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NEW YORK — Driven by strong customer demand for its cloud services worldwide, Oracle today announced plans to significantly expand its modern cloud infrastructure footprint. The company’s rapid expansion plans include the opening of 12 new datacenter regions and increase the breadth and depth of Oracle Cloud services available across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. With this news, Oracle continues its industry leadership position, delivering a complete and integrated portfolio of cloud services (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS) and new services in security, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence.

“The future of IT is autonomous. With our expanded, modern data centers, Oracle is uniquely suited to deliver the most autonomous technologies in the world,” said Oracle CEO Mark Hurd. “As we invest, our margins will continue to expand. And with our global datacenter expansion, we are able to help customers lower IT costs, mitigate risks and compete like they never have before.”


The regional expansion of Oracle’s cloud footprint will include locations in Asia including China, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and South Korea; Europe including Amsterdam and Switzerland; and North America including two in Canada and two new US locations to support U.S. Department of Defense workloads.

Since launching Oracle Cloud, the company has seen an ever-growing set of customers, across the Global 2000, as well as small and medium businesses. Organizations continue to turn to Oracle at record-rates to build, deploy, and extend game-changing applications and run business-critical workloads in a low-latency, highly available, reliable and secure cloud environment. Today, customers in more than 195 countries are running their most demanding applications on Oracle Cloud Platform and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

About Oracle
The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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BOSTON, Mass. – Sedo, the world’s largest domain marketplace and monetization provider, and Donuts, the global leader in high-quality, new top-level domains such as .AGENCY, .LIVE, .TODAY, .CHAT and hundreds more, today announced that Donuts’ platinum (reserved, super-premium) domain name inventory is now featured on the SedoMLS network, the web’s largest domain distribution network powered by Sedo. With this collaboration, Sedo customers and SedoMLS distribution partners now gain access to previously unavailable platinum inventory from Donuts’ more than 200 new generic top-level domain (gTLD) extensions, such as bitcoin.money, fake.news, credit.repair and clean.energy.

In addition to supporting Donuts Platinum domains within the SedoMLS network, Sedo has also launched support for domains carrying a premium renewal fee. All registrants of domains that carry premium renewals can now list their domains for sale via the SedoMLS network and immediately get widespread distribution, and liquidity, thru their network of registrar partners.


Before launching on the SedoMLS network, some recent Donuts platinum sales via Sedo include:

super.market – $25,000
black.market – $30,000
tv.show – $35,000
the.news – $50,000

“We’ve already had great traction with Sedo, which is why we think SedoMLS is an ideal platform for providing buyers access to our platinum inventory of names,” said Matt Overman, senior vice president of sales, Donuts Inc. “Collaboration with Sedo and their huge network of registrar partners means more eyes on these domains, which we hope will drive greater awareness and more sales of our platinum inventory.”

“We’re excited to offer the Donuts platinum inventory and to showcase our support of tiered pricing, which is now available to all participating SedoMLS registrars and our distribution partners. This is a win-win-win for registries, buyers, sellers and domainers alike,” said Tobias Flaitz, chief executive officer, Sedo. “We believe Sedo is the only provider to offer these services and with Donuts being an industry leader in making its inventory more readily available, this paves the path for other registries to come on board in this capacity, too.”

Equally important, via Sedo’s make-offer bidding platform, buyers will now be able to negotiate the domain sales and renewal price. Sedo’s brokers will directly support these negotiations.

Every second domain transaction globally is handled by Sedo. To learn why more than two million customers are benefiting from trading over 19 million listed domains, check out our solutions to learn more or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn as well as in the upcoming Sedo Partner newsletter.

About Sedo
Sedo, headquartered in Cologne (Germany) with an office in Boston (USA), is the world’s leading domain trading platform with more than 2 million customers and 19 million domains listed for sale. Sedo offers buyers and sellers a full suite of domain-related services, such as domain traffic monetization, auctions, appraisals, transfers as well as marketing and promotional campaigns. The SedoMLS Promotion Network is the largest domain distribution network, with 670 partners, including international top registrars. It supports more TLDs than any other domain distribution network.

About Donuts
Donuts simplifies and connects a fragmented online world with domain names and related technologies that allow people and businesses to build, market and own their digital identities. Donuts holds the world’s largest portfolio of new top-level domains, and offers a wide variety of clear and meaningful names for use as business identifiers (such as .ltd, .company), navigation (such as .careers, .support), in vertical markets (such as .photography, .cafe, or .builders) or in broad-based generics (such as .life, .world or .live). Donuts provides its registrar/reseller customers with innovative services for the discovery, registration, usage and monetization of high-quality domain names. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Donuts, the registrar Name.com is one of the most admired brands in the industry. Donuts’ headquarters are in Kirkland, WA; it has offices in Denver, CO; Washington, DC; Dublin, Ireland and Beijing, China.

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DALLAS, TX and REDWOOD CITY, CA – AT&T* and Equinix are expanding their relationship to make AT&T Switched Ethernet ServiceSM with Network on Demand available to businesses in Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers. With agility being essential in many aspects of today’s business environment, enterprises can now easily add connectivity and scale bandwidth in near real time based on their business needs. The new AT&T Network on Demand service offered at Equinix enables intelligence across cloud service providers, and brings connectivity and expanded interconnection opportunities closer to where businesses operate.

AT&T Switched Ethernet Service with Network on Demand provides exceptional capabilities to help make businesses more agile and competitive. Businesses can turn up sites in just days to deliver the important voice, data and video applications necessary for business today. Plus, a dynamic network enables customers to upgrade their network in minutes and quickly add the bandwidth they need, when they need it.


“A dynamic network can differentiate a company. This is a critical move for many customers as they continue on their digital transformation and look to adopt technologies that require optimal speed and performance,” said Roman Pacewicz, chief product officer, AT&T Business. “Our work with Equinix lets us deliver the physical infrastructure and network connectivity options to support our customers’ evolving business needs.”

More than 90% of AT&T Business customers are using some form of cloud computing. Many companies are operating in a multicloud environment and need fast, highly-secure connectivity between cloud service providers. This expansion allows AT&T customers to leverage the extensive cloud density available at Equinix facilities and utilize one provider for their end-to-end cloud infrastructure, allowing companies to better support business-critical apps and maximize workforce productivity and collaboration. This includes high-performing apps on the forefront of innovation, like augmented and virtual reality, that require high bandwidth and low latency for optimal performance.

“Today’s digital business environment demands high-performing, agile network operations. Cloud and data center services must offer the scalability and reliability that IT managers require, while helping enterprises rapidly scale their operations globally,” said Charles Meyers, president, Strategy, Services and Innovation, Equinix. “AT&T’s network expansion is coming at the right time for our customers. As businesses are increasingly adopting the cloud, we are providing customers with the agility, connectivity and interconnection opportunities they need to compete and grow their businesses on a global scale.”

Together, AT&T and Equinix have been providing businesses with data networking services for more than a decade. In 2014, AT&T became a premier reseller of Equinix’ colocation infrastructure. AT&T Switched Ethernet Service with Network on Demand is currently available at Equinix IBX data centers in the following metro areas: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Silicon Valley and more.

To learn more about AT&T Switched Ethernet Service with Network on Demand, go to https://www.business.att.com/solutions/Family/network-services/ethernet/.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We have the nation’s largest and most reliable network** and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. We’re one of the world’s largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. Nearly 3.5 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions.

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

About Equinix
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most interconnected data centers. In 48 markets worldwide, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies. http://www.equinix.com/.

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The cloud hosting industry in 2017 witnessed an all-time high with a large number of investments, partnerships and product launches by big players. What was most surprising through the year was the number of SMBs taking the plunge with cloud services to avail data storage facilities in a bid to improve their product offerings. We also saw many Cloud Giants like Alibaba Cloud, AWS, Google and Oracle hogging the news cycle with their expansion strategies and endeavors for the future. This trend has heated the cloud market and made many industry analysts and onlookers predict the future of cloud hosting. Many predict that the rise of the cloud industry will steer the wheel of smaller players who piggyback on the steady wagons of larger enterprises whereas some predict that the smaller players will emerge as winners on their home soil while competing against foreign rivals. These speculations might be rife, but a consistent theme that emerges through these events is that the cloud…
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Amsterdam, the Netherlands – 3W Infra, a fast growing Infrastructure-as-a-Service hosting provider from Amsterdam with global operations and more than 4,000 dedicated servers under management, announces the launch of a startup accelerator program for innovative, Internet-savvy companies around the world with scalable IaaS hosting needs. With its global scope, the 3W Infra Startup Accelerator Program is intended to help drive growth for startups by offering free and subsidized IaaS hosting infrastructure, engineering resources, and executive mentoring.

The 3W Infra Startup Accelerator Program is aimed at cloud service providers (CSPs), Managed Service Providers (MSPs), Internet Service Providers (ISPs), app development companies and other early-stage, Internet-savvy companies in the process of raising capital, building their businesses and finding ways to accomplish sustainable and scalable business growth.


The Startup Accelerator Program has a global scope and will be run out of 3W Infra’s flagship data center in Amsterdam, Switch AMS1. This facility is built for high energy-efficiency and features a calculated pPUE figure of 1.04. Its data center design makes use of patented indirect adiabatic cooling technology and hot aisle containment. Combined with the highly redundant 2N power configuration, this data center would cater to the uptime needs of startups with demanding applications.

“As a former startup ourselves, founded in 2014, we are keenly aware of pretty much all startup requirements for transforming an idea into a profitable business,” said Roy Premchand, Managing Director 3W Infra. “We’ve also experienced fast-paced and high growth within the 3W Infra organization where we had to scale-up almost instantly from about 3,000 up to 4,000 dedicated servers under management, so we know what it takes to successfully support startups with ultra-scalable IaaS hosting infrastructure when needed.”

Entry-Level to HPC Workloads

Packed with all kinds of IaaS hosting products and services for tech startups, the 3W Infra Startup Accelerator Program provides startups the opportunity to significantly reduce their primary IT infrastructure cost levels while saving money for further company investments and growth.

The incubated startups will get free and subsidized access to 3W Infra’s wide portfolio of IaaS hosting infrastructure including colocation as well as dedicated servers – from entry-level servers to packages with the power to support demanding cloud environments with high-performance computing (HPC) workloads. 3W Infra also offers accelerator program startups access to its proprietary and highly redundant global network featuring high bandwidth capacity.

To qualify for the 3W Infra Startup Accelerator Program, startups need to have a unique business proposition with a scalable business perspective. When selecting startups for the accelerator program, 3W Infra will also pay close attention to the skills of team members and founder(s), the viability of their business-plan and operations, and the companies’ infrastructural and organizational investments up until now.

Engineering Services

“With the 3W Infra Startup Accelerator Program, we want to get up-and-coming tech startups on 3W Infra’s platform of IaaS hosting solutions early on and invest in their sustainable and long-term success,” added Mr. Premchand. “We acknowledge that every tech startup has its individual requirements though, so we won’t offer them a one-size-fits-all program. Instead, we have established a framework and a menu with all kinds of IaaS hosting options and support.”

3W Infra is also able to add subsidized engineering support services to the Startup Accelerator Program packages through its ‘Remote Hands’ engineering service. This managed service provides ‘remote hands’ onsite, whether a data center is located in Amsterdam, London or Frankfurt. It also includes data center neutral relocation services for IT infrastructures housed in data centers located in the Amsterdam region, Frankfurt and London.

The announcement follows the news that 3W Infra attained its ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for Information Security Management together with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance – validated by an independent third-party IT audit company. The certifications achieved would help 3W Infra ensure that they have enterprise-grade controls in place to protect startups’ customer information and payment data while safeguarding business continuity.

About 3W Infra
Founded in 2014 by some Internet and hosting industry veterans, 3W Infra is a global Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosting provider with great engineering knowledge and skills headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The company’s enterprise-grade, ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and PCI-DSS certified hosting solutions are tailored to the specific needs of each customer. 3W Infra’s infrastructural solutions are engineered for scalability and cost-efficiency, with cloud-enabling services including colocation, dedicated servers, IP Transit, and high-level customer support. These solutions come with 3W Infra’s Remote Hands including Relocation engineering services at the world’s main Internet hubs in Amsterdam, Frankfurt and London. As a fast-growing company aiming for sustainable growth, 3W Infra serves a dynamic array of different customer types with a variety of needs. The company’s flagship data center in Amsterdam features one of the lowest calculated pPUEs in the industry (1,04), which is highly energy-efficient. 3W Infra has a significant amount of colocation customers and more than 4,000 dedicated servers under management, while its global network now exceeds 160 Gigabit/sec (Gbps) of available bandwidth. 3W Infra’s customer base includes some of the largest Internet, gaming, broadcasting and cloud services companies in Europe and beyond. To learn more about 3W Infra, visit: www.3winfra.com

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