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HARRISBURG, PA – TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, today announced that it will showcase a range of industry-leading data communications connectivity solutions in booth 817 at the DesignCon 2018 expo on January 31-February 1 in Santa Clara, California. In addition, TE’s Nathan Tracy will speak on a panel of experts discussing the topic, “Examining System Challenges When Implementing Next Generation Data Center Input/Output (I/O) Connectivity.”

Sneak peak of TE’s featured live demos in their booth:

  • Sliver 2.0, an extension of the Sliver interconnect family, which has been identified as the standard and required product by several industry consortias like COBO, Gen-Z, EDSFF and Open Compute Project (OCP) for today’s and next-generation server and storage designs.
  • QSFP-DD, OSFP, copper cables and microQSFP high-speed I/O solutions showcasing thermal performance, RU faceplate density and data throughput capabilities.
  • Industry-leading STRADA Whisper high speed backplane connectors, featuring a continuously expanding range of configurations including direct plug orthogonal, mezzanine, and cables all delivering at 56 Gbps, 112 Gbps and beyond.


“Signal integrity, packaging density, power delivery, and thermal management are all key challenges as equipment designers roll out new networking systems for 400-Gigabit Ethernet and beyond,” said Nathan Tracy, standards manager, TE Connectivity. “TE is demonstrating robust solutions that meet these challenges.”

“We are proud to be at DesignCon showcasing our cutting-edge innovations like Sliver interconnects and scalable STRADA Whisper solutions, which revolutionized the way we design products for speed and performance. We look forward to working with our customers and leading entrepreneurs on co-creating the next leading integrated solutions for the data communications market,” Phil Gilchrist, vice president and CTO, TE Connectivity.

Learn more on our DesignCon 2018 events page at: http://www.te.com/usa-en/about-te/events/designcon-2018.html?tab=event

About TE Connectivity
TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) is a $13 billion global technology and manufacturing leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. For more than 75 years, our connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, have enabled advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. With 78,000 employees, including more than 7,000 engineers, working alongside customers in nearly 150 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS. Learn more at www.te.com and on LinkedIn, Facebook, WeChat and Twitter.

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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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DUBLIN – Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, today announces the release of a new report, “Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2017.” The research study, created in collaboration with Bitpower and partly-funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), examines the opportunities and challenges associated with the digital asset hosting industry in Ireland.

The report also attempts to establish a baseline of the size, by category and sustainability, of Ireland’s data centre industry, addressing the scale of energy in use, requested and predicted over the period from 2017 to 2024. In 2016, the total energy use for all operational data centres in Ireland was estimated to be 1.40 TWh. Ireland’s total electricity use in 2016 was 27.6 TWh. By way of illustration, the world’s data centres used 416.2 TWh in 2016, of which Ireland’s data centre energy use represented 0.34 percent of the industry total. By analysing the different types of data centres, and documenting the energy efficiency and best practices in data centre design and operations, the report will act as a useful reference for policymakers when looking to provide context to the growing global requirement for data centres, as a “Connected Planet” becomes a reality.


“Data has a much higher economic value than the energy that powers it, and all stakeholders should recognise this when trying to evaluate the sustainability of the data centre industry in Ireland,” comments David McAuley, Founder and CEO, Bitpower, and Host in Ireland Advisory Council member. “As ‘Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2017’ report indicates, collaboration between data centre operators, state utilities and agencies, and renewable energy developers will be key to maintaining Ireland’s position as a Tier 1 global location for hosting and participating in the next wave of growth.”

To download a copy of “Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2017” report, click here: http://hostinireland.com/resources/irelands-data-hosting-industry-2017-report

About Host in Ireland
Host in Ireland, winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information about Ireland’s digital asset hosting ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU. There’s a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland. Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the “5 Ps”: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power. On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market. Ireland supports this initiative through its pro-business approach, attractive corporate tax and fiscal structures, common law based legal system, continued investment in off-Island fiber cables to the U.S. and Europe, financial support for data centre energy efficiency, and access to a skilled native English-speaking workforce – ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small. For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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LONDON – A new, national study commissioned by WP Engine and conducted by the Centre for Generational Kinetics explores the mindset, preferences, and expectations of Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers for their current and future digital experiences. “The Future of Digital Experiences” study, which surveyed 1,005 people in the EU ages 14 – 59, found that for Generation Z – those born from 1996 to the present – the digital experience is their human experience. These digital natives expect to have constant access to the online world and want their digital experiences to be free, secure, authentic, transparent and personalised.

Unlike their predecessors, who use the internet mainly to source information, the research found that 86 percent of Gen Z rely on the internet primarily for social media and entertainment, demonstrating a marked shift from “inform me” to “entertain me.” Where prior generations saw function or utility, Gen Z sees fun, connection and emotion. For them, there is no “online” or “internet.” Gen Z doesn’t distinguish whether they are online, on an app, in a social network’s platform or walking around with their mobile phone. To this generation, the digital world is ubiquitous and blends seamlessly with the real world- they price shop in stores, they hang out with their loved ones while waiting on line and they watch their favourite shows together with thousands of friends.


The expectation is not just that the web will play an increasingly larger role in their life, but that it is, and will continue to be, an absolutely integral part of their life. For example, 51 percent of Gen Z believes that in five years the internet will determine what they do on a daily basis, 38 percent believes their online reputation will determine their dating options, and a surprising 68 percent believes that online actions, including social media posts and past purchases, will affect future job offers. 58 percent of Gen Z even said that they predict internet usage will be as accurate for understanding whether a person gets a loan as their credit score.

The following are key findings from the study. Visit https://wpengine.com/gen-z-eu to learn more about the results and download a copy of the white paper and infographic.

• Digital Dependence v. Boomer Indifference: Gen Z doesn’t just view the digital world differently; they are more dependent on it than previous generations. 22 percent of Gen Z can’t go for more than one hour without the internet while 33 percent of Boomers can go two or more days without it. Another 39 percent of Gen Z says they could only comfortably go without online access for 2-8 hours. In other words, 61 percent of Gen Z can’t go more than eight hours without being online.
• This Time It’s Personal: Gen Z is 25 percent more likely than other generations to provide personal information to gain a more predictive, personalised online experience. In five years, 47 percent of Gen Z believe that websites will know what you are looking for before you tell them. 32 percent of Gen Z would stop visiting a website if it didn’t anticipate what they needed, liked or wanted. In addition, 41 percent of Gen Z believes that in the next five years websites will become more human in experience by exhibiting personalised emotions when you visit and interact with them.
• Virtually There: 45 percent of Gen Z believe virtual reality will be adopted within three years or less. 76 percent believe that the way we interact with the internet will change significantly. Biometrics, predictive technologies, voice and gestures are all predicted to replace typing on a singular device. For Gen Z, technology isn’t a tool for productivity, rather it’s a door to empathy.
• Authentically Yours: Authenticity on the internet is a significant factor for Gen Z. 41 percent of Gen Z needs to trust that people online are who they say they are and reviews come from real customers who purchased the product and aren’t incentivized. Conversely, 72 percent of Boomers want secure payments online and are less concerned with authenticity.
• Safe and Secure: With so many generational differences, one area where all generations resoundingly agree is with the need for safer, more secure digital experiences. Three of the top five things that all respondents want most from the web are better blocking from malware, more protection from fraud or ID theft and better authenticity around the trustworthiness of a website. However Gen Z takes this a step further. Gen Z is over 25 percent more likely than Boomers and Gen X to choose a digital world where websites or apps can predict and provide what users need at all times over one where a person is completely anonymous and has to make multiple manual selections. Gen Z is transitioning from fearful to fearless, because they see security as an enabler of better, more engaging online experiences.

“For Gen Z, there is an expectation that just about everything will either move online or go away completely,” said Mary Ellen Dugan, Chief Marketing Officer at WP Engine. “This presents an incredible opportunity for companies targeting their business and makes a brand’s digital face to the world – their website – the single most important place to express their purpose and deliver value. To effectively reach this younger generation, a brand’s digital experience needs to deliver value by establishing an ongoing dialogue with these stakeholders in an authentic, personalised and secure way. Anything less will be dismissed in 8 seconds or less.”

Added Jason Dorsey, President at The Centre for Generational Kinetics, “Gen Z already influences tens of billions of dollars in annual spending and will soon be the driver of every major consumer trend. In fact, it’s predicted that by 2020, Gen Z will be 40 percent of all consumers. Brands that can’t adapt to the unique needs and behaviour of these true digital and mobile natives are likely to fade into obsolescence and miss out on their incredible purchasing power.”

Gen Z is a large, increasingly influential group with a relationship to technology unlike any previous generation. In fact, their human experience is their digital experience, and they are dependent upon it. Gen Z has never known a time devoid of online access and they depend on it for entertainment over information. They also crave authenticity in all aspects of these digital experiences, and see security enabling better, more personalised interactions. Gen Z believes the future will be personal, with connected appliances and devices and uniformly personalised experiences across websites, apps, and platforms. This presents a huge opportunity to connect with them – in more human, more secure, more predictive and more personalised ways than ever before.

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LOS ANGELES – Whether your data traverses the globe or between clouds, there is a business and legal barrier. From a business perspective, different cloud providers have competing goals, so the collaboration of clouds is incompatible.

Governments also regulate the flow information for safety and security reasons. As a result, many governments pay meticulous attention to how information is stored and disseminated. This raises the barriers to entry for companies wanting to expand to sensitive locations.


To overcome the barriers to entry, Zenlayer launched a way to connect cloud servers and data centers around the world, which can be deployed in minutes. The new service is called Zenlink and is now available to all cloud service providers.

Zenlayer allows companies to connect clouds with different geographic locations as well as different cloud providers. Zenlayer uses a dedicated connection to reduce latency and increase security between data centers. This preserves transfer reliability and enables pay-per-use.

Before Zenlink was introduced, companies would take weeks to provision their cloud infrastructure, which would incur heavy service fees to maintain. Now companies can connect their clouds instantly and seamlessly with Zenlink.

About Zenlayer
Zenlayer enables companies to quickly deploy and manage their global infrastructure so that they can globalize their business within minutes. Zenlayer provides hosting and software defined networking services, including bare metal servers, SD-WAN, and edge computing. Zenlayer was founded in 2014 and have expanded to 77 data centers across six continents. Zenlayer is headquartered in Los Angeles and Shanghai with offices in Singapore, Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. At Zenlayer, we believe in powering a better connected world.

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Marlborough, MA and London, UK – Organizations experienced an average of 237 DDoS attack attempts per month during Q3 2017 – equivalent to 8 DDoS attack attempts every day – as hackers strive to take their organizations offline or steal sensitive data, according to the latest DDoS Trends and Analysis report from Corero Network Security (LSE: CNS), a leading provider of real-time DDoS defense solutions.

The data, which is based on DDoS attack attempts against Corero customers, represents a 35% increase in monthly attack attempts compared to the previous quarter (Q2 2017), and a 91% increase in monthly attack attempts compared to Q1 2017.


Corero attributes this increase in frequency to the growing availability of DDoS-for-hire services, and the proliferation of unsecured Internet of Things (IoT) devices. For example, the ‘Reaper’ botnet is known to have already infected thousands of devices, and is believed to be particularly dangerous due to its ability to utilize known security flaws in the code of those insecure machines. Like a computer worm, it hacks in to IoT devices and then hunts for new devices to infect in order to spread itself further.

Ashley Stephenson, CEO at Corero, explains: “The growing availability of DDoS-for-hire services is causing an explosion of attacks, and puts anyone and everyone into the crosshairs. These services have lowered the barriers to entry in terms of both technical competence and price, allowing anyone to systematically attack and attempt to take down a company for less than $100. Alongside this trend is an attacker arms race to infect vulnerable devices, effectively thwarting other attackers from commandeering the device. Cyber criminals try to harness more and more Internet-connected devices to build ever larger botnets. The potential scale and power of IoT botnets has the ability to create Internet chaos and dire results for target victims.”

Sophisticated multi-vector attacks
In addition to the frequency of attacks, the Corero data reveals that hackers are using sophisticated, quick-fire, multi-vector attacks against an organization’s security. A fifth of the DDoS attack attempts recorded during Q2 2017 used multiple attack vectors. These attacks utilize several techniques in the hope that one, or the combination of a few, can penetrate the target network’s security defenses.

Ashley Stephenson continues, “Despite the industry fascination with large scale, Internet-crippling DDoS attacks, the reality is that they don’t represent the biggest threat posed by DDoS attacks today. Cyber criminals have evolved their techniques from simple volumetric attacks to sophisticated multi-vector DDoS attacks. Often lasting just a few minutes, these quick-fire attacks evade security teams and can sometimes be accompanied by malware and other data exfiltration threats. We believe they are often used in conjunction with other cyber-attacks, and organizations that miss them do so at their peril.

“The only way to keep up with these increasingly sophisticated, frequent and low volume attacks is to maintain comprehensive visibility and automated mitigation capabilities across a network, so that even everyday DDoS attacks can be instantly detected and blocked as they occur and before they cause damage.”

Ransom Denial of Service
Corero observed a return of Ransom Denial of Service, or RDoS, in Q3 2017. A widespread wave of ransom DDoS threats from hacker group, Phantom Squad, started in September, targeting companies throughout the US, Europe and Asia. The extortion campaign spanned a variety of industries – from banking and financial institutions, to hosting providers, online gaming services and SaaS organizations – and threatened to launch attacks on 30 September unless a Bitcoin payment was made.

Ashley Stephenson continues, “Ransom is one of the oldest tricks in the cyber criminal’s book, and with cryptocurrency, is an anonymous way for them to turn a profit. As IoT botnets continue to rise, we may soon see hackers put on more dramatic RDoS displays to demonstrate the strength of their cyber firepower, so that their future demands for ransom will have to be taken more seriously. Paying the ransom is rarely the best defense, as it just encourages these demands to spread like wildfire. It is proven that with proper protection in place to automatically eliminate the DDoS threat, organizations will be in a much stronger position.”

For access to the complete Corero DDoS Trends report, download it at: http://info.corero.com/DDoS-Trends-Report.html

About Corero Network Security
Corero Network Security is the leader in real-time, high-performance DDoS defense solutions. Service providers, hosting providers and digital enterprises rely on Corero’s award winning technology to eliminate the DDoS threat to their environment through automatic attack detection and mitigation, coupled with complete network visibility, analytics and reporting. This industry leading technology provides cost effective, scalable protection capabilities against DDoS attacks in the most complex environments while enabling a more cost effective economic model than previously available. For more information, visit www.corero.com.

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