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LONGMONT, CO – Burlywood, an innovator of flash-based storage for cloud data centers, today introduced TrueFlash™, a storage software solution that is optimized to customer applications, uses flash more efficiently, and delivers improved performance in a more cost-effective manner than current SSDs.

Led by an expert team with decades of storage controller experience, Burlywood has built an architecture that allows for rapid innovation and flexible integration of customer requirements. With the introduction of TrueFlash, Burlywood is providing the industry’s first modular flash storage architecture that accelerates time to market of new flash technology while delivering disruptive cost and performance benefits to customers deploying cloud storage solutions, all-flash arrays, and hyper-converged solutions.


“With a predicted growth rate in data of 500 percent over the next 10 years, many IT managers struggle to balance the need for faster, denser and lower-powered flash against the expense and limited availability that the current supply chain yields,” said George Crump, President and Founder of Storage Switzerland. “By changing how storage works and how it is delivered, Burlywood is attempting to lower flash costs and improve time to market in order to provide cloud companies with the advantages of SSDs at 20 to 40 percent less cost over current solutions.”

By deploying a disruptive business model that reduces cost and improves supply, Burlywood is making it easy for hyperscale enterprises, content delivery networks, and cloud providers to transition to an all-flash architecture. TrueFlash allows for the use of the latest flash technology with better performance earlier in the lifecycle of flash nodes. Integrated multi-stream Quality of Service (QoS) provides advanced traffic management and consistent performance, tuning it to match the exact needs of customers’ environments and workloads.

TrueFlash is the industry’s first modular flash controller architecture designed specifically for hyperscale data centers and AFA/HCI systems. By supporting all storage formats, any protocol and current or future NAND memory, Burlywood provides organizations with full SSD solutions based on the TrueFlash software and FPGA optimized to customers’ specifications.

“It comes as no surprise that companies everywhere are looking for a solution that will allow them to deploy an optimized storage environment for their applications at the lowest possible total cost of ownership, and shortest time to market” said Tod Earhart, CEO of Burlywood. “While an all-flash data center is ideally suited to deliver the benefits of performance and density, cost has long been a limiting factor. By using the latest flash available for a specific application, combined with an advanced programmable controller and Burlywood TrueFlash software, we are able to deliver an enterprise-class flash solution at a cost of up to 40 percent less while increasing performance and expanding capacity.”

TrueFlash is available via an array of flexible business models with dedicated in-house support, technical and strategic support in all phases of its lifecycle, and collaborative roadmap planning from Burlywood. Additional information about TrueFlash is available at https://www.burlywoodtech.com

About Burlywood
Powered by a highly productive, expert development team comprised of executives from companies such as HP, Western Digital, Hitachi, Micron and Intel, storage software startup Burlywood is accelerating the transition to the all-flash data center. The company’s patented TrueFlash technology changes how storage works and is delivered by lowering flash costs, increasing storage density and increasing flash performance while shortening the time to market. The new flash storage paradigm is ideally suited for customers in the hyperscale, content delivery and cloud markets that want to move to all-flash environments but have found that current SSD offerings are a constraint. Find out more about how Burlywood is allowing flash to be used as it was intended at https://www.burlywoodtech.com

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BOSTON – Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), the storage and information management services company, has acquired EvoSwitch Netherlands B.V and EvoSwitch Global Services B.V. (“EvoSwitch NL”) for €205 ($235) million. The transaction provides 11 megawatts (MW) of existing data center capacity in the Netherlands, which is 100% leased, with expansion capability of an additional 23 MW, for total potential capacity of 34 MW.

Founded in 2007, EvoSwitch NL is a leading global brand and provider of multi-tenant data center space, operating one of the largest colocation facilities centers in the Metropolitan Region Amsterdam (MRA). Its existing campus supports more than 50 connectivity and telecommunication providers, including world-leading internet exchanges, such as the Amsterdam Internet Exchange AMS-IX. The MRA is a critical node in the FLAP data center market (Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, Paris), which totaled approximately 1160 MW at the end of 2017. The MRA experienced net absorption of more than 21 MW of space in the fourth quarter of 2017, making it the second largest data center market in Europe and a Top 5 global market. This transaction enhances Iron Mountain’s presence in the important FLAP market, following Iron Mountain’s move into London early this year through the purchase of a data center facility from Credit Suisse.

The MRA region also boasts the lowest average energy prices and the most reliable energy grid among FLAP markets. EvoSwitch NL has focused on sustainable operations since its founding and had the first 100% carbon neutral data center facility in the Netherlands using wind, hydro and biomass power, consistent with Iron Mountain’s commitment to offsetting 100% of its data center carbon footprint.

EvoSwitch NL has a diversified base of global customers including multinational enterprises, cloud service providers and public sector institutions. Leaseweb Netherlands B.V., (“Leaseweb NL”), a related party of the seller and a large cloud hosting company with operations in 35 countries, represents approximately 45% of EvoSwitch NL’s contracted revenue under a 10-year lease agreement, making it one of Iron Mountain Data Centers’ Top 5 customers. No other customer represents more than 15 percent of total revenue.

The EvoSwitch NL data center acquisition includes two locations in the MRA. The first is a state-of-the-art facility totaling 150,000 square feet of space with 87,000 square feet of existing data halls, representing approximately 11 MW of existing power capacity. Expansion of a further 2 MW is underway at this location, with 600 kilowatts preleased to Leaseweb NL. This location is expandable to a total of 430,000 square feet of space that can support additional data halls totaling 14 MW, bringing the first location to 27 MW of total potential capacity.

The second location is a site that can support a 57,000 square-foot facility including 41,000 square feet of data hall development. Expansion capacity at this site can support a further 7 MW, bringing total potential capacity for the two locations to 34 MW.

“We are pleased to welcome the EvoSwitch team and its customers to Iron Mountain. The seasoned management team has operated in the data center business for more than 11 years and delivered consistent growth,” said Mark Kidd, senior vice president and general manager, Iron Mountain Data Centers. “EvoSwitch NL’s focus on security, energy efficiency and its solid track record of continuous uptime is a great fit with our existing data center organization. When combined with current and potential capacity in Iron Mountain’s existing data center portfolio, our total portfolio now represents more than 285 MW across many of the most attractive and highest net absorption markets in the U.S. and globally.

“Having established our significant international data center platform through both recent transactions and organic growth, we look forward to continued integration of the business, and our near-term growth will be primarily from the development of new space in the attractive global markets where we have a presence,” Kidd added.

Eric Boonstra, chief executive officer, EvoSwitch said, “We look forward to combining our EvoSwitch NL business with that of Iron Mountain Data Centers, which shares our commitment to customer service and operational excellence. This transaction represents an opportunity for us to extend relationships with our existing customers by providing data center expansion capacity in important continental European markets, and the potential to provide capacity in the important Amsterdam region to Iron Mountain’s legacy data center customer base.”

Leaseweb founder and CEO Con Zwinkels added, “We share Eric’s enthusiasm for this acquisition of EvoSwitch NL. As a global cloud hosting company serving more than 17,500 customers worldwide, it is important for us to accommodate their growing needs. Through this transaction, Leaseweb has improved access to a broad portfolio that includes Iron Mountain’s data centers around the globe. We are pleased to be partnering with a company that has such a strong reputation for security and reliability.”

Transaction Economics

The consideration of €205 ($235) million, represents a multiple of approximately 14x 2018 EBITDA, excluding integration expense. The purchase agreement also includes a future revenue credit to Leaseweb, in the amount of $25 million, which may be utilized for future expansion and new leasing in any of Iron Mountain Data Centers’ other global locations prior to June 2028, subject to other terms.

Iron Mountain projects a stabilized net operating income yield of 12% – 13% following build-out and lease-up of the expansion capacity at the EvoSwitch NL locations. The existing EvoSwitch NL capacity is expected to generate annualized revenue of approximately $30 million at mid-50% Adjusted EBITDA margins. Including integration costs, Iron Mountain expects the transaction to result in modest AFFO dilution of approximately 0.5% in 2018, and for the acquisition to be accretive in 2019 following integration.

While the EvoSwitch NL acquisition was not part of Iron Mountain’s previously disclosed 2020 plan, the transaction supports the company’s goal to accelerate Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA growth through a shift in mix to faster-growing, higher-margin businesses. The transaction is debt financed. The company remains on track to reduce its lease-adjusted leverage ratio to the mid-5x range by year-end 2018, and is committed to its 2020 plan to reduce its leverage ratio to approximately 5x, and lower its dividend payout as a percentage of Adjusted Funds From Operations to 70% – 75%, assuming annual dividend per share growth of approximately 4%.

About EvoSwitch NL
EvoSwitch NL was founded in 2007 as part of the Ocom Group (www.ocom.com), Europe’s largest privately owned internet services company, and the first carbon and carrier-neutral data center in the Netherlands. Since then it has grown continuously, reflecting the growth of the Internet in general and its customers in particular. Following through on its carrier-neutral proposition, it has also built up a diverse ecosystem of telecommunications carriers and network service providers that help customers connect cost-effectively and with confidence. Following the sale of EvoSwitch NL, the selling entity, EvoSwitch International B.V. will remain part of the Ocom Group and will continue as a brand and data center operator, with operating companies EvoSwitch Germany GMBH and EvoSwitch USA, Inc.

About Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), founded in 1951, is the global leader for storage and information management services. Trusted by more than 225,000 organizations around the world, and with a real estate network of more than 85 million square feet across more than 1,400 facilities in over 50 countries, Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of valued assets, including critical business information, highly sensitive data, and cultural and historical artifacts. Providing solutions that include information management, digital transformation, secure storage, secure destruction, as well as data centers, cloud services and art storage and logistics, Iron Mountain helps customers lower cost and risk, comply with regulations, recover from disaster, and enable a more digital way of working. Visit www.ironmountain.com for more information.

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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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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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NEW YORK, NY – VSS, a private investment firm, today announced its investment in QuadraNet, a full-service data center provider that offers managed services, both private and public cloud solutions, IaaS deployments, and traditional colocation and IP transit services. QuadraNet’s services span across the United States in well-known peering-exchange locations, including: Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, and New Jersey. Along with physical presences in each of these locations, they also offer services out of various “virtual Points-Of-Presences” (POPs) allowing streamlined service deployments in other locations, such as New York, Virginia, Missouri, Arizona and overseas in Amsterdam.

QuadraNet was founded almost two decades ago in 2001 by Ilan Mishan. As the company grew, they became a dedicated provider in geographically diverse bespoke services, known historically for their competitive offerings in the colocation marketplace. From single-server rackspace offerings, cabinet space (fractional and full cabinets), all the way to fully tailored private suites that are built out of compliance and client requirements.


Additionally, QuadraNet is well-known in the marketplace for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions; now available both in a traditional fashion as well as with virtualization options that provide clients with unwavering flexibility when it comes to delivering the right solution for the specific service role and performance requirements.

QuadraNet’s long-standing history has always been intrinsically involved in the bandwidth and IP Transit marketplace. Through the relationships formed organically over time with all the major carriers in their strategically located data centers that are well-known peering-exchange points, QuadraNet effectively leverages their relationships and history to provide unparalleled Layer 2 IP Transport and Layer 3 IP Transit solutions to their clientele through the most popular and sought out carriers in the market, both domestic and international (e.g. Equinix, Zayo, Coresite, Telefonica).

Lastly, an increasing amount of QuadraNet’s growth has been driven by their focused efforts expanding from the SMB space into offering high-quality Enterprise Solutions; deployments that are completely architected for meeting the higher-availability requirements and compliance requirements of a wide-range of enterprises and industries.

“We look forward to working with the VSS team, leveraging their experience in IT and cloud services to propel QuadraNet’s growth,” said Ilan Mishan, CEO of QuadraNet, further elaborating, “VSS’s investment will be key in expanding geographically and providing our clients with even higher levels of service and satisfaction.”

Trent Hickman, VSS Managing Director, added, “QuadraNet has grown impressively and we see a terrific opportunity to assist them in further expanding their reach and deepening their penetration of existing markets. We are thrilled to partner with Ilan Mishan and the strong team he has built over the years. We’re excited to leverage our experience in their next phase of strong growth.”

VSS has over 25 years of experience in the IT services sector, with prior investments including Coretelligent, a provider of comprehensive IT and private cloud services; Hostway, a provider of web hosting solutions; and IT-Ernity, a provider of mission-critical managed hosting services in the Netherlands.

About VSS
VSS is a private investment firm that invests in the information, education, healthcare, and tech-enabled business services industries. VSS provides capital for growth financings, recapitalizations, strategic acquisitions and buyouts to lower middle market companies and management teams with the goal of building companies organically as well as through a focused add-on acquisition program. VSS makes privately-negotiated investments across the capital structure and has the ability to invest in situations requiring control or non-control equity, mezzanine securities and structured equity securities.

About QuadraNet
QuadraNet, Inc. is a full-service data center provider headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, California — one of the most well-regarded peering-exchanges locations. Their data center locations include the cities of Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, and New Jersey. QuadraNet’s exclusive services and large portfolio of services, all engineered and optimized with their proprietarily developed Intelligent Monitoring Platform (IMP) include infrastructure as a service (IaaS) deployments; colocation and data center space of all sizes; both managed services and remote hands services; public and private cloud service offerings; bespoke enterprise-architected solutions, and traditional dedicated services and IP Transit services that have high-capacity backbones world-wide.

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Arlington Heights, IL – GigeNET, an innovator in resilient managed cloud and dedicated hosting, reaffirms partnership with cPanel to mark 15 years of selling cPanel licensing.

“cPanel has been so instrumental in the creation of the hosting industry I think you would be hard pressed to imagine the web host industry without it. A lot of what we do today, be it Cloud, or IaaS, or shared, has roots in how cPanel defined the industry,” said Ameen Pishdadi, Founder and President of GigeNET.


15 years ago GigeNET sold its first cPanel license. A few months later (in 2004), GigeNET registered as an official cPanel partner. And since then has signed on numerous shared, VPS, and cloud hosting providers along with customers who want cPanel’s DevOps in a box approach.

GigeNET recently recertified all support on both cPanel and WHM Administration and System Administration certifications. On top of following cPanel certification, the GigeNET team also created their own internal study and testing materials to keep the information fresh.

“cPanel is the industry standard for server control and defined the business model for our shared hosters,” said Joe De Paolo, SVP of Products at GigeNET. “Furthermore, it is cPanel’s tiered resale-ability and ease of control that makes system administration and devops easy for the end user.”

GigeNET released new managed services last year and finalized cPanel Managed Services offerings. By combining the feature set of cPanel and GigeNET’s support customers can focus on what they love instead of system administration or developer operations of their IT environments.

“GigeNET is a valued long time cPanel Partner and has a network that is nothing short of amazing! They have proven to provide quality servers and fantastic network protection needed to succeed in hosting” says Eric Ellis, cPanel’s VP of Customer Experience.

To learn more about GigeNET, visit http://www.GigeNET.com. Or to learn more about how cPanel can help your company visit http://www.GigeNET.com/cPanel/.

About GigeNET
GigeNET is your Hosting Partner for Life. We are your trusted collaborator for offloading your IT requirements and moving your business forward. As the first company to provide complete and fully automated DDoS protection, GigeNET is the leader in Resilient Cloud and Dedicated Managed Hosting. Businesses partner with GigeNET to solve their IT infrastructure problems with custom solutions that nurture continued growth.

About cPanel
Since 1997, cPanel has been delivering the web hosting industry’s most reliable and intuitive web hosting automation software. The robust automation software helps businesses thrive and allows them to focus on more important things. Customers and partners receive first-class support and a rich feature set, making cPanel & WHM® the Hosting Platform of Choice. For more information about cPanel, visit https://cpanel.com.

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