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DALLAS, TX – DataBank Ltd., a Digital Bridge portfolio company and leading provider of business solutions for data center, cloud, connectivity, and managed services, announces today the construction of KC3, a 50,000-square-foot facility strategically located in the growing Kansas City market. The initial build will deliver 25,000 square feet of raised white floor and 3MW of capacity, expandable to 50,000 square feet with a total design capacity of 6MW. KC3 will offer DataBank’s full portfolio of solutions, including colocation, cloud, and managed services, and will host the latest generation DataBank cloud and security platform. The addition of KC3 brings the company’s total data center count to 15.

The purchase of the new data center location, which is adjacent to existing DataBank facility KC1, includes an additional four acres of land allowing for future expansion. “Kansas City continues to be a great market for critical infrastructure, and this third data center demonstrates the confidence we have in this strategic Tier 2 edge market,” states Raul K. Martynek, CEO of DataBank. “The new KC3 facility complements our existing footprint of Midwestern data centers and provides our customers and new prospects additional inventory for growth.”


Located in the Southlake business park in Lenexa, KS, the existing building structure will be redeveloped into a Tier 3 data center with a target occupancy date of Q3-2018. The facility will go live with six fiber providers and includes 24x7x365 onsite support, secure and diverse network entry points, A/B redundant power configuration, and diverse utility power feeds. DataBank customers can also leverage onsite amenities including office workspace, presentation rooms, client labs, and staging areas.

About DataBank
DataBank is a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, cloud, and connectivity services, offering customers 100% uptime availability of data, applications and infrastructure. DataBank’s managed data center services are anchored in world-class facilities. Our flexible technology solutions are designed to help customers effectively manage risk, improve their technology performance and allow them to focus on their core business objectives. DataBank is headquartered in the historic former Federal Reserve Bank Building, in downtown Dallas, TX. For additional information on DataBank locations and services, please visit http://www.databank.com or call 1 (800) 840-7533.

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REDWOOD CITY, CA – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced the completion of its acquisition of the Infomart Dallas from ASB Real Estate Investments. The US$800 million debt and cash transaction provides approximately 1.6 million gross ft2 of space, which includes multiple diverse fiber entry points and more than 50 tenants including networks, colocation providers and office tenants.

The acquisition of the Infomart facility further broadens Equinix capabilities by strengthening interconnection density on the Equinix global platform; providing opportunity to accelerate business relationships in industries such as banking, technology, energy and healthcare; and supporting the Equinix enterprise offering. Additionally, it secures the ability to further expand in the Dallas market through build-out of the existing underdeveloped capacity and additional capacity to build on land adjacent to the Infomart building.


The agreement was signed on February 11, 2018 and the acquisition was completed on April 2, 2018.

  • The Infomart building generated approximately $50 million of revenues in 2017. Of that revenue, approximately $20 million was attributed to rent and maintenance recoveries from Equinix. Equinix expects this transaction to be adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) per share breakeven one year from closing. Additionally, there is a sizable AFFO upside from the future development of the acquired land parcel that is adjacent to the Infomart Dallas building.
  • The acquisition of this landmark facility and tenants will further strengthen the Equinix global platform. The Infomart is one of the largest interconnection hubs in the U.S. and is currently home to four of eight Equinix Dallas International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers (DA1, DA2, DA3 and DA6). These data centers combined support approximately 3,500 built out cabinets and house more than 100 network service providers—more than any other data center provider in the Dallas metro area.
  • 451 Research 2017 “Dallas: Multi-Tenant Datacenter Market” report forecasts an 11% compound annual growth rate for data center capacity added to the Dallas market from 2013 through 2019. According to the report, market growth is fueled by “a strong demand driven by a steady increase of enterprises across multiple verticals locating their regional or national headquarters in the area. Additionally, the market continues to see interest from enterprises headquartered in major coastal markets, as they look to select a central location with high connectivity and low cost of operations for data-supporting operations across the US.”1
  • Dallas is a major interconnection point for LATAM traffic with key terrestrial routes serving Central and South America. In combination with our operations in Miami, Los Angeles, Bogotá, Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, Equinix continues to expand our solutions for enterprise, cloud and content providers looking to address the Latin America Market. According to the 2017 Interconnection Index Report published by Equinix, LATAM is expected to be the fastest-growing region in terms of Interconnection Bandwidth through 2020 as customers embrace an Interconnection Oriented Architecture approach.
  • As part of the deal, 28 Infomart employees, primarily in the operations functions of the acquired facility, have become Equinix employees or contractors.

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 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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LAS VEGAS – Switch and Rackspace today announced a new agreement to deliver Rackspace private cloud solutions and connectivity to managed public cloud solutions on AWS, Azure and Google in Switch’s highly secure and reliable Tier 5® Platinum data center PRIME locations. The agreement builds on Rackspace’s Fanatical Everywhere and Pay-As-You-Go Private Cloud services that allow customers to run private clouds in any data center, with a consumption and billing model similar to that for public clouds.

Switch and Rackspace customers will receive multiple benefits including:

  • The Industry’s Top-Rated Data Centers – Switch’s Tier 5® platinum data centers not only encompass the resiliency and redundancy in other data center ratings systems, but also evaluate more than 30 additional key elements, such as long-term power system capabilities, the number of available carriers, and 100-percent use of renewable energy.
  • On-Demand Private Cloud Solutions – Customers will have access to Rackspace private cloud solutions which provide customers with unparalleled flexibility using an on-demand delivery model that can be hosted in Switch’s Tier 5 data centers.
  • Global Cloud Connections – RackConnect®, Switch SUPERLOOP® and Public Cloud On-Ramps enable customers to connect with low latency to Rackspace’s managed solutions on the leading public clouds, combining the security of traditional colocation with the flexibility of the cloud.
  • Enhanced Security – By combining Rackspace Managed Security (RMS) solutions and Switch’s Tier 5® Platinum data centers, customers can attain unparalleled physical and cyber security to protect workloads across their various IT environments.
  • Management of Data and Applications – Rackspace provides managed services for the leading databases, enterprise applications in the Oracle and SAP ecosystems, and applications for ecommerce, digital marketing, and web content management.

“We see customers running more and more applications, and increasingly complex ones, on multiple IT platforms,” said Rackspace CEO Joe Eazor. “As part of a customer’s digital transformation, they are asking us for hybrid solutions delivered as a service in their corporate data centers or in colocation facilities like the highly secure Tier 5® Platinum data centers that Switch operates. We’re excited that our collaboration will enable Rackspace and Switch to serve that customer need.”

“Today, we are making it easier for customers with complex needs to have highly secure, reliable, and easy-to-use solutions,” said Switch founder and CEO Rob Roy. “Rackspace offers a holistic IT portfolio across managed public clouds, private clouds, and managed data, applications and security. It pulls together technology in a way that no other company can, and it does so wherever it makes the most sense for the customer. We’re looking forward to helping customers navigate their digital transformation journey together.”

Switch Tier 5® Platinum data centers PRIME locations include Las Vegas, Nevada, Tahoe-Reno, Nevada, Grand Rapids, Michigan and Atlanta, Georgia. To find out how to get Switch and Rackspace joint solutions, please email rackspace@switch.com.

About Switch
Switch (NYSE: SWCH), the technology infrastructure corporation headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada is built on the intelligent and sustainable growth of the internet. Switch founder and CEO Rob Roy has developed more than 500 issued and pending patent claims covering data center designs that have manifested into the company’s world-renowned data centers and technology solution ecosystems. Visit switch.com for more information.

About Rackspace
Rackspace is a leading provider of IT as a service in today’s multi-cloud world. It delivers expert advice and integrated managed services across applications, data, security and infrastructure, including public and private clouds and managed hosting. Rackspace partners with every leading technology provider, including Alibaba, AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack, Oracle, SAP, and VMware. The company is uniquely positioned to provide unbiased expertise on which technologies will best serve each customer’s needs. 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, Glassdoor and others as one of the best places to work. Based in San Antonio, Texas, Rackspace serves more than 140,000 business customers, including most of the Fortune 100, from data centers on five continents. Learn more at www.rackspace.com.

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Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, announces today that its Founder and President, Garry Connolly, will speak at CAPRE’s Greater New York Data Center Summit, taking place 5 April, in New York.

Mr. Connolly, in addition to providing leadership at the award-winning Host in Ireland initiative, has also been recognised as one of the top 50 EMEA Influencers in Cloud and Data Centers 2017 by Data Economy, and was runner up in the 2017 DCS Awards’ ‘Data Center Individual of Year’ category’.

During the panel session, “The Impact of Europe: Data Center Demand-Supply and Forecasting the Factors at Play Across the Pond, Including: Brexit and GDPR,” Mr. Connolly will join other data center and financial investment leaders to discuss recent data center development in Europe as well as the impact of Brexit and the data privacy obligations that multinational organisations face as a result of the implementation of the GDPR.

WHAT:
• Panel: “The Impact of Europe: Data Center Demand-Supply and Forecasting the Factors at Play Across the Pond, Including: Brexit and GDPR”

WHERE:
• CAPRE’s Greater New York Data Center Summit
• New York

WHEN:
• Thursday, 5 April 2018
• 1:00 p.m.

WHO:
Panelists include:
• Garry Connolly, Founder and President, Host in Ireland, Co-Chair of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Awareness Coalition
• Svein Atle Hagaseth, Senior Vice President North America, Green Mountain Data Center, Ltd.
• Eric Crabtree, Chief Investment Officer of International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group
• Melvin Greer, Chief Data Scientist, Public Sector, Intel Corporation
• Drew Leonard, Senior Vice President, UpStack
• Jason Ó Conaill, International Partner, Infinity SDC
• Moderator: Donough Roche, Owner & Principal, Datacentrs Inc.

About Host in Ireland
Host in Ireland, winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information about Ireland’s digital asset hosting ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU. There’s a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland. Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the “5 Ps”: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power. On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market. Ireland supports this initiative through its pro-business approach, attractive corporate tax and fiscal structures, common law based legal system, continued investment in off-Island fiber cables to the U.S. and Europe, financial support for data center energy efficiency, and access to a skilled native English-speaking workforce – ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small. For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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DENVER – Cologix™ a network and cloud neutral interconnection and data center company announced that the Uptime Institute awarded the coveted Tier III certification of Constructed Facility to the new COL3 data center in Columbus, Ohio. The 160K SQF, 18+MW data center is the largest neutral data center in the Columbus area, offering the most robust network and cloud ecosystem in the region. The Tier III certification is the IT industry’s most trusted and adopted global standard for the proper design, build and operation of data centers.

Tier III Certification of Constructed Facility ensures that data centers have been constructed as designed and verifies that it is capable of meeting the defined availability requirements. The Tier III Certification includes:

  • The data center design meets the demands determined by the global parameter system and the norms of the Uptime Institute for Simultaneous Maintenance.
  • Demonstrated redundant delivery path with ability to isolate power & cooling components and perform planned maintenance without suspending the data center’s operations or impacting IT operations.
  • Review of mechanical, structural, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, fuel pumps, networking, and more to ensure systems are built to the intended performance capacity, effectiveness, and reliability.
  • Live system demonstrations under real-world conditions, validating performance.

“Customers trust us with their business critical infrastructure and we are committed to delivering a connected, stable, secure and scalable data center environment for them,” said Grant van Rooyen, Chief Executive Officer, Cologix. “Part of that process includes designing data centers that pass the Uptime Institute’s rigorous criteria for concurrent Maintainability and we are exceptionally proud of our Operations and Construction teams who worked tirelessly to ensure COL3 was certified in order to ensure our Customers have access to the most sophisticated, protected and connected data center in Columbus.”

COL3, the largest and most advanced data center in the Columbus region, is concurrently maintainable, and offers scalable power solutions. Further unique attributes include an EF-4 tornado rating, K-rated perimeter fence and 24×7 guards. The redundancy, scale, security and connectivity enables Cologix to uniquely address growing market demand ranging from individual cabinets to multi-megawatt deployments.

To learn more about the Uptime Institute’s tier classification system, visit https://uptimeinstitute.com/tier-certification. To learn more about Cologix’s Data Center, visit http://www.cologix.com/ohio-colocation-columbus-col-3/.

About Cologix Inc.
Cologix provides reliable, secure, scalable data center and interconnection solutions from 25 prime interconnection locations across 9 strategic North American edge markets. Over 1,600 leading network, managed services, cloud, media, content, financial services and enterprise customers trust Cologix to support their business critical infrastructure and connect them to customers, vendors and partners. Our dedicated, experienced local teams and scalable solutions enable us to provide industry-leading customer service and the ability to successfully support customers at the Internet’s new edge. For a tour of one of our data centers in Columbus, Dallas, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Minneapolis, Montreal, New Jersey, Toronto or Vancouver visit www.cologix.com.

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NEW YORK – The Switch® announced it will launch The Switch Access™, an extension of its global fiber and satellite network, at NAB 2018 (Booth SU4910). The Switch Access will allow customers easy access to The Switch’s extensive network of customers, connected venues, studios and production facilities, utilizing a broadband internet connection, from anywhere in the world.

Customers connecting to The Switch via The Switch Access can expect the same monitoring and end-to-end management of their feeds via The Switch Network Operation Centers with customer control via SwitchIT, The Switch’s patented scheduling and provisioning software platform. Once connected to The Switch, the customer gains seamless integration with The Switch resources including transport to studios and Over-The-Top (OTT) production, with The Switch’s proven quality of service and the ability to schedule transport, production and studios in one step.


With nearly 1,000 professional sports venues, studios, production facilities, broadcasters and OTT platforms connected to The Switch network, customers using The Switch Access can move content from or to the world’s leading producers, distributors, service providers and venues cost-effectively and with simple ease-of-use.

“The Switch has truly become a one-stop-shop supporting every aspect of the content supply-chain,” said Keith Buckley, president and CEO at The Switch. “Introducing The Switch Access, will provide content producers, who were located in regions outside of areas typically connected with major hubs, the opportunity to utilize every resource The Switch has to offer.”

The Switch will debut The Switch Access at the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas, alongside its existing product suite of services including: The Switch OTT, The Switch Studios, The Switch At Home, The Switch Mobile and SwitchIT, The Switch’s patented, award-winning customer-control software. The Switch can be found in the South Upper Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth SU4910. For more information on The Switch Access or to meet with The Switch at the 2018 NAB Show, please contact The Switch or visit: www.theswitch.tv/nab

About The Switch
The Switch is a leading global video solutions service provider, with owned and operated facilities in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. The Switch currently provides advanced video switching and local fiber circuit services, scalable Ethernet, At-Home production, production studios, OTT transcoding, satellite delivery and network origination to more than 800 demanding video content producers and distributors around the world.

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