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DES MOINES, IA – LightEdge expands its geographical reach and redundancy and invests further into the company’s world-class compliant cloud solutions as it acquires Austin, Texas-based OnRamp.

“LightEdge is thrilled to announce the expansion of our secure and compliant hosting and colocation services through the acquisition of OnRamp. This combining of forces elevates the strategic vision we have been successfully executing for the past decade. OnRamp brings a tremendous group of skilled experts, HITRUST-certified data center facilities, and a proficiency in delivering leading compliance and security solutions that make them a natural fit with LightEdge,” said Jim Masterson, Chief Executive Officer at LightEdge.


With the emergence of the IT cloud paradigm, many mid-sized enterprises are trying to get out of the hardware business. They are seeking trusted partners that specialize in providing compliant infrastructure to meet increasing audit standards, enhance data security, and minimize business risk or downtime. This acquisition presents the perfect opportunity for LightEdge to expand and serve this national demand.

“LightEdge is an innovative and forward-thinking organization. I am confident they have the drive, ingenuity, and financial support to continue to propel the combined company into the forefront of the nation’s top hosting and compliant cloud providers,” said Lucas Braun, Chief Executive Officer for OnRamp. “Our two cultures and values are a great fit, which was important to us in making this decision.”

LightEdge and OnRamp both bring over 20 years of experience to the industry. They have built deep expertise in achieving the world’s top compliance and security standards for their operations and their customers by hosting complex workloads for highly-regulated sectors like healthcare, financial services, education, and manufacturing. DH Capital, LLC served as the exclusive financial advisor for OnRamp.

LightEdge currently owns four colocation facilities: two purpose-built data centers outside of Des Moines, Iowa, one facility within the underground mines of SubTropolis Technology Center in Kansas City, MO, and another recently opened data center in Omaha, Nebraska. Through this acquisition, LightEdge will now be able to expand their geographically-dispersed data center reach into Austin, Texas and Raleigh, North Carolina. This acquisition also puts LightEdge on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) power grid, in addition to their presence on the Eastern grid. This dual-coverage and increased reliability will offer more value and flexibility for LightEdge customers.

About LightEdge
With over 20 years in business, LightEdge offers a full stack of best-in-class IT services to provide leading flexibility, security, and control. Their solutions include premier colocation across four purpose-built data centers, industry-leading private Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and cloud platforms, and the top global security and compliance measures. Their owned and operated facilities, integrated disaster recovery solutions, and premium cloud choices make up a true Hybrid Cloud Solution Center model. LightEdge’s strong financial backing of the Anschutz Group empowers them to invest heavily in their markets. LightEdge annually undergoes third-party audits for maintaining ISO 20000-1, ISO 27001, HIPAA, PCI-DSS 3.2, and SSAE 18 SOC 1 Type II, SOC 2 Type II and SOC 3. For more information, visit www.lightedge.com.

About OnRamp
Founded in 1994 as an ISP, OnRamp opened its first data center in 2003 and transitioned into the private cloud space. In 2010, OnRamp strategically pivoted into the high security hosting space and expanded its data center reach into Raleigh and an additional ground-up build of a second Austin facility. Today, OnRamp is a leading HITRUST-certified data center services company that guides businesses through the complexities of data security and compliance. OnRamp’s solutions help organizations in healthcare, financial services and education services meet compliance standards including HIPAA, PCI, SOX, FISMA and FERPA. Their breadth of hybrid computing and managed services ensures they can provide custom solutions from colocation to cloud. For more information, visit www.onr.com.

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TROY, Mich. – ManagedWay, the Troy-based industry leader in dedicated internet access, cloud computing and colocation services, announced today that it has begun providing 100 Gbps fiber optic internet access direct to customer premises.

“As demand continues to spike, ManagedWay has optimized both our internal processes and our network connections to deliver incredibly fast and affordable data transit to Metro Detroit clients,” said Robert Sanders, ManagedWay president and CEO. “Just 10 years ago, 1 Gbp was considered blazing fast, now we’re offering 100 times that speed for roughly the same cost.”


One of ManagedWay’s early 100 Gbps clients is MiSEN, the Michigan State Education Network that connects teachers and students and is one of the state’s most robust and demanding network infrastructures. By using multiple connection points, ManagedWay’s service to MiSEN is actually scalable up to 400 Gbps.

“Today’s classrooms are better connected than ever before. These connections are critical to the overall success of our educational system,” said Sanders. “ManagedWay is proud to support our dedicated teachers and help them deliver innovative curriculum.”

The Company also recently partnered with Arista Network to implement its award-winning software platform that helps to deliver availability, agility, automation, analytics and security to large scale data center operators like ManagedWay.

The Company previously announced partnerships with many leading transit providers and has established internet Points-of-Presence in more than a dozen U.S. cities, plus several international locations. By fortifying connectivity between major centers, ManagedWay offers a high-performance, customizable and scalable solutions with ultra-low latency, high security and completely transparent and dedicated end-to-end transport.

Recognized for outstanding client support programs and 24/7 on-site IT certified professionals, ManagedWay has experienced significant growth over the past several years. The new 100 Gbps service paves the way for continued success while bringing additional capabilities that clients want and need.

“Data has become the lifeblood for businesses everywhere. Our substantial network investments have drastically improved the way we manage our data transit and carrier relationships. While many of our competitors are only talking about ultra high speed service, we’re actively delivering it across major customer platforms,” Sanders said.

Experience the difference at ManagedWay. Visit www.ManagedWay.com.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – iThemes, a leader in WordPress plugins announced that it will begin to offer iThemes Hosting, a complete WordPress hosting solution which will include BackupBuddy, iThemes Security Pro and iThemes Sync, all in one package.

“For the last 10 years, as we’ve built WordPress themes, plugins and services, one thing has always been missing— hosting. We’ve sought to build relationships with all of the popular and good (while they are still good) WordPress hosts out there but, frankly, it’s been a giant struggle and frustration for us (and likely our customers, too),” said Cory Miller, General Manager of iThemes. “In January, iThemes was acquired by Liquid Web, one of the premier managed hosting companies, and with it, the opportunity to create a complete WordPress hosting service with all of the products and support iThemes customers have come to love and trust,” said Miller.


iThemes Hosting will offer three types of hosting plans – Business, Professional and a Starter plan. The Starter plan is priced at $15 a month which will include one free migration with BackupBuddy, iThemes Sync Pro, and a free and automatic SSL certificate. iThemes Hosting includes a smarter, more helpful hosting control panel and site management all in one allowing customers to manage their sites faster and more productively.

“iThemes Hosting is a perfect option for customers that don’t make their money online, but make their money because they are online. It is for customers that need to have a low-cost option, but still require large capacity plans with tons of traffic and quality support,” said Chris Lema, VP of Products and Innovation at Liquid Web.

For a limited time, iThemes is offering their Business Plan (reg. $25/month) at an introductory price of $15/month. The Business plan includes iThemes Sync Pro, BackupBuddy, and iThemes Security Pro. To learn more about iThemes Hosting and the introductory pricing visit https://ithemes.com/wordpress-hosting.

About iThemes
iThemes, a Liquid Web company, is a leader in WordPress plugins that include BackupBuddy, iThemes Security Pro, multiple site management iThemes Sync and iThemes Sales Accelerator. iThemes was founded by Cory Miller in 2008 and has since grown it into a full enterprise providing professional WordPress plugins, tools and training resources designed for freelancers, marketers, bloggers and entrepreneurs. In 2011 and 2013, iThemes was recognized among the top 20 fastest-growing private companies in Oklahoma City, a designation given to the top companies demonstrating positive growth. In January, 2018, iThemes was acquired by Liquid Web functioning as an independent unit within Liquid Web. Liquid Web is part of the Madison Dearborn Partners family of companies. For more information, please visit http://www.liquidweb.com/, or read our blog. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date with all Liquid Web events.

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EDINA, MINN. – Equus Compute Solutions announces the release of its WHITEBOX OPEN™ R1660 and R1660 NVMe servers, part of the Equus portfolio of custom cost-optimized open-hardware server and storage platforms. Incorporating dual Intel® Xeon® Scalable CPUs and new open-hardware features, the R1660 servers are compact high-performance compute solutions for demanding applications such as content delivery, cloud services, business applications, and virtualization. These servers are ideal for content delivery network providers (CDNs), cloud services providers (CSPs), value-added resellers (VARs), and enterprise IT.

The 1U 10 Bay R1660 server features 10 2.5” hot-swap HDD/SDD bays and 24 DIMMs for up to 3TB of memory. The R1660 also features OCP slots that accommodate multi-vendor cards including 1, 10, 40, 50, 100 Gbps Ethernet NICs, and NVMe/SSD storage modules. The R1660 servers, like all of the WHITEBOX OPEN server platforms, can be customized to exact end-user specifications.


The R1660 NVMe version of this server supports six 3.5”/2.5” hot-swap HDD bays and four NVMe bays for customer applications that demand higher storage performance.

The R1660 and R1660 NVMe support all the WHITEBOX OPEN features, including OpenBMC system management, which is the open-source implementation of the Baseboard Management Controller firmware stack that works across heterogeneous systems and can free companies from proprietary system management vendor lock-in. The servers also support LinuxBoot to customize the server BIOS for flexibility, improve security, and create a lightning-fast boot experience. Each server’s OCP networking enables it to utilize NC-SI (network controller sideband interface) in-band network management communication, removing the need for a separate IPMI 1GbE management port and the associated dedicated network that in turn generates cost savings, frees rack space, and reduces cabling complexity.

The R1660 and R1660 NVMe servers are shipping now. Technical details on all the WHITEBOX OPEN servers are available here: https://www.equuscs.com/servers/whitebox-open/ .

About Equus
Equus Compute Solutions customizes white box servers and storage solutions to enable flexible software-defined infrastructures. Delivering low-cost solutions for the enterprise, software appliance vendors, and cloud providers, Equus is one of the leading white-box systems and solutions integrators. Over the last 28 years, we have delivered more than 3.5 million custom-configured servers, software appliances, desktops, and notebooks throughout the world. Our advanced systems support software-defined storage, networking, and virtualization that enable a generation of hyper-converged scale-out applications and solutions. From components to complete servers purchased online through ServersDirect.com, to fully customized fixed-configurations, white box is our DNA. Custom cost-optimized compute solutions is what we do, and driving successful customer business outcomes is what we deliver. Find out how to enable your software-defined world with us at http://www.equuscs.com.

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EDINA, MINN. – Equus Compute Solutions announces the release of its WHITEBOX OPEN™ R1560 server, part of the Equus portfolio of custom, cost-optimized open-hardware server and storage platforms. Incorporating dual Intel® Xeon® Scalable CPUs and new open-hardware features, the R1560 is an ideal compact high-performance compute solution for demanding applications such as content delivery, cloud services, business applications, and virtualization. The R1560 server is ideal for content delivery network providers (CDNs), cloud services providers (CSPs), value-added resellers (VARs), and enterprise IT.

The 1U 4 Bay R1560 server features four 3.5”/2.5” hot-swap HDD bays and 16 DIMMs for up to 2TB of memory. The R1560 also features OCP slots that accommodate multi-vendor cards including 1, 10, 40, 50, 100 Gbps Ethernet NICs, and NVMe/SSD storage modules. The R1560, like all of the WBO server platforms, can be customized to exact end-user specifications.


The R1560 NVMe version of this server supports two 3.5”/2.5” hot-swap HDD bays and two NVMe bays for customer applications that demand higher storage performance.

The R1560 supports all the WHITEBOX OPEN features, including OpenBMC system management, which is the open-source implementation of the Baseboard Management Controller firmware stack that works across heterogeneous systems and can free companies from proprietary system management vendor lock-in. The R1560 also supports LinuxBoot to customize the server BIOS for flexibility, improve security, and create a lightning-fast boot experience. The server’s OCP networking enables it to utilize NC-SI (network controller sideband interface) in-band network management communication, removing the need for a separate 1GbE management port and the associated dedicated network that in turn generates cost savings, frees rack space, and reduces cabling complexity.

The R1560 and R1560 NVMe servers are shipping now. Technical details on all the WHITEBOX OPEN servers are available here: https://www.equuscs.com/servers/whitebox-open/.

About Equus Compute Solutions
Equus Compute Solutions customizes white box servers and storage solutions to enable flexible software-defined infrastructures. Delivering low-cost solutions for the enterprise, software appliance vendors, and cloud providers, Equus is one of the leading white-box systems and solutions integrators. Over the last 28 years, we have delivered more than 3.5 million custom-configured servers, software appliances, desktops, and notebooks throughout the world. Our advanced systems support software-defined storage, networking, and virtualization that enable a generation of hyper-converged scale-out applications and solutions. From components to complete servers purchased online through ServersDirect.com, to fully customized fixed-configurations, white box is our DNA. Custom cost-optimized compute solutions is what we do, and driving successful customer business outcomes is what we deliver. Find out how to enable your software-defined world with us at http://www.equuscs.com.

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TORONTO – Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced today the grand opening of its third data center in Toronto, further enhancing the company’s ability to support growing data center and colocation requirements in the fourth-largest city in North America. The new facility, which will provide up to 46 megawatts of critical power capacity to the Greater Toronto Area, is located on the site of the former Toronto Star printing plant at One Century Place in Vaughan, Ontario, which served as the largest newspaper facility in Canada for more than 25 years.

Toronto is Canada’s financial and business capital and one of the leading technology clusters in North America with more than 15,000 technology companies along the Toronto to Waterloo corridor. Toronto also tops the North American Cities of the Future1 list, second only to New York, due in large part to its dynamic, diverse and growing population.

“Toronto is home to a booming financial services industry and a burgeoning roster of large technology companies and emerging tech startups for whom digital transformation is driving enterprise initiatives,” said Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein. “We are seeing strong demand for data center expansion in Toronto, with a rapidly growing need for safe, reliable provisioning of IT services and capabilities. We are very excited to be converting the iconic Toronto Star building into a revolutionary new data center, ideal for cloud providers, financial services companies and enterprises of all sizes. The grand opening is another important milestone in achieving our strategic goal of building an unparalleled global network of top-tier data centers in major cities and interconnection hubs around the world.”

“We are extremely pleased Digital Realty has been able to repurpose such a historic site and are delighted they have been able to bring it into the digital transformation era while retaining its aesthetic appeal,” said Brett Miller, Chief Executive Officer at JLL Canada. “This facility will serve the community well as a strong addition to the Greater Toronto Area’s data and technology infrastructure, which is increasingly under-resourced due to the rapid growth of business in this region.”

Digital Realty’s industry-leading flexible design makes it possible to tailor each room based on specific customer requirements, supporting a range of power densities from 1,000 watts to more than 4,000 watts per square meter. Digital Realty’s open platform enables customers to define and implement their data center strategies and needs, with a comprehensive selection of service providers, levels of redundancy, power configurations, and connectivity options to create unique choice and value.

“This new facility will empower our customers to successfully tackle their unique digital transformation objectives with agile data center solutions built for growth and harnessing the power of proximity needed for latency-sensitive applications,” said Erich Sanchack, Digital Realty’s Executive Vice President of Operations. “The layout and scale of the Toronto Star plant allowed us to tailor options for customers based on budget, security, and redundancy needs, and there is simply nothing else like it on the market. The new Toronto data center helps customers remove some of the complexity of cloud migration by offering flexibility in secure multi-cloud connectivity options and offering self-provisioned bandwidth-on-demand.”

About Digital Realty
Digital Realty supports the data center, colocation and interconnection strategies of more than 2,300 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Digital Realty’s clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from cloud and information technology services, communications and social networking to financial services, manufacturing, energy, healthcare and consumer products. https://www.digitalrealty.com/

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