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RALEIGH, N.C. – Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire CoreOS, Inc., an innovator and leader in Kubernetes and container-native solutions, for a purchase price of $250 million, subject to certain adjustments at closing that are not expected to be material. Red Hat’s acquisition of CoreOS will further its vision of enabling customers to build any application and deploy them in any environment with the flexibility afforded by open source. By combining CoreOS’s complementary capabilities with Red Hat’s already broad Kubernetes and container-based portfolio, including Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat aims to further accelerate adoption and development of the industry’s leading hybrid cloud platform for modern application workloads.

As applications move to hybrid and multicloud environments, a growing number of organizations are using containers to more easily build, deploy and move applications to, from, and across clouds. IDC noted1, “Substantial advances in cloud adoption, simplification, and portability are underway. The demand for cloud continues to grow, and enterprises now anticipate that cloud architecture will dominate their spending for the next several years. With the growing sophistication of containers, customers are looking to their application platform providers to help them use containers to transition and extend existing production applications to be useful in public or private cloud.”


Founded in 2013, CoreOS was created with a goal of building and delivering infrastructure for organizations of all sizes that mirrored that of large-scale software companies, automatically updating and patching servers and helping to solve pain points like downtime, security and resilience. Since its early work to popularize lightweight Linux operating systems optimized for containers, CoreOS has become well-regarded as a leader behind award-winning technologies that are enabling the broad adoption of scalable and resilient containerized applications.

CoreOS is the creator of CoreOS Tectonic, an enterprise-ready Kubernetes platform that provides automated operations, enables portability across private and public cloud providers, and is based on open source software. It also offers CoreOS Quay, an enterprise-ready container registry. CoreOS is also well-known for helping to drive many of the open source innovations that are at the heart of containerized applications, including Kubernetes, where it is a leading contributor; Container Linux, a lightweight Linux distribution created and maintained by CoreOS that automates software updates and is streamlined for running containers; etcd, the distributed data store for Kubernetes; and rkt, an application container engine, donated to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), that helped drive the current Open Container Initiative (OCI) standard.

Red Hat was early to embrace containers and container orchestration and has contributed deeply to related open source communities, including Kubernetes, where it is the second-leading contributor behind only Google. Red Hat is also a leader in enabling organizations around the world to embrace container-based applications, including its work on Red Hat OpenShift, the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform. Now with the combination of Red Hat and CoreOS, Red Hat amplifies its leadership in both upstream community and enterprise container-based solutions.

The transaction is expected to have no material impact to Red Hat’s guidance for its fourth fiscal quarter or fiscal year ending Feb. 28, 2018.

The transaction is expected to close in January 2018, subject to customary closing conditions.

About Red Hat, Inc.
Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As a connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at http://www.redhat.com.

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ATLANTA, GA – Total Server Solutions Fuels Growth With Investment Capital and the Acquisition of managed service provider ZeroLag Communications

Combination enhances services offerings to customers while providing growth opportunities in multiple markets


Total Server Solutions, an industry leader in Managed IaaS announced that it has raised $23MM in equity and debt from Layer 7 Capital and J.P. Morgan Chase for acquisition finance and growth capital within the business. The target company in the transaction being ZeroLag Communications, a provider of optimized managed hosting solutions has now joined the Total Server Solutions family.

For over 17 years, ZeroLag has provided customers with superior hosting services featuring a unique combination of technical expertise and highly scalable solutions. ZeroLag has designed reference architectures for all the stacks Total Server Solutions supports ensuring the best possible performance, security, and scalability for Total Server Solutions customer’s environments. The acquisition of ZeroLag not only adds a wide variety of new products and services to Total Server Solutions core infrastructure, but also allows Total Server Solutions to leverage coveted partnerships in emerging markets such as Dell, NTT, Veeam, Vmware, and Magento amongst several others. With the acquisition, Total Server Solutions gains a third Los Angeles, CA data center footprint, a backup facility in Austin, TX, and a DR site in Charlotte, NC. They also have now more than doubled their headcount in tech, sales, and development staff across the country.

“Our acquisition of ZeroLag expands our product suite, talent pool and provides a tremendous path forward to leverage both existing Total Server Solutions & ZeroLag customer bases,” said Gary Simat, CEO of Total Server Solutions. “Furthermore, alongside the company’s new financial partners comes increased scale, which enables TSS take on much larger, and more complex projects. This is only one of many large announcements that will be seen from TSS this year. We are coming.”

“ZeroLag has been an innovator in the proactive managed services space for 17 years and through organic growth became a well-known player in the industry,” said Greg Strelzoff, founder and CEO of ZeroLag. “Total Server Solutions fills in critical gaps to the ZeroLag solution space, such as having compute facilities globally. There are incredible synergies between the two companies and together the two groups will have significant accretive forces on each other.”

Steve Lee of Layer 7 Capital, formerly of The Bank Street Group, served as financial advisor to Total Server Solutions. DLA Piper, a leading global law firm spanning more than 40 countries, was counsel to Total Server Solutions in connection with the transaction. DH Capital served as sell side advisor to ZeroLag Communications.

About Total Server Solutions
Founded in 2005, Total Server Solutions provides managed services, high performance infrastructure, and custom solutions to individuals and businesses in a wide array of industries. Our customers range from financial institutions, to advertising platform operators, hosting providers, and telecom companies. We’re also trusted by educational institutions and government agencies in keeping their data on-line and available. Total Server Solutions has the singular mission of providing its’ customers with the finest hosted services and the most robust infrastructure available anywhere across the globe. Our dedicated team of technical experts are always working to find the best, most effective ways to serve you and provide solutions to help you to meet whatever your challenges may be.

About ZeroLag Communications
ZeroLag Communications offers custom-engineered & optimized hosting environments. They deliver superior performance, reliability, and security, ensuring the best possible user experience for their online customers priding themselves in understanding your business challenges and providing simply the best solutions and support in the hosting industry.

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OVERLAND PARK, KS – Codero Holdings, Inc. (Codero), a leader in managed hosting services and technology enablement, today announced that it has joined the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program. Codero will offer managed services for the Azure public cloud and hybrid multi-cloud hosting.

Microsoft Azure is one of the leading hybrid cloud options for businesses around the world, offering over 100 integrations and features that enable companies to not only store and run their apps and processes but develop innovative experiences using mixed reality, bots, and other emerging technologies.


Extracting the full benefit from Azure’s suite of capabilities requires expertise that many companies do not have in-house. Codero’s Azure-certified team will leverage years of demonstrated expertise in hosting cloud solutions to help guide customers and ease their transition to Azure.

“Joining the Azure Partner Network enables us to extend the distinct benefits of Azure to companies across industries, regardless of their size or experience level,” said John Martis, CEO of Codero. “Azure will play an important role as we custom-architect and manage our customers’ optimal infrastructure, enabling them to do more with their technology, reduce management overhead, and focus on business outcomes.”

About Codero
Codero is a managed hosting and technology enabler that facilitates the adoption and use of advanced and custom cloud solutions. A provider of managed, dedicated, and hybrid multi-cloud services, backed by exceptional customer service, Codero serves over 3,500 customers worldwide. Codero offers a portfolio of custom hosting and technology solutions focused on the specific needs of small and medium businesses and community anchor institutions. Codero helps customers and partners live and thrive in the cloud. Learn more about Codero at http://www.codero.com

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LANSING, Mich. – Liquid Web, LLC, the market leader in managed hosting and managed application services to SMBs and web professionals, has officially launched the industry’s first platform dedicated to WooCommerce Stores.

“Our Managed WooCommerce Hosting product is more than just a simple one-click plugin installation. We’ve built a real offering,” said Chris Lema, VP of Products and Innovation. “We’re combining the power of WooCommerce with the industry-leading managed hosting expertise of Liquid Web, allowing store owners to focus on growing their business and leaving the hosting headaches to us.”


WooCommerce is the fastest growing eCommerce platform for store owners today. It sits on top of WordPress which is well known and free. People choose WooCommerce because they sense that it’s an easy to use platform that they can get started with a minimum investment. However, as their stores grow, they are challenged by a lack of staff and expertise to handle the increasing need for design, development and devops. Now they can buy an online store solution with the expectation that they have a provider who is an expert in hosting and a partner in risk mitigation.

The only hosting solution specifically designed for WooCommerce, Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce Hosting offering is a unique answer to common pain points for SMB store owners.

Dynamic Resizing Without Downtime
We’ve built a platform that can autoscale. This elastic and scalable platform gives store owners all the resources they need, helping stores stay fast, without requiring architecture or server changes. https://youtu.be/d8IZ2-nLDkw

High Performance Under Heavy Load
We’ve built a different set of tables to store order data that reduce query loads by 95% and increase capacity (without upgrading plans) by more than 75%. https://youtu.be/Sg2mxzFA8xo

Performance Tests Whenever
We’ve created more than 20 performance tests to help store owners know, in advance, that stores will be ready for whatever traffic comes. https://youtu.be/v-eyVsUOIOk

Far More Than Google Analytics
Our partnership with Glew means we can help store order information into actionable data that transforms how SMB’s grow their business. https://youtu.be/afiFqNTmag4

Paying Attention To Abandoned Carts
Our partnership with Jilt, the leader in abandoned cart technology for WooCommerce means store owners can take immediate action to capture lost revenue. https://youtu.be/_qbzB4ZZfI0

“Our customer isn’t buying hosting. Or a plugin. They’re not buying technology. They just expect it all to work. This is why we’re in the ‘managed’ business. We’re innovating and delivering value in a crowded market with a clear sense of the features that make a difference to our SMB stores owners and the designers, developers and agencies who serve them,” said Lema.

“With the addition of Managed WooCommerce Hosting to our product portfolio, we further our mission to empower web dependent professions all over the world to create content and commerce more easily, without worry and knowing they have a real person to turn to when they need help,” said Liquid Web CEO Jim Geiger. “We are very excited about the launch of this innovative product, reaffirming our commitment to simplifying how our SMB customers experience hosting and cloud services and having an important role in powering their business potential.”

To learn more about Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce Hosting offering visit: https://www.liquidweb.com/products/managed-woocommerce-hosting/

About Liquid Web
Marking its 20th year anniversary, Liquid Web powers content, commerce and potential for SMB entrepreneurs and the designers, developers and digital agencies who create for them. An industry leader in managed hosting and cloud services, Liquid Web is known for its high-performance services and exceptional customer support. Liquid Web offers a broad portfolio designed so customers can choose a hosting solution that is hands-on or hands-off or a hybrid of the two. The company owns and manages its own core data centers, providing a diverse range of offerings spanning from bare metal servers and fully managed hosting to managed WordPress and continues to evolve its service offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of its web-reliant, professional customers. With over 32,000 customers spanning 150 countries, the company has assembled a world-class team, global data centers and an expert group of 24/7/365 solution engineers. As an industry leader in customer service*, the rapidly expanding company has been recognized among INC Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies for ten years. Liquid Web is part of the Madison Dearborn Partners family of companies. Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”) is a leading private equity investment firm based in Chicago.

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TORONTO, CANADA – ServerMania, a leading provider of cloud hosting and dedicated server hosting, is adopting security measures to protect its customers from the privacy and security risks posed by the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.

The company has also released an advisory urging dedicated server hosting customers to update server operating systems as soon as possible.


Spectre and Meltdown are critical vulnerabilities that exploit flaws in processors manufactured by Intel, ARM, and AMD. These processors are used in almost every computing device, from servers to smartphones. The vulnerabilities can be exploited by an attacker able to run code on the affected machines, revealing sensitive data by bypassing the processor’s built-in protections.

Microsoft and leading Linux distributions, including CentOS and Ubuntu, have released patches that mitigate the risk. Updating server operating systems to patched versions is the only way to protect server hosting customers and their users.

“The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities expose the vast majority of servers to the risk of compromise and data theft. It’s a huge problem, but the industry has reacted quickly to develop solutions that mitigate most of the risk,” explained ServerMania CEO, Kevin Blanchard, “At ServerMania, we are working with customers to secure servers across our cloud and hybrid server hosting ranges. Dedicated server hosting customers should update their servers as soon as possible.”

Spectre and Meltdown can be exploited by anyone in a position to run code on a server. They are particularly hazardous for multi-tenant systems like the public cloud, which hosts several users on the same server. A malicious user could theoretically run code in a virtual machine they control and access data from the host environment and other virtual machines hosted on the same server. Spectre and Meltdown present a risk in any scenario that allows unvetted code to be run on a server.

ServerMania offers a variety of infrastructure hosting options, including dedicated servers, hybrid servers, and public and private cloud platforms. The company is proactively patching its cloud and hybrid server platforms and is working with its customers to secure dedicated servers.

About ServerMania
ServerMania is a Canadian company with over 14 years of experience building high-performance infrastructure hosting platforms for businesses globally. ServerMania offers a wide range of fully customizable dedicated, hybrid, cloud, colocation and IP Transit services. Their mission is to empower clients by equipping them with fast, reliable, innovative infrastructure hosting while upholding a 100% network uptime SLA. This is assisted by a 24x7x365 rapid response team — one with some of the best response times in the industry. For more information, visit https://www.servermania.com.

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WordPress has been democratizing the web for around fifteen years now. It delivers the most flexible blogging experience, and is so easy to learn that even a beginner can work on it. Released in 2003, WordPress is the website content management system (CMS) which powers over 30 percent of the entire web. It provides access to thousands of free plugins and themes, using which you can design your website and add powerful features. If you use WordPress for some hobby, then free account is fine for you. But if you have an established website, and have regular heavy traffic, then you may face some downtime. Also, the webpages will take long to load. Since you need to ensure a lot of things to keep your website running, including the content, design, social media, marketing, and a lot more things, WordPress management may become cumbersome in the long run. But you need not worry. To overcome these challenges, many hosting providers now provide managed WordPress hosting. What is managed…
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