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Solution Provides Fully Managed Hybrid Cloud Solutions Across 150 Equinix Data Centers 

Los Angeles and Redwood City, Calif. April 27, 2017 — Unitas Global, the leading enterprise cloud solution provider, and Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced a collaboration to deliver bundled hybrid cloud services to the enterprise.  Through this offering, enterprises gain turnkey access to a fully managed hybrid cloud service, eliminating the need to build and operate their own IT infrastructure.  Based on the Unitas multi-cloud orchestration system and available across all 150 Equinix data centers worldwide, the solution combines Unitas Global’s managed cloud design and deployment services together with Equinix colocation and interconnection solutions, including Performance Hub and Equinix Cloud Exchange.

Highlights / Key Facts

  • The bundled solution delivers unique service offerings that include space, power, network, compute, storage, cloud software, Equinix Cloud Exchange direct cloud connections, cross-connects, bandwidth, and management—all dedicated to a single client, offered at one monthly price, and managed by a single vendor. As part of the solution, customers can also deploy an Equinix Performance Hub, giving them the ability to efficiently deploy IT and cloud resources at the edge, closest to their end-users, thus increasing global network and application performance.
  • Unitas’ multi-cloud orchestration system connects to Platform Equinix, a platform connecting myriad providers across its global ecosystem. The offering enables on-demand, customizable options for enterprises leveraging hybrid cloud solutions as part of an Interconnection Oriented Architecture (IOA). Equinix customers gain access to a streamlined cloud enablement process that decreases time-to-market and provides management capabilities to handle business-critical workloads and multiple application requirements.
  • Due to the unique needs of enterprise businesses, all solutions are customizable with migration, network management, security, disaster recovery, and additional managed service solutions.

Quotes

Grant Kirkwood, Founder and CTO, Unitas Global:

“Equinix was an obvious partner for Unitas when determining where to deploy our new hybrid cloud solution.  Together with Equinix, we are committed to enabling global cloud adoption and digital transformation within the enterprise.  Through Equinix’s interconnection platforms and vast provider network, Unitas can quickly turn-up customized hybrid cloud solutions and support global enterprises with solutions ranging from IT outsourcing, to cloud security and big data, to disaster recovery and access to our proprietary health monitoring platform, Unitas Atlas™.” 

Greg Adgate, vice president of global technology partners and alliances, Equinix:

“By providing hybrid cloud solutions as a fully managed service, this new offering allows customers to focus on their business applications leveraging a true end-to-end hybrid cloud deployment model. Equinix’s global footprint allows Unitas Global to offer its easy-to-consume, cloud-enablement capabilities around the world with the added benefits of our fully owned and operated data center infrastructure and interconnection services.”

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About Equinix

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most interconnected data centers. In 41 markets across five continents, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies.  www.equinix.com.

About Unitas Global

Unitas Global is a leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions. Each solution provides clients with custom, highly secure and cloud-based IT environments that are easy-to- consume, fully managed and backed by an end-to- end SLA, guaranteeing application uptime.  By offloading day-to-day infrastructure operations to Unitas Global, our clients are able to refocus and optimize their internal IT resources toward their business-centric initiatives.  Unitas is headquartered in Los Angeles, with clients and locations spanning the globe. For more information, please visit www.unitasglobal.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements which are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations discussed in such forward-looking statements, including statements related to the acquisition of ICT Center's data center operating business in Zurich, Switzerland and the expected benefits from the acquisition. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, unanticipated costs or difficulties relating to the integration of companies or assets we have acquired or will acquire into Equinix, including the ICT-Center data center assets; the challenges of acquiring, operating and constructing IBX centers and developing, deploying and delivering Equinix services; a failure to receive significant revenue from customers in recently built out or acquired data centers; failure to complete any financing arrangements contemplated from time to time; competition from existing and new competitors; the ability to generate sufficient cash flow or otherwise obtain funds to repay new or outstanding indebtedness; the loss or decline in business from our key customers; and other risks described from time to time in Equinix's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see Equinix's recent quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available upon request from Equinix. Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

Equinix and IBX are registered trademarks of Equinix, Inc.  International Business Exchange is a trademark of Equinix, Inc.

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MONTREAL, Quebec — April 25, 2017 Exelerence Holdings Inc. (“Exelerence”), an investment company focused on the rapidly growing internet infrastructure industry, is pleased to announce that Competitive Telecoms Group, Inc. (‘CTG’), one of the leading consulting and recruiting companies in the Telecommunications and Data Center space, with nearly 100 global carrier and data center clients, has been selected as Agent to assist Exelerence in developing strategic growth opportunities in the U.S., Europe and Asia for its fiber-optic and data center businesses.

Exelerence’s holdings in Canada include Metro Optic, an independent provider of high-speed fiber-optic solutions for the enterprise, carrier and cloud markets, and I.C.E Datacenters, a leading colocation and interconnection focused data center provider.

“We are excited to partner with CTG to pursue international growth opportunities for our fiber and data center businesses,” states Michael Bucheit, CEO of I.C.E Datacenters.  “Canada is experiencing dramatic growth in the internet infrastructure sector, largely driven by international enterprises, cloud service providers and carriers.  CTG’s global executive network allows us to be closer to key decision-makers on a global basis and thus accelerate our growth trajectory through strategic partnerships.”

“With the recent addition of Larry Fisher as our Vice President, Consulting Services, we are well positioned to play a larger role in emerging technologies,” comments Jerry DeMartino, CEO of Competitive Telecoms Group, and former President of MCI International and CEO of GlobeNet.  “While best known for our recruiting capabilities, CTG continues to expand our business development, consulting, board placement and M&A practice with major industry players.”

To learn more about Competitive Telecoms Group, visit www.competitivetelecoms.com, or call 1.914.248.5991.

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About Competitive Telecoms Group, Inc.

Competitive Telecoms Group (CTG) is a specialist executive placement and advisory firm for the telecommunications industry.  With an extensive proprietary database, experienced recruiters and proven executive leadership, the company’s knowledge, speed and network remain unmatched.

CTG was founded in 1999 in New York by Jerry DeMartino, former President of MCI International, the multi-billion dollar subsidiary of MCI.  After more than 26 years as a senior executive holding senior positions in strategy, development, sales, marketing and international, Mr. DeMartino saw the unique opportunity to create an organization of senior executives and affiliates with extensive, competitive telecommunications and technology expertise to provide services to Carrier and Data Center players throughout the world.  For more information about CTG, visit www.competitivetelecoms.com.

About Metro Optic

Metro Optic is an independent provider of datacenter-neutral high-speed fiber network solutions. Since its inception, Metro Optic offers specialized telecommunications services and solutions to medium and large-sized businesses, telecom carriers, cloud operators, wholesalers and datacenter operators. Its carrier-neutral datacenter at 875 Saint-Antoine is the fiber-densest interconnection center in Montreal. To learn more, visit www.metrooptic.com.

About I.C.E Datacenters 

I.C.E Datacenters (Interconnection and Colocation for the Enterprise) operates multiple datacenter sites and interconnection hubs in Canada. These include leading interconnection sites in downtown Montreal and in Markham (Toronto). I.C.E Datacenters combines deep datacenter expertise serving global enterprises and cloud operators in the U.S. and Canada with extensive know-how in operating high-speed fiber networks. For more information, visit www.icedatacenters.com.

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Partnership Allows Myriad to Provide Clients with the Best Available Juniper Solutions Deployment and Integration

NEW YORK – April 25, 2017 – Myriad Supply, your trusted technology experts, announces today that it is an authorized Professional Services Partner of Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks. Myriad currently holds Elite status in the Juniper Partner Advantage Program (JPA) and is one of only 31 authorized Juniper Professional Services partners in North America.

The Juniper Professional Services Partner authorization demonstrates Myriad’s ability to provide strategic direction and professional services to clients, and to develop complex, innovative solutions integrating Juniper Networks’ technologies to deliver desired business outcomes.  Myriad received the Juniper Professional Services Specialization (PSS) designation following its successful completion of a formal audit by an independent third-party auditor assessing the following capabilities:

  • professional services practices and procedures;
  • professional services project and program management capabilities;
  • routing and switching capabilities;
  • professional services security practices; and
  • client satisfaction.

“We are honored to receive the opportunity to further strengthen our relationship with Juniper Networks as an authorized Professional Services Partner,” says Andrew Fisher, Founder and CEO of Myriad. “At Myriad, we have worked tirelessly to achieve a high level of specialization to deliver superior professional services to our clients. We now look forward to providing enhanced services and solutions by leveraging Juniper training, workshops and enablement access.”

This designation of Juniper’s authorized Professional Services Partner sets Myriad apart from competitors by providing clients with readily available access to industry-leading Juniper products and services integrated with existing Myriad offerings. In addition, this new designation validates Myriad’s expertise in Juniper Professional Services tools, assessments, design, implementation and troubleshooting of network solutions.

“We are excited to welcome Myriad to our portfolio of professional services partners, as they have successfully demonstrated their ongoing commitment to leadership and innovation by delivering high-quality professional solutions to clients,” says Brian Rosenberg, corporate vice president, partners and alliances, Juniper Networks. “At Juniper, we hope to amplify our partnership with Myriad through our Partner Advantage Services by providing unique tools and opportunities that help drive growth, profitability and enhanced client experience.”

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About Myriad Supply

Myriad Supply, founded in 2003, delivers best-of-breed networking, computing, storage, Wi-Fi, VoIP, information security, hyperconverged and cloud solutions from Cisco, Juniper, HPE, Palo Alto, Dell-EMC, and Fortinet, with supporting professional services.  Myriad serves over 10,000 clients and has a >99% customer retention rate.  For more information, call Myriad at (866) 725-1025 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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More Than 6,500 Global Delegates Expected to Converge in Chicago May 14-17, 2017

CHICAGO (April 25, 2017) – International Telecoms Week (ITW), the annual meeting for the global wholesale telecommunications community, announces the availability of the ITW Press Room at its 2017 event and extends an invitation to global accredited media organizations to join over 6,500 delegates from all areas of the wholesale community, representing 1,900+ companies from more than 140 countries.

iMiller Public RelationsITW 2017, the wholesale telecommunications industry’s largest annual event produced by Capacity Mediareturns to Chicago’s Hyatt Regency and adjacent Swissôtel May 14-17, 2017.  Executives from leading global organizations, including headline sponsors AT&T, BT, China Telecom Global, Etisalat, Orange, PCCW Global, Saudi Telecom Company, Sparkle, Tata Communications, and Telefónica, will converge to exchange business ideas, opportunities and to expand their global network reach through collaborative relationships.

“The support and networking opportunities provided by the Press Room have continued to receive positive feedback, which is why we continue to bring it back each year,” says Rosalind Irving, CEO of Capacity Media.  “We expect to facilitate more meaningful dialogues between our community and the press, and share more news that impacts the global wholesale telecommunications and carrier communities than ever before.”

Exclusively managed by iMiller Public Relations, a global Public Relations and Marketing firm serving the telecom and technology industries, the ITW Press Room offers sponsors and attendees the opportunity to meet with attending press on-site, as well as submit press releases and news for possible inclusion in the ITW Show Daily – a magazine distributed daily throughout the conference.  Sponsors and attendees can submit a press release or media kit until 11:59 PM on Friday, May 12.  After May 12, press releases and press kits can be emailed daily or dropped off in the Press Room, located in the Swissȏtel, Swiss Tower, Lucerne conference room, during normal hours of operation.

For more information about participating in the ITW Press Room or to learn about press opportunities at ITW 2017, please visit the online media hub or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  To learn more about ITW or to register for this year’s event, visit www.internationaltelecomsweek.com.

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About International Telecoms Week

ITW is the largest meeting for the global wholesale telecommunications community.  The event attracts participants from all areas of the industry including: Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 carriers, mobile/wireless operators, ISPs, VoIP providers, OTTs and technology partners from the voice, data, satellite, subsea and fixed-line markets.  ITW offers various networking opportunities through meeting rooms, an integrated exhibit and bilateral table area, numerous breakfasts, lunches and cocktail receptions and provides a wide range of conference sessions for attendees to benefit from.  Additional information can be found at www.internationaltelecomsweek.com or by following ITW on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.

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Detroit Internet Exchange Offers Peering via EdgeConneX to Create the Shortest and Most Direct Route Between Content and Customers

Herndon, VA – April 25, 2017 – EdgeConneX®, specializing in global data center solutions at the edge of the network, today announces its partnership with the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-IX), offering connectivity solutions via its Edge Data Center® (EDC) in Southfield, MI.  Owned and operated by 123.Net, DET-IX is a not-for-profit regional Internet exchange point (IXP) located in Southfield, connecting through five carrier neutral data centers.  Membership and interconnection is free with available peering for local EdgeConneX customers, including wireless carriers, service providers, content delivery networks (CDNs), cloud providers and enterprises.  DET-IX  has over 25 unique networks that connect members regionally, with throughput peaking at 35 Gbps, ranking DET-IX as one of the top 100 exchanges in the world.  This is the third facility operator DET-IX is expanding into, making connectivity to DET-IX easier than ever.

EdgeConneX, offering high-density power in a highly redundant, reliable and climate-controlled 40,800 square-foot facility, delivers up to 20KW per cabinet, N+1 design and provides tenants with the most efficient placement of their content and applications.  EdgeConneX has arrangements with multiple carriers for dark and lit fiber, as well as for out-of-band (OOB) signaling and dedicated internet access (DIA) at the EDC.  The current list of carriers includes 123.Net, AT&T, Comcast, Lightower, US Signal, Telia, TelNet and WOW! Business.

“Our Edge Data Centers facilitate innovative distribution models that support our customers’ content, hybrid cloud needs and applications at the edge of the network,” notes Clint Heiden, chief commercial officer, EdgeConneX.  “123.Net is committed to deploying smarter technology to develop agile workforces and promote business innovation, and this corresponds well with our policy of precisely locating the EDC to offer customers a secure colocation facility to deliver content and applications to local-market consumers with the lowest possible latency.”

“123.Net and the DET-IX is pleased to have EdgeConneX join the exchange, furthering the mission in offering reduced latency, better connectivity and cost savings to its members,” adds Ryan Duda, CTO, 123.Net.

For more information about EdgeConneX and its leading Edge of network infrastructure solutions for expanding and improving access to wireless and data communications, visit edgeconnex.com or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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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.

About 123.Net

123.Net is a Michigan business, privately owned and managed by highly successful network engineers focused on the telecom industry. 123.Net operates four data center facilities, three are located in Southfield offering over 80,000 square feet of colocation space.  Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, 123.Net has been successfully providing network, voice and data center services to enterprises, carriers, ISPs, and technology companies for over 20 years.  With over 3000 route miles of fiber, 50+ Fixed Wireless Points of Presence and 92 nodes across Michigan, 123.Net’s mission is strengthening the backbone of Michigan’s enterprises.

About DET-IX

The Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-IX) is a not-for-profit Regional Internet Exchange Point (IXP) with a switching fabric expanding throughout Southfield Michigan. Membership and ports are free.  The collaboration of carriers, ISP's, Content Providers and Enterprise Businesses connected to DET-IX allows for traffic to be exchanged freely, rather than paying to make the connection.  This not only reduces the cost of exchanging traffic but provides a localization of traffic for the 4.5 million inhabitants of the Detroit metro area.  For more information visit detroitix.com.

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First Wholesale Data Center Provider in California to Use Direct Access to Procure 100% Renewable Power for All Tenant and Internal Electricity Needs

San Jose, CA – April 20, 2017 – Infomart Data Centers, a national wholesale data center provider, announces today that its Infomart Silicon Valley facility is purchasing 100% renewable power for all electricity consumption as of January 2017.

Many leading companies have made public commitments to procure 100% renewable energy by a specified year.  A list of 100 of these influential firms can be found at RE100.  According to the sitethe private sector accounts for approximately half of the world’s electricity consumption.  Switching this demand to renewables will accelerate the transformation of the global energy market and aid the transition to a low carbon economy.

Another purchasing coalition leadership example is Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and its Future of Internet Power initiative, which has set forth standards and principles for sourcing renewable power for data centers with a goal of “an internet powered by 100% renewable energy.”  Infomart Silicon Valley has met the challenge laid out by BSR in 2017, and has done so in a transparent and repeatable way for other companies to follow.

Across the U.S., the definition of renewable energy can change by state and jurisdiction.  The California Energy Commission has published a benchmark Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS), which is one of the most ambitious in the country.  California requires energy service providers to purchase 27% renewables by 2017, 33% by 2020, and 50% by 2030.  By purchasing 100% renewable energy by today’s RPS standard, Infomart is decades ahead of California’s requirement.

“Since the company’s inception, Infomart has consistently been ahead of our competitors in demonstrating commitment to environmental responsibility,” states John Sheputis, President Infomart Data Centers.  “Data centers use substantial amounts of energy and we believe it’s our moral duty to be both an efficient operator and to make responsible choices about energy procurement.  Having a great PUE is not enough.  Simply buying Renewable Energy Certificates from a distant source is not enough.”

Sheputis went on to discuss why price is no longer a barrier to buying renewable.  “Over the last few years, renewable power pricing has become competitive with higher carbon energy sources,” he comments.  “Using Direct Access to buy a 100% renewable mix 24x7 costs 6% more than the higher-carbon alternative.  We could have saved money, but this was clearly the more responsible choice.”

Infomart’s renewable energy initiative isn’t the first in its ongoing commitment to environmental responsibility.  Infomart Portland set the renewable power precedent for the Infomart data center portfolio in 2015, when the property used Direct Access rights to source power from the nation’s largest producer of hydroelectric power, the Bonneville Power Administration.  In addition, Infomart Silicon Valley recently converted to using non-potable, or “gray water,” for 100% of the mechanical infrastructure and irrigation surrounding the facility, earning Infomart the 2016 Recycled Water Customer of the Year award.  The LEED Gold Silicon Valley facility is also the only wholesale data center in California to provide Direct Access power pricing with metered power solutions.  All Infomart properties are designed to maximize energy efficiency and maintain industry-leading PUE metrics.

To learn more about Infomart and its Silicon Valley data center, visit www.infomartdatacenters.com/locations/silicon-valley.

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About Infomart Data Centers

Founded in 2006, Infomart Data Centers (formerly Fortune 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 for data centers in all operational categories of availability, security, connectivity and physical resilience.

Infomart Data Centers offers wholesale and colocation facilities in four markets throughout the United States: San Jose, Calif.; Hillsboro, Ore.; Dallas; and Ashburn, Va.  For more information, please visit www.infomartdatacenters.com or connect with Infomart on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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GTT to Speak at UCaaS Capital Conference Featured

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McLean, VA, April 20, 2017 — GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE: GTT), the leading global cloud networking provider to multinational clients, announced today that Chris McKee, general counsel and EVP of corporate development, will be speaking at the UCaaS Capital Conference. The event is co-hosted by the Cloud Communications Alliance and Q Advisors, and will focus on Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) as well as topics including valuations, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and managed services.

The conference will take place on Thursday, April 27, at the Executive Conference Center in New York City. Mr. McKee will speak on a panel titled Mergers & Acquisitions — What's Hot and What's Not at 9:15 a.m. Eastern time. The panel will be moderated by Gerry DeHaven, partner at Q Advisors, and will examine recent trends and projections for the future of technology M&A.

GTT’s participation on this panel highlights its success in M&A, which has been a key contributor to the company’s growth across revenue, services and infrastructure year over year.

“Since our founding in 2005, GTT has a successful history of accelerating our growth through strategic acquisition,” stated Mr. McKee. “Our view is that there are currently unprecedented opportunities to distinguish ourselves as a challenger brand and grow market share. We will execute on these initiatives through our continued focus on providing services to multinational clients and completing and integrating additional M&A opportunities that augment our capabilities.”

GTT closed its acquisition of Hibernia Networks, its largest to date, in January 2017. This transaction added fiber assets, including the lowest latency transatlantic cable, as well as optical transport and video services, to GTT’s existing capabilities.

About GTT

GTT provides multinationals with a better way to reach the cloud through its suite of cloud networking services, including wide area networking, Internet, managed services and voice services. The company’s Tier 1 IP network, ranked in the top five worldwide, connects clients to any location in the world and any application in the cloud. GTT delivers an outstanding client experience by living its core values of simplicity, speed and agility. For more information on how GTT is redefining global communications, please visit www.gtt.net.

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