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Iron Mountain data centers to expand data center footprint to India

Iron Mountain, the storage and information management services company, has announced that it has agreed to form a joint venture with Web Werks, one of India’s leading colocation data center providers. Iron Mountain anticipates investing $ 150 million in the next two years and is projected to be a majority investor in the venture after the investment period. The first transaction stage is anticipated to close within the next 90 days, subject to customary closing conditions.

Web Werks serves three Tier 3, carrier-neutral data centers in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, and Pune. This investment allows Web Werks to quickly extend its operations to its three existing markets and later Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Chennai. Iron Mountain Data Center is investing this to support and expand its existing hyper scale, content, network, and enterprise customers in the rapidly growing pan-India region.

With a 225,000 square feet footprint, Web Werks maintains 6 Points of Presence (POPs) worldwide, delivering 4 megawatts (MW) of capacity, supporting 6,000+ servers and more than 850 clients. Web Werks gives access to strong, content and cloud providers, and a neutral interconnection ecosystem of carriers, involving more than 160 Internet service providers (ISPs) and 6 Internet exchanges.

As market leaders in hyper-connected data centers, Web Werks supports a wide base of well-known brands including banking, enterprises, insurance (BFSI), financial services, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who require efficiency in deployment to scale their businesses.

“This investment reflects Iron Mountain’s commitment to invest in high growth, good return global markets to continue to meet our customers’ requirements. The India data center market is projected to grow rapidly in the coming years and we are excited to be an early mover into a market where the demand is high and the supply is low,” stated Mark Kidd, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Iron Mountain Data Centers.

“Web Werks has a highly respected and seasoned leadership team and we are delighted to not only support their continued growth and success, but also to provide our existing Iron Mountain data center customers access to this growing and thriving market,” he added.

India is the second largest telecom market all over the world. As per JLL’s recent report, India’s Colocation Data Center market size is anticipated to increase by 20% (from 375MW in 2020 to 1,078MW in H1 2020). As of December 2020, the Global Data Center Colocation and Interconnection Report, by Structures Research (SR), the Asia Pacific region will account for half of the global colocation market by 2025 driven by large emerging markets such as India.

The SR report identifies Pune and Mumbai as major opportunity markets in India, with a combined estimated MW of significant IT load capacity growth to reach more than 470MW by 2025. “India provides an important next step in expanding our Asia Pacific footprint,” stated Michael Goh, General Manager Asia Pacific at Iron Mountain Data Centers. “We have seen very strong regional demand from our global customers following the grand opening of our Singapore data center, SIN-1, in 2019.”

“Joining forces with the Iron Mountain Data Center team will further solidify Web Werk’s leadership position in the pan-India region and among the broader set of global customers,” stated Nikhil Rathi, CEO, Web Werks. “Web Werks and Iron Mountain Data Centers are fully committed and aligned to grow and scale in order to meet the digital transformation and interconnection needs of our customers. The Joint Venture is expected to be among the select few data center operators with assets across all major cities and also have both Hyperscale and dense interconnection expertise. We look forward to the collaboration and continued success.”

Deutsche Bank acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Web Werks on the fund raise. Khaitan & Co and EY acted as the exclusive advisors to Web Werks respectively.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and PWC India acted as advisors to Iron Mountain on this transaction. JLL acted as an introducing partner to both parties.

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ZNet and Plesk bring SolusIO virtual infrastructure management solution to help ISPs, MSPs and CSPs address digital transformation challenges

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ZNet Technologies (https://www.znetlive.com/), India’s leading cloud distributor offering cloud infrastructure and managed services, today announced that it will step up its product portfolio with SolusIO, a new platform best suited for in-house virtualization and cloud hosting solution. With SolusIO, businesses will be able to prioritize customer experience and get a better way for simplifying virtualization management.

SolusIO offers a set of powerful virtualization technologies, including support for hypervisor and container-based virtualization. It utilizes cloud-init for configuring and managing virtual servers, permitting maximum compatibility with the pre-built images available from leading vendors. It allows users to modify or build their own images without additional costs.

SolusIO, a Plesk product, will help ZNet Technologies – a distributor of Plesk solutions in India, to eliminate virtual infrastructure management complexities that enterprises and ISPs experience, with blazing fast, on-demand VMs, a simple API, and an easy-to-use self-service control panel for the customers to grow their business.

“SolusIO has already been deployed a few thousand times among its 500+ beta testers. We can’t thank our community enough. We’re now relying on our partners’ contribution to show SolusIO to the entire world, as we continue to improve and shape it into the best in-house virtualization and cloud hosting solution.” stated Plesk CEO Nils Hüneke.

Munesh Jadoun, CEO, ZNet Technologies said, “SolusIO is an innovative product by Plesk. With it, hosters can launch their own self-service based VPS offering with world-class User Interface (UI) in an automated way. This will help them in getting better returns, while providing state of the art services.”

SolusIO v1.1 has been released recently. Read the full announcement here.

Key features of SolusIO:

  • Customizable, self-service control panel.
  • Support for cloud-init
  • Open vSwitch support
  • Simple, user-friendly API
  • Integrated with Plesk, cPanel and WHMCS
  • Support for managed services
  • Ubuntu 20.04 support

For more information, visit www.solus.io.

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Enhancing on-premise solutions market in India: ZNet becomes a distributor of Acronis

25% global growth in cyber-attacks shakes the market as remote workers demand protection – ZNet Technologies now offers the full range of Acronis cyber protection solutions

ZNet Technologies (http://znetcorp.com/), India’s leading cloud distributor offering cloud infrastructure and managed services, announced that it is extending its distribution partnership with Acronis – now offering their on-premise backup and disaster recovery solutions to partners and businesses in India.

Acronis is a global leader in cyber protection, setting the standard with its innovative backup, anti-ransomware, disaster recovery, storage, and enterprise file sync and share solutions. As a leading provider of cyber protection services for physical, virtual, and cloud environments, Acronis’ cybersecurity and data protection solutions are utilizing cutting-edge technologies to enable stronger cyber protection for businesses of all sizes – being the only company on the market addressing all 5 vectors of Cyber Protection: safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity and security (SAPAS).

ZNet Technologies is already offering Acronis Cloud Backup solutions to businesses and partners – now providing:

  • Acronis Cloud Backup – backup is stored in the cloud and is accessible from anywhere
  • Acronis On-premise – backup is on customer premises
  • Acronis True Image – backup solution for PCs, Desktops, mobile devices, etc.

The range of solutions provided will also include Acronis Cyber Protect, an innovative cyber protection solution that integrates backup, disaster recovery, next-gen anti-malware, cybersecurity and management tools into one solution.

Acronis on-premise cybersecurity solutions will empower ZNet partners with anti-ransomware protection, backup, disaster recovery, file sync and share, solutions that are easy to use, efficient, and secure. ZNet is one of the few distributors to be providing all these services.

Partners will be able to resell these solutions to address the growing cyber security and data protection concerns of businesses in the country, and leverage the growing market opportunity.

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with Acronis. It’s our responsibility to protect customers’ digital well-being in these unprecedented times when there’s an increased dependence on the digital tools. With the newly added Acronis on-premise solution to our product portfolio, we are now in a better place to provide the best cybersecurity and data backup solutions to businesses through our partners and make the data protection easier and cost-effective,” said Munesh Jadoun, CEO of ZNet Technologies. “ZNet will help partners with complete technical support and GTM (Go-to-market) support to reach more customers.”

“ZNet is a trusted name in India with a strong presence all around India – we are excited about extending our partnership further, and see a lot of opportunities for data protection and cyber security solutions’ growth in the market. We are positive that with this partnership evolving further, we will be able to reach even more businesses in the country,” said Rustom Hiramaneck, Country Head, South Asia at Acronis.

About ZNet Technologies

ZNet Technologies Private Limited, incorporated in 2009, is a cloud services provider offering cloud infrastructure and managed services to partners and end customers across the globe with primary focus on India. ZNet powers well over 90K websites and applications globally and is one of the very first Microsoft CSPs in India. The business units of ZNet include ZNetLive (domain, hosting, cloud services provider) and RackNap (cloud service delivery and business automation platform). ZNet offers services from Microsoft, AWS, Alibaba and managed services via its certified cloud professionals. RackNap helps with automating the delivery of cloud services and helps bill the usage based on actual consumption.

ZNet is owned by RP tech India (a division of Rashi Peripherals Pvt Ltd.). Founded in 1989, RP tech India is the fastest-growing value-added distributor of IT and mobility solutions with 50 branches and 50 service centers across India. Growing at a consistent 25% CAGR YoY, the company offers products from over 23 renowned global brands to 9000+ customers spread across 750+ towns/cities in India. For more information, visit http://znetcorp.com/

About Acronis

Acronis sets the standard for cyber protection through its innovative backup, anti-ransomware, disaster recovery, storage, and enterprise file sync and share solutions. Enhanced by its award-winning AI-based active protection technology, blockchain-based data authentication and unique hybrid-cloud architecture, Acronis protects all data in any environment – including physical, virtual, cloud, mobile workloads and applications – all at a low and predictable cost.

Founded in Singapore in 2003 and incorporated in Switzerland in 2008, Acronis now has more than 1,500 employees in 33 locations in 18 countries. Its solutions are trusted by more than 5.5 million personal users and 500,000 businesses, including 100% of the Fortune 1000 companies. Acronis’ products are available through 50,000 partners and service providers in over 150 countries in more than 30 languages.

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marketgoo announces partnership with WHMCS

Leading Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tools provider marketgoo has partnered with WHMCS, a leading automation solution for web hosting companies. marketgoo will be available in the WHMCS marketplace MarketConnect, a digital services platform from WHMCS that enables hosts to buy and resell value added services through one single centralized platform.

“We specialize in simplifying SEO for our users in order that they can leverage it to achieve online success. Making easy SEO tools available to WHMCS customers was something we had long looked forward to and we believe they can provide added value to any web host’s existing offerings.” said Wences García, Founder of marketgoo.

With this partnership, marketgoo’s DIY SEO tool will be integrated into the WHMCS MarketConnect platform, giving WHMCS customers access to marketgoo Lite and marketgoo Pro, enabling them to deliver an even more comprehensive solution to their end users while creating new revenue streams.

The marketgoo Lite SEO tool is the first stop for users that want to work on SEO and improve their Google search rankings. Their website is scanned every week and they receive a report with points for improvement.

The marketgoo Pro is the next step for the Customer, as it generates a report of the user’s website, presents a custom plan with prioritized improvements and step-by-step instructions on how it should be done.

Features include:

  • User friendly, step-by-step optimization plan.
  • Tools and proposals focused on increasing sites’ quality traffic and inbound links.
  • Analytics to assist track improvements.
  • Competitor tracking.
  • Mobile Optimization and improvements.

“We’re excited to see marketgoo’s SEO tools in WHMCS MarketConnect. WHMCS helps web hosts better serve their customers, and these SEO tools will further empower them to make a difference in their customers’ online presence,” said Matt Pugh, CEO of WHMCS.

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Epsilon Becomes a London Internet Exchange Platinum Partner

Epsilon has been awarded Platinum status by the London Internet Exchange (LINX) under its ConneXions Partner Programme. The upgrade comes after a recent significant expansion of Epsilon’s managed capacity for connecting customers to the exchange via its Remote Peering service.

As a Platinum partner, Epsilon has been recognized by LINX for enabling regional and global network service providers and managed service providers to efficiently grow their presence with LINX and manage surging IP traffic demand.

The global connectivity provider serves a variety of customers which include gaming and digital media companies, over-the-top (OTT) providers and cloud computing service providers. Epsilon is able to bring global networks to two of LINX’s key interconnection hubs, London being one and also their exchange in Northern Virginia, LINX NoVA.

In March 2020, LINX saw a record-breaking peak traffic of 5.26 Tbps driven by growing internet usage in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Remote working, increased content consumption and growing usage of cloud-based applications and services have driven record-breaking traffic volumes across the world’s largest internet exchanges (IXs).

“Increased internet usage is driving the demand for remote peering. We are enabling our customers to scale-up to meet growing demand, ensuring they can continue to deliver an optimized end-user experience,” said Mark Daley, Director of Digital Strategy & Business Development at Epsilon.

“IXs and the use of remote peering are critical for keeping the global internet running smoothly in challenging times like these. We’re proud to be playing a role in keeping people across the globe connected and helping our customers benefit from peering. Our Remote Peering solution provides secure and on-demand access to LINX at the click of a button thanks to the IX-API project,” he added.

In September 2019, Epsilon became the first global connectivity provider to adopt the IX-API, developed by LINX alongside the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) and Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange (DE-CIX).

IX-API automates the provisioning and configuration of interconnection services for peering at these three IXs. Epsilon’s customers and partners can now use Infiny to order and provision on-demand connectivity to LINX, AMS-IX, and DE-CIX in minutes.

“It is a unique and challenging time for businesses across the globe. The value of peering as well as partnership has come to the forefront of our industry. We are excited to see Epsilon become a platinum partner and continue to support more organizations to benefit from peering at LINX,” said Jennifer Holmes, Chief Commercial Officer at LINX. “The more peering options that are available to our members, the stronger our ecosystem becomes. It is great to have a partner like Epsilon to grow our exchange together and build on the initiatives that we’ve taken part in for the future.”

Epsilon offers remote peering at LINX via its software-defined networking (SDN) platform, Infiny. Remote peering allows more organizations to benefit from peering without the need to invest in physical presence at the IX. It brings users closer to where the content and services are hosted, keeping the traffic local to deliver a high-quality experience online.

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WIPL enters into partnership with Plesk to offer fully integrated cloud hosting services in India

WIPL, one of Asia’s fastest-growing cloud hosting companies headquartered in India, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Plesk, the leading Server, Website and WordPress management platform, proven on servers, sites, apps, hosting and cloud businesses. With this deal, WIPL will empower its customers with high-quality, affordable Plesk powered hosting services.

“In our quest to drive digital transformation, Plesk is delighted to have WIPL as a partner. We are certain that our platform’s features and scalability will enable WIPL to deliver countless seamless customer experiences,” said Nils Hueneke, Plesk CEO.

“We are increasingly extending into adjacent areas. With the unique Plesk management platform, we will offer greater convenience to our customers with the ability to manage their web apps and technologies using a single and secure user interface in the most cost-appropriate setting,” said Ravish Gupta, CEO, WIPL.

This partnership will be empowered by ZNet Technologies Pvt. Ltd. as ZNet is the distributor of Plesk licenses in India.

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Alibaba Cloud and ZNet Technologies Forge New Partnership

Companies set to bring opportunities and emerging cloud technologies to Indian partners. 

Alibaba Cloud, the data intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has entered a distribution partnership with ZNet Technologies Private Limited, India’s leading cloud distributor offering cloud infrastructure and managed services. The partnership will bring Alibaba Cloud’s proven products and solutions that have been supporting Alibaba Group’s international business activities ranging from e-commerce, fin-tech, logistics, digital media, and entertainment, to ZNet businesses and channel partners, and empower them with innovative and reliable technologies for success in a digital era.

As an established and competitive distributor, ZNet is equipped with both the sales and technical knowledge to help customers get up to speed with Alibaba Cloud products and solutions, which include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Content Delivery Network (CDN), Video on demand (VOD), SMS, Big Data, Mail services and much more. Through this collaboration, Alibaba Cloud hopes to leverage ZNet’s expertise in cloud migration, product development and managed services to bring customers and partners greater business value.

The parties hope to equip local businesses with fast track digital transformation initiatives to expedite their digital transformation process.

“Our partnership with ZNet gives us the opportunity to share our technologies and industry know-hows with our partners and help them succeed in the competitive Indian market”, said Alex Li, General Manager, Alibaba Cloud South Asia. “We have gained strong expertise in working with our global partners, and we hope to transfer the knowledge to local partners and customers so that we can empower them on their digital transformation journey and achieve greater business success.” 

“Alibaba Cloud is one of the fastest-growing public cloud providers across the globe. Our distributorship will provide our channel players, the opportunity to work with Alibaba Cloud in India. With data localization soon to become mainstream with Indian government initiatives, the presence of Alibaba Cloud data centers in India will serve the needs of the Indian businesses very well and will help them in complying to these new requirements,” said Munesh Jadoun, CEO, ZNet Technologies Private Limited.

Alibaba Cloud and ZNet Technologies will bring added value to local service providers by providing them with support from Alibaba Cloud certified professionals. In addition, sales and marketing assistance will also be made available to partners via GTM activities. Together, ZNet and Alibaba Cloud will bring more personalized customer service to facilitate business growth.

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Diadem Technologies joins hands with Plesk, to offer Plesk panel integrated hosting services in India

Diadem Technologies, India’s leading cloud service provider, providing cloud, dedicated and hybrid hosting solutions for clients across the globe, announced a partnership with Plesk, the leading Server, Website and WordPress management platform, proven on servers, sites, apps, hosting and cloud businesses. With this partnership, Diadem Technologies will make Plesk powered hosting services available to its customers.

With Plesk powered hosting services, Diadem Technologies will be able to deliver out of the box, value-added services to their customers. We are very pleased to partner with them for the quickly growing Indian marketplace and we look forward to a long-lasting partnership,” said Nils Hueneke, Plesk CEO.

Also read: Web Werks announces partnership with Plesk to offer fully integrated hosting services across India

With the robust Plesk management platform, we aim to provide our customers with the ability to manage their apps, websites, servers and technologies using a single and secure user interface. This will help them get rid of redundant and time-consuming website and security management tasks,” said Hriday Biyani, Co-Founder and CEO, Diadem Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

This partnership will be empowered by ZNet Technologies Pvt. Ltd. as ZNet is the distributor of Plesk licenses in India.

Also read: CloudLinux announces distribution partnership with ZNet Technologies
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CloudLinux announces distribution partnership with ZNet Technologies

CloudLinux Inc., with headquarters in Palo Alto, California, United States, and ZNet Technologies Pvt. Ltd, of Jaipur, India, are proud to announce a new distribution partnership for the CloudLinux family of products.

ZNet Technologies, part of the RP tech India group (www.rptechindia.com), is a leading cloud service and web hosting provider based in Jaipur, India.

CloudLinux services the Linux web hosting sector with its leading operating system, kernel patching and cybersecurity software.

With this partnership, CloudLinux will be able to reach unexplored markets in India via the widely-spread partner network of ZNet Technologies. A diverse and multicultural country, India is the beating heart of Asia’s internet and IT economy that continues to grow and break new records.

With India representing 18% of the world’s population, it’s an attractive base for enterprises like CloudLinux, wishing to take advantage of the nation’s huge market potential, as well as its youthful and dynamic workforce.

India’s IT annual revenue will be almost 180 Billion USD in 2019, much of it due to the export of services and skills. ZNet Technologies, a new distributor for CloudLinux, is one of the many young companies driving this growth.

Incorporated in 2009 by web hosting entrepreneur Munesh Jadoun, ZNet Technologies has risen to become one of the preeminent providers of managed cloud solutions, web services, and business automation for enterprises and small and medium businesses (SMBs).

Today, the ZNet Technologies’ services power more than 90,000 websites globally from offices in Mumbai, Pune and Jaipur.

Also read: Acronis and ZNet Technologies join forces to equip partners with innovative cyber protection solutions

ZNet Technologies carries two brands: ZNetLive and RackNap.

  • ZNetLive focuses on providing managed cloud and web hosting services, and with registering domains.
  • RackNap is an enterprise-class cloud delivery platform for solution providers, data centers and telecommunications operations.

With our recognized accreditation by major cloud providers such as AWS, Google Cloud and Alibaba Cloud, ZNet Technologies is uniquely positioned to help CloudLinux grow the reach of its flagship web hosting OS, CloudLinux OS, to help web hosters of all sizes make the best use of their infrastructure,” said Munesh Jadoun, Founder & CEO, ZNet Technologies.

CloudLinux are excited to partner with such an established and reputable distributor as ZNet Technologies to grow our business in India, and look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration with them,” said Jim Jackson, President & CRO, CloudLinux.

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Onesecure Asia partners with Accedian to enhance its visibility-as-a-service suite

Onesecure Asia, a Singapore-based Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP), announced its partnership with Accedian, the leader in performance analytics and end-user experience solutions, to enhance their ‘Visibility-as-a-Service’ offerings with Accedian’s Skylight solution. The partnership will provide enterprises with complete visibility into their IT infrastructure performance across platforms, enhancing their performance and strengthening their cyber resilience.

The Visibility-as-a-Service solution will ensure end-to-end network and application performance visibility, in addition to threat monitoring services. It empowers SMEs and start-ups to gain insight into their operations, and improve the experience of their end users, without investing in the creation of an internal security operations center. With full visibility across network services and application chains, SMEs can make the most efficient use of digital assets to realize business goals and strengthen their competitive positions.

Cybersecurity has become a key factor for businesses while choosing partners. With an increasing number of businesses going digital, their exposure to potential online threat has increased. Hence, there is a strong business need for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) to have a robust cybersecurity system that involves early detection and diagnosis. Nearly, 56 per cent of SMEs in Singapore experienced a cyber incident in 2018, highlighting the vast visibility gap between cyber threat and their readiness in handling them.

While security remains a strong focus, SMEs looking to enhance their digital presence also struggle with improving their IT infrastructure and application performance. Overcoming this challenge to deliver an optimal end-user experience requires complete infrastructure visibility not just on premise but also across the cloud and software containers. Enterprises should be able to identify and resolve any IT infrastructure issues immediately. Comprehensive network visibility is therefore vital to the security and performance of the network and applications that run on it.

“As enterprises go digital, having a holistic view of their IT infrastructure will become a critical component of a strong and resilient digital presence. By partnering with Accedian, we are now able to offer companies the ability to control the cybersecurity and performance of Physical and Virtual infrastructure through complete infrastructure visibility,” said Edmund How, Managing Director, Onesecure Asia.

“The combination of Onesecure and Accedian provides a comprehensive solution for companies who desire control over their infrastructure’s performance, end user experience and cybersecurity. This partnership offers real-time insight into infrastructure performance, which in turn reduces the duration for issue resolution. The ability to provide both macro intelligence and the micro-detail view fills in a visibility gap that could jeopardize digital transformation and cloud migration projects,” said Benny Lim, VP Sales Enterprise Asia, Accedian.

The complexity of IT infrastructure has steadily increased in the past few years. Businesses need to have clear visibility of their physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure to achieve greater control over their network, application performance and cybersecurity. The visibility-as-a-service suite facilitates the allocation of tasks and prompt resolution of issues, helping businesses deliver optimal end-user experience, achieve business objectives, and accelerate business growth with an effective management system.

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