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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Xen Project, a project hosted at The Linux Foundation, today announced Bitdefender, a leading global cybersecurity technology company protecting 500 million users worldwide, is a new Advisory Board member. The Xen Project Advisory Board consists of major cloud companies, virtualization providers, enterprises, and silicon vendors, among others, that advise and support the development of Xen Project software for cloud computing, embedded, IoT use-cases, automotive and security applications.

The Xen Project hypervisor is the number one choice for security-first environments due to its architecture, advanced security features, and extensive security disclosure process. Xen Project code provides the basis for security solutions from companies such as A1Logic, Bitdefender, Bromium, Dornerwork, Qubes OS, Star Lab, and Zentific. Its security process earned a Core Infrastructure Initiative Badge, and has been emulated by several open source projects, including OpenStack, OPNFV, and OpenDaylight.


With its Corporate HQ in Bucharest and Enterprise HQ in Santa Clara, Bitdefender protects half a billion users every day and works with large enterprises, SMEs, government organizations, and private individuals across more than 150 countries. It provides solutions for each customer’s specific security needs, and uses open source technology to address the new security needs of today.

Bitdefender and Citrix created the first commercial application of the Xen Project hypervisor’s Virtual Machine Introspection (VMI) infrastructure. VMI is an ideal API for developers building and monitoring security applications. The hardware-assisted VMI protects against intrusion and malware attacks adding an extra layer of security. It has been used to spot some of the newer military-grade cyber weapons, like EternalBlue.

According to Shaun Donaldson, Director of Strategic Alliances at Bitdefender, “Security insights gained from the Xen Project hypervisor VMI capabilities has revolutionized security. Instead of being reactive to what is occurring, security can be a proactive effort by using the architecture of virtualization to bridge the context gap.”

Donaldson went on to say, “We enjoyed working with the Xen Project as a contributor, and are pleased to now be an Advisory Board member. We look forward to contributing to the creation and extension of security capabilities, building on examples like VMI, within the Xen Project framework.”

“Security companies look to use the Xen Project hypervisor as its architecture can help mitigate security risks through use of sandboxing techniques, security features like VMI, KCONFIG and Live Patching, and extensive security process,” said Lars Kurth, advisory chairperson for the Xen Project. “Bitdefender is the first security company to join the Xen Project board, and we are excited to increase our expertise and practice in the security space to continue our momentum here and expand to other security-first companies.”

Bitdefender joins 10 advisory board members who are committed to the market and technical success of the Xen Project hypervisor. Member involvement includes financial support, technical contributions, and high-level policy guidance.

About Xen Project
Xen Project software is an open source virtualization platform licensed under the GPLv2 with a similar governance structure to the Linux kernel. Designed from the start for cloud computing, the Project has more than a decade of development and is being used by more than 10 million users. A project at The Linux Foundation, the Xen Project community is focused on advancing virtualization in a number of different commercial and open source applications including server virtualization, Infrastructure as a Services (IaaS), desktop virtualization, security applications, embedded and hardware appliances. It counts many industry and open source community leaders among its members including: Alibaba, Amazon Web Services, AMD, Arm, Bitdefender, Cavium, Citrix, Huawei, Intel, Oracle, and Qualcomm. For more information about the Xen Project software and to participate, please visit XenProject.org.

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DUBLIN – Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, today announces the release of a new report, “Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2017.” The research study, created in collaboration with Bitpower and partly-funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), examines the opportunities and challenges associated with the digital asset hosting industry in Ireland.

The report also attempts to establish a baseline of the size, by category and sustainability, of Ireland’s data centre industry, addressing the scale of energy in use, requested and predicted over the period from 2017 to 2024. In 2016, the total energy use for all operational data centres in Ireland was estimated to be 1.40 TWh. Ireland’s total electricity use in 2016 was 27.6 TWh. By way of illustration, the world’s data centres used 416.2 TWh in 2016, of which Ireland’s data centre energy use represented 0.34 percent of the industry total. By analysing the different types of data centres, and documenting the energy efficiency and best practices in data centre design and operations, the report will act as a useful reference for policymakers when looking to provide context to the growing global requirement for data centres, as a “Connected Planet” becomes a reality.


“Data has a much higher economic value than the energy that powers it, and all stakeholders should recognise this when trying to evaluate the sustainability of the data centre industry in Ireland,” comments David McAuley, Founder and CEO, Bitpower, and Host in Ireland Advisory Council member. “As ‘Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2017’ report indicates, collaboration between data centre operators, state utilities and agencies, and renewable energy developers will be key to maintaining Ireland’s position as a Tier 1 global location for hosting and participating in the next wave of growth.”

To download a copy of “Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2017” report, click here: http://hostinireland.com/resources/irelands-data-hosting-industry-2017-report

About Host in Ireland
Host in Ireland, winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information about Ireland’s digital asset hosting ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU. There’s a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland. Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the “5 Ps”: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power. On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market. Ireland supports this initiative through its pro-business approach, attractive corporate tax and fiscal structures, common law based legal system, continued investment in off-Island fiber cables to the U.S. and Europe, financial support for data centre energy efficiency, and access to a skilled native English-speaking workforce – ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small. For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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(Bloomberg) — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to gut Obama-era net neutrality rules calls for handing off the job of policing broadband service to an agency with different powers and a different mandate.
Giving the Federal Trade Commission oversight for the web can make sense from Pai's perspective: It's a consumer-protection agency that already has taken action against high-speed internet providers.
See also: AT&T Suit Shows Web Has Enough Rules, Open Internet Foes Say
But, there's a key difference: The FCC sets rules designed to prevent bad behavior, while the FTC acts after wrongdoing has occurred. That distinction has become a flash point in the debate over Pai's proposal, which would change the way the government regulates the internet with far-reaching implications for a host of industries.
Opponents say that reactive nature means the trade commission is too slow to oversee the rapidly evolving digital economy.
"It's not adequate," said Gigi Sohn, who helped write the current net neutrality rules as an FCC aide in 2015. "If you wait for a case to be through, you can be out of business."
Others say Pai is bringing a powerful watchdog into the fray.
"There's no doubt they can bring cases," said Roslyn Layton, a visiting scholar with the American Enterprise Institute policy group in Washington. "The FTC has the right people" including economists "used to looking at all kinds of new arrangements" to
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PORTLAND – Infomart Data Centers, a national wholesale data center provider, announces today that its Portland data center has achieved LEED Platinum® certification, the highest rating offered by the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC). Infomart Portland is the first data center in Oregon and among a select few in the nation to become LEED Platinum certified by the USGBC‘s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™) rating system, the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of high-performance green buildings.

“Achieving the highest LEED distinction reinforces Infomart’s leadership in building and operating sustainable data centers, including one of the most efficient facilities in the world in Infomart Portland,” says John Sheputis, President, Infomart Data Centers. “Every facility we have built since 2008 has been LEED Gold certified. Achieving LEED Platinum certification in Oregon demonstrates our increasing commitment to sustainability and making responsible choices about energy procurement — even when the cost is more than the higher-carbon alternative. We’re proud to continue meeting our customers’ environmental and IT performance goals through choice, openness, data transparency and collaboration.”


LinkedIn is the principle tenant for the latest phase of construction that received the LEED Platinum certification. LinkedIn staff worked with Infomart and the company’s key contractors to design and deliver the award-winning project. DPR Construction served as general contractor and was supported by McKinstry and Rosendin Electric for mechanical and electrical systems, along with Jackson Main as the project architect.

Infomart Portland achieved LEED Platinum certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The facility uses Direct Access rights to source power from the leading producer of hydro-electric power in the U.S., the Bonneville Power Administration. As a Direct Access purchaser of power, Infomart chooses the energy mix and suppliers for the data center, achieving a 96 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions when compared to the national utility average and providing customers with low-carbon power at rates below the local utility tariffs.

“Achieving LEED certification is more than implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, Infomart Data Centers demonstrates their environmentally conscious leadership through their LEED certification of Infomart Portland.”

Infomart Portland is one of the most efficient data centers in the United States, boasting a 99 percent efficient Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.16 in full economization mode, 100 percent aisle containment, and natural cooling methods to run the facility at least 70 percent of the year. Infomart Portland was also the first data center environment in which the user and landlord collaborated to achieve Uptime Institute’s Efficient IT Certification, which certifies sustainable leadership in IT operation, evidencing better control of how resources are both consumed and allocated. Additionally, the facility holds the Uptime Institute Management & Operations (M&O) “Stamp of Approval,” which verifies that Infomart’s critical facilities management continues to be among the best in the world.

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

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 four Tier I markets throughout the United States, including San Jose, Calif.; Hillsboro, Ore.; Dallas; and Ashburn, Va. For more information, please visit www.infomartdatacenters.com.

About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org

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BURLINGTON, MA – Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud IT data protection, today announced the availability of Acronis Data Cloud — a unified platform for all current and future cloud-based services that Acronis is bringing to the market for service providers.

Integrating Acronis Data Cloud, service providers receive immediate access to all the available solutions, without the complexity of integrating each service separately:


Acronis Backup Cloud — the world’s number one backup-as-a-service solution for service providers. Acronis Backup Cloud supports more than 20 data sources, has the capacity to block ransomware with Acronis Active Protection, allows for backup from anywhere and recovery however required and is capable of certifying data with blockchain-based Acronis Notary. Popularity of this service drove the 100% YoY sales growth and 400% YoY increase in the amount of the protected data stored in the Acronis Cloud (September 2017).

Acronis Disaster Recovery Cloud (Partner Preview) — a turnkey, self-service solution, built upon Acronis Backup Cloud, that lets service providers instantly recover their customers’ critical IT systems, applications, and data, utilizing the Acronis’ cloud infrastructure.

Acronis Files Cloud — enterprise file sync and share solution that simplifies the management of the shared data while meeting the strictest security requirements of a modern business. It removes the risks associated with using public file sync and share services by allowing service providers to control data storage location. It addresses the need of modern businesses for secure file access, sync and share — something that has been validated by a 200% YoY growth in sales.

Easy way to retain customers and increase Average Revenue per User (ARPU)

Acronis Data Cloud brings shared management and easy integration into major business automation systems such as Odin Automation, Hostbill, ConnectWise Automate, Autotask, and WHMCS (full list can be found at https://www.acronis.com/en-us/cloud/service-provider/platform/integrations). Unified usage reporting, shared policy engine and common API allow service providers to offer more products without modifying their existing processes.

Availability of multiple services within the same platform allows partners to monetize their relationships with customers, making it easy to sell more, cross-sell, and bundle. Acronis Data Cloud helps service providers to increase ARPU and reduce churn. Acronis Data Cloud can also be branded with a logo and corporate colors, further establishing service provider’s position in the market.

Acronis Data Cloud is great value. Not only it’s easy to deploy, it also requires no initial investment and can be operated with zero CAPEX, based on a transparent pay-as-you-go licensing. Whatever the business model, Acronis Data Cloud can fit the bill. It supports any offer packaging, any type of deployment, including on-premise, cloud or hybrid, and almost any pricing model.

“Since deploying Acronis Backup Cloud a year ago, our deployment of the software has decreased our support costs significantly by consolidating multiple products into one. The enhanced platform provides even more functionality and control over customer data with disaster recovery and file sync & share solutions. Acronis is not only a great cloud operator but also a great business partner,” said JD Helms, President, CloudJumper.

Acronis Storage

Based on Acronis hybrid cloud architecture, Acronis Data Cloud is also closely integrated with Acronis Storage, giving service providers freedom to choose where to store the protected data. Installing Acronis Storage in their infrastructure, they bring the functionality of Acronis Cloud to their own datacenter, offering secure storage capacity closer to their customers.

Acronis Storage offers universal access over multiple protocols iSCSI, S3, Acronis Backup Gateway, NFS, and SMB/CIFS and VTL coming soon in 2018. Acronis CloudRAID technology provides seamless scalability for redundancy, Blockchain-based Acronis Notary allows data certification and validation. With new capabilities available to service providers every quarter, Acronis ensures that the constantly evolving customer needs are covered.

“Acronis is a cloud company with 100% partner focus. Whatever we do in the cloud space, we do it with partners. Acronis’ solutions help service providers to monetize their customer relationships by offering all the data protection services their customers need,” said John Zanni, President of Acronis.

To find out more how Acronis Data Cloud can help you grow your business, visit: https://www.acronis.com/en-us/cloud/service-provider/platform
To become Acronis partner, please visit: https://www.acronis.com/en-us/partners/

About Acronis
Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud IT data protection through its backup, ransomware Active Protection, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, fast, complete and affordable data protection of all files, applications and operating systems across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud, mobile and applications. Founded in 2003 in Singapore, with global headquarters in Switzerland, Acronis protects the data of more than 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 150 countries and 20 languages. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products are consistently named best product of the year and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning, and replication. Today, Acronis solutions are available worldwide through a global network of service providers, distributors, and cloud resellers. Learn more at acronis.com.

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IRVINE, CA – Cloud 9 Hosting, a leading provider of Web hosting services has started to accept Bitcoin, the world’s most widely used digital currency, as a form of payment for its web hosting and VPS services.

CTO Matt Dubois believes the move is a positive step in support of emerging technologies and entrepreneur communities across various industries. “Our major aim has always been and continues to be to support high-tech entrepreneurs,” Dubois stated, adding that the move is perfectly aligned with the company’s mission to stay ahead of the curve as an early adopter and forward thinker who embraces new technology. “Technology is changing how we do business. Cryptocurrency is the next big thing in the payment industry and as a market leader we want to keep leading from the front,” he continued.

Cloud 9 Hosting joins several other top online brands that currently accept Bitcoin, including Overstock, NewEgg, Expedia, Shopify Stores, WordPress, Microsoft, Reddit and Bloomberg.

Bitcoins are fast taking over the cryptocurrency marketplace. By allowing their customers to pay for services with Bitcoins, Cloud 9 Hosting is giving its customers both the flexibility and reduced payment processing costs that come with this payment option.

What to know about Bitcoin?

It is a distributed peer-to-peer payment system based on a fully digital currency. To acquire Bitcoin, you need to create a Bitcoin wallet on a Bitcoin payment network such as BitPay or Coinbase. You can then use the Bitcoins you’ve acquired in this account (wallet) to pay for goods and services by sending them directly to the other Bitcoin user (Cloud 9 Hosting in this case).

Bitcoin users can make payments easily from anywhere in the world using PCs or mobile devices. The method is instant and secure.

About Cloud 9 Hosting
Cloud 9 Hosting is a full-service provider of web hosting and virtual private server services. The company has been in business since 2008. It does a rigorous fraud check and requires clients to have verified identities as it specializes in compliant hosting for various high-security industries. The company has a longstanding policy to create an environment that supports tech startups and entrepreneur communities, and provides customer support 24 hours a day.

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