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EDINA, MINN. – Equus Compute Solutions announces the release of its WHITEBOX OPEN™ R1660 and R1660 NVMe servers, part of the Equus portfolio of custom cost-optimized open-hardware server and storage platforms. Incorporating dual Intel® Xeon® Scalable CPUs and new open-hardware features, the R1660 servers are compact high-performance compute solutions for demanding applications such as content delivery, cloud services, business applications, and virtualization. These servers are ideal for content delivery network providers (CDNs), cloud services providers (CSPs), value-added resellers (VARs), and enterprise IT.

The 1U 10 Bay R1660 server features 10 2.5” hot-swap HDD/SDD bays and 24 DIMMs for up to 3TB of memory. The R1660 also features OCP slots that accommodate multi-vendor cards including 1, 10, 40, 50, 100 Gbps Ethernet NICs, and NVMe/SSD storage modules. The R1660 servers, like all of the WHITEBOX OPEN server platforms, can be customized to exact end-user specifications.


The R1660 NVMe version of this server supports six 3.5”/2.5” hot-swap HDD bays and four NVMe bays for customer applications that demand higher storage performance.

The R1660 and R1660 NVMe support all the WHITEBOX OPEN features, including OpenBMC system management, which is the open-source implementation of the Baseboard Management Controller firmware stack that works across heterogeneous systems and can free companies from proprietary system management vendor lock-in. The servers also support LinuxBoot to customize the server BIOS for flexibility, improve security, and create a lightning-fast boot experience. Each server’s OCP networking enables it to utilize NC-SI (network controller sideband interface) in-band network management communication, removing the need for a separate IPMI 1GbE management port and the associated dedicated network that in turn generates cost savings, frees rack space, and reduces cabling complexity.

The R1660 and R1660 NVMe servers are shipping now. Technical details on all the WHITEBOX OPEN servers are available here: https://www.equuscs.com/servers/whitebox-open/ .

About Equus
Equus Compute Solutions customizes white box servers and storage solutions to enable flexible software-defined infrastructures. Delivering low-cost solutions for the enterprise, software appliance vendors, and cloud providers, Equus is one of the leading white-box systems and solutions integrators. Over the last 28 years, we have delivered more than 3.5 million custom-configured servers, software appliances, desktops, and notebooks throughout the world. Our advanced systems support software-defined storage, networking, and virtualization that enable a generation of hyper-converged scale-out applications and solutions. From components to complete servers purchased online through ServersDirect.com, to fully customized fixed-configurations, white box is our DNA. Custom cost-optimized compute solutions is what we do, and driving successful customer business outcomes is what we deliver. Find out how to enable your software-defined world with us at http://www.equuscs.com.

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EDINA, MINN. – Equus Compute Solutions announces the release of its WHITEBOX OPEN™ R1560 server, part of the Equus portfolio of custom, cost-optimized open-hardware server and storage platforms. Incorporating dual Intel® Xeon® Scalable CPUs and new open-hardware features, the R1560 is an ideal compact high-performance compute solution for demanding applications such as content delivery, cloud services, business applications, and virtualization. The R1560 server is ideal for content delivery network providers (CDNs), cloud services providers (CSPs), value-added resellers (VARs), and enterprise IT.

The 1U 4 Bay R1560 server features four 3.5”/2.5” hot-swap HDD bays and 16 DIMMs for up to 2TB of memory. The R1560 also features OCP slots that accommodate multi-vendor cards including 1, 10, 40, 50, 100 Gbps Ethernet NICs, and NVMe/SSD storage modules. The R1560, like all of the WBO server platforms, can be customized to exact end-user specifications.


The R1560 NVMe version of this server supports two 3.5”/2.5” hot-swap HDD bays and two NVMe bays for customer applications that demand higher storage performance.

The R1560 supports all the WHITEBOX OPEN features, including OpenBMC system management, which is the open-source implementation of the Baseboard Management Controller firmware stack that works across heterogeneous systems and can free companies from proprietary system management vendor lock-in. The R1560 also supports LinuxBoot to customize the server BIOS for flexibility, improve security, and create a lightning-fast boot experience. The server’s OCP networking enables it to utilize NC-SI (network controller sideband interface) in-band network management communication, removing the need for a separate 1GbE management port and the associated dedicated network that in turn generates cost savings, frees rack space, and reduces cabling complexity.

The R1560 and R1560 NVMe servers are shipping now. Technical details on all the WHITEBOX OPEN servers are available here: https://www.equuscs.com/servers/whitebox-open/.

About Equus Compute Solutions
Equus Compute Solutions customizes white box servers and storage solutions to enable flexible software-defined infrastructures. Delivering low-cost solutions for the enterprise, software appliance vendors, and cloud providers, Equus is one of the leading white-box systems and solutions integrators. Over the last 28 years, we have delivered more than 3.5 million custom-configured servers, software appliances, desktops, and notebooks throughout the world. Our advanced systems support software-defined storage, networking, and virtualization that enable a generation of hyper-converged scale-out applications and solutions. From components to complete servers purchased online through ServersDirect.com, to fully customized fixed-configurations, white box is our DNA. Custom cost-optimized compute solutions is what we do, and driving successful customer business outcomes is what we deliver. Find out how to enable your software-defined world with us at http://www.equuscs.com.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Switch Datacenters, a European provider of build-to-suit corporate data centers and enterprise-grade colocation facilities, today announces its plans to commence development of a new data center at its data center campus in Amsterdam. Adjacent to Switch Datacenters’ existing data halls, this 18,300 square feet new data center will be built to offer wholesale colocation space to a large enterprise, managed colocation provider, or cloud provider searching for Amsterdam-based dedicated data center presence.

Located at one of the world’s most fiber-dense areas, in the Amsterdam Southeast business district, the 18,300 sq. ft. new wholesale colocation data center offered by Switch Datacenters will feature a highly redundant enterprise-grade design with a 2N power configuration. It has modular thus highly scalable power feeds, and is upgradable from a capacity of 2MVA up to 10MVA and more. The use of energy-efficient cooling technologies would result in an ultralow pPUE figure of 1.04, which is extremely energy-efficient.

On top of the whitespace available, the wholesale colocation data center being offered in Amsterdam also includes 8,600 sq. ft. of dedicated Class A office space. Right now, a high customization degree can still be provided for this office space – to meet highly specific customer demand.

“The new-to-build wholesale data center offering in Amsterdam constitutes of turnkey space that will be move-in ready and fully aligned with the most demanding server power density requirements in the industry,” said Gregor Snip, CEO and founder of Switch Datacenters, an official member of the OCP community. “A large enterprise, a managed colocation provider, or a large cloud provider will find here enterprise-grade data center infrastructure meeting high-availability requirements set by mission-critical business applications. This highly redundant, highly secured and highly connected data center space will allow us once again to meet enterprise-grade standards such as ISO 27001 and PCI DSS, just as the other wholesale and retail data centers delivered by Switch Datacenters.”

Patented Technology

As is the case with Switch Datacenters’ recently commissioned retail colocation data hall at Switch AMS1 aimed at ISPs and cloud providers alike, the new data center build in Amsterdam announced today will be suitable for Open Rack Systems based on Open Compute Project (OCP) principles – while still being able to house traditional hardware equipment.

“The OCP initiative originates with Facebook, while other tech giants such as Rackspace, Intel and Microsoft as well as many others have joined the OCP-movement in the hardware space,” added Mr. Snip. “Our patented, in-house developed cooling technologies and additional features provide for an OCP-ready infrastructure, although this wholesale data center space is also fully compatible with more traditional IT infrastructures. The OCP technology specs uniquely allow for enhanced energy-efficiency, operational cost-savings while bringing the agility required by demanding applications – for traditional IT as well as OCP-ready hardware environments.”

As a highly innovative wholesale data center company, Switch Datacenters’ engineering team has developed a patented, in-house developed indirect adiabatic cooling technology (Patent number: WO 2017:213497) meant for data center development projects. According to this patent, ‘the invention relates to a data center for IT and/or telecoms equipment, especially servers, comprising a building with an intermediate floor arranged for carrying IT and/or telecoms equipment, especially servers, as well as cooling means for cooling the IT and/or telecoms equipment, especially servers, in order to counteract overheating of the IT and/or telecoms equipment, especially servers.’

Wholesale vs. Retail Colocation

As with Switch Datacenters’ Switch AMS2 campus, the Switch AMS1 colocation data center campus – strategically located on one of the world’s largest internet junctions, in Amsterdam – will transform in a mixed-use premises for both wholesale and retail colocation buyers. While the Switch AMS2 data center is home to global cloud services provider IBM, Switch Datacenters expects its AMS1 data center to be attractive to similar, demanding companies including hyperscale cloud providers, large enterprises, and managed colocation providers.

“Due to shifting customer demand, we’re increasingly focusing Switch Datacenters’ business operations on delivering wholesale data center space such as announced today,” added Mr. Snip. “Our enterprise-grade, highly energy-efficient data center infrastructure built with in-house developed, patented technologies caters to the needs of these hyperscale cloud providers including IBM. Retail colocation will remain part of our portfolio but wholesale colocation is growingly important for us. Our honed wholesale approach matches the overall colocation market and current changing trends (confirmed by a 2017 Structure Research study), where future growth in retail colocation is expected to be slowing, while growth in the wholesale data center market should be accelerating.”

About Switch Datacenters
Founded in 2011 by Dutch Internet and hosting industry veterans, Switch Datacenters is a European carrier-neutral operator of highly secured colocation data centers and build-to-suit corporate data centers delivering its enterprise-grade services to businesses of all sizes including some well-known large global cloud players. The company is focused on delivering redundant (2N), high-available (100% uptime guarantee) data center infrastructure with Tier 4 specifications to ISPs, systems integrators (SIs), cloud service providers (CSPs), and enterprise customers. Located in a fiber-dense area with 460 available fiber optic connections and 40 carrier networks on-site to choose from, Switch Datacenters’ facilities in the Amsterdam region provide a total floor area of 24,220 m2 (260,701 sq. ft.) and 8,350 m2 (89,878 sq. ft.) of secured white space for cloud service providers and boost an average data center PUE of 1.1 measured over all sites, making Switch Datacenters one of the leading providers of sustainable data center space in Europe. For more information about Switch Datacenters, visit: www.switchdatacenters.com.

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LONGMONT, CO – Burlywood, an innovator of flash-based storage for cloud data centers, today introduced TrueFlash™, a storage software solution that is optimized to customer applications, uses flash more efficiently, and delivers improved performance in a more cost-effective manner than current SSDs.

Led by an expert team with decades of storage controller experience, Burlywood has built an architecture that allows for rapid innovation and flexible integration of customer requirements. With the introduction of TrueFlash, Burlywood is providing the industry’s first modular flash storage architecture that accelerates time to market of new flash technology while delivering disruptive cost and performance benefits to customers deploying cloud storage solutions, all-flash arrays, and hyper-converged solutions.


“With a predicted growth rate in data of 500 percent over the next 10 years, many IT managers struggle to balance the need for faster, denser and lower-powered flash against the expense and limited availability that the current supply chain yields,” said George Crump, President and Founder of Storage Switzerland. “By changing how storage works and how it is delivered, Burlywood is attempting to lower flash costs and improve time to market in order to provide cloud companies with the advantages of SSDs at 20 to 40 percent less cost over current solutions.”

By deploying a disruptive business model that reduces cost and improves supply, Burlywood is making it easy for hyperscale enterprises, content delivery networks, and cloud providers to transition to an all-flash architecture. TrueFlash allows for the use of the latest flash technology with better performance earlier in the lifecycle of flash nodes. Integrated multi-stream Quality of Service (QoS) provides advanced traffic management and consistent performance, tuning it to match the exact needs of customers’ environments and workloads.

TrueFlash is the industry’s first modular flash controller architecture designed specifically for hyperscale data centers and AFA/HCI systems. By supporting all storage formats, any protocol and current or future NAND memory, Burlywood provides organizations with full SSD solutions based on the TrueFlash software and FPGA optimized to customers’ specifications.

“It comes as no surprise that companies everywhere are looking for a solution that will allow them to deploy an optimized storage environment for their applications at the lowest possible total cost of ownership, and shortest time to market” said Tod Earhart, CEO of Burlywood. “While an all-flash data center is ideally suited to deliver the benefits of performance and density, cost has long been a limiting factor. By using the latest flash available for a specific application, combined with an advanced programmable controller and Burlywood TrueFlash software, we are able to deliver an enterprise-class flash solution at a cost of up to 40 percent less while increasing performance and expanding capacity.”

TrueFlash is available via an array of flexible business models with dedicated in-house support, technical and strategic support in all phases of its lifecycle, and collaborative roadmap planning from Burlywood. Additional information about TrueFlash is available at https://www.burlywoodtech.com

About Burlywood
Powered by a highly productive, expert development team comprised of executives from companies such as HP, Western Digital, Hitachi, Micron and Intel, storage software startup Burlywood is accelerating the transition to the all-flash data center. The company’s patented TrueFlash technology changes how storage works and is delivered by lowering flash costs, increasing storage density and increasing flash performance while shortening the time to market. The new flash storage paradigm is ideally suited for customers in the hyperscale, content delivery and cloud markets that want to move to all-flash environments but have found that current SSD offerings are a constraint. Find out more about how Burlywood is allowing flash to be used as it was intended at https://www.burlywoodtech.com

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Dallas, Texas – DataBank Ltd., a Digital Bridge portfolio company and leading provider of business solutions for data center, cloud, interconnectivity and managed services, announces today that its third Dallas data center is now open. The purpose-built, 145,000-square-foot facility (DFW3), strategically located in the North DFW Metroplex suburb of Plano, TX, is available to serve business customers with unmatched capacity and redundancy of design.

“We took the greatest care in custom building this state-of-the-art facility, which offers the latest technology and best practices in power availability, connectivity, efficient cooling and more,” states DataBank CEO Raul Martynek. “With DFW3, we’re proud to boost our total facility count to 14 data centers in eight key markets and offer yet another world-class data hub through which we can deliver our signature local service and national reach.”


“Opening our third data center in DataBank’s home city of Dallas is especially exciting to us,” comments Kevin Ooley, President and CFO of Databank. “We are excited to contribute to this growing area in North Dallas that’s abundant with new enterprise relocations, top tech talent, and opportunity.”

With one of the world’s largest concentrations of publicly traded corporate headquarters, Dallas is a destination market for new data center workloads. The Dallas-Fort Worth area ranked 3rd in the latest JLL Data Center Report, with over 40MWs of new absorption in 2017. In January 2018, Business Insider included Dallas on its list of “10 US cities that are growing fast, offering jobs, and presenting business opportunities.”

DFW3 boasts six separate data halls offering more than 72,000 square feet of raised-floor space for build-to-suit deployments. The facility is highly secure with full perimeter fencing encompassing the building, and around-the-clock onsite security personnel. As with all of DataBank’s data centers, this facility’s Meet-Me-Rooms (MMRs) are connected to the company’s dedicated fiber ring, which offers high-bandwidth access to top-tier network providers. Additional site specifications include:

  • 9MW of usable critical load, expandable to 13MW
  • 40MW (dual 20MW utility feeds) of onsite power deployed via underground diverse delivery
  • N+1 and 2N electrical options
  • Onsite Cloud and managed services
  • Total facility footprint that can be augmented to 265,000 square feet
  • Built to FedRAMP, HIPAA, SOC 1 Type II, SOC 2 Type II and PCI DSS standards
  • Redundant HVAC design for stable airflow, temperature and humidity
  • Highly efficient cooling system and direct venting systems
  • Ability to support HPC and other high density computing workloads/li>
  • Carrier and network-neutral design

For more information, please visit www.databank.com.

About DataBank
DataBank is a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, cloud and interconnection services, offering customers 100% uptime availability of data, applications and infrastructure. DataBank’s managed data center services are anchored in world-class facilities. Our customized technology solutions are designed to help customers effectively manage risk, improve their technology performance and allow them to focus on their core business objectives. DataBank is headquartered in the historic former Federal Reserve Bank Building, in downtown Dallas, TX. For additional information on DataBank locations and services, please visit www.databank.com or call 1 (800) 840-7533.

About Digital Bridge Holdings
Founded in 2013 by Marc C. Ganzi and Ben Jenkins, Digital Bridge is focused on the ownership, investment and active management of companies in the mobile and internet infrastructure sector. Since inception, Digital Bridge has raised over $6.5 billion of debt and equity capital used to acquire and invest in the development of communications infrastructure businesses, including DataBank, Vantage Data Centers, ExteNet, Vertical Bridge, Andean Tower Partners, and Mexico Tower Partners.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Switch Datacenters, a European provider of build-to-suit corporate data centers and enterprise-grade colocation facilities, announces the launch of its wholesale Data Center as a Service program enabling rapid data center deployment on a global scale. The program provides organizations the opportunity to license Switch Datacenters’ patented data center technologies and obtain an integrated, full-service data center infrastructure package with highly energy-efficient cooling (calculated pPUE: 1.03-1.06), modular power infrastructure and racks included.

Heavy investments in R&D activities by Switch Datacenters have resulted in ‘state-of-the-art’ data center infrastructure featuring Dutch engineered, patented indirect adiabatic cooling technologies; highly modular thus scalable solutions for power supply; and (remote) data center management (custom DCIM software).


Lately, substantial effort has gone into integrating these R&D efforts and bundling it into an integrated offering. The result? A highly energy-efficient, fixed quality data center design with a calculated pPUE between 1.03 and 1.06, utilizing pre-fabricated components to reduce time-to-market. The actual pPUE figure will depend largely on the climate where the data center build is being located. Moreover, this data center infrastructure is OCP-ready, which means that it is suitable for Open Rack Systems based on Open Compute Project (OCP) principles.

Switch Datacenters’ data centers delivered through the program are being built in the Netherlands, then shipped to worldwide locations depending on customer requirements. Its built-to-suit data center design has already been deployed for IBM in the Netherlands, for example. The design would be a good fit for a wide range of data center deployments including large-scale as well as small-scale data centers, with potential electrical loads from 5 to 100 MW.

Racks, Security, Remote Management

Switch Datacenters’ newly launched Data Center as a Service program is an end-to-end solution including the racks and deployment of security technologies onsite. Automated remote data center management tools would allow data centers on almost any scale to run with little onsite engineering support. The program with a global reach provides for engineering capabilities on-site though, to provide deployment quality assurance and ease of operation.

Switch Datacenters’ Data Center as a Service program enables organizations worldwide to have a quick-start when deploying enterprise-grade, highly energy-efficient data center infrastructure. The program is aimed at a wide range of potential customers including Cloud Services Providers (CSPs), Managed Services Providers (MSPs), data center owners/operators, hyper-scale data center providers, and real estate owners. Potential licensing partners from a variety of countries worldwide have already shown interest in the Data Center as a Service program, including companies from the U.S., France, Dubai, Sweden, and the African continent.

“Our Data Center as a Service program provides hyper-scale data center providers, enterprises, cloud services providers and real estate owners alike the opportunity to deploy new data centers within short-term notice,” said Gregor Snip, CEO and founder of Switch Datacenters. “By joining our program, organizations are able to get their new data centers, even large-scale ones, up and running within about 3-months time – which is quite fast actually. Besides that, our technologies guarantee high levels of operating efficiencies with significantly reduced operating costs.”

The Data Center as a Service program offers four major types of options for delivering Switch Datacenters’ in-house developed and patented data center technologies, which include:

• Customer Data Center Ownership – a customer obtains full ownership of the data center build. License fees are paid for design, patents for cooling technology and rapid power deployment, as well as maintenance.
• Hybrid Data Center Delivery – this option provides for shared ownership and shared responsibilities of the data center build. This model helps to remove the burden of high upfront costs from the customer as Switch Datacenters is participating financially. A customer remains in control though, while able to utilize Switch Datacenters patented data center technologies.
• Full Service Lease Data Center – this monthly fee package option provides end-to-end data center deployment and operational services, with the highest level of customer care delivered by Switch Datacenters. Without the usual upfront costs, a customer can immediately take advantage of the professional data center infrastructure being implemented.
• Cooling and/or Power as a Service – a customer only pays for the patented cooling and power technologies being implemented. This could be an ideal option for existing data center builds, for companies intending to green their operations by implementing sustainable, energy-saving data center technologies.

About Switch Datacenters
Founded in 2011 by Dutch Internet and hosting industry veterans, Switch Datacenters is a European carrier-neutral operator of highly secured colocation data centers and build-to-suit corporate data centers delivering its enterprise-grade services to businesses of all sizes including some well-known large global cloud players. The company is focused on delivering redundant (2N), high-available (100% uptime guarantee) data center infrastructure with Tier 4 specifications to ISPs, systems integrators (SIs), cloud service providers (CSPs), and enterprise customers. Located in a fiber-dense area with 460 available fiber optic connections and 40 carrier networks on-site to choose from, Switch Datacenters’ facilities in the Amsterdam region provide a total floor area of 24,220 m2 (260,701 sq. ft.) and 8,350 m2 (89,878 sq. ft.) of secured white space for cloud service providers and boost an average data center PUE of 1.1 measured over all sites, making Switch Datacenters one of the leading providers of sustainable data center space in Europe. For more information about Switch Datacenters, visit: www.switchdatacenters.com.

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