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Microsoft launches Azure Blockchain Development Kit to help businesses create distributed ledgers for various use cases and to extend developer capabilities. Microsoft has announced a new serverless blockchain development kit powered by its intelligent cloud platform – Azure. The new service dubbed the “Azure Blockchain Development Kit” is designed to facilitate seamless integration of blockchain with the best of Microsoft and other third-party SaaS offerings. “This kit extends the capabilities of our blockchain developer templates and Azure Blockchain Workbench, which incorporates Azure services for key management, off-chain identity and data, monitoring, and messaging APIs into a reference architecture that can be used to rapidly build blockchain-based applications.” – Marc Mercuri Principal Program Manager, Blockchain Engineering, wrote in a blog. The initial release will focus on three major capabilities – Integrating data and systems connecting interfaces deploying smart…
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PITTSBURGH – Just weeks after announcing their 11 recent hires, Tier1 is now announcing their move to a new office location in order to support their rapid and continuous growth. For the last 15 years, Tier1 has been headquartered out of the South Side of Pittsburgh, PA. They are now located in a Northern Suburb of Pittsburgh – Warrendale, PA – at 100 Global View Drive, Suite 100, Warrendale, PA 15086.

Tier1’s new office is not only significantly larger to support the growth that they have already experienced, but it will also allow for the additional growth that they anticipate. The expansion of Tier1’s Enterprise Technology services and cloud hosting solutions into new markets has accelerated the company’s growth and resource requirements.


Rob Guidarelli, Tier1 CEO, states his excitement for taking this next step towards Tier1’s future. He stated, “2018 has been a really exciting year for us [Tier1] so far. We’ve expanded our service offerings, hired many new team members, and now we’ve moved to a new office. I knew that the future for us [Tier1] was bright, and I’m confident that the best is yet to come.”

This new location also provides the majority of Tier1’s staff with a shorter and easier commute, which was another major deciding factor for the move. Additionally, it is centrally located to many large retail shopping centers, a wide variety of cafes and restaurants and numerous flagship hotels. The building itself is even surrounded by walking trails for the tenants. All of this was considered when choosing a new location to provide the staff with not only a better working space, but also the ability to enjoy the surrounding area, as well.

Guidarelli explains, “I really want to make Tier1 the best possible place to work for our employees and I know that a commute and work environment have a large impact on people’s day-to-day attitude and productivity. I hope that the shorter commute and the newer, larger workspace, as well as the endless opportunities surrounding the building, will help our team arrive to work happy and remain happy throughout the day.”

Tier1’s newly designed website is another recent change demonstrating the effects of Tier1’s rapid growth and forward-thinking mindset. The website has been re-organized and updated to include their new services with their already expansive array of offerings. The new design was built to reflect Tier1’s mission of simplifying Enterprise Technology, which can often be complex for users, by adding streamlined navigation and easily accessible information for its visitors – along with a more modern look and feel.

Readers are invited to explore the new website and stay up-to-date with Tier1 at: www.tier1inc.com.

Guildarelli goes on to state his enthusiasm for the future of Tier1, “These are just a couple of the many changes to come to support Tier1’s growth. With these changes, I am more excited than ever about the future of Tier1.”

About Tier1, Inc.
Founded in 2003, Tier1 is a forerunner in providing consulting and outsourcing services for enterprise technology applications and databases. With 50+ employees that have a minimum of 10 years experience and over 350 clients, Tier1 has built a world-class consulting and support organization. Based in Pittsburgh, but serving clients across the United States, Tier1’s services – to an extensive range of industries – include managed services, implementations, upgrades, development services, cloud hosting, cloud services, and staffing needs.

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AMSTERDAM – INTERXION HOLDING NV (NYSE:INXN), a leading European provider of carrier and cloud-neutral colocation data center services, today announced that in response to continued customer demand, Interxion will construct new data centers in Frankfurt (“FRA15”) and Marseille (“MRS3”).

“Interxion Frankfurt is the leading cloud and connectivity hub in Germany with over 20 cloud deployments from the leading global cloud platforms and 235 network service providers present,” said David Ruberg, Interxion’s Chief Executive Officer. “Similarly, Interxion Marseille already has over 130 network service providers present and is now established as a primary gateway for submarine cable connectivity between Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa with 13 cables currently active and additional cables due to become operational before the end of 2019. Strong demand from global customers is driving our growth in each of Frankfurt and Marseille as they seek to benefit from the highly-developed communities of interest that we have created in these markets.”


In Frankfurt, FRA15 will be constructed in four phases, delivering in aggregate 9,600 square metres (“sqm”) of equipped space and 19 megawatts (“MW”) of customer available power when fully built out. The first phase of FRA15, which is expected to provide approximately 2,300 sqm, is scheduled to open in 1Q 2020. The capital expenditure associated with FRA15 is expected to be approximately €175 million.

In Marseille, MRS3 will be constructed in three phases, delivering approximately 7,100 sqm of equipped space and 17 MW of customer available power when fully built out. The first phase of MRS3, which is expected to provide approximately 2,300 sqm, is scheduled to open in 4Q 2019. The capital expenditure associated with MRS3 is expected to be approximately €140 million.

The anticipated capital expenditures in the current year related to FRA15 and MRS3 are included in the most recent 2018 capital expenditure guidance provided by the company on 14 September 2018.

About Interxion
Interxion (NYSE:INXN) is a leading provider of carrier and cloud-neutral colocation data center services in Europe, serving a wide range of customers through more than 50 data centers in 11 European countries. Interxion’s uniformly designed, energy efficient data centers offer customers extensive security and uptime for their mission-critical applications. With over 700 connectivity providers, 21 European Internet exchanges, and most leading cloud and digital media platforms across its footprint, Interxion has created connectivity, cloud, content and finance hubs that foster growing customer communities of interest. For more information, please visit www.interxion.com.

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In July this year, Microsoft had released the commercial preview of Office 2019 Server. It has now become generally available. The commercial release of Office 2019 Server includes Exchange Server 2019, Skype for Business Server 2019, SharePoint Server 2019, and Project Server 2019. “Office 365 delivers the most productive and most secure Office experience – with the lowest total cost of ownership for deployment and management. However, for customers who aren’t yet ready to move to the cloud, Office 2019 provides an update to the on-premises apps and servers,” wrote Microsoft in a blog post. Exchange Server 2019 comes with improvements to scalability and performance, along with new and enhanced search powered by Bing technology. There are new options that allow users to limit the forwarding of meeting requests. Skype for Business Server 2019 will make it easier for existing users to take advantage of key cloud experiences. The main features at general availability include support for…
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MARLBOROUGH, Mass. & LONDON – Corero Network Security (LSE: CNS), a leading provider of real-time, high-performance, automated DDoS defense solutions, today announced that it has secured a $2.0 million (£1.5 million) equity investment from Juniper Networks, an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks.

The Investment follows the Company’s recent announcement regarding a multi-year global resale partnership with Juniper to resell and support Corero’s SmartWall software products and services. Juniper provides the routing infrastructure for some of the world’s largest IP networks and cloud datacenters.


Ashley Stephenson, Corero CEO, said:

“We welcome this investment from a global corporation of Juniper Network’s reputation and scale, in addition to our previously announced global resale partnership. We feel this represents a further endorsement of our vision for SmartWall products as a critical component in securing IT networks from DDoS attacks. We look forward to working closely with Juniper to capitalize on our partnership and jointly pursuing the market opportunity for DDoS protection via its global sales force and channel.”

The Juniper resale partnership was showcased at the Juniper Networks’ annual customer and partner summit, NXTWORK 2018, in Las Vegas.

About Corero Network Security
Corero Network Security is a leader in real-time, high-performance DDoS defense solutions. Service providers, hosting providers and digital enterprises rely on Corero’s award winning technology to eliminate the DDoS threat to their environment through automatic attack detection and mitigation, coupled with complete network visibility, analytics and reporting. This industry leading technology provides cost effective, scalable protection capabilities against DDoS attacks in the most complex environments while enabling a more cost effective economic model than previously available. For more information, visit www.corero.com.

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OVERLAND PARK, KS – Responding to increasing demand for hybrid IT solutions requiring secure, multi-cloud environments, QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of software-defined and mega-scale data center solutions today announced availability of private connectivity via Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute from QTS data centers in 12 major markets.

QTS’ expanding portfolio of direct, private connectivity solutions includes access to five of the world’s largest cloud providers ensuring high-throughput, and low-latency access over a single interface.


Via Azure ExpressRoute, QTS provides customers with private access that ensures the reliability and performance of critical enterprise applications running within Microsoft Azure. By effectively bypassing public Internet routes, QTS is able to lower latency and improve network security and availability. This is particularly important for enterprises creating or expanding hybrid IT environments that require secure access to public and private cloud resources.

Customers within QTS facilities can now take advantage of fast, reliable connectivity to Azure making it ideal for scenarios such as data migration, replication for business continuity, disaster recovery, and other high-availability strategies. It is also a cost-effective option for transferring large amounts of data, such as datasets for high-performance computing applications, or moving large virtual machines between environments in Azure and on-premises production environments.

QTS’ innovative software-defined data center platform (SDP) serves as the foundation of QTS’ connectivity platform that enables automated provisioning and access to public and private cloud solutions. Using SDP, customers can view and manage their hybrid connectivity in real-time. This software-defined data center approach increases visibility while reducing deployment time for network administrators and engineers.

“QTS is pleased to offer Microsoft Azure customers a secure, software-defined networking experience that facilitates deployment and expansion of their hybrid colocation initiatives,” said Clint Heiden, Chief Revenue Officer, QTS. “QTS is focused on providing a variety of options for direct public cloud access that optimize performance, reliability, efficiency and cost.”

Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute is initially available in QTS data centers in Phoenix, AZ; Chicago, IL; Ashburn, VA; Suwanee, GA and Atlanta, GA; Irving, TX; Piscataway, NJ; Richmond, VA; Santa Clara, CA; Miami, FL; Sacramento, CA; Jersey City, NJ; and Overland Park, KS.

About QTS
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading provider of data center solutions across a diverse footprint spanning more than 6 million square feet of owned mega scale data center space throughout North America. Through its software-defined technology platform, QTS is able to deliver secure, compliant infrastructure solutions, robust connectivity and premium customer service to leading hyperscale technology companies, enterprises, and government entities.

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