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Naaldwijk, The Netherlands – Greenhouse Datacenters, a colocation data center developer/operator from the Rotterdam/The Hague region in the Netherlands, has expanded its collaboration with DCspine by announcing that DCspine’s network Point-of-Presence (PoP) is now also available in Greenhouse Datacenters flagship facility. The network PoP enables colocation customers in Greenhouse DC 2 to make on-demand connections with more than 70 data centers in the Netherlands and Belgium, 30 of which are in the Amsterdam region.

DCspine is a software-defined data center interconnection platform developed by Eurofiber Group, a provider of telecommunications and network infrastructure services in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. This software-defined data center interconnection platform was launched in October 2017. It’s an innovation in which Eurofiber Group has invested millions of euros. Via the network platform users have the flexibility to purchase connectivity for a day, for example, or to scale network capacity up and down instantly if necessary.


The availability of the new network PoP in Greenhouse’s flagship data center, Greenhouse DC 2, means an extension of the existing collaboration between DCspine and Greenhouse. Shortly after the establishment of DCspine in 2017, a network PoP was already installed in another of Greenhouse’s data centers, in Greenhouse DC 1.

“Since its foundation in 2017, DCspine has proven itself as a stable and ambitious network partner in the Dutch market, with expansion into Belgium since the end of 2019,” says Guido Sip, Chief Commercial Officer of Greenhouse Datacenters. “There is a lot of interest from colocation customers for the on-demand data center interconnection possibilities offered by DCspine. This enables customers to realize scalable connectivity with data centers throughout the Netherlands and internationally in an easily accessible manner. The network PoP in Greenhouse DC 2 is an excellent addition to our connectivity portfolio. It offers customers a great deal of flexibility and also extensive possibilities for creating redundancy.”

Data Centers in the Netherlands

“A strong networked system is important for colocation data centers, especially when it comes to enterprise customers and cloud service providers seeking maximum redundancy and flexibility for their IT infrastructures while pursuing cost efficiencies,” says Jan Michiel Berkel, Director of DCspine. “It’s great to notice that Greenhouse recognizes the value of DC-spine’s software-defined connectivity and functionality. Greenhouse is also one of the few data center providers available for co-locating IT infrastructures in the Hague/Rotterdam region, even though there’s a lot of activity here, also from international enterprises with their headquarters located in this area.”

“The network ecosystem within Greenhouse DC 1 and Greenhouse DC 2 is already very comprehensive,” says Guido Sip. “It fits the ‘Westland’ mentality of our organization however to provide colocation customers with a lot of value for money. As a region close to Rotterdam and The Hague, Westland is well-known for its greenhouses and worldwide exports of high-quality flowers and plants. DCspine adds enormous networking possibilities to the connectivity already available in our flagship data center here. DCspine enables us to easily connect customers from the Westland with data centers throughout the country. In addition, DCspine is an organization able to act quickly and flexible. Like us, they are practical-oriented and straightforward. This is also where we have a good match. It is something that suits the Westland character of Greenhouse. We are pleased that we can now offer DCspine in Greenhouse DC 2.”

About DCspine
DCspine, an innovation of the Eurofiber Group, is a fully automated online network platform offering high capacity data center interconnection based on software-defined network technology. DCspine focuses primarily on data centers and on cloud service providers (CSPs) operating from colocation data centers. The network platform connects more than 70 data centers in the Netherlands and Belgium. DCspine uses flexible contract conditions, allowing customers to order one or more connections at any time. Customers have also on-demand the ability to scale up and down, make network modifications or cancel their commitment. To learn more about DCspine, visit: https://www.dcspine.nl/en/.

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SAN JOSE, CA – Super Micro Computer, Inc. (SMCI), a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions, and green computing technology, announced an extension of its market-proven ultra-dense storage solutions with new 60-bay and 90-bay solutions. These best-in-class high-capacity storage and expansion systems are optimized for cloud-scale storage implementations as well as HPC storage applications.

This new top-loading architecture delivers the improved flexibility, modularity, and serviceability that customers need. Both 60-bay and 90-bay systems are available in single-node and dual-node configurations, where the drives evenly split between each node. Also, the drives can be in a storage bridge bay (SBB) configuration for high availability, in which both nodes have access to all the drives, and one node backs up the other in case of a failure. With a modular, tool-less design, all key onboard systems – hot-swap server nodes, expanders, fan modules, power supplies, and drives – are fully optimized for easy serviceability by a single technician.


“Anticipating changing market dynamics and high growth in software-defined, cloud-based storage, Supermicro can help data centers to rapidly modernize their equipment to leverage flexible architectures, tool-less design modularity, and simple expansion capabilities,” said Charles Liang, president and CEO of Supermicro. “Our new high-capacity storage systems continue Supermicro’s focus on resource-saving and deliver industry-leading capacity per watt for a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and lower total cost to the environment (TCE).”

Supermicro’s new high-capacity top-loading systems are optimized for enterprise environments, and support scale-up and scale-out architectures. These 4U systems feature 60x or 90x hot-swap 2.5″/3.5″ SAS3/SATA3 bays plus 2x onboard PCI-E M.2 slots and 2x internal slim SATA SSD slots. The single-node system also supports 2x rear hot-swap 2.5″ bays for OS mirroring and optional 4x NVMe U.2 bays for fast caching. At maximum configuration, the system supports 1,440 terabytes of cost-optimized storage. The single- and dual-node systems use 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors in a dual-socket configuration with 16x DIMM slots per server node.

Supermicro Storage Summit

Supermicro is launching this product line in conjunction with the first Supermicro Storage Summit, which will highlight leadership technology and solutions for cloud-based storage. The Supermicro Storage Summit will take place in North America/EMEA on July 28, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. PDT, and on July 29, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. GMT+8 Asia-Pacific. Please click here for more information and to register.

For more on Supermicro’s top-loading storage solutions, please visit https://www.supermicro.com/en/products/top-loading-storage

About Super Micro Computer, Inc.
Supermicro (Nasdaq: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology, is a premier provider of advanced Server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market. Supermicro, Server Building Block Solutions, BigTwin, SuperBlade, and We Keep IT Green are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Super Micro Computer, Inc.

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ATLANTA, GA – Colo Atl, a subsidiary of American Tower announces today that its new Edge Data Center – Atlanta, located in the Ben Hill, GA area, approximately 10 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta, is now fully available to existing and future Colo Atl tenants as an additional interconnection and colocation facility. This latest endeavor is designed to give customers an alternative location to the centralized metro data centers and is strategically located on the network edge. The purpose-built 360-square-foot, 100 KW facility provides eight (8) customer cabinets, comprised of twenty (20) quarter-cabinet lockers and three (3) full cabinets. The connectivity enabled, multitenant, neutral-host edge data center maximizes flexibility and is directly connected via dark fiber to Colo Atl.

“We are very excited to inform our Colo Atl tenants and community about this brand new edge data center asset, made available to all of our customers and ecosystem partners as an additional option for interconnection and colocation,” comments John Ghirardelli, General Manager for Colo Atl and Director, US Innovation for American Tower. “American Tower’s new edge data center, strategically located in close proximity to our Colo Atl facility, enables us to extend the Colo Atl ecosystem with a reliable solution promoting increased flexibility for existing and future customers.”


American Tower’s new edge data centers are being introduced to the market as demands for high bandwidth, low latency applications like cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Machine Learning, cybersecurity and AR/VR continue to increase and drive the future of the digital infrastructure landscape.

“Now is the optimal time to invest and pave the way for enabling the next generation network and computing architectures,” adds Whitney Pesot, Product Manager, U.S. Innovation for American Tower. “American Tower is committed to innovation and supporting the needs of our customers now and in the future.”

American Tower Edge Data Centers offer benefits such as:

  • Turnkey Infrastructure: Critical power (primary and backup) distribution, fire monitoring, security, and cooling in an all-in-one edge solution
  • Strategic Location: Utilizing the ground space of our existing towers, where connectivity already occurs, we create an improved network architecture closer to key operators
  • Reliability: Exceptional performance and reliability with guaranteed network service levels and 24/7/365 network operations center (NOC)
  • Security: Secure location with full DCIM capability and access control including 24/7/365 site monitoring
  • Dependability: Work with a single, trusted and established company for both tower and edge data colocation to simplify network deployment

For a tour or to discuss the Colo Atl facility and/or edge data center location, visit https://coloatl.com/atc/ or contact Sam Reagin, Business Development Leader for Colo Atl at sam.reagin@coloatl.com or (678) 521-3898.

About Colo Atl
Colo Atl, an American Tower company, is the leading provider of carrier-neutral colocation, data center and interconnection solutions at 55 Marietta Street in the global telecom hub of Atlanta, GA. Colo Atl provides superior carrier-neutral colocation, data center and interconnection services at an affordable rate. Colo Atl is a carrier-neutral environment that allows all types of network operators to securely and conveniently cross connect within a SOC 1 Type II certified facility. Colo Atl has no monthly recurring cross connect fees between tenants within the Colo Atl Meet-Me-Area (MMA) and provides exceptional customer service. Colo Atl is also home to the Georgia Technology Center (GTC), a live laboratory for network equipment vendors to highlight their optical and electrical hardware and operating systems, and the Southeast Network Access Point (SNAP), which provides next-generation Internet Exchange (IX) solutions, including SDN peering, testing, collaboration and implementation.

About American Tower
American Tower is a leading independent owner, operator and developer of wireless and broadcast communication real estate. Our global portfolio includes approximately 180,000 communications sites and is experiencing steady growth. In addition to leasing space on towers, we provide customized collocation solutions through our in-building systems, outdoor distributed antenna systems and other right-of-way options, managed rooftops and services that speed network deployment.

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AUSTIN, TX – The Ironic community published a white paper that highlights the scope, growth and maturity of the bare metal provisioning software. The white paper was developed by more than 26 contributors over 12 months and details all aspects of bare metal provisioning and lifecycle management via the OpenStack project. It provides information on performance, security, compliance and stack independence, as well as non-virtualizable resources associated with bare metal.

The white paper is a deep dive into the tools, clients and automation that demonstrate how the mature Ironic software delivers stable, production-proven bare metal compute instances, a popular option for deployment of container-based workloads because bare metal avoids the overhead and performance penalties common with full-featured hypervisors such as KVM.


“Building the Future on Bare Metal: How Ironic Delivers Abstraction and Automation using Open Source Infrastructure” here: https://www.openstack.org/bare-metal/how-ironic-delivers-abstraction-and-automation-using-open-source-infrastructure

Ironic Case Studies Highlighted
The white paper includes case studies from users including StackHPC, SuperCloud, Red Hat, VEXXHOST and more. Use cases highlighted in these stories include:

  • Use of Ironic to make resource usage more efficient: In one user’s production environment, bare metal provisioning based on Ironic has been in production for two years on more than 5,000 nodes. Because the creation of Kubernetes clusters adds an additional layer of abstraction, they use Ironic to create such clusters directly with physical machines, or even in a hybrid mode where only the master nodes are virtual machines and the minions are physical machines. One example for an application which makes use of this approach is the IT department’s batch processing service. The combination of virtual and physical machine provisioning via Nova and Ironic here allows for maximizing the efficient use of the allocated resources.
    Implementation of Ironic for software RAID support: Stack HPC uses Ironic along with ION Geophysical migrating on-premise HPC infrastructure into an OpenStack private cloud for seismic analysis.
  • InfiniBand Software Defined Networking: Supercloud addresses internal challenges by building bare metal service with Ironic and InfiniBand. This allows the system to provision cloud instances directly on the hardware with no need of virtualization, achieving the level of performance previously only seen on classic HPC systems.
  • Use of Ironic to provide aid to installer tools: Red Hat uses the software to provision the bare metal hardware needed for clusters being deployed and also provides an API and mechanisms to support a variety of use cases from within a running cloud.

Julia Kreger, Ironic Project Team Lead, recalled an anecdote about hearing first-hand about the value of the Ironic software: “At a conference a few years ago, I sat down to dinner next to someone I did not know. He started to tell me of his job and his long hours in the data center. He asked me what I did, and I told him I worked as a software engineer in open source. And he started talking about some tooling he recently found that took tasks that would normally take nearly two weeks for racks of servers, to just a few hours. He simply glowed with happiness because his quality of life and work happiness had exploded since finding this Bare Metal as a Service tooling called Ironic. As a contributor, this is why we contribute. To make those lives better.”

The paper explores how the Open Infrastructure community has addressed the bare metal provisioning problem with entirely free open source software. It discusses the issues operators face in discovering and provisioning servers, how the OpenStack community has solved these issues with Ironic and the future of open infrastructure and hardware management, emphasizing the necessity of open source and the value of contributors continuing to build on top of strong foundations. For operators interested in deploying Ironic, they select a partner from the dozens of vendors in the Ironic Bare Metal Program.

About the OpenStack® Foundation and Ironic
Ironic is an open source project that fully manages bare metal infrastructure and is part of OpenStack. The OpenStack Foundation (OSF) supports the development and adoption of open infrastructure globally, across a community of over 100,000 individuals in 187 countries, by hosting open source projects and communities of practice, including datacenter cloud, edge computing, NFV, CI/CD and container infrastructure.

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AMSTERDAM – Interxion, a leading European provider of carrier- and cloud-neutral colocation data centre solutions and a Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR) company, has acquired the freehold to the land under its Hanauer Landstraße campus in Frankfurt. The site includes nine Interxion data centres previously subject to leasehold agreements with approximately nine years of remaining lease term, along with Interxion’s German headquarters office as well as several buildings currently leased to other customers. Interxion now owns the freehold to all 15 data centres on its Frankfurt campus.

Separately, Interxion has reached an agreement to acquire an expansion parcel, formerly known as the Neckermann property, within approximately one kilometre of the Hanauer Landstraße campus. The expansion parcel totals 107,000 square metres that will support the development of up to 180 megawatts of additional IT capacity and will be fully connected to the existing campus. The Neckermann property acquisition is expected to close in two stages, with final transfer of ownership in early 2021.


“These investments represent an important milestone on our global platform roadmap, enabling customers’ digital transformation strategies while demonstrating our commitment to supporting their future growth on PlatformDIGITAL™,” said Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein. “We believe we are creating significant value by combining the leasehold and freehold positions on one of the most highly connected campuses in Europe, while the assemblage of adjacent expansion capacity provides long-term certainty for the coverage, capacity and connectivity requirements to support our customers’ digital ambitions.”

The Hanauer Landstraße campus currently contains approximately 43,000 square metres on 6.5 hectares of land, 40% of which is leased to 21 customers with a weighted-average remaining lease term of approximately four years. At expiration, Interxion expects to redevelop the portion currently leased to third parties to build out additional data center capacity.

Interxion occupies more than half the campus across its nine data centres. Interxion employs state-of-the-art cooling techniques to support higher power density customer requirements while maintaining exceptional energy efficiency, and 100% renewable energy is available to customers throughout the campus.

“Interxion Frankfurt is one of the leading cloud and connectivity hubs in the world, with direct access to numerous leading global cloud platforms and more than 700 carriers and internet service providers,” said David Ruberg, Chief Executive Officer of Interxion: A Digital Realty Company. “Acquiring the freehold to our existing campus as well as a sizable site for further expansion will enable customers to rapidly scale their digital transformation strategies by deploying critical infrastructure with a leading global data centre provider and joining a thriving community of interest.”

The seller of the Hanauer Landstraße freehold was the open-ended real estate special alternative investment fund, BEOS Corporate Real Estate Fund Germany II, whose assets are managed by BEOS AG. BNP Paribas Real Estate served as financial advisor on the Hanauer Landstraße transaction, while White & Case served as legal advisor.

About Interxion
Interxion: A Digital Realty Company is a leading provider of carrier- and cloud-neutral data centre solutions across EMEA, the Americas and APAC. With over 700 connectivity providers, Interxion has created connectivity and cloud content hubs that foster growing customer communities of interest reaching markets across six continents, 21 countries and 44 metros within 275 data centres. For more information, please visit www.interxion.com.

About Digital Realty
Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR) supports the data centre, colocation, and interconnection strategies of customers across the Americas, EMEA and APAC, ranging from cloud and information technology services, communications and social networking to financial services, manufacturing, energy, healthcare and consumer products.

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LOS GATOS, CA – Scholarly publishing technology provider, HighWire, is in the process of implementing a new industry-leading data recovery center which is designed to enable full platform functionality and data to be restored within a matter of hours, potentially minutes.

The new recovery service will be deployed to all HighWire customers commencing in July. HighWire’s new managed hosting facility partner, Faction, is a leading enterprise multi-cloud platform-as-a-service provider, VMware partner and strategic Amazon Web Services (AWS) partner. Faction has multiple geographic locations both throughout the U.S. and globally.


This state-of-the-art approach to disaster recovery utilizes an always-on or ‘pilot light’ method whereby critical core elements of HighWire’s data infrastructure are configured and constantly running, but at a diminished, standby capacity. Should the need arise, the architecture can become a fully functioning production environment within a matter of hours – if not minutes.

HighWire has implemented a number of performance tuning and enhancement measures over recent years. The recent COVID-19 traffic surges have demonstrated the robust nature of the delivery infrastructure (for example, traffic on the bioRxiv and medRxiv sites has increased from an average of 4M and 1M unique monthly page views respectively, up to 20M page views in April), while remaining highly responsive with 99.9+% uptime.

This move is the next step in ensuring that HighWire continues to provide the most reliable, most stable, and most scalable hosting services for its customers.

“Leveraging cutting-edge, high quality tools and partners is a critical part of the roadmap for our SaaS offering,” said Todd McGee, VP of Technology, Platform and Innovation at HighWire, “By partnering with Faction to provide rapid and reliable disaster recovery services, we can provide reliable restoration of data at a speed we believe is unparalleled within the industry.”

About HighWire
HighWire is a global provider of digital publishing solutions and platform expertise across all aspects of the publishing life cycle, including content management and hosting, e-commerce, analytics, access and identity management, manuscript submission and tracking.

Born out of Stanford University and now celebrating its 25th year, HighWire is backed by Stanford and private equity firm Accel-KKR, recently listed as the top founder-friendly investors for entrepreneurial partnership. This combination of deep digital understanding, academic expertise and strong financial backing makes HighWire the technology partner of choice for world-leading commercial and academic publishers.

About Faction
Faction is a leading multi-cloud platform-as-a-service provider and VMware partner that provides clients with multi-cloud-attached storage utilizing NetApp and Dell EMC. Additionally, in 2017 Faction was tapped by VMware to be a part of the VMware Cloud on AWS beta program and continues to build services and products around this groundbreaking offering.

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