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REDWOOD CITY, CA and LAS VEGAS, NV – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced an expansion of its collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) with the extension of direct, private connectivity to the AWS Direct Connect service to four additional Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers in North America and Europe. The move advances the Equinix and AWS collaboration that enables businesses to connect their owned and managed infrastructure directly to AWS via a private connection, which helps customers reduce costs, improve performance and achieve a more consistent network experience.

Effective immediately, AWS Direct Connect will be available to customers in Equinix IBX data centers in Helsinki, Madrid, Manchester and Toronto, bringing the total number of Equinix metros offering AWS Direct Connect to 21, globally. Customers can connect to AWS Direct Connect at all available speeds via Equinix Cloud Exchange™ (ECX), cross connects or Equinix-provided metro connectivity options. Additionally, with the recently announced AWS Direct Connect Gateway, Equinix customers can also access multiple AWS regions with a single conection to AWS Direct Connect.


In addition to the four new markets announced today, Equinix offers AWS Direct Connect in the Amsterdam, Chicago, Dallas, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, London, Munich, New York, Osaka, São Paulo, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw and Washington, D.C. metro areas.
Direct connection to AWS inside Equinix IBX data centers is ideal for specific enterprise use cases, such as:

  • Securing and accelerating data flows: Applications such as business intelligence, pattern recognition and data visualization require heavy compute and low-latency connectivity to large data sets. Equinix Data Hub™ and Cloud Exchange can help enterprises control data movement and placement by enabling private, secure and fast connectivity between private data storage devices and AWS compute nodes, maintaining data residency and accelerating access between storage and compute resources.
  • Interconnecting to hybrid cloud and business ecosystems: Direct connection to AWS via the Equinix Cloud Exchange offers enterprises access to networks, IaaS, PaaS and SaaS providers and connectivity to thousands of other business ecosystems.
  • Direct and private connectivity to strategic cloud providers that avoids the public internet is a growing business practice for leading companies. 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 at 160 percent CAGR between now and 2020.
  • Equinix will showcase its cloud interconnection services at AWS re:Invent, Booth #2213, at The Venetian Hotel.

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 48 markets across five continents, 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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DENVER – H5 Data Centers, a national colocation and wholesale data center provider, today announced the installation of a solar array at its Denver data center campus. The photovoltaic system will be completed by the end of November and capable of delivering up to 478 kWs of renewable power to its data center customers. Over the life of the system, approximately 23 million kilowatt hours of energy will be generated, or enough to power nearly 2,650 homes in Colorado for a year. As part of H5’s commitment to sustainability, it has invested over $10 million in energy efficiency improvements at its Denver data center campus.

“H5 Data Centers continues to make investments across our national footprint to improve the reliability and efficiency of our data centers,” said Josh Simms, founder and CEO of H5 Data Centers. “We are committed to providing reliable, long-term data center solutions for our customers. Not only will our customers realize a much higher percentage of solar power in their energy mix, but also we expect overall power costs at the Denver data center to be more economical in the future.”


In 2016, H5 Data Centers was the recipient of Xcel Energy’s Data Center Efficiency Award. Xcel Energy recognized H5’s sustainability leadership through its commitment to energy efficiency and investment in data center infrastructure improvements.

“H5 Data Centers is a clear leader in their sector,” said Alan Russo, senior vice president of sales and marketing at REC Solar. “Their top-notch data centers and robust service offerings are complimented by their continued investment in future sustainability. We are thrilled to be working with them and look forward to the system generating power soon.”

About H5 Data Centers
H5 Data Centers is one of the leading privately-owned data center operators in the United States with nearly 2 million SF under management. The company designs and engineers flexible and scalable data center and interconnection solutions to address the business and operational requirements of its customers. H5 Data Centers currently owns data centers in Ashburn, Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Phoenix, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, and Seattle. For more information, visit www.h5datacenters.com.

About REC Solar
REC Solar is a nationwide leader providing complete commercial, public sector and utility-scale solar solutions. In 1997, our founders had a simple idea – create better power. Since then we have helped hundreds of organizations across the United States think differently about energy; saving money, creating predictability in operating costs, reducing their environmental impact, and pushing their business forward. REC Solar offers all design, engineering, financing and maintenance services in house, allowing for a simple customer experience. Our unmatched expertise and quality are enhanced by the creativity we bring to each project. By integrating into the core beliefs, values and community of the organizations we work with, we generate greater business value. For more information, visit www.recsolar.com.

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ST. LOUIS – Connectria, a global cloud service provider and founder of the No Jerks Allowed® movement, today announced the launch of TRIA Multi-Cloud, the only multi-cloud management solution that allows management of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, VMware, UNIX and IBM iSeries cloud environments from a single dashboard. Included with TRIA Multi-Cloud are Connectria’s advanced managed services that solve the three biggest challenges when running applications in the cloud: Performance; Security/Compliance, and Cost Optimization.

The TRIA Multi-Cloud platform continuously gathers data from multiple cloud resources, identifies changes, creates events, and alerts Connectria’s 24/7 Command Center for intervention. Events are continuously evaluated to be resolved through automation. The result is a DevOps best practice approach to managing Performance, Security/Compliance, and Costs in the cloud.


“We are pleased to announce TRIA Multi-Cloud at re:Invent 2017,” said Rich Waidmann, Connectria’s President and CEO. “Our customers want flexibility in running their systems in the cloud, but with flexibility can come complexity. The TRIA Multi-Cloud platform allows Connectria’s expert staff and our customers to manage complex cloud environments through a single interface to optimize each cloud environment.”

About Connectria
Since 1996, Connectria (connectria.com) has provided award-winning cloud hosting, remote monitoring and cloud security for more than 1,000 customers in more than 35 countries worldwide. At the core of Connectria is our No Jerks Allowed® company philosophy. As The Jerk Free Company®, we’ve established a unique culture where every employee goes “the extra mile” to take care of our customers. Being The Jerk Free Company® extends beyond our people too. We make it easy to do business with us through flexible terms, scalable solutions and straight-forward pricing to serve the technology needs of large and small organizations alike.

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(Bloomberg) — Selling custom nose rings, crocheted bunnies and hand-carved Santas is energy-intensive stuff.
Just ask Etsy Inc., the go-to marketplace for crafts that doubled its electricity use in two years to feed power-sucking data centers that keep the $2.8 billion-a-year business running. It's one of the many technology giants including Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google demanding cheaper — and cleaner — electricity as their data demands grow.
This hunger for power has set Silicon Valley on a collision course with the Trump administration, which is working up a plan to keep coal plants afloat by raising electricity prices. As a rare source of demand growth, these tech firms have become formidable advocates for clean energy. They've contracted enough renewable energy to displace at least 12 coal generators, and some are paying millions to sever ties with utilities to find their own supply.
Big Tech is no longer "afraid to throw around their weight or their ability to influence — some might say bully — their local utility or local governments in what they want to get," said Lucas Beran, a senior research analyst on IHS Markit's data center and cloud team.
It's easy to see why the companies have become such advocates. Power used by all the nation's data centers is set to climb 4 percent from 2014 to 2020, according to an Energy Department report. Server farms now draw enough electricity to light up Las Vegas and
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INVENT, LAS VEGAS – AWS re: Hostway, a leading managed cloud hosting provider and specialist in compliant hybrid cloud hosting solutions, announced the expansion of its multi-cloud managed service portfolio with the addition of AWS Cloud and VMware® Private Cloud Support, enabling comprehensive mission-critical software applications to be seamlessly moved to the cloud.

As healthcare, IoT and financial organizations continue to struggle with the barriers that have kept them from embracing cloud technology, including cost and compliance, Hostway has been building the foundation for rapid modernization and flexibility as one of few hosting providers that offer strict compliance with regulations such as HIPAA, PHI, ePHI and PCI.


“Our mission is to provide best-of-breed technologies and technical expertise for mission-critical software applications,” said Emil Sayegh, CEO and President of Hostway. “As regulated industries continue to move toward a mobile-based, always-on delivery model, scalability and privacy will continue to be major concerns. Our 20-year track record of providing highly scalable, flexible, and compliant solutions and a commitment to delivering best-in-class expertise to the world’s leading brands sets Hostway apart from other MSPs and hosting providers. Adding AWS and VMware to our portfolio enables us to provide our customers with even more choice and flexibility.”

Enterprises are on a multi-phased journey to the cloud and benefit from migration services that speed deployment, as well as ongoing operating expertise that can adapt to a company’s evolving set of business and technology needs. The newly announced Hostway Managed AWS and Managed VMware offerings provide businesses with trusted managed multi-cloud support services, tools and applications that allow customers to focus on their core business.

  • Multi-Cloud Choice: Customers have more options across multiple cloud environments. Hostway helps enable customers to run their workloads out of the data center and in the best-fit location, whether in Hostway data centers, AWS Cloud or on Azure Cloud, with their technology of choice whether its VMware, Linux or Microsoft.
  • Azure, AWS, VMware Expertise: Hostway is recognized as a global, at-scale provider of managed and professional services with hundreds of certifications in AWS, Azure, and Microsoft technologies. Hostway has achieved Microsoft Gold Certification in hosting and cloud platform solutions with additional certifications in application development, data centers and cloud solutions.
  • Managed Services: In addition to ongoing management, Hostway provides architecture, cloud transformation and cost optimization guidance, as well as assistance with capacity management and workload mobility between Hostway data centers and public cloud data centers.
  • Hybrid Deployments: Customers can leverage the best of both worlds with the performance and cost optimization of dedicated while supporting bursting of traffic to AWS or Azure. Customers can also benefit by avoiding cloud lock-in by having data in a dedicated cloud with dynamic compute of public clouds.
  • Security and Compliance: Hostway anticipates and quickly responds to ever-changing regulatory requirements and escalating security threats so that customers and their clients are always compliant with the latest regulations – including HIPAA, PHI, ePHI, and PCI – and their data is uncompromised.

Hostway blends automation, technology, and human expertise to deliver ongoing architecture, management, security services, and 24x7x365 operations, all backed by exceptional service, and certified engineers and architects.

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 SSAE 16 and ISO 27001 data centers around the world while ensuring strict compliance such as PCI and HIPAA. At Hostway, every customer interaction is treated as an opportunity to develop a long-term relationship based on trust. Visit http://hostway.com for more information.

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TOKYO, JAPAN — Internet Solutions of South Africa, the leading pan-African telecommunications services provider, which is a subsidiary of NTT Group’s Dimension Data and NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (TYO: 9432) announced today that they have concluded a partnership, in order to deliver NTT Com’s Nexcenter™ data center service in the African continent. The partnership was signed in South Africa on November 27.

As a result of this partnership, the enterprise customers in Asia, Europe and the United States, expanding their business into South Africa will be able to utilize high quality data center services, and South African enterprise customers heading their business globally will be able to utilize NTT Com’s over 140 data centers delivered over 20 countries/regions worldwide.


The colocation market in South Africa has recently experienced average growth of 12% per year as a result of increasing demand by government agencies and content service providers. As a result of this partnership, NTT Com and Internet Solutions will launch colocation services in December of this year under the Nexcenter™ brand at Internet Solutions’ Parklands data center in Johannesburg. The data center will deliver globally-standardized Nexcenter™ service meeting more than 300 standards governing facilities and operations.

The Nexcenter™ certified “Parklands Data Center” is located in the heart of Johannesburg’s main business district, around 30 minutes by car from O.R. Tambo International Airport. The building houses approximately 1,900 square meters of server room facilities over four floors, and provides 1.3 MW of standby battery power. Emergency generators provide power redundancy to a 2N level, and have a fuel capacity that allows for 45 hours of uninterrupted operation. The air conditioning facilities offer cooling system redundancy to N+1 level, and the building’s network topology incorporates an internet exchange (IX) point, improving routing efficiency and fault tolerance. The facility is built to meet TIA942 Tier 3, SOC2 Type2, Type1 and ISO27001 standards. It is planned to expand the building through the addition of a new tower wholly designed by the facility standards of Nexcenter™ to provide 570 high density racks with 2.2 MW power in July 2018.

Saki Missaikos, Managing Director of Internet Solutions, says “Internet Solutions is pleased to join this international network of top-standard data centres. As the first Nexcenter™ location in Africa, we present attractive service and technological capability to multinational companies looking to expand into the region.”

In addition to continuing to build its own data centers, NTT Com will further expand the geographical availability of Nexcenter™ through collaboration with its worldwide partners, allowing it to continue supporting its customers’ global business expansion.

About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company’s worldwide infrastructure, including the leading global tier-1 IP network, the Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching over 190 countries/regions, and over 140 secure data centers worldwide. NTT Communications’ solutions leverage the global resources of NTT Group companies including Dimension Data, NTT DOCOMO and NTT DATA.

About Internet Solutions
Internet Solutions (IS) is a pan-African telecoms service provider to public and private sector organisations that has been providing innovative end-to-end telco solutions and related services for more than 20 years. At the forefront of Internet Protocol-based technologies, IS builds solutions and services tailored to the increasingly complex demands of organisations across the enterprise, public sector, global carrier and growing small-to-medium business sectors. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dimension Data Group and part of NTT, IS leverages its infrastructure and global footprint to support organisations with the rapid deployment of emerging technologies. More information at www.is.co.za.

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