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NORWALK, Conn. – 365 Data Centers, a leading provider of data center solutions for carrier, content, and cloud customers in eight strategic markets, announced today that it has acquired Broadband One LLC, d/b/a Host.net, a data center services provider in two southeast Florida markets.

The acquired facilities are in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale with approximately 62,000 square feet of floor space, 8,000 square feet of business continuity space, 4.5 MW of power, and 330 miles of fiber providing direct connectivity to the NAP of the Americas in Miami with under one millisecond of latency. In addition, the acquired business maintains more than 30 network PoPs on an owned nationwide transit network with 330 peering partners. When added to 365’s connectivity rich data center in Tampa, the Company now provides customers with the best edge data center options across the Sunshine State.


365’s footprint now covers ten markets with data centers in Boca Raton, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Indianapolis, Nashville, Philadelphia, New York, and Tampa with a combined 195,000 square feet and 13 MW of power in place to serve customers. 365’s data centers are SSAE 16, SOC 2, PCI, HIPPA, ISAE 3402, and VISA compliant.

Bob DeSantis, Chief Executive Officer of 365 Data Centers, stated, “This follow-on acquisition, within just 6 months of purchasing the 365 Data Centers platform, provides significant financial scale for 365 and accelerates our strategy of broadening the Company’s customer and services base with more than 500 enterprise customers and a portfolio of scalable, retail and wholesale Network, IP blend, remote Disaster Recovery as a Service, virtual Cloud compute and storage, and Business Continuity product offerings.”

The objective of 365’s equity sponsors, Chirisa Holdings Inc., Lumerity Capital, and Longboat Advisors, at the time of the initial acquisition was to transform the predominantly colocation and connectivity rich platform business into a hybrid data center services provider that would appeal to enterprise customers in addition to its existing carrier, content, and cloud customer base.

DeSantis added, “With this transaction, we have re-positioned 365 Data Centers to provide customers in all ten of our markets with enhanced services including nationwide Metro Ethernet, long haul, and MPLS network/transport services, robust blended IP choices, direct, low latency connectivity to the NAP of the Americas, and cloud/colocation hybrid solutions through smart cloud architecture and a self-provisioning customer portal.” He further noted, “The high touch and customer focused Host.net network engineers, systems engineers, sales engineers, NOC, provisioning, sales, and operating personnel joining 365 will drive the Network, IP, DRaaS, and Cloud service offerings across all of 365’s markets and easily assimilate into the highly competent and professional 365 team.”

Jason Katz, Host.net’s CEO, will join 365 Data Centers as Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer reporting to DeSantis. In this role, he will continue as the Company’s point of contact for customers, vendors, and other relationship partners in the Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale markets. He will also partner in the rollout of Network, IP, DRaaS, and Cloud service offerings and oversee the integration of all administrative functions.

Host.net was sold to 365 by Novacap, one of Canada’s leading private equity firms. Ted Mocarski, Senior Partner at Novacap, said, “It has been a real pleasure partnering with Jason and his team and we are happy to see the exciting possibilities that Host.net will have as part of 365 Data Centers. The eight additional markets provide geographic diversity that is of great strategic and operational value to existing Host.net customers.”

The Bank Street Group served as 365’s financing advisor and Greenberg Traurig as its legal counsel for this transaction. Crestline Specialty Lending provided the credit facility.

About 365 Data Centers
365 Data Centers is a leading provider of hybrid data center solutions in strategic edge markets. Our robust, carrier neutral ecosystem and secure, reliable edge Colocation, Network, IP, DRaaS, Cloud compute and storage, and Business Continuity services help organizations reduce costs, drive innovation and improve their customer experience. 365 Data Centers supports mission-critical application infrastructure by providing 100% uptime and adhering to industry standards such as HIPAA, PCI DSS, VISA, SSAE 16, SOC 2, and ISAE 3402. 365 Data Centers is based in Norwalk, Connecticut, and operates ten geographically diverse US data centers. Visit 365datacenters.com for more information.

About Novacap
Founded in 1981, Novacap is a leading Canadian private equity firm with $2.26 billion of assets under management. The Firm has raised over $2.6 billion in capital since its inception. Novacap’s unique investment approach, based on deep operational expertise and an active partnership with entrepreneurs, has helped accelerate growth and create long-term value for its numerous investee companies. With an experienced management team and substantial financial resources, Novacap is well positioned to continue building world-class companies. For more information, please visit www.novacap.ca.

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HOUSTON, TX – In a commitment to best protect the confidentiality and trust of customers and site owners around the globe, on Wednesday September 27, cPanel, Inc. released its first comprehensive law enforcement transparency report. This initial report covers all subpoenas, requests, and search warrants issued to cPanel by any government worldwide between the 18-month period of January 1, 2016, through June 1, 2017.

During this time period cPanel, Inc. received no subpoenas, search warrants or requests form any government agency and no information on customer or customer data was released. This report further goes into detail about government demands for customer data, content that has been permanently disabled under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and customer accounts that have been disabled by due to Terms of Service violations.


Further demonstrating its commitment to transparency, cPanel also released a guide to the customer information it maintains, and the specific means by which government agencies may request access to it. This “Law Enforcement Guide” defines cPanel’s legal obligations when it is required to produce customer information, and allows customers to better understand the circumstances under which that information will be disclosed.

“cPanel is committed to our customers around the globe,” explains David Snead, cPanel’s General Counsel. “We are demonstrating that by being the first hosting automation company to disclose under what circumstances we are required to provide customer data to governments. Our transparency report demonstrates that, over the past 18 months, no information has been released to any government, anywhere. We’re the only company in our sector who can make this statement.”

https://cpanel.com/transparency-report.html

About cPanel, Inc.
Since 1997, cPanel, Inc. has been delivering the web hosting industry’s most reliable, intuitive hosting automation software. The robust automation software helps businesses thrive and allows them to focus on more important things. Customers and partners receive first-class support and a rich feature set, making cPanel & WHM the hosting platform of choice. For more information, visit http://cpanel.com.

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DALLAS, TX & BALTIMORE, MD – DataBank, Ltd., a Digital Bridge portfolio company and leading provider of business solutions for data center, cloud, interconnectivity, and managed services, has announced today the acquisition of Edge Hosting. The acquisition provides both market expansion and additional expertise in the delivery of cloud solutions and managed services, especially for clientele requiring comprehensive operational controls for a number of commercial and government compliance standards.

Founded in 1998, Baltimore based Edge Hosting designs, operates, and simplifies secure and compliant IaaS and PaaS Managed Cloud Hosting and delivers comprehensive operational coverage of controls for FedRAMP, HIPAA/HITECH, PCI, SSAE 16/18 SOC 2 Type II and EU Privacy Shield Frameworks. In addition, Edge hosting delivers clients a sophisticated portal that includes real time analytics on performance, advanced security controls, and compliance. These strategic capabilities will augment DataBank service offerings across the company’s national footprint.


“Edge has built a great reputation for superior technical capabilities and proactive managed services throughout the industry,” said Raul K. Martynek, CEO of DataBank. “Having known the business for many years, it was obvious that there were some incredible synergies between the two companies. We plan to leverage the Edge team’s technical and process expertise to enhance our current managed service offerings, nationwide.”

“DataBank is force-multiplier for us,” said Vlad Friedman, CEO of Edge Hosting. “The diverse client-base of large enterprise accounts, a large national footprint of top-tier data center facilities, and the complementary skillset of their engineering and support staff, opens new doors for the Edge team and our customers. I am very excited about the direction and scale we’ll be able to achieve together.” Vlad Friedman will transition to become the Chief Technology Officer of DataBank and lead product development and the technical roadmap for the combined company.

DataBank operates data centers in Dallas, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, and Atlanta. To find out additional details on DataBank data centers and services, please visit the company website at http://www.databank.com.

DH Capital served as exclusive financial advisor for Edge Hosting and DLA Piper LLP acted as legal advisor to Edge Hosting in connection with the transaction. Jones Day acted as lead M&A counsel, Kleinbard LLC acted as investment structure counsel, and Ernst and Young LLP served as accounting advisor to DataBank.

About Edge Hosting
Edge designs, operates, and simplifies secure and compliant IaaS and PaaS Managed Cloud Hosting that delivers comprehensive operational coverage of controls for FedRAMP, HIPAA, PCI, SSAE 16 SOC 2 Type 2 and EU Privacy Shield Framework. Edge’s services include Compliance Architecture & Audit Support, Cloud Migration & Design, AWS Managed Services, and Secure Federal/Healthcare Hybrid Clouds. Our mission is to be the easiest partner to host business critical, secure, and compliant web sites and applications. With a relentless focus on our customers, Edge improves business outcomes by leveraging more than twenty years of experience in highly regulated industries including government, financial services, and healthcare. For more information about Edge Hosting, please visit http://www.edgehosting.com.

About DataBank
DataBank is a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, cloud, and interconnection services, offering customers 100% uptime availability of data, applications and infrastructure. Databank’s managed data center services are anchored in world-class facilities. Our customized technology solutions are designed to help customers effectively manage risk, improve their technology performance and allow them to focus on their core business objectives. DataBank is headquartered in the historic former Federal Reserve Bank Building, in downtown Dallas, TX. For additional information on DataBank locations and services, please visit http://www.databank.com or call 1(800) 840-7533.

About Digital Bridge Holdings
Founded in 2013 by Marc C. Ganzi and Ben Jenkins, Digital Bridge is focused on the ownership, investment and active management of companies in the mobile and internet infrastructure sector. Since inception, Digital Bridge has raised over $6.5 billion of debt and equity capital used to acquire and invest in the development of communications infrastructure businesses, including DataBank, Vantage Data Centers, ExteNet, Vertical Bridge, Andean Tower Partners, and Mexico Tower Partners.

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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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REDWOOD CITY, CA – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with The Carlyle Group for the purchase of Itconic, a leading data center, connectivity and cloud infrastructure solutions provider in Spain and Portugal, and CloudMas, an Itconic subsidiary that is focused on supporting enterprise adoption and use of cloud services. Itconic generated approximately €55.5M or approximately $66.8M U.S. dollars of revenues for the period Q2 2017 annualized. Equinix will purchase the companies in an all-cash transaction totaling €215M or approximately $259M U.S. dollars. The agreement was signed on September 8, 2017, and the acquisition is expected to close in Q4 2017, subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approval.

The acquisition of Itconic will further strengthen Equinix’s position in Europe and will extend its footprint into two new countries within the region. The acquisition will include five data centers in four metros, with two located in Madrid, one in Barcelona, one in Seville, and one in Lisbon, and adds approximately 322,000 gross square feet to the Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center portfolio. In addition, the CloudMas business brings a highly experienced team of technology professionals with deep expertise in hybrid cloud architectures and cloud adoption and migration strategies.

  • Spain is the world’s fourteenth-largest economy, the sixth-largest in Europe. The acquisition of Itconic further extends Equinix’s ability to provide businesses with the direct and secure connectivity they need to expand their global reach in new and existing markets. According to the Global Interconnection Index, Interconnection is becoming an essential building block of the digital economy. By providing additional capacity in key markets, Equinix continues to play an important role in helping companies to extend their IT operations to the digital edge through the interconnection of people, locations, clouds and data.
  • As a result of the acquisition, Equinix will serve more than 400 customers in Iberia, including marquis enterprise brands such as L’Oreal, Vueling, Deloitte, BNP Paribas, Repsol, Real Madrid, Randstad, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Aon and Bank of America. In addition, more than 100 network and mobility companies and more than 90 cloud and IT services companies operate at Itconic, including AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. This further strengthens the business ecosystems found inside of Equinix IBX data centers and provides customers with the broadest choice of service providers for IT and multicloud deployments to accelerate business performance.
  • The Itconic acquisition will position Equinix to support growth in traffic between Europe, Latin America and Africa driven by new submarine cable systems, which will enable accelerated traffic globalization and data consumption, and rapid growth of cloud and online services. Some of the submarine cables already connected to Itconic’s Lisbon data center are ACE (African Coast to Europe), WACS (West Africa Cable System), Tata Global Network. The MainOne cable will be connected in the future. In addition, the data center in Seville is connected to Canalink.
  • The acquisitions will add more than 250 employees to the Equinix team in Europe. Many members of the CloudMas team have earned certifications for deployment and support of services on leading cloud platforms.
  • Bank Street served as Equinix’s financial advisor, and Uria Menendez acted as Equinix’s external legal advisors in connection with this transaction.
  • Equinix currently operates more than 180 IBX data centers in 44 markets, providing customers even more ways to connect with other businesses around the world on Platform Equinix™.

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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(Bloomberg) — U.S. prosecutors prevailed in their request to seek information about subscribers to an anti-Trump website allegedly linked to rioting during the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.
A judge in District of Columbia Superior Court on Thursday ordered DreamHost LLC, the host of the website disruptj20.org, to comply with a government warrant seeking information about the site's subscribers. The government says the site was used to recruit and organize hundreds of people who rioted in the city on Jan. 20, the day President Donald Trump was sworn in, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage over nearly two dozen city blocks.
DreamHost Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Cover Legal Costs in DOJ Fight
Chief Judge Robert Morin ruled that DreamHost was obligated to turn over subscriber data, but that prosecutors would have to tell the judge which data it intended to seize. The judge said he would oversee the use of the data to make sure the government's seizure was limited to individuals linked to the riots and not people who merely posted messages or communicated with others through the site.
"I'm trying to balance the First Amendment protections and the government's need for this information," Morin said. "My view here is that this best protects both legitimate interests."
Morin denied DreamHost's request to put his ruling on hold until they could appeal his decision.
Host's Refusal
The ruling on Thursday came after
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