U.S. data center operator Colocation Northwest and European data center operator maincubestoday announced their transatlantic colocation partnership to complement each other’s data center footprints on both sides of the Atlantic.
Sharing a company focus on high-availability, enterprise-grade security, compliance and energy-efficiency for their data centers in the U.S. and Europe respectively, Colocation Northwest and maincubes expect to accelerate their combined colocation sales scope and international customer reach.
As one of the largest privately held ISPs and colocation providers in the Seattle, Washington area, Colocation Northwest operates eight colocation data centers in the pacific northwest of the United States.
A division of IsoFusion, Colocation Northwest has its facilities located in South Hill Seattle, Downtown Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue and Redmond. Part of German construction conglomerate Zech Group, maincubes operates a rapidly expanding number of colocation data centers in the European market. Its current facilities are located in Frankfurt, Germany and Amsterdam Schiphol-Rijk, the Netherlands.
“As one the largest private data center operators and colocation providers in Washington State, many businesses depend on Colocation Northwest to accommodate their mission-critical IT infrastructure deployments including private, hybrid and multi-cloud environments,” said Steve Milton, CEO of Colocation Northwest.
“The agreement with maincubes announced today significantly extends our mutual sales reach into other geographies, into markets showing great demand for the high quality, enterprise-grade colocation services we both deliver.”
The partnership agreement between Colocation Northwest and maincubes is based on mutual interest in grabbing the attention of business prospects looking for combined U.S. and European data center coverage. The agreement is also targeting businesses in the U.S. just searching for European data center presence, or vice versa as far as European companies are concerned.
Under the agreement, Colocation Northwest and maincubes will be able to make use of each other’s sales power and technical expertise while maintaining full independency.
U.S. and European Data Centers
“It’s a unique collaboration, with full respect for each other’s independent positions in our own home markets on both sides of the pond,” said Joris te Lintelo, Director at maincubes.
“Although our companies will stay fully independent, we share a vision with Steve and his team. Our German-engineered, uptime-focused approach towards data center development is actually quite similar to Colocation Northwest’s go-to-market strategy. German-engineered to us means that maincubes doesn’t take any risks whatsoever when it comes to the data center architectures and the technologies we deploy.”
“We both operate network-dense facilities with a focus on redundancy thus high-availability. We both go the next mile for clients to achieve third-party accredited compliance, the highest energy-efficiency rates, as well as maximum security. At the same time both our companies attach great value to maintaining full flexibility in the colocation solutions we deliver and the delivery of high-customization options,” added Joris te Lintelo.
Colocation Northwest and maincubes are offering retail as well as wholesale colocation services to their clients and prospects. In maincubes’ recently completed data center in Amsterdam for example, the European data center operator has two enterprise suites available with a capacity of 1.7MW and 1.3MW respectively. Colocation Northwest also offers entire data centers to their customers in the pacific northwest.
There’s a new SOC audit standard in town – and you need to know what it is and means if you’re to make an informed decision about your hosting company.
For years, SSAE16 has been the go-to standard for data centers and secure vendors.
It consists of three primary segments. SOC1 is tied to financial reporting – we won’t discuss that here, as it’s not really relevant to what we’re focused on. SOC2, meanwhile, is all about a business’s reporting as it pertains to information processing, system confidentiality, data integrity, and cybersecurity. Lastly, SOC3 covers the security controls in place with the aforementioned.
Though it’s not a certification as some hosts might have you believe, it’s still as good an auditing tool as there ever was to demonstrate that a vendor is serious about protecting client data. Recently, however, there’s been a new kid on the block. A new set of auditing guidelines has started making the rounds – and you should most definitely be aware of them.
SSAE16 vs. SSAE18
Introduced in May 2017 and designed to replace its predecessor, SSAE18 differs in a few key areas from SSAE16:
It mandates that a service organization such as a cloud or colocation provider must disclose and identify all subservice organizations that operate in tandem with it. For example, if an IaaS provider works with a vendor that offers DDoS mitigation, it must disclose that relationship and include a description of what it relies on from the subservice vendor.
It requires service organizations to provide auditors with risk assessments highlighting their key internal risks, and demonstrating that there are controls in place to mitigate those risks.
It requires service organizations to constantly vet subservice organizations, and requires that they implement tools and systems to monitor the security controls at any subservice organizations they work with. The auditor must report the controls implemented to perform this monitoring, which can include:
Security tests at the subservice organization
Monitoring of external communications
Review of the subservice organization’s SOC reports.
Regular review of output reports
It expands reporting to include compliance with certain laws and regulations, contractual arrangements, and outsourced services.
“The changes made to the standard this time around will require companies to take more control and ownership of their own internal controls around the identification and classification of risk and appropriate management of third party vendor relationships,” reads a blog post on the SSAE16 website.”These changes, while, not overly burdensome, will help close the loop on key areas that industry professionals noted gaps in many service organization’s reports.”
In short, SSAE18 is designed to provide clients with more visibility into the operations of their vendors, and to make vendors better manage their business partners. Mind you, it’s not essential – a vendor that has undergone an SSAE16 audit is not necessarily less secure than one that was audited under SSAE18. Eventually, however, the former will replace the latter – and before that happens, it’s important that you understand what that means.
About Guest Author:
Tim Mullahy is the Executive Vice President and Managing Director at Liberty Center One, a new breed of data center located in Royal Oak, MI. Tim has a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry.
Cyxtera Technologies, the secure infrastructure company, launched a new software-powered data center architecture called Cyxtera Extensible Data Center (CXD) platform.
Announced at the Cyxtera Conference, the CXD platform will bring on-demand provisioning to colocation and connectivity services. It will enable colocation customers to provision on-demand services through a web console.
The new platform will also allow customers to run distributed environments within data centers, without having to depend on contiguous floor space.
A Unified Services Port in the CXD will allow customers to access multiple data center services through a single physical port. Furthermore, customers can access Cyxtera cybersecurity and threat analytics services for enhanced security across data centers.
“We’re used to point-and-click provisioning for everything from virtual machines in the cloud to SaaS solutions, yet the data center industry still works with a screwdriver in one hand and a cable crimper in the other,” said Randy Rowland, President and General Manager of Data Center Services for Cyxtera. “It can take months to deploy a single application, from provisioning circuits to building out infrastructure in a colocation cage.”
The initial offerings of the Cyxtera Extensible Data Center platform include CXD Compute Nodes and CXD IP Connect.
CXD Compute Nodes is an on-demand hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solution that provisions and automates HCI at the speed of public cloud, and security and control of private cloud.
Cyxtera partnered with Nutanix to integrate the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS softwarewith the CXD Compute Nodes. Nutanix is a leader in HCI solutions, and will help the colocation customers to provision HCI on demand.
CXD Compute Nodes can simplify and optimize the capacity management, reduce costs with automated lifecycle management, and eliminate onsite datacenter staffing needs.
On the other hand, CXD IP Connect is a blended internet bandwidth service that allows customers to “provision reliable connectivity aggregated from multiple IP service providers.”
IP Connect is delivered on-demand throughCXD platformand helps customers to decrease the time they spend waiting for circuit provisioning. The service includes monitoring options, using which customers can respond faster to the changes in demand.
“CXD brings ‘speed of cloud’ power and provisioning to an entire range of data center services with an extensible software-powered architecture that will rapidly integrate Cyxtera-powered services and those of our network and service provider ecosystem,” added Rowland.
The annual festival for the cloud, telecom, infrastructure and hosting industry – CloudFest, successfully came to a close on 16th March 2018. The week-long event was the ultimate celebration of the cloud with fun, knowledge and networking exchanges.
The sixth edition of CloudFest saw a huge turnaround with over 7000 attendees, 1300+ CEOs, 2500+ companies, 250+ speakers and 80+ countries.
The sessions included latest announcements, product exhibitions, case studies and panel discussions.
One of the important highlights of the event was the CloudFest Hackathon that brought together open source technology leaders and communities together, who did some real-time coding.
The sessions covered everything from fog computing to domain, to security, to infrastructure, to colocation and big data.
Here’s a quick recap of the key sessions held at CloudFest 2018:
SONM – Decentralized fog computing
Igor Lebedev – SONM (Supercomputer Organized by Network Mining) CTO, discussed about the various challenges of current architecture related to computing workloads, networking requirements and storage amounts. He advocated Microservices and MPP (Massively Parallel Processing) as the solutions to increasing architectural challenges. Under fog computing, the tasks are solved right where they are. GPUs per him, are 100 times more powerful than the usual CPUs.
Verisign – NameStudio API
Ebrahim Keshavarz – Product Management at Verisign, introduced company’s new NameStudio API – a sophisticated domain names’ suggestion tool that can deliver countless .com and .net domain names and suggest relevant domains across a large number of TLDs.
He said that the domain names are the common denominator for various online services.
And thus, finding the perfect domain name is very important. Verisign’s NameStudio API is backed with various machine learning algorithms and can be easily integrated across any online platform.
Hubgets – Communication against the machine
Bogdan Carstoiu – the CEO at Hubgets, talked about the increasingly growing market for unified communications. He discussed how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is having a strong implication in the communication industry. AI based smart bots can save a lot of time wasted in repetitive tasks by suggesting answers to the people.
Solar Archive – Delivering Shareholder value as a Managed Service Provider
David Clayton – non-executive director at Solar Archive, talked about the shareholder value and how can MSPs maintain the capital flow in their business.
He identified infrastructure, talent, brand and many other points as important assets of a cloud MSP.
He discussed the importance of investing in right infrastructure and talent to manage the MSP business and grow revenue. The must-haves of a successful MSPs are:
Here, he also emphasized the importance of email archiving which he said will grow at a CAGR of 14% during 2015-2019. 60% of the business data is on email as such it is important to protect and secure the email conversations. Here, MSPs stand a huge opportunity by offering email archiving services.
VMware – Avoid the Silo
Graham Crich – EMEA Director at VMware Cloud Provider Program at VMware, talked about the evolution of the computing from mainframe to mini and present-day virtualization platforms. He also discussed about the silos that are being built across a particular cloud service and how cloud providers can help their end customers break these silos.
He talked about VMware and AWS partnership and how this will lead to new opportunities for the cloud providers. As session takeaways, he advised CSPs to avoid being siloed, by embracing the whole hybrid cloud operating model and choosing the right tools and management layer to integrate the multi-cloud environment.
InterNetX – Hitting the cloud with Kubernetes
Killian Ries – Senior System Engineer and Marco Revesz – Business Automation Evangelist, at InterNetX, talked about Kubernetes and how they migrated a monolithic application to a micro-service based cloud application which was hosted on Kubernetes. Through a case study, they presented a solution to develop, deploy and run an application on modern DevOps standards.
Infradata – Evolution of Hosting
Remco Hobo – security architect at Infradata, talked about the evolution of the hosting industry. He identified digital economy, customer demands and technology as major drivers of the current technology landscape. He brought in the various challenges and opportunities of hosting industry:
Here, hosting providers need to specialize in their specific sectors to stay relevant in the highly competitive market.
Asseco Data Systems – Security in the Cloud
Andrzej Dopierala – President of the Management Board at Asseco Data Systems, talked about the security in the cloud. He discussed the rising security challenges in the digital market. Here, he introduced various tools like SimplySign for PDF signing, Certum Code Signing, Certum SSL and Certum Email Signing as the most popular trust services. By expanding these services to the cloud, the security of data can be enhanced.
e-shelter services – Colocation, enabler for Hybrid and Multi-cloud solutions
Toan Nguyen – Director Business Development & Cloud Platform at e-shelter services, talked about colocation services and how they can be the enabler for hybrid and multi cloud solutions.
He said that the cloud, Edge Computing, IoT and digitalization are the leading trends that drive customer’s demand for scalable and agile data centers. This will require the present-day data center and colocation service providers to reframe their business strategies to answer the evolving customer needs.
He emphasized the role of colocation data center and connectivity as the key for digital transformation.
HPE – Cloud28+ – Beyond a Single cloud story
Xavier Poisson Gouyou Beauchamps – VP Service Providers and Cloud28+ WW at HPE, discussed about HPE’s partner ecosystem and how it helps partners to extend their sales reach and create new revenue opportunities. He told how HPE is combining hybrid IT innovations – software defined infrastructure, private cloud with the speed and agility of public cloud, and management of multi-cloud and Hyperconverged infrastructure to redefine cloud at the edge.
He also announced new updates to the Cloud28+ platform.
Apart from the sessions, there were various innovative products and technology models that were presented during the event. One of the mention worthy products was RackNap which is a cloud services delivery platform. We got in touch with its COO (Chief Operating Officer) Sabarinathan Sampath, who told us about the product in detail, and how it is helping businesses globally to automate their products/services delivery.
CloudFest had some out-of-the-box sessions by Technology Futurist – Ian Khan, who is a strong advocator of technologies like cloud, AI and blockchain. He said, “If business success can be attributed to one thing, it is trust,” and that should be the base when companies interact with new systems.
Alexander Schulz, Slackline World Record Holder, motivated the attendees by sharing his own experience of becoming a slackline record holder. He said that stepping out of the comfort zone is one of the important steps towards achieving success in personal as well as professional front.
CloudFest, overall, was an event that celebrated cloud every day and through every session. We are very excited for the next edition of CloudFest.
Meanwhile, you can have a look at the short video on CloudFest:
QTS Realty Trust, a leading provider of mega-scale datacenter solutions, announced that it has extended lease agreement with two hyperscale anchor tenants who hold significant space in its Atlanta-Metro data center.
The Atlanta-Metro data center of QTS is one of the largest data centers in the world, with 970,000 sq. ft. of total space. This data center provides growth opportunities to clients across all QTS products portfolio, including Custom Data Center, Colocation and Cloud Services.
The Atlanta data center supports more than 235 customers including network and cloud service providers. It delivers 120 megawatts of transformer utility power. The hyperscale anchor tenants who extended leases, represent 19 megawatts (MW) of capacity. QTS said that they were signed at pricing levels above pre-renewal rates.
QTS aims at developing hyperscale data centers in the market, and address the growing demand of the Hyperscale Data Center market which is expected to reach $359.7 billion in 2023, from just $86.97 million in 2016.
The rise in use of IoT, cloud computing, social media platforms, mega-scale online retailing, and artificial intelligence applications are the key factors to drive the hyperscale datacenter growth.
Last month, the company announced its plan to redefine the organization by creating digital communities that can enable enterprises to directly interact with cloud, digital media and e-commerce companies.
“We are pleased to continue to support the data center requirements of two of the world’s leading technology companies,” said Tag Greason, EVP – Hyperscale. “The Atlanta market remains a key destination for hyperscale customers. We expect the combination of our significant power cost advantage in Atlanta and future growth capacity enabled by our mega scale data centers will continue to provide strategic growth opportunities within the hyperscale vertical.”
These renewals of leases begin from 14th March 2018, and expire after 48 months.
“This lease represents the expectation of a full 24 megawatts of incremental demand from a long-term, existing QTS customer. The hyperscale vertical has been and will continue to be a growth opportunity for QTS given the Company’s focus on developing mega scale data centers in strategic markets,” wrote QTS.
As per the data from Synergy Research Group, 59% of the global retail and wholesale colocation revenues came from just 20 metro cities.
Of these 20 metro cities, ten are in North America, four in EMEA, and six in APAC region. As per the findings, top 5 of them (Washington, New York, Tokyo, London, and Shanghai) alone accounted for around 26%, while remaining 15 metros accounted for 33% of the total market.
During 2017, the colocation revenue growth in top 5 metros was 2%more compared to rest of the world (RoW). Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Washington saw over 15% annual growth, where growth in wholesale was higher. Chicago saw rapid growth in wholesale but fell weaker in retail colocation.
Individually, during Q3 of 2017, retail colocation seized 72%, while wholesale seized 28% of Q3 revenues. Equinix dominated the market by revenue during the quarter, leading eight of the top 20 metros. Digital Realty is predicted to dominate five more Metros, if a full quarter of acquired DuPont Fabros operations were included in its members, the report stated.
“While we are seeing reasonably robust growth across all major metros and market segments, one number that jumps out is the wholesale growth rate in the Washington/Northern Virginia metro area,” said John Dinsdale, a Chief Analyst and Research Director at Synergy Research Group.“It is by far the largest wholesale market in the world and for it to be growing at 20% is particularly noteworthy. The broader picture is that data center outsourcing and cloud services continue to drive the colocation market, and the geographic distribution of the world’s corporations is focusing the colocation market on a small number of major metro areas.”
QTS Realty Trust, the leading provider of data center and hybrid IT solutions, has entered into a strategic collaboration with AWS to offer AWS customers direct connected colocation solution, that will address the increasing demands for hybrid IT solutions.
The solution – QTS CloudRamp, is a secure and compliant dedicated colocation solution optimized for hybrid cloud workloads and public cloud migrations. It is prebuilt, preconfigured and integrated with AWS Cloud. Colocation data center provides highly secure and flexible solution for enterprises, which enables them to easily expand within a stable environment without having to relocate the infrastructure.
“A growing number of our customers require colocation as part of their migration to the cloud,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Sales, Amazon Web Services, Inc.“QTS is a strategic colocation provider and provides customers industry leading customer support and as a Managed Service Partner has the ability to seamlessly integrate their solution with AWS.”
“By aligning with AWS, we are able to offer an innovative approach to colocation, bridging the gap between traditional solutions and the cloud,” said Dan Bennewitz, Chief Operating Officer, Sales, Product & Marketing, QTS.“We are honored to collaborate with AWS and we are committed to working with them to serve the needs of their customers.”
The new colocation solution offers flexible terms with automated onboarding, and monthly payment options. It doesn’t require an annual subscription like other colocation contracts, and can be ordered from AWS Marketplace for months, as per the requirement.
“The AWS and QTS collaboration delivers a solution that allows us to more effectively manage our entire tech stack while giving us the flexibility to execute deployments worldwide,” said Mohit Saxena, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, InMobi. “This new collaboration helps companies, such as InMobi, minimize risk in their hybrid IT and cloud journey.”
It’s not the first time that QTS has collaborated with AWS. The data center provider had previously collaborated with AWS and is developing a range of solutions with it including AWS Direct Connect, QTS Managed AWS, QTS CloudRamp, and tailored colocation solutions.
This year, the event was held between September 18 to 20, at Bellagio Resort & Hotel, Las Vegas. The event saw a distinguished gathering of corporate leaders, industry visionaries, IT practitioners and financial professionals who talked about various technologies that enable the digital future of tomorrow.
The primary agenda of the event was to explore market opportunities and strategies for cloud and managed service providers, datacenter owners and hosters that arise out of the increased application of disruptive technologies like IoT and data analytics.
Melanie Posey, Research Vice-President, 451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise, kick-started the keynote for the day 2 session. She discussed about the digital revolution powered by cloud and emphasized the importance of partners in this journey.
She said that managed service providers will need to focus on delivering professional services, hybrid and multi/cloud implementation and building effective partnerships. Quoting an example of Just Bulbs – the light bulb store in New York, she brought out the significance of transformation for staying relevant in the business.
The event also focused upon the rising importance of hyperscalers who are dominating the cloud market.
The discussion panel included experts like Eric Hanselman – Chief Analyst, 451 Research, and Miles Ward – Head of Solutions Architecture, Google Cloud. They explored the opportunity for service providers to partner with these hyperscalers instead of competing, which will help them mutually benefit each other.
Andy Lawrence, VP of Research, Data centers and Critical infrastructure, talked about the evolution of physical data center and how it is evolving and what service providers need to know to keep up with this changing datacenter scenario.
Christian Renaud – Research Director, IoT, 451 Research, talked about the role of datacenter and colocation in IoT. He said that demand of edge computing is rising due to heavy demand from various sectors like manufacturing, energy and transportation. It will be a good opportunity for datacenter service providers who can provide localized services to meet these application demands.
The leadership panel included Gerry Fassig, VP of sales, cloud and hosting, Coresite; Karen Farmer, Global Initiative Leader, Red Hat; and Mark Hurley, Data Center Solution Architect, Schneider Electric.
Managed web hosting provider RackHigh announced today that it now offers colocation space in its Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Data Center. RackHigh’s colocation services will be available from the Riyadh, SA data center in August 2013.
We’ve seen an influx of technologies in our space over the past few years, but colocation services in Saudi Arabia offer a strategic geographical coverage that many companies are looking for.
– Ibrahim Mohammad Gazzawi, Chief Operating Officer, RackHigh.
RackHigh recently revamped their data center for other managed services including cloud, dedicated, and smart servers and has now updated its designated colocation space for use by customers.
“We’ve seen an influx of technologies in our space over the past few years, but colocation services in Saudi Arabia offer a strategic geographical coverage that many companies are looking for,” said Ibrahim Mohammad Gazzawi, Chief Operating Officer, RackHigh.
“Over the past two years I’ve been with the company, we’ve put quite a lot into our infrastructure with new UPS systems, and cooling systems. The colocation area now is setup for success for enterprise-class needs,” added Noor Al Jamal, Facilities Manager, RackHigh.
Technical and Infrastructure specs of RackHigh’s Riyadh facility are as follows:
Up to 32 Amps per rack, A & B feeds available.
24/7/365 On site security, secure gated access and classified camera and access control systems.
11,000 Volt direct grid connection – Diverse LV transformers.
Innovative Hot and Cold containment systems, Ecologically responsible cooling technology to 2N.
2N A & B UPS Systems.
Full environmental monitoring with in rack humidity, air flow and temperature reporting.
APC Switched PDUs as standard with every rack.
2N Gas turbine and diesel power generation on site.
Carrier Neutral facility with multiple Tier 1 transit links.
Web hosting provider Enterhost today launched a new cloud-based IT product line that is aimed at providing businesses with phone (Lync 2013 Enterprise Voice) and email systems (Exchange 2013), virtualization, server and application hosting, backup, and disaster recovery.
“Our expertise in cloud technology provides a platform for hostingphone and email systems, servers and applications in the cloud, as well as offering scalable backup, disaster recovery and virtualization solutions. Together, these products enable our customers to create as virtual an office as they desire. – Kevin Valadez, co-president, Enterhost.
Enterhost has also launched a revamped brand and web site, which is being unveiled online this week. As a part of repositioning, Enterhost team has got rid of language and knowledge barriers that may impede a customer from making the right decision for his or her company.
The company has also created a mascot to support companies that need expert IT solutions but lack a resident technical expert.
“Some business owners benefit from having a human element they can relate to as they navigate the often-murky waters of making decisions around IT for their companies. We designed Tech Tom to be inclusive and straight-talking, guiding our customers to the right technology for their businesses.” said Ben Tiblets, co-president, Enterhost.
“Our goal is to provide any business, whether it has 20 desktops or 1,000, with practical, effective ways to leverage technology to compete in today’s marketplace,” he added.
With the new product line-up, applications and servers that were formerly required to run in the office can now run in the cloud.
“We are always looking at ways we can improve our offerings, and as our customers have recovered from the recent economic downtown, we realized they needed different solutions to improve their operations,” said Kevin Valadez, co-president, Enterhost.
“From small- to medium-sized businesses to our enterprise-level clientele, our customers were asking for functional products that heighten collaboration, protect assets and streamline costs,” he added.
Founded in 2000, Enterhost provides a wide range of cloud-based IT business solutions, and specializes in Windows applications for office phone and business email, as well as cloud storage, backup, disaster recovery, virtualization and colocation.