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SEATTLE – Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), announced the availability of C5 instances, the next generation of compute optimized instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Designed for compute-heavy applications like batch processing, distributed analytics, high-performance computing (HPC), ad serving, highly scalable multiplayer gaming, and video encoding, C5 instances feature 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon Scalable processors (Skylake-SP) up to 72 vCPUs, and 144 GiB of memory—twice the vCPUs and memory of previous generation C4 instances—providing the best price-performance of any Amazon EC2 instance. To get started with C5 instances, visit: https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/c5/.

Optimized to deliver the right combination of CPU, memory, storage, and networking capacity for a wide range of workloads, all latest generation Amazon EC2 instance families—including C5—feature AWS hardware acceleration that delivers consistent, high performance, low latency networking and storage resources. C5 instances provide networking through the Elastic Network Adapter (ENA), a scalable network interface built by AWS to provide direct access to its networking hardware. Additional dedicated hardware and network bandwidth for Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) enables C5 instances to offer high performance storage through the scalable NVM Express (NVMe) interface. C5 instances introduce a new, lightweight hypervisor that allows applications to use practically all of the compute and memory resources of a server, delivering reduced cost and even better performance. C5 instances are available in six sizes—with the four smallest instance sizes offering substantially more Amazon EBS and network bandwidth than the previous generation of compute optimized instances.


“Customers have been happily using Amazon EC2’s unmatched selection of instances for more than 11 years, yet they’ll always take higher and more consistent performance if it could be offered in a cost-effective way. One of the challenges in taking this next step is how to leverage the cost efficiency of virtualization while consuming hardly any overhead for it,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, Amazon EC2, AWS. “We’ve been working on an innovative way to do this that comes to fruition with Amazon EC2 C5 instances. Equipped with our new cloud-optimized hypervisor, C5 instances set a new standard for consistent, high-performance cloud computing, eliminating practically any virtualization overhead through custom AWS hardware, and delivering a 25 percent improvement in compute price-performance over C4 instances—with some customers reporting improvements of well over 50 percent.”

Netflix is the world’s leading internet television network with 104 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day. “In our testing, we saw significant performance improvement on Amazon EC2 C5, with up to a 140 percent performance improvement in industry standard CPU benchmarks over C4,” said Amer Ather, Cloud Performance Architect at Netflix. “The 15 percent price reduction in C5 will deliver a compelling price-performance improvement over C4.”

iPromote provides digital advertising solutions to 40,000 small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). “iPromote processes billions of ad serving bid transactions every day,” said Matt Silva, COO at iPromote. “During testing, C5 instances improved our application’s request execution time by over 50 percent and significantly improved our network performance overall.”

Grail is a life sciences company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. “Our platform processes a huge amount of DNA sequencing data to detect faint tumor DNA signals in a sea of background noise,” said Cos Nicolaou, Head of Technology at Grail. “We are eager to migrate onto the AVX-512 enabled c5.18xlarge instance size. With this change, we expect to decrease the processing time of some of our key workloads by more than 30 percent.”

Alces Flight Compute makes it easy for researchers to spin up High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters of any size on AWS. “With the support for AVX-512, the new c5.18xlarge instance provides a 200 percent improvement in FLOPS compared to the largest C4 instance,” said Wil Mayers, Director of Research and Development for Alces. “This will reduce the execution time of the scientific models that our customers run on the Alces Flight platform. The larger c5.18xlarge size with 72vCPUs reduces the number of instances in the cluster, and has a direct benefit for our user base on both price and performance dimensions.”

Rescale enables customers in the aerospace, automotive, life sciences and energy sectors to run utility supercomputers using AWS. “C5 fully supports NVMe and is ideal for the I/O intensive HPC workloads seen on Rescale’s ScaleX® platform,” Ryan Kaneshiro, Chief Architect at Rescale, said. “C5’s higher clock speed and AVX-512 instruction set will allow our customers to run their CAE simulations significantly faster than on C4 instances.”

Customers can purchase Amazon EC2 C5 instances as On-demand, Reserved, or Spot instances. C5 instances are generally available today in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon) and, EU (Ireland) regions, with support for additional regions coming soon. They are available in six sizes with 2, 4, 8, 16, 36, and 72 vCPUs.

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 — 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.

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BOULDER, CO – Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO) announced that the company will provide fiber-to-the-tower (FTT) to approximately 70 new towers in Indiana to serve a major wireless carrier customer. Zayo now provides services to all four major wireless carriers in Indiana.

The sale leverages part of Zayo’s 4,300 route miles of network in Indiana. The new FTT project will add minimal network extensions in Fort Wayne, Lafayette and other areas.


This is the second recent sale to a major carrier for mobile infrastructure in Indiana. In 2016, Zayo initiated installation of 234 new network miles of dark fiber south and west of Indianapolis to connect a corridor to Louisville, Kentucky for another major wireless carrier, which has recently been completed.

Indianapolis and the surrounding area has a strong base of financial service, insurance, technology and healthcare businesses, including a leading global CRM company. Indiana is also home to several large state and private universities. Zayo’s fiber solutions are addressing wireless carriers’ requirements for scalable, high-capacity infrastructure.

“Zayo’s network across Indiana has the capacity to not only provide FTT infrastructure for one of the nation’s leading wireless carriers but also the fiber capacity to support other customers in need of high-bandwidth solutions,” said Jack Waters, CTO and president of Fiber Solutions at Zayo.

About Zayo Group
Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO) provides communications infrastructure services, including fiber and bandwidth connectivity, colocation and cloud infrastructure to the world’s leading businesses. Customers include wireless and wireline carriers, media and content companies and finance, healthcare and other large enterprises. Zayo’s 124,000-mile network in North America and Europe includes extensive metro connectivity to thousands of buildings and data centers. In addition to high-capacity dark fiber, wavelength, Ethernet and other connectivity solutions, Zayo offers colocation and cloud infrastructure in its carrier-neutral data centers. Zayo provides clients with flexible, customized solutions and self-service through Tranzact, an innovative online platform for managing and purchasing bandwidth and services. For more information, visit zayo.com.

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Mckinney, TX – VAZATA, a leader in managed hosting, colocation, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and cloud managed services, today announced the availability of Business Continuity Services that help businesses keep their operations running smoothly in the event of disruption due to severe weather, natural disaster, accidents, outages, or other causes.

The VAZATA Operations Center for Business Continuity (vOCBC) provides an affordable, dedicated workspace at a business-class 5,000 square foot raised floor facility with redundant connectivity and 24/7 data access. The offering includes all utilities, 24/7 entry via dynamic key-card, high-speed Internet, conference and break rooms, business center resources, and 1 TB of virtual storage for up to 5 servers, with additional server licenses available.


“McKinney has earned the distinction of being the country’s most vibrant suburban city, making it particularly attractive for high-tech companies seeking to expand their business and retain top notch employees,” stated John Valencia, Director of BREP & Emerging Technology of the McKinney Economic Development Corporation. “VAZATA is a long-standing member of our community. We’re delighted that they’ve made the decision to support area businesses with this compelling offering.”

“We are excited to welcome VAZATA to McKinney. They bring high-quality jobs in a technology-focused industry, and that’s one of the many sectors MEDC strives to attract to our community,” said Chad Walker, Director of Business Development for MEDC.

Business Continuity plays a key role in any company’s comprehensive strategy to address natural and man-made risks and threats to mission critical processes. The impact of recent hurricanes on the Gulf Coast highlight the vital importance of having a plan in place before it’s too late.

“VAZATA can provide everything from secure data center environments to office facilities and resources that mitigate risk to the organization,” explained Lance Black, CEO of VAZATA. “By offering this as-a-service, we help companies minimize the ‘cost of insurance’ to keep their business operating smoothly even in the face of a catastrophe.”

In addition, VAZATA provides data protection through off-site back-ups, image-based replication, geographically separated clustering, cloud-based disaster recovery services and more. As a FedRAMP authorized CSP, VAZATA offers a unique level of security, resilience, and compliance.

About McKinney
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. The city is #1 on the list of Best Places to Live in America, published by Money Magazine. McKinney has a current population of more than 162,000. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown, diverse housing options, a robust economy and a uniquely beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills and lush trees. Visit the city’s website at www.mckinneytexas.org.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – RACK59 Data Center (RACK59), Oklahoma City’s premier data center, today announced that telecommunications provider Cogent Communications has established a new Point of Presence (PoP) in the company’s data center located at 7725 W Reno, Oklahoma City, OK 73127.

The new collaboration between RACK59 and Cogent Communications will provide additional resources to handle the growing bandwidth needs of both established companies and the emerging start-ups that comprise RACK59’s customer base. With this recent addition to RACK59’s 7725 Connect, customers in the data center now have access to a variety of local and international providers. With the addition of Cogent Communications, 7725 CONNECT can offer access to 14 Internet Service Providers with On Net presence.


“I am very excited to light RACK59 with Cogent’s fiber presence, said Samual Curtis, P.E., Managing Member of RACK59 Partners, LLC. “The spirit of RACK59 has always been to promote a carrier friendly Internet Exchange Point, while cultivating a free peering environment for all fiber carriers interconnected at RACK59. The new connection with Cogent allows RACK59 colocation customers a direct connection to prime content and affordable Internet access.”

Cogent Communications is a multinational Tier 1 Internet Service Provider that offers Internet access and data transport services to the Corporate and NetCentric segments. The new PoP within RACK59’s 7725 Connect is part of RACK59’s broader strategy to provide Tier 1 network connectivity coupled with superior data center services for Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

RACK59’s carrier dense and carrier neutral data center contains 15,000 square feet of available space and possesses the features that today’s enterprise customers have come to expect, including a high-density server environment with fully redundant power architecture. The SSAE16 Certified facility is outfitted with a multi-stage security system, including HID card readers, biometrics, and 24/7/365 monitoring. All power equipment is built with 2N redundancy in case of component failure and the building draws power from two independent power grids, backed by two diesel generators with 10,000 gallons (1 full week) of reserve fuel.

About RACK59 Data Center
RACK59 is a colocation data center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma that provides secure, competitively priced data center solutions for medium to enterprise businesses. All customers, whether they use one rack or an entire private data center, benefit from RACK59’s premier facility, power, connectivity and unmatched service. We maintain this high standard through our unsurpassed, hardened facility and customer focused business model. RACK59 is SSAE16 compliant and provides 24/7/365 technical support; diverse network routes via dark fiber, and a 100% uptime guarantee. Data center tours are available. For additional information please visit: RACK59.com.

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LANSING, Mich. – Liquid Web, LLC, the market leader in managed hosting services to SMBs and web professionals, is proud to announce their managed dedicated, VPS, and cloud dedicated solutions are compliant with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) guidelines.

UHY LLP, an independent accounting firm, has validated Liquid Web’s assertion that their solutions comply with HIPAA/HITECH security and privacy guidelines, including administrative, physical and technical safeguard measures. This announcement is important for our clients that store ePHI or PHI and any other sensitive data and for customers who have verification and reporting obligations to run their business.


“Completing this rigorous audit gives our customers confidence that we are meeting their needs for a compliant solutions provider. With an increase of growing threats online, and an increase on HIPAA violation fines and fees, maintaining this compliance ensures Liquid Web’s policies and procedures are appropriate and followed to not only meet but exceed government guidelines. Our continued focus on exceeding compliance expectations means our clients can be assured that we have the physical and technical safeguards in place and our processes, policies, and network security are all focused on protecting our customer’s data with the highest standards,” says Carrie Wheeler, Chief Operating Officer.

Liquid Web has also recently completed and passed their EU- US and Swiss-US, Privacy Shield audit, SOC 1, 2, 3 attestations, and the PCI Service Provider recertification. Passing these audits is important to stay competitive and provide Liquid Web customers with assurance of physical, network and administrative controls to meet a broad variety of standards.

The level of compliance that Liquid Web has obtained supports our strategy to power the potential of Web dependent professionals with a premium, reliable, highly-available, secure and hassle-free hosting experience. If an SMB business relies on their web and cloud infrastructure we want them to rely on Liquid Web.

To learn more about our HIPAA compliance ready solutions visit https://www.liquidweb.com/solutions/hipaa-compliant-hosting/.

About Liquid Web
Marking its 20th year anniversary, Liquid Web powers content, commerce and potential for SMB entrepreneurs and the designers, developers and digital agencies who create for them. An industry leader in managed hosting and cloud services, Liquid Web is known for its high-performance services and exceptional customer support. Liquid Web offers a broad portfolio designed so customers can choose a hosting solution that is hands-on or hands-off or a hybrid of the two. The company owns and manages its own core data centers, providing a diverse range of offerings spanning from bare metal servers and fully managed hosting to managed WordPress and continues to evolve its service offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of its web-reliant, professional customers. With over 32,000 customers spanning 150 countries, the company has assembled a world-class team, global data centers and an expert group of 24/7/365 solution engineers. As an industry leader in customer service*, the rapidly expanding company has been recognized among INC Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies for ten years. Liquid Web is part of the Madison Dearborn Partners family of companies. Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”) is a leading private equity investment firm based in Chicago. For more information, please visit www.liquidweb.com, or read our blog posts at http://www.liquidweb.com/blog. Stay up to date with all Liquid Web events on Twitter and LinkedIn.

*2016 Net Promoter Score of 71

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(Bloomberg) — What began as a micro-loan from a billionaire, a moving van, and the name P19, now intends to push into the U.S. and rival Amazon.com Inc.'s $12-billion-plus cloud business.
The name stands for Paris and its 19th district, where 42-year-old Octave Klaba set up his first data center after borrowing money from fellow entrepreneur and one of France's richest people, Xavier Niel, and moving equipment back and forth from hometown Roubaix in the north of France.
Started in 1999, OVH Groupe SAS now has a valuation over $1 billion and is expanding to the U.S., with KKR & Co. and TowerBrook Capital Partners as backers.
"It's too late for new players who'd want to enter the market at this point, but for us everything remains possible," Klaba said in an interview in Paris. "Now is the crucial moment for us. We have three years to become a giant, or fail."
The company builds servers that it assembles into huge cloud computing data centers, leasing out storage and processing power to customers such as tire-maker Michelin, insurer AG2R La Mondiale and British rail ticket retailer Trainline.
But unlike Amazon Web Services, which both hosts and competes with Netflix Inc.'s video content, OVH is a pure-player, avoiding the uncomfortable position of being a threat to customers, Klaba said.
In Europe it has been able to grow sales 30 percent per year and generate profit, flourishing as everything from vehicles to factories become connected
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