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ST. LOUIS, MO – TierPoint, a leading national provider of hybrid IT solutions, announced today that it has achieved the Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform competency designation.

“We are part of a very select group in the Microsoft partner ecosystem that has achieved Gold status,” said Dave McKenney, Director of Product Management for TierPoint. “The designation confirms our capability and commitment to meeting the evolving technology needs of our customers.”

To earn Microsoft Gold competency, partners must successfully complete relevant professional certification exams, demonstrating their level of technology expertise as Microsoft Certified Professionals. They also must submit customer references verifying successful cloud projects, meet a revenue performance commitment for Microsoft solutions, and pass technology and/or sales assessments.


“By achieving a gold competency, TierPoint has proven their commitment and expertise in specific technology areas, which places them among a small percentage of Microsoft partners worldwide,” said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “For customers looking for a partner to help meet their unique business needs, choosing a company that has attained Microsoft competencies is a smart move. TierPoint has highly qualified experts with access to Microsoft technical support and product teams.”

About TierPoint
With an unmatched combination of clients, facilities, solutions and service, TierPoint is a leading national provider of hybrid IT, helping organizations drive performance and manage risk. The company has one of the largest customer bases in the industry, with over 5,000 clients ranging from the public to private sectors, from small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises. TierPoint also has one of the largest and most geographically diversified footprints in the nation, with 40 world-class data centers in 20 markets and 8 multi-tenant cloud pods, connected by a coast-to-coast network. The company offers a comprehensive solution portfolio of private, multitenant, hyperscale, and hybrid cloud, plus colocation, disaster recovery, security and other managed IT services. Led by a proven management team, TierPoint’s network of hundreds of highly experienced IT professionals offer local, white-glove customer service, seamlessly managing and customizing agile solutions that address each client’s unique needs.

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OVERLAND PARK, KS – QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), an international provider of data center and hybrid IT solutions, announced today the completion of its annual American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Service Organization Control 1 Type II (SOC 1® Type II) and Service Organization Control 2 Type II (SOC 2® Type II) audit reports. The 2017 reports were issued by a Big Four public accounting and auditing firm based on an examination of QTS’ internal controls and procedures. In addition, QTS also attained ISO 27001:2013 certification for thirteen of its data centers.

ISO 27001 is an internationally recognized certification for information security management systems (ISMS) that demonstrates QTS’ strong security controls and meets the needs of large, multinational data center customers. By adding another certification, QTS now has one of the most comprehensive frameworks in the industry and it further enhances the company’s ability to assist customers in meeting their own compliance requirements.


QTS is committed to exceeding critical compliance standards for its customers. QTS’ SOC 1 Type II and SOC 2 Type II reports assure its clients that the company meets the suitability of design and operating effectiveness of applicable controls. Achieving compliance with other critical compliance standards such as FedRAMP, FISMA and PCI, demonstrates QTS’ ability to deliver secure, available and confidential services. The QTS Compliance team oversees more than 400 controls across several compliance standards to ensure the company is providing the highest level of compliance to its customers.

“By working with the best auditing firms in the country, we ensure that we are not just meeting the compliance requirements, but surpassing them,” said Oliver Schmidt who leads QTS’ dedicated in-house compliance team as Chief Audit Executive. “Meeting the highest standards for security, availability and confidentiality are all vital to the solutions we provide to our customers and our strategic growth.”

The QTS SOC 1 Type II and SOC 2 Type II audit reports are prepared in accordance with the AICPA’s Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No.18 Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization. The reports cover the period from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017 for QTS systems and controls and provides users with operational assurance across QTS’ software-defined data center platform.

About QTS
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading data center and managed cloud provider, offering a comprehensive portfolio of IT solutions built on the industry’s first Software-Defined Data Center Platform. QTS is a trusted partner to more than 1,100 customers throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. QTS owns, operates or manages more than six million square feet of data center space. QTS provides cutting-edge technology; flexible, scalable infrastructure; and an industry-leading customer experience. Visit QTS at www.qtsdatacenters.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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LAKE FOREST, CA – PSSC Labs, a developer of custom HPC and Big Data computing solutions, today announced its PowerWulf HPC clusters are now available with Intel’s new Xeon® Scalable Processors and Intel’s Omni-Path HPC Fabric to deliver the performance needed to tackle cutting edge computing tasks including real-time analytics, virtualized infrastructure and high-performance computing.

PowerWulf clusters are built with Intel’s Data Center Blocks to ensure a truly turnkey solution that addresses customer integration challenges. Today’s customer datacenters require unique server solutions that run complex, business-critical workloads. Intel Data Center Blocks configurations are purpose-built with all-Intel technology, optimized to address the needs of specific market segments. These fully validated blocks deliver performance, reliability and quality for solutions customer want and can trust to handle their demanding cloud, HPC, and business critical workloads.


PSSC Labs PowerWulf HPC Clusters are available as config-to-order (CTO) to meet the specific needs of a customer. Key features of these solutions include:

  • Pre-configured and fully validated blocks with the latest Intel HPC technology
  • Powered by the Intel Xeon processor Scalable family, delivers an overall performance increase up to 1.65x compared to the previous generation, and up to 5x Online Transaction Processing warehouse workloads versus the current install base.
  • 2 operating system options to choose: RedHat, SUSE, and CentOS Linux
  • Multiple models with different support options
  • Intel Fabric Suite 10.5.1, Lustre 2.10
  • Intel Omni-Path Host Fabric Interface (Intel OP HFI) Adapter 100 Series and FDR/EDR InfiniBand Fabric
  • Intel Datacenter SATA and NVMe Solid State Drives (SSD)

“Intel’s integrated and fully-validated Data Center Blocks enables PSSC Labs to deliver more efficient and turnkey approach and reduce time to market, complexity and the costs of system design, validation and integration,” said Alex Lesser, EVP of PSSC Labs. “Partnering with Intel allows us to offer our customers the latest hardware options in our line of custom turn-key PowerWulf HPC clusters for a variety of applications across government, academic and commercial environments.”

PowerWulf HPC clusters also feature PSSC Labs CBeST Cluster Management Toolkit (Complete Beowulf Software Toolkit) to deliver a preconfigured solution with all the necessary hardware, network settings and cluster management software prior to shipping. With its component structure, CBeST is the most flexible cluster management software package available.

Every PowerWulf HPC Cluster includes a three-year unlimited phone / email support package (additional year support available) with all support provided by PSSC Labs US-based team of engineers. PSSC Labs is an Intel HPC Data Center Specialist and has been a Platinum Provider with Intel since 2009. For more information see http://www.pssclabs.com/solutions/hpc-cluster/

About PSSC Labs
For technology powered visionaries with a passion for challenging the status quo, PSSC Labs is the answer for hand-crafted HPC and Big Data computing solutions that deliver relentless performance with the absolute lowest total cost of ownership. All products are designed and built at the company’s headquarters in Lake Forest, California. For more information, 949-380-7288, www.pssclabs.com

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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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Amsterdam, the Netherlands – 3W Infra, a fast growing Infrastructure-as-a-Service hosting provider from Amsterdam with global operations and more than 4,000 dedicated servers under management, has attained the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for Information Security Management together with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance. Validated by independent third-party IT audit company Noordbeek B.V., these certifications would help 3W Infra ensure that they have enterprise-grade controls in place to protect customer information and payment data while safeguarding business continuity.

IT audit company Noordbeek B.V. has checked and validated a variety of processes as well as management and operating controls within 3W Infra’s organization to be able to grant 3W Infra the two ‘enterprise-grade’ security certifications.


To ensure that customers’ information is secure with 3W Infra, Noordbeek has validated things like 3W Infra’s business continuity, the documentation of organizational processes, separation of duties, managing (strategic) suppliers, IT system management, human resources policies and procedures, physical security measures in the offices and data center environment, handling and embedding of organizational knowledge, security incident reporting, and more.

3W Infra has received the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and PCI-DSS certifications from Noordbeek IT Audit, Compliance & Advisory now and is able to send the third-party attestations to customers on their request.

“We see quite some service providers in the worldwide hosting industry eager to serve enterprises and other customers with high demands and mission-critical operations, but we don’t see many of them achieving accreditations like ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and PCI-DSS, especially not the relatively smaller hosting providers,” said Roy Premchand, Managing Director of 3W Infra. “We know it’s not cheap to have these ISO/IEC 27001 and PCI-DSS quality guarantees embedded in your organization, but we think it’s a good step towards GDPR compliance and a big plus for our mission-critical customers who already entrust their IT infrastructure to 3W Infra – among them international companies within gaming as well as cloud services providers with global operations. Besides that, we expect these enterprise level accreditations to bring great value on a global level while attracting new types of customers from around the world within for example healthcare, finance, and government.”

SSAE 16 Certification

On top of the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and PCI-DSS certifications achieved, 3W Infra is targeting expansion of accreditations embedded in the organization with an SSAE 16 certification in the future. While PCI-DSS is focused specifically on the data security of credit card information stored in a facility, SSAE 16 is more generally focused on the services operating environment and the internal controls of 3W Infra as a service provider.

“Although we’re a pure-play IaaS hosting provider, not a data provider, we do deliver managed engineering services through our Remote Hands solution to data services providers who store and process financial information,” added Mr. Premchand. “Our Data Center Neutral Remote Hands Service on the world’s main Internet hubs in Frankfurt, Amsterdam and London, thus may require us to go for this SSAE 16 accreditation as well. Especially because the clients for this Remote Hands engineering service come from all over the world. Most of them are not in the position to drop by in the data center to check data processes and handling themselves. The 3W Infra engineering teams are an extension of their own organization so to say, and SSAE 16 would provide them an end-to-end data security guarantee.”

About ISO/IEC 27001 and PCI-DSS

ISO/IEC 27001:2013 is a worldwide-recognized information security management standard which would ensure that an organization can apply a framework to business processes to help identify, manage and reduce risks to information security. The standard does not only consider IT but all business operations of an organization.

The PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security) standard is a proprietary standard for all organizations that process, transmit, or store payment cardholder data. The standard is providing a framework with technologies and practices that would need to be adhered to in order to protect and secure the cardholder data.

About 3W Infra
Founded in 2014 by some Internet and hosting industry veterans, 3W Infra is a global Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosting provider with great engineering knowledge and skills headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The company’s enterprise-grade, ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and PCI-DSS certified hosting solutions are tailored to the specific needs of each customer. 3W Infra’s infrastructural solutions are engineered for scalability and cost-efficiency, with cloud-enabling services including colocation, dedicated servers, IP Transit, and high-level customer support. These solutions come with 3W Infra’s Remote Hands including Relocation engineering services at the world’s main Internet hubs in Amsterdam, Frankfurt and London.

As a fast-growing company aiming for sustainable growth, 3W Infra serves a dynamic array of different customer types with a variety of needs. The company’s flagship data center in Amsterdam features one of the lowest calculated pPUEs in the industry (1,04), which is highly energy-efficient. 3W Infra has a significant amount of colocation customers and more than 4,000 dedicated servers under management, while its global network now exceeds 160 Gigabit/sec (Gbps) of available bandwidth. 3W Infra’s customer base includes some of the largest Internet, gaming, broadcasting and cloud services companies in Europe and beyond.

To learn more about 3W Infra, visit: www.3winfra.com

About Noordbeek IT Audit, Compliance & Advisory
Noordbeek B.V. was founded in 2006 by Prof. Dr. Ir. Ronald Paans, Professor of Postgraduate IT Audit training at the VU University in Amsterdam. Noordbeek is an IT audit and consulting firm specializing in certification programs and handling of complex IT-related issues. Offerings range from certifications in the field of PCI DSS, ISO 27001, ISAE 3402, COBIT 5.0 to consultancy projects such as improving the connection of IT to business processes and making the cooperation between service provider and customer more effective.

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