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ST. LOUIS, MO – TierPoint, a leading national provider of hybrid IT solutions, including cloud, colocation and managed services, announced today that it has completed an expansion of its Hawthorne, New York facility. The $13 million investment adds 13,500 sq. ft. of raised floor space and is the first phase of an expected multiphase expansion.

The expanded facility, located outside New York City’s 12-mile blast zone and the 500-year flood zone, now includes over 65,000 sq. ft. of total raised floor data center space and more than 70,000 sq. ft. of customizable business continuity/private suite space, easily accessible for Connecticut, New York and New Jersey clients.


“Our location, combined with the fact that we offer connectivity with ultra-low latency – a half-millisecond to Manhattan’s financial district – continues to fuel our growth and expansion,” said TierPoint Regional Vice President John Vernazza.

Other facility features include dual factor, biometrical access control with around-the-clock onsite security; dual utility service feeds with onsite TierPoint controlled substations; independent AB power distribution; N+1 backup generators; 2N chilled water configuration with N+1 CRAH deployment; all designed for supporting up to 350 watts per square foot of raised floor. The site is carrier neutral with diverse fiber points of entry for redundancy.

Like all TierPoint data centers, the Hawthorne facility meets compliance standards for HIPAA, PCI-DSS, GLBA and SSAE18, SOC 2 Type II. TierPoint also holds EU-US Privacy Shield certification and ITAR registration on a company-wide basis.

About TierPoint
With an unmatched combination of clients, facilities, solutions and service, TierPoint is a leading national provider of IT infrastructure, helping organizations drive performance and manage risk. The company has one of the largest customer bases in the industry, with over 5,000 clients ranging from the public to private sectors, from small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises. TierPoint also has one of the largest and most geographically diversified footprints in the nation, with 40 world-class data centers in 20 markets and 8 multi-tenant cloud pods, connected by a coast-to-coast network. The company offers a comprehensive solution portfolio of private, multitenant, hyperscale, and hybrid cloud, plus colocation, disaster recovery, security and other managed IT services. Led by a proven management team, TierPoint’s network of hundreds of highly experienced IT professionals offer local, white-glove customer service, seamlessly managing and customizing secure, agile infrastructure solutions that address each client’s unique needs.

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Pittsburgh, PA – Liberated Syndication, Inc. (OTCQB: LSYN) (“Libsyn”) announced today that it closed its acquisition of Internet hosting company Pair Networks, Inc. (Pair) on December 27, 2017. Libsyn paid $13.5 million in cash and issued 1,579,613 shares of restricted common stock valued at $2.5 million to acquire 100% of Pair. The combined businesses represented approximately $23 million in annual revenue and approximately $7 million in EBITDA for 2017.

“We are very excited about the opportunities that come from combining these two great, long standing, Pittsburgh-based companies,” said Chris Spencer, Libsyn CEO. “We have tremendous confidence in Pair’s leadership and employees and we intend to fuel revenue growth for the combined entities through sales and marketing investment, cross selling new and existing hosting products and streamlining network computing infrastructure.”


In order to finance the transaction, Liberated Syndication borrowed $10 million under a newly established Senior Secured Credit Facility (the “Bank Facility”) with First Commonwealth Bank, which also was closed on December 27, 2017. Borrowings under the Bank Facility are at variable rates which are, at the borrowers’ option. As of December 27, 2017, interest is set at LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) plus 175 basis points, or 3.44%.

Pittsburgh-based Capital Foundry, LLC acted as advisor to the Company and Arranger for the Bank Facility.

As of December 31, 2017, the combined companies had approximately 82,000 monthly subscribers for hosting services. Management believes there are many cross selling opportunities including website and blog hosting services for podcasters, full-service WordPress solutions for website and blog development, domain name registration and hosting, as well as co-location hosting services for larger podcast networks, an area of significant potential growth in the podcasting industry.

“Podcasts are expected to continue to grow in popularity and have become an integral part of brand strategy along with websites, blogs and social media outlets. Pair’s hosting, domain and WordPress offerings are the tools podcast producers look for to develop online strategies to extend their reach,” said Laurie Sims, Libsyn President. “Libsyn is often seen as a media company because of the type of content we host, but we are fundamentally a hosting platform. We have a lot of synergy with Pair and understand the monthly subscription business model. We are thrilled to add the Pair team, its reliable infrastructure and world class support they provide.”

Additionally, Libsyn management believes there are growth opportunities to be had by capitalizing on Pair’s vast computing infrastructure, cloud based hosting services
and utilizing Pair’s highly regarded customer support team. Focused cyber security services is another area of additional revenue growth potential given recent threats and limited expertise for small and medium-sized businesses.

Management plans to host a shareholder conference call during the first quarter of 2018 to outline its plans for the combined companies in greater detail.

About Liberated Syndication
Liberated Syndication (Libsyn) is the world’s leading podcast hosting network and has been providing publishers with distribution and monetization services since 2004. In 2016 Libsyn delivered over 4.59 Billion downloads. We host over 3.2 Million media files for more than 35,000 podcasts, including typically around 35% of the top 200 podcasts in iTunes. Podcast producers choose Libsyn to measure their audience, deliver popular audio and video episodes, distribute their content through smartphone Apps (iOS, and Android), and monetize via premium subscription services and advertising. We are a Pittsburgh based company with a world-class team. Visit us on the web at www.libsyn.com.

About Pair Networks
Pair Networks, founded in 1996, is one of the oldest and most experienced Internet hosting company providing a full range of fast, powerful and reliable Web hosting services. Pair offers a suite of Internet services from shared hosting to virtual private servers to customized solutions with world-class 24×7 on-site customer support. Based in Pittsburgh, Pair serves businesses, bloggers, artists, musicians, educational institutions and non-profit organizations around the world. Visit us on the web at www.pair.com.

Capital Foundry
Capital Foundry, LLC, is a Pittsburgh-based investment bank with a focus on small to medium sized enterprises. The bedrock of Capital Foundry is the deep and varied experience of its people, and the businesses the leadership team has helped to grow and transform.

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Miami, FL – ColoHouse Data Center, leading colocation provider and second most connected facility in Florida, announces the acquisition of one of their largest and longtime partners, Netrouting. Netrouting offers an extensive selection of colocation, managed cloud hosting, internet and metro services, as well as operates and owns two data centers in The Netherlands and several other Points of Presence in the US, Europe, and Asia.

“Our customers have always been our best market indicators in terms of product development and market trends. At ColoHouse, we could not be more excited to be acquiring Netrouting and to provide modern-cloud based alternatives, hybrid colocation options world-wide, and a full suite of managed IT services, including hosting and bandwidth,” says ColoHouse CEO, Paul Bint. “our customer feedback positions us at the top of the market in terms of service and value with a Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 73 in 2017. With the addition of Netrouting, we look forward to attracting more global customers with a full service offering paired with our world-class support.”


Netrouting is a comprehensive internet service provider with offices in The Netherlands and Miami, FL. Netrouting offers hosting and internet services out of some of the most prestige cyber cities in the world, such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Miami, New York and Hong Kong. Started in 2007, CEO and Founder of Netrouting, Savvas Bout, was quickly able to adapt and grow his business across borders to stay competitive and innovative in the ever-evolving IT landscape.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled,” says Netrouting CEO, Savvas Bout. “At Netrouting , we have always been about moving forward, about taking that next step. It is that ambition and drive that took us to expand globally – from Amsterdam to Stockholm, on to Miami and the rest of the world. The joining of our 2 companies will further strengthen our position as a global solutions provider and expand our reach into different markets.”

Savvas Bout will be joining the ColoHouse team as Chief Technology Officer and his staff will also be joining the organization.

The acquisition has been finalized and company integration plans will be executed over the course of 2018.

About ColoHouse
ColoHouse is leading provider of colocation services and is the second most connected facility in Florida. Focused on delivering quality infrastructure, services and support, Colohouse gives their customers the ability to allocate more resources toward their core business. Incorporated in 2007, ColoHouse strives to provide world-class support and top of the line facilities to ensure we can satisfy small businesses to global enterprises alike.

About Netrouting
Since founded in 2007, Netrouting has been committed to creating the new standard in the fast-evolving world of hosting. Over the years, Netrouting has grown into a premium hosting provider with datacenters in The Netherlands, Sweden and the United States. Netrouting’s goal has always been to make hosting accessible to everybody. With an experienced and knowledgeable team, Netrouting has been devoted to make technology work for their clients. Working every day to fulfill the mission critical IT demands and challenges of companies at a fair price.

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Overland Park, KS – Codero Holdings, Inc. (Codero), a leader in managed hosting services and technology enablement, today announced that it has joined the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network as a Standard Consulting Partner and Channel Reseller.

AWS is a leading force for the IT industry, providing a flexible and affordable route to the cloud for organizations of all sizes. Managing AWS to maximize the benefits of using the platform for specific needs can be a challenge for companies who do not have in-house AWS expertise. With its many years of demonstrated expertise in hosting cloud solutions and its AWS-certified team members, Codero is well-positioned to help guide customers and ease their transition to AWS.


“Working with AWS allows us to develop and deploy first-rate cloud services for companies of all sizes,” said John Martis, CEO of Codero. “Joining the AWS Partner Network further demonstrates our pledge to our customers to provide the highest performance and the best possible managed service options for the most optimum business outcomes.”

About Codero
Codero is a managed hosting and technology enabler that facilitates the adoption and use of advanced and custom cloud solutions. A provider of managed, dedicated, and hybrid multi-cloud services, backed by exceptional customer service, Codero serves over 3,500 customers worldwide. Codero offers a portfolio of custom hosting and technology solutions focused on the specific needs of small and medium businesses and community anchor institutions. Codero helps customers and partners live and thrive in the cloud. Learn more about Codero at http://www.codero.com.

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For many of us, the WHIR was the ride of a generation. But like all adventures, this one has come to an end. Today is the last day of publishing on the WHIR. What is more, our local WHIR networking events will cease.
For the past five years as editor of the WHIR, I have had the pleasure of engaging readers and supporters of this fantastic website. I enjoyed learning about the successes you have achieved in your businesses, and admired the many challenges you have overcome, including the rapidly changing market that is brimming with competition and churn.
As your businesses evolve, we believe that your information and events needs are better served through other brands in our Informa portfolio. This includes Web Hosting Talk, Channel Futures and Data Center Knowledge. If, for example, you seek detailed analysis of web hosting business and technology, then Web Hosting Talk will provide you the peer engagement and information you need. Likewise, Channel Futures is a place you can trust to give you the latest on technology
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Apple has made changes to revised app store guidelines that threatened to block a wide range of small business apps created with templates, DIY tools, and SMB app platforms.
The guidelines were originally revised earlier this year to ensure a minimum standard of quality and uniqueness for apps accepted to the App Store, and to make sure that they are not simply "wrapped" websites or social media pages. The revisions were also intended to limit spam in the App Store. A number of developers and app-creation companies catering to SMBs and non-profit organizations that had thought they would be unaffected by the changes, however, were recently informed that their apps would be banned as of January 1.
App store review guideline 4.2.6 previously said: "Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected."
The rule has now been amended to read: "Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected unless they are submitted directly by the provider of the app's content. These services should not submit apps on behalf of their clients and should offer tools that let their clients create customized, innovative apps that provide unique customer experiences. Another acceptable option for template providers is to create a single binary to host all client content in an aggregated or "picker" model, for example as a restaurant finder app with separate customized entries or pages for each client restaurant,
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