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REDWOOD CITY, CA and MUSCAT, Oman – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, and Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel, a MSM listed company: OTEL), announced the companies have entered into a joint venture to deliver data center and interconnection services to customers in the Middle East through the development of a new network-dense data center that will be located in Barka, near Muscat, the capital of Oman. This joint venture will establish the first world-class, carrier-neutral hub in Oman where carriers, content providers and cloud providers colocate critical IT infrastructure.

Oman is strategically positioned between Asia, Africa and Europe, and the new Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center will create a regional interconnection hub with ultra-low latencies between global business markets. Based on demand and requirements, customers in the GCC and wider MENA region can also leverage other Equinix data centers in the region for dual access to content providers, allowing carriers, content providers and cloud providers to further build resilience into their IT and network infrastructure.


The new IBX data center in Oman will benefit from connectivity to strategic cable landing stations (CLS) and subsea cable systems that terminate directly inside the facility. It will also benefit from the investments by Omantel in multiple strategic subsea cable systems throughout the region and world. This subsea cable connectivity will provide customers with significant cost savings and an increase in performance and security.

Under the terms of the agreement, Equinix and Omantel will both fund equity contributions in an amount of US$10 million for the joint venture representing a 50% shareholding each, and additional funds will be raised through debt financing assumed by the joint venture company. The shareholders’ agreement was signed on June 20, 2018, and the joint venture company was established on June 26, 2018.

Equinix will operate the new IBX data center, which will include 18,600 square feet of colocation space and approximately 750 cabinets at full build. The first phase of the three-phase build will include 250 cabinets and is expected to be completed and open for business by Q2 2019.

According to the recently published document Worldwide Datacenter Installation Census and Construction Forecast, 2018–2022, IDC observes a clear trend of movement of internal data centers to service provider data centers. With more than 200 data centers worldwide, Platform Equinix™ enables customers to easily interconnect with one another in business ecosystems for maximum collaboration across digital supply chains in 52 markets globally. Additionally, 30 Equinix metros are close enough to the shorelines to support the CLS model.

Omantel is a global communications provider with cable landings and connectivity to more than 120 cities globally. It has investments in 20 subsea cable systems and leverages six diverse landing stations in Oman and one in France. Additionally, Omantel is an investor in AAE-1 consortium, one of the largest, newest high-capacity connections between Asia, Africa and Europe. Omantel has also invested in multiple regional and international cables including Europe India Gateway (EIG), Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG), Gulf to Africa (G2A), and Silk Route Gateway-1 (SRG-1), among others. As a result, Omantel will be able to offer a redundant and unique latency of 160ms between Frankfurt and Singapore, two of the world’s main capacity hubs accessible directly from within the new IBX data center in Oman.

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 52 markets across five continents, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies.

About Omantel
Omantel Wholesale is the international and domestic wholesale arm of Oman Telecommunications Company S.A.O.G. (Omantel), the first and leading integrated telecommunications service provider in Oman. Founded in 1970, Omantel is a joint-stock company listed in Muscat Securities Market and is 51% owned by Oman Investment Fund (OIF), a wholly owned investment arm of the Omani government. The company has laid the groundwork for telecommunications and technological advancement in the country and it continues to invest heavily within its own borders and abroad. As a result, Omantel has acquired a controlling stake in Kuwaiti Mobile Telecommunications Company (Zain Group) last year, making it the second largest shareholder in the company. Omantel Wholesale capitalizes on ultra-low latency networks to enable innovation and digital transformation globally, utilizing Oman’s geographic advantage at the absolute nexus of the east, west, north, and south to enable its customers and partners to deliver their services with the best possible end-user experience.

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Rzeszow, Poland – HostBill, a popular billing and automation software for web hosting industry has recently launched a set of tools integrated with Plesk: Plesk Key Administrator module to resell Plesk licenses and two new extensions to their Plesk module: Plesk DNS Helper and Plesk Service Plan Sync tool.

Plesk Key Administrator
Plesk Key Administrator module for HostBill allows to resell Plesk Software licenses (such as Plesk, Virtuozzo and more) and add-ons. With HostBill the licenses are created, provisioned and terminated automatically, making the reselling process completely hassle-free. The users can also set automatic renewal that could significantly improve the license management process. The end-clients can display the license details, change license IP, check license keys, activation and content in HostBill’s user-friendly client area. The admin panel on the other hand gives full control over the billing information and account lifecycle. The admin can also choose which client area functions end-customers will have access to.


Plesk DNS Helper
Plesk DNS Helper is and extension to the Plesk module and was created to help connect Plesk installations with one of the HostBill-supported DNS services: Power DNS, Power DNS Slave Zones, OnApp DNS, cPanel DNS or any other DNS that HostBill supports.

As Plesk handles DNS really well, but it’s more suited for single-install deployments, HostBill created the extension for users who want to deploy multiple Plesk instances and manage single DNS server (master) rather than multiple ones. The extension also helps to hook up PowerDNS to store slave zones, while the Plesk would keep master zone records.

With the Plesk DNS Helper extension installed in HostBill, any time new DNS zone is created / updated / deleted in Plesk, the extension notifies HostBill about it and HostBill then “decides” what to do next. It can push this zone to real master nameserver, notify secondary nameserver to create/update slave zone and after exporting such zone, HostBill can assign it to the related customer

As a result slave DNS (any supported by HostBill) will be notified automatically about new zones in Plesk or Plesk DNS will not be used to handle DNS queries, but as a source of data for actual DNS server that handles requests.

With this approach you can benefit from flexible & automated DNS templates built into Plesk on any central DNS server you wish to use with it.

Plesk Service Plan Sync tool
Plesk Service Plan Sync tool was developed to help manage service plans and addons changes across unlimited Plesk installations with ease. This extension is a real problem-solver especially for hosting companies that use more than one Plesk installation. This automated tool will help to keep multiple service plans and addons in sync between different installations.

The tool allows to create multiple configurations (for separate Windows/Linux Plesk installations or different installations for different purposes) that consist of Plesk servers. In each configuration you can select source server, that will serve as a source of actual plans & addons configuration. Other Plesk servers within configuration will have plans updated, and missing plans created according to the source plan with a single click of a button.

The Plesk Service Plan Sync tool will track what plans/addons/plan settings are missing or different compared to the source server and show those differences. You can then run a synchronization process and as a result all plans and addons missing will be added to target server and plansand addons with matching names but conflicting configurations will have their configurations updated to match those in source Plesk. Moreover, if you’re syncing Plesk with minor configuration/version/extensions differences you can setup overrides that will be prevented from overwritting when creating/updating plans and addons on this server, as well as when comparing it with target server.

Plesk Service Plan Sync Tool can be of use to you if you want to update your plans in bulk, add new plan to all your installations or add new Plesk installation.

About HostBill
HostBill is a powerful and flexible, all-in-one automation, billing, client management and support platform for online businesses. HostBill handles all aspects of running a successful online business, from client acquisition, through invoicing and payment collection, automated service provisioning and management, to customer service and support. Extensive range of advanced features, multitude of modules and apps and integration with various various control panels, domain registrars, payment gateways, order pages, client panels and more, make it the most comprehensive solution on the market for Hosting, Cloud/IaaS/VPS Solutions Providers, Domain name and SSL Resellers around the globe to automate and manage their online businesses.

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GitHub, the leading software development platform, has launched a number of new features for its enterprise users with the launch of GitHub Enterprise 2.14. When Microsoft acquired GitHub last month for $7.5 billion, CEO Satya Nadella said that the acquisition will expand the adoption of GitHub among enterprise developers. The launch of GitHub Enterprise 2.14 is a step toward that goal. One of the main feature announced is a ‘unified search’ tool that allows developers on GitHub Business Cloud to access public repositories on the service. They can find public content and collaborate with the entire GitHub community without sacrificing security, said GitHub. Previously, the developers on Business Cloud couldn’t access the public open-source repositories on GitHub. The Enterprise 2.14 is a significant update for developers, because most of the open-source software is hosted on GitHub. And the new features will ease access to a very important asset. GitHub Enterprise now also features an…
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ZNetLive, India’s leading web hosting and cloud services provider, today announced an expansion of its product portfolio to include Acronis Backup Cloud. The new service delivers reliable hybrid cloud backup to businesses of all sizes, enabling them to completely and efficiently protect critical data in any environment. With ransomware attacks growing in frequency and complexity, business data is continuously at risk. Security experts and the FBI agree that with more cybercriminals trying to earn easy money, ransomware attacks will continue to be more frequent, especially among corporate and small business environments. Backups are widely considered the ultimate defense. “For any business, data is imminent for its survival. Data security is utmost as no successful business can afford a minute of downtime. With organizations tasked to protect increasingly heterogeneous and complex environments spanning across physical, virtual and cloud systems, choosing the right data protection…
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Gillingham, Kent – Level 5 is pleased to announce another landmark achievement with its appointment to G-Cloud 10, the UK Government Digital Service Framework. Already a Crown Commercial Supplier providing support and development for the public sector, Level 5 will now be able to provide domains, web hosting and software development consultancy to the public sector.

Level 5’s experienced, in-house team has been providing hosting services and application development to the public sector since early 2010, and this latest appointment comes soon after the launch of Level 5 Domains, which allows the public to sign up to managed hosting services.


About Level 5
Software architects established in 2010, Level 5 is a rapidly growing organisation, employing innovative ideas and best-in-class methodology in our mission to be at the forefront of application architecture. We aim to safeguard our clients in a rapidly changing environment by embedding adaptability and sustainability of the working environment. We are driven by our belief that, by generating real engagement, we can provide real-world differences for our clients and their users. That is where we believe the best value – and values – are to be found.

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According to a new research report by the market research and strategy consulting firm, Global Market Insights, Inc, Green Data Center Market size is set to exceed USD 25 billion by 2024.rapid growth in the number of SMEs globally has led to an exponential rise in the amount of data generated. The mounting pressure for efficient management for the increasing amount of data will contribute to the green data center market growth. Several government organizations are encouraging the growth of new businesses.

The government push is largely concentrated in Asia Pacific countries through the launch of Made in China 2025 and Make in India which are providing tax incentives, financial aid, and technical support to local SMEs, fueling the industrial growth. The growing data center complexities with the rising amount of data generated has stressed the requirement for a reliable and scalable data center infrastructure. Driven by surging cloud applications, the fast-growing data center traffic will support the market growth.


The growing focus on energy efficiency has made the data center industry a frontrunner in implementing energy-efficient solutions. The energy consumption of data centers has been rapidly increasing with the advent of cloud computing services and is causing an increase in CO2 emissions. There is a high focus on the need for lowering the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) amongst companies, primarily amongst major players such as Allied Controls, Facebook, and Google. Stringent government regulations pertaining to energy-efficiency in data centers will contribute to the green data center market size. Green initiatives can help a company to regain the power and cooling capacity and recapture resilience while reducing the energy costs.

Cyber security threats are a key factor restraining the green data center market growth. Financial organizations and businesses store critical and confidential data in data centers. Stringent government regulations such as European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are imposing rules pertaining to the safety of information in data centers. The providers must comply with the strict standards and regulations operating in the market. Additionally, the technologies cost significantly higher than the traditional systems.

The networking solutions in the green data center market will grow substantially with a CAGR of around 27% due to the rising demand for these solutions to minimize the power consumption. The conventional network infrastructure ensures interconnection of physical and network-based equipment and devices within a facility that consumes over 65% of the overall power. Moreover, there is a growing trend of virtualized networking environments. Network virtualization is being increasingly implemented by enterprises to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and enhance agility.

The BFSI sector in the green data center market valued at over USD 900 million in 2017 is witnessing a rapid growth globally with the growing number of financial organizations adopting digitalization. Traditional data handling techniques that involved paper documents are being replaced by modern digital technologies for higher efficiency, lower redundancies, and faster computation. This has led to a rise in the demand for highly efficient data center infrastructures that ensure the safe storage of the ever-increasing data. The flourishing BFSI industry will provide lucrative growth opportunities to the market growth.

The green data center market in Asia Pacific will experience a strong growth of over 30% from 2018 to 2024 owing to the widespread adoption of cloud and IoT technologies in countries such as China and India. The rapid growth in the number of startups in India coupled with the favorable government initiatives such as Make in India will support the green data center market growth in the country.

The booming industrial sector in Japan is demanding high performance equipment for mounting volumes of data from connected factories. The rise in the number of smartphone users in China are also demanding data center set ups for data storage. Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has collaborated with government agencies to develop a Singapore Standard for green infrastructure under the IT standards committee.

Players operating in the green data center market comprise Dell Inc., Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., HCL Technologies Limited, IBM Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Fujitsu Ltd., Schneider Electric SE, and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company.

Companies are striving to launch new data centers to strengthen their market presence. In May 2016, Microsoft stated that they will be obtaining a LEED Gold certification for all its structures to lower their PUE. Vendors are also increasingly incorporating latest advanced technologies in their data centers to reduce the hazardous emissions and power consumption. Increasing competition among companies to offer advanced solutions will propel the market share.

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