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San Francisco, CA – Cloudflare, the leading Internet performance and security company, announced results from the fourth quarter of 2018. In the final three months of the year, Cloudflare continued to expand its global footprint with 10 new data centers, launched its first mobile application, and opened a new office in Munich, Germany.

“We closed out 2018 with significant network expansion, our first consumer application, and a new European office,” said Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare. “I’m proud of the growth our team accomplished in the final quarter, as we brought our network even closer to our global users and opened an office to be closer to our European users.”


Cloudflare’s new data centers bring its network to 165 global points of presence. With these additions in the United States, Bahrain, Russia, Vietnam, Pakistan, and France (Reunion), Cloudflare announced a total of 46 new cities in 2018.

Cloudflare also announced its first mobile application, the 1.1.1.1 app. Cloudflare launched the 1.1.1.1 DNS offering in March 2018 to provide users with a faster and more private Internet browsing experience. The 1.1.1.1 app allows iOS and Android users to quickly toggle 1.1.1.1 on and off on their phones to easily access an encrypted browsing experience. Since launching the 1.1.1.1 app in November, nearly one million users have downloaded the app.

Cloudflare also published an update on the one year anniversary of the Athenian Project, an effort to restore confidence in democracy by providing vulnerable election websites with Cloudflare’s enterprise-level service, for free.

In December 2018, Cloudflare received high scores from the 2018 Gartner Critical Capabilities report for Cloud Web Application Firewalls (WAFs)*. In addition, Cloudflare is continuing to expand its network across the world and now has a network capacity of 20Tbps.

Cloudflare had more than 865 employees at the end of 2018, up from 539 just over a year ago as the company continues to grow its engineering, sales, marketing, and support teams across its offices worldwide.

*Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Cloudflare
Cloudflare, Inc. is on a mission to help build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks that powers more than 10 trillion requests per month, which is nearly 10 percent of all Internet requests. Cloudflare protects and accelerates any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare have all web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with each new site added. As a result, they see significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks. Cloudflare was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer, named the Most Innovative Network & Internet Technology Company for two years running by the Wall Street Journal, and ranked among the world’s 50 most innovative companies by Fast Company. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Cloudflare has offices in San Jose, CA, Austin, TX, Champaign, IL, New York, NY, Washington, D.C., London, Munich, and Singapore.

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Jakarta, Indonesia – Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today launched a second data center in Indonesia to double its local capacity. The company also announced the Internet Champion Global Accelerator Program at today’s “Hello Indonesia 2019” event to empower local enterprises and talents, contributing to Indonesia’s 2020 Go Digital Vision.

Driven by strong customer demand, the opening of the second data center came only ten months after the first. Alibaba Cloud is the only global public cloud platform with local data centers in Indonesia. The two centers will provide high availability and strengthen disaster recovery capabilities, allowing customers to deploy mission-critical workloads in multiple availability zones and switch over within seconds. Alibaba Cloud now has 55 availability zones across 19 regions worldwide.


The two centers offer a comprehensive suite of products and services, ranging from elastic computing, database service, networking, storage, security, and middleware, to solutions that address vertical industry challenges. With strong demand for big data and analytic solutions from Indonesian enterprises, Alibaba Cloud has already launched Machine Learning for AI and, later this month will offer elastic search to provide real-time search, data analysis, and visualization capabilities. Alibaba Cloud has also launched Smart Access Gateway (SAG), an SD-WAN solution to provide a one-stop cloud connectivity solution for public cloud and hybrid cloud environments.

“The Digital Economy Vision of Indonesia sets out a clear direction for our future development. Our goal is to foster new decacorn and unicorn, accelerate the growth of at least 1,000 startups, and help at least 8 million people in the traditional farming and fishing industries, as well as SMEs, to go digital,” said H.E. Rudiantara, Minister of Communications and Information of Indonesia.

“With better connectivity and a fast-growing digital community, the Indonesian market presents enormous opportunities to both local and global enterprises,” said Leon Chen, General Manager of Singapore and Indonesia, Alibaba Cloud. “By doubling our data center capacity and launching the Internet Champion Global Accelerator Program in Indonesia, we aim to further build the cloud ecosystem and talent pool for Indonesia.”

The newly launched Alibaba Cloud Internet Champion Global Accelerator Program echoes the Indonesian Government’s digital ambition by providing training, mentorship, and venture capital opportunities to enterprises and professionals. Following its initial launch in Indonesia, it will gradually roll out to other global markets. Alibaba Cloud kicked off the program in Jakarta by giving 300 professionals from start-ups and enterprises an introduction to e-commerce technology, using Alibaba Group’s Double 11 Global Shopping Festival as a case study. The accelerator program will go to Bali on January 12 to further connect with more than 200 professionals and students.

Alibaba Cloud also continues to strengthen its local channel network with partners such as PT IndoInternet, PT Blue Power Technology and PT Sistech Kharisma. Today, Alibaba Cloud announced a strategic partnership with PT IndoInternet as the distributor of its full range of cloud computing products and services.

“We are very pleased to work with Alibaba Cloud. Reliable and cost-effective products and services are highly sought-after in our market as it expands. Serving as a distributor of Alibaba Cloud not only helps us meet increasing market demand but also enables local resellers to improve their product knowledge and service standards,” said David Tandianus, Director, PT IndoInternet.

About Alibaba Cloud
Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com), the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is among the world’s top three IaaS providers according to Gartner, and the largest provider of public cloud services in China, according to IDC. Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba Group marketplaces, start-ups, corporations and government organizations. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee.

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Norwalk, CT — 365 Data Centers, a leading provider of hybrid data center services for carrier, content and enterprise customers, announces its Enterprise Managed Services solution, which provides full-service, end-to-end data center technology procurement and management. The new offering includes strategic investment in hardware and software from the industry’s top vendors, such as Dell EMC, storage in 365’s secure facilities, and all supporting services. Allowing businesses to consolidate the cost of acquiring and supporting data center infrastructure into a single fixed monthly fee, the Enterprise Managed Services solution frees up enterprises to focus on their core business instead of IT management.

“Our Enterprise Managed Services solution is our latest example of how we’ve developed a complete enterprise IT services ecosystem, ensuring that our clients no longer have to be burdened with data center management,” says Jeff Slapp, Vice President of 365 Data Centers. “Every week, we’re hearing that enterprises want to move away from a data center management role, but they’re also increasingly interested in hybrid IT infrastructure and keeping costs low and stable. Our new offering solves for these competing challenges and is anchored by our unmatched customer service, along with our entire services portfolio.”


“We’re proud to collaborate with 365 Data Centers to provide enterprises with comprehensive, industry-leading data center solutions,” says Elliot Hujarski, Area Vice President-Southeast for Dell EMC. “With Dell EMC’s broad portfolio of scalable, high-performance data center solutions coupled with 365 Data Centers’ expertise, network and facilities, enterprises can tap into the best IT architecture in the industry without the upfront capital expenditure.”

365 Data Centers’ Enterprise Managed Services offering provides clients with hands-on, start-to-finish guidance to meet their infrastructure needs, beginning with consultation on the desired hardware and software combination, and ending with a move-in-ready, fully implemented, secure solution housed at one or more of 365’s 10 U.S.-based facilities. The fundamental goal of this offering is to free customers from the burden of day-to-day data center management so they can focus on what matters: the success of their business.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Oracle announced the immediate availability of its new data centre in Abu Dhabi, which will offer public cloud applications services to customers in the UAE and wider Middle East. The Abu Dhabi data centre will support the rapid adoption of Oracle Cloud in the UAE and act as a key catalyst for the implementation of UAE’s strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution aimed at building the country’s leadership in education and advanced technology, including artificial intelligence, robotics and genomic medicine.

“By locating a data centre in the UAE, we will be able to better manage service levels and respond to local customers, who, for data governance requirements and other reasons, need to keep their data local,” said Arun Khehar, Senior Vice President – Business Applications, Middle East and Africa, Oracle. “Our customers in the region are excited about this new development. Coupled with Oracle’s unique ability to deliver solutions at every layer of the cloud stack, they firmly believe they can tackle digital disruption head on.”


Top organisations in the UAE continue to drive major digital transformation projects with Oracle Cloud. Etisalat, one of the world’s leading telecommunication groups, is the telecom partner for Oracle’s applications data centre in Abu Dhabi.

“In the past year, we have seen dramatic changes in the industry with digital technologies taking centre stage. Businesses are making investments in futuristic technologies and adapting to these technological changes in their ecosystems”, said Miguel Villalonga, Vice President of Cloud & Data Center, Etisalat Digital. “With digital transformation driving the future, more companies are enabling digital innovation in their business and services. Our collaboration with Oracle complements very well the existing capabilities of Etisalat Digital and will help accelerate this transformation and cloud adoption to further empower government and commercial entities in the region.”

Her Excellency (H.E.) Dr. Rauda Al Saadi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Smart Solutions and Services Authority (ADSSSA), said, “The Authority is sparing no effort in contributing to positioning Abu Dhabi as a global hub for technology and innovation. In line with this, the launch of the new Oracle data centre in Abu Dhabi represents a strong boost towards achieving a digital transformation path, complementing the Abu Dhabi Government Accelerators Programme ‘Ghadan 21’.”

“We are fully aware of the important role that data plays as the key element in driving digital transformation, which requires a strong data system based on the latest technologies and capabilities,” H.E. added. “We therefore attach great importance on the need to strengthen partnerships with leading technology companies to enhance the government services, decision making process, and raising the efficiency of government performance. Our collaboration with Oracle will allow us to double our capabilities across many areas of technology, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and large data analytics.”

Data management represents a cornerstone of the authority’s strategy to develop and manage the data exchange platform, build analysis capabilities, and reinforce private sector participation in the development of this field, she noted. That effort supports the Abu Dhabi Government’s efforts to achieve economic growth and enrich the quality of people’s lives.

About Oracle
The Oracle Cloud offers a complete suite of integrated applications for Sales, Service, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Supply Chain and Manufacturing, plus Highly-Automated and Secure Generation 2 Infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com/middleeast.

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LANSING, Mich. – Liquid Web, a managed hosting company purpose-built for mission-critical sites, stores, and applications for small and midsize businesses announces the refresh of their Managed Dedicated Server offerings, now featuring the new Intel Xeon Scalable processors. The new lineup includes the Intel Xeon E3-1230 v6, Intel Xeon Silver 4108, and Intel Xeon Gold 6130. These technology improvements enhance speed, reliability, and security across the Managed Dedicated Server portfolio and signal Liquid Web’s continued commitment to growing their customers’ online potential.

“Our goal is to provide our customers with the best available server technology backed by the Most Helpful Humans in Hosting™. This makes Liquid Web the best choice for web-dependent businesses and the designers, developers, and agencies who serve them,” said Melanie Purkis, Director of Managed Hosting Products. “This new Intel Xeon Scalable technology provides workload-optimized performance, improved hardware security, and serious processing power that our customers require for their mission-critical sites, applications, and databases,” said Purkis.


Liquid Web’s Managed Dedicated Servers come standard with DDoS protection, advanced security, and built-in backup disk. And, as with all Liquid Web customers, Managed Dedicated Server users benefit from our wholly-owned data centers that are staffed 24/7/365 with highly-trained administrators and engineers who are always available by phone or live online chat in 59 seconds or less — guaranteed. All of this comes without the need for contracts, long-term commitments, or hidden costs.

All Managed Servers at Liquid Web also include the following hosting essentials and uptime guarantee:

  • Security
  • Performance Enhancements (CloudFlare)
  • DDoS protection
  • Built-in server backup solutions
  • 100% Power and Network Uptime Guarantee
  • 24×7 proactive monitoring
  • Optional off-site backups and Server Protection/Malware Remediation

About Liquid Web
Liquid Web powers online content, commerce, and potential to 30,000 SMB entrepreneurs spanning 150 countries. An industry leader in managed hosting and cloud services, Liquid Web is known for its high-performance services and exceptional customer support. The company owns and manages its own core data centers, providing a diverse range of offerings, including bare metal servers, fully managed hosting, Managed WordPress, and Managed WooCommerce Hosting, and continues to evolve its service offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of its web-reliant, professional customers. As an industry leader in customer service*, the rapidly expanding company has been recognized among INC. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies for eleven years. Liquid Web is part of the Madison Dearborn Partners family of companies, Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”).

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced that Mapzen, an open source mapping platform focused on the core components of map display including search and navigation, is a new Linux Foundation project.

Used by organizations such as Eventbrite, Foursquare, Mapbox, The World Bank, Snapchat, HERE Technologies, and Mapillary, Mapzen provides developers with open software and wide-ranging data sets that are customizable and easy to access. Using Mapzen, developers are able to take the open data and build vibrant maps equipped with search and routing services, augment their own libraries and also process data in real-time. This is something not available from conventional, traditionally proprietary mapping or geotracking services.

Launched by mapping industry veterans in 2013 in combination with architects, urban planners, movie makers, and video game developers, Mapzen will continue its mission to provide an open, sustainable and accessible mapping platform.

“Mapzen is excited to join the Linux Foundation and continue our open, collaborative approach to mapping software and data,” said Randy Meech, former CEO of Mapzen and current CEO of StreetCred Labs. “Shared technology can be amazingly powerful, but also complex and challenging. The Linux Foundation knows how to enable collaboration across organizations and has a great reputation for hosting active, thriving software and data projects.”

Mapzen’s services have historically seen upwards of 70,000 registered users. The project portfolio, now operated in the cloud and on-premise by a wide range of organizations, includes:

  • Tangram, a 2D/3D map rendering engine, which enables interactive visualizations in web browsers and on mobile devices. Tangram has over a thousand stars on GitHub and worked together closely with Mapzen’s Tilezen vector tile platform. These high-performance mapping components have ongoing contributions from staff members at Snapchat and HERE Technologies, among other organizations.
  • Valhalla, a routing engine that can plan trips by car, bike, foot, or public transit worldwide. Valhalla offers worldwide support for public transit, when paired with data from Mapzen’s Transitland platform. These mobility projects have ongoing contributions from staff at Mapbox, Mapillary, Interline Technologies, among other organizations.
  • Pelias, a geocoding search engine, has nearly 1,500 stars on GitHub. Pelias provides forward, reverse, and other forms of geocoding against a wide range of datasets, including Mapzen’s Who’s on First gazetteer, an openly licensed gazetteer of millions of places across the world.These search and data projects have ongoing contributions from staff at Cleared for Takeoff, the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Museum, and the New York City Planning Department, among others.

Developers use Mapzen’s open resources and projects to create their own applications or integrate them into other products and platforms. Mapzen’s resources are all open source, so developers are able to build platforms to their liking without the restrictions of data sets put in place by other commercial providers.

“Mapzen is a high-utility technology for developers building aesthetically pleasing maps, which are increasingly important to a wide range of businesses and government agencies. Mapzen’s open approach to software and data has allowed developers and businesses to create innovative location-based applications that have changed our lives,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation. “We look forward to extending Mapzen’s impact even further around the globe in areas like transportation and traffic management, entertainment, photography and more to create new value for companies and consumers.”

In addition to neutral governance, the Linux Foundation will align resources to advance Mapzen’s mission and grow its ecosystem of users and developers. Linux Foundation services range from helping to organize events and working groups to providing marketing support and handling IP and other legal issues as they arise.

Mapzen User Quotes:

“We’ve been using Who’s On First to help power Eventbrite’s new event discovery features since 2017,” said Simon Willison, Engineering Director at Eventbrite. “The gazetteer offers a unique geographical approach which allows us to innovate extensively with how our platform thinks about events and their locations. Mapzen is an amazing project and we’re delighted to see it joining The Linux Foundation.”

“We support Mapzen in its mission to offer open source geolocation technology for developers and organizations around the globe, and we’re happy to see that they’ve joined The Linux Foundation,” said Matt Kamen, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Foursquare. “At Foursquare, we believe that the world needs access to location tech and insights from trusted, independent platforms. Tools like those from Foursquare and Mapzen spur creativity and innovation.”

“HERE is impressed by the quality and flexibility of Mapzen tools and we are excited to see them continuing as a Linux Foundation project,” said Oliver Fink, Director at HERE XYZ. “Tangram and Tilezen are important technologies for HERE XYZ — we look forward to contributing to them and further supporting the open source mapping community.”

“At Interline, we’re proud to continue to provide professional support for many Mapzen software users in the transportation sector,” said Drew Dara-Abrams former Head of Mobility Products at Mapzen and current Principal at Interline Technologies. “Both public transit agencies and private mobility providers see great benefits to open platforms for transit data and multi-modal routing. Interline looks forward to further growing this user-base and to collaborating with others under The Linux Foundation’s umbrella.”

“We use the Mapzen toolbox every single day,” said Jon Schleuss, Data and Graphics Journalist at the Los Angeles Times. “Tangram has empowered our newsroom to make more maps faster. It has given us the ability to create amazing maps from vector data for both online and in our printed newspaper. I am excited to see the future of those tools supported by the open source community.”

“The story of Mapzen demonstrates the genius of open source software,” said Bibiana McHugh, Manager of Mobility & Location-Based Services at TriMet. “The code will continue to flourish through collaboration, community and shared resources, making it the smarter investment for government. TriMet is proud to use Pelias as part of the FTA MOD Sandbox grant project and to continue to collaborate on its development with Cleared for Takeoff.”

About Mapzen
Mapzen is an open and accessible mapping platform that focuses on the core components of geo platforms, including search, rendering, navigation, and data. Founded by map industry veterans in combination with architects, urban planners, movie makers, video game developers, artists and more, Mapzen empowers organizations of all sizes to reimagine what’s possible with cartography today. Mapzen supports the geo community through building tools and collaborating on open source mapping projects.

About the Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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