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SAN ANTONIO, TX – Rackspace® today announced that it signed an agreement to acquire Datapipe, one of the world’s leading providers of managed services across public and private clouds, managed hosting and colocation. This acquisition, the largest in Rackspace history, brings important new capabilities to Rackspace and will enable the company to better serve customers of all kinds, globally and at scale.

According to industry surveys, the vast majority of companies operate across three or more clouds today, and will do so for years to come1. Customers have been asking Rackspace to rapidly expand its abilities in managing multiple clouds at scale, and with the acquisition of Datapipe, Rackspace will be able to meet this growing demand.


Among the new capabilities that Datapipe will bring to Rackspace are:

  • Experience serving high-profile public sector customers, including the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, and Treasury, as well as the U.K. Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice, and Department of Transport
  • Professional services, software and tooling that will help better serve enterprise customers
  • Data centers and offices in key markets where Rackspace today has little or no presence, including the West Coast of the U.S., Brazil, mainland China, and Russia
  • Traditional colocation services across four continents, to reduce cost and risk for customers moving applications out of their corporate data centers
  • Managed services on the Alibaba Cloud (the largest in China)

By the same token, Rackspace brings new capabilities to Datapipe customers, including:

  • Deep experience in Microsoft, VMware, and OpenStack private clouds, including new service offerings for Azure Stack and VMware Cloud on AWS
    Managed Google Cloud Platform
  • Managed services for enterprise applications, including those in the Oracle and SAP ecosystems, and those used in digital marketing and ecommerce

“Our customers are looking for help as they spread their applications across public and private clouds, managed hosting, and colocation, depending on the blend of performance, agility, control, security, and cost-efficiency they’re seeking,” said Joe Eazor, CEO of Rackspace. “With the acquisition of Datapipe, we’re very pleased to expand the multi-cloud managed services we provide our customers, while also opening doors to new opportunities across the globe.”

Founded in 2000, Datapipe is a pioneer in managed public cloud services. It is a growing and profitable business, based in Jersey City, N.J., with 825 employees and 29 data centers in nine countries. Datapipe serves the complex needs of many large enterprises, including Johnson & Johnson, McDonalds and Rubbermaid.

“We are very proud of the business we have built and the innovations and successful customer outcomes we have been recognized for, and the future of Datapipe will be even brighter in combination with Rackspace,” said Robb Allen, founder and CEO of Datapipe. “Customers need guidance using public cloud infrastructure from Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure. They also need help navigating the use of private clouds, managed hosting and colocation solutions, often in combination, as they move critical applications out of their corporate data centers. The combination of complementary capabilities and resources from both of our companies will create the world’s leading provider of multi-cloud managed services.”

Rackspace and Datapipe are remarkably similar. Both companies have been positioned as leaders in the Gartner Magic Quadrant assessments of providers of managed cloud services, and in industry rankings by Forrester and other leading analyst firms. Both companies are known for their technical expertise and managed services across multiple clouds, exceptional customer service, profitable growth, and engaged workplace cultures. Rackspace intends to build on the industry leadership the two companies have established in reliability and support, to create a new level of end-to-end customer experience.

Pending regulatory approvals, Rackspace’s acquisition of Datapipe is expected to close in Q4 2017. Rackspace will develop a comprehensive integration plan and will take great care to maintain and enhance the exceptional customer outcomes that both companies are known for. Rackspace looks forward to welcoming the talented employees from Datapipe.

Both companies are privately held, with Rackspace owned by affiliates of certain funds of Apollo Global Management, LLC and certain co-investors. The majority owner of Datapipe, Abry Partners, will receive equity in Rackspace. Brian St. Jean, Partner at Abry, described this transaction as “a measure of our confidence in the bright future of Rackspace when combined with Datapipe.” No additional terms or details of the transaction will be publicly disclosed.

Citigroup is acting as sole financial advisor to Rackspace in the transaction and has committed to provide incremental Senior Secured Credit Facilities, which will be used in part to refinance Datapipe’s existing indebtedness and pay related fees and expenses. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is acting as legal advisor to Rackspace.

Barclays and DH Capital are acting as financial advisors in the transaction to Datapipe. DLA Piper LLP is acting as legal advisor to Datapipe.

About Rackspace
Rackspace, the leading multi-cloud managed services company, helps businesses tap the power of cloud computing without the complexity and cost of managing it all on their own. Rackspace engineers deliver specialized expertise, easy-to-use tools, and Fanatical Support® for leading technologies including AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack, Oracle, SAP and VMware. The company serves customers in 150 countries, including more than half of the FORTUNE 100. Rackspace was named a leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide and has been honored by Fortune, Forbes, and others as one of the best companies to work for. Learn more at www.rackspace.com.

About Datapipe
A next generation MSP, Datapipe is recognized as the pioneer of managed services for public cloud platforms. Datapipe has unique expertise in architecting, migrating, managing and securing public cloud, private cloud, hybrid IT and traditional IT. The world’s most trusted brands partner with Datapipe to optimize mission-critical and day-to-day enterprise IT operations, enabling them to transform, innovate, and scale. Backed by a global team of experienced professionals and world-class interconnected data centers, Datapipe provides comprehensive cloud, compliance, security, governance, automation and DevOps solutions. Gartner named Datapipe a leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide.

1 Bain IT Decision Maker Survey, May 2017

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Herndon, VA – EdgeConneX®, specializing in global data center solutions at the edge of the network, today announces its first Edge Data Center® (EDC) in Toronto, Canada. The new facility will serve as a robust connectivity and peering alternative, offering extensive fiber, density and peering options to metro area customers. Toronto is the financial and enterprise capital of Canada and acts as an international gateway between Europe and North America, which makes it an attractive location for large cloud, content and network service providers wanting to securely interconnect with their customers.

The new multi-tenant Toronto EDC offers high-density power in a redundant and reliable facility. The initial deployment will be a 6MW, N+1 designed data center scheduled for rapid delivery in early Q2 2018. EdgeConneX will bring a strong Internet ecosystem to the facility that includes networks, IX’s, IP providers, cloud on-ramps, gaming platforms, IoT platforms and CDN’s, creating a highly interconnected facility. Capacity for the Toronto campus is planned, offering customers peace of mind with a line of site to scalable capacity as needed for future demand.


In collaboration with its customers, EdgeConneX has seen the need for Edge services expand rapidly across the globe as cloud applications require localization and availability in the most proximate location to end user customers. EdgeConneX has previously used initial market entry deployments such as Toronto to develop other large campus builds that scale to as many as 100MWs in markets such as Amsterdam, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Dublin, Miami, Phoenix, and Portland.

The Toronto facility marks the 40th Edge Data Center in the EdgeConneX global Edge Data Center portfolio. It is located strategically at the crossroads of several major fiber routes with five network providers on-net, ensuring direct and diverse routes to multiple locations with low latency and low cost.

“In collaboration with our customers, EdgeConneX is accelerating its expansion globally and entering new markets such as Toronto to facilitate the enablement of their cloud, content, network or other services ever closer to their end-users,” says Clint Heiden, chief commercial officer, EdgeConneX. “Latency, security, data sovereignty and quality of service are all critical impediments to cloud adoption and content distribution, which in large part is solved by going to the Edge.”

For more information about EdgeConneX and its leading Edge of network infrastructure solutions for expanding and improving access to wireless and data communications, visit edgeconnex.com or email info@edgeconnex.com.

About EdgeConneX®
EdgeConneX® is the only global Edge Data Center® provider. Creating purpose-built, edge-of-network infrastructure solutions that extend the internet’s reach, EdgeConneX enables the fastest and most secure delivery of content, cloud services and applications. Edge Data Centers host bandwidth intensive and latency sensitive data closer to end-users, establishing a more secure, reliable and cost effective distribution model for the internet. For more information, please visit the EdgeConneX Internet of Everywhere® at edgeconnex.com.

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DUBLIN, IRELAND – Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, today announces its participation at Datacloud Ireland, taking place 21 September, 2017 at the Convention Centre, Dublin. Addressing an often-misunderstood subject, Host in Ireland Founder and President, Garry Connolly, as a Special Intelligence Session moderator, will join industry experts to explore the economic benefits associated with an increase in digital assets hosting throughout Ireland. In addition, Mr. Connolly will chair a panel session discussing the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on organisations throughout the region.

“More than a quarter of the gross domestic product of Ireland is from software and data-related services, underpinned by Irish data centres and colocation facilities,” shares Mr. Connolly. “The data hosting industry plays a critical role in Ireland’s economic development, creating a wealth of new employment opportunities as Ireland continues to attract major multinational companies seeking an optimal location to host their digital assets. As the data hosting sector continues to grow throughout the country, this conference will provide an opportunity for the industry’s most influential players to work in tandem to advance the data hosting industry, while educating the greater community on why digital assets hosting is important to the growth of the Irish economy.”


“Unfortunately, many people throughout Ireland don’t grasp the full value of digital hosting as it relates to job creation and economic development, failing to see beyond the mere physical construction of data center facilities,” Mr. Connolly adds. “To judge the data industry from that perspective would be akin to measuring the effect of the agricultural industry based on a field of hay. Similarly, the economic and job multiplier effects of data hosting extend well beyond the tangible infrastructure.”

On Thursday, 21 September, at 9:40 a.m., Mr. Connolly will join an esteemed group of national and international data protection specialists as the moderator of the Special Intelligence Session, “GDPR Mastered.” This session will explore the overall impact of the GDPR on the creation, retention and distribution of data, as well as the effects that it will have on data hosting throughout Ireland and the European Union.

In addition, later that morning, at 10:15 a.m., Mr. Connolly will chair the panel session “The Brave New World of GDPR,” featuring Ireland’s Deputy Data Protection Commissioner and representatives from NetApp, Frontier Privacy and Compuware. As companies evolve to comply with GDPR legislation, these changes bring about a host of new concerns, as well as opportunities. During this session, panelists will discuss the opportunities and challenges that the GDPR will have on all global companies and their relationship with the data of EU citizens.

“At its core, the GDPR is designed to help organisations gain increased focus on the privacy and security of EU citizens’ data,” remarks Mr. Connolly. “I am very much looking forward to joining other industry leaders as we explore ways to increase awareness of the implications of the GDPR, as well as educate attendees on how companies will need to ‘up their game’ in advance of when the regulation goes into effect on 25 May 2018, to ensure compliance before it’s too late.”

Alongside premier partners CBRE, EdgeConneX®, Equinix, Future-tech, Keppel Data Centres, Mercury Engineering, Primary Integration and Siemens, Host in Ireland will also be a featured organisation in the “Irish Pavilion,” an exhibit focused on the advantages of the Irish hosting ecosphere.

Datacloud Ireland will bring together international enterprises, local providers, investment agencies and power supply companies as a platform for networking, education and collaboration among hosting industry professionals. The forum highlights the unique value of data centre, cloud and IT infrastructure across Ireland, which has become the gateway to Europe for multinational businesses.

If you would like to set up a meeting with Host in Ireland at Datacloud Ireland 2017, please email hostinireland@imillerpr.com. To learn more about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

About Host in Ireland
Host in Ireland, winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information about Ireland’s digital asset hosting ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU. There’s a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland. Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the “5 Ps”: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power. On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market. Ireland supports this initiative through attractive fiscal structures, access to a skilled workforce and full support of the U.S. Safe Harbor and Patriot Acts — ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small. For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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Paya Lebar, Singapore – WPWebHost, a WordPress hosting provider with over 30,000 WordPress sites announced it has taken steps to further enhance it’s managed WordPress hosting offerings. These new plans and features are highly optimized, reliable and perfect for users desiring a scalable, optimized WordPress Hosting experience.

“Anticipating our customers’ needs and delivering the key features and functionalities they require to be successful when it comes to building high quality WordPress websites is what WPWebHost is about,” said Chan Kee Siak, CEO of WPWebHost. “Our new plans are the perfect springboard for small businesses, publishers and developers to increase productivity and deliver their message without having to worry about the cumbersome back-end.”


New plans come preconfigured with WordPress installation, migration, automated updates and enhanced security. In addition to their 24/7 support by their expert WordPress technical staff, additional features include Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates, site indexing, cloning and staging environments.

“WordPress powers over 28% of all websites today, representing 60% of the content management system market and still growing strong. WordPress users have specific requirements and want to focus on making their website successful instead of configuring and securing web servers and WPWebHost is poised to deliver best in class WordPress Hosting, with Plesk WordPress Toolkit and their phenomenal management and support” said Jan Löffler, CTO at Plesk.”

For more information about WPWebHost and it’s the new WordPress features and benefits can be found at wpwebhost.com.

About WPWebHost
Since 2001, WPWebHost has assisted entrepreneurs and developers globally bring their dreams to life on the Internet. WPWebHost powers amazing experiences for websites and applications built on WordPress. The company’s premium managed hosting platform provides the highest performance, reliability and security while remaining affordable and intuitive for individual and small businesses. Its commitments to customers include 24x7x365 professional technical support, 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee, 100-Day Money Back, friendly customer service team, 99.9% Network Uptime and 99.5% Server Uptime Guarantee.

About Plesk
Plesk is the leading WebOps platform to run, automate and grow applications, websites and hosting businesses. Plesk is running more than 377,000 servers, automating over 11 million websites and 19 million mailboxes. Available in more than 32 languages across 140 countries, 50 percent of the top 100 service providers worldwide are partnering with Plesk. Plesk has simplified the life of SysAdmins and SMBs since the early 2000s and continues to add value across multiple cloud services.

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DALLAS – Infomart Data Centers, a national wholesale data center provider, today announces that it has doubled the capacity of its carrier-neutral Building Meet-Me Room (BMMR) within Infomart Dallas, upgrading infrastructure to accommodate future carrier installations. Launched in 2015, the Infomart Dallas BMMR has seen quick adoption from carriers, ISPs, and cloud applications, which is driving this expansion. Infomart also announces the addition of Verizon Communications Inc. and Cloud Service Provider ServedBy the Net, which have established new Points of Presence (PoPs) in the Dallas interconnection hub’s BMMR.

Connecting through Infomart Dallas’ BMMR provides customers with the fastest and most direct path to one of the world’s largest concentrations of international and domestic carriers, colocation and content providers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and cloud applications, making 1950 N. Stemmons Fwy one of the most connected and strategically positioned data center facilities in the U.S.


“For companies with latency-sensitive applications or that are deploying hybrid cloud, proximity and connectivity have become business-critical,” says John Sheputis, President, Infomart Data Centers. “The provider and service diversity within BMMR and Infomart-operated wholesale suites makes Infomart Dallas the ideal option in the region for linking to communication systems both nationally and globally.”

Tenants connecting through the Dallas BMMR can access as many as a dozen carriers and network providers, as well as the internet exchange, DE-CIX Dallas, and next-generation SDN-based cloud networking services. As the owner and operator of the building, Infomart offers no monthly recurring cross-connect fees within the BMMR, and facilitates further interconnection to the 75+ additional network providers as well as colocation customers within the building. Infomart Dallas is the largest data center in Texas and the hub of connectivity for the Southern United States.

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

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 Center 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 four Tier I markets throughout the United States, including San Jose, Calif.; Hillsboro, Ore.; Dallas; and Ashburn, Va. For more information, please visit www.infomartdatacenters.com.

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Microsoft has announced the public preview of its new Azure VM family – the B-series, which will offer cost efficiency and burstability to workloads that are running in Azure. These VMs are best suited for workloads that do not need a continuous CPU performance like web servers, small databases and development/test environments. The B-series VMs are designed to optimize performance during less workload, and burst capacity during increased workloads. The concept is quite similar to what AWS and Google have been offering through T2 instances and f1-micro and g1 small instances, respectively. During less workloads, the B-series VMs will run in low points without utilizing the full capacity of the CPU. However, the user will pay for the full CPU only. Once the VM accumulates enough credits, it can burst above its baseline up to 100% when any application requires high performance. Thus, these VM sizes will give cost flexibility to the end-users, who can adjust CPU usage during less and…
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