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AUSTIN, TX – Hostway, the world’s most trusted managed compliant hosting provider, today announced that it has been awarded FERPA attestation. When combined with its HITRUST, HIPAA, and PCI certifications, FERPA compliance makes the company one of few hosting providers to have a full suite of compliance certifications. The company is now uniquely positioned to provide educational IT systems with superior compliance and security in protecting student information.

To maintain FERPA compliance, Hostway employs multiple layers of security to ensure the protection, privacy, and integrity of student data. The company has policies and processes in place to ensure that data is safeguarded at all times, to ensure the physical security of its data centers; and it employs strong authentication and authorization controls for its infrastructure. By including federal and state regulations, standards and frameworks, and incorporating a risk-based approach, Hostway’s FERPA compliance helps organizations address privacy challenges through a comprehensive and flexible framework of prescriptive and scalable security controls.


“We are an EdTech company that works very closely with top educational institutions and students from around the globe, and we understand the extreme importance of maintaining the integrity of student data,” said Jamey Vester, Chief Technology Officer of IES Abroad. “We chose Hostway as our global managed hosting provider because of their commitment to strong security, strict compliance, and great customer service. Their announcement that they are FERPA compliant now is just another reminder of why we choose them.”

“We’re very proud to say that EdTech companies and educational institutions can rely on Hostway to store and maintain electronic student education records in accordance with FERPA regulations,” said Emil Sayegh, CEO and president of Hostway. “By strictly following FERPA regulations, we can deliver on our promise to be the most trusted cloud provider for our customer’s mission-critical software applications.”

In addition to safely storing electronic student records, Hostway also works with clients to host a wide variety of education applications, such as content management systems; digital education, on-demand learning materials and webinars; academic research data; digital media for speaking events, sport events, and fine arts performances.

About Hostway Services
Hostway Services, Inc. is the world’s most trusted managed compliant hosting provider, delivering managed cloud infrastructure and application hosting solutions for software companies including healthcare, SaaS and e-commerce focused organizations. Its team of engineers in North America, Europe, and Asia deliver reliable, secure and scalable private cloud, managed cloud and hybrid cloud hosting solutions to thousands of customers across ten geographically diverse SAE 18 and ISAE 3402 data centers around the world while ensuring strict compliance such as HITRUST, PCI, FERPA and HIPAA. At Hostway, every customer interaction is treated as an opportunity to develop a long-term relationship based on trust.

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Tampa FL – Hivelocity Inc, a provider of Dedicated Servers, Colocation and Cloud Hosting to customers from over 130 countries, announced today the addition of Miami, Florida to the list of Edge Computing markets where Instant Deploy Bare-Metal Servers are now available. Miami joins Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York City and Tampa to the growing list of cities where Hivelocity offers its full suite of Infrastructure as a Service. Hivelocity’s new Miami data center provides a strategic advantage to customers by delivering one hop network routes between the US and Central/South America.

“With two 30,000 square foot data centers in Florida already, we long ago built out a network specifically optimized for Latin America. Our purpose built network has performed so well throughout Latin America, Brazil is now our 2nd largest market behind only the United States. Our new offerings in Miami further enhance the advantages we already provide customers in South and Central America,” said Hivelocity COO, Steve Eschweiler. “Our world-class Spanish speaking technical support and customer service teams, coupled with unparalleled network performance in Central and South America makes Hivelocity the easy choice for Latin American businesses seeking IaaS in the United States.”


Currently Hivelocity offers 25 instantly deployable bare-metal server configurations with 5 of those configurations immediately available in Miami. Additionally, Hivelocity offers custom built servers with thousands of possible configurations, which deploy in 1-5 days depending on the complexity and data center. All of Hivelocity’s Instant Deploy and Custom Built dedicated servers are available with Linux or Windows. Managed services can be added to any Linux server for just $35 per month with Windows Management scheduled for availability in Q1 of 2019.

According to Steve Eschweiler, Hivelocity intends to add more bare-metal configurations to Miami in the near future as well as open new markets in the US and abroad. “Within the coming weeks and months we will build more and more servers for the Miami market ultimately growing the number of available configurations to a dozen or so, similar to our Los Angeles and New York data centers.”

Hivelocity provides publicly available live streams and virtual tours of some of their data centers on the company website. Hivelocity offers 24/7 phone, live chat and trouble ticket support and boasts a Net Promoter Score of 81. For more information and contact information please visit https://www.hivelocity.net

About Hivelocity
Hivelocity provides cloud hosting, dedicated servers and colocation services to customers from over 130 countries worldwide. In addition to Tampa Bay and Los Angeles, Hivelocity provides services in Atlanta and Miami. By simply focusing on solutions and environments that put the customer in the best position to succeed, Hivelocity has grown steadily since 2002. These highly scalable solutions are delivered from CJIS, SSAE16, SOC 1, SOC 2 and HIPAA certified facilities. For more information about Hivelocity you can visit them at https://hivelocity.net.

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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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Paras Jha and Josiah White have pleaded guilty to federal cybercrime charges in an Alaska court for creating the Mirai botnet and launching attacks including the one that took down Dyn in October of last year, ZDNet reports.
Jha, who was unmasked by cybersecurity researcher Brian Krebs in January, was indicted along with White in early December, court documents unsealed Wednesday said.
"Jha conspired to conduct DDOS attacks against websites and web hosting companies located in the United States and Abroad," according to his plea agreement. The document also says Jha managed to infect more than 300,000 devices.
See also: Andromeda Botnet Brought Down by Law Enforcement Agencies, Private Sector
He also admitted to releasing the source code in order to create "plausible deniability" in case he was caught in possession of it. Having done so, Jha has allowed the threat to be reused and repurposed by other hackers, as Akamai detailed in a report earlier this year.
A justice department spokesperson indicated to ZDNet that further indictments in the case will be unsealed soon.
As was suggested by Krebs when he identified Jha, Dyn appears to have been collateral damage in a DDoS attack on game servers, as Jha and his co-conspirators, presumably meaning White, and possibly others, attempted to extort the companies hosting them.
Fast-growing botnet "IoT_reaper" was discovered to be using some of the Mirai code in October.

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