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Hivelocity Acquires Dallas IaaS Provider, Incero.com

Hivelocity, a leading provider of dedicated servers, cloud hosting, colocation and managed services, today announced the acquisition of Incero.com, a Texas based IaaS provider with data centers in Dallas, Seattle and New York City.

“We are very excited to bring the Hivelocity experience to all of our new customers.  Our customer centric focus is what continues to foster our growth and what allows us to do things like we accomplished today.  I hope our customers, new and old, are just as excited as we are about today’s news.  Every one of our customers will benefit from the addition of our 9th, 10th and 11th data centers in what is now 7 highly strategic domestic markets,” said Hivelocity COO, Steve Eschweiler. 

Soon, our new data centers in Dallas, Seattle and New York will be privately connected to our other data centers in Los Angeles, Miami, Tampa, Atlanta and New York City.  This private connectivity between all of our data centers gives us the ability to maximize network performance and allows our customers to exchange data between geo-diverse solutions free, fast and securely.  Our new customers from Incero will now have services previously unavailable to them like Private Cloud, Rapid Restore, Managed Services and the ability to instantly deploy Bare-Metal in more than twice as many markets as before.

Incero was founded in 2008 and quickly gained traction with aggressive pricing coupled with a no-nonsense approach to self-managed bare-metal.  “We think our new customers from Incero will be thrilled when they see what Hivelocity brings to the table for them.  Our pricing aligns with what they are accustomed to from Incero, but our scale allows us to offer them a great deal more in both solutions and customer service.  Hivelocity has made exceptional customer service and technical support the foundation of its business since 2002.  Our objective is to exceed our customer’s expectations every time we interact with them.  Over the next few months our goal is to improve upon everything they have already enjoyed at Incero previously.  We aim to improve their network, their support experience and give them more options to most effectively operate their online presence.

Hivelocity is a provider of high-performance data center services to over thousands of customers from 130+ countries since 2002.   Hivelocity boasts a Net Promotor Score of 81 which signifies a world-class level of customer service.  In 2017, Hivelocity completed the acquisition of RackAlley, an IaaS provider headquartered in Los Angeles.  Both acquisitions have been privately funded allowing Hivelocity to continue operating with only the customer’s best interests in mind.

For more information about Hivelocity you can visit them at https://www.hivelocity.net/.

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Datacenter News

Hyperscale data-center count will soon touch 400-mark: Synergy Research 

As per the new data from Synergy Research Group, the number of large data centers operated by hyperscale providers will soon touch the 400-mark.

By the end of 2017, the total might be over 390, after new data center openings in China, India, and Malaysia.

US continues to dominate in cloud and internet technologies, accounting for 44% of major cloud and internet data center sites, followed by China (8%), Japan (6%) and UK (6%).

The data center sites in Australia, Germany, Singapore, Canada, India and Brazil, accounted for 3-5% each.  

The increase in massive hyperscale data centers is obvious, since more and more businesses are going for software services over the internet or private networks.

Hyperscale growth goes on unabated and we already have visibility of at least 69 more hyperscale data centers that are at various stages of planning or building. We will pass the 500 milestone before the end of 2019,” said John Dinsdale, a Chief Analyst and Research Director at Synergy Research Group. “It is remarkable that the US still accounts for almost half of all hyperscale data centers, reflecting the US dominance of cloud and internet technologies. Other countries are now featuring more prominently in terms of data center build, but even three years from now we forecast that the US will still account for some 40% of the worldwide total.”

Most of the new data center openings in 2017 were during the mid-year period, which set new data centers in Germany, UK, Singapore, Australia, Brazil, and US.

The Synergy Research Group analyzed data center sites of 24 of the major cloud and internet service firms worldwide, each of which had 16 data center sites.

The leading cloud providers─ AWS, Microsoft, IBM, and Google, had the most number of data center locations globally (each having 45 or more), followed by Oracle and Alibaba.

The other leading companies like Apple, Twitter, Facebook, etc. had their data centers primarily in either US or China.

Also read: Equinix expands its data center platform to establish interconnection between businesses worldwide

Synergy Research Group is keeping track on 69 hyperscale data centers which are either in planning or development stages. The research firm estimated that the total might cross 500 milestone by the end of 2019.

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Despite revenue decline, Cisco fights back with new acquisition and plans for product extensions

Cisco Systems Inc. recently announced its intent to buy Springpath Inc, leading hyperconvergence software provider for $320 Million in cash.

The decision came few days after the computer networking giant announced its fourth quarter earnings report of a declining revenue base.

Total revenue was down 4% recorded at $12.41 billion.

The revenue from many of its products was considerably low (5% down). The primary products revenue was down in the fourth quarter, while services saw an increase by 1%. Security and wireless offerings recorded 3% and 5% upsurge. While other revenue sources were all in the decline, including switching and routing (9% down year-over-year).

Reportedly, analysts said that they don’t expect much improvement to the business in coming quarters, but the company can perform well in the long run. This can be due to the increased efforts towards acquisition of software and subscription businesses.

The intention to buy Springpath can be considered as one such effort. Cisco’s HyperFlex HCI (hyper-converged infrastructure) is an Original Equipment Manufacturer(OEM) of Springpath.
The duo, thus, have been working very closely since 2012, when Springpath was founded. And, most of the customers and channel partners expected the companies to merge businesses in future.

Rob Salvagno, Vice-President, Corporate Business Development, Cisco said, “This acquisition is a meaningful addition to our data center portfolio and aligns with our overall transition to providing more software-centric solutions,”

He further added, “Springpath’s file system technology was built specifically for hyperconvergence, which we believe will deliver sustainable differentiation in this fast-growing segment. I’m excited to be able to provide our customers and partners with the simplicity and agility they need in data center innovation.”

The company also announced its plans to extend ACI (Application Centric Infrastructure) into public cloud segment.

In a company blog it said that now the customers will be able to run applications across their private as well as public cloud. The service will soon be available on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud platform.

With this, the company aims to offer maximum flexibility to its customers. Currently, ACI service supports multiple hypervisors, Linux containers and bare metal servers. The company even co-engineered with over 65 Data Center ecosystem partners who run their products with ACI. This has helped ACI turn into the most flexible and widely deployed SDN (Software defined networking) solution.

And now by extending the same facility to public cloud domain, customers will get more benefits.

With such developments and efforts in revamping product line, it would be interesting to see how Cisco jumps back with higher revenues.

Stay tuned for updates!

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XO Communications Launches XO Enterprise Cloud, XO Cloud Drive and XO Cloud Vault

XO Communications today announced launch of XO Enterprise Cloud, XO Cloud Drive, and XO Cloud Vault, its three new cloud service offerings that leverage Tier III data centers and the XO nationwide network to offer IT infrastructure-as-a-services ideal for SMBs and enterprises who want to to virtualize their data centers, back up enterprise-wide data to the cloud, and enable cloud-based file sharing and storage for employees.

Providing SLAs, integrated security, and high-performance data center and network, the new enterprise-class cloud solutions help IT professionals and the organizations run a wide range of applications, from test and development to mission-critical applications, in the cloud.

XO Enterprise Cloud

Designed to meet customer requirements for enterprise-grade cloud computing services delivered over a private and secure network environment, XO Enterprise Cloud gives customers the flexibility of multiple network connectivity options to access the Enterprise Cloud platform and multiple computing resource allocation options, such as Shared, Reserved and Dedicated, depending on what best supports their application needs.

Some specifications of XO Enterprise Cloud are as follows:

  • Performance – The XO Enterprise Cloud server and storage infrastructure is built using best-in-class products from HP, VMware Inc., and EMC Corporation and offers three tiers of high performance storage, including Solid State Drives.
  • Network Security – Networked Fortinet security appliances and subscription services provide broad, integrated and high-performance protection against dynamic security threats.
  • Availability – Redundant N+1 architectural design provides for 100% availability.
  • Compliance – The XO Enterprise Cloud platform is deployed in Tier III data centers located in Northern Virginia and Southern California with SSAE 16 Type 2 compliance.
  • Scalability – XO Enterprise Cloud provides a highly flexible platform that can support 1 Gbps dedicated bandwidth per virtual machine, as well as scale-up capabilities that can reach 32 vCPUs and 512 GB RAM per server.

XO Cloud Drive

XO Cloud Drive allows companies to give their employees the ability to store, share, synchronize and collaborate on business content and files in the cloud while giving IT organizations the ability to control and centralize how business content is shared.

With XO Cloud Drive, files can be drag-and-dropped, saved virtually for consistent version control and shared anywhere, anytime, across multiple platforms and among numerous users for seamless collaboration.

The cloud-based platform provides uniform access to files across the following platforms, including iOS, Android, Mobile Web, Windows, Mac and Linux.

Some salient features of XO Cloud Drive are:

  • Content aggregation from multiple sources
    • Microsoft Office documents, presentations and spreadsheets
    • Google apps, emails and documents
    • Bookmarks
    • RSS feeds
    • Social media
    • Images and embedded media
  • Dynamic file synchronization to keep important files and folders up-to-date across multiple devices.
  • Conflict-free, automatic synchronization to mitigate offline/online, as well as multi-user file editing.
  • Full-text indexed search of all content and team collaboration with permission-based file access.
  • File version history stored allowing customers to preserve and restore from all previous versions of business files.
  • List, view, rename, share, download and delete files.
  • Intuitive editor to create text and illustrative notes.
  • Easy-to-use web-based management interface.

XO Cloud Vault

XO Cloud Vault automates and simplifies backup services for businesses with multiple locations or complex, distributed IT environments. Customers can replicate data from the XO Enterprise Cloud platform as well as from premise-based servers and desktops.

An intelligent backup design provides compression, encryption and copy of only those documents, emails and databases that have changed since the most recent backup across the following platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac, Solaris and FreeBSD.

To restore, the virtual design allows users to point and click to refresh files to a single point in time, streamlining and automating disaster recovery/business continuity planning for businesses of all sizes.

Some salient specifications of XO Cloud Vault are as follows:

  • Flexible backup schedule including continuous, every few hours, by day and time, incremental and multiple full backups.
  • Powerful compression algorithms to reduce bandwidth usage.
  • Support Microsoft Exchange server, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL SharePoint, etc.
  • Support Mapped Network Drives and external USB drives.
  • Block level incremental backups with options to configure multiple full backups.
  • User configured (up to 448 bit) encryption key guarantees data privacy and facilitates compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Virtually unlimited versioning with advanced data retention policies.
  • Comprehensive reports & dashboards with email notification options.
  • Bandwidth throttling.
  • Automatic updates of agent and plugin software.

“IT organizations are continually pressured to support an increasing number of mission-critical applications with fewer resources, causing businesses to seek out virtual solutions as a way to effectively and efficiently expand core operations without spending unnecessary capital,” said Jake Heinz, Vice President of marketing, XO Communications.

“In response to this industry need, XO Communications has expanded our services for dedicated cloud resources. This deeper commitment to the Infrastructure-as-a-Service market puts XO Communications in the best position to serve mid- and large-sized businesses for their computing, data and network requirements,” he added.

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Phoenix NAP Expands Secured Servers and HaaS Offerings to its Ashburn Data center

Phoenix NAP yesterday announced that its Secured Servers offering with firewall and storage capabilities and Hardware-as-a-Service offering will now be available out of its East Coast data center in Ashburn, Virginia. Phoenix NAP expanded its Secured Servers Offering to Ashburn earlier this year.

Designed for both start-up companies and established enterprises, Phoenix NAP’s HaaS solution provides customers with flexible lease options for servers, RAM, HDDs, Raid cards, Racks, PDUs, Cable Managers, Network Switches etc. and is available at company’s Ashburn and Phoenix data center. Secured Servers clients can also take advantage of the company’s firewall and storage options in both locations.

Expanding our offerings to our various data centers around the globe not only meets their demands but also provides even more opportunity for them to utilize our leading services and solutions on both sides of the country and globally.
– Mr. Jordan Jacobs, VP of product development, Phoenix NAP.

“We are excited to be able to offer HaaS along with firewall and storage solutions for our Secured Servers clients from our East Coast data center,” said Ian McClarty, President, Phoenix NAP. “As a part of Phoenix NAP’s longer term growth and developmental strategy, expanding our services to our facilities outside of Phoenix has been a gradual but steady process and we are excited for what’s to come in the future.”

“Meeting requests from our customers play a key role in Phoenix NAP’s roadmap,” said Jordan Jacobs, VP of product development, colocation and mass-market, Phoenix NAP.

“Expanding our offerings to our various data centers around the globe not only meets their demands but also provides even more opportunity for them to utilize our leading services and solutions on both sides of the country and globally,” he added.

Earlier this year, Phoenix NAP launched its managed private cloud solution and enhanced it’s cloud offering with virtual machine Import/Export and Network Storage.

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Conf/Webinar Event News

Networking and Knowledge Transfer at the world’s biggest hosting and cloud fair WHD.global in March in Germany

Cologne, February 4, 2013. Where people are normally screaming on roller coaster rides, everyone will be talking about server hardware, data centers, virtualization and anti-spam solutions: From March 19-21, 2013 the biggest B2B event for the hosting and cloud industry, WHD.global ( World Hosting Days), is taking place at the Europa-Park theme park in Rust, Germany. More than 4,200 international experts visited the event in 2012 and about 100 exhibitors introduced their latest solutions.

In the relaxed atmosphere of a theme park the WHD visitors experience an outstanding mixture of business, information, networking and fun. That is because the concept includes an industry exhibition and talks held by hosting pioneers as well as lavishly organized social events. In addition the attendees may dare some roller coaster rides during the breaks.

Renowned companies like Verisign and Dell as Diamond-Plus Partners are among the exhibitors at the hosting.FAIR. But also many other well-known brands-HP, OnApp, Parallels and about 100 more-will welcome the visitors at their fair booths. Important masterminds of the hosting world will be speaking on the main stage called main.FORUM, for example Ditlev Bredahl (CEO, OnApp), Birger Steen (CEO, Parallels), Nicholas Ellis (Sr. VP Global Service Providers, CA Technologies), Peyman Blumstengel (Sr. Manager of Business Development, Samsung) and Raimund Genes (CTO, Trend Micro).

It is now possible for all interested members of the hosting and internet industry to register online at www.worldhostingdays.com. On request many exhibitors and media partners will be happy to give out promo codes for free attendance. Otherwise a standard ticket costs € 349 and a VIP ticket including many exclusive privileges costs € 999. The tickets comprise entrance to the event on all three days, first-class catering and an extensive framework program.

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Hosted Cloud Apps News

IBM offers SAP platform in public cloud,Opens Data Center in Spain

IBM yesterday announced global availability for its cloud service on five continents—plus a new center opening in Spain—based on its industry-leading sourcing business to host SAP applications and other core operations. Now clients can turn to cloud computing for enterprise applications while reducing the overall cost of IT and at the same time, expanding online access and investing in innovative analytics, social business and mobile computing.

Many organizations are eager to leverage the economic advantages of cloud computing to run their critical applications on the cloud. These applications require deep technical expertise, around-the-clock customer service, tight security and ongoing maintenance – features typically found in IT sourcing arrangements but not in the “one-size-fits-all” model of self-service clouds.

This is a logical evolution of IBM’s sourcing business that gives us an advantage both in our services relationships and the cloud market as we define a new enterprise-grade cloud today. – Jim Comfort,GM, IBM SmartCloud Service.

To address this, IBM developed an Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud built on decades of hosting experience gained by being the world’s largest provider of IT sourcing services with more than 1,000 clients. Called IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ (SCE+), the service combines the best features of sourcing – high service level agreements, security and reliability – with the best features of cloud – elasticity and subscription-based pricing.

This service offers the same level of assurance normally associated with a hosted service to make sure clients can always access their core applications for ERP, CRM, analytics, social business and mobile computing from the cloud. The new service goes beyond the infrastructure offered as a service with typical public clou ibm smartcloud for sap, ibm smartcloud for applications,ds. With this cloud service, IBM also helps manage patch updates and identity management, improving security, which analysts often cite as an inhibitor to cloud adoption.

“This is a logical evolution of IBM’s sourcing business that gives us an advantage both in our services relationships and the cloud market as we define a new enterprise-grade cloud today,” said Jim Comfort, General Manager,IBM SmartCloud Services. “Our clients want sophisticated, economical cloud-based services that provide the same quality and service level as a private, hosted IT environment. With that assurance, they can focus more on driving business value from their data and operations, and less on managing their IT.”

An Enterprise-Grade Cloud Service—SmartCloud for SAP Applications:
IBM also announced that IBM SmartCloud for SAP Applications, an enterprise service unique to IBM, is available globally. IBM SmartCloud for SAP Applications automates and standardizes provisioning of IT environments, and can accelerate service delivery with expert certified staff. The SmartCloud services for SAP applications delivers 99.7 percent availability based on a global delivery model to support cloud-based systems around the clock. This service is available for SAP Business Suite software and the SAP BusinessObjects solution portfolio as an enterprise-class, fully managed Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering for running SAP solutions in a production environment.

“IBM’s new cloud service for SAP applications exemplifies our two companies’ work together in the last 40 years in delivering enterprise value to thousands of clients,” said Dr. Vishal Sikka, member of the SAP Executive Board, Technology and Innovation. “Cloud computing is helping our clients transform their IT infrastructures and businesses. We are confident that our partnership with IBM – using their SmartCloud platform and our business applications – will help drive differentiated value to clients around the globe.”

In addition, IBM is marrying its Global Business Services deep expertise, tools and processes with SmartCloud for SAP applications to deliver LifeCycle as a Service. This can transform implementations of SAP applications end to end – from sandbox to production. With this service, IBM takes responsibility and control of the SAP applications and provides management, including software patching of SAP solutions as well as support for the underlying operating system, database and middleware.

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Peak 10 Cloud Infrastructure Validated for Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance

Web Hosting and cloud solutions provider Peak 10 announced that its data centers and cloud infrastructure have been validated for PCI DSS 2.0 Level 1 compliance. The company recently underwent a rigorous audit by an independent Quality Security Assessor (QSA) to ensure that it meets best practices and security controls needed to keep credit card data safe and secure during transit, processing and storage.

While customers remain responsible for many aspects of the compliance of their technologies and applications, their use of Peak 10’s cloud infrastructure can help meet many of the requirements for compliance with PCI DSS and HIPAA/HITECH. – David Kidd, Director of quality assurance, Peak 10.

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a proprietary information security standard for organizations that handle cardholder information for the major debit, credit, prepaid, e-purse, ATM and POScards.

Validation of Peak 10’s compliance with PCI DSS ensures that customers using the Peak 10 PCI-compliant Cloud can leverage the company’s enterprise-class facilities and cloud infrastructure to ensure the security and availability of their applications and data, as well as help meet their own requirements for PCI compliance. Peak 10 is on the ‘Approved Service Providers’ list for major credit card brands and provides an extensive highly secure network coupled with 24/7 technical support to minimize risks that can compromise sensitive data security.

As part of its standard security measures, the Peak 10 PCI-compliant Cloud employs multi-layer protection and data access limitations. It also monitors, defends against and mitigates cyber assaults and threats. Features include antivirus management, vulnerability scanning, a secure audit trail and resource tracking along with round-the-clock technical support by comprehensively trained Peak 10 staff to maximize uptime and availability and enhance security.

In addition to the PCI DSS audit, Peak 10 successfully completed annual company-wide compliance audits for SSAE 16 (Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements 16), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act for its data center and cloud infrastructure operations. Industry research shows that organizations are exhibiting stronger assurance for maintaining regulatory compliance in the cloud. According to a recent Microsoft study, 34 percent of SMBs that use the cloud felt more confident in their company’s regulatory compliance than in their pre-cloud days.

“While customers remain responsible for many aspects of the compliance of their technologies and applications, their use of Peak 10’s cloud infrastructure can help meet many of the requirements for compliance with PCI DSS and HIPAA/HITECH,” said David Kidd, Director of quality assurance, Peak 10. “The successful completion of this most recent series of audits is part of our continued commitment to maintaining a well-governed, high-quality IT service environment.”

Peak 10’s portfolio of cloud services also includes a HIPAA-compliant Cloud solution for businesses handling electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI). For more information on Peak 10’s cloud solutions, visit www.peak10.com.

About Peak 10
Peak 10 provides reliable, tailored cloud computing, information technology (IT) infrastructure solutions and managed services, primarily for mid-market businesses. Customer-centric, responsive and cost-effective, Peak 10 solutions are designed to scale and adapt to customers’ changing business needs, enabling them to increase agility, lower costs, improve performance and focus internal resources on their core competencies. Peak 10 holds the Cisco® Cloud Provider Certification with a Cisco Powered Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) designation. Peak 10 is SSAE 16 audited and helps companies meet the requirements of various regulatory compliance acts such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), HIPAA/HITECH, PCI DSS and Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLBA). For more information, visit www.peak10.com.

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Interaction with Aaron Wangenheim of T5 Data Centers

Aaron Wangenheim of T5 Data Centres in a candid conversation with Daily Host News.

Aaron Wangenheim-T5 Data Centers

1. Tell us something about yourself and your position in T5 Data Centers.

It’s very exciting to be part of a group that is pushing the envelope in the data centre development world. I came on board last year to spearhead West Coast operations, including the development of our Los Angeles project, and chase new opportunities on behalf on T5. My career in data centres started in 1998 when I was involved with site selection and acquisition for Digital Island, and then other early hosting companies.

2. Give an overview about your company, its origin and services?

Our approach is very real estate and operations focused. We concentrate on wholesale data center development and operation, and also have a powered shell offering at our campus in North Carolina. Unlike some other wholesale providers, we are not in the retail colocation world and therefore will not compete with our customers. Our standard product is a Tier III design, but we’re able to vary the specifics to meet our customer’s requirements. Our team has been involved in data centers since the mid 1990s, with a focus on site selection, construction and development.

3. What do you offer which is unique to your company?

T5 looks to customize the facility for the end user. We want to build the data centre they want, not force them into a design we dictate. Every customer has unique needs and it takes some effort to work through the details, but it has to be right for the user.

4. What is the most exciting as well as challenging part of your business?

I like to build things. Creating a commissioned data centre is a very complicated effort, and seeing it come together over a year is really exciting. But it takes a great team to pull it off.

5. What is your take on eco-friendly hosting?

Corporate sustainability policies have certainly reached into the data centre. Our job is to deliver a responsible product that continues to offer the reliability and resilience our clients demand. Our customers are asking for best practices including reducing wasted electricity via low PUE, using outside air cooling whenever possible, LEED certification and a responsible power generation mix.

6. Where do you see T5 Data Centers in next 5 years?

Our growth will outpace the overall market demand for new data centres. We will be expanding in new cities throughout the US this year and shortly thereafter will expand overseas.

7. Is there anything new you are coming up with to offer to potential customers?

We’re refining our campus concept to give customers private buildings, not just private suites, while continuing to offer the lower cost efficiencies that a large datacentre build offers. We’re pretty excited about the response we’re getting from customers to this option already.

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