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DUBLIN – Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, today announces the release of a new report, “Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2017.” The research study, created in collaboration with Bitpower and partly-funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), examines the opportunities and challenges associated with the digital asset hosting industry in Ireland.

The report also attempts to establish a baseline of the size, by category and sustainability, of Ireland’s data centre industry, addressing the scale of energy in use, requested and predicted over the period from 2017 to 2024. In 2016, the total energy use for all operational data centres in Ireland was estimated to be 1.40 TWh. Ireland’s total electricity use in 2016 was 27.6 TWh. By way of illustration, the world’s data centres used 416.2 TWh in 2016, of which Ireland’s data centre energy use represented 0.34 percent of the industry total. By analysing the different types of data centres, and documenting the energy efficiency and best practices in data centre design and operations, the report will act as a useful reference for policymakers when looking to provide context to the growing global requirement for data centres, as a “Connected Planet” becomes a reality.


“Data has a much higher economic value than the energy that powers it, and all stakeholders should recognise this when trying to evaluate the sustainability of the data centre industry in Ireland,” comments David McAuley, Founder and CEO, Bitpower, and Host in Ireland Advisory Council member. “As ‘Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2017’ report indicates, collaboration between data centre operators, state utilities and agencies, and renewable energy developers will be key to maintaining Ireland’s position as a Tier 1 global location for hosting and participating in the next wave of growth.”

To download a copy of “Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2017” report, click here: http://hostinireland.com/resources/irelands-data-hosting-industry-2017-report

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 centre 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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Amsterdam, the Netherlands – 3W Infra, a fast growing Infrastructure-as-a-Service hosting provider from Amsterdam with global operations and more than 4,000 dedicated servers under management, has attained the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for Information Security Management together with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance. Validated by independent third-party IT audit company Noordbeek B.V., these certifications would help 3W Infra ensure that they have enterprise-grade controls in place to protect customer information and payment data while safeguarding business continuity.

IT audit company Noordbeek B.V. has checked and validated a variety of processes as well as management and operating controls within 3W Infra’s organization to be able to grant 3W Infra the two ‘enterprise-grade’ security certifications.


To ensure that customers’ information is secure with 3W Infra, Noordbeek has validated things like 3W Infra’s business continuity, the documentation of organizational processes, separation of duties, managing (strategic) suppliers, IT system management, human resources policies and procedures, physical security measures in the offices and data center environment, handling and embedding of organizational knowledge, security incident reporting, and more.

3W Infra has received the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and PCI-DSS certifications from Noordbeek IT Audit, Compliance & Advisory now and is able to send the third-party attestations to customers on their request.

“We see quite some service providers in the worldwide hosting industry eager to serve enterprises and other customers with high demands and mission-critical operations, but we don’t see many of them achieving accreditations like ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and PCI-DSS, especially not the relatively smaller hosting providers,” said Roy Premchand, Managing Director of 3W Infra. “We know it’s not cheap to have these ISO/IEC 27001 and PCI-DSS quality guarantees embedded in your organization, but we think it’s a good step towards GDPR compliance and a big plus for our mission-critical customers who already entrust their IT infrastructure to 3W Infra – among them international companies within gaming as well as cloud services providers with global operations. Besides that, we expect these enterprise level accreditations to bring great value on a global level while attracting new types of customers from around the world within for example healthcare, finance, and government.”

SSAE 16 Certification

On top of the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and PCI-DSS certifications achieved, 3W Infra is targeting expansion of accreditations embedded in the organization with an SSAE 16 certification in the future. While PCI-DSS is focused specifically on the data security of credit card information stored in a facility, SSAE 16 is more generally focused on the services operating environment and the internal controls of 3W Infra as a service provider.

“Although we’re a pure-play IaaS hosting provider, not a data provider, we do deliver managed engineering services through our Remote Hands solution to data services providers who store and process financial information,” added Mr. Premchand. “Our Data Center Neutral Remote Hands Service on the world’s main Internet hubs in Frankfurt, Amsterdam and London, thus may require us to go for this SSAE 16 accreditation as well. Especially because the clients for this Remote Hands engineering service come from all over the world. Most of them are not in the position to drop by in the data center to check data processes and handling themselves. The 3W Infra engineering teams are an extension of their own organization so to say, and SSAE 16 would provide them an end-to-end data security guarantee.”

About ISO/IEC 27001 and PCI-DSS

ISO/IEC 27001:2013 is a worldwide-recognized information security management standard which would ensure that an organization can apply a framework to business processes to help identify, manage and reduce risks to information security. The standard does not only consider IT but all business operations of an organization.

The PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security) standard is a proprietary standard for all organizations that process, transmit, or store payment cardholder data. The standard is providing a framework with technologies and practices that would need to be adhered to in order to protect and secure the cardholder data.

About 3W Infra
Founded in 2014 by some Internet and hosting industry veterans, 3W Infra is a global Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosting provider with great engineering knowledge and skills headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The company’s enterprise-grade, ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and PCI-DSS certified hosting solutions are tailored to the specific needs of each customer. 3W Infra’s infrastructural solutions are engineered for scalability and cost-efficiency, with cloud-enabling services including colocation, dedicated servers, IP Transit, and high-level customer support. These solutions come with 3W Infra’s Remote Hands including Relocation engineering services at the world’s main Internet hubs in Amsterdam, Frankfurt and London.

As a fast-growing company aiming for sustainable growth, 3W Infra serves a dynamic array of different customer types with a variety of needs. The company’s flagship data center in Amsterdam features one of the lowest calculated pPUEs in the industry (1,04), which is highly energy-efficient. 3W Infra has a significant amount of colocation customers and more than 4,000 dedicated servers under management, while its global network now exceeds 160 Gigabit/sec (Gbps) of available bandwidth. 3W Infra’s customer base includes some of the largest Internet, gaming, broadcasting and cloud services companies in Europe and beyond.

To learn more about 3W Infra, visit: www.3winfra.com

About Noordbeek IT Audit, Compliance & Advisory
Noordbeek B.V. was founded in 2006 by Prof. Dr. Ir. Ronald Paans, Professor of Postgraduate IT Audit training at the VU University in Amsterdam. Noordbeek is an IT audit and consulting firm specializing in certification programs and handling of complex IT-related issues. Offerings range from certifications in the field of PCI DSS, ISO 27001, ISAE 3402, COBIT 5.0 to consultancy projects such as improving the connection of IT to business processes and making the cooperation between service provider and customer more effective.

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Timisoara, Romania – 123FormBuilder announced its relaunch under a new name as well as a completely rebuilt next-generation form-builder product with a new interface and capabilities. Formerly 123ContactForm, the company is changing its name to better reflect the breadth of form-building services it provides. The new product, a friendly and intuitive form editor, enables users to create complex layouts in a simple drag-and-drop interface that feels as easy as assembling blocks.

123FormBuilder’s new state-of-the-art editor, built with the latest technologies, incorporates a decade of customer feedback and industry innovations. A beautiful new full-screen interface shows real-time form previews and gives users a true “what you see is what you get” form-building experience. When it comes to structure, users now have complete control over the alignment and individual width of label and inputs and can create responsive forms that adapt to any tablet or mobile screen.


The new editor processes form rules up to 100 times faster and adds several other powerful features, including sophisticated workflows. The updated tool also enables 123FormBuilder engineers to introduce new features faster, so customers can count on getting cutting-edge features quickly.

“When we started our company back in 2008, our objective was to provide a simple way to create online forms. Ten years later, we’re so much more than a contact form builder, and we feel like we have outgrown the name 123ContactForm because our users can create all types of web forms, surveys and workflows with our platform,” said Florin Cornianu, CEO, 123FormBuilder. “Our new name preserves our essence but also incorporates the full spectrum of what our product is capable of, which is the ability to easily create highly complex forms without any knowledge of code. The forms are highly adaptable in terms of structure, perform complex tasks faster and have room for complete personalization in terms of appearance.”

About 123FormBuilder
Founded 10 years ago as 123ContactForm, 123FormBuilder has more than 1.7 million users who have built 2.8 million forms which gathered 88 million submissions, making it one of the leading form-building tools available today. As the company has grown, it’s added innovative new features, including enterprise level security, speed and advanced rules processing, that help all kinds of organizations grow.

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(Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc. agreed to sell some of its Chinese cloud assets to its local partner but said it's committed to a domestic market for internet-based computing that could be worth $30 billion.
Beijing Sinnet Technology Co. will buy servers and other unspecified "operational assets" in the country's capital from Amazon Web Services for as much as 2 billion yuan ($302 million), it said in a filing to the Shenzhen stock exchange. The sale is intended to comply with government regulations and improve service, it said.
Amazon's business in China has been hollowed out by the rise of local rival Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., which has come to dominate e-commerce and is expanding in cloud computing with new data centers. Amazon, the global leader in internet computing, is vying for a slice of domestic spending on cloud services and gear that IDC estimates will reach $30 billion by 2021. But the U.S. company has to deal with laws introduced this year that mandate the storage of data within the country and bolster government control over the movement of information.
On Tuesday, the e-commerce giant rejected media reports tying its asset sale to an imminent departure from the Chinese market. It said instead it was selling hardware to comply with laws that forbid ownership or operation of certain types of cloud technology.
"AWS did not sell its business in China and remains fully committed," the company said in an emailed statement. "We're
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SEATTLE – Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), announced the availability of C5 instances, the next generation of compute optimized instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Designed for compute-heavy applications like batch processing, distributed analytics, high-performance computing (HPC), ad serving, highly scalable multiplayer gaming, and video encoding, C5 instances feature 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon Scalable processors (Skylake-SP) up to 72 vCPUs, and 144 GiB of memory—twice the vCPUs and memory of previous generation C4 instances—providing the best price-performance of any Amazon EC2 instance. To get started with C5 instances, visit: https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/c5/.

Optimized to deliver the right combination of CPU, memory, storage, and networking capacity for a wide range of workloads, all latest generation Amazon EC2 instance families—including C5—feature AWS hardware acceleration that delivers consistent, high performance, low latency networking and storage resources. C5 instances provide networking through the Elastic Network Adapter (ENA), a scalable network interface built by AWS to provide direct access to its networking hardware. Additional dedicated hardware and network bandwidth for Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) enables C5 instances to offer high performance storage through the scalable NVM Express (NVMe) interface. C5 instances introduce a new, lightweight hypervisor that allows applications to use practically all of the compute and memory resources of a server, delivering reduced cost and even better performance. C5 instances are available in six sizes—with the four smallest instance sizes offering substantially more Amazon EBS and network bandwidth than the previous generation of compute optimized instances.


“Customers have been happily using Amazon EC2’s unmatched selection of instances for more than 11 years, yet they’ll always take higher and more consistent performance if it could be offered in a cost-effective way. One of the challenges in taking this next step is how to leverage the cost efficiency of virtualization while consuming hardly any overhead for it,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, Amazon EC2, AWS. “We’ve been working on an innovative way to do this that comes to fruition with Amazon EC2 C5 instances. Equipped with our new cloud-optimized hypervisor, C5 instances set a new standard for consistent, high-performance cloud computing, eliminating practically any virtualization overhead through custom AWS hardware, and delivering a 25 percent improvement in compute price-performance over C4 instances—with some customers reporting improvements of well over 50 percent.”

Netflix is the world’s leading internet television network with 104 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day. “In our testing, we saw significant performance improvement on Amazon EC2 C5, with up to a 140 percent performance improvement in industry standard CPU benchmarks over C4,” said Amer Ather, Cloud Performance Architect at Netflix. “The 15 percent price reduction in C5 will deliver a compelling price-performance improvement over C4.”

iPromote provides digital advertising solutions to 40,000 small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). “iPromote processes billions of ad serving bid transactions every day,” said Matt Silva, COO at iPromote. “During testing, C5 instances improved our application’s request execution time by over 50 percent and significantly improved our network performance overall.”

Grail is a life sciences company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. “Our platform processes a huge amount of DNA sequencing data to detect faint tumor DNA signals in a sea of background noise,” said Cos Nicolaou, Head of Technology at Grail. “We are eager to migrate onto the AVX-512 enabled c5.18xlarge instance size. With this change, we expect to decrease the processing time of some of our key workloads by more than 30 percent.”

Alces Flight Compute makes it easy for researchers to spin up High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters of any size on AWS. “With the support for AVX-512, the new c5.18xlarge instance provides a 200 percent improvement in FLOPS compared to the largest C4 instance,” said Wil Mayers, Director of Research and Development for Alces. “This will reduce the execution time of the scientific models that our customers run on the Alces Flight platform. The larger c5.18xlarge size with 72vCPUs reduces the number of instances in the cluster, and has a direct benefit for our user base on both price and performance dimensions.”

Rescale enables customers in the aerospace, automotive, life sciences and energy sectors to run utility supercomputers using AWS. “C5 fully supports NVMe and is ideal for the I/O intensive HPC workloads seen on Rescale’s ScaleX® platform,” Ryan Kaneshiro, Chief Architect at Rescale, said. “C5’s higher clock speed and AVX-512 instruction set will allow our customers to run their CAE simulations significantly faster than on C4 instances.”

Customers can purchase Amazon EC2 C5 instances as On-demand, Reserved, or Spot instances. C5 instances are generally available today in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon) and, EU (Ireland) regions, with support for additional regions coming soon. They are available in six sizes with 2, 4, 8, 16, 36, and 72 vCPUs.

About Amazon Web Services
For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world — including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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HOUSTON, TX – cPanel technology partner CloudLinux, the maker of the leading OS for hosting providers, today announced that they will be extending the KernelCare Symlink Protection Patchset for CentOS 6 & 7 to all server administrators for free, without requiring a KernelCare license.

“Symlink race attacks are one of the most costly and devastating attacks in web hosting, and protecting web hosting providers against them has been a goal of ours for many years,” said Ken Power, Vice President of Product Development at cPanel, Inc. “Helping CloudLinux provide this patch set to more servers brings us closer to a safer, more secure internet for all.”


“KernelCare was developed to protect against various types of security threats, without the need to reboot servers, and we’ve been discussing with the cPanel team ways to help with hardening of their customers’ kernels,” said Igor Seletskiy, CloudLinux chief executive officer. “We just released this patchset for CentOS 6 and 7 to protect users, including the cPanel customers, and help defend their shared hosting servers against symlink attacks.”

For more information and installation instructions, visit this page:

https://www.cloudlinux.com/kernelcare-blog/entry/symlink-protection-patchset-centos-6-7-kernelcare

For more information on KernelCare, visit https://www.kernelcare.com.

About cPanel
Since 1997, cPanel has been delivering the web hosting industry’s most reliable and intuitive web hosting automation software. The robust automation software helps businesses thrive and allows them to focus on more important things. Customers and partners receive first-class support and a rich feature set, making cPanel & WHM® the Hosting Platform of Choice. For more information about cPanel, visit https://cpanel.com.

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