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ST. LOUIS – TierPoint, a leading provider of secure, connected data center and cloud solutions at the edge of the internet, today announced the launch of TierPoint CleanIP™ – the company’s fully managed, next-generation firewall service.

“Increasingly, IT leaders are looking to secure their enterprises for less cost, with less complexity, greater visibility and more granular control, across users, devices, and applications,” said Rob Carter, TierPoint Senior Vice President of Product Development, Architecture and Engineering. “CleanIP responds to those needs, enabling full-feature, next-generation firewall functionality, flexibly scaling from the edge to the core, with industry-leading security and performance, wherever workloads reside.”


Leveraging the Fortinet FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall platform, CleanIP helps organizations protect against a much broader spectrum of intrusions than traditional managed firewall services and does so on a location-agnostic basis; it can be deployed across all venues, from client premises to TierPoint facilities, with public or hyperscale cloud support.

“TierPoint is a Fortinet Platinum MSSP Partner that has established a growing presence in the healthcare, financial, education, government, SaaS, communications, and enterprise markets as a leader in managed security and cloud services,” said Matt Pley, Vice President of Cloud, Carriers, Service Providers & Strategic Accounts at Fortinet. “We’re pleased to partner with TierPoint to offer customers advanced firewall services powered by the Fortinet Security Fabric and FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall.”

In addition to traditional managed firewall functions, CleanIP offers intrusion detection and protection systems (IDS/IPS); SSL traffic inspection of all encrypted content; content filtering (excluding web pages or e-mail deemed objectionable or outside of policy); network anti-virus/block malware; anti-botnet, IP reputation and application protection; VPN access with secure, multi-factor authentication; application awareness (filtering packets, to help distinguish between safe and unwanted applications); and user awareness (with granular control of applications by specific users, user groups, and user machines, limiting what can be sent and received).

TierPoint is hosting a related webinar on November 1, with Fortinet and SHI, on “Best Practices When Deploying Next-Generation Firewalls.”

About TierPoint
Meeting clients where they are on their journey to IT transformation, TierPoint (tierpoint.com) is a leading provider of secure, connected data center and cloud solutions at the edge of the internet. The company has one of the largest customer bases in the industry, with 5,000 clients ranging from the public to private sectors, from small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises. TierPoint also has one of the largest and most geographically diversified footprints in the nation, with over 40 world-class data centers in 20 markets and 8 multi-tenant cloud pods, connected by a coast-to-coast network. Led by a proven management team, TierPoint’s highly experienced IT professionals offer a comprehensive solution portfolio of private, multitenant, managed hyperscale, and hybrid cloud, plus colocation, disaster recovery, security, and other managed IT services.

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DENVER – InMotion Hosting, a leading hosting company who provides web hosting and managed hosting solutions, is announcing a strategic partnership with Automattic Inc., and their Jetpack product, which will now be available for InMotion’s WordPress Hosting customers. Customers will automatically receive either Jetpack Personal (a $39 value) or Jetpack Professional (a $299 value) at no extra cost when purchasing a WordPress Hosting package from InMotion.

Managed WordPress Hosting from InMotion offers users a managed hosting platform for WordPress that includes security, performance and optimized speeds. Additionally, the suite of design, management tools and pre-installed features allow WordPress customers to build their site faster.


WP-2000S and WP-3000S now includes Jetpack Personal (a $39 value) offering great features such as unlimited image CDN storage and Akismet spam-filtering. For customers who purchase WP-4000S and up receive Jetpack Professional (a $299 value). This includes services such as automated security scans and unlimited high-definition video hosting.

“Jetpack is an incredible tool that allows our website hosting partners to provide a managed WordPress experience to their end users,” said James Grierson, Global partnerships Lead at Automattic.”We are very excited to have InMotion Hosting use the Jetpack platform for their next generation of WordPress websites.”

Sunil Saxena, Vice President of InMotion Hosting, commented “InMotion Hosting has always strived to deliver great products and services to our customers. The new partnership with Jetpack continues this commitment by allowing us to elevate our customer’s capabilities with our WordPress hosting products through this offering with Jetpack.”

The inclusion of Jetpack will now provide InMotion Hosting customers more tools to design, promote, and increase the security of their websites. Access to Jetpack is available to both new and existing InMotion Hosting customers immediately. Existing customers who aren’t already using Jetpack can connect and start using the plan’s features by logging into their Account Management Panel.

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SAN MATEO, CA – Cloudian announced that it raised $94 million in a Series E funding, bringing the company’s total funding to $173 million. The round includes participation from investors Digital Alpha, Eight Roads Ventures, Goldman Sachs, INCJ, JPIC (Japan Post Investment Corporation), NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc. and WS (Wilson Sonsini) Investments. Cloudian will use this investment, which is the largest single round to date for a distributed file systems and object storage provider, to expand its worldwide sales and marketing efforts and increase its engineering team to meet rising demand for its limitlessly-scalable enterprise storage solutions.

“Cloudian redefines enterprise storage with a global data fabric that integrates both private and public clouds — spanning across sites and around the globe — at an unprecedented scale that creates new opportunities for businesses to derive value from data,” Cloudian CEO Michael Tso. “Cloudian’s unique architecture offers the limitless scalability, simplicity, and cloud integration needed to enable the next generation of computing driven by advances such as IoT and machine learning technologies.”


According to IDC, the worldwide enterprise storage market grew by 34.4% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2018, reaching over $52 billion in annualized revenue. Cloudian’s global enterprise storage fabric meets this growing demand with a software-defined-storage platform that transforms standard servers and virtual machines into a pool of logical storage resources that can be co-located with data sources and data consumers, whether in physical data centers, at remote sites, or in the cloud. Scalable to hundreds of petabytes and beyond, the Cloudian architecture creates a global federation of storage assets to form a hyperscale fabric that eliminates the boundaries of traditional storage, allowing information resources to be transparently pooled and shared over distance.

“Computing now operates without physical boundaries, and customers need storage solutions that also span from the data center to the edge,” said Takayuki Inagawa, president & CEO of NTT DOCOMO Ventures. “Cloudian’s geo-distributed architecture creates a global fabric of storage assets that supports the next generation of connected devices.”

Global businesses in data-intensive verticals such as media, healthcare and manufacturing create and consume vast quantities of data at hundreds of locations across the organization. Cloudian meets these distributed storage needs with a peer-to-peer resource fabric and a single management framework that spans Cloudian storage appliances, industry standard X86 servers running Cloudian software, and public cloud storage. The result is simple, efficient data management across the global storage landscape.

“For too long, enterprise storage users have settled for solutions that offer incrementally more performance or scale without fundamentally addressing the challenge of global data management,” said Daniel Auerbach, senior managing partner at Eight Roads Ventures. “When Eight Roads Ventures first invested in Cloudian in 2014 we saw a different approach – here was a company applying cloud-scale technologies to the enterprise storage challenge. This, our third round of investment, affirms our belief in Cloudian’s innovative approach and next stage of growth.”

Recently added Cloudian customers include public health agencies in the US and UK, two of the top five Formula One teams, a US national research lab, an online travel market leader, a top three pharmaceutical company, a top three global car maker, a top five European bank, an Ivy League university, and one of the world’s largest global engineering companies.

“Global 2000 customers in media, automotive, manufacturing, healthcare, and government look to Cloudian to manage their rapidly growing information assets, a trend that we see only accelerating,” said Edouard Hervey, managing director at Goldman Sachs. “We believe Cloudian is well-positioned to dominate the next generation of enterprise storage with its elegantly simple design that integrates both the data center and cloud environments.”

“With long-standing roots in the Silicon Valley, our firm has represented over 3,000 private companies and early-stage startups, giving us a unique perspective on the success factors found in high-growth firms,” said Larry Sonsini, Cloudian investor and senior and founding partner of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. “WS Investments chose to work with the Cloudian management team led by Michael Tso because they exhibit the markers of long-term success with a strong, integrity-driven culture and an innovative solution to the vital challenge of global data management.”

Unlike traditional storage solutions whose architectures were derived from stand-alone systems that operate within a single data center, Cloudian’s architecture was built on cloud technologies that were designed for distributed environments and limitless scale.

“There will be 20 billion connected devices by 2020, creating a compelling need for data management solutions that are architected for geo-distribution and cloud integration,” said Gregory M. Bryant, Intel’s senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group and Cloudian board member. “Cloudian’s global data fabric architecture lets customers manage data organization-wide from a single console, so they can capitalize on the next generation of connected computing.”

The Series E funding includes a $25 million investment from Digital Alpha that was first announced in February.

About Cloudian
Cloudian turns information into insight with a hyperscale data fabric that lets customers store, find and protect data across the organization and around the globe. Cloudian data management solutions bring cloud technology and economics to the data center with uncompromising data durability, intuitive management tools, and the industry’s most compatible S3 API. Cloudian and its ecosystem partners help Global 1000 customers simplify unstructured data management today, while preparing for the data demands of AI and machine learning tomorrow.

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Singapore – Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today launched a new suite of product offerings for the global market in the areas of cloud architecture, machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT) and security. These products will meet the needs of the retail industry in the region who are looking to digitize their operations under the New Retail concept that marks the seamless integration of online and offline. Alibaba Cloud is poised to strengthen its collaboration with customers and partners across different industries with these new offerings.

The launch of ASEAN Partner Alliance Programme is another highlight at Alibaba Cloud Summit – Infinity 2018. The alliance aspires to develop a sustainable ecosystem to empower more technology vendors, service providers, system integrators, ISVs and start-ups to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives. The program aims to recruit 150 solution partners and to train 600 sales and technology personnel in the next 12 months to fuel the growth of the ecosystem.


Derek Wang, Chief Solution Architect, Alibaba Cloud International said: “Asia Pacific is a unique market, and as a global cloud services provider with an Asian origin, we are committed to leverage our knowledge and experience to build a sustainable regional ecosystem and enrich our offerings to meet the needs of our customers in this digital age. This new suite of offering includes products that are highly efficient, cost effective, and some of them are the first of their kind in the industry.”

The new products fall into a number of inter-related categories. In relation to data technology and AI, Alibaba Cloud is launching two key products – Data Lake Analytics is an effective serverless service for customers to turn their cloud storage data into insights in Data Lake scenario; PAI is Alibaba Cloud’s proprietary machine learning platform that enables customers with limited AI background easy access to Alibaba Cloud’s AI capabilities. IoT Platform, a platform and toolkit will also be introduced to the global market.

Infrastructure and security will continue to be crucial as the fundamental consideration for enterprises undertaking cloud migration. In view of this, Alibaba Cloud will launch Anti-Bot Service, which is a software solution that protects users from online scalpers and crawlers. Hybrid Backup Recovery is a cost-effective, easy-to-use online backup service to protect critical business data while Dedicated Host provides customers with regulatory, stability and business standard requirements to enjoy a dedicated hosting service on a public cloud.

Alibaba Cloud’s partner network is an important strategic asset, as shown by the number of new offerings. With China Unicom Global, Alibaba Cloud is launching Smart Access Gateway that supports a multiple location enterprise network. Others are Apsara Stack, the next generation hybrid cloud solutions, delivered in collaboration with HPE, and Elasticsearch, which is an open source tool developed by Elastic and available on Alibaba Cloud.

“These products all have specific features that meet an identified need within the flourishing retail market in Asia Pacific region. E-commerce is witnessing considerable growth and Alibaba Cloud, leveraging Alibaba Group’s development, can offer a mature ecosystem to support the regional retail sector. Using these products will help merchants deploy their resources more effectively, and gain deeper consumer insights. The technology available can also give our consumers better protection against fraud and an improved shopping experience,” added Wang.

Alibaba Cloud invested significant resources in the global market especially Asia Pacific to support the region’s digital transformation, offering a larger range of solutions to local businesses and SMEs. Last month, the company launched the second Availability Zone and the first cloud based Anti-DDoS Scrubbing Center in Malaysia, providing customers with new levels of protection against DDoS attacks.

The new products and solutions will all be demonstrated at the Alibaba Cloud Summit – Infinity 2018.

About Alibaba Cloud
Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com), the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is among the world’s top three IaaS providers according to Gartner, and the largest provider of public cloud services in China, according to IDC. Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba Group marketplaces, start-ups, corporations and government organizations. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee.

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EDINA, MINN. – Equus Compute Solutions announces the release of its WHITEBOX OPEN™ R1660 and R1660 NVMe servers, part of the Equus portfolio of custom cost-optimized open-hardware server and storage platforms. Incorporating dual Intel® Xeon® Scalable CPUs and new open-hardware features, the R1660 servers are compact high-performance compute solutions for demanding applications such as content delivery, cloud services, business applications, and virtualization. These servers are ideal for content delivery network providers (CDNs), cloud services providers (CSPs), value-added resellers (VARs), and enterprise IT.

The 1U 10 Bay R1660 server features 10 2.5” hot-swap HDD/SDD bays and 24 DIMMs for up to 3TB of memory. The R1660 also features OCP slots that accommodate multi-vendor cards including 1, 10, 40, 50, 100 Gbps Ethernet NICs, and NVMe/SSD storage modules. The R1660 servers, like all of the WHITEBOX OPEN server platforms, can be customized to exact end-user specifications.


The R1660 NVMe version of this server supports six 3.5”/2.5” hot-swap HDD bays and four NVMe bays for customer applications that demand higher storage performance.

The R1660 and R1660 NVMe support all the WHITEBOX OPEN features, including OpenBMC system management, which is the open-source implementation of the Baseboard Management Controller firmware stack that works across heterogeneous systems and can free companies from proprietary system management vendor lock-in. The servers also support LinuxBoot to customize the server BIOS for flexibility, improve security, and create a lightning-fast boot experience. Each server’s OCP networking enables it to utilize NC-SI (network controller sideband interface) in-band network management communication, removing the need for a separate IPMI 1GbE management port and the associated dedicated network that in turn generates cost savings, frees rack space, and reduces cabling complexity.

The R1660 and R1660 NVMe servers are shipping now. Technical details on all the WHITEBOX OPEN servers are available here: https://www.equuscs.com/servers/whitebox-open/ .

About Equus
Equus Compute Solutions customizes white box servers and storage solutions to enable flexible software-defined infrastructures. Delivering low-cost solutions for the enterprise, software appliance vendors, and cloud providers, Equus is one of the leading white-box systems and solutions integrators. Over the last 28 years, we have delivered more than 3.5 million custom-configured servers, software appliances, desktops, and notebooks throughout the world. Our advanced systems support software-defined storage, networking, and virtualization that enable a generation of hyper-converged scale-out applications and solutions. From components to complete servers purchased online through ServersDirect.com, to fully customized fixed-configurations, white box is our DNA. Custom cost-optimized compute solutions is what we do, and driving successful customer business outcomes is what we deliver. Find out how to enable your software-defined world with us at http://www.equuscs.com.

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EDINA, MINN. – Equus Compute Solutions announces the release of its WHITEBOX OPEN™ R1560 server, part of the Equus portfolio of custom, cost-optimized open-hardware server and storage platforms. Incorporating dual Intel® Xeon® Scalable CPUs and new open-hardware features, the R1560 is an ideal compact high-performance compute solution for demanding applications such as content delivery, cloud services, business applications, and virtualization. The R1560 server is ideal for content delivery network providers (CDNs), cloud services providers (CSPs), value-added resellers (VARs), and enterprise IT.

The 1U 4 Bay R1560 server features four 3.5”/2.5” hot-swap HDD bays and 16 DIMMs for up to 2TB of memory. The R1560 also features OCP slots that accommodate multi-vendor cards including 1, 10, 40, 50, 100 Gbps Ethernet NICs, and NVMe/SSD storage modules. The R1560, like all of the WBO server platforms, can be customized to exact end-user specifications.


The R1560 NVMe version of this server supports two 3.5”/2.5” hot-swap HDD bays and two NVMe bays for customer applications that demand higher storage performance.

The R1560 supports all the WHITEBOX OPEN features, including OpenBMC system management, which is the open-source implementation of the Baseboard Management Controller firmware stack that works across heterogeneous systems and can free companies from proprietary system management vendor lock-in. The R1560 also supports LinuxBoot to customize the server BIOS for flexibility, improve security, and create a lightning-fast boot experience. The server’s OCP networking enables it to utilize NC-SI (network controller sideband interface) in-band network management communication, removing the need for a separate 1GbE management port and the associated dedicated network that in turn generates cost savings, frees rack space, and reduces cabling complexity.

The R1560 and R1560 NVMe servers are shipping now. Technical details on all the WHITEBOX OPEN servers are available here: https://www.equuscs.com/servers/whitebox-open/.

About Equus Compute Solutions
Equus Compute Solutions customizes white box servers and storage solutions to enable flexible software-defined infrastructures. Delivering low-cost solutions for the enterprise, software appliance vendors, and cloud providers, Equus is one of the leading white-box systems and solutions integrators. Over the last 28 years, we have delivered more than 3.5 million custom-configured servers, software appliances, desktops, and notebooks throughout the world. Our advanced systems support software-defined storage, networking, and virtualization that enable a generation of hyper-converged scale-out applications and solutions. From components to complete servers purchased online through ServersDirect.com, to fully customized fixed-configurations, white box is our DNA. Custom cost-optimized compute solutions is what we do, and driving successful customer business outcomes is what we deliver. Find out how to enable your software-defined world with us at http://www.equuscs.com.

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