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CHICAGO — Element Critical, a leading provider of data center and IT infrastructure services driven by customer-centric, solutions engineering expertise, today announced the acquisition of two enterprise data centers encompassing 195,000 square feet of data center space in Wood Dale, Illinois, 17 miles west of downtown Chicago and two miles from O’Hare International airport.

The facilities cumulatively feature 111,000 square feet of raised floor and up to 15 megawatts of available power capacity to serve the needs of large and midsize enterprise customers across a wide range of businesses verticals, providing solutions to support virtually any client requirement.


“Element Critical is building a world-class data center platform and Chicago is the natural next step in our national expansion strategy,” said Ken Parent, Element Critical’s CEO. “We are investing more than $40 million to develop and enhance the Wood Dale facilities to immediately provide customers with strategic, customized, and flexible colocation solutions.”

The facilities are tied directly to existing telecommunications and fiber carriers, including fiber routes to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and East Cermak. Element Critical’s engineering and operations team has staff at both sites on a 24x7x365 basis, with expertise spanning facilities and IT infrastructure. Element Critical supports its customers diverse compliance requirements by performing self-maintained annual audits such as ISO/IEC 27001, SOC Type 1 and Type 2, and PCI, representing a core value of the company. Element Critical also provides comprehensive support of customer-specific audit processes, affirming its commitment to meet the highest standards for compliance and security.

Element Critical’s data centers are highly secure, compliant operational platforms serving some of the world’s largest companies and government agencies, including several Fortune 100 businesses who rely on Element Critical to provide the data center and IT infrastructure solutions underpinning the support of sensitive mission-critical operations.

With this acquisition, Element Critical now operates four data centers in three geographically dispersed markets encompassing nearly 500,000 square feet of data center space.

With additional data centers in Silicon Valley and Northern Virginia, Element Critical intends to continue to acquire properties in key primary and secondary markets in the U.S.

About Element Critical
Element Critical owns and operates data centers in Silicon Valley, Chicago, and Northern Virginia. Our Tier III hybrid IT ready facilities are carrier-neutral, network-rich, concurrently maintainable and available in a variety of deployment sizes and densities. Element Critical cares as much about the people we serve as the servers we house. We offer a data center experience that brings solutions engineering and customer service out of the shadows and into the spotlight.

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Dallas, TX – DataBank, a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, connectivity and managed services, announced the acquisition of LightBound, an Indianapolis-based provider of colocation, Internet, voice, network and cloud services. LightBound operates two enterprise-class data centers located in the downtown Indy Telecom Center, the most densely interconnected location in the city. LightBound will add 73,000 Gross Square Feet of colocation space and 9.5MW of installed UPS power to the DataBank portfolio.

Founded in 1994, LightBound is the market leader in the Indianapolis area with a strong regional reputation for customer service and delivering secure and reliable colocation solutions. LightBound serves the leading enterprises in the Indianapolis area, with an outstanding list of clients across healthcare, government, finance, manufacturing, cloud and technology. With the acquisition of LightBound, DataBank will operate 17 data centers in 9 US markets, including Dallas, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Baltimore, Atlanta, and Indianapolis.


“We are excited about expanding our presence to the Indianapolis market,” commented Raul K. Martynek, CEO of DataBank. “LightBound has built a fantastic customer service reputation in the region as a trusted infrastructure provider. We look forward to combining LightBound’s strength in colocation, connectivity and managed services with DataBank’s broad product offering and national footprint.”

“Joining DataBank is an outstanding opportunity for LightBound, its employees and customers,” said Jack Carr, CEO of LightBound. “DataBank’s customer-centric approach is the reason we choose to combine with their team and be able to expand our offering and geographic footprint.” Jack Carr will continue with DataBank and lead efforts to expand the customer base and data center portfolio in the Indianapolis market.

Cowen and Company, LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to LightBound in connection with this transaction and Barnes & Thornburg, LLP acted as legal advisor. Jones Day acted as lead M&A counsel and Ernest and Young LLP served as accounting advisor to DataBank.

About LightBound
Since 1994, LightBound has been delivering IP services to clients. We are a U.S. based provider of Internet, voice, colocation, network, and IaaS cloud services. LightBound has been delivering 24x7x365 support from a staffed Network Operations Center (NOC) as a foundational component of all our services, which has helped us maintain a Net Promoter Score® among the highest in the technology industry. Our technology solutions help organizations of all sizes achieve scalability, reduce downtime, and maintain compliance. We serve both global and national organizations, and we’re fortunate to have some of the world’s best and most successful organizations as clientele. For additional information about LightBound, please visit www.lightbound.com or call (866) 206-9363

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

About Digital Bridge Holdings
Founded in 2013 by Marc C. Ganzi and Ben Jenkins, Digital Bridge is focused on the ownership, investment and active management of companies in the mobile and internet infrastructure sector. Since inception, Digital Bridge has raised more than $7.5 billion of debt and equity capital used to acquire and invest in the development of communications infrastructure businesses, including DataBank, Vantage Data Centers, ExteNet, Vertical Bridge, Andean Tower Partners, and Mexico Tower Partners.

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Seattle, WA – Colocation Northwest, a division of IsoFusion, a leading provider of Internet access and IT services in the Puget Sound region, announced today it completed upgrades to its Bellevue Washington data center to allow for one megawatt of service capacity. The data center, located in Bellevue Washington’s Eastgate neighborhood, completed a four-fold capacity increase from 250 kilowatts to one megawatt. The expansion included a state-of-the-art data center wing, immediately occupied by a global top-5 video game publisher and distributor.

The data center features state-of-the-art power, cooling, fire suppression and security. To comply with the City of Bellevue’s sound impact concerns, Colocation Northwest installed Liebert DSE zero-water cooling units, MC Outdoor Condensers and Econophase pumped refrigerant economizers. Not only is this system whisper quiet, it significantly improves data center efficiencies.
“Our Bellevue colocation facility is open to any business requiring safe and reliable lease space for its IT equipment”, said Stephen Milton, Colocation Northwest CEO. “The data center expansion offers Eastside businesses a previously unavailable combination of computing power and proximity.”


The Bellevue data center supplies Tier I connectivity, the highest level of data and internet communications via Colocation Northwest’s redundant fiber network. Colocation Northwest operates a proprietary 180Gbps dark fiber loop that circles Lake Washington and interconnects all of the company’s data centers with additional network fiber routes to Colocation Northwest’s California locations and transpacific network access points to Asia and Pacific ring networks. Users can use this fiber loop to access more than 250 carriers and service providers, including high-speed international access.

The Colocation Northwest Bellevue data center offers powerful computing for Eastside businesses in their own community with the option for systems management and connectivity to Colocation Northwest’s west coast redundant network of data center locations. Coupled with its expansion last year into the Centeris South Hill data center campus, Colocation Northwest continues to strengthen its ability to service enterprise and high-density customers with the most reliable, scalable, fully managed colocation solutions and facilities on the west coast.

About Colocation Northwest and IsoFusion:
Colocation Northwest, a division of IsoFusion Inc. is one of the largest privately held ISP and Colocation providers in Western Washington. Founded in 1991 as ISOMEDIA, IsoFusion is a full solution provider of Internet related products and services that cater to businesses, as well as providing complex solutions to companies with a national presence. A competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) in the state of Washington, IsoFusion offers a full range of services providing everything from commercial Fiber and Ethernet connections, custom Fiber to the Home (FTTH) community solutions, cloud, hosting and dedicated server options, managed data center colocation services and technology consulting for businesses. IsoFusion provides managed enterprise solutions and outstanding service to prominent Northwest businesses. IsoFusion is Headquartered in Seattle Washington and provides exceptional quality, value, and service to over 23,000 residential and business customers across the We st Coast. For more information visit http://www.colocationnorthwest.com or http://www.isofusion.com.

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DENVER – CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE:COR), a premier provider of secure, reliable, high-performance data center and interconnection solutions across the U.S., today announced it has successfully completed its annual compliance examinations for the colocation services offered across 17 operating multi-tenant data centers in its portfolio. The completion of these annual examinations uniquely positions CoreSite to provide its customers a consistent and comprehensive solution to compliance standards as part of its overall customer value proposition. The completion of these various compliance objectives also demonstrates CoreSite’s ongoing commitment to operational excellence and customer experience, enabling its more than 1,350 customers to meet industry standard compliance requirements. In addition to enterprise-class colocation infrastructure, CoreSite provides controls over physical access and environmental systems that house its customers’ critical data systems and hardware. CoreSite successfully completed the following annual examinations:

  • System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type 2 examination
  • SOC 1 Type 2 examination
  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Information Security Management System (ISMS) certification (ISO 27001)
  • Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) validation
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) attestation

The SOC 1 and SOC 2 examinations are attestation standards issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and both reports have been issued under Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 18, which is the new AICPA standard for SOC reports. SOC 2 is measured using a standardized set of criteria, requirements, and controls; whereas, SOC 1 is measured against company-defined control objectives and underlying controls. The examinations provide CoreSite customers with the assurance of corporate controls, including controls relating to physical and environmental security, customer support, and operational excellence. Companies with compliance requirements may require SOC 1 or SOC 2 examination reports, including publicly traded enterprises, financial firms, and healthcare organizations.

ISO 27001 is an internationally recognized standard that outlines the requirements for constructing a risk-based framework to initiate, implement, maintain, and manage information security within an organization. The ISO 27001 certification, one of the most stringent certifications for information security controls, confirms that specified information security controls and other forms of risk treatment are in place to detect and defend against potential information security threats and vulnerabilities. The certification also ensures that the information security controls continue to meet physical security needs on an ongoing basis. The scope of the ISO 27001 certification is applicable to the information security management system (ISMS) supporting CoreSite’s provision and operation of 24×7 colocation services for its customers, and covers both its corporate policies and procedures as well as those of its operating data centers.

The PCI-DSS is a broad set of standards that require merchants and service providers that maintain or host systems that store, process, or transmit customer payment card data to adhere to strict information security controls and processes. As a provider of data center colocation services, CoreSite has proactively met the relevant requirements for its business in support of the PCI compliance needs of its customers. The 2017 PCI-DSS report has been issued under version 3.2.

HIPAA requires that covered entities and business associates take strong measures to protect the privacy and security of protected health information. By attaining an attestation against the HIPAA Security Standards for the Protection of Electronic Protected Health Information (“HIPAA Security Rule”) and the Notification in the Case of Breach of Unsecured Protected Health Information enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“HITECH Breach Notification Requirements”), CoreSite provides assurance to healthcare industry stakeholders that its data center colocation services meet the HIPAA Security Rule and HITECH Breach Notification requirements necessary to protect a covered entity’s physically hosted information systems in CoreSite’s national platform of multi-tenant data centers.

All of the above examinations and assessments were conducted by Schellman & Company, LLC, an independent CPA and Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) firm.

About CoreSite
CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE:COR) delivers secure, reliable, high-performance data center and interconnection solutions to a growing customer ecosystem across eight key North American markets. More than 1,350 of the world’s leading enterprises, network operators, cloud providers, and supporting service providers choose CoreSite to connect, protect and optimize their performance-sensitive data, applications and computing workloads. Our scalable, flexible solutions and 450+ dedicated employees consistently deliver unmatched data center options — all of which leads to a best-in-class customer experience and lasting relationships. For more information, visit www.CoreSite.com.

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SAN MATEO, CA – Cloudian announced that it raised $94 million in a Series E funding, bringing the company’s total funding to $173 million. The round includes participation from investors Digital Alpha, Eight Roads Ventures, Goldman Sachs, INCJ, JPIC (Japan Post Investment Corporation), NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc. and WS (Wilson Sonsini) Investments. Cloudian will use this investment, which is the largest single round to date for a distributed file systems and object storage provider, to expand its worldwide sales and marketing efforts and increase its engineering team to meet rising demand for its limitlessly-scalable enterprise storage solutions.

“Cloudian redefines enterprise storage with a global data fabric that integrates both private and public clouds — spanning across sites and around the globe — at an unprecedented scale that creates new opportunities for businesses to derive value from data,” Cloudian CEO Michael Tso. “Cloudian’s unique architecture offers the limitless scalability, simplicity, and cloud integration needed to enable the next generation of computing driven by advances such as IoT and machine learning technologies.”


According to IDC, the worldwide enterprise storage market grew by 34.4% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2018, reaching over $52 billion in annualized revenue. Cloudian’s global enterprise storage fabric meets this growing demand with a software-defined-storage platform that transforms standard servers and virtual machines into a pool of logical storage resources that can be co-located with data sources and data consumers, whether in physical data centers, at remote sites, or in the cloud. Scalable to hundreds of petabytes and beyond, the Cloudian architecture creates a global federation of storage assets to form a hyperscale fabric that eliminates the boundaries of traditional storage, allowing information resources to be transparently pooled and shared over distance.

“Computing now operates without physical boundaries, and customers need storage solutions that also span from the data center to the edge,” said Takayuki Inagawa, president & CEO of NTT DOCOMO Ventures. “Cloudian’s geo-distributed architecture creates a global fabric of storage assets that supports the next generation of connected devices.”

Global businesses in data-intensive verticals such as media, healthcare and manufacturing create and consume vast quantities of data at hundreds of locations across the organization. Cloudian meets these distributed storage needs with a peer-to-peer resource fabric and a single management framework that spans Cloudian storage appliances, industry standard X86 servers running Cloudian software, and public cloud storage. The result is simple, efficient data management across the global storage landscape.

“For too long, enterprise storage users have settled for solutions that offer incrementally more performance or scale without fundamentally addressing the challenge of global data management,” said Daniel Auerbach, senior managing partner at Eight Roads Ventures. “When Eight Roads Ventures first invested in Cloudian in 2014 we saw a different approach – here was a company applying cloud-scale technologies to the enterprise storage challenge. This, our third round of investment, affirms our belief in Cloudian’s innovative approach and next stage of growth.”

Recently added Cloudian customers include public health agencies in the US and UK, two of the top five Formula One teams, a US national research lab, an online travel market leader, a top three pharmaceutical company, a top three global car maker, a top five European bank, an Ivy League university, and one of the world’s largest global engineering companies.

“Global 2000 customers in media, automotive, manufacturing, healthcare, and government look to Cloudian to manage their rapidly growing information assets, a trend that we see only accelerating,” said Edouard Hervey, managing director at Goldman Sachs. “We believe Cloudian is well-positioned to dominate the next generation of enterprise storage with its elegantly simple design that integrates both the data center and cloud environments.”

“With long-standing roots in the Silicon Valley, our firm has represented over 3,000 private companies and early-stage startups, giving us a unique perspective on the success factors found in high-growth firms,” said Larry Sonsini, Cloudian investor and senior and founding partner of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. “WS Investments chose to work with the Cloudian management team led by Michael Tso because they exhibit the markers of long-term success with a strong, integrity-driven culture and an innovative solution to the vital challenge of global data management.”

Unlike traditional storage solutions whose architectures were derived from stand-alone systems that operate within a single data center, Cloudian’s architecture was built on cloud technologies that were designed for distributed environments and limitless scale.

“There will be 20 billion connected devices by 2020, creating a compelling need for data management solutions that are architected for geo-distribution and cloud integration,” said Gregory M. Bryant, Intel’s senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group and Cloudian board member. “Cloudian’s global data fabric architecture lets customers manage data organization-wide from a single console, so they can capitalize on the next generation of connected computing.”

The Series E funding includes a $25 million investment from Digital Alpha that was first announced in February.

About Cloudian
Cloudian turns information into insight with a hyperscale data fabric that lets customers store, find and protect data across the organization and around the globe. Cloudian data management solutions bring 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.

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DENVER – H5 Data Centers, a national colocation and wholesale data center provider, today announced an expansion at its Denver data center, located at 5350 S. Valentia Way in the Denver Tech Center. The data center expansion includes the build-out of a 5,000 square-foot, private raised floor suite, which has been pre-leased by an existing Fortune 500 customer.

“We continue to focus on deepening our relationships with our growing wholesale customer base,” said Josh Simms, founder and CEO of H5 Data Centers. “After completing the major renovation and expansion of our Denver Tech Center data center two years ago, we have more than doubled our enterprise customer base and worked to expand the capacities of most existing customers. H5 Data Centers will make available additional mechanical and electrical infrastructure as our customer ecosystem expands further.”


Denver Data Center Highlights:

  • 300,000 SF data center campus
  • Concurrently-maintainable data center design
  • 24×7 on-site engineering and security teams
  • Private data center suites
  • Over 17.5 MWs of emergency generator power capacity

“I have enjoyed a front row seat to witnessing H5 Data Centers light up an impressive amount of data center space nationally for its customers time and time again,” said Jon DeRidder, CMO of Enabled Energy. “H5 Data Centers understands what it means to move at the speed of business and Enabled Energy remains dedicated to supporting fast and efficient infrastructure expansions like these.”

About H5 Data Centers
H5 Data Centers is one of the leading privately-owned data center operators in the United States with over 2 million square feet of data center space under management. The company designs and engineers flexible and scalable data center solutions to address the core infrastructure and edge requirements of its customers. H5 Data Centers operates data centers in Albuquerque, Ashburn, Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Phoenix, Quincy, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, and Seattle.

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