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COLUMBIA, MISSOURI — Bluebird Network, a Midwest telecommunications company, has begun an expansion of its Bluebird Underground Data Center, located in a Springfield Missouri underground mine. The expansion design is underway and the project will go to bid in late May.

This expansion represents an additional 4,700 square-feet of white space, bringing the total to 22,300 square-feet. The entire data center currently occupies 80,000 square-feet of mine space, with the remaining space being dedicated to critical mechanical and electrical support systems.


In addition to the increased white space, the expansion includes a third 2MW generator, another Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system and a 10,000 gallon auxiliary fuel storage tank. With these improvements, the Bluebird Underground Data Center can independently operate for up to four days on generator power, deliver additional A/B power to its customers and improve the overall operational performance of the data center.

All elements of this expansion will be located underground, continuing its’ design strategy of placing all critical mechanical and electrical systems underground to ensure operational stability. This unique approach leverages the full protection provided by the data center’s natural surroundings, ensuring the best shield from both natural and unnatural disasters.

This expansion is the second of three planned since Bluebird Network acquired the data center in 2014. The first expansion, completed in 2016, added approximately 4,000 square-feet of white space. The third expansion will represent approximately 7,000 square-feet of additional white space in the future.

“This expansion will increase the physical size of the data center and will augment our current processes to make the facility stronger,” says Michael Morey, President and CEO of Bluebird Network. “We will provide space to meet increased demand while enhancing our overall services.”

About Bluebird Network
Bluebird Network, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, was formed by integrating Bluebird Media, Missouri Network Alliance, and Illinois Network Alliance. In 2014, an underground data center was acquired and created Bluebird Underground, adding a data center facility to the Bluebird suite of services. Today, the network has over 6,000 fiber route miles of high-speed broadband and fiber-optic connections. The Bluebird fiber network also has over 135 Points of Presence (POP) sites spanning the Midwest, including the major cities of Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Tulsa, Omaha, Des Moines, and Memphis. To learn more, please visit www.bluebirdnetwork.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

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PHOENIX – Namecheap, a top domain registrar and web hosting company, continues its long-term commitment to supporting Internet Freedom with its 6thAnnual Move Your Domain Day. Beginning March 6 at 12 a.m. EST, for 24 hours Namecheap will offer domain transfers for only $3.98. The special deeply discounted transfer deal will also include a free year of of private email and SSL. Additionally, for each transfer Namecheap will donate up to $1.50 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a leading organization that works to protect online freedom and digital civil rights.

“Our passion and dedication to Internet neutrality and freedom cannot be overstated. Namecheap’s long-term commitment to these principles dates back to the founding of the company. Our pledge to stand with organizations such as EFF, in their fight to keep the Internet open and free, is the reason why Move Your Domain Day is such an important initiative for Namecheap,” said Richard Kirkendall, Namecheap CEO.


“EFF is grateful for the support from Namecheap’s Move Your Domain Day. We’re fighting to protect online innovation and creativity. With the help of supporters across the web, we will continue standing up for Internet users in the courts, in Congress, and around the world,” – Corynne McSherry, Legal Director at EFF.

Since 2011 the annual event that calls on customers to transfer their domains to Namecheap at deeply discounted prices, and in support of Internet freedom, has raised more than $350,000.

About Move Your Domain Day
Move Your Domain Day started in 2011 as an online movement and response to the US Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a bill many felt threatened people’s right to privacy, anti-censorship and a free and open Internet. Sensing a need to mobilize the community, Namecheap CEO Richard Kirkendall launched the first ever Move Your Domain Day. Seven years later, Namecheap has used its platform to raise awareness about other dangerous bills like the Protect IP Act (PIPA) as well as the continued battle to save Net Neutrality.

About Namecheap
Namecheap is an ICANN-accredited domain registrar and technology company founded in 2000 by CEO Richard Kirkendall. Celebrating nearly two decades of providing unparalleled levels of service, security, and support, Namecheap has been steadfast in customer satisfaction. With close to 9 million domains now under management, Namecheap is among the top domain registrar and web hosting providers in the world. To learn more about Namecheap, visit namecheap.com.

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ST. LOUIS – Connectria, a global cloud service provider, today announced it has achieved the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Healthcare Competency for the third consecutive year.

“As the first provider to deliver HIPAA Compliant clouds, Connectria continues to be recognized as the proven leader in delivering HIPAA Compliance in AWS,” said Steve Grzybinski, Director of Security, Compliance and Technology.


To achieve the AWS Healthcare Competency, Connectria underwent a thorough audit of its capabilities to deliver HIPAA Compliance for AWS customers. Connectria demonstrated its technical proficiency and proven customer success in building HIPAA Compliant solutions in AWS for healthcare organizations that securely store, process, transmit, and analyze Protected Health Information (PHI) in AWS.

“Connectria once again passed this rigorous test, further validating that our innovative, cloud-based solutions meet the unique requirements when handling PHI in AWS, in accordance with the HIPAA standards,” said Grzybinski.

Connectria will be highlighting its HIPAA compliant solutions from March 5-9, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV, during HIMSS18, the largest Healthcare IT conference with over 70,000 attendees.

Connectria will be demonstrating its ability to help clients achieve HIPAA compliance not only in AWS, but also for a wide range of IT environments, including systems running Windows, Linux, IBM i, IBM AIX, VMware or Hyper-V, as well as systems running in Microsoft Azure.

About Connectria
Since 1996, Connectria has provided award-winning cloud hosting, remote monitoring and cloud security for more than 1,000 customers in over 30 countries worldwide. At the core of Connectria is our No Jerks Allowed® company philosophy which establishes a unique culture where every individual goes “the extra mile” to take care of our customers. Being The Jerk Free Company® extends beyond our people. We make it easy to do business with Connectria through flexible terms, scalable solutions and straight-forward pricing to serve the hosting needs of large and small organizations alike.

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MCLEAN, VA – GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE: GTT), the leading global cloud networking provider to multinational clients, announced today a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Interoute, operator of one of Europe’s largest independent fiber networks and cloud networking platforms, for approximately €1.9 billion ($2.3 billion) in cash.

“The acquisition of Interoute represents a major milestone in delivering on our purpose of connecting people, across organizations and around the world,” said Rick Calder, GTT president and CEO. “This combination creates a disruptive market leader with substantial scale, unique network assets and award-winning product capabilities to fulfill our clients’ growing demand for distributed cloud networking in Europe, the U.S. and across the globe. Following our successful, proven acquisition model, we expect to complete this integration within three to four quarters post-close and achieve a post-synergy multiple of seven to eight times Adjusted EBITDA or better on a pro forma basis.”


The strategic combination:

  • Significantly augments scale, expanding GTT’s Tier 1 global IP network with one of Europe’s most extensive fiber footprints. The network includes over 400 points of presence, spanning 24 metro areas and interconnecting 126 cities across 29 countries.
  • Strengthens GTT’s leadership position in software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) with expanded capabilities.
  • Adds 15 data centers, 17 virtual data centers and 51 colocation facilities, enhancing GTT’s cloud connectivity platform.
  • Contributes infrastructure, edge and hosted services to GTT’s suite of cloud networking services.
  • Expands and complements GTT’s multinational client base, adding over 1,000 strategic enterprise and carrier clients, primarily headquartered in Europe.
  • Enhances GTT’s global team with a world-class sales, operations and customer service organization.

“This is an exciting next chapter for Interoute, GTT, our customers and our team,” said Gareth Williams, Interoute CEO. “The combined assets and strengths of our two companies create a powerful portfolio of high-capacity, low-latency connectivity, and innovative cloud and edge infrastructure services to support our customers in the global digital economy.”

Interoute has received the strong support of its shareholders — the Sandoz Family Foundation, Aleph Capital and Crestview Partners — in its strategy of building and consolidating the European fiber, cloud and connectivity markets to create a player with significant scale and international presence.

About GTT
GTT provides multinationals with a better way to reach the cloud through its suite of cloud networking services, including wide area networking, internet, optical transport, managed services, voice and video services. The company’s Tier 1 IP network, ranked in the top five worldwide, connects clients to any location in the world and any application in the cloud. GTT delivers an outstanding client experience by living its core values of simplicity, speed and agility. For more information on how GTT is redefining global communications, please visit www.gtt.net.

About Interoute
Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe’s largest networks and a global cloud services platform, which encompasses 15 data centers, 17 Virtual Data Centers and 51 colocation centers, with connections to over 195 additional third-party data centers across Europe. Its full-service Unified ICT platform serves international enterprises and many of the world’s leading service providers, as well as governments and universities. Interoute’s Unified ICT strategy provides solutions for enterprises seeking connectivity and a scalable, secure advanced platform on which they can build their voice, video, computing and data services, as well as service providers in need of high-capacity international data transit and infrastructure. With established operations throughout Europe and the USA, Interoute also owns and operates 24 connected city networks within Europe’s major business centers. www.interoute.com

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TULSA, OK – TierPoint, a leading national provider of hybrid IT solutions, including cloud, colocation and managed services, announced today that it has completed construction of its new data center in Tulsa. The initial phase of the $20 million facility includes approximately 16,000 sq. ft. of raised floor space, as well as infrastructure support and office space. TierPoint partnered with Compass Data Centers on the project.

The new data center will further enhance TierPoint’s ability to meet growing market demand for hybrid IT solutions, including cloud, colocation, disaster recovery and IT security services. With 24x7x365 onsite security, technical and engineering support, the expanded facility includes dedicated space to be used by clients for their business needs. The design of the building will allow for additional phases of expansion, as needed.


“We have already begun to install clients and are currently negotiating with a couple of major institutions that have shown interest in the facility,” said Todd Currie, TierPoint Vice President and General Manager. Currie added that access to reasonably priced land and electrical power, as well growing interest in edge technology, make Oklahoma one of the most inviting data center markets in the country.

The new Tulsa data center is designed and operated to meet SSAE 18, PCI-DSS, GLBA and HIPAA security and compliance standards, verified by annual assessments of all 40 TierPoint facilities. Features include dual factor, biometrical access control with around-the-clock onsite security; dual utility service feeds with onsite TierPoint controlled substations; independent AB power distribution; N+1 backup generators; N+1 HVAC deployment; all designed for supporting up to 350 watts per square foot of raised floor. The site is carrier neutral with diverse fiber points of entry for redundancy.

In addition to the new facility, TierPoint currently operates a data center in Tulsa’s historic Brady District, as well as two data centers in Oklahoma City, including the state’s largest commercial data center.

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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BIRMINGHAM, AL – KnownHost announced immediate availability of fully managed Reseller Cloud Hosting, providing SMB’s with additional cloud hosting options for those with multiple domains.

“Our American cloud platform build-out continues with a robust multi-domain, reseller hosting platform, ideal for those with several domains such as designers, marketers and service companies, which don’t require the intense resources of a VPS or dedicated server,” said Robb Sands, Marketing Manager at KnownHost.


Outstanding Features with Cloud Security

“We’ve long known resellers demand a much more robust feature selection than basic shared hosting customers,” said Daniel Pearson, Chief Operating Officer at KnownHost, “which means we’ve had to put together a highly secure, cloud-based solution, which includes everything from backups to control panel and more.”

Constructed using bulletproof technology like LiteSpeed, cPanel, BitNinja and Softaculous, the KnownHost Reseller Cloud hosting solution combines many best of breed features into a managed services bundle that’s priced to attract small business owners, designers and multi-site service providers, starting at just $6.97 per month.

Justin Sauers, Chief Executive Officer at KnownHost points out, “We’ve pushed the envelope by combining our proven enterprise cloud architecture with an incredible mix of reseller features, then positioning it in the market at an SMB friendly price point. No one else can match the managed Reseller Cloud Hosting solutions we’ve assembled – and do it with a better uptime than KnownHost.”

The new Reseller Cloud Hosting includes 1.5 GB RAM starting from $6.97 per month, 2 GB RAM from $9.97, or 3 GB RAM from just $14.97 per month, is hosted in USA and includes 24/7/365 support as standard.

Full product details and pricing can be found on the KnownHost.com website at:

https://www.knownhost.com/reseller-cloud-hosting.html

The new Reseller Cloud Hosting product line is part of KnownHost’s commitment to deliver dependable, fully managed, ultra-high performance hosting at an affordable price. The Reseller Cloud Hosting is available to order immediately on the KnownHost.com website.

About KnownHost
Founded in 2005, KnownHost LLC is the worldwide leader in maximum uptime VPS hosting solutions. The company offers a wide range of fully managed, instantly available products and services for a range of company needs.

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