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Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Datacenter.com, a carrier- and cloud-neutral colocation company that paid more than $500,000 for its domain name while planning a fast global roll-out of large-scale, on-demand data centers in select markets, has added Cogent Communications to its portfolio of carrier networks available in Amsterdam. The opening of a Point-of-Presence (PoP) by Cogent in this highly energy-efficient Datacenter.com ASM1 facility (calculated pPUE: 1.04) will further enhance Datacenter.com’s ability to meet high redundancy and high volume bandwidth requirements set by cloud providers and other demanding clients.

Cogent Communications is a multinational ‘Tier 1’ Internet Service Provider (ISP) with a facilities-based carrier network that spans across North America, across the Atlantic throughout Europe, and across the Pacific to Asia. With over 57,400 route miles of intercity fiber and more than 31,250 metro fiber miles available, Cogent provides its services to over 199 major markets globally and interconnect with over 6,150 other networks.


“Cogent has a truly global network presence with a highly redundant network design and enormous volumes of cost-efficient bandwidth available,” said Stefan Arbias, Sales Director Europe, Cogent Communications. “Deploying a PoP in Datacenter.com’s recently commissioned AMS1 facility adds to Cogent’s facilities-based global network. Expanding our footprint in Amsterdam is important to Cogent, as the Amsterdam metropolitan region is an important Internet hub for our clients. Here, Datacenter.com surely is strategically located, in the Amsterdam South-East business district, one of the most fiber-dense areas in the world.”

High Volume Bandwidth, Cost-Efficiency

Adding Cogent to the carrier-neutral and cloud-neutral eco-system of network providers available in Datacenter.com AMS1 bolsters an already diverse bandwidth blend at this large-scale data center in Amsterdam. Cogent will offer end-to-end customer service and network surveillance to Datacenter.com customers. The 54.000 square feet Datacenter.com AMS1 facility boasts true 2N critical power redundancy (allowing for concurrent maintenance without interruption), high-density infrastructure and a scalable data center environment. The facility with 54U (!) racks is designed for scalability and flexibility, suiting the dynamic requirements of cloud providers worldwide.

“Cogent is yet another powerful global network being added to our enterprise-grade carrier-mix,” said Jochem Steman, CEO of Datacenter.com. “Extending Cogent’s global fiber-optic network into our Amsterdam AMS1 colocation data center is critical to our strategy of building rich connectivity offerings in this facility and Datacenter.com’s soon to be deployed facilities elsewhere in the world. Cogent’s high volume, low-latency bandwidth offerings and the cost-efficiency of its network services will definitely cater to the needs of our customers including cloud providers.”

The announcement follows the news of Datacenter.com launching a globally available channel partner program for its on-demand colocation services with month-to month contracts. This channel program is aimed at Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), Managed Service Providers (MSPs), systems integrators and IT consultancy firms, enabling them to package their own offerings with Datacenter.com’s carrier-neutral and cloud-neutral colocation services.

“Datacenter.com’s solid brand name, its unique on-demand proposition, its compliant infrastructure and professional management, as well as its ambitious growth plans of rolling-out data centers on a worldwide scale definitely suit Cogent’s strategy of continuously expanding our global network with PoPs located in enterprise-grade facilities,” added Mr. Arbias. “We’re exited about the opportunity to work with Datacenter.com as we are striving to extend our footprint in the Amsterdam and other European markets. It will provide Datacenter.com’s customers with access to one of the world largest and most interconnected networks.”

About Cogent Communications
Cogent Communications (NASDAQ: CCOI) is a multinational, Tier 1 facilities-based ISP, consistently ranked as one of the top five Internet backbone networks in the world. Cogent specializes in providing businesses with high speed Internet access, Ethernet transport and colocation services. Cogent’s facilities-based, all-optical IP network provides services in more than 195 markets globally. Since its inception, Cogent has unleashed the benefits of IP technology, building one of the largest and highest capacity IP networks in the world. This network enables Cogent to offer large bandwidth connections at highly competitive prices. Cogent also offers superior customer support by virtue of its end-to-end control of service delivery and network monitoring. Cogent Communications is headquartered at 2450 N St, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037. To learn more about Cogent Communications, visit www.cogentco.com.

About Datacenter.com
Datacenter.com’s investors have committed themselves to invest heavily in state-of-the-art data center infrastructure – to meet the market’s growing need for energy efficient, highly interconnected and modular colocation facilities, in which organizations can flexibly and securely host their critical IT infrastructure while cloud computing needs are addressed. Datacenter.com’s customized, reliable and innovative data center solutions are accompanied with the company’s best-in-class customer support. To learn more about Datacenter.com, visit https://datacenter.com.

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ARMONK, N.Y. – As companies look to embrace Artificial Intelligence (AI) to gain competitive advantage and increase productivity, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today unveiled a new data science and machine learning platform and an elite consulting team to help them accelerate their AI journeys.

Powered by a fast in-memory database that can ingest and analyze massive amounts of data –one million events per second* – IBM’s new Cloud Private for Data is an integrated data science, data engineering and app building platform. Designed to help companies uncover previously unobtainable insights from their data, the platform is also designed to enable users to build and exploit event-driven applications capable of analyzing the torrents of data from things like IoT sensors, online commerce, mobile devices, and more.


“Whether they are aware of it or not, every company is on a journey to AI as the ultimate driver of business transformation,” said Rob Thomas, General Manager, IBM Analytics. “But for them to get there, they need to put in place an information architecture for collecting, managing and analyzing their data. With today’s announcements, we are planning to bring the AI destination closer and give access to powerful machine learning and data science technologies that can turn data into game-changing insight.”

Launching on the IBM Cloud Private platform, Cloud Private for Data is an application layer deployed on the Kubernetes open-source container software and can be deployed in minutes. Using microservices, it forms a truly integrated environment for data science and application development. In the future, the Cloud Private for Data will run on all clouds, as well as be available in industry-specific solutions, for financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, and more.

Commenting on the news, Christian Rodatus, CEO of IBM business partner Datameer, said that “two of the biggest challenges for Data scientists is cleansing and shaping data, and operationalizing their insights to deliver value to business. The direction IBM is headed with IBM Cloud Private for Data is aligned with Datameer’s strategy and can enable companies to more quickly prepare data for machine learning and AI projects and operationalize these across their organizations.”

The Cloud Private Data solution also includes key capabilities from IBM’s Data Science Experience, Information Analyzer, Information Governance Catalogue, Data Stage, Db2 and Db2 Warehouse. The cohesive set of capabilities is designed to help Cloud Private clients quickly discover insights from their core business data, while keeping that data in a protected, controlled environment. In other words, the new solution is designed to provide a data infrastructure layer for AI behind the firewall.

IBM Launches Data Science Elite Team

Separately, IBM today announced the formation of the Data Science Elite Team – a new no-charge consultancy dedicated to solving clients’ real-world data science problems and to assisting them in their journey to AI.

According to a report from MIT Sloan, Reshaping Business with Artificial Intelligence, an estimated 85% of 3,000 business leaders surveyed believed artificial intelligence (AI) would enable competitive advantage, however, only about 1-in-5 have done anything about it. For many organizations, the task of understanding, organizing and managing their data at the enterprise level was too complex.

That’s where the new Data Science Elite Team comes in. This global team of data scientists, machine learning engineers, and decision optimization engineers is dedicated to assisting clients on-site to begin helping them better understand and control their data, and to start making machine learning an integral part of their business.

“Nedbank has a long tradition of using analytics on internal, structured data,” Patricia Maqetuka, Chief Data Officer, Nedbank Ltd. “More data is available now than has ever been available before and analytical tooling has undergone rapid evolution in order to keep up. Nedbank has embarked on a journey to start leveraging both internal and external data, creating new data driven business models and new sources of revenue. Thanks to the first IBM Analytics University Live we were exposed to the guidance and counsel of IBM’s Elite team. This team helped us to unlock new paradigms about how we think about our analytics and change the way we look at use cases to unlock business value.”

Specifically, Data Science Elite Team client engagements center around a use case and begin with a discovery workshop that helps clients understand their data environment and break this use case down into 3 to 4 discrete deliverables that can each be realized in two to three weeks. Following the workshop, clients are provided access to powerful data science strategies, technologies and methodologies through data science sprints and validation. The team, which comprises more than 30 people now, and is expected to grow to 200 over the next few years, is currently aiding more than 50 clients.

* Based on internal testing, February, 2018, that produced over 3 million inserts/second across three nodes.

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San Francisco, CA – Cloudflare, the leading Internet performance and security company, today announced a collaboration with IBM that will provide IBM’s enterprise customers with the benefits of Cloudflare’s edge computing solutions.

With this collaboration, IBM becomes an authorized reseller of Cloudflare’s suite of security and performance edge services. Cloudflare’s solutions can be deployed in IBM customer environments, including public, private, hybrid cloud, or on-premise.

Through the collaboration, IBM plans to launch IBM Cloud Internet Services, a one-stop shop for enterprise network edge services. IBM Cloud Internet Services is designed to enable customers to more easily protect and accelerate their Internet properties—domains, applications, and APIs—through an integration of Cloudflare in the IBM Cloud console.

Cyber security threats are increasing in scale and becoming more complex every day, but security should not be a barrier for enterprises entering the cloud. Enterprises crave a cloud and edge security strategy that provides state-of-the-art protection and performance. With IBM Cloud Internet Services, in just a few clicks, enterprises can obtain the benefits of Cloudflare’s massive global network and core DDoS, WAF, DNS, and web caching solutions, in one place, without having to rely on multiple vendors.

“Now IBM enterprise customers can focus on innovating and spend less time worrying about performance issues or potential security incidents,” said Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare. “We admire IBM’s broad and deep experience with some of the world’s most powerful enterprises, and we view this offering as a great first step in working together.”

“The rate and sophistication of cyber threats is growing daily, but enterprises shouldn’t have to sacrifice performance in order to address the security of their Internet-facing applications,” said John Considine, General Manager, IBM Cloud Infrastructure. “IBM Cloud Internet Services combines IBM’s high value cloud capabilities and Cloudflare’s robust intelligent network to offer our customers an innovative solution.”

Early access to IBM Cloud Internet Services will be available in the IBM Cloud portal on March 19. Tune in on Wednesday, March 21 at 11:30 am PT during the “Building Future-Proof Cloud Solutions with an Enterprise-First Cloud Infrastructure” keynote to hear Matthew Prince and John Considine discuss the news at IBM THINK.

About Cloudflare
Cloudflare, Inc. (www.cloudflare.com / @cloudflare) is on a mission to help build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks that powers more than 10 trillion requests per month, which is nearly 10 percent of all Internet requests for more than 2.5 billion people worldwide. Cloudflare protects and accelerates any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare have all web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with each new site added. As a result, they see significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks. Cloudflare was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer, named the Most Innovative Network & Internet Technology Company for two years running by the Wall Street Journal, and ranked among the world’s 50 most innovative companies by Fast Company. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Cloudflare has offices in Austin, TX, Champaign, IL, New York, NY, Washington, DC, London, and Singapore.

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More than 53,000 cyber security incidents took place in India last year, as per a report by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In). The report was submitted to Indian Parliament by IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, where he mentioned that these cybersecurity incidents included website intrusions and defacements, virus and malicious code, phishing, scanning and probing, ransomware, as well as denial of service attacks. “As per the information reported to and tracked by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), a total number of 44679, 49455, 50362 and 53081 cyber security incidents were observed during the year 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively,” wrote Ravi Shankar Prasad in a reply to Rajya Sabha (Indian Parliament). The current data shows that the cyberattacks are rapidly increasing every year. While the rise in cyberattacks was low in 2016, it tripled in 2017 when compared to 2016. “With the proliferation and vast expansion of Information Technology and related services, there is a rise in instances of cybercrimes including financial frauds, using bank cards and e-wallets in the country like elsewhere in the world,” he added. As per the data by NCRB (National Crime Record Bureau), over 9622, 11592, and 12317 cases related to cybercrime were registered in 2014, 2015, and 2016, respectively. Indian government has taken several legal, technical and administrative steps to control cybercrime. In 2014, the National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC) was established for the protection of critical infrastructure in the country. ‘Digital India’ campaign is among leading initiatives by the Indian Government to develop the country. It is empowering Indian citizens by enhancing connectivity, improving electronic delivery of government services, etc. However, the more India is moving toward digitalization, the more is the increase in cybercrime. Also read: Bitcoin price drops below $9000, following cryptocurrency ban in India Apart from NCIIPC, the government has set up cybercrime cells in all states and union territories.

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As the open-source community completed a decade of existence, GitHub released a report which reveals the top open source project trends for 2018, on the basis of contributors, visitors, and star activity data. Today, GitHub is used by millions of developers to share code and build business. It isn’t just about the code (like all things in life), it’s the people that keep the project moving forward and alive along with the community of users. TensorFlow/TensorFlow (24k) and Microsoft/vscode (15k) had the most number of active repositories in 2017. While Kubernetes/Kubernetes was the most discussed repository in the year. GitHub is home to open source projects written in 337 unique programming languages, especially JavaScript. Java, the second most popular language on GitHub in 2016, has been replaced by Python in 2017. Below are the top open-source project trends to look out for in the year ahead. Cross-platform development GitHub revealed that cross-platform/web development showed the highest activity growth in 2017. It was the most contributed, most visited, and most starred project. The cross-platform development leads to easier development process and enables deployment across desktop and mobile platforms in lesser time. As per the data, Angular/angular-cli repository saw the highest growth, with a 2.2 time increase in contributors in 2017, as compared to a year ago. Deep learning & Machine learning Artificial intelligence, especially its deep learning category, drove the interest of a number of users. The deep learning projects like Keras-team/Keras and Mozilla/DeepSpeech were the most contributed projects in 2017. The visitors for TensorFlow/TensorFlow in 2017 grew 2.2 times from 2016, while TensowFlow/models visitors grew 5.5 times. The popularity of image and speech recognition, and other such technologies among enterprises, is contributing towards the implementation of deep learning. Machine learning, the practice of teaching a computer to learn, attracted users to the repositories, including scikit-learn/scikit-learn and keras-team/keras. While Tensorflow repository provides scalable machine learning using data flow graphs, scikit-learn offers machine learning in Python language. New skills The repositories which were designed to teach new coding skills ranked third in the list. Users starred a lot of projects related to getting coding jobs, learning to code, and coding best practices. Like, Chalarangelo/30-seconds-of-code and norvig/pytudes helped users with code examples in JavaScript and Python, respectively and helped users gain fluency in them. There were more coding skills which guided users with ways to pass software engineering interviews, and in picking up or brushing existing skills. Also read: Top 12 open source tools for sysadmins in 2018 Apart from these trends, the code editing, containerization, development, and design also saw growth in 2017.

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Lazarus Group, the North Korean hacking group responsible for WannaCry ransomware attack last year, is back again with a new campaign targeting crypto currency and financial organizations. The new campaign, dubbed HaoBao, has been discovered by cybersecurity researchers at McAfee. From April to October 2017, the Lazarus Group posed as Hong-Kong based job recruiters and targeted individuals with malicious emails in English and Korean language. Using these malicious emails, Lazarus accessed the environment of victims, and obtained insights to key programs. Now, the hacking group is using its phishing-emails-experience to attack bitcoin users and global banks. They send the emails with a Dropbox link attached to them. hxxps://www.dropbox.com/s/qje0yrz03au66d0/JobDescription.doc?dl=1 This Dropbox link contains malicious payloads, present in the document as encrypted string arrays. When auser click on the link, the payloads are decrypted in memory, written to disk and launched in sequence. Simply said, if the user clicks the link, a malware is installed on the system which scans the computer for cryptocurrency activity. In case, some activity is detected, it establishes a secondary implant to gather data for long-term. “The dropped implants have never been seen before in the wild and have not been used in previous Lazarus campaigns from 2017. Furthermore, this campaign deploys a one-time data gathering implant that relies upon downloading a second stage to gain persistence. The implants contain a hardcoded word “haobao” that is used as a switch when executing from the Visual Basic macro,” wrote Ryan Sherstobitoff, McAfee Analyst in a blog post. The attached documents in the emails had the last author named ‘Windows User’, and it was created using Korean language resources on January 16th. McAfee noted that a few more documents with the same author appeared between January 16 to January 24, 2018. Also read: India faced over 53,000 cyberattacks in 2017: CERT report Lazarus has a history of malicious activities and cybercrimes. Along with the WannaCry ransomware attack that crippled banks, hospitals and other business in May last year, Lazarus Group is also said to be involved in hacking Sony Corporation in 2014.

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