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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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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced today it has reached an agreement to acquire 424 acres of undeveloped land in Loudoun County, Virginia for a total purchase price of $236.5 million, or approximately $558,000 per acre. The site is adjacent to Washington Dulles International Airport and located near bulk transmission lines as well as a major fiber path.

The site is also located less than four miles from Digital Realty’s existing data center campuses in Ashburn, Virginia. Commencement of development will be subject to market demand, and delivery will be phased to meet future customer growth requirements upon build-out and lease-up of the company’s existing Ashburn campus capacity.


“We are pleased to expand our footprint and strengthen our position in Northern Virginia, the largest and most important data center market in the world,” said Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein. “Customers are looking for long-term commitment, along with the flexibility to support their deployments and connection nodes, as well as the ability to land and expand within the same location – all of which align perfectly with our Connected Campus™ strategy.”

Digital Realty Senior Vice President of Acquisitions Michael Darragh added, “We have leased more than 100 megawatts of capacity in Northern Virginia over the past 12 months, and we continue to see broad-based demand going forward. This land acquisition provides the foundation for Digital Realty’s next phase of growth in Northern Virginia and will enable us to continue to support years of customer expansion, while broadening our positive impact on the local economy.”

This acquisition builds upon Digital Realty’s investment in Northern Virginia, where it has maintained a meaningful presence since 2007. Over the past six years, Digital Realty has invested approximately $1.3 billion in new development and currently employs over 160 full-time employees in Northern Virginia. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018 and is subject to customary closing conditions.

About Digital Realty
Digital Realty supports the data center, colocation and interconnection strategies of more than 2,300 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Digital Realty’s clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from cloud and information technology services, communications and social networking to financial services, manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and consumer products. www.digitalrealty.com

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SAN JOSE, CA – Xilinx Developer Forum (XDF) – Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) the leader in adaptive and intelligent computing, today launched Alveo, a portfolio of powerful accelerator cards designed to dramatically increase performance in industry-standard servers across cloud and on-premise data centers. With Alveo, customers can expect breakthrough performance improvement at low latency when running key data center applications like real-time machine learning inference as well as video processing, genomics, and data analytics, among others. The Alveo™ U200 and Alveo U250 are powered by the Xilinx® UltraScale+™ FPGA and are available now for production orders. And like all Xilinx technology, customers can reconfigure the hardware, enabling them to optimize for shifting workloads, new standards and updated algorithms without incurring replacement costs.

Alveo accelerator cards deliver significant performance advantages over a broad set of applications. For machine learning, the Alveo U250 increases real-time inference throughput by 20X versus high-end CPUs, and more than 4X for sub-two-millisecond low-latency applications versus fixed-function accelerators like high-end GPUs*. Moreover, Alveo accelerator cards reduce latency by 3X versus GPUs, providing a significant advantage when running real-time inference applications.** And some applications like database search can be radically accelerated to deliver more than 90X, versus CPUs.***


Alveo is supported by an ecosystem of partners and OEMs who have developed and qualified key applications in AI/ML, video transcoding, data analytics, financial risk modeling, security, and genomics. Fourteen ecosystem partners have developed applications for immediate deployment. They are Algo-Logic Systems Inc, Bigstream, BlackLynx Inc., CTAccel, Falcon Computing, Maxeler Technologies, Mipsology, NGCodec, Skreens, SumUp Analytics, Titan IC, Vitesse Data, VYUsync and Xelera Technologies. Additionally, top OEMs are collaborating with Xilinx to qualify multiple server SKUs with Alveo accelerator cards including Dell EMC, Fujitsu Limited and IBM with more to come.

“The launch of Alveo accelerator cards further advances Xilinx’s transformation into a platform company, enabling a growing ecosystem of application partners that can now innovate faster than ever before,” said Manish Muthal, vice president, data center, Xilinx. “We are seeing strong customer interest in Alveo accelerators and are delighted to partner with our application ecosystem to deliver production-deployable solutions based on Alveo to our customers.”

“FPGA-based acceleration solutions in modern data centers are gaining popularity as accelerators that can be programmed and reprogrammed easily as users see fit,” said Ravi Pendekanti, senior vice president, product management and marketing, Dell EMC Servers & Infrastructure Systems. “Our collaboration with Xilinx to create best-in-class acceleration solutions will benefit customers in a range of applications from video content streaming to risk management and financial services.”

“Fujitsu congratulates Xilinx on the announcement of its new board level products and solutions. With 5G use cases for applications such as autonomous driving, telemedicine, and virtual reality, the range of vRAN applications based on the COTS servers is expected to expand considerably in the future,” said Mr. Masaki Taniguchi, vice president, deputy head of Network Products, Fujitsu Limited. “Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. have been collaborating with Xilinx to jointly validate 3X performance on critical software functions in the 4G vRAN system. Fujitsu looks forward to creating powerful solutions by combining its x86 servers and Xilinx adaptable acceleration boards.”

“The launch of Xilinx’s standard acceleration board products is an exciting addition to a rapidly emerging technology arena focused on fueling performance-hungry applications,” said Keith McAuliffe, Vice President and Chief Technologist, Servers Global Business Unit, HPE. “We look forward to collaborating with Xilinx to bring their technology to market and enable our customers to create breakthrough business value.”

“With the IBM Power Systems AC922 server, IBM has already demonstrated that we have the best platform for enterprise AI training,” said Steve Sibley, vice president of IBM Cognitive Systems. “IBM sees inference as a key component of a complete, end-to-end AI platform, and POWER9’s leadership I/O bandwidth for data movement makes it an ideal pairing with Xilinx’s new Alveo U200 accelerator card to bring inference to the enterprise.”

Xilinx® Alveo™ U200 and U250 accelerator cards are available today starting at $8,995 (USD) and can be purchased today. Alternatively, you can try it out first in the Nimbix cloud.

About Xilinx
Xilinx develops highly flexible and adaptive processing platforms that enable rapid innovation across a variety of technologies – from the endpoint to the edge to the cloud. Xilinx is the inventor of the FPGA, hardware programmable SoCs and the ACAP, designed to deliver the most dynamic processor technology in the industry and enable the adaptable, intelligent and connected world of the future. For more information, visit www.xilinx.com.

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CHICAGO, IL – ServerCentral, a leading provider of managed IT infrastructure solutions, today announced its VMware-powered Enterprise Cloud has received compliance certification with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

“When there’s a chance to improve security, we want everyone to have it — no extra fees, no migration. If you work with ServerCentral, you get the best protection we can offer as soon as we can offer it,” said Tom Kiblin, Vice President of Managed Services at ServerCentral. “PCI DSS certification — the industry gold-standard for securely processing credit cards — is no different.”


ServerCentral’s annual AT-101 SOC 2 Type II audit serves as a foundation for reaching the latest PCI designation (version 3.2.1) and for helping customers meet their own compliance requirements:

“We really didn’t have to change a lot, which is a testament to how seriously we take security,” said Joe Johnson, IT Director and Compliance Officer at ServerCentral. “We were already following the proper protocols; we simply needed to organize our existing processes in the manner required for the PCI Security Standards Council.”

ServerCentral services that are also in scope for PCI DSS compliance include Colocation and Disaster Recovery. ServerCentral is constantly working to expand PCI DSS coverage across its Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, and Dedicated Server services.

If your application requires PCI DSS certification or you are looking for help with your PCI DSS compliance requirements, visit https://www.servercentral.com/compliance to see how ServerCentral can help.

ServerCentral’s Enterprise Cloud is architected for applications with premium performance requirements. To learn more, visit https://www.servercentral.com/enterprise-cloud/ and https://www.servercentral.com/compliance/.

About ServerCentral
ServerCentral is a managed IT infrastructure solutions provider. Since 2000, leading technology, finance, healthcare, and e-commerce firms have chosen ServerCentral to design and manage their mission-critical IT infrastructure in data centers across North America, Europe, and Asia. Whether it’s colocation, managed services, or a cloud, ServerCentral designs the optimal solution for each client.

About the PCI Security Standards Council
The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) leads a global, cross-industry effort to increase payment security by providing industry-driven, flexible and effective data security standards and programs that help businesses detect, mitigate and prevent cyberattacks and breaches. Connect with the PCI SSC on LinkedIn.

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South Bend, IN – HostColor.com (HC), a web hosting provider since 2000 has recently launched a new service named Managed Website which includes technical and system administration. The difference between regular self-managed Web Hosting and the Managed Website is, that the first one is a do-it-yourself service. The owners of a self-managed web hosting accounts usually receive login credentials for a their control panel and account management system. The controls panel is used for configuration and automation of various services such as http/https, email, antispasmodic, antivirus, databases, ftp, storage space and others, delivered from a shared server environment.

What is Managed Website?

Managed Website is an IT hosting service that uses the same technology environment as the self-managed web hosting. There is one major difference, however. The Managed Website comes with a technical and system administration. This means that the website owners no longer need to learn how control panels and all other website services work, in order to be able to configure them to their custom settings.


In other words, the Managed Website makes possible for the individuals and small business owners to save a lot of time by outsourcing all technical workloads to Host Color. All HC Managed Website Hosting plans feature 1 hour of technical and system administration by default. The website owners can extend the managed service on demand.

“The average site owner who manages a website based on the most popular LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQWL, PHP) server environment, usually spends between 8 and 16 hours per month on technical administration. Those are numbers which we have received from a survey, we have conducted among our clients who use the Self-Managed Web Hosting services”, says Dani Stoychev an Operations Manager at HostColor.com. He has also added that a lot of people who spend more than 8 hours per month working with the cPanel control panel and on the backend of their websites, usually like doing that and this is the main reason for them to deal with a technical administration. “Still, there are many small business owners who simply do not calculate the time spend on managing their websites and hosting accounts. At the end of the month many of them usually find that they have lost 10 hours on average on dealing with technical issues, instead of spending more time on developing and growing their business”, adds the HC Operations Manager.

The main reason for Host Color to announce the Managed Web Hosting service is that website technology frameworks have become much more complex and people no longer deal with a handful of technologies such as HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP and few others. Most content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress, Drupal and Joomla have grown into whole ecosystems. In order to manage properly any live versions of websites, anyone needs to have a specific operational knowledge and experience on server-side installations.

Those who create and manage websites need a complex knowledge on Linux OS, web servers, databases, various Open Source frameworks, hosting automation control panels, CMS and various platforms and applications. Even the web designers and digital agencies who usually specialize in building websites on certain CMS, aren’t usually familiar with the server-side workloads, website maintenance and troubleshooting.

“There are 3 major reasons the website management work to be shifted to the infrastructure providers”, says Dimitar Avramov, the CEO of HC. “Web hosting companies are open 24/7; Their Support teams have the knowledge to manage live versions of the websites; Managed web hosting providers charge less for maintenance than the digital agencies.”

HC has listed five different Managed Website plans on tis website. Each of them features different amount of computing resources. However, all of them come with “1 hour of Managed Service” per month. The company’s customers can add as many hours of technical and system administration as they need by paying a reasonably low per-hour fee. There are also monthly Managed service packages available at special pricing for commitment of 4 hours or above.

The Managed Website includes a Domain Validated SSL certificate, a dedicated IP address, a certain number of hosted websites, an enterprise-grade SSD storage with build-in data protection, an uptime monitoring and most importantly an onsite SEO service (website and content analysis). The HC customers have the flexibility to use and subscribe for the Managed Website hosting service on monthly basis.

About Host Color
Host Color- AS46873 – is a web hosting provider since 2000. It operates a fully-redundant, 100% uptime network and peers to more than 70 quality Internet networks and ISPs. The company is also a Cloud Computing service provider and delivers Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud servers from various data centers across North America. Its main data center is based out of South Bend, Indiana, 90 miles from Chicago. HC also provides disaster recovery, Colocation and Dedicated Hosting in Europe through Host Color Europe.

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Seattle, WA – Colocation Northwest, a division of IsoFusion, a leading provider of Internet access and IT services in the Puget Sound region, announced today it completed upgrades to its Bellevue Washington data center to allow for one megawatt of service capacity. The data center, located in Bellevue Washington’s Eastgate neighborhood, completed a four-fold capacity increase from 250 kilowatts to one megawatt. The expansion included a state-of-the-art data center wing, immediately occupied by a global top-5 video game publisher and distributor.

The data center features state-of-the-art power, cooling, fire suppression and security. To comply with the City of Bellevue’s sound impact concerns, Colocation Northwest installed Liebert DSE zero-water cooling units, MC Outdoor Condensers and Econophase pumped refrigerant economizers. Not only is this system whisper quiet, it significantly improves data center efficiencies.
“Our Bellevue colocation facility is open to any business requiring safe and reliable lease space for its IT equipment”, said Stephen Milton, Colocation Northwest CEO. “The data center expansion offers Eastside businesses a previously unavailable combination of computing power and proximity.”


The Bellevue data center supplies Tier I connectivity, the highest level of data and internet communications via Colocation Northwest’s redundant fiber network. Colocation Northwest operates a proprietary 180Gbps dark fiber loop that circles Lake Washington and interconnects all of the company’s data centers with additional network fiber routes to Colocation Northwest’s California locations and transpacific network access points to Asia and Pacific ring networks. Users can use this fiber loop to access more than 250 carriers and service providers, including high-speed international access.

The Colocation Northwest Bellevue data center offers powerful computing for Eastside businesses in their own community with the option for systems management and connectivity to Colocation Northwest’s west coast redundant network of data center locations. Coupled with its expansion last year into the Centeris South Hill data center campus, Colocation Northwest continues to strengthen its ability to service enterprise and high-density customers with the most reliable, scalable, fully managed colocation solutions and facilities on the west coast.

About Colocation Northwest and IsoFusion:
Colocation Northwest, a division of IsoFusion Inc. is one of the largest privately held ISP and Colocation providers in Western Washington. Founded in 1991 as ISOMEDIA, IsoFusion is a full solution provider of Internet related products and services that cater to businesses, as well as providing complex solutions to companies with a national presence. A competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) in the state of Washington, IsoFusion offers a full range of services providing everything from commercial Fiber and Ethernet connections, custom Fiber to the Home (FTTH) community solutions, cloud, hosting and dedicated server options, managed data center colocation services and technology consulting for businesses. IsoFusion provides managed enterprise solutions and outstanding service to prominent Northwest businesses. IsoFusion is Headquartered in Seattle Washington and provides exceptional quality, value, and service to over 23,000 residential and business customers across the We st Coast. For more information visit http://www.colocationnorthwest.com or http://www.isofusion.com.

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