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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today announced the launch of their second availability zone (“Availability Zone B”) in Malaysia to expand its cloud footprint and bolster its cloud capacity, serving increasing customer demand locally and in the region. The new zone complements Availability Zone A which was launched last year in heightening cloud security and ensuring business continuity through resilient cloud infrastructure.

Alibaba Cloud will also continue to invest in Malaysia by setting up the first cloud based Anti-DDoS Scrubbing Center in August. The center will mitigate risks and offer customers the highest level of protection against stronger DDoS attacks. The new center will feature a variety of security functions including Anti-DDoS Pro, a service that defends against all types of DDoS attacks.


“I welcome Alibaba Cloud’s effort to further support and enhance Malaysia’s digital economy. The world moves ever closer towards e-commerce and we see a considerable surge in demand by local industries to participate in this new economy on a global platform. Malaysia is now pushing ahead with efforts to strengthen its infrastructure with a view towards making access to the Internet a basic human right and categorising facilities which enhance access to broadband as a public utility. The success of our trade on a global platform with assistance of companies like Alibaba Cloud depends on an efficient Internet environment. The advanced technology afforded by Alibaba Cloud opens new opportunities, which I believe will quite substantially benefit Malaysia in its efforts to raise competition and efficiency in this new industry,” said Gobind Singh Deo, Malaysia’s Minister of Communications and Multimedia.

In addition to ensuring high availability and resiliency, Availability Zone B offers payment hardware security modules (HSM), elastic computing, database, networking and monitoring services. It is also certified for SAP hosting, the German-based global market leader in enterprise application software.

“Alibaba Cloud is committed to bringing elastic, scalable and secure cloud products and services to our Malaysian customers. The launch of our Availability Zone B and Anti-DDoS Scrubbing Center will enable us to offer even greater security and choice for our customers. At the same time, the launch will facilitate knowledge sharing with local enterprises and talents on how to use Alibaba Cloud technology to achieve a highly secure and resilient cloud infrastructure,” said Kenny Tan, Malaysia General Manager at Alibaba Cloud.

These new developments in Malaysia come on the back of a number of initiatives by Alibaba Cloud. Earlier this year, the company announced the collaboration with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in the Malaysia City Brain Initiative to create a smart city powered by AI and big data.

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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BURLINGTON, Mass. – Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI), a leading provider of platform solutions designed to help small and medium-sized businesses succeed online, announced that it is offering free SSL Certificates for customers of its Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com and iPage brands to ensure customer data and transactions are secure for themselves and their visitors. The offer will help customers enjoy continued success online with the update of Google Chrome 68, which is more security-focused.

Beginning earlier this week, Google’s updated web browser Chrome 68 alerts users if a site does not use a secure HTTPS connection, making an SSL Certificate – an important aspect of any website – even more critical. Google’s updated browser displays a “Not Secure” message in the URL of any website that does not have a secure HTTPS connection, making visitors less likely to engage and reducing visibility in Google search results.


“Many of our customers are entrepreneurs, focused on running their businesses, not web developers adept at reacting to the ever-changing world of technology. Endurance is dedicated to helping millions of these small business owners succeed online and our SSL Certificate offer is just another example of providing our customers with the right tools and support to help them grow their businesses,” said Suhaib Zaheer, senior vice president and general manager, hosting brands at Endurance. “In this day and age, a secure website is no longer optional and SSL certification is now a ‘must-have’ for any website, which is why we’re proud to offer this to Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com and iPage customers free of charge in light of Google’s browser update.”

Why Encryption is Critical

For the millions of small businesses online today, a “Not Secure” notice could have a dramatic impact on their business. Without a SSL Certificate encrypting the data passing between them and the visitors to their site, both parties could be at risk, and without dedicated resources for site security, small businesses may be even more vulnerable to attacks.

A simple SSL Certificate can help to protect small businesses by:

Authenticating their presence – Validates that customers are talking to their servers and not someone pretending to be them.
Retaining data integrity – Prevents bad actors from modifying the communications between visitors’ computer and business servers, or even injecting unwanted content into sites.
Encrypting data – Keeps the data passing between a site and its visitors private.
Boosting SEO rank – Improves search optimization since Google will give a boost in the ranking of websites that use an SSL Certificate.

Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com and iPage customers will receive free basic SSL to help ensure their sites are secure, allowing their customers to interact with them with confidence. Paid options are also available for customers looking for additional SSL features, such as warranty and TrustLogo Site Seal to display on their website to show their customers that data is secure.

For more information, visit www.Bluehost.com,www.HostGator.com, www.Domain.com and www.iPage.com.

About Endurance International Group
Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:EIGI) helps millions of small businesses worldwide with products and technology to enhance their online web presence, email marketing, business solutions, and more. The Endurance family of brands includes: Constant Contact, Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com and SiteBuilder, among others. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, Endurance employs over 3,500 people across the United States, Brazil, India and the Netherlands. For more information, visit: www.endurance.com.

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SALT LAKE CITY – Cirrus Data Services believes the Salt Lake City region can support hyperscale and wholesale data center colocation offerings and this week publicly announced the View 78 data center campus in Midvale; a suburb of Salt Lake City. The first phase includes a 32MW wholesale and hyperscale data center colocation offering; subsequent plans include the development and operations up to 160MW of data center capacity on the site.

“We are excited to announce the launch of Cirrus Data Services and that we are entering the data center colocation market,” said Gardner Company CEO, Christian Gardner. “The Salt Lake City data center market is growing; major firms and organizations are coming to Utah because of the many advantages this State has to offer.” James Jeffries, President of Cirrus Data Services, stated, “Our new data center campus located in the View 78 development in Midvale is designed for both hyperscale and wholesale tenants including cloud service providers, enterprise companies, and other large-scale tenants. Our product is intended to be scalable and provide an adaptable solution to meet the needs of sophisticated tenants in this sector.”


Cirrus Data Services View 78 Data Center is designed to meet current demands. CirrusDS is developing a campus of purpose-built data center facilities; offering Tier III and Tier II topographies. The first phase will include over 224,000 square feet of data center space with a technology load capacity of 32MW. The first phase will also include approximately 18,000 square feet of office space including technical burn-in and storage areas. The facility’s flexible power distribution and cooling design enable both low-density and high-density racks. The facility will be the first data center campus for Cirrus Data Services; the expansion plans for this site includes up to 160MW of capacity with over 1,120,000 square feet of data center infrastructure. Additional expansion plans include a second large scale campus in Salt Lake City.

CirrusDS has assembled a strong team for the development, building and operations of the View 78 Data Center. The team has been actively working together to bring the CirrusDS vision to fruition. In conjunction with Gardner Company’s development arm the team includes Arch|Nexus, Spectrum Engineers, and Revealey Engineering. FirstDigital is providing initial fiber, network connectivity, and telecommunications services. The campus will include additional fiber vendors to meet tenant requirements. Doug Thimm, lead architect with Arch|Nexus, said, “This is an exciting project. The design team is mobilized and ready to execute our design effort.” He continued by saying, “This data center is designed to meet the demands of today’s evolving requirements.” The team is working closely with the local utilities and are on track to meet the power needs and overall delivery schedule. Road and utility infrastructure for the View 78 development are currently under construction. Award of the construction contract for the data center is scheduled to occur in July. Andrew Lewis said, “We here at JLL are extremely excited to be a part of bringing this cutting-edge project to market. The vision that Cirrus Data Services has for this site will absolutely raise the bar for data centers.”

The region is an established colocation data center market. Utah has favorable tax incentives along with low operational costs when compared to other States; Utah has some of the lowest power costs in the country. Aligned Energy recently announced the retrofit of a former semiconductor chip fabrication facility in West Jordan servicing the wholesale market. Other existing multi-tenant data center offerings in the Salt Lake City market include DataBank, which operates three facilities in the region, and Flexential, which has seven data centers in the Salt Lake City area. In addition, other major firms have facilities in this region including the recent announcement from Facebook that they are building a campus in Eagle Mountain.

Cirrus Data Services is now leasing data center capacity. For more information please visit http://www.CirrusDS.com.

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OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS – Codero Holdings, Inc. (Codero), a leader in managed hosting services and technology enablement, announced the closing of the Company’s offering of 6% convertible secured subordinated notes due 2023. Codero closed on $10,498,000 of new funding on April 4, 2018. Proceeds from the offering were used to repay the Company’s existing senior indebtedness and supplement available working capital to accelerate the Company’s transformation to a managed cloud service provider.

“Businesses of all sizes are steadily moving their workloads onto a combination of data centers and platforms like Azure, AWS, VMware, and more,” said Codero’s CEO, John Martis. “With our company-owned Tier III data centers and our partnerships with organizations like Microsoft, Amazon, and Dell, we can help our customers through every stage of this complex journey – from planning, migrating, and optimizing – so they can securely connect disparate environments to drive IT efficiencies. This offering validates the confidence of our investors, as well as their endorsement of our long-term strategy.”


About Codero
Codero is an infrastructure and technology enabler that facilitates the adoption and use of advanced and custom cloud and technology solutions. A provider of dedicated, managed and hybrid cloud services, backed by exceptional customer service, Codero serves over 3,500 customers worldwide. Codero offers a portfolio of custom hosting and technology solutions focused on the specific needs of small and medium businesses and community anchor institutions. Codero helps customers and partners live and thrive in the cloud. Learn more about Codero at http://www.codero.com.

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ASHBURN, VA – Infomart Data Centers, a national wholesale carrier-neutral data center provider, today announced progress on its sustainability initiatives. Now owned by Infomart, the former Dulles Technology Center in Loudoun County, Virginia, is the first purpose-built data center in the region. Demonstrating its commitment to environmental responsibility, Infomart has recycled in excess of 1.8 million pounds of steel, aluminum, copper, batteries and other materials in retrofitting the facility, and made donations with the proceeds to charities supporting the Northern Virginia population.

“A key business challenge is how to align Infomart’s sustainability strategy with that of our clients, and we have achieved this by recycling, reusing and repurposing whenever possible,” explained Dan Ephraim, Vice President of Sales, Infomart Data Centers. “Our core objective is to think beyond the traditional construct of sustainability and identify new ways to responsibly extend the life of the property. Clients can feel confident that our commitment to sustainability is well-aligned with their corporate objectives.”


A resilient and fortified facility, Phase 1 of Infomart Ashburn’s development pipeline consists of three 2MW – 3MW, 10,000-square-foot data center suites, with the facility capacity totaling 18 MW. Infomart Ashburn features true 2N+1 IT critical power redundancy, allowing for concurrent maintenance without interruption, while leveraging the regional climate for maximum efficiency. Infomart will deliver real-time PUE metrics as well as mechanical and electrical infrastructure data through a Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) portal that will provide its clients maximum control and performance transparency.

“Infomart Data Centers demonstrates exemplary environmental responsibility to the Loudoun community through its sustainability initiatives,” stated Buddy Rizer, Executive Director, Loudoun Economic Development. “Infomart is setting the standard with its material recycling initiatives, commitment to energy efficiency and its contributions to charities supporting the local community. I salute them for being an involved and engaged member of the local community.”

The carrier-neutral Infomart Ashburn facility also features industry-leading physical security layers that demanding enterprise, cloud, and federal agencies require when selecting a partner to house their critical applications.

To learn more about Infomart Ashburn, visit www.infomartdatacenters.com/locations/Ashburn/.

About Infomart Data Centers
Founded in 2006, Infomart Data Centers is an award-winning industry leader in building, owning and operating highly efficient, cost-effective wholesale data centers. Each of its national facilities meet or exceed the highest industry standards in all operational categories of availability, security, connectivity and physical resilience. Recognized for its consistent excellence, Infomart Data Centers is dedicated to maintaining its reputation of reliability and best-in-class management while offering flexible solutions to meet the needs of its clients. Since the company’s inception, Infomart has demonstrated its commitment to environmental responsibility in designing and building energy-efficient and sustainable data centers for performance-driven organizations. Infomart Data Centers offers highly connected wholesale and colocation facilities in three Tier I markets throughout the United States, including San Jose, Calif.; Hillsboro, Ore.; and Ashburn, Va.

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DALLAS, TX – DataBank has completed the recertification and authorization of the GSA’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) for its secure, federal CloudPlus platform under both IaaS and PaaS certification categories.

The Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO) audit and validation process leveraged the latest NIST 800-53R4 security framework and validated the IaaS, PaaS, and comprehensive suite of DataBank NIST-compliant security offerings.


The coverage of the Authorization to Operate (ATO) includes traditional IaaS and PaaS services enhanced with fully managed DDoS Protection, Intrusion Detection, Intrusion Prevention, Web Application Firewalls, Antivirus, Host-based Intrusion Prevention, Log Offloading, Configuration Scanning, Patch Management, Dual Factor Authentication (token or PIV/CAC Cards), Backup Services, SynFlood Protection, Load Balancing, CDN, FIPS 140-2 compliant encryption, Compute, Storage, Hypervisor, Network, Internal and External Vulnerability Scanning, SIEM, and 24/7 SOC and NOC operations.

“DataBank’s vision is to become the easiest place to host highly secure mission critical applications,” commented Vlad Friedman, Chief Technology Officer, DataBank. “Our mission is to help transform cloud-enabled FedRAMP/NIST-compliant workloads by delivering increased agility and predictable pricing while eliminating downtime. Backed by a 24/7 SOC and NOC, we go far beyond the typical IaaS boundaries of the hypervisor, diving deep into the PaaS layer for operating systems.”

DataBank’s FedRAMP-Compliant CloudPlus is currently located in Baltimore, MD and Phoenix, AZ with plans for expanding to two more locations by year’s end. The company plans to focus and serve the needs of federal, state, local, and educational organizations, as well as System Integrators and SaaS Providers focused on the federal marketplace.

DataBank also provides Public Cloud Connectivity as a Service, complementing colocation and CloudPlus and allowing secure and redundant 10G connectivity to over 250 public clouds including AWS, Azure, Google, IBM, Dropbox, Office 365, and more. DataBank enables true hybrid deployments of colocation, private CloudPlus, and public cloud workloads all supported by a highly responsive operations group and holistic management portal.

“Our commitment to offering secure cloud services has been validated through this rigorous security assessment, which underscores and further verifies the security of our services, systems, processes, and facilities,” says Mark Houpt, Chief Information Security Officer at DataBank. “DataBank takes a very proactive, consultative approach to our clients’ security and compliance needs.”

The FedRAMP program was created in 2011 to reduce the risks of cloud services and empower government agencies to transform their legacy IT infrastructure to secure, cost-effective cloud solutions. It “provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services,” according to FedRAMP.gov.

DataBank is now compliant with FedRAMP, HIPAA-HITECH, SSAE-18, PCI-DSS, Privacy Shield, GDPR, and more. For more information about DataBank’s FedRAMP Platform, visit https://www.databank.com/solutions/compliant-hosting/fedramp-fisma/.

About DataBank
DataBank is a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, cloud, and connectivity services, offering customers 100% uptime availability of data, applications, and infrastructure. DataBank’s managed data center services are anchored in world-class facilities. Our flexible 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.

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