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SCOTTSDALE, AZ – GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today announced that GoCentral is the first-ever website builder to feature an integration with Google My Business. Together, GoCentral and Google My Business now gives businesses another way to create powerful online identities for attracting and engaging customers.

An early beta program has demonstrated the power of the integration. During the beta, 1,538 businesses created business listings through Google My Business using GoCentral. Over the course of three months, those listings were viewed over 1 million times and resulted in participating small businesses receiving over 7,000 phone calls and more than 17,000 clicks to their website. Directions to physical storefronts were requested more than 11,000 times.


Google My Business is a free and easy-to-use tool for businesses to manage their online presence across Google, including Search and Maps. By creating a business listing, verifying and editing their business information, publishing posts promoting a special offer or event, or replying to reviews, businesses can attract new customers and engage with existing ones. With the new integration, small business owners can easily create and submit a Google My Business listing while building a website on GoCentral. Additionally, users can read and respond to reviews directly in GoCentral.

“Business owners want to reach more customers, and we’re always thinking about new ways to help them find and connect with those customers,” said GoDaddy Director of Digital Marketing Products Nissim Lehyani. “GoCentral’s new integration with Google makes it simple for entrepreneurs to check an item off their list when starting a business, enabling them to enhance their online presence and find success online.”

The Google My Business integration is the latest addition to GoCentral’s expanding capabilities for building a powerful online presence. GoCentral enables anyone to build a professional, mobile-optimized website in under an hour. After building a website with GoCentral, customers can then drive traffic and engagement with its integrated marketing features for SEO, social media and email marketing.

The Google My Business integration is included on GoCentral Business Plus and Online Store tiers.

About GoDaddy
GoDaddy powers the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. With over 17 million customers worldwide and nearly 73 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Our mission is to give our customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. To learn more about the company, visit www.GoDaddy.com.

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Austin, TX – Codero Holdings, Inc. (Codero), a leader in managed hosting services and technology enablement, today announced that, in addition to providing infrastructure as a service (IAAS), the company will now offer platform-agnostic IT consultation, architecture, implementation, and management to help customers reap the benefits of a hybrid multi-cloud approach.

This announcement comes on the heels of Codero’s joint membership in and certifications from the Microsoft Azure Cloud Solution Provider Program and the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network.


“Customers’ IT needs are complexifying and changing rapidly, and it’s vital to their success that we be able to provide the ideal architecture for them, even when Codero infrastructure isn’t the optimal option or is only part of the solution,” said John Martis, CEO of Codero. “Shifting our focus from simply selling our own infrastructure to providing platform-agnostic consultation services and ongoing management ensures we’re able to help our customers optimize, scale, and evolve their businesses however they need to over the coming years.”

Codero will continue to offer bare metal servers and most of the products upon which the company has built its success, but customers will now be able to utilize Codero’s team of experts to configure and manage their AWS and Azure environments as well. Moreover, the company will employ a hybrid multi-cloud approach to design and build custom implementations that span multiple vendors and platforms when it makes sense.

With 40 percent of organizations planning to use multiple, interoperable cloud environments in the next two years, Codero expects to employ hybrid multi-cloud strategies for many of its customers.

In addition, Codero offers multiple managed options for Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and Cloud Backup, as well as suites of managed solutions designed for companies working in ecommerce, digital media, development, and gaming, along with small businesses and those with compliance or regulatory needs.

“It’s an exciting time in hosting because customers no longer have to experience tradeoffs – we can connect virtually unlimited environments across multiple vendors to custom-build the exact right implementation based on each company’s workloads, applications, site traffic, and other key factors,” said Martis. “Our team has always thrived on finding creative solutions and treating customers as individuals. These new relationships and managed solution offerings enable us to take that approach much further.”

About Codero
Codero is a managed hosting and technology enabler that facilitates the adoption and use of advanced and custom cloud solutions. A provider of managed, dedicated, and hybrid multi-cloud services, backed by exceptional customer service, Codero serves over 3,500 customers worldwide. Codero offers a portfolio of custom hosting and technology solutions focused on the specific needs of small and medium businesses and community anchor institutions. Codero helps customers and partners live and thrive in the cloud. Learn more about Codero at http://www.codero.com.

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Lancashire, UK – Two ex-Fat Media Directors, Dominic Williams and David Whiteford, and former Fat Media Head of Hosting for almost a decade, Tony Cheetham, have regrouped to create Northern Bloc; the powerhouse windows hosting company that’s proud to serve the booming northern digital economy. The hosting platform is set to benefit growing businesses who want a no-fuss, reliable hosting contract, delivered by a team of people who have first-hand experience in growing digital businesses themselves.

The trio have invested in over £100,000 worth of equipment and software, and have clients in Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester signed-up already. Northern Bloc is currently a team of six with an apprenticeship scheme for budding IT Technicians.


The Northern Bloc Directors comment:
Dominic Williams
“Northern Bloc really allows us to celebrate our roots in the northern digital economy and proudly support other companies who want to grow, just like we’ve done in the past.”

David Whiteford
“Between us we have the perfect skillsets and years of experience, and decided we could deliver a hosting platform the way we think it should be… In our experience, customers want to speak to the people doing the work, not a salesperson.”

Tony Cheetham
“We chose Manchester as our base of operations because it’s central to the northern powerhouse and has a thriving digital economy which fits perfectly with our ethos. Manchester also has excellent connectivity and a wide availability of technical skills.”

Northern Bloc hosting is available to individual businesses, or agencies who need to host websites for multiple clients. Hosting is split into simple, easy to understand packages: Bloc 1, Bloc 2, Bloc 3 and Bloc 4 or full dedicated servers. Northern Bloc servers are located in the “Knowledge Quarter” of Manchester next to the universities and its head office is located in Manchester City Centre near St Peter’s Square.

“The Northern Powerhouse is an economy of over 15 million consumers, 175,000 business investors, 8 universities, one-third of the UK’s apprentices, over 65,000 start-ups in 2014 and £60 Billion worth of exports to over 100 countries. We’re proud to be one of the many working cogs in this booming economy and excited to help you reap the benefits too.”

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LANSING, Mich. – Liquid Web, LLC, the market leader in managed hosting services to SMBs and web professionals announced their acquisition of iThemes, a leader in WordPress plugins that include BackupBuddy, iThemes Security Pro, multiple site management Sync and iThemes Sales Accelerator.

Located in Oklahoma City, iThemes will continue to function as an independent unit within Liquid Web. All employees remain with iThemes and Cory Miller, founder, will remain as General Manager of iThemes while joining the Liquid Web leadership team.


Liquid Web partnered with iThemes in 2016 to bundle iThemes Sync Pro with Liquid Web’s Managed WordPress hosting offering. As part of this acquisition, the company will further integrate iThemes BackupBuddy, and iThemes Security into their current Managed WordPress hosting product as well as offer the product lines for sale to Liquid Web customers with unmanaged WordPress sites. Their recently launched iThemes Sales Accelerator, a data and e-commerce insights plugin, will be integrated into Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce hosting product launching in early January 2018.

“The acquisition of iThemes supports Liquid Web’s mission to empower web professionals worldwide and further demonstrates our commitment to being a leader in the WordPress and WooCommerce marketplace,” said Jim Geiger, CEO. “We believe that the combination of the Liquid Web and iThemes teams and products will be very beneficial to our Managed WordPress hosting customers and our newly launched Managed WooCommerce Hosting product, the industry’s first platform dedicated to WooCommerce Stores. I look forward to bringing in WordPress expert Cory Miller to help our company shape our Managed WordPress and Managed WooCommerce hosting strategies.”

“Liquid Web has launched the premier product in eCommerce hosting for WooCommerce sites, and we have a lot of plans for that product line,” said Cory Miller, Founder of iThemes. “While remaining an independent business unit, iThemes will grow with access to the leadership strategies of Liquid Web, capital and strong marketing. I’m excited about the Liquid Web roadmap and I believe together we will bring great solutions to the marketplace.”

To learn more about iThemes offerings visit: https://www.liquidweb.com/products/add-ons/ithemes/

About Liquid Web
Marking its 20th year anniversary, Liquid Web powers content, commerce, and potential for SMB entrepreneurs and the designers, developers and digital agencies who create for them. An industry leader in managed hosting, managed WordPress and cloud services, Liquid Web is known for its high-performance services and exceptional customer support. Liquid Web offers a broad portfolio designed so customers can choose a hosting solution that is hands-on or hands-off or a hybrid of the two. The company owns and manages its own core data centers, providing a diverse range of offerings spanning from bare metal servers and fully managed hosting to managed WordPress and continues to evolve its service offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of its web-reliant, professional customers. With over 32,000 customers spanning 150 countries, the company has assembled a world-class team, global data centers and an expert group of 24/7/365 solution engineers. As an industry leader in customer service*, the rapidly expanding company has been recognized among INC Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies for ten years. Liquid Web is part of the Madison Dearborn Partners family of companies. Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”) is a leading private equity investment firm based in Chicago. For more information, please visit www.liquidweb.com, or read our blog posts at http://www.liquidweb.com/blog. Stay up to date with all Liquid Web events on Twitter and LinkedIn.

*2016 Net Promoter Score of 71

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ATLANTA, GA – Total Server Solutions Fuels Growth With Investment Capital and the Acquisition of managed service provider ZeroLag Communications

Combination enhances services offerings to customers while providing growth opportunities in multiple markets


Total Server Solutions, an industry leader in Managed IaaS announced that it has raised $23MM in equity and debt from Layer 7 Capital and J.P. Morgan Chase for acquisition finance and growth capital within the business. The target company in the transaction being ZeroLag Communications, a provider of optimized managed hosting solutions has now joined the Total Server Solutions family.

For over 17 years, ZeroLag has provided customers with superior hosting services featuring a unique combination of technical expertise and highly scalable solutions. ZeroLag has designed reference architectures for all the stacks Total Server Solutions supports ensuring the best possible performance, security, and scalability for Total Server Solutions customer’s environments. The acquisition of ZeroLag not only adds a wide variety of new products and services to Total Server Solutions core infrastructure, but also allows Total Server Solutions to leverage coveted partnerships in emerging markets such as Dell, NTT, Veeam, Vmware, and Magento amongst several others. With the acquisition, Total Server Solutions gains a third Los Angeles, CA data center footprint, a backup facility in Austin, TX, and a DR site in Charlotte, NC. They also have now more than doubled their headcount in tech, sales, and development staff across the country.

“Our acquisition of ZeroLag expands our product suite, talent pool and provides a tremendous path forward to leverage both existing Total Server Solutions & ZeroLag customer bases,” said Gary Simat, CEO of Total Server Solutions. “Furthermore, alongside the company’s new financial partners comes increased scale, which enables TSS take on much larger, and more complex projects. This is only one of many large announcements that will be seen from TSS this year. We are coming.”

“ZeroLag has been an innovator in the proactive managed services space for 17 years and through organic growth became a well-known player in the industry,” said Greg Strelzoff, founder and CEO of ZeroLag. “Total Server Solutions fills in critical gaps to the ZeroLag solution space, such as having compute facilities globally. There are incredible synergies between the two companies and together the two groups will have significant accretive forces on each other.”

Steve Lee of Layer 7 Capital, formerly of The Bank Street Group, served as financial advisor to Total Server Solutions. DLA Piper, a leading global law firm spanning more than 40 countries, was counsel to Total Server Solutions in connection with the transaction. DH Capital served as sell side advisor to ZeroLag Communications.

About Total Server Solutions
Founded in 2005, Total Server Solutions provides managed services, high performance infrastructure, and custom solutions to individuals and businesses in a wide array of industries. Our customers range from financial institutions, to advertising platform operators, hosting providers, and telecom companies. We’re also trusted by educational institutions and government agencies in keeping their data on-line and available. Total Server Solutions has the singular mission of providing its’ customers with the finest hosted services and the most robust infrastructure available anywhere across the globe. Our dedicated team of technical experts are always working to find the best, most effective ways to serve you and provide solutions to help you to meet whatever your challenges may be.

About ZeroLag Communications
ZeroLag Communications offers custom-engineered & optimized hosting environments. They deliver superior performance, reliability, and security, ensuring the best possible user experience for their online customers priding themselves in understanding your business challenges and providing simply the best solutions and support in the hosting industry.

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ATLANTA and CORK, Ireland – T5 Data Centers, innovators in providing secure, customizable, hyperscale computing environments for enterprise companies, has entered the European data center market with today’s announcement of a new joint venture with JCD Group of Cork, Ireland to develop the T5@Ireland data center campus. This is T5’s first data center outside the United States and will look to take advantage of the coming political changes in the European Union (Brexit and associated EU data sovereignty laws), and telecom and power infrastructure advantages in Cork to serve a growing need for companies seeking new data centers serving European and U.S. customers.

The new T5@Ireland campus is a 32.5-acre, 46 MW dedicated data center campus with full planning permission for two enterprise facilities of 7 MW each, and a cloud targeted facility of 32 MW. The site is carrier rich and will have direct access to Ireland’s five largest domestic fiber carriers, as well as subsea cable connectivity to the United States, United Kingdom and Europe via GTT Express (lowest latency between EU and US), GTT North & South, (secondary routes between US, UK and Europe), Aquacomm’s AEC-1 Cable (Ireland to NYC). Building I will be a 7 MW, 84,000 square foot facility and is due for completion in Q1, 2019, which will coincide with the landing of the Ireland France Subsea Cable (IFC-1), the first cable to directly link Ireland to mainland Europe. Building II will be a 97,000-square-foot, 7 MW data center, and Building III will be a 323,000-square-foot, 32 MW data center. As with all T5 facilities, each data center can be customized to accommodate any enterprise-grade or cloud computing deployment.


In addition to new EU data sovereignty laws which could drive data center traffic from the UK following Brexit, construction of T5@Ireland comes at an opportune time relative to power availability and telecom connectivity within Ireland. Dublin has historically been the preferred data hub of Ireland, but the region is experiencing a restriction on data center growth due to lack of adequate power. T5@Ireland is fed by 60 MW of power from an adjacent dual fed substation, and can deliver this power within expedited delivery deployments of new facilities. These and other market factors are driving more data center operations to strategic locations such as Cork.

“Now is the perfect time for T5 to build T5@Ireland as our springboard into Europe,” said Pete Marin, CEO & President of T5 Data Centers. “Cork is a growing technology hub with a great talent pool and robust infrastructure. We expect T5@Ireland to attract European customers seeking a new location for their enterprise operations, and for U.S. companies seeking a European data center presence. This is the next phase of T5’s global expansion strategy and shows our commitment to serve our customers wherever they need us.”

T5@Ireland Building I is a Class A data center designed to meet LEED Silver requirements. It features block-redundant 1.75 MW electrical lineups and can accommodate densities from 5 to 25 KW per rack. The Cork location also offers ideal climate conditions for indirect, free air cooling, and the building is equipped with Liebert DSE cooling for modular growth.

As with all T5 data centers, T5@Ireland will be managed by the T5 Facilities Management (T5FM) team. T5FM is responsible for T5 Data Centers’ record of 100 percent uptime, and serves as an extension to our customers’ IT staff, offering facilities operations and management, remote hands, and IT consulting services.

About T5 Data Centers
T5 Data Centers (T5) is a leading national data center owner and operator, committed to delivering customizable, scalable data centers that provide a “Forever On” computing environment to power mission critical business applications. T5 Data Centers provides enterprise colocation data center services to organizations across North America using proven, best-in-class technology and techniques to design and develop facilities that deliver the lowest possible total cost of operations for its clients. T5 currently has business-critical data center facilities in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Dallas, Portland, Charlotte, Chicago, New York, Colorado, and Ireland. All of T5’s data center projects are purpose-built facilities featuring robust design, redundant and reliable power and telecommunications, and have 24-hour staff to support mission-critical computing applications. For more information, visit www.t5datacenters.com/Ireland.

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