DATA STORAGE

DataBridge Sites Private Cloud Offering Exceeds New Client’s Expectation

DataBridge | December 14, 2021

DataBridge
DataBridge Sites, a state-of-the-art Data Center provider, that supports off-site business critical IT environments, is proud to announce their relationship with Source One Business Services an Ellicott City, Maryland based business advisory firm that supports privately held, middle market businesses located in the Mid-Atlantic region.

DataBridge Sites is providing Source One with a custom private cloud platform to support their clients. “At Source One, our sole objective is to provide value to our clients so they can run their business at its optimal level. A one size fits all approach does not align with our clients diverse needs. We believe DataBridges’ private cloud platform offers the flexibility required to support our growing off-premise solution.” Said Eric Alt, Director IT Advisory.

The DataBridge Sites Custom Private Cloud leverages world class cloud design and engineering teams to create a highly secure, compliant, flexible and scalable dedicated cloud environment for enterprise customers of all sizes. They are experts in transitioning in-house IT Infrastructure to Colocation and/or Private Cloud Services, which gives their customers 100% control of their environment. DataBridge is a true partner that works with the company’s IT team on infrastructure design to meet all of their specific requirements. Their expertise results in improved resource utilization, increased security, and reduced cost (operational expense vs capital expense).

“DataBridge Sites is a proven leader in giving their clients peace of mind and eliminates any fear, uncertainty, and doubt that their data will be inaccessible in a shared public cloud environment. Our business is founded on a customer first approach. We believe each customer has unique needs, and our proven discovery process allows us to get to know their business objectives and identify the means to fortify digital security. Most importantly, we deliver an approach that is flexible and scalable.”

Corey Blanton, Chief Operating Officer DataBridge Sites

DataBridge Sites currently serves over 100 customers in Maryland and Chicago data centers offering more than 100,000 square feet of data center space, with more than 15 megawatts of available power.

About DataBridge Sites
DataBridge Sites operates state-of-art, purpose-built data centers that house mission-critical equipment and data for its customers. These facilities were designed to meet the highest uptime, power density, cooling and bandwidth requirements of today’s demanding IT infrastructure requirements. DataBridge Sites has over 100,000 square feet of purpose-built data center space available in locations that are approximately 20 miles outside of Baltimore, Washington DC, and Chicago. Each facility offers compliant colocation, private and multi-tenant cloud, and disaster recovery services. Begin your digital cloud transformation at DataBridge Sites.

Spotlight

Digital Demands More of Government IT Infrastructure As agencies continue to modernize data center infrastructure to meet evolving mission needs and technologies, they are turning to agile software and cloud solutions. One such solution is hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), a melding of virtual compute, storage, and networking capabilities supported by commodity hardware.

Spotlight

Digital Demands More of Government IT Infrastructure As agencies continue to modernize data center infrastructure to meet evolving mission needs and technologies, they are turning to agile software and cloud solutions. One such solution is hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), a melding of virtual compute, storage, and networking capabilities supported by commodity hardware.

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Strata Identity Joins Cloud Security Alliance to Advance Multi-Cloud Identity Interoperability

Strata | December 09, 2022

Strata Identity, the Identity Orchestration company, today announced it has joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world's leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. Strata Identity’s founders created ClearTrust, the first web single sign-on platform, Symplified, the first Identity as a Service (IDaaS) offering, and co-authored the ubiquitous SAML identity federation standard. The company’s Maverics Identity Orchestration Platform enables incompatible cloud identity systems to function as one, so customers can unify access policies and governance. Strata is also a founding member of the open source identity federation software Hexa, a CNCF sandbox project, and the IDQL standard for policy orchestration. Lack of interoperability between individual cloud identity platforms and their legacy on-premises brethren is holding back app modernization and cloud migration projects, We look forward to collaborating with the CSA’s extensive community of vendors, enterprises and industry influencers to advance open standards for cloud identity orchestration.” Eric Olden, CEO of Strata Identity “We’re excited to welcome Strata Identity as a member of CSA,” said Jim Reavis, co-founder and CEO of the Cloud Security Alliance. “Strata’s expertise in multi-cloud identity orchestration and its founders’ pioneering work in identity management will help our membership address app modernization challenges. We look forward to collaborating with Strata to increase awareness of identity orchestration in the cloud.” About the Cloud Security Alliance The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is the world's leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. CSA harnesses the subject matter expertise of industry practitioners, associations, governments, and its corporate and individual members to offer cloud security-specific research, education, certification, events and products. CSA's activities, knowledge and extensive network benefit the entire community impacted by cloud — from providers and customers, to governments, entrepreneurs and the assurance industry — and provide a forum through which diverse parties can work together to create and maintain a trusted cloud ecosystem. About Strata Strata Identity is the leader in Identity Orchestration for hybrid and multi-cloud environments. The orchestration recipe-powered Maverics platform enables organizations to integrate and control incompatible identity systems without changing the user access experience. By decoupling applications from identity, Maverics makes it possible to implement modern authentication, like passwordless, and enforce consistent access policies without refactoring source code. The company’s founders created the IDQL (Identity Query Language) standard and Hexa open-source software for multi-cloud policy orchestration and are co-authors of the SAML standard for SSO federation.

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Equinix to "Adjust the Thermostat" to Optimize Data Center Energy Use

Equinix | December 08, 2022

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the world's digital infrastructure company™, today announced its commitment to reducing its overall power use by increasing operating temperature ranges within its data centers – the first such commitment by an operator of colocation data centers. Starting immediately, Equinix will begin to define a multi-year global roadmap for thermal operations within its data centers aimed at achieving significantly more efficient cooling and decreased carbon impacts, all while continuing to deliver the premium operating environment Equinix is known for. Over time, this initiative is expected to enable thousands of Equinix customers to reduce the Scope 3 carbon emissions associated with their data center operations as supply chain sustainability becomes an increasingly important part of the overall environmental initiatives of today's businesses. IT equipment within data centers, including routers, servers and storage arrays, emit high levels of heat that requires data centers to be fitted with robust cooling systems to remove that heat. "Most datacenters operate within restrictive temperature and humidity bands, resulting in environments that are unnecessarily cooler than required," said Rob Brothers, Program Vice President, Datacenter Services, IDC. "Equinix will work with enterprises to change the way we think about operating temperatures within datacenter environments and how the industry can ensure optimal service levels for mission-critical digital infrastructure, while improving data center efficiencies. With this initiative, Equinix will play a key role in driving change in the industry and help shape the overall sustainability story we all need to participate in." "As a long-time partner, we are pleased to see that Equinix is driving efficient data center operations through smart, sustainable operating practices," said Sue Preston, vice president and general manager, Advisory and Professional Services, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). "Optimizing data center temperatures results in more efficient operations, benefitting businesses and the planet. Through the HPE GreenLake alliance, both HPE and Equinix offer a comprehensive, cloud-smart and sustainable customer solution." As a part of this new efficiency initiative, Equinix expects to operate its facilities closer to 27°C (80°F), aligning operating limits across its global data center portfolio with the globally accepted boundaries of the A1A standards from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). When combined with existing Equinix initiatives such as optimizing the use of outside air temperatures to cool its data centers, this new initiative will contribute to the overall sustainability of its data centers through efficiency improvements measured through Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). PUE represents the total amount of power being used by a data center divided by the power used to run the IT equipment within the data center, providing an industry standard for data center energy efficiency. "Our cooling systems account for approximately 25% of our total energy usage globally," said Raouf Abdel, Executive Vice President, Global Operations for Equinix. "With this new initiative, we can intelligently adjust the thermostat in our data centers in the same way that consumers do in their homes. Once rolled out across our current global data center footprint, we anticipate energy efficiency improvements of as much as 10% in various locations." Data centers are critical to our daily lives, housing the equipment and interconnecting the businesses that fuel our digital lives – from online shopping to sending emails to streaming movies and video calls. Data Center Services for Equinix. "As more than 10,000 businesses globally rely on Equinix's digital infrastructure, it plays a critical role in their supply chains. This initiative, once deployed, has the potential to significantly benefit these businesses as they seek to reduce the Scope 3 carbon emissions in their supply chain to meet their overall climate targets. It marks an important step in our comprehensive sustainability program and our climate-neutral commitment." Jon Lin, Executive Vice President and General Manager About Equinix Equinix is the world's digital infrastructure company™. Digital leaders harness Equinix's trusted platform to bring together and interconnect foundational infrastructure at software speed. Equinix enables organizations to access all the right places, partners and possibilities to scale with agility, speed the launch of digital services, deliver world-class experiences and multiply their value, while supporting their sustainability goals.

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AtlasEdge Further Expands its European Platform with the Acquisition of Datacenter One

AtlasEdge | October 10, 2022

AtlasEdge, a leading pan-European Edge data centre provider, has today announced the acquisition of Datacenter One (“DC1”). The move furthers AtlasEdge’s expansion across Europe, with DC1 a leading data centre provider in Germany. This acquisition will accelerate AtlasEdge’s expansion across Germany, a key strategic data centre market and Europe’s largest digital economy. The footprint of DC1’s purpose-built, high-quality facilities complement AtlasEdge’s existing operations in Berlin and Hamburg, increasing AtlasEdge’s capability to service customers across five regional German markets with significant “ready-to-sell” capacity. It also comes at a time when the first wave of Edge deployments is accelerating across Europe, with growing customer demand for digital infrastructure closer to the end user driven by enterprises and larger platforms. DC1’s industry-leading senior management team with a deep knowledge of the German market and a track record of successful development will remain unchanged following the transaction. Wolfgang Kaufmann, CEO, DC1, will also be joining AtlasEdge’s Management Team. This is a highly strategic transaction for AtlasEdge. “Germany is an important part of our expansion plans and a market that has seen customer demand rise across multiple metros. Acquiring DC1 transforms AtlasEdge into Germany’s leading distributed platform, with ready-to-sell capacity in key locations across the country. We look forward to working with our new colleagues and continuing to grow our footprint across the continent.” Giuliano Di Vitantonio, CEO, AtlasEdge Wolfgang Kaufmann, CEO, DC1, stated, “The joint expertise of DC1 and AtlasEdge, together with the increased scale and customer offering that this deal enables is a real win. We have experienced first-hand the rising demand and growth potential in the German market, and this is a fantastic next step for us. Our combined locations, ethos and ambition are all the right ingredients, and we’re very excited to be joining AtlasEdge.” DC1’s continued development and expansion strategy will be critical to meet the high levels of demand for colocation across Germany, and AtlasEdge expects to make significant additional investments across the country in this regard. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close towards the end of 2022. DH Capital, a division of Citizens, acted as financial advisor and Hogan Lovells acted as legal counsel to AtlasEdge. ABOUT AtlasEdge AtlasEdge is the leading European Edge data centre platform with over 100 locations across 13 countries. Our distributed data centre portfolio allows our customers to plan and shape their technology and network infrastructure to meet the growing requirements for lower latency, higher performance and localised solutions. Formed through a joint investment by Liberty Global, one of the world’s leading converged video, broadband and communications companies and DigitalBridge, a leading global investment firm dedicated to digital infrastructure, AtlasEdge’s portfolio includes data centres in key markets across Europe, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Hamburg, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Zurich. ABOUT Datacenter One (“DC1”) Datacenter One operates several data centers at various locations in Germany. In addition, the company plans and builds turn-key datacenters very fast within six to nine months – starting from 500 sqm rental space at the requested customer location. The Colocation and Colo Connect rental offers ensure that every customer has the perfect capacity available for their needs - individual, flexible and scalable during operations. Datacenter One's facilities are operated with a very high energy efficiency (PUE values < 1.3) and meet high security requirements with ISO 27001 and EN 50600 certifications. Since 2021, the company has been part of the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact to drive sustainable datacenter operations. Datacenter One is a German company headquartered in Stuttgart.

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