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RackNap – the cloud services delivery and business process automation platform – today announced the availability of its RackNap application in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. With this, now, Microsoft partners can easily install the application in their Azure Subscription with a few clicks and deliver Microsoft cloud services including Microsoft Office 365, Azure and Dynamics 365. As a service delivery platform, RackNap is a right-fit for Cloud Solution Providers (CSP), Managed Service Providers (MSP), Telcos, Datacenters and other subscription-based IT service providers for delivering cloud as well as traditional IT services (e.g. Hosting). It also helps CSPs manage their provisioning, billing, support, inventory, partner and customer lifecycle from a single platform. “We have a strong and long-standing relationship with Microsoft that has spanned a decade now.” said Guruprit Ahuja, CEO, RackNap. “This is another milestone in our alliance and will fast track the adoption and…
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COLUMBIA, MISSOURI — Bluebird Network, a Midwest telecommunications company, has begun an expansion of its Bluebird Underground Data Center, located in a Springfield Missouri underground mine. The expansion design is underway and the project will go to bid in late May.

This expansion represents an additional 4,700 square-feet of white space, bringing the total to 22,300 square-feet. The entire data center currently occupies 80,000 square-feet of mine space, with the remaining space being dedicated to critical mechanical and electrical support systems.


In addition to the increased white space, the expansion includes a third 2MW generator, another Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system and a 10,000 gallon auxiliary fuel storage tank. With these improvements, the Bluebird Underground Data Center can independently operate for up to four days on generator power, deliver additional A/B power to its customers and improve the overall operational performance of the data center.

All elements of this expansion will be located underground, continuing its’ design strategy of placing all critical mechanical and electrical systems underground to ensure operational stability. This unique approach leverages the full protection provided by the data center’s natural surroundings, ensuring the best shield from both natural and unnatural disasters.

This expansion is the second of three planned since Bluebird Network acquired the data center in 2014. The first expansion, completed in 2016, added approximately 4,000 square-feet of white space. The third expansion will represent approximately 7,000 square-feet of additional white space in the future.

“This expansion will increase the physical size of the data center and will augment our current processes to make the facility stronger,” says Michael Morey, President and CEO of Bluebird Network. “We will provide space to meet increased demand while enhancing our overall services.”

About Bluebird Network
Bluebird Network, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, was formed by integrating Bluebird Media, Missouri Network Alliance, and Illinois Network Alliance. In 2014, an underground data center was acquired and created Bluebird Underground, adding a data center facility to the Bluebird suite of services. Today, the network has over 6,000 fiber route miles of high-speed broadband and fiber-optic connections. The Bluebird fiber network also has over 135 Points of Presence (POP) sites spanning the Midwest, including the major cities of Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Tulsa, Omaha, Des Moines, and Memphis. To learn more, please visit www.bluebirdnetwork.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

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NUREMBERG, Germany – Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, today announced that it is highlighting new additions to its extensive edge computing and gateway product portfolio, including solutions based on the new Intel® Xeon® D-2100 SoC (System-on-a-Chip) and Intel® Atom® C3000 SoC processor at Embedded World 2018 from February 27-March 1, Nuremberg Exhibition Centre booth 1-330.

Leveraging its deep expertise in server technology, Supermicro is introducing a full line of solutions that support the latest Intel® Xeon® D-2100 SoC processors (codenamed Skylake-D) with up to 1.6x compute performance improvement compared to the last generation. The X11SDV series motherboards offer infrastructure optimization by combining the performance and advanced intelligence of the new system-on-a-chip processors into a dense, lower-power compact solution ideal for embedded applications.


“As the 5G era continues to emerge and Edge computing becomes more prevalent, Supermicro is ready with the industry’s best selection of embedded servers and motherboards to service a wide range of vertical markets including industrial automation, retail, medical, transportation, communication, and networking,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “With the vast growth of data driven workloads across embedded applications, Supermicro remains committed to developing powerful, scalable yet agile IoT gateway and compact server, storage and networking solutions that deliver the best ecosystems for the Edge with ease of deployment and open scalability.”

With server-class reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features now available in an ultra-dense, low-power device, Supermicro’s X11SDV platforms deliver balanced compute, storage and networking for the intelligent Edge. These advanced technology building blocks offer the best workload optimized solutions and long life availability with up to 18 processor cores, up to 512GB DDR4 four-channel memory operating at 2666MHz, up to four 10GbE LAN ports with RDMA support, and available with integrated Intel® QAT (Quick Assist Technology) crypto/encrypt/decrypt acceleration engine and internal storage expansion options including mini-PCIe, M.2 and NVMe support.

For more details on Supermicro’s solutions that support high-performance Intel® Xeon® D SoC processors, please visit https://www.supermicro.com/products/nfo/Xeon-D.cfm.

In addition to these new solutions in compact box and 1U rack systems, Supermicro is also showcasing the latest low-power Intel® Atom® embedded solutions in fan-less compact box, short-depth 1U rack and mini-tower systems. For more information on these diverse low-power products, please go to: https://www.supermicro.com/products/nfo/Atom.cfm.

Supermicro is demonstrating fan-less modular solutions using passive cooling techniques that can operate in extreme temperature and provide protection from dust ingress and condensation with IP51 (Ingress Protection) certification, too. The industrial grade compact enclosure designs provide modular expansion housing ultra-small form factor 3.5″ SBC or 2.5″ Pico-ITX designs with integrated DC power support, storage expansion and wireless networking capabilities.

For more information on Supermicro’s complete line of Embedded Building Block Solutions visit www.supermicro.com/Embedded or download an Embedded Solutions Brochure.

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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PHOENIX – Namecheap, a top domain registrar and web hosting company, continues its long-term commitment to supporting Internet Freedom with its 6thAnnual Move Your Domain Day. Beginning March 6 at 12 a.m. EST, for 24 hours Namecheap will offer domain transfers for only $3.98. The special deeply discounted transfer deal will also include a free year of of private email and SSL. Additionally, for each transfer Namecheap will donate up to $1.50 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a leading organization that works to protect online freedom and digital civil rights.

“Our passion and dedication to Internet neutrality and freedom cannot be overstated. Namecheap’s long-term commitment to these principles dates back to the founding of the company. Our pledge to stand with organizations such as EFF, in their fight to keep the Internet open and free, is the reason why Move Your Domain Day is such an important initiative for Namecheap,” said Richard Kirkendall, Namecheap CEO.


“EFF is grateful for the support from Namecheap’s Move Your Domain Day. We’re fighting to protect online innovation and creativity. With the help of supporters across the web, we will continue standing up for Internet users in the courts, in Congress, and around the world,” – Corynne McSherry, Legal Director at EFF.

Since 2011 the annual event that calls on customers to transfer their domains to Namecheap at deeply discounted prices, and in support of Internet freedom, has raised more than $350,000.

About Move Your Domain Day
Move Your Domain Day started in 2011 as an online movement and response to the US Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a bill many felt threatened people’s right to privacy, anti-censorship and a free and open Internet. Sensing a need to mobilize the community, Namecheap CEO Richard Kirkendall launched the first ever Move Your Domain Day. Seven years later, Namecheap has used its platform to raise awareness about other dangerous bills like the Protect IP Act (PIPA) as well as the continued battle to save Net Neutrality.

About Namecheap
Namecheap is an ICANN-accredited domain registrar and technology company founded in 2000 by CEO Richard Kirkendall. Celebrating nearly two decades of providing unparalleled levels of service, security, and support, Namecheap has been steadfast in customer satisfaction. With close to 9 million domains now under management, Namecheap is among the top domain registrar and web hosting providers in the world. To learn more about Namecheap, visit namecheap.com.

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LOS ANGELES, CA — DreamHost®, a global leader in web hosting and Managed WordPress, today announced an expansion of its Managed WordPress service, DreamPress, to give users even more options for powerful, purpose-built WordPress hosting.

Since its launch in 2013, DreamPress has brought affordable managed WordPress hosting to the masses in a one-size-fits all offering backed by the power of DreamHost’s open source cloud platform, DreamCompute. Living atop lightning-fast solid state drives (SSDs) and bundling Automattic’s powerful Jetpack plugin, DreamPress quickly became a customer favorite.


In late 2017 DreamHost sneakily and quietly launched a total of three DreamPress packages. These new packages took everything that users loved about DreamPress and gave them even more options to find packages that might more closely meet their needs and budget.

Starting at $16.95 per month (prepaid yearly), DreamPress Basic is the perfect entry point for users new to managed WordPress hosting. With automatic resource scaling, 5GB of storage, and basic site backups, DreamPress Basic is a great option for users looking for a seamless step up from traditional web hosting.

DreamPress Plus hits the sweet spot of price and performance at $24.95 per month. It doubles the amount of available storage space, includes advanced offsite backups powered by VaultPress, adds a daily malware scanning and repair service, grants access to over 200 premium WordPress themes, and bundles Jetpack Professional (a $299/year value) at no extra charge.

For true WordPress power users, DreamPress Advanced at $39.95 per month is the ultimate in luxury. It includes up to five telephone-based concierge-level technical support interactions per month, allows users to stage their sites in a sandbox before pushing to production, and tops out at a mind-boggling 15GB of high-speed SSD storage.

“Three is better than one! Three is better than one! Three is better than one!” said Director of Product, Managed WordPress, John Robison, while sweating three buckets in triple-digit temperatures whilst seated atop a three-humped camel, struggling to contain a triple martini within a coupe glass jauntily dangling off his triple-jointed wrist. “Turning customer suggestions into actual product improvements that make DreamPress better is absolutely our jam. Jam. Jam.” Sparks then erupted from Robison’s neck followed by a fiery explosion of metal and artificial flesh. Turns out, he was a robot. He fooled us all.

All three DreamPress plans are now available to both new and existing DreamHost customers. Easy, affordable, and powerful managed WordPress is just a click away at https://dreamhost.com/dreampress/

About DreamHost
Since 1997 DreamHost has helped individuals, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and developers worldwide bring their dreams to life on the Internet. A leader in Managed WordPress hosting, over 400,000 customers trust DreamHost to be their online home. Supporting the open source community with dedicated resources and a passionate team, DreamHost believes in the power of the Open Web and the people that make it happen. Learn more at DreamHost.com.

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MCLEAN, VA – GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE: GTT), the leading global cloud networking provider to multinational clients, announced today a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Interoute, operator of one of Europe’s largest independent fiber networks and cloud networking platforms, for approximately €1.9 billion ($2.3 billion) in cash.

“The acquisition of Interoute represents a major milestone in delivering on our purpose of connecting people, across organizations and around the world,” said Rick Calder, GTT president and CEO. “This combination creates a disruptive market leader with substantial scale, unique network assets and award-winning product capabilities to fulfill our clients’ growing demand for distributed cloud networking in Europe, the U.S. and across the globe. Following our successful, proven acquisition model, we expect to complete this integration within three to four quarters post-close and achieve a post-synergy multiple of seven to eight times Adjusted EBITDA or better on a pro forma basis.”


The strategic combination:

  • Significantly augments scale, expanding GTT’s Tier 1 global IP network with one of Europe’s most extensive fiber footprints. The network includes over 400 points of presence, spanning 24 metro areas and interconnecting 126 cities across 29 countries.
  • Strengthens GTT’s leadership position in software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) with expanded capabilities.
  • Adds 15 data centers, 17 virtual data centers and 51 colocation facilities, enhancing GTT’s cloud connectivity platform.
  • Contributes infrastructure, edge and hosted services to GTT’s suite of cloud networking services.
  • Expands and complements GTT’s multinational client base, adding over 1,000 strategic enterprise and carrier clients, primarily headquartered in Europe.
  • Enhances GTT’s global team with a world-class sales, operations and customer service organization.

“This is an exciting next chapter for Interoute, GTT, our customers and our team,” said Gareth Williams, Interoute CEO. “The combined assets and strengths of our two companies create a powerful portfolio of high-capacity, low-latency connectivity, and innovative cloud and edge infrastructure services to support our customers in the global digital economy.”

Interoute has received the strong support of its shareholders — the Sandoz Family Foundation, Aleph Capital and Crestview Partners — in its strategy of building and consolidating the European fiber, cloud and connectivity markets to create a player with significant scale and international presence.

About GTT
GTT provides multinationals with a better way to reach the cloud through its suite of cloud networking services, including wide area networking, internet, optical transport, managed services, voice and video services. The company’s Tier 1 IP network, ranked in the top five worldwide, connects clients to any location in the world and any application in the cloud. GTT delivers an outstanding client experience by living its core values of simplicity, speed and agility. For more information on how GTT is redefining global communications, please visit www.gtt.net.

About Interoute
Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe’s largest networks and a global cloud services platform, which encompasses 15 data centers, 17 Virtual Data Centers and 51 colocation centers, with connections to over 195 additional third-party data centers across Europe. Its full-service Unified ICT platform serves international enterprises and many of the world’s leading service providers, as well as governments and universities. Interoute’s Unified ICT strategy provides solutions for enterprises seeking connectivity and a scalable, secure advanced platform on which they can build their voice, video, computing and data services, as well as service providers in need of high-capacity international data transit and infrastructure. With established operations throughout Europe and the USA, Interoute also owns and operates 24 connected city networks within Europe’s major business centers. www.interoute.com

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