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LAS VEGAS, NV – At AWS re:Invent 2017, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), and Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced VMware Cloud™ on AWS is expanding availability from the U.S. West (Oregon) region to also include the AWS U.S. East (N. Virginia) region, and includes additional VMware capabilities and support for more AWS services, making it even easier for customers to move, run, and protect mission-critical applications at scale. For more information about VMware Cloud on AWS, visit: http://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws.

“The momentum for VMware Cloud on AWS is growing rapidly, and VMware and AWS are delivering major new capabilities after only three months of availability while enhancing our strategic relationship with new integrations across our platforms,” said Mark Lohmeyer, vice president and general manager, Cloud Platform Business Unit, VMware. “Customers of VMware Cloud on AWS will be able to migrate application portfolios to the cloud even more rapidly with Hybrid Cloud Extension and AWS Direct Connect, while maintaining the optimal levels of performance, scale, and availability required for mission-critical apps.”


“We are pleased to extend availability of VMware Cloud on AWS to the AWS U.S. East region. Both teams have been really focused on quickly iterating to provide the capabilities that our customers have told us they want,” said Sandy Carter, vice president, Enterprise Workloads for Amazon Web Services. “In addition to the availability, networking, and security features that will further support production workloads, we’re excited to extend native integrations with AWS Direct Connect.”

Scripps Networks Interactive is a leading provider of lifestyle content in the home, food, and travel categories for television, the internet, and emerging platforms. “We have a significant footprint with both VMware and AWS, and our goal is to create a hybrid cloud model that will seamlessly integrate our existing VMware infrastructure with our strategic public cloud, AWS,” said Drew Fredrick, vice president, IT Cloud & Infrastructure Services, Scripps Networks Interactive. “VMware Cloud on AWS will allow us to move, modernize, protect, and scale our applications, and expand the value of these applications with native AWS services. Having VMware vSphere at the core of the service means we get operational consistency with our on-premises environment, enabling us to maximize our existing IT skillsets and tools.”

Faster Application Migration with Seamless Portability
VMware Cloud on AWS customers have the ability to choose where to run their workloads based on their business needs. With VMware vSphere® vMotion®, new L2 stretched networking features, and AWS Direct Connect, customers will be able to migrate applications from their on premises VMWare cluster into VMware on AWS without any disruptions to the application, and without having to make any changes to the network configuration. Customers will also be able also use AWS Direct Connect for high-speed, reliable, and private network connectivity, supporting faster cold and live application migration with vMotion.

VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension™, an add-on SaaS offering for VMware Cloud on AWS, will provide large-scale migration between on-premises environments running vSphere 5.0+ and VMware Cloud on AWS with no replatforming, retesting, or change in tooling. Hybrid Cloud Extension will provide built in high performance Layer 2 extensions so customers will be able to keep the same networks, IP, and routing policies in place while moving workloads. This eliminates the need for extensive application dependency mapping when migrating applications to VMware Cloud on AWS. It also includes high performance Layer 2 extensions, data synchronization, traffic analysis, WAN optimizations, and built-in IPsec VPN connectivity that will enable secure, efficient, and effective cloud migration with no impact to application uptime.

Application Availability and Business Continuity for Mission-Critical Workloads
VMware Site Recovery™, a new service for VMware Cloud on AWS customers, delivers protection between customer data centers and VMware Cloud on AWS, or between environments running in separate AWS Availability Zones (AZs). With VMware Site Recovery, customers can lower capital expenditures by eliminating the need for a secondary disaster recovery site, streamline operations with automated orchestration, enable failover and failback with familiar management tools, and increase disaster readiness with non-disruptive, on-demand testing available anytime.

Scale, Security, and Visibility for Mission-Critical Applications
VMware and AWS are expanding the scale, network connectivity, and security capabilities of VMware Cloud on AWS to further support the most resource intensive applications such as Oracle, Oracle RAC, Microsoft SQL Server, Apache Spark and Hadoop.

VMware Cloud on AWS supports 32 host clusters and multiple software-defined data centers (SDDC) per organization today, and will support 10 clusters per SDDC soon. This will enable a single customer to support environments as large as tens of thousands of VMs. Customer SDDC environments run on a high-performance, dedicated, and highly secure next-generation AWS hardware infrastructure.

For application teams, VMware is adding support for Wavefront® by VMware, a VMware Cloud Service that allows customers to visualize, alert upon, and troubleshoot applications running on VMware Cloud on AWS. Wavefront by VMware provides an open API platform supporting more than 80 integrations to collect time-series data from application metrics collectors such as for Java, Ruby, Python, and Go, to service metrics collectors for MySQL, Pivotal, Kubernetes, AWS, and more.

About Amazon Web Services
For more than 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 100 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, and application development, deployment, and management from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world-including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies-to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

About VMware
VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, helps customers realize possibilities by accelerating their digital transformation journeys. With VMware solutions, organizations are improving business agility by modernizing data centers and integrating public clouds, driving innovation with modern apps, creating exceptional experiences by empowering the digital workspace, and safeguarding customer trust by transforming security. With 2016 revenue of $7.09 billion, VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has over 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners worldwide.

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NASHVILLE, TN & TEMPE, AZ – At WordCamp US, leading web hosting provider Bluehost, an Endurance International Group company and top-rated web host by WordPress.org, announced its continued commitment to supporting the WordPress community through its global sponsorship of WordCamps, community organized conferences that take place in cities around the world where WordPress enthusiasts meet to share knowledge about WordPress and the online platform it offers.

“As a top-tier global sponsor of WordCamp, Bluehost contributes to building our community of passionate WordPress users. Bluehost’s investment in WordCamp is critical to keeping these events affordable for WordPress users to attend, share their knowledge and learn from each other, which is what the WordPress community is all about,” said Matt Mullenweg, lead developer WordPress and founder and CEO of Automattic.


WordCamp US will take place in Nashville, Tennessee where thousands of WordPress users, developers and advocates will meet to learn and share knowledge with the community. In addition to being an event sponsor, Bluehost provided two WordCamp US scholarships to Women Who WP through WordCamp Central and awarded one lucky Bluehost social media follower an all-expenses paid trip to WordCamp US 2017.

“We are proud of our contribution to the WordPress Foundation and our support of the WordPress community. Whether through our engagement with the community or our WordPress focused solutions, Bluehost is committed to supporting the growing number of small business owners and entrepreneurs around the world who use WordPress,” stated Bluehost Vice President of Product Development, Brady Nord.

Through monthly contests, Bluehost Twitter followers can win tickets to local WordCamp events, backpacks full of swag or a trip to WordCamp US 2018.

About Bluehost
Bluehost, an Endurance International Group company, is a leading provider of cloud-based solutions, including web hosting services, eCommerce tools, marketing applications, and more. Built on open source technology, Bluehost designs and operates its own servers, develops innovative new internet technologies, and actively supports and participates in the open source community. For more information, visit www.bluehost.com.

About Endurance International Group
Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EIGI) (em)Powers millions of small businesses worldwide with products and technology to vitalize their online web presence, email marketing, mobile business solutions, and more. The Endurance family of brands includes: Constant Contact, Bluehost, HostGator, iPage, Domain.com, BigRock, SiteBuilder and SinglePlatform, among others. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, Endurance employs over 3,600 people across the United States, Brazil, India and the Netherlands. For more information, visit: www.endurance.com.

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Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Datacenter.com, a recently established European colocation data center provider that paid over $500,000 to buy its domain name while planning a targeted global roll-out of large-scale colocation data centers globally, announces it has completed the first phase of its flagship data center in Amsterdam, Datacenter.com AMS1. This highly energy-efficient facility features a unique data center setup with indirect adiabatic cooling technologies while achieving a calculated pPUE figure of 1.04.

Built in several phases, Datacenter.com’s new flagship data center – the company’s first, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Southeast business district featuring one of the highest fiber densities in the world – will total 54.000 square feet (5.000 square meters) of colocation data center space upon completion. Phase 1 of this carrier neutral data center facility in Amsterdam provides 19.500 square feet (1.800 square meters) of net technical colocation space and is now open for business.


Adjacent to the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) and Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport, Datacenter.com Amsterdam AMS1 is engineered to deliver 2N critical power redundancy, allowing for concurrent maintenance without interruption. Each data center development phase is designed and constructed so as to ensure no interruptions to the existing infrastructure and data halls during installation and commissioning of future development phases.

100% Renewable Energy, ISO 14001:2015

Over 60% of phase 1 has already been pre-let to a variety of leading customers, commented Datacenter.com CEO Jochem Steman. “Our highly secure, highly reliable colocation data center in Amsterdam generated serious interest from multiple customers prior to go-live,” said Mr. Steman. “Our company management and engineering team gained trust and commitment from a significant part of those prospects. Among them quite a lot of cloud providers, also large ones, planning to reduce the cost of their global network access and improve their business performance. Our highly efficient data center infrastructure with high-density power levels and multiple low-latency connectivity options to choose from will cater to the needs of HPC, finance and gaming customers as well.”

With a calculated pPUE of 1.04, Datacenter.com AMS1 is one of the most energy efficient thus cost effective data centers in Amsterdam – with very limited power and cooling capacity required per unit of IT. The facility not only utilizes this advanced, patented indirect adiabatic cooling technology without the need for raised floors, it also features the latest generation of highly energy efficient Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) systems. On top of that, Datacenter.com AMS1 is running entirely (100%) on green power generated from renewable resources, which would keep their environmental footprint to a minimum.

“We’re not just trumpeting our environmental credentials,” said Mr. Steman. “Datacenter.com is able to submit third party evidence – as we’ve been awarded ISO 14001:2015 environmental certification among other certifications that we think are must have accreditations for an enterprise-grade colocation provider.”

Digital Media, Financials, CSPs, Enterprises

“The ultra-low pPUE figure and the ISO 14001:2015 accreditation not only reflect our environmental efforts,” added Mr. Steman. “Green technological innovation is the key to building future-proof colocation data centers while achieving an operationally efficient, high-performance computing environment for applications that include HPC, financial trading, and gaming. Datacenter.com Amsterdam AMS1 will serve new market demands from the digital media sector, financials, cloud service providers and enterprises requiring demanding, highly available and carrier-neutral data center space in Amsterdam – utilizing the international network density and low latency fiber connectivity in this area.”

Initial colocation customers have already begun to install their equipment in Datacenter.com AMS1. Another Datacenter.com facility location already planned includes Dallas, TX. “There is obvious demand for a new world-class carrier neutral data center provider with global coverage,” added Mr. Steman. “With Datacenter.com AMS1 we offer our customers the most advanced, efficient and sustainable data center architecture in Amsterdam to date. It’s just the beginning however of a global roll-out through which we will help our colocation customers achieve successes worldwide.”

About Datacenter.com
As an extremely ambitious carrier-neutral data center provider, Datacenter.com has scheduled the rollout of several large-scale, flexible colocation data centers worldwide in the coming years. Headquartered in Cyprus, Datacenter.com will start with the delivery of colocation services from its premises in Amsterdam. This flagship data center, Datacenter.com AMS1, represents the first phase in an ambitious targeted rollout. It spans 54.000 sq. ft. and features a calculated, highly energy-efficient pPUE of 1.04. Other locations worldwide are soon to follow.

Datacenter.com’s investors have committed themselves to invest heavily in state-of-the-art data center infrastructure – to meet the market’s growing need for energy efficient, highly interconnected and modular colocation facilities, in which organizations can flexibly and securely host their critical IT infrastructure while cloud computing needs are addressed. Datacenter.com’s customized, reliable and innovative data center solutions are accompanied with the company’s best-in-class customer support.

To learn more about Datacenter.com, visit: https://datacenter.com.

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REDWOOD CITY, CA and LAS VEGAS, NV – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced an expansion of its collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) with the extension of direct, private connectivity to the AWS Direct Connect service to four additional Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers in North America and Europe. The move advances the Equinix and AWS collaboration that enables businesses to connect their owned and managed infrastructure directly to AWS via a private connection, which helps customers reduce costs, improve performance and achieve a more consistent network experience.

Effective immediately, AWS Direct Connect will be available to customers in Equinix IBX data centers in Helsinki, Madrid, Manchester and Toronto, bringing the total number of Equinix metros offering AWS Direct Connect to 21, globally. Customers can connect to AWS Direct Connect at all available speeds via Equinix Cloud Exchange™ (ECX), cross connects or Equinix-provided metro connectivity options. Additionally, with the recently announced AWS Direct Connect Gateway, Equinix customers can also access multiple AWS regions with a single conection to AWS Direct Connect.


In addition to the four new markets announced today, Equinix offers AWS Direct Connect in the Amsterdam, Chicago, Dallas, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, London, Munich, New York, Osaka, São Paulo, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw and Washington, D.C. metro areas.
Direct connection to AWS inside Equinix IBX data centers is ideal for specific enterprise use cases, such as:

  • Securing and accelerating data flows: Applications such as business intelligence, pattern recognition and data visualization require heavy compute and low-latency connectivity to large data sets. Equinix Data Hub™ and Cloud Exchange can help enterprises control data movement and placement by enabling private, secure and fast connectivity between private data storage devices and AWS compute nodes, maintaining data residency and accelerating access between storage and compute resources.
  • Interconnecting to hybrid cloud and business ecosystems: Direct connection to AWS via the Equinix Cloud Exchange offers enterprises access to networks, IaaS, PaaS and SaaS providers and connectivity to thousands of other business ecosystems.
  • Direct and private connectivity to strategic cloud providers that avoids the public internet is a growing business practice for leading companies. According to the Global Interconnection Index, a market study published recently by Equinix, the capacity for private data exchange between enterprises and cloud providers is forecast to grow at 160 percent CAGR between now and 2020.
  • Equinix will showcase its cloud interconnection services at AWS re:Invent, Booth #2213, at The Venetian Hotel.

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 48 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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TOKYO, JAPAN — Internet Solutions of South Africa, the leading pan-African telecommunications services provider, which is a subsidiary of NTT Group’s Dimension Data and NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (TYO: 9432) announced today that they have concluded a partnership, in order to deliver NTT Com’s Nexcenter™ data center service in the African continent. The partnership was signed in South Africa on November 27.

As a result of this partnership, the enterprise customers in Asia, Europe and the United States, expanding their business into South Africa will be able to utilize high quality data center services, and South African enterprise customers heading their business globally will be able to utilize NTT Com’s over 140 data centers delivered over 20 countries/regions worldwide.


The colocation market in South Africa has recently experienced average growth of 12% per year as a result of increasing demand by government agencies and content service providers. As a result of this partnership, NTT Com and Internet Solutions will launch colocation services in December of this year under the Nexcenter™ brand at Internet Solutions’ Parklands data center in Johannesburg. The data center will deliver globally-standardized Nexcenter™ service meeting more than 300 standards governing facilities and operations.

The Nexcenter™ certified “Parklands Data Center” is located in the heart of Johannesburg’s main business district, around 30 minutes by car from O.R. Tambo International Airport. The building houses approximately 1,900 square meters of server room facilities over four floors, and provides 1.3 MW of standby battery power. Emergency generators provide power redundancy to a 2N level, and have a fuel capacity that allows for 45 hours of uninterrupted operation. The air conditioning facilities offer cooling system redundancy to N+1 level, and the building’s network topology incorporates an internet exchange (IX) point, improving routing efficiency and fault tolerance. The facility is built to meet TIA942 Tier 3, SOC2 Type2, Type1 and ISO27001 standards. It is planned to expand the building through the addition of a new tower wholly designed by the facility standards of Nexcenter™ to provide 570 high density racks with 2.2 MW power in July 2018.

Saki Missaikos, Managing Director of Internet Solutions, says “Internet Solutions is pleased to join this international network of top-standard data centres. As the first Nexcenter™ location in Africa, we present attractive service and technological capability to multinational companies looking to expand into the region.”

In addition to continuing to build its own data centers, NTT Com will further expand the geographical availability of Nexcenter™ through collaboration with its worldwide partners, allowing it to continue supporting its customers’ global business expansion.

About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company’s worldwide infrastructure, including the leading global tier-1 IP network, the Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching over 190 countries/regions, and over 140 secure data centers worldwide. NTT Communications’ solutions leverage the global resources of NTT Group companies including Dimension Data, NTT DOCOMO and NTT DATA.

About Internet Solutions
Internet Solutions (IS) is a pan-African telecoms service provider to public and private sector organisations that has been providing innovative end-to-end telco solutions and related services for more than 20 years. At the forefront of Internet Protocol-based technologies, IS builds solutions and services tailored to the increasingly complex demands of organisations across the enterprise, public sector, global carrier and growing small-to-medium business sectors. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dimension Data Group and part of NTT, IS leverages its infrastructure and global footprint to support organisations with the rapid deployment of emerging technologies. More information at www.is.co.za.

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Marlborough, MA and London, UK – Organizations experienced an average of 237 DDoS attack attempts per month during Q3 2017 – equivalent to 8 DDoS attack attempts every day – as hackers strive to take their organizations offline or steal sensitive data, according to the latest DDoS Trends and Analysis report from Corero Network Security (LSE: CNS), a leading provider of real-time DDoS defense solutions.

The data, which is based on DDoS attack attempts against Corero customers, represents a 35% increase in monthly attack attempts compared to the previous quarter (Q2 2017), and a 91% increase in monthly attack attempts compared to Q1 2017.


Corero attributes this increase in frequency to the growing availability of DDoS-for-hire services, and the proliferation of unsecured Internet of Things (IoT) devices. For example, the ‘Reaper’ botnet is known to have already infected thousands of devices, and is believed to be particularly dangerous due to its ability to utilize known security flaws in the code of those insecure machines. Like a computer worm, it hacks in to IoT devices and then hunts for new devices to infect in order to spread itself further.

Ashley Stephenson, CEO at Corero, explains: “The growing availability of DDoS-for-hire services is causing an explosion of attacks, and puts anyone and everyone into the crosshairs. These services have lowered the barriers to entry in terms of both technical competence and price, allowing anyone to systematically attack and attempt to take down a company for less than $100. Alongside this trend is an attacker arms race to infect vulnerable devices, effectively thwarting other attackers from commandeering the device. Cyber criminals try to harness more and more Internet-connected devices to build ever larger botnets. The potential scale and power of IoT botnets has the ability to create Internet chaos and dire results for target victims.”

Sophisticated multi-vector attacks
In addition to the frequency of attacks, the Corero data reveals that hackers are using sophisticated, quick-fire, multi-vector attacks against an organization’s security. A fifth of the DDoS attack attempts recorded during Q2 2017 used multiple attack vectors. These attacks utilize several techniques in the hope that one, or the combination of a few, can penetrate the target network’s security defenses.

Ashley Stephenson continues, “Despite the industry fascination with large scale, Internet-crippling DDoS attacks, the reality is that they don’t represent the biggest threat posed by DDoS attacks today. Cyber criminals have evolved their techniques from simple volumetric attacks to sophisticated multi-vector DDoS attacks. Often lasting just a few minutes, these quick-fire attacks evade security teams and can sometimes be accompanied by malware and other data exfiltration threats. We believe they are often used in conjunction with other cyber-attacks, and organizations that miss them do so at their peril.

“The only way to keep up with these increasingly sophisticated, frequent and low volume attacks is to maintain comprehensive visibility and automated mitigation capabilities across a network, so that even everyday DDoS attacks can be instantly detected and blocked as they occur and before they cause damage.”

Ransom Denial of Service
Corero observed a return of Ransom Denial of Service, or RDoS, in Q3 2017. A widespread wave of ransom DDoS threats from hacker group, Phantom Squad, started in September, targeting companies throughout the US, Europe and Asia. The extortion campaign spanned a variety of industries – from banking and financial institutions, to hosting providers, online gaming services and SaaS organizations – and threatened to launch attacks on 30 September unless a Bitcoin payment was made.

Ashley Stephenson continues, “Ransom is one of the oldest tricks in the cyber criminal’s book, and with cryptocurrency, is an anonymous way for them to turn a profit. As IoT botnets continue to rise, we may soon see hackers put on more dramatic RDoS displays to demonstrate the strength of their cyber firepower, so that their future demands for ransom will have to be taken more seriously. Paying the ransom is rarely the best defense, as it just encourages these demands to spread like wildfire. It is proven that with proper protection in place to automatically eliminate the DDoS threat, organizations will be in a much stronger position.”

For access to the complete Corero DDoS Trends report, download it at: http://info.corero.com/DDoS-Trends-Report.html

About Corero Network Security
Corero Network Security is the leader in real-time, high-performance DDoS defense solutions. Service providers, hosting providers and digital enterprises rely on Corero’s award winning technology to eliminate the DDoS threat to their environment through automatic attack detection and mitigation, coupled with complete network visibility, analytics and reporting. This industry leading technology provides cost effective, scalable protection capabilities against DDoS attacks in the most complex environments while enabling a more cost effective economic model than previously available. For more information, visit www.corero.com.

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