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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – iThemes, a leader in WordPress plugins announced that it will begin to offer iThemes Hosting, a complete WordPress hosting solution which will include BackupBuddy, iThemes Security Pro and iThemes Sync, all in one package.

“For the last 10 years, as we’ve built WordPress themes, plugins and services, one thing has always been missing— hosting. We’ve sought to build relationships with all of the popular and good (while they are still good) WordPress hosts out there but, frankly, it’s been a giant struggle and frustration for us (and likely our customers, too),” said Cory Miller, General Manager of iThemes. “In January, iThemes was acquired by Liquid Web, one of the premier managed hosting companies, and with it, the opportunity to create a complete WordPress hosting service with all of the products and support iThemes customers have come to love and trust,” said Miller.


iThemes Hosting will offer three types of hosting plans – Business, Professional and a Starter plan. The Starter plan is priced at $15 a month which will include one free migration with BackupBuddy, iThemes Sync Pro, and a free and automatic SSL certificate. iThemes Hosting includes a smarter, more helpful hosting control panel and site management all in one allowing customers to manage their sites faster and more productively.

“iThemes Hosting is a perfect option for customers that don’t make their money online, but make their money because they are online. It is for customers that need to have a low-cost option, but still require large capacity plans with tons of traffic and quality support,” said Chris Lema, VP of Products and Innovation at Liquid Web.

For a limited time, iThemes is offering their Business Plan (reg. $25/month) at an introductory price of $15/month. The Business plan includes iThemes Sync Pro, BackupBuddy, and iThemes Security Pro. To learn more about iThemes Hosting and the introductory pricing visit https://ithemes.com/wordpress-hosting.

About iThemes
iThemes, a Liquid Web company, is a leader in WordPress plugins that include BackupBuddy, iThemes Security Pro, multiple site management iThemes Sync and iThemes Sales Accelerator. iThemes was founded by Cory Miller in 2008 and has since grown it into a full enterprise providing professional WordPress plugins, tools and training resources designed for freelancers, marketers, bloggers and entrepreneurs. In 2011 and 2013, iThemes was recognized among the top 20 fastest-growing private companies in Oklahoma City, a designation given to the top companies demonstrating positive growth. In January, 2018, iThemes was acquired by Liquid Web functioning as an independent unit within Liquid Web. Liquid Web is part of the Madison Dearborn Partners family of companies. For more information, please visit http://www.liquidweb.com/, or read our blog. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date with all Liquid Web events.

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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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VANCOUVER, BC – Inspur, an OpenStack Foundation Gold member, today released version 5.5 of its InCloud OpenStack cloud operating system at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. The software, widely used in the financial services, securities and enterprise sectors in China, offers new capabilities in large-scale services delivery across multiple availability zones and geographies, accessibility and ease of management, stability and scalability, and intelligent operation and maintenance.

The newest version of InCloud OpenStack adds:

  • Features for large-scale deployments. InCloud OpenStack 5.5 can support multiple data centers across multiple regions. In one implementation, Inspur achieved an OpenStack deployment with around 1,000 nodes in a single region for a non-telecom customer and a total of more than 1,400 nodes are in production. InCloud OpenStack offers one-click deployment and graphical resource layout via containerized images that are independent of the host operating system. Resource arrangement is managed visually with system templates or a custom drag-and-drop template.
  • Unified management of diverse compute types. InCloud OpenStack 5.5 offers unified management of virtual machines (VMs), bare metal instances, and containers on the same platform. Resources can be adjusted in parallel to achieve integration and sharing of cluster computing, storage and network resources to reduce operation, maintenance and management costs.
  • Multi-region support. The switch from test deployment to large-scale production deployment presents challenges for OpenStack operators. To achieve large-scale data center delivery capabilities, InCloud OpenStack 5.5 optimizes multi-region management to achieve division and separate management of large clusters. All regions use the same set of Keystone systems to resolve the system bottlenecks caused by cluster expansion.
  • Layered security. InCloud OpenStack adopts a layered security enhancement design to better secure the cloud platform from the dimensions of the hypervisor system, VMs and user access. It adopts Inspur’s security sector governance products to reinforce the hypervisor and VM layers.
  • Disaster tolerance. InCloud OpenStack 5.5 offers disaster recovery capability that spans multiple data centers. A current InCloud OpenStack deployment covers three data centers in two regions. The solution provides disaster tolerance for dual center, dual active capability within 150km in the same city and remote data center recovery. The solution uses Inspur’s proprietary network facility, centralized storage facilities and cloud management to guarantee business continuity in terms of data, network and business operation for customers. The solution can effectively help customers save costs, increase operational reliability and achieve efficient failure management with one-click visual failure switching solutions.

“The growth of OpenStack in China is impressive,” said Jay Zhang, vice president of Inspur. “Over the next five years, we expect a CAGR of 40 percent for this market segment. Ongoing development of standardized APIs and excellent heterogeneous resource management and programmability are key drivers in the thriving OpenStack ecosystem, and Inspur plans to maintain and expand its OpenStack leadership, taking full advantage of this growth trend.”

Inspur is a leading innovator in open compute and open technologies, and major proponent for OCP, ODCC, Open19, OpenStack and Openpower foundations. Inspur strives to build a design base and then to customize and meet efficiency standards. Meanwhile, Inspur will contribute to those communities by providing access to technologies through open source sharing, and to assist the convergence of fellow communities and open source applications.

“Inspur is a Gold member of the OpenStack Foundation and has been throwing investment year upon year participation in OpenStack.” Said Jonathan Bryce, executive director at OpenStack Foundation, “We move forward the community with contributions from companies. Inspur has dozens of developers who contribute to different projects in OpenStack and has worked to build OpenStack appointment in China which is one of the fast-growing markets.”

About Inspur
Inspur is a leading global provider of cutting-edge data center and cloud computing solutions, aspiring to deliver continuously more innovative and efficient solutions to meet rapidly growing technology demands. Working with over 1,000 enterprises around the world, Inspur delivers top-tier quality and performance, energy and cost efficiency, and purpose-built solutions to specific workloads and data center environments. Inspur is a Gold member of the OpenStack Foundation. For the most-recent public release—Queens—Inspur’s upstream contributions have doubled over the previous version, Pike. Also, Inspur is a silver sponsor of Apache Software Foundation and a member of both the Linux Foundation and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

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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 4,600 dedicated servers under management, today announces the launch of its new mid-end and high-End dedicated server plans. These hosting packages are powered by Dell’s latest, 14th generation PowerEdge server technology. 3W Infra expects to enhance its innovative power later on this year by adding AMD-powered (next to Intel-powered) Dell equipment.

3W Infra’s new high-end and mid range dedicated server packages are powered by Dell PowerEdge R440 and Dell PowerEdge R540 respectively. These server hardware types will replace the previous 3W Infra server packages based on R430 and R530. As a provider of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions on a global scale, 3W Infra has thoroughly tested the 14th generation Dell hardware and expects these new dedicated server plans to cater to the efficiency and performance needs, even the most demanding ones of a variety of its existing and new customers worldwide.

3W Infra Test Bench Data Center Amsterdam

“3W Infra engineers have run multiple test with both of these Intel-powered Dell server types on the test bench in our flagship data center in Amsterdam and they found remarkable improvements when compared to the previous generation of Dell servers,” said Roy Premchand, Managing Director of 3W Infra. “Our testing results show that the equipment is delivering serious efficiency and performance enhancements, as promised by Dell.”

“Providing up to 140 TB (!) storage capacity, 3W Infra’s new high-end dedicated server offering is able to efficiently handle high-capacity business workloads,” added Mr. Premchand. “This would make the R540 dedicated server package ideal for applications like software-defined storage, messaging, video streaming and virtualization, to name a few. 3W Infra’s mid-end R440 dedicated server plan on the other hand is optimized for high-density, scale-out computing. This makes it an ideal solution for running virtualization applications and web serving. With its dual processor architecture and ample storage and memory, our R440-powered dedicated server is a good fit for HPC applications as well as standard business applications – for businesses looking for performance but also for efficiency within their dedicated server environments.”

Equipped with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for Information Security Management together with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance, the new dedicated servers are located in 3W Infra’s flagship data center in Amsterdam – an Open Compute Project (OCP) ready data center with scalable power modules starting at 5 Ampere per cabinet up to 25 Ampere for high-density requirements.

Key features of 3W Infra’s new R540 (high-end) dedicated server package include:
• Dual Intel Xeon Scalable (Skylake-SP) CPU – up to 20 cores
• 512 GB DDR4
• Dell Remote Access and Lifecycle Controller (iDRAC9 Enterprise)
• Hardware RAID (PERC): Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller
• Up to 12x 3.5” SAS/SATA HDD
• Supports NVMe SSDs
• Up to 20Gbps dedicated uplink to 3W Infra’s high volume (160Gbps of bandwidth), fully redundant and continuously expanding global network
• Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows Server with Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, or BSD.
• Free-of charge dedicated server setup

Key features of 3W Infra’s new R440 (mid-end) dedicated server package include:
• Dual Intel Xeon Scalable (Skylake-SP) CPU – up to 22 cores
• 512 GB DDR4
• Dell Remote Access and Lifecycle Controller (iDRAC9 Enterprise)
• Hardware RAID (PERC): Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller
• Up to 4x 3.5” Hot Plug HDD
• Supports NVMe SSDs
• Up to 20Gbps dedicated uplink to 3W Infra’s high volume (160Gbps of bandwidth), fully redundant and continuously expanding global network
• Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows Server with Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, or BSD.
• Free-of charge dedicated server setup

AMD-Powered Dell Servers

3W Infra already has laid its eye on Dell’s very recently introduced PowerEdge servers (R6415, R7415, and R7425) with AMD’s Epyc 7000 processors inside. As with the Intel-powered dedicated servers launched today, it will support NVMe SSDs. If the promised performance, efficiency and reliability results will turn out to be as great as expected when being put on 3W Infra’s test bench, the company will definitely embrace the AMD technology and have 3W Infra’s dedicated server plans powered by AMD processors.

“The R6415 and R7415 servers seem to be able to provide two-socket performance from a single-socket server,” added Mr. Premchand. “This would provide us and our clients with tremendous savings and a much lower TCO figure, savings that would add up as we expect to scale-up 3W Infra’s amount of servers under management significantly in the coming year. The AMD-powered Dell servers are available on the market already, but we will first let our engineers put them on our test bench. In line with 3W Infra’s highly flexible approach and customized offerings though, we may be able to offer these servers – just as any other Dell server type and configuration – before the official dedicated server package launch later on this year.”

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 4,600 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.

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REDWOOD SHORES, CA – Oracle announced the general availability of Java SE 10 (JDK 10). JDK 10 is a production-ready implementation of the Java SE 10 Platform Specification, as specified by JSR 383 in the Java Community Process. The first release in Oracle’s new six-month Java innovation cycle, Java SE 10 provides a number of new features, including local variable types, parallel full GC for G1, and experimental features such as the Java-Based JIT Compiler.

Java SE 10 was created in close collaboration with the OpenJDK Community, a diverse set of contributors whom have collaborated for more than ten years on an open-source implementation of the Java SE platform. Key features in the new release include:

  • Local-variable type inference: enhances the Java language to extend type inference to declarations of local variables with initializers.
  • Parallel Full GC for G1: improves G1 worst-case latencies by making the full GC parallel.
  • Application Class-Data Sharing: optimizes startup time and footprint by extending the existing Class-Data Sharing (“CDS”) feature to allow application classes to be placed in the shared archive.
  • Experimental Java-Based JIT Compiler: enables the Java-based JIT compiler, Graal, to be used as an experimental JIT compiler on the Linux/x64 platform

“Oracle is committed to rapidly evolving and delivering new innovations in the Java platform – this being the first in our newly adopted release cycle and licensing model,” said Georges Saab, Vice President, Software Development, Java Platform Group at Oracle. “We’re especially proud of the simplicity of this release, which introduces useful new features, removes unnecessary elements, and is easy for developers to use.”

Java is the world’s most popular programming language, with over 12 million developers running Java. Java is also the #1 developer choice for cloud, with over 21 billion cloud-connected Java virtual machines.

About Oracle
The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Datacenter.com, an international data center colocation provider that paid more than $500,000 for its domain name while introducing a flexible month-to-month colocation subscription model three months ago, announces the launch of its channel partner program with global reach. The program is aimed at CSPs, MSPs, systems integrators and IT consultancy firms, enabling them to package their own offerings with Datacenter.com’s carrier-neutral and cloud-neutral colocation services designed for contractual and technical flexibility at one of the main Internet hubs in Europe, in Amsterdam.

Datacenter.com launched its on-demand, month-to-month colocation subscription model – called Start Direct Cabinets – at the end of 2017 to cater to the flexibility needs of cloud-oriented companies with dynamic operations and/or hybrid IT infrastructures in place. Now, Datacenter.com brings its highly flexible, cloud-neutral colocation model to the channel of CSPs, MSPs, systems integrators (SIs), IT distributors, IT consultancy firms, and other types of business partners interested in offering colocation services to their clients or referring them to Datacenter.com.


Data Center Amsterdam

“Channel partners selected by Datacenter.com will be able to benefit from our significant investments in state-of-the-art carrier-neutral data center infrastructure as well as our competitive price levels,” said Jochem Steman, CEO of Datacenter.com. “Initially, the program will be available from our brand new AMS1 facility in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, but soon our portfolio of facilities as well as the program will be expanded into other areas around the world – as we’ve planned a fast rollout of carrier-neutral data centers in strategic markets worldwide. The 54.000 square feet facility in the Amsterdam South-East business district is highly secured and outfitted with enterprise-grade amenities such as redundant N+1 cooling units, 2N power and 2N water supply. Next to that, we’ve used indirect adiabatic cooling technology to maximize energy savings, while the facility is certified as compliant for all relevant data center management regulations.”

Datacenter.com’s Channel Partner Program provides a range of benefits for channel partners tailored around the capabilities and requirements of each type of partner. The partner program comes in four flavors catering to the various need and requirements of different types of channel partners:

  • Lead/Referral Generation – Channel partners may collaborate with Datacenter.com by referring leads, no substantial data center services knowledge is required. The more accounts referred to Datacenter.com, the higher commission percentage partners will receive. The referral partnership is non-exclusive, meaning that partners are allowed to refer their colocation services leads to others as well. Besides that, there are no limits being set to the total number of referrals.
  • Reseller Partnership – Designed for ‘easy selling’ as the carrier-neutral and cloud-neutral data center infrastructure delivered has an enterprise-grade, ultra-low pPUE figure of 1,04 and there are no long-term contract commitments involved, Datacenter.com offers its reseller partners the opportunity to add new ‘easy’ revenue streams to their portfolios. This type of partnership is typically aimed at IT services partners including distributors who may consider themselves knowledgeable in the field of IT in general or in specific areas.
  • Solution Integration Partnership – This channel program option is built to help enable IT service providers maximize revenue streams by incorporating Datacenter.com’s enterprise-grade, flexible colocation services with month-to-month contracts into their own services offerings. Cloud service providers (CSPs), managed service providers (MSPs) and systems integrators (SIs) are enabled to seamlessly integrate Datacenter.com’s colocation services into their own (hybrid) services offerings.
  • Elite Partnership – This program option provides partners the opportunity to collaborate with Datacenter.com on an equal basis and utilize Datacenter.com’s co-branded sales & marketing enablement to drive opportunities that are closed together. Datacenter.com offers these types of partners dedicated technical resources to help them design customized solutions for their customers. Also included are sales & bid management support, for example. Marketing opportunities embedded include site visits, joint press releases, and much more.

“The Datacenter.com Channel Partner Program is designed to further expand our reach, but it’s a unique colocation offering we are sharing with our partners so it’s really providing a win-win,” added Mr. Steman. “Our Start Direct Cabinets with flexible, month-to-month colocation contracts; our ultra-low thus highly energy-efficient PUE; our strategically located and highly connected data centers in fiber-dense areas, starting in Amsterdam; not to forget a solid brand name and an organization that’s managed by long-time Internet veterans; these characteristics delivered by Datacenter.com all add up to a really unique offering. We’re convinced that the Datacenter.com channel program will enable easy and lucrative selling for partners signing up to this program.”

About Datacenter.com
Datacenter.com’s investors have committed themselves to invest heavily in state-of-the-art data center infrastructure – to meet the market’s growing need for energy efficient, highly interconnected and modular colocation facilities, in which organizations can flexibly and securely host their critical IT infrastructure while cloud computing needs are addressed. Datacenter.com’s customized, reliable and innovative data center solutions are accompanied with the company’s best-in-class customer support. To learn more about Datacenter.com, visit https://datacenter.com

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