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Herndon, VA – EdgeConneX®, specializing in global data center solutions at the edge of the network, today announces its first Edge Data Center® (EDC) in Toronto, Canada. The new facility will serve as a robust connectivity and peering alternative, offering extensive fiber, density and peering options to metro area customers. Toronto is the financial and enterprise capital of Canada and acts as an international gateway between Europe and North America, which makes it an attractive location for large cloud, content and network service providers wanting to securely interconnect with their customers.

The new multi-tenant Toronto EDC offers high-density power in a redundant and reliable facility. The initial deployment will be a 6MW, N+1 designed data center scheduled for rapid delivery in early Q2 2018. EdgeConneX will bring a strong Internet ecosystem to the facility that includes networks, IX’s, IP providers, cloud on-ramps, gaming platforms, IoT platforms and CDN’s, creating a highly interconnected facility. Capacity for the Toronto campus is planned, offering customers peace of mind with a line of site to scalable capacity as needed for future demand.


In collaboration with its customers, EdgeConneX has seen the need for Edge services expand rapidly across the globe as cloud applications require localization and availability in the most proximate location to end user customers. EdgeConneX has previously used initial market entry deployments such as Toronto to develop other large campus builds that scale to as many as 100MWs in markets such as Amsterdam, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Dublin, Miami, Phoenix, and Portland.

The Toronto facility marks the 40th Edge Data Center in the EdgeConneX global Edge Data Center portfolio. It is located strategically at the crossroads of several major fiber routes with five network providers on-net, ensuring direct and diverse routes to multiple locations with low latency and low cost.

“In collaboration with our customers, EdgeConneX is accelerating its expansion globally and entering new markets such as Toronto to facilitate the enablement of their cloud, content, network or other services ever closer to their end-users,” says Clint Heiden, chief commercial officer, EdgeConneX. “Latency, security, data sovereignty and quality of service are all critical impediments to cloud adoption and content distribution, which in large part is solved by going to the Edge.”

For more information about EdgeConneX and its leading Edge of network infrastructure solutions for expanding and improving access to wireless and data communications, visit edgeconnex.com or email info@edgeconnex.com.

About EdgeConneX®
EdgeConneX® is the only global Edge Data Center® provider. Creating purpose-built, edge-of-network infrastructure solutions that extend the internet’s reach, EdgeConneX enables the fastest and most secure delivery of content, cloud services and applications. Edge Data Centers host bandwidth intensive and latency sensitive data closer to end-users, establishing a more secure, reliable and cost effective distribution model for the internet. For more information, please visit the EdgeConneX Internet of Everywhere® at edgeconnex.com.

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA – Iron Mountain Incorporated® (NYSE: IRM), the global leader in storage and information management services, today announced the opening of the first of four planned data centers in Northern Virginia, the nation’s largest and fastest growing data center market. Built to serve the stringent security and compliance requirements of enterprises, cloud service providers and government agencies, Iron Mountain’s new data center is a 165,000 square-foot, 10.5-megawatt multi-tenant and cloud facility located in Prince William County. Northern Virginia marks Iron Mountain’s fifth U.S. data center market, joining Boston, Denver, Kansas City and Western Pennsylvania.

Iron Mountain commemorates the opening today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony including Governor Terry McAuliffe, U.S. Representatives Robert Wittman, Gerry Connolly, and Kevin Yoder, Virginia Senator Jeremy McPike, and Prince William County Supervisor Jeanine Lawson.


“This data center, like our others, is especially suited for heavily regulated enterprises, cloud providers and government agencies who seek a highly secure, highly compliant environment for hosting their data center operations,” said William L. Meaney, president and CEO of Iron Mountain. “With this new facility, we enter the hottest data center market in the U.S. and add further capacity for serving existing and new governmental customers, a group where our brand for security, service and compliance resonates particularly well. Together with our existing data centers and recent acquisitions, this data center helps to further accelerate our fastest growing business segment.”

“Since 2006, more than 6,600 new jobs and over $11.8 billion in investments have been announced in Virginia’s data center industry and we are thrilled to add this important project to that roster,” said Governor McAuliffe. “We are honored to have such a dynamic global leader like Iron Mountain continue to invest in the Commonwealth aiding our efforts to build a new Virginia economy.”

Iron Mountain invested over $80 million in the first phase of this data center, which opens as an Uptime Institute Tier III certified facility for design and construction. And, like other Iron Mountain data center facilities, this new data center is designed to serve organizations with exacting service delivery and comprehensive compliance requirements, and supports key standards such as ISO 27001, FISMA High, PCI-DSS Level 1, HIPAA, SOC 2 Type II and SOC 3.

The new data center also opens with more than half of its first phase capacity pre-leased, including customers like Virtustream, a Dell Technologies business. Virtustream is the enterprise-class cloud company that is trusted by organizations worldwide to migrate and run their mission-critical applications in the cloud. The company selected Iron Mountain based on the security, comprehensive compliance support and scalability of the facility to serve its regulated customer base and support its growth projections.

With two additional phases to come in this first data center and plans to develop three other facilities on the campus, Iron Mountain’s total investment for the site is expected to be over $350 million. The 83-acre campus design ensures efficient long-term customer scalability for a total of 60 megawatts. Iron Mountain is participating in Virginia’s data center tax program which helps provide long-term visibility into operating costs and lower total costs to customers.

“The opening of Iron Mountain’s new facility in Prince William marks a new age of data development in Virginia,” said Representative Wittman. “When this project is finished, Iron Mountain will have four state-of-the-art secure data facilities in Manassas – contributing to our local economy. With already 173 employees in Virginia, I am excited to welcome them to a new area of Virginia’s First District and to see what opportunities lie ahead. The work they do is critical to preserving private information of people and businesses across Virginia and the Nation.”

“Congratulations to Iron Mountain on the opening of this state-of-the-art data center,” said Representative Connolly. “The 83-acre Prince William County campus is a great addition to our region’s growing IT footprint. Northern Virginia has quickly solidified its role as the Silicon Valley of the East and a leader in fostering the technologies of tomorrow thanks to companies like Iron Mountain.”

“The tech sector continues to grow in Northern Virginia, and these are the jobs of the future – innovation, research, cybersecurity,” said Senator McPike. “I am pleased to welcome Iron Mountain to Prince William County, as a key piece of that technology-focused approach to growing our economy.”

“Today we congratulate Iron Mountain on their latest expansion in the data center industry,” said Corey A. Stewart, Chairman, Prince William Board of County Supervisors. “This is indeed an important milestone and a testimony to Prince William County’s strong business proposition in that industry, one which aptly satisfies the need for innovative technology, security, efficiency and reliability, while providing sustainable opportunities for a qualified and job-ready workforce, all set within an aesthetically pleasing environment.”

“Iron Mountain is opening what we believe is one of the most compelling data center offerings in Northern Virginia,” said Mark Kidd, senior vice president and general manager of Iron Mountain Data Centers. “Our new campus provides superior physical security, lower power costs and a reduced tax structure compared to locations locally and nationally and delivers on our customers’ high standards for performance. Iron Mountain would like to thank the State of Virginia and Prince William County as well as our development partners, customers and dedicated employees for their contributions to this successful launch.”

In addition to the ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the data center launch, Iron Mountain held an open house event co-sponsored by Burns and McDonnell and Donwil / Vertiv on September 14th attended by members of the local business community.

For more information on Iron Mountain Data Centers, please visit http://www.ironmountain.com/Services/Data-Centers.aspx.

About Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) is the global leader for storage and information management services. Trusted by more than 230,000 organizations around the world, Iron Mountain boasts a real estate network of more than 85 million square feet across more than 1,400 facilities in 52 countries dedicated to protecting and preserving what matters most for its customers. Iron Mountain’s solutions portfolio includes records management, data management, document management, data centers, art storage and logistics, and secure shredding to help organizations to lower storage costs, comply with regulations, recover from disaster, and better use their information. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of information assets, including critical business documents, electronic information, medical data and cultural and historical artifacts. Visit www.ironmountain.com for more information.

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Paya Lebar, Singapore – WPWebHost, a WordPress hosting provider with over 30,000 WordPress sites announced it has taken steps to further enhance it’s managed WordPress hosting offerings. These new plans and features are highly optimized, reliable and perfect for users desiring a scalable, optimized WordPress Hosting experience.

“Anticipating our customers’ needs and delivering the key features and functionalities they require to be successful when it comes to building high quality WordPress websites is what WPWebHost is about,” said Chan Kee Siak, CEO of WPWebHost. “Our new plans are the perfect springboard for small businesses, publishers and developers to increase productivity and deliver their message without having to worry about the cumbersome back-end.”


New plans come preconfigured with WordPress installation, migration, automated updates and enhanced security. In addition to their 24/7 support by their expert WordPress technical staff, additional features include Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates, site indexing, cloning and staging environments.

“WordPress powers over 28% of all websites today, representing 60% of the content management system market and still growing strong. WordPress users have specific requirements and want to focus on making their website successful instead of configuring and securing web servers and WPWebHost is poised to deliver best in class WordPress Hosting, with Plesk WordPress Toolkit and their phenomenal management and support” said Jan Löffler, CTO at Plesk.”

For more information about WPWebHost and it’s the new WordPress features and benefits can be found at wpwebhost.com.

About WPWebHost
Since 2001, WPWebHost has assisted entrepreneurs and developers globally bring their dreams to life on the Internet. WPWebHost powers amazing experiences for websites and applications built on WordPress. The company’s premium managed hosting platform provides the highest performance, reliability and security while remaining affordable and intuitive for individual and small businesses. Its commitments to customers include 24x7x365 professional technical support, 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee, 100-Day Money Back, friendly customer service team, 99.9% Network Uptime and 99.5% Server Uptime Guarantee.

About Plesk
Plesk is the leading WebOps platform to run, automate and grow applications, websites and hosting businesses. Plesk is running more than 377,000 servers, automating over 11 million websites and 19 million mailboxes. Available in more than 32 languages across 140 countries, 50 percent of the top 100 service providers worldwide are partnering with Plesk. Plesk has simplified the life of SysAdmins and SMBs since the early 2000s and continues to add value across multiple cloud services.

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Brought to you by Data Center Knowledge
We don't often get a chance to stick two buzz-phrases into one headline, but thanks to VMware, today is our lucky day.
For companies looking to deploy edge computing, be it computers in retail stores, in remote offices, or on factory floors, VMware has a new hyper-converged cluster powered by vSAN, its answer to hyper-converged infrastructure leaders like Nutanix and Hewlett Packard Enterprise-owned SimpliVity.
Companies typically deploy edge computing nodes to process data close to where it originates to get analytics results faster, to save on the cost of transporting data to a central data center, or to avoid problems caused by poor remote-site connectivity.
Use of this type of computing infrastructure is on the rise, which is expected to accelerate as next-generation applications, such as self-driving cars or virtual and augmented reality kick into high gear and spur demand for heavy, near-real-time processing impossible if data from the originating device has to travel to a remote data center and back.
"Most customers now want to process all the data at the remote site," Chanda Dani, senior director of product marketing at VMware, said in an interview with Data Center Knowledge.
See also: What's Behind AT&T's Big Bet on Edge Computing
The company's new HCI Acceleration Kit is a $25,000 pre-integrated three-node cluster that comes pre-loaded with vSphere, its server virtualization software, and vSAN. Each of the
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A new job site from the search and cloud giant Google has been launched. While no official announcement has been made by Google, the site is live and can be accessed online.

While some of the services created by Google have flourished, others have not. Google Spaces recently shut down because it wasn’t performing as expected. However, Google Hire has great potential as Google tries to compete with LinkedIn.

The site was developed by the Bepop team and will make it easier for companies to track and manage applications. It already has some job listings.

Read the full story here.

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Link BuildingLink building has been frowned upon, in some ways, when it comes to SEO. However, it’s still a very important strategy and works great, when done correctly. Since you cannot just build a website, add some content and expect people to find it, link building and other SEO strategies have to be employed.

If you already have quality content designed for good on-page SEO, you just need to start building good links. Here’s a look at why you should use link building and how to go about using it.

What is Link Building?

An SEO term used to describe the process of having another website or blog link to your website or blog from inside the content is known as link building. This helps to earn you a better ranking on Google and other search engines.

They value quality links over quantity, so buying a link building package isn’t always a good idea. However, when you acquire trustworthy links from large, authority website, it can make a huge difference. Getting these types of links regularly, will help turn your own website into an authority site.

Value of Top Quality Links

SEO LinksHigh quality links do a few things for your website. First, they give you a source of traffic. Second, they provide SEO benefits. Third, they help you create a new relationship. Google sees all of this as good and will give you more respect because of your links.

There was a time when the quantity of links trumped everything. Today, it’s all about quality and one high quality link can be far better than hundreds of low quality links. Getting high quality links has to be the goal instead of just getting any links.

A high quality link comes from a site relevant to what your site is about. For example, if you run a web hosting site, it would make sense for an internet security site to link to information found on your site. However, it makes less sense for a store selling cookware to link to your site.

The other part of high quality links is the authority aspect. It’s far better for someone with high traffic that is seen as an expert to link to your site than just some part-time blogger with very little traffic.

Link Building = Relationship Building

You don’t have to contact other websites to start building relationships with top notch sites. Instead, you can link to them and drive traffic their way. When this happens, the webmasters at the site you linked to will fine your site and will link to you, if you have good content.

It’s not hard to build these relationships, but it does take time and effort. You have to link to other websites and blogs regularly in order to get these relationships moving in the right direction.

Getting Started

The process of link building starts with finding influencers in your industry. Then, you want to start linking to those influencers when it makes sense. You can even use social media to help find these influencers.

Along with linking to influencers, you should start commenting on their blog posts and start the conversation. This helps to get you in front of them and the rest will happen naturally, over time.

High Quality Content Only

ContentLetting links build naturally by creating relationships is a great way to gain better SEO. However, this strategy won’t work if you don’t put up high quality content on your blog and website. Make sure the content is relevant, helpful and easy to read.

With these tips, you can start using link building to find more traffic gain SEO benefits and build lasting relationships.

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