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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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Amsterdam, the Netherlands – 3W Infra, a fast growing Infrastructure-as-a-Service hosting provider from Amsterdam with global operations and more than 4,000 dedicated servers under management, announces the launch of a startup accelerator program for innovative, Internet-savvy companies around the world with scalable IaaS hosting needs. With its global scope, the 3W Infra Startup Accelerator Program is intended to help drive growth for startups by offering free and subsidized IaaS hosting infrastructure, engineering resources, and executive mentoring.

The 3W Infra Startup Accelerator Program is aimed at cloud service providers (CSPs), Managed Service Providers (MSPs), Internet Service Providers (ISPs), app development companies and other early-stage, Internet-savvy companies in the process of raising capital, building their businesses and finding ways to accomplish sustainable and scalable business growth.


The Startup Accelerator Program has a global scope and will be run out of 3W Infra’s flagship data center in Amsterdam, Switch AMS1. This facility is built for high energy-efficiency and features a calculated pPUE figure of 1.04. Its data center design makes use of patented indirect adiabatic cooling technology and hot aisle containment. Combined with the highly redundant 2N power configuration, this data center would cater to the uptime needs of startups with demanding applications.

“As a former startup ourselves, founded in 2014, we are keenly aware of pretty much all startup requirements for transforming an idea into a profitable business,” said Roy Premchand, Managing Director 3W Infra. “We’ve also experienced fast-paced and high growth within the 3W Infra organization where we had to scale-up almost instantly from about 3,000 up to 4,000 dedicated servers under management, so we know what it takes to successfully support startups with ultra-scalable IaaS hosting infrastructure when needed.”

Entry-Level to HPC Workloads

Packed with all kinds of IaaS hosting products and services for tech startups, the 3W Infra Startup Accelerator Program provides startups the opportunity to significantly reduce their primary IT infrastructure cost levels while saving money for further company investments and growth.

The incubated startups will get free and subsidized access to 3W Infra’s wide portfolio of IaaS hosting infrastructure including colocation as well as dedicated servers – from entry-level servers to packages with the power to support demanding cloud environments with high-performance computing (HPC) workloads. 3W Infra also offers accelerator program startups access to its proprietary and highly redundant global network featuring high bandwidth capacity.

To qualify for the 3W Infra Startup Accelerator Program, startups need to have a unique business proposition with a scalable business perspective. When selecting startups for the accelerator program, 3W Infra will also pay close attention to the skills of team members and founder(s), the viability of their business-plan and operations, and the companies’ infrastructural and organizational investments up until now.

Engineering Services

“With the 3W Infra Startup Accelerator Program, we want to get up-and-coming tech startups on 3W Infra’s platform of IaaS hosting solutions early on and invest in their sustainable and long-term success,” added Mr. Premchand. “We acknowledge that every tech startup has its individual requirements though, so we won’t offer them a one-size-fits-all program. Instead, we have established a framework and a menu with all kinds of IaaS hosting options and support.”

3W Infra is also able to add subsidized engineering support services to the Startup Accelerator Program packages through its ‘Remote Hands’ engineering service. This managed service provides ‘remote hands’ onsite, whether a data center is located in Amsterdam, London or Frankfurt. It also includes data center neutral relocation services for IT infrastructures housed in data centers located in the Amsterdam region, Frankfurt and London.

The announcement follows the news that 3W Infra attained its ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for Information Security Management together with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance – validated by an independent third-party IT audit company. The certifications achieved would help 3W Infra ensure that they have enterprise-grade controls in place to protect startups’ customer information and payment data while safeguarding business continuity.

About 3W Infra
Founded in 2014 by some Internet and hosting industry veterans, 3W Infra is a global Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosting provider with great engineering knowledge and skills headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The company’s enterprise-grade, ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and PCI-DSS certified hosting solutions are tailored to the specific needs of each customer. 3W Infra’s infrastructural solutions are engineered for scalability and cost-efficiency, with cloud-enabling services including colocation, dedicated servers, IP Transit, and high-level customer support. These solutions come with 3W Infra’s Remote Hands including Relocation engineering services at the world’s main Internet hubs in Amsterdam, Frankfurt and London. As a fast-growing company aiming for sustainable growth, 3W Infra serves a dynamic array of different customer types with a variety of needs. The company’s flagship data center in Amsterdam features one of the lowest calculated pPUEs in the industry (1,04), which is highly energy-efficient. 3W Infra has a significant amount of colocation customers and more than 4,000 dedicated servers under management, while its global network now exceeds 160 Gigabit/sec (Gbps) of available bandwidth. 3W Infra’s customer base includes some of the largest Internet, gaming, broadcasting and cloud services companies in Europe and beyond. To learn more about 3W Infra, visit: www.3winfra.com

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OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL – Sima Solutions LLC (SIMA), a real-time software solutions company and leading Business Process Management (BPM) provider, announced today the strategic deployment of SimaCLOUD, an integrated IBM Cloud Hosting WebSphere Commerce platform. SimaCLOUD Solutions provides clients managed transformation services to migrate legacy WebSphere Commerce application environments into the Cloud. Our new managed services and solutions for WebSphere Commerce hosting is designed to enable companies to bridge on-premises environments into private or public clouds and accelerate app development. The SimaCLOUD solutions for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce includes the open source Kubernetes-based container architecture and supports Docker containers. This facilitates integration and portability of workloads as they evolve to any cloud environment, including the public IBM Cloud, AWS, Azure, and others.

“Regardless of what version of WebSphere Commerce you are starting with, SimaCLOUD Solutions for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce has the roadmap to accelerate transformation of your WebSphere Commerce application to cloud hosting,” states Jim Pollitt, President of Sima Solutions LLC. He continues: “The new Sima Managed Services and Solutions for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce provides Flexible Platforms with Support for Enterprise Developers to simplify management of WebSphere Commerce and accelerate app development.

  • Dev / Test Cloud Environments to add more application and agile development capacity fast and efficiently
  • IBM Private Cloud migration to move existing application workloads into the latest version of WebSphere Commerce
  • Advanced Cloud Management Automation: Streamlined management across cloud environments to help launch, monitor and manage services and help ensure consistent security protocols.
  • Security & Data Encryption: Security Vulnerability Advisor to scan containers across the cloud to surface potentially serious issues and weaknesses; Ability to encrypt all data in flight and provide for strict access control by users within a cluster.
  • Core Cloud Platform: Includes a container engine, Kubernetes orchestration, and essential management tools surrounding developer runtimes, which are fully integrated and automated.
  • Infrastructure Choice: Compatible with systems from leading manufacturers including Cisco, Dell EMC, Intel, Lenovo and NetApp, as well as IBM Systems, including IBM Power Systems, IBM Z, and IBM Data and Application Support & DevOps Tools
  • Infrastructure Choice – Compatible with systems from leading manufacturers including Cisco, Dell EMC, Intel, Lenovo and NetApp, as well as IBM Systems, including IBM Power Systems, IBM Z and IBM Data
  • Application Support, Optimized management & DevOps Tools: Containerized versions of software and development frameworks, including IBM WebSphere Liberty, Open Liberty, MQ and Microservice Builder, as part of software bundles; and APM, Netcool and UrbanCode, which can be added for a separate fee.

About Sima Solutions LLC
Sima Solutions’ SimaCLOUD for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce enables organizations to create, deploy, and manage WebSphere Commerce apps in the cloud environment of their choice. A GSA Schedule 70 contract holder (GS-35F-037AA) with over 20 years’ experience in the IT-consulting industry, Sima Solutions is a leading provider of software and services for IBM’s products based on WebSphere, e-Commerce and service-oriented architecture (SOA). Led by experienced, top-tier lead architects, their consultants provide project-based or staff-augmentation services to design, build and deploy enterprise-class solutions for small to midsize organizations to global enterprises. For more information, visit www.simacloud.com.

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ST. LOUIS, MO – TierPoint, a leading national provider of hybrid IT solutions, announced today that it has achieved the Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform competency designation.

“We are part of a very select group in the Microsoft partner ecosystem that has achieved Gold status,” said Dave McKenney, Director of Product Management for TierPoint. “The designation confirms our capability and commitment to meeting the evolving technology needs of our customers.”

To earn Microsoft Gold competency, partners must successfully complete relevant professional certification exams, demonstrating their level of technology expertise as Microsoft Certified Professionals. They also must submit customer references verifying successful cloud projects, meet a revenue performance commitment for Microsoft solutions, and pass technology and/or sales assessments.


“By achieving a gold competency, TierPoint has proven their commitment and expertise in specific technology areas, which places them among a small percentage of Microsoft partners worldwide,” said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “For customers looking for a partner to help meet their unique business needs, choosing a company that has attained Microsoft competencies is a smart move. TierPoint has highly qualified experts with access to Microsoft technical support and product teams.”

About TierPoint
With an unmatched combination of clients, facilities, solutions and service, TierPoint is a leading national provider of hybrid IT, helping organizations drive performance and manage risk. The company has one of the largest customer bases in the industry, with over 5,000 clients ranging from the public to private sectors, from small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises. TierPoint also has one of the largest and most geographically diversified footprints in the nation, with 40 world-class data centers in 20 markets and 8 multi-tenant cloud pods, connected by a coast-to-coast network. The company offers a comprehensive solution portfolio of private, multitenant, hyperscale, and hybrid cloud, plus colocation, disaster recovery, security and other managed IT services. Led by a proven management team, TierPoint’s network of hundreds of highly experienced IT professionals offer local, white-glove customer service, seamlessly managing and customizing agile solutions that address each client’s unique needs.

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OVERLAND PARK, KS – QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), an international provider of data center and hybrid IT solutions, announced today the completion of its annual American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Service Organization Control 1 Type II (SOC 1® Type II) and Service Organization Control 2 Type II (SOC 2® Type II) audit reports. The 2017 reports were issued by a Big Four public accounting and auditing firm based on an examination of QTS’ internal controls and procedures. In addition, QTS also attained ISO 27001:2013 certification for thirteen of its data centers.

ISO 27001 is an internationally recognized certification for information security management systems (ISMS) that demonstrates QTS’ strong security controls and meets the needs of large, multinational data center customers. By adding another certification, QTS now has one of the most comprehensive frameworks in the industry and it further enhances the company’s ability to assist customers in meeting their own compliance requirements.


QTS is committed to exceeding critical compliance standards for its customers. QTS’ SOC 1 Type II and SOC 2 Type II reports assure its clients that the company meets the suitability of design and operating effectiveness of applicable controls. Achieving compliance with other critical compliance standards such as FedRAMP, FISMA and PCI, demonstrates QTS’ ability to deliver secure, available and confidential services. The QTS Compliance team oversees more than 400 controls across several compliance standards to ensure the company is providing the highest level of compliance to its customers.

“By working with the best auditing firms in the country, we ensure that we are not just meeting the compliance requirements, but surpassing them,” said Oliver Schmidt who leads QTS’ dedicated in-house compliance team as Chief Audit Executive. “Meeting the highest standards for security, availability and confidentiality are all vital to the solutions we provide to our customers and our strategic growth.”

The QTS SOC 1 Type II and SOC 2 Type II audit reports are prepared in accordance with the AICPA’s Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No.18 Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization. The reports cover the period from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017 for QTS systems and controls and provides users with operational assurance across QTS’ software-defined data center platform.

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-leading customer experience. Visit QTS at www.qtsdatacenters.com.

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Paras Jha and Josiah White have pleaded guilty to federal cybercrime charges in an Alaska court for creating the Mirai botnet and launching attacks including the one that took down Dyn in October of last year, ZDNet reports.
Jha, who was unmasked by cybersecurity researcher Brian Krebs in January, was indicted along with White in early December, court documents unsealed Wednesday said.
"Jha conspired to conduct DDOS attacks against websites and web hosting companies located in the United States and Abroad," according to his plea agreement. The document also says Jha managed to infect more than 300,000 devices.
See also: Andromeda Botnet Brought Down by Law Enforcement Agencies, Private Sector
He also admitted to releasing the source code in order to create "plausible deniability" in case he was caught in possession of it. Having done so, Jha has allowed the threat to be reused and repurposed by other hackers, as Akamai detailed in a report earlier this year.
A justice department spokesperson indicated to ZDNet that further indictments in the case will be unsealed soon.
As was suggested by Krebs when he identified Jha, Dyn appears to have been collateral damage in a DDoS attack on game servers, as Jha and his co-conspirators, presumably meaning White, and possibly others, attempted to extort the companies hosting them.
Fast-growing botnet "IoT_reaper" was discovered to be using some of the Mirai code in October.

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