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DALLAS, TX – DataBank has completed the recertification and authorization of the GSA’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) for its secure, federal CloudPlus platform under both IaaS and PaaS certification categories.

The Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO) audit and validation process leveraged the latest NIST 800-53R4 security framework and validated the IaaS, PaaS, and comprehensive suite of DataBank NIST-compliant security offerings.


The coverage of the Authorization to Operate (ATO) includes traditional IaaS and PaaS services enhanced with fully managed DDoS Protection, Intrusion Detection, Intrusion Prevention, Web Application Firewalls, Antivirus, Host-based Intrusion Prevention, Log Offloading, Configuration Scanning, Patch Management, Dual Factor Authentication (token or PIV/CAC Cards), Backup Services, SynFlood Protection, Load Balancing, CDN, FIPS 140-2 compliant encryption, Compute, Storage, Hypervisor, Network, Internal and External Vulnerability Scanning, SIEM, and 24/7 SOC and NOC operations.

“DataBank’s vision is to become the easiest place to host highly secure mission critical applications,” commented Vlad Friedman, Chief Technology Officer, DataBank. “Our mission is to help transform cloud-enabled FedRAMP/NIST-compliant workloads by delivering increased agility and predictable pricing while eliminating downtime. Backed by a 24/7 SOC and NOC, we go far beyond the typical IaaS boundaries of the hypervisor, diving deep into the PaaS layer for operating systems.”

DataBank’s FedRAMP-Compliant CloudPlus is currently located in Baltimore, MD and Phoenix, AZ with plans for expanding to two more locations by year’s end. The company plans to focus and serve the needs of federal, state, local, and educational organizations, as well as System Integrators and SaaS Providers focused on the federal marketplace.

DataBank also provides Public Cloud Connectivity as a Service, complementing colocation and CloudPlus and allowing secure and redundant 10G connectivity to over 250 public clouds including AWS, Azure, Google, IBM, Dropbox, Office 365, and more. DataBank enables true hybrid deployments of colocation, private CloudPlus, and public cloud workloads all supported by a highly responsive operations group and holistic management portal.

“Our commitment to offering secure cloud services has been validated through this rigorous security assessment, which underscores and further verifies the security of our services, systems, processes, and facilities,” says Mark Houpt, Chief Information Security Officer at DataBank. “DataBank takes a very proactive, consultative approach to our clients’ security and compliance needs.”

The FedRAMP program was created in 2011 to reduce the risks of cloud services and empower government agencies to transform their legacy IT infrastructure to secure, cost-effective cloud solutions. It “provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services,” according to FedRAMP.gov.

DataBank is now compliant with FedRAMP, HIPAA-HITECH, SSAE-18, PCI-DSS, Privacy Shield, GDPR, and more. For more information about DataBank’s FedRAMP Platform, visit https://www.databank.com/solutions/compliant-hosting/fedramp-fisma/.

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.

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At DockerCon 2018, Docker announced three new capabilities for its enterprise-grade products to simplify the development and management of software container applications on premises and across multi-clouds. Two of the new features are targeted at Docker Enterprise Edition (EE), while the one is for Docker Desktop. Docker EE is a leading container platform, while Docker Desktop is a desktop environment used to build applications. Talking about the Docker EE, it is getting federated application management feature, and support for Kubernetes on Windows Server. The federated application management feature will automate the management and security of container applications on premises and across Kubernetes-based cloud services. It will provide a single management platform to enterprises so that they can centrally control and secure the software supply chain for all the containerized applications. “With an estimated 85 percent of today’s enterprise IT organizations employing a multi-cloud…
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SAN ANTONIO, TX – Rackspace® announced it has acquired RelationEdge®, a full-service Salesforce Platinum Consulting Partner and digital agency that helps clients engage with their customers from lead to loyalty by improving business process, leveraging technology, and integrating creative digital marketing.

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications like Salesforce® are a growing component of many companies’ digital transformation journey. With this acquisition, Rackspace expands its ability to be a preferred partner for managing a customer’s complete application portfolio through continuous transition to modern technologies, including SaaS applications. Rackspace has built one of the industry’s broadest portfolios of IT services and expertise across applications, data, security, and infrastructure.


“We have acquired RelationEdge in response to the growing demand we’re hearing from customers,” said Gerard Brossard, EVP and general manager of Rackspace Application Services. “Enterprise and midmarket companies are increasingly deploying SaaS applications to enhance business processes across many departments, from sales and marketing to customer service, operations, HR, and finance. These applications are powerful, but also complex to implement and costly to continually keep up-to-date. RelationEdge further extends Rackspace’s unrivaled portfolio and expertise to help companies navigate and operate in the world of ever-changing IT.”

“The line between managed services and professional services is blurring. Enterprise customers want a trusted advisor who can help them navigate their end-to-end digital transformation journey as they adopt next generation SaaS environments” said Michelle Bailey, Group Vice President, General Manager and Research Fellow, IDC. “Rackspace’s acquisition of RelationEdge addresses this enterprise customer need and fits the evolving company strategy to be a leading IT services provider.”

Based in San Diego, CA where it was founded in 2013, RelationEdge has since opened offices in a dozen cities across the U.S. It is a growing and profitable business with 125 employees. Rackspace intends to operate the business with considerable independence under its current leadership and the RelationEdge brand, which is well known and respected among Salesforce’s leaders and customers.

“We are very proud of what we’ve built,” said Matt Stoyka, RelationEdge founder and CEO. “We’re also excited about what we still can achieve in this fast-growing market by joining forces with Rackspace. The two companies are a great fit culturally as both differentiate themselves through exceptional customer service. RelationEdge’s Process First, Technology Second® approach perfectly complements Rackspace’s approach to provide unbiased expertise across all leading technologies and to deliver the best-fit solution for each customer’s unique needs.”

“We are happy to see Rackspace and RelationEdge come together,” said Kori O’Brien, Senior Vice President, North America Alliances & Channels at Salesforce. “RelationEdge has been a valuable partner in the Salesforce ecosystem. The combination of RelationEdge’s unique process-first approach to solving business problems, and Rackspace’s transformation and technology expertise, will allow both companies to provide greater service and solutions to fuel customer success.”

Both companies are privately held, with Rackspace owned by affiliates of certain funds of Apollo Global Management, LLC and certain co-investors. RelationEdge was owned by its founders, its regional market leaders, and Tide Rock Ventures. Financial details are not being disclosed.

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 2018 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 rackspace.com.

About RelationEdge
RelationEdge is a Salesforce Platinum Consulting Partner and Digital Agency that helps companies implement, customize and integrate Salesforce, and provides ongoing services and support to continually adapt the platform to meet changing business requirements. RelationEdge uses marketing and technology to get from lead to loyalty. For more information, please visit relationedge.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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ARMONK, N.Y. – As companies look to embrace Artificial Intelligence (AI) to gain competitive advantage and increase productivity, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today unveiled a new data science and machine learning platform and an elite consulting team to help them accelerate their AI journeys.

Powered by a fast in-memory database that can ingest and analyze massive amounts of data –one million events per second* – IBM’s new Cloud Private for Data is an integrated data science, data engineering and app building platform. Designed to help companies uncover previously unobtainable insights from their data, the platform is also designed to enable users to build and exploit event-driven applications capable of analyzing the torrents of data from things like IoT sensors, online commerce, mobile devices, and more.


“Whether they are aware of it or not, every company is on a journey to AI as the ultimate driver of business transformation,” said Rob Thomas, General Manager, IBM Analytics. “But for them to get there, they need to put in place an information architecture for collecting, managing and analyzing their data. With today’s announcements, we are planning to bring the AI destination closer and give access to powerful machine learning and data science technologies that can turn data into game-changing insight.”

Launching on the IBM Cloud Private platform, Cloud Private for Data is an application layer deployed on the Kubernetes open-source container software and can be deployed in minutes. Using microservices, it forms a truly integrated environment for data science and application development. In the future, the Cloud Private for Data will run on all clouds, as well as be available in industry-specific solutions, for financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, and more.

Commenting on the news, Christian Rodatus, CEO of IBM business partner Datameer, said that “two of the biggest challenges for Data scientists is cleansing and shaping data, and operationalizing their insights to deliver value to business. The direction IBM is headed with IBM Cloud Private for Data is aligned with Datameer’s strategy and can enable companies to more quickly prepare data for machine learning and AI projects and operationalize these across their organizations.”

The Cloud Private Data solution also includes key capabilities from IBM’s Data Science Experience, Information Analyzer, Information Governance Catalogue, Data Stage, Db2 and Db2 Warehouse. The cohesive set of capabilities is designed to help Cloud Private clients quickly discover insights from their core business data, while keeping that data in a protected, controlled environment. In other words, the new solution is designed to provide a data infrastructure layer for AI behind the firewall.

IBM Launches Data Science Elite Team

Separately, IBM today announced the formation of the Data Science Elite Team – a new no-charge consultancy dedicated to solving clients’ real-world data science problems and to assisting them in their journey to AI.

According to a report from MIT Sloan, Reshaping Business with Artificial Intelligence, an estimated 85% of 3,000 business leaders surveyed believed artificial intelligence (AI) would enable competitive advantage, however, only about 1-in-5 have done anything about it. For many organizations, the task of understanding, organizing and managing their data at the enterprise level was too complex.

That’s where the new Data Science Elite Team comes in. This global team of data scientists, machine learning engineers, and decision optimization engineers is dedicated to assisting clients on-site to begin helping them better understand and control their data, and to start making machine learning an integral part of their business.

“Nedbank has a long tradition of using analytics on internal, structured data,” Patricia Maqetuka, Chief Data Officer, Nedbank Ltd. “More data is available now than has ever been available before and analytical tooling has undergone rapid evolution in order to keep up. Nedbank has embarked on a journey to start leveraging both internal and external data, creating new data driven business models and new sources of revenue. Thanks to the first IBM Analytics University Live we were exposed to the guidance and counsel of IBM’s Elite team. This team helped us to unlock new paradigms about how we think about our analytics and change the way we look at use cases to unlock business value.”

Specifically, Data Science Elite Team client engagements center around a use case and begin with a discovery workshop that helps clients understand their data environment and break this use case down into 3 to 4 discrete deliverables that can each be realized in two to three weeks. Following the workshop, clients are provided access to powerful data science strategies, technologies and methodologies through data science sprints and validation. The team, which comprises more than 30 people now, and is expected to grow to 200 over the next few years, is currently aiding more than 50 clients.

* Based on internal testing, February, 2018, that produced over 3 million inserts/second across three nodes.

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Arlington Heights, IL – GigeNET, an innovator in resilient managed cloud and dedicated hosting, announced, through their subsidiary GigeNET Cloud, a new cloud server offering, GigeNET Cloud Lite.

“Our classic cloud product allowed for extreme levels of granular control over system resources with the ability to scale memory by the megabyte. However, this form of control is no longer a common use case. Instead, customers have grown accustomed to consuming public clouds in a package form, and our Lite Cloud product reflects this reality,” said Ameen Pishdadi, founder, and president of GigeNET Cloud.

GigeNET’s Lite cloud product offers self-healing SAN, high availability, live migrations, seamless failover, fastest route optimization, and much more.

Cloud Lite comes in three forms Balanced, Core, and Max:

  • Cloud Lite Balanced offers a standard mix of both memory and compute power allocation. These cloud servers provide a best of breed experience for a wide range of applications.
  • Cloud Lite Core offers an increased amount of compute necessary for applications that are CPU intensive. The Core family is suited for high computational scientific workloads, high-trafficked websites, and online gaming.
  • Cloud Lite Max offers increased memory for high-performance applications. The Max family is excellent for dev environments, performance-intensive databases, and the like. In the next iteration of Max packages, memory will scale up to 64GB with possible future increases likely.

“GigeNET Cloud Lite may not have the same level of control as our classic offering, but, like our classic cloud product, it does score consistently higher in both performance and reliability tests when compared to other clouds. We wanted to make sure we kept the innovations GigeNET is known for without compromise and I think the team did just that,” Joe De Paolo, SVP of Products at GigeNET.

GigeNET’s Cloud Lite offering runs on their standardized KVM platform backed Xeon-D hardware for consistent high-performance and availability.

For a full list of features offered by the new GigeNET Cloud Lite, please visit https://www.gigenetcloud.com/about-us/compare/.

About GigeNET
GigeNET is your Hosting Partner for Life. We are your trusted collaborator for offloading your IT requirements and moving your business forward. As the first company to provide complete and fully automated DDoS protection, GigeNET is the leader in Resilient Cloud and Dedicated Managed Hosting. Businesses partner with GigeNET to solve their IT infrastructure problems with custom solutions that nurture continued growth.

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