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ST. LOUIS – Connectria, a global cloud service provider and founder of the No Jerks Allowed® movement, today announced that it has successfully completed the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Managed Service Provider (MSP) Partner Program Audit for the third year in a row. AWS Managed Service Partners (MSPs) consist of a select group of highly skilled managed service providers who have successfully completed a rigorous third-party validation audit according to AWS’ exacting standards.

Conducted annually, this stringent audit requires MSPs to demonstrate extensive expertise in cloud infrastructure and application migration, as well as the ability to deliver value by offering proactive monitoring, automation, and management of their customer’s environment.


“Once again Connectria is proud to be recognized among the elite audited group of AWS next-generation Managed Service Partners,” said Rich Waidmann, President and CEO of Connectria.

“Among the thousands of AWS partners around the globe, only a relatively few are able to achieve this level. That fact that this is the third year in a row that Connectria has earned AWS MSP status is a testament to the maturity of our AWS Managed Services expertise and business. It is also a reaffirmation of our TRIA for AWS offer, which has helped many organizations get the most out of AWS by addressing its top three challenges; performance, security/compliance and cost optimization.”

Connectria will be exhibiting at AWS re:Invent 2017, from November 28 – 30 at the Sands Expo Hall in Las Vegas. Please visit us at Booth #539 and ask about TRIA for AWS.

About Connectria
Since 1996, Connectria (connectria.com) has provided award-winning cloud hosting, remote monitoring and cloud security for more than 1,000 customers in more than 35 countries worldwide. At the core of Connectria is our No Jerks Allowed® company philosophy. As The Jerk Free Company®, we’ve established a unique culture where every employee goes “the extra mile” to take care of our customers. Being The Jerk Free Company® extends beyond our people too. We make it easy to do business with us through flexible terms, scalable solutions and straight-forward pricing to serve the technology needs of large and small organizations alike.

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CHICAGO, IL – Steadfast, a cutting-edge infrastructure and cloud solutions technology company in Chicago, announced the rollout of new Steadfast Sentinel Managed Security bundles that quickly and cost-effectively deliver security and assist with regulatory compliance for cloud and dedicated server environments.

Designed and built in collaboration between IT and security/compliance experts, these bundles package multiple managed security services into unique bundles categorized by organizational needs for basic infrastructure security or compliance with regulatory standards. With four bundles options—Core, PCI DSS, HIPAA, and FISMA—customers can easily choose a bundle that meets their security or regulatory requirements and have Steadfast deploy and manage with the added benefits of Steadfast’s industry-leading support.


“From conversations with customers, we realized that many companies either don’t have the time or expertise to design a truly reliable security platform for their infrastructure, or they cannot afford to purchase solutions from multiple vendors,” stated Karl Zimmerman, CEO and founder of Steadfast. “We designed these bundles so that SMB customers could simply choose a managed security package with the enterprise-level capabilities they need and let us take care of everything else–all for one low monthly cost.”

By combining the Steadfast Sentinel Managed Security bundles with Steadfast cloud and dedicated server offerings, Steadfast now introduces one of the most secure, yet cost-efficient cloud platforms in the marketplace for small-to-medium (SMB) sized customers and enterprises. For more information, please visit www.steadfast.net/sentinel.

About Steadfast
Steadfast specializes in flexible cloud environments, infrastructure hosting, and a full suite of reliable managed services and security. Complemented by expert consultation at all stages of design and deployment to maintenance and expansion planning, Steadfast delivers high-quality, cost-effective IT infrastructure solutions, personalized to customer needs.

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OVERLAND PARK, KS – QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of data center and hybrid IT solutions, today announced it will provide direct connected colocation to AWS customers. The partnership is in direct response to increased demand for hybrid IT solutions.

QTS CloudRamp is the industry’s first turnkey, colocation solution for AWS customers. The solution is prebuilt, preconfigured and integrated with AWS cloud services. QTS CloudRamp was designed for customers needing short-term, AWS-connected colocation for cloud migration, or for longer-term hybrid IT workloads. It features flexible terms, including monthly options, automated onboarding, and is available for purchase online on AWS Marketplace.


“A growing number of our customers require colocation as part of their migration to the cloud,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Sales, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “QTS is a strategic colocation provider and provides customers industry leading customer support and as a Managed Service Partner has the ability to seamlessly integrate their solution with AWS.”

For enterprises with requirements extending beyond CloudRamp, QTS and AWS will provide tailored, hybrid IT solutions built upon QTS’ highly secure and reliable colocation infrastructure optimized for AWS.

“The AWS and QTS collaboration delivers a solution that allows us to more effectively manage our entire tech stack while giving us the flexibility to execute deployments worldwide,” said Mohit Saxena, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, InMobi. “This new collaboration helps companies, such as InMobi, minimize risk in their hybrid IT and cloud journey.”

“By aligning with AWS, we are able to offer an innovative approach to colocation, bridging the gap between traditional solutions and the cloud,” said Dan Bennewitz, Chief Operating Officer, Sales, Product & Marketing, QTS. “We are honored to collaborate with AWS and we are committed to working with them to serve the needs of their customers.”

QTS CloudRamp is now available via AWS Direct Connect from QTS data centers in Chicago, IL, Piscataway, NJ, Richmond, VA, and Santa Clara, CA. Tailored hybrid IT solutions for AWS customers are available across QTS’ 21 U.S. data center locations.

QTS continues to collaborate with AWS to develop a range of solutions leveraging AWS Direct Connect, QTS Managed AWS, QTS CloudRamp, and tailored colocation solutions.

About QTS
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading data center and managed cloud provider, offering a comprehensive portfolio of IT solutions built on the industry’s first Software-Defined Data Center Platform. QTS is a trusted partner to more than 1,100 customers throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. QTS owns, operates or manages more than six million square feet of data center space. QTS provides cutting-edge technology; flexible, scalable infrastructure; and an industry-lead customer experience.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Peak 10 + ViaWest announced the completed 88,000-square foot expansion of its Englewood, Co. Compark data center, bringing the facility’s total data center space to 138,000 square feet. The Compark facility is now one of the largest raised floor data halls in the world and features design innovations that yield super high-density capabilities exceeding 1,500 watts per square foot and a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.3.

“Demand in the Denver area is spiking as our customers’ data needs increase and their infrastructure strategies shift toward a fully hybrid IT model,” said Chris Downie, CEO for Peak 10 + ViaWest. “With our Compark data center, we are breaking the mold of data center design by introducing multiple innovations that help us achieve one of lowest PUE ratings in the industry, translating to lower operating costs for our customers.”


Compark’s innovative design allows it to achieve power density levels 10 times higher than traditional data centers, providing customers with the ability to condense their IT environment, integrate more hyper-converged infrastructure, accommodate increasingly intensive applications and embrace new technologies. To view the Peak 10 + ViaWest Compark video, click here: http://bit.ly/2zWhpnJ.

The data center’s unparalleled power density capabilities are possible due to a combination of pioneering technologies and designs. These include:

24-foot ceilings that allow for flexible heat collection and efficient cooling
Proprietary Super Computer Room Air Conditioning (SuperCRAC) systems that deliver highly reliable, energy efficient cooling without requiring water or other liquid anywhere in the data hall
Two million cubic feet per minute of temperature- and humidity-controlled air delivered by the SuperCRACs at full density, replacing the air in the entire data hall every two minutes
A pressurized raised floor environment to continuously, efficiently and consistently deliver cooled air to IT equipment anywhere in the data hall
Medium-voltage switchgear and redundant paralleled generators, providing maximum scalability and continuous electrical power supply
Intelligent, Programmable Logic Controller-based breakers that ensure consistent generator, utility and Uninterruptible Power Supply deployment

“As our business grows, the complexity of our IT infrastructure increases,” said Gerry Quinones, Senior Manager of Data Center Operations & Procurement/Logistics at AppNexus – a Peak 10 + ViaWest customer. “Placing our IT infrastructure in the Compark data center is a sound business decision. We know we can trust it with our most critical and complex workloads while helping us to streamline our IT operations and stretch our budgets.”

The Compark data center is also equipped with a cloud node, offering low latency, premium connectivity and advanced hardware to support customer cloud deployments. It also features connectivity to nearly 30 carriers and access to Peak 10 + ViaWest’s recently announced 100Gbps nationwide backbone network, ideal for application and data replication and business continuity.

This expansion comes on the heels of Peak 10 + ViaWest’s data center acquisition in Philadelphia, which is the largest purpose-built stand-alone data center with immediately leasable space in the greater Philadelphia market.

About Peak 10 + ViaWest
Peak 10 + ViaWest is a powerful combination that helps organizations optimize their journey of IT transformation while simultaneously balancing cost, scalability, compliance and security. Its 4,200 customers trust it to deliver hybrid IT infrastructure solutions spanning colocation, interconnection, cloud, managed solutions and professional services. Peak 10 + ViaWest’s robust suite of assets span 21 domestic and international markets and comprises 41 highly-redundant data centers, three million square feet of data center space, 13 cloud nodes and more than 10,000 cross connects. These capabilities, coupled with over 1,000 dedicated employees, underlie the steadfast reliability of its solutions. For more information on Peak 10, please visit www.peak10.com. For more information on ViaWest, please visit www.viawest.com.

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Amsterdam, the Netherlands – EvoSwitch, a Europe and U.S. based colocation data center company with sustainable characteristics and a partner-rich cloud interconnection platform, celebrates its 10th anniversary with the completion of a corporate rebrand – the first in its history. The brand repositioning includes a redesigned corporate identity and a new website which now includes a continuously expanding knowledge platform on topics like (hybrid) cloud and colocation.

When starting its colocation data center business 10 years ago in the Amsterdam area, EvoSwitch was one of the first companies in Europe to launch a ‘carbon-neutral’ facility with highly efficient cooling systems, renewable energy usage, and a low Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) figure for energy efficiency purposes. EvoSwitch’s significantly expanded managed services and added value delivery would justify their step towards this newly completed corporate brand identity.


“The use of renewable energy and a low PUE figure are nowadays not as uncommon as ten years ago, although today having the best PUE in the colocation market is still highly impressive I must say – especially for the large facilities owned and operated by EvoSwitch,” said Eric Boonstra, CEO at EvoSwitch. “Energy-efficiency still plays a critical role in our day-to-day data center operations, but in recent years we’ve taken our colocation services to the next level by adding all kinds of managed services and enterprise-grade value.”

“The cloud interconnection platform EvoSwitch OpenCloud is a good example of the value being added in the last two years,” said Mr. Boonstra. “Also EvoSwitch’s in-house developed modular data center building concepts with energy-efficient features and short lead times for implementation are an integral part of our corporate brand identity today. Not to forget about EvoSwitch’s international presence, with our U.S. data center in Manassas, Virginia being added in 2012. All these infrastructural achievements make our 10th anniversary a milestone worth celebrating. The newly completed EvoSwitch corporate brand identity with refreshed logo and updated website design better matches the smart and powerful corporate profile we have established since 2007.”

The addition of a Knowledge Center on the new EvoSwitch website, with strategic information resources including white papers on (hybrid) cloud, colocation and sustainability (https://evoswitch.com/knowledge-center/#white-papers), as well as videos and expert blogs, would also reflect the company’s shift in recent years towards a corporate identity which now includes a complete set of value added managed services.

New Corporate Identity Explained

EvoSwitch’s new corporate brand identity and website are being developed by award-winning Dutch agency Studio Piraat (http://studiopiraat.nl). The agency was requested to design a new website and logo reflecting EvoSwitch’s facilitating role towards its ‘customer cloud ecosystems’ and its ‘open and knowledge sharing’ characteristics. The complex technologies and value added solutions being delivered needed to be translated towards a clean, simple but strong visual design.

The designers from Studio Piraat used new icons and fonts with a ‘future forward design,’ while developing unique illustrations and graphics for this new corporate brand identity. Part of it is also an animation with a scroll-based infographic (https://evoswitch.com/about/), which at a glance would explain what the EvoSwitch ecosystem and value add is all about.

“In 2007 we used to call ourselves a ‘next generation’ data center provider,” added Mr. Boonstra. “Although I know it’s a marketing term by now that’s being used too often, it really was communicating what we stood for then. We were spearheading the international colocation business by going green, as one of the first on a European level in the global data center market. By continuously keeping focused on developing and adding new managed services – in line with evolving hybrid cloud customer needs and requirements – we’re convinced that we will be able to stay ahead of the market for the next 10 years to come. The new EvoSwitch corporate brand identity being implemented when celebrating our 10th anniversary is meant to support that goal.”

About EvoSwitch
EvoSwitch provides secure and sustainable data center services, with cloud- and carrier-neutral data centers in Europe and the United States. EvoSwitch is home to growing ecosystems of customers around interconnection and hybrid cloud, operating at the edge of the Internet and providing access to public clouds. EvoSwitch enables global and local customers to build their IT infrastructure for growth, creating value for customers and partners alike offering 14.000 m2 and ample room for further growth on both sides of the Atlantic. In response to customer demand and market requirements, EvoSwitch has built an extensive set of managed services including its EvoSwitch OpenCloud – a cloud-neutral and partner-rich (hybrid) cloud interconnection marketplace for low-latency interconnection options. As one of the first colocation data centers in Europe with ultra-low PUE figures while utilizing 100% renewables, EvoSwitch’s engineering teams provide special assistance for customers when optimizing equipment configurations, condition monitoring and reduction of energy consumption. EvoSwitch’s data centers in both Europe and the U.S. provide enterprise-grade security measures while meeting strict compliance and third-party accredited standards including ISO 27001:2013, ISO 14001:2004, PCI-DSS, SIOC1 Type II, and LEED Gold. To learn more about EvoSwitch, visit: evoswitch.com

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GLASGOW, Scotland – Managed hosting and cloud services provider iomart (AIM: IOM) has partnered with OnApp to launch a new cloud-in-a-box solution for small businesses and enterprise IT departments. The new solution combines OnApp Enterprise private cloud software with Intel® hardware to create a turnkey appliance that can be deployed on premises, or hosted by iomart, with self-managed and fully managed options available for each approach. By combining its experience in hosted cloud and managed services, with OnApp’s streamlined and intuitive private cloud management software, iomart can deliver private and hybrid cloud that is significantly more cost-effective and easier to manage than other solutions.

The new cloud-in-a-box solution is available now with a unique ‘try before you buy’ scheme that takes companies from proof-of-concept into production without any additional configuration or migration work. It is designed for companies looking to virtualise and consolidate traditional IT into a more cost-effective integrated appliance; to bring cloud automation and efficiency to their business without requiring an army of technicians; and to simplify the management of workloads across on-premises and hosted cloud infrastructure, using a single, unified cloud platform.


“OnApp is the perfect cloud solution for businesses that don’t want to hire an army of certified professionals to build and administer their cloud, or invest in the cost and complexity of running a complete VMware or Azure stack,” said Neil Christie, iomart’s Commercial Director. “Our new private cloud solution delivers rock-solid virtualisation, automated cloud management, software-defined storage and the robust security and access controls you need, at a fraction of the cost – and we can manage the whole environment for you, in your data centre or ours.”

United Hosting, a managed hosting brand within iomart, already uses OnApp. “OnApp provides our customers with cost-effective hosting that’s 100 per cent available. The self-healing technology means VM uptime is never interrupted by hardware failure,” explained Martin Cole, United Hosting’s Sales Director. “It allows us to offer highly available and instantly scalable solutions to our customers. It’s the flexibility and ease of use that our customers love.”

The wider offering from the whole of the iomart group of companies will allow many more of its customers to benefit. “With its OnApp hosting and managed services experience, iomart is perfectly placed to help companies choose the right mix of managed, unmanaged, hosted and on-premises cloud,” said Alistair Wildman, Chief Revenue Officer for OnApp. “OnApp Enterprise is a truly turnkey cloud solution that brings the public cloud experience to the enterprise data centre at a radically different price point – and working with iomart enables companies to take full advantage of whatever mix of on-premises and hosted private cloud works best for their applications and data.”

iomart’s new cloud solutions are based on Intel® 2u, 4-node servers with OnApp pre-installed and ready to run. They also include OnApp’s global 24×7 support. For hosted private cloud options, iomart offers a choice of eight data centre locations in the UK and a further 19 across Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. iomart provides a range of supporting services to help customers migrate workloads to its private cloud solution, and offers dedicated connectivity between on-premises clouds and its hosted clouds, to create ultra-low latency, hybrid cloud environments.

About iomart Group plc
iomart Group PLC (AIM: IOM) helps organisations maximise the flexibility, cost effectiveness and security of the cloud. From strategy to delivery, our 300+ consultants and solutions architects provide the cloud expertise to transform your business. With a dynamic range of managed cloud services that integrate with the public clouds of AWS and Azure, our agnostic approach delivers solutions tailored to your exact needs. iomart is a long-term supplier to G-Cloud and our infrastructure and cloud and backup services are designed to meet the requirements of the UK public sector. To find out more about our managed cloud services visit www.iomart.com

About OnApp
OnApp is a complete cloud management software platform for service providers and enterprises. The OnApp cloud platform enables hosts, telcos and other service providers to sell the complete range of Infrastructure-as-a-Service products. For enterprises, OnApp provides a turnkey solution for private and hybrid cloud, enabling IT departments to automate infrastructure management, reduce support costs, and simplify provisioning of IT resources to departments and users.

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