Asetek Announces Ongoing Collaboration with Intel on Liquid Cooling for Servers and Datacenters

March 16, 2018 by · Comments Off on Asetek Announces Ongoing Collaboration with Intel on Liquid Cooling for Servers and Datacenters 

OSLO, Norway – In anticipation of forthcoming product announcements, Asetek today announced an ongoing collaboration with Intel to provide hot water liquid cooling for servers and datacenters.

This collaboration, which includes Asetek’s ServerLSL and RackCDU D2C technologies, is focused on the liquid cooling of density-optimized Intel® Compute Modules supporting high-performance Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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Cloudflare and IBM Collaborate to Extend Security and Performance from the Cloud to the Network Edge

March 16, 2018 by · Comments Off on Cloudflare and IBM Collaborate to Extend Security and Performance from the Cloud to the Network Edge 

San Francisco, CA – Cloudflare, the leading Internet performance and security company, today announced a collaboration with IBM that will provide IBM’s enterprise customers with the benefits of Cloudflare’s edge computing solutions.

With this collaboration, IBM becomes an authorized reseller of Cloudflare’s suite of security and performance edge services. Cloudflare’s solutions can be deployed in IBM customer environments, including public, private, hybrid cloud, or on-premise.

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CloudLinux Announces the Release of the CloudLinux OS Node.js Selector

March 16, 2018 by · Comments Off on CloudLinux Announces the Release of the CloudLinux OS Node.js Selector 

PALTO ALTO, CA – CloudLinux, the maker of the leading Web server security and stability solutions for hosting providers, has announced the beta release of the Node.js Selector feature within its CloudLinux OS, the number one operating system for shared web hosting. With Node.js Selector, end-user customers are able to host their JavaScript apps using Node.js 6, 8 or 9.

“As JavaScript became one of the most popular programming languages, more and more customers demand Node.js hosting,” said Igor Seletskiy, CloudLinux Chief Executive Officer and founder. “We are excited to add Node.js Selector to a list of our other similar features available in CloudLinux OS to make it even more valuable to our customers.”

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GigeNET Release Next Generation of Public Cloud

March 16, 2018 by · Comments Off on GigeNET Release Next Generation of Public Cloud 

Arlington Heights, IL – GigeNET, an innovator in resilient managed cloud and dedicated hosting, announced, through their subsidiary GigeNET Cloud, a new cloud server offering, GigeNET Cloud Lite.

“Our classic cloud product allowed for extreme levels of granular control over system resources with the ability to scale memory by the megabyte. However, this form of control is no longer a common use case. Instead, customers have grown accustomed to consuming public clouds in a package form, and our Lite Cloud product reflects this reality,” said Ameen Pishdadi, founder, and president of GigeNET Cloud.

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SiteLock Partners with WHMCS to Offer Suite of Website Security Solutions

March 14, 2018 by · Comments Off on SiteLock Partners with WHMCS to Offer Suite of Website Security Solutions 

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – SiteLock, the global leader in website security solutions, today announced a partnership with WHMCS, the leading web hosting billing automation platform. With this partnership, SiteLock becomes the first website security provider to be integrated into the WHMCS MarketConnect platform, giving web hosting companies access to a suite of industry-leading malware protection and remediation solutions including Find, Fix, Defend, and SiteLock 911.

“As cyber threats continue to rise and make headlines, security has become a top priority for web hosting companies and their customers,” said Matt Pugh, CEO of WHMCS. “Partnering with SiteLock enables us to expand our portfolio of MarketConnect cloud service offerings, and gives web hosts access to affordable, industry-leading website security solutions with all the automation and convenience the MarketConnect platform offers.”

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CloudLinux Releases Imunify360 v3 with Improved Malware Blocking Capabilities

March 14, 2018 by · Comments Off on CloudLinux Releases Imunify360 v3 with Improved Malware Blocking Capabilities 

PALO ALTO, CA – CloudLinux, the maker of the leading Web server security and stability solutions for hosting providers, has announced the release of Imunify360 version 3.0. It now blocks 10 times more of malicious IPs compared to the version released in March 2017.

Imunify360 includes significant improvements such as faster malware scans, better detection of new malware, and four times more of WAF rules. Imunify360 now receives four million security-related events each day with an eightfold decrease in false positives.

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Equinix Enhances Its Global Platform with New Cloud Security Service to Manage Encryption Keys

March 14, 2018 by · Comments Off on Equinix Enhances Its Global Platform with New Cloud Security Service to Manage Encryption Keys 

REDWOOD CITY, CA – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced the launch of Equinix SmartKeyTM, a global key management and encryption Software as a Service (SaaS) offering that simplifies data protection across any cloud or destination. The service leverages Equinix’s globally interconnected platform of more than 190 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers in 48 markets to securely host encryption keys separate from, but in close proximity to, the data located across networks and hybrid multicloud environments.

According to the Global Interconnection Index, the next three years are forecasted to see approximately 50% growth in the traffic capacity needed by enterprises to directly connect with, and exchange data across, multiple clouds, IT providers and third-party network destinations. This move to disperse data across multiple clouds and third-party providers creates an immediate need that SmartKey is uniquely positioned to solve, including:

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How Was Hostens Data Center Born?

March 13, 2018 by · Comments Off on How Was Hostens Data Center Born? 

hostens-data-centerIn this special interview with the Head of Hostens data center Engineering we’re going to discover how Hostens data center was born and what the main challenges as well as lessons learned while building and starting to run one of the most modern data centers in the Baltic region were.

Vytautas Skirius, the lead person of Hostens data center, is one of those who spend most of their time at the data center. He knows all its corners so well as if it was his own home. He ensures the stability, integrity, and efficiency of all information systems operations and leads data center engineering projects. Today he agreed to share his know-how and experience with us.

Give us a short overview of how everything started. When was the decision to build company’s own data center made? How did the whole process of setting it up look like? How did facilities, premises, etc. have to be prepared for a DC?

When business is on the fast track and is experiencing growth, the company often finds itself in need of additional storage space for the data. That was the case with Hostens, too. Although we had good partners, in regards to the growing number of customers and increasing infrastructure requirements, we decided to build our own data center.

The whole process took approximately 2 years and started with a strategic step to choose location for the data center. In this case, choosing the right location wasn’t the same as finding premises for, let’s say, office space. The potential location had to fulfil not only such ordinary needs as geographical location, availability or parking options, but also meet really high infrastructure and security requirements.

Eventually, we had to connect all the systems, elements, and parts of the whole infrastructure in order to operate smoothly and serve a common purpose. It’s like all body systems working together to keep a human alive. Actually, that was quite a challenge.

Finally, Hostens data center opened on December 15th, 2015.

Do you remember the day when the first servers were implemented here at the data center? What was the feeling like?

Sure, I can even show you where those particular servers are placed right now. In general, as I remember, the first server setup was a really significant moment. All our team member could clearly understand that it marked the new beginning of providing a top-level service.

Tell us a bit about Hostens data center.

The most important part to talk about is its features.

So, first of all, Hostens data center is set up according to TIER III level. It means that we offer 99.98% availability.

We run the most modern data center in the Baltic region. It is also one of the biggest ones. Currently, 139 server racks are securely housed at the site.

The data center has an ecological and energy efficient new generation “free cooling” system installed. This system takes air from the outside and adapts the temperature and humidity to suit the equipment. No water is used for cooling, so there is absolutely no risk of a leak.

Also, we pay great attention to fire prevention. Our aspiration smoke detection system with a highly sensitivity range (from 0.001% to 20% obscuration/m) is made to detect smoke even at very low concentrations over an area of 2000 m2. For example, if the system detects a burning wire, it immediately provides us with an early warning by pinpointing to the source of that fire. It allows us to react and protect the data center against any possible danger even before the fire has started.

Finally, I would like to highlight the access control. As our data center has an iris recognition option, there is no doubt that it adds an additional layer of protection. Iris recognition is used to authenticate employee or customer identity prior to them entering the site by unlocking facilities with a simple glance.

What is your favourite feature at Hostens Data Center?

Without any doubt, it is the cooling system.

What were the main challenges in developing this data center?

For sure, building a new data center always brings multiple challenges. Talking about the very beginning, finding the right location was the main issue. We had to find the best and the most suitable location for the facility. I remember all those months of analysis and evaluation very well.

Also, other main factors that had to be considered were data center equipment and network infrastructure. It was a huge challenge to find systems that fully met our requirements. As I have already mentioned, all the systems are different, made by different manufacturers, designed for different loads, as well as different climatic conditions, but they all have to work together flawlessly. Data center managers must manage all of these processes, at the same time remain maximum efficient, and still meet strict deadlines. In fact, that was a tough challenge, but amazing lessons were learned.

Are there any funny stories or interesting facts regarding the data center?

To be honest, I cannot tell you any funny stories at all (laughing). Basically, everything is in such control, so well-estimated and secured, that there are no non-standard situations. Interesting facts? Oh, yes. Personally, I’m very interested in the fact that the building where our data center is set up has a special purpose property status. During the World War II, that building was a military factory. Therefore, its structure is of an exceptional strength. In general, our data center is designed as a secure “building in a building” with its own additional walls and ceiling as well as separate access.

Now, when the data center is successfully running, tell us which things have to be considered when building a data center. What should organizations pay most attention to when developing a data center?

I would highlight the following points:

  • It is necessary to evaluate how suitable the potential location of the data center is. There are a lot of things you need to keep in mind: performance characteristics, power availability, geographic issues, and climatic conditions.
  • It is crucial to choose the right technologies for the data center. Before building the data center, you have to evaluate all technical possibilities to be able to choose the most suitable equipment.
  • Strong project management. By implementing a project of such a huge scale and complexity, it’s almost impossible to avoid various mistakes. Therefore, it’s necessary to do your research first, have a clear plan with estimated budgets, deadlines, and precisely follow each stage of the project.

Tell us about your technical expertise.

I have more than 5 years’ experience in data center sector. At first, I commenced my career at another web hosting company here in Lithuania. This helped me to grow as an expert and gave me an opportunity to see how a data center was run from up close. This experience increased my enthusiasm to continue my career working at data centers. At that time exactly when could feel that I had reached the top of my career in this company, I was offered to move to Hostens parent company. I accepted this challenge and today I work here managing its data center.

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Unite Private Networks Extends Its Fiber Infrastructure to New DataBank Legacy Park Data Center

March 12, 2018 by · Comments Off on Unite Private Networks Extends Its Fiber Infrastructure to New DataBank Legacy Park Data Center 

DALLAS, TX – Unite Private Networks (UPN), a leading provider of high-capacity, fiber-based communication networks, today announces it is the first carrier offering a full suite of high-bandwidth Ethernet, IP, dark fiber and data transport services to customers in the new DataBank Plano, Texas data center. UPN recently constructed the backbone network connecting DataBank locations in Dallas, Richardson, and Plano.

The new fiber adds to UPN’s existing extensive Plano infrastructure and will enable customers to have diverse routes to some of the most important connectivity hubs in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro.

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Supermicro Opens Path to 100G Networking with New 25G Ethernet Server and Storage Solutions

March 12, 2018 by · Comments Off on Supermicro Opens Path to 100G Networking with New 25G Ethernet Server and Storage Solutions 

SAN JOSE, CA – Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, is driving the server and storage industry’s rapid transition to 25G Ethernet Networking technology with a robust selection of network interface card (NIC) and top-of-rack (ToR) switch solutions.

As memory, processor and storage performance increase, the demand for expanded network capacity follows naturally. When combined with increased system performance, 25G Ethernet helps enterprises deliver new products and services to market faster. These innovations support smarter machines and bigger data with 2.5 times faster single lane network performance than 10G – all at about the same cost. According to industry analysts, 25G will triple in volume over the next year or two.

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