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PITTSBURGH, PA – Black Box (NASDAQ:BBOX), announced the release of Acuity™ Micro Data Center. As a premier systems integrator and technology products innovator, Black Box has been solving mission critical information availability problems for both the public and private sectors for over four decades and is a trusted solution provider for information and communication systems convergence for the Department of Defense (DoD) and federal agencies.

As a technology exchange partner with the DoD and other Federal agencies, Black Box continues to drive innovation which enables us to do more with less equipment, manpower, and time. From more than four decades experience of successfully fielding mission critical infrastructure and solutions we are now able to streamline tactical edge deployments while expanding application capabilities and resiliency.


Black Box Acuity combines best-in-class technology with mobility and efficiency to ensure readiness in a single form factor portable enough to fit into a commercial airline overhead storage compartment. Acuity delivers mission-critical capabilities such as data security, ease-of-use, and superior voice, video, and messaging functionality in a weight of only 30 lbs. The ruggedized, agile solution is designed for mobility and security with removable cards (just pull and go) to maintain integrity in emergency situations and in a variety of terrains.

“The design of the Acuity edge solution ensures complete agility within the system,” states Ken Kincel, Product Director of Edge Data Solutions at Black Box. “Acuity not only provides speed and efficiency but delivers substantial cost savings compared to current systems where it can take days or weeks to get emergency data center services up and running.”

With Acuity, one person can set up and deliver critical communications, applications, and information anywhere in the world in about two hours. In the case of a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or harsh operating environments, this increased efficiency can be lifesaving.

Equipped with a full data center suite, Acuity enables Unified Capabilities (voice, video, chat, and presence), identity management, session migration, load balancing and failover, secure vector routing, micro/hyper-segmentation, virtual network function (VNF), replacement for multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) and VPN, centralized management (automation and orchestration), open standard/architecture, secured voice gateway, Windows active directory services, Exchange 2016 and Outlook, and private and public cloud services.

“The Acuity Micro Data Center can be outfitted and customized for a myriad of applications and operating systems,” says Jeff Murray, Senior Vice President – Government Solutions. “The core system is equipped and configured to offer complete voice and data communications in a DIL environment with access to applications as predefined by the mission leaders for each environment. Acuity is not like any other product on the market as it delivers a Capability out of the gate.”

Acuity delivers the best solution for virtualization, security, bandwidth, communications, and flexibility.
All equipment meets unified capabilities requirements (UCR2013) and is MIL-STD_810G certified. Units can be networked for scalability to support more than 50 users to offer high performance in a small footprint.

To learn more about the Black Box Acuity Micro Data Center solution visit: www.blackbox.com/acuity.

About Black Box
Black Box (NASDAQ:BBOX) is the trusted digital partner. With more than 40 years of experience connecting people and devices, we are dedicated to helping clients embrace the intelligent edge and enable their digital transformation. Our award-winning products and extensive service connect you with your customers, your team, and the world. Every day, our customers trust us to design, deploy, and manage their digital needs including retail IoT solutions, healthcare, and mission-critical control room infrastructures across commercial enterprise and governmental organizations. With a global presence and extensive team of technical experts, we make digital transformation possible whether at one location or hundreds.

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Real-time video streaming, online gaming as well as mobile devices already account for 60% of all data traffic, and it is predicted that this will rise to 80% by 2020– ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. In our always on life style- whether we like something on Facebook, stream the latest movie or post on Instagram, we generate huge amount of data. Every online activity involves massive amounts of data that’s stored in different datacenters, ranging from small closets to large server rooms to mammoth like cloud datacenters. Datacenters power our connected devices and store billions of gigabytes of data which we and business organizations use, to meet our daily transaction processing needs, across the globe. These datacenters house IT equipment – servers, networking and storage equipment, and consume massive energy to run them and to cool the heat which dissipates from the IT equipment. “Cooling is by far the biggest user of electrical power in the data…
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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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NEW YORK – The Switch® announced it will launch The Switch Access™, an extension of its global fiber and satellite network, at NAB 2018 (Booth SU4910). The Switch Access will allow customers easy access to The Switch’s extensive network of customers, connected venues, studios and production facilities, utilizing a broadband internet connection, from anywhere in the world.

Customers connecting to The Switch via The Switch Access can expect the same monitoring and end-to-end management of their feeds via The Switch Network Operation Centers with customer control via SwitchIT, The Switch’s patented scheduling and provisioning software platform. Once connected to The Switch, the customer gains seamless integration with The Switch resources including transport to studios and Over-The-Top (OTT) production, with The Switch’s proven quality of service and the ability to schedule transport, production and studios in one step.


With nearly 1,000 professional sports venues, studios, production facilities, broadcasters and OTT platforms connected to The Switch network, customers using The Switch Access can move content from or to the world’s leading producers, distributors, service providers and venues cost-effectively and with simple ease-of-use.

“The Switch has truly become a one-stop-shop supporting every aspect of the content supply-chain,” said Keith Buckley, president and CEO at The Switch. “Introducing The Switch Access, will provide content producers, who were located in regions outside of areas typically connected with major hubs, the opportunity to utilize every resource The Switch has to offer.”

The Switch will debut The Switch Access at the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas, alongside its existing product suite of services including: The Switch OTT, The Switch Studios, The Switch At Home, The Switch Mobile and SwitchIT, The Switch’s patented, award-winning customer-control software. The Switch can be found in the South Upper Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth SU4910. For more information on The Switch Access or to meet with The Switch at the 2018 NAB Show, please contact The Switch or visit: www.theswitch.tv/nab

About The Switch
The Switch is a leading global video solutions service provider, with owned and operated facilities in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. The Switch currently provides advanced video switching and local fiber circuit services, scalable Ethernet, At-Home production, production studios, OTT transcoding, satellite delivery and network origination to more than 800 demanding video content producers and distributors around the world.

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Ashburn, VA – RagingWire Data Centers, Inc., the premier data center provider in North America and its parent company NTT Communications (NTT Com), the information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (TYO: 9432), today announced the opening of its new Ashburn VA3 Data Center, a state-of-the-art facility with 245,000 square feet of space and 16 megawatts of critical power, located on RagingWire’s new Ashburn Data Center Campus.

“With 16 megawatts available today at the new VA3 Data Center and massive scalability in our new Ashburn Data Center Campus, RagingWire has become the destination of choice for hyperscale, high-growth customers in the top data center market in the world,” said RagingWire President and CEO Doug Adams. “Plus our global reach enables our customers to extend their computing systems in Ashburn to data centers around the world for greater access and availability than ever before.”


The VA3 Data Center is RagingWire’s third data center in Ashburn, and the first building on RagingWire’s new Ashburn Data Center Campus, a 78-acre parcel of land that is planned to contain seven data centers with a total of 108 megawatts of critical load and over 1 million square feet of space on a highly secured location. Construction of the new Ashburn VA4 Data Center is underway on the Ashburn Data Center Campus and is expected to be completed in 2019. Pre-leasing of VA4 is available now for 16 megawatts of critical power and approximately 200,000 square feet of data center space, including approximately 15,000 square feet of office space, conference rooms, and lounges.

“Congratulations to RagingWire for opening the new VA3 Data Center and Ashburn Data Center Campus,” said Masaaki Moribayashi, Senior Vice President of Cloud Services at NTT Communications and Member of the Board for both NTT Communications and RagingWire. “Through your innovation and execution, RagingWire has helped NTT Communications become one of the largest and most successful data center companies in the world.”

RagingWire’s Ashburn VA3 Data Center is designed for flexibility and scale, with options for dedicated electrical and mechanical infrastructure in each of its six private vaults, which can also be subdivided. The computer room white space features a column-free layout and high ceilings and doorways for optimal space management. For telecommunications, VA3 connects to RagingWire’s other two Ashburn data centers via a private fiber optic ring, and has three entry points for more than 25 carriers and cloud providers. For security, VA3 features a building-within-a-building design, iris scanners, intelligent high-definition video cameras that analyze suspicious behavior, anti-tailgate mantraps, an anti-climb perimeter fence, and a security gate that can stop a 15,000-pound truck traveling at 30 mph. Customer amenities include office space, conference rooms and lounges, a game room, exercise room, conference center, and secured outdoor patio.

RagingWire’s VA1, VA2 and VA3 data centers in Ashburn give customers a total of more than a half-million square feet of space and 44.4 megawatts of power in the most desirable data center location in the world. These Ashburn data centers are also connected with other RagingWire campuses in Dallas, Texas and Northern California near Silicon Valley, as well as to the company’s global data center platform of over 140 data centers in more than 20 countries/regions operated under the Nexcenter™ brand of NTT Communications.

About RagingWire Data Centers
RagingWire Data Centers designs, builds, and operates mission critical data centers that deliver 100% availability, high-density power, flexible configurations, carrier neutral connectivity, and superior customer service. The company has 113 megawatts of critical IT power spread across 1.5 million square feet of data center infrastructure in Ashburn, Virginia; Dallas, Texas; and Northern California with significant growth plans in these locations and other top North American data center markets. As part of the NTT Communications group, RagingWire is one of the largest wholesale data center providers in the world with a global network of 140 data centers in 20 countries and regions operated by NTT Communications under the Nexcenter™ brand, and one of the most financially strong companies in the data center industry. For more information visit www.ragingwire.com.

About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company’s worldwide infrastructure, including the leading global tier-1 IP network, the Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching over 190 countries/regions, and over 140 secure data centers worldwide. NTT Communications’ solutions leverage the global resources of NTT Group companies including Dimension Data, NTT DOCOMO, and NTT DATA. www.ntt.com | Twitter@NTT Com | Facebook@NTT Com | LinkedIn@NTT Com

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Cisco and Verizon successfully conducted the trial of Information-Centric Networking (ICN) technology for simplifying networks and enhancing user experience. The trial was conducted in a lab at Verizon Innovation Center, on Cisco’s open source ICN software, which is built on the technology it built by acquiring PARC division from Xerox last year. The ICN technology uses content-specific (information or data) naming method instead of location identifiers like IP addresses of server hosting the content. ICN helps in adoption process of content delivery to mobile conditions. It supports streaming of video content in a mobile network, with improved viewing experience and reduced bandwidth requirements. The move supports Cisco and Verizon’s aim to find a networking solution which provides more benefits than the standard TCP/IP (transmission control protocol/internet protocol) solutions for mobile video delivery. “The Hybrid-ICN solution delivers all the benefits of ICN communication with…
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