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Veghel, The Netherlands – The role of data centres is quickly changing, driven by the cloud, data growth and IT cost reduction. This leads to new challenges when it comes to future-proofing data centre infrastructures. Data centre supplier Minkels – part of the publicly traded company Legrand (NYSE Euronext Paris: LR) – has published a number of white papers which can be used as a guide to creating a future-proof and energy-efficient data centre. Minkels is now launching a new white paper about the micro data centre, titled ‘White paper 09 – Micro data centres: from strategy to implementation’.

The micro data centre market is expected to expand globally from 2.67 billion dollars in 2017 to 8.47 billion dollars in 2022[1]. Niek van der Pas (Minkels’ Lead Data Centre Expert and author of white paper 09) explains: “Looking at the data centre market, three drivers that are affecting market demand can be distinguished. First of all, more and more applications are ending up in the cloud. As a result, many companies only need a small and clear data centre – though it still has to meet the requirements of a large one.”


Other companies choose to outsource their IT to commercial data centres or cloud data centres. “These companies can reduce the size of their in-house data centres, which means more efficiency: lower energy use and more predictable (operational) costs. Last but not least, there is the Internet of Things (IoT) – the main driver in the micro data centre market. In 2014, there were about 14 billion devices connected worldwide. By 2020 there will be 50 billion[2]. Centralised data processing does not always fit IoT applications, for instance because of low latency requirements (edge analytics). IoT applications therefore require this data to be handled locally by using micro data centres.”

IoT has a major impact on the data centre ecosystem and on connectivity. Both the core and the edge layer offer new chances and challenges. “When implemented correctly, micro data centres can become the cornerstone of the modern IT Infrastructure – fulfilling all the needs of a high demanding low latency highly available IT-platform at the edge”, says Van der Pas. “To understand the considerations leading to the selection of the best micro data centre solution, white paper 09 discusses the Data Centre Decoupling Point (DCDP), a stakeholder analysis and a business risk analysis which will be translated into availability, security and resource efficiency demands. All these aspects are projected to the practical implementation of a micro data centre strategy. White paper 09 guides the reader in making the right considerations and choices.”

About ‘White paper 09 –micro data centres: from strategy to implementation’
The white paper on micro data centres – written by Minkels’ Lead Data Centre Expert Niek van der Pas – describes the micro data centre landscape and the different stakeholders in further detail. In this new white paper, topics like business continuity, future needs, risks and how to integrate IT and facilities are discussed. Goal of the white paper is to guide the reader in the process: from forming a strategy up to the practical implementation. The white paper is available on request: www.minkels.com/whitepapers.

[1] Source: Markets and Markets
[2] Source: Cisco

About Minkels
Minkels is a knowledge-driven producer and worldwide supplier of high-quality solutions for data centre infrastructure. Minkels is part of the brand portfolio of Legrand, a publicly traded company (NYSE Euronext Paris: LR) with worldwide sales in the low voltage installation, data network and data centre markets. Legrand operates in more than 180 countries and achieved worldwide revenues of 5 billion euros in 2016. Minkels’ products stand out for their innovativeness and flexibility. Customers can always be assured of getting the very latest data centre technology, modular solutions that respond to evolving, customer-specific business requirements.
For more information about Minkels, please go to www.minkels.com.

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PORTLAND – Infomart Data Centers, a national wholesale data center provider, announces today that its Portland data center has achieved LEED Platinum® certification, the highest rating offered by the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC). Infomart Portland is the first data center in Oregon and among a select few in the nation to become LEED Platinum certified by the USGBC‘s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™) rating system, the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of high-performance green buildings.

“Achieving the highest LEED distinction reinforces Infomart’s leadership in building and operating sustainable data centers, including one of the most efficient facilities in the world in Infomart Portland,” says John Sheputis, President, Infomart Data Centers. “Every facility we have built since 2008 has been LEED Gold certified. Achieving LEED Platinum certification in Oregon demonstrates our increasing commitment to sustainability and making responsible choices about energy procurement — even when the cost is more than the higher-carbon alternative. We’re proud to continue meeting our customers’ environmental and IT performance goals through choice, openness, data transparency and collaboration.”


LinkedIn is the principle tenant for the latest phase of construction that received the LEED Platinum certification. LinkedIn staff worked with Infomart and the company’s key contractors to design and deliver the award-winning project. DPR Construction served as general contractor and was supported by McKinstry and Rosendin Electric for mechanical and electrical systems, along with Jackson Main as the project architect.

Infomart Portland achieved LEED Platinum certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The facility uses Direct Access rights to source power from the leading producer of hydro-electric power in the U.S., the Bonneville Power Administration. As a Direct Access purchaser of power, Infomart chooses the energy mix and suppliers for the data center, achieving a 96 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions when compared to the national utility average and providing customers with low-carbon power at rates below the local utility tariffs.

“Achieving LEED certification is more than implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, Infomart Data Centers demonstrates their environmentally conscious leadership through their LEED certification of Infomart Portland.”

Infomart Portland is one of the most efficient data centers in the United States, boasting a 99 percent efficient Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.16 in full economization mode, 100 percent aisle containment, and natural cooling methods to run the facility at least 70 percent of the year. Infomart Portland was also the first data center environment in which the user and landlord collaborated to achieve Uptime Institute’s Efficient IT Certification, which certifies sustainable leadership in IT operation, evidencing better control of how resources are both consumed and allocated. Additionally, the facility holds the Uptime Institute Management & Operations (M&O) “Stamp of Approval,” which verifies that Infomart’s critical facilities management continues to be among the best in the world.

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

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 four Tier I markets throughout the United States, including San Jose, Calif.; Hillsboro, Ore.; Dallas; and Ashburn, Va. For more information, please visit www.infomartdatacenters.com.

About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org

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DALLAS, TX – DataBank, Ltd., a Digital Bridge portfolio company and leading provider of business solutions for data center, cloud, interconnectivity, and managed services, has announced today a partnership with DE-CIX to deliver peering and Layer-2 connectivity throughout the Dallas market.

The collaboration responds to an increasing demand for peering and content exchange in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. DE-CIX provides premium network interconnection services and operates several carrier and data center-neutral Internet Exchanges (IX, or Internet Exchange Point, IXP) in Europe, the Middle East and North America. The partnership will deliver peering and Layer-2 connectivity in all three of the company’s Dallas-area data center facilities (DFW-1 in Dallas, DFW-2 in Richardson, and DFW-3 in Plano). Each location is interconnected through DataBank’s metro Ethernet ring, allowing customers to leverage the DE-CIX platform for public and/or private peering, enhanced network capabilities, and Layer-2 connectivity.


The partnership drives additional advantages for customers:

  • A single connection in any of the DataBank Dallas facilities delivers access to the 30+ networks connected to DE-CIX Dallas for the price of a single cross-connect
  • DataBank’s sole control of the downtown Dallas (DFW-1) building’s meet-me room expedites and simplifies access to peering, enhanced network capabilities, and Layer-2 connectivity

“In addition to boosting interconnections across networks within our facilities, our partnership with DE-CIX allows us to serve the market more effectively providing access to peering and Layer-2 connectivity solutions that are already disrupting and driving the market,” said Nicholas Schmidt, Director of Network Engineering at DataBank. “DE-CIX boosts our growth strategy to drive connectivity across all businesses within the technology-concentrated business areas within the DFW Metroplex and beyond.”

Coupled with recent announcements that DE-CIX Dallas doubled its accessible reach through new connectivity options in both the Dallas and Houston markets, the new partnership solidifies DataBank and DE-CIX’s market position and traction in the region.

“DataBank and DE-CIX are cooperating in every way possible to deliver access to our competitive neutral exchange to better serve the business needs in the market,” adds Ed d’Agostino, GM and Vice President Sales, DE-CIX North America. “We open new possibilities to connect both thriving Dallas-based businesses, but also growing players across underserved markets.”

DataBank operates in Dallas, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, and Baltimore. To find out additional details on DataBank data centers and services, please visit the company website at http://www.databank.com.

About DataBank
DataBank is a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, cloud, and interconnection services, offering customers 100% uptime availability of data, applications and infrastructure. Databank’s managed data center services are anchored in world-class facilities. Our customized 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 and has facilities located in strategic markets throughout the United States. For additional information on DataBank locations and services, please visit http://www.databank.com or call 1(800) 840-7533.

About DE-CIX
DE-CIX is a worldwide leading Internet Exchange operator. Since starting operations in 1995, the DE-CIX in Frankfurt is the Internet Exchange (IX) with the world’s highest throughput data at peak times, reaching over 5.8 Terabits per second (Tbps). Its technical infrastructure has a total capacity of 48 Terabits. From its locations in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Dusseldorf, New York, Dallas, Dubai, Marseille, Palermo, Madrid, and Istanbul, DE-CIX provides peering and interconnection services to over 1000 network operators, Internet service providers (ISPs) and content providers from over 60 countries. DE-CIX Frankfurt is operated by DE-CIX Management GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Europe’s largest Internet association, eco Association of the Internet Industry, with headquarters in Cologne (http://www.eco.de).

About Digital Bridge Holdings
Founded in 2013 by Marc C. Ganzi and Ben Jenkins, Digital Bridge is focused on the ownership, investment and active management of companies in the mobile and internet infrastructure sector. Since inception, Digital Bridge has raised over $6.5 billion of debt and equity capital used to acquire and invest in the development of communications infrastructure businesses, including DataBank, Vantage Data Centers, ExteNet, Vertical Bridge, Andean Tower Partners, and Mexico Tower Partners.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced today the expansion of its Silicon Valley Connected Campus with a six-megawatt facility at 3205 Alfred Street in Santa Clara, CA. Digital Realty expects to invest approximately $75 million in the new facility, which is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2018.

Digital Realty’s existing Silicon Valley portfolio consists of 17 properties totaling over two million square feet with 99 megawatts of IT load, strategically located on major fiber routes in close proximity to three Silicon Valley Power sub-stations. Digital Realty’s existing holdings in Silicon Valley are almost fully leased. The new facility at 3205 Alfred Street offers two suites totaling six megawatts of critical IT load in support of customer growth requirements within the supply-constrained Santa Clara metro area.


“Demand for data center space in Silicon Valley remains robust,” said industry analyst Kelly Morgan of 451 Research. “This new addition to Digital Realty’s Silicon Valley Connected Campus builds on the foundation the company has established, giving enterprises, network operators and service providers the opportunity and the expertise they require to privately interconnect with critical ecosystems like the cloud.”

Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein added, “The expansion of our Silicon Valley Connected Campus demonstrates our commitment to supporting customer growth. We are pursuing LEED gold certification for 3205 Alfred Street, building upon our commitment to sustainability. The new facility offers a comprehensive set of data center solutions, from single-cabinet colocation and interconnection requirements, all the way up to multi-megawatt deployments. This flexibility helps reduce complexity and accelerate business growth by meeting customers’ needs for space, power and connectivity.”

Register to attend Digital Realty’s Silicon Valley sneak peek event on October 12, 2017:
http://go.digitalrealty.com/save-the-date-3205-alfred

About Digital Realty
Digital Realty supports the data center and colocation strategies of more than 2,300 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Digital Realty’s clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, gaming, life sciences and consumer products.

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SAN MATEO, CA – Nlyte Software, the leading data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software company, today announced the release of Nlyte Discovery. The new full-solution application set automatically collects and provides detailed information about all devices connected to an organization’s network. Nlyte Discovery includes the tools and technology necessary to visualize and manage the results of discovered hardware, configuration, services/processes and applications/software information.

Nlyte Discovery improves the operational efficiency of organizations by providing more accurate and timely information about all the assets within their computing infrastructure. IT personnel using the discovered information can identify zombie servers and/or “unknown” assets operating on the network as well as capture critical information about firmware patches and software, to help identify potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities.


“Nlyte Discovery is a comprehensive solution that scans across all major protocols and operating systems, including Linux and Microsoft, to provide a single application, holistic view of all data center and colocation infrastructure assets,” said Doug Sabella, CEO and President, Nlyte. “This not only helps personnel to perform their jobs more easily, but alerts them of security issues in their hardware, firmware and software patches so they can quickly mitigate the risks of these vulnerabilities – which as seen in recent news coverage, can be detrimental and brand-damaging to organizations when hacked.”

New Nlyte Discovery provides:
• Comprehensive scanning across major protocols and operations systems
• Built in robust reporting and data normalization capabilities across varying file structures
• Automated discovery and reporting of all networked assets (hardware, software, configuration, networking devices)
• Integration with Nlyte Suite of DCIM Solutions, bolstering the “system of record” for automated data center asset normalization
• Reconciliation with connected Infrastructure – CMDB, Asset Management, Service Desk
• Asset reconciliation of current vs. historical information

Nlyte Discovery is available immediately and can be purchased as a standalone solution or as part of Nlyte’s leading DCIM solution. Organizations have the option of launching the Discovery capabilities and later adding Nlyte’s full set of DCIM solutions. Current Nlyte customers can augment existing deployment to provide these new Discovery capabilities to ensure information within the Nlyte solution matches with current network operations.

About Nlyte Software
Founded in 2004, Nlyte Software is recognized as the industry leading data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solution provider. Nlyte’s DCIM provides unmatched functionality that supports all data center processes across the entire “dock to decom” lifecycle. With a 98% customer retention rate, Nlyte’s DCIM solution is used by many of the world’s largest and most sophisticated data centers, as well as many small and medium sized organizations. Customers can quickly deploy the Nlyte DCIM solution and begin to immediately enjoy reduced costs and increased efficiency across all data center processes. For more information, visit www.nlyte.com or follow @nlyte on Twitter.

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SINGAPORE – WPWebHost, WordPress hosting provider with over 30,000 WordPress sites, is excited to announce the launch of its latest Managed WordPress hosting offerings in Singapore. With this upgrade, users throughout Asia Pacific and nearby regions such as India and Australia will have greater connectivity and better overall experience with WPWebHost.

“Hosting our Managed WordPress service in Singapore data center is really important for us and our valued clients as we have a large customer base in Asia, which is expected to further increase with this announcement.” Chan, the CEO of WPWebHost, further asserted that “Singapore is a particularly well connected region, allowing local users to significantly reduce their latency time. Our new plans are the perfect springboard for small businesses, publishers and developers to increase productivity and deliver their message without having to worry about cumbersome back-ends.”


New plans introduced after this launch will come preconfigured with WordPress installation, migration, automated updates and enhanced security. In addition to 24/7 support by expert WordPress technical staff, additional features include Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates, site indexing, cloning and staging environments.

“WordPress powers over 28% of all websites today, representing a content management system market share of over 60% and still growing strong. WordPress users have specific requirements and WPWebHost is poised to deliver best in class WordPress Hosting, with Plesk WordPress Toolkit and their phenomenal management and support” said Jan Löffler, CTO at Plesk.”

For more information about WPWebHost and its new WordPress features and benefits, visit wpwebhost.com.

About WPWebHost
Since 2001, WPWebHost has assisted entrepreneurs and developers globally bring their dreams to life on the Internet. WPWebHost powers amazing experiences for websites and applications built on WordPress. The company’s premium managed hosting platform provides the highest performance, reliability and security while remaining affordable and intuitive for individual and small businesses. Its commitments to customers include 24x7x365 professional technical support, 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee, 100-Day Money Back, friendly customer service team, 99.9% Network Uptime and 99.5% Server Uptime Guarantee.

About Plesk
Plesk is the leading WebOps platform to run, automate and grow applications, websites and hosting businesses. Plesk is running more than 377,000 servers, automating over 11 million websites and 19 million mailboxes. Available in more than 32 languages across 140 countries, 50 percent of the top 100 service providers worldwide are partnering with Plesk. Plesk has simplified the life of SysAdmins and SMBs since the early 2000s and continues to add value across multiple cloud services.

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