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Veghel, The Netherlands – The role of data centres is quickly changing, driven by the cloud, data growth and IT cost reduction. This leads to new challenges when it comes to future-proofing data centre infrastructures. Data centre supplier Minkels – part of the publicly traded company Legrand (NYSE Euronext Paris: LR) – has published a number of white papers which can be used as a guide to creating a future-proof and energy-efficient data centre. Minkels is now launching a new white paper about the micro data centre, titled ‘White paper 09 – Micro data centres: from strategy to implementation’.

The micro data centre market is expected to expand globally from 2.67 billion dollars in 2017 to 8.47 billion dollars in 2022[1]. Niek van der Pas (Minkels’ Lead Data Centre Expert and author of white paper 09) explains: “Looking at the data centre market, three drivers that are affecting market demand can be distinguished. First of all, more and more applications are ending up in the cloud. As a result, many companies only need a small and clear data centre – though it still has to meet the requirements of a large one.”


Other companies choose to outsource their IT to commercial data centres or cloud data centres. “These companies can reduce the size of their in-house data centres, which means more efficiency: lower energy use and more predictable (operational) costs. Last but not least, there is the Internet of Things (IoT) – the main driver in the micro data centre market. In 2014, there were about 14 billion devices connected worldwide. By 2020 there will be 50 billion[2]. Centralised data processing does not always fit IoT applications, for instance because of low latency requirements (edge analytics). IoT applications therefore require this data to be handled locally by using micro data centres.”

IoT has a major impact on the data centre ecosystem and on connectivity. Both the core and the edge layer offer new chances and challenges. “When implemented correctly, micro data centres can become the cornerstone of the modern IT Infrastructure – fulfilling all the needs of a high demanding low latency highly available IT-platform at the edge”, says Van der Pas. “To understand the considerations leading to the selection of the best micro data centre solution, white paper 09 discusses the Data Centre Decoupling Point (DCDP), a stakeholder analysis and a business risk analysis which will be translated into availability, security and resource efficiency demands. All these aspects are projected to the practical implementation of a micro data centre strategy. White paper 09 guides the reader in making the right considerations and choices.”

About ‘White paper 09 –micro data centres: from strategy to implementation’
The white paper on micro data centres – written by Minkels’ Lead Data Centre Expert Niek van der Pas – describes the micro data centre landscape and the different stakeholders in further detail. In this new white paper, topics like business continuity, future needs, risks and how to integrate IT and facilities are discussed. Goal of the white paper is to guide the reader in the process: from forming a strategy up to the practical implementation. The white paper is available on request: www.minkels.com/whitepapers.

[1] Source: Markets and Markets
[2] Source: Cisco

About Minkels
Minkels is a knowledge-driven producer and worldwide supplier of high-quality solutions for data centre infrastructure. Minkels is part of the brand portfolio of Legrand, a publicly traded company (NYSE Euronext Paris: LR) with worldwide sales in the low voltage installation, data network and data centre markets. Legrand operates in more than 180 countries and achieved worldwide revenues of 5 billion euros in 2016. Minkels’ products stand out for their innovativeness and flexibility. Customers can always be assured of getting the very latest data centre technology, modular solutions that respond to evolving, customer-specific business requirements.
For more information about Minkels, please go to www.minkels.com.

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NEW YORK, NY – Ubersmith, an INAP company and a global leader in subscription business management software, today announced availability of a hosted version of its software suite so that customers have the convenience of accessing the software without having to install and maintain it on-premises, which reduces their operating costs. The hosted Ubersmith software delivers the same core functions as the existing on-premises software suite and pricing is identical.

“This helps us reach a new class of customers who don’t want to worry about having to deploy and maintain the software on their premises,” said Kurt Daniel, president of Ubersmith. “Recently, this has come up as a frequent request so we’re giving customers the option to use either this hosted version or their own version of Ubersmith software on-premises in their data center.”


Ubersmith’s software suite includes subscription billing, quoting, order management, infrastructure management, ticketing and related capabilities. The modular design of the business management software suite enables customers to use the full complement of features, or select only the capabilities they need.

It is used by software, cloud, data center, managed services, telco and ISP and enterprises of all sizes. The Ubersmith software helps organizations better serve their customers, shorten time-to-market, increase revenue and lower costs.

It provides both a view for employees – who can access full client data such as billing status, discounts applied, device information, services being purchased, which is fully customizable – along with a separate portal view accessed by their company’s customers for only their specific account information. The software can be accessed using a computer, smart phone or tablet.

The software suite is platform-independent and integrates with merchant providers, electronic payment processing providers, SureTax, QuickBooks, domain registrars and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) providers. In addition, Ubersmith offers integrations with cloud, virtualization, backup and other technologies and applications, including Citrix, cPanel, OnApp, R1Soft and Virtuozzo.

A full list of the product capabilities can be found at www.ubersmith.com/product.

About Ubersmith
Ubersmith is a global leader in subscription business management software for organizations of all sizes. The company’s suite of usage-based billing, quoting, order management, infrastructure management and help desk ticketing solutions is integrated, open and scalable. Hundreds of companies around the world rely on Ubersmith to better serve their customers, better run their businesses, shorten time-to-market and boost overall efficiency. For more info, please visit www.ubersmith.com.

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MONTREAL – ROOT Data Center, specializing in next-gen colocation that extends beyond security and reliability, today announces it has secured $90 million in new financing from Goldman Sachs, allowing the company to expand into new regions and continue to grow to meet customer demands. ROOT Data Center continues to experience high demand for expansion from both existing and new customers, and the influx of capital underscores the company’s commitment to provide cutting-edge colocation services characterized by highly reliable infrastructure, low-cost, green energy solutions, and strict security standards.

“ROOT Data Center is actively positioning itself to meet the ongoing demand for data center space in Montreal at a time when major cloud providers are seeking more colocation services in the Canadian market, and multinational companies are identifying the many business and economic advantages the province of Quebec has to offer for data hosting,” states AJ Byers, President and CEO, ROOT Data Center. “This funding improves ROOT’s financial strength and long-term stability, enabling the company to enter new regions and markets, complete facility expansions, and properly invest in capacity to better serve demand from growing business sectors such as the retail segment.”


ROOT currently operates two data centers in greater Montreal. The facilities exceed Tier 3 standards, are carrier-neutral and designed to achieve market leading energy-efficiency. Companies benefit from ROOT’s unmatched deployment speeds and locally sourced, low-cost renewable hydro-electric power. Located along one of the most heavily-trafficked routes on the internet connecting Europe with the U.S., its data centers are ideally positioned to ensure low-latency connectivity for international business operations.

ROOT has the ability to accommodate the most advanced and high density servers today, up to 40kw per rack. The scalability and performance of its high density power solutions, combined with free air-cooling systems and the cool, Canadian climate, provide customers with cost-effective power in a highly-secure and reliable colocation environment with storage solutions designed to suit businesses of any size. Its customers include cloud hosting providers, telecommunications service providers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), multinational enterprises, and one of the largest hyperscale technology providers in the world.

For more information about ROOT Data Center’s portfolio of services, visit www.rootdatacenter.com.

About ROOT Data Center
ROOT is a next-generation data center company that provides colocation solutions to empower the world’s computing leaders. Its modular design promises optimal agility and efficiency, which enables all customers to scale their technology infrastructure and grow with confidence. Less power to waste, more power to you. For more information, visit www.rootdatacenter.com.

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PORTLAND – Infomart Data Centers, a national wholesale data center provider, announces today that its Portland data center has achieved LEED Platinum® certification, the highest rating offered by the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC). Infomart Portland is the first data center in Oregon and among a select few in the nation to become LEED Platinum certified by the USGBC‘s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™) rating system, the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of high-performance green buildings.

“Achieving the highest LEED distinction reinforces Infomart’s leadership in building and operating sustainable data centers, including one of the most efficient facilities in the world in Infomart Portland,” says John Sheputis, President, Infomart Data Centers. “Every facility we have built since 2008 has been LEED Gold certified. Achieving LEED Platinum certification in Oregon demonstrates our increasing commitment to sustainability and making responsible choices about energy procurement — even when the cost is more than the higher-carbon alternative. We’re proud to continue meeting our customers’ environmental and IT performance goals through choice, openness, data transparency and collaboration.”


LinkedIn is the principle tenant for the latest phase of construction that received the LEED Platinum certification. LinkedIn staff worked with Infomart and the company’s key contractors to design and deliver the award-winning project. DPR Construction served as general contractor and was supported by McKinstry and Rosendin Electric for mechanical and electrical systems, along with Jackson Main as the project architect.

Infomart Portland achieved LEED Platinum certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The facility uses Direct Access rights to source power from the leading producer of hydro-electric power in the U.S., the Bonneville Power Administration. As a Direct Access purchaser of power, Infomart chooses the energy mix and suppliers for the data center, achieving a 96 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions when compared to the national utility average and providing customers with low-carbon power at rates below the local utility tariffs.

“Achieving LEED certification is more than implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, Infomart Data Centers demonstrates their environmentally conscious leadership through their LEED certification of Infomart Portland.”

Infomart Portland is one of the most efficient data centers in the United States, boasting a 99 percent efficient Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.16 in full economization mode, 100 percent aisle containment, and natural cooling methods to run the facility at least 70 percent of the year. Infomart Portland was also the first data center environment in which the user and landlord collaborated to achieve Uptime Institute’s Efficient IT Certification, which certifies sustainable leadership in IT operation, evidencing better control of how resources are both consumed and allocated. Additionally, the facility holds the Uptime Institute Management & Operations (M&O) “Stamp of Approval,” which verifies that Infomart’s critical facilities management continues to be among the best in the world.

To learn more about Infomart Portland, visit www.infomartdatacenters.com/locations/portland.

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 Centers 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.

About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org

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DALLAS, TX – CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE), a premier global data center REIT, announced today plans for a new state-of-the-art data center campus in Allen, Texas, north of Dallas. The project will consist of three phases, with construction commencing in October. The first data center will be approximately 340,000 square feet, bringing CyrusOne’s total footprint in Texas to over 1.7 million square feet. Upon completion, the site’s three data centers will offer more than 100 megawatts of available power.

“The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex has always been a strong market for CyrusOne, and we continue to see growing demand from customers to scale with us. Allen is a business-friendly community, and its proximity to Dallas makes it an ideal site for our new state-of-the-art data center campus,” said John Gould, executive vice president, global sales, CyrusOne.


“It’s great to welcome this Texas-based leader and the national companies they serve to Allen,” said Allen Mayor Stephen Terrell. “CyrusOne makes the perfect neighbor as their investment in our community strengthens our tax base, which benefits our schools and services. Additionally, the new data center has few needs for city services and will have minimal impact on our infrastructure, thanks to CyrusOne’s use of environmentally-friendly waterless cooling technology.”

The new facilities will have access to multiple cloud providers and allow direct access to one of the largest fiber hubs in the United States, along with other CyrusOne hubs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Additionally, the new data centers will be linked to the CyrusOne National Internet Exchange (National IX), which delivers interconnection between other CyrusOne locations across the country.

CyrusOne operates 40 data center facilities across the United States, Europe, and Asia to provide customers with the flexibility and scale to match their specific IT growth needs. CyrusOne facilities are engineered to include the power-density infrastructure required to deliver high availability, including an architecture with the highest available power redundancy (2N).

For more information about CyrusOne, call 1-855-908-3662 or visit www.cyrusone.com.

About CyrusOne
CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) is a high-growth real estate investment trust (REIT) specializing in highly reliable enterprise-class, carrier-neutral data center properties. The Company provides mission-critical data center facilities that protect and ensure the continued operation of IT infrastructure for nearly 1,000 customers, including 190 Fortune 1000 companies and nine of the top 10 cloud providers.

With a track record of meeting and surpassing the aggressive speed-to-market demands of hyperscale cloud providers, as well as the expanding IT infrastructure requirements of the enterprise, CyrusOne provides the flexibility, reliability, security, and connectivity that foster business growth. CyrusOne offers a tailored, customer service-focused platform and is committed to full transparency in communication, management, and service delivery throughout its 40 data centers worldwide.

Additional information about CyrusOne can be found at www.CyrusOne.com.

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Overland Park, Kan. – QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), an international provider of data center, managed hosting and cloud services, today announced it has commenced development of a mega data center campus in Ashburn, Virginia. Since the end of the second quarter of 2017, the Company has agreed to acquire a total of 52 acres of land in Ashburn, Virginia in two parcels for a total purchase price of $53 million. The first parcel, representing 24 acres and a $17 million purchase price, closed during the third quarter of 2017. The second parcel, representing 28 acres and a $36 million purchase price, closed subsequent to the end of the third quarter of 2017. The combined site is located adjacent to QTS’ existing Vault campus in Dulles, Virginia, and provides significant capacity to support the Company’s ongoing growth in the nation’s largest Tier 1 data center market. In addition, the combined land parcels enhance the company’s strategic options in the Northern Virginia market where available land for development has become increasingly scarce. QTS believes the new combined site can ultimately support a total of more than 700,000 square feet of raised floor capacity and 140 megawatts of gross power.

QTS has commenced construction on the first 24-acre parcel of land in Ashburn, and currently expects to deliver Phase 1 of its multi-tenant development, representing approximately four megawatts of critical sellable capacity, by mid-2018. To date, QTS has pre-leased 2.2 megawatts, representing over 50 percent of Phase 1 development capacity, to a global health insurance provider, reflecting typical enterprise wholesale pricing. QTS remains in active dialogue with a number of potential customers and currently expects to sign additional pre-lease commitments prior to the completion of Phase 1 development. Ultimately, the pace of future development at the Northern Virginia site will be dictated by market demand and ongoing discussions with existing and potential customers.


Through the first half of 2017, the Northern Virginia data center market has accounted for approximately 25 percent of total wholesale capacity absorption among the top 10 data center markets in the U.S., largely driven by strong demand from hyperscale companies, according to JLL. QTS’ mega scale data center development in Ashburn, Virginia supports the next phase of the Company’s growth strategy. This approach includes an intentional focus on satisfying large, multi-megawatt requirements, engineered to meet the need for speed, flexibility, infrastructure visibility, economics and operator excellence. Together, with its recently introduced QTS HyperBlock solution, which delivers multiple smaller block deployments over time, QTS is able to deliver a broad set of solutions designed for hyperscale customers.

“We are excited to have additional sellable capacity in a strategic QTS market to expand our ecosystem of more than 130 customers currently supported within our Northern Virginia footprint,” said Chad Williams, Chairman and CEO – QTS. “Our fully-integrated 3C platform, combined with mega data center scale, position QTS to take advantage of increasing hybrid IT requirements, particularly from hyperscale companies.”

Additional land acquisitions
Since the end of the second quarter of 2017, QTS also purchased land for future development in two additional strategic markets. During the third quarter of 2017, QTS acquired 84 acres of land in Phoenix, Arizona for a purchase price of $25 million. The land parcel is located approximately four miles from QTS’ existing data center in Phoenix, and provides the opportunity for significant future potential expansion. Phoenix remains a high demand data center market due to an abundance of cost-effective power, fiber-rich connectivity, and low natural disaster risk.

Subsequent to the end of the third quarter of 2017, QTS acquired 92 acres of land in Hillsboro, Oregon for a purchase price of $26 million. Hillsboro, Oregon is attracting technology companies and rapidly becoming one of the largest hyperscale data center markets on the west coast due to multiple key factors, including affordable power, robust connectivity, and local and state tax incentives.

QTS plans to complete pre-construction work over the coming months to position both the Phoenix and Hillsboro locations for future development. Ultimately, development of either site into sellable data center capacity will be subject to market demand and ongoing interest from existing and potential new customers.

“Our announced development in Ashburn combined with new strategic optionality in Phoenix and Hillsboro, enhance QTS’ ability to deliver scalable capacity solutions in the top U.S. hyperscale data center markets,” said Jeff Berson, Chief Financial Officer – QTS. “The ability to extend our hyperscale growth strategy with a de-risked development plan is consistent with QTS’ overall balanced approach to capital allocation.”

About QTS
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading provider of secure, compliant data center, hybrid cloud and managed services. QTS features the nation’s only fully integrated technology services platform providing flexible, scalable solutions for the federal government, financial services, healthcare and high tech industries. QTS owns, operates or manages more than 5 million square feet of data center space and supports more than 1,100 customers in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. In addition, QTS’ Critical Facilities Management (CFM) provides increased efficiency and greater performance for third-party data center owners and operators. For more information, please visit www.qtsdatacenters.com, call toll-free 877.QTS.DATA or follow us on Twitter @DataCenters_QTS.

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