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OVERLAND PARK, KS – QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), an international provider of data center and hybrid IT solutions, announced today the completion of its annual American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Service Organization Control 1 Type II (SOC 1® Type II) and Service Organization Control 2 Type II (SOC 2® Type II) audit reports. The 2017 reports were issued by a Big Four public accounting and auditing firm based on an examination of QTS’ internal controls and procedures. In addition, QTS also attained ISO 27001:2013 certification for thirteen of its data centers.

ISO 27001 is an internationally recognized certification for information security management systems (ISMS) that demonstrates QTS’ strong security controls and meets the needs of large, multinational data center customers. By adding another certification, QTS now has one of the most comprehensive frameworks in the industry and it further enhances the company’s ability to assist customers in meeting their own compliance requirements.


QTS is committed to exceeding critical compliance standards for its customers. QTS’ SOC 1 Type II and SOC 2 Type II reports assure its clients that the company meets the suitability of design and operating effectiveness of applicable controls. Achieving compliance with other critical compliance standards such as FedRAMP, FISMA and PCI, demonstrates QTS’ ability to deliver secure, available and confidential services. The QTS Compliance team oversees more than 400 controls across several compliance standards to ensure the company is providing the highest level of compliance to its customers.

“By working with the best auditing firms in the country, we ensure that we are not just meeting the compliance requirements, but surpassing them,” said Oliver Schmidt who leads QTS’ dedicated in-house compliance team as Chief Audit Executive. “Meeting the highest standards for security, availability and confidentiality are all vital to the solutions we provide to our customers and our strategic growth.”

The QTS SOC 1 Type II and SOC 2 Type II audit reports are prepared in accordance with the AICPA’s Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No.18 Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization. The reports cover the period from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017 for QTS systems and controls and provides users with operational assurance across QTS’ software-defined data center platform.

About QTS
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading data center and managed cloud provider, offering a comprehensive portfolio of IT solutions built on the industry’s first Software-Defined Data Center Platform. QTS is a trusted partner to more than 1,100 customers throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. QTS owns, operates or manages more than six million square feet of data center space. QTS provides cutting-edge technology; flexible, scalable infrastructure; and an industry-leading customer experience. Visit QTS at www.qtsdatacenters.com.

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BOSTON – Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), the global leader in storage and information management services, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the U.S. operations of IO Data Centers LLC, a leading colocation data center services provider based in Phoenix, Arizona, for $1.315 billion plus up to $60 million based on future performance and subject to customary adjustments. With the transaction, Iron Mountain will acquire the land and buildings associated with four state-of-the-art data centers in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Edison, New Jersey; and Columbus, Ohio. The existing data center space in the four owned facilities totals 728,000 square feet, providing 62 megawatts (MW) of capacity with expansion potential of an additional 77 MW in Arizona and New Jersey.

This agreement follows the acquisition of FORTRUST data center on September 1, 2017 and the announcement of Iron Mountain’s international data center expansion through the planned acquisition of two Credit Suisse data centers in the London and Singapore markets. Upon closing of the Credit Suisse and IO transactions in early 2018, Iron Mountain’s data center portfolio will total more than 90 MW of existing capacity, with an additional 26 MW of capacity currently under construction and planned and future expansion potential of another 135 MW.


“We continue to experience strong demand and growth in our data center business, with a focus on establishing a presence in the largest global markets for colocation and enterprise customers. Our strategy includes organic expansion within our existing footprint, greenfield development in the largest U.S. markets such as our newly opened campus in Northern Virginia, and targeted acquisitions of properties with customer profiles that closely mirror our own,” said Iron Mountain President and CEO William L. Meaney.

“This transformative transaction is closely aligned with our strategy and we expect it to accelerate our growth profile by bringing our data center business to approximately 7% of total revenue and approximately 10% of Adjusted EBITDA by 2020 – significantly exceeding our initial goal – while enhancing business diversity and the margin profile of the company,” Meaney added. “We believe we can add significant value to IO’s U.S. operations by leveraging our strong brand that is synonymous with security and trust, and our relationships with more than 30,000 North American data management customers.

“The addition of IO’s data centers enhances our geographic diversification and provides market-leading exposure to Phoenix, the fourth fastest market for absorption in the U.S. in 2017, and the 12th largest data center market globally. Colocation and cloud providers have made significant investments in Phoenix in the past few years, as it boasts diverse energy sources and relatively inexpensive green power, as well as an attractive business environment,” said Mark Kidd, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Iron Mountain Data Centers. “Importantly, this transaction also enhances our ability to support the needs of the largest cloud providers through new development with expansion capacity in Phoenix as well as New Jersey, another attractive market due to its proximity to the New York metro area.”

“Additionally, IO brings a diversified roster of more than 550 customers that includes blue chip financial services, aerospace, federal government and technology companies among its Top 10, with no single customer representing more than 10% of total revenue. Its strong enterprise and cloud customer base is complementary to that of our existing data center business, and more than 40% of IO’s customers are also customers in our core records and data management businesses,” Kidd said.

“I am incredibly proud of the team at IO and the extraordinary company they have built since our founding in 2007,” said George D. Slessman, founder and CEO of IO. “We are pleased to enter into an agreement with Iron Mountain and excited by the potential this transaction represents. Iron Mountain’s deep customer relationships, global scale and excellent access to capital markets, combined with IO’s strong presence in the high-growth data center industry will provide attractive opportunities for our employees and a broader, more geographically diverse platform of facilities and services for our customers. We know Iron Mountain shares our commitment to the highest levels of customer service, security and operational quality, and we are confident our customers will be in good hands.”

The transaction is anticipated to close in January 2018, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The total consideration of $1.315 billion, which does not include up to $60 million of potential additional payments, represents a multiple of 15x synergized 2018 EBITDA, post integration. While data center acquisitions of this magnitude were not part of the company’s previously disclosed 2020 plan, the company expects the transaction to accelerate its revenue and Adjusted EBITDA growth. Following this transaction and anticipated financing, the company remains on track to reduce its lease adjusted leverage ratio to approximately 5x, and lower its dividend payout as a percentage of Adjusted Funds From Operations to 70-75%, assuming annual dividend per share growth of approximately 4%, all of which are consistent with its 2020 plan.

The acquisition is expected to be modestly accretive to AFFO in 2019. The company will provide specifics of the impact of the transaction on 2018 full-year expectations when it provides guidance for next year on its fourth quarter/year-end reporting conference call in February 2018.

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 53 countries dedicated to protecting and preserving what matters most for its customers. Iron Mountain’s solutions portfolio includes records management, data management, cloud services, 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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HOUSTON, TEXAS – Through the opening of a new IDC (data center) in Nuremberg, Cloudbric will be extending its website security and WAF service to Germany and Central Europe in a strategic partnership with Trendhosting, a major player in the hosting sector in the region.

While the repercussions of recent cyberattacks are felt across European countries, many businesses either lack the time, personnel, or resources to effectively take actions to prevent cybersecurity incidents from occurring. In Germany, the digital association Bitkom reported that close to 70% of companies were subject to cybercrimes such as data theft over the past two years. This has propelled the need for an accessible, reliable, preventive security solution.


Among the current cybersecurity offerings in the market, WAFs offer the necessary protection that companies need to thwart common cyberattacks and protect against the theft of data. The partnership between Cloudbric and Trendhosting will connect German users to Cloudbric and to those in Central Europe, allowing for more convenient and affordable access to Cloudbric’s website security services, including its award-winning WAF for websites.

Cyber threats are a huge concern for online businesses, so organizations specifically look for security solutions with the ability and effectiveness to combat modern threats, and in Central Europe these solutions will be critical in combating cybercrime. Cloudbric’s advanced technology, more specifically its unique logic-based detection engine, generates one of the lowest false positives in the industry.

TJ Jung, VP of Product & Technology, said, “We share the same commitment with our partners in providing the highest quality of service, ensuring that website security is accessible to all. For this reason, in a region as large and as varied as Europe, we’ve opened new doors through partnerships to extend our WAF service to a greater consumer base. Companies are required to incorporate measures for ensuring information is handled in a confidential manner and protected from cyberattacks. We are glad that Cloudbric can be of great help.”

Mustafa Beciragic, CTO of Trendhosting, stated, “We like how Cloudbric’s firewall engine focuses on performance and commits to low false positive rates. This matched our main objective to deliver a high performance platform to our customers, especially during this time of rising security requirements.”

The IDC in Nuremberg marks the launch of Cloudbric’s fourth data center on the European continent. Cloudbric is anticipating to open additional IDCs across Europe and other regions within the next year.

About Cloudbric
Cloudbric is a cloud-based web security service, offering an award-winning WAF, DDoS protection, and free SSL as a full-service package. Boasting 20 years of IT security expertise, Penta Security Systems developed Cloudbric, which utilizes an award-winning logic analysis engine to filter malicious website traffic with industry-leading precision. It delivers one of the lowest false positive rates among competitors. Please visit http://www.cloudbric.com for more information and direct all partnership inquiries to cloudbric(at)pentasecurity(dot)com.

About Trendhosting
Trendhosting is a Switzerland-based hosting company focused on delivering high performance and a high availability hosting platform, powering big ecommerce and content management sites since 1997.

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SAN JOSE, CA – Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions, green computing technology and an SAP global technology partner, today announced that its latest 2U 4-Socket SuperServer (2049U-TR4) supporting the highest performance Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, maximum memory and all-flash SSD storage has been certified for operating the SAP HANA® platform*. SuperServer 2049U-TR4 for SAP HANA supports customers by offering a unique scale-up single node system based on a well-defined hardware specification designed to meet the most demanding performance requirements of SAP HANA in-memory technology.

“Combining our capabilities in delivering high-performance, high-efficiency server technology, innovation, end-to-end green computing solutions to the data center, and cloud computing with the in-memory computing capabilities of SAP HANA, Supermicro SuperServer 2049U-TR4 for SAP HANA offers customers a pre-assembled, pre-installed, pre-configured, standardized and highly optimized solution for mission-critical database and applications running on SAP HANA,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “The SAP HANA certification is a vital addition to our solution portfolio further enabling Supermicro to provision and service innovative new mission-critical solutions for the most demanding enterprise customer requirements.”


Supermicro is collaborating with SAP to bring its rich portfolio of open cloud-scale computing solutions to enterprise customers looking to transition from traditional high-cost proprietary systems to open, cost-optimized, software-defined architectures. To support this collaboration, Supermicro has recently joined the SAP global technology partner program.

SAP HANA combines database, data processing, and application platform capabilities in-memory. The platform provides libraries for predictive, planning, text processing, spatial and business analytics. By providing advanced capabilities, such as predictive text analytics, spatial processing and data virtualization on the same architecture, it further simplifies application development and processing across big-data sources and structures. This makes SAP HANA a highly suitable platform for building and deploying next-generation, real-time applications and analytics.

The new SAP-certified solution complements existing solutions from Supermicro for SAP NetWeaver® technology platform and helps support customers’ transition to SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA®. In fact, Supermicro has certified its complete portfolio of server and storage solutions to support the SAP NetWeaver® technology platform running on Linux. Designed for enterprises that require the highest operational efficiency and maximum performance, all these Supermicro SuperServer solutions are ready for SAP applications based on the NetWeaver technology platform such as SAP ECC, SAP BW and SAP CRM, either as application or database server in a two- or three-tier SAP configuration.

Supermicro plans to continue expanding its portfolio of SAP HANA certified systems including an 8-socket scale-up solution based on the SuperServer 7089P-TR4 and a 4-socket solution based on its SuperBlade® in the first half of 2018.

For more detailed information on Supermicro’s portfolio of SAP-certified solutions, please visit https://www.supermicro.com/solutions/sap/.

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About Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI)
Supermicro® (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced Server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market.

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LONDON, UK – A new, international study jointly commissioned by WP Engine and Manifesto and conducted by Vanson Bourne explores which content management system (CMS) technologies are used most commonly by enterprises and discovers what benefits these organisations derive from using multiple CMSs. “WordPress Success Among Enterprise CMSs” study surveyed over 300 enterprise-level IT and marketing decision makers in the U.S. and U.K. The majority (61 percent) of the respondents worked for organisations with at least 3,000 employees and on average came from organisations whose global revenue totaled $3.2 billion. The survey found WordPress is on par with Adobe Experience Manager as the most frequently used CMS in either a primary or secondary fashion. Further, WordPress was the leading secondary CMS.

A near unanimity (93 percent) of respondents believe that there are multiple benefits to having a secondary CMS. Those benefits include faster time to market, ease of use, agility and the ability to experiment and customise quickly. Among WordPress users, as either their primary or secondary CMS, the benefits of using WordPress ranged from scalability, a robust ecosystem, quicker time to market and better analytics and security to the increasing availability of skilled WordPress developers. Not surprisingly, WordPress was the most popular secondary CMS due to the fact that it is open source software and consequently is better able to integrate and work well with other content management systems like Adobe and Sitecore.


“Enterprise companies are seeing the intrinsic benefits of using multiple CMSs to help run their business,” said Mary Ellen Dugan, Chief Marketing Officer at WP Engine. “The decision to go with more than one CMS is most often made at the executive level, proving the strategic value that multiple CMS deliver to an enterprise. The results showed that WordPress is already a top platform with clear benefits from both an integration and agility standpoint. In the future, the study shows WordPress expanding its market share to provide exceptional digital experiences with greater agility, with greater ease of use and faster time to market.”

The following are key findings from the study. Click on the following links to learn more about the results, register for the webinar and download a copy of the white paper and infographic.

• The rise of multiple CMSs: 53 percent of respondents said their organisation uses two or more CMSs. Of those who are using more than one CMS, the decision maker is most often (46 percent) an executive in the company, proving it is a strategic decision for the enterprise.
• Most popular CMSs: Adobe and WordPress: Adobe Experience Manager is the most commonly used CMS (60 percent), with WordPress a close second (57 percent). The next most popular CMS was Sitecore CMS coming in a distant third (22 percent).
• WordPress popularity by vertical: WordPress is the most likely used CMS across several verticals including both retail (73 percent) and business services/consulting (63 percent) organisations.
• Primary and secondary CMSs: Adobe (44 percent) and WordPress (36 percent) led the list of primary CMSs. WordPress was the leading (20 percent) secondary CMS.
• WordPress as a secondary CMS: Where WordPress is being used as a secondary CMS it brings clear benefits to the enterprise consisting of better publishing capability (54 percent), agility (53 percent), experimentation (53 percent) and customisation/personalisation (51 percent).
• Dual CMS usage expected to rise: Respondents plan to use additional CMSs (41 percent); and for organisations not already using a CMS, more enterprises indicated they will select WordPress than any other system (22 percent).
• Which departments are selecting WordPress CMS: Marketing (71 percent) led the list of departments choosing to use WordPress as their CMS, followed by IT (61 percent) and Sales (44 percent).
• How is WordPress as a CMS being used: WordPress is most likely to be used for an organisation’s corporate website (64 percent), brand or product website (59 percent) and eCommerce (46 percent).

“Our respondents identified clear benefits to using multiple CMSs and the value it brings to their organisation,” said Chloe Byrne, Research Consultant with Vanson Bourne. “WordPress was easily one of the top CMSs in our survey. Looking ahead, of those respondents with only one CMS currently, more than a third (37 percent) plan to expand within a year, and the data suggests WordPress is expected to be their top choice.”

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PALO ALTO, CA – ScaleGrid, a rising leader in database hosting and management, has just announced shared hosting for their MongoDB management plans on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Their new Shared Cluster plan is immediately available, in addition to their Dedicated Cluster and Bring Your Own Cloud database management plans.

ScaleGrid’s Shared Cluster plan covers an unlimited number of databases and comes with their full suite of premium database management tools, including slow query analysis, alerts, web command line and automated monitoring. Shared Clusters supports MongoDB version 3.4.9 with a 3-node replica set, Snappy Compression and WiredTiger storage engine on cloud provider AWS. Their all-inclusive pricing includes all network, disk, machine and management costs for $10 per GB.


Dharshan Rangegowda, ScaleGrid CEO and Founder shares “we’re very excited to bring our full suite of database management features to our Shared Cluster plan and drive the market forward at a reduced cost.” He continues to explain “one of the greatest benefits of our shared hosting is the ability to enable compression, allowing our customers to significantly save on their hosting costs while retaining high speeds and little to no load on their system.”

These MongoDB Shared Cluster plans are highly-available and hosted in Docker containers. ScaleGrid’s database hosting and management solution also provides dynamic scaling, free backups, and allows its users to retain full admin access to their MongoDB clusters.

ScaleGrid plans to make the shared model available in additional AWS regions in the near future, along with availability on other Cloud providers like Azure and DigitalOcean.

About ScaleGrid
ScaleGrid provides a fully managed Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) solution used by thousands of developers, startups, and enterprise customers including UPS, Dell, and Adobe. The ScaleGrid platform supports MongoDB and Redis on both public and private clouds, including Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and DigitalOcean, and handles all your database operations at any scale so you can focus on your product instead of operations.

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