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REDWOOD CITY, CA – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced the availability of private connectivity to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute cloud services at Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers in the Miami and Paris markets. This expansion builds on the collaboration between Equinix and Microsoft where Azure ExpressRoute is available through Equinix locations in multiple markets worldwide.

Effective immediately, customers in the Miami and Paris metros can access Azure ExpressRoute directly at all available speeds—the same service that Equinix currently offers for Azure ExpressRoute in 20 other markets globally. Direct access to a cloud onramp via an edge node is the most effective means to ensure performance, reliability and optimal cost efficiency. Customers in other metros can also remotely access Azure ExpressRoute via Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric™ (ECX Fabric™), an on-demand platform that enables Equinix customers to discover and dynamically connect to any other customer across any Equinix location globally through an easy-to-use portal and a single connection to the Equinix platform.


To date, Microsoft has deployed more ExpressRoute locations with Equinix than with any other provider. Current metros include Amsterdam, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Dublin, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Miami, New York, Osaka, Paris, São Paulo, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Washington, D.C.

Private access via Equinix enables Microsoft to deliver the unique capabilities of hybrid cloud, including application services, production and identity management, data and backup and recovery services, and infrastructure services such as virtual networks and traffic management. Customers benefit from a combination of more predictable network performance, flexibility and reliability. With this service, enterprises specifically can implement private connectivity capabilities to build extensible hybrid-cloud strategies that don’t scale well over the internet or over typical WAN networks.

Direct and private connectivity to strategic cloud service providers like Microsoft is essential as digital transformation fuels higher demand for localized digital services at the edge. According to the Global Interconnection Index, a market study published recently by Equinix, the capacity for private data exchange between enterprises and cloud providers is forecast to grow six times faster than public internet traffic between 2017 and 2020.

Equinix has been a Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform provider since June 2017. The designation recognizes the company’s ongoing commitment to helping enterprise customers worldwide achieve seamless, on-demand access to Azure and Microsoft Office 365.

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 worldwide, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies. www.equinix.com.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Datacenter.com, a global provider of carrier- and cloud-neutral colocation data center services that paid more than $500,000 for its domain name while achieving a calculated, highly energy-efficient pPUE of 1.04 at their newly commissioned Amsterdam facility, has been nominated by Datacloud Europe under the ‘Excellence in Data Centre Architecture and Design’ award category. The winner of four nominees for this data center architecture award will be announced at the Datacloud Europe 2018 event to be held in Monaco in June.

Datacenter.com’s AMS1 data center, a facility part of a planned targeted global roll-out of large-scale colocation data centers that welcomed its first customers in November 2017, makes use of a unique Indirect Adiabatic Cooling setup as well as the latest Schneider Electric UPS technology. Datacenter.com has uniquely positioned its highly modular cooling infrastructure directly under the raised floor, with a height of 4.7 meters (!!) underneath an aisle containment solution with hot-aisle setup.

The Datacenter.com Amsterdam facility has been nominated for the ‘Excellence in Data Centre Architecture and Design’ award category together with Kao Data, Altice Portugal and WestfalenWIND IT. One of these four data center companies will be selected as an award winner during the Datacloud Europe 2018 award ceremony in Monaco, 12-14 June 2018 (www.datacloudcongress.com).

Datacenter.com’s Architecture

“The first colocation facility commissioned by Datacenter.com, located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, features a truly unique data center architecture,” said Jochem Steman, CEO of Datacenter.com. “Part of our global roll-out of data centers in select markets worldwide, this new facility in Amsterdam is engineered according to an innovative data center design with clear objectives – to reduce operational costs; to minimize our carbon footprint; and to offer highly flexible colocation solutions including power and network infrastructure. The result being a highly efficient, on-demand colocation services model delivered by Datacenter.com; a go-to-market model with high energy-efficiency levels and cloud-like elasticity with month-to-month colocation contracts.”

Datacenter.com uses a delta T (temperature between the data hall and the hot aisle) of 11-21 degrees Celcius, and combines this with an airflow of 2-5m/s. “This is a very low airflow rate,” added Mr. Steman. “In our Amsterdam data center, this results in a maximum absorption of the hot air. Our unique setup has resulted in a minimization of cool air loss while providing short air circulation, therefore significantly reducing the power needed in AMS1 while creating an ultra-low calculated pPUE of 1,04.”

To achieve maximum resilience, reliability and security levels, all critical data center infrastructure is installed outside the data hall in AMS1 so there’s no need to enter the data hall for maintenance. Water supply for the data center cooling solution is also located below the floor, so the data center roof is empty. This will prevent leakage from happening or potentially damaging customer equipment.

Modular Cooling Units, Schneider Electric UPS

Datacenter.com works with highly modular and relatively small cooling units. The cooling areas underneath the raised floor are directly below the corridors with hot-aisle setup. Datacenter.com pushes the hot air down towards the cooling engines, enabling the company to cool high density 54U, 11kW+ cabinets (from Schneider Electric) with a slow airflow without any use of compressors.

“These highly modular, small cooling units provide us with a granular cooling infrastructure designed for the highest operational and energy efficiency levels,” added Mr. Steman. “The design allows Datacenter.com to cool high-density 54U 19” cabinets which are fully loaded with servers without any problems. The flexible cooling technology also provides for quick replacement and expansion options of cooling units when needed. This is significantly saving operational costs for Datacenter.com and our customers.”

Schneider Electric’s newest Galaxy VX solution was selected as the central Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) platform for Datacenter.com AMS1. “We have been the first in the Netherlands to use this innovative UPS platform from Schneider Electric for our data centers,” added Mr. Steman. “It actually plays an important role in our overall efforts to reduce energy consumption. The average efficiency of a UPS is about 94,5%, meaning a waste of 6,5%. To reduce this overhead, we evaluated a variety of UPS solutions available in the market and ultimately decided to select the newest Schneider Electric Galaxy VX solution as the central UPS platform for Datacenter.com AMS1.”

“The Schneider Electric Galaxy VX solution helps to reduce power usage overhead in AMS1 to less than 1% in eco-mode, providing significant energy savings and also efficiency and significantly enhanced reliability in UPS operations,” concluded Mr. Steman. “A calculated pPUE figure of 1.04 as a result is a very low thus highly energy efficient figure being achieved. This will set the Datacenter.com Amsterdam AMS1 facility apart from the rest in Amsterdam and beyond in the European data center market. It will also add to the innovative strength within the data center market on a wider scale, as we’re planning to roll-out best-in-class colocation data centers worldwide.”

About Datacenter.com
Datacenter.com’s investors have committed themselves to invest heavily in state-of-the-art data center infrastructure – to meet the market’s growing need for energy efficient, highly interconnected and modular colocation facilities, in which organizations can flexibly and securely host their critical IT infrastructure while cloud computing needs are addressed. Datacenter.com’s customized, reliable and innovative data center solutions are accompanied with the company’s best-in-class customer support.

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LANSING, MI – Liquid Web, LLC, the market leader in managed hosting and managed application services to SMBs and web professionals, has partnered with Glew, the leader in eCommerce Analytics and Business Intelligence, to bring advanced analytics to their Managed WooCommerce hosting customers.

Included in the cost of the Managed WooCommerce Hosting plan, the added feature means that SMBs can use actionable data from their stored order information to grow their business.

“Our partnership with Glew means we can help eCommerce stores turn tons of data into actionable information. We know it will change how they do business,” said Chris Lema, VP of Products and Innovation for Liquid Web. The automatic segmentation of both customer and product data puts Glew in a class all alone and far more powerful than what most companies use to collect their data, Google Analytics.

At Liquid Web, we’re focused on Powering the Business Potential for SMBs. By partnering with Glew, we help stores monitor their marketing channels (Google Analytics, Facebook, Instagram, Adwords, etc) to see which campaigns are delivering the best ROI. Additionally, the product analytics Glew provides, helps our customers optimize inventory, velocity and profit margins.

“The best part of all of this, from our customer’s perspective, is that we’re keeping all the data mining off of their WooCommerce store, which dramatically improves performance compared to people running normal WooCommerce reports,” said Lema.

While most customers would have to pay $200-500/month for Glew.io, customers of the Managed WooCommerce Hosting platform benefit from this partnership immediately because it’s included with every plan.

Visit Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce Hosting to learn more.

To learn more about Glew, visit: https://glew.io

About Liquid Web
Liquid Web powers content, commerce and potential for SMB entrepreneurs and the designers, developers and digital agencies who create for them. An industry leader in managed hosting and cloud services, Liquid Web is known for its high-performance services and exceptional customer support*. The company owns and manages its own core data centers, providing a diverse range of offerings from bare metal servers and fully managed hosting to Managed WordPress and Managed WooCommerce Hosting. Liquid Web is part of the Madison Dearborn Partners family of companies.

*2017 NPS Score of 66

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Overland Park, KS – Responding to increasing demand for hybrid IT solutions, QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of software-defined and mega-scale data center solutions, today announced it has deployed its CloudRampTM solution with the IBM Cloud Direct Link service.

The hybrid data center solution features prebuilt, preconfigured colocation integrated with IBM Cloud Direct Link. The solution features flexible terms and can be purchased directly through IBM. QTS CloudRampTM leverages QTS’ Service Delivery Platform (SDP) to enable customers to view and manage their hybrid colocation environments in real-time. This software-defined service delivery approach increases visibility while reducing deployment time and puts control into the hands of the customer.


“We are pleased to partner with IBM to further enable the delivery of hybrid colocation solutions to their cloud customers,” said Jon Greaves, Chief Technology Officer – QTS. “QTS’ Service Delivery Platform provides IBM Cloud Direct Link customers the ability to dynamically manage and accelerate the deployment of their diverse hybrid IT infrastructure environments.”

QTS introduced CloudRampTM through its strategic collaboration with AWS in 2017. The initial response from the introduction of CloudRampTM remains strong with customer take-up of smaller cabinet-sized colocation footprints in each of the four initial markets of deployment. CloudRampTM was designed as a turnkey solution for cloud providers to bridge the gap between traditional IT and the cloud, while minimizing the risk of their customers’ journey to the cloud. QTS’ innovative SDP serves as the foundation of CloudRampTM, enabling automated access to cloud solutions through world-class platforms.

QTS is also pleased to be launching its strategic partnership with IBM with an initial customer order. QTS CloudRampTM, through IBM Cloud Direct Link, was selected to minimize risk to the customer’s hybrid IT journey. The customer required a highly secure and cloud-like colocation solution to host its latency-sensitive applications. QTS CloudRampTM allowed the customer to seamlessly integrate its colocation requirements with its existing IBM Cloud workload.

QTS CloudRampTM via IBM Cloud Direct Link is initially available from the QTS’ Irving, TX data center.

About QTS
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading provider of data center solutions across a diverse footprint spanning more than 6 million square feet of owned mega scale data center space throughout North America. Through its software-defined technology platform, QTS is able to deliver secure, compliant infrastructure solutions, robust connectivity and premium customer service to leading hyperscale technology companies, enterprises, and government entities. Visit QTS at www.qtsdatacenters.com, call toll-free 877.QTS.DATA or follow on Twitter @DataCenters_QTS.

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REDWOOD CITY, CA – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced the completion of its acquisition of Metronode, a leading data center provider operating facilities throughout Australia.

The acquisition makes Equinix the market leader in Australia with 15 International Business ExchangeTM (IBX®) data centers nationwide. It expands the company’s operations in Sydney and Melbourne, and provides a presence in four new markets: Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane.


Digital transformation could add as much as A$45 billion (approximately US$35 billion) to Australia’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2021, according to new joint research from Microsoft and IDC1. The expanded Platform Equinix® will provide significant opportunities for Australian organizations to continue their digital transformation, and move their IT infrastructure, applications and services closer to the digital edge in proximity to global customers and partners.

The closure follows an agreement Equinix made with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in December 2017 to acquire all the equity interests in Metronode group of companies in an all-cash transaction for A$1.035 billion, or approximately US$804 million.

  • The Metronode assets add more than 860,000 square feet (80,000 square meters) of land, 90 percent of which is owned, to the global portfolio of Equinix. These sites add approximately 215,000 square feet (20,000 square meters) of gross colocation space in Australia.
  • The acquisition adds to Platform Equinix two data centers in Melbourne, and three in greater Sydney (including one in Illawarra), meeting customer demand for dual sites in each metro for redundancy and to host their data in network-rich, hyperscale ready facilities. It also adds two data centers to the Equinix portfolio in Perth, and one in each of Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane, enabling businesses in Australia to locate their data in multiple sites across the country.
  • With Metronode’s strong existing customer base in government and proven track record of supporting both federal and state levels, Equinix is now well-positioned to serve both existing government agencies and new partners in this sector across Australia.
    Additionally, the Metronode site in Perth will become the landing station for the new Vocus Australia Singapore Cable. With the existing submarine cable deployments at Equinix in Sydney,
  • Equinix becomes a leading provider of intercontinental connectivity, improving performance with lower latency and increased flexibility for customers across Australia.
  • The acquisition furthers local growth momentum. Equinix recently completed the phase two expansion of its Sydney 4 IBX (SY4) and the phase three expansion of its Melbourne 1 IBX (ME1) is expected to be completed in Q3 2018.
  • The Equinix footprint in the Asia-Pacific region now includes 40 data centers and extends the company’s global footprint to 200 data centers across 52 markets, enabling customers with increased capacity to enhance their IT infrastructure at the digital edge with Platform Equinix.
  • About 60 employees will join the Equinix team in Asia-Pacific as part of the acquisition.

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. Equinix.com

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WALTHAM, MA – In celebration of National Small Business Week (April 29 – May 5, 2018), a new survey from Constant Contact, an Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI) company and leader in email marketing solutions, sheds light on how small business owners approach and prioritize operations, marketing, strategic planning and more.

The nationally representative survey found that small business owners wear many hats and almost all (95 percent) do some form of marketing for themselves. However, when it comes to marketing and promoting their businesses, most entrepreneurs and small business owners are self-taught (64 percent) but still don’t consider themselves very marketing savvy, making the vendors and tools they select to support them even more important. In fact, less than half (46 percent) consider themselves “marketing savvy” and only nine percent say they are “extremely marketing savvy.”


“Marketing is key to the success of a small business, but the reality is that most small businesses and entrepreneurs aren’t marketing experts and have limited time and resources available to support marketing activities,” said Jonathan Kateman, general manager of Constant Contact. “At Constant Contact, we believe technology can level the playing field and, for the past 20 years, we have been committed to empowering small businesses and nonprofits with the tools and real, human support they need to succeed. From help figuring out the right marketing strategy for their individual needs, to content recommendations, design tips, expert-taught classes and professional support to take their marketing to the next level, we stand with small businesses every step of the way.”

Survey Sheds Light on Small Business Operations

Below are additional findings from the survey and insights from author, consultant and small business expert, Pamela Slim, who has partnered with Constant Contact to share these findings:

Operating Year-to-Year vs. Looking Ahead: Survey responses suggest that small business owners tend to operate on a year-to-year basis and often need to prioritize issues of the day and tangible, immediate business objectives over longer-term strategic plans. In fact, most small business owners (63 percent) plan strategically just a year (or less) in advance. Looking to the future, small business owners most often indicated that their top business goals for 2018 included the following:

  • 64 percent – Increasing revenue/sales
  • 53 percent – Increasing new customers
  • 33 percent – Offering superior customer service
  • 32 percent – Increasing productivity

“When you look at what small business owners are prioritizing in 2018, marketing is a critical component to achieving those goals,” said Slim. “When running a business, it can be easy to become reactive and let things like marketing activities fall by the wayside, but it’s important to remember that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Small, everyday steps can make a big difference.”

According to Slim, one of the best things small business owners can do to make the most of their time and resources is to leverage marketing tools that will enable them to more effectively communicate with their customers or potential customers. “Small business owners should not be afraid to try new technology,” she said. “Things like AI and automation may seem complex and ‘buzzwordy,’ but with the right partners it’s actually very fast and easy and a great way to make your marketing more effective while freeing up more of your time.”

Email Tops List of Key Marketing Tools: Of the tools included in the survey, email marketing is the most-used marketing tool among small business owners (42 percent). Many report that it helps them connect with new and potential customers (57 percent) and drive brand awareness (56 percent). Companies that have more employees (11-20) are more likely to use email marketing (61 percent vs. 42 percent of total small business owners surveyed), and the bigger the small business, the more important they believe it will be to their business’ future. Businesses that have 11-20 employees are also more likely to think email marketing will be important to the future of their business (69 percent vs. 51 percent of total small business owners).

  • Other top marketing tools utilized by small business owners include:
    • 39 percent – Online advertising
    • 39 percent – Promotions on their business’ homepage
    • 37 percent – Social media advertising and paid social content
    • 33 percent – Customer review collection

Digital Marketing Takes Precedence: Many small business owners prioritize digital marketing over more traditional tactics. Survey results suggest that traditional marketing tools like direct mail and print and TV advertising, once considered table stakes for businesses, are being utilized less often:

  • 32 percent – Print advertising
  • 26 percent – Direct mail
  • 22 percent – Event sponsorships
  • 6 percent – Billboard advertising
  • 6 percent – TV advertising

Hard-Working and Committed, but Not Competitive: Small business owners are unquestionably dedicated to their craft, with many describing themselves as “hard-working” (38 percent), “committed” (22 percent) or “passionate” (13 percent). However, almost no small business owners (3 percent) consider themselves “competitive.”

“This doesn’t mean small business owners aren’t serious about their bottom lines, but rather that they are team players who see themselves as part of their broader communities,” says Slim. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, and a vibrant, healthy small business community makes for a vibrant, healthy society. While small business owners are passionate about achieving their goals, they understand the importance of personal relationships and place great value on community.”

Driven by Desire for Independence and Passion, Entrepreneurship Becomes a Way of Life: People open small businesses for many reasons, but the biggest motivating factor is the desire to be their own boss (46 percent), followed by wanting to follow their passion (22 percent). For many small business owners, their entrepreneurial passion is so strong that they own multiple businesses. While many small business owners have only owned one small business (60 percent), two in five (38 percent) have owned between two to five small businesses.
Celebrating National Small Business Week

As part of the National Small Business Week Virtual Conference hosted by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE Association, Constant Contact will be hosting a free webinar, “Get New and Repeat Business on Autopilot with Email Marketing.” The webinar, presented by Dave Charest, Director of Content Marketing at Constant Contact, in partnership with the SBA, will take place at 4:00 PM ET on May 1, 2018, and provide practical advice on leveraging email marketing to drive sales. Constant Contact will also be celebrating with the SBA and SBA Small Business Award winners live in Washington, D.C., April 29-30, 2018 and hosting four educational seminars at the Small Business Expo in New York City on May 3, 2018.

To learn more about Constant Contact and to access resources to maximize email marketing efforts, from best-in-class marketing software to step-by-step guides and best practices for planning a campaign, creating content, harnessing data to optimize your results and much more, visit www.constantcontact.com.

About the Survey
This nationally representative survey was conducted online among 1,005 U.S. small business owners (those owning businesses with 1-20 employees; aged 18+) and fielded between March 15-20, 2018. The margin of error was +/- 3.07 and a 95 percent confidence level.

About Constant Contact
Constant Contact, an Endurance International Group company and a leader in email marketing for more than 20 years, provides hundreds of thousands of small businesses around the world with the online marketing tools, resources, and personalized coaching they need to grow their business.

About Endurance International Group
Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EIGI) (em)Powers millions of small businesses worldwide with products and technology to enhance their online web presence, email marketing, mobile business solutions, and more. The Endurance family of brands includes: Constant Contact, Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com and SiteBuilder, among others. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, Endurance employs over 3,600 people across the United States, Brazil, India and the Netherlands. For more information, visit: www.endurance.com.

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