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IBM unveiled two new miniaturized mainframes, which are easier to integrate into public or private cloud environments and cloud datacenters. The new models — IBM z14 Model ZR1 and IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper II, will make mainframe a more adequate fit for the modern data centers. IBM z14 Model ZR1 is based on IBM z14 mainframe technology, and features a 19-inch single-frame case design. This design, IBM said, will allow easy placement into modern datacenter rack of the same kind which are used to frame regular servers. Z14 ZR1 is an improved version of the earlier Z13 mainframe. It offers 10% more throughput, and 8 terabytes of memory (two times more than the Z13 mainframe). Many enterprises in financial sector rely on IBM Z-series systems. The ZR1 systems can be a lot more useful for financial sector, allowing them to process up to 850 million encrypted transactions every day. The other mainframe system, IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper II, has been designed to offer a cloud platform with high…
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TORONTO – Urbacon Data Centre Solutions Inc. (UDCS) a leading provider of mission critical IT space, today announced that the company has broken ground on DC2, the second of five world class data centres to be constructed in Richmond Hill Ontario’s Barker Digital Campus.

DC2 will be a 95,000 square foot, 16-megawatt facility offering a variety of end-user service alternatives from powered shell to rack ready solutions. Preleasing is currently underway, and the facility should be ready for occupancy in Q4 2018.


“The Barker Digital Campus DC2 facility continues our mission of providing leading edge data centre solutions with the power, connectivity, security and efficiency to exceed the expectations of our clients,” said Marco Mancini, CEO for UDCS. “DC2 will provide growth options to current tenants and new space for users in the high-demand Greater Toronto Area marketplace.”

Offering a highly-reliable 2N design – to ensure an uninterrupted power supply – and with a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.2 annualized or better, end-users will benefit from significant power saving. The local climate also opens doors to further cost savings in the way of free cooling, while the Greater Toronto Area is home to Fortune 100 companies, six million consumers, a superior infrastructure and a highly-skilled workforce.

About Urbacon Data Centre Solutions Inc.
From vision to unwavering reliability and sustainability, Urbacon Data Centre Solutions Inc. is dedicated to the development, construction, operation and maintenance of data centers and mission-critical facilities. Drawing on over 25 years of success in design, construction, operation and maintenance of data centres and mission critical infrastructure, Urbacon Data Centre Solutions Inc. is now emerging as a leading provider in Canada with multiple next generation data centres in diverse locales around the country. They offer high connectivity, high efficiency, high security, flexible geography, expansion potential and organizational depth and breadth to ensure your data is secure.

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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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DALLAS, TX – DataBank Ltd., a Digital Bridge portfolio company and leading provider of business solutions for data center, cloud, connectivity, and managed services, announces today the construction of KC3, a 50,000-square-foot facility strategically located in the growing Kansas City market. The initial build will deliver 25,000 square feet of raised white floor and 3MW of capacity, expandable to 50,000 square feet with a total design capacity of 6MW. KC3 will offer DataBank’s full portfolio of solutions, including colocation, cloud, and managed services, and will host the latest generation DataBank cloud and security platform. The addition of KC3 brings the company’s total data center count to 15.

The purchase of the new data center location, which is adjacent to existing DataBank facility KC1, includes an additional four acres of land allowing for future expansion. “Kansas City continues to be a great market for critical infrastructure, and this third data center demonstrates the confidence we have in this strategic Tier 2 edge market,” states Raul K. Martynek, CEO of DataBank. “The new KC3 facility complements our existing footprint of Midwestern data centers and provides our customers and new prospects additional inventory for growth.”


Located in the Southlake business park in Lenexa, KS, the existing building structure will be redeveloped into a Tier 3 data center with a target occupancy date of Q3-2018. The facility will go live with six fiber providers and includes 24x7x365 onsite support, secure and diverse network entry points, A/B redundant power configuration, and diverse utility power feeds. DataBank customers can also leverage onsite amenities including office workspace, presentation rooms, client labs, and staging areas.

About DataBank
DataBank is a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, cloud, and connectivity services, offering customers 100% uptime availability of data, applications and infrastructure. DataBank’s managed data center services are anchored in world-class facilities. Our flexible 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 http://www.databank.com or call 1 (800) 840-7533.

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Washington, D.C. – Any business collecting, storing, processing, or otherwise handling data containing personally identifiable information on European Union citizens needs to plan for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect May 25, 2018.

Open-i Advisors’ new GDPR preparation service makes it easy and affordable to assess how web hosting and cloud computing providers collect, store, and use customer data. Our data consultants are experts on mapping the way your organization uses data, finding possible risks, and determining what steps you can take to mitigate risks. You’ll be presented with a document that can be either assessed by our partner lawyers or your own legal team.


We work with you to create a report that includes:
• A summary of risk points
• A map of data flows by department
• A list of suppliers and other third parties with whom the client may share data (or who may share data with the client) with their GDPR statements included as relevant
• A list of all found public privacy or disclosure statements, ready for review

“By working with Open-i Advisors, you can save time and money by packaging up everything you will need to hand off to legal counsel so that they can address your needs in as low cost a manner as possible,” says Open-i Advisors Co-Founder Christian Dawson. “Our legal partners are experts on GDPR compliance, so if you’re looking for a holistic solution we can provide that as well”.

GDPR preparation from Open-i Advisors provides data expertise when you need it, with a data-consultant led discovery process, to analyze how data is used across your organization. Our process is straightforward and simple:

Initial Compliance Check: We speak with key people at your company to assess your data privacy risks and measure your current privacy controls against the GDPR.

Data Discovery – Internal: An extensive register of your organization’s current data processing activities will be produced, along with a comprehensive visualization of the organizational data life-cycle in its entirety.

Data Discovery – External: Open-i Advisors will do a public search of statements made by your organization, including privacy policy, email submission forms, white paper submission forms, client sign-up forms, etc.

Final Compliance Check: Open-i Advisors will highlight areas of anticipated concern to consider business process changes where necessary, and to discuss with legal counsel.

This GDPR preparation service is offered for a reasonable hourly fee, which will result in a low cost for your company to gain all the insights you need to identify internal changes needed by your organization.

Find out more about GDPR Preparation for Hosting & Cloud Companies here: http://openiadvisors.com/consultancy/gdpr-preparatory-consulting/

About Open-i Advisors
Open-i Advisors is a consulting company focused on Internet-related industries. Its hands-on approach helps organizations manage their customer data and determine their optimum market focus using next-generation industry segment data gathering and analysis. Open-i Advisors industry-expert consultants offer their experience and leverage a process that includes the power of quantitative data to better understand and actualize client goals. For more information, please visit www.openiadvisors.com.

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Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, announces today that its Founder and President, Garry Connolly, will speak at CAPRE’s Greater New York Data Center Summit, taking place 5 April, in New York.

Mr. Connolly, in addition to providing leadership at the award-winning Host in Ireland initiative, has also been recognised as one of the top 50 EMEA Influencers in Cloud and Data Centers 2017 by Data Economy, and was runner up in the 2017 DCS Awards’ ‘Data Center Individual of Year’ category’.

During the panel session, “The Impact of Europe: Data Center Demand-Supply and Forecasting the Factors at Play Across the Pond, Including: Brexit and GDPR,” Mr. Connolly will join other data center and financial investment leaders to discuss recent data center development in Europe as well as the impact of Brexit and the data privacy obligations that multinational organisations face as a result of the implementation of the GDPR.

WHAT:
• Panel: “The Impact of Europe: Data Center Demand-Supply and Forecasting the Factors at Play Across the Pond, Including: Brexit and GDPR”

WHERE:
• CAPRE’s Greater New York Data Center Summit
• New York

WHEN:
• Thursday, 5 April 2018
• 1:00 p.m.

WHO:
Panelists include:
• Garry Connolly, Founder and President, Host in Ireland, Co-Chair of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Awareness Coalition
• Svein Atle Hagaseth, Senior Vice President North America, Green Mountain Data Center, Ltd.
• Eric Crabtree, Chief Investment Officer of International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group
• Melvin Greer, Chief Data Scientist, Public Sector, Intel Corporation
• Drew Leonard, Senior Vice President, UpStack
• Jason Ó Conaill, International Partner, Infinity SDC
• Moderator: Donough Roche, Owner & Principal, Datacentrs Inc.

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 its pro-business approach, attractive corporate tax and fiscal structures, common law based legal system, continued investment in off-Island fiber cables to the U.S. and Europe, financial support for data center energy efficiency, and access to a skilled native English-speaking workforce – ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small. For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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