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The leading datacenter solutions provider QTS Realty Trust has announced a number of new features for QTS Service Delivery Platform (SDP). The new features will provide customers improved transparency, visibility, access and control for IT environments. The QTS SDP platform helps customers to aggregate, analyze, and automate data across IT environments. It was launched last year to enable interaction between customers and data center deployments. With the mobile-first experience that supports iOS and Android apps, the SDP enables a rich user experience. In a recent interview with Daily Host News, Chris Ortbals (EVP of Product Management and Marketing, QTS) said that the SDP is an architectural approach that facilitates service delivery across QTS’ entire hybrid colocation and hyperscale solutions portfolio. The new features in QTS Service Delivery Platform include Power Analytics, Asset Manager, and online ordering of both Cross Connects and Remote Hands and Eyes. “QTS’ Service…
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NEW YORK, NY – LaterPay – a technology company offering an industry-first, patented payment infrastructure designed to offer users immediate, frictionless access to content or services without requiring upfront registration or payment – has partnered with enterprise digital experience platform WordPress.com VIP to help publishers and digital media companies monetize content and services on their WordPress-powered websites.

WordPress.com VIP – which handles hosting, guidance, and support for major publishers including Time Inc., News Corp, and PMC – will offer LaterPay as a technical integration, making it available to clients on its platform as a plugin.


LaterPay saves users time and increases conversions for publishers. Instead of requiring upfront registration and payment – which derails over 98 percent of all intended purchases – LaterPay defers this process until customer purchases across websites reach a $5 threshold. By using LaterPay, VIP-hosted publishers can simultaneously expand existing subscription models, increase their paying customer base, and improve their user experience.

“We are always looking for new tools to offer to help our clients smartly increase reader revenue,” said Tamara Sanderson, Head of Partnerships at WordPress.com VIP. “We’re excited to add LaterPay and their innovative, pay later approach to subscriptions.”

Publishers that integrate LaterPay on their VIP-hosted site can choose from a number of monetization solutions that best suit their needs. For instance, publishers can prompt users to purchase a specific article, timed access to content, or a full subscription. Single purchases and time passes complement the full subscription model by pulling new potential subscribers into the publisher’s ecosystem while generating incremental revenues.

“Our collaboration couples first-rate enterprise hosting and support with a frictionless monetization solution,” said Hal Bailey, chief revenue officer at LaterPay. “We are excited to offer publishers an incredibly frictionless way to take advantage of all the monetization options that live between ads and subscriptions.”

About LaterPay
LaterPay turns users into paying customers for digital content or services such as journalism, videos, and software. LaterPay owns patented technology for enabling payments and micropayments without upfront registration and payment, facilitating the “use now, pay later” approach. This allows users to consume paid content and services on the internet with one or two clicks — without prior registration or having to pay in advance. It is only when the online tab’s limit is reached that users are prompted to register and pay via one of many popular payment methods. By decoupling purchases from payments, LaterPay lowers the entry thresholds for users to consume digital goods and services. With LaterPay, companies can tap into new customer groups, get users acquainted with paid content, and gradually but successfully market higher-value paid models such as time passes and subscriptions. In this manner, LaterPay builds a bridge between free, ad-financed offerings and subscription models by providing a paygate. LaterPay aims to empower content providers to monetize the vast space that lives between ads and subscriptions.

About WordPress.com VIP
WordPress.com VIP offers a fast, scalable and secure managed cloud platform, expert code review, and end-to-end guidance on running content applications at scale. VIP provide hosting and support for some of the biggest brands on the web, including News Corp, Time, Inc, and Facebook. VIP’s partner network offers the best WordPress design and development shops on the planet along with top notch technical integrations. These technical partners are services with which we have developed tight integrations and close business relationships. They have been carefully vetted for performance, security, ease of use, and scale, and are certified and supported by our team.

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AUSTIN, TX – Bluehost, an Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI) company and top-rated web host by WordPress.org, today announced its annual Internet in Education Scholarship. Students will be asked to pitch a business idea via a written essay and the winners will be selected to receive $1,500 in scholarship funds, plus a year of free Basic Shared Hosting from Bluehost to start that business.

“Supporting up-and-coming entrepreneurs is what drives the Bluehost community,” said Suhaib Zaheer, general manager, Bluehost. “We are proud to offer students the freedom to harness the web to bring their business ideas to life.”


The scholarships will be awarded to those who write the most compelling one-page essays as judged by the Bluehost marketing team.

Applications are being accepted now through 11:59PM CDT on May 30, 2018. Winners will be announced on or around June 15, 2018.

Specific information, including contest rules and essay topic can be found here: https://www.bluehost.com/blog/bluehost-news/bluehost-internet-in-education-scholarship-2018-9736

About Bluehost
Bluehost, an Endurance International Group company, is a leading provider of cloud-based solutions, including web hosting services, eCommerce tools, marketing applications, and more. Built on open source technology, Bluehost designs and operates its own servers, develops innovative new internet technologies, and actively supports and participates in the open source community. For more information, visit www.bluehost.com.

About Endurance International Group
Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EIGI) (em)Powers millions of small businesses worldwide with products and technology to enhance their online web presence, email marketing, mobile business solutions, and more. The Endurance family of brands includes: Constant Contact, Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com and SiteBuilder, among others. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, Endurance employs over 3,500 people across the United States, Brazil, India and the Netherlands. For more information, visit: www.endurance.com.

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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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