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San Diego, CA – ScaleMatrix, the United States’ leading provider of variable density colocation and hybrid hosting services, and DDC™ Cabinet Technology, the organization’s product business, which sells the efficient and feature-rich S-Series Dynamic Density Control™ cabinet platform for a variety of data center uses cases, today announced the acquisition of Instant Data Centers, formerly Elliptical Mobile Solutions, an Arizona based company focused on providing ruggedized micro data centers for the Edge.

“Our DDC S-Series cabinets are among the most advanced data center environmental management and cooling platforms in the world today, offering industry-leading efficiency, density, security, and scalability, but we are cognizant of the demands that IoT, 5G, and AI are creating at the Edge ,” said Chris Orlando, ScaleMatrix Co-Founder and CEO. “Across the spectrum of industries, our clients are increasingly requiring that their IT resources to be closer to where the decision processes and data creation is occurring, especially as artificial intelligence continues to gain traction. In November, we debuted a modular configuration of our DDC S-Series cabinets, which allows users to extend enterprise data center capabilities into places where a data center resources are scarce, or where a data center does not even exist. This offer is seeing success in the field, but the demand to place IT workloads in even more challenging environments continues to evolve, and our acquisition of Instant Data Centers / Elliptical Mobile Solutions sets the stage for us to be able to help customers truly deploy any hardware, at any density, anywhere! ScaleMatrix and DDC now have one of the most robust, full-featured line ups of cabinet technology in the world, ranging from modular platform-scale solutions to highly ruggedized micro-cabinets which can go absolutely anywhere.”


Gavin Miller, CEO of Instant Data Centers commented, “ScaleMatrix and DDC set the standard for advanced, modular data center capabilities, as is evidenced by the rapid growth of their national data center footprint and growing number of enterprise and edge data center installations. The IDC/Elliptical team is thrilled to have been welcomed into the ScaleMatrix and DDC family, and we are excited about the opportunity and breadth of capabilities this transaction creates for our combined customer base. The integration of the IDC product line into the DDC cabinet technology portfolio brings mobility, ruggedization, and variable form factor capabilities to an already powerful line up of modular data center solutions.”

ScaleMatrix Data Centers have enjoyed unmatched capabilities via their exclusive use of the S-Series Dynamic Density Control™ platform. These revolutionary sites were designed from the ground up to support the heavy compute requirements associated with today’s evolving technologies like AI, 5G, and IOT. DDC delivers support for 52kW of power and cooling capabilities, with all of the efficiency of water cooling, while users enjoy the risk-free flexibility of precision, clean-room quality air cooling. The IDC products line will be integrated into the DDC family of solutions under the R-Series designation, emphasizing the lines ruggedized features.

“As we looked to expand in the market,” says Orlando, “adding Instant Data Center’s various EDGE-friendly capabilities seemed like a natural extension of the DDC platform. We now support clients from a 100% unbiased position. With cloud, colocation, enterprise data center, and edge solutions at the ready, we are able to help clients solve IT challenges no matter where they occur. In addition to enhancements in our product line, Mr. Miller has joined the team as our Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of the DDC brand, and is utilizing his strong background in channels to build out a robust partner program allowing existing and future partners access to our innovative solutions”

ScaleMatrix has grown consistently since its inception in 2011. Its existing patent and patent pending S-Series design portfolio, now includes the mobile and ruggedized patents related to the IDC / Elliptical lines, strengthening the organizations market position around modular enclosures as a whole. The company has plans to aggressively expand its data center and cabinet technology businesses, with eyes on global expansion through both direct and partner channels.

About ScaleMatrix
ScaleMatrix delivers colocation, cloud, backup, disaster recovery, and professional support from a national foot-print of variable-density data centers which leverage the future-proof Dynamic Density Control™ (DDC) S-Series cabinet platform to support up to 52kW of thermal density in a single 45U enclosure. With power density and efficiency significantly impacting IT costs, these specialized data centers enable ScaleMatrix to deliver competitively priced high-density colocation and high-performance cloud hosting which provide significant differentiation in today’s ever-changing IT market. By leveraging our innovation and technology, ScaleMatrix clients gain a competitive edge and can scale more efficiently as their business grows. Visit www.scalematrix.com for more information.

About DDC Cabinet Technology
DDC designs and manufactures cabinet and enclosure technologies which enable the deployment of any hardware, at any density, anywhere! The portfolio includes a variety of modular and edge solutions which allow efficient operation of IT hardware in nearly any environment, in either modular or self-contained form factors. The DDC family of products include fire suppression, various security options, shock mounting, extreme environment support, and other key features which ensure the success of any IT deployment, anywhere. To learn more, please visit us at https://www.ddcontrol.com/ and see the new R-Series platform here: https://www.ddcontrol.com/r-series

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Oracle announced the immediate availability of its new data centre in Abu Dhabi, which will offer public cloud applications services to customers in the UAE and wider Middle East. The Abu Dhabi data centre will support the rapid adoption of Oracle Cloud in the UAE and act as a key catalyst for the implementation of UAE’s strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution aimed at building the country’s leadership in education and advanced technology, including artificial intelligence, robotics and genomic medicine.

“By locating a data centre in the UAE, we will be able to better manage service levels and respond to local customers, who, for data governance requirements and other reasons, need to keep their data local,” said Arun Khehar, Senior Vice President – Business Applications, Middle East and Africa, Oracle. “Our customers in the region are excited about this new development. Coupled with Oracle’s unique ability to deliver solutions at every layer of the cloud stack, they firmly believe they can tackle digital disruption head on.”


Top organisations in the UAE continue to drive major digital transformation projects with Oracle Cloud. Etisalat, one of the world’s leading telecommunication groups, is the telecom partner for Oracle’s applications data centre in Abu Dhabi.

“In the past year, we have seen dramatic changes in the industry with digital technologies taking centre stage. Businesses are making investments in futuristic technologies and adapting to these technological changes in their ecosystems”, said Miguel Villalonga, Vice President of Cloud & Data Center, Etisalat Digital. “With digital transformation driving the future, more companies are enabling digital innovation in their business and services. Our collaboration with Oracle complements very well the existing capabilities of Etisalat Digital and will help accelerate this transformation and cloud adoption to further empower government and commercial entities in the region.”

Her Excellency (H.E.) Dr. Rauda Al Saadi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Smart Solutions and Services Authority (ADSSSA), said, “The Authority is sparing no effort in contributing to positioning Abu Dhabi as a global hub for technology and innovation. In line with this, the launch of the new Oracle data centre in Abu Dhabi represents a strong boost towards achieving a digital transformation path, complementing the Abu Dhabi Government Accelerators Programme ‘Ghadan 21’.”

“We are fully aware of the important role that data plays as the key element in driving digital transformation, which requires a strong data system based on the latest technologies and capabilities,” H.E. added. “We therefore attach great importance on the need to strengthen partnerships with leading technology companies to enhance the government services, decision making process, and raising the efficiency of government performance. Our collaboration with Oracle will allow us to double our capabilities across many areas of technology, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and large data analytics.”

Data management represents a cornerstone of the authority’s strategy to develop and manage the data exchange platform, build analysis capabilities, and reinforce private sector participation in the development of this field, she noted. That effort supports the Abu Dhabi Government’s efforts to achieve economic growth and enrich the quality of people’s lives.

About Oracle
The Oracle Cloud offers a complete suite of integrated applications for Sales, Service, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Supply Chain and Manufacturing, plus Highly-Automated and Secure Generation 2 Infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com/middleeast.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced that Mapzen, an open source mapping platform focused on the core components of map display including search and navigation, is a new Linux Foundation project.

Used by organizations such as Eventbrite, Foursquare, Mapbox, The World Bank, Snapchat, HERE Technologies, and Mapillary, Mapzen provides developers with open software and wide-ranging data sets that are customizable and easy to access. Using Mapzen, developers are able to take the open data and build vibrant maps equipped with search and routing services, augment their own libraries and also process data in real-time. This is something not available from conventional, traditionally proprietary mapping or geotracking services.

Launched by mapping industry veterans in 2013 in combination with architects, urban planners, movie makers, and video game developers, Mapzen will continue its mission to provide an open, sustainable and accessible mapping platform.

“Mapzen is excited to join the Linux Foundation and continue our open, collaborative approach to mapping software and data,” said Randy Meech, former CEO of Mapzen and current CEO of StreetCred Labs. “Shared technology can be amazingly powerful, but also complex and challenging. The Linux Foundation knows how to enable collaboration across organizations and has a great reputation for hosting active, thriving software and data projects.”

Mapzen’s services have historically seen upwards of 70,000 registered users. The project portfolio, now operated in the cloud and on-premise by a wide range of organizations, includes:

  • Tangram, a 2D/3D map rendering engine, which enables interactive visualizations in web browsers and on mobile devices. Tangram has over a thousand stars on GitHub and worked together closely with Mapzen’s Tilezen vector tile platform. These high-performance mapping components have ongoing contributions from staff members at Snapchat and HERE Technologies, among other organizations.
  • Valhalla, a routing engine that can plan trips by car, bike, foot, or public transit worldwide. Valhalla offers worldwide support for public transit, when paired with data from Mapzen’s Transitland platform. These mobility projects have ongoing contributions from staff at Mapbox, Mapillary, Interline Technologies, among other organizations.
  • Pelias, a geocoding search engine, has nearly 1,500 stars on GitHub. Pelias provides forward, reverse, and other forms of geocoding against a wide range of datasets, including Mapzen’s Who’s on First gazetteer, an openly licensed gazetteer of millions of places across the world.These search and data projects have ongoing contributions from staff at Cleared for Takeoff, the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Museum, and the New York City Planning Department, among others.

Developers use Mapzen’s open resources and projects to create their own applications or integrate them into other products and platforms. Mapzen’s resources are all open source, so developers are able to build platforms to their liking without the restrictions of data sets put in place by other commercial providers.

“Mapzen is a high-utility technology for developers building aesthetically pleasing maps, which are increasingly important to a wide range of businesses and government agencies. Mapzen’s open approach to software and data has allowed developers and businesses to create innovative location-based applications that have changed our lives,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation. “We look forward to extending Mapzen’s impact even further around the globe in areas like transportation and traffic management, entertainment, photography and more to create new value for companies and consumers.”

In addition to neutral governance, the Linux Foundation will align resources to advance Mapzen’s mission and grow its ecosystem of users and developers. Linux Foundation services range from helping to organize events and working groups to providing marketing support and handling IP and other legal issues as they arise.

Mapzen User Quotes:

“We’ve been using Who’s On First to help power Eventbrite’s new event discovery features since 2017,” said Simon Willison, Engineering Director at Eventbrite. “The gazetteer offers a unique geographical approach which allows us to innovate extensively with how our platform thinks about events and their locations. Mapzen is an amazing project and we’re delighted to see it joining The Linux Foundation.”

“We support Mapzen in its mission to offer open source geolocation technology for developers and organizations around the globe, and we’re happy to see that they’ve joined The Linux Foundation,” said Matt Kamen, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Foursquare. “At Foursquare, we believe that the world needs access to location tech and insights from trusted, independent platforms. Tools like those from Foursquare and Mapzen spur creativity and innovation.”

“HERE is impressed by the quality and flexibility of Mapzen tools and we are excited to see them continuing as a Linux Foundation project,” said Oliver Fink, Director at HERE XYZ. “Tangram and Tilezen are important technologies for HERE XYZ — we look forward to contributing to them and further supporting the open source mapping community.”

“At Interline, we’re proud to continue to provide professional support for many Mapzen software users in the transportation sector,” said Drew Dara-Abrams former Head of Mobility Products at Mapzen and current Principal at Interline Technologies. “Both public transit agencies and private mobility providers see great benefits to open platforms for transit data and multi-modal routing. Interline looks forward to further growing this user-base and to collaborating with others under The Linux Foundation’s umbrella.”

“We use the Mapzen toolbox every single day,” said Jon Schleuss, Data and Graphics Journalist at the Los Angeles Times. “Tangram has empowered our newsroom to make more maps faster. It has given us the ability to create amazing maps from vector data for both online and in our printed newspaper. I am excited to see the future of those tools supported by the open source community.”

“The story of Mapzen demonstrates the genius of open source software,” said Bibiana McHugh, Manager of Mobility & Location-Based Services at TriMet. “The code will continue to flourish through collaboration, community and shared resources, making it the smarter investment for government. TriMet is proud to use Pelias as part of the FTA MOD Sandbox grant project and to continue to collaborate on its development with Cleared for Takeoff.”

About Mapzen
Mapzen is an open and accessible mapping platform that focuses on the core components of geo platforms, including search, rendering, navigation, and data. Founded by map industry veterans in combination with architects, urban planners, movie makers, video game developers, artists and more, Mapzen empowers organizations of all sizes to reimagine what’s possible with cartography today. Mapzen supports the geo community through building tools and collaborating on open source mapping projects.

About the Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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ST. LOUIS – Connectria, a global leader in cloud services, today announced the launch of four new services that allow businesses to run IBM i and AIX workloads alongside workloads in Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

By combining Connectria’s industry leading IBM i Cloud and IBM AIX Cloud with Azure and AWS, Connectria makes it easier for IBM Power Systems Users to safely move all their data center workloads, including legacy applications, to the cloud. Designed to minimize effort and mitigate risks, Connectria’s solutions include full data migration and planning services along with Connectria’s comprehensive 24/7 managed services and security to ensure that its customers’ environments are reliable and secure.


“Adding IBM i and AIX Workloads into Azure and AWS is a game-changer for customers looking to move their workloads to the cloud,” said Rich Waidmann, Connectria’s President and CEO. “Our customers want the flexibility to run the right workloads in the right clouds, but without sacrificing security, compliance, performance, or costs. Our new solutions make this possible. Best of all, they’re available today.”

Every Connectria solution includes the TRiA Multi-Cloud Management Platform, which allows Connectria and its customers to monitor and manage all of their cloud environments from within a single dashboard. With TRiA, customers can address the three biggest challenges when running applications in the cloud: Performance; Security/Compliance, and Cost Optimization.

TRiA continuously gathers data from cloud resources; monitors security, compliance, performance, and costs; identifies anomalies; creates events; and notifies Connectria’s 24/7 Command Center when intervention is needed. Using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, the evaluation and resolution of many events happens automatically and quickly. The result is a best-practice approach to managing mission critical workloads in the cloud across a wide range of systems.

“The vast majority of the CIOs and CTOs we talk to don’t want to replace their core business applications running on IBM i or AIX, just so that they can move to the cloud,” said Rusty Putzler, Chief Operating Officer at Connectria. “But they do want the benefits of the cloud in terms of flexibility, scalability, and avoiding capital outlays for equipment and data centers. Our solutions enable this, and bring the benefits of AWS and Azure to IBM i and IBM AIX customers under one umbrella.

All four solutions are immediately available from Connectria.

About Connectria
Connectria is the first and largest IBM i and IBM AIX Cloud provider in North America, and the only company to support AWS, Azure, GCP, IBM i, AIX, and VMware clouds. Founded in 1996, Connectria (connectria.com) has provided award-winning cloud hosting, remote monitoring, and cloud security for more than 1,000 customers in 35 countries worldwide. At the core of Connectria is our No Jerks Allowed® company philosophy, where every employee goes “the extra mile” to take care of our customers. Being The Jerk Free Company® extends beyond our people too. We’re easy to do business with through flexible terms, scalable solutions, and straight-forward pricing to meet the technology needs of organizations of all sizes.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – DreamHost®, a global leader in web hosting and Managed WordPress services, is pleased to announce its commitment to the principles outlined in a “Contract for the Web” created by the inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

The full text of the contract, designed to hold governments, companies, and citizens of the world to keeping the internet accessible and safe to all while minimizing misinformation and human indignity, is slated to be complete in May 2019. By that time fully half of the world’s population is expected to have access to the internet. Berners-Lee and his World Wide Web Foundation are currently asking governments, companies, and individuals to commit to the contracts’ outlined principles.


“When we first learned of the ‘Contract for the Web,’ signing on in support of its principles was imperative,” said Brett Dunst, DreamHost’s vice president of corporate communications. “These principles represent views and practices that have been ingrained in DreamHost’s culture since our earliest days. DreamHost has always been passionate about an Open Web that values safety, privacy, and accessibility — that’s what this contract is fighting for.”

Joining entities like Google, Facebook, and Cloudflare, DreamHost is one of the first in the Managed WordPress world to sign on in support of the “Contract for the Web’s” principles. In the future, Berners-Lee and his World Wide Web Foundation are hopeful that the contract’s principles could eventually be adopted by the United Nations or the G7. The contract is sponsored and promoted as a part of the Foundation’s “For the Web” campaign.

“Supporting a free and open web just makes sense. Something as powerful as the web requires constant protection, and this contract represents a strong step in that direction. Providing affordable access, respect for personal information, and embracing empowering technologies…these are not unreasonable or difficult things to offer. These principles ensure that the web will continue to work for humanity, not against it,” said Dunst. “The internet is our present and our future, and DreamHost will always do its part in ensuring it’s open and safe for all users.”

The principles can be found on https://contractfortheweb.org/ where internet users are being encouraged to sign on behalf of themselves and their businesses.

About DreamHost
DreamHost is a premier Managed WordPress hosting provider, giving over 400,000 businesses, developers and content creators worldwide the tools they need to own their digital presence. Powered by a strong team of industry experts with nearly two decades of advanced web experience, DreamHost is a leader in Managed WordPress hosting. Supporting the open source community with dedicated resources and top-tier talent, DreamHost believes in the power of the Open Web and the people that make it happen. Founded in 1997, DreamHost has offices in Los Angeles and Orange County, California and in Portland, Oregon.

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The leading self-driving cloud provider ZeroStack is adding AI-as-a-service capability to its platform. With the new capability, the company will enable its customers to provide one-click deployment of GPU resources and deep learning frameworks to users. Enterprises and MSPs leverage ZeroStack platform to automate cloud infrastructure, applications, and operations. It allows them to focus on services that accelerate their businesses, simplify operations, and reduce costs. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning solutions are trending today, and reshaping the experiences in computing. With the availability of modern machine learning and deep learning frameworks like TensorFlow, PyTorch, and MXNet, the AI applications have become more viable than ever. However, enterprises and MSPs often find it difficult to deploy, configure, and execute the AI frameworks and tools. Also, it becomes complicated to manage their inter-dependencies, versioning, and compatibility with servers and…
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