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AUSTIN, TX – OnRamp Access, LLC, a leading high security and compliant hosting provider, is proud to announce the launch of its purpose-built, HITRUST-certified virtual private cloud (VPC) built on OpenStack® open-source software. OnRamp’s on-demand HITRUST Virtual Private Cloud helps organizations control costs, remain agile, and improve their compliance posture. It offers the ease of use of a public cloud—including capabilities like utility billing and self-service provisioning—with the security of a private cloud.
“OnRamp’s Virtual Private Cloud allows IT teams and DevOps to quickly meet market demands by deploying highly elastic environments that are secured to HITRUST standards. We built unique features into the product that solve common cloud challenges,” said OnRamp VP of Product Toby Owen.
For instance, users can control costs using capped resource usage, eliminate vendor lock-in through open-source APIs, and deploy even the most sensitive workloads with secure volume encryption. The virtual private cloud delivers a logically isolated environment that lets you retain control of your private networks, virtual machines, and storage, without the need for you to manage the infrastructure. And you can apply and maintain security settings for your entire environment with a dynamic policy engine.
“In a landscape of growing threats and increasing fines for non-compliance, it’s exciting to see OnRamp extend OpenStack’s use to meet healthcare security and compliance needs,” says Mark Collier, COO of the OpenStack Foundation. “One of our themes at the 2017 OpenStack Summit in Boston was the triad of cost, compliance, and capability. OnRamp’s VPC is a great example of how the community is moving OpenStack software into use cases that highlight those three Cs.”
“Launching our HITRUST-certified Virtual Private Cloud is just one of the ways OnRamp demonstrates our commitment to our customers’ needs for security, compliance and flexibility. We implement regimented processes and secure our facilities to meet stringent standards, and in turn, are able to share those benefits with our customers. OnRamp customers gain peace of mind knowing that all their systems, from their development environment to their mission critical apps, are supported by OnRamp’s systematic administrative, technical, logical and physical safeguards,” says OnRamp CEO Lucas Braun.
Concurrent to the product launch, the company achieved its Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) Common Security Framework (CSF) Certification. HITRUST CSF is the most widely recognized security accreditation in the healthcare industry, employing controls from several major security and standards bodies —HIPAA, PCI, ISO, NIST and others—to protect confidential data and critical assets.
With the HITRUST certification, OnRamp now delivers a suite of HITRUST-certified services, with secure-by-default configurations that save customers time and resources.
For more information about OnRamp’s HITRUST-certified VPC and other secure hosting options, visit http://www.onr.com.
OnRamp is a leading HITRUST-certified data center services company that guides businesses through the complexities of data security and compliance. Our solutions help organizations in healthcare, financial services and education services meet compliance standards including HIPAA, PCI, SOX, FISMA and FERPA. OnRamp operates multiple, enterprise-class SSAE16/AICPA SOC 2 Type 2 data centers, where we deploy hybrid computing solutions that enable our customers to blend secure cloud computing, managed hosting and colocation service to best meet their unique requirements. Having consulted with thousands of businesses on their security and compliance needs, our team’s consultative approach helps you develop the right mix of solutions to free your resources to focus on agility and differentiation in your industry. Visit us at http://www.onr.com or contact us at 888.667.2660 for more info.
Founded in 2007, the HITRUST Alliance, a not for profit, was born out of the belief that information protection should be a core pillar of, rather than an obstacle to, the broad adoption of health information systems and exchanges. HITRUST—in collaboration with public and private healthcare technology, privacy and information security leaders—has championed programs instrumental in safeguarding health information and managing information risk while ensuring consumer confidence in the organizations that create, store or exchange their information. HITRUST develops, maintains and provides broad access to its common risk and compliance management and de-identification frameworks. For more information, visit http://www.HITRUSTalliance.net.
OVERLAND PARK, KS – Responding to increasing demand for diverse interconnection and connectivity solutions, QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of data center, cloud and managed hosting services, today announced that the Richmond Internet Exchange (Richmond-IX) has deployed its primary Internet Exchange hub within QTS’ Richmond mega data center.
Richmond-IX expands QTS Richmond’s Internet ecosystem and simplifies network strategies by providing diverse connectivity options. The new deployment allows customers to manage network traffic in a cost-effective way. Additionally, QTS’ connectivity strategy includes plans to deploy similar regional connectivity hubs across its national portfolio.
Richmond-IX is building its connectivity hub within QTS’ mega scale Richmond data center – a 1.3 million square foot facility on a 210-acre campus with more than 500,000 square feet of raised floor capacity. Along with the Richmond-IX Internet Exchange hub, QTS Richmond remains among the most interconnected data centers in the region, featuring more than a dozen leading on-net network Service Providers offering customers a full suite of enterprise class carrier services.
“Richmond-IX’s deployment represents the latest expansion of connectivity solutions available within QTS facilities,” said Brent Bensten, CTO – Product Development, QTS. “QTS is committed to building a carrier-neutral Internet ecosystem in each of our data centers and we will continue to support interconnectivity among our customers across our footprint.”
Richmond-IX was launched in the fall of 2016 by Ninja-IX, a leading non-profit operator of exchanges across the U.S. Richmond-IX is particularly significant based on its proximity to both the Northern Virginia Tier 1 data center market to the north and the new Virginia Beach Cable Landing to the south. The Virginia Beach Cable Landing is the world’s first transoceanic fiber cable station in the Mid-Atlantic region and will enable lower latency connectivity to Europe compared to data centers located in Northern Virginia.
“QTS is a highly qualified, trusted partner with whom we have successfully deployed a similar connectivity hub in QTS’ Phoenix data center,” Paul Emmons, Executive Director of Ninja-IX. “As the premier connectivity provider in Richmond, we look forward to QTS using our connectivity option to better serve the peering community in the Virginia market.”
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading provider of secure, compliant data center, hybrid cloud and managed services. QTS features the nation’s only fully integrated technology services platform providing flexible, scalable solutions for the federal government, financial services, healthcare and high tech industries. QTS owns, operates or manages more than 5 million square feet of data center space and supports more than 1,100 customers in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. In addition, QTS’ Critical Facilities Management (CFM) provides increased efficiency and greater performance for third-party data center owners and operators. For more information, please visit www.qtsdatacenters.com, call toll-free 877.QTS.DATA or follow us on Twitter @DataCenters_QTS.
About Richmond Internet Exchange
Richmond-IX is part of Ninja-IX Corporation, a not for profit corporation that operates exchanges in Honolulu, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Richmond and Sacramento. Since 2012 our goal is to provide local peering fabrics in locations that are underserved or cost prohibitive. Currently all of our projects feature no monthly service charge from the IX. Ninja-IX provides exchanges based on routers with Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) interconnection, BIRD Route Servers and 24×7 monitoring and maintained by volunteers. Critical internet infrastructure such as Root Servers and as112 are also collocated in our fabrics. Many US content delivery networks (CDNS) are participants in our various projects. For more information, please contact peering at ninja-ix.net or see ninja-ix.net.
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.
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.
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
A part of the global series of event for the hosting, cloud and internet infrastructure industries – WHD.usa 2017 was successfully conducted this year too. The atmosphere at the two-day event, held at Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV, USA was rife with excitement, with the dignitaries networking, exchanging knowledge, gaining insights and some fun, of course! The list of attendees included hosting and cloud professionals from across North America. It also included senior executives, technologists and other decision makers from top hosting companies, hardware manufacturers, software vendors, and content creators. The attendees were able to gain a lot of insights on the latest hosting trends, understood the importance of forming effective partnerships, and there were many new product announcements too. The Day 1 keynote sessions were headed by industry’s leading speakers like Blake Irving (CEO-GoDaddy), Scott Schnell (SVP, Global marketing and channel management, Verisign), Dave Mitchell (VP,…