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ASHBURN, VA – Aligned Energy, a leading data center provider offering innovative, sustainable and adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions for cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers, today announced its new 26-acre, 180-Megawatt master-planned data center campus in Ashburn, Virginia.

When complete, the campus will offer approximately 880,000 square feet of expandable space, drawing redundant, critical power from two on-site substations to service the IT operations of hyperscale and cloud service provider customers.


The campus’ initial 370,000-square-foot, 80 MW facility, followed by a 510,000-square-foot, 100 MW development, will sit atop major fiber and conduit routes, providing access to more than 50 carriers in the immediate area. Both facilities will feature Aligned Energy’s on-demand adaptable and intelligent, dynamic infrastructure, complete with its patented, award-winning data center cooling technology, which is purpose-built to support high, mixed, and variable power densities of 1-50kW per cabinet in the same footprint.

“Our new Ashburn data center campus addresses the needs of cloud providers and hyperscalers that demand a highly dynamic, scalable and future-proof data center solution,” said Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned Energy. “Data centers are the new engines of innovation for the 21st century, and we are delighted to provide Northern Virginia with an incredibly efficient and highly reliable colocation data center platform.”

This new campus is a strategic addition to Aligned Energy’s portfolio. With high-capacity, adaptive, and future-proof facilities in Dallas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and now Ashburn, Aligned Energy is well-positioned to service customer needs in the country’s fastest-growing data center markets.

Aligned Energy’s mission is to make data center critical infrastructure intelligent enough to continuously improve both its economic performance and environmental impact, delivering a noticeable business advantage. The company’s unique approach to infrastructure deployment allows it to deliver the data center platform like a utility – accessible and scalable as needed. It also reduces the energy, water and space required to operate physical data center environments, significantly improving sustainability and yielding greater water usage effectiveness for customers.

From build-to-scale and customizable services, to rapid power and square footage scalability, to just-in-time provisioning and accelerated delivery schedules, Aligned Energy’s data center platform and business model are uniquely positioned to address the infrastructure needs of today’s hyperscalers and cloud service providers.

About Aligned Energy
Aligned Energy is an infrastructure technology company that offers adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows us to deliver data centers like a utility—accessible and consumable as needed. By reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate, our data center solutions, combined with our patented cooling technology, offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving reliability and their bottom line. For more information, visit www.alignedenergy.com and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Google Cloud is granting $9 million cloud credit to Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) for further development of Kubernetes and empower the community. Kubernetes, the open-source orchestration system for automating deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications, has grown incredibly in usage since Google launched it in 2014. Currently, it is used by nearly 54% of Fortune 100 businesses in some capacity. The developers use containers widely nowadays as it allows them to create one version of software that can run on many operating systems and servers. Google has now started transferring ownership and management of the Kubernetes’s cloud resources to CNCF community contributors. The $9 million grant of Google Cloud Platform credits has been divided over the three years to cover the infrastructure costs related to Kubernetes development and distribution. It will include running the continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines and delivering…
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SEATTLE – Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced general availability of Amazon Aurora Serverless. Aurora Serverless is a new deployment option for Amazon Aurora that automatically starts, scales, and shuts down database capacity with per-second billing for applications with less predictable usage patterns. Amazon Aurora Serverless offers database capacity without the need to provision, scale, and manage any servers. Aurora Serverless brings the power of the MySQL-compatible database built for the cloud to applications with intermittent or cyclical usage patterns without the need to manage database servers. To get started with Amazon Aurora Serverless, visit https://aws.amazon.com/aurora/serverless.

Many AWS customers have applications with intermittent or cyclical usage patterns. For example, retail applications often experience seasonal spikes. Development and test workloads require database access only at certain times of the day or week. In addition, all new applications face unknown usage demands. This creates a capacity planning dilemma for customers who must either over-provision database capacity upfront to pay for resources they will not use or under-provision resources and risk performance problems and a poor user experience. With Amazon Aurora Serverless, customers no longer have to provision or manage database capacity. The database automatically and quickly starts, scales, shuts down, and starts up again in seconds based on the needs of the workload. Customers simply create an endpoint through the AWS Management Console, and Amazon Aurora Serverless handles the rest. Customers pay by the second for database capacity only when the database is in use. Amazon Aurora Serverless brings the power of Amazon Aurora, the fastest growing service in the history of AWS, to applications that only require intermittent or cyclical database access at a fraction of the cost.


“More and more customers are moving production applications and databases from Oracle and SQL Server to Amazon Aurora because it’s a highly available, highly durable, built-for-the-cloud database at one tenth the cost of the older guard database offerings,” said Raju Gulabani, Vice President, Databases, Analytics, and Machine Learning, at Amazon Web Services. “With the availability of Aurora Serverless, we now make it more cost effective for our customers to run intermittent or cyclical workloads that have less predictable usage patterns such as development and test workloads or applications that experience seasonal spikes, making Aurora even more attractive for every imaginable workload.”

NTT DOCOMO is the largest mobile service provider in Japan, serving more than 73 million customers. “Our data-based services are often not used at full capacity, resulting in high database running costs,” said Tomoyoshi Ohno, Vice President and General Manager of Innovation Management Department, NTT DOCOMO. “Amazon Aurora Serverless will allow NTT DOCOMO to reduce operational costs by matching capacity to actual demand. Because developers can use Amazon Aurora Serverless just like a traditional MySQL database, it will be easy to adopt in our service infrastructure.”

Pagely is the WordPress hosting leader in innovation, speed, scalability, and security, with thousands of clients ranging from the largest tech companies, to universities, creative agencies, city and state governments, and other large and midsize businesses. “We are excited by the flexibility that Amazon Aurora Serverless offers in our current managed WordPress hosting stack, and the new serverless WordPress application hosting model that it enables us to pursue,” said Joshua Strebel, Founder and CEO, Pagely. “Many of our large-scale WordPress sites have unpredictable database usage. Amazon Aurora Serverless gives us the ability to lower customer costs for these fluctuating workloads and free internal resources by eliminating the need for manual or monitored database resizing. Ultimately this is about saving time, money, and serving our customers better, and Amazon Aurora Serverless will help us do that.”

California Polytechnic State University is a nationally-ranked public university that’s driven by its core philosophy of Learn by Doing — a powerful combination of academic expertise and hands-on experience. “Our Learning Management System (LMS) is central to the student experience at Cal Poly, and we have high standards for performance, scalability and high availability,” said Alison Robinson, Associate Vice President, Cal Poly Information Technology Services. “Amazon Aurora meets our high standards. Given LMS usage patterns, with peaks during the first week of class, mid-terms, and finals, we expect to economize by paying only for the resources we need when we need them and eliminating the need for on-premises hardware. We also capitalize on the flexibility of the AWS environment that allows us to automatically shut down development and test instances when not in use, and spin them up quickly when needed.”

CB Insights is a private market intelligence firm that aggregates and analyzes massive amounts of data and uses machine learning and data visualization to help corporations answer strategic questions. “Leveraging serverless computing is key to our system architecture strategy at CB Insights as it allows us to handle bursts in computation needs in an effective and cost efficient manner,” said Pal Hoye, Chief Technology Officer of CB Insights. “We are excited about the opportunity to bring the serverless model to databases through Amazon Aurora Serverless. Through the preview program we have had early access to Aurora Serverless and it has confirmed the applicability for unpredictable data access scenarios. It’s also a good option for development/staging databases, which can be shut down when not in use to achieve additional cost savings.”

Cognizant is one of the world’s leading business and IT services companies, providing technology, consulting, and operations services to help companies digitally transform their businesses. “The launch of Amazon Aurora Serverless has been highly anticipated by the market,” said Arun Varadarajan, Vice President, AI and Analytics at Cognizant. “It complements several of our offerings, including Cognizant Adaptive Data Foundation, a solution which enables the creation of cloud-based, holistic data strategies requiring insights, scale and speed. Amazon Aurora Serverless will enhance products like Cognizant Lab Insights, an intelligent, connected lab performance management solution, because a serverless database architecture supports the intermittent data usage requirements of lab environments and provides better flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness.”

Amazon Aurora Serverless (MySQL-compatible edition) is available in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and will expand to additional Regions in the coming year.

About Amazon Web Services
For over 12 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 125 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 55 Availability Zones (AZs) within 18 geographic regions and one Local Region around the world, spanning the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, 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.

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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Vilnius, Lithuania – OpenVZ 6 version is about to reach its “end of life”. It means that after this date, OpenVZ 6 version of virtualization will no longer be developed and supported.

Further use of this version is likely cause a lot of issues. However, there’re a few possible solutions. One of them may be to change this type of virtualization entirely to any other commonly used type: Xen, LXC, Hyper-V and etc. However, this would require a lot of changes within our system infrastructure as well.


Therefore, web hosting company Hostens has decided that the best possible option would be to upgrade the current OpenVZ 6 version to a newer one – OpenVZ 7. These changes wouldn’t require changing everything from the basics. It’s going to keep most of the current things as they are now.

Current OpenVZ 6 Kernel
Current OpenVZ 6 uses the latest stable version of kernel for virtualization – 2.6.32. It has its advantages – this version offers stable, secure and quality performance of the containers.

At the same time, it has many limitations regarding new software that usually requires a higher kernel version. Right now, Docker, ServerPilot and other software cannot be used on our Standard VPS, but the situation is about to change.

New OpenVZ 7 Kernel Benefits
The new OpenVZ 7 version will be using a new kernel version – 3.10+. It allows deploying Docker, ServerPilot and other similar software on a Standard VPS that was previously unavailable.

Another great feature is that a new file system will be used as well. It will allow generating backup snapshots of the virtual machines instead of a simpler files backup that is used now. The new file system will no longer have Inode limit either.

Resources usage isolation will help to balance the overall performance of the nodes by allocating guaranteed resources. It will also prevent OpenVZ 7 containers from affecting each other more.

OpenVZ 7 provides more system monitoring and managing tools that allow smoother operations without noticeable effect on a running VPS.

Future of Our OpenVZ Hosting
Upgrading to the new OpenVZ 7 not only allows web hosting providers to resolve the current OpenVZ 6 “end of life” situation and present customers with a solution. It will also improve the Standard VPS and Storage VPS products on the whole.

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According to a new research report by the market research and strategy consulting firm, Global Market Insights, Inc, Green Data Center Market size is set to exceed USD 25 billion by 2024.rapid growth in the number of SMEs globally has led to an exponential rise in the amount of data generated. The mounting pressure for efficient management for the increasing amount of data will contribute to the green data center market growth. Several government organizations are encouraging the growth of new businesses.

The government push is largely concentrated in Asia Pacific countries through the launch of Made in China 2025 and Make in India which are providing tax incentives, financial aid, and technical support to local SMEs, fueling the industrial growth. The growing data center complexities with the rising amount of data generated has stressed the requirement for a reliable and scalable data center infrastructure. Driven by surging cloud applications, the fast-growing data center traffic will support the market growth.


The growing focus on energy efficiency has made the data center industry a frontrunner in implementing energy-efficient solutions. The energy consumption of data centers has been rapidly increasing with the advent of cloud computing services and is causing an increase in CO2 emissions. There is a high focus on the need for lowering the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) amongst companies, primarily amongst major players such as Allied Controls, Facebook, and Google. Stringent government regulations pertaining to energy-efficiency in data centers will contribute to the green data center market size. Green initiatives can help a company to regain the power and cooling capacity and recapture resilience while reducing the energy costs.

Cyber security threats are a key factor restraining the green data center market growth. Financial organizations and businesses store critical and confidential data in data centers. Stringent government regulations such as European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are imposing rules pertaining to the safety of information in data centers. The providers must comply with the strict standards and regulations operating in the market. Additionally, the technologies cost significantly higher than the traditional systems.

The networking solutions in the green data center market will grow substantially with a CAGR of around 27% due to the rising demand for these solutions to minimize the power consumption. The conventional network infrastructure ensures interconnection of physical and network-based equipment and devices within a facility that consumes over 65% of the overall power. Moreover, there is a growing trend of virtualized networking environments. Network virtualization is being increasingly implemented by enterprises to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and enhance agility.

The BFSI sector in the green data center market valued at over USD 900 million in 2017 is witnessing a rapid growth globally with the growing number of financial organizations adopting digitalization. Traditional data handling techniques that involved paper documents are being replaced by modern digital technologies for higher efficiency, lower redundancies, and faster computation. This has led to a rise in the demand for highly efficient data center infrastructures that ensure the safe storage of the ever-increasing data. The flourishing BFSI industry will provide lucrative growth opportunities to the market growth.

The green data center market in Asia Pacific will experience a strong growth of over 30% from 2018 to 2024 owing to the widespread adoption of cloud and IoT technologies in countries such as China and India. The rapid growth in the number of startups in India coupled with the favorable government initiatives such as Make in India will support the green data center market growth in the country.

The booming industrial sector in Japan is demanding high performance equipment for mounting volumes of data from connected factories. The rise in the number of smartphone users in China are also demanding data center set ups for data storage. Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has collaborated with government agencies to develop a Singapore Standard for green infrastructure under the IT standards committee.

Players operating in the green data center market comprise Dell Inc., Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., HCL Technologies Limited, IBM Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Fujitsu Ltd., Schneider Electric SE, and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company.

Companies are striving to launch new data centers to strengthen their market presence. In May 2016, Microsoft stated that they will be obtaining a LEED Gold certification for all its structures to lower their PUE. Vendors are also increasingly incorporating latest advanced technologies in their data centers to reduce the hazardous emissions and power consumption. Increasing competition among companies to offer advanced solutions will propel the market share.

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Enterprises are packing in 50% more containers per host in 2018 as compared to a year before, according to 2018 Docker Usage Report by container monitoring company Sysdig. In 2017, the median number of containers per host per consumer were 10, which has now increased to 15. The adoption of software containers is on the rise as more enterprises are deploying this technology to optimize performance of data center resources and speed up the application delivery. An increased number of users are transitioning from bare-metal and VM-centric environments to containers. The maximum number of containers running on a single host was found 154, up from 95 in 2017. Docker most used container runtimes Docker was reported to be the most used container runtimes, followed by CoreOS Rkt, and Mesos Containerizer and Linux Containers (LXC). Docker is dominating the container runtime, used by 83% of all the containers in production. However, the other platforms are also gaining ground. With Red Hat’s…
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