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Hivelocity Boosts Los Angeles Presence with Rack Alley Acquisition

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Web hosting provider Hivelocity has acquired IaaS provider Rack Alley, picking up a significant data center presence in Los Angeles. Rack Alley's facilities will be integrated with Hivelocity, and all employees will be retained, according to the announcement last week. Like Hivelocity, Rack Alley provides colocation, dedicated servers and cloud hosting. The Los Angeles facilities consist of two data centers across the street from each other, which will operate as one facility interconnected via redundant dark fiber rings, with the ability to operate independently. One of the data centers is located in the One Wilshire Building, which 30 percent of the traffic between the U.S. and Asia travels through, and is one of the top ten network connected building in the world, according to Data Center Knowledge. "We surveyed our customer base earlier this year and LA was high on their list of places they wanted us to expand to," Rick Nicholas, VP of Colocation at Hivelocity said in a statement. "In addition to Los Angeles, New York City was right there at the top of the list. As part of our national expansion strategy we intend to seek opportunities in New York City with the hopes of an announcement there before the end of this year." Hivelocity recently launched its second data center in the Tampa area to provide 30,000 more square feet of bare-metal dedicated servers, private cloud environments and colocation, and also serves customers out of Miami and Atlanta.

Deloitte Email Platform and Client Data Hit by Cyberattack

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(Bloomberg) — Following record results that flagged the growth of its cyber security business, Deloitte LLP has revealed that it has been successfully targeted by a cyberattack that let hackers access data from an internal email platform. The auditing and consulting firm said in a statement Monday that it's currently informing the clients affected and has notified governmental authorities after it became aware of the incident. Deloitte said "very few" clients were impacted, and has drafted outside help to review its security. The hack was first reported by The Guardian. The email platform was stored on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, according to The Guardian. A spokeswoman from Microsoft declined to comment. The U.K.-domiciled firm offers a range of consultancy services to blue-chip clients, and earlier this month posted record revenues of $38.8 billion for the fiscal year ended 31 May. Deloitte flagged that its Risk Advisory business has seen increasing demand for cybersecurity advice, and the company had launched a number of Cyber Intelligence Centers that offer clients constant threat analytics and management. Although nowhere near the same scale, the hack follows the infiltration of Equifax Inc, where attackers accessed personal data for as many as 143 million U.S. consumers. Regulators are facing their own challenges in their attempts to monitor hacks. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this month disclosed that cybercriminals

How to Create a Facebook Public Figure Page and Why You Should

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Want to create a Facebook presence that’s separate from your personal profile? Have you considered creating a public figure Facebook page? In this article, you’ll discover why you should consider a Facebook public figure page and how to set one up. Why a Public Figure Facebook Page? Your personal brand is your most valuable asset. [...] This post How to Create a Facebook Public Figure Page and Why You Should first appeared on . - Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle

The Top 15 Media Buying Platforms for Businesses

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Media buying is the process of purchasing advertising space in various media locations. These media locations can vary, from print magazines and newspapers to billboards and television spaces. Sometimes it includes online advertising space, but sometimes that’s treated separately. Media buying platforms, then, are specialized ad purchasing platforms where you can purchase ad space on these various forms of media. However, since we’re primarily talking about media buying for small and mid-sized businesses, I’m including entries on the list that also provide online ads, or even primarily focus on such ads. I’ve tried to include a bunch of options that aren’t on Every Other List Published Online, and I’ve gone over some of the crucial details for each that make a difference in how you evaluate the platform. Let me know what you think in the comments below! 1. Advidi Advidi is an affiliate marketing network working with both publishers and advertisers in over 100 different countries. Two things make it stand out; their global reach, and their acceptance of most of the often-banned verticals. While they have a mainstream vertical with surveys, mobile apps, sweepstakes, and lead generation, they also have three other verticals. These are dating – and they allow adult dating sites – online gaming in the casino and betting varieties, and health/beauty, including diet items, skin care, brain enhancement and other niches. Given that some of their niches are prone to fraud and abuse by people looking for a quick buck, a network that operates in those verticals has to have some way to combat it. Advidi has a fairly good anti-fraud system. It might not be “safer than Fort Knox” as they claim, but it’s pretty good at combating the worst of the spam and fraud you might see. 2. Smorgads Smorgads is a true media buying platform with a searchable database of ad space provided by the “publishers” across the country. Publishers here can range from concert halls and events to billboards and radio ads. Perhaps the biggest benefit is that the ad space can be geographically targeted down to individual small communities. This makes them ideal for local businesses, as well as online services that primarily wait to market to smaller communities or rural areas. Any network like Smorgads lives and dies based on the amount of ad space they’re able to sell, and the amount of people willing to buy it. There’s no shortage of businesses looking to advertise, at least. You are able to set up alerts for ad space availability based on seasonality, price thresholds, location, time of day, and even audience demographics. There’s a lot of depth to the platform, so it works quite well. 3. Amagi MIX Amagi MIX is a media buying platform with two unique elements. The first is that it’s hyper-focused on buying TV ads, to the exclusion of other kinds of advertising. It’s a way you can buy TV commercial ad space, and nothing more. The other unique element is that it’s focused entirely on India and the Indian market. As you might expect from a TV commercial company, they cover a wide variety of industries. They have customers in finance, ecommerce, education, events, food, hair and health care, personal care, real estate, and retail markets. They have access to 129 different TV channels, again mostly focused on India. You can narrow down distribution to specific areas of India, specific languages, specific genres, and specific networks. 4. Lamar Lamar is one of the largest billboard controllers in the United States. Unfortunately, they don’t have one centralized ad buying platform. You generally need to have some idea of where you want to advertise, then find the specific office that covers that area. For example, if I want to advertise in Los Angeles, I would have to specifically visit the LA version of the site. They do at least have a direct contact for multi-region and global campaigns. Lamar is interesting in that they are entirely focused on billboards and don’t bother to dabble with any other kind of advertising. They either own the billboards they sell, or they lease space for advertising on the sides of buildings or in airports and other facilities. This means you don’t have to deal with fickle publishers, as well. 5. Pocketmath Pocketmath is an ad platform that blurs the lines between online and in person advertising. They function primarily in the mobile ad space. Essentially, Pocketmath is an advertising system rolled into mobile apps. When users are near an area you want to advertise, the advertisements will shift to those you provide, assuming you have bid appropriately. In my mind, this is on the verge of being a kind of advertising of the future. This is the kind of advertising that can be easily shifted and adapted to augmented reality or virtual reality system. I would not be surprised to find their advertising present in future augmented reality apps and games, to help businesses reach out to people in a more innovative way. We’re not there yet, though, so take this as it is; a mobile ad buying platform with real time analytics and adaptation capability. 6. Thalamus Thalamus is a truly global and truly multi-channel ad network. They have advertising space available in dozens of countries, all listed in their categories page. You can advertise basically anywhere in the world. They also manage a wide variety of channels. What channels are available? Thalamus does social media advertising, online display ads and online video ads. They also do mobile advertising, search advertising and email advertising. On top of all of that, they do both linear and connected TV, and digital audio, which mostly means advertising on radio stations. Some examples include Fox8, CNBC, CNN, the BBC, and the CBS Sports Network for TV, and AccuRadio, Spotify, iHeartMedia, 8Tracks, and Digg for digital audio advertising. It’s pretty varied; you can find ad space in podcasts, in audio apps, on TV, and on a whole variety of apps and websites. There are plenty of options for businesses of all sizes. 7. Adintime This particular platform seems like a standard ad buying platform at first, but they’re actually very focused on one particular type of advertising, and that’s print. “But print is dead!” you might say, and you’re not entirely wrong. Print media is on its way out, but it’s still a significant part of the media people consume on a daily basis. People read newspapers, people browse magazines, people maintain magazine subscriptions. You get pretty good advertising rates, and let me tell you; magazine advertising is actually cheaper than you might expect. It’s also fairly targeted; you know a lot about the kinds of people buying certain kinds of magazines. You also get information on an ongoing basis about the issue dates and timelines for ads, the labeling involved, and even a demo you can access. You design and submit your ads entirely online, as well. 8. Brandzooka Okay, I have to stop for a minute to break kayfabe and just point out how ridiculous some of these ad network names are getting. What is a brand zooka? How does the concept of a bazooka tie in with advertising? It seems needlessly destructive and out of concept, but hey; it’s memorable enough, I suppose. Brandzooka used to be Visibl. These days, they have partnerships with a lot of high level websites, like Zillow, HGTV, Monster, the BBC, CNN, The Onion, Fandango, and more. Rather than traditional display ads, however, Brandzooka focuses on video advertising. They have hundreds of sites for placement, and bidding has a minimum budget of $50. All you have to do is upload a video advertisement, set a budget, set targeting information, and wait. Your video will be displayed on a wide range of sites within 2 to 24 hours. 9. ZypMedia ZypMedia is another wide-spectrum ad placement platform. They have mobile ads, television ads, display ads, video ads, social ads, and cross-channel monitoring. Their targeting can be based on IP or on audience demographics, they have dynamic optimization, and they work with native advertising. Retargeting is obviously available, and they even have geographic fencing as an option to restrict ad locations. One of the primary benefits of ZypMedia is that they have links to a bunch of other ad exchanges as well. When you bid on ad placement, it can go on their own private marketplaces, or on one of over 150 supplemental exchanges, which includes Google, SpotX, Index Exchange, and many more. 10. Centro’s Basis DSP Basis DSP is a demand-side platform that supports display ads, social ads, video ads, and a lot of mobile ads, including app-based, mobile web, and mobile video campaigns. They are, in fact, primarily focused on mobile and video advertising. If that’s in your wheelhouse, there’s no better place to be. One added benefit is that instead of using cookies, Basis uses device IDs. This allows for greater precision in targeting, as well as greater flexibility with your advertising. On top of that, they have hyper-local targeting that can go right down to a few city blocks. Now that’s what I call precision. 11. BuyAdsDirect Try to gloss over the fact that this is probably the least slick looking site on the list. Sometimes good sites have ugly wrapping paper. BuyAdsDirect works with advertising agencies and with publishing houses to connect the two, sort of like a buying club. They have a wide variety of types of advertising, specializing in TV that ranges from national cable to datellite TV to local cable and infomercials. They have radio advertising on both streaming audio services and national/satellite radio. They have outdoor advertising, like billboards, and they have a small digital ads section. Overall, the site works best for TV ads, particularly when you have a moderate budget to spend. 12. Bonadza Bonadza is a self-serve platform with real time bidding, which gives you a lot of control and the possibility that you can make some good deals if you get in at the right time. They also work with a private marketplace of reputable publishers. You can’t see the publishers without registering, but you can be assured that they have a decent selection. Despite serving over a thousand customers, Bonadza is actually one of the smaller networks on this list, which means you have some potentially good opportunities. Unfortunately, it also means they might just not cover your niche the way you want. There’s only one way to find out, though, and that’s to contact them. 13. Mobicow I’m not sure why a cow is a good animal to choose as a figurehead for an advertising agency, but what do I know? In any case, Mobicow is a mobile-specialist advertising platform. They have a global reach with good targeting and great analytics on the traffic you’re getting. They also work primarily with full-screen mobile ads, the kind that run for 30 seconds and require a tap to close, which can be pretty good for getting eyes on your product. So long as you don’t make your ads annoying, it can work pretty well. 14. AdRoll With a relatively generic name, AdRoll is a large at platform that works for retail outlets, B2B companies, agencies, and PaaS partners. They have prospecting and retargeting as resources, and their products include online ads, email ads, and a couple other smaller options. They aren’t particularly innovative and they don’t have a wide range of media options, but they work for what they do. 15. Adperium Last on a list that you’ve probably just been skimming, Adperium is a more traditional online display ad platform. You don’t get TV or radio or anything else fancy with it, but you do get a good selection of banner and display options for a broad network of sites. In particular, they have fast auditing and approval for ads, with good filtering to stop the worst spam and keep their publisher network happy. It’s cheap to start a campaign, and they accept multiple types of payments to make it easy. The post The Top 15 Media Buying Platforms for Businesses appeared first on Growtraffic Blog.

Uptime Institute Announces TIER-Ready Program for Pre-Fabricated and Modular Data Centers

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Seattle, WA – Uptime Institute today announced the introduction of its “TIER-Ready” design review program, intended to enable customers who are pushing computing to the edge with modular data centers to enjoy the same level of reliability and resiliency that they have in their larger data centers. Modular data centers that carry TIER-Ready status will demonstrate the same high level of performance once installed and certified at their intended deployment site. The TIER-Ready program enables manufacturers to work with Uptime Institute to validate the specific designs of their pre-built solutions. Customers of these TIER-Ready solutions will enjoy reduced time and cost for a Tier Certified data center. TIER-Ready solutions are available now from a wide variety of manufacturers, including Schneider Electric, Compass Data Centers and Huawei, with many other manufacturers already in the process for design review. The Uptime Institute Tier Standard is the industry de facto standard for data center reliability and resiliency, and assures customers that TIER certified data centers will perform in a definable and predictable fashion under a wide-range of operating conditions, including complete utility power failure. The TIER-Ready program enables the same strategic results at the prefabricated and modular level. “Prefabricated and modular data centers have been on a growth trajectory for the past several years as organizations strive to bring business services closer to their constituents. As distributed technologies such as IoT and edge-computing become commonplace, these services must be delivered without incurring the traditional risk associated with remote infrastructures,” said Lee Kirby, President, Uptime Institute. “The TIER-Ready program simplifies and speeds the certification process, while reducing costs for both the manufacturer and the end-user.” TIER-Ready Supplier Testimonials: Compass Datacenters “The TIER-Ready award makes sense for Compass Datacenters as it helps to assure the resiliency and mission critical suitability for each 1.2MW block that we provide to our customers, with important third-party validation through Uptime Institute,” said Chris Crosby, CEO of Compass. Schneider Electric “We are pleased to see the Uptime Institute announce their TIER-Ready program, allowing an industry standard certification for modular deployments,” said Kevin Brown, Chief Technology Officer and SVP Innovation, Schneider Electric. “Modular data center solutions for remote and distributed infrastructure are an essential component of delivering modern applications and, in many cases, are deployed in unique operating conditions. This program provides customers with a streamlined process to benchmark and validate the resiliency of their architecture.” Huawei “We have been partnering with Uptime Institute for many years to enable our customers to have Tier-Certified data centers that simply do not fail, under a wide range of operating conditions,” said Bob He, General Manager, Datacenter Facility Business, Huawei. “The TIER-Ready program allows us to extend this benefit to customers of our prefabricated and modular products. By working with Uptime Institute to review our modular solutions, our customers can be more efficiently certified for their data centers and distribute their computing, without risk or the need to give up any expected performance and resiliency because they can be more efficiently certified for that location.” For more information, visit About Uptime Institute Uptime Institute is the IT industry’s most trusted and adopted global standard for the proper design, build and operation of data centers – the backbone of the digital economy. For over 20 years, Uptime Institute has been providing customers with the assurance that their digital infrastructure can perform at a level that is consistent with their business needs, across a wide array of operating conditions. With its data center Tier Standard & Certifications, Management & Operations reviews, Efficient IT Stamp of Approval, and accredited educational curriculum for data center professionals, Uptime Institute helps organizations optimize critical IT assets while managing costs, resources and efficiency. Uptime Institute has become the de facto standard for data center reliability, sustainability and efficiency. Today, thousands of companies rely on Uptime Institute to enable their digital-centric business success.

Oracle Announces Java SE 9 and Java EE 8

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REDWOOD SHORES, CA – Oracle announced the general availability of Java SE 9 (JDK 9), Java Platform Enterprise Edition 8 (Java EE 8) and the Java EE 8 Software Development Kit (SDK). JDK 9 is a production-ready implementation of the Java SE 9 Platform Specification, which was recently approved together with Java EE 8 in the Java Community Process (JCP). Java SE 9 provides more than 150 new features, including a new module system and improvements that bring more scalability, improved security, better performance management and easier development to the world’s most popular programming platform. Java EE 8 modernizes and simplifies the Java EE platform for the cloud and microservices with updates to eight major specifications. Java SE 9 The defining feature of Java SE 9 is the Java Platform Module System, also known as Project Jigsaw, which makes it easier for developers to reliably assemble and maintain sophisticated applications. The module system also makes the JDK itself more flexible, allowing developers to bundle just those parts of the JDK that are needed to run an application when deploying to the cloud. “Java SE 9 is the result of industry-wide development involving open review, weekly builds and extensive collaboration between Oracle engineers and members of the worldwide Java developer community via the OpenJDK Community and the JCP,” said Georges Saab, vice president of development for the Java Platform Group at Oracle. “This version of Java SE will provide millions of developers the updated tools they need to continue building next-generation applications with ease, performance and agility.” The OpenJDK Community is where a diverse set of contributors have collaborated for more than ten years on an open-source implementation of the Java SE platform. Other key features in Java SE 9 include: jshell, which delivers an interactive Read-Eval-Print-Loop tool that makes it easy for developers to explore APIs and try out language features. Improved Javadoc, which makes it easier for developers to learn new APIs by including a search function within the API documentation itself, as well as information on which module defines each class or interface. Streams API enhancements, which improve developer productivity by adding methods to conditionally take/drop items from a Stream, iterate over a Stream’s elements, and create a Stream from a nullable value while expanding the set of Java SE APIs that can serve as sources for Streams. Oracle has also announced several changes to how Java SE and Java EE will be developed and released going forward. For Oracle Java SE, Oracle is planning to move to a 6-month release cadence using a time driven release model rather than a feature driven release model. With that change, Oracle will also be providing OpenJDK builds under the General Public License (GPL). Finally, Oracle will be contributing previously commercial features to OpenJDK such as Java Flight Recorder in Oracle JDK with the goal of making Oracle JDK and OpenJDK more aligned. Java EE 8 Oracle has also announced its intention to move Java EE technologies to the Eclipse Foundation, in collaboration with other vendors and the community. Oracle, Eclipse and other community members are now working out the details behind the technology transfer and ongoing governance and process within the Eclipse community. “Today’s major release of the Java Platform Enterprise Edition is one we think developers are going to be excited to use and by open sourcing Java EE technologies to the Eclipse Foundation, we have set it up for ongoing success in the future,” said Mike Lehmann, vice president of product management, Oracle. “Oracle is committed to working with the Java EE community and the Eclipse Foundation to continue enterprise Java innovation, support and evolution.” Key features in Java EE 8 include: HTTP/2 support in Servlet 4.0 New JSON binding API and various enhancements in JSON-P 1.1 Expansion of JAX-RS to support Server-Sent Events and a new reactive client API New security API for cloud and PaaS based applications Multiple CDI enhancements including support for asynchronous events Java is the world’s most popular programming language, with over 12 million developers running Java and more than 1 billion downloads each year. Java is also the #1 developer choice for cloud, with over 21 billion cloud-connected Java virtual machines. About Oracle The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), please visit us at

LightEdge Extends Hybrid Colocation Data Center Model to New Markets with Schneider Electric

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ANDOVER, MA – Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, today announced its growing partnership with colocation provider LightEdge Solutions to implement data centers in Altoona, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska. The expanded data center campus in Altoona will officially open on October 5, marking a milestone in Schneider Electric’s strategic partnership with LightEdge to provide data center lifecycle design and build services. Hybrid colocation for digital transformation Digital transformation is driving increased need for data centers that incorporate on-premises elements that ensure security and compliance while offering the efficiencies of the cloud. As this hybrid data center approach presents a challenge for enterprise IT, LightEdge is dedicated to helping customers design, implement, and manage hybrid colocation and edge data centers that are best equipped to realize digital transformation goals. For LightEdge’s expanded data center campus in Altoona, the company selected Schneider Electric to design the 73,000 square-foot facility (48,000 square feet in phase one) next to its existing 30,000 square-foot data center. The new facility incorporates state-of-the-art networking and security, as well as, a 6,000 square-foot area for worksite recovery and meeting space. “It was clear in speaking with Schneider Electric that they had the level of expertise and understanding needed to design and build solutions that support our customers’ digital transformation goals,” said Jeffery Springborn, COO, LightEdge. “As we look to expand our presence throughout the Midwest region and beyond, next with our Omaha, Nebraska build, Schneider Electric will help execute our vision of being a full solution hybrid colocation partner.” A proven partnership The LightEdge and Schneider Electric partnership originally began with Schneider Electric providing design and build services for LightEdge’s Kansas City, Missouri data center within SubTropolis Technology Center’s (STC) underground limestone mines. The partnership has also included an augmentation of an existing data center in Des Moines, Iowa and a new 73,000 square-foot facility build at the same location. “Partnering with LightEdge, we benefit from collaborating with a like-minded organization that understands where the data center market is going,” said Wayne Reeves, Director of Critical Services, Schneider Electric. “By supporting LightEdge through the entire lifecycle of data center design and build projects, we are helping to drive the industry forward into the future of hybrid colocation.” The Kansas City and Des Moines data centers serve both Midwestern and national companies, and the facilities are ISO 20000, ISO 27001, SSAE 16 SOC 1, 2 & 3 Type II and PCI-DSSv3.0 certified with data center operations meeting stringent HIPAA compliance. Along with design and build data center lifecycle services, LightEdge uses the following Schneider Electric equipment: About Schneider Electric Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of $26 billion US dollars (25 billion euros) in FY2016, our 144,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On.

Next Generation Data Center Launched In Downtown Montreal

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Montreal – Project made possible by a partnership between Urbacon and Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ, the new Downtown Montreal Data Centre is officially being opened today. At a cost of over $70 million, this Next Generation Data Centre is located at 544 Rue de l’Inspecteur, in the Griffintown borough, near Montreal’s financial district. The 266,671 SF facility is the only true wholesale and purpose-built data centre in Montreal. The location serves as a global telecom node, providing close proximity to major US cities. Prime connectivity, advantageous climate and favourable hydro rates are other benefits of locating to Quebec. The facility itself is served by excellent air, rail and road links, has access to a highly-educated ICT staff and has all the features one would expect of a cutting-edge technological facility. With seven dedicated data floors, a total critical power of 30MW, and an annualized mechanical PUE of 1.2 or better, this facility is the data centre evolved. It is Montréal’s largest and most secure data centre in its category. “Quebec’s colder climate and affordable power has led to a recent boom in data centre development, responding to increased global demands for data storage. With the completion of our new facility, Montreal now has a centralized flagship data centre similar to other major metropolitan centres like Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and Miami. We can now offer a world-class facility that meets the highest standards in terms of structural aspects, security, mechanical and electrical systems for a leading edge data centre.” Peter Russell, Vice-President, Properties and Development Management, Urbacon “By 2020, we expect the data centre sector to grow from 16% to 28%, in particular, because businesses prefer to outsource to data centres rather than incur the heavy cost of setting up such centres in their own facilities. Benefiting from the expertise of the Urbacon team, which has built a solid reputation in this field over the past 30 years, the new Downtown Montreal Data Centre has a distinctive offering, mainly because of its strategic urban location and the superior quality of its facilities.” Normand Bélanger, President and CEO, Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ About Urbacon Data Centre Solutions From vision to unwavering reliability and sustainability, Urbacon Data Centre Solutions Inc. is dedicated to the development, construction and maintenance of data centers and mission-critical facilities. As leaders in developing innovative power and communication systems and resolving mission-critical business continuity and IT infrastructure challenges, Urbacon’s expertise and experience is extensive. Construction Management, Design-Build and Facilities Maintenance are the cornerstones of Urbacon Data Center Solutions Inc. Our clients benefit from leveraging the diverse skill sets of in-house planning, architecture, engineering, construction, project management and real estate expertise. Exceeding client expectations is our number one priority. From construction only assignments to large scale design-build projects and complex facilities that meet exacting environmental criteria — clients engage Urbacon to ensure superior quality, innovation and professional integrity from a single source. About Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ à modifier Launched in 1991, the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ promotes economic growth and employment in Québec (Canada) by strategically investing in profitable and socially responsible real estate projects in partnership with other industry leaders. The Fonds immobilier backs residential, office, commercial, institutional and industrial projects of all sizes across Québec. At May 31, 2017, the Fonds immobilier had 49 projects with a combined value of $2.9 billion in progress, 45 properties under management, 14 million square feet of land slated for development and $69 million allocated to affordable, social and community housing. The Fonds immobilier is a member of the Canada Green Building Council. Visit

Amazon Web Services Announces the Opening of Data Centers in the Middle East by Early 2019

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SEATTLE – Amazon Web Services (AWS), an company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced that it plans to open an infrastructure region in the Middle East by early 2019. The new AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region will consist of three Availability Zones at launch. Currently, AWS provides 44 Availability Zones across 16 infrastructure regions worldwide, with another 14 Availability Zones, across five AWS Regions in China, France, Hong Kong, Sweden, and a second GovCloud Region in the U.S. expected to come online by the end of 2018. AWS today also announced it will launch an AWS Edge Network Location in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the first quarter of 2018. This will bring Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Route 53, AWS Shield, and AWS WAF to the region and adds to the 78 points of presence AWS has around the world. For more information on AWS’s global infrastructure, go to “As countries in the Middle East look to transform their economies for generations to come, technology will play a major role, and the cloud will be in the middle of that transformation,” said Andy Jassy, CEO, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Some of the most gratifying parts of operating AWS over the last 11 years have been helping thousands of new companies get started, empowering large enterprises to reinvent their customer experiences, and allowing governments and academic institutions to innovate for citizens again. We look forward to making this happen across the Middle East.” This announcement has been welcomed by political leaders and royal families in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. Countries across the Middle East are looking to innovate, grow their economies, and pursue their vision plans, such as Saudi Vision 2030, UAE Vision 2021, and Bahrain Vision 2030, and cloud technology will be key in helping them achieve this. His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain, First Deputy Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, commented, “Today’s announcement is a significant moment for Bahrain and the region. For the Kingdom, the expansion of regional cloud capacity builds upon a business environment that is already driving innovation and entrepreneurship, using technology to accelerate economic diversification in Bahrain. Through improved efficiencies, access to new career opportunities, and helping to enhance the delivery of government services, this marks further realization of the principles of sustainability, fairness, and competitiveness that form the core of Bahrain’s 2030 Vision.” H.E. Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, said of the news, “AWS’s commitment to expanding its presence into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, from Bahrain, is a major enabler for technology and data-driven business across the GCC. This will benefit global corporates, SMEs, entrepreneurs, and governments alike. The ability to store and share data at speeds the Gulf has never experienced before has the potential to help companies gain competitive advantage, allowing them to compete more effectively at a global level. Amazon Web Services is delivering the Middle East a world class service. With such a young, technologically adept, and growing population, the Gulf is well positioned to drive innovation in mobile applications and digital services. I am very eager to see how our region’s entrepreneurs will make use of this exciting opportunity.” AWS Investing in the Middle East AWS is growing its presence in the Middle East bringing offices, staff, education, training, startup support, and other investments to the region. In January 2017, AWS opened offices to serve its rapidly growing customer base with a presence in Dubai, UAE and Manama, Bahrain. These offices have been established with teams of account managers, solutions architects, partner managers, professional services consultants, support staff, and various other functions for customers to engage with AWS. Another investment AWS is making for its customers in the Middle East, and around the world, is to run its business in the most environmentally friendly way. An important criteria in launching the AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region is the opportunity to power it with renewable energy. AWS chose Bahrain in part due to the country’s focus on executing renewable energy goals and its proposal to construct a new solar power facility to meet AWS’s power needs. The Bahrain Electricity and Water Authority expects to bring the 100 MW solar farm online in 2019, making it the country’s first utility-scale renewable energy project. For more information on AWS’s commitment to sustainability, go to AWS also announced that it is supporting the advancement of technology education across the Middle East making AWS Training and Certification programs available to customers. In the education sector, AWS is supporting the development of technology and cloud computing skills at local universities through the AWS Educate program, providing students and educators with the resources needed to accelerate cloud-related learning. This program is now available for students attending institutions such as King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, the Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE, Bahrain Polytechnic, University of Bahrain, as well as Oman College of Management and Technology, the Jordan University of Science and Technology, and many others across the region. To support the growth of new business, AWS works with incubators and accelerators in the Middle East to provide resources to startups through the AWS Activate program. In Saudi Arabia, AWS works with the Badir Program for Technology Incubators and Accelerators at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) to provide startups with access to technology resources as well as expert advice, education, and training to help promote Saudi youth entrepreneurship and grow new businesses in the Kingdom. To help new businesses across the Middle East go global, AWS also works with a number of local and international accelerators and incubators active in the region such as AstroLabs in the UAE, Cloud 10 Scalerator in Bahrain, as well as 500 Startups, Startupbootcamp, and Techstars, providing training, AWS credits, in-person technical support, and other benefits. Middle Eastern Organizations Increasingly Moving to AWS Organizations across the Middle East – in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, and other countries – are increasingly moving their mission-critical applications to AWS. Startups in the region choosing AWS as the foundation for their business include Alpha Apps, Anghami, Blu Loyalty, Cequens, DevFactory, Dubizzle, Fetchr, Genie9,, Namshi, OneGCC,, Payfort, Tajawal, and Ubuy, as well as Middle Eastern Unicorn Careem, the leading ride-hailing service in the MENA region. Careem runs all of its operations on AWS and over the past five years has grown 10 times its current size each year. “It is great news that AWS is opening a Region in the Middle East,” said Magnus Olsson, chief experience officer and co-founder of Careem. “We have been all-in on AWS since we launched in 2012 and using the scalability of the cloud has helped us to cope with rapid growth. After starting in Dubai, we now serve over 12 million commuters in 80 cities across the Middle East and North Africa, including Turkey and Pakistan – this would not have been possible without AWS. The new AWS infrastructure Region in the Middle East gives us the opportunity to experiment with new Internet of Things (IoT) technologies that, in the future, will give us the ability to run a fleet of self-driving Careem cars comfortably and safely taking passengers to their destinations.” Some of the Middle East’s most historic and established enterprises are moving mission critical applications to AWS. Enterprises such as Actel, Al Tayer Group, Batelco, flydubai, Hassan Allam, Silah Gulf, Union Insurance, and the United Arab Shipping Company are using AWS to drive cost savings, accelerate innovation, and speed time-to-market. One successful business that used AWS to grow is eCommerce provider “AWS has been key to our success throughout our journey of exponential growth in the MENA region,” said Ronaldo Mouchawar, CEO and Co-Founder of “Businesses in the region need robust technologies to both scale rapidly and provide world class service to their customers. With innovation being the main focus on the region’s national agenda, the advent of the world’s largest provider of cloud computing in the region is great news for everyone. This will help support the growing demand for cloud technologies as well as accelerate business expansions and success, regionally and around the world.” Another enterprise using AWS is Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC), the largest private media company in the Middle East, delivering Arab language content to over 150 million people across the Middle East and North Africa. “AWS has been critical in our digital transformation initiatives,” said Joe Igoe, MBC’s Group Director of Technical Operations. “Knowing we will have AWS infrastructure close to our viewers is invaluable for us. AWS has helped us speed up innovation and rapidly expand into a wider range of scalable and reliable digital services, such as our Video on Demand platform, During the holy month of Ramadan, TV viewership spikes dramatically. This year, we successfully scaled our online platform to support a massive increase in traffic and delivered hundreds of thousands of concurrent video streams and dozens of petabytes of content to our viewers.” Government organizations are also working with AWS to lower costs and better serve citizens in the region, including the Bahrain Institute of Public Administration which has moved their Learning Management System to AWS, reducing costs by over 90 percent. Another government organization using AWS is the Kingdom of Bahrain Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA). The iGA is in charge of moving all government services online and is responsible for ICT governance and procurement for the Bahrain government. Earlier this year the iGA launched a cloud first policy, requiring all new government ICT procurement to evaluate cloud-based services first. Mohamed Al Qaed, Chief Executive of Kingdom of Bahrain iGA, said of the announcement, “AWS forms the backbone of our digital government initiatives so the news that an AWS Region is coming to our country is warmly welcomed by us. Through adopting a cloud first policy, we have helped to reduce the government procurement process for new technology from months to less than two weeks. We are in the process of migrating 700 servers with more than 50 TB of data to AWS with the goal of decommissioning our hosting platform by the end of 2017. We have also started to migrate systems of national significance, such as our Bahrain Data Locator, and supporting other entity system migrations, like the Ministry of Education LMS that has 149,000 users, with more planned on the way. As we move more mission critical workloads to AWS, we look forward to even greater efficiencies and being able to complete our mission to become eGovernment & ICT Pioneers.” In addition to established enterprises, government organizations, and rapidly growing startups, AWS also has a vibrant AWS Partner Network (APN) across the Middle East, including APN Partners that have built cloud practices and innovative technology solutions on AWS. APN Consulting and Technology Partners in the Middle East are helping customers to migrate to the cloud include Al Moayyed Computers, Batelco, C5, du, DXC Technology, Falcon 9, Infonas, Integra Technologies, ITQAN Cloud, Human Technologies, Kaar Technologies, Navlink, Redington, Zain, and many others. For companies looking to join the APN or for the full list of members please visit: About Amazon Web Services For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid and enterprise applications, from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world monthly – including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies – to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit About Amazon Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. 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4 Tools to Research Competitors on Social Media

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Do you want to learn more about your competitors’ social media activity? Looking for tools to help? Competitive research tools let you see at a glance how your social media marketing compares to similar businesses. In this article, you’ll discover four tools for researching your competition on popular social media platforms. #1: Benchmark YouTube Channels [...] This post 4 Tools to Research Competitors on Social Media first appeared on . - Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle

Here’s Why Google AMP Might Be Right for Your Site – Here’s Why #135

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Have you amped your site up to the next level of mobile web speed delivery, Google AMP? In this episode of our popular Here’s Why digital marketing video series, Stone Temple’s Eric Enge explains what Google AMP is, and covers the pros and cons of implementing it for your website. Don’t miss a single episode of Here’s Why with Mark & Eric. Click the subscribe button below to be notified via email each time a new video is published. Subscribe to Here’s Why Resources Should My Website Adopt Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)? State of Search Conference Dallas Google Page Speed Insights Tool See all of our Here’s Why Videos | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Transcript Mark: Eric, first off, what is AMP?   Eric: Mark, AMP stands for Accelerated Mobile Pages. It’s an open source limited set of HTML and JavaScript coding techniques designed to speed up the delivery of webpages on mobile devices.   Mark: Since Google helped develop AMP, is it now automatic? I mean, will my webpages just use AMP when people find them through a mobile Google search?   Eric: Well, no, and I bet a lot of people wish it was, but it’s not automatic. In fact, to use it, website owners must alter the technical back end of their webpages, and that can be challenging in some cases.   Mark: What does AMP actually do to my webpages?   Eric: For the search user, AMP is really about getting pages that load almost instantly, which is really cool for them, and people like that. For developers, it’s a whole new process for coding pages, where you have limited access to types of JavaScript which can only come from the AMP supplied library, and other techniques for coding. So, here’s an example:   On the left is one of our pages from as it appears on a desktop browser, and on the right is the same page rendered by AMP. You’ll see, on the one on the right, that the menu at the top and the search box have been stripped out. Now, it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. You can learn to code the pages the same way, but it’s harder. So, in this case, it’s a WordPress plugin that’s causing it to look like that.   Mark: But is speed on mobile so important that I might be willing to show users a different version of my pages?   Eric: The short answer is yes. First of all, as people get more and more experienced with developing AMP pages, they’ll be able to make those differences and the look and feel between the pages look a lot smaller. But there’s also a lot of evidence that shows that pages that are faster, even by small incremental amounts, are really important to users in mobile. Users are far less tolerant of slower page loads on mobile devices. According to SimilarWeb, bounce rates are higher in mobile than on desktop, and that can have an effect on your bottom line. On mobile, even the tiniest delay can cause a user to leave and go to someone else’s site, maybe even one of your competitors’. Data shows that bounce rates are higher on mobile. Can AMP help solve that?Click To Tweet Mark: In fact, Google ran some tests in the past that seemed to show that page load speed directly affects revenue, as you said. But, Eric, how about in the real world? I mean, AMP has been out for a while now. So, are any businesses seeing results from it?   Eric: Well, at SMX West 2017, Ranna Zhou of Google showed actual results from a number of popular sites. For example, after implementing AMP, Snapdeal showed a 59% increase in daily traffic, and a 52% rise in daily orders. LinkedIn found that people spent almost 10% more time on pages served by AMP. And there are many more results she presented like this.   So, we’re in the middle of conducting an in-depth look at how AMP is impacting a number of major brands that implemented it. I’ll be revealing the results of that study in a keynote at the State of Search conference in Dallas this October, and in a blog post about the same time. We’re already uncovering some amazing findings, so viewers will want to check back in with us when we release it.   Mark: How much does AMP actually impact page load speed?   Eric: The difference can be significant, depending, of course, on how fast your pages already load on mobile browsers. I did a check of our own site using Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool. As you can see below, we went from a mobile speed rating of 43/100 for a non-AMP version of one of our pages to a score of 88 for the AMP version, a pretty dramatic improvement.   So, AMP is still young and there’re some challenges that remain. For one thing, it can give false results in analytics in some cases. They also need to improve how it delivers ads and support for e-commerce sites and the like, and for video, as well. But, Google’s working on all of those issues and making a lot of progress.   Mark: Okay. So how do I decide whether or not AMP is right for my site?   Eric: Right now, I think, it depends on one of at least three factors. First, the type of site you have and whether or not good AMP support exists for that type of site right now. Second, the presence of the right set of features. For example, heavily video-centric sites or sites using a number of different ad delivery platforms might want to hold off on AMP for now. Finally, the level of effort involved in implementing AMP. For example, both WordPress and Drupal have AMP plugins or modules that theoretically make implementation a lot easier, but if you’re on a different platform, it might involve a lot more custom coding. Mark: Thanks, Eric. Our viewers can learn a lot more about AMP and get help in making a decision about it for their own sites in Eric’s comprehensive guide to AMP here.  Don’t miss a single episode of Here’s Why with Mark & Eric. 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Facebook Ads Dynamic Creative, Instagram Visual Backdrops, and YouTube Fan Sponsors

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Welcome to this week’s edition of the Social Media Marketing Talk Show, a news show for marketers who want to stay on the leading edge of social media. On this week’s Social Media Marketing Talk Show with Michael Stelzner, we explore Facebook ad updates with Amanda Bond, Instagram updates with Jeff Sieh, YouTube fan sponsors [...] This post Facebook Ads Dynamic Creative, Instagram Visual Backdrops, and YouTube Fan Sponsors first appeared on . - Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle

Facebook and Microsoft’s High-Capacity Submarine Cable to Europe Complete

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Brought to you by Data Center Knowledge Construction of the new high-capacity transatlantic cable landing on the shores of US and Spain funded by Facebook, Microsoft, and Telxius, subsidiary of the Spanish telecommunications giant Telefónica, has been completed, the companies announced Friday morning. It is the highest-capacity cable to have ever crossed the Atlantic, according to Microsoft, and represents a recent shift in the balance of power in the submarine-cable industry. Traditionally, transcontinental cables have been funded by telco consortia, who would then sell capacity on those systems to customers like Facebook and Microsoft. Lately, however, skyrocketing demand for global bandwidth has driven the largest of those customers - among them Alphabet's Google and Amazon Web Services - to participate in funding the construction projects, which cost hundreds of millions of dollars, themselves. Related: Will the Submarine Cable Boom Drive More Revenue to Colos? The cable, called Marea (the Spanish word for "tide"), is more than 4,000 miles long and can transmit up to 160 terabits per second, which is about 16 million times faster than the average home internet connection and enough to stream 71 million high-definition videos at the same time, Suresh Kumar, corporate VP of Microsoft cloud infrastructure and operations, wrote in a blog post. International network bandwidth and traffic have been growing quickly, although the growth rate has been declining in

Cyberattacks Cost Big Businesses $1.3 Million in 2017: Report

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The cost of cyberattacks on large businesses in North America increased to an average of $1.3 million in 2017, according to research released this week by Kaspersky Labs. The report IT Security: cost-center or strategic investment? shows the share of global IT budgets going to security rose from 17 percent (16 percent in North America) in 2016 to 20 percent this year (18 percent in North America), indicating an increase in the perceived importance of IT security. Kaspersky said that spending increased across businesses of all sizes as a reflection of businesses starting to consider IT security as a strategic investment. While they increased as a share of overall IT budgets, global IT security spending actually dropped dramatically, according to Kaspersky, from $25.5 million in 2016 to $13.7 million this year. See also: The U.S. Kaspersky Ban Sets an Ugly Precedent That would seem to suggest that global IT budgets overall fell from an average of $150 million last year to a mere $68.5 million this year - a shocking development if true. Gartner forecasts global IT spending will increase by 2.4 percent from 2016 to 2017. Kaspersky found that globally, cyberattacks cost an average of $992,000 for large businesses in 2017, up from $861,000 in 2016, and cost SMBs $87,800 this year, up from $86,500 last year, according to a blog post. "While cybersecurity incidents involving third parties prove to be harmful to businesses of all sizes, their financial impact on a company has

1&1 Rolls Out New e-Commerce Packages at ePages Commerce Summit

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At the ePages Commerce Summit in Hamburg, Germany this week, 1&1 Internet launched a new range of e-commerce shop packages powered by ePages cloud software. The new 1&1 shop range is based on ePages Now, cloud-based software designed for rapid and easy deployment, shop functionality, and responsive websites. Recent numbers from Statista indicate that SMB retailers account for a significant portion of the growth in online shopping revenues, set to reach $4.5 trillion by 2021. 1&1 has millions of SMB customers that will benefit from its new e-commerce offerings, according to the company. With ePages Now, users can select a layout and customize it with a drag-and-drop design editor, and sell across different synchronized and inventoried sales channels such as marketplaces or comparison shopping engines using a "commerce cockpit." "Business success in the digital world is above all driven by speed and flexibility - thus SMBs must constantly adapt their business according to the high expectations of their customers in order to remain competitive," 1&1 Internet CEO Robert Hoffmann said. "This applies especially to the ecommerce sector. With our revised eShop portfolio, we offer ‘ecommerce for everyone'. Using the 1&1 eShop based on ePages techology, SMBs can sell fast and easily on all channels. At the same time, they can concentrate on their core business - we will take care of the rest." The ePages Now-powered shops

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Is Said to Plan About 5,000 Job Cuts

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(Bloomberg) — Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. is planning to cut about 10 percent of its staff, or at least 5,000 workers, according to people familiar with the matter, part of a broader effort to pare expenses as competition mounts. The reductions are expected to start before the end of the year, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. The cuts at the company, which has about 50,000 workers, are likely to affect workers in the U.S. and abroad, including managers, the people said. A Hewlett Packard Enterprise representative didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman has been jettisoning divisions since 2015, including personal computers, printers, business services and key software units. The moves are all part of an effort to make HPE more responsive to a changing industry that's under pressure from cloud providers such as Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google. On a call with analysts earlier this month, Whitman said the Palo Alto, California-based company is benefiting from growing demand across key areas of the business. At the same time, she said she's pushing to cut "layers" in the organization and become more efficient. "With fewer lines of business and clear strategic priorities, we have the opportunity to create an internal structure and operating model that is simpler, nimbler and faster," she said. On the same call, Chief Financial Officer Tim Stonesifer

cPanel, Inc. Releases cPanel & WHM Version 66

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HOUSTON, TX – The new features in version 66 include our WordPress Manager Plugin, the brand new Application Manager for Ruby applications, and the ability to now host your Incremental Backups remotely. We have also improved EasyApache 4 profile management and added a number of new PHP modules for EasyApache 4. We’ve increased cPanel user’s control over AutoSSL, and improved usability for both Web Disk and File Manager. WHM is now much more mobile friendly, and you can be notified of potentially abusive email users. “As cPanel & WHM Version 66 completes its rollout, we will see nearly 80 percent adoption,” said Ken Power, Vice President of Product Development at cPanel. “Interested parties can take a look at the feature highlights on the cPanel & WHM Version 66 Release Site, and read the full Version 66 release notes on the cPanel Documentation site.” About cPanel Since 1997, cPanel has been delivering the web hosting industry’s most reliable and intuitive web hosting automation software. The robust automation software helps businesses thrive and allows them to focus on more important things. Customers and partners receive first-class support and a rich feature set, making cPanel & WHM® the Hosting Platform of Choice. For more information about cPanel, visit

Infomart Data Centers Launches Channel Partner Program

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DALLAS, TX – Infomart Data Centers, a premier national wholesale data center provider, announces today the launch of its Channel Partner Program, designed to provide its customers with robust access to a wide range of competitive IT and data center services leveraging the Infomart ecosystem of partners. Infomart’s Vice President of Technology, Sandy Thielamay, will serve as the Executive Sponsor, responsible for the program’s design, launch, build and go-to-market strategy. The Channel Partner Program will be available to all Infomart facilities nationwide. Characterized by an exceptional level of automation, control and transparency, Infomart’s Channel Partner Program utilizes software automation of traditionally manual tasks, making it easier than ever before for customers to order services, perform analytics, ensure consistency of provided services and view their full systems via a Single Pane of Glass (SPOG) dashboard. This program will also allow companies to provide bids to an ecosystem of buyers among a competitive supply of managed services, networking, cloud and security providers. In addition, partners have the opportunity to expand their focus beyond traditional services and referral margins to create additional revenue streams, as well as layer their unique services on top of Infomart’s offerings, together building a compelling and profitable offering for shared customers. “Infomart channel partners are carefully selected to deliver a supplementary set of integral IT services to both existing and future customers,” explains Mr. Thielamay. “We are excited about the launch of this new program, and look forward to providing our partners with the opportunity to build profitable, long-term business with and around our products and ecosystem, while delivering a wide range of high-quality services to enhance Infomart customers’ experiences.” Infomart’s new RackReady® Wholesale solution will also be distributed primarily through the Channel Partner Program, providing customers with a by-the-rack wholesale colocation product that allows for toll-free cross-connects in Infomart Dallas’ Building Meet-Me-Room (BMMR). This offering will enable cloud and managed services providers, Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) and enterprises to lease wholesale space with minimal upfront commitment and the opportunity to easily layer additional services for a complete colocation solution. Infomart channel partners will have access to technical, marketing and branding materials through an easy-to-use online portal, alongside sales support and online training and certification programs. The program will also deliver services at fixed rates with no cross-connect fees for cost predictability. Mr. Thielamay and the Infomart Channel Partner team will be attending Channel Partners Evolution, taking place September 25-28, 2017 in Austin, Texas. To request a meeting, please email To learn more about Infomart Data Centers, visit About Infomart Data Centers Founded in 2006, Infomart Data Centers is an award-winning industry leader in building, owning and operating highly efficient, cost-effective wholesale data centers. Each of its national facilities meet or exceed the highest industry standards in all operational categories of availability, security, connectivity and physical resilience. Recognized for its consistent excellence, Infomart Data Centers is dedicated to maintaining its reputation of reliability and best-in-class management while offering flexible solutions to meet the needs of its clients. Since the company’s inception, Infomart has demonstrated its commitment to environmental responsibility in designing and building energy-efficient and sustainable data centers for performance-driven organizations. Infomart Data Centers offers highly connected wholesale and colocation facilities in four Tier I markets throughout the United States, including San Jose, Calif.; Hillsboro, Ore.; Dallas; and Ashburn, Va. For more information, please visit

ROOT Data Center Releases Case Study

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MONTREAL – ROOT Data Center, specializing in next-gen colocation that extends beyond security and reliability, today announces the release of a case study highlighting why ServerMania, an industry-leading dedicated and cloud hosting provider, chose to colocate in its Montreal facility, MTL-R2. The case study, titled “ServerMania Chooses ROOT Data Center – Efficient, Reliable, and Secure Colocation in Montreal, Canada,” examines how ROOT Data Center helped ServerMania expand their international reach to serve customers both in the U.S. and Canada with cutting-edge colocation services characterized by advanced network infrastructure, low-cost, green energy solutions and strict security standards. “As one of the most advanced data center operators in Canada, ROOT Data Center provided an exceptional opportunity for ServerMania to enter the Canadian market, enabling them to satisfy customers’ growing demands for scalability and rapid deployment, efficiency for power and cooling, and privacy,” explains AJ Byers, President and CEO, ROOT Data Center. “Montreal’s transcontinental network infrastructure, affordable, clean energy availability and strict data privacy controls make it an optimal location for multinational organizations to host their mission-critical data.” Studies have reported that data storage is becoming a growing challenge throughout North America. According to IDC Canada, data generated from corporate systems, mobile devices and IoT is growing nearly 50 percent each year. In addition, data residency, the regional regulations imposed on data storage, has become a key concern for customers when choosing the appropriate market for international expansion. When faced with this concern, ServerMania turned to ROOT Data Center to provide an effective colocation solution complete with rapid deployment of high-density racks, secure, carrier-neutral facility designation, and cutting-edge technology that offers both scalability and efficiency all within a region governed by strict privacy regulations for the safe storage and usage of personal data. Specifically, Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronics Documents Act (PIPEDA) makes it a smart choice for serving international enterprises. “Upon making the decision to expand into the Canadian market to better serve our international clients, it was of the utmost importance to identify a data center provider capable of meeting our strict standards and guidelines for colocation,” shares Kevin Blanchard, Founder and CEO, ServerMania. “ROOT Data Center provided the ideal combination of innovation and proven reliability while taking full advantage of Montreal’s low-cost energy options. This enables us to provide first-rate infrastructure services within a secure and carrier-neutral data hosting environment.” Located along one of the most heavily-trafficked routes on the internet connecting Europe with the U.S., Montreal’s optimal positioning ensures low-latency connectivity for international business operations, while simultaneously delivering affordable, green energy and world-class network infrastructure. At the forefront of the green revolution with free air-cooling systems and renewable hydroelectric energy resources, ROOT Data Center’s facilities provide its customers with cost-effective power inside a highly-secure and reliable colocation environment with storage solutions designed to suit businesses of any size. ROOT Data Center leverages the cool, Canadian climate for cost-effective energy efficiency. ROOT’s facilities can host 55MW of power capacity to accommodate the growing demands of customers and has access to over 50 carriers, including dark fibers, local networks, and global telecoms via on-net providers and ROOT’s Metro Connect service. To read the case study in its entirety, please click here: To learn more about how Montreal meets some of the world’s largest companies’ colocation needs, download ROOT’s most recent white paper at: About ROOT Data Center ROOT is a next-generation data center company that provides colocation solutions to empower the world’s computing leaders. Its modular design promises optimal agility and efficiency, which enables all customers to scale their technology infrastructure and grow with confidence. Less power to waste, more power to you. For more information, visit About ServerMania ServerMania is a Canadian company with over 14 years of experience building high-performance infrastructure hosting platforms for businesses globally. ServerMania offers a wide range of fully customizable dedicated, hybrid, cloud, colocation and IP Transit services. Their mission is to empower clients by equipping them with fast, reliable, innovative infrastructure hosting while upholding a 100% network uptime SLA. This is assisted by a 24x7x365 rapid response team — one with some of the best response times in the industry. For more information, visit

MaidSafe launches SAFE Network Alpha 2 – The Authenticator Release

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Troon, SCOTLAND – MaidSafe, developer of the world’s first and only autonomous data network, is announcing the Authenticator Release of the SAFE Network. This Alpha 2 release includes a new mechanism for access control (the Authenticator) that integrates mobile platform support, as well as updated demonstration apps. MaidSafe’s progress underlines its commitment to making the security of data its paramount concern from the outset. The Authenticator provides secure network access, which is now enforced by the network, automating the protection of data. It is bundled with the SAFE Browser, and in addition to supporting Windows, OSX and Linux, it now also incorporates support for Android, with iOS support in the works. While these moves into mobile are a technology preview they are designed to show how the SAFE Network accommodates mobile devices. In the coming months, MaidSafe will provide mobile developers with the tools and documentation to start developing SAFE mobile apps. The updated desktop tutorial applications are SAFE Mail and the Web Hosting Manager. SAFE Mail provides end to end encrypted email using the public key of the recipient to encrypt the message, so only the recipient can read its contents. The Web Hosting Manager allows users to create their own public ID enabling users to upload and publish content instantly. The two Android example applications are the Authenticator, which provides network access, and SAFE Messages, which facilitates end to end encrypted mail. “We’re delighted to announce the next milestone for the SAFE Network, which has required a methodical and rigorous approach at all times to ensure we are protecting data from the outset,” said David Irvine, founder and CEO, MaidSafe. “We have made a huge investment in time and resources to get to this point, which we believe has given us a unique technical advantage. The SAFE Network is based on over 11 years R&D, 20 granted patents and 12 pending and 19 test networks. We’re confident, that unlike the blockchain alternatives, our network is the first and only autonomous one that can protect data.” Work on future Alpha releases is continuing as MaidSafe expands its global development team to progress critical functionality such as an autonomous secure routing layer. This will see the network architecture become more decentralised. It will enable users to run routing nodes and provide secure transient data. There is also on-going work on secure autonomous storage with user run vaults facilitating a much broader range of decentralised apps.


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