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OVERLAND PARK, KS – Responding to increasing demand for diverse interconnection and connectivity solutions, QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of data center, cloud and managed hosting services, today announced that the Richmond Internet Exchange (Richmond-IX) has deployed its primary Internet Exchange hub within QTS’ Richmond mega data center.

Richmond-IX expands QTS Richmond’s Internet ecosystem and simplifies network strategies by providing diverse connectivity options. The new deployment allows customers to manage network traffic in a cost-effective way. Additionally, QTS’ connectivity strategy includes plans to deploy similar regional connectivity hubs across its national portfolio.


Richmond-IX is building its connectivity hub within QTS’ mega scale Richmond data center – a 1.3 million square foot facility on a 210-acre campus with more than 500,000 square feet of raised floor capacity. Along with the Richmond-IX Internet Exchange hub, QTS Richmond remains among the most interconnected data centers in the region, featuring more than a dozen leading on-net network Service Providers offering customers a full suite of enterprise class carrier services.

“Richmond-IX’s deployment represents the latest expansion of connectivity solutions available within QTS facilities,” said Brent Bensten, CTO – Product Development, QTS. “QTS is committed to building a carrier-neutral Internet ecosystem in each of our data centers and we will continue to support interconnectivity among our customers across our footprint.”

Richmond-IX was launched in the fall of 2016 by Ninja-IX, a leading non-profit operator of exchanges across the U.S. Richmond-IX is particularly significant based on its proximity to both the Northern Virginia Tier 1 data center market to the north and the new Virginia Beach Cable Landing to the south. The Virginia Beach Cable Landing is the world’s first transoceanic fiber cable station in the Mid-Atlantic region and will enable lower latency connectivity to Europe compared to data centers located in Northern Virginia.

“QTS is a highly qualified, trusted partner with whom we have successfully deployed a similar connectivity hub in QTS’ Phoenix data center,” Paul Emmons, Executive Director of Ninja-IX. “As the premier connectivity provider in Richmond, we look forward to QTS using our connectivity option to better serve the peering community in the Virginia market.”

About QTS
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading provider of secure, compliant data center, hybrid cloud and managed services. QTS features the nation’s only fully integrated technology services platform providing flexible, scalable solutions for the federal government, financial services, healthcare and high tech industries. QTS owns, operates or manages more than 5 million square feet of data center space and supports more than 1,100 customers in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. In addition, QTS’ Critical Facilities Management (CFM) provides increased efficiency and greater performance for third-party data center owners and operators. For more information, please visit www.qtsdatacenters.com, call toll-free 877.QTS.DATA or follow us on Twitter @DataCenters_QTS.

About Richmond Internet Exchange
Richmond-IX is part of Ninja-IX Corporation, a not for profit corporation that operates exchanges in Honolulu, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Richmond and Sacramento. Since 2012 our goal is to provide local peering fabrics in locations that are underserved or cost prohibitive. Currently all of our projects feature no monthly service charge from the IX. Ninja-IX provides exchanges based on routers with Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) interconnection, BIRD Route Servers and 24×7 monitoring and maintained by volunteers. Critical internet infrastructure such as Root Servers and as112 are also collocated in our fabrics. Many US content delivery networks (CDNS) are participants in our various projects. For more information, please contact peering at ninja-ix.net or see ninja-ix.net.

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PHOENIX, AZ – PhoenixNAP®, a global IT services provider offering cloud, bare metal dedicated server, colocation, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) technology solutions, today announced Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) enhancements. Enabling even more effective profiling of incoming traffic, advanced reporting and easier resource scaling, the new solution builds upon phoenixNAP’s existing security infrastructure.

With DDoS attacks on a constant rise, businesses need to constantly ramp up their capabilities to defend against the most aggressive attacks. According to Akamai’s State of the Internet/Security Report for Q2 2017 , which analyzed data from 230,000 servers in over 1600 networks globally, the volume of DDoS attacks grew 28% since Q1 this year. The report also indicates that the evolution in the DDoS field shows no sign of slowing down and that businesses are to expect new, more sophisticated threats in future.


PhoenixNAP’s continuous work on improving its DDoS mitigation solution supports its rapidly growing global network services and provides its customers with an additional layer of protection to improve their data availability on a different level from a connectivity perspective.

“Our DDoS enhancements have undergone multiple phases of maturity and there are more to come in the near future,” says Ian McClarty, President of phoenixNAP. “In the current, fourth phase, we increased overall capacity, which allows us to handle significantly bigger attacks and address smaller single-server attacks that do not have an impact on overall network performance, but that can be detrimental to a single client.”

PhoenixNAP’s enhanced DDoS technology provides an additional layer of mitigation to successfully block a greater diversity of network attacks. The new solution is more adaptive and can scale more systematically than most traditional technologies, which provides greater efficiency to phoenixNAP’s clients.

The enhancements include more granular data scrubbing to improve the overall network health and make specific clients less prone to attacks. In addition to expanded mitigation capacities, an improved inspection center offers more detailed insights into attack-associated data, while enhanced API customization enables a more robust attack overview.

“A lot of companies that we work with are under heavy security regulations and our DDoS enhancements are another way for us to respond to their requirements,” adds William Bell, VP of Products at phoenixNAP. “We can now better address the growingly aggressive DDoS landscape, which has become a harsh reality for an enormous number of businesses. By improving the intelligence on attack strength and location, we empower our clients to better understand the threats and make more informed decisions about their data protection strategies.”

PhoenixNAP’s DDoS mitigation services support a wide range of solutions, from bare metal dedicated servers to private and hybrid cloud deployments, allowing phoenixNAP’s clients to fully leverage the multitude of phoenixNAP’s global IT services.

PhoenixNAP is a Premier Service Provider in the VMware Cloud Provider™ Program and a Platinum Veeam Cloud & Service Provider partner. PhoenixNAP is also a PCI DSS Validated Service Provider and its flagship facility is SOC Type 1 and SOC Type 2 audited.

About phoenixNAP
PhoenixNAP is a global IT services provider offering progressive Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions from locations worldwide. Our bare metal server, cloud, hardware leasing and colocation options are built to meet the evolving technology demands businesses require without sacrificing performance. Scalable OpEx solutions to support with the systems and staff to assist. PhoenixNAP global IT services. Visit http://www.phoenixnap.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ for more information.

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SAN ANTONIO, TX – Rackspace® today announced that it signed an agreement to acquire Datapipe, one of the world’s leading providers of managed services across public and private clouds, managed hosting and colocation. This acquisition, the largest in Rackspace history, brings important new capabilities to Rackspace and will enable the company to better serve customers of all kinds, globally and at scale.

According to industry surveys, the vast majority of companies operate across three or more clouds today, and will do so for years to come1. Customers have been asking Rackspace to rapidly expand its abilities in managing multiple clouds at scale, and with the acquisition of Datapipe, Rackspace will be able to meet this growing demand.


Among the new capabilities that Datapipe will bring to Rackspace are:

  • Experience serving high-profile public sector customers, including the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, and Treasury, as well as the U.K. Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice, and Department of Transport
  • Professional services, software and tooling that will help better serve enterprise customers
  • Data centers and offices in key markets where Rackspace today has little or no presence, including the West Coast of the U.S., Brazil, mainland China, and Russia
  • Traditional colocation services across four continents, to reduce cost and risk for customers moving applications out of their corporate data centers
  • Managed services on the Alibaba Cloud (the largest in China)

By the same token, Rackspace brings new capabilities to Datapipe customers, including:

  • Deep experience in Microsoft, VMware, and OpenStack private clouds, including new service offerings for Azure Stack and VMware Cloud on AWS
    Managed Google Cloud Platform
  • Managed services for enterprise applications, including those in the Oracle and SAP ecosystems, and those used in digital marketing and ecommerce

“Our customers are looking for help as they spread their applications across public and private clouds, managed hosting, and colocation, depending on the blend of performance, agility, control, security, and cost-efficiency they’re seeking,” said Joe Eazor, CEO of Rackspace. “With the acquisition of Datapipe, we’re very pleased to expand the multi-cloud managed services we provide our customers, while also opening doors to new opportunities across the globe.”

Founded in 2000, Datapipe is a pioneer in managed public cloud services. It is a growing and profitable business, based in Jersey City, N.J., with 825 employees and 29 data centers in nine countries. Datapipe serves the complex needs of many large enterprises, including Johnson & Johnson, McDonalds and Rubbermaid.

“We are very proud of the business we have built and the innovations and successful customer outcomes we have been recognized for, and the future of Datapipe will be even brighter in combination with Rackspace,” said Robb Allen, founder and CEO of Datapipe. “Customers need guidance using public cloud infrastructure from Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure. They also need help navigating the use of private clouds, managed hosting and colocation solutions, often in combination, as they move critical applications out of their corporate data centers. The combination of complementary capabilities and resources from both of our companies will create the world’s leading provider of multi-cloud managed services.”

Rackspace and Datapipe are remarkably similar. Both companies have been positioned as leaders in the Gartner Magic Quadrant assessments of providers of managed cloud services, and in industry rankings by Forrester and other leading analyst firms. Both companies are known for their technical expertise and managed services across multiple clouds, exceptional customer service, profitable growth, and engaged workplace cultures. Rackspace intends to build on the industry leadership the two companies have established in reliability and support, to create a new level of end-to-end customer experience.

Pending regulatory approvals, Rackspace’s acquisition of Datapipe is expected to close in Q4 2017. Rackspace will develop a comprehensive integration plan and will take great care to maintain and enhance the exceptional customer outcomes that both companies are known for. Rackspace looks forward to welcoming the talented employees from Datapipe.

Both companies are privately held, with Rackspace owned by affiliates of certain funds of Apollo Global Management, LLC and certain co-investors. The majority owner of Datapipe, Abry Partners, will receive equity in Rackspace. Brian St. Jean, Partner at Abry, described this transaction as “a measure of our confidence in the bright future of Rackspace when combined with Datapipe.” No additional terms or details of the transaction will be publicly disclosed.

Citigroup is acting as sole financial advisor to Rackspace in the transaction and has committed to provide incremental Senior Secured Credit Facilities, which will be used in part to refinance Datapipe’s existing indebtedness and pay related fees and expenses. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is acting as legal advisor to Rackspace.

Barclays and DH Capital are acting as financial advisors in the transaction to Datapipe. DLA Piper LLP is acting as legal advisor to Datapipe.

About Rackspace
Rackspace, the leading multi-cloud managed services company, helps businesses tap the power of cloud computing without the complexity and cost of managing it all on their own. Rackspace engineers deliver specialized expertise, easy-to-use tools, and Fanatical Support® for leading technologies including AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack, Oracle, SAP and VMware. The company serves customers in 150 countries, including more than half of the FORTUNE 100. Rackspace was named a leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide and has been honored by Fortune, Forbes, and others as one of the best companies to work for. Learn more at www.rackspace.com.

About Datapipe
A next generation MSP, Datapipe is recognized as the pioneer of managed services for public cloud platforms. Datapipe has unique expertise in architecting, migrating, managing and securing public cloud, private cloud, hybrid IT and traditional IT. The world’s most trusted brands partner with Datapipe to optimize mission-critical and day-to-day enterprise IT operations, enabling them to transform, innovate, and scale. Backed by a global team of experienced professionals and world-class interconnected data centers, Datapipe provides comprehensive cloud, compliance, security, governance, automation and DevOps solutions. Gartner named Datapipe a leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide.

1 Bain IT Decision Maker Survey, May 2017

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SAN JOSE, CA – Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, and networking solutions and green computing technology, today announced the availability of a new all-flash NVMe™ (Non-Volatile Memory Express) 1U JBOF (Just a Bunch Of Flash) and 1U SuperServer with support for 32 hot-swap NVMe SSDs.

With a total of 32 hot-swap NVMe drives in a 1U system, Supermicro’s new NVMe solution will provide all-NVMe capacity at petabyte scale in 1U of rack space as the company will support 32TB NVMe drives in the near future. NVMe technology was developed to unleash the best possible latency and provide faster CPU to data storage performance for advanced computing.


The new 1U all-NVMe Storage Servers and JBOF disaggregate storage into shared pools that are rapidly becoming the preferred hardware infrastructure for demanding Big Data analytics applications such as autonomous driving and real-time financial fraud detection. Up to 12 hosts can be directly connected to the 1U pooled NVMe storage. Alternatively, for customers who want to deploy an NVMe over Fabric (NVMeoF) solution, hundreds of hosts can be connected to the pooled high-performance NVMe storage over Ethernet, Infiniband or Omnipath (OPA). Supermicro 1U all-NVMe Storage Servers and JBOF solutions help maximize high-performance storage resource utilization and reduce the datacenter footprint resulting in lower TCO.

“With Supermicro 3.0, our enterprise customers benefit from the industry’s broadest selection of first-to-market server and storage systems with global reach, premium quality, RAS security, rack scale management and global services, and our new all-flash 32 hot-swap drives in a high-density 1U system design is the latest example of how Supermicro continues to lead the way for NVMe technology,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “With more than triple the all-flash storage density of previous 1U solutions, this Supermicro system will take us to Petabyte scale in a single 1U system in the near future. This new JBOF supports flexible configurations with up to twelve hosts or head nodes and extremely high data transfer throughput up to 64GB per second.”

Supermicro’s new all-flash 32 drive NVMe 1U system supports not only standard U.2 SSDs, but also Intel “ruler” form factor SSDs to offer customers greater storage flexibility. This 1U system will support a half petabyte of NVMe storage capacity this year and a full petabyte early next year. The system comes standard with redundant hot-swap cooling fans and power supplies along with tool-less drive trays for increased serviceability and redundancy. For accessibility, the solution supports remote system on/off and system management as well as remote power cycling for each individual drive. For more information on this new JBOF, please go to:

https://www.supermicro.com/products/system/1U/136/SSG-136R-N32JBF.cfm

This innovative high-end all-flash 1U system is the newest addition to Supermicro’s extensive portfolio of industry leading storage servers and JBOD product lines. With 2U, 3U and 4U offerings that include all-flash NVMe, Simply Double, double-sided and top-loading options with SAS3 RAID or HBA controllers, Supermicro provides the industry’s broadest selection of storage products to meet today’s stringent customer requirements. Below are a few popular and innovative products from Supermicro’s storage portfolio.

Top-Loading 4U
45 hot-swap 3.5″ (or 2.5″) drives with single-expander and 25.9″ depth for JBOD or high-performance DP server with up to 205-watt CPUs and up to 3TB of memory
60 hot-swap 3.5″ (or 2.5″) drives with single or dual-expander and 30″ depth for JBOD or high-performance DP server with up to 205-watt CPUs and up to 3TB of memory
90 hot-swap 3.5″ (or 2.5″) drives with dual hot-swap expander modules and 35.6″ depth for JBOD or high-performance DP server with up to 205-watt CPUs and up to 3TB memory

SBB – Fully Redundant with Dual hot-swap expander modules or nodes
2U with 24 hot-swap 2.5″ drives
3U with 16 hot-swap 3.5″ drives
4U with 24 hot-swap 3.5″ drives

Supermicro offers the widest selection of SAS3 and NVMe-based storage servers and JBODs featuring single and redundant connectivity.

For comprehensive information on Supermicro storage product lines, please go to https://www.supermicro.com/products/nfo/storage.cfm.

About Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI)
Supermicro® (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced Server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market.

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Dell Technologies recently announced that tech major GE has signed a multi-year agreement to use Dell Inc. infrastructure and end-user computing solutions to support its ongoing digital transformation efforts. This agreement is apparently one of the largest non-government contracts in the history of Dell Technologies, Dell or EMC. Under the multi-year deal, Dell Inc. has now become the primary IT infrastructure supplier for GE. “GE’s collaboration with Dell Technologies has helped us drive the transformation of GE into a digital industrial company. The investment we are making today will continue to push us forward and improve the end-user experience for our employees around the globe,” said Chris Drumgoole, vice president and chief technology officer, digital technology at GE. Using the Dell EMC servers, backup, storage, and other professional services, GE aims to enhance the reliability and efficiency of its IT infrastructure with automated and flash-optimized solutions. GE will…
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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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