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OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL – Sima Solutions LLC (SIMA), a real-time software solutions company and leading Business Process Management (BPM) provider, announced today the strategic deployment of SimaCLOUD, an integrated IBM Cloud Hosting WebSphere Commerce platform. SimaCLOUD Solutions provides clients managed transformation services to migrate legacy WebSphere Commerce application environments into the Cloud. Our new managed services and solutions for WebSphere Commerce hosting is designed to enable companies to bridge on-premises environments into private or public clouds and accelerate app development. The SimaCLOUD solutions for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce includes the open source Kubernetes-based container architecture and supports Docker containers. This facilitates integration and portability of workloads as they evolve to any cloud environment, including the public IBM Cloud, AWS, Azure, and others.

“Regardless of what version of WebSphere Commerce you are starting with, SimaCLOUD Solutions for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce has the roadmap to accelerate transformation of your WebSphere Commerce application to cloud hosting,” states Jim Pollitt, President of Sima Solutions LLC. He continues: “The new Sima Managed Services and Solutions for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce provides Flexible Platforms with Support for Enterprise Developers to simplify management of WebSphere Commerce and accelerate app development.

  • Dev / Test Cloud Environments to add more application and agile development capacity fast and efficiently
  • IBM Private Cloud migration to move existing application workloads into the latest version of WebSphere Commerce
  • Advanced Cloud Management Automation: Streamlined management across cloud environments to help launch, monitor and manage services and help ensure consistent security protocols.
  • Security & Data Encryption: Security Vulnerability Advisor to scan containers across the cloud to surface potentially serious issues and weaknesses; Ability to encrypt all data in flight and provide for strict access control by users within a cluster.
  • Core Cloud Platform: Includes a container engine, Kubernetes orchestration, and essential management tools surrounding developer runtimes, which are fully integrated and automated.
  • Infrastructure Choice: Compatible with systems from leading manufacturers including Cisco, Dell EMC, Intel, Lenovo and NetApp, as well as IBM Systems, including IBM Power Systems, IBM Z, and IBM Data and Application Support & DevOps Tools
  • Infrastructure Choice – Compatible with systems from leading manufacturers including Cisco, Dell EMC, Intel, Lenovo and NetApp, as well as IBM Systems, including IBM Power Systems, IBM Z and IBM Data
  • Application Support, Optimized management & DevOps Tools: Containerized versions of software and development frameworks, including IBM WebSphere Liberty, Open Liberty, MQ and Microservice Builder, as part of software bundles; and APM, Netcool and UrbanCode, which can be added for a separate fee.

About Sima Solutions LLC
Sima Solutions’ SimaCLOUD for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce enables organizations to create, deploy, and manage WebSphere Commerce apps in the cloud environment of their choice. A GSA Schedule 70 contract holder (GS-35F-037AA) with over 20 years’ experience in the IT-consulting industry, Sima Solutions is a leading provider of software and services for IBM’s products based on WebSphere, e-Commerce and service-oriented architecture (SOA). Led by experienced, top-tier lead architects, their consultants provide project-based or staff-augmentation services to design, build and deploy enterprise-class solutions for small to midsize organizations to global enterprises. For more information, visit www.simacloud.com.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Xen Project, a project hosted at The Linux Foundation, today announced Bitdefender, a leading global cybersecurity technology company protecting 500 million users worldwide, is a new Advisory Board member. The Xen Project Advisory Board consists of major cloud companies, virtualization providers, enterprises, and silicon vendors, among others, that advise and support the development of Xen Project software for cloud computing, embedded, IoT use-cases, automotive and security applications.

The Xen Project hypervisor is the number one choice for security-first environments due to its architecture, advanced security features, and extensive security disclosure process. Xen Project code provides the basis for security solutions from companies such as A1Logic, Bitdefender, Bromium, Dornerwork, Qubes OS, Star Lab, and Zentific. Its security process earned a Core Infrastructure Initiative Badge, and has been emulated by several open source projects, including OpenStack, OPNFV, and OpenDaylight.


With its Corporate HQ in Bucharest and Enterprise HQ in Santa Clara, Bitdefender protects half a billion users every day and works with large enterprises, SMEs, government organizations, and private individuals across more than 150 countries. It provides solutions for each customer’s specific security needs, and uses open source technology to address the new security needs of today.

Bitdefender and Citrix created the first commercial application of the Xen Project hypervisor’s Virtual Machine Introspection (VMI) infrastructure. VMI is an ideal API for developers building and monitoring security applications. The hardware-assisted VMI protects against intrusion and malware attacks adding an extra layer of security. It has been used to spot some of the newer military-grade cyber weapons, like EternalBlue.

According to Shaun Donaldson, Director of Strategic Alliances at Bitdefender, “Security insights gained from the Xen Project hypervisor VMI capabilities has revolutionized security. Instead of being reactive to what is occurring, security can be a proactive effort by using the architecture of virtualization to bridge the context gap.”

Donaldson went on to say, “We enjoyed working with the Xen Project as a contributor, and are pleased to now be an Advisory Board member. We look forward to contributing to the creation and extension of security capabilities, building on examples like VMI, within the Xen Project framework.”

“Security companies look to use the Xen Project hypervisor as its architecture can help mitigate security risks through use of sandboxing techniques, security features like VMI, KCONFIG and Live Patching, and extensive security process,” said Lars Kurth, advisory chairperson for the Xen Project. “Bitdefender is the first security company to join the Xen Project board, and we are excited to increase our expertise and practice in the security space to continue our momentum here and expand to other security-first companies.”

Bitdefender joins 10 advisory board members who are committed to the market and technical success of the Xen Project hypervisor. Member involvement includes financial support, technical contributions, and high-level policy guidance.

About Xen Project
Xen Project software is an open source virtualization platform licensed under the GPLv2 with a similar governance structure to the Linux kernel. Designed from the start for cloud computing, the Project has more than a decade of development and is being used by more than 10 million users. A project at The Linux Foundation, the Xen Project community is focused on advancing virtualization in a number of different commercial and open source applications including server virtualization, Infrastructure as a Services (IaaS), desktop virtualization, security applications, embedded and hardware appliances. It counts many industry and open source community leaders among its members including: Alibaba, Amazon Web Services, AMD, Arm, Bitdefender, Cavium, Citrix, Huawei, Intel, Oracle, and Qualcomm. For more information about the Xen Project software and to participate, please visit XenProject.org.

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REDWOOD CITY, CA – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan to acquire all of the equity interests in the Metronode group of companies, an Australian data center business, in an all-cash transaction for A$1.035 billion, or approximately US$792 million. Metronode is a leading data center provider operating facilities throughout Australia, housing mission-critical internet and communications infrastructure for some of Australia’s largest corporations, government agencies, telecommunications and IT service providers. Metronode generated approximately A$60 million, or approximately US$46 million, of revenues in the 12 months ending September 30, 2017, with a margin profile accretive to the Equinix Asia-Pacific business. The acquisition agreement was signed on December 15, 2017, and the transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2018, subject to some closing conditions including regulatory approval.

The acquisition of Metronode will further strengthen the leadership position of Equinix in the Asia-Pacific region and support its ongoing global expansion. As a result of the transaction, Equinix will expand its national footprint by adding 10 data centers, strengthening its position in Sydney and Melbourne, and adding a presence in Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane, four new metros to the Equinix global platform. This will bring the company’s total International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center footprint in Australia to 15 data centers, further extending its global ecosystem coverage and enabling customers to deploy their infrastructure, applications and services closer to the edge.


Australia’s robust economy has seen 26 years of uninterrupted economic expansion, and has maintained an average GDP growth rate of 3.3 percent1, the highest rate among developed countries. Digitally enabled innovations are forecast to contribute between A$140–A$250 billion (approximately US$107–US$191 billion) to Australia’s GDP by 20252. The acquisition of Metronode will further extend Platform Equinix™, providing more businesses with the direct and secure connectivity they need as they increasingly shift to digital business models.

The acquisition will complement the growth strategy of Equinix in Australia by adding two data centers in Melbourne, three in greater Sydney (including one in Illawarra), two in Perth, and one in each of Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane. The acquired Metronode sites add approximately 20,000 square meters of gross colocation space to the Equinix footprint.

Metronode adds more than 80,000 square meters of land, 90 percent of which is owned, to the global portfolio of Equinix. Several of the acquired assets provide Equinix with the opportunity to build additional capacity and capture benefits of scale over time.

The acquisition will also enable Equinix to provide diverse second campus locations in its existing Sydney and Melbourne metros, providing customers with network-rich redundant options in these markets. In addition, these new campuses are hyperscale ready, enabling Equinix to support requirements from high-growth global cloud service providers.

Metronode’s Perth site on the west coast of Australia will house the landing station for the new Vocus Australia Singapore Cable. When combined with the existing submarine cable deployments in Sydney, Equinix will be positioned as a leading provider of access to intercontinental connectivity across the combined national footprint.

According to the Global Interconnection Index, Interconnection is becoming an essential building block of the digital economy. In Asia-Pacific, the Interconnection Bandwidth of the Government & Education sector is expected to see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 69 percent from 2016 to 2020. The enhanced national footprint of Equinix in Australia creates an opportunity to expand on Metronode’s relationships with government agencies across the Australian market, including supporting the New South Wales Government with the provision of capacity in two data centers for the GovDC program.

Upon close, the acquisition will bring the total Asia-Pacific coverage of Equinix to 40 data centers, and will extend its global footprint to 200 data centers in 52 markets, providing customers with even more ways to securely deploy, directly connect and effectively scale their digital infrastructure with Platform Equinix.

J.P. Morgan served as the financial advisor of Equinix, and Allen & Overy acted as the external legal advisor of Equinix in connection with this transaction. Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan was advised by UBS and RBC Capital Markets.

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

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Silver Spring, MD – AGILE announced that it has completed the acquisition of Gannett’s primary data center located in Silver Spring, MD, Gannett’s private digital network connecting this data center and company headquarters in McLean VA to carrier neutral facilities, as well as Private Digital Network Services, LLC (“PDNS”), the partner firm that assisted in building and maintaining Gannett’s Private Digital Network. AGILE has begun to integrate its legacy, multi-site data center colocation business with these new private digital network capabilities. In addition, AGILE now operates Gannett’s private digital network and provides data center and network services to Gannett under a long-term master services agreement.

“We look forward to continuing our working relationship based on a long track record of strong performance from what is now the AGILE team,” commented Jack Mundie, VP Enterprise Computing and Risk Management, Gannett Technology.


This transaction represents a substantial expansion of the client base, physical assets and technical capabilities of AGILE.

“We are honored and proud to now serve as an important component of the backbone for Gannett’s online content distribution and look forward to expanding our offerings for current and future AGILE clients,” commented Jeffrey Plank, President and CEO, AGILE.

Network Capabilities
AGILE will manage Gannett’s private digital network core, which was developed with PDNS supporting business processing and content delivery, both digital and print. The agreement allows AGILE to leverage additional networking assets within Gannett, including the fiber ring located in Phoenix AZ and capitalize on a multi-gigabit backbone with points of presence in more than 100 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. Network enhancements gained through the acquisition also include a diverse path fiber network and direct fiber connections to two of the largest Internet exchanges in the world.

Physical Assets
The acquisition includes significant physical assets to complement AGILE’s two other facilities, adding a 65,000 sq. ft. building in Silver Spring, MD – a highly desirable location in one of the most important data center regions in the world. The building encompasses a 21,000 SF raised floor data center, 30,000 SF of workstation office space along with disaster recovery seating. The facility has 300 tons of N+N redundant cooling and a 550 kVA N+N UPS system. The Silver Spring site has N+N Redundant generator backup and a total site capacity of 4Megawatts. AGILE also operates facilities in Princeton, NJ and Allentown, PA.

“We have provided compute, storage and network services to Gannett as a service provider for years, and look forward to partnering with our new colleagues at AGILE to continuing meeting or exceeding our clients’ expectations,” said Bob Henley, Chief Operations Officer, AGILE and CEO, Private Digital Network Services, now a wholly owned subsidiary of AGILE.

About Gannett
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an innovative, digitally focused media and marketing solutions company committed to strengthening communities across our network. With an unmatched local-to-national reach, Gannett touches the lives of more than 110 million people monthly with our Pulitzer-Prize winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services. Gannett brands include USA TODAY Network with the iconic USA TODAY and more than 100 local media brands, digital marketing services companies ReachLocal and SweetIQ, and U.K. media company Newsquest. To connect with us, visit www.gannett.com.

About AGILE
AGILE is committed to bringing quality IT infrastructure, Private and Hybrid cloud, data, and network solutions to its clients. AGILE specializes in transformational services for clients that need to transition from owned infrastructure to an as-a-service model. Founded in 2015, AGILE is led by a group of seasoned experts. The privately held company has grown rapidly, both organically and through acquisitions, continually enhancing its capabilities and services for current and future clients. Learn more at www.agiledatasites.com.

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Paras Jha and Josiah White have pleaded guilty to federal cybercrime charges in an Alaska court for creating the Mirai botnet and launching attacks including the one that took down Dyn in October of last year, ZDNet reports.
Jha, who was unmasked by cybersecurity researcher Brian Krebs in January, was indicted along with White in early December, court documents unsealed Wednesday said.
"Jha conspired to conduct DDOS attacks against websites and web hosting companies located in the United States and Abroad," according to his plea agreement. The document also says Jha managed to infect more than 300,000 devices.
See also: Andromeda Botnet Brought Down by Law Enforcement Agencies, Private Sector
He also admitted to releasing the source code in order to create "plausible deniability" in case he was caught in possession of it. Having done so, Jha has allowed the threat to be reused and repurposed by other hackers, as Akamai detailed in a report earlier this year.
A justice department spokesperson indicated to ZDNet that further indictments in the case will be unsealed soon.
As was suggested by Krebs when he identified Jha, Dyn appears to have been collateral damage in a DDoS attack on game servers, as Jha and his co-conspirators, presumably meaning White, and possibly others, attempted to extort the companies hosting them.
Fast-growing botnet "IoT_reaper" was discovered to be using some of the Mirai code in October.

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BOSTON – Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), the global leader in storage and information management services, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the U.S. operations of IO Data Centers LLC, a leading colocation data center services provider based in Phoenix, Arizona, for $1.315 billion plus up to $60 million based on future performance and subject to customary adjustments. With the transaction, Iron Mountain will acquire the land and buildings associated with four state-of-the-art data centers in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Edison, New Jersey; and Columbus, Ohio. The existing data center space in the four owned facilities totals 728,000 square feet, providing 62 megawatts (MW) of capacity with expansion potential of an additional 77 MW in Arizona and New Jersey.

This agreement follows the acquisition of FORTRUST data center on September 1, 2017 and the announcement of Iron Mountain’s international data center expansion through the planned acquisition of two Credit Suisse data centers in the London and Singapore markets. Upon closing of the Credit Suisse and IO transactions in early 2018, Iron Mountain’s data center portfolio will total more than 90 MW of existing capacity, with an additional 26 MW of capacity currently under construction and planned and future expansion potential of another 135 MW.


“We continue to experience strong demand and growth in our data center business, with a focus on establishing a presence in the largest global markets for colocation and enterprise customers. Our strategy includes organic expansion within our existing footprint, greenfield development in the largest U.S. markets such as our newly opened campus in Northern Virginia, and targeted acquisitions of properties with customer profiles that closely mirror our own,” said Iron Mountain President and CEO William L. Meaney.

“This transformative transaction is closely aligned with our strategy and we expect it to accelerate our growth profile by bringing our data center business to approximately 7% of total revenue and approximately 10% of Adjusted EBITDA by 2020 – significantly exceeding our initial goal – while enhancing business diversity and the margin profile of the company,” Meaney added. “We believe we can add significant value to IO’s U.S. operations by leveraging our strong brand that is synonymous with security and trust, and our relationships with more than 30,000 North American data management customers.

“The addition of IO’s data centers enhances our geographic diversification and provides market-leading exposure to Phoenix, the fourth fastest market for absorption in the U.S. in 2017, and the 12th largest data center market globally. Colocation and cloud providers have made significant investments in Phoenix in the past few years, as it boasts diverse energy sources and relatively inexpensive green power, as well as an attractive business environment,” said Mark Kidd, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Iron Mountain Data Centers. “Importantly, this transaction also enhances our ability to support the needs of the largest cloud providers through new development with expansion capacity in Phoenix as well as New Jersey, another attractive market due to its proximity to the New York metro area.”

“Additionally, IO brings a diversified roster of more than 550 customers that includes blue chip financial services, aerospace, federal government and technology companies among its Top 10, with no single customer representing more than 10% of total revenue. Its strong enterprise and cloud customer base is complementary to that of our existing data center business, and more than 40% of IO’s customers are also customers in our core records and data management businesses,” Kidd said.

“I am incredibly proud of the team at IO and the extraordinary company they have built since our founding in 2007,” said George D. Slessman, founder and CEO of IO. “We are pleased to enter into an agreement with Iron Mountain and excited by the potential this transaction represents. Iron Mountain’s deep customer relationships, global scale and excellent access to capital markets, combined with IO’s strong presence in the high-growth data center industry will provide attractive opportunities for our employees and a broader, more geographically diverse platform of facilities and services for our customers. We know Iron Mountain shares our commitment to the highest levels of customer service, security and operational quality, and we are confident our customers will be in good hands.”

The transaction is anticipated to close in January 2018, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The total consideration of $1.315 billion, which does not include up to $60 million of potential additional payments, represents a multiple of 15x synergized 2018 EBITDA, post integration. While data center acquisitions of this magnitude were not part of the company’s previously disclosed 2020 plan, the company expects the transaction to accelerate its revenue and Adjusted EBITDA growth. Following this transaction and anticipated financing, the company remains on track to reduce its lease adjusted leverage ratio to approximately 5x, and lower its dividend payout as a percentage of Adjusted Funds From Operations to 70-75%, assuming annual dividend per share growth of approximately 4%, all of which are consistent with its 2020 plan.

The acquisition is expected to be modestly accretive to AFFO in 2019. The company will provide specifics of the impact of the transaction on 2018 full-year expectations when it provides guidance for next year on its fourth quarter/year-end reporting conference call in February 2018.

About Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) is the global leader for storage and information management services. Trusted by more than 230,000 organizations around the world, Iron Mountain boasts a real estate network of more than 85 million square feet across more than 1,400 facilities in 53 countries dedicated to protecting and preserving what matters most for its customers. Iron Mountain’s solutions portfolio includes records management, data management, cloud services, document management, data centers, art storage and logistics, and secure shredding to help organizations to lower storage costs, comply with regulations, recover from disaster, and better use their information. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of information assets, including critical business documents, electronic information, medical data and cultural and historical artifacts. Visit www.ironmountain.com for more information.

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