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Cloudflare is funding development on its Apps Platform with up to $100,000 in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) credits through a collaboration with Google Cloud.
Early-stage developer startups may be eligible for a range of benefits under the new program, including $3,000 to $100,000 in GCP credits for one year, while some are eligible for 24/7 technical support and access to the GCP technical solutions team.
Cloudflare and venture capital investors announced the $100 million Cloudflare Developer Fund in June, when the company unveiled its Cloudflare Apps Platform. The Apps Platform is a collection of APIs allowing developers to build applications leveraging Cloudflare's global network infrastructure.
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The partnership enables developers to use GCP credits to host interactive elements of apps, perform advanced analytics, and use Google's machine learning and artificial intelligence APIs to innovate Cloudflare Apps.
"We've been collaborating with Google for years, and working together for this initiative was a no-brainer. Now we're working together to help drive innovation and democratize access to Internet tools that help developers and our customers accomplish things that were impossible before," Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare said. "This is just another example of how we're continuing to find new and collaborative ways to encourage app
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PHOENIX, AZ – PhoenixNAP®, a global IT services provider offering cloud, bare metal dedicated server, colocation, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) technology solutions, today announced Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) enhancements. Enabling even more effective profiling of incoming traffic, advanced reporting and easier resource scaling, the new solution builds upon phoenixNAP’s existing security infrastructure.

With DDoS attacks on a constant rise, businesses need to constantly ramp up their capabilities to defend against the most aggressive attacks. According to Akamai’s State of the Internet/Security Report for Q2 2017 , which analyzed data from 230,000 servers in over 1600 networks globally, the volume of DDoS attacks grew 28% since Q1 this year. The report also indicates that the evolution in the DDoS field shows no sign of slowing down and that businesses are to expect new, more sophisticated threats in future.


PhoenixNAP’s continuous work on improving its DDoS mitigation solution supports its rapidly growing global network services and provides its customers with an additional layer of protection to improve their data availability on a different level from a connectivity perspective.

“Our DDoS enhancements have undergone multiple phases of maturity and there are more to come in the near future,” says Ian McClarty, President of phoenixNAP. “In the current, fourth phase, we increased overall capacity, which allows us to handle significantly bigger attacks and address smaller single-server attacks that do not have an impact on overall network performance, but that can be detrimental to a single client.”

PhoenixNAP’s enhanced DDoS technology provides an additional layer of mitigation to successfully block a greater diversity of network attacks. The new solution is more adaptive and can scale more systematically than most traditional technologies, which provides greater efficiency to phoenixNAP’s clients.

The enhancements include more granular data scrubbing to improve the overall network health and make specific clients less prone to attacks. In addition to expanded mitigation capacities, an improved inspection center offers more detailed insights into attack-associated data, while enhanced API customization enables a more robust attack overview.

“A lot of companies that we work with are under heavy security regulations and our DDoS enhancements are another way for us to respond to their requirements,” adds William Bell, VP of Products at phoenixNAP. “We can now better address the growingly aggressive DDoS landscape, which has become a harsh reality for an enormous number of businesses. By improving the intelligence on attack strength and location, we empower our clients to better understand the threats and make more informed decisions about their data protection strategies.”

PhoenixNAP’s DDoS mitigation services support a wide range of solutions, from bare metal dedicated servers to private and hybrid cloud deployments, allowing phoenixNAP’s clients to fully leverage the multitude of phoenixNAP’s global IT services.

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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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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The stocks of all seven US data center REITs (there are now six, following a merger that closed Thursday) slid down simultaneously this week, after a well-known venture capitalist and hedge-fund owner said at an investor conference that advances in processor technology will eventually lead to the demise of the data center provider industry.
But industry insiders say his views are overly simplistic, and that history has shown that advances in computing technology only create more hunger for data center capacity, not less.
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Since server chips are getting smaller and more powerful than ever, companies in the future will not need anywhere near the amount of data center space they need today, Chamath Palihapitiya, founder and CEO of the VC firm Social Capital, who last year also launched a hedge fund, said Tuesday afternoon, according to Seeking Alpha, which cited Bloomberg as the source:
Word that Google may have developed its own chip that can run 50% of its computing on 10% of the silicon has him reading that "We can literally take a rack of servers that can basically replace seven or eight data centers and park it, drive it in an RV and park it beside a data center. Plug it into some air conditioning and power and it will take those data centers out of business."
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Following the event,
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REDWOOD CITY, CA – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced the opening of its newest International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center in Silicon Valley, located at its Great Oaks campus in San Jose. The $122M facility, named SV10, opens today and supports the increasing demand for interconnection capacity to accelerate business performance and drive digital transformation.

Equinix data centers in the Silicon Valley region are the business hub for more than 625 customers and represent the second-largest internet exchange point in North America. With the addition of SV10, Equinix has invested a total of nearly $400 million in the local economy with its Great Oaks campus, and has additional land in the area for future expansion, as demand arises. These facilities house rich ecosystems that allow network and content providers, cloud and IT service providers, and enterprise customers to quickly and efficiently exchange critical business data with their customers and partners through interconnection.


Interconnection is paramount for companies in the Silicon Valley campus. In fact, according to the Global Interconnection Index, a market study published recently by Equinix, the United States is the largest and most advanced region for Interconnection Bandwidth growth, with 82 percent of enterprises’ bandwidth expected to be dedicated to interconnection to networks and cloud by 2020. And Silicon Valley represents one of the top four fastest-growing regions within the U.S., with a forecasted 39 percent Interconnection Bandwidth growth through 2020.

Equinix will unveil the SV10 IBX data center at a launch event today, September 14, beginning at 2 p.m. PDT. For more information and to register for the event, please click here.

  • Equinix now operates thirteen Silicon Valley data center sites, and the addition of SV10—located adjacent to SV1 and SV5—provides additional capacity to meet the growing need for interconnection, multicloud deployments, and connectivity to network and content services. Equinix Silicon Valley sites provide customers with the ability to choose from a broad range of network services from more than125 providers, and cloud services such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Oracle Cloud and others through the Equinix Cloud Exchange™ and direct connect services. By utilizing Equinix Metro Connect™, customers in SV10 can also easily and directly connect with customers in the seven other Equinix IBX data centers in Silicon Valley via low-latency dark fiber links between the sites.
  • The initial phase of SV10 will add 37,000+ square feet (3,400+ square meters) of colocation space, and provides campus cross-connectivity into SV1 and SV5, making it an ideal home for customers looking to interconnect to key network and cloud service providers. It will include space for 930 cabinets, and two additional expansion phases are planned. At full build, the facility will provide capacity for 2,820 cabinets.
  • Equinix has a long-term goal of using 100 percent clean and renewable energy for its global platform, and continues to make advancements in the way it designs, builds and operates its data centers with high energy-efficiency standards. SV10 sets the green standard for future Equinix IBX builds. It is a LEED Silver Certified building that meets the strict water reduction standards and will feature indirect evaporative cooling (IDEC) technology which dramatically reduces water use; hot aisle containment; accessibility to and from public transportation; and rooftop solar and fuel cells for sustainable energy production.

About Equinix
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most interconnected data centers. In 44 markets across five continents, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies. www.equinix.com.

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Enterprise Kubernetes company Heptio announced Wednesday it has raised $25 million in Series B funding to accelerate its growth and extend its services for hybrid cloud transformation beyond the Kubernetes project.
Heptio founders Joe Beda and Craig McLuckie created Kubernetes along with Brendan Burns while they were with Google. The company provides training, professional services, and products to integrate Kubernetes and related technologies with enterprise IT and reduce the cost and complexity of running them in production environments.
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Kubernetes, the open source container automation platform developed by Google, has become the industry's de facto standard for orchestrating and managing containers, according to the announcement.
"Kubernetes really speaks to systems engineers, but there is a huge body of work to do to make it truly accessible to engineers who don't necessarily have the time to ‘dig into' the details of the project," wrote McLuckie, Heptio CEO, in a blog post. "Upstream versions of Kubernetes remain inaccessible to many from an operations and accessibility perspective. It is still too hard to deploy a Kubernetes cluster, qualify whether it is conformant, and stitch it into the fabric of enterprise IT systems."
Heptio will use the capital to "dramatically scale" its team and launch new products to make Kubernetes more accessible to developers and operators.
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