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(Bloomberg) — A major shipping company is under attack. With help from a corrupt executive, an international hacking syndicate called Scorpius, has penetrated the computer networks of Fast Freight Ltd. The hackers have taken control of servers and compromised the systems that control Fast Freight's vessels and its portside machinery. The company's cybersecurity consultants have 48 hours to uncover the breach and repulse the attackers before they cripple Fast Freight's business and cause serious economic damage.
It sounds like the plot to a blockbuster thriller. But this was the fictional scenario 42 budding computer security experts faced at the annual U.K. Cyber Security Challenge competition earlier this week in London. With demand for cybersecurity expertise exploding, but qualified people in short supply, war-gaming competitions like this have become key recruiting grounds for companies and government security agencies.
"We want to find untapped talent to fill roles in our own operation and in the industry as a whole," said Rob Partridge, BT Group Plc's head of commercial development for penetration testing. BT is one of a half-dozen companies, including Airbus SE, Cisco Systems Inc. and smaller, specialist cybersecurity firms Darktrace Ltd. and Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., that sponsored this year's Challenge competition. The U.K.'s National Crime Agency, the Bank of England and law firm 4 Pump Court also supported
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OVERLAND PARK, KS – QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of data center and hybrid IT solutions, today announced it will provide direct connected colocation to AWS customers. The partnership is in direct response to increased demand for hybrid IT solutions.

QTS CloudRamp is the industry’s first turnkey, colocation solution for AWS customers. The solution is prebuilt, preconfigured and integrated with AWS cloud services. QTS CloudRamp was designed for customers needing short-term, AWS-connected colocation for cloud migration, or for longer-term hybrid IT workloads. It features flexible terms, including monthly options, automated onboarding, and is available for purchase online on AWS Marketplace.


“A growing number of our customers require colocation as part of their migration to the cloud,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Sales, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “QTS is a strategic colocation provider and provides customers industry leading customer support and as a Managed Service Partner has the ability to seamlessly integrate their solution with AWS.”

For enterprises with requirements extending beyond CloudRamp, QTS and AWS will provide tailored, hybrid IT solutions built upon QTS’ highly secure and reliable colocation infrastructure optimized for AWS.

“The AWS and QTS collaboration delivers a solution that allows us to more effectively manage our entire tech stack while giving us the flexibility to execute deployments worldwide,” said Mohit Saxena, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, InMobi. “This new collaboration helps companies, such as InMobi, minimize risk in their hybrid IT and cloud journey.”

“By aligning with AWS, we are able to offer an innovative approach to colocation, bridging the gap between traditional solutions and the cloud,” said Dan Bennewitz, Chief Operating Officer, Sales, Product & Marketing, QTS. “We are honored to collaborate with AWS and we are committed to working with them to serve the needs of their customers.”

QTS CloudRamp is now available via AWS Direct Connect from QTS data centers in Chicago, IL, Piscataway, NJ, Richmond, VA, and Santa Clara, CA. Tailored hybrid IT solutions for AWS customers are available across QTS’ 21 U.S. data center locations.

QTS continues to collaborate with AWS to develop a range of solutions leveraging AWS Direct Connect, QTS Managed AWS, QTS CloudRamp, and tailored colocation solutions.

About QTS
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading data center and managed cloud provider, offering a comprehensive portfolio of IT solutions built on the industry’s first Software-Defined Data Center Platform. QTS is a trusted partner to more than 1,100 customers throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. QTS owns, operates or manages more than six million square feet of data center space. QTS provides cutting-edge technology; flexible, scalable infrastructure; and an industry-lead customer experience.

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GLASGOW, Scotland – Managed hosting and cloud services provider iomart (AIM: IOM) has partnered with OnApp to launch a new cloud-in-a-box solution for small businesses and enterprise IT departments. The new solution combines OnApp Enterprise private cloud software with Intel® hardware to create a turnkey appliance that can be deployed on premises, or hosted by iomart, with self-managed and fully managed options available for each approach. By combining its experience in hosted cloud and managed services, with OnApp’s streamlined and intuitive private cloud management software, iomart can deliver private and hybrid cloud that is significantly more cost-effective and easier to manage than other solutions.

The new cloud-in-a-box solution is available now with a unique ‘try before you buy’ scheme that takes companies from proof-of-concept into production without any additional configuration or migration work. It is designed for companies looking to virtualise and consolidate traditional IT into a more cost-effective integrated appliance; to bring cloud automation and efficiency to their business without requiring an army of technicians; and to simplify the management of workloads across on-premises and hosted cloud infrastructure, using a single, unified cloud platform.


“OnApp is the perfect cloud solution for businesses that don’t want to hire an army of certified professionals to build and administer their cloud, or invest in the cost and complexity of running a complete VMware or Azure stack,” said Neil Christie, iomart’s Commercial Director. “Our new private cloud solution delivers rock-solid virtualisation, automated cloud management, software-defined storage and the robust security and access controls you need, at a fraction of the cost – and we can manage the whole environment for you, in your data centre or ours.”

United Hosting, a managed hosting brand within iomart, already uses OnApp. “OnApp provides our customers with cost-effective hosting that’s 100 per cent available. The self-healing technology means VM uptime is never interrupted by hardware failure,” explained Martin Cole, United Hosting’s Sales Director. “It allows us to offer highly available and instantly scalable solutions to our customers. It’s the flexibility and ease of use that our customers love.”

The wider offering from the whole of the iomart group of companies will allow many more of its customers to benefit. “With its OnApp hosting and managed services experience, iomart is perfectly placed to help companies choose the right mix of managed, unmanaged, hosted and on-premises cloud,” said Alistair Wildman, Chief Revenue Officer for OnApp. “OnApp Enterprise is a truly turnkey cloud solution that brings the public cloud experience to the enterprise data centre at a radically different price point – and working with iomart enables companies to take full advantage of whatever mix of on-premises and hosted private cloud works best for their applications and data.”

iomart’s new cloud solutions are based on Intel® 2u, 4-node servers with OnApp pre-installed and ready to run. They also include OnApp’s global 24×7 support. For hosted private cloud options, iomart offers a choice of eight data centre locations in the UK and a further 19 across Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. iomart provides a range of supporting services to help customers migrate workloads to its private cloud solution, and offers dedicated connectivity between on-premises clouds and its hosted clouds, to create ultra-low latency, hybrid cloud environments.

About iomart Group plc
iomart Group PLC (AIM: IOM) helps organisations maximise the flexibility, cost effectiveness and security of the cloud. From strategy to delivery, our 300+ consultants and solutions architects provide the cloud expertise to transform your business. With a dynamic range of managed cloud services that integrate with the public clouds of AWS and Azure, our agnostic approach delivers solutions tailored to your exact needs. iomart is a long-term supplier to G-Cloud and our infrastructure and cloud and backup services are designed to meet the requirements of the UK public sector. To find out more about our managed cloud services visit www.iomart.com

About OnApp
OnApp is a complete cloud management software platform for service providers and enterprises. The OnApp cloud platform enables hosts, telcos and other service providers to sell the complete range of Infrastructure-as-a-Service products. For enterprises, OnApp provides a turnkey solution for private and hybrid cloud, enabling IT departments to automate infrastructure management, reduce support costs, and simplify provisioning of IT resources to departments and users.

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LONDON & TOKYO – Dimension Data, the global technology solutions and services provider, and NTT Communications, the ICT solutions and international communications business within NTT Group, will create a single ‘cloud powerhouse’ by bringing together their cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) capabilities under the management of NTT Communications to deliver transformative, cloud-based solutions and innovation to clients of both organizations around the world.

Dimension Data and NTT Communications employ some of the most highly-skilled, sought-after cloud experts in the market. Bringing together these experts under the management of NTT Communications means the combined capabilities will have the power to drive innovation into the market and deliver the services that today’s organizations demand.


Both companies will retain their existing strategic partnerships under the new structure.

“Enterprises have an increasing need for hybrid IT to accelerate their digital transformation. Working together to enhance our cloud and value added services, combined with our industry leading networking, global data center assets and security capabilities, both Dimension Data and NTT Communications will offer clients a more compelling hybrid IT value proposition,” said Tsunehisa Okuno, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Business, NTT Holdings. “NTT’s extensive R&D investments will also enhance the range of services available to clients.”

Dimension Data Group Chief Executive Officer, Jason Goodall said: “Combining our cloud IaaS assets provides enterprises on their hybrid IT journey with a unique combination of services and expertise, on a global basis. We’ll deliver services at-scale and provide a level of innovation not currently available in the managed cloud-based hybrid IT solutions space.”

Katsumi Nakata, Senior Executive Vice President, NTT Communications said: “We’re excited that our augmented capabilities and broadened footprint will take us to the next level in global cloud IaaS platform, coupled with one of the largest software-defined network services that connect over 190 countries worldwide, more than 140 global data centres, and the world’s leading Tier 1 IP network. We are confident that we will continue to deliver superior results and contribute significantly to the success of both our clients and our cloud business.”

Clients will benefit from the new hybrid IT solutions that offer greater visibility, automation, management and governance. Other benefits include:

  • Secure and trusted global environment with public, private and hybrid cloud offerings protected by advanced networking, security features and third party certifications to meet compliance, security and company policies.
  • Consistent computing environment, programmable interfaces and automated delivery model across public and private clouds including bare metal servers, to promote agility and reduce operational costs.
  • Consumption-based billing model for private cloud to optimize commercial benefits even under tight private cloud requirements.
  • Integration with world-leading WAN and global data centers by software defined technologies to achieve flexible allocation of IT resources.
  • Single pane of glass through the cloud management platform for visualizing all the hybrid IT resources.
  • Ability to drive innovation within an open ecosystem to enable clients to leverage innovation of open-source community, vendor offerings and partners.

Leslie Rosenberg, Research Director, IDC said “NTT Communications and Dimension Data continue to demonstrate their collaboration and synergistic relationship with the announcement of a new combined cloud capability. Combining IaaS capabilities provides customers with enhanced global scale and hybrid IT capabilities. The synergy allows each company to play to their strengths – the broad reach of NTT Communications’ network and data centers coupled with Dimension Data’s technology expertise and consulting capabilities to help enable customers to achieve global scale and accelerate their hybrid IT and digital transformation initiatives.”

About Dimension Data
Dimension Data uses the power of technology to help organisations achieve great things in the digital era. As a member of the NTT Group, we accelerate our clients’ ambitions through digital infrastructure, customer experience, hybrid cloud, digital workplace, and cybersecurity. With a turnover of USD 8 billion, offices in 48 countries, and 28,000 employees, we deliver wherever our clients are, at every stage of their technology journey. We’re proud to be the Official Technology Partner of Amaury Sport Organisation, which owns the Tour de France, and the title partner of the cycling team, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. Visit us at http://www.dimensiondata.com

About NTT Communications
NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security, cloud and managed services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company’s worldwide infrastructure, including the leading global tier-1 IP network, the Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching over 190 countries/regions, and over 140 secure data centres worldwide. www.ntt.com

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SAINT LOUIS – Fully Managed cloud hosting provider RoseHosting is proud to sponsor the 2017 WordCamp US in Nashville, Tennessee. The 2017 WordCamp US in Nashville, Tennessee, is a great opportunity for the WordPress community to get to know each other, everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and discuss news, updates, and best-practices for WordPress in general.

RoseHosting provides expertise in Linux server deployment services, including website migration, server configuration, server monitoring, maintenance, and full backup services. Offering ultra-fast SSD Linux virtual private servers, RoseHosting provides cloud hosting for businesses and individuals that need an online presence, in a fast, secure and isolated virtual private environment.


RoseHosting is an ideal sponsor for the 2017 WordCamp in Nashville, TN as WordPress users who require superior hosting for their WordPress sites can turn to RoseHosting to meet their needs. For example, RoseHosting provides a fully managed WordPress hosting for companies that want to publish content online without having to worry about managing and configuring a web hosting server.

Nashville’s WordPress users are a community in the truest sense of the word, which is why they are so excited to host WordCamp US this year and blow it out of the water with the fellow WordPress enthusiasts around the country! The third annual WordCamp US 2017 will be held at Music City Center in the heart of downtown Nashville, and will take place on December 1-3, 2017. RoseHosting will be present to provide insight on the cloud hosting services they offer.

RoseHosting is a privately owned St. Louis-based company, in business since 2001. Back then, they were the first and only company in the world to offer commercial Linux virtual servers. Now, they offer several hosting solutions to thousands of customers around the world. Their data center is located in St. Louis, Missouri, less than 100 miles from the population center of the USA.

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Veghel, The Netherlands – The role of data centres is quickly changing, driven by the cloud, data growth and IT cost reduction. This leads to new challenges when it comes to future-proofing data centre infrastructures. Data centre supplier Minkels – part of the publicly traded company Legrand (NYSE Euronext Paris: LR) – has published a number of white papers which can be used as a guide to creating a future-proof and energy-efficient data centre. Minkels is now launching a new white paper about the micro data centre, titled ‘White paper 09 – Micro data centres: from strategy to implementation’.

The micro data centre market is expected to expand globally from 2.67 billion dollars in 2017 to 8.47 billion dollars in 2022[1]. Niek van der Pas (Minkels’ Lead Data Centre Expert and author of white paper 09) explains: “Looking at the data centre market, three drivers that are affecting market demand can be distinguished. First of all, more and more applications are ending up in the cloud. As a result, many companies only need a small and clear data centre – though it still has to meet the requirements of a large one.”


Other companies choose to outsource their IT to commercial data centres or cloud data centres. “These companies can reduce the size of their in-house data centres, which means more efficiency: lower energy use and more predictable (operational) costs. Last but not least, there is the Internet of Things (IoT) – the main driver in the micro data centre market. In 2014, there were about 14 billion devices connected worldwide. By 2020 there will be 50 billion[2]. Centralised data processing does not always fit IoT applications, for instance because of low latency requirements (edge analytics). IoT applications therefore require this data to be handled locally by using micro data centres.”

IoT has a major impact on the data centre ecosystem and on connectivity. Both the core and the edge layer offer new chances and challenges. “When implemented correctly, micro data centres can become the cornerstone of the modern IT Infrastructure – fulfilling all the needs of a high demanding low latency highly available IT-platform at the edge”, says Van der Pas. “To understand the considerations leading to the selection of the best micro data centre solution, white paper 09 discusses the Data Centre Decoupling Point (DCDP), a stakeholder analysis and a business risk analysis which will be translated into availability, security and resource efficiency demands. All these aspects are projected to the practical implementation of a micro data centre strategy. White paper 09 guides the reader in making the right considerations and choices.”

About ‘White paper 09 –micro data centres: from strategy to implementation’
The white paper on micro data centres – written by Minkels’ Lead Data Centre Expert Niek van der Pas – describes the micro data centre landscape and the different stakeholders in further detail. In this new white paper, topics like business continuity, future needs, risks and how to integrate IT and facilities are discussed. Goal of the white paper is to guide the reader in the process: from forming a strategy up to the practical implementation. The white paper is available on request: www.minkels.com/whitepapers.

[1] Source: Markets and Markets
[2] Source: Cisco

About Minkels
Minkels is a knowledge-driven producer and worldwide supplier of high-quality solutions for data centre infrastructure. Minkels is part of the brand portfolio of Legrand, a publicly traded company (NYSE Euronext Paris: LR) with worldwide sales in the low voltage installation, data network and data centre markets. Legrand operates in more than 180 countries and achieved worldwide revenues of 5 billion euros in 2016. Minkels’ products stand out for their innovativeness and flexibility. Customers can always be assured of getting the very latest data centre technology, modular solutions that respond to evolving, customer-specific business requirements.
For more information about Minkels, please go to www.minkels.com.

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