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ST. LOUIS – Connectria, a global cloud service provider and founder of the No Jerks Allowed® movement, today announced that it has successfully completed the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Managed Service Provider (MSP) Partner Program Audit for the third year in a row. AWS Managed Service Partners (MSPs) consist of a select group of highly skilled managed service providers who have successfully completed a rigorous third-party validation audit according to AWS’ exacting standards.

Conducted annually, this stringent audit requires MSPs to demonstrate extensive expertise in cloud infrastructure and application migration, as well as the ability to deliver value by offering proactive monitoring, automation, and management of their customer’s environment.


“Once again Connectria is proud to be recognized among the elite audited group of AWS next-generation Managed Service Partners,” said Rich Waidmann, President and CEO of Connectria.

“Among the thousands of AWS partners around the globe, only a relatively few are able to achieve this level. That fact that this is the third year in a row that Connectria has earned AWS MSP status is a testament to the maturity of our AWS Managed Services expertise and business. It is also a reaffirmation of our TRIA for AWS offer, which has helped many organizations get the most out of AWS by addressing its top three challenges; performance, security/compliance and cost optimization.”

Connectria will be exhibiting at AWS re:Invent 2017, from November 28 – 30 at the Sands Expo Hall in Las Vegas. Please visit us at Booth #539 and ask about TRIA for AWS.

About Connectria
Since 1996, Connectria (connectria.com) has provided award-winning cloud hosting, remote monitoring and cloud security for more than 1,000 customers in more than 35 countries worldwide. At the core of Connectria is our No Jerks Allowed® company philosophy. As The Jerk Free Company®, we’ve established a unique culture where every employee goes “the extra mile” to take care of our customers. Being The Jerk Free Company® extends beyond our people too. We make it easy to do business with us through flexible terms, scalable solutions and straight-forward pricing to serve the technology needs of large and small organizations alike.

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NEW YORK, NY – Namecheap has partnered with New York On Tech to provide digital training and resources to students from local New York City high schools.

New York On Tech helps underrepresented young students prepare for academic and professional careers in technology, connecting them to opportunities and industry experts. They also provide training courses to enhance digital skills.


“Creating an online presence is an absolute must for the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators. Combining Namecheap’s technology with New York On Tech’s mission will help provide students with the tools and skills they need to help them in all areas of their lives. In doing this, we hope to contribute to building the tech talent of tomorrow! Our partnership is incredibly exciting,” said Richard Kirkendall, CEO of Namecheap, Inc.

Namecheap will provide digital tools—such as free domains and other resources—so students can easily create a website. They will also run a series of workshops that help students understand how an online presence can make life milestones more attainable. Examples include applying for college and internships, and the most effective way to search for jobs.

The workshops will consist of several two-hour training sessions focused on the importance of self-branding. The students will also utilize resources provided by Namecheap, and put their best work online for prospective college admissions or employers.

“Our partnership with Namecheap will allow New York On Tech students to gain a fundamental understanding of how they can showcase the skills they are learning in our program via the world wide web to attract new opportunities,” said Jessica Santana, Executive Director, New York On Tech. “An online brand is critical in a 21st-century workforce and economy and we are excited to partner with industry leaders like Namecheap to provide these tools and resources to students.”

By making these sessions personally relevant and engaging, Namecheap’s goal is to empower students and encourage them to take their next steps toward their academic or career goals.

The partnership launch event will be held on November 16th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the General Assembly, 902 Broadway, 4th Floor, in New York City.

About Namecheap
Founded in 2000 by Richard Kirkendall, Namecheap is a leading ICANN-accredited domain name registrar with more than 8 million domains under management. The company offers domain names at some of the best prices in the industry, with full-featured hosting packages, secure SSL certificates, and WhoisGuard privacy protection services.

About New York On Tech
New York On Tech programs provides the tools and skills students need to further themselves in technology. They work with more than 50 high schools, companies in various capacities and mentor/volunteers/instructors throughout New York City to help provide access to computer science and technology education to students.

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Amsterdam, the Netherlands – EvoSwitch, a Europe and U.S. based colocation data center company with sustainable characteristics and a partner-rich cloud interconnection platform, celebrates its 10th anniversary with the completion of a corporate rebrand – the first in its history. The brand repositioning includes a redesigned corporate identity and a new website which now includes a continuously expanding knowledge platform on topics like (hybrid) cloud and colocation.

When starting its colocation data center business 10 years ago in the Amsterdam area, EvoSwitch was one of the first companies in Europe to launch a ‘carbon-neutral’ facility with highly efficient cooling systems, renewable energy usage, and a low Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) figure for energy efficiency purposes. EvoSwitch’s significantly expanded managed services and added value delivery would justify their step towards this newly completed corporate brand identity.


“The use of renewable energy and a low PUE figure are nowadays not as uncommon as ten years ago, although today having the best PUE in the colocation market is still highly impressive I must say – especially for the large facilities owned and operated by EvoSwitch,” said Eric Boonstra, CEO at EvoSwitch. “Energy-efficiency still plays a critical role in our day-to-day data center operations, but in recent years we’ve taken our colocation services to the next level by adding all kinds of managed services and enterprise-grade value.”

“The cloud interconnection platform EvoSwitch OpenCloud is a good example of the value being added in the last two years,” said Mr. Boonstra. “Also EvoSwitch’s in-house developed modular data center building concepts with energy-efficient features and short lead times for implementation are an integral part of our corporate brand identity today. Not to forget about EvoSwitch’s international presence, with our U.S. data center in Manassas, Virginia being added in 2012. All these infrastructural achievements make our 10th anniversary a milestone worth celebrating. The newly completed EvoSwitch corporate brand identity with refreshed logo and updated website design better matches the smart and powerful corporate profile we have established since 2007.”

The addition of a Knowledge Center on the new EvoSwitch website, with strategic information resources including white papers on (hybrid) cloud, colocation and sustainability (https://evoswitch.com/knowledge-center/#white-papers), as well as videos and expert blogs, would also reflect the company’s shift in recent years towards a corporate identity which now includes a complete set of value added managed services.

New Corporate Identity Explained

EvoSwitch’s new corporate brand identity and website are being developed by award-winning Dutch agency Studio Piraat (http://studiopiraat.nl). The agency was requested to design a new website and logo reflecting EvoSwitch’s facilitating role towards its ‘customer cloud ecosystems’ and its ‘open and knowledge sharing’ characteristics. The complex technologies and value added solutions being delivered needed to be translated towards a clean, simple but strong visual design.

The designers from Studio Piraat used new icons and fonts with a ‘future forward design,’ while developing unique illustrations and graphics for this new corporate brand identity. Part of it is also an animation with a scroll-based infographic (https://evoswitch.com/about/), which at a glance would explain what the EvoSwitch ecosystem and value add is all about.

“In 2007 we used to call ourselves a ‘next generation’ data center provider,” added Mr. Boonstra. “Although I know it’s a marketing term by now that’s being used too often, it really was communicating what we stood for then. We were spearheading the international colocation business by going green, as one of the first on a European level in the global data center market. By continuously keeping focused on developing and adding new managed services – in line with evolving hybrid cloud customer needs and requirements – we’re convinced that we will be able to stay ahead of the market for the next 10 years to come. The new EvoSwitch corporate brand identity being implemented when celebrating our 10th anniversary is meant to support that goal.”

About EvoSwitch
EvoSwitch provides secure and sustainable data center services, with cloud- and carrier-neutral data centers in Europe and the United States. EvoSwitch is home to growing ecosystems of customers around interconnection and hybrid cloud, operating at the edge of the Internet and providing access to public clouds. EvoSwitch enables global and local customers to build their IT infrastructure for growth, creating value for customers and partners alike offering 14.000 m2 and ample room for further growth on both sides of the Atlantic. In response to customer demand and market requirements, EvoSwitch has built an extensive set of managed services including its EvoSwitch OpenCloud – a cloud-neutral and partner-rich (hybrid) cloud interconnection marketplace for low-latency interconnection options. As one of the first colocation data centers in Europe with ultra-low PUE figures while utilizing 100% renewables, EvoSwitch’s engineering teams provide special assistance for customers when optimizing equipment configurations, condition monitoring and reduction of energy consumption. EvoSwitch’s data centers in both Europe and the U.S. provide enterprise-grade security measures while meeting strict compliance and third-party accredited standards including ISO 27001:2013, ISO 14001:2004, PCI-DSS, SIOC1 Type II, and LEED Gold. To learn more about EvoSwitch, visit: evoswitch.com

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SEATTLE – Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), announced the availability of C5 instances, the next generation of compute optimized instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Designed for compute-heavy applications like batch processing, distributed analytics, high-performance computing (HPC), ad serving, highly scalable multiplayer gaming, and video encoding, C5 instances feature 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon Scalable processors (Skylake-SP) up to 72 vCPUs, and 144 GiB of memory—twice the vCPUs and memory of previous generation C4 instances—providing the best price-performance of any Amazon EC2 instance. To get started with C5 instances, visit: https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/c5/.

Optimized to deliver the right combination of CPU, memory, storage, and networking capacity for a wide range of workloads, all latest generation Amazon EC2 instance families—including C5—feature AWS hardware acceleration that delivers consistent, high performance, low latency networking and storage resources. C5 instances provide networking through the Elastic Network Adapter (ENA), a scalable network interface built by AWS to provide direct access to its networking hardware. Additional dedicated hardware and network bandwidth for Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) enables C5 instances to offer high performance storage through the scalable NVM Express (NVMe) interface. C5 instances introduce a new, lightweight hypervisor that allows applications to use practically all of the compute and memory resources of a server, delivering reduced cost and even better performance. C5 instances are available in six sizes—with the four smallest instance sizes offering substantially more Amazon EBS and network bandwidth than the previous generation of compute optimized instances.


“Customers have been happily using Amazon EC2’s unmatched selection of instances for more than 11 years, yet they’ll always take higher and more consistent performance if it could be offered in a cost-effective way. One of the challenges in taking this next step is how to leverage the cost efficiency of virtualization while consuming hardly any overhead for it,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, Amazon EC2, AWS. “We’ve been working on an innovative way to do this that comes to fruition with Amazon EC2 C5 instances. Equipped with our new cloud-optimized hypervisor, C5 instances set a new standard for consistent, high-performance cloud computing, eliminating practically any virtualization overhead through custom AWS hardware, and delivering a 25 percent improvement in compute price-performance over C4 instances—with some customers reporting improvements of well over 50 percent.”

Netflix is the world’s leading internet television network with 104 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day. “In our testing, we saw significant performance improvement on Amazon EC2 C5, with up to a 140 percent performance improvement in industry standard CPU benchmarks over C4,” said Amer Ather, Cloud Performance Architect at Netflix. “The 15 percent price reduction in C5 will deliver a compelling price-performance improvement over C4.”

iPromote provides digital advertising solutions to 40,000 small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). “iPromote processes billions of ad serving bid transactions every day,” said Matt Silva, COO at iPromote. “During testing, C5 instances improved our application’s request execution time by over 50 percent and significantly improved our network performance overall.”

Grail is a life sciences company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. “Our platform processes a huge amount of DNA sequencing data to detect faint tumor DNA signals in a sea of background noise,” said Cos Nicolaou, Head of Technology at Grail. “We are eager to migrate onto the AVX-512 enabled c5.18xlarge instance size. With this change, we expect to decrease the processing time of some of our key workloads by more than 30 percent.”

Alces Flight Compute makes it easy for researchers to spin up High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters of any size on AWS. “With the support for AVX-512, the new c5.18xlarge instance provides a 200 percent improvement in FLOPS compared to the largest C4 instance,” said Wil Mayers, Director of Research and Development for Alces. “This will reduce the execution time of the scientific models that our customers run on the Alces Flight platform. The larger c5.18xlarge size with 72vCPUs reduces the number of instances in the cluster, and has a direct benefit for our user base on both price and performance dimensions.”

Rescale enables customers in the aerospace, automotive, life sciences and energy sectors to run utility supercomputers using AWS. “C5 fully supports NVMe and is ideal for the I/O intensive HPC workloads seen on Rescale’s ScaleX® platform,” Ryan Kaneshiro, Chief Architect at Rescale, said. “C5’s higher clock speed and AVX-512 instruction set will allow our customers to run their CAE simulations significantly faster than on C4 instances.”

Customers can purchase Amazon EC2 C5 instances as On-demand, Reserved, or Spot instances. C5 instances are generally available today in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon) and, EU (Ireland) regions, with support for additional regions coming soon. They are available in six sizes with 2, 4, 8, 16, 36, and 72 vCPUs.

About Amazon Web Services
For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world — including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), yesterday launched HPE Superdome Flex, a scalable, modular and cloud-ready platform that can carry out high-speed analytics on large volumes of data for enterprises of all sizes. HPE Superdome Flex has been designed with a unique modular design that offers unmatched memory capacity of up to 48 TB, and unparalleled scalability of up to 32 sockets which is 2.3 times more than the scalability of prior generation. It enables enterprises to go with the flow of data demands, and safeguard the critical workloads. HPE’s mission critical in-memory computing platform has been designed for the future based on Memory-Driven Computing design principles that can enhance the performance of analytics up to 100 times, or even more. “Customers want to harness all of their data to derive actionable insights in real-time to make more impactful business decisions,” said Randy Meyer, vice president and general manager, Synergy & Mission Critical Servers, Hewlett…
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MONTREAL – ROOT Data Center, specializing in next-gen colocation that extends beyond security and reliability, today announces it has secured $90 million in new financing from Goldman Sachs, allowing the company to expand into new regions and continue to grow to meet customer demands. ROOT Data Center continues to experience high demand for expansion from both existing and new customers, and the influx of capital underscores the company’s commitment to provide cutting-edge colocation services characterized by highly reliable infrastructure, low-cost, green energy solutions, and strict security standards.

“ROOT Data Center is actively positioning itself to meet the ongoing demand for data center space in Montreal at a time when major cloud providers are seeking more colocation services in the Canadian market, and multinational companies are identifying the many business and economic advantages the province of Quebec has to offer for data hosting,” states AJ Byers, President and CEO, ROOT Data Center. “This funding improves ROOT’s financial strength and long-term stability, enabling the company to enter new regions and markets, complete facility expansions, and properly invest in capacity to better serve demand from growing business sectors such as the retail segment.”


ROOT currently operates two data centers in greater Montreal. The facilities exceed Tier 3 standards, are carrier-neutral and designed to achieve market leading energy-efficiency. Companies benefit from ROOT’s unmatched deployment speeds and locally sourced, low-cost renewable hydro-electric power. Located along one of the most heavily-trafficked routes on the internet connecting Europe with the U.S., its data centers are ideally positioned to ensure low-latency connectivity for international business operations.

ROOT has the ability to accommodate the most advanced and high density servers today, up to 40kw per rack. The scalability and performance of its high density power solutions, combined with free air-cooling systems and the cool, Canadian climate, provide customers with cost-effective power in a highly-secure and reliable colocation environment with storage solutions designed to suit businesses of any size. Its customers include cloud hosting providers, telecommunications service providers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), multinational enterprises, and one of the largest hyperscale technology providers in the world.

For more information about ROOT Data Center’s portfolio of services, visit www.rootdatacenter.com.

About ROOT Data Center
ROOT is a next-generation data center company that provides colocation solutions to empower the world’s computing leaders. Its modular design promises optimal agility and efficiency, which enables all customers to scale their technology infrastructure and grow with confidence. Less power to waste, more power to you. For more information, visit www.rootdatacenter.com.

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