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Silver Spring, MD – AGILE announced that it has completed the acquisition of Gannett’s primary data center located in Silver Spring, MD, Gannett’s private digital network connecting this data center and company headquarters in McLean VA to carrier neutral facilities, as well as Private Digital Network Services, LLC (“PDNS”), the partner firm that assisted in building and maintaining Gannett’s Private Digital Network. AGILE has begun to integrate its legacy, multi-site data center colocation business with these new private digital network capabilities. In addition, AGILE now operates Gannett’s private digital network and provides data center and network services to Gannett under a long-term master services agreement.

“We look forward to continuing our working relationship based on a long track record of strong performance from what is now the AGILE team,” commented Jack Mundie, VP Enterprise Computing and Risk Management, Gannett Technology.


This transaction represents a substantial expansion of the client base, physical assets and technical capabilities of AGILE.

“We are honored and proud to now serve as an important component of the backbone for Gannett’s online content distribution and look forward to expanding our offerings for current and future AGILE clients,” commented Jeffrey Plank, President and CEO, AGILE.

Network Capabilities
AGILE will manage Gannett’s private digital network core, which was developed with PDNS supporting business processing and content delivery, both digital and print. The agreement allows AGILE to leverage additional networking assets within Gannett, including the fiber ring located in Phoenix AZ and capitalize on a multi-gigabit backbone with points of presence in more than 100 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. Network enhancements gained through the acquisition also include a diverse path fiber network and direct fiber connections to two of the largest Internet exchanges in the world.

Physical Assets
The acquisition includes significant physical assets to complement AGILE’s two other facilities, adding a 65,000 sq. ft. building in Silver Spring, MD – a highly desirable location in one of the most important data center regions in the world. The building encompasses a 21,000 SF raised floor data center, 30,000 SF of workstation office space along with disaster recovery seating. The facility has 300 tons of N+N redundant cooling and a 550 kVA N+N UPS system. The Silver Spring site has N+N Redundant generator backup and a total site capacity of 4Megawatts. AGILE also operates facilities in Princeton, NJ and Allentown, PA.

“We have provided compute, storage and network services to Gannett as a service provider for years, and look forward to partnering with our new colleagues at AGILE to continuing meeting or exceeding our clients’ expectations,” said Bob Henley, Chief Operations Officer, AGILE and CEO, Private Digital Network Services, now a wholly owned subsidiary of AGILE.

About Gannett
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an innovative, digitally focused media and marketing solutions company committed to strengthening communities across our network. With an unmatched local-to-national reach, Gannett touches the lives of more than 110 million people monthly with our Pulitzer-Prize winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services. Gannett brands include USA TODAY Network with the iconic USA TODAY and more than 100 local media brands, digital marketing services companies ReachLocal and SweetIQ, and U.K. media company Newsquest. To connect with us, visit www.gannett.com.

About AGILE
AGILE is committed to bringing quality IT infrastructure, Private and Hybrid cloud, data, and network solutions to its clients. AGILE specializes in transformational services for clients that need to transition from owned infrastructure to an as-a-service model. Founded in 2015, AGILE is led by a group of seasoned experts. The privately held company has grown rapidly, both organically and through acquisitions, continually enhancing its capabilities and services for current and future clients. Learn more at www.agiledatasites.com.

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HOUSTON, TEXAS – Through the opening of a new IDC (data center) in Nuremberg, Cloudbric will be extending its website security and WAF service to Germany and Central Europe in a strategic partnership with Trendhosting, a major player in the hosting sector in the region.

While the repercussions of recent cyberattacks are felt across European countries, many businesses either lack the time, personnel, or resources to effectively take actions to prevent cybersecurity incidents from occurring. In Germany, the digital association Bitkom reported that close to 70% of companies were subject to cybercrimes such as data theft over the past two years. This has propelled the need for an accessible, reliable, preventive security solution.


Among the current cybersecurity offerings in the market, WAFs offer the necessary protection that companies need to thwart common cyberattacks and protect against the theft of data. The partnership between Cloudbric and Trendhosting will connect German users to Cloudbric and to those in Central Europe, allowing for more convenient and affordable access to Cloudbric’s website security services, including its award-winning WAF for websites.

Cyber threats are a huge concern for online businesses, so organizations specifically look for security solutions with the ability and effectiveness to combat modern threats, and in Central Europe these solutions will be critical in combating cybercrime. Cloudbric’s advanced technology, more specifically its unique logic-based detection engine, generates one of the lowest false positives in the industry.

TJ Jung, VP of Product & Technology, said, “We share the same commitment with our partners in providing the highest quality of service, ensuring that website security is accessible to all. For this reason, in a region as large and as varied as Europe, we’ve opened new doors through partnerships to extend our WAF service to a greater consumer base. Companies are required to incorporate measures for ensuring information is handled in a confidential manner and protected from cyberattacks. We are glad that Cloudbric can be of great help.”

Mustafa Beciragic, CTO of Trendhosting, stated, “We like how Cloudbric’s firewall engine focuses on performance and commits to low false positive rates. This matched our main objective to deliver a high performance platform to our customers, especially during this time of rising security requirements.”

The IDC in Nuremberg marks the launch of Cloudbric’s fourth data center on the European continent. Cloudbric is anticipating to open additional IDCs across Europe and other regions within the next year.

About Cloudbric
Cloudbric is a cloud-based web security service, offering an award-winning WAF, DDoS protection, and free SSL as a full-service package. Boasting 20 years of IT security expertise, Penta Security Systems developed Cloudbric, which utilizes an award-winning logic analysis engine to filter malicious website traffic with industry-leading precision. It delivers one of the lowest false positive rates among competitors. Please visit http://www.cloudbric.com for more information and direct all partnership inquiries to cloudbric(at)pentasecurity(dot)com.

About Trendhosting
Trendhosting is a Switzerland-based hosting company focused on delivering high performance and a high availability hosting platform, powering big ecommerce and content management sites since 1997.

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LONDON, UK – A new, international study jointly commissioned by WP Engine and Manifesto and conducted by Vanson Bourne explores which content management system (CMS) technologies are used most commonly by enterprises and discovers what benefits these organisations derive from using multiple CMSs. “WordPress Success Among Enterprise CMSs” study surveyed over 300 enterprise-level IT and marketing decision makers in the U.S. and U.K. The majority (61 percent) of the respondents worked for organisations with at least 3,000 employees and on average came from organisations whose global revenue totaled $3.2 billion. The survey found WordPress is on par with Adobe Experience Manager as the most frequently used CMS in either a primary or secondary fashion. Further, WordPress was the leading secondary CMS.

A near unanimity (93 percent) of respondents believe that there are multiple benefits to having a secondary CMS. Those benefits include faster time to market, ease of use, agility and the ability to experiment and customise quickly. Among WordPress users, as either their primary or secondary CMS, the benefits of using WordPress ranged from scalability, a robust ecosystem, quicker time to market and better analytics and security to the increasing availability of skilled WordPress developers. Not surprisingly, WordPress was the most popular secondary CMS due to the fact that it is open source software and consequently is better able to integrate and work well with other content management systems like Adobe and Sitecore.


“Enterprise companies are seeing the intrinsic benefits of using multiple CMSs to help run their business,” said Mary Ellen Dugan, Chief Marketing Officer at WP Engine. “The decision to go with more than one CMS is most often made at the executive level, proving the strategic value that multiple CMS deliver to an enterprise. The results showed that WordPress is already a top platform with clear benefits from both an integration and agility standpoint. In the future, the study shows WordPress expanding its market share to provide exceptional digital experiences with greater agility, with greater ease of use and faster time to market.”

The following are key findings from the study. Click on the following links to learn more about the results, register for the webinar and download a copy of the white paper and infographic.

• The rise of multiple CMSs: 53 percent of respondents said their organisation uses two or more CMSs. Of those who are using more than one CMS, the decision maker is most often (46 percent) an executive in the company, proving it is a strategic decision for the enterprise.
• Most popular CMSs: Adobe and WordPress: Adobe Experience Manager is the most commonly used CMS (60 percent), with WordPress a close second (57 percent). The next most popular CMS was Sitecore CMS coming in a distant third (22 percent).
• WordPress popularity by vertical: WordPress is the most likely used CMS across several verticals including both retail (73 percent) and business services/consulting (63 percent) organisations.
• Primary and secondary CMSs: Adobe (44 percent) and WordPress (36 percent) led the list of primary CMSs. WordPress was the leading (20 percent) secondary CMS.
• WordPress as a secondary CMS: Where WordPress is being used as a secondary CMS it brings clear benefits to the enterprise consisting of better publishing capability (54 percent), agility (53 percent), experimentation (53 percent) and customisation/personalisation (51 percent).
• Dual CMS usage expected to rise: Respondents plan to use additional CMSs (41 percent); and for organisations not already using a CMS, more enterprises indicated they will select WordPress than any other system (22 percent).
• Which departments are selecting WordPress CMS: Marketing (71 percent) led the list of departments choosing to use WordPress as their CMS, followed by IT (61 percent) and Sales (44 percent).
• How is WordPress as a CMS being used: WordPress is most likely to be used for an organisation’s corporate website (64 percent), brand or product website (59 percent) and eCommerce (46 percent).

“Our respondents identified clear benefits to using multiple CMSs and the value it brings to their organisation,” said Chloe Byrne, Research Consultant with Vanson Bourne. “WordPress was easily one of the top CMSs in our survey. Looking ahead, of those respondents with only one CMS currently, more than a third (37 percent) plan to expand within a year, and the data suggests WordPress is expected to be their top choice.”

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After announcing the serverless and DevOps capabilities for Kubernetes community, Microsoft has now shifted its focus to the Kubernetes ecosystem and has announced collaboration with Heptio and Tigera. Heptio will bring its Kubernetes disaster recovery and migration solutions to Azure with Heptio Ark, while Microsoft and Tigera will jointly contribute to Project Calico, to simplify network security for Windows Containers. Heptio Ark Ark project works through Kubernetes API, and is a solution for managing backups and disaster recovery. It’s also a useful source to move workloads across on-premise and public cloud environments. These capabilities of Ark will be available to Azure customers, and will help them not only backup and restore content in AKS (Azure Container Service), but also the snapshots that are created using ark will persist in Azure and will be encrypted at rest. Calico Calico, the community-based, free and open source solution, is maintained by Tigera, and enables…
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LAS VEGAS, NV – At AWS re:Invent 2017, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), and Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced VMware Cloud™ on AWS is expanding availability from the U.S. West (Oregon) region to also include the AWS U.S. East (N. Virginia) region, and includes additional VMware capabilities and support for more AWS services, making it even easier for customers to move, run, and protect mission-critical applications at scale. For more information about VMware Cloud on AWS, visit: http://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws.

“The momentum for VMware Cloud on AWS is growing rapidly, and VMware and AWS are delivering major new capabilities after only three months of availability while enhancing our strategic relationship with new integrations across our platforms,” said Mark Lohmeyer, vice president and general manager, Cloud Platform Business Unit, VMware. “Customers of VMware Cloud on AWS will be able to migrate application portfolios to the cloud even more rapidly with Hybrid Cloud Extension and AWS Direct Connect, while maintaining the optimal levels of performance, scale, and availability required for mission-critical apps.”


“We are pleased to extend availability of VMware Cloud on AWS to the AWS U.S. East region. Both teams have been really focused on quickly iterating to provide the capabilities that our customers have told us they want,” said Sandy Carter, vice president, Enterprise Workloads for Amazon Web Services. “In addition to the availability, networking, and security features that will further support production workloads, we’re excited to extend native integrations with AWS Direct Connect.”

Scripps Networks Interactive is a leading provider of lifestyle content in the home, food, and travel categories for television, the internet, and emerging platforms. “We have a significant footprint with both VMware and AWS, and our goal is to create a hybrid cloud model that will seamlessly integrate our existing VMware infrastructure with our strategic public cloud, AWS,” said Drew Fredrick, vice president, IT Cloud & Infrastructure Services, Scripps Networks Interactive. “VMware Cloud on AWS will allow us to move, modernize, protect, and scale our applications, and expand the value of these applications with native AWS services. Having VMware vSphere at the core of the service means we get operational consistency with our on-premises environment, enabling us to maximize our existing IT skillsets and tools.”

Faster Application Migration with Seamless Portability
VMware Cloud on AWS customers have the ability to choose where to run their workloads based on their business needs. With VMware vSphere® vMotion®, new L2 stretched networking features, and AWS Direct Connect, customers will be able to migrate applications from their on premises VMWare cluster into VMware on AWS without any disruptions to the application, and without having to make any changes to the network configuration. Customers will also be able also use AWS Direct Connect for high-speed, reliable, and private network connectivity, supporting faster cold and live application migration with vMotion.

VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension™, an add-on SaaS offering for VMware Cloud on AWS, will provide large-scale migration between on-premises environments running vSphere 5.0+ and VMware Cloud on AWS with no replatforming, retesting, or change in tooling. Hybrid Cloud Extension will provide built in high performance Layer 2 extensions so customers will be able to keep the same networks, IP, and routing policies in place while moving workloads. This eliminates the need for extensive application dependency mapping when migrating applications to VMware Cloud on AWS. It also includes high performance Layer 2 extensions, data synchronization, traffic analysis, WAN optimizations, and built-in IPsec VPN connectivity that will enable secure, efficient, and effective cloud migration with no impact to application uptime.

Application Availability and Business Continuity for Mission-Critical Workloads
VMware Site Recovery™, a new service for VMware Cloud on AWS customers, delivers protection between customer data centers and VMware Cloud on AWS, or between environments running in separate AWS Availability Zones (AZs). With VMware Site Recovery, customers can lower capital expenditures by eliminating the need for a secondary disaster recovery site, streamline operations with automated orchestration, enable failover and failback with familiar management tools, and increase disaster readiness with non-disruptive, on-demand testing available anytime.

Scale, Security, and Visibility for Mission-Critical Applications
VMware and AWS are expanding the scale, network connectivity, and security capabilities of VMware Cloud on AWS to further support the most resource intensive applications such as Oracle, Oracle RAC, Microsoft SQL Server, Apache Spark and Hadoop.

VMware Cloud on AWS supports 32 host clusters and multiple software-defined data centers (SDDC) per organization today, and will support 10 clusters per SDDC soon. This will enable a single customer to support environments as large as tens of thousands of VMs. Customer SDDC environments run on a high-performance, dedicated, and highly secure next-generation AWS hardware infrastructure.

For application teams, VMware is adding support for Wavefront® by VMware, a VMware Cloud Service that allows customers to visualize, alert upon, and troubleshoot applications running on VMware Cloud on AWS. Wavefront by VMware provides an open API platform supporting more than 80 integrations to collect time-series data from application metrics collectors such as for Java, Ruby, Python, and Go, to service metrics collectors for MySQL, Pivotal, Kubernetes, AWS, and more.

About Amazon Web Services
For more than 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 100 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, and application development, deployment, and management from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world-including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies-to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

About VMware
VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, helps customers realize possibilities by accelerating their digital transformation journeys. With VMware solutions, organizations are improving business agility by modernizing data centers and integrating public clouds, driving innovation with modern apps, creating exceptional experiences by empowering the digital workspace, and safeguarding customer trust by transforming security. With 2016 revenue of $7.09 billion, VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has over 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners worldwide.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – DreamHost®, a leader in web hosting and cloud services for WordPress users worldwide, today announced that select users of its managed WordPress service, DreamPress, will be able to receive the advanced benefits of Automattic’s Jetpack at no extra charge. In a bold move to gain the adoration of its users and the ire of its competitors, DreamHost has announced that DreamPress Plus and DreamPress Advanced users will now receive access to Jetpack Professional, a $299/year value, at no extra charge.

DreamPress users have long enjoyed Automattic’s Jetpack plugin for the additional functionality it enables within WordPress. Among its many features, Jetpack’s free option includes an image CDN, in-depth website statistics, downtime monitoring, and a buttload of other enhancements. Jetpack Professional adds a video CDN with no bandwidth restrictions, comprehensive spam protection, daily backups powered by VaultPress, automated and on-demand malware scans, access to over 200 high-quality premium themes, advanced SEO tools, and priority access to WordPress experts at Automattic.


DreamPress Basic users will continue to receive access to Jetpack’s free offering, while DreamPress Plus and DreamPress Advanced users both receive immediate access to Jetpack Professional, the most comprehensive Jetpack offering available.

“This here? This is a Professional Jetpack,” explained John Robison, DreamHost’s Director of Product, Managed WordPress. Standing alongside a row of gleaming silver jetpacks in a cavernous showroom he continued: “The Premium Jetpacks? They’re good, too. Good for lots of folks. But our customers…they deserve the best. And this is the best. Professional’s got over 200 premium themes, deep Google Analytics integration, and SEO tools like you’ve never seen. Check this out.” Robison pushed a button on his belt and immediately launched himself, and his WordPress website, through the roof of the showroom.

After several minutes of awkward silence, Robison stumbled through the front door of the building, bloody and bruised. His Jetpack, however, remained free of blemishes, gleaming and pristine as the day it rolled off the assembly line. “Wrong button,” Robison offered sheepishly. “But you can see the kind of power this thing’s got, right? Good stuff.”

Jetpack Professional is immediately available to all DreamPress Plus and Advanced users, both current and new. New customers need only opt-in to Jetpack Professional from within their DreamHost control panel to begin receiving the benefits of a powerful, supercharged WordPress experience at DreamHost.

About DreamHost
Since 1997 DreamHost has helped individuals, small businesses, and developers the world over share and own their digital content on the web. From domain registrations to web hosting and even powerful cloud storage and computing services, more than 400,000 customers trust DreamHost to be their online home. Focused on WordPress and packed with unbelievable value, DreamHost is the best place to launch a blog, website, or web application into the stratosphere. Learn more at www.DreamHost.com.

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