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REDWOOD CITY, CA and MUSCAT, Oman – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, and Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel, a MSM listed company: OTEL), announced the companies have entered into a joint venture to deliver data center and interconnection services to customers in the Middle East through the development of a new network-dense data center that will be located in Barka, near Muscat, the capital of Oman. This joint venture will establish the first world-class, carrier-neutral hub in Oman where carriers, content providers and cloud providers colocate critical IT infrastructure.

Oman is strategically positioned between Asia, Africa and Europe, and the new Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center will create a regional interconnection hub with ultra-low latencies between global business markets. Based on demand and requirements, customers in the GCC and wider MENA region can also leverage other Equinix data centers in the region for dual access to content providers, allowing carriers, content providers and cloud providers to further build resilience into their IT and network infrastructure.


The new IBX data center in Oman will benefit from connectivity to strategic cable landing stations (CLS) and subsea cable systems that terminate directly inside the facility. It will also benefit from the investments by Omantel in multiple strategic subsea cable systems throughout the region and world. This subsea cable connectivity will provide customers with significant cost savings and an increase in performance and security.

Under the terms of the agreement, Equinix and Omantel will both fund equity contributions in an amount of US$10 million for the joint venture representing a 50% shareholding each, and additional funds will be raised through debt financing assumed by the joint venture company. The shareholders’ agreement was signed on June 20, 2018, and the joint venture company was established on June 26, 2018.

Equinix will operate the new IBX data center, which will include 18,600 square feet of colocation space and approximately 750 cabinets at full build. The first phase of the three-phase build will include 250 cabinets and is expected to be completed and open for business by Q2 2019.

According to the recently published document Worldwide Datacenter Installation Census and Construction Forecast, 2018–2022, IDC observes a clear trend of movement of internal data centers to service provider data centers. With more than 200 data centers worldwide, Platform Equinix™ enables customers to easily interconnect with one another in business ecosystems for maximum collaboration across digital supply chains in 52 markets globally. Additionally, 30 Equinix metros are close enough to the shorelines to support the CLS model.

Omantel is a global communications provider with cable landings and connectivity to more than 120 cities globally. It has investments in 20 subsea cable systems and leverages six diverse landing stations in Oman and one in France. Additionally, Omantel is an investor in AAE-1 consortium, one of the largest, newest high-capacity connections between Asia, Africa and Europe. Omantel has also invested in multiple regional and international cables including Europe India Gateway (EIG), Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG), Gulf to Africa (G2A), and Silk Route Gateway-1 (SRG-1), among others. As a result, Omantel will be able to offer a redundant and unique latency of 160ms between Frankfurt and Singapore, two of the world’s main capacity hubs accessible directly from within the new IBX data center in Oman.

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.

About Omantel
Omantel Wholesale is the international and domestic wholesale arm of Oman Telecommunications Company S.A.O.G. (Omantel), the first and leading integrated telecommunications service provider in Oman. Founded in 1970, Omantel is a joint-stock company listed in Muscat Securities Market and is 51% owned by Oman Investment Fund (OIF), a wholly owned investment arm of the Omani government. The company has laid the groundwork for telecommunications and technological advancement in the country and it continues to invest heavily within its own borders and abroad. As a result, Omantel has acquired a controlling stake in Kuwaiti Mobile Telecommunications Company (Zain Group) last year, making it the second largest shareholder in the company. Omantel Wholesale capitalizes on ultra-low latency networks to enable innovation and digital transformation globally, utilizing Oman’s geographic advantage at the absolute nexus of the east, west, north, and south to enable its customers and partners to deliver their services with the best possible end-user experience.

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According to a new research report by the market research and strategy consulting firm, Global Market Insights, Inc, Green Data Center Market size is set to exceed USD 25 billion by 2024.rapid growth in the number of SMEs globally has led to an exponential rise in the amount of data generated. The mounting pressure for efficient management for the increasing amount of data will contribute to the green data center market growth. Several government organizations are encouraging the growth of new businesses.

The government push is largely concentrated in Asia Pacific countries through the launch of Made in China 2025 and Make in India which are providing tax incentives, financial aid, and technical support to local SMEs, fueling the industrial growth. The growing data center complexities with the rising amount of data generated has stressed the requirement for a reliable and scalable data center infrastructure. Driven by surging cloud applications, the fast-growing data center traffic will support the market growth.


The growing focus on energy efficiency has made the data center industry a frontrunner in implementing energy-efficient solutions. The energy consumption of data centers has been rapidly increasing with the advent of cloud computing services and is causing an increase in CO2 emissions. There is a high focus on the need for lowering the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) amongst companies, primarily amongst major players such as Allied Controls, Facebook, and Google. Stringent government regulations pertaining to energy-efficiency in data centers will contribute to the green data center market size. Green initiatives can help a company to regain the power and cooling capacity and recapture resilience while reducing the energy costs.

Cyber security threats are a key factor restraining the green data center market growth. Financial organizations and businesses store critical and confidential data in data centers. Stringent government regulations such as European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are imposing rules pertaining to the safety of information in data centers. The providers must comply with the strict standards and regulations operating in the market. Additionally, the technologies cost significantly higher than the traditional systems.

The networking solutions in the green data center market will grow substantially with a CAGR of around 27% due to the rising demand for these solutions to minimize the power consumption. The conventional network infrastructure ensures interconnection of physical and network-based equipment and devices within a facility that consumes over 65% of the overall power. Moreover, there is a growing trend of virtualized networking environments. Network virtualization is being increasingly implemented by enterprises to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and enhance agility.

The BFSI sector in the green data center market valued at over USD 900 million in 2017 is witnessing a rapid growth globally with the growing number of financial organizations adopting digitalization. Traditional data handling techniques that involved paper documents are being replaced by modern digital technologies for higher efficiency, lower redundancies, and faster computation. This has led to a rise in the demand for highly efficient data center infrastructures that ensure the safe storage of the ever-increasing data. The flourishing BFSI industry will provide lucrative growth opportunities to the market growth.

The green data center market in Asia Pacific will experience a strong growth of over 30% from 2018 to 2024 owing to the widespread adoption of cloud and IoT technologies in countries such as China and India. The rapid growth in the number of startups in India coupled with the favorable government initiatives such as Make in India will support the green data center market growth in the country.

The booming industrial sector in Japan is demanding high performance equipment for mounting volumes of data from connected factories. The rise in the number of smartphone users in China are also demanding data center set ups for data storage. Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has collaborated with government agencies to develop a Singapore Standard for green infrastructure under the IT standards committee.

Players operating in the green data center market comprise Dell Inc., Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., HCL Technologies Limited, IBM Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Fujitsu Ltd., Schneider Electric SE, and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company.

Companies are striving to launch new data centers to strengthen their market presence. In May 2016, Microsoft stated that they will be obtaining a LEED Gold certification for all its structures to lower their PUE. Vendors are also increasingly incorporating latest advanced technologies in their data centers to reduce the hazardous emissions and power consumption. Increasing competition among companies to offer advanced solutions will propel the market share.

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ASHBURN, VA – Infomart Data Centers, a national wholesale carrier-neutral data center provider, today announced that it has recently completed a new data center suite at its Ashburn facility. The new data center suite is the first of six 10,000-square-foot suites, each with flexible power capacity of up to 3 MW. When complete, the facility will bring up to 18 MW of premium capacity to the Northern Virginia market.

Infomart Ashburn has a rich history dating back to the origin of the commercial Internet when it served as the home of AOL’s email platform. Infomart has invested in a complete refurbishing of the facility’s infrastructure and interior, and much like at its original inception, Infomart Ashburn is once again positioned to offer industry leading mechanical and electrical resiliency. The facility also meets FISMA, NIST, DIACAP, NISPOM and ICD 705 government compliance mandates, providing for the flexibility and security to service the diverse needs of cloud and IT service companies, international and domestic enterprises, federal agencies and systems integrators.


“We are excited to announce that we’re open for business in Northern Virginia,” said Dan Ephraim, Vice President, Infomart. “We’ve worked quickly to bring an industry leading facility to market and consider today the beginning of our commitment to be a leading provider in Northern Virginia.”

Infomart Ashburn provides true 2N+1 IT critical power redundancy, allowing for concurrent maintenance without interruption. The facility features chilled water systems designed to operate at maximum efficiency within the regional climate, hot aisle containment, and ceiling and cold wall plenum. Additionally, through a Building Management System (BMS), Infomart will deliver real-time PUE metrics as well as mechanical and electrical infrastructure information to provide clients with maximum control and performance transparency.

The facility has redundant Meet-Me-Rooms and, as a carrier-neutral provider, is connected to a fiber ring providing access to more than 60 data centers throughout the region. Physical security features include berms, vehicle arresting cables, perimeter fencing, and a gated entrance. Infomart Ashburn also expects to achieve multiple certifications, including SSAE 16 Type I, SSAE 16 SOC 2 Type II, PCI DSS, HIPAA/HITECH, ISO 27001, and the Uptime Institute’s Management & Operations.

To learn more about Infomart Ashburn, visit www.infomartdatacenters.com/locations/Ashburn/.

About Infomart Data Centers
Founded in 2006, Infomart Data Centers is an award-winning industry leader in building, owning, and operating highly efficient, cost-effective wholesale data centers. Each of its national facilities meet or exceed the highest industry standards in all operational categories of availability, security, connectivity, and physical resilience. Recognized for its consistent excellence, Infomart Data Centers is dedicated to maintaining its reputation of reliability and best-in-class management while offering flexible solutions to meet the needs of its clients. Since the company’s inception, Infomart has demonstrated its commitment to environmental responsibility in designing and building energy-efficient and sustainable data centers for performance-driven organizations. Infomart Data Centers offers highly connected wholesale and colocation facilities in three Tier I markets throughout the United States, including San Jose, California; Hillsboro, Oregon; and Ashburn, Virginia.

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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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QUITO, Ecuador – Global communications and IT provider CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is expanding its broad regional offering of colocation, hosting, cloud computing, security, collaboration, communications and managed services for its existing and new customers by launching a new data center in Quito, Ecuador.

Ecuador’s new data center integrates with CenturyLink’s 17 other data centers in Latin America, as well as the company’s broad global infrastructure, by providing direct connectivity to CenturyLink’s approximately 450,000 route miles of fiber globally.


The new Quito data center will provide customers with a processing environment designed to provide high levels of availability, improved quality and increased speed of access to the rest of the world. The new facility also offers customers fiber route diversity for deployment of contingency environments.

“Located in proximity to customers, with 24×7 availability and next-generation security systems, this new data center was built to optimize energy and space efficiencies,” commented Gabriel del Campo, vice president, data center and security, CenturyLink Latin America. “By taking this approach, we were able to have the facility operational in less time — an important benefit to customers eager to take advantage of our data center services.”

Through this innovative construction model, CenturyLink was able to meet the following objectives:

– Offer infrastructure in compliance with the Uptime Institute’s TIER III requirements and regulations TIA 942 and NFPA75 to ensure the level of service required by enterprise customers, in alignment with the strictest rules for next-generation data centers.
– Maximize power efficiency and optimize the use of space.
– Offer a resistant seismic computing center.
– Reduce launch times for new data center rooms.

“Our data center and managed services business is growing,” added del Campo.
“We count on high quality data centers to provide our customers with the best solutions and services.”

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world’s best networking company by solving customers’ increased demand for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers’ trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity and providing managed network and cyber security solutions that help protect their business.

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NEW YORK, NY – LaterPay – a technology company offering an industry-first, patented payment infrastructure designed to offer users immediate, frictionless access to content or services without requiring upfront registration or payment – has partnered with enterprise digital experience platform WordPress.com VIP to help publishers and digital media companies monetize content and services on their WordPress-powered websites.

WordPress.com VIP – which handles hosting, guidance, and support for major publishers including Time Inc., News Corp, and PMC – will offer LaterPay as a technical integration, making it available to clients on its platform as a plugin.


LaterPay saves users time and increases conversions for publishers. Instead of requiring upfront registration and payment – which derails over 98 percent of all intended purchases – LaterPay defers this process until customer purchases across websites reach a $5 threshold. By using LaterPay, VIP-hosted publishers can simultaneously expand existing subscription models, increase their paying customer base, and improve their user experience.

“We are always looking for new tools to offer to help our clients smartly increase reader revenue,” said Tamara Sanderson, Head of Partnerships at WordPress.com VIP. “We’re excited to add LaterPay and their innovative, pay later approach to subscriptions.”

Publishers that integrate LaterPay on their VIP-hosted site can choose from a number of monetization solutions that best suit their needs. For instance, publishers can prompt users to purchase a specific article, timed access to content, or a full subscription. Single purchases and time passes complement the full subscription model by pulling new potential subscribers into the publisher’s ecosystem while generating incremental revenues.

“Our collaboration couples first-rate enterprise hosting and support with a frictionless monetization solution,” said Hal Bailey, chief revenue officer at LaterPay. “We are excited to offer publishers an incredibly frictionless way to take advantage of all the monetization options that live between ads and subscriptions.”

About LaterPay
LaterPay turns users into paying customers for digital content or services such as journalism, videos, and software. LaterPay owns patented technology for enabling payments and micropayments without upfront registration and payment, facilitating the “use now, pay later” approach. This allows users to consume paid content and services on the internet with one or two clicks — without prior registration or having to pay in advance. It is only when the online tab’s limit is reached that users are prompted to register and pay via one of many popular payment methods. By decoupling purchases from payments, LaterPay lowers the entry thresholds for users to consume digital goods and services. With LaterPay, companies can tap into new customer groups, get users acquainted with paid content, and gradually but successfully market higher-value paid models such as time passes and subscriptions. In this manner, LaterPay builds a bridge between free, ad-financed offerings and subscription models by providing a paygate. LaterPay aims to empower content providers to monetize the vast space that lives between ads and subscriptions.

About WordPress.com VIP
WordPress.com VIP offers a fast, scalable and secure managed cloud platform, expert code review, and end-to-end guidance on running content applications at scale. VIP provide hosting and support for some of the biggest brands on the web, including News Corp, Time, Inc, and Facebook. VIP’s partner network offers the best WordPress design and development shops on the planet along with top notch technical integrations. These technical partners are services with which we have developed tight integrations and close business relationships. They have been carefully vetted for performance, security, ease of use, and scale, and are certified and supported by our team.

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