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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – This implementation makes phoenixNAP the first Amazon Web Services (AWS) edge location in the state, enabling it to provide a direct access to AWS cloud services with low latency and high bandwidth. Beginning today, companies all across the southwest will have a new choice in how they connect to AWS from their on-premises and colocation environments.

AWS Direct Connect is a dedicated network connection that brings robust and secure connectivity between on-premises or colocation environments and the cloud. Enabling organizations to transfer data via a private connection, AWS Direct Connect is ideal for organizations with latency- or compliance-sensitive workloads.


“Establishing connectivity into AWS Direct Connect in Arizona is a win for the entire state,” says Ian McClarty, President of phoenixNAP. “The availability of a dedicated network will enable faster, more secure, and highly efficient data transfer and workload migrations, while reducing bandwidth costs. We are honored to work with AWS to bring this innovation to Arizona and we are excited for the opportunity to enable companies all over the southwest to leverage AWS. With our focus on providing security and hybrid cloud solutions, working with AWS supports our vision and helps to answer our customers’ demands.”

The reduced bandwidth costs and consistent network performance of AWS Direct Connect make it more accessible to a wide variety of enterprise organizations. Gartner estimates that the worldwide cloud services market will grow 18 percent this year to a total of $246.8 billion. The increased market demand for cloud services and hybrid infrastructures is common to many industry verticals and sectors, including regulated industries that require advanced data security solutions.

AWS Direct Connect enables organizations under strict security and compliance regulations to transfer their data to the cloud. The service can be used to access AWS services in any AWS Region globally and create high-performance hybrid infrastructure and provide improved security and efficiency for sensitive workloads.

“The direct access to AWS Direct Connect services will make a big difference for many businesses we work with,” adds William Bell, VP of Products at phoenixNAP. “Reduction in latency and private connectivity will enable us to provide a new level of hybrid cloud services within our Phoenix data center facility, offering our customers direct access to AWS and the ability burst resources as necessary, while still maintaining full control over their compliance-focused private cloud deployments. Establishing connectivity into AWS Direct Connect in our Arizona facility allows us to service our enterprise customers’ private clouds, high-security applications, and specialized infrastructure with direct access to the cloud.”

More details about the service can be found here: https://phoenixnap.com/aws-direct-connect

PhoenixNAP is a Premier Service Provider in the VMware® Cloud Provider Program and a Platinum Veeam Cloud & Service Provider partner. PhoenixNAP is also a PCI DSS Validated Service Provider and its flagship facility is SOC Type 1 and SOC Type 2 audited.

About phoenixNAP
PhoenixNAP is a global IT services provider offering progressive Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions from locations worldwide. Our bare metal server, cloud, hardware leasing and colocation options are built to meet the evolving technology demands businesses require without sacrificing performance. Scalable OpEx solutions to support with the systems and staff to assist. PhoenixNAP global IT services. Visit http://www.phoenixnap.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ for more information.

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Microsoft has been recognized a winner in Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant for Operational DBMS for its extensive vision and ability to execute in the operational DBMS market. Microsoft serves SQL Server DBMS and Azure SQL Database (a DBMS PaaS based on SQL Server) in the OPDBMS market, and these products have made Microsoft the leader in respective market for the third time. Microsoft also markets Azure Cosmos DB, a DBMS PaaS solution compatible with Azure tablets, MongoDB, SQL, and Gremlin Graph APIs. The OPDBMS market includes both relational and nonrelational DBMS products that are appropriate for a wide range of enterprise-grade transactional applications. The OPDBMS products include the purchased business applications like CRM, IoT, ERP, security event management, and custom transactional systems. Microsoft has been investing heavily in the Operational Database Management Systems market to deliver more features and align Azure database platform and provide more value to customers…
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Sydney, Australia — Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), the global leader in CRM, today announced that it is now live on Amazon Web Service (AWS) Cloud infrastructure in Australia. As part of its strategic partnership with AWS, customers in Australia can access the Salesforce Customer Success Platform—including Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, Salesforce Platform, Community Cloud, Analytics Cloud, Financial Services Cloud and more—on the AWS Sydney Region.

Salesforce is now the #1 CRM provider in Australia according to Gartner’s market share report, based on 2016 total software revenue. icare and Telstra are the first Australian Salesforce customers to access the Salesforce Customer Success Platform on the AWS Sydney Region. Both customers have partnered with Salesforce to help them drive digital transformation in their businesses and get closer to their customers.


“Salesforce’s partnership with AWS allows us to bring new infrastructure online more quickly and efficiently with one of the most trusted, reliable and resilient public clouds,” said Randy Kern, EVP Infrastructure Engineering and Chief Infrastructure Officer, Salesforce. “As the global leader in CRM, we remain focused on enabling companies in Australia and around the world to use Salesforce to transform every customer experience.”

“APAC is one of the fastest-growing regions for Salesforce — the growing shift to cloud and demand for digital transformation is driving unprecedented growth for us in Australia,” said Mark Innes, EVP and General Manager, Salesforce Asia Pacific. “With the availability of Salesforce on AWS in Australia, we’re poised to further accelerate innovation, business transformation and success for our customers and partners.”

“The most innovative and successful Australian enterprises have been leveraging the combined capabilities of the AWS and Salesforce platforms to transform their businesses for many years. The availability of Salesforce’s Customer Success Platform on the AWS Sydney Region is a very significant milestone that will help Australian customers to fully leverage the scale, security and reliability of the AWS Cloud,” said Paul Migliorini, Managing Director, Amazon Web Services Australia and New Zealand.

“Telstra Enterprise has partnered with Salesforce to help our team digitally transform the way we serve our enterprise and government customers,” said Martijn Blanken, Group Managing Director, Telstra Enterprise. “Customer expectations are changing and Salesforce will play a key role in helping us better serve our customers through both face-to-face and digital interactions. This will allow Telstra Enterprise to consistently deliver world-class experiences and outcomes for our customers.”

“icare leverages the Salesforce Customer Success Platform to deliver world-class insurance and care services across NSW,” said Rob Craig, Chief Operating Officer, icare. “Being one of the first customers in Australia to access Salesforce on the AWS Sydney Region means icare can easily expand upon the way we serve the businesses, people and communities in NSW.”

AWS and Salesforce formed a strategic alliance to simplify and expand how customers capture, analyze and take action on data, delivering five service integrations for mutual customers. Additionally, as part of the alliance, Salesforce selected AWS as its preferred public cloud infrastructure provider. In addition to Australia, Salesforce is also leveraging AWS infrastructure to support its growing customer base in Canada, as part of its international infrastructure expansion.

*Gartner, Market Share: All Software Markets, Worldwide, 2016, 14 April 2017

About Salesforce
Salesforce, the global CRM leader, empowers companies to connect with their customers in a whole new way. For more information about Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), visit: www.salesforce.com.

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SAN ANTONIO, TX – Rackspace® announced today an agreement with SAP® (NYSE: SAP) to provide a partner managed cloud for SAP software solutions. Rackspace will offer an affordable, ready-to-use, subscription-based offering of SAP solutions in its private hosted cloud, enabling customers to access SAP software quickly and easily without the need for up-front infrastructure, dedicated staffing requirements and software licensing costs associated with on-premise software deployments.

“With this relationship, we’re providing a one-stop-shop for hosted services for SAP solutions – from software acquisition to ongoing support, all with one cloud delivery model – to directly address the customer pain points associated with today’s complex and distributed business environment,” said Mark Clayman, SVP and general manager of Rackspace Application Services, a new business unit formed following the company’s acquisition of TriCore Solutions. “By delivering a partner managed cloud, we’re allowing customers to quickly adopt the latest transformative SAP technologies without the high cost often associated with innovation.”


Rackspace will provide customers with a cost-effective, on-demand, cloud-based delivery model of their SAP software solutions. Rackspace will supplement these services with application migration, implementation, management and support services.

With Rackspace’s recent acquisition of TriCore Solutions in June 2017, the company can now bundle SAP software and Rackspace services together all within Rackspace data centers (previously TriCore Solutions). Rackspace Application Services is a SAP Silver Partner and recognized as a subject matter expert in supporting and delivering SAP solutions. The company is SAP-certified in hosting services for SAP solutions and in SAP HANA® operations services.

About Rackspace
Rackspace, the #1 managed cloud company, helps businesses tap the power of cloud computing without the complexity and cost of managing it all on their own. Rackspace engineers deliver specialized expertise, easy-to-use tools, and Fanatical Support® for leading technologies including AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack and VMware. The company serves customers in 150 countries, including more than half of the FORTUNE 100. Rackspace was named a leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide, and has been honored by Fortune, Forbes, and others as one of the best companies to work for. Learn more at www.rackspace.com.

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SAN ANTONIO, TX – Rackspace® today announced that it signed an agreement to acquire Datapipe, one of the world’s leading providers of managed services across public and private clouds, managed hosting and colocation. This acquisition, the largest in Rackspace history, brings important new capabilities to Rackspace and will enable the company to better serve customers of all kinds, globally and at scale.

According to industry surveys, the vast majority of companies operate across three or more clouds today, and will do so for years to come1. Customers have been asking Rackspace to rapidly expand its abilities in managing multiple clouds at scale, and with the acquisition of Datapipe, Rackspace will be able to meet this growing demand.


Among the new capabilities that Datapipe will bring to Rackspace are:

  • Experience serving high-profile public sector customers, including the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, and Treasury, as well as the U.K. Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice, and Department of Transport
  • Professional services, software and tooling that will help better serve enterprise customers
  • Data centers and offices in key markets where Rackspace today has little or no presence, including the West Coast of the U.S., Brazil, mainland China, and Russia
  • Traditional colocation services across four continents, to reduce cost and risk for customers moving applications out of their corporate data centers
  • Managed services on the Alibaba Cloud (the largest in China)

By the same token, Rackspace brings new capabilities to Datapipe customers, including:

  • Deep experience in Microsoft, VMware, and OpenStack private clouds, including new service offerings for Azure Stack and VMware Cloud on AWS
    Managed Google Cloud Platform
  • Managed services for enterprise applications, including those in the Oracle and SAP ecosystems, and those used in digital marketing and ecommerce

“Our customers are looking for help as they spread their applications across public and private clouds, managed hosting, and colocation, depending on the blend of performance, agility, control, security, and cost-efficiency they’re seeking,” said Joe Eazor, CEO of Rackspace. “With the acquisition of Datapipe, we’re very pleased to expand the multi-cloud managed services we provide our customers, while also opening doors to new opportunities across the globe.”

Founded in 2000, Datapipe is a pioneer in managed public cloud services. It is a growing and profitable business, based in Jersey City, N.J., with 825 employees and 29 data centers in nine countries. Datapipe serves the complex needs of many large enterprises, including Johnson & Johnson, McDonalds and Rubbermaid.

“We are very proud of the business we have built and the innovations and successful customer outcomes we have been recognized for, and the future of Datapipe will be even brighter in combination with Rackspace,” said Robb Allen, founder and CEO of Datapipe. “Customers need guidance using public cloud infrastructure from Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure. They also need help navigating the use of private clouds, managed hosting and colocation solutions, often in combination, as they move critical applications out of their corporate data centers. The combination of complementary capabilities and resources from both of our companies will create the world’s leading provider of multi-cloud managed services.”

Rackspace and Datapipe are remarkably similar. Both companies have been positioned as leaders in the Gartner Magic Quadrant assessments of providers of managed cloud services, and in industry rankings by Forrester and other leading analyst firms. Both companies are known for their technical expertise and managed services across multiple clouds, exceptional customer service, profitable growth, and engaged workplace cultures. Rackspace intends to build on the industry leadership the two companies have established in reliability and support, to create a new level of end-to-end customer experience.

Pending regulatory approvals, Rackspace’s acquisition of Datapipe is expected to close in Q4 2017. Rackspace will develop a comprehensive integration plan and will take great care to maintain and enhance the exceptional customer outcomes that both companies are known for. Rackspace looks forward to welcoming the talented employees from Datapipe.

Both companies are privately held, with Rackspace owned by affiliates of certain funds of Apollo Global Management, LLC and certain co-investors. The majority owner of Datapipe, Abry Partners, will receive equity in Rackspace. Brian St. Jean, Partner at Abry, described this transaction as “a measure of our confidence in the bright future of Rackspace when combined with Datapipe.” No additional terms or details of the transaction will be publicly disclosed.

Citigroup is acting as sole financial advisor to Rackspace in the transaction and has committed to provide incremental Senior Secured Credit Facilities, which will be used in part to refinance Datapipe’s existing indebtedness and pay related fees and expenses. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is acting as legal advisor to Rackspace.

Barclays and DH Capital are acting as financial advisors in the transaction to Datapipe. DLA Piper LLP is acting as legal advisor to Datapipe.

About Rackspace
Rackspace, the leading multi-cloud managed services company, helps businesses tap the power of cloud computing without the complexity and cost of managing it all on their own. Rackspace engineers deliver specialized expertise, easy-to-use tools, and Fanatical Support® for leading technologies including AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack, Oracle, SAP and VMware. The company serves customers in 150 countries, including more than half of the FORTUNE 100. Rackspace was named a leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide and has been honored by Fortune, Forbes, and others as one of the best companies to work for. Learn more at www.rackspace.com.

About Datapipe
A next generation MSP, Datapipe is recognized as the pioneer of managed services for public cloud platforms. Datapipe has unique expertise in architecting, migrating, managing and securing public cloud, private cloud, hybrid IT and traditional IT. The world’s most trusted brands partner with Datapipe to optimize mission-critical and day-to-day enterprise IT operations, enabling them to transform, innovate, and scale. Backed by a global team of experienced professionals and world-class interconnected data centers, Datapipe provides comprehensive cloud, compliance, security, governance, automation and DevOps solutions. Gartner named Datapipe a leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide.

1 Bain IT Decision Maker Survey, May 2017

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In the latest report about the server market by Gartner, the world’s leading research and advisory company, it has been found that in the second quarter of 2017, worldwide server revenue increased 2.8% YoY, while shipments grew 2.4% from the second quarter of 2016. “The second quarter of 2017 produced some growth compared with the first quarter on a global level, with varying regional results. The growth for the quarter is attributable to two main factors. The first is strong regional performance in Asia/Pacific because of data center infrastructure build-outs, mostly in China. The second is ongoing hyperscale data center growth that is exhibited in the self-build/ODM (original design manufacturer) segment,” said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner. Mr. Hewitt also said that x86 servers increased 2.5 percent in shipments and 6.9 percent in revenue, while the RISC/Itanium Unix servers fell down 21.4 percent in shipments and 24.9 percent in vendor revenue as…
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