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The data center market in Africa is expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 14% from 2018 to 2024. – ResearchAndMarkets.com The demand for data center colocation services in Africa has significantly grown in recent time. This growth in demand is because of the improvement in connectivity levels and an increase in data traffic volumes. The digital transformation in Africa has got accelerated and the market requires servers, power, connectivity, and server space. Researches show that the Africa data center market is experiencing most of the investments from telecom and enterprises. Big public cloud players like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure are entering the Africa market. Talking about the cloud market in Africa, it will double in size over the next five years. By the end of 2019, the market will be worth $1.7 billion. To focus on investing, powering, connecting, and deploying data centers across Africa and discuss the challenges for Africa’s digital economy and growth, the…
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Hivelocity, a leading provider of IaaS, announced today the availability of its bare-metal edge compute services in Frankfurt, Germany. Frankfurt is the first in a line of several new European and APAC locations Hivelocity will be introducing over the coming months as it continues to expand the reach of its edge compute platform.

Frankfurt joins Dallas, New York City, Los Angeles, Tampa, Miami, Atlanta and Seattle in the list of markets Hivelocity offers its suite of infrastructure services. Hivelocity’s platform lets users instantly deploy hundreds of Linux and Windows dedicated servers in any of these 8 global markets. Once bare-metal is deployed users can view server health and resource usage data, establish data recovery points, perform OS reloads, interact with technical support and much more. Each server has the option of being self-managed or managed with the latter including things like proactive security patches and monitoring. Hivelocity’s expansion plans include adding edge compute to new markets like London, Paris, Amsterdam, Singapore, Sydney and Sao Paulo over the next three months.


“With customers hailing from over 130 countries, Hivelocity has long served a global market. As our customers’ businesses have grown and matured, so have their needs to optimize and scale the performance of their applications all over the world. By enabling our customers to deploy their compute and storage resources wherever in the world their end users are best served, we are providing them with a much better opportunity to maximize the end user experience and their own bottom line,” says Hivelocity CTO Ben Linton.

With more and more businesses recognizing the benefits of having their compute nodes at the edge there has been a recent surge in upstart edge providers. Hivelocity believes its 17 years of IaaS experience and its obsessive focus on customer support gives it a leg up on competitors. “Our mantra has always been to be the best service provider our customers have ever worked with. We maintain a Net Promoter Score of 74+ which is a testament to the level of satisfaction our customers feel, and frankly heads and shoulders above our competitors. If a business needs to deploy 1000 servers or just 10 servers around the globe, you can guarantee they are going to need some help and technical support along the way. Most of our competitors are new to the arena and all of their capital is invested in developers and hardware. We spend a lot of money on developers and hardware too, but we also employ nearly 100 technicians and engineers who work inside our data centers 24/7, providing the most exceptional technical support in the industry. Our support solutions involve experts with years of experience working with you in real time, their solution is to have you fix it yourself or reload the OS,” says Hivelocity COO Steve Eschweiler.

Hivelocity was founded in 2002 and serves roughly 6000 businesses out of its 12 North American data centers. For more information please visit https://www.hivelocity.net/.

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GLASGOW – iomart Group plc (AIM: IOM) has been approved to supply a comprehensive portfolio of managed cloud services on the G-Cloud 11 framework which will help public sector bodies reduce management costs and simplify compliance.

In all, iomart, together with its digital transformation consultancy SystemsUp and storage specialist Cristie Data, has been approved to deliver a total of 29 separate cloud services across the three lots of hosting, support and software, to support central government, local authorities, healthcare, education and blue light services as they continue to transform the way they deliver their services to the public.


Declan Sharpe, UK Sales Director, iomart, said: “We have the people, skills, knowledge, technologies, infrastructure and partnerships to offer public sector organisations a one-stop shop for cloud strategy, implementation, security and management. Instead of having to deal with multiple suppliers, we offer a single point of access to a large portfolio of cloud services, producing a better experience and genuine economies of scale for any public sector body that chooses to work with us.”

The approved G-Cloud 11 services from iomart include Backup as a Service, Disaster Recovery as a Service, Desktop as a Service, IaaS Private Cloud, IaaS Public Cloud, Managed AWS, Managed Azure, Microsoft CSP for Azure and Office 365 and Managed Security. The addition this year of Microsoft CSP for Azure and Office 365 means iomart can also help customers in the public sector leverage funding from Microsoft for proof of concepts.

Through its consultancy SystemsUp, iomart can help public sector organisations with cloud strategy and security, application optimisation, workplace collaboration and data analytics, plus secure internet connectivity via partner ZScaler. While through its storage brand Cristie Data iomart offers a number of transitional cloud services for public sector organisations that are still on premise, as well as web security and Office 365 security software from partner Barracuda.

iomart has been an approved supplier since the early days of the G-Cloud framework. To find out more search for iomart on the Digital Marketplace visit https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk.

About iomart
For over 20 years iomart Group plc (AIM: IOM) has been helping growing organisations to maximise the flexibility, cost effectiveness and scalability of the cloud. From data centres we own and operate in the U.K. and from connected facilities across the globe, we deliver 24/7 storage and protection for data across the most complex of cloud and legacy infrastructures. Our team of over 400 dedicated staff work with our customers at the strategy stage through to delivery and ongoing management, to implement the secure cloud solutions that deliver to their business requirements. For more information visit www.iomart.com

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The usage of Linux on Azure has exponentially surpassed the Windows, confirmed Microsoft Linux Kernel developer, Sasha Levin, to ZDNet. The battle between Windows and Linux has been going on for over a decade. While Windows became a clear dominant OS on desktops, the Linux has won the battle on server. In 2016, Azure CTO Mark Russinovich had revealed that 25% of the Azure instances were Linux, which increased to 40% the next year. Then in 2018, Microsoft told ZDNet that around 50% of Azure VMs were Linux. This shows that Linux hasn’t won the battle overnight. More and more enterprises are choosing Linux over Windows when it comes to server. “Every month, Linux goes up,” Scott Guthrie, Executive VP of the cloud and enterprise group, Microsoft told ZDNet in September last year. Microsoft users have been actively choosing Linux and open-source software for over 10 years, since Microsoft open-sourced ASP.NET. “We recognized open source is something that every developer can…
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cPanel, one of the most widely used hosting control panels, today announced shifting to an account-based pricing and licensing structure. The new structure will be applicable to cPanel partners, cPanel Store customers and distributors. cPanel’s pricing and licensing structure will now be standardized for all the customers and will include multiple Tiers. As stated in the cPanel mail that was sent to the partners and distributors today, the move is aimed to simplify the process of adding new servers and to make it easier for users to become a cPanel customer. cPanel had defined its original pricing structure nearly twenty years ago and the hosting world has undergone complete transformation since then, with servers becoming powerful enough to run hundreds of websites on a single processor. The long-pending move will help cPanel align itself with the new hosting world. The new structure defines the price of each license based on the number of accounts hosted on the server,…
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WorldStream, an international IaaS hosting provider experiencing more than 40% year-over-year growth for 5 years in a row now, today announces its achievement of compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) version 3.2. Designed to minimize the exposure of credit card data to the risk of fraud or compromise, the PCI DSS certification being achieved is important for WorldStream to have as their webshop hosting clients are asking for payment security level guarantees. The 3rd party audited PCI DSS certification was issued by IT audit company Noordbeek B.V. With more than 15,000 dedicated servers installed in its company-owned data centers in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands, WorldStream serves customers globally with clients including cloud service providers (CSPs), broadcasters, systems integrators, independent software vendors (ISVs), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers and e-commerce hosting clients. The successful completion of the PCI DSS audits and…
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