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REDWOOD CITY, CA – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with The Carlyle Group for the purchase of Itconic, a leading data center, connectivity and cloud infrastructure solutions provider in Spain and Portugal, and CloudMas, an Itconic subsidiary that is focused on supporting enterprise adoption and use of cloud services. Itconic generated approximately €55.5M or approximately $66.8M U.S. dollars of revenues for the period Q2 2017 annualized. Equinix will purchase the companies in an all-cash transaction totaling €215M or approximately $259M U.S. dollars. The agreement was signed on September 8, 2017, and the acquisition is expected to close in Q4 2017, subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approval.

The acquisition of Itconic will further strengthen Equinix’s position in Europe and will extend its footprint into two new countries within the region. The acquisition will include five data centers in four metros, with two located in Madrid, one in Barcelona, one in Seville, and one in Lisbon, and adds approximately 322,000 gross square feet to the Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center portfolio. In addition, the CloudMas business brings a highly experienced team of technology professionals with deep expertise in hybrid cloud architectures and cloud adoption and migration strategies.

  • Spain is the world’s fourteenth-largest economy, the sixth-largest in Europe. The acquisition of Itconic further extends Equinix’s ability to provide businesses with the direct and secure connectivity they need to expand their global reach in new and existing markets. According to the Global Interconnection Index, Interconnection is becoming an essential building block of the digital economy. By providing additional capacity in key markets, Equinix continues to play an important role in helping companies to extend their IT operations to the digital edge through the interconnection of people, locations, clouds and data.
  • As a result of the acquisition, Equinix will serve more than 400 customers in Iberia, including marquis enterprise brands such as L’Oreal, Vueling, Deloitte, BNP Paribas, Repsol, Real Madrid, Randstad, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Aon and Bank of America. In addition, more than 100 network and mobility companies and more than 90 cloud and IT services companies operate at Itconic, including AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. This further strengthens the business ecosystems found inside of Equinix IBX data centers and provides customers with the broadest choice of service providers for IT and multicloud deployments to accelerate business performance.
  • The Itconic acquisition will position Equinix to support growth in traffic between Europe, Latin America and Africa driven by new submarine cable systems, which will enable accelerated traffic globalization and data consumption, and rapid growth of cloud and online services. Some of the submarine cables already connected to Itconic’s Lisbon data center are ACE (African Coast to Europe), WACS (West Africa Cable System), Tata Global Network. The MainOne cable will be connected in the future. In addition, the data center in Seville is connected to Canalink.
  • The acquisitions will add more than 250 employees to the Equinix team in Europe. Many members of the CloudMas team have earned certifications for deployment and support of services on leading cloud platforms.
  • Bank Street served as Equinix’s financial advisor, and Uria Menendez acted as Equinix’s external legal advisors in connection with this transaction.
  • Equinix currently operates more than 180 IBX data centers in 44 markets, providing customers even more ways to connect with other businesses around the world on Platform Equinix™.

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

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(Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc. already has a sprawling Seattle headquarters that attests to its size and ambition. Now the world's largest online retailer plans to open a second North American campus — dubbed HQ2 — that Amazon says could be just as big as the existing one.
The company is asking local and state governments to submit proposals for a development that will likely cost more than $5 billion over the next 15 to 17 years and give the winning city or town an enormous economic boost. Amazon is already one of the biggest employers in Seattle and expects to the new headquarters to house as many as 50,000 workers, many of them new hires. Cities have until next month to apply through a special website, and the company said it will make a final decision next year.
"We expect HQ2 to be a full equal to our Seattle headquarters," founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos said in a statement. "Amazon HQ2 will bring billions of dollars in up-front and ongoing investments, and tens of thousands of high-paying jobs."
Amazon recently moved into a new 500-foot-tall office tower in Seattle, complete with 100-foot-tall orbs — Amazon calls them Biospheres — which will host more than 300 plant species from around the world when they open in 2018. The rest of the campus covers several city blocks and is housed in former industrial buildings.
Cities and local governments are expected to compete fiercely for the opportunity to become
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Cloud computing companies in the U.S. could lose more than $10 billion by 2020 as a result of the Trump administration's reputation regarding data privacy, according to Swiss hosting company Artmotion.
A whitepaper published by Artmotion suggests that growth rate in U.S. cloud revenue relative to the rest of the world will decline significantly more than previously forecast by IDC.
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IDC's Worldwide Public Cloud Services Spending Guide predicts that the U.S. will account for 60 percent of cloud revenue worldwide to 2020. The same research, however, suggests revenue growth in the U.S. will be lower than that in all seven other regions analyzed by IDC, and according to Artmotion does not take into account the sharply falling confidence businesses have in the capacity of U.S. companies to protect the privacy of data in the cloud.
"While these figures may be concerning for U.S. service providers already, they don't take full account of the scale of the disapproval of President Trump's actions since taking office," according to Mateo Meier, CEO of Artmotion.
Artmotion's own research shows that half of U.S. and U.K. citizens feel online data privacy is less secure under President Trump. Further, 24 percent are most concerned about their own government, while only 20 percent consider the Russian government most concerning, and 15 percent fear the Chinese government. Both Russia and
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It's being called a 500-year storm and Houston, Texas-based Elevated Technologies finds itself smack in the middle of it.
As early as the middle of last week, the managed services provider (MSP) began reaching out to clients, preparing the organizations as much as humanly possible for the fury of Hurricane Harvey.
Four Providers' Houston Data Centers Online, but Access Roads Flooded
But despite the best-laid plans, the extent of damage to the state's Gulf Coast still came as a shock.
"No one really anticipated this," Jason Rorie, founder of Elevated Technologies, told MSPmentor today.
"I don't think anyone really anticipated the kind of flooding that Houston would be subject to," he added. "The city is basically underwater."
Task number one for the MSPs five-member team was ensuring customers' data would survive.
"We started talking really on Wednesday when they projected where it would hit," Rorie said. "First thing we did is make sure that all of our clients, all of their offsite backups were running successfully. We use Veeam and StorageCraft."
As the storm neared landfall on Friday afternoon, the MSP began instructing clients to shut down on-premises servers before those employees left for the day.
"The flooding causes power outages and once your UPS (uninterruptible power supply) batteries drain and your servers crash, that's when problems really start," Rorie said.
The hope is that once the storm
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Google YourselfHave you Googled yourself lately? What comes up? Are there embarrassing pictures, stories you don’t want people to see or something else that nobody wants found?

If you’re active online, there’s a good chance information can easily be found just by Googling your name. This isn’t the best thing when you’re searching for a job. Your potential employers may Google you and find out all kinds of things you don’t want them to know.

There are ways to defend against this with good reputation management. Make sure you take care of all of the things on the following checklist before you start hunting for a job. If you don’t, it could be the reason you don’t get called in for an interview.

Check and Change your Social Media Settings

When it comes to your social media, you don’t have to be super public. You can change all of your settings to private and should before you start hunting for a job. There’s no reason to allow a potential employers to find something that gives off the wrong impression of you.

Most social media sites have a security section within the settings. This is the place to check and make sure it’s set to private before you move forward. It’s also helpful to know that some background and profile pictures may still be public. In some cases, you cannot hide these, so be aware of what they are and make sure they show you off in a professional way.

Avoid any Controversial Posts

If you make comments or posts on your social media that cause controversy, you could be rubbing someone the wrong way without knowing it. A potential employer may not agree with your political stance or something else about you. While they cannot fire you for this, they can decide to not interview you because of a post they found on Facebook.

Be aware of what your posting and don’t put anything controversial up for a while. Make sure you get the job before you go back to normal posting.

Change your Social Media Name

Social MediaNothing says you have to link your social media to your real name. You can change it to a pen name so that it’s not findable when Googling your real name. You can also use this tactic to have a separate personal account or professional account.

Get Things Removed

Maybe someone sad something about you or posted a story on you and it’s not exactly flattering. You can contact them and ask nicely if they will remove it from their website. It could even be a picture you posted or a comment you put up a while back. Either way, just ask to have it removed.

Check Your Own Website/Blog

If you have a blog out there or a website, make sure you don’t have anything on it you wouldn’t want found. Sometimes, your full name associated with the wrong website can be the problem. Make sure if it’s not something you want potential employers to find, you remove your name from it.

Get an Expert Involved

ExpertWhen it’s a big enough job that you need true reputation management, hire an expert. Some companies know how to push bad things to the bottom, remove them and put the best at the top when you’re Googled. Hiring an expert may be the right step if you really need to make sure your reputation is squeaky clean online.

There are plenty of things out there about all of us. You want to make sure when your name is put into Google, only good things show up.

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A new job site from the search and cloud giant Google has been launched. While no official announcement has been made by Google, the site is live and can be accessed online.

While some of the services created by Google have flourished, others have not. Google Spaces recently shut down because it wasn’t performing as expected. However, Google Hire has great potential as Google tries to compete with LinkedIn.

The site was developed by the Bepop team and will make it easier for companies to track and manage applications. It already has some job listings.

Read the full story here.

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