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Amazon Web Services rolled out five new security and encryption features to its Simple Storage Service (S3) to make it easier for customers to protect their data. Amazon had launched S3 back in 2006 with each block of it protected by an Access Control List (ACL) that kept the developers’ data private, shared either for reading or shared for both reading and writing, as needed. From then, AWS has added many supports, including bucket policies, server access logging, versioning, API logging, encryptions etc. to keep the data safer. AI and machine learning support was also added to it with Amazon Macie, a tool for discovering, classifying and securing content at scale. But recently, some of the leading companies who use AWS S3 buckets for storing their confidential data, found that their data was exposed on the web. Responding to that, AWS announced five new security features to its S3 platform. Default Encryption The things stored in S3 didn’t use to get encrypted by default, and…
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MONTRÉAL, CANADA – VEXXHOST, a leading OpenStack® infrastructure-as-a-service provider, announced today the launch of its new OpenStack consulting service. This service is aimed to provide companies with the assistance and guidance needed to get any OpenStack project up and running smoothly.

VEXXHOST consultants and engineers have been running the company’s current line of services, OpenStack based public, private and hybrid clouds, for over six years. The operational experience gained from running these infrastructures is at the core of the company’s new consulting service. VEXXHOST consultants can offer guidance in implementing OpenStack projects such as compute, network, object or block storage, orchestration, load balancing, big data, file sharing, cloud images and container services as these services are all currently offered on the VEXXHOST suite of cloud services.


VEXXHOST’s new OpenStack consulting service can also provide help to companies looking to deploy a new OpenStack environment, which can be a very overwhelming project. VEXXHOST’s consultants can help by understanding the needs and requirements of the organization and advising on best practices to reduce both time and risk. VEXXHOST’s consultants can also assist with upgrading an existing OpenStack infrastructure to newer releases.

“There is no doubt that an OpenStack infrastructure can provide benefits to many companies, though we have noticed that the complexity of the software has made some organizations wary of it. Our goal with this service is to provide consulting to help organizations leverage OpenStack without the complexities that come with it,” says Mohammed Naser, CEO of VEXXHOST and a longtime OpenStack contributor. “We are excited to officially have consulting as part of our OpenStack solution lineup, something which we have provided in the past directly for large enterprise customers.”

“The OpenStack vendor community continues to grow, evolve and mature. That rich ecosystem includes services that help make OpenStack faster to deploy, easier to consume and tailored to the unique demands of specific industries and workloads. Vexxhost has been an important participant in the OpenStack project, and the addition of services to their lineup will only expand the value and insights they can bring back to the community at large.” Heidi Bretz, Director of Business Development at OpenStack.

VEXXHOST is currently offering a free initial 30-minute consultation. For more information or to request a quote, please visit https://vexxhost.com/openstack-consultation/

About VEXXHOST Inc.
Founded in 2006, VEXXHOST Inc. is a Canadian cloud computing provider offering OpenStack public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud and consulting solutions to customers, from small businesses to governments, from over 150 different countries. VEXXHOST Inc. delivers a high level of expertise to help clients optimize cloud infrastructure so they can focus on their core competencies.

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OVERLAND PARK, KS – Codero Holdings, Inc. (Codero), a leader in managed hosting and technology enablement, announced the appointment of Todd Benjamin as Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Benjamin brings more than 30 years of telecommunications, managed hosting and operational support to Codero. In his new role, Mr. Benjamin will lead Codero’s expansion initiatives by leveraging strategic relationships with Rural Local Exchange Carrier (RLEC) industry leaders.

“In Todd, Codero has found the right person to increase our portfolio of RLEC partners and influence untapped resources to support our long-term growth strategy,” said John Martis, President and CEO of Codero. “He has a long track record of building and developing great relationships with service providers, enterprises, and partners alike. With the interest and traction we are experiencing in our RLEC solutions, this is the perfect time to bring someone with Todd’s sustained level of success and innovation into the organization.”


Mr. Benjamin joins Codero from Hostway, where he played an instrumental role in spearheading business development and strategic initiatives to national telecom service providers, specifically targeting small and medium sized businesses. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of Rodopi Software, a provider of converged solutions to automate billing, provisioning, and customer care for web hosting companies. In both roles, he helped to introduce novel value-added solutions by forging tactical alliances with leading technology companies to expand distribution channels.

“I am excited to be joining Codero at this time,” said Benjamin. “Codero is uniquely qualified to provide our RLEC partners with a powerful and highly integrated business communications experience for their customers, with immediate and unrivaled benefits. I am looking forward to the opportunity to grow Codero’s base through creative partnering with the RLEC industry’s top businesses.”

About Codero
Codero is a managed hosting and technology enabler that facilitates the adoption and use of advanced and custom cloud solutions. A provider of managed, dedicated, and hybrid cloud services, backed by exceptional customer service, Codero serves over 3,500 customers worldwide. Codero offers a portfolio of custom hosting and technology solutions focused on the specific needs of small and medium businesses and community anchor institutions. Codero helps customers and partners live and thrive in the cloud. Learn more about Codero at http://www.codero.com.

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BOULDER, CO – Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO) announced that the company will provide fiber-to-the-tower (FTT) to approximately 70 new towers in Indiana to serve a major wireless carrier customer. Zayo now provides services to all four major wireless carriers in Indiana.

The sale leverages part of Zayo’s 4,300 route miles of network in Indiana. The new FTT project will add minimal network extensions in Fort Wayne, Lafayette and other areas.


This is the second recent sale to a major carrier for mobile infrastructure in Indiana. In 2016, Zayo initiated installation of 234 new network miles of dark fiber south and west of Indianapolis to connect a corridor to Louisville, Kentucky for another major wireless carrier, which has recently been completed.

Indianapolis and the surrounding area has a strong base of financial service, insurance, technology and healthcare businesses, including a leading global CRM company. Indiana is also home to several large state and private universities. Zayo’s fiber solutions are addressing wireless carriers’ requirements for scalable, high-capacity infrastructure.

“Zayo’s network across Indiana has the capacity to not only provide FTT infrastructure for one of the nation’s leading wireless carriers but also the fiber capacity to support other customers in need of high-bandwidth solutions,” said Jack Waters, CTO and president of Fiber Solutions at Zayo.

About Zayo Group
Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO) provides communications infrastructure services, including fiber and bandwidth connectivity, colocation and cloud infrastructure to the world’s leading businesses. Customers include wireless and wireline carriers, media and content companies and finance, healthcare and other large enterprises. Zayo’s 124,000-mile network in North America and Europe includes extensive metro connectivity to thousands of buildings and data centers. In addition to high-capacity dark fiber, wavelength, Ethernet and other connectivity solutions, Zayo offers colocation and cloud infrastructure in its carrier-neutral data centers. Zayo provides clients with flexible, customized solutions and self-service through Tranzact, an innovative online platform for managing and purchasing bandwidth and services. For more information, visit zayo.com.

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Mckinney, TX – VAZATA, a leader in managed hosting, colocation, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and cloud managed services, today announced the availability of Business Continuity Services that help businesses keep their operations running smoothly in the event of disruption due to severe weather, natural disaster, accidents, outages, or other causes.

The VAZATA Operations Center for Business Continuity (vOCBC) provides an affordable, dedicated workspace at a business-class 5,000 square foot raised floor facility with redundant connectivity and 24/7 data access. The offering includes all utilities, 24/7 entry via dynamic key-card, high-speed Internet, conference and break rooms, business center resources, and 1 TB of virtual storage for up to 5 servers, with additional server licenses available.


“McKinney has earned the distinction of being the country’s most vibrant suburban city, making it particularly attractive for high-tech companies seeking to expand their business and retain top notch employees,” stated John Valencia, Director of BREP & Emerging Technology of the McKinney Economic Development Corporation. “VAZATA is a long-standing member of our community. We’re delighted that they’ve made the decision to support area businesses with this compelling offering.”

“We are excited to welcome VAZATA to McKinney. They bring high-quality jobs in a technology-focused industry, and that’s one of the many sectors MEDC strives to attract to our community,” said Chad Walker, Director of Business Development for MEDC.

Business Continuity plays a key role in any company’s comprehensive strategy to address natural and man-made risks and threats to mission critical processes. The impact of recent hurricanes on the Gulf Coast highlight the vital importance of having a plan in place before it’s too late.

“VAZATA can provide everything from secure data center environments to office facilities and resources that mitigate risk to the organization,” explained Lance Black, CEO of VAZATA. “By offering this as-a-service, we help companies minimize the ‘cost of insurance’ to keep their business operating smoothly even in the face of a catastrophe.”

In addition, VAZATA provides data protection through off-site back-ups, image-based replication, geographically separated clustering, cloud-based disaster recovery services and more. As a FedRAMP authorized CSP, VAZATA offers a unique level of security, resilience, and compliance.

About McKinney
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. The city is #1 on the list of Best Places to Live in America, published by Money Magazine. McKinney has a current population of more than 162,000. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown, diverse housing options, a robust economy and a uniquely beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills and lush trees. Visit the city’s website at www.mckinneytexas.org.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – RACK59 Data Center (RACK59), Oklahoma City’s premier data center, today announced that telecommunications provider Cogent Communications has established a new Point of Presence (PoP) in the company’s data center located at 7725 W Reno, Oklahoma City, OK 73127.

The new collaboration between RACK59 and Cogent Communications will provide additional resources to handle the growing bandwidth needs of both established companies and the emerging start-ups that comprise RACK59’s customer base. With this recent addition to RACK59’s 7725 Connect, customers in the data center now have access to a variety of local and international providers. With the addition of Cogent Communications, 7725 CONNECT can offer access to 14 Internet Service Providers with On Net presence.


“I am very excited to light RACK59 with Cogent’s fiber presence, said Samual Curtis, P.E., Managing Member of RACK59 Partners, LLC. “The spirit of RACK59 has always been to promote a carrier friendly Internet Exchange Point, while cultivating a free peering environment for all fiber carriers interconnected at RACK59. The new connection with Cogent allows RACK59 colocation customers a direct connection to prime content and affordable Internet access.”

Cogent Communications is a multinational Tier 1 Internet Service Provider that offers Internet access and data transport services to the Corporate and NetCentric segments. The new PoP within RACK59’s 7725 Connect is part of RACK59’s broader strategy to provide Tier 1 network connectivity coupled with superior data center services for Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

RACK59’s carrier dense and carrier neutral data center contains 15,000 square feet of available space and possesses the features that today’s enterprise customers have come to expect, including a high-density server environment with fully redundant power architecture. The SSAE16 Certified facility is outfitted with a multi-stage security system, including HID card readers, biometrics, and 24/7/365 monitoring. All power equipment is built with 2N redundancy in case of component failure and the building draws power from two independent power grids, backed by two diesel generators with 10,000 gallons (1 full week) of reserve fuel.

About RACK59 Data Center
RACK59 is a colocation data center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma that provides secure, competitively priced data center solutions for medium to enterprise businesses. All customers, whether they use one rack or an entire private data center, benefit from RACK59’s premier facility, power, connectivity and unmatched service. We maintain this high standard through our unsurpassed, hardened facility and customer focused business model. RACK59 is SSAE16 compliant and provides 24/7/365 technical support; diverse network routes via dark fiber, and a 100% uptime guarantee. Data center tours are available. For additional information please visit: RACK59.com.

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