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SCOTTSDALE, AZ – GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today announced the launch of Pro Managed WordPress, a new hosting platform designed specifically for WordPress web professionals. Pro Managed WordPress bundles together high-performance and highly-reliable hosting, with end-to-end security, and the essential tools necessary to efficiently manage multiple clients and websites. This complete solution for WordPress professionals includes Pro Advanced Care, a new WordPress-centric 24/7 expert customer support service.

GoDaddy introduced its first WordPress hosting product three years ago, and today the company is the largest WordPress host globally, serving over four million sites. GoDaddy has been working closely with its GoDaddy Pro Program community, a group consisting of over two hundred thousand web professionals. Based on the feedback from the Pro Program and our in-house WordPress experts.


The Pro Managed WordPress Solution includes:
• Modern Platform: The new hosting architecture employs a containerized, isolated environment for every site using the latest technologies for enhanced performance, scalability and security.
• High Performance hosting: Pro Managed WordPress was designed to make WordPress sites load fast. PHP7, HTTP/2, CDN image cache by Sucuri, multiple layers of caching, everything a hosting platform needs to make WordPress sites load fast. The containerized environment means each site has its own dedicated resources and automatically scales so sites run at optimum speed even during heavy traffic and resource spikes.
• Highly Reliable: 99.9% uptime with built-in redundancy that will recover a website if it goes down. If there’s ever a server issue, GoDaddy will automatically move a site to a new container, ensuring reliable uptime.
• Secure by default: Free SSL is automatically installed on every domain so customers’ sites are protected from the get-go. Sucuri monitoring stops malware before it penetrates the site and prevent DDoS attacks with the optional paid Website Security Firewall (WAF).
• Pro-Ready Features: Every site includes one-click staging for testing new features, SSH access, dedicated web cache, on-demand and scheduled backups with one-click restore for up to 90 days of backups. Customers also have the option to defer WordPress core updates for 30 days to insure ample time for testing client sites.

“Web pros tell us that the most frustrating and time consuming part of their job is the administrative work, and that they struggle to juggle all of their clients’ websites,” said Gabe Mays, Product Manager of WordPress at GoDaddy. “Pro Managed WordPress streamlines client site maintenance and allows these developers and designers to build and manage safe and reliable sites for their clients, all through one central solution.”

To help with these administrative tasks, Pro Managed WordPress includes access to the Pro Program, a set of rewards and tools designed specifically web professionals. The Pro Program includes:
• Pro Sites: Best-in-class multi-site management tools, including one-click WordPress updates for themes and plugins, site cloning and migrations, real-time performance, security and uptime monitoring.
• Pro Clients: Streamlined client management tools that simplify management of client product purchases and client invoicing.
• Pro Rewards: A rewards program that includes exclusive discounts and in store cash credit for purchases.
• Pro Connect: Provides access to GoDaddy’s 17 million small business customers for new client referrals.
• Pro Advanced Care: 24/7 expert Pro support to answer any questions and provide extra support.
• Pro Academy: Free education content including how-to videos, tutorials, monthly webinars, e-books, and articles, to help web pros with their WordPress and business skills.

For more information, visit www.godaddy.com/hosting/pro-wordpress-hosting

About GoDaddy
GoDaddy powers the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. With nearly 17 million customers worldwide and more than 72 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Our mission is to give our customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. To learn more about the company visit www.GoDaddy.com.

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LEEDS, UK – Web host, eUKhost, announced today that it has become the highest placed company on the cPanel University’s all-time leaderboard for certification in cPanel and WHM training. With 470 exams passed and 221 certifications awarded, eUKhost is now the world’s most qualified expert for this popular hosting software.

The staff of eUKhost has achieved certification in three separate courses: cPanel & WHM Administration, cPanel & WHM Systems Administration and cPanel & WHM Sales. The two technical qualifications ensure employees have expert knowledge of managing a cPanel and WHM server from the command line and can undertake server administration tasks such as email troubleshooting, web stack setup, custom DNS configurations and administration of SQL engines through WHM. The sales course guarantees customers get the right advice when it comes to the features, benefits and fundamental usage of the software.


Robert King, Director, eUKhost said, “I’m extremely proud of our staff. These are tough exams designed to ensure professional standards. Globally, less than a quarter of exams get passed but the eUKhost team managed a spectacular 96% pass rate. Coming top of the leaderboard proves that we have the in-house expertise that hosting clients need.”

cPanel University was set up to give companies supporting and selling cPanel products and services the chance to become certified with cPanel and WHM. By passing the rigorous exams, which require candidates to score 90% or more, eUKhost employees have become accredited experts in these technologies. This allows the company to offer unparalleled support and guidance to its customers. eUKhost provides a wide range of Linux based hosting packages that are enabled with cPanel and WHM.

https://university.cpanel.net/#leaderboards

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PHOENIX, AZ – PhoenixNAP®, a global IT services provider offering cloud, bare-metal dedicated server, colocation, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions, today announced the upcoming launch of its Data Security Cloud – a new cloud security platform architected on the latest VMware® technologies. PhoenixNAP’s Data Security Cloud will address growing security concerns for businesses of all sizes and across industries, including those with heavy compliance and security demands to protect their workloads in the cloud.

According to reports, more than 90 percent of traffic resides within the data center, where perimeter security protections do not inspect the traffic*, and the average data center experiences two successful attacks per day**. The problem is growing quickly as almost two billion data records around the world were lost or stolen during 918 different cyberattacks in the first half of 2017, an increase of 164 percent over the same period last year. The toll on businesses is significant: two-thirds of firms breached had their share price negatively impacted with a cost to shareholders of over $52.40 billion. Today the question for business and security leaders is not if there will be a breach but when and how to contain the impact.


“The introduction of phoenixNAP’s Data Security Cloud makes it possible for organizations of all sizes to confidently tackle the strictest security and compliance-focused workloads in a multi-tenant, cloud-based environment. Supported by our flexible solutions team, any organization will be able to make a secure and easy transition to the cloud,” says Ian McClarty, President at phoenixNAP. “With VMware NSX® at its core, Data Security Cloud offers highly granular security of virtualized workloads through advanced capabilities such as micro-segmentation, distributed firewalling, and VPN. Customers get a Secure-by-Design cloud environment with protection across not only the perimeter but at the application level as well.”

PhoenixNAP’s Data Security Cloud is built to provide fast, secure and reliable services to businesses handling dynamic loads of sensitive data. Data Security Cloud will provide all-round protection for sensitive workloads leveraging advanced security capabilities of the VMware NSX network virtualization. VMware NSX decouples network and security functions from the underlying physical infrastructure and embeds them directly into the hypervisor, distributing them across the data center. This fundamental shift in how security is delivered can help overcome the shortcomings of legacy architectures. It allows intelligent and automated security policies to travel with virtual workloads regardless of their placement in the cloud and independent of the physical network topology, to help maintain the highest level of protection.

“By using VMware NSX as the core enabler to the new Data Security Cloud service, phoenixNAP is providing a comprehensive offering that makes security both application focused and intrinsic to the infrastructure,” said Jay Workman, senior director, Cloud Provider marketing at VMware. “This is a powerful example of the security capabilities of VMware’s next-generation solutions, which enable partners, such as phoenixNAP, to create innovative new offerings that will help differentiate them in the industry.”

More details about the technology powering Data Security Cloud will be unveiled in an exclusive webinar co-hosted with VMware on October 17th, 2017. The new platform will be generally available in November.

To register for the webinar and learn more, visit https://onlinexperiences.com/scripts/Server.nxp?LASCmd=AI:4;F:QS!10100&ShowKey=43113.

PhoenixNAP is a Premier Service Provider in the VMware Cloud Provider Program. PhoenixNAP is also a PCI DSS Validated Service Provider and its flagship facility is SOC Type 1 and SOC Type 2 audited.

About phoenixNAP
PhoenixNAP is a global IT services provider with a focus on cyber security and compliance readiness, whose progressive Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions are delivered from strategic edge locations worldwide. Its cloud, bare metal dedicated servers, hardware leasing and colocation options are built to meet always evolving IT businesses requirements. Providing comprehensive Disaster Recovery solutions, DDoS protected global network, hybrid IT deployments with software and hardware based security, phoenixNAP fully supports its clients’ business continuity planning. Offering scalable and resilient opex solutions with expert staff to assist, phoenixNAP supports growth and innovation in businesses of any size enabling their digital transformation. To learn more about phoenixNAP’s global IT services, visit http://www.phoenixnap.com and follow them on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.

References:
Cisco Global Cloud Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2015–2020
Global survey by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (Global State of Information Security Survey 2015, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, 2014 )
Gemalto interview CNBC Sept 2017

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced today the expansion of its Silicon Valley Connected Campus with a six-megawatt facility at 3205 Alfred Street in Santa Clara, CA. Digital Realty expects to invest approximately $75 million in the new facility, which is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2018.

Digital Realty’s existing Silicon Valley portfolio consists of 17 properties totaling over two million square feet with 99 megawatts of IT load, strategically located on major fiber routes in close proximity to three Silicon Valley Power sub-stations. Digital Realty’s existing holdings in Silicon Valley are almost fully leased. The new facility at 3205 Alfred Street offers two suites totaling six megawatts of critical IT load in support of customer growth requirements within the supply-constrained Santa Clara metro area.


“Demand for data center space in Silicon Valley remains robust,” said industry analyst Kelly Morgan of 451 Research. “This new addition to Digital Realty’s Silicon Valley Connected Campus builds on the foundation the company has established, giving enterprises, network operators and service providers the opportunity and the expertise they require to privately interconnect with critical ecosystems like the cloud.”

Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein added, “The expansion of our Silicon Valley Connected Campus demonstrates our commitment to supporting customer growth. We are pursuing LEED gold certification for 3205 Alfred Street, building upon our commitment to sustainability. The new facility offers a comprehensive set of data center solutions, from single-cabinet colocation and interconnection requirements, all the way up to multi-megawatt deployments. This flexibility helps reduce complexity and accelerate business growth by meeting customers’ needs for space, power and connectivity.”

Register to attend Digital Realty’s Silicon Valley sneak peek event on October 12, 2017:
http://go.digitalrealty.com/save-the-date-3205-alfred

About Digital Realty
Digital Realty supports the data center and colocation 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 financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, gaming, life sciences and consumer products.

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REYKJAVIK, ICELAND – Advania Data Centers has over the past years invested greatly in their Data Center and High Performance Computing capabilities. These investments have resulted in a compelling value proposition for HPC operators, where the company can offer modular offerings. These offerings cover anything from HPC cluster hosting to application support and licence management.

Advania’s latest service is dedicated to HPC, where companies can outsource their HPC cluster to Advania’s HPCaaS cloud, hosted in Advania Data Centers in Iceland. The HPCaaS cloud can accommodate hosted HPC clusters, as well as allowing users to scale up and down as needed, while only paying for what they use.


The scalability has been offered by others in the industry for some time now, but on demand resources have historically been expensive. Similarly, so has the cost of running HPC in a public cloud, whereas some HPC workloads are economical to run. Most, however, become way too expensive in the public cloud billing model, as well as some HPC jobs are not able to run in a public cloud because of technical or application licence issues.

Advania aims to address all these pain points with the new HPCaaS cloud, that has been developed in partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

“We have developed a service and capabilities to address the needs of even the most demanding HPC operators and it has proven to deliver great value for our customers.” Says Eyjolfur Magnus Kristinsson, Managing Director at Advania Data Centers. “This expansion of our HPC platform is our next step to offer the HPCaaS cloud at scale to customers that demand increased flexibility and want to be able to scale their environments as needed. While we are not disclosing how large this expansion is, I can say that this step of the expansion includes thousands of cores”.

This expansion includes the latest hardware from HPE, Intel and Panasas; purpose built for HPC workloads with high speed interconnect and flexible storage options suitable for most HPC operators.

“We are extremely happy to be able to expand our HPCaaS platform this quickly and have already signed the first customers on to the HPCaaS cloud.” Says Hans Rickardt, HPC Specialist at Advania. “The Cluster is built with HPE Apollo 6000 chassis and the servers are xl230a, configured with Broadwell E5-2683v4 2×16 core, 256 GByte memory, 1.92TB SSD, 10Gbit Ethernet and high-speed interconnect and 100Gbit Intel Omnipath. During cluster verification and burn-in test I ran Linpack on 3200 cores and was able to achieve over 100TFlops, with a fantastic efficiency of 96%. I can state that our HPCaaS cloud performance is outstanding”.

About Advania
Advania is a leading Nordic IT company offering diverse services and solutions that include software, ERP systems, consulting, hardware, IT operations, HPC, hosting and data center services. Built on a solid foundation spanning 70 years of technology services, Advania has over 5,300 clients in public and private sectors in the Nordics and Europe. Advania’s staff of over 1300 employees across 17 offices located in three countries is committed to providing customers with the best possible service. Operations are certified according to international quality and security standard ISO 27001.

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LANSING, Mich. – Liquid Web, LLC, the market leader in managed hosting services to SMBs and web professionals, is proud to announce the launch of the Liquid Web Premium Business Email product to further augment their wide portfolio of hosting products. Liquid Web’s Premium Business Email offers a fully managed email solution that includes standard features important to a professional presence, including access to email from anywhere through mobile, webmail and other mail clients but without any hardware to deploy or software to install and manage. This newest Liquid Web product serves the business customer providing feature-rich services including ample storage, high quality Spam and Virus protection and the ability to create a custom domain for professional branding.

“In a time where web hosting companies are transforming more into platform as a service type offerings, Premium Business Email will allow our customers to increase their productivity and lower their costs by not having to manage, maintain or troubleshoot their email servers,” said Joe Oesterling, CTO. “We have been fortunate to be able to service our customers for over 20 years by adapting to technology changes, and we look forward to continuing to empower our customers by providing them an additional managed hosting service like Premium Business email. Our mission is to enable our customers to focus on running their business and entrust Liquid Web with managing their hosting services.”


The Premium Business Email product augments Liquid Web’s already premium portfolio, and adds capabilities to further simplify web hosting and cloud services for it’s SMBs and the designers, developers and agencies who create for them. The feature-rich product is priced competitively and low enough in order to allow Liquid Web customers who support multiple clients to create their own revenue-generating opportunity. Premium Business Email joins other recent product announcements like the acquisition of Cloud Sites, an all-in-one platform designed for high-traffic websites, and Managed WordPress innovations, such as Image Compression, Visual comparison tool and the addition of iThemes Sync. Backed by industry-leading support, Liquid Web continues to execute on its strategic focus to simplify web hosting and cloud services, for rapidly growing businesses living, building and creating on the web and in the cloud.

About Liquid Web
Marking its 20th year anniversary, Liquid Web powers content, commerce and potential for SMB entrepreneurs and the designers, developers and digital agencies who create for them. An industry leader in managed hosting and cloud services, Liquid Web is known for its high-performance services and exceptional customer support delivering reliable, highly-available, secure and hassle-free hosting backed with a human touch. Liquid Web offers a broad portfolio designed so customers can choose a hosting solution that is hands-on or hands-off or a hybrid of the two. The company owns and manages its own core data centers, providing a diverse range of offerings spanning from bare metal servers and fully managed hosting to managed WordPress and continues to evolve its service offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of its web-reliant, professional customers. With over 32,000 customers spanning 150 countries, the company has assembled a world-class team, global data centers and an expert group of 24/7/365 solution engineers. As an industry leader in customer service*, the rapidly expanding company has been recognized among INC Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies for ten years. Liquid Web is part of the Madison Dearborn Partners family of companies. Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”) is a leading private equity investment firm based in Chicago. For more information, please visit www.liquidweb.com, or read our blog posts at http://www.liquidweb.com/blog. Stay up to date with all Liquid Web events on Twitter and LinkedIn.

*2016 Net Promoter Score of 71

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