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Expanded partnership provides growth and market-leading user experience to Indian customers ZNet, India’s leading hosting and cloud services provider, today announced that it has become the distributor for Plesk in India. Plesk is the leading WebOps platform to build, secure and run applications, websites and hosting businesses that scale in the Cloud. Plesk is more than just a generic control panel providing automation capabilities to reduce complexity, save time and simplify the lives of web professionals and IT administrators alike. Plesk’s rich and open extension catalogue provides access to relevant features and enables service providers of any size to specialize, address customer needs and grow their business. This aligns well with ZNet’s extensive customer and partner network comprising hosters, developers, system administrators and service providers, who will now be able to get Plesk licenses and solutions at an even more competitive pricing and increased support. Also…
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Datacenter.com, a global provider of carrier- and cloud-neutral colocation data center services that paid more than $500,000 for its domain name while achieving a calculated, highly energy-efficient pPUE of 1.04 at their newly commissioned Amsterdam facility, has been nominated by Datacloud Europe under the ‘Excellence in Data Centre Architecture and Design’ award category. The winner of four nominees for this data center architecture award will be announced at the Datacloud Europe 2018 event to be held in Monaco in June.

Datacenter.com’s AMS1 data center, a facility part of a planned targeted global roll-out of large-scale colocation data centers that welcomed its first customers in November 2017, makes use of a unique Indirect Adiabatic Cooling setup as well as the latest Schneider Electric UPS technology. Datacenter.com has uniquely positioned its highly modular cooling infrastructure directly under the raised floor, with a height of 4.7 meters (!!) underneath an aisle containment solution with hot-aisle setup.

The Datacenter.com Amsterdam facility has been nominated for the ‘Excellence in Data Centre Architecture and Design’ award category together with Kao Data, Altice Portugal and WestfalenWIND IT. One of these four data center companies will be selected as an award winner during the Datacloud Europe 2018 award ceremony in Monaco, 12-14 June 2018 (www.datacloudcongress.com).

Datacenter.com’s Architecture

“The first colocation facility commissioned by Datacenter.com, located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, features a truly unique data center architecture,” said Jochem Steman, CEO of Datacenter.com. “Part of our global roll-out of data centers in select markets worldwide, this new facility in Amsterdam is engineered according to an innovative data center design with clear objectives – to reduce operational costs; to minimize our carbon footprint; and to offer highly flexible colocation solutions including power and network infrastructure. The result being a highly efficient, on-demand colocation services model delivered by Datacenter.com; a go-to-market model with high energy-efficiency levels and cloud-like elasticity with month-to-month colocation contracts.”

Datacenter.com uses a delta T (temperature between the data hall and the hot aisle) of 11-21 degrees Celcius, and combines this with an airflow of 2-5m/s. “This is a very low airflow rate,” added Mr. Steman. “In our Amsterdam data center, this results in a maximum absorption of the hot air. Our unique setup has resulted in a minimization of cool air loss while providing short air circulation, therefore significantly reducing the power needed in AMS1 while creating an ultra-low calculated pPUE of 1,04.”

To achieve maximum resilience, reliability and security levels, all critical data center infrastructure is installed outside the data hall in AMS1 so there’s no need to enter the data hall for maintenance. Water supply for the data center cooling solution is also located below the floor, so the data center roof is empty. This will prevent leakage from happening or potentially damaging customer equipment.

Modular Cooling Units, Schneider Electric UPS

Datacenter.com works with highly modular and relatively small cooling units. The cooling areas underneath the raised floor are directly below the corridors with hot-aisle setup. Datacenter.com pushes the hot air down towards the cooling engines, enabling the company to cool high density 54U, 11kW+ cabinets (from Schneider Electric) with a slow airflow without any use of compressors.

“These highly modular, small cooling units provide us with a granular cooling infrastructure designed for the highest operational and energy efficiency levels,” added Mr. Steman. “The design allows Datacenter.com to cool high-density 54U 19” cabinets which are fully loaded with servers without any problems. The flexible cooling technology also provides for quick replacement and expansion options of cooling units when needed. This is significantly saving operational costs for Datacenter.com and our customers.”

Schneider Electric’s newest Galaxy VX solution was selected as the central Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) platform for Datacenter.com AMS1. “We have been the first in the Netherlands to use this innovative UPS platform from Schneider Electric for our data centers,” added Mr. Steman. “It actually plays an important role in our overall efforts to reduce energy consumption. The average efficiency of a UPS is about 94,5%, meaning a waste of 6,5%. To reduce this overhead, we evaluated a variety of UPS solutions available in the market and ultimately decided to select the newest Schneider Electric Galaxy VX solution as the central UPS platform for Datacenter.com AMS1.”

“The Schneider Electric Galaxy VX solution helps to reduce power usage overhead in AMS1 to less than 1% in eco-mode, providing significant energy savings and also efficiency and significantly enhanced reliability in UPS operations,” concluded Mr. Steman. “A calculated pPUE figure of 1.04 as a result is a very low thus highly energy efficient figure being achieved. This will set the Datacenter.com Amsterdam AMS1 facility apart from the rest in Amsterdam and beyond in the European data center market. It will also add to the innovative strength within the data center market on a wider scale, as we’re planning to roll-out best-in-class colocation data centers worldwide.”

About Datacenter.com
Datacenter.com’s investors have committed themselves to invest heavily in state-of-the-art data center infrastructure – to meet the market’s growing need for energy efficient, highly interconnected and modular colocation facilities, in which organizations can flexibly and securely host their critical IT infrastructure while cloud computing needs are addressed. Datacenter.com’s customized, reliable and innovative data center solutions are accompanied with the company’s best-in-class customer support.

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Overland Park, KS – Responding to increasing demand for hybrid IT solutions, QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of software-defined and mega-scale data center solutions, today announced it has deployed its CloudRampTM solution with the IBM Cloud Direct Link service.

The hybrid data center solution features prebuilt, preconfigured colocation integrated with IBM Cloud Direct Link. The solution features flexible terms and can be purchased directly through IBM. QTS CloudRampTM leverages QTS’ Service Delivery Platform (SDP) to enable customers to view and manage their hybrid colocation environments in real-time. This software-defined service delivery approach increases visibility while reducing deployment time and puts control into the hands of the customer.


“We are pleased to partner with IBM to further enable the delivery of hybrid colocation solutions to their cloud customers,” said Jon Greaves, Chief Technology Officer – QTS. “QTS’ Service Delivery Platform provides IBM Cloud Direct Link customers the ability to dynamically manage and accelerate the deployment of their diverse hybrid IT infrastructure environments.”

QTS introduced CloudRampTM through its strategic collaboration with AWS in 2017. The initial response from the introduction of CloudRampTM remains strong with customer take-up of smaller cabinet-sized colocation footprints in each of the four initial markets of deployment. CloudRampTM was designed as a turnkey solution for cloud providers to bridge the gap between traditional IT and the cloud, while minimizing the risk of their customers’ journey to the cloud. QTS’ innovative SDP serves as the foundation of CloudRampTM, enabling automated access to cloud solutions through world-class platforms.

QTS is also pleased to be launching its strategic partnership with IBM with an initial customer order. QTS CloudRampTM, through IBM Cloud Direct Link, was selected to minimize risk to the customer’s hybrid IT journey. The customer required a highly secure and cloud-like colocation solution to host its latency-sensitive applications. QTS CloudRampTM allowed the customer to seamlessly integrate its colocation requirements with its existing IBM Cloud workload.

QTS CloudRampTM via IBM Cloud Direct Link is initially available from the QTS’ Irving, TX data center.

About QTS
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading provider of data center solutions across a diverse footprint spanning more than 6 million square feet of owned mega scale data center space throughout North America. Through its software-defined technology platform, QTS is able to deliver secure, compliant infrastructure solutions, robust connectivity and premium customer service to leading hyperscale technology companies, enterprises, and government entities. Visit QTS at www.qtsdatacenters.com, call toll-free 877.QTS.DATA or follow on Twitter @DataCenters_QTS.

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VMware rolled out new versions of its flagship products— VMware vSphere 6.7 and VMware vSAN 6.7, making it easier for enterprises to manage data across their IT environments. VMware vSphere is a server virtualization platform, while vSAN is a software-defined storage product. The updates are focused on hybrid cloud deployments, enhanced user experience, security, and broader support for applications. “The continued innovation in our award-winning compute and HCI portfolio makes the hybrid cloud a reality for our customers,” said Rajiv Ramaswami, chief operating officer, Products and Cloud Services, VMware. “The rapid adoption of vSAN, coupled with longstanding vSphere leadership is a testament to the importance of a digital foundation that extends from on-premises to the public cloud.” New features of vSphere Enterprises use vSphere to optimize the performance of hardware. It allows software applications to be deployed through multiple virtual machines on a single server. The new…
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IBM unveiled two new miniaturized mainframes, which are easier to integrate into public or private cloud environments and cloud datacenters. The new models — IBM z14 Model ZR1 and IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper II, will make mainframe a more adequate fit for the modern data centers. IBM z14 Model ZR1 is based on IBM z14 mainframe technology, and features a 19-inch single-frame case design. This design, IBM said, will allow easy placement into modern datacenter rack of the same kind which are used to frame regular servers. Z14 ZR1 is an improved version of the earlier Z13 mainframe. It offers 10% more throughput, and 8 terabytes of memory (two times more than the Z13 mainframe). Many enterprises in financial sector rely on IBM Z-series systems. The ZR1 systems can be a lot more useful for financial sector, allowing them to process up to 850 million encrypted transactions every day. The other mainframe system, IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper II, has been designed to offer a cloud platform with high…
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands – 3W Infra, a fast growing Infrastructure-as-a-Service hosting provider from Amsterdam with global operations and more than 4,600 dedicated servers under management, today announces the launch of its new mid-end and high-End dedicated server plans. These hosting packages are powered by Dell’s latest, 14th generation PowerEdge server technology. 3W Infra expects to enhance its innovative power later on this year by adding AMD-powered (next to Intel-powered) Dell equipment.

3W Infra’s new high-end and mid range dedicated server packages are powered by Dell PowerEdge R440 and Dell PowerEdge R540 respectively. These server hardware types will replace the previous 3W Infra server packages based on R430 and R530. As a provider of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions on a global scale, 3W Infra has thoroughly tested the 14th generation Dell hardware and expects these new dedicated server plans to cater to the efficiency and performance needs, even the most demanding ones of a variety of its existing and new customers worldwide.

3W Infra Test Bench Data Center Amsterdam

“3W Infra engineers have run multiple test with both of these Intel-powered Dell server types on the test bench in our flagship data center in Amsterdam and they found remarkable improvements when compared to the previous generation of Dell servers,” said Roy Premchand, Managing Director of 3W Infra. “Our testing results show that the equipment is delivering serious efficiency and performance enhancements, as promised by Dell.”

“Providing up to 140 TB (!) storage capacity, 3W Infra’s new high-end dedicated server offering is able to efficiently handle high-capacity business workloads,” added Mr. Premchand. “This would make the R540 dedicated server package ideal for applications like software-defined storage, messaging, video streaming and virtualization, to name a few. 3W Infra’s mid-end R440 dedicated server plan on the other hand is optimized for high-density, scale-out computing. This makes it an ideal solution for running virtualization applications and web serving. With its dual processor architecture and ample storage and memory, our R440-powered dedicated server is a good fit for HPC applications as well as standard business applications – for businesses looking for performance but also for efficiency within their dedicated server environments.”

Equipped with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for Information Security Management together with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance, the new dedicated servers are located in 3W Infra’s flagship data center in Amsterdam – an Open Compute Project (OCP) ready data center with scalable power modules starting at 5 Ampere per cabinet up to 25 Ampere for high-density requirements.

Key features of 3W Infra’s new R540 (high-end) dedicated server package include:
• Dual Intel Xeon Scalable (Skylake-SP) CPU – up to 20 cores
• 512 GB DDR4
• Dell Remote Access and Lifecycle Controller (iDRAC9 Enterprise)
• Hardware RAID (PERC): Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller
• Up to 12x 3.5” SAS/SATA HDD
• Supports NVMe SSDs
• Up to 20Gbps dedicated uplink to 3W Infra’s high volume (160Gbps of bandwidth), fully redundant and continuously expanding global network
• Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows Server with Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, or BSD.
• Free-of charge dedicated server setup

Key features of 3W Infra’s new R440 (mid-end) dedicated server package include:
• Dual Intel Xeon Scalable (Skylake-SP) CPU – up to 22 cores
• 512 GB DDR4
• Dell Remote Access and Lifecycle Controller (iDRAC9 Enterprise)
• Hardware RAID (PERC): Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller
• Up to 4x 3.5” Hot Plug HDD
• Supports NVMe SSDs
• Up to 20Gbps dedicated uplink to 3W Infra’s high volume (160Gbps of bandwidth), fully redundant and continuously expanding global network
• Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows Server with Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, or BSD.
• Free-of charge dedicated server setup

AMD-Powered Dell Servers

3W Infra already has laid its eye on Dell’s very recently introduced PowerEdge servers (R6415, R7415, and R7425) with AMD’s Epyc 7000 processors inside. As with the Intel-powered dedicated servers launched today, it will support NVMe SSDs. If the promised performance, efficiency and reliability results will turn out to be as great as expected when being put on 3W Infra’s test bench, the company will definitely embrace the AMD technology and have 3W Infra’s dedicated server plans powered by AMD processors.

“The R6415 and R7415 servers seem to be able to provide two-socket performance from a single-socket server,” added Mr. Premchand. “This would provide us and our clients with tremendous savings and a much lower TCO figure, savings that would add up as we expect to scale-up 3W Infra’s amount of servers under management significantly in the coming year. The AMD-powered Dell servers are available on the market already, but we will first let our engineers put them on our test bench. In line with 3W Infra’s highly flexible approach and customized offerings though, we may be able to offer these servers – just as any other Dell server type and configuration – before the official dedicated server package launch later on this year.”

About 3W Infra
Founded in 2014 by some Internet and hosting industry veterans, 3W Infra is a global Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosting provider with great engineering knowledge and skills headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The company’s enterprise-grade, ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and PCI-DSS certified hosting solutions are tailored to the specific needs of each customer. 3W Infra’s infrastructural solutions are engineered for scalability and cost-efficiency, with cloud-enabling services including colocation, dedicated servers, IP Transit, and high-level customer support. These solutions come with 3W Infra’s Remote Hands including Relocation engineering services at the world’s main Internet hubs in Amsterdam, Frankfurt and London. As a fast-growing company aiming for sustainable growth, 3W Infra serves a dynamic array of different customer types with a variety of needs. The company’s flagship data center in Amsterdam features one of the lowest calculated pPUEs in the industry (1,04), which is highly energy-efficient. 3W Infra has a significant amount of colocation customers and more than 4,600 dedicated servers under management, while its global network now exceeds 160 Gigabit/sec (Gbps) of available bandwidth. 3W Infra’s customer base includes some of the largest Internet, gaming, broadcasting and cloud services companies in Europe and beyond. To learn more about 3W Infra, visit: www.3winfra.com.

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