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Washington, D.C. – Any business collecting, storing, processing, or otherwise handling data containing personally identifiable information on European Union citizens needs to plan for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect May 25, 2018.

Open-i Advisors’ new GDPR preparation service makes it easy and affordable to assess how web hosting and cloud computing providers collect, store, and use customer data. Our data consultants are experts on mapping the way your organization uses data, finding possible risks, and determining what steps you can take to mitigate risks. You’ll be presented with a document that can be either assessed by our partner lawyers or your own legal team.


We work with you to create a report that includes:
• A summary of risk points
• A map of data flows by department
• A list of suppliers and other third parties with whom the client may share data (or who may share data with the client) with their GDPR statements included as relevant
• A list of all found public privacy or disclosure statements, ready for review

“By working with Open-i Advisors, you can save time and money by packaging up everything you will need to hand off to legal counsel so that they can address your needs in as low cost a manner as possible,” says Open-i Advisors Co-Founder Christian Dawson. “Our legal partners are experts on GDPR compliance, so if you’re looking for a holistic solution we can provide that as well”.

GDPR preparation from Open-i Advisors provides data expertise when you need it, with a data-consultant led discovery process, to analyze how data is used across your organization. Our process is straightforward and simple:

Initial Compliance Check: We speak with key people at your company to assess your data privacy risks and measure your current privacy controls against the GDPR.

Data Discovery – Internal: An extensive register of your organization’s current data processing activities will be produced, along with a comprehensive visualization of the organizational data life-cycle in its entirety.

Data Discovery – External: Open-i Advisors will do a public search of statements made by your organization, including privacy policy, email submission forms, white paper submission forms, client sign-up forms, etc.

Final Compliance Check: Open-i Advisors will highlight areas of anticipated concern to consider business process changes where necessary, and to discuss with legal counsel.

This GDPR preparation service is offered for a reasonable hourly fee, which will result in a low cost for your company to gain all the insights you need to identify internal changes needed by your organization.

Find out more about GDPR Preparation for Hosting & Cloud Companies here: http://openiadvisors.com/consultancy/gdpr-preparatory-consulting/

About Open-i Advisors
Open-i Advisors is a consulting company focused on Internet-related industries. Its hands-on approach helps organizations manage their customer data and determine their optimum market focus using next-generation industry segment data gathering and analysis. Open-i Advisors industry-expert consultants offer their experience and leverage a process that includes the power of quantitative data to better understand and actualize client goals. For more information, please visit www.openiadvisors.com.

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Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, announces today that its Founder and President, Garry Connolly, will speak at CAPRE’s Greater New York Data Center Summit, taking place 5 April, in New York.

Mr. Connolly, in addition to providing leadership at the award-winning Host in Ireland initiative, has also been recognised as one of the top 50 EMEA Influencers in Cloud and Data Centers 2017 by Data Economy, and was runner up in the 2017 DCS Awards’ ‘Data Center Individual of Year’ category’.

During the panel session, “The Impact of Europe: Data Center Demand-Supply and Forecasting the Factors at Play Across the Pond, Including: Brexit and GDPR,” Mr. Connolly will join other data center and financial investment leaders to discuss recent data center development in Europe as well as the impact of Brexit and the data privacy obligations that multinational organisations face as a result of the implementation of the GDPR.

WHAT:
• Panel: “The Impact of Europe: Data Center Demand-Supply and Forecasting the Factors at Play Across the Pond, Including: Brexit and GDPR”

WHERE:
• CAPRE’s Greater New York Data Center Summit
• New York

WHEN:
• Thursday, 5 April 2018
• 1:00 p.m.

WHO:
Panelists include:
• Garry Connolly, Founder and President, Host in Ireland, Co-Chair of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Awareness Coalition
• Svein Atle Hagaseth, Senior Vice President North America, Green Mountain Data Center, Ltd.
• Eric Crabtree, Chief Investment Officer of International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group
• Melvin Greer, Chief Data Scientist, Public Sector, Intel Corporation
• Drew Leonard, Senior Vice President, UpStack
• Jason Ó Conaill, International Partner, Infinity SDC
• Moderator: Donough Roche, Owner & Principal, Datacentrs Inc.

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 center 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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Lancashire, UK – Two ex-Fat Media Directors, Dominic Williams and David Whiteford, and former Fat Media Head of Hosting for almost a decade, Tony Cheetham, have regrouped to create Northern Bloc; the powerhouse windows hosting company that’s proud to serve the booming northern digital economy. The hosting platform is set to benefit growing businesses who want a no-fuss, reliable hosting contract, delivered by a team of people who have first-hand experience in growing digital businesses themselves.

The trio have invested in over £100,000 worth of equipment and software, and have clients in Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester signed-up already. Northern Bloc is currently a team of six with an apprenticeship scheme for budding IT Technicians.


The Northern Bloc Directors comment:
Dominic Williams
“Northern Bloc really allows us to celebrate our roots in the northern digital economy and proudly support other companies who want to grow, just like we’ve done in the past.”

David Whiteford
“Between us we have the perfect skillsets and years of experience, and decided we could deliver a hosting platform the way we think it should be… In our experience, customers want to speak to the people doing the work, not a salesperson.”

Tony Cheetham
“We chose Manchester as our base of operations because it’s central to the northern powerhouse and has a thriving digital economy which fits perfectly with our ethos. Manchester also has excellent connectivity and a wide availability of technical skills.”

Northern Bloc hosting is available to individual businesses, or agencies who need to host websites for multiple clients. Hosting is split into simple, easy to understand packages: Bloc 1, Bloc 2, Bloc 3 and Bloc 4 or full dedicated servers. Northern Bloc servers are located in the “Knowledge Quarter” of Manchester next to the universities and its head office is located in Manchester City Centre near St Peter’s Square.

“The Northern Powerhouse is an economy of over 15 million consumers, 175,000 business investors, 8 universities, one-third of the UK’s apprentices, over 65,000 start-ups in 2014 and £60 Billion worth of exports to over 100 countries. We’re proud to be one of the many working cogs in this booming economy and excited to help you reap the benefits too.”

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HARRISBURG, PA – TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, today announced that it will showcase a range of industry-leading data communications connectivity solutions in booth 817 at the DesignCon 2018 expo on January 31-February 1 in Santa Clara, California. In addition, TE’s Nathan Tracy will speak on a panel of experts discussing the topic, “Examining System Challenges When Implementing Next Generation Data Center Input/Output (I/O) Connectivity.”

Sneak peak of TE’s featured live demos in their booth:

  • Sliver 2.0, an extension of the Sliver interconnect family, which has been identified as the standard and required product by several industry consortias like COBO, Gen-Z, EDSFF and Open Compute Project (OCP) for today’s and next-generation server and storage designs.
  • QSFP-DD, OSFP, copper cables and microQSFP high-speed I/O solutions showcasing thermal performance, RU faceplate density and data throughput capabilities.
  • Industry-leading STRADA Whisper high speed backplane connectors, featuring a continuously expanding range of configurations including direct plug orthogonal, mezzanine, and cables all delivering at 56 Gbps, 112 Gbps and beyond.


“Signal integrity, packaging density, power delivery, and thermal management are all key challenges as equipment designers roll out new networking systems for 400-Gigabit Ethernet and beyond,” said Nathan Tracy, standards manager, TE Connectivity. “TE is demonstrating robust solutions that meet these challenges.”

“We are proud to be at DesignCon showcasing our cutting-edge innovations like Sliver interconnects and scalable STRADA Whisper solutions, which revolutionized the way we design products for speed and performance. We look forward to working with our customers and leading entrepreneurs on co-creating the next leading integrated solutions for the data communications market,” Phil Gilchrist, vice president and CTO, TE Connectivity.

Learn more on our DesignCon 2018 events page at: http://www.te.com/usa-en/about-te/events/designcon-2018.html?tab=event

About TE Connectivity
TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) is a $13 billion global technology and manufacturing leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. For more than 75 years, our connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, have enabled advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. With 78,000 employees, including more than 7,000 engineers, working alongside customers in nearly 150 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS. Learn more at www.te.com and on LinkedIn, Facebook, WeChat and Twitter.

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