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HasGeek hosted 400+ developers, architects, managers and security experts at Rootconf 2018, which concluded on 10-11 May 2018. The two-day conference, held at NIMHANS Convention Centre, had over 35 sessions consisting of talks, Birds Of Feather (BOF) sessions and hallway conversations around IT infrastructure and security. Open source developer from Bangladesh, A. S. M. Shamim Reza, and network engineer from Bhutan Telecom, Alisha Gurung, spoke about security protocols and how to secure systems better. Former VSNL engineer, Derick Thomas, elaborated on the importance of network security for startups and the need for better data protection at the network layer level. Chief evangelist from Percona, Colin Charles, talked about database security at the enterprise level, followed by a captivating session on enterprise security by Pukhraj Singh. Pukhraj explained the geopolitics of cyberspace and how this impacts the choice of security tools for companies and nation-states. Rachna Khaira,…
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MIAMI – Today at the first annual Cyxtera Conference, Cyxtera Technologies, the secure infrastructure company, announced the launch of its Cyxtera Extensible Data Center (CXD) Platform, a software-powered data center architecture that brings on-demand provisioning to a broad range of colocation and connectivity services. The company also announced its initial CXD-powered solutions, including CXD Compute Nodes, an on-demand hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solution; and CXD IP Connect, high-speed, redundant Internet connectivity. Customers can leverage these services to quickly extend existing colocation environments within or across data centers. This ability speeds time-to-market and enables completely ‘headless’ data center operations while allowing customers to retain colocation-levels of control and customization.

Enabling the on-demand data center: Cyxtera Extensible Data Center (CXD)

The CXD platform combines a network and services provisioning engine with an intra-data center software-defined network fabric that allows colocation customers to provision services on demand or via a web console. Customers can run distributed environments within and across data centers without dependency on contiguous floor space. CXD’s Unified Services Port allows customers to easily take advantage of any CXD-powered service from a single network cross-connect. Service and management connectivity is protected by AppGate SDP, Cyxtera’s flagship secure access solution.


Unified Services Port: enables access to multiple data center services over a single physical port
Network Exchange: provides automated provisioning to select network service providers
On-demand access to Cyxtera cybersecurity and threat analytics services
High-availability, secure network fabric, backed by 99.999% availability SLA

On-Demand Compute: CXD Compute Nodes

CXD Compute Nodes, featuring Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software, brings one-click application management and mobility across public, private and distributed edge environments at an administrative time savings of up to two-thirds that of traditional infrastructure. Customers can provision dedicated HCI nodes on demand via the CXD API or web console, eliminating design-to-peak inefficiencies and speeding time to market. Cloud and managed hosting providers can use CXD Nodes to quickly add capability in new or existing markets without the burden of staffing and capital investment. Enterprises can reduce the time to deploy new or augment existing colocation infrastructure from weeks and months to hours.

Key Benefits of CXD Compute Nodes

  • Provisions and automates HCI at the speed associated with public cloud but with private cloud security and control
  • Simplifies and optimizes capacity management
  • Eliminates onsite data center staffing needs
  • Enables rapid deployment of additional computing power
  • Reduces management complexity and cost with automated lifecycle management

High-Performance, Redundant Internet Connectivity: CXD IP Connect

CXD IP Connect, a blended Internet bandwidth service, enables customers to quickly provision reliable connectivity aggregated from multiple IP service providers. Delivered on-demand via CXD, IP Connect reduces weeks of waiting for circuit provisioning. With fixed and burstable options and 24/7 monitoring, IP Connect also enables customers to respond quickly to changes in demand and accommodate for future growth.

“We’re used to point-and-click provisioning for everything from virtual machines in the cloud to SaaS solutions, yet the data center industry still works with a screwdriver in one hand and a cable crimper in the other,” said Randy Rowland, President and General Manager of Data Center Services for Cyxtera. “It can take months to deploy a single application, from provisioning circuits to building out infrastructure in a colocation cage. CXD brings ‘speed of cloud’ power and provisioning to an entire range of data center services with an extensible software-powered architecture that will rapidly integrate Cyxtera-powered services and those of our network and service provider ecosystem.”

About Cyxtera
Cyxtera Technologies combines a worldwide footprint of 50+ best-in-class data centers with a portfolio of modern, cloud- and hybrid-ready security and analytics offerings – providing more than 3,500 enterprises, government agencies and service providers an integrated, secure and cyber-resilient infrastructure platform for critical applications and systems. For more information about Cyxtera visit http://www.cyxtera.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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Ashburn, VA – RagingWire Data Centers, Inc., the premier data center provider in North America and its parent company NTT Communications (NTT Com), the information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (TYO: 9432), today announced the opening of its new Ashburn VA3 Data Center, a state-of-the-art facility with 245,000 square feet of space and 16 megawatts of critical power, located on RagingWire’s new Ashburn Data Center Campus.

“With 16 megawatts available today at the new VA3 Data Center and massive scalability in our new Ashburn Data Center Campus, RagingWire has become the destination of choice for hyperscale, high-growth customers in the top data center market in the world,” said RagingWire President and CEO Doug Adams. “Plus our global reach enables our customers to extend their computing systems in Ashburn to data centers around the world for greater access and availability than ever before.”


The VA3 Data Center is RagingWire’s third data center in Ashburn, and the first building on RagingWire’s new Ashburn Data Center Campus, a 78-acre parcel of land that is planned to contain seven data centers with a total of 108 megawatts of critical load and over 1 million square feet of space on a highly secured location. Construction of the new Ashburn VA4 Data Center is underway on the Ashburn Data Center Campus and is expected to be completed in 2019. Pre-leasing of VA4 is available now for 16 megawatts of critical power and approximately 200,000 square feet of data center space, including approximately 15,000 square feet of office space, conference rooms, and lounges.

“Congratulations to RagingWire for opening the new VA3 Data Center and Ashburn Data Center Campus,” said Masaaki Moribayashi, Senior Vice President of Cloud Services at NTT Communications and Member of the Board for both NTT Communications and RagingWire. “Through your innovation and execution, RagingWire has helped NTT Communications become one of the largest and most successful data center companies in the world.”

RagingWire’s Ashburn VA3 Data Center is designed for flexibility and scale, with options for dedicated electrical and mechanical infrastructure in each of its six private vaults, which can also be subdivided. The computer room white space features a column-free layout and high ceilings and doorways for optimal space management. For telecommunications, VA3 connects to RagingWire’s other two Ashburn data centers via a private fiber optic ring, and has three entry points for more than 25 carriers and cloud providers. For security, VA3 features a building-within-a-building design, iris scanners, intelligent high-definition video cameras that analyze suspicious behavior, anti-tailgate mantraps, an anti-climb perimeter fence, and a security gate that can stop a 15,000-pound truck traveling at 30 mph. Customer amenities include office space, conference rooms and lounges, a game room, exercise room, conference center, and secured outdoor patio.

RagingWire’s VA1, VA2 and VA3 data centers in Ashburn give customers a total of more than a half-million square feet of space and 44.4 megawatts of power in the most desirable data center location in the world. These Ashburn data centers are also connected with other RagingWire campuses in Dallas, Texas and Northern California near Silicon Valley, as well as to the company’s global data center platform of over 140 data centers in more than 20 countries/regions operated under the Nexcenter™ brand of NTT Communications.

About RagingWire Data Centers
RagingWire Data Centers designs, builds, and operates mission critical data centers that deliver 100% availability, high-density power, flexible configurations, carrier neutral connectivity, and superior customer service. The company has 113 megawatts of critical IT power spread across 1.5 million square feet of data center infrastructure in Ashburn, Virginia; Dallas, Texas; and Northern California with significant growth plans in these locations and other top North American data center markets. As part of the NTT Communications group, RagingWire is one of the largest wholesale data center providers in the world with a global network of 140 data centers in 20 countries and regions operated by NTT Communications under the Nexcenter™ brand, and one of the most financially strong companies in the data center industry. For more information visit www.ragingwire.com.

About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company’s worldwide infrastructure, including the leading global tier-1 IP network, the Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching over 190 countries/regions, and over 140 secure data centers worldwide. NTT Communications’ solutions leverage the global resources of NTT Group companies including Dimension Data, NTT DOCOMO, and NTT DATA. www.ntt.com | Twitter@NTT Com | Facebook@NTT Com | LinkedIn@NTT 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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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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