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LOS ANGELES, CA – Dedicated server, cloud hosting and colocation service provider, Hivelocity, continues its impressive growth with the acquisition of IaaS provider Rackalley.com. The addition of RackAlley’s assets and data centers provide Hivelocity with a turn-key presence in Los Angeles, California. This announcement comes on the heels of Hivelocity launching its second data center in Tampa in response to increasing demand in that market. Since 2002, Hivelocity has earned a reputation as a premier cloud hosting, infrastructure services and dedicated server provider helping it amass customers in over 130 countries.

“We surveyed our customer base earlier this year and Los Angeles was high on their list of places they wanted us to expand to” explained Rick Nicholas, VP of Colocation at Hivelocity. “In addition to Los Angeles, New York City was right there at the top of the list. As part of our national expansion strategy we intend to seek opportunities in New York City with the hopes of an announcement there before the end of this year.”


The new facilities in Los Angeles will open on September 15, 2017. Considered two of the top locations in Los Angeles, the facilities will be located at 1 Wilshire and 600 Grand. The locations will be interconnected via redundant dark fiber rings operating as one facility, with the ability to operate independently as needed. One Wilshire was recently named one of the top ten network connected buildings in the world by DataCenterKnowledge.com and boasts that 1/3rd of all traffic between the US and Asia travels through it.

All employees from Rackalley.com will be retained in the transition, as Hivelocity remains committed to offering a superior customer experience in the Los Angeles hosting market. Hivelocity plans to continue the course that contributed to earning a Tampa Bay Business Journal Fast50 award in other markets across the United States.

About Hivelocity
Hivelocity provides cloud hosting, dedicated servers and colocation services to customers from over 130 countries worldwide. In addition to Tampa Bay and Los Angeles, Hivelocity provides services in Atlanta and Miami. By simply focusing on solutions and environments that put the customer in the best position to succeed, Hivelocity has grown steadily since 2002. These highly scalable solutions are delivered from CJIS, SSAE16, SOC 1, SOC 2 and HIPAA certified facilities. For more information about Hivelocity you can visit them at https://hivelocity.net.

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OVERLAND PARK, KS – Responding to increasing demand for diverse interconnection and connectivity solutions, QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of data center, cloud and managed hosting services, today announced that the Richmond Internet Exchange (Richmond-IX) has deployed its primary Internet Exchange hub within QTS’ Richmond mega data center.

Richmond-IX expands QTS Richmond’s Internet ecosystem and simplifies network strategies by providing diverse connectivity options. The new deployment allows customers to manage network traffic in a cost-effective way. Additionally, QTS’ connectivity strategy includes plans to deploy similar regional connectivity hubs across its national portfolio.


Richmond-IX is building its connectivity hub within QTS’ mega scale Richmond data center – a 1.3 million square foot facility on a 210-acre campus with more than 500,000 square feet of raised floor capacity. Along with the Richmond-IX Internet Exchange hub, QTS Richmond remains among the most interconnected data centers in the region, featuring more than a dozen leading on-net network Service Providers offering customers a full suite of enterprise class carrier services.

“Richmond-IX’s deployment represents the latest expansion of connectivity solutions available within QTS facilities,” said Brent Bensten, CTO – Product Development, QTS. “QTS is committed to building a carrier-neutral Internet ecosystem in each of our data centers and we will continue to support interconnectivity among our customers across our footprint.”

Richmond-IX was launched in the fall of 2016 by Ninja-IX, a leading non-profit operator of exchanges across the U.S. Richmond-IX is particularly significant based on its proximity to both the Northern Virginia Tier 1 data center market to the north and the new Virginia Beach Cable Landing to the south. The Virginia Beach Cable Landing is the world’s first transoceanic fiber cable station in the Mid-Atlantic region and will enable lower latency connectivity to Europe compared to data centers located in Northern Virginia.

“QTS is a highly qualified, trusted partner with whom we have successfully deployed a similar connectivity hub in QTS’ Phoenix data center,” Paul Emmons, Executive Director of Ninja-IX. “As the premier connectivity provider in Richmond, we look forward to QTS using our connectivity option to better serve the peering community in the Virginia market.”

About QTS
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading provider of secure, compliant data center, hybrid cloud and managed services. QTS features the nation’s only fully integrated technology services platform providing flexible, scalable solutions for the federal government, financial services, healthcare and high tech industries. QTS owns, operates or manages more than 5 million square feet of data center space and supports more than 1,100 customers in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. In addition, QTS’ Critical Facilities Management (CFM) provides increased efficiency and greater performance for third-party data center owners and operators. For more information, please visit www.qtsdatacenters.com, call toll-free 877.QTS.DATA or follow us on Twitter @DataCenters_QTS.

About Richmond Internet Exchange
Richmond-IX is part of Ninja-IX Corporation, a not for profit corporation that operates exchanges in Honolulu, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Richmond and Sacramento. Since 2012 our goal is to provide local peering fabrics in locations that are underserved or cost prohibitive. Currently all of our projects feature no monthly service charge from the IX. Ninja-IX provides exchanges based on routers with Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) interconnection, BIRD Route Servers and 24×7 monitoring and maintained by volunteers. Critical internet infrastructure such as Root Servers and as112 are also collocated in our fabrics. Many US content delivery networks (CDNS) are participants in our various projects. For more information, please contact peering at ninja-ix.net or see ninja-ix.net.

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SAN FRANCISCO and WASHINGTON – Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, and DuPont Fabros (NYSE: DFT), a leading owner, developer, operator and manager of enterprise-class, carrier-neutral, multi-tenant data centers, announced today they have completed their previously announced merger in an all-stock transaction with an enterprise value of approximately $7.8 billion.

The addition of DuPont Fabros’ high-quality, purpose-built data center portfolio to Digital Realty’s existing footprint enhances the combined company’s ability to serve its customers in the top U.S. data center metro areas. The merger also provides meaningful customer and geographic diversification for DuPont Fabros shareholders from the combination with Digital Realty’s global platform.


“This highly strategic and complementary transaction further expands our product offering, and solidifies our blue-chip customer base,” said A. William Stein, Digital Realty’s Chief Executive Officer. “This deal is consistent with our investment criteria, and is likewise consistent with our strategy of offering our customers the most comprehensive set of data center solutions, from single-cabinet colocation and interconnection, all the way up to multi-megawatt hyper-scale deployments.”

In conjunction with the merger closing, Digital Realty appointed former DuPont Fabros Board members Michael A. Coke and John T. Roberts, Jr. to Digital Realty’s Board of Directors. Mr. Coke is a highly respected real estate executive, having co-founded Terreno Realty Corporation, a publicly traded U.S. industrial REIT, where he serves as President and as a member of the Board of Directors. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President for AMB Property Corporation, a global developer and owner of industrial real estate focused on major hub and gateway distribution markets. Mr. Roberts is also a veteran real estate investor, having held various positions at AMB Property Corporation, including President of AMB Capital Partners LLC, a subsidiary of AMB Property Corporation responsible for AMB’s global private capital ventures.

Digital Realty also announced today the early tender results for, and the early settlement of, the previously announced tender offer and consent solicitation for the existing 5.875% senior notes due 2021 issued by DuPont Fabros Technology, L.P.

As of 5:00 p.m. EDT on September 13, 2017, holders of approximately $475 million had validly tendered and delivered their notes and the related consents, which represents approximately 79% of the $600 million aggregate principal amount outstanding. The withdrawal deadline also expired at 5:00 p.m. EDT on September 13, 2017. As a result, notes tendered pursuant to the tender offer can no longer be withdrawn.

The issuer exercised its right to accept and to purchase and pay for the early tender notes. Settlement occurred earlier today, September 14, 2017, immediately following the consummation of the merger. The total consideration paid for each $1,000 principal amount of early tender notes was $1,032.50 (including a $30.00 consent payment), plus accrued and unpaid interest from June 15, 2017 up to, but not including, September 14, 2017.

Having received the requisite consents from the holders of the notes in the tender offer, the issuer and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee, executed a supplemental indenture amending the indenture relating to the notes. The supplemental indenture eliminates substantially all the restrictive covenants, certain events of default and related provisions contained in the indenture and reduces the notice periods required for redemption of the notes as described in the offer to purchase.

The tender offer will expire at 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 27, 2017 unless extended or terminated earlier by the offeror in its sole discretion. Holders who validly tender their notes after the consent payment deadline, but at or prior to expiration of the tender offer, and whose notes are accepted for purchase, will only be eligible to receive $1,002.50 per $1,000 principal amount of notes tendered, plus accrued and unpaid interest from and including the most recent interest payment date, and up to, but not including the final settlement date, which is expected to be the business day following the expiration of the tender offer. The complete terms and conditions of the tender offer are set forth in the offer documents that were previously sent to holders of the notes.

Immediately following settlement of the purchase of the early tender notes, the issuer issued a notice of redemption for the remaining outstanding principal amount. On September 18, 2017, the issuer expects to redeem the remaining outstanding principal amount at a redemption price equal to 102.938% of the aggregate principal amount of the notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest up to, but excluding, the redemption date. Holders of the notes may still participate in the tender offer and tender their notes at or prior to the expiration date, even though the issuer has elected to call the remaining outstanding notes for redemption.

On September 14, 2017, the issuer also issued redemption notices for the 5.625% senior notes due 2023 issued by DuPont Fabros Technology, L.P. On October 16, 2017, the issuer expects to redeem 35% of the notes due 2023 at a redemption price equal to 105.625% of the aggregate principal amount of the notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest up to, but excluding, the redemption date. On October 17, 2017, the issuer expects to redeem the remaining outstanding principal amount of notes due 2023 at a redemption price equal to 100.000% of the aggregate principal amount of the notes to be redeemed, plus a make-whole premium and accrued and unpaid interest up to, but excluding, the redemption date.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc. has been engaged as Dealer Manager and Solicitation Agent for the tender offer. Questions regarding the tender offer should be directed to Citigroup Global Markets Inc. at (212) 723-6106 or (800) 558-3745. Requests for copies of the offer documents or documents relating to the tender offer and consent solicitation may be directed to Global Bondholder Services Corporation, the Tender Agent and Information Agent for the tender offer, at (866) 924-2200.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, the notes. The tender offer is made solely pursuant to the offer documents. The tender offer is not being made to holders of notes in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities, blue sky or other laws of such jurisdiction. Holders are urged to read the offer documents and related documents carefully before making any decision with respect to the tender offer. Holders of notes must make their own decisions as to whether to tender their notes and provide the related consents. Neither the issuer, Digital Realty, the Dealer Manager and Solicitation Agent, the Information Agent, the Tender Agent or the Trustee makes any recommendations as to whether holders should tender their notes pursuant to the tender offer, and no one has been authorized to make such a recommendation.

About Digital Realty
Digital Realty supports the data center, colocation and interconnection strategies of more than 2,300 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Digital Realty’s clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, gaming, life sciences and consumer products. https://www.digitalrealty.com/

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DUBLIN, IRELAND – Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, today announces its participation at Datacloud Ireland, taking place 21 September, 2017 at the Convention Centre, Dublin. Addressing an often-misunderstood subject, Host in Ireland Founder and President, Garry Connolly, as a Special Intelligence Session moderator, will join industry experts to explore the economic benefits associated with an increase in digital assets hosting throughout Ireland. In addition, Mr. Connolly will chair a panel session discussing the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on organisations throughout the region.

“More than a quarter of the gross domestic product of Ireland is from software and data-related services, underpinned by Irish data centres and colocation facilities,” shares Mr. Connolly. “The data hosting industry plays a critical role in Ireland’s economic development, creating a wealth of new employment opportunities as Ireland continues to attract major multinational companies seeking an optimal location to host their digital assets. As the data hosting sector continues to grow throughout the country, this conference will provide an opportunity for the industry’s most influential players to work in tandem to advance the data hosting industry, while educating the greater community on why digital assets hosting is important to the growth of the Irish economy.”


“Unfortunately, many people throughout Ireland don’t grasp the full value of digital hosting as it relates to job creation and economic development, failing to see beyond the mere physical construction of data center facilities,” Mr. Connolly adds. “To judge the data industry from that perspective would be akin to measuring the effect of the agricultural industry based on a field of hay. Similarly, the economic and job multiplier effects of data hosting extend well beyond the tangible infrastructure.”

On Thursday, 21 September, at 9:40 a.m., Mr. Connolly will join an esteemed group of national and international data protection specialists as the moderator of the Special Intelligence Session, “GDPR Mastered.” This session will explore the overall impact of the GDPR on the creation, retention and distribution of data, as well as the effects that it will have on data hosting throughout Ireland and the European Union.

In addition, later that morning, at 10:15 a.m., Mr. Connolly will chair the panel session “The Brave New World of GDPR,” featuring Ireland’s Deputy Data Protection Commissioner and representatives from NetApp, Frontier Privacy and Compuware. As companies evolve to comply with GDPR legislation, these changes bring about a host of new concerns, as well as opportunities. During this session, panelists will discuss the opportunities and challenges that the GDPR will have on all global companies and their relationship with the data of EU citizens.

“At its core, the GDPR is designed to help organisations gain increased focus on the privacy and security of EU citizens’ data,” remarks Mr. Connolly. “I am very much looking forward to joining other industry leaders as we explore ways to increase awareness of the implications of the GDPR, as well as educate attendees on how companies will need to ‘up their game’ in advance of when the regulation goes into effect on 25 May 2018, to ensure compliance before it’s too late.”

Alongside premier partners CBRE, EdgeConneX®, Equinix, Future-tech, Keppel Data Centres, Mercury Engineering, Primary Integration and Siemens, Host in Ireland will also be a featured organisation in the “Irish Pavilion,” an exhibit focused on the advantages of the Irish hosting ecosphere.

Datacloud Ireland will bring together international enterprises, local providers, investment agencies and power supply companies as a platform for networking, education and collaboration among hosting industry professionals. The forum highlights the unique value of data centre, cloud and IT infrastructure across Ireland, which has become the gateway to Europe for multinational businesses.

If you would like to set up a meeting with Host in Ireland at Datacloud Ireland 2017, please email hostinireland@imillerpr.com. To learn more about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

About Host in Ireland
Host in Ireland, winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information about Ireland’s digital asset hosting ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU. There’s a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland. Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the “5 Ps”: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power. On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market. Ireland supports this initiative through attractive fiscal structures, access to a skilled workforce and full support of the U.S. Safe Harbor and Patriot Acts — ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small. For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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DALLAS – Infomart Data Centers, a national wholesale data center provider, today announces that it has doubled the capacity of its carrier-neutral Building Meet-Me Room (BMMR) within Infomart Dallas, upgrading infrastructure to accommodate future carrier installations. Launched in 2015, the Infomart Dallas BMMR has seen quick adoption from carriers, ISPs, and cloud applications, which is driving this expansion. Infomart also announces the addition of Verizon Communications Inc. and Cloud Service Provider ServedBy the Net, which have established new Points of Presence (PoPs) in the Dallas interconnection hub’s BMMR.

Connecting through Infomart Dallas’ BMMR provides customers with the fastest and most direct path to one of the world’s largest concentrations of international and domestic carriers, colocation and content providers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and cloud applications, making 1950 N. Stemmons Fwy one of the most connected and strategically positioned data center facilities in the U.S.


“For companies with latency-sensitive applications or that are deploying hybrid cloud, proximity and connectivity have become business-critical,” says John Sheputis, President, Infomart Data Centers. “The provider and service diversity within BMMR and Infomart-operated wholesale suites makes Infomart Dallas the ideal option in the region for linking to communication systems both nationally and globally.”

Tenants connecting through the Dallas BMMR can access as many as a dozen carriers and network providers, as well as the internet exchange, DE-CIX Dallas, and next-generation SDN-based cloud networking services. As the owner and operator of the building, Infomart offers no monthly recurring cross-connect fees within the BMMR, and facilitates further interconnection to the 75+ additional network providers as well as colocation customers within the building. Infomart Dallas is the largest data center in Texas and the hub of connectivity for the Southern United States.

To learn more about Infomart Dallas, visit www.infomartdatacenters.com/locations/dallas.

About Infomart Data Centers
Founded in 2006, Infomart Data Centers is an award-winning industry leader in building, owning and operating highly efficient, cost-effective wholesale data centers. Each of its national facilities meet or exceed the highest industry standards in all operational categories of availability, security, connectivity and physical resilience. Recognized for its consistent excellence, Infomart Data Center is dedicated to maintaining its reputation of reliability and best-in- class management while offering flexible solutions to meet the needs of its clients. Since the company’s inception, Infomart has demonstrated its commitment to environmental responsibility in designing and building energy-efficient and sustainable data centers for performance-driven organizations. Infomart Data Centers offers highly connected wholesale and colocation facilities in four Tier I markets throughout the United States, including San Jose, Calif.; Hillsboro, Ore.; Dallas; and Ashburn, Va. For more information, please visit www.infomartdatacenters.com.

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A school district in South Carolina lost access to data on close to half of the servers in its data center sometime over the summer. In what the district characterized as a ransomware attack, data on the servers was encrypted and as a result made inaccessible by its staff, Dorchester School District Two said in a statement, assuring student and staff that no personal information had been compromised.
"A thorough investigation determined this was a ransom request and there was no identity theft involved and no student or staff information had been accessed or compromised," the statement read.
After negotiations (presumably with the attackers), the district paid a $2,900 ransom to decrypt the files.
Ransomware attacks, where the attackers demand money (usually in the form of cryptocurrency) in exchange for giving the victim access to their data, have become commonplace in recent years, most of them targeting individual users. But attacks on organizations have been on the rise.
Earlier this year, two global-scale ransomware attacks targeted organizations large and small. The so-called WannaCry attack in May spread across more than 150 countries, affecting among others Britain's National Health Service. The following month, a second attack, which spread a virus called Petya, affected healthcare providers around the world, as well as companies like Maersk and FedEx.
The Dorchester school district did not specify when the
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