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PHOENIX, AZ – Namecheap, the world’s second largest retail domain registrar, and one of the fastest-growing American companies according to the 2018 Inc. 5000, today announced its popular nc.me Education Program has given away more than 200,000 .me domains to students and educators throughout North America, the UK, and Australia.

The “Namecheap University” (nc.me) initiative and website launched in 2014, offering free .me domains, and low-cost GitHub and Exposure bundles. The free product offer is available to all students, teachers, administrators and educators with a .edu email address. Since its inception, the program has helped thousands of students create a free online portfolio, resume, blog – or virtually any other type of personal website. The nc.me product offerings have also been integrated into the curriculum of several high school and college computer science classes, as well as to provide free domains and web building tools for hackathons and other technology events for students.


For nearly two decades Namecheap has been steadfast in helping improve online accessibility and affordability, supporting programs that allow more people to share their ideas and innovations with the world through a website. NC.ME is only one of several ways Namecheap continues to support the education sector.

In 2018 Namecheap partnered with New York on Tech to teach several workshops designed to help inner-city high school students create their first websites, as well as learn about important digital issues like cyber security and online privacy.

Last year Namecheap also sponsored and introduced its first ever “Namecheap Innovation Award” at MedHacks 2018. The Johns Hopkins student-organized hackathon teams up America’s most talented coders with its brightest medical students so they can compete to solve health issues with innovative new technology.

Namecheap is committed to offering high quality online products and services with top-notch support for its millions of customers. In its nearly 20 years, Namecheap has become the domain, web hosting and online services company of choice for many college students, web professionals, entrepreneurs and small businesses. Also check out the Namecheap Resource Center, a valuable online destination for useful information, tips and tutorials — all designed to help people maximize their online presence.

To learn more about Namecheap’s NC.ME free website and developer bundles offer, visit www.nc.me.

About Namecheap
Namecheap is an ICANN-accredited domain registrar and technology company founded in 2000 by CEO Richard Kirkendall. Celebrating nearly two decades of providing unparalleled levels of service, security, and support, Namecheap has been steadfast in customer satisfaction. With over 10 million domains under management, Namecheap is among the top domain registrar and web hosting providers in the world.

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SANTA CLARA, CA — Vantage Data Centers, a leading provider of data centers in support of business and mission-critical applications, today announced that it has acquired 50 acres of land in the Greater Phoenix area to build a mega-scale data center campus. Phoenix represents the company’s sixth data center market, up from two markets 12 months ago, following its expansion into Northern Virginia and recently announced expansion into Montreal and Quebec City through the pending 4Degrees Colocation acquisition. The Phoenix campus will total 160MW of critical load and more than 1 million square feet once fully developed. It will be the largest of Vantage’s seven current and planned campuses when complete.

The site, located just outside of Phoenix in the city of Goodyear, will be home to three data centers. This expansion will offer Vantage’s current and future customers premium wholesale data center space in a high-growth Tier I market, driven by demand from hyperscale and cloud providers, as well as technology, e-commerce and enterprise companies.


“We continue to strategically expand Vantage’s footprint based on customer and market demands,” said Sureel Choksi, president and CEO of Vantage Data Centers. “This newest development in the southwest is an ideal location for our customers due to its tax incentives, low power costs and rich connectivity. Our strong sales pipeline is a testament that customers are attracted to our high-quality data centers with a focus on sustainable development and operational excellence.”

Design and entitlements are underway with construction expected to begin in early 2019. The first building will total 32MW of critical load and is anticipated to be online in early 2020.

“We are excited Vantage chose Goodyear for its largest data center campus to date,” said Goodyear’s Mayor, Georgia Lord. “This innovative company leads the way in energy-efficient data centers, and they are changing the landscape of the West Valley to a forward-thinking focus. We welcome them to our growing cluster of technology-based businesses and foresee a great partnership emerging.”

About Vantage Data Centers
Vantage Data Centers is a leading North American wholesale data center provider in six strategic markets: Silicon Valley; Northern Virginia; Phoenix; Quincy, Washington; Montreal and Quebec City, Canada. Vantage has nine operational facilities totaling 92MW of capacity and five additional facilities currently under development totaling 103MW. The company provides highly scalable, flexible and efficient data center solutions to hyperscale, cloud and enterprise customers, offering unique value through its commitment to exceptional customer service and sustainability. For more information, visit www.vantagedatacenters.com

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PHOENIX, AZ – phoenixNAP®, a global IT and security services provider, offering security-focused cloud infrastructure, dedicated servers, colocation, and specialized Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) technology solutions, announced today the launch of its Security Services product offering.

“Our teams have been hard at work for nearly two years, building the foundational components needed to deliver this service to our customers,” said William Bell, Executive Vice President of Product. “We have created a 24/7 SOC, built from the ground up, working hand-in-hand with the teams that you trust to build and maintain your critical infrastructure. InfraSentry is the realization of our vision to create a truly secure Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform.”


InfraSentry from phoenixNAP is a security service suite providing customers with a holistic security solution, capable of advanced detection with active defense mechanisms, protecting our customers against potential security threats targeting your environments. Designed to complement our Infrastructure Services by adding real-time Threat Detection Services (TDS), Advanced End-Point Protection (AEP), Incident Triage (IT), and Mitigative Services (such as discounted Backup-as-a-Service Advanced), we provide our customers with a trusted, battle-tested approach, modeled on the NIST Cyber Security Framework.

As a global IT infrastructure provider, phoenixNAP is in the unique position to understand the holistic approach to security and provide a multi-layer data protection strategy. Infrastructure and security is in its DNA. InfraSentry enables organizations to access a global communication fabric, as well as a suite of comprehensive network and application monitoring systems to improve your security posture.

“We are not an audit company attempting to offer security-related services to capitalize on a market gap. Security for us is not an add-on service. It is built into the fabric of our design and the cornerstone of every service we offer. InfaSentry is a natural extension of our commitment to security. We believe that security is a basic customer expectation and it is our responsibility to provide our customers with the support necessary to keep their data safe” said Anthony Dezilva, Product Manager, Security Services.

InfraSentry complements the recent launch of phoenixNAP’s Data Security Cloud, a regulatory compliant cloud infrastructure platform that supports workloads requiring stringent governing controls to support organizations’ certification needs.

To maintain the necessary level of alertness and preparedness, the phoenixNAP teams train alongside the highest levels of cyber defenders within the industry. The security teams gain battle-tested skills and contribute in return through the continued development of orchestration techniques, and the use of its global footprint to detect and operationalize threat-vector intelligence before it impacts our client base.

“InfraSentry represents a significant extension of our security services portfolio and is fundamental to our “Secure-by-Design” product focus,” said Ian McClarty, president of phoenixNAP. “With threat detection and management as a primary focus in a growing number of organizations, we are thrilled to offer a solution that responds to the immediate needs of the market.”

Every Security Operations Center Analyst at phoenixNAP is, at a minimum, certified at the CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst CySA+ (CSA+) level. Each analyst has successfully engaged in an eight-week Threat Detection, Hunting, and Incident Response curriculum, conducted under the ACTRA TUF team program.

“Security Services is a major step in the evolution of phoenixNAP’s value-added services portfolio,” said Ray Powers, Executive Vice President of Implementations. “We pride ourselves in offering painless solutions to the ever-growing compliance and security regulations needs of companies doing business via the modern internet. We have invested heavily in this global infrastructure and the training of our SOC and operations teams. We can’t wait for our customers to experience this service.”

InfraSentry relies on the best of breed, multi-tenant threat management solutions, machine learning, and incident orchestration technologies to provide critical infrastructure insights. The platform aims to identify any deviant behavior and signal the operators of a potential threat event. Different behavior patterns are gathered from both real-time collaborative and subscribed industry threat data sources, keeping current with up-to-date data of possible malicious activities. Correlating this information with Dark Web threat intelligence, we aim to actively defend our customer networks, without waiting for the first signs of impact.

“The launch of InfraSentry is a major milestone for our team and the first step in our MDR (Manage, Detect and Respond) capability. It is enhanced through Incident Orchestration and the integration of Dark Web Threat Intelligence,” said William Bell, EVP of Product. “We continue to focus on extending this service offering to help our clients further solidify their security posture.”

“Nearly two years ago, we set out on a journey to fulfill the client demand that their infrastructure provider also handles the security of their infrastructure. Designated as a “Security-First’” company, by our executive team, we began to transform our product offerings and our operations to not only meet but exceed that goal. More than realizing our goal of building the most robust security offering available, we are thrilled to announce that InfraSentry can support and enhance the Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability (CIA Triad) of your critical infrastructure.” said Anthony Dezilva, Product Manager, Security Services.

For more information about phoenixNAP’s security efforts, visit this page.

phoenixNAP is Microsoft Gold Datacenter partner, Platinum Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) partner, and a Premier Service Provider in the VMware Cloud Provider Program. phoenixNAP is also a PCI DSS Validated Service Provider and its flagship facility is SOC Type 1 and SOC Type 2 audited.

About phoenixNAP
phoenixNAP is a global IT services provider with a focus on cybersecurity and compliance-readiness, whose progressive Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions are delivered from strategic edge locations worldwide. Its cloud, dedicated servers, hardware leasing, and colocation options are built to meet always evolving IT businesses requirements. Providing comprehensive disaster recovery solutions, DDoS-protected global network, hybrid IT deployments with software and hardware-based security, phoenixNAP fully supports its clients’ business continuity planning. Offering scalable and resilient opex solutions with expert staff to assist, phoenixNAP supports growth and innovation in businesses of any size enabling their digital transformation. To learn more about phoenixNAP’s global IT services, visit phoenixnap.com.

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PHOENIX – Namecheap, the world’s second largest retail domain registrar with over 10 million domains under management, and one of the fastest-growing American companies according to the 2018 Inc. 5000, today announced a partnership with Adobe Portfolio, a platform that enables users to quickly and simply build a website to showcase creative work.

Adobe Portfolio customers can now search, purchase and connect custom domain names from Namecheap in a few clicks without ever leaving the Adobe platform. Additionally, Adobe Portfolio customers will have access to exclusive promotional prices on select top-level domains (TLDs) from Namecheap.


“Namecheap and Adobe Portfolio share a mission to help designers, entrepreneurs, small businesses and startups launch their ideas to the world through their own website,” said Hillan Klein, Namecheap COO. “Namecheap’s custom integration into their platform will make purchasing and connecting a domain name easier than ever before for Adobe Portfolio customers.”

For nearly two decades Namecheap has been steadfast in creating new products and joining partnerships that improve online accessibility and affordability, allowing more people to bring their ideas and dreams to life on the Internet. Namecheap is also committed to providing unparalleled service for its millions of customers.

“Adobe Portfolio’s mission is to help creatives quickly and easily build custom, beautiful websites to showcase their work, and we’re always innovating with the creative in mind. This newest integration with Namecheap is yet another feature that makes Portfolio best-of-breed and allows for creatives to stay true to their unique brand through increased customization capabilities,” said Will Allen, Senior Director, Behance, 99U and Portfolio at Adobe.

Adobe Portfolio enables creatives of all levels to quickly and simply build a custom website to showcase their original projects and establish an online presence for both personal and professional use. The platform is available, free of charge, to all Creative Cloud subscribers, regardless of subscription level. For subscribers, it’s as simple as picking a theme, uploading content and publishing their website using the domain of their choice. With a strong international presence, Adobe Portfolio serves creatives across the globe through localization tools. Adobe Portfolio is available in 19 languages, including English, Portuguese, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Korean.

Customers can purchase a new domain within Adobe Portfolio, which includes a free lifetime subscription of WhoisGuard, Namecheap’s Whois privacy protection software. Additionally all domain purchases within Adobe Portfolio include Namecheap’s amazing signature customer service.

About Namecheap
Namecheap is an ICANN-accredited domain registrar and technology company founded in 2000 by CEO Richard Kirkendall. Celebrating nearly two decades of providing unparalleled levels of service, security, and support, Namecheap has been steadfast in customer satisfaction. With over 10 million domains under management, Namecheap is among the top domain registrar and web hosting providers in the world. To learn more about Namecheap, visit namecheap.com.

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OVERLAND PARK, KS – Responding to increasing demand for hybrid IT solutions requiring secure, multi-cloud environments, QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of software-defined and mega-scale data center solutions today announced availability of private connectivity via Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute from QTS data centers in 12 major markets.

QTS’ expanding portfolio of direct, private connectivity solutions includes access to five of the world’s largest cloud providers ensuring high-throughput, and low-latency access over a single interface.


Via Azure ExpressRoute, QTS provides customers with private access that ensures the reliability and performance of critical enterprise applications running within Microsoft Azure. By effectively bypassing public Internet routes, QTS is able to lower latency and improve network security and availability. This is particularly important for enterprises creating or expanding hybrid IT environments that require secure access to public and private cloud resources.

Customers within QTS facilities can now take advantage of fast, reliable connectivity to Azure making it ideal for scenarios such as data migration, replication for business continuity, disaster recovery, and other high-availability strategies. It is also a cost-effective option for transferring large amounts of data, such as datasets for high-performance computing applications, or moving large virtual machines between environments in Azure and on-premises production environments.

QTS’ innovative software-defined data center platform (SDP) serves as the foundation of QTS’ connectivity platform that enables automated provisioning and access to public and private cloud solutions. Using SDP, customers can view and manage their hybrid connectivity in real-time. This software-defined data center approach increases visibility while reducing deployment time for network administrators and engineers.

“QTS is pleased to offer Microsoft Azure customers a secure, software-defined networking experience that facilitates deployment and expansion of their hybrid colocation initiatives,” said Clint Heiden, Chief Revenue Officer, QTS. “QTS is focused on providing a variety of options for direct public cloud access that optimize performance, reliability, efficiency and cost.”

Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute is initially available in QTS data centers in Phoenix, AZ; Chicago, IL; Ashburn, VA; Suwanee, GA and Atlanta, GA; Irving, TX; Piscataway, NJ; Richmond, VA; Santa Clara, CA; Miami, FL; Sacramento, CA; Jersey City, NJ; and Overland Park, KS.

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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ASHBURN, VA – Aligned Energy, a leading data center provider offering innovative, sustainable and adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions for cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers, today announced its new 26-acre, 180-Megawatt master-planned data center campus in Ashburn, Virginia.

When complete, the campus will offer approximately 880,000 square feet of expandable space, drawing redundant, critical power from two on-site substations to service the IT operations of hyperscale and cloud service provider customers.


The campus’ initial 370,000-square-foot, 80 MW facility, followed by a 510,000-square-foot, 100 MW development, will sit atop major fiber and conduit routes, providing access to more than 50 carriers in the immediate area. Both facilities will feature Aligned Energy’s on-demand adaptable and intelligent, dynamic infrastructure, complete with its patented, award-winning data center cooling technology, which is purpose-built to support high, mixed, and variable power densities of 1-50kW per cabinet in the same footprint.

“Our new Ashburn data center campus addresses the needs of cloud providers and hyperscalers that demand a highly dynamic, scalable and future-proof data center solution,” said Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned Energy. “Data centers are the new engines of innovation for the 21st century, and we are delighted to provide Northern Virginia with an incredibly efficient and highly reliable colocation data center platform.”

This new campus is a strategic addition to Aligned Energy’s portfolio. With high-capacity, adaptive, and future-proof facilities in Dallas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and now Ashburn, Aligned Energy is well-positioned to service customer needs in the country’s fastest-growing data center markets.

Aligned Energy’s mission is to make data center critical infrastructure intelligent enough to continuously improve both its economic performance and environmental impact, delivering a noticeable business advantage. The company’s unique approach to infrastructure deployment allows it to deliver the data center platform like a utility – accessible and scalable as needed. It also reduces the energy, water and space required to operate physical data center environments, significantly improving sustainability and yielding greater water usage effectiveness for customers.

From build-to-scale and customizable services, to rapid power and square footage scalability, to just-in-time provisioning and accelerated delivery schedules, Aligned Energy’s data center platform and business model are uniquely positioned to address the infrastructure needs of today’s hyperscalers and cloud service providers.

About Aligned Energy
Aligned Energy is an infrastructure technology company that offers adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows us to deliver data centers like a utility—accessible and consumable as needed. By reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate, our data center solutions, combined with our patented cooling technology, offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving reliability and their bottom line. For more information, visit www.alignedenergy.com and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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