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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 – Ubersmith, an INAP (NASDAQ: INAP) company and a global leader in subscription business management software, today launches a worldwide partner program designed to create revenue streams as more and more companies shift to cloud computing with subscription and recurring billing. To lead its partner program, Ubersmith has hired Jeremy Chang as head of business development.

“The time is right for us to formalize our relationships with these companies, so we’ve decided to invest in this global partner initiative as a key step in our next phase of growth,” said Kurt Daniel, president of Ubersmith. “Our goal is simple: Help our partners evolve their offerings to capitalize on usage-based billing opportunities in order to grow their businesses and expand their value to their customers. As head of business development, Jeremy will help us achieve this goal”


The partner program will open doors for technology, services and channel companies to build stronger relationships with their customers, expand their portfolios and boost margins.

“When talking with our existing base of partners, they are all looking for ways to transition their portfolio from support for traditional billing to subscription and recurring billing models that are based on consumption,” said Jeremy Chang, head of business development, Ubersmith. “We’re giving partners what they need to accelerate this transition so that together we are both stronger going to market helping customers with our complementary capabilities.”

Program Details
In the Ubersmith program, partners fall into three groupings: Technology, Services, Channel. Within each of those, there are three levels: Registered, Advanced, Premier. The program enables partners to increase their revenue and profit. In addition, partners will receive: sales and marketing support, including access to Ubersmith sales enablement resources; dedicated tech support; product education; exclusive product access; sales and marketing training; access to Ubersmith’s product and development organizations to influence future product offerings.

GlowTouch Technologies, with 1,200 people worldwide, is one of the Service partners. Vidya Ravichandran, president of GlowTouch said, “We are always adapting our portfolio to changing market dynamics and needs of our customers. As the market continues to move toward consumption-based billing models, Ubersmith, with its subscription business suite and customer customizations is well positioned to take advantage of this. We look forward to deepening our partnership with Ubersmith going forward.”

OnApp, with 3,500 cloud provider customers worldwide, is among the Technology partners. Ditlev Bredahl, CEO of OnApp, said: “With its enterprise-grade billing and customer management capabilities, Ubersmith is a popular choice for telcos and MSPs who build their clouds with OnApp. We’re looking forward to expanding our relationship with Ubersmith, and helping MSPs and telcos deliver the new subscription-based models that will drive their growth in cloud, CDN and other services.”

To see the initial list of partners and to apply for the program, go to https://ubersmith.com/partners.

About Ubersmith
Ubersmith is a global leader in subscription business management software for organizations of all sizes. The company’s suite of usage-based billing, quoting, order management, infrastructure management and help desk ticketing solutions is integrated, open and scalable. Hundreds of companies around the world rely on Ubersmith to better serve their customers, better run their businesses, shorten time-to-market and boost overall efficiency.

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NEW YORK, NY – As a result of the increasing demand for peering and Layer 2 connectivity solutions, CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE: COR), a premier provider of secure, reliable, high-performance data center and interconnection solutions across the U.S., and DE-CIX North America today announce that DE-CIX New York has increased capacity and added 100G connectivity capability at CoreSite’s NY1 data center in Manhattan. This increased capacity and enhanced connectivity was deployed to sustain the growing demand of customers connecting to the DE-CIX metro area exchange.

With a switch already deployed at CoreSite’s NY2 data center in Secaucus, New Jersey, DE-CIX is committed to providing its customers with network delivery across a single port reaching over 150 unique networks in the market. Now enabled with a 100G connection, CoreSite’s NY1 facility offers customers a greater opportunity to reach global networks within the New York metro market and to DE-CIX’s global leading platform in Frankfurt.


With DE-CIX, CoreSite customers in NY1 and NY2 gain unparalleled connectivity options across a single port to:

access peering on the fastest growing exchange in the New York metro market, enabling single port, multi-service capabilities up to 100G;
establish private connections with networks through private, Layer 2 connections across various disparate data centers throughout the market, including network and cloud providers, with DE-CIX New York’s MetroVLAN solution; and
enable peering to more than 700 networks connected to DE-CIX Frankfurt by leveraging GlobePEER Remote, DE-CIX’s private transatlantic VLAN solution.

“DE-CIX is committed to growing its partnership with CoreSite and the expansion of our presence at CoreSite’s NY1 data center will extend connectivity options for their customers,” remarks Ed d’Agostino, GM and Vice President, DE-CIX North America. “Now CoreSite customers in New York and New Jersey gain enhanced access to our world-class peering exchange and connectivity platform, enabling companies to connect to more than 700 networks serving the New York metro area, Western and Central Europe, and beyond through a single port. In aggregate, we are delivering a single port solution that no other exchange company in the U.S. market can offer today.”

“Our partnership with DE-CIX continues to drive substantial business opportunities for our customers in the New York / New Jersey market,” comments Ben Green, Vice President Sales, Network and Mobility at CoreSite. “The DE-CIX upgrade at NY1 is proof of the exploding adoption and traction of their peering and Layer 2 connectivity solutions. CoreSite’s NY1 and NY2 data centers have one of the most dynamic interconnection fabrics in the region, and we are well positioned to continue to capture our share of the growth.”

CoreSite’s network-dense, cloud-enabled New York data center campus is one of the best-connected and most scalable offerings on the Eastern Seaboard, supporting the operations of mission-critical data and IT infrastructure. The campus includes two data center facilities — NY1, comprised of over 48,000 square-feet of data center space in the heart of Manhattan, and NY2, with over 236,000 square-feet of data center space situated above the 500-year floodplain in Secaucus, NJ. CoreSite’s New York campus hosts over 40 network service providers and provides direct access to some of the world’s leading cloud service providers, all with robust, low-latency network access to Manhattan, supporting acceleration of customers’ IT performance while reducing customer costs.

DE-CIX New York and DE-CIX Dallas are two metro area exchanges operated by DE-CIX North America. DE-CIX’s experience in data center and network-neutral peering platforms provide 1,000s of global networks unsurpassed public and / or private peering options as well as an array of solutions delivered over its MetroVLAN enabled access points, expanding network interconnectivity capabilities exponentially.

To learn more about CoreSite, visit www.coresite.com.
For more information about DE-CIX, please visit www.de-cix.net.

About DE-CIX
DE-CIX is a worldwide leading Internet Exchange operator. Since starting operations in 1995, the DE-CIX in Frankfurt is the Internet Exchange (IX) with the world’s highest throughput data at peak times, reaching over 5.8 Terabits per second (Tbps). Its technical infrastructure has a total capacity of 48 Terabits. From its locations in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Dusseldorf, New York, Dallas, Dubai, Marseille, Palermo, Madrid, and Istanbul, DE-CIX provides peering and interconnection services to over 1000 network operators, Internet service providers (ISPs) and content providers from over 60 countries. For more information about DE-CIX, visit www.de-cix.net.
DE-CIX Frankfurt is operated by DE-CIX Management GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Europe’s largest Internet association, eco Association of the Internet Industry, with headquarters in Cologne (www.eco.de).

About CoreSite
CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE: COR) delivers secure, reliable, high-performance data center and interconnection solutions to a growing customer community across eight key North American markets. More than 1,200 of the world’s leading enterprises, network operators, cloud providers, and supporting service providers choose CoreSite to connect, protect and optimize their performance-sensitive data, applications and computing workloads. Our scalable, flexible solutions and 430+ dedicated employees consistently deliver unmatched data center options — all of which leads to a best-in-class customer experience and lasting relationships. For more information, visit www.CoreSite.com.

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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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(Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc. agreed to sell some of its Chinese cloud assets to its local partner but said it's committed to a domestic market for internet-based computing that could be worth $30 billion.
Beijing Sinnet Technology Co. will buy servers and other unspecified "operational assets" in the country's capital from Amazon Web Services for as much as 2 billion yuan ($302 million), it said in a filing to the Shenzhen stock exchange. The sale is intended to comply with government regulations and improve service, it said.
Amazon's business in China has been hollowed out by the rise of local rival Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., which has come to dominate e-commerce and is expanding in cloud computing with new data centers. Amazon, the global leader in internet computing, is vying for a slice of domestic spending on cloud services and gear that IDC estimates will reach $30 billion by 2021. But the U.S. company has to deal with laws introduced this year that mandate the storage of data within the country and bolster government control over the movement of information.
On Tuesday, the e-commerce giant rejected media reports tying its asset sale to an imminent departure from the Chinese market. It said instead it was selling hardware to comply with laws that forbid ownership or operation of certain types of cloud technology.
"AWS did not sell its business in China and remains fully committed," the company said in an emailed statement. "We're
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GLASGOW, Scotland – Managed hosting and cloud services provider iomart (AIM: IOM) has partnered with OnApp to launch a new cloud-in-a-box solution for small businesses and enterprise IT departments. The new solution combines OnApp Enterprise private cloud software with Intel® hardware to create a turnkey appliance that can be deployed on premises, or hosted by iomart, with self-managed and fully managed options available for each approach. By combining its experience in hosted cloud and managed services, with OnApp’s streamlined and intuitive private cloud management software, iomart can deliver private and hybrid cloud that is significantly more cost-effective and easier to manage than other solutions.

The new cloud-in-a-box solution is available now with a unique ‘try before you buy’ scheme that takes companies from proof-of-concept into production without any additional configuration or migration work. It is designed for companies looking to virtualise and consolidate traditional IT into a more cost-effective integrated appliance; to bring cloud automation and efficiency to their business without requiring an army of technicians; and to simplify the management of workloads across on-premises and hosted cloud infrastructure, using a single, unified cloud platform.


“OnApp is the perfect cloud solution for businesses that don’t want to hire an army of certified professionals to build and administer their cloud, or invest in the cost and complexity of running a complete VMware or Azure stack,” said Neil Christie, iomart’s Commercial Director. “Our new private cloud solution delivers rock-solid virtualisation, automated cloud management, software-defined storage and the robust security and access controls you need, at a fraction of the cost – and we can manage the whole environment for you, in your data centre or ours.”

United Hosting, a managed hosting brand within iomart, already uses OnApp. “OnApp provides our customers with cost-effective hosting that’s 100 per cent available. The self-healing technology means VM uptime is never interrupted by hardware failure,” explained Martin Cole, United Hosting’s Sales Director. “It allows us to offer highly available and instantly scalable solutions to our customers. It’s the flexibility and ease of use that our customers love.”

The wider offering from the whole of the iomart group of companies will allow many more of its customers to benefit. “With its OnApp hosting and managed services experience, iomart is perfectly placed to help companies choose the right mix of managed, unmanaged, hosted and on-premises cloud,” said Alistair Wildman, Chief Revenue Officer for OnApp. “OnApp Enterprise is a truly turnkey cloud solution that brings the public cloud experience to the enterprise data centre at a radically different price point – and working with iomart enables companies to take full advantage of whatever mix of on-premises and hosted private cloud works best for their applications and data.”

iomart’s new cloud solutions are based on Intel® 2u, 4-node servers with OnApp pre-installed and ready to run. They also include OnApp’s global 24×7 support. For hosted private cloud options, iomart offers a choice of eight data centre locations in the UK and a further 19 across Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. iomart provides a range of supporting services to help customers migrate workloads to its private cloud solution, and offers dedicated connectivity between on-premises clouds and its hosted clouds, to create ultra-low latency, hybrid cloud environments.

About iomart Group plc
iomart Group PLC (AIM: IOM) helps organisations maximise the flexibility, cost effectiveness and security of the cloud. From strategy to delivery, our 300+ consultants and solutions architects provide the cloud expertise to transform your business. With a dynamic range of managed cloud services that integrate with the public clouds of AWS and Azure, our agnostic approach delivers solutions tailored to your exact needs. iomart is a long-term supplier to G-Cloud and our infrastructure and cloud and backup services are designed to meet the requirements of the UK public sector. To find out more about our managed cloud services visit www.iomart.com

About OnApp
OnApp is a complete cloud management software platform for service providers and enterprises. The OnApp cloud platform enables hosts, telcos and other service providers to sell the complete range of Infrastructure-as-a-Service products. For enterprises, OnApp provides a turnkey solution for private and hybrid cloud, enabling IT departments to automate infrastructure management, reduce support costs, and simplify provisioning of IT resources to departments and users.

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