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AUSTIN, TX – OnRamp Access, LLC, a leading high security and compliant hosting provider, is proud to announce the launch of its purpose-built, HITRUST-certified virtual private cloud (VPC) built on OpenStack® open-source software. OnRamp’s on-demand HITRUST Virtual Private Cloud helps organizations control costs, remain agile, and improve their compliance posture. It offers the ease of use of a public cloud—including capabilities like utility billing and self-service provisioning—with the security of a private cloud.

“OnRamp’s Virtual Private Cloud allows IT teams and DevOps to quickly meet market demands by deploying highly elastic environments that are secured to HITRUST standards. We built unique features into the product that solve common cloud challenges,” said OnRamp VP of Product Toby Owen.


For instance, users can control costs using capped resource usage, eliminate vendor lock-in through open-source APIs, and deploy even the most sensitive workloads with secure volume encryption. The virtual private cloud delivers a logically isolated environment that lets you retain control of your private networks, virtual machines, and storage, without the need for you to manage the infrastructure. And you can apply and maintain security settings for your entire environment with a dynamic policy engine.

“In a landscape of growing threats and increasing fines for non-compliance, it’s exciting to see OnRamp extend OpenStack’s use to meet healthcare security and compliance needs,” says Mark Collier, COO of the OpenStack Foundation. “One of our themes at the 2017 OpenStack Summit in Boston was the triad of cost, compliance, and capability. OnRamp’s VPC is a great example of how the community is moving OpenStack software into use cases that highlight those three Cs.”

“Launching our HITRUST-certified Virtual Private Cloud is just one of the ways OnRamp demonstrates our commitment to our customers’ needs for security, compliance and flexibility. We implement regimented processes and secure our facilities to meet stringent standards, and in turn, are able to share those benefits with our customers. OnRamp customers gain peace of mind knowing that all their systems, from their development environment to their mission critical apps, are supported by OnRamp’s systematic administrative, technical, logical and physical safeguards,” says OnRamp CEO Lucas Braun.

Concurrent to the product launch, the company achieved its Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) Common Security Framework (CSF) Certification. HITRUST CSF is the most widely recognized security accreditation in the healthcare industry, employing controls from several major security and standards bodies —HIPAA, PCI, ISO, NIST and others—to protect confidential data and critical assets.

With the HITRUST certification, OnRamp now delivers a suite of HITRUST-certified services, with secure-by-default configurations that save customers time and resources.

For more information about OnRamp’s HITRUST-certified VPC and other secure hosting options, visit http://www.onr.com.

About OnRamp
OnRamp is a leading HITRUST-certified data center services company that guides businesses through the complexities of data security and compliance. Our solutions help organizations in healthcare, financial services and education services meet compliance standards including HIPAA, PCI, SOX, FISMA and FERPA. OnRamp operates multiple, enterprise-class SSAE16/AICPA SOC 2 Type 2 data centers, where we deploy hybrid computing solutions that enable our customers to blend secure cloud computing, managed hosting and colocation service to best meet their unique requirements. Having consulted with thousands of businesses on their security and compliance needs, our team’s consultative approach helps you develop the right mix of solutions to free your resources to focus on agility and differentiation in your industry. Visit us at http://www.onr.com or contact us at 888.667.2660 for more info.

About HITRUST
Founded in 2007, the HITRUST Alliance, a not for profit, was born out of the belief that information protection should be a core pillar of, rather than an obstacle to, the broad adoption of health information systems and exchanges. HITRUST—in collaboration with public and private healthcare technology, privacy and information security leaders—has championed programs instrumental in safeguarding health information and managing information risk while ensuring consumer confidence in the organizations that create, store or exchange their information. HITRUST develops, maintains and provides broad access to its common risk and compliance management and de-identification frameworks. For more information, visit http://www.HITRUSTalliance.net.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – Dedicated server, cloud hosting and colocation service provider, Hivelocity, continues its impressive growth with the acquisition of IaaS provider Rackalley.com. The addition of RackAlley’s assets and data centers provide Hivelocity with a turn-key presence in Los Angeles, California. This announcement comes on the heels of Hivelocity launching its second data center in Tampa in response to increasing demand in that market. Since 2002, Hivelocity has earned a reputation as a premier cloud hosting, infrastructure services and dedicated server provider helping it amass customers in over 130 countries.

“We surveyed our customer base earlier this year and Los Angeles was high on their list of places they wanted us to expand to” explained Rick Nicholas, VP of Colocation at Hivelocity. “In addition to Los Angeles, New York City was right there at the top of the list. As part of our national expansion strategy we intend to seek opportunities in New York City with the hopes of an announcement there before the end of this year.”


The new facilities in Los Angeles will open on September 15, 2017. Considered two of the top locations in Los Angeles, the facilities will be located at 1 Wilshire and 600 Grand. The locations will be interconnected via redundant dark fiber rings operating as one facility, with the ability to operate independently as needed. One Wilshire was recently named one of the top ten network connected buildings in the world by DataCenterKnowledge.com and boasts that 1/3rd of all traffic between the US and Asia travels through it.

All employees from Rackalley.com will be retained in the transition, as Hivelocity remains committed to offering a superior customer experience in the Los Angeles hosting market. Hivelocity plans to continue the course that contributed to earning a Tampa Bay Business Journal Fast50 award in other markets across the United States.

About Hivelocity
Hivelocity provides cloud hosting, dedicated servers and colocation services to customers from over 130 countries worldwide. In addition to Tampa Bay and Los Angeles, Hivelocity provides services in Atlanta and Miami. By simply focusing on solutions and environments that put the customer in the best position to succeed, Hivelocity has grown steadily since 2002. These highly scalable solutions are delivered from CJIS, SSAE16, SOC 1, SOC 2 and HIPAA certified facilities. For more information about Hivelocity you can visit them at https://hivelocity.net.

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REDWOOD SHORES, CA – At a live event, Oracle Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new programs that lower costs by delivering increased automation and flexibility, and enable customers to get more value from their existing Oracle software investments. The new Oracle Cloud programs include Bring Your Own License to PaaS and Universal Credits.

“We are completely transforming the way all companies buy and use cloud by providing flexibility and choice,” said Ellison. “Today, we combined the lowest prices with the highest performance and more automation to deliver a lower total cost of ownership for our customers.”


While organizations are eager to move to the cloud, many have not due to obstacles that have forced them to choose between flexibility and lower costs. They have been challenged by the complexity of the cloud and the inability to rebalance spend across different services. Organizations have also been constrained by limited visibility and control over cloud spend. Until now, they have been unable to fully leverage their on-premises software investments in the cloud, having been limited to IaaS services or sacrificing key database features at the PaaS layer. Oracle’s new cloud programs address customers’ cloud adoption challenges by improving and simplifying the way they purchase and consume cloud services.

Bring Your Own License to Oracle Database PaaS: Delivering Increased Value Through License Mobility

Currently, customers are able to bring their on-premises licenses to Oracle IaaS. Today, Oracle is expanding the offering by enabling customers to reuse their existing software licenses for Oracle PaaS, including Oracle Database, Oracle Middleware, Oracle Analytics, and others. Customers with existing on-premises licenses can leverage that investment to use Oracle Database Cloud at a fraction of the old PaaS price. Running Oracle Database on Oracle IaaS is faster and offers more features than Amazon, delivering the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership. Additionally, customers can further reduce management and operational costs required for on-premises maintenance by taking advantage of this PaaS automation.

Universal Credits: Flexible Buying and Consumption Choices for Oracle’s PaaS and IaaS Services

Oracle is introducing Universal Credits, the industry’s most flexible buying and consumption model for cloud services. With Universal Credits, customers have one simple contract that provides unlimited access to all current and future Oracle PaaS and IaaS services, spanning Oracle Cloud and Oracle Cloud at Customer. Customers gain on-demand access to all services plus the benefit of the lower cost of pre-paid services. Additionally, they have the flexibility to upgrade, expand or move services across datacenters based on their requirements. With Universal Credits, customers gain the ability to switch the PaaS or IaaS services they are using without having to notify Oracle. Customers also benefit from using new services with their existing set of cloud credits when made available.

Oracle’s new Universal Credit and Bring Your Own License to PaaS will be available on September 25, 2017. These programs span Oracle Cloud and Oracle Cloud at Customer.

About Oracle
The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), please visit us at oracle.com.

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OVERLAND PARK, KS – Responding to increasing demand for diverse interconnection and connectivity solutions, QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of data center, cloud and managed hosting services, today announced that the Richmond Internet Exchange (Richmond-IX) has deployed its primary Internet Exchange hub within QTS’ Richmond mega data center.

Richmond-IX expands QTS Richmond’s Internet ecosystem and simplifies network strategies by providing diverse connectivity options. The new deployment allows customers to manage network traffic in a cost-effective way. Additionally, QTS’ connectivity strategy includes plans to deploy similar regional connectivity hubs across its national portfolio.


Richmond-IX is building its connectivity hub within QTS’ mega scale Richmond data center – a 1.3 million square foot facility on a 210-acre campus with more than 500,000 square feet of raised floor capacity. Along with the Richmond-IX Internet Exchange hub, QTS Richmond remains among the most interconnected data centers in the region, featuring more than a dozen leading on-net network Service Providers offering customers a full suite of enterprise class carrier services.

“Richmond-IX’s deployment represents the latest expansion of connectivity solutions available within QTS facilities,” said Brent Bensten, CTO – Product Development, QTS. “QTS is committed to building a carrier-neutral Internet ecosystem in each of our data centers and we will continue to support interconnectivity among our customers across our footprint.”

Richmond-IX was launched in the fall of 2016 by Ninja-IX, a leading non-profit operator of exchanges across the U.S. Richmond-IX is particularly significant based on its proximity to both the Northern Virginia Tier 1 data center market to the north and the new Virginia Beach Cable Landing to the south. The Virginia Beach Cable Landing is the world’s first transoceanic fiber cable station in the Mid-Atlantic region and will enable lower latency connectivity to Europe compared to data centers located in Northern Virginia.

“QTS is a highly qualified, trusted partner with whom we have successfully deployed a similar connectivity hub in QTS’ Phoenix data center,” Paul Emmons, Executive Director of Ninja-IX. “As the premier connectivity provider in Richmond, we look forward to QTS using our connectivity option to better serve the peering community in the Virginia market.”

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.

About Richmond Internet Exchange
Richmond-IX is part of Ninja-IX Corporation, a not for profit corporation that operates exchanges in Honolulu, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Richmond and Sacramento. Since 2012 our goal is to provide local peering fabrics in locations that are underserved or cost prohibitive. Currently all of our projects feature no monthly service charge from the IX. Ninja-IX provides exchanges based on routers with Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) interconnection, BIRD Route Servers and 24×7 monitoring and maintained by volunteers. Critical internet infrastructure such as Root Servers and as112 are also collocated in our fabrics. Many US content delivery networks (CDNS) are participants in our various projects. For more information, please contact peering at ninja-ix.net or see ninja-ix.net.

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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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The stocks of all seven US data center REITs (there are now six, following a merger that closed Thursday) slid down simultaneously this week, after a well-known venture capitalist and hedge-fund owner said at an investor conference that advances in processor technology will eventually lead to the demise of the data center provider industry.
But industry insiders say his views are overly simplistic, and that history has shown that advances in computing technology only create more hunger for data center capacity, not less.
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Since server chips are getting smaller and more powerful than ever, companies in the future will not need anywhere near the amount of data center space they need today, Chamath Palihapitiya, founder and CEO of the VC firm Social Capital, who last year also launched a hedge fund, said Tuesday afternoon, according to Seeking Alpha, which cited Bloomberg as the source:
Word that Google may have developed its own chip that can run 50% of its computing on 10% of the silicon has him reading that "We can literally take a rack of servers that can basically replace seven or eight data centers and park it, drive it in an RV and park it beside a data center. Plug it into some air conditioning and power and it will take those data centers out of business."
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Following the event,
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