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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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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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ALBANY, N.Y. – Leading Data Center and Cloud Hosting Solutions provider TurnKey Internet, Inc. announced today that their flagship data center in Albany, New York has once again earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy performance. TurnKey Internet’s data center is the 2nd in the state of New York to achieve the highest environmental standards and earn the ENERGY STAR data center certification. TurnKey’s facility utilizes state-of-the-art technology and 100% renewable energy to provide the greenest cloud-based IT services for clients all over the world.

TurnKey Internet runs their ENERGY STAR certified data center with 100% renewable hydro and solar power. It is equipped with rooftop solar panels, and uses hydro-power to further supplement their renewable energy initiatives as beneficiaries of Gov. Cuomo’s ‘Recharge New York’ power program. The data center is SSAE 18 SOC 2 certified, confirming the highest tier of reliability. The facility features low-voltage servers stored in ultra-efficient cold containment pods. These pods deliver precision spot-cooling to temperature-regulated server racks, which use thirty-three percent less energy than traditional data centers.


ENERGY STAR certified data centers and facilities are verified to perform in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy use that takes into account occupancy, hours of operation, and other key metrics. ENERGY STAR is the only energy efficiency certification in the Unites States that is based on actual, verified energy performance.

“We’re honored to once again earn the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance at our Albany, New York data center and appreciate the efforts of everyone who has been involved in its efficient operation,” said Adam Wills, CEO of TurnKey Internet. “TurnKey’s green data center was built with sustainability in mind, and our commitment only evolves as the world-wide demand for energy consumption continues to multiply.” He continued to say, “Saving energy is just one of the ways we show our community we care, and that we’re committed to doing our part to protect the environment and public health, both today and for future generations.”

In 2013, The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation awarded TurnKey Internet the Environmental Excellence Award for innovative facility design and outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility and economic viability. For more information about TurnKey Internet’s ENERGY STAR certified data center, or to speak with a Cloud Hosting Solutions expert, visit https://www.turnkeyinternet.net/

About TurnKey Internet
Founded in 1999, TurnKey Internet, Inc. is a full-service Cloud Hosting Solutions provider with Data Centers in New York and California specializing in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to clients in more than 150 countries. Services offered in both East Coast and West Coast, USA – include Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Dedicated & Bare Metal Servers, Backup & Disaster Recovery, Online Storage, Web Hosting, Managed Hosting, Hybrid Solutions and Enterprise Colocation. Headquartered in New York’s Tech Valley Region, TurnKey Internet’s Flagship company owned Datacenter is SSAE 18 SOC 1 & SOC 2 certified, as well as HIPAA compliant with HITRUST CSF certification. The facility is powered exclusively by on-site Solar and Hydroelectric sources to provide a 100% renewable energy footprint and is the 39th ENERGY STAR® Certified Data Center in the United States.

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SEATTLE – Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced general availability of Amazon Aurora Serverless. Aurora Serverless is a new deployment option for Amazon Aurora that automatically starts, scales, and shuts down database capacity with per-second billing for applications with less predictable usage patterns. Amazon Aurora Serverless offers database capacity without the need to provision, scale, and manage any servers. Aurora Serverless brings the power of the MySQL-compatible database built for the cloud to applications with intermittent or cyclical usage patterns without the need to manage database servers. To get started with Amazon Aurora Serverless, visit https://aws.amazon.com/aurora/serverless.

Many AWS customers have applications with intermittent or cyclical usage patterns. For example, retail applications often experience seasonal spikes. Development and test workloads require database access only at certain times of the day or week. In addition, all new applications face unknown usage demands. This creates a capacity planning dilemma for customers who must either over-provision database capacity upfront to pay for resources they will not use or under-provision resources and risk performance problems and a poor user experience. With Amazon Aurora Serverless, customers no longer have to provision or manage database capacity. The database automatically and quickly starts, scales, shuts down, and starts up again in seconds based on the needs of the workload. Customers simply create an endpoint through the AWS Management Console, and Amazon Aurora Serverless handles the rest. Customers pay by the second for database capacity only when the database is in use. Amazon Aurora Serverless brings the power of Amazon Aurora, the fastest growing service in the history of AWS, to applications that only require intermittent or cyclical database access at a fraction of the cost.


“More and more customers are moving production applications and databases from Oracle and SQL Server to Amazon Aurora because it’s a highly available, highly durable, built-for-the-cloud database at one tenth the cost of the older guard database offerings,” said Raju Gulabani, Vice President, Databases, Analytics, and Machine Learning, at Amazon Web Services. “With the availability of Aurora Serverless, we now make it more cost effective for our customers to run intermittent or cyclical workloads that have less predictable usage patterns such as development and test workloads or applications that experience seasonal spikes, making Aurora even more attractive for every imaginable workload.”

NTT DOCOMO is the largest mobile service provider in Japan, serving more than 73 million customers. “Our data-based services are often not used at full capacity, resulting in high database running costs,” said Tomoyoshi Ohno, Vice President and General Manager of Innovation Management Department, NTT DOCOMO. “Amazon Aurora Serverless will allow NTT DOCOMO to reduce operational costs by matching capacity to actual demand. Because developers can use Amazon Aurora Serverless just like a traditional MySQL database, it will be easy to adopt in our service infrastructure.”

Pagely is the WordPress hosting leader in innovation, speed, scalability, and security, with thousands of clients ranging from the largest tech companies, to universities, creative agencies, city and state governments, and other large and midsize businesses. “We are excited by the flexibility that Amazon Aurora Serverless offers in our current managed WordPress hosting stack, and the new serverless WordPress application hosting model that it enables us to pursue,” said Joshua Strebel, Founder and CEO, Pagely. “Many of our large-scale WordPress sites have unpredictable database usage. Amazon Aurora Serverless gives us the ability to lower customer costs for these fluctuating workloads and free internal resources by eliminating the need for manual or monitored database resizing. Ultimately this is about saving time, money, and serving our customers better, and Amazon Aurora Serverless will help us do that.”

California Polytechnic State University is a nationally-ranked public university that’s driven by its core philosophy of Learn by Doing — a powerful combination of academic expertise and hands-on experience. “Our Learning Management System (LMS) is central to the student experience at Cal Poly, and we have high standards for performance, scalability and high availability,” said Alison Robinson, Associate Vice President, Cal Poly Information Technology Services. “Amazon Aurora meets our high standards. Given LMS usage patterns, with peaks during the first week of class, mid-terms, and finals, we expect to economize by paying only for the resources we need when we need them and eliminating the need for on-premises hardware. We also capitalize on the flexibility of the AWS environment that allows us to automatically shut down development and test instances when not in use, and spin them up quickly when needed.”

CB Insights is a private market intelligence firm that aggregates and analyzes massive amounts of data and uses machine learning and data visualization to help corporations answer strategic questions. “Leveraging serverless computing is key to our system architecture strategy at CB Insights as it allows us to handle bursts in computation needs in an effective and cost efficient manner,” said Pal Hoye, Chief Technology Officer of CB Insights. “We are excited about the opportunity to bring the serverless model to databases through Amazon Aurora Serverless. Through the preview program we have had early access to Aurora Serverless and it has confirmed the applicability for unpredictable data access scenarios. It’s also a good option for development/staging databases, which can be shut down when not in use to achieve additional cost savings.”

Cognizant is one of the world’s leading business and IT services companies, providing technology, consulting, and operations services to help companies digitally transform their businesses. “The launch of Amazon Aurora Serverless has been highly anticipated by the market,” said Arun Varadarajan, Vice President, AI and Analytics at Cognizant. “It complements several of our offerings, including Cognizant Adaptive Data Foundation, a solution which enables the creation of cloud-based, holistic data strategies requiring insights, scale and speed. Amazon Aurora Serverless will enhance products like Cognizant Lab Insights, an intelligent, connected lab performance management solution, because a serverless database architecture supports the intermittent data usage requirements of lab environments and provides better flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness.”

Amazon Aurora Serverless (MySQL-compatible edition) is available in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and will expand to additional Regions in the coming year.

About Amazon Web Services
For over 12 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 125 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 55 Availability Zones (AZs) within 18 geographic regions and one Local Region around the world, spanning the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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IRVINE, CA – RapidScale, a leader in managed cloud services, has announced that Veeam® Software, the leader in Intelligent Data Management for the Hyper‑Available Enterprise™, will be RapidScale’s leading data protection and availability solution.

Together, RapidScale and Veeam empower customers with a reliable and robust cloud-based backup solution. The platform gives customers a single pane of glass to their entire environment which helps organizations mitigate their cloud risk and data mobility cost challenges while maintaining data control across on-premises and cloud resources.


RapidScale has integrated this offering into its easy-to-use interface with a powerful functionality making a data backup and storage plan simple, reliable and affordable. This gives customers the ability to have a complete view of their backup from not only a virtual setting but a physical environment as well. With Veeam having the No. 1 set of capabilities for backup and availability for virtualized environments, customers will now be able to automatically anticipate needs and meet demand and move securely across multi-cloud infrastructures.

“We are pleased that RapidScale has joined our VCSP (Veeam Cloud & Service Provider) program,” said Matt Kalmenson, vice president of service and cloud provider sales at Veeam. “Our Availability solutions, combined with their service delivery and knowledge of Veeam products, should enable them to acquire even more clients, resulting in additional growth of their overall profitability and value. We are looking forward to working together in an effort to solve the key challenges of our joint customers.”

RapidScale SVP, Technology Duane Barnes says “As RapidScale continues to scale and move up the market, an advanced software-defined backup solution was critical to our success. After reviewing our requirements and customer demand, Veeam became the obvious choice because of its simplicity to deploy and protect mission-critical data.”

About RapidScale
RapidScale, a managed cloud services provider, delivers world-class, secure, and reliable cloud computing solutions to companies of all sizes across the globe. Its state-of-the-art managed CloudDesktop platform and market-leading cloud solutions are the reasons why RapidScale is the provider of choice for leading telecommunications providers, VARs, MSPs, and agents throughout the United States. RapidScale is not only delivering a service but also innovating advanced solutions and applications for cloud computing. RapidScale’s innovative solutions include CloudServer, CloudDesktop, CloudOffice, CloudMail, CloudRecovery, CloudApps, and more. For more information on RapidScale, visit www.rapidscale.net.

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SOUTHFIELD, MICH. – Future Hosting, a managed VPS and dedicated hosting provider, has warned server hosting clients of the dangers posed by insecure Memcached instances. When configured incorrectly Memcached, a popular caching application, can be used by bad actors to launch massive Distributed Denial of Service attacks (as reported in CSO Online).

Memcached is used by millions of websites around the world. It is a key-value database that caches the results of database queries to accelerate the performance of web applications. Memcached can be configured to accept connections from arbitrary hosts on the open web. Bad actors can use insecure Memcached instances to launch amplified, reflected DDoS attacks against their victims, taking their websites and applications offline.


Memcached is one of many applications that can be used to amplify the bandwidth available to an attacker: open DNS servers and NTP servers are also common vectors. But Memcached is significantly more potent. It can be used to amplify the data in a DDoS attack by a factor of more than 50,000.

“Future Hosting provides server hosting for thousands of businesses, and we’re concerned that insecure Memcached instances pose a serious threat to our clients and other businesses on the web,“ said Maulesh Patel, VP of Operations of Future Hosting, “Memcached is ubiquitous on the modern web because of its usefulness, but less experienced system administrators are not configuring it securely, providing bad actors with a DDoS vector that threatens even the largest online businesses.”

Earlier this year, a popular version control platform was targeted by a record-breaking DDoS attack that peaked at 1.35 TB per second. Soon after, that record was broken by a DDoS attack that used insecure Memcached instances to send 1.7 TB per second to its victim. Few businesses can mitigate attacks of this magnitude.

Future Hosting urges server administrators to ensure that Memcached instances hosted on their servers are configured securely. Memcached should never be reachable from the open internet or configured to respond to requests from arbitrary hosts.

Developers and system administrators without the expertise to securely configure server software should consider hiring a professional system administrator or a managed server hosting provider that can configure a secure hosting environment.

About Future Hosting, LLC
Founded in 2001, Future Hosting is a privately held leading Internet solutions provider specializing in managed hosting, including Dedicated Servers, Virtual Private Servers, and Hybrid Virtual Private Servers. The company has built a strong reputation for its high-quality service, innovative pricing models, and 3-hour Service Level Agreement. Future Hosting is based in Southfield, Michigan.

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