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LONDON, UK – Storage Made Easy™ (SME) announced today that Cloudian, the innovation leader in enterprise object storage systems, will resell the SME Enterprise File Fabric™. The new partnership debuted by closing the companies’ first joint customer, a leading international broadcast television company and digital platform.

This agreement gives users of Cloudian’s HyperStore scale-out storage system access to the full File Fabric product from Storage Made Easy, which simplifies data compliance with single-pane control across 60 different data sources. File Fabric provides best-of-breed technology to discover sensitive data and enforce security controls across all content, wherever it’s stored, in any jurisdiction. Object storage allows the storage of large volumes of metadata; File Fabric combines file metadata with access and usage patterns to identify business insights, enhancing security and productivity.


M-Stream™, a new feature within File Fabric™, enables high-speed cross-country or cross-continent transfers of large video files stored in Cloudian object storage. This new feature parallelizes large files, speeding up downloads and folder-to-folder copy, providing speeds of up to 10GB/second. This feature was important in signing the partnership’s first customer, which broadcasts over 5,000 hours of programming annually on its flagship network alone.

“One of the key strengths of Cloudian’s HyperStore is its ability to scale up easily – add a new storage node, and the Cloudian cluster automatically includes it in the single storage pool,” said Sanjay Jagad, Sr. Director of Products and Solutions at Cloudian. “This solution with Storage Made Easy ensures the transfer and management of data is also simple, and can accommodate the very large files that broadcast networks need to work with.”

A key tenet of the Enterprise File Fabric is to enforce policies for data governance and security, reducing organizational risk and increasing compliance adherence, a key factor for the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other data legislation such as HIPPA and FERPA.

Cloudian customers can also take advantage of the comprehensive collaboration tools that the Enterprise File Fabric offers: secure team folders with the ability to invite external users, document approval workflows, secure access control, secure audited file sharing policies, and much more, providing easy secure access to authorised object data.

Jim Liddle, Storage Made Easy CEO, said, “We have worked with Cloudian and its resellers in the past and I am very pleased to formalise this stronger relationship, and I’m excited about the mutual benefit the partnership will bring.”

About Cloudian
Cloudian turns information into insight with an infinitely scalable platform that consolidates, manages and protects enterprise data. Cloudian Enterprise Object Storage brings cloud technology and economics to the data center with uncompromising data durability, intuitive management tools and the industry’s most compatible S3 API. Cloudian and its ecosystem partners help Global 1000 customers simplify unstructured data management today, while preparing for the data demands of AI and machine learning tomorrow. Join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Twitter (@CloudianStorage) and Facebook, or visit us at www.cloudian.com.

About Storage Made Easy (SME)
The Storage Made Easy Enterprise File Fabric™ solution enables IT to regain control of “cloud data sprawl” to unify on-premises and on-cloud files into a single easily managed converged infrastructure with policy-based controls for governance, audit and security. The Enterprise File Fabric™ provides a “blanket” enterprises wrap around all their data: on premises, within public and public clouds, as well as on third-party software vendor clouds (SharePoint Online and Salesforce for example). Customers use the Storage Made Easy Enterprise File Fabric™ to unify corporate data to enable workgroup collaboration with universal controls for security, encryption, audit, and data access. Companies will have access to a greater understanding of where and how sensitive data is stored, transferred, and accessible with particular focus on how companies are able to police and audit data to ensure enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in addition to other regional data legislation. Storage Made Easy is the trading name of Vehera LTD.

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Austin, TX – Codero Holdings, Inc. (Codero), a leader in managed hosting services and technology enablement, today announced that, in addition to providing infrastructure as a service (IAAS), the company will now offer platform-agnostic IT consultation, architecture, implementation, and management to help customers reap the benefits of a hybrid multi-cloud approach.

This announcement comes on the heels of Codero’s joint membership in and certifications from the Microsoft Azure Cloud Solution Provider Program and the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network.


“Customers’ IT needs are complexifying and changing rapidly, and it’s vital to their success that we be able to provide the ideal architecture for them, even when Codero infrastructure isn’t the optimal option or is only part of the solution,” said John Martis, CEO of Codero. “Shifting our focus from simply selling our own infrastructure to providing platform-agnostic consultation services and ongoing management ensures we’re able to help our customers optimize, scale, and evolve their businesses however they need to over the coming years.”

Codero will continue to offer bare metal servers and most of the products upon which the company has built its success, but customers will now be able to utilize Codero’s team of experts to configure and manage their AWS and Azure environments as well. Moreover, the company will employ a hybrid multi-cloud approach to design and build custom implementations that span multiple vendors and platforms when it makes sense.

With 40 percent of organizations planning to use multiple, interoperable cloud environments in the next two years, Codero expects to employ hybrid multi-cloud strategies for many of its customers.

In addition, Codero offers multiple managed options for Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and Cloud Backup, as well as suites of managed solutions designed for companies working in ecommerce, digital media, development, and gaming, along with small businesses and those with compliance or regulatory needs.

“It’s an exciting time in hosting because customers no longer have to experience tradeoffs – we can connect virtually unlimited environments across multiple vendors to custom-build the exact right implementation based on each company’s workloads, applications, site traffic, and other key factors,” said Martis. “Our team has always thrived on finding creative solutions and treating customers as individuals. These new relationships and managed solution offerings enable us to take that approach much further.”

About Codero
Codero is a managed hosting and technology enabler that facilitates the adoption and use of advanced and custom cloud solutions. A provider of managed, dedicated, and hybrid multi-cloud services, backed by exceptional customer service, Codero serves over 3,500 customers worldwide. Codero offers a portfolio of custom hosting and technology solutions focused on the specific needs of small and medium businesses and community anchor institutions. Codero helps customers and partners live and thrive in the cloud. Learn more about Codero at http://www.codero.com.

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LANSING, Mich. – Liquid Web, LLC, the market leader in managed hosting services to SMBs and web professionals announced their acquisition of iThemes, a leader in WordPress plugins that include BackupBuddy, iThemes Security Pro, multiple site management Sync and iThemes Sales Accelerator.

Located in Oklahoma City, iThemes will continue to function as an independent unit within Liquid Web. All employees remain with iThemes and Cory Miller, founder, will remain as General Manager of iThemes while joining the Liquid Web leadership team.


Liquid Web partnered with iThemes in 2016 to bundle iThemes Sync Pro with Liquid Web’s Managed WordPress hosting offering. As part of this acquisition, the company will further integrate iThemes BackupBuddy, and iThemes Security into their current Managed WordPress hosting product as well as offer the product lines for sale to Liquid Web customers with unmanaged WordPress sites. Their recently launched iThemes Sales Accelerator, a data and e-commerce insights plugin, will be integrated into Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce hosting product launching in early January 2018.

“The acquisition of iThemes supports Liquid Web’s mission to empower web professionals worldwide and further demonstrates our commitment to being a leader in the WordPress and WooCommerce marketplace,” said Jim Geiger, CEO. “We believe that the combination of the Liquid Web and iThemes teams and products will be very beneficial to our Managed WordPress hosting customers and our newly launched Managed WooCommerce Hosting product, the industry’s first platform dedicated to WooCommerce Stores. I look forward to bringing in WordPress expert Cory Miller to help our company shape our Managed WordPress and Managed WooCommerce hosting strategies.”

“Liquid Web has launched the premier product in eCommerce hosting for WooCommerce sites, and we have a lot of plans for that product line,” said Cory Miller, Founder of iThemes. “While remaining an independent business unit, iThemes will grow with access to the leadership strategies of Liquid Web, capital and strong marketing. I’m excited about the Liquid Web roadmap and I believe together we will bring great solutions to the marketplace.”

To learn more about iThemes offerings visit: https://www.liquidweb.com/products/add-ons/ithemes/

About Liquid Web
Marking its 20th year anniversary, Liquid Web powers content, commerce, and potential for SMB entrepreneurs and the designers, developers and digital agencies who create for them. An industry leader in managed hosting, managed WordPress and cloud services, Liquid Web is known for its high-performance services and exceptional customer support. Liquid Web offers a broad portfolio designed so customers can choose a hosting solution that is hands-on or hands-off or a hybrid of the two. The company owns and manages its own core data centers, providing a diverse range of offerings spanning from bare metal servers and fully managed hosting to managed WordPress and continues to evolve its service offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of its web-reliant, professional customers. With over 32,000 customers spanning 150 countries, the company has assembled a world-class team, global data centers and an expert group of 24/7/365 solution engineers. As an industry leader in customer service*, the rapidly expanding company has been recognized among INC Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies for ten years. Liquid Web is part of the Madison Dearborn Partners family of companies. Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”) is a leading private equity investment firm based in Chicago. For more information, please visit www.liquidweb.com, or read our blog posts at http://www.liquidweb.com/blog. Stay up to date with all Liquid Web events on Twitter and LinkedIn.

*2016 Net Promoter Score of 71

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ATLANTA, GA – Internap Corporation (NASDAQ:INAP), a provider of high-performance internet infrastructure including colocation, managed services and hosting, cloud and high-performance network services, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SingleHop, LLC, a private company headquartered in Chicago, Illinois for $132 million in cash.

SingleHop is a recognized leader in the managed hosting and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) business segment, offering highly automated and on-demand IT infrastructure. This strategic combination allows INAP to immediately offer its customers advanced products and expertise. SingleHop’s enterprise and business customers will also benefit from INAP’s North American and global presence, providing a significantly more expansive integrated footprint.


“The INAP turnaround strategy includes restoring top-line organic revenue growth while leveraging smart tuck-in acquisitions to accelerate that growth,” stated Peter D. Aquino, President & CEO of INAP. “Today we announce significant progress on both fronts: We are reporting a positive outlook for 4Q 2017 revenue, which is up sequentially, and we are ahead of turnaround expectations. We are also pleased to announce the signing of an agreement to acquire SingleHop and welcome their customers and employees to the INAP family. We are very excited about partnering with Zak Boca and his experienced team to integrate their advanced platform into INAP. The combined impact of our sales and operational improvements, and the momentum of SingleHop’s success, is expected to be a catalyst for growth in 2018.”

Strategic Rational: INAP expects to gain significant speed to market by advancing its technical roadmap with this acquisition. The attributes of the combination include:

Robust Technology –
SingleHop’s advanced automated systems will immediately enhance INAP’s overall capabilities, improving existing customers’ experience. This acquisition will enable INAP to launch an integrated delivery system that will be cross-sold through INAP’s global footprint. Given this complementary product set, SingleHop’s technical expertise and momentum are expected to attract interest specifically among INAP Bare Metal and AgileCloud customer bases. This combination also advances INAP’s product road map for private cloud, managed public cloud, DRaaS, and other critical features designed to drive profitable growth.

Single Pane of Glass and Actionable Intelligence (“AI”) –
SingleHop’s single pane of glass for infrastructure and managed services will consolidate and merge separate customer interface portals into one single pane of glass, post integration (i.e., colocation, managed services, cloud, and network elements). The improved visibility, and control through AI are expected to exceed customer expectations and requirements, adding long-term customer retention benefits, as well as to help INAP operationally.

Increased Scalability –
SingleHop’s operations complement INAP’s presence in major markets including: Chicago, New York City, Phoenix, and Amsterdam. SingleHop hosts approximately 3,000 customers in state of the art Tier 3-type data centers that ensure the optimum redundancy, security, and critical infrastructure required. Proforma combined INAP will serve over 10,000 customers worldwide.

Experienced and Talented Management Team –
SingleHop has demonstrated a unique entrepreneurial culture that produced award winning solutions and industry recognition as evidenced in its position on the Gartner® Magic Quadrant for Cloud Enabled Managed Hosting.

“These two companies are extremely complementary, and together will offer customers an incredibly robust, modern IT platform, which was backed by investment firm Battery Ventures,” said Zak Boca, co-founder and CEO of SingleHop. “SingleHop’s innovative approach to IaaS and the delivery of managed services combined with INAP’s global data center and network presence, will give clients a one-stop-shop for their IT needs. This is a strong combination that I’m very excited to be a part of. I look forward to transitioning to become the Chief Marketing Officer of INAP.”

“Jennifer Curry, VP of Managed Hosting and Services at INAP, and team, have been focused on improving ways to deliver complex IT solutions to our customers,” stated Corey Needles, SVP and General Manager, INAP USA. “By acquiring SingleHop, we not only leapfrog product development gates, but Jen acquires an all-star team to attack opportunities that historically may have been challenging for either company to score on its own due to lack of product or size. Together, we are much stronger and excited about our growth potential in managed hosting and services as a value-added service to our data center business.”

Financial Summary: INAP will be acquiring SingleHop in an all cash deal for $132 million reflecting a purchase multiple of approximately 7x after synergies, based on annualized Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $16 million for 3Q 2017 and expected annualized cost synergies of $2 to $3 million. INAP expects SingleHop will contribute $45 to $50 million in annualized revenue post-closing. In INAP’s fourth quarter 2017 earnings release, INAP will provide combined proforma guidance, assuming a first quarter closing of the transaction. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure, which we define in the attachment to this press release entitled “Non-GAAP (Adjusted) Financial Measure.” A reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure can also be found in the attachment.

INAP has entered into a commitment agreement with Jefferies Finance LLC to provide a fully underwritten debt financing which, combined with INAP’s cash on hand, will fund the entire transaction. Ultimately, INAP will look to optimize its capital structure with a blend of equity and debt securities to affect a leverage-neutral or better outcome. The transaction is expected to close before the end of the first quarter 2018, subject to customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of any applicable waiting periods under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended.

Transaction Advisors: RBC Capital Markets acted as lead financial advisor and Jefferies LLC acted as financial advisor to INAP. Jenner & Block LLP served as INAP’s legal advisor. On the sell-side, DH Capital acted as the sole financial advisor to SingleHop. Goodwin Procter LLP and Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP acted as joint legal advisors to SingleHop.

About Internap Corporation
Internap Corporation (NASDAQ:INAP) is a leading provider of high-performance data center services including colocation, managed hosting, cloud and network services. INAP partners with its clients, who range from the Fortune 500 to emerging start-ups, to create secure, scalable and reliable IT infrastructure solutions that meet the client’s unique business requirements. INAP operates in 51 Tier 3-type data centers in 21 metropolitan markets and has 90 POPs around the world. INAP has approximately 1 million gross square feet under lease, with 500,000 square feet of data center space. For more information, visit www.INAP.com.

About SingleHop
SingleHop, a leading global provider of hosted IT infrastructure and cloud computing, brings together a unique combination of enterprise-class technologies from industry-leading vendors, and a proprietary automation engine, to deliver a customized cloud infrastructure experience for enterprises of all sizes. Their powerful portal and award-winning automation platform make it simple to design and support the optimal cloud environment. Their service includes full-life cycle, white glove support, instantly-scalable solutions, and comprehensive integrated security. SingleHop serves approximately 3,000 customers in more than 124 countries with data centers across the United States and Europe.

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BOSTON and BATON ROUGE, La. – GlobalSign, a leading provider of identity and security solutions, today announced a partnership with loan software provider DocuFirst. The collaboration enables DocuFirst to deliver trusted digital signature capabilities to its customers through GlobalSign’s new Digital Signing service. By integrating the Digital Signing Service, DocuFirst can offer digital signatures directly through its application with zero development or investment needed and no burden placed on end customers.

The ability for DocuFirst to include digital signatures as part of its offering is especially important since its client base, which includes residential and commercial lending and mortgage firms, relies heavily on forms and signature collection to complete transactions. Bringing the signing process online significantly reduces the costs and resources associated with paper forms and signatures, and greatly increases document workflow efficiency and transparency. Knowing its customers would require signatures at least as secure and trusted as wet ink, if not more so, and taking into account the latest electronic signature requirements from industry groups like the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Fannie Mae, DocuFirst sought a PKI-based digital signature solution.


“Using GlobalSign’s new Digital Signing Service was an easy choice. It provides everything we need to deploy digital signatures into our application with one simple integration,” said Randall Nachman, founder, DocuFirst. “We have been searching for a way to make it easy for our customers to take the signing process online without sacrificing security and trust. By integrating digital signatures into our offering, we can provide an end-to-end workflow with signing processes even more secure than wet ink, thanks to the underlying cryptography, identity validation, and timestamping of GlobalSign’s solution.”

Highly Scalable, Cloud-based API-Driven Digital Signing Service

Announced in June, 2017, and now in production, GlobalSign’s Digital Signing Service makes publicly trusted digital signatures more accessible by integrating them directly into document workflow solutions while lowering barriers such as cost, maintenance, and internal expertise. Unlike traditional document signing products that require hardware and extensive cryptographic knowledge to source the required components, the cloud-based Digital Signing Service provides everything needed to deploy digital signatures into any application with one API call, greatly simplifying the integration process.

“GlobalSign’s Digital Signing Service brings together all the cryptographic components necessary to offer the most feature-rich and collaborative digital signature service on the market today. And because there is no database of private keys to compromise or documents stored, the level of security is increased significantly,” said Nadim Farah, product manager, GlobalSign. “We are very pleased that DocuFirst has found our product critical to the growth of their business. Products like DocuFirst are ideal for our Digital Signing Service since it can be integrated with any electronic document workflow solution.”

To learn more about GlobalSign’s Digital Signing Service, visit https://www.globalsign.com/en/digital-signatures/

About DocuFirst
DocuFirst is a provider of Document Management Software that helps organizations eliminate manual paper-based processes and collect digital content more efficiently. The company provides robust document management capabilities and allows businesses to collect and store data needed to fill forms, create and digitally sign those forms, and automate document indexing and workflows. All of these pieces are necessary components for 100% digital transactions. To learn more about DocuFirst, visit www.docufirst.com.

About GMO GlobalSign
GlobalSign is the leading provider of trusted identity and security solutions enabling businesses, large enterprises, cloud-based service providers and IoT innovators around the world to conduct secure online communications, manage millions of verified digital identities and automate authentication and encryption. Its high-scale PKI and identity solutions support the billions of services, devices, people and things comprising the Internet of Everything (IoE). The company has offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit https://www.globalsign.com

About GMO Cloud KK
GMO Cloud K.K. (TSE: 3788) is a full-service IT infrastructure provider focused on cloud solutions. Established as a hosting company in 1996, the company has managed servers for more than 130,000 businesses and now has 6,500 sales partners throughout Japan. In February of 2011, the company launched GMO Cloud to enhance its focus on cloud-based solutions. Since 2007, the company has also grown its GlobalSign SSL security brand through offices in Belgium, U.K., U.S., China and Singapore. For more information, visit http://ir.gmocloud.com/english/.

About GMO Internet Group
GMO Internet Group is an Internet services industry leader, developing and operating Japan’s most widely used domain, hosting & cloud, ecommerce, security, and payment solutions. The Group also comprises the world’s largest online FX trading platform, as well as online advertising, Internet media, and mobile entertainment products. GMO Internet, Inc. (TSE: 9449) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. For more information, visit http://www.gmo.jp/en/.

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ATLANTA, GA – Total Server Solutions Fuels Growth With Investment Capital and the Acquisition of managed service provider ZeroLag Communications

Combination enhances services offerings to customers while providing growth opportunities in multiple markets


Total Server Solutions, an industry leader in Managed IaaS announced that it has raised $23MM in equity and debt from Layer 7 Capital and J.P. Morgan Chase for acquisition finance and growth capital within the business. The target company in the transaction being ZeroLag Communications, a provider of optimized managed hosting solutions has now joined the Total Server Solutions family.

For over 17 years, ZeroLag has provided customers with superior hosting services featuring a unique combination of technical expertise and highly scalable solutions. ZeroLag has designed reference architectures for all the stacks Total Server Solutions supports ensuring the best possible performance, security, and scalability for Total Server Solutions customer’s environments. The acquisition of ZeroLag not only adds a wide variety of new products and services to Total Server Solutions core infrastructure, but also allows Total Server Solutions to leverage coveted partnerships in emerging markets such as Dell, NTT, Veeam, Vmware, and Magento amongst several others. With the acquisition, Total Server Solutions gains a third Los Angeles, CA data center footprint, a backup facility in Austin, TX, and a DR site in Charlotte, NC. They also have now more than doubled their headcount in tech, sales, and development staff across the country.

“Our acquisition of ZeroLag expands our product suite, talent pool and provides a tremendous path forward to leverage both existing Total Server Solutions & ZeroLag customer bases,” said Gary Simat, CEO of Total Server Solutions. “Furthermore, alongside the company’s new financial partners comes increased scale, which enables TSS take on much larger, and more complex projects. This is only one of many large announcements that will be seen from TSS this year. We are coming.”

“ZeroLag has been an innovator in the proactive managed services space for 17 years and through organic growth became a well-known player in the industry,” said Greg Strelzoff, founder and CEO of ZeroLag. “Total Server Solutions fills in critical gaps to the ZeroLag solution space, such as having compute facilities globally. There are incredible synergies between the two companies and together the two groups will have significant accretive forces on each other.”

Steve Lee of Layer 7 Capital, formerly of The Bank Street Group, served as financial advisor to Total Server Solutions. DLA Piper, a leading global law firm spanning more than 40 countries, was counsel to Total Server Solutions in connection with the transaction. DH Capital served as sell side advisor to ZeroLag Communications.

About Total Server Solutions
Founded in 2005, Total Server Solutions provides managed services, high performance infrastructure, and custom solutions to individuals and businesses in a wide array of industries. Our customers range from financial institutions, to advertising platform operators, hosting providers, and telecom companies. We’re also trusted by educational institutions and government agencies in keeping their data on-line and available. Total Server Solutions has the singular mission of providing its’ customers with the finest hosted services and the most robust infrastructure available anywhere across the globe. Our dedicated team of technical experts are always working to find the best, most effective ways to serve you and provide solutions to help you to meet whatever your challenges may be.

About ZeroLag Communications
ZeroLag Communications offers custom-engineered & optimized hosting environments. They deliver superior performance, reliability, and security, ensuring the best possible user experience for their online customers priding themselves in understanding your business challenges and providing simply the best solutions and support in the hosting industry.

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