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REDWOOD CITY, CA and MUSCAT, Oman – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, and Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel, a MSM listed company: OTEL), announced the companies have entered into a joint venture to deliver data center and interconnection services to customers in the Middle East through the development of a new network-dense data center that will be located in Barka, near Muscat, the capital of Oman. This joint venture will establish the first world-class, carrier-neutral hub in Oman where carriers, content providers and cloud providers colocate critical IT infrastructure.

Oman is strategically positioned between Asia, Africa and Europe, and the new Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center will create a regional interconnection hub with ultra-low latencies between global business markets. Based on demand and requirements, customers in the GCC and wider MENA region can also leverage other Equinix data centers in the region for dual access to content providers, allowing carriers, content providers and cloud providers to further build resilience into their IT and network infrastructure.


The new IBX data center in Oman will benefit from connectivity to strategic cable landing stations (CLS) and subsea cable systems that terminate directly inside the facility. It will also benefit from the investments by Omantel in multiple strategic subsea cable systems throughout the region and world. This subsea cable connectivity will provide customers with significant cost savings and an increase in performance and security.

Under the terms of the agreement, Equinix and Omantel will both fund equity contributions in an amount of US$10 million for the joint venture representing a 50% shareholding each, and additional funds will be raised through debt financing assumed by the joint venture company. The shareholders’ agreement was signed on June 20, 2018, and the joint venture company was established on June 26, 2018.

Equinix will operate the new IBX data center, which will include 18,600 square feet of colocation space and approximately 750 cabinets at full build. The first phase of the three-phase build will include 250 cabinets and is expected to be completed and open for business by Q2 2019.

According to the recently published document Worldwide Datacenter Installation Census and Construction Forecast, 2018–2022, IDC observes a clear trend of movement of internal data centers to service provider data centers. With more than 200 data centers worldwide, Platform Equinix™ enables customers to easily interconnect with one another in business ecosystems for maximum collaboration across digital supply chains in 52 markets globally. Additionally, 30 Equinix metros are close enough to the shorelines to support the CLS model.

Omantel is a global communications provider with cable landings and connectivity to more than 120 cities globally. It has investments in 20 subsea cable systems and leverages six diverse landing stations in Oman and one in France. Additionally, Omantel is an investor in AAE-1 consortium, one of the largest, newest high-capacity connections between Asia, Africa and Europe. Omantel has also invested in multiple regional and international cables including Europe India Gateway (EIG), Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG), Gulf to Africa (G2A), and Silk Route Gateway-1 (SRG-1), among others. As a result, Omantel will be able to offer a redundant and unique latency of 160ms between Frankfurt and Singapore, two of the world’s main capacity hubs accessible directly from within the new IBX data center in Oman.

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.

About Omantel
Omantel Wholesale is the international and domestic wholesale arm of Oman Telecommunications Company S.A.O.G. (Omantel), the first and leading integrated telecommunications service provider in Oman. Founded in 1970, Omantel is a joint-stock company listed in Muscat Securities Market and is 51% owned by Oman Investment Fund (OIF), a wholly owned investment arm of the Omani government. The company has laid the groundwork for telecommunications and technological advancement in the country and it continues to invest heavily within its own borders and abroad. As a result, Omantel has acquired a controlling stake in Kuwaiti Mobile Telecommunications Company (Zain Group) last year, making it the second largest shareholder in the company. Omantel Wholesale capitalizes on ultra-low latency networks to enable innovation and digital transformation globally, utilizing Oman’s geographic advantage at the absolute nexus of the east, west, north, and south to enable its customers and partners to deliver their services with the best possible end-user experience.

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Rzeszow, Poland – HostBill, a popular billing and automation software for web hosting industry has recently launched a set of tools integrated with Plesk: Plesk Key Administrator module to resell Plesk licenses and two new extensions to their Plesk module: Plesk DNS Helper and Plesk Service Plan Sync tool.

Plesk Key Administrator
Plesk Key Administrator module for HostBill allows to resell Plesk Software licenses (such as Plesk, Virtuozzo and more) and add-ons. With HostBill the licenses are created, provisioned and terminated automatically, making the reselling process completely hassle-free. The users can also set automatic renewal that could significantly improve the license management process. The end-clients can display the license details, change license IP, check license keys, activation and content in HostBill’s user-friendly client area. The admin panel on the other hand gives full control over the billing information and account lifecycle. The admin can also choose which client area functions end-customers will have access to.


Plesk DNS Helper
Plesk DNS Helper is and extension to the Plesk module and was created to help connect Plesk installations with one of the HostBill-supported DNS services: Power DNS, Power DNS Slave Zones, OnApp DNS, cPanel DNS or any other DNS that HostBill supports.

As Plesk handles DNS really well, but it’s more suited for single-install deployments, HostBill created the extension for users who want to deploy multiple Plesk instances and manage single DNS server (master) rather than multiple ones. The extension also helps to hook up PowerDNS to store slave zones, while the Plesk would keep master zone records.

With the Plesk DNS Helper extension installed in HostBill, any time new DNS zone is created / updated / deleted in Plesk, the extension notifies HostBill about it and HostBill then “decides” what to do next. It can push this zone to real master nameserver, notify secondary nameserver to create/update slave zone and after exporting such zone, HostBill can assign it to the related customer

As a result slave DNS (any supported by HostBill) will be notified automatically about new zones in Plesk or Plesk DNS will not be used to handle DNS queries, but as a source of data for actual DNS server that handles requests.

With this approach you can benefit from flexible & automated DNS templates built into Plesk on any central DNS server you wish to use with it.

Plesk Service Plan Sync tool
Plesk Service Plan Sync tool was developed to help manage service plans and addons changes across unlimited Plesk installations with ease. This extension is a real problem-solver especially for hosting companies that use more than one Plesk installation. This automated tool will help to keep multiple service plans and addons in sync between different installations.

The tool allows to create multiple configurations (for separate Windows/Linux Plesk installations or different installations for different purposes) that consist of Plesk servers. In each configuration you can select source server, that will serve as a source of actual plans & addons configuration. Other Plesk servers within configuration will have plans updated, and missing plans created according to the source plan with a single click of a button.

The Plesk Service Plan Sync tool will track what plans/addons/plan settings are missing or different compared to the source server and show those differences. You can then run a synchronization process and as a result all plans and addons missing will be added to target server and plansand addons with matching names but conflicting configurations will have their configurations updated to match those in source Plesk. Moreover, if you’re syncing Plesk with minor configuration/version/extensions differences you can setup overrides that will be prevented from overwritting when creating/updating plans and addons on this server, as well as when comparing it with target server.

Plesk Service Plan Sync Tool can be of use to you if you want to update your plans in bulk, add new plan to all your installations or add new Plesk installation.

About HostBill
HostBill is a powerful and flexible, all-in-one automation, billing, client management and support platform for online businesses. HostBill handles all aspects of running a successful online business, from client acquisition, through invoicing and payment collection, automated service provisioning and management, to customer service and support. Extensive range of advanced features, multitude of modules and apps and integration with various various control panels, domain registrars, payment gateways, order pages, client panels and more, make it the most comprehensive solution on the market for Hosting, Cloud/IaaS/VPS Solutions Providers, Domain name and SSL Resellers around the globe to automate and manage their online businesses.

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GitHub, the leading software development platform, has launched a number of new features for its enterprise users with the launch of GitHub Enterprise 2.14. When Microsoft acquired GitHub last month for $7.5 billion, CEO Satya Nadella said that the acquisition will expand the adoption of GitHub among enterprise developers. The launch of GitHub Enterprise 2.14 is a step toward that goal. One of the main feature announced is a ‘unified search’ tool that allows developers on GitHub Business Cloud to access public repositories on the service. They can find public content and collaborate with the entire GitHub community without sacrificing security, said GitHub. Previously, the developers on Business Cloud couldn’t access the public open-source repositories on GitHub. The Enterprise 2.14 is a significant update for developers, because most of the open-source software is hosted on GitHub. And the new features will ease access to a very important asset. GitHub Enterprise now also features an…
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The leading datacenter solutions provider QTS Realty Trust has announced a number of new features for QTS Service Delivery Platform (SDP). The new features will provide customers improved transparency, visibility, access and control for IT environments. The QTS SDP platform helps customers to aggregate, analyze, and automate data across IT environments. It was launched last year to enable interaction between customers and data center deployments. With the mobile-first experience that supports iOS and Android apps, the SDP enables a rich user experience. In a recent interview with Daily Host News, Chris Ortbals (EVP of Product Management and Marketing, QTS) said that the SDP is an architectural approach that facilitates service delivery across QTS’ entire hybrid colocation and hyperscale solutions portfolio. The new features in QTS Service Delivery Platform include Power Analytics, Asset Manager, and online ordering of both Cross Connects and Remote Hands and Eyes. “QTS’ Service…
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ASHBURN, VA – Infomart Data Centers, a national wholesale carrier-neutral data center provider, today announced that it has recently completed a new data center suite at its Ashburn facility. The new data center suite is the first of six 10,000-square-foot suites, each with flexible power capacity of up to 3 MW. When complete, the facility will bring up to 18 MW of premium capacity to the Northern Virginia market.

Infomart Ashburn has a rich history dating back to the origin of the commercial Internet when it served as the home of AOL’s email platform. Infomart has invested in a complete refurbishing of the facility’s infrastructure and interior, and much like at its original inception, Infomart Ashburn is once again positioned to offer industry leading mechanical and electrical resiliency. The facility also meets FISMA, NIST, DIACAP, NISPOM and ICD 705 government compliance mandates, providing for the flexibility and security to service the diverse needs of cloud and IT service companies, international and domestic enterprises, federal agencies and systems integrators.


“We are excited to announce that we’re open for business in Northern Virginia,” said Dan Ephraim, Vice President, Infomart. “We’ve worked quickly to bring an industry leading facility to market and consider today the beginning of our commitment to be a leading provider in Northern Virginia.”

Infomart Ashburn provides true 2N+1 IT critical power redundancy, allowing for concurrent maintenance without interruption. The facility features chilled water systems designed to operate at maximum efficiency within the regional climate, hot aisle containment, and ceiling and cold wall plenum. Additionally, through a Building Management System (BMS), Infomart will deliver real-time PUE metrics as well as mechanical and electrical infrastructure information to provide clients with maximum control and performance transparency.

The facility has redundant Meet-Me-Rooms and, as a carrier-neutral provider, is connected to a fiber ring providing access to more than 60 data centers throughout the region. Physical security features include berms, vehicle arresting cables, perimeter fencing, and a gated entrance. Infomart Ashburn also expects to achieve multiple certifications, including SSAE 16 Type I, SSAE 16 SOC 2 Type II, PCI DSS, HIPAA/HITECH, ISO 27001, and the Uptime Institute’s Management & Operations.

To learn more about Infomart Ashburn, visit www.infomartdatacenters.com/locations/Ashburn/.

About Infomart Data Centers
Founded in 2006, Infomart Data Centers is an award-winning industry leader in building, owning, and operating highly efficient, cost-effective wholesale data centers. Each of its national facilities meet or exceed the highest industry standards in all operational categories of availability, security, connectivity, and physical resilience. Recognized for its consistent excellence, Infomart Data Centers is dedicated to maintaining its reputation of reliability and best-in-class management while offering flexible solutions to meet the needs of its clients. Since the company’s inception, Infomart has demonstrated its commitment to environmental responsibility in designing and building energy-efficient and sustainable data centers for performance-driven organizations. Infomart Data Centers offers highly connected wholesale and colocation facilities in three Tier I markets throughout the United States, including San Jose, California; Hillsboro, Oregon; and Ashburn, Virginia.

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DALLAS, TX – DataBank has completed the recertification and authorization of the GSA’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) for its secure, federal CloudPlus platform under both IaaS and PaaS certification categories.

The Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO) audit and validation process leveraged the latest NIST 800-53R4 security framework and validated the IaaS, PaaS, and comprehensive suite of DataBank NIST-compliant security offerings.


The coverage of the Authorization to Operate (ATO) includes traditional IaaS and PaaS services enhanced with fully managed DDoS Protection, Intrusion Detection, Intrusion Prevention, Web Application Firewalls, Antivirus, Host-based Intrusion Prevention, Log Offloading, Configuration Scanning, Patch Management, Dual Factor Authentication (token or PIV/CAC Cards), Backup Services, SynFlood Protection, Load Balancing, CDN, FIPS 140-2 compliant encryption, Compute, Storage, Hypervisor, Network, Internal and External Vulnerability Scanning, SIEM, and 24/7 SOC and NOC operations.

“DataBank’s vision is to become the easiest place to host highly secure mission critical applications,” commented Vlad Friedman, Chief Technology Officer, DataBank. “Our mission is to help transform cloud-enabled FedRAMP/NIST-compliant workloads by delivering increased agility and predictable pricing while eliminating downtime. Backed by a 24/7 SOC and NOC, we go far beyond the typical IaaS boundaries of the hypervisor, diving deep into the PaaS layer for operating systems.”

DataBank’s FedRAMP-Compliant CloudPlus is currently located in Baltimore, MD and Phoenix, AZ with plans for expanding to two more locations by year’s end. The company plans to focus and serve the needs of federal, state, local, and educational organizations, as well as System Integrators and SaaS Providers focused on the federal marketplace.

DataBank also provides Public Cloud Connectivity as a Service, complementing colocation and CloudPlus and allowing secure and redundant 10G connectivity to over 250 public clouds including AWS, Azure, Google, IBM, Dropbox, Office 365, and more. DataBank enables true hybrid deployments of colocation, private CloudPlus, and public cloud workloads all supported by a highly responsive operations group and holistic management portal.

“Our commitment to offering secure cloud services has been validated through this rigorous security assessment, which underscores and further verifies the security of our services, systems, processes, and facilities,” says Mark Houpt, Chief Information Security Officer at DataBank. “DataBank takes a very proactive, consultative approach to our clients’ security and compliance needs.”

The FedRAMP program was created in 2011 to reduce the risks of cloud services and empower government agencies to transform their legacy IT infrastructure to secure, cost-effective cloud solutions. It “provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services,” according to FedRAMP.gov.

DataBank is now compliant with FedRAMP, HIPAA-HITECH, SSAE-18, PCI-DSS, Privacy Shield, GDPR, and more. For more information about DataBank’s FedRAMP Platform, visit https://www.databank.com/solutions/compliant-hosting/fedramp-fisma/.

About DataBank
DataBank is a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, cloud, and connectivity services, offering customers 100% uptime availability of data, applications, and infrastructure. DataBank’s managed data center services are anchored in world-class facilities. Our flexible technology solutions are designed to help customers effectively manage risk, improve their technology performance, and allow them to focus on their core business objectives. DataBank is headquartered in the historic former Federal Reserve Bank Building, in downtown Dallas, TX.

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