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Amazon is increasing its investment in data center infrastructure in India to more effectively meet the data localization policies of the country. Government of India is adopting stronger data protection laws for the IT and e-commerce companies that operate in the country. Last year, the government had made it mandatory for all the companies to store the financial data of Indian users in India only. The aim of data localization is to protect the data and information of citizens against identity thefts, data breaches, etc. Amazon has its data center in Mumbai with two availability zones. This is an AWS Asia Pacific region that has been developed to meet compliance standards and offer high levels of security to AWS customers. The company has invested around Rs 1,380 crore (around $198 million) into its data services arm, as per the documents by Paper.vc. This datacenter delivers cloud computing services for the purpose of data storage, hosting, and data protection. Along with its…
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TORONTO – Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ:TCX, TSX:TC), a provider of network access, domain names and other Internet services, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire wholesale domain name registrar Ascio Technologies from CSC®. The transaction closed yesterday.

Tucows will pay $29.44 million and the transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to operating cash flow. The purchase price will be funded through Tucows’ existing credit facility.


The acquisition of Ascio adds approximately 1.8 million domains under management and approximately 500 active resellers. The Ascio reseller base fits squarely with Tucows’ core customer profile — ISPs, web hosting companies and website builders serving quality businesses that reward outstanding customer service with long-term loyalty.

Ascio also expands Tucows’ product portfolio with one of the most complete offerings of country code TLDs (ccTLDs) and generic TLDs (gTLDs) in the world.

Jørgen Christensen, Managing Director of Ascio commented, “This deal is all about focus. We wanted to find a buyer who would focus on our resellers so that CSC can focus on managing brands for the biggest and best companies around the world.”

“This acquisition makes perfect sense for Ascio’s resellers, our business and our shareholders,” added David Woroch, Tucows’ Executive Vice President of Domains. “Ascio’s resellers get a customer-focused provider that is investing in its wholesale channel. Tucows gets an excellent business with a deeply experienced team, additional domain products, including more than 50 ccTLDs, and a high-quality customer base that strengthens our European presence. And our shareholders get the benefit of Tucows’ even greater scale and efficiency as the world’s largest wholesale domain registrar.”

The contribution from this transaction, based on a partial year and transaction costs, was contemplated in the 2019 guidance provided by Tucows on February 13, 2019. Pre-acquisition, the Ascio business generated approximately $4 million of annual EBITDA. Tucows is required to apply acquisition accounting to the assets and liabilities acquired, including fair valuation of the acquired deferred revenue balance, which will lower the reported Adjusted EBITDA1 contribution in the first approximately one year period following the acquisition. The acquisition is expected to provide synergies over the next 12 to 18 months which, along with the inclusion of full year financial results, is expected to generate an internal rate of return and multiple that are in line with Company benchmarks.

About Ascio
Ascio Technologies was founded in 1999, and is an accredited domain registrar under the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers with approximately 1.8 million domains under management. Ascio is a part of the family of brands under CSC.

About CSC
CSC is the world’s leading provider of business, legal, tax, and digital brand services to companies around the globe. From keeping businesses in compliance and streamlining operations, to protecting and promoting brands online, CSC uses its expertise and personal approach to help businesses run smoother. CSC is the business behind business. It is the trusted partner for 90% of the Fortune 500®, more than 65% of the Best Global Brands (Interbrand®), nearly 10,000 law firms, and more than 3,000 financial organizations. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, since 1899, CSC has offices throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. CSC is a global company capable of doing business wherever its clients are—and it accomplishes that by employing experts in every business it serves. Learn more at https://www.cscglobal.com.

About Tucows
Tucows is a provider of network access, domain names and other Internet services. Ting (https://ting.com) delivers mobile phone service and fixed Internet access with outstanding customer support. OpenSRS (http://opensrs.com) and Enom (http://www.enom.com) manage a combined 23 million domain names and millions of value-added services through a global reseller network of over 37,000 web hosts and ISPs. Hover (http://hover.com) makes it easy for individuals and small businesses to manage their domain names and email addresses. More information can be found on Tucows’ corporate website (http://tucows.com).

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Oracle announced the immediate availability of its new data centre in Abu Dhabi, which will offer public cloud applications services to customers in the UAE and wider Middle East. The Abu Dhabi data centre will support the rapid adoption of Oracle Cloud in the UAE and act as a key catalyst for the implementation of UAE’s strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution aimed at building the country’s leadership in education and advanced technology, including artificial intelligence, robotics and genomic medicine.

“By locating a data centre in the UAE, we will be able to better manage service levels and respond to local customers, who, for data governance requirements and other reasons, need to keep their data local,” said Arun Khehar, Senior Vice President – Business Applications, Middle East and Africa, Oracle. “Our customers in the region are excited about this new development. Coupled with Oracle’s unique ability to deliver solutions at every layer of the cloud stack, they firmly believe they can tackle digital disruption head on.”


Top organisations in the UAE continue to drive major digital transformation projects with Oracle Cloud. Etisalat, one of the world’s leading telecommunication groups, is the telecom partner for Oracle’s applications data centre in Abu Dhabi.

“In the past year, we have seen dramatic changes in the industry with digital technologies taking centre stage. Businesses are making investments in futuristic technologies and adapting to these technological changes in their ecosystems”, said Miguel Villalonga, Vice President of Cloud & Data Center, Etisalat Digital. “With digital transformation driving the future, more companies are enabling digital innovation in their business and services. Our collaboration with Oracle complements very well the existing capabilities of Etisalat Digital and will help accelerate this transformation and cloud adoption to further empower government and commercial entities in the region.”

Her Excellency (H.E.) Dr. Rauda Al Saadi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Smart Solutions and Services Authority (ADSSSA), said, “The Authority is sparing no effort in contributing to positioning Abu Dhabi as a global hub for technology and innovation. In line with this, the launch of the new Oracle data centre in Abu Dhabi represents a strong boost towards achieving a digital transformation path, complementing the Abu Dhabi Government Accelerators Programme ‘Ghadan 21’.”

“We are fully aware of the important role that data plays as the key element in driving digital transformation, which requires a strong data system based on the latest technologies and capabilities,” H.E. added. “We therefore attach great importance on the need to strengthen partnerships with leading technology companies to enhance the government services, decision making process, and raising the efficiency of government performance. Our collaboration with Oracle will allow us to double our capabilities across many areas of technology, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and large data analytics.”

Data management represents a cornerstone of the authority’s strategy to develop and manage the data exchange platform, build analysis capabilities, and reinforce private sector participation in the development of this field, she noted. That effort supports the Abu Dhabi Government’s efforts to achieve economic growth and enrich the quality of people’s lives.

About Oracle
The Oracle Cloud offers a complete suite of integrated applications for Sales, Service, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Supply Chain and Manufacturing, plus Highly-Automated and Secure Generation 2 Infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com/middleeast.

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Hong Kong – LayerStack, the fast-growing cloud infrastructure provider, today announced the launch of a new data center in Los Angeles, United States (LA-01). LA-01 marks LayerStack’s first facility in the United States, strengthens the company’s commitment to expanding footprint around the world and making cloud services accessible to everyone and everywhere. Los Angeles will be LayerStack’s 4th region globally, following Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan.

Los Angeles is a large market for cloud services that are predicted to have significant growth over the coming years. Starting today, American-based business and global companies with customers in America can build their business and run their applications within the LayerStack cloud infrastructure, enabling them to scale rapidly and expand their geographic reach in minutes.


The opening of the new data center is in accordance with LayerStack’s global expansion plans. LayerStack has reinvesting its profits to provide the highest performing cloud infrastructure available from 5 zones across 4 geographic regions globally. Along with the new region, LayerStack has also worked to build a CN2 GIA connection to China by improving its network resiliency, capacity and reducing the latency, which facilitates the customers’ e-commerce business between China and the US.

The Los Angeles data center will feature LayerStack’s latest servers and network architecture. It enables the company to meet the increasing demand for secure and scalable cloud computing services. It also ensures American organizations from startups to enterprise will have the infrastructure in their country to leverage LayerStack technologies for different workloads such as big data analytics, software development, database, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, machine learning, mobile applications, and more to drive innovation.

About LayerStack Limited
LayerStack brings innovative cloud solutions to market that help IT specialists to effectively solve their persistent challenges. LayerStack is committed to maintain a simple, scalable and stable cloud environment with the aim of providing multiple solutions for the cloud deployment. The company is headquartered in Hong Kong, with multiple datacenters in Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.

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Vilnius, Lithuania – With a focus on individuals and small businesses, the web hosting company Hostens has introduced more locations of its VPN service. From now on, all customers can use VPS service in the following locations: London (United Kingdom), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Frankfurt (Germany), Vilnius (Lithuania), Washington DC (USA), San Francisco (USA), Singapore.

VPN service encrypts internet traffic by securing the user’s personal data, moreover, it provides an extra layer of protection when using public WiFi spots. Finally, it is a solution for those who wish to access geo-restricted content on, for example, video streaming sites.


“Our VPN service was introduced only one year ago, but we already have a substantial number of VPN users today. This is why we have decided to expand our range of VPN service”, – says Arvydas Strausas, the CEO of Hostens.

According to Mr. Strausas, one of the most relevant features of this service is the possibility to avoid country-specific restrictions by reaching content which is usually unavailable in some countries. Furthermore, there is no doubt about its necessity for the secure browsing. By using the VPN service, your traffic is encrypted between you and a VPN server, so your ISP can’t see where you’re going or what you’re doing.

Here is the full list of all the available VPN locations served by Hostens:
Europe

  • London (United Kingdom)
  • Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Frankfurt (Germany)
  • Vilnius (Lithuania)

North America

  • Washington (USA)
  • San Francisco (USA)

Asia

  • Singapore

About Hostens
Hostens is a division of the Lithuanian company “Interneto Vizija”, which was founded in 2003 and quickly grew into an international enterprise providing service to more than 100,000 clients across Europe. Thanks to loyal customers and their referrals, in 2005 the company had become the largest web hosting provider in Lithuania. By combining affordable and scalable options with an enterprise-level technology, Hostens is able to supply its customers with web hosting, VPS services, VPN service, and domain registration. Aided by the strong technical background of “Interneto Vizija” Hostens operates a geographically convenient data center located in Vilnius, Lithuania (the geographic midpoint of Europe). Hostens data center is built and maintained according to TIER III international standard.

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ASHBURN, VA – Aligned Energy, a leading data center provider offering innovative, sustainable and adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions for cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers, today announced its new 26-acre, 180-Megawatt master-planned data center campus in Ashburn, Virginia.

When complete, the campus will offer approximately 880,000 square feet of expandable space, drawing redundant, critical power from two on-site substations to service the IT operations of hyperscale and cloud service provider customers.


The campus’ initial 370,000-square-foot, 80 MW facility, followed by a 510,000-square-foot, 100 MW development, will sit atop major fiber and conduit routes, providing access to more than 50 carriers in the immediate area. Both facilities will feature Aligned Energy’s on-demand adaptable and intelligent, dynamic infrastructure, complete with its patented, award-winning data center cooling technology, which is purpose-built to support high, mixed, and variable power densities of 1-50kW per cabinet in the same footprint.

“Our new Ashburn data center campus addresses the needs of cloud providers and hyperscalers that demand a highly dynamic, scalable and future-proof data center solution,” said Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned Energy. “Data centers are the new engines of innovation for the 21st century, and we are delighted to provide Northern Virginia with an incredibly efficient and highly reliable colocation data center platform.”

This new campus is a strategic addition to Aligned Energy’s portfolio. With high-capacity, adaptive, and future-proof facilities in Dallas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and now Ashburn, Aligned Energy is well-positioned to service customer needs in the country’s fastest-growing data center markets.

Aligned Energy’s mission is to make data center critical infrastructure intelligent enough to continuously improve both its economic performance and environmental impact, delivering a noticeable business advantage. The company’s unique approach to infrastructure deployment allows it to deliver the data center platform like a utility – accessible and scalable as needed. It also reduces the energy, water and space required to operate physical data center environments, significantly improving sustainability and yielding greater water usage effectiveness for customers.

From build-to-scale and customizable services, to rapid power and square footage scalability, to just-in-time provisioning and accelerated delivery schedules, Aligned Energy’s data center platform and business model are uniquely positioned to address the infrastructure needs of today’s hyperscalers and cloud service providers.

About Aligned Energy
Aligned Energy is an infrastructure technology company that offers adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows us to deliver data centers like a utility—accessible and consumable as needed. By reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate, our data center solutions, combined with our patented cooling technology, offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving reliability and their bottom line. For more information, visit www.alignedenergy.com and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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