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ST. LOUIS, MO – TierPoint, a leading national provider of hybrid IT solutions, announced today that it has achieved the Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform competency designation.

“We are part of a very select group in the Microsoft partner ecosystem that has achieved Gold status,” said Dave McKenney, Director of Product Management for TierPoint. “The designation confirms our capability and commitment to meeting the evolving technology needs of our customers.”

To earn Microsoft Gold competency, partners must successfully complete relevant professional certification exams, demonstrating their level of technology expertise as Microsoft Certified Professionals. They also must submit customer references verifying successful cloud projects, meet a revenue performance commitment for Microsoft solutions, and pass technology and/or sales assessments.


“By achieving a gold competency, TierPoint has proven their commitment and expertise in specific technology areas, which places them among a small percentage of Microsoft partners worldwide,” said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “For customers looking for a partner to help meet their unique business needs, choosing a company that has attained Microsoft competencies is a smart move. TierPoint has highly qualified experts with access to Microsoft technical support and product teams.”

About TierPoint
With an unmatched combination of clients, facilities, solutions and service, TierPoint is a leading national provider of hybrid IT, 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 agile solutions that address each client’s unique needs.

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DUBLIN – Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, today announces the release of a new report, “Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2017.” The research study, created in collaboration with Bitpower and partly-funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), examines the opportunities and challenges associated with the digital asset hosting industry in Ireland.

The report also attempts to establish a baseline of the size, by category and sustainability, of Ireland’s data centre industry, addressing the scale of energy in use, requested and predicted over the period from 2017 to 2024. In 2016, the total energy use for all operational data centres in Ireland was estimated to be 1.40 TWh. Ireland’s total electricity use in 2016 was 27.6 TWh. By way of illustration, the world’s data centres used 416.2 TWh in 2016, of which Ireland’s data centre energy use represented 0.34 percent of the industry total. By analysing the different types of data centres, and documenting the energy efficiency and best practices in data centre design and operations, the report will act as a useful reference for policymakers when looking to provide context to the growing global requirement for data centres, as a “Connected Planet” becomes a reality.


“Data has a much higher economic value than the energy that powers it, and all stakeholders should recognise this when trying to evaluate the sustainability of the data centre industry in Ireland,” comments David McAuley, Founder and CEO, Bitpower, and Host in Ireland Advisory Council member. “As ‘Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2017’ report indicates, collaboration between data centre operators, state utilities and agencies, and renewable energy developers will be key to maintaining Ireland’s position as a Tier 1 global location for hosting and participating in the next wave of growth.”

To download a copy of “Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2017” report, click here: http://hostinireland.com/resources/irelands-data-hosting-industry-2017-report

About Host in Ireland
Host in Ireland, winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information about Ireland’s digital asset hosting ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU. There’s a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland. Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the “5 Ps”: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power. On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market. Ireland supports this initiative through its pro-business approach, attractive corporate tax and fiscal structures, common law based legal system, continued investment in off-Island fiber cables to the U.S. and Europe, financial support for data centre energy efficiency, and access to a skilled native English-speaking workforce – ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small. For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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NEW YORK – Epsilon, a privately owned global communications service provider, today announces that Connectria, a global cloud service provider, will deliver on-demand cloud connectivity to its customers through Epsilon’s Infiny platform. Connectria provides award-winning cloud computing, managed hosting and custom hosting solutions for customers in over 35 countries worldwide and is connecting to Epsilon’s global network fabric at its U.S.-based data center facilities. Connectria’s customers now have on-demand access to a rich suite of connectivity solutions via Epsilon’s Infiny platform, as well as an increasingly valuable set of new bolt-on network enablement services that can be leveraged as they look to expand and grow their cloud programs.

“Connectria supports our customers’ ability to manage and grow their businesses in today’s distributed work environment,” explained the president and CEO of Connectria, Rich Waidmann. “Epsilon’s leadership in the communication services industry, the global reach of its network and the understanding of what it takes to be successful in the highly competitive cloud market make it the ideal partner for Connectria and our customers.”


Epsilon’s Infiny on-demand connectivity platform brings the speed and agility of the cloud to networking. It makes procuring and managing global connectivity simple with 24/7 access to services via its intuitive web portal or APIs. Through Infiny, Epsilon can offer Connectria’s customers direct connection capabilities to the other regional and global datacentre locations, as well as to Connectria’s public cloud service partners, such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Connectria’s partnership with Epsilon strengthens Connectria’s flexible and scalable solutions approach to cloud services and bolsters its position as a leading cloud services provider.

“On-demand connectivity is a key differentiator for managed service providers in the U.S. and will enable Connectria to accelerate its customers’ interconnect requirements and growth in the cloud,” said Jerzy Szlosarek, CEO, Epsilon. “The company’s broad customer base, traction in key growth markets for cloud services such as healthcare and financial services, and commitment to customer service and transparency makes Infiny the ideal fit for Connectria as it expands its global reach.”

About Connectria
Since 1996, Connectria has provided award-winning cloud hosting, remote monitoring and cloud security for more than 1,000 customers in over 30 countries worldwide. At the core of Connectria is our No Jerks Allowed® company philosophy. As The Jerk Free Company®, we’ve established a unique culture where every individual goes “the extra mile” to take care of our customers. Being The Jerk Free Company® extends beyond our people too. We make it easy to do business with us through flexible terms, scalable solutions and straight-forward pricing to serve the hosting needs of large and small organizations alike. For more information, please visit www.connectria.com.

About Epsilon
Epsilon is a global managed network service provider, extending carrier grade voice and data connectivity services to the world’s Communications and Cloud ecosystems. The company offers a smart network utility that combines on demand infrastructure, automation, web-based portals and APIs to give partners friction-free access to global connectivity for resolving complex global networking demands. All Epsilon services are powered by a next generation hyper-scalable global backbone which connects all the leading telecoms hubs globally. Across this fabric encompasses a dense ecosystem of carriers, service operators, internet exchanges and cloud providers offering the leading interconnect point for a diverse set of network and connectivity requirements. For more information, please visit www.epsilontel.com.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – DreamHost®, a leader in web hosting and cloud services for WordPress users worldwide, today announced that select users of its managed WordPress service, DreamPress, will be able to receive the advanced benefits of Automattic’s Jetpack at no extra charge. In a bold move to gain the adoration of its users and the ire of its competitors, DreamHost has announced that DreamPress Plus and DreamPress Advanced users will now receive access to Jetpack Professional, a $299/year value, at no extra charge.

DreamPress users have long enjoyed Automattic’s Jetpack plugin for the additional functionality it enables within WordPress. Among its many features, Jetpack’s free option includes an image CDN, in-depth website statistics, downtime monitoring, and a buttload of other enhancements. Jetpack Professional adds a video CDN with no bandwidth restrictions, comprehensive spam protection, daily backups powered by VaultPress, automated and on-demand malware scans, access to over 200 high-quality premium themes, advanced SEO tools, and priority access to WordPress experts at Automattic.


DreamPress Basic users will continue to receive access to Jetpack’s free offering, while DreamPress Plus and DreamPress Advanced users both receive immediate access to Jetpack Professional, the most comprehensive Jetpack offering available.

“This here? This is a Professional Jetpack,” explained John Robison, DreamHost’s Director of Product, Managed WordPress. Standing alongside a row of gleaming silver jetpacks in a cavernous showroom he continued: “The Premium Jetpacks? They’re good, too. Good for lots of folks. But our customers…they deserve the best. And this is the best. Professional’s got over 200 premium themes, deep Google Analytics integration, and SEO tools like you’ve never seen. Check this out.” Robison pushed a button on his belt and immediately launched himself, and his WordPress website, through the roof of the showroom.

After several minutes of awkward silence, Robison stumbled through the front door of the building, bloody and bruised. His Jetpack, however, remained free of blemishes, gleaming and pristine as the day it rolled off the assembly line. “Wrong button,” Robison offered sheepishly. “But you can see the kind of power this thing’s got, right? Good stuff.”

Jetpack Professional is immediately available to all DreamPress Plus and Advanced users, both current and new. New customers need only opt-in to Jetpack Professional from within their DreamHost control panel to begin receiving the benefits of a powerful, supercharged WordPress experience at DreamHost.

About DreamHost
Since 1997 DreamHost has helped individuals, small businesses, and developers the world over share and own their digital content on the web. From domain registrations to web hosting and even powerful cloud storage and computing services, more than 400,000 customers trust DreamHost to be their online home. Focused on WordPress and packed with unbelievable value, DreamHost is the best place to launch a blog, website, or web application into the stratosphere. Learn more at www.DreamHost.com.

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NASHVILLE, TN & TEMPE, AZ – At WordCamp US, leading web hosting provider Bluehost, an Endurance International Group company and top-rated web host by WordPress.org, announced its continued commitment to supporting the WordPress community through its global sponsorship of WordCamps, community organized conferences that take place in cities around the world where WordPress enthusiasts meet to share knowledge about WordPress and the online platform it offers.

“As a top-tier global sponsor of WordCamp, Bluehost contributes to building our community of passionate WordPress users. Bluehost’s investment in WordCamp is critical to keeping these events affordable for WordPress users to attend, share their knowledge and learn from each other, which is what the WordPress community is all about,” said Matt Mullenweg, lead developer WordPress and founder and CEO of Automattic.


WordCamp US will take place in Nashville, Tennessee where thousands of WordPress users, developers and advocates will meet to learn and share knowledge with the community. In addition to being an event sponsor, Bluehost provided two WordCamp US scholarships to Women Who WP through WordCamp Central and awarded one lucky Bluehost social media follower an all-expenses paid trip to WordCamp US 2017.

“We are proud of our contribution to the WordPress Foundation and our support of the WordPress community. Whether through our engagement with the community or our WordPress focused solutions, Bluehost is committed to supporting the growing number of small business owners and entrepreneurs around the world who use WordPress,” stated Bluehost Vice President of Product Development, Brady Nord.

Through monthly contests, Bluehost Twitter followers can win tickets to local WordCamp events, backpacks full of swag or a trip to WordCamp US 2018.

About Bluehost
Bluehost, an Endurance International Group company, is a leading provider of cloud-based solutions, including web hosting services, eCommerce tools, marketing applications, and more. Built on open source technology, Bluehost designs and operates its own servers, develops innovative new internet technologies, and actively supports and participates in the open source community. For more information, visit www.bluehost.com.

About Endurance International Group
Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EIGI) (em)Powers millions of small businesses worldwide with products and technology to vitalize their online web presence, email marketing, mobile business solutions, and more. The Endurance family of brands includes: Constant Contact, Bluehost, HostGator, iPage, Domain.com, BigRock, SiteBuilder and SinglePlatform, among others. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, Endurance employs over 3,600 people across the United States, Brazil, India and the Netherlands. For more information, visit: www.endurance.com.

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ST. LOUIS – Connectria, a global cloud service provider and founder of the No Jerks Allowed® movement, today announced the launch of TRIA Multi-Cloud, the only multi-cloud management solution that allows management of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, VMware, UNIX and IBM iSeries cloud environments from a single dashboard. Included with TRIA Multi-Cloud are Connectria’s advanced managed services that solve the three biggest challenges when running applications in the cloud: Performance; Security/Compliance, and Cost Optimization.

The TRIA Multi-Cloud platform continuously gathers data from multiple cloud resources, identifies changes, creates events, and alerts Connectria’s 24/7 Command Center for intervention. Events are continuously evaluated to be resolved through automation. The result is a DevOps best practice approach to managing Performance, Security/Compliance, and Costs in the cloud.


“We are pleased to announce TRIA Multi-Cloud at re:Invent 2017,” said Rich Waidmann, Connectria’s President and CEO. “Our customers want flexibility in running their systems in the cloud, but with flexibility can come complexity. The TRIA Multi-Cloud platform allows Connectria’s expert staff and our customers to manage complex cloud environments through a single interface to optimize each cloud environment.”

About Connectria
Since 1996, Connectria (connectria.com) has provided award-winning cloud hosting, remote monitoring and cloud security for more than 1,000 customers in more than 35 countries worldwide. At the core of Connectria is our No Jerks Allowed® company philosophy. As The Jerk Free Company®, we’ve established a unique culture where every employee goes “the extra mile” to take care of our customers. Being The Jerk Free Company® extends beyond our people too. We make it easy to do business with us through flexible terms, scalable solutions and straight-forward pricing to serve the technology needs of large and small organizations alike.

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