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NEW YORK – Ubersmith, an INAP (NASDAQ: INAP) company and a global leader in subscription business management software, today reported another year of progress, including the addition of new customers in 2017 such as Challenger Broadband, Cytranet, Dikaio Design, Element Critical, Evocative, Micro Logic, Micron21, Nodes Direct, ServOnDemand and Voxtell. Demonstrating global demand for Ubersmith’s product, the new customers are based in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, the U.K., United Arab Emirates, China, South Korea and Australia.

Ubersmith is defining a new category called ‘subscription business management’ where customers have a single software suite for billing and related functionality. That is enhanced with Ubersmith’s partner network that delivers complementary payment processing, technologies and services.


“Companies everywhere are looking for ways to transition from traditional billing to recurring billing models that are often based on consumption, and Ubersmith is delivering a product which excels at these types of billing for SaaS companies, service providers and enterprises of all sizes,” said Kurt Daniel, president of Ubersmith. “Now, we’ve got in place new features and an expanded ecosystem of partners with complementary technologies and services that companies anywhere in the world can leverage.”

Product Enhancement
In terms of product development, Ubersmith introduced a hosted version of its software suite so that customers have the convenience of accessing the software without having to install and maintain it on-premises, which reduces their operating costs. This provides customers the option to use either the hosted version or their own version of Ubersmith software on-premises in their data center.

Additional product features added during the year include: an advanced usage-based billing framework; enhanced SureTax integration; self-service trial and installation of Ubersmith’s software suite; an enhanced user interface; and enhanced support for smartphones and tablets. The team also added a new testing partner to complement internal testing of future releases.

Business Expansion
To help better serve its customer base, in 2017 Ubersmith launched its first formal partner program with Authorize.net, Braintree, eBridge Solutions, GlowTouch, R1Soft, Schneider Electric, Thought Engineer, Vantiv, Virtuozzo and Wipro added as new partners.

With additional hires in sales, product marketing and business development to support customers and partners, the company grew and moved to a larger headquarters office in midtown New York City next to Bryant Park.

Ubersmith also participated in industry events, including 451 Research Group’s Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit, HostingCon, IMN Data Center & Cloud Services Forum and, for the first time, sponsored WHD.global in Germany and Cloud Expo Asia in Singapore.

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. For more info, please visit https://ubersmith.com.

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HONG KONG – LayerStack, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, today announced an expansion in Japan with the launching of its fourth datacenter in Tokyo. The company, which offers multi-region data center selections with premium global network, has invested huge amount of resources in cloud infrastructure and platform for further cloud developments and enhancing customer experience. Its technologies have enabled great variety of business globally, from start-ups to multinational companies.

Japan as a critical economic hub in APAC region, plays an important role to LayerStack strategical expansion with the additional cloud capabilities. This new data center is expected to widen the “Cloud Coverage” of Japan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, South Korea, Singapore and the U.S. (West Coast) which ensure users enjoying seamless cloud experiences. This also allows users to split critical workloads and data across preferred regions for achieving higher availability.


LayerStack has been steadily increasing its investment in APAC regions including Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore to serve its growing base of customers. In the future, LayerStack’s data center footprint will continue to expand around the world.

About LayerStack
LayerStack is an IaaS provider leveraging on hardware and networks to provide stable and high performance cloud solutions launched by Pacificnet Hosting Limited. LayerStack offers cloud solution from Hong Kong and Singapore Datacenters to SME, government, agencies, and major listed companies across Asia Pacific, Europe and the rest of the world.

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As the new year approaches, it's easy to forget how far we've come when it comes to cloud computing. Moving forward, cloud as we know it isn't only on a path of transformation; it's also a path for transformation. IDC predicts that by 2020, public IT cloud services will account for 58 percent of the $355 billion combined spending on traditional plus public cloud applications, development and deployment tools, infrastructure software, storage, and servers.
However, the future won't be dominated by public cloud services. In fact, the dominant cloud model for the foreseeable future will revolve around hybrid cloud systems. Gartner analysts said that by 2020, cloud, hosting and traditional infrastructure services will come in more or less at par in terms of spending.
"As the demand for agility and flexibility grows, organizations will shift toward more industrialized, less-tailored options," said DD Mishra, research director at Gartner. "Organizations that adopt hybrid infrastructure will optimize costs and increase efficiency. However, it increases the complexity of selecting the right toolset to deliver end-to-end services in a multi-sourced environment."
Gartner predicts that by 2020, 90 percent of organizations will adopt hybrid infrastructure management capabilities. "This means that by 2020 traditional services will coexist with a minority share alongside the industrialized and digitalized services," Mishra said.
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Japanese web hosting company GMO Internet is offering to pay part of its employees' salaries in bitcoin, in part to improve understanding of the cryptocurrency within company ranks, the Guardian reports.
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CHANDLER, AZ – H5 Data Centers, a national colocation and wholesale data center provider, today announced a wholesale data center agreement with LeaseWeb USA, Inc., one of the world’s largest cloud hosting brands. LeaseWeb will expand to H5 Data Centers’ Phoenix data center location at 2600 W. Germann Road in Chandler, AZ. H5 Data Centers will continue to own and operate the state-of-the-art data center, which offers private data center suites for 125-kilowatt and 250-kilowatt increments.

“The expansion and partnership with LeaseWeb is a win-win,” said Josh Simms CEO of H5 Data Centers. “LeaseWeb can offer enterprises a full suite of retail colocation and hybrid IT cloud solutions, while H5 Data Centers can continue to innovate and deliver world-class wholesale data center solutions. We look forward to working with this globally-renown IT services partner.”


The relationship between LeaseWeb and H5 Data Centers will facilitate LeaseWeb’s US growth, while expanding the product offerings for H5 Data Centers’ Phoenix customers. LeaseWeb’s products and solutions include dedicated servers, private cloud, network, CDN, cybersecurity and hybrid IT solutions. Over the past several years, both companies have experienced significant growth and will continue to expand their existing portfolio and networks as their customers grow.

“LeaseWeb USA and H5 Data Centers come together with this Phoenix transaction at a similar scale in the U.S. with a shared focus on delivering excellent service and hybrid cloud technology located as close to our customers as possible,” said Lex Boost, CEO of LeaseWeb USA. “We see great joint opportunities in the Phoenix market, with the potential for an expanded partnership to come across our national footprints.”

About H5 Data Centers
H5 Data Centers is one of the leading privately owned data center operators in the United States with nearly 2 million square feet under management. The company designs and engineers flexible and scalable data center and interconnection solutions to address the business and operational requirements of its customers. H5 Data Centers currently owns data centers in Ashburn, Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Phoenix, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, and Seattle. For more information, visit www.h5datacenters.com.

About LeaseWeb USA, Inc.
LeaseWeb USA, Inc. was established in 2011, as a distinct subsidiary of LeaseWeb Global to provide services in the USA. As a trusted partner for mid-market companies, LeaseWeb USA helps businesses find the right solution to their critical cloud-hosting needs from its global, managed hybrid platforms. All of its solutions run on one of the world’s largest, most reliable networks, boasting 5.5 Tbps bandwidth capacity with 58 PoPs and 12 data centers in North America – and a historic uptime of 99.9999 percent. For more information, visit www.leaseweb.com.

About LeaseWeb
LeaseWeb is a leading Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider serving a worldwide portfolio of 17,500 customers ranging from SMBs to Enterprises. Services include Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Hosting, Colocation, and Dedicated Hosting supported by exceptional customer service and technical support. With more than 80,000 servers under management, LeaseWeb has provided infrastructure for mission-critical websites, Internet applications, email servers, security, and storage services since 1997. The company operates 18 data centers in locations across Europe, Asia and North America, all of which are backed by a superior worldwide network with a total capacity of more than 5.5 Tbps. LeaseWeb offers services through its various subsidiaries, being LeaseWeb B.V. (“LeaseWeb Netherlands”), LeaseWeb USA, Inc. (“LeaseWeb USA”), LeaseWeb Asia Pacific PTE. LTD (“LeaseWeb Asia”), LeaseWeb CDN B.V. (“LeaseWeb CDN) and LeaseWeb Deutschland GmbH (“LeaseWeb Germany”). For more information, visit www.leaseweb.com.

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