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DES MOINES, IA – LightEdge expands its geographical reach and redundancy and invests further into the company’s world-class compliant cloud solutions as it acquires Austin, Texas-based OnRamp.

“LightEdge is thrilled to announce the expansion of our secure and compliant hosting and colocation services through the acquisition of OnRamp. This combining of forces elevates the strategic vision we have been successfully executing for the past decade. OnRamp brings a tremendous group of skilled experts, HITRUST-certified data center facilities, and a proficiency in delivering leading compliance and security solutions that make them a natural fit with LightEdge,” said Jim Masterson, Chief Executive Officer at LightEdge.


With the emergence of the IT cloud paradigm, many mid-sized enterprises are trying to get out of the hardware business. They are seeking trusted partners that specialize in providing compliant infrastructure to meet increasing audit standards, enhance data security, and minimize business risk or downtime. This acquisition presents the perfect opportunity for LightEdge to expand and serve this national demand.

“LightEdge is an innovative and forward-thinking organization. I am confident they have the drive, ingenuity, and financial support to continue to propel the combined company into the forefront of the nation’s top hosting and compliant cloud providers,” said Lucas Braun, Chief Executive Officer for OnRamp. “Our two cultures and values are a great fit, which was important to us in making this decision.”

LightEdge and OnRamp both bring over 20 years of experience to the industry. They have built deep expertise in achieving the world’s top compliance and security standards for their operations and their customers by hosting complex workloads for highly-regulated sectors like healthcare, financial services, education, and manufacturing. DH Capital, LLC served as the exclusive financial advisor for OnRamp.

LightEdge currently owns four colocation facilities: two purpose-built data centers outside of Des Moines, Iowa, one facility within the underground mines of SubTropolis Technology Center in Kansas City, MO, and another recently opened data center in Omaha, Nebraska. Through this acquisition, LightEdge will now be able to expand their geographically-dispersed data center reach into Austin, Texas and Raleigh, North Carolina. This acquisition also puts LightEdge on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) power grid, in addition to their presence on the Eastern grid. This dual-coverage and increased reliability will offer more value and flexibility for LightEdge customers.

About LightEdge
With over 20 years in business, LightEdge offers a full stack of best-in-class IT services to provide leading flexibility, security, and control. Their solutions include premier colocation across four purpose-built data centers, industry-leading private Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and cloud platforms, and the top global security and compliance measures. Their owned and operated facilities, integrated disaster recovery solutions, and premium cloud choices make up a true Hybrid Cloud Solution Center model. LightEdge’s strong financial backing of the Anschutz Group empowers them to invest heavily in their markets. LightEdge annually undergoes third-party audits for maintaining ISO 20000-1, ISO 27001, HIPAA, PCI-DSS 3.2, and SSAE 18 SOC 1 Type II, SOC 2 Type II and SOC 3. For more information, visit www.lightedge.com.

About OnRamp
Founded in 1994 as an ISP, OnRamp opened its first data center in 2003 and transitioned into the private cloud space. In 2010, OnRamp strategically pivoted into the high security hosting space and expanded its data center reach into Raleigh and an additional ground-up build of a second Austin facility. Today, OnRamp is a leading HITRUST-certified data center services company that guides businesses through the complexities of data security and compliance. OnRamp’s solutions help organizations in healthcare, financial services and education services meet compliance standards including HIPAA, PCI, SOX, FISMA and FERPA. Their breadth of hybrid computing and managed services ensures they can provide custom solutions from colocation to cloud. For more information, visit www.onr.com.

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RESTON, VA – Internap Corporation (NASDAQ:INAP), a leading provider of high-performance data center services including colocation, cloud, and network, is significantly expanding its presence in Phoenix, a booming, rapidly growing U.S. data center market, through a master lease for a Tier 3 design data center located at 2500 West Frye Road in Chandler, AZ. A leading private real estate partner recently acquired the property, and a Fortune 100 financial services company will remain the anchor tenant. Through this long-term lease, INAP expands its Phoenix footprint, adding approximately 200,000 gross square feet with up to 10 MW of highly redundant critical power capacity in the 4th fastest growing net power absorption market.

“We are extremely excited to establish a flagship presence fully controlled by INAP, including Bank of America as the anchor tenant. This expansion adds much needed capacity in the vibrant and highly strategic Phoenix/Chandler market,” stated Corey J. Needles, INAP U.S. Sr. Vice President and General Manager. “This facility gives INAP a powerful competitive position within this market, requires no upfront cash investment, enabling us to light customers on day one to support growth, and is a great location that gives us options for potential consolidation of our currently 100% utilized Phoenix footprint. We expect increasing contribution from this key market going forward.”


The new Chandler data center offers some of the most robust security, electrical and mechanical infrastructure in the market today. Phoenix is a major destination for new investment and migration by companies, particularly from California, looking to improve their disaster recovery. The State of Arizona has also created a favorable tax environment specifically for data center operations through the use of tax incentives, which is drawing hyper-scalers to its major markets and benefits INAP in turn.

About Internap Corporation
Internap Corporation (NASDAQ:INAP) is a leading provider of high-performance data center services, including colocation, cloud and network. INAP partners with its customers, who range from the Fortune 500 to emerging start-ups, to create secure, scalable and reliable IT infrastructure solutions that meet the customer’s unique business requirements. INAP operates in 58 primarily Tier 3 data centers in 21 metropolitan markets and has 99 POPs around the world. INAP has over 1 million gross square feet under lease, with over 500,000 square feet of data center space. For more information, visit, www.inap.com.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – iThemes, a leader in WordPress plugins announced that it will begin to offer iThemes Hosting, a complete WordPress hosting solution which will include BackupBuddy, iThemes Security Pro and iThemes Sync, all in one package.

“For the last 10 years, as we’ve built WordPress themes, plugins and services, one thing has always been missing— hosting. We’ve sought to build relationships with all of the popular and good (while they are still good) WordPress hosts out there but, frankly, it’s been a giant struggle and frustration for us (and likely our customers, too),” said Cory Miller, General Manager of iThemes. “In January, iThemes was acquired by Liquid Web, one of the premier managed hosting companies, and with it, the opportunity to create a complete WordPress hosting service with all of the products and support iThemes customers have come to love and trust,” said Miller.


iThemes Hosting will offer three types of hosting plans – Business, Professional and a Starter plan. The Starter plan is priced at $15 a month which will include one free migration with BackupBuddy, iThemes Sync Pro, and a free and automatic SSL certificate. iThemes Hosting includes a smarter, more helpful hosting control panel and site management all in one allowing customers to manage their sites faster and more productively.

“iThemes Hosting is a perfect option for customers that don’t make their money online, but make their money because they are online. It is for customers that need to have a low-cost option, but still require large capacity plans with tons of traffic and quality support,” said Chris Lema, VP of Products and Innovation at Liquid Web.

For a limited time, iThemes is offering their Business Plan (reg. $25/month) at an introductory price of $15/month. The Business plan includes iThemes Sync Pro, BackupBuddy, and iThemes Security Pro. To learn more about iThemes Hosting and the introductory pricing visit https://ithemes.com/wordpress-hosting.

About iThemes
iThemes, a Liquid Web company, is a leader in WordPress plugins that include BackupBuddy, iThemes Security Pro, multiple site management iThemes Sync and iThemes Sales Accelerator. iThemes was founded by Cory Miller in 2008 and has since grown it into a full enterprise providing professional WordPress plugins, tools and training resources designed for freelancers, marketers, bloggers and entrepreneurs. In 2011 and 2013, iThemes was recognized among the top 20 fastest-growing private companies in Oklahoma City, a designation given to the top companies demonstrating positive growth. In January, 2018, iThemes was acquired by Liquid Web functioning as an independent unit within Liquid Web. Liquid Web is part of the Madison Dearborn Partners family of companies. For more information, please visit http://www.liquidweb.com/, or read our blog. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date with all Liquid Web events.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today announced the launch of their second availability zone (“Availability Zone B”) in Malaysia to expand its cloud footprint and bolster its cloud capacity, serving increasing customer demand locally and in the region. The new zone complements Availability Zone A which was launched last year in heightening cloud security and ensuring business continuity through resilient cloud infrastructure.

Alibaba Cloud will also continue to invest in Malaysia by setting up the first cloud based Anti-DDoS Scrubbing Center in August. The center will mitigate risks and offer customers the highest level of protection against stronger DDoS attacks. The new center will feature a variety of security functions including Anti-DDoS Pro, a service that defends against all types of DDoS attacks.


“I welcome Alibaba Cloud’s effort to further support and enhance Malaysia’s digital economy. The world moves ever closer towards e-commerce and we see a considerable surge in demand by local industries to participate in this new economy on a global platform. Malaysia is now pushing ahead with efforts to strengthen its infrastructure with a view towards making access to the Internet a basic human right and categorising facilities which enhance access to broadband as a public utility. The success of our trade on a global platform with assistance of companies like Alibaba Cloud depends on an efficient Internet environment. The advanced technology afforded by Alibaba Cloud opens new opportunities, which I believe will quite substantially benefit Malaysia in its efforts to raise competition and efficiency in this new industry,” said Gobind Singh Deo, Malaysia’s Minister of Communications and Multimedia.

In addition to ensuring high availability and resiliency, Availability Zone B offers payment hardware security modules (HSM), elastic computing, database, networking and monitoring services. It is also certified for SAP hosting, the German-based global market leader in enterprise application software.

“Alibaba Cloud is committed to bringing elastic, scalable and secure cloud products and services to our Malaysian customers. The launch of our Availability Zone B and Anti-DDoS Scrubbing Center will enable us to offer even greater security and choice for our customers. At the same time, the launch will facilitate knowledge sharing with local enterprises and talents on how to use Alibaba Cloud technology to achieve a highly secure and resilient cloud infrastructure,” said Kenny Tan, Malaysia General Manager at Alibaba Cloud.

These new developments in Malaysia come on the back of a number of initiatives by Alibaba Cloud. Earlier this year, the company announced the collaboration with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in the Malaysia City Brain Initiative to create a smart city powered by AI and big data.

About Alibaba Cloud
Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com), the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is among the world’s top three IaaS providers according to Gartner, and the largest provider of public cloud services in China, according to IDC. Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba Group marketplaces, start-ups, corporations and government organizations. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee.

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BURLINGTON, Mass. – Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI), a leading provider of platform solutions designed to help small and medium-sized businesses succeed online, announced that it is offering free SSL Certificates for customers of its Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com and iPage brands to ensure customer data and transactions are secure for themselves and their visitors. The offer will help customers enjoy continued success online with the update of Google Chrome 68, which is more security-focused.

Beginning earlier this week, Google’s updated web browser Chrome 68 alerts users if a site does not use a secure HTTPS connection, making an SSL Certificate – an important aspect of any website – even more critical. Google’s updated browser displays a “Not Secure” message in the URL of any website that does not have a secure HTTPS connection, making visitors less likely to engage and reducing visibility in Google search results.


“Many of our customers are entrepreneurs, focused on running their businesses, not web developers adept at reacting to the ever-changing world of technology. Endurance is dedicated to helping millions of these small business owners succeed online and our SSL Certificate offer is just another example of providing our customers with the right tools and support to help them grow their businesses,” said Suhaib Zaheer, senior vice president and general manager, hosting brands at Endurance. “In this day and age, a secure website is no longer optional and SSL certification is now a ‘must-have’ for any website, which is why we’re proud to offer this to Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com and iPage customers free of charge in light of Google’s browser update.”

Why Encryption is Critical

For the millions of small businesses online today, a “Not Secure” notice could have a dramatic impact on their business. Without a SSL Certificate encrypting the data passing between them and the visitors to their site, both parties could be at risk, and without dedicated resources for site security, small businesses may be even more vulnerable to attacks.

A simple SSL Certificate can help to protect small businesses by:

Authenticating their presence – Validates that customers are talking to their servers and not someone pretending to be them.
Retaining data integrity – Prevents bad actors from modifying the communications between visitors’ computer and business servers, or even injecting unwanted content into sites.
Encrypting data – Keeps the data passing between a site and its visitors private.
Boosting SEO rank – Improves search optimization since Google will give a boost in the ranking of websites that use an SSL Certificate.

Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com and iPage customers will receive free basic SSL to help ensure their sites are secure, allowing their customers to interact with them with confidence. Paid options are also available for customers looking for additional SSL features, such as warranty and TrustLogo Site Seal to display on their website to show their customers that data is secure.

For more information, visit www.Bluehost.com,www.HostGator.com, www.Domain.com and www.iPage.com.

About Endurance International Group
Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:EIGI) helps millions of small businesses worldwide with products and technology to enhance their online web presence, email marketing, business solutions, and more. The Endurance family of brands includes: Constant Contact, Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com and SiteBuilder, among others. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, Endurance employs over 3,500 people across the United States, Brazil, India and the Netherlands. For more information, visit: www.endurance.com.

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REDWOOD CITY, CA – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced an expanded collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to offer private connectivity to AWS Direct Connect at Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers in the São Paulo and Miami metros. This expansion, along with AWS Direct Connect’s existing deployment at Equinix in Rio de Janeiro, builds upon the collaboration between Equinix and AWS in Latin America, helping customers more easily connect their IT infrastructure directly to AWS’s cloud services.

Equinix customers in the São Paulo and Miami metros can directly access AWS Direct Connect via cross connect, which is also available in Equinix data centers in 22 other markets globally. Connecting directly to a private cloud onramp via an edge node is the most effective means to ensure performance, reliability and optimal cost efficiency. Effective immediately, customers can also connect to AWS Direct Connect via Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric™ (ECX Fabric™), which provides simple, on-demand interconnection to AWS Direct Connect. With ECX Fabric, Equinix customers can discover and dynamically connect to any other customer across any Equinix location globally through an easy-to-use portal and a single connection to the Equinix platform.


Equinix has more AWS Direct Connect onramps than any other data center provider. With the addition of São Paulo and Miami, AWS Direct Connect is available to customers in Equinix IBX data centers across 24 strategic markets including Amsterdam, Chicago, Dallas, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Los Angeles, London, Madrid, Manchester, Munich, New York, Osaka, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Warsaw and Washington, D.C.

The ability to directly connect to cloud service providers, such as AWS, is becoming increasingly important for enterprise CIOs in the Latin American region as digital transformation fuels the need for virtualized, on-demand, provider-based services.

Within the São Paulo metro, the Equinix IBX data centers serve as a main financial, corporate and mercantile hub for enterprises in Brazil and throughout South America. Currently, customers in the São Paulo metro and Rio de Janeiro metro are able to connect to AWS Direct Connect via cross connect, while São Paulo customers will now be able to connect to AWS Direct Connect via cross connect and via ECX Fabric.

Equinix IBX data centers within the Miami metro, including the NAP of the Americas (“NOTA”) (MI1) facility, serve as major communications gateways for companies in Latin America, the Caribbean and the Southeastern U.S. The Equinix Miami ecosystem provides customers with direct connectivity to a variety of network and cloud service providers, CDNs and enterprises.

ECX Fabric directly, securely and dynamically connects distributed infrastructure and digital ecosystems on Platform Equinix® via global, software-defined interconnection. Available across 30+ locations, ECX Fabric is designed for scalability, agility and connectivity over a self-service portal or API. Through a single port, customers can discover and reach anyone at Equinix on demand, locally or across metros.

To support real-time or mission-critical workloads, Equinix customers can use ECX Fabric to easily connect to an AWS Direct Connect location in the same metro where the customer’s infrastructure is located. For other workloads like data backup, Equinix customers can use ECX Fabric to easily connect to an AWS Direct Connect location in a different metro from where the customer’s infrastructure is located.

Direct and private connectivity to strategic cloud service providers like AWS is essential as digital transformation fuels higher demand for localized digital services at the edge. According to the Global Interconnection Index, a market study published recently by Equinix, the capacity for private data exchange between enterprises and cloud providers is forecast to grow six times faster than public internet traffic between 2017 and 2020.

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 worldwide, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies. www.equinix.com.

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