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CHICAGO, IL – ServerCentral, a leading provider of managed IT infrastructure solutions, today announced its VMware-powered Enterprise Cloud has received compliance certification with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

“When there’s a chance to improve security, we want everyone to have it — no extra fees, no migration. If you work with ServerCentral, you get the best protection we can offer as soon as we can offer it,” said Tom Kiblin, Vice President of Managed Services at ServerCentral. “PCI DSS certification — the industry gold-standard for securely processing credit cards — is no different.”


ServerCentral’s annual AT-101 SOC 2 Type II audit serves as a foundation for reaching the latest PCI designation (version 3.2.1) and for helping customers meet their own compliance requirements:

“We really didn’t have to change a lot, which is a testament to how seriously we take security,” said Joe Johnson, IT Director and Compliance Officer at ServerCentral. “We were already following the proper protocols; we simply needed to organize our existing processes in the manner required for the PCI Security Standards Council.”

ServerCentral services that are also in scope for PCI DSS compliance include Colocation and Disaster Recovery. ServerCentral is constantly working to expand PCI DSS coverage across its Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, and Dedicated Server services.

If your application requires PCI DSS certification or you are looking for help with your PCI DSS compliance requirements, visit https://www.servercentral.com/compliance to see how ServerCentral can help.

ServerCentral’s Enterprise Cloud is architected for applications with premium performance requirements. To learn more, visit https://www.servercentral.com/enterprise-cloud/ and https://www.servercentral.com/compliance/.

About ServerCentral
ServerCentral is a managed IT infrastructure solutions provider. Since 2000, leading technology, finance, healthcare, and e-commerce firms have chosen ServerCentral to design and manage their mission-critical IT infrastructure in data centers across North America, Europe, and Asia. Whether it’s colocation, managed services, or a cloud, ServerCentral designs the optimal solution for each client.

About the PCI Security Standards Council
The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) leads a global, cross-industry effort to increase payment security by providing industry-driven, flexible and effective data security standards and programs that help businesses detect, mitigate and prevent cyberattacks and breaches. Connect with the PCI SSC on LinkedIn.

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NEW YORK, NY – Webair, a high-touch, agile Cloud and fully managed infrastructure service provider, today announces the availability of its Backups-as-a-Service (BaaS) solution for customers’ Microsoft Office 365 data. This solution addresses customers’ growing requirements for a single-provider solution to fully manage their business continuity and disaster recovery requirements, which span a range of platforms including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

As a growing number of enterprises migrate toward hybrid IT strategies, many SaaS applications such as Microsoft Office 365 have become critical to companies’ core operations. Webair’s BaaS solution for Microsoft Office 365 enhances the automatic data replication Microsoft provides across its data centers and helps ensure availability to users across Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint and OneDrive.


Webair’s BaaS solution for Microsoft Office 365 integrates the company’s Off-site Backups orchestration platform with Veeam’s Data Mover component to provide comprehensive backup services that enhance the flexibility and resiliency of critical data with the ability to access and restore information at any time. Webair’s CloudPanel provides customers with full transparency into their environments as well as multiple options for data recovery, including: restoring data to Office 365 or local / client-owned exchange servers and exporting raw data directly or to .PST files.

The solution allows customization of backup policies and data retention periods per job, user or group, as well as the ability to mix-and-match between Office 365, SharePoint and OneDrive. This unique capability enables users to meet specific SLA requirements as well as compliance regulations such as PCI, HIPAA and HI-TECH, which require immutable data, long-term retention capabilities and the ability to restore to specific points in time for both current and former employees. Webair’s BaaS solution for Microsoft Office 365 is also an effective ransomware and malware mitigation tool, providing the ability to restore modified and deleted data in the event of a cyberattack.

“Customers’ production infrastructures are shifting to include a multitude of platforms that span public and private cloud, colocation, on-premise environments, and SaaS. They are looking for a single pane of glass and a central point of accountability for their resilience and assurance across these hybrid infrastructures,” explains Sagi Brody, Chief Technology Officer, Webair. “Webair’s BaaS solution for Microsoft Office 365 provides an added layer of resiliency and security for customers by replicating data to a multitude of potential targets, including those ‘air-gapped’ from the internet as well as those supporting high levels of encryption and compliance. At Webair, it’s important that we provide comprehensive solutions for our customers’ IT needs, and we are very excited to introduce this new offering to our growing portfolio of services.”

As a high-touch, long-term IT partner, Webair takes full ownership of customers’ backups, providing one point of accountability and security for the management, monitoring and recovery of their data. Webair facilities feature superior physical security on premises as well as encrypted connectivity to customer networks covered by Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) and Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

About Webair
Headquartered in New York for over 20 years, Webair delivers agile and reliable Cloud and Managed Infrastructure solutions leveraging its highly secure and enterprise-grade network of data centers in New York, Los Angeles, Montréal, Amsterdam, and Asia-Pacific. Webair’s key services include fully managed Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud; Customized Networking; Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service; Ransomware Recovery-as-a-Service; Off-Site Backups; DDoS Mitigation; Web and application stacks; and Colocation. Webair services can be delivered securely via direct network tie-ins to customers’ existing infrastructure, enabling them to consume SLA-backed solutions with ease, efficiency and agility — as if they were on-premise. With an emphasis on reliability and high-touch customer service, Webair is a true technology partner to enterprises and SMBs including healthcare, IT, eCommerce, SaaS and VoIP providers. Because Webair focuses on its core value of owning managed infrastructure within its own facilities, it is also an ideal cloud solution provider and business partner for VARs, MSPs, and IT consultants. For more information, visit www.webair.com, or follow Webair on Twitter: @WebairInc, Facebook: facebook.com/WebairHosting and LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/webair.

About Veeam
Veeam® is the global leader in Intelligent Data Management for the Hyper-Available Enterprise™. Veeam Hyper-Availability Platform™ is the most complete solution to help customers on the journey to automating data management and ensuring the Hyper-Availability of data. We have more than 307,000 customers worldwide, including 75% of the Fortune 500 and 58% of the Global 2,000. Our customer satisfaction scores, at 3.5X the industry average, are the highest in the industry. Headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, Veeam has offices in more than 30 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.veeam.com.

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REDWOOD CITY, CA – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Charles Meyers to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Meyers will also join Equinix’s Board of Directors. He succeeds Peter Van Camp, who has served as interim CEO since January 2018. Van Camp will resume his role as Executive Chairman of the Equinix Board of Directors.

“Charles is an outstanding leader who has been a major contributor to Equinix’s success over the past eight years, playing critical roles in the company as we have quadrupled in size, growing from $1.2B in revenue to the $5B plus we expect to generate this year,” said Peter Van Camp, Executive Chairman for Equinix. “Charles brings that rare combination of a world-class operator combined with a passion and drive for strategic innovation. These characteristics, and his proven track record of delivering value for our customers and our shareholders, make him an excellent choice to successfully implement our strategy and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead.”


Meyers has a distinguished 25-year career in the technology industry including a number of executive leadership positions at leading telecommunications and information technology companies. Meyers joined Equinix in 2010 as President, Americas, leading the company’s largest operating region through a time of significant growth and strong operating performance. In 2013, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer at Equinix, where he spearheaded our drive for global consistency, leading the Global Sales, Marketing, Operations and Customer Success teams. For the past year, he has served as President of Strategy, Services and Innovation (SSI), where he oversaw our product organization and led the technology, strategy and business development teams driving the company’s next phase of growth and focusing on the future needs of customers and partners.

“I joined Equinix eight years ago to be part of a company with exceptional opportunity and a phenomenal team of employees and I am incredibly honored and thrilled to now serve the company in the role of CEO,” said Meyers. “I look forward to partnering with my over 7,500 colleagues around the globe in service to our customers and partners as we expand our unmatched ability to help organizations drive their digital transformation agendas. The opportunity that lies ahead for Equinix is enormous and I am committed to driving our innovation, strategy and execution to become the trusted center of a cloud-first world.”

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 52 markets across five continents, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies.

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WAYNE, PA – Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) has expanded its Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) certification across its modern, resilient cloud platforms, and now offers compliant production and disaster recovery services on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its managed private cloud.

Organizations are often burdened with achieving PCI DSS compliance for everything from their infrastructure to their applications. By achieving certification, Sungard AS now reduces the complexity and cost of the process for customers, who only need to certify their applications.


While initial certification takes months or even years and can be costly, the real challenge for many organizations is maintaining it. One study from Verizon’s PCI DSS Compliance report found that only 29 percent of organizations were still compliant a year after their initial certification. Sungard AS is among those few, having demonstrated its ability to maintain PCI compliance for other services for half a decade, assuring that it can enable compliance for all customers.

“We’re continually updating and improving our cloud offerings to keep pace with market changes as well as deliver the service customers need,” said Josh Crowe, Chief Technology Officer at Sungard AS. “By certifying our cloud platforms for PCI compliance, customers who need PCI compliance can leverage our AWS and managed private cloud services to achieve their objectives quickly for both production and recovery workloads.”

AWS shared responsibility model of security means that while AWS is PCI-compliant, the elements organizations add to the cloud, from their operating systems, network and firewall configuration to their client-side and server-side data protections, must be PCI-certified by each organization. Sungard AS offers both production and recovery environments that are PCI-certified, saving crucial steps.

Private clouds grant organizations more control for mission-critical or complex workloads, achieving agility, security and economics with platforms like VMware. But the PCI certification process can be arduous in private cloud because both production and recovery environments must be compliant. Sungard AS uses the exact same infrastructure for production and recovery in a hosted private cloud, which both eliminates the double work and speeds PCI-compliant recovery.

For more information on Sungard AS’ modern, resilient cloud platforms, visit https://www.sungardas.com/en/services/cloud-and-hosting/.

About Sungard Availability Services
Sungard Availability Services (“Sungard AS”) is a leading provider of critical production and recovery services to global enterprise companies. Sungard AS partners with customers across the globe to understand their business needs and provide production and recovery services tailored to help them achieve their desired business outcomes. Leveraging more than 40 years of experience, Sungard AS designs, builds and runs critical IT services that help customers manage complex IT, adapt quickly and build resiliency and availability.

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LAS VEGAS, NV (VMworld 2018) – VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), announced that VMware Cloud on AWS is now available in Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Asia-Pacific (Sydney) region. VMware also announced new capabilities that help organizations around the globe to rapidly migrate applications and data centers to an intrinsically secure cloud service that meets enterprise application needs.

VMware Cloud on AWS is an on-demand service that reduces the cost and effort associated with migrating applications to the cloud by delivering infrastructure and operations that are consistent with those deployed within customer data centers, and extending tools, processes, and practices proven to support the most demanding applications. VMware Cloud on AWS is delivered, sold, and supported by VMware and its partner community and brings VMware’s enterprise-class Software-Defined Data Center software to the AWS Cloud, enabling customers to run production applications across VMware vSphere-based hybrid cloud environments, with optimized access to the breadth and depth of AWS services and robust disaster protection.


“VMware Cloud on AWS is now available across multiple regions globally including the U.S., Europe, and now Asia-Pacific, and we’ve increased the rate at which we deliver innovative capabilities and powerful solutions for our customers,” said Mark Lohmeyer, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Platform Business Unit, VMware. “VMware Cloud on AWS provides a fast and cost-effective way to migrate mission-critical applications, or even entire data centers, to the cloud. And once in the cloud, we provide the industry-leading Software-Defined Data Center capabilities of VMware, coupled with the elasticity, breadth, and depth of AWS infrastructure and services, making it the ideal platform for modern applications.”

“Customers have been asking us to bring VMware Cloud on AWS to Asia Pacific, and we are pleased to be doing that today,” said Sandy Carter, vice president, EC2 Windows Enterprise Workloads, Amazon Web Services. “VMware Cloud on AWS is the only hybrid cloud service that allows vSphere customers to leverage consistent infrastructure across on-premises data centers and AWS, allowing them to migrate current and new workloads to the cloud with the most functionality, greatest agility, and best security and performance. VMware Cloud on AWS enables customers to save costs, while also enabling them to scale depending on their application needs.”

The latest VMware Cloud on AWS updates include:

50 percent lower entry-level price and new minimum configuration: VMware will reduce the entry price for VMware Cloud on AWS by 50 percent and offer a smaller 3-host minimum SDDC configuration as a starting point for production workloads. For a limited time, VMware will offer the 3-Host SDDC environment for the cost of a 2-Host configuration.

License optimization for enterprise applications (Oracle/Microsoft): With new custom CPU core count capabilities, customers will be able to specify just the number of CPU cores they need, reducing the cost of running mission-critical applications that are licensed per CPU core. With VM-Host Affinity customers will be able to pin workloads to a specific host group to support licensing requirements.

Instant Data Center evacuation with live migration of 1000’s of VMs: Customers will be able to live migrate thousands of VMs with zero downtime and schedule exactly when to cut over to the new cloud environment with VMware NSX Hybrid Connect (previously known as VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension) powered by vMotion and vSphere Replication. VMware is offering a free migration cost assessment with VMware Cost Insight as part of the core service to assist with cloud migration planning.

New high-capacity storage option, backed by Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS): Customers will be able to independently scale compute and storage resource requirements and reduce costs for storage-capacity demanding workloads with new clusters for storage-dense environments. These clusters deliver scalable storage capabilities with VMware vSAN utilizing Amazon Elastic Block Storage and run on new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) R5.metal instances. Amazon EC2 R5.metal instances are based on 2.5 GHz Intel Platinum 8000 series (Skylake-SP) processors. Each host has two sockets, 48 cores, 96 hyper-threads, 768 GB RAM, and 25 Gbps network bandwidth.

Application-centric security with VMware NSX: Customers will gain granular control over east-west traffic between workloads running in VMware Cloud on AWS through micro-segmentation provided by NSX. Security policies can be defined based on workload attributes (e.g., VM names, OS versions) and user-defined tags, are dynamically enforced at the VM-level, and follow workloads wherever they are moved.

NSX/AWS Direct Connect integration for simplified, high-performance connectivity: This new integration will make it easier for customers to connect across hybrid cloud environments and improve network performance. Integration between NSX and AWS Direct Connect will enable private and consistent connectivity between VMware workloads running on VMware Cloud on AWS and those running on-premises. This integration will also accelerate migration to cloud and enable multi-tier hybrid applications.

Optimized cost/performance with autoscaling: Elastic DRS allows users to automate VMware Cloud on AWS cluster scaling. Elastic DRS enables automated scaling up or scaling down of hosts and rebalancing of clusters, based on the needs of the applications and the policies the customer defines.

Real-Time log management included at no additional cost: VMware has added VMware Log Intelligence to the core VMware Cloud on AWS service, providing customers with access to VMware Cloud on AWS audit logs for increased security and compliance at no additional cost.

Rapidly Growing Ecosystem Validates Demand for VMware-Based Hybrid Cloud
VMware partners are helping customers deploy hybrid cloud environments using VMware Cloud on AWS. In less than six months since launching the expansion of the VMware Partner Network to enable solution providers, managed service providers (MSPs), and system integrators to grow their hybrid cloud business with VMware Cloud on AWS, nearly 150 partners globally have achieved their VMware Cloud on AWS Solution Competency. Additionally, the number of solutions from VMware Technology Alliance Partners that have been tested and validated for VMware Cloud on AWS has increased 4x to nearly 100 solutions. Read this blog for more details on the expanding partner ecosystem for VMware Cloud on AWS.

Customers Globally Are Adopting VMware Cloud on AWS as their Hybrid Cloud of Choice
a2z, Inc. provides powerful cloud-based exposition, conference and meeting management and marketing solutions that help boost revenue for organizers and enhance value for event participants. “We started looking at VMware Cloud on AWS when we wanted to move to a full cloud environment but were concerned about the time and effort required to do a full cloud migration,” said Ramon Castro, vice president of IT, a2z. “VMware Cloud on AWS was a perfect match for us. We could evacuate our existing data center environment and seamlessly move into a new VMware cloud environment without rearchitecting our entire solution. Even better, we would have cloud adjacency whereby we could immediately start taking advantage of the capabilities AWS offered while maintaining our current VMware environment.”

GenPro is a U.S. leader in expedited transportation solutions for perishable and non-perishable commodities. “Disaster recovery was not economically possible for us before VMware Cloud on AWS,” said Ari Weinstock, director of IT, GenPro. “Now have a cost-effective disaster recovery solution that provides dynamic resource scaling to help us meet our recovery time objectives. VMware Cloud on AWS also provides us with a consistent infrastructure across our hybrid cloud environment.”

ME provides personal and business banking products and services in Australia. “One of ME’s key focuses is on consistently delivering frictionless, personalized banking services that meet our customer promises,” said Sunny Avdihodzic, general manager, Strategy and Architecture, ME. “As we explore the VMware Cloud on AWS technology and its capabilities, we’re excited by the potential opportunity to enable development and deployment of new services and resources faster than ever before, while mitigating the risk to our business. The unique platform abilities are expected to give us a greater level of flexibility, enabling our people to innovate more while meeting the security and governance standards expected in our industry.”

Stagecoach is a leading public transport company in the UK that runs over 11,000 trains and buses, transporting over 3 million passengers a day. “VMware Cloud on AWS supports our new cloud-first strategy by providing Group Technology and Change with a VMware environment in the cloud to support our business-critical applications,” said Lesley Ashman, Chief Information Officer, Stagecoach Group. “With VMware Cloud on AWS we have gained new levels of agility, scale, and resiliency through a multi-Availability Zone deployed platform. VMware Cloud on AWS mitigated our risk of moving business-critical apps to the cloud because we could leverage a consistent infrastructure and operational model.”

About VMware
VMware software powers the world’s complex digital infrastructure. The company’s compute, cloud, mobility, networking and security offerings provide a dynamic and efficient digital foundation to over 500,000 customers globally, aided by an ecosystem of 75,000 partners. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, this year VMware celebrates twenty years of breakthrough innovation benefiting business and society.

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ASHBURN, VA – Responding to increasing demand for hyperscale data center and hybrid colocation solutions, QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of software-defined and mega-scale data center solutions, announced early delivery of commissioned space in its new Ashburn, Va. mega data center.

The new facility is the first three-story data center in Ashburn and features approximately 180,000 square feet of data center space, 12 column free data halls, and up to 32 megawatts of critical power capacity optimized for enterprise, hyperscale, and build-to-suit solutions. In addition, the new data center will feature a 60,000 square foot state-of-the-art office complex to serve as the new campus for QTS’ Hyperscale, Federal and Northern Virginia-based teams.


QTS broke ground on the undeveloped land during the third quarter of 2017 and completed greenfield construction within 10 months. The Company attributes its ability to quickly deliver a full powered shell and four megawatts of initial turn-key capacity to an innovative modular design, combined with scalable mechanical and electrical systems. In addition, the property features additional acres of adjacent land designated for future expansion.

“QTS has aligned our development strategy to rapidly deliver high quality data center solutions that meet customers’ requirements for location, speed, scale and economics,” said Tag Greason, Chief Hyperscale Officer for QTS. “Northern Virginia is the nexus for connectivity, and we look forward to providing critical capacity for large organizations with hyperscale consumption requirements and hybrid colocation needs.”

QTS’ new mega scale data center in Ashburn supports the next phase of the Company’s growth strategy. With the Company’s existing operating footprint in Northern Virginia, coupled with more than 80 acres of land adjacent to its facilities in Ashburn and Manassas, QTS has the capability to deliver aggregate data center capacity exceeding 225 megawatts in the Northern Virginia market.

About QTS
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading provider of data center solutions across a diverse footprint spanning more than 6 million square feet of owned mega scale data center space throughout North America. Through its software-defined technology platform, QTS is able to deliver secure, compliant infrastructure solutions, robust connectivity and premium customer service to leading hyperscale technology companies, enterprises, and government entities.

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