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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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SEATTLE – Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced that it plans to open an infrastructure region in the Middle East by early 2019. The new AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region will consist of three Availability Zones at launch. Currently, AWS provides 44 Availability Zones across 16 infrastructure regions worldwide, with another 14 Availability Zones, across five AWS Regions in China, France, Hong Kong, Sweden, and a second GovCloud Region in the U.S. expected to come online by the end of 2018. AWS today also announced it will launch an AWS Edge Network Location in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the first quarter of 2018. This will bring Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Route 53, AWS Shield, and AWS WAF to the region and adds to the 78 points of presence AWS has around the world. For more information on AWS’s global infrastructure, go to https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/global-infrastructure/.

“As countries in the Middle East look to transform their economies for generations to come, technology will play a major role, and the cloud will be in the middle of that transformation,” said Andy Jassy, CEO, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Some of the most gratifying parts of operating AWS over the last 11 years have been helping thousands of new companies get started, empowering large enterprises to reinvent their customer experiences, and allowing governments and academic institutions to innovate for citizens again. We look forward to making this happen across the Middle East.”


This announcement has been welcomed by political leaders and royal families in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. Countries across the Middle East are looking to innovate, grow their economies, and pursue their vision plans, such as Saudi Vision 2030, UAE Vision 2021, and Bahrain Vision 2030, and cloud technology will be key in helping them achieve this. His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain, First Deputy Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, commented, “Today’s announcement is a significant moment for Bahrain and the region. For the Kingdom, the expansion of regional cloud capacity builds upon a business environment that is already driving innovation and entrepreneurship, using technology to accelerate economic diversification in Bahrain. Through improved efficiencies, access to new career opportunities, and helping to enhance the delivery of government services, this marks further realization of the principles of sustainability, fairness, and competitiveness that form the core of Bahrain’s 2030 Vision.”

H.E. Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, said of the news, “AWS’s commitment to expanding its presence into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, from Bahrain, is a major enabler for technology and data-driven business across the GCC. This will benefit global corporates, SMEs, entrepreneurs, and governments alike. The ability to store and share data at speeds the Gulf has never experienced before has the potential to help companies gain competitive advantage, allowing them to compete more effectively at a global level. Amazon Web Services is delivering the Middle East a world class service. With such a young, technologically adept, and growing population, the Gulf is well positioned to drive innovation in mobile applications and digital services. I am very eager to see how our region’s entrepreneurs will make use of this exciting opportunity.”

AWS Investing in the Middle East

AWS is growing its presence in the Middle East bringing offices, staff, education, training, startup support, and other investments to the region. In January 2017, AWS opened offices to serve its rapidly growing customer base with a presence in Dubai, UAE and Manama, Bahrain. These offices have been established with teams of account managers, solutions architects, partner managers, professional services consultants, support staff, and various other functions for customers to engage with AWS.

Another investment AWS is making for its customers in the Middle East, and around the world, is to run its business in the most environmentally friendly way. An important criteria in launching the AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region is the opportunity to power it with renewable energy. AWS chose Bahrain in part due to the country’s focus on executing renewable energy goals and its proposal to construct a new solar power facility to meet AWS’s power needs. The Bahrain Electricity and Water Authority expects to bring the 100 MW solar farm online in 2019, making it the country’s first utility-scale renewable energy project. For more information on AWS’s commitment to sustainability, go to https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/sustainability/.

AWS also announced that it is supporting the advancement of technology education across the Middle East making AWS Training and Certification programs available to customers. In the education sector, AWS is supporting the development of technology and cloud computing skills at local universities through the AWS Educate program, providing students and educators with the resources needed to accelerate cloud-related learning. This program is now available for students attending institutions such as King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, the Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE, Bahrain Polytechnic, University of Bahrain, as well as Oman College of Management and Technology, the Jordan University of Science and Technology, and many others across the region.

To support the growth of new business, AWS works with incubators and accelerators in the Middle East to provide resources to startups through the AWS Activate program. In Saudi Arabia, AWS works with the Badir Program for Technology Incubators and Accelerators at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) to provide startups with access to technology resources as well as expert advice, education, and training to help promote Saudi youth entrepreneurship and grow new businesses in the Kingdom. To help new businesses across the Middle East go global, AWS also works with a number of local and international accelerators and incubators active in the region such as AstroLabs in the UAE, Cloud 10 Scalerator in Bahrain, as well as 500 Startups, Startupbootcamp, and Techstars, providing training, AWS credits, in-person technical support, and other benefits.

Middle Eastern Organizations Increasingly Moving to AWS

Organizations across the Middle East – in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, and other countries – are increasingly moving their mission-critical applications to AWS. Startups in the region choosing AWS as the foundation for their business include Alpha Apps, Anghami, Blu Loyalty, Cequens, DevFactory, Dubizzle, Fetchr, Genie9, Mawdoo3.com, Namshi, OneGCC, Opensooq.com, Payfort, Tajawal, and Ubuy, as well as Middle Eastern Unicorn Careem, the leading ride-hailing service in the MENA region. Careem runs all of its operations on AWS and over the past five years has grown 10 times its current size each year. “It is great news that AWS is opening a Region in the Middle East,” said Magnus Olsson, chief experience officer and co-founder of Careem. “We have been all-in on AWS since we launched in 2012 and using the scalability of the cloud has helped us to cope with rapid growth. After starting in Dubai, we now serve over 12 million commuters in 80 cities across the Middle East and North Africa, including Turkey and Pakistan – this would not have been possible without AWS. The new AWS infrastructure Region in the Middle East gives us the opportunity to experiment with new Internet of Things (IoT) technologies that, in the future, will give us the ability to run a fleet of self-driving Careem cars comfortably and safely taking passengers to their destinations.”

Some of the Middle East’s most historic and established enterprises are moving mission critical applications to AWS. Enterprises such as Actel, Al Tayer Group, Batelco, flydubai, Hassan Allam, Silah Gulf, Union Insurance, and the United Arab Shipping Company are using AWS to drive cost savings, accelerate innovation, and speed time-to-market. One successful business that used AWS to grow is eCommerce provider SOUQ.com. “AWS has been key to our success throughout our journey of exponential growth in the MENA region,” said Ronaldo Mouchawar, CEO and Co-Founder of SOUQ.com. “Businesses in the region need robust technologies to both scale rapidly and provide world class service to their customers. With innovation being the main focus on the region’s national agenda, the advent of the world’s largest provider of cloud computing in the region is great news for everyone. This will help support the growing demand for cloud technologies as well as accelerate business expansions and success, regionally and around the world.”

Another enterprise using AWS is Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC), the largest private media company in the Middle East, delivering Arab language content to over 150 million people across the Middle East and North Africa. “AWS has been critical in our digital transformation initiatives,” said Joe Igoe, MBC’s Group Director of Technical Operations. “Knowing we will have AWS infrastructure close to our viewers is invaluable for us. AWS has helped us speed up innovation and rapidly expand into a wider range of scalable and reliable digital services, such as our Video on Demand platform, Shahid.net. During the holy month of Ramadan, TV viewership spikes dramatically. This year, we successfully scaled our online platform to support a massive increase in traffic and delivered hundreds of thousands of concurrent video streams and dozens of petabytes of content to our viewers.”

Government organizations are also working with AWS to lower costs and better serve citizens in the region, including the Bahrain Institute of Public Administration which has moved their Learning Management System to AWS, reducing costs by over 90 percent. Another government organization using AWS is the Kingdom of Bahrain Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA). The iGA is in charge of moving all government services online and is responsible for ICT governance and procurement for the Bahrain government. Earlier this year the iGA launched a cloud first policy, requiring all new government ICT procurement to evaluate cloud-based services first. Mohamed Al Qaed, Chief Executive of Kingdom of Bahrain iGA, said of the announcement, “AWS forms the backbone of our digital government initiatives so the news that an AWS Region is coming to our country is warmly welcomed by us. Through adopting a cloud first policy, we have helped to reduce the government procurement process for new technology from months to less than two weeks. We are in the process of migrating 700 servers with more than 50 TB of data to AWS with the goal of decommissioning our hosting platform by the end of 2017. We have also started to migrate systems of national significance, such as our Bahrain Data Locator, and supporting other entity system migrations, like the Ministry of Education LMS that has 149,000 users, with more planned on the way. As we move more mission critical workloads to AWS, we look forward to even greater efficiencies and being able to complete our mission to become eGovernment & ICT Pioneers.”

In addition to established enterprises, government organizations, and rapidly growing startups, AWS also has a vibrant AWS Partner Network (APN) across the Middle East, including APN Partners that have built cloud practices and innovative technology solutions on AWS. APN Consulting and Technology Partners in the Middle East are helping customers to migrate to the cloud include Al Moayyed Computers, Batelco, C5, du, DXC Technology, Falcon 9, Infonas, Integra Technologies, ITQAN Cloud, Human Technologies, Kaar Technologies, Navlink, Redington, Zain, and many others. For companies looking to join the APN or for the full list of members please visit: https://aws.amazon.com/partners/.

About Amazon Web Services
For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid and enterprise applications, from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world monthly – including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies – to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about

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AUSTIN, TX – OnRamp Access, LLC, a leading high security and compliant hosting provider, is proud to announce the launch of its purpose-built, HITRUST-certified virtual private cloud (VPC) built on OpenStack® open-source software. OnRamp’s on-demand HITRUST Virtual Private Cloud helps organizations control costs, remain agile, and improve their compliance posture. It offers the ease of use of a public cloud—including capabilities like utility billing and self-service provisioning—with the security of a private cloud.

“OnRamp’s Virtual Private Cloud allows IT teams and DevOps to quickly meet market demands by deploying highly elastic environments that are secured to HITRUST standards. We built unique features into the product that solve common cloud challenges,” said OnRamp VP of Product Toby Owen.


For instance, users can control costs using capped resource usage, eliminate vendor lock-in through open-source APIs, and deploy even the most sensitive workloads with secure volume encryption. The virtual private cloud delivers a logically isolated environment that lets you retain control of your private networks, virtual machines, and storage, without the need for you to manage the infrastructure. And you can apply and maintain security settings for your entire environment with a dynamic policy engine.

“In a landscape of growing threats and increasing fines for non-compliance, it’s exciting to see OnRamp extend OpenStack’s use to meet healthcare security and compliance needs,” says Mark Collier, COO of the OpenStack Foundation. “One of our themes at the 2017 OpenStack Summit in Boston was the triad of cost, compliance, and capability. OnRamp’s VPC is a great example of how the community is moving OpenStack software into use cases that highlight those three Cs.”

“Launching our HITRUST-certified Virtual Private Cloud is just one of the ways OnRamp demonstrates our commitment to our customers’ needs for security, compliance and flexibility. We implement regimented processes and secure our facilities to meet stringent standards, and in turn, are able to share those benefits with our customers. OnRamp customers gain peace of mind knowing that all their systems, from their development environment to their mission critical apps, are supported by OnRamp’s systematic administrative, technical, logical and physical safeguards,” says OnRamp CEO Lucas Braun.

Concurrent to the product launch, the company achieved its Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) Common Security Framework (CSF) Certification. HITRUST CSF is the most widely recognized security accreditation in the healthcare industry, employing controls from several major security and standards bodies —HIPAA, PCI, ISO, NIST and others—to protect confidential data and critical assets.

With the HITRUST certification, OnRamp now delivers a suite of HITRUST-certified services, with secure-by-default configurations that save customers time and resources.

For more information about OnRamp’s HITRUST-certified VPC and other secure hosting options, visit http://www.onr.com.

About OnRamp
OnRamp is a leading HITRUST-certified data center services company that guides businesses through the complexities of data security and compliance. Our solutions help organizations in healthcare, financial services and education services meet compliance standards including HIPAA, PCI, SOX, FISMA and FERPA. OnRamp operates multiple, enterprise-class SSAE16/AICPA SOC 2 Type 2 data centers, where we deploy hybrid computing solutions that enable our customers to blend secure cloud computing, managed hosting and colocation service to best meet their unique requirements. Having consulted with thousands of businesses on their security and compliance needs, our team’s consultative approach helps you develop the right mix of solutions to free your resources to focus on agility and differentiation in your industry. Visit us at http://www.onr.com or contact us at 888.667.2660 for more info.

About HITRUST
Founded in 2007, the HITRUST Alliance, a not for profit, was born out of the belief that information protection should be a core pillar of, rather than an obstacle to, the broad adoption of health information systems and exchanges. HITRUST—in collaboration with public and private healthcare technology, privacy and information security leaders—has championed programs instrumental in safeguarding health information and managing information risk while ensuring consumer confidence in the organizations that create, store or exchange their information. HITRUST develops, maintains and provides broad access to its common risk and compliance management and de-identification frameworks. For more information, visit http://www.HITRUSTalliance.net.

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DUBLIN, IRELAND – 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 its participation at Datacloud Ireland, taking place 21 September, 2017 at the Convention Centre, Dublin. Addressing an often-misunderstood subject, Host in Ireland Founder and President, Garry Connolly, as a Special Intelligence Session moderator, will join industry experts to explore the economic benefits associated with an increase in digital assets hosting throughout Ireland. In addition, Mr. Connolly will chair a panel session discussing the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on organisations throughout the region.

“More than a quarter of the gross domestic product of Ireland is from software and data-related services, underpinned by Irish data centres and colocation facilities,” shares Mr. Connolly. “The data hosting industry plays a critical role in Ireland’s economic development, creating a wealth of new employment opportunities as Ireland continues to attract major multinational companies seeking an optimal location to host their digital assets. As the data hosting sector continues to grow throughout the country, this conference will provide an opportunity for the industry’s most influential players to work in tandem to advance the data hosting industry, while educating the greater community on why digital assets hosting is important to the growth of the Irish economy.”


“Unfortunately, many people throughout Ireland don’t grasp the full value of digital hosting as it relates to job creation and economic development, failing to see beyond the mere physical construction of data center facilities,” Mr. Connolly adds. “To judge the data industry from that perspective would be akin to measuring the effect of the agricultural industry based on a field of hay. Similarly, the economic and job multiplier effects of data hosting extend well beyond the tangible infrastructure.”

On Thursday, 21 September, at 9:40 a.m., Mr. Connolly will join an esteemed group of national and international data protection specialists as the moderator of the Special Intelligence Session, “GDPR Mastered.” This session will explore the overall impact of the GDPR on the creation, retention and distribution of data, as well as the effects that it will have on data hosting throughout Ireland and the European Union.

In addition, later that morning, at 10:15 a.m., Mr. Connolly will chair the panel session “The Brave New World of GDPR,” featuring Ireland’s Deputy Data Protection Commissioner and representatives from NetApp, Frontier Privacy and Compuware. As companies evolve to comply with GDPR legislation, these changes bring about a host of new concerns, as well as opportunities. During this session, panelists will discuss the opportunities and challenges that the GDPR will have on all global companies and their relationship with the data of EU citizens.

“At its core, the GDPR is designed to help organisations gain increased focus on the privacy and security of EU citizens’ data,” remarks Mr. Connolly. “I am very much looking forward to joining other industry leaders as we explore ways to increase awareness of the implications of the GDPR, as well as educate attendees on how companies will need to ‘up their game’ in advance of when the regulation goes into effect on 25 May 2018, to ensure compliance before it’s too late.”

Alongside premier partners CBRE, EdgeConneX®, Equinix, Future-tech, Keppel Data Centres, Mercury Engineering, Primary Integration and Siemens, Host in Ireland will also be a featured organisation in the “Irish Pavilion,” an exhibit focused on the advantages of the Irish hosting ecosphere.

Datacloud Ireland will bring together international enterprises, local providers, investment agencies and power supply companies as a platform for networking, education and collaboration among hosting industry professionals. The forum highlights the unique value of data centre, cloud and IT infrastructure across Ireland, which has become the gateway to Europe for multinational businesses.

If you would like to set up a meeting with Host in Ireland at Datacloud Ireland 2017, please email hostinireland@imillerpr.com. To learn more about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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 attractive fiscal structures, access to a skilled workforce and full support of the U.S. Safe Harbor and Patriot Acts — ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small. For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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