium capacity to the Northern Virginia market.

Infomart Ashburn has a rich history dating back to the origin of the commercial Internet when it served as the home of AOL’s email platform. Infomart has invested in a complete refurbishing of the facility’s infrastructure and interior, and much like at its original inception, Infomart Ashburn is once again positioned to offer industry leading mechanical and electrical resiliency. The facility also meets FISMA, NIST, DIACAP, NISPOM and ICD 705 government compliance mandates, providing for the flexibility and security to service the diverse needs of cloud and IT service companies, international and domestic enterprises, federal agencies and systems integrators.


“We are excited to announce that we’re open for business in Northern Virginia,” said Dan Ephraim, Vice President, Infomart. “We’ve worked quickly to bring an industry leading facility to market and consider today the beginning of our commitment to be a leading provider in Northern Virginia.”

Infomart Ashburn provides true 2N+1 IT critical power redundancy, allowing for concurrent maintenance without interruption. The facility features chilled water systems designed to operate at maximum efficiency within the regional climate, hot aisle containment, and ceiling and cold wall plenum. Additionally, through a Building Management System (BMS), Infomart will deliver real-time PUE metrics as well as mechanical and electrical infrastructure information to provide clients with maximum control and performance transparency.

The facility has redundant Meet-Me-Rooms and, as a carrier-neutral provider, is connected to a fiber ring providing access to more than 60 data centers throughout the region. Physical security features include berms, vehicle arresting cables, perimeter fencing, and a gated entrance. Infomart Ashburn also expects to achieve multiple certifications, including SSAE 16 Type I, SSAE 16 SOC 2 Type II, PCI DSS, HIPAA/HITECH, ISO 27001, and the Uptime Institute’s Management & Operations.

To learn more about Infomart Ashburn, visit www.infomartdatacenters.com/locations/Ashburn/.

About Infomart Data Centers
Founded in 2006, Infomart Data Centers is an award-winning industry leader in building, owning, and operating highly efficient, cost-effective wholesale data centers. Each of its national facilities meet or exceed the highest industry standards in all operational categories of availability, security, connectivity, and physical resilience. Recognized for its consistent excellence, Infomart Data Centers is dedicated to maintaining its reputation of reliability and best-in-class management while offering flexible solutions to meet the needs of its clients. Since the company’s inception, Infomart has demonstrated its commitment to environmental responsibility in designing and building energy-efficient and sustainable data centers for performance-driven organizations. Infomart Data Centers offers highly connected wholesale and colocation facilities in three Tier I markets throughout the United States, including San Jose, California; Hillsboro, Oregon; and Ashburn, Virginia.

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