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LOS ANGELES, CA – Dedicated server, cloud hosting and colocation service provider, Hivelocity, continues its impressive growth with the acquisition of IaaS provider Rackalley.com. The addition of RackAlley’s assets and data centers provide Hivelocity with a turn-key presence in Los Angeles, California. This announcement comes on the heels of Hivelocity launching its second data center in Tampa in response to increasing demand in that market. Since 2002, Hivelocity has earned a reputation as a premier cloud hosting, infrastructure services and dedicated server provider helping it amass customers in over 130 countries.

“We surveyed our customer base earlier this year and Los Angeles was high on their list of places they wanted us to expand to” explained Rick Nicholas, VP of Colocation at Hivelocity. “In addition to Los Angeles, New York City was right there at the top of the list. As part of our national expansion strategy we intend to seek opportunities in New York City with the hopes of an announcement there before the end of this year.”


The new facilities in Los Angeles will open on September 15, 2017. Considered two of the top locations in Los Angeles, the facilities will be located at 1 Wilshire and 600 Grand. The locations will be interconnected via redundant dark fiber rings operating as one facility, with the ability to operate independently as needed. One Wilshire was recently named one of the top ten network connected buildings in the world by DataCenterKnowledge.com and boasts that 1/3rd of all traffic between the US and Asia travels through it.

All employees from Rackalley.com will be retained in the transition, as Hivelocity remains committed to offering a superior customer experience in the Los Angeles hosting market. Hivelocity plans to continue the course that contributed to earning a Tampa Bay Business Journal Fast50 award in other markets across the United States.

About Hivelocity
Hivelocity provides cloud hosting, dedicated servers and colocation services to customers from over 130 countries worldwide. In addition to Tampa Bay and Los Angeles, Hivelocity provides services in Atlanta and Miami. By simply focusing on solutions and environments that put the customer in the best position to succeed, Hivelocity has grown steadily since 2002. These highly scalable solutions are delivered from CJIS, SSAE16, SOC 1, SOC 2 and HIPAA certified facilities. For more information about Hivelocity you can visit them at https://hivelocity.net.

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OVERLAND PARK, KS – Responding to increasing demand for diverse interconnection and connectivity solutions, QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of data center, cloud and managed hosting services, today announced that the Richmond Internet Exchange (Richmond-IX) has deployed its primary Internet Exchange hub within QTS’ Richmond mega data center.

Richmond-IX expands QTS Richmond’s Internet ecosystem and simplifies network strategies by providing diverse connectivity options. The new deployment allows customers to manage network traffic in a cost-effective way. Additionally, QTS’ connectivity strategy includes plans to deploy similar regional connectivity hubs across its national portfolio.


Richmond-IX is building its connectivity hub within QTS’ mega scale Richmond data center – a 1.3 million square foot facility on a 210-acre campus with more than 500,000 square feet of raised floor capacity. Along with the Richmond-IX Internet Exchange hub, QTS Richmond remains among the most interconnected data centers in the region, featuring more than a dozen leading on-net network Service Providers offering customers a full suite of enterprise class carrier services.

“Richmond-IX’s deployment represents the latest expansion of connectivity solutions available within QTS facilities,” said Brent Bensten, CTO – Product Development, QTS. “QTS is committed to building a carrier-neutral Internet ecosystem in each of our data centers and we will continue to support interconnectivity among our customers across our footprint.”

Richmond-IX was launched in the fall of 2016 by Ninja-IX, a leading non-profit operator of exchanges across the U.S. Richmond-IX is particularly significant based on its proximity to both the Northern Virginia Tier 1 data center market to the north and the new Virginia Beach Cable Landing to the south. The Virginia Beach Cable Landing is the world’s first transoceanic fiber cable station in the Mid-Atlantic region and will enable lower latency connectivity to Europe compared to data centers located in Northern Virginia.

“QTS is a highly qualified, trusted partner with whom we have successfully deployed a similar connectivity hub in QTS’ Phoenix data center,” Paul Emmons, Executive Director of Ninja-IX. “As the premier connectivity provider in Richmond, we look forward to QTS using our connectivity option to better serve the peering community in the Virginia market.”

About QTS
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading provider of secure, compliant data center, hybrid cloud and managed services. QTS features the nation’s only fully integrated technology services platform providing flexible, scalable solutions for the federal government, financial services, healthcare and high tech industries. QTS owns, operates or manages more than 5 million square feet of data center space and supports more than 1,100 customers in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. In addition, QTS’ Critical Facilities Management (CFM) provides increased efficiency and greater performance for third-party data center owners and operators. For more information, please visit www.qtsdatacenters.com, call toll-free 877.QTS.DATA or follow us on Twitter @DataCenters_QTS.

About Richmond Internet Exchange
Richmond-IX is part of Ninja-IX Corporation, a not for profit corporation that operates exchanges in Honolulu, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Richmond and Sacramento. Since 2012 our goal is to provide local peering fabrics in locations that are underserved or cost prohibitive. Currently all of our projects feature no monthly service charge from the IX. Ninja-IX provides exchanges based on routers with Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) interconnection, BIRD Route Servers and 24×7 monitoring and maintained by volunteers. Critical internet infrastructure such as Root Servers and as112 are also collocated in our fabrics. Many US content delivery networks (CDNS) are participants in our various projects. For more information, please contact peering at ninja-ix.net or see ninja-ix.net.

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA – Iron Mountain Incorporated® (NYSE: IRM), the global leader in storage and information management services, today announced the opening of the first of four planned data centers in Northern Virginia, the nation’s largest and fastest growing data center market. Built to serve the stringent security and compliance requirements of enterprises, cloud service providers and government agencies, Iron Mountain’s new data center is a 165,000 square-foot, 10.5-megawatt multi-tenant and cloud facility located in Prince William County. Northern Virginia marks Iron Mountain’s fifth U.S. data center market, joining Boston, Denver, Kansas City and Western Pennsylvania.

Iron Mountain commemorates the opening today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony including Governor Terry McAuliffe, U.S. Representatives Robert Wittman, Gerry Connolly, and Kevin Yoder, Virginia Senator Jeremy McPike, and Prince William County Supervisor Jeanine Lawson.


“This data center, like our others, is especially suited for heavily regulated enterprises, cloud providers and government agencies who seek a highly secure, highly compliant environment for hosting their data center operations,” said William L. Meaney, president and CEO of Iron Mountain. “With this new facility, we enter the hottest data center market in the U.S. and add further capacity for serving existing and new governmental customers, a group where our brand for security, service and compliance resonates particularly well. Together with our existing data centers and recent acquisitions, this data center helps to further accelerate our fastest growing business segment.”

“Since 2006, more than 6,600 new jobs and over $11.8 billion in investments have been announced in Virginia’s data center industry and we are thrilled to add this important project to that roster,” said Governor McAuliffe. “We are honored to have such a dynamic global leader like Iron Mountain continue to invest in the Commonwealth aiding our efforts to build a new Virginia economy.”

Iron Mountain invested over $80 million in the first phase of this data center, which opens as an Uptime Institute Tier III certified facility for design and construction. And, like other Iron Mountain data center facilities, this new data center is designed to serve organizations with exacting service delivery and comprehensive compliance requirements, and supports key standards such as ISO 27001, FISMA High, PCI-DSS Level 1, HIPAA, SOC 2 Type II and SOC 3.

The new data center also opens with more than half of its first phase capacity pre-leased, including customers like Virtustream, a Dell Technologies business. Virtustream is the enterprise-class cloud company that is trusted by organizations worldwide to migrate and run their mission-critical applications in the cloud. The company selected Iron Mountain based on the security, comprehensive compliance support and scalability of the facility to serve its regulated customer base and support its growth projections.

With two additional phases to come in this first data center and plans to develop three other facilities on the campus, Iron Mountain’s total investment for the site is expected to be over $350 million. The 83-acre campus design ensures efficient long-term customer scalability for a total of 60 megawatts. Iron Mountain is participating in Virginia’s data center tax program which helps provide long-term visibility into operating costs and lower total costs to customers.

“The opening of Iron Mountain’s new facility in Prince William marks a new age of data development in Virginia,” said Representative Wittman. “When this project is finished, Iron Mountain will have four state-of-the-art secure data facilities in Manassas – contributing to our local economy. With already 173 employees in Virginia, I am excited to welcome them to a new area of Virginia’s First District and to see what opportunities lie ahead. The work they do is critical to preserving private information of people and businesses across Virginia and the Nation.”

“Congratulations to Iron Mountain on the opening of this state-of-the-art data center,” said Representative Connolly. “The 83-acre Prince William County campus is a great addition to our region’s growing IT footprint. Northern Virginia has quickly solidified its role as the Silicon Valley of the East and a leader in fostering the technologies of tomorrow thanks to companies like Iron Mountain.”

“The tech sector continues to grow in Northern Virginia, and these are the jobs of the future – innovation, research, cybersecurity,” said Senator McPike. “I am pleased to welcome Iron Mountain to Prince William County, as a key piece of that technology-focused approach to growing our economy.”

“Today we congratulate Iron Mountain on their latest expansion in the data center industry,” said Corey A. Stewart, Chairman, Prince William Board of County Supervisors. “This is indeed an important milestone and a testimony to Prince William County’s strong business proposition in that industry, one which aptly satisfies the need for innovative technology, security, efficiency and reliability, while providing sustainable opportunities for a qualified and job-ready workforce, all set within an aesthetically pleasing environment.”

“Iron Mountain is opening what we believe is one of the most compelling data center offerings in Northern Virginia,” said Mark Kidd, senior vice president and general manager of Iron Mountain Data Centers. “Our new campus provides superior physical security, lower power costs and a reduced tax structure compared to locations locally and nationally and delivers on our customers’ high standards for performance. Iron Mountain would like to thank the State of Virginia and Prince William County as well as our development partners, customers and dedicated employees for their contributions to this successful launch.”

In addition to the ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the data center launch, Iron Mountain held an open house event co-sponsored by Burns and McDonnell and Donwil / Vertiv on September 14th attended by members of the local business community.

For more information on Iron Mountain Data Centers, please visit http://www.ironmountain.com/Services/Data-Centers.aspx.

About Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) is the global leader for storage and information management services. Trusted by more than 230,000 organizations around the world, Iron Mountain boasts a real estate network of more than 85 million square feet across more than 1,400 facilities in 52 countries dedicated to protecting and preserving what matters most for its customers. Iron Mountain’s solutions portfolio includes records management, data management, document management, data centers, art storage and logistics, and secure shredding to help organizations to lower storage costs, comply with regulations, recover from disaster, and better use their information. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of information assets, including critical business documents, electronic information, medical data and cultural and historical artifacts. Visit www.ironmountain.com for more information.

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Paya Lebar, Singapore – WPWebHost, a WordPress hosting provider with over 30,000 WordPress sites announced it has taken steps to further enhance it’s managed WordPress hosting offerings. These new plans and features are highly optimized, reliable and perfect for users desiring a scalable, optimized WordPress Hosting experience.

“Anticipating our customers’ needs and delivering the key features and functionalities they require to be successful when it comes to building high quality WordPress websites is what WPWebHost is about,” said Chan Kee Siak, CEO of WPWebHost. “Our new plans are the perfect springboard for small businesses, publishers and developers to increase productivity and deliver their message without having to worry about the cumbersome back-end.”


New plans come preconfigured with WordPress installation, migration, automated updates and enhanced security. In addition to their 24/7 support by their expert WordPress technical staff, additional features include Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates, site indexing, cloning and staging environments.

“WordPress powers over 28% of all websites today, representing 60% of the content management system market and still growing strong. WordPress users have specific requirements and want to focus on making their website successful instead of configuring and securing web servers and WPWebHost is poised to deliver best in class WordPress Hosting, with Plesk WordPress Toolkit and their phenomenal management and support” said Jan Löffler, CTO at Plesk.”

For more information about WPWebHost and it’s the new WordPress features and benefits can be found at wpwebhost.com.

About WPWebHost
Since 2001, WPWebHost has assisted entrepreneurs and developers globally bring their dreams to life on the Internet. WPWebHost powers amazing experiences for websites and applications built on WordPress. The company’s premium managed hosting platform provides the highest performance, reliability and security while remaining affordable and intuitive for individual and small businesses. Its commitments to customers include 24x7x365 professional technical support, 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee, 100-Day Money Back, friendly customer service team, 99.9% Network Uptime and 99.5% Server Uptime Guarantee.

About Plesk
Plesk is the leading WebOps platform to run, automate and grow applications, websites and hosting businesses. Plesk is running more than 377,000 servers, automating over 11 million websites and 19 million mailboxes. Available in more than 32 languages across 140 countries, 50 percent of the top 100 service providers worldwide are partnering with Plesk. Plesk has simplified the life of SysAdmins and SMBs since the early 2000s and continues to add value across multiple cloud services.

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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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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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