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Leading video management system provider expands global infrastructure in response to video usage growth by large enterprises and universities SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Panopto, the leading video management system provider for enterprise and higher education, today announced it has launched a new data center in Sydney, Australia, offering a complete cloud-based video hosting option to enterprise businesses and universities in Australia and New Zealand. The new data center is in response to the accelerating global demand for video management capabilities to support distance learning and remote work. To date, Panopto Cloud has been available from data centers in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. With this announcement, businesses and universities based in Australia and New Zealand can now host their Panopto video libraries on an in-region cloud that complies with organizational data storage policies. Using Amazon Web Services (AWS), the new data center allows all video…
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SARASOTA, FL – Atlas Networks, a technology consulting firm part of the AWS Partner Network, has launched a free cloud cost-optimization assessment to help businesses reduce overspending on cloud infrastructure. Through this consultation process, the team provides customized solutions that generate increased IT efficiency and more predictable costs, without sacrificing the reliability of these critical cloud systems. In addition, organizations that complete this free assessment process typically save an average of 30 percent on their cloud infrastructure.

“Today, in the wake of COVID-19, many businesses have reduced staff and are pivoting to remote work. So, reduced overhead and cost savings – especially on technology solutions imperative to business operations – is increasingly important to companies of all sizes,” said Anand Pallegar, founder, Atlas Networks. “Identifying cost-savings and streamlining cloud investments is what our team does best.”


Launched in 2018, Atlas Networks was started with the desire to improve how consulting and cloud services are offered to enterprise organizations. The firm provides end-to-end cloud services, including cloud migration and the optimization of existing cloud infrastructure – all of which have become more relevant due to the current pandemic. In fact, the recent “Flexera 2020 State of the Cloud Report” found that many enterprises expect to increase cloud usage due to COVID-19 and the optimization of existing cloud infrastructure was ranked the top initiative for the fourth year in a row.

In addition to cloud consulting, Atlas Networks offers managed services and WebOps to help drive and stabilize internal IT teams. With over 85 years of combined expertise, the Atlas Networks team acts as an integrated partner that provides 24/7 technical support and the successful deployment, monitoring and smooth operation of mission-critical web applications.

“When it comes to successful client engagement, we strongly believe in a culture of continual collaboration, communication, and transparency to resolve issues, minimize downtime and deliver an optimized experience,” said Pallegar. “When it comes to critical IT infrastructure, we welcome the opportunity to provide some certainty and support to businesses in these uncertain times.”

To learn more about Atlas Networks’ core capabilities, or to schedule a consultation, visit https://www.atlasnetworks.com/cost-optimization-assessment-form

About Atlas Networks
Atlas Networks is an innovative, cloud consulting firm that helps navigate complex business challenges, find meaningful solutions, and deliver impactful results. With a team of world-class engineers, developers, and strategists, we help companies identify cost-saving approaches to streamline their cloud investments and re-invest in stabilizing and growing their business.

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AUSTIN, TX – The Ironic community published a white paper that highlights the scope, growth and maturity of the bare metal provisioning software. The white paper was developed by more than 26 contributors over 12 months and details all aspects of bare metal provisioning and lifecycle management via the OpenStack project. It provides information on performance, security, compliance and stack independence, as well as non-virtualizable resources associated with bare metal.

The white paper is a deep dive into the tools, clients and automation that demonstrate how the mature Ironic software delivers stable, production-proven bare metal compute instances, a popular option for deployment of container-based workloads because bare metal avoids the overhead and performance penalties common with full-featured hypervisors such as KVM.


“Building the Future on Bare Metal: How Ironic Delivers Abstraction and Automation using Open Source Infrastructure” here: https://www.openstack.org/bare-metal/how-ironic-delivers-abstraction-and-automation-using-open-source-infrastructure

Ironic Case Studies Highlighted
The white paper includes case studies from users including StackHPC, SuperCloud, Red Hat, VEXXHOST and more. Use cases highlighted in these stories include:

  • Use of Ironic to make resource usage more efficient: In one user’s production environment, bare metal provisioning based on Ironic has been in production for two years on more than 5,000 nodes. Because the creation of Kubernetes clusters adds an additional layer of abstraction, they use Ironic to create such clusters directly with physical machines, or even in a hybrid mode where only the master nodes are virtual machines and the minions are physical machines. One example for an application which makes use of this approach is the IT department’s batch processing service. The combination of virtual and physical machine provisioning via Nova and Ironic here allows for maximizing the efficient use of the allocated resources.
    Implementation of Ironic for software RAID support: Stack HPC uses Ironic along with ION Geophysical migrating on-premise HPC infrastructure into an OpenStack private cloud for seismic analysis.
  • InfiniBand Software Defined Networking: Supercloud addresses internal challenges by building bare metal service with Ironic and InfiniBand. This allows the system to provision cloud instances directly on the hardware with no need of virtualization, achieving the level of performance previously only seen on classic HPC systems.
  • Use of Ironic to provide aid to installer tools: Red Hat uses the software to provision the bare metal hardware needed for clusters being deployed and also provides an API and mechanisms to support a variety of use cases from within a running cloud.

Julia Kreger, Ironic Project Team Lead, recalled an anecdote about hearing first-hand about the value of the Ironic software: “At a conference a few years ago, I sat down to dinner next to someone I did not know. He started to tell me of his job and his long hours in the data center. He asked me what I did, and I told him I worked as a software engineer in open source. And he started talking about some tooling he recently found that took tasks that would normally take nearly two weeks for racks of servers, to just a few hours. He simply glowed with happiness because his quality of life and work happiness had exploded since finding this Bare Metal as a Service tooling called Ironic. As a contributor, this is why we contribute. To make those lives better.”

The paper explores how the Open Infrastructure community has addressed the bare metal provisioning problem with entirely free open source software. It discusses the issues operators face in discovering and provisioning servers, how the OpenStack community has solved these issues with Ironic and the future of open infrastructure and hardware management, emphasizing the necessity of open source and the value of contributors continuing to build on top of strong foundations. For operators interested in deploying Ironic, they select a partner from the dozens of vendors in the Ironic Bare Metal Program.

About the OpenStack® Foundation and Ironic
Ironic is an open source project that fully manages bare metal infrastructure and is part of OpenStack. The OpenStack Foundation (OSF) supports the development and adoption of open infrastructure globally, across a community of over 100,000 individuals in 187 countries, by hosting open source projects and communities of practice, including datacenter cloud, edge computing, NFV, CI/CD and container infrastructure.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Long-time open source software advocate and premium web hosting and cloud solutions provider InMotion Hosting is increasing its commitment to open source, building upon an OpenStack Foundation corporate sponsorship, the company announced today.

Serving small businesses for nearly 20 years, InMotion Hosting provides tools and services that enable smaller companies to compete on a level above their current size. The OpenStack Foundation corporate sponsorship is the first step in a renewed investment in open source software and business development.


“InMotion Hosting believes in the open source community and wants to give back in various ways, such as our Corporate Sponsorship of the OpenStack Foundation,” Todd Robinson, InMotion Hosting co-founder and president said. “OpenStack is a critical part of open source alternatives to the mega public clouds. Our focus on making OpenStack easy to deploy and manage will give more options for small and medium businesses looking to join the OpenStack user base.”

Currently in development, InMotion Hosting’s latest product Flex Metal Cloud is an on-demand private cloud solution powered by OpenStack. Flex Metal Cloud’s hyperconverged infrastructure simplifies cloud deployments, increases flexibility, and maximizes resources. With up-front pricing and usage-based billing, it’s a cost-effective choice over public clouds.

Flex Metal Cloud users will be able to deploy safely and quickly in a production-ready environment with the assistance of InMotion Hosting’s industry-leading support team. Plus, all of InMotion Hosting’s supporting content will help guide those who want to test and explore on their own. Created with an open source mindset, our reference architecture will be publicly available to anyone.

About InMotion Hosting
Founded in 2001, InMotion Hosting is a privately held company providing custom web hosting and cloud based solutions and services to businesses across the world. With customers in six continents and more than 175 countries, and partners that include Intel, Cisco, Samsung, Dell, SuperMicro, and OpenStack Foundation, InMotion Hosting has established a long-standing track record of helping businesses of all sizes achieve online success and technological innovation, all backed by live 24/7/365 U.S.-based support.

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Lead by Web Hosting Industry Veteran and seasoned startup founder Ben Gabler, Rocket today emerged as an all-in-one Managed WordPress Hosting provider at the Edge of the cloud.

Rocket is Gabler’s vision for bringing WordPress to the Edge of the Cloud with Global Caching and Website Security inherently built-in to the Platform. After spending years working with WordPress users seeking CDN and WAF solutions to layer on top of their hosting provider – Gabler realized there was not only an opportunity to integrate these services but simplify the experience so every WordPress website in the world can effortlessly benefit.


“WordPress users should be able to focus on building and managing their website content without needing a degree in security and performance best practices” said Gabler. “Our platform has a unique footprint at the Edge of the Cloud that not only brings WordPress hosting as close as possible to your website visitors, but it also provides Enterprise Website Optimization and Security tools at no additional cost.”

Starting with the end result, Rocket’s platform enables WordPress users of all sizes to deliver maximum WordPress performance across the globe, while maintaining a secure experience. Rocket delivers a full suite of optimization tools within the platform removing the skill sets and resources needed to manually configure separate plugins and operational settings during a WordPress deployment, optimization or update. WordPress users can now focus on what matters most, making a digital impact..

Rocket Platform Benefits include:

  • Easy to use Control Panel: Modern interface built for WordPress users of all sizes – making it easier than ever to develop, stage, launch, and boost your WordPress Website performance.
  • Premium Servers & Global Footprint: Directly connected with all major ISP networks the platform’s Enterprise grade servers at the Edge of the cloud put your WordPress within arms reach of our Website Visitors.
  • Built-in Caching (CDN) and Proxying: Rocket automatically caches all website content in over 200 locations, no plugin or configuration required. Rocket’s global caching fully supports dynamic content including WooCommerce. We also proxy and cache several third-party scripts like Google fonts to reduce DNS lookups and increase load time on your pages.
  • Always-on Website Security suite: Every WordPress installation includes a Website Firewall (WAF) and Malware Scanning/Patching specifically tuned for WordPress at no additional cost.
  • Protecting every WordPress install from common http attacks, weak password usage, brute-force prevention, and much more.
  • Optimized JavaScript and Images: Our platform can automatically optimize your website’s use of JavaScript and increase page load time by asynchronously loading it. The platform also applies lossless image optimization with WebP support
  • Automated WordPress Updates: Save time, headache, and money with our automated WordPress core, plugin, and theme updates.

As a WordPress plus Edge Solution, Rocket is the only provider to leverage over 200 locations around the world extending the footprint of every WordPress installation. Not only is caching and security built in, the Rocket platform minimizes packet transfer delivering premium performance at increased speeds to site users anywhere in the world.

To build this innovative and easy-to-use WordPress hosting platform, Rocket teamed up with Total Server Solutions. “We take great pride in customizing our global reach and hyper converged cloud offering to support our client’s innovations” said Gary Simat, Total Server Solutions’ CEO. “The Rocket story is one of many partnerships where the result achieved more than each could accomplish individually. Even more, Total Server Solutions is using the Rocket platform to build our WordPress online presence”

“We’re really excited to bring this Product to market with our partners. While the name Rocket may be new, the team behind it is extremely seasoned” said Gabler. “Seeing WordPress evolve from the early 2000’s to where it is today, we’re thrilled to be a part of the WordPress community again. We strongly feel our Platform will really make an impact to provide a better Internet experience for users all over the world”

Rocket’s Simple, Fast, & Secure Managed WordPress Hosting is available today and is priced based on resources required starting at just $25 a month. See full pricing details on our website or contact our Sales team for more information.

About Rocket
Rocket is an all-in-one Managed WordPress Hosting platform built for WordPress Websites of all sizes. We deploy and cache your entire website in over 200 locations with built-in Website Security tools. We primarily compete with WPEngine, Kinsta, and GoDaddy. Our management team comprises hosting industry experts that bring over 30 years of combined experience to the table. With an easy-to-use control panel on top of an Enterprise grade global footprint, we hope to help make the internet a safer place for WordPress users of all sizes. For more information, visit onrocket.com

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OMAHA, NE – 1623 Farnam, a regional leader in network-neutral, edge interconnection and data center services, announces today the details of its $40 million edge data center expansion. The expansion includes significant upgrades to the facility’s electrical power infrastructure and increases colocation capacity by converting floors six-through-nine into usable data center space.

This expansion further supports the increase in demand for interconnected edge data centers, and comes after 1623 Farnam’s initial $10 million expansion last year to build out the facility’s fifth-floor space, which they are currently filling. The new construction will upgrade the facility’s interconnection capabilities by adding additional cabling, vaults and new redundant electrical plans that will support up to 8MW of power to the facility.


“Our prime location in Omaha is at the nexus of the country’s east-west and north-south cable routes, making it important that we enable sufficient interconnection capabilities for our customers and partners,” says Todd Cushing, President of 1623 Farnam. “We are also increasing our capacity with build outs to the sixth through ninth floors of the building to better accommodate existing and new customers.”

“There has been increasing demand in the data center space, especially now in the current global climate,” says Bill Severn, Executive Vice President of 1623 Farnam. “This build is being carried out largely with our customers and partners in mind. Our new vaults have new conduit access to enable rapid deployment and provide ease of access for establishing new fiber connections. We understand that the quicker and easier we can make it for our customers to get into the building, the better.”

The details of the upgraded facility are as follows:

  • 75,000 gross sq. ft. available
  • 9 floors total (plus penthouse, lower level and sub-basement)
  • 8 data center floors (2-9)
  • 6,400 gross sq. ft. per floor
  • 5,400 sq. ft. total “white” data center space per floor
  • 3,100 sq. ft. for cabinets per floor
  • 154 cabinet capacity per floor
  • Both chilled water and air cooling options
  • N+1 Concurrently Maintainable
  • 8MW of power on a uniquely redundant power grid
  • SOC 2 Type 2, SOC 2 Type 1, ISO 27001 and PCI Certifications
  • Cloud on ramps for Telia Carrier, Megaport, Google Cloud Connect, AWS and Microsoft Azure

The global edge data center market is currently booming, with a predicted YoY growth rate of 8.93% by the end of 2023, as noted by Marketwatch. This makes the expansion of 1623 Farnam’s edge interconnection facility crucial to serve this rapidly increasing demand; especially at a time when global internet usage has increased by as much as 70% due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. 1623 Farnam’s prime location at the center of the United States and in proximity to the largest Google Cloud node in North America and other significant hyperscale builds in the Omaha metro area makes it an ideal location for increased network and cloud capacity. 1623 Farnam is also host to the Omaha IX, offering robust peering capabilities, as well. The expansion will be deployed in stages throughout the third and fourth quarters of 2020. To learn more, please contact 1623 Farnam’s VP of Sales and Marketing Linn Gowen.

Follow 1623 Farnam on Twitter and LinkedIn, and visit www.1623farnam.com.

About 1623 Farnam
1623 Farnam is the leading network interconnect point providing secure direct edge connectivity to fiber and wireless network providers, major cloud and CDN properties, content providers and Fortune 500 enterprises. We support mission-critical infrastructure and applications with the highest levels of availability, enabling maximum levels of application performance. As the regional leader in network-neutral, edge interconnection, 1623 Farnam offers access to 50 network companies which have local, regional, national and international reach. Located in the heart of the Midwest, 1623 Farnam services over five million eyeballs and multiple Fortune 500 companies in our region. Nebraska is the 15th fastest growing tech state and 20th fastest population growing state in the nation. We pride ourselves on consistently earning high customer satisfaction scores resulting in customer peace-of-mind.

For more information, please visit www.1623farnam.com.

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