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TOKYO, JAPAN — Internet Solutions of South Africa, the leading pan-African telecommunications services provider, which is a subsidiary of NTT Group’s Dimension Data and NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (TYO: 9432) announced today that they have concluded a partnership, in order to deliver NTT Com’s Nexcenter™ data center service in the African continent. The partnership was signed in South Africa on November 27.

As a result of this partnership, the enterprise customers in Asia, Europe and the United States, expanding their business into South Africa will be able to utilize high quality data center services, and South African enterprise customers heading their business globally will be able to utilize NTT Com’s over 140 data centers delivered over 20 countries/regions worldwide.


The colocation market in South Africa has recently experienced average growth of 12% per year as a result of increasing demand by government agencies and content service providers. As a result of this partnership, NTT Com and Internet Solutions will launch colocation services in December of this year under the Nexcenter™ brand at Internet Solutions’ Parklands data center in Johannesburg. The data center will deliver globally-standardized Nexcenter™ service meeting more than 300 standards governing facilities and operations.

The Nexcenter™ certified “Parklands Data Center” is located in the heart of Johannesburg’s main business district, around 30 minutes by car from O.R. Tambo International Airport. The building houses approximately 1,900 square meters of server room facilities over four floors, and provides 1.3 MW of standby battery power. Emergency generators provide power redundancy to a 2N level, and have a fuel capacity that allows for 45 hours of uninterrupted operation. The air conditioning facilities offer cooling system redundancy to N+1 level, and the building’s network topology incorporates an internet exchange (IX) point, improving routing efficiency and fault tolerance. The facility is built to meet TIA942 Tier 3, SOC2 Type2, Type1 and ISO27001 standards. It is planned to expand the building through the addition of a new tower wholly designed by the facility standards of Nexcenter™ to provide 570 high density racks with 2.2 MW power in July 2018.

Saki Missaikos, Managing Director of Internet Solutions, says “Internet Solutions is pleased to join this international network of top-standard data centres. As the first Nexcenter™ location in Africa, we present attractive service and technological capability to multinational companies looking to expand into the region.”

In addition to continuing to build its own data centers, NTT Com will further expand the geographical availability of Nexcenter™ through collaboration with its worldwide partners, allowing it to continue supporting its customers’ global business expansion.

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.

About Internet Solutions
Internet Solutions (IS) is a pan-African telecoms service provider to public and private sector organisations that has been providing innovative end-to-end telco solutions and related services for more than 20 years. At the forefront of Internet Protocol-based technologies, IS builds solutions and services tailored to the increasingly complex demands of organisations across the enterprise, public sector, global carrier and growing small-to-medium business sectors. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dimension Data Group and part of NTT, IS leverages its infrastructure and global footprint to support organisations with the rapid deployment of emerging technologies. More information at www.is.co.za.

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NEW YORK, NY – Webair, a high-touch, agile Cloud and fully managed infrastructure service provider, today announces plans to create new jobs and invest $20 million in cloud and critical infrastructure upgrades at its NY1 data center on Long Island over the next four years. The investments are driven by the Company’s recent acceptance into the New York Empire State Development (ESD) program and an allocation of 1 MW of low-cost hydropower from New York Power Authority’s (NYPA’s) ReCharge NY program, as well growing customer demand for low latency compliance cloud and managed hybrid infrastructure.

“As an owner-operated New York-based company, Webair has made considerable investments in personnel and infrastructure at our NY1 facility to continue supporting our customers for the next 20 years and beyond,” says Michael Christopher Orza, CEO of Webair. “Our services are relied upon by many New York State-owned organizations. As a result, the State has provided Webair with tax rebates and other incentives to ensure low energy costs and the additional resources we need to grow our ecosystem of private, air-gapped Cloud services and address mounting customer demand for managed infrastructure.”


Leveraging job creation and investment incentives provided by ReCharge New York and the Empire State Development Program, Webair is making substantial Cloud, Disaster Recovery, and data center upgrades at its NY1 facility, spurring demand for additional high-caliber staff. These include recently completed and in-progress upgrades, such as the:

installation of a third generator, additional UPS and HVAC capacity to support an additional 1 MW of critical IT load;
installation of an additional 200 high-density cabinets and corresponding containment and DCIM systems;
expansion of Webair’s carrier-neutral Meet-Me Room, including the physical presence of next-generation interconnection fabrics such as PacketFabric and MegaPort, as well as additional Tier 1 networks; and
availability of its Disaster and Ransomware Recovery, as well as Off-site Backup platform delivered privately within the facility, securely replicating customer data to Webair’s global facilities or hyperscale clouds in real time.

Built to Tier III standards and meeting the most stringent compliance requirements, Webair’s NY1 is the most redundant data center east of Manhattan. The facility houses an ecosystem of managed infrastructure, including Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, Storage, Colocation, and more.

For more information about Webair’s NY1 facility, visit www.webair.com.

About Webair
Headquartered in New York for over 20 years, Webair delivers agile and reliable Cloud and Managed Infrastructure solutions leveraging its highly secure and enterprise-grade network of data centers in New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, Amsterdam, and Asia-Pacific. Webair’s key services include fully managed Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud; Customized Networking; Disaster Recovery-as- a-Service; Ransomware-as-a-Service; Off-Site Backups; DDoS Mitigation; Web and application stacks; and Colocation. Webair services can be delivered securely via direct network tie-ins to customers’ existing infrastructure, enabling them to consume SLA-backed solutions with ease, efficiency and agility — as if they were on-premise. With an emphasis on reliability and high-touch customer service, Webair is a true technology partner to enterprises and SMBs including healthcare, IT, eCommerce, SaaS and VoIP providers. Because Webair focuses on its core value of owning managed infrastructure within its own facilities, it is also an ideal cloud solution provider and business partner for VARs, MSPs, and IT consultants.

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World Cloud Summit (WCS) 2017, the exclusive virtual event for the cloud, web hosting, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and other IT industry professionals, is scheduled to be held on 5th and 6th December 2017. Cloud market is becoming increasingly promising, and over 84% enterprises have planned to move their large workloads to the cloud within the next two years, according to a recent survey. The event has been organized to virtually bring the cloud and IT industry thought leaders on a single platform to share their ideas on how one can capitalize the booming cloud opportunity. The industry experts will discuss the emerging trends that are shaping the future of the IT industry, and will help identify areas where biggest opportunities lie for the emerging businesses. WCS is going to help enterprises learn new strategies, identify and address the evolving needs of clients who are ready to adopt the cloud solutions. CSPs, MSPs, Telcos and Datacenters have four…
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PALO ALTO, CA – Jelastic Inc., turnkey PaaS that runs a wide range of containerized software stacks for smart application deployment, scaling and management, announced partnership with Sphere48, a web hosting company from Canada.

“By entering the Canadian market with Sphere48, we intend to provide local developers with the right tools for eliminating the complexity of application deployment and management, as well as reducing the total cost of ownership with fully automated scaling and pay-as-you-use pricing model, ” said Ruslan Synytsky, Jelastic CEO.


Cloud computing made a significant impact to the whole development world, and become a matured technology that keeps getting more and more users every year. Spending on public cloud computing in Canada will double from $2.3 billion CAD in 2016 to $5.5 billion CAD in 2020, by IDC. And by partnering with Jelastic, Sphere48 made an upgrade of their cloud hosting services in order to be competing in this growing market and meet the demands of the customers, offering PaaS, Docker containers hosting, professional assistance in arranging DevOps processes and a wide variety of extra tools for developers.

“We are proud today to be the first Canadian partner with the Jelastic team. We were looking for a PaaS solution to integrate to our hosting services since a long time now. We were already using the Jelastic platform for a few of our projects and we loved it. When we saw an opportunity to become partners with Jelastic, we seized it. We are looking forward to make this product known across all developers in Canada.” – Alexandre Barfuhok, Sphere48.

Specializing only in shared hosting services at the beginning, Sphere48 included VPS services later as well, and now they start offering PaaS cloud hosting for Canadian customers. In addition, the company put the firm emphasis on security: their data center is equipped with 24/7 video surveillance cameras, anti-DDoS protection devices, automatic backups and access to the servers’ room only for accredited employees.

Since Sphere48 becomes the pioneer to offer Jelastic in Canada, their aim is to make it well-known for local developers and startups across the country, and make a good impact on applications growth market in North America. To ease the entry point the dashboard of the platform is localized to French, in addition to the English version, and soon the users will be provided with a set of educational materials to closer get acquainted with the product.

Customers can try deploying, scaling and managing their projects at Sphere48 for 14 days free trial.

About Jelastic
Jelastic is a robust solution for the cloud market – hosting providers, enterprises and developers – combining the benefits of PaaS and CaaS in a single turnkey package. Its rich interface simplifies complex cloud deployments by automating the creation, scaling, clustering and security updates of microservices or monolithic applications. Jelastic has a unique pay-for usage-only pricing model and is available as public, private, hybrid and multi-cloud in more than 55 data centers worldwide. The platform provides support of Java, PHP, Ruby, Node.js, Python, .NET environments and custom Docker containers. More info is at https://jelastic.com

About Sphere48
Located in Montreal, Canada, Sphere48 made their name by providing an experienced customer service since 2013. The company plans to expand with Sphere48 powered by Jelastic across the whole Canada in both French and English provinces within the next few years. Sphere48 is running from the highly-performed data center, equipped with generators that guarantee a 48 hours autonomy.

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Amsterdam, the Netherlands – EvoSwitch, a Europe and U.S. based colocation data center company with sustainable characteristics and a partner-rich cloud interconnection platform, celebrates its 10th anniversary with the completion of a corporate rebrand – the first in its history. The brand repositioning includes a redesigned corporate identity and a new website which now includes a continuously expanding knowledge platform on topics like (hybrid) cloud and colocation.

When starting its colocation data center business 10 years ago in the Amsterdam area, EvoSwitch was one of the first companies in Europe to launch a ‘carbon-neutral’ facility with highly efficient cooling systems, renewable energy usage, and a low Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) figure for energy efficiency purposes. EvoSwitch’s significantly expanded managed services and added value delivery would justify their step towards this newly completed corporate brand identity.


“The use of renewable energy and a low PUE figure are nowadays not as uncommon as ten years ago, although today having the best PUE in the colocation market is still highly impressive I must say – especially for the large facilities owned and operated by EvoSwitch,” said Eric Boonstra, CEO at EvoSwitch. “Energy-efficiency still plays a critical role in our day-to-day data center operations, but in recent years we’ve taken our colocation services to the next level by adding all kinds of managed services and enterprise-grade value.”

“The cloud interconnection platform EvoSwitch OpenCloud is a good example of the value being added in the last two years,” said Mr. Boonstra. “Also EvoSwitch’s in-house developed modular data center building concepts with energy-efficient features and short lead times for implementation are an integral part of our corporate brand identity today. Not to forget about EvoSwitch’s international presence, with our U.S. data center in Manassas, Virginia being added in 2012. All these infrastructural achievements make our 10th anniversary a milestone worth celebrating. The newly completed EvoSwitch corporate brand identity with refreshed logo and updated website design better matches the smart and powerful corporate profile we have established since 2007.”

The addition of a Knowledge Center on the new EvoSwitch website, with strategic information resources including white papers on (hybrid) cloud, colocation and sustainability (https://evoswitch.com/knowledge-center/#white-papers), as well as videos and expert blogs, would also reflect the company’s shift in recent years towards a corporate identity which now includes a complete set of value added managed services.

New Corporate Identity Explained

EvoSwitch’s new corporate brand identity and website are being developed by award-winning Dutch agency Studio Piraat (http://studiopiraat.nl). The agency was requested to design a new website and logo reflecting EvoSwitch’s facilitating role towards its ‘customer cloud ecosystems’ and its ‘open and knowledge sharing’ characteristics. The complex technologies and value added solutions being delivered needed to be translated towards a clean, simple but strong visual design.

The designers from Studio Piraat used new icons and fonts with a ‘future forward design,’ while developing unique illustrations and graphics for this new corporate brand identity. Part of it is also an animation with a scroll-based infographic (https://evoswitch.com/about/), which at a glance would explain what the EvoSwitch ecosystem and value add is all about.

“In 2007 we used to call ourselves a ‘next generation’ data center provider,” added Mr. Boonstra. “Although I know it’s a marketing term by now that’s being used too often, it really was communicating what we stood for then. We were spearheading the international colocation business by going green, as one of the first on a European level in the global data center market. By continuously keeping focused on developing and adding new managed services – in line with evolving hybrid cloud customer needs and requirements – we’re convinced that we will be able to stay ahead of the market for the next 10 years to come. The new EvoSwitch corporate brand identity being implemented when celebrating our 10th anniversary is meant to support that goal.”

About EvoSwitch
EvoSwitch provides secure and sustainable data center services, with cloud- and carrier-neutral data centers in Europe and the United States. EvoSwitch is home to growing ecosystems of customers around interconnection and hybrid cloud, operating at the edge of the Internet and providing access to public clouds. EvoSwitch enables global and local customers to build their IT infrastructure for growth, creating value for customers and partners alike offering 14.000 m2 and ample room for further growth on both sides of the Atlantic. In response to customer demand and market requirements, EvoSwitch has built an extensive set of managed services including its EvoSwitch OpenCloud – a cloud-neutral and partner-rich (hybrid) cloud interconnection marketplace for low-latency interconnection options. As one of the first colocation data centers in Europe with ultra-low PUE figures while utilizing 100% renewables, EvoSwitch’s engineering teams provide special assistance for customers when optimizing equipment configurations, condition monitoring and reduction of energy consumption. EvoSwitch’s data centers in both Europe and the U.S. provide enterprise-grade security measures while meeting strict compliance and third-party accredited standards including ISO 27001:2013, ISO 14001:2004, PCI-DSS, SIOC1 Type II, and LEED Gold. To learn more about EvoSwitch, visit: evoswitch.com

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MONTRÉAL, CANADA – VEXXHOST, a leading OpenStack® infrastructure-as-a-service provider, announced today the launch of its new OpenStack consulting service. This service is aimed to provide companies with the assistance and guidance needed to get any OpenStack project up and running smoothly.

VEXXHOST consultants and engineers have been running the company’s current line of services, OpenStack based public, private and hybrid clouds, for over six years. The operational experience gained from running these infrastructures is at the core of the company’s new consulting service. VEXXHOST consultants can offer guidance in implementing OpenStack projects such as compute, network, object or block storage, orchestration, load balancing, big data, file sharing, cloud images and container services as these services are all currently offered on the VEXXHOST suite of cloud services.


VEXXHOST’s new OpenStack consulting service can also provide help to companies looking to deploy a new OpenStack environment, which can be a very overwhelming project. VEXXHOST’s consultants can help by understanding the needs and requirements of the organization and advising on best practices to reduce both time and risk. VEXXHOST’s consultants can also assist with upgrading an existing OpenStack infrastructure to newer releases.

“There is no doubt that an OpenStack infrastructure can provide benefits to many companies, though we have noticed that the complexity of the software has made some organizations wary of it. Our goal with this service is to provide consulting to help organizations leverage OpenStack without the complexities that come with it,” says Mohammed Naser, CEO of VEXXHOST and a longtime OpenStack contributor. “We are excited to officially have consulting as part of our OpenStack solution lineup, something which we have provided in the past directly for large enterprise customers.”

“The OpenStack vendor community continues to grow, evolve and mature. That rich ecosystem includes services that help make OpenStack faster to deploy, easier to consume and tailored to the unique demands of specific industries and workloads. Vexxhost has been an important participant in the OpenStack project, and the addition of services to their lineup will only expand the value and insights they can bring back to the community at large.” Heidi Bretz, Director of Business Development at OpenStack.

VEXXHOST is currently offering a free initial 30-minute consultation. For more information or to request a quote, please visit https://vexxhost.com/openstack-consultation/

About VEXXHOST Inc.
Founded in 2006, VEXXHOST Inc. is a Canadian cloud computing provider offering OpenStack public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud and consulting solutions to customers, from small businesses to governments, from over 150 different countries. VEXXHOST Inc. delivers a high level of expertise to help clients optimize cloud infrastructure so they can focus on their core competencies.

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