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EDINA, MINN. – Equus Compute Solutions announces the release of its WHITEBOX OPEN™ R1660 and R1660 NVMe servers, part of the Equus portfolio of custom cost-optimized open-hardware server and storage platforms. Incorporating dual Intel® Xeon® Scalable CPUs and new open-hardware features, the R1660 servers are compact high-performance compute solutions for demanding applications such as content delivery, cloud services, business applications, and virtualization. These servers are ideal for content delivery network providers (CDNs), cloud services providers (CSPs), value-added resellers (VARs), and enterprise IT.

The 1U 10 Bay R1660 server features 10 2.5” hot-swap HDD/SDD bays and 24 DIMMs for up to 3TB of memory. The R1660 also features OCP slots that accommodate multi-vendor cards including 1, 10, 40, 50, 100 Gbps Ethernet NICs, and NVMe/SSD storage modules. The R1660 servers, like all of the WHITEBOX OPEN server platforms, can be customized to exact end-user specifications.


The R1660 NVMe version of this server supports six 3.5”/2.5” hot-swap HDD bays and four NVMe bays for customer applications that demand higher storage performance.

The R1660 and R1660 NVMe support all the WHITEBOX OPEN features, including OpenBMC system management, which is the open-source implementation of the Baseboard Management Controller firmware stack that works across heterogeneous systems and can free companies from proprietary system management vendor lock-in. The servers also support LinuxBoot to customize the server BIOS for flexibility, improve security, and create a lightning-fast boot experience. Each server’s OCP networking enables it to utilize NC-SI (network controller sideband interface) in-band network management communication, removing the need for a separate IPMI 1GbE management port and the associated dedicated network that in turn generates cost savings, frees rack space, and reduces cabling complexity.

The R1660 and R1660 NVMe servers are shipping now. Technical details on all the WHITEBOX OPEN servers are available here: https://www.equuscs.com/servers/whitebox-open/ .

About Equus
Equus Compute Solutions customizes white box servers and storage solutions to enable flexible software-defined infrastructures. Delivering low-cost solutions for the enterprise, software appliance vendors, and cloud providers, Equus is one of the leading white-box systems and solutions integrators. Over the last 28 years, we have delivered more than 3.5 million custom-configured servers, software appliances, desktops, and notebooks throughout the world. Our advanced systems support software-defined storage, networking, and virtualization that enable a generation of hyper-converged scale-out applications and solutions. From components to complete servers purchased online through ServersDirect.com, to fully customized fixed-configurations, white box is our DNA. Custom cost-optimized compute solutions is what we do, and driving successful customer business outcomes is what we deliver. Find out how to enable your software-defined world with us at http://www.equuscs.com.

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REDWOOD CITY, CA and MUSCAT, Oman – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, and Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel, a MSM listed company: OTEL), announced the companies have entered into a joint venture to deliver data center and interconnection services to customers in the Middle East through the development of a new network-dense data center that will be located in Barka, near Muscat, the capital of Oman. This joint venture will establish the first world-class, carrier-neutral hub in Oman where carriers, content providers and cloud providers colocate critical IT infrastructure.

Oman is strategically positioned between Asia, Africa and Europe, and the new Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center will create a regional interconnection hub with ultra-low latencies between global business markets. Based on demand and requirements, customers in the GCC and wider MENA region can also leverage other Equinix data centers in the region for dual access to content providers, allowing carriers, content providers and cloud providers to further build resilience into their IT and network infrastructure.


The new IBX data center in Oman will benefit from connectivity to strategic cable landing stations (CLS) and subsea cable systems that terminate directly inside the facility. It will also benefit from the investments by Omantel in multiple strategic subsea cable systems throughout the region and world. This subsea cable connectivity will provide customers with significant cost savings and an increase in performance and security.

Under the terms of the agreement, Equinix and Omantel will both fund equity contributions in an amount of US$10 million for the joint venture representing a 50% shareholding each, and additional funds will be raised through debt financing assumed by the joint venture company. The shareholders’ agreement was signed on June 20, 2018, and the joint venture company was established on June 26, 2018.

Equinix will operate the new IBX data center, which will include 18,600 square feet of colocation space and approximately 750 cabinets at full build. The first phase of the three-phase build will include 250 cabinets and is expected to be completed and open for business by Q2 2019.

According to the recently published document Worldwide Datacenter Installation Census and Construction Forecast, 2018–2022, IDC observes a clear trend of movement of internal data centers to service provider data centers. With more than 200 data centers worldwide, Platform Equinix™ enables customers to easily interconnect with one another in business ecosystems for maximum collaboration across digital supply chains in 52 markets globally. Additionally, 30 Equinix metros are close enough to the shorelines to support the CLS model.

Omantel is a global communications provider with cable landings and connectivity to more than 120 cities globally. It has investments in 20 subsea cable systems and leverages six diverse landing stations in Oman and one in France. Additionally, Omantel is an investor in AAE-1 consortium, one of the largest, newest high-capacity connections between Asia, Africa and Europe. Omantel has also invested in multiple regional and international cables including Europe India Gateway (EIG), Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG), Gulf to Africa (G2A), and Silk Route Gateway-1 (SRG-1), among others. As a result, Omantel will be able to offer a redundant and unique latency of 160ms between Frankfurt and Singapore, two of the world’s main capacity hubs accessible directly from within the new IBX data center in Oman.

About Equinix
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most-interconnected data centers. In 52 markets across five continents, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies.

About Omantel
Omantel Wholesale is the international and domestic wholesale arm of Oman Telecommunications Company S.A.O.G. (Omantel), the first and leading integrated telecommunications service provider in Oman. Founded in 1970, Omantel is a joint-stock company listed in Muscat Securities Market and is 51% owned by Oman Investment Fund (OIF), a wholly owned investment arm of the Omani government. The company has laid the groundwork for telecommunications and technological advancement in the country and it continues to invest heavily within its own borders and abroad. As a result, Omantel has acquired a controlling stake in Kuwaiti Mobile Telecommunications Company (Zain Group) last year, making it the second largest shareholder in the company. Omantel Wholesale capitalizes on ultra-low latency networks to enable innovation and digital transformation globally, utilizing Oman’s geographic advantage at the absolute nexus of the east, west, north, and south to enable its customers and partners to deliver their services with the best possible end-user experience.

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Rzeszow, Poland – HostBill, a popular billing and automation software for web hosting industry has recently launched a set of tools integrated with Plesk: Plesk Key Administrator module to resell Plesk licenses and two new extensions to their Plesk module: Plesk DNS Helper and Plesk Service Plan Sync tool.

Plesk Key Administrator
Plesk Key Administrator module for HostBill allows to resell Plesk Software licenses (such as Plesk, Virtuozzo and more) and add-ons. With HostBill the licenses are created, provisioned and terminated automatically, making the reselling process completely hassle-free. The users can also set automatic renewal that could significantly improve the license management process. The end-clients can display the license details, change license IP, check license keys, activation and content in HostBill’s user-friendly client area. The admin panel on the other hand gives full control over the billing information and account lifecycle. The admin can also choose which client area functions end-customers will have access to.


Plesk DNS Helper
Plesk DNS Helper is and extension to the Plesk module and was created to help connect Plesk installations with one of the HostBill-supported DNS services: Power DNS, Power DNS Slave Zones, OnApp DNS, cPanel DNS or any other DNS that HostBill supports.

As Plesk handles DNS really well, but it’s more suited for single-install deployments, HostBill created the extension for users who want to deploy multiple Plesk instances and manage single DNS server (master) rather than multiple ones. The extension also helps to hook up PowerDNS to store slave zones, while the Plesk would keep master zone records.

With the Plesk DNS Helper extension installed in HostBill, any time new DNS zone is created / updated / deleted in Plesk, the extension notifies HostBill about it and HostBill then “decides” what to do next. It can push this zone to real master nameserver, notify secondary nameserver to create/update slave zone and after exporting such zone, HostBill can assign it to the related customer

As a result slave DNS (any supported by HostBill) will be notified automatically about new zones in Plesk or Plesk DNS will not be used to handle DNS queries, but as a source of data for actual DNS server that handles requests.

With this approach you can benefit from flexible & automated DNS templates built into Plesk on any central DNS server you wish to use with it.

Plesk Service Plan Sync tool
Plesk Service Plan Sync tool was developed to help manage service plans and addons changes across unlimited Plesk installations with ease. This extension is a real problem-solver especially for hosting companies that use more than one Plesk installation. This automated tool will help to keep multiple service plans and addons in sync between different installations.

The tool allows to create multiple configurations (for separate Windows/Linux Plesk installations or different installations for different purposes) that consist of Plesk servers. In each configuration you can select source server, that will serve as a source of actual plans & addons configuration. Other Plesk servers within configuration will have plans updated, and missing plans created according to the source plan with a single click of a button.

The Plesk Service Plan Sync tool will track what plans/addons/plan settings are missing or different compared to the source server and show those differences. You can then run a synchronization process and as a result all plans and addons missing will be added to target server and plansand addons with matching names but conflicting configurations will have their configurations updated to match those in source Plesk. Moreover, if you’re syncing Plesk with minor configuration/version/extensions differences you can setup overrides that will be prevented from overwritting when creating/updating plans and addons on this server, as well as when comparing it with target server.

Plesk Service Plan Sync Tool can be of use to you if you want to update your plans in bulk, add new plan to all your installations or add new Plesk installation.

About HostBill
HostBill is a powerful and flexible, all-in-one automation, billing, client management and support platform for online businesses. HostBill handles all aspects of running a successful online business, from client acquisition, through invoicing and payment collection, automated service provisioning and management, to customer service and support. Extensive range of advanced features, multitude of modules and apps and integration with various various control panels, domain registrars, payment gateways, order pages, client panels and more, make it the most comprehensive solution on the market for Hosting, Cloud/IaaS/VPS Solutions Providers, Domain name and SSL Resellers around the globe to automate and manage their online businesses.

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GitHub, the leading software development platform, has launched a number of new features for its enterprise users with the launch of GitHub Enterprise 2.14. When Microsoft acquired GitHub last month for $7.5 billion, CEO Satya Nadella said that the acquisition will expand the adoption of GitHub among enterprise developers. The launch of GitHub Enterprise 2.14 is a step toward that goal. One of the main feature announced is a ‘unified search’ tool that allows developers on GitHub Business Cloud to access public repositories on the service. They can find public content and collaborate with the entire GitHub community without sacrificing security, said GitHub. Previously, the developers on Business Cloud couldn’t access the public open-source repositories on GitHub. The Enterprise 2.14 is a significant update for developers, because most of the open-source software is hosted on GitHub. And the new features will ease access to a very important asset. GitHub Enterprise now also features an…
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EDINA, MINN. – Equus Compute Solutions announces the release of its WHITEBOX OPEN™ R1560 server, part of the Equus portfolio of custom, cost-optimized open-hardware server and storage platforms. Incorporating dual Intel® Xeon® Scalable CPUs and new open-hardware features, the R1560 is an ideal compact high-performance compute solution for demanding applications such as content delivery, cloud services, business applications, and virtualization. The R1560 server is ideal for content delivery network providers (CDNs), cloud services providers (CSPs), value-added resellers (VARs), and enterprise IT.

The 1U 4 Bay R1560 server features four 3.5”/2.5” hot-swap HDD bays and 16 DIMMs for up to 2TB of memory. The R1560 also features OCP slots that accommodate multi-vendor cards including 1, 10, 40, 50, 100 Gbps Ethernet NICs, and NVMe/SSD storage modules. The R1560, like all of the WBO server platforms, can be customized to exact end-user specifications.


The R1560 NVMe version of this server supports two 3.5”/2.5” hot-swap HDD bays and two NVMe bays for customer applications that demand higher storage performance.

The R1560 supports all the WHITEBOX OPEN features, including OpenBMC system management, which is the open-source implementation of the Baseboard Management Controller firmware stack that works across heterogeneous systems and can free companies from proprietary system management vendor lock-in. The R1560 also supports LinuxBoot to customize the server BIOS for flexibility, improve security, and create a lightning-fast boot experience. The server’s OCP networking enables it to utilize NC-SI (network controller sideband interface) in-band network management communication, removing the need for a separate 1GbE management port and the associated dedicated network that in turn generates cost savings, frees rack space, and reduces cabling complexity.

The R1560 and R1560 NVMe servers are shipping now. Technical details on all the WHITEBOX OPEN servers are available here: https://www.equuscs.com/servers/whitebox-open/.

About Equus Compute Solutions
Equus Compute Solutions customizes white box servers and storage solutions to enable flexible software-defined infrastructures. Delivering low-cost solutions for the enterprise, software appliance vendors, and cloud providers, Equus is one of the leading white-box systems and solutions integrators. Over the last 28 years, we have delivered more than 3.5 million custom-configured servers, software appliances, desktops, and notebooks throughout the world. Our advanced systems support software-defined storage, networking, and virtualization that enable a generation of hyper-converged scale-out applications and solutions. From components to complete servers purchased online through ServersDirect.com, to fully customized fixed-configurations, white box is our DNA. Custom cost-optimized compute solutions is what we do, and driving successful customer business outcomes is what we deliver. Find out how to enable your software-defined world with us at http://www.equuscs.com.

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NEW YORK, NY – LaterPay – a technology company offering an industry-first, patented payment infrastructure designed to offer users immediate, frictionless access to content or services without requiring upfront registration or payment – has partnered with enterprise digital experience platform WordPress.com VIP to help publishers and digital media companies monetize content and services on their WordPress-powered websites.

WordPress.com VIP – which handles hosting, guidance, and support for major publishers including Time Inc., News Corp, and PMC – will offer LaterPay as a technical integration, making it available to clients on its platform as a plugin.


LaterPay saves users time and increases conversions for publishers. Instead of requiring upfront registration and payment – which derails over 98 percent of all intended purchases – LaterPay defers this process until customer purchases across websites reach a $5 threshold. By using LaterPay, VIP-hosted publishers can simultaneously expand existing subscription models, increase their paying customer base, and improve their user experience.

“We are always looking for new tools to offer to help our clients smartly increase reader revenue,” said Tamara Sanderson, Head of Partnerships at WordPress.com VIP. “We’re excited to add LaterPay and their innovative, pay later approach to subscriptions.”

Publishers that integrate LaterPay on their VIP-hosted site can choose from a number of monetization solutions that best suit their needs. For instance, publishers can prompt users to purchase a specific article, timed access to content, or a full subscription. Single purchases and time passes complement the full subscription model by pulling new potential subscribers into the publisher’s ecosystem while generating incremental revenues.

“Our collaboration couples first-rate enterprise hosting and support with a frictionless monetization solution,” said Hal Bailey, chief revenue officer at LaterPay. “We are excited to offer publishers an incredibly frictionless way to take advantage of all the monetization options that live between ads and subscriptions.”

About LaterPay
LaterPay turns users into paying customers for digital content or services such as journalism, videos, and software. LaterPay owns patented technology for enabling payments and micropayments without upfront registration and payment, facilitating the “use now, pay later” approach. This allows users to consume paid content and services on the internet with one or two clicks — without prior registration or having to pay in advance. It is only when the online tab’s limit is reached that users are prompted to register and pay via one of many popular payment methods. By decoupling purchases from payments, LaterPay lowers the entry thresholds for users to consume digital goods and services. With LaterPay, companies can tap into new customer groups, get users acquainted with paid content, and gradually but successfully market higher-value paid models such as time passes and subscriptions. In this manner, LaterPay builds a bridge between free, ad-financed offerings and subscription models by providing a paygate. LaterPay aims to empower content providers to monetize the vast space that lives between ads and subscriptions.

About WordPress.com VIP
WordPress.com VIP offers a fast, scalable and secure managed cloud platform, expert code review, and end-to-end guidance on running content applications at scale. VIP provide hosting and support for some of the biggest brands on the web, including News Corp, Time, Inc, and Facebook. VIP’s partner network offers the best WordPress design and development shops on the planet along with top notch technical integrations. These technical partners are services with which we have developed tight integrations and close business relationships. They have been carefully vetted for performance, security, ease of use, and scale, and are certified and supported by our team.

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