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LAS VEGAS, NV – At AWS re:Invent 2017, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), and Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced VMware Cloud™ on AWS is expanding availability from the U.S. West (Oregon) region to also include the AWS U.S. East (N. Virginia) region, and includes additional VMware capabilities and support for more AWS services, making it even easier for customers to move, run, and protect mission-critical applications at scale. For more information about VMware Cloud on AWS, visit: http://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws.

“The momentum for VMware Cloud on AWS is growing rapidly, and VMware and AWS are delivering major new capabilities after only three months of availability while enhancing our strategic relationship with new integrations across our platforms,” said Mark Lohmeyer, vice president and general manager, Cloud Platform Business Unit, VMware. “Customers of VMware Cloud on AWS will be able to migrate application portfolios to the cloud even more rapidly with Hybrid Cloud Extension and AWS Direct Connect, while maintaining the optimal levels of performance, scale, and availability required for mission-critical apps.”


“We are pleased to extend availability of VMware Cloud on AWS to the AWS U.S. East region. Both teams have been really focused on quickly iterating to provide the capabilities that our customers have told us they want,” said Sandy Carter, vice president, Enterprise Workloads for Amazon Web Services. “In addition to the availability, networking, and security features that will further support production workloads, we’re excited to extend native integrations with AWS Direct Connect.”

Scripps Networks Interactive is a leading provider of lifestyle content in the home, food, and travel categories for television, the internet, and emerging platforms. “We have a significant footprint with both VMware and AWS, and our goal is to create a hybrid cloud model that will seamlessly integrate our existing VMware infrastructure with our strategic public cloud, AWS,” said Drew Fredrick, vice president, IT Cloud & Infrastructure Services, Scripps Networks Interactive. “VMware Cloud on AWS will allow us to move, modernize, protect, and scale our applications, and expand the value of these applications with native AWS services. Having VMware vSphere at the core of the service means we get operational consistency with our on-premises environment, enabling us to maximize our existing IT skillsets and tools.”

Faster Application Migration with Seamless Portability
VMware Cloud on AWS customers have the ability to choose where to run their workloads based on their business needs. With VMware vSphere® vMotion®, new L2 stretched networking features, and AWS Direct Connect, customers will be able to migrate applications from their on premises VMWare cluster into VMware on AWS without any disruptions to the application, and without having to make any changes to the network configuration. Customers will also be able also use AWS Direct Connect for high-speed, reliable, and private network connectivity, supporting faster cold and live application migration with vMotion.

VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension™, an add-on SaaS offering for VMware Cloud on AWS, will provide large-scale migration between on-premises environments running vSphere 5.0+ and VMware Cloud on AWS with no replatforming, retesting, or change in tooling. Hybrid Cloud Extension will provide built in high performance Layer 2 extensions so customers will be able to keep the same networks, IP, and routing policies in place while moving workloads. This eliminates the need for extensive application dependency mapping when migrating applications to VMware Cloud on AWS. It also includes high performance Layer 2 extensions, data synchronization, traffic analysis, WAN optimizations, and built-in IPsec VPN connectivity that will enable secure, efficient, and effective cloud migration with no impact to application uptime.

Application Availability and Business Continuity for Mission-Critical Workloads
VMware Site Recovery™, a new service for VMware Cloud on AWS customers, delivers protection between customer data centers and VMware Cloud on AWS, or between environments running in separate AWS Availability Zones (AZs). With VMware Site Recovery, customers can lower capital expenditures by eliminating the need for a secondary disaster recovery site, streamline operations with automated orchestration, enable failover and failback with familiar management tools, and increase disaster readiness with non-disruptive, on-demand testing available anytime.

Scale, Security, and Visibility for Mission-Critical Applications
VMware and AWS are expanding the scale, network connectivity, and security capabilities of VMware Cloud on AWS to further support the most resource intensive applications such as Oracle, Oracle RAC, Microsoft SQL Server, Apache Spark and Hadoop.

VMware Cloud on AWS supports 32 host clusters and multiple software-defined data centers (SDDC) per organization today, and will support 10 clusters per SDDC soon. This will enable a single customer to support environments as large as tens of thousands of VMs. Customer SDDC environments run on a high-performance, dedicated, and highly secure next-generation AWS hardware infrastructure.

For application teams, VMware is adding support for Wavefront® by VMware, a VMware Cloud Service that allows customers to visualize, alert upon, and troubleshoot applications running on VMware Cloud on AWS. Wavefront by VMware provides an open API platform supporting more than 80 integrations to collect time-series data from application metrics collectors such as for Java, Ruby, Python, and Go, to service metrics collectors for MySQL, Pivotal, Kubernetes, AWS, and more.

About Amazon Web Services
For more than 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 100 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, and application development, deployment, and management 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. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

About VMware
VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, helps customers realize possibilities by accelerating their digital transformation journeys. With VMware solutions, organizations are improving business agility by modernizing data centers and integrating public clouds, driving innovation with modern apps, creating exceptional experiences by empowering the digital workspace, and safeguarding customer trust by transforming security. With 2016 revenue of $7.09 billion, VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has over 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners worldwide.

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NEW YORK, NY – Webair, a high-touch, agile Cloud and fully managed infrastructure service provider, today announces plans to create new jobs and invest $20 million in cloud and critical infrastructure upgrades at its NY1 data center on Long Island over the next four years. The investments are driven by the Company’s recent acceptance into the New York Empire State Development (ESD) program and an allocation of 1 MW of low-cost hydropower from New York Power Authority’s (NYPA’s) ReCharge NY program, as well growing customer demand for low latency compliance cloud and managed hybrid infrastructure.

“As an owner-operated New York-based company, Webair has made considerable investments in personnel and infrastructure at our NY1 facility to continue supporting our customers for the next 20 years and beyond,” says Michael Christopher Orza, CEO of Webair. “Our services are relied upon by many New York State-owned organizations. As a result, the State has provided Webair with tax rebates and other incentives to ensure low energy costs and the additional resources we need to grow our ecosystem of private, air-gapped Cloud services and address mounting customer demand for managed infrastructure.”


Leveraging job creation and investment incentives provided by ReCharge New York and the Empire State Development Program, Webair is making substantial Cloud, Disaster Recovery, and data center upgrades at its NY1 facility, spurring demand for additional high-caliber staff. These include recently completed and in-progress upgrades, such as the:

installation of a third generator, additional UPS and HVAC capacity to support an additional 1 MW of critical IT load;
installation of an additional 200 high-density cabinets and corresponding containment and DCIM systems;
expansion of Webair’s carrier-neutral Meet-Me Room, including the physical presence of next-generation interconnection fabrics such as PacketFabric and MegaPort, as well as additional Tier 1 networks; and
availability of its Disaster and Ransomware Recovery, as well as Off-site Backup platform delivered privately within the facility, securely replicating customer data to Webair’s global facilities or hyperscale clouds in real time.

Built to Tier III standards and meeting the most stringent compliance requirements, Webair’s NY1 is the most redundant data center east of Manhattan. The facility houses an ecosystem of managed infrastructure, including Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, Storage, Colocation, and more.

For more information about Webair’s NY1 facility, visit www.webair.com.

About Webair
Headquartered in New York for over 20 years, Webair delivers agile and reliable Cloud and Managed Infrastructure solutions leveraging its highly secure and enterprise-grade network of data centers in New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, Amsterdam, and Asia-Pacific. Webair’s key services include fully managed Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud; Customized Networking; Disaster Recovery-as- a-Service; Ransomware-as-a-Service; Off-Site Backups; DDoS Mitigation; Web and application stacks; and Colocation. Webair services can be delivered securely via direct network tie-ins to customers’ existing infrastructure, enabling them to consume SLA-backed solutions with ease, efficiency and agility — as if they were on-premise. With an emphasis on reliability and high-touch customer service, Webair is a true technology partner to enterprises and SMBs including healthcare, IT, eCommerce, SaaS and VoIP providers. Because Webair focuses on its core value of owning managed infrastructure within its own facilities, it is also an ideal cloud solution provider and business partner for VARs, MSPs, and IT consultants.

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CLIFTON, N.J. – Comodo, a global cybersecurity innovator, today announced the availability of the world’s first 100 percent free, 24/7/365 instant malware removal service, for any website—inspired by Comodo’s philosophy that security is “a right not a luxury.” As part of its ongoing efforts to create trust online, Comodo has stamped out malware from computers and is now focused on stamping out malware from websites, which can stifle e-commerce by eroding customer safety and confidence.

The free service is powered by Comodo’s cWatch platform, which is paired with unparalleled security operation centers (SOCs) globally and best positioned to help fight malware that plagues websites today.


Businesses experiencing any of the following symptoms can sign up here: https://cwatch.comodo.com/.

  • My website is infected with malware
  • My hosting provider shut down my site due to malware
  • I received a malware alert on Google Webmaster Tools
  • My website is blacklisted
  • My website is loading slower than usual
  • There is a warning about my site on Google
  • My site is sending emails on its own
  • I’m seeing strange files and/or folders
  • There are strange redirects occurring
  • My site is not loading

Comodo’s SOC analysts will instantly remove all malware lurking on the company’s website, perform hack repair, including checking the files, databases and any malicious code running to remove infection from the site, and keep the customer fully updated throughout the process.

This one-time website cleaning is 100 percent free, with no obligation and no credit card needed. Separately, to keep the site clean for the future, users can subscribe to Comodo’s cWatch Web service for just $9 per month. This level of web security has previously only been available to large enterprises and government agencies, but now everyone can afford to protect their websites, so they are never infected again.

cWatch Web is a comprehensive suite of solutions and managed services that provides malware detection and protection; attack response and remediation/recovery; and performance acceleration and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack prevention for websites and web applications. The full feature list includes:

  • 24/7 SOC
  • Managed web application firewall (WAF)
  • Real content delivery network (CDN)
  • SIEM threat detection
  • Instant malware removal
  • Website hack repair
  • Full blacklist removal
  • Daily malware & vulnerability scan
  • Website acceleration
  • DDoS protection
  • Bot protection
  • Vulnerability removal

Cloud-based and delivered in an affordable Security-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, cWatch Web brings world-class website and web app protection to small, medium and large enterprises. With the solution in place, websites and web applications are protected from ever being infected in the first place. Free malware removal service participants will have the opportunity to learn more about, and potentially upgrade to, cWatch Web to prevent future infections.

“After multiple blunders caused by website security issues, such as the Equifax hack, have dominated the headlines recently, companies need to be more diligent than ever,” said Melih Abdulhayoglu, CEO of Comodo. “Protecting websites is mission-critical. This malware removal service is a great first step, allowing companies of all sizes to return their websites to a safe state for no charge. Businesses looking to choose proactive prevention over reactive detection and remediation can guard their sites from hackers with cWatch Web.”

Learn more about the free website cleaning service here: https://cwatch.comodo.com/. Comodo’s full cWatch Web suite of website performance and security solutions is available online, or through certified Comodo partners.

About Comodo
The Comodo organization is a global innovator of cybersecurity solutions, protecting critical information across the digital landscape. Building on its unique position as the world’s largest certificate authority, Comodo authenticates, validates and secures networks and infrastructures from individuals to mid-sized companies to the world’s largest enterprises. Comodo provides complete end-to-end security solutions across the boundary, internal network and endpoint with innovative technologies solving the most advanced malware threats, both known and unknown. With global headquarters in Clifton, New Jersey, and offices in Silicon Valley, Comodo has international offices in China, India, the Philippines, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit comodo.com. Comodo and the Comodo brand are trademarks of the Comodo Group Inc. or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. The current list of Comodo trademarks and patents is available at comodo.com/repository.

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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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SOUTHFIELD, MICH. – Nexcess, a trusted provider of colocation hosting, has successfully completed a SOC 2 Type 1 examination of its Southfield data center. The independent examination focused on availability and security controls for colocation. The service auditor for the most recent examination was 360Advanced.

Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 reports are based on the Trust Services Principles. Type 1 examinations report on the design of controls relevant to outsourced services. In Nexcess’ case, that includes the Security Principle, which addresses the logical and physical protection of systems against unauthorized access; and the Availability Principle, which addresses the availability of the service provider’s systems.


“Nexcess’ Southfield data center is regularly examined and audited by qualified third parties,” commented Chris Wells, President and CEO of Nexcess. “The SOC 2 Type 1 examination was carried out by an independent CPA, and along with the facility’s SSAE16 and HIPAA compliance, provides colocation clients with third-party verification of the facility’s suitability for hosting mission critical infrastructure.”

Nexcess’ Southfield data center is an SSAE 16-certified, HIPAA-compliant, colocation facility located in Detroit’s most connected suburb. The facility offers 16,000 square feet of raised floors, fully diverse fiber paths to a wide variety of backbone carriers, and round-the-clock on-site technical support and security staff.

As Nexcess’ corporate headquarters and largest US data center, the Southfield facility offers colocation clients the same reliability and network optimization that Nexcess relies on to support its renowned performance-optimized WordPress, Magento, and CraftCMS hosting plans.

Colocation clients entrust Nexcess with sensitive data and mission critical infrastructure. By submitting to external examination of its controls, Nexcess demonstrates its commitment to transparency and its confidence in the security and availability of its data centers and networks.

About Nexcess
Nexcess is a Southfield, Michigan-based managed application and colocation hosting provider founded in 2000, with data centers distributed throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. Nexcess offers premium colocation hosting services based in its HIPAA-compliant, SSAE-16-audited data center in Southfield, Michigan. For more information, visit http://www.nexcess.net.

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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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