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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 23:03

EdgeConneX® to Speak at PTC’18 Featured

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December 13, 2017 - EdgeConneX®, specializing in global data center solutions at the edge of the network, announces today that its chief innovation officer, Phill Lawson-Shanks, will speak at PTC’18, taking place in Honolulu, Hawaii.

On Sunday, 21 January 2018, Mr. Lawson-Shanks will moderate the roundtable, “Melding Network and Cloud Strategies.”  The roundtable will provide insights into the expanding and highly interdependent cloud and network technology, services and financial arena.

On Monday, Mr. Lawson-Shanks will participate on the roundtable, “Will the Edge Eat the Cloud?”  Joining other industry-leading executives, he will discuss the major architectural shift taking place whereby the exponentially growing Internet of Things will interoperate with private, public, hybrid and multi-cloud environments, and what that architecture will look like.

WHAT:

Roundtable: “Melding Network and Cloud Strategies”
Sunday, 21 January 2018 at 11:00 AM
South Pacific 2

Executive Insight Roundtable 2: “Will the Edge Eat the Cloud?”
Monday, 22 January 2017 at 2:00 PM
Coral 2

WHERE:

PTC’18
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
2005 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI

WHO:

“Melding Network and Cloud Strategies” roundtable members include:

Moderator: Phill Lawson-Shanks, chief innovation officer, EdgeConneX
Steve Helvie, VP, Channel, Open Compute Project
Conan Lee, managing director, Jones Lang LaSalle
Emil Sayegh, CEO & president, Hostway

“Will the Edge Eat the Cloud?” roundtable members include:

Moderator: Joe Weinman, author of “Cloudonomics” and “Digital Disciplines”
Phill Lawson-Shanks, chief innovation officer, EdgeConneX
Chris Downie, CEO, Peak 10 + ViaWest
Robert Pepper, head of global connectivity policy and planning, Facebook
Chris Sharp, CTO, Digital Realty
Andy Stewart, executive vice president & chief strategy officer, TierPoint 

About EdgeConneX®

EdgeConneX® is the only global Edge Data Center® provider.  Creating purpose-built, edge-of-network infrastructure solutions that extend the internet’s reach, EdgeConneX enables the fastest and most secure delivery of content, cloud services and applications. Edge Data Centers host bandwidth intensive and latency sensitive data closer to end-users, establishing a more secure, reliable and cost-effective distribution model for the internet.  For more information, please visit the EdgeConneX Internet of Everywhere® at edgeconnex.com.

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Silver Spring, MD – December 13, 2017AGILE announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Gannett’s primary data center located in Silver Spring, Maryland, Gannett’s private digital network connecting this data center and company headquarters in McLean, Virginia, to carrier neutral facilities, as well as Private Digital Network Services, LLC (“PDNS”), the partner firm that assisted in building and maintaining Gannett’s Private Digital Network.  AGILE has begun to integrate its legacy, multi-site data center colocation business with these new private digital network capabilities.  In addition, AGILE now operates Gannett’s private digital network and provides data center and network services to Gannett under a long-term master services agreement.

“We look forward to continuing our working relationship based on a long track record of strong performance from what is now the AGILE team,” commented Jack Mundie, VP Enterprise Computing and Risk Management, Gannett Technology.

This transaction represents a substantial expansion of the client base, physical assets and technical capabilities of AGILE.

“We are honored and proud to now serve as an important component of the backbone for Gannett’s online content distribution and look forward to expanding our offerings for current and future AGILE clients,” commented Jeffrey Plank, President and CEO, AGILE.

Network Capabilities

AGILE will manage Gannett’s private digital network core, which was developed with PDNS supporting business processing and content delivery, both digital and print.  The agreement allows AGILE to leverage additional networking assets within Gannett, including the fiber ring located in Phoenix, Arizona, and capitalize on a multi-gigabit backbone with Points of Presence (PoPs) in more than 100 major metropolitan areas in the U.S.  Network enhancements gained through the acquisition also include a diverse path fiber network and direct fiber connections to two of the largest Internet exchanges in the world.

Physical Assets

The acquisition includes significant physical assets to complement AGILE’s two other facilities, adding a 65,000 square-foot building in Silver Spring, Maryland – a highly desirable location in one of the most important data center regions in the world.  The building encompasses a 21,000 square-foot raised floor data center and 30,000 square-feet of workstation office space along with disaster recovery seating.  The facility has 300 tons of N+N redundant cooling and a 550 kVA N+N UPS system.  The Silver Spring site has N+N Redundant generator backup and a total site capacity of 4Megawatts.  AGILE also operates facilities in Princeton, New Jersey, and Allentown, Pennsylvania.

“We have provided compute, storage and network services to Gannett as a service provider for years, and look forward to partnering with our new colleagues at AGILE to continuing meeting or exceeding our clients’ expectations,” said Bob Henley, Chief Operations Officer, AGILE and CEO, Private Digital Network Services, now a wholly owned subsidiary of AGILE.

About Gannett

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an innovative, digitally focused media and marketing solutions company committed to strengthening communities across our network. With an unmatched local-to-national reach, Gannett touches the lives of more than 110 million people monthly with our Pulitzer-Prize winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services.  Gannett brands include USA TODAY Network with the iconic USA TODAY and more than 100 local media brands, digital marketing services companies ReachLocal and SweetIQ, and U.K. media company Newsquest.  To connect with us, visit www.gannett.com.

About AGILE

AGILE is committed to bringing quality IT infrastructure, Private and Hybrid cloud, data, and network solutions to its clients. AGILE specializes in transformational services for clients that need to transition from owned infrastructure to an as-a-service model.  Founded in 2015, AGILE is led by a group of seasoned experts.  The privately held company has grown rapidly, both organically and through acquisitions, continually enhancing its capabilities and services for current and future clients.  Learn more at www.agiledatasites.com.

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Recent Leadership Changes Position FiberLight to Take on the Dynamic Network Connectivity Marketplace

ATLANTA – December 12, 2017 – FiberLight, LLC, (FiberLight), an industry leading provider of high-capacity fiber based network connectivity solutions, today announces it has hired Marc Dyman to join the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer. Marc will report to recently appointed FiberLight CEO Don MacNeil, and brings to the position more than 25 years of experience driving growth and creating innovative solutions for technology and telecommunications enterprises.

Prior to joining FiberLight, Marc served as Senior Vice President for Digital Realty Trust’s colocation and connectivity business unit and previously held the position of Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Strategy for Time Warner Cable, Inc. In the organization’s newly created CRO position, Marc will oversee revenue growth, manage daily operations for FiberLight’s sales and marketing organization, and contribute to strategic planning.

“Marc is a transformative leader who understands our customer-first culture,” Don says. “With his experience, track record and knowledge of our industry, we’re confident he will build on FiberLight’s considerable accomplishments to date and, working closely with the other members of our leadership team, he will be extremely valuable in positioning FiberLight for sustained, long-term success.”

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with FiberLight’s extraordinary team of industry experts. I have been truly impressed with the drive I’ve seen so far and everyone’s willingness to do whatever it takes to provide exceptional services for our customers,” said Marc. “Further, FiberLight has significant infrastructure in some of the most dynamic, innovative technology markets in the United States, and its network is backed by long-standing engineering and operational excellence. I look forward to levering these assets as we focus on creating positive customer experiences by delivering mission-critical high-bandwidth solutions.”

FiberLight owns and manages over 1.7 million fiber miles in over 400 cities and towns across the United States. It also maintains over 17,000 backbone access points, 1,700 on-net locations and presence in over 100 data centers across the country.

To learn more about FiberLight and its services, visit www.fiberlight.com

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About FiberLight

FiberLight is a premier provider of fiber-optic based, high-performance networking services for telecom carriers, government, enterprise, content providers and web-centric businesses. FiberLight owns over 1,700,000 miles of robust fiber networks in over 44 key growth areas in US cities and towns within Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C., offering wide area networking options at layers 1, 2 and 3 to major commercial hubs throughout the country. To learn more about FiberLight’s service offerings, visit www.fiberlight.com.

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‘Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2017’ Study Highlights the Growth of Ireland’s Hosting Industry, Its Near-Term Forecast and the Very Real Threats to Its Sustained Growth

DUBLIN – 12 December, 2017 Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, today announces the release of a new report, “Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2017.”  The research study, created in collaboration with Bitpower and partly-funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), examines the opportunities and challenges associated with the digital asset hosting industry in Ireland.

The report also attempts to establish a baseline of the size, by category and sustainability, of Ireland’s data centre industry, addressing the scale of energy in use, requested and predicted over the period from 2017 to 2024.  In 2016, the total energy use for all operational data centres in Ireland was estimated to be 1.40 TWh.  Ireland’s total electricity use in 2016 was 27.6 TWh.  By way of illustration, the world’s data centres used 416.2 TWh in 2016, of which Ireland’s data centre energy use represented 0.34 percent of the industry total.  By analysing the different types of data centres, and documenting the energy efficiency and best practices in data centre design and operations, the report will act as a useful reference for policymakers when looking to provide context to the growing global requirement for data centres, as a “Connected Planet” becomes a reality.

“Data has a much higher economic value than the energy that powers it, and all stakeholders should recognise this when trying to evaluate the sustainability of the data centre industry in Ireland,” comments David McAuley, Founder and CEO, Bitpower, and Host in Ireland Advisory Council member.  “As ‘Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2017’ report indicates, collaboration between data centre operators, state utilities and agencies, and renewable energy developers will be key to maintaining Ireland’s position as a Tier 1 global location for hosting and participating in the next wave of growth.”

To download a copy of “Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2017” report, click here.

To learn more about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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About Host in Ireland

Host in Ireland, winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information about Ireland’s digital asset hosting ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU.  There's a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland.  Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the “5 Ps”: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power.  On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market.  Ireland supports this initiative through its pro-business approach, attractive corporate tax and fiscal structures, common law based legal system, continued investment in off-Island fiber cables to the U.S. and Europe, financial support for data centre energy efficiency, and access to a skilled native English-speaking workforce - ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small.  For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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Customers Gain Direct Connection to Cloud Providers and TELEHOUSE’s Additional Regional and Global Facilities via Epsilon’s Infiny Platform

NEW YORK – December 12, 2017 Epsilon, a privately owned global communications service provider, today announces that it has partnered with TELEHOUSE, a KDDI Group company and a global leader for data centers, international internet exchanges and managed IT services, to provide customers with remote peering connectivity to the New York International Internet Exchange (NYIIX).  The partnership also offers TELEHOUSE customers flexible, on-demand direct connection capabilities to TELEHOUSE’s additional regional and global data center locations, as well as to leading Cloud Service Providers via Epsilon’s Infiny platform.

As a result of growing global internet traffic, which experts estimate will increase nearly threefold over the next five years to reach 3.3 ZB by 2021 (Cisco Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2016–2021), organizations now require solutions to improve network performance while decreasing operational expenditure.  To address these new requirements, Epsilon customers can now access the NYIIX Peering Exchange and take the complexity out of interconnectivity, while increasing data speeds and conserving financial resources.

“Our alliance with TELEHOUSE enables us to deliver effective peering solutions that enable customers to expand and improve network reach while saving on their bottom line,” explains Jerzy Szlosarek, CEO, Epsilon.  “In addition to reaching NYIIX through our innovative, on-demand connectivity solution, Infiny also provides TELEHOUSE customers with access to a broad suite of on-demand connectivity services, all from a single self-service platform.”

Utilizing Infiny, TELEHOUSE users can now procure and manage communications services, including port-to-port Ethernet, internet and cloud service provider direct connects, SIP trunking, last mile DIA and SD-WAN.  Epsilon’s global network fabric currently stretches across 90 Points of Presence (PoPs) in major interconnection hubs globally, including multiple TELEHOUSE facilities in New York, Paris, and London. Future connections to additional TELEHOUSE sites in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Singapore are planned in 2018.

“We are excited to welcome Epsilon and its customers to NYIIX; the partnership fortifies our ever-growing community and enables TELEHOUSE to continue building a richer peering ecosystem to benefit our customers and partners alike,” says Akio Sugeno, Vice President, Internet Engineering, Operations and Business Development, TELEHOUSE America.  “Access to Epsilon’s North American footprint and on-demand connectivity capabilities are key differentiators for TELEHOUSE in the U.S., further reinforcing our facilities’ position as cloud and connectivity enablement hubs.”

For more information about Epsilon, visit www.epsilontel.com.

To learn more about TELEHOUSE, visit www.Telehouse.net.

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About Epsilon

Epsilon is a global Cloud Centric Network service provider, extending carrier grade connectivity services to the world’s Communications and Cloud ecosystems.  The company offers smart networking capabilities that combine on demand infrastructure, automation, web-based portals and APIs to give partners friction-free access to global connectivity.  All Epsilon services are powered by a next generation hyper-scalable global backbone which connects all the leading telecoms hubs globally.  Across this fabric encompasses a dense ecosystem of carriers, service operators and cloud providers offering the leading interconnect point for a diverse set of network and connectivity requirements. www.epsilontel.com.

About TELEHOUSE America

A stable and trusted pioneer of carrier-neutral data center services, TELEHOUSE provides secure, power-protected environments, where clients house and operate their telecommunications and network resources.  Among the many benefits of collocating with TELEHOUSE is the ability to connect to state-of-the-art peering exchanges in New York (NYIIX) and Los Angeles (LAIIX). Additionally, the global availability of 47 TELEHOUSE-branded data centers in 23 cities throughout Asia, Africa, North America and EMEA, delivers continuous, cost-effective operation of network-dependent, IT infrastructure to businesses around the world.  Please visit www.Telehouse.com, or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about the Channel Partner program.  Connect with TELEHOUSE on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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MIL2 Emerges as Viable Gateway to Italy’s Largest Network Hub and Greater Europe for Asian, Middle Eastern and North African Operators

Milan, Italy – December 11, 2017Enter, a leader in network and cloud services based in Italy, today announces enhanced connectivity capabilities at its Milan Caldera data center campus with the addition of its neutral interconnection facility, MIL2.

An expansion of Enter’s existing MIL1 data center, MIL2 is purpose-built to facilitate cost-effective cross-connects to a multitude of carriers and content providers via its Meet-Me Room.

Enter’s MIL1 and MIL2 data centers provide a reliable environment for telco colocation, with redundant power distribution and a generator that provides the facility with at least five days of backup power at full load for business continuity.

Leveraging Enter’s expansive backbone and metro dark fiber network, MIL2 customers can access hundreds of networks within the Caldera campus and seamlessly connect to additional local network providers and remote facilities in the Milan area.  Additionally, nearby landing points in Bari and Palermo enable access to submarine cables Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) and Asia-Africa-Europe (AAE-1) by way of Enter’s strategic provider partnerships.

“We expanded our neutral interconnection facility to provide customers with cost-effective, reliable interconnection opportunities. Located in one of Italy’s key connectivity and fiber hubs, our Milan Caldera data centers offer a strategic and cost-effective alternative to Frankfurt and Marseille,” says Milko Ilari, Head of International Business & Strategy at Enter.  “In addition to serving as a bridge for operators looking to expand their reach to or within Western Europe, MIL2 is also designed to accommodate unique project requirements as well as facilitate mutually beneficial partnerships amongst our customers.”

Enter’s transparent, partner-centric approach is also evident in its recent Open Compute Project (OCP) hardware deployment for Enter Cloud Suite (ECS) in MIL2.  The OCP was launched by Facebook and provides an open source design for servers, racks and data center facilities, lowering vendor lock-in and increasing community participation in data center.  By adopting OCP, companies can dramatically reduce CAPEX and OPEX, while driving innovation through the incremental contribution of the open source community.

ECS is the first European, OpenStack-based cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution.  With one connection to Enter, small to mid-size communication service providers can affordably expand their network footprint and reach all of Europe’s leading IXs.  In addition to ECS, Enter also offers Colocation, Ethernet and internet access services, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), dark fiber, and data center services at its MIL2 data center.

To learn more about Enter’s MIL1 and MIL2 facilities, as well as enhanced carrier-neutral interconnection capabilities, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the Enter team at booth 21 during Capacity Asia, taking place December 12-13, 2017 in Hong Kong.

For more information about Enter, visit www.enter.eu.

About Enter

Enter is a leading European network and cloud provider focused on providing connectivity, data center and internet solutions throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia-Pacific.  The company's IP backbone spans Europe's largest PoPs (Frankfurt, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Madrid, Stockholm, Brussels, Vienna, Prague and Budapest), as well as the U.S. (New York) and Far East (Hong Kong) to serve companies in Europe, North America and APAC.

In 2012, the company developed Enter Cloud Suite, the first European, OpenStack-based cloud IaaS service. Enter Cloud Suite is available in Milan, Frankfurt and Amsterdam, and is one of the official cloud platforms of 52 European institutions and agencies, such as the European Parliament and Court of Justice.  To learn more about the company, please visit: http://www.enter.eu and www.entercloudsuite.com.

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Leveraging Litbit AI and Machine Learning Software, ROOT Continues Commitment to 100% Uptime Commitment Within Its Montréal Facility

MONTRÉAL – December 5, 2017 ROOT Data Center announces today that it is the first wholesale data center in the world to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to reduce the risk of data center downtime.  ROOT Data Center has partnered with state-of-the-art AI and machine learning technology firm Litbit, within ROOT’s Montréal-based facility.

This unprecedented application of leading edge technology enhances ROOT’s Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) strategy, utilizing deep datasets to monitor and manage the overall health and status of critical systems within its data center.  In addition to the crucial and constant monitoring by technicians, AI and machine learning capabilities help ROOT Data Center to better anticipate and manage potential failures before they occur. This helps ROOT staff to avoid, rather than recover, from operational outages.

“Reliability and uptime are key consideration for any data center user, ranging from cloud service providers, to hosting companies, video game developers and other large-scale IT organizations,” explains AJ Byers, President and CEO, ROOT Data Center.  “At ROOT Data Center, we’ve made 100 percent uptime a top priority, and working with Litbit, we’ve pioneered the next wave of machine learning within data center operations to get us closer.  Today, we’re proud to say that ROOT is championing the use of cutting-edge AI and machine learning technology to reduce the risk of downtime for customers of all sizes.”

The integration of AI into ROOT Data Center’s colocation ecosystem is designed to work alongside existing personnel as a partnership between humans and technology.  Litbit provides AI Personas and machine-learning sensors trained by skilled data center technicians to identify indicators that fault is possible.  ROOT can now utilize this new technology to augment their monitoring of the facility’s environment and help reduce the risk of outages.

“Business is everywhere and always in the data center more than anywhere else, but people can’t be,” says Scott Noteboom, CEO of Litbit.  “That is the promise of AI, to help provide constant and intelligent oversight of the spaces and machines in a data center to improve business outcomes.  We are proud to be working with ROOT to make good on that promise.”

While many large hosting companies and leading Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) move their data center operations to Montréal due to low electricity rates, cooler climate, and low-latency connectivity to Boston and New York City, the risk of costly facility downtime still remains.  As a result of AI and machine learning integration to reduce that risk, ROOT Data Center is attracting a new wave of digital enterprise investment throughout Montréal, making the region a destination of choice for advanced colocation services.

To learn more about the advantages of ROOT’s AI and machine learning capabilities, please click here to read ROOT Data Center’s recently published white paper, “Artificial Intelligence in the Data Center: ROOT Data Center First to Use Machine Learning to Achieve 100 Percent Reliability.”

For more information about ROOT Data Center’s portfolio of services, visit www.rootdatacenter.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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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 www.rootdatacenter.com.

About Litbit

Litbit is San Jose-based company that has developed a platform that packages, automates, and magnifies domain expertise into AI personas with superhuman senses.  Targeted at teams that manage spaces and equipment, its mobile-first solution makes it possible to implement end-to-end AI without the need for data scientists or complex deployments.  Learn more at www.Litbit.com.

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