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Month: May 2016

Will Quantum Computation Destroy the Colocation Data Center Industry?

Originally posted on Data Center POST by Jeff Plank Quantum computing is coming. It will make headlines any day now. And when it comes in force the data center colocation industry will need to adapt with it. A lot of people have heard of quantum computing at this point but not many have talked about what effect quantum computers might have on the data center industry. To begin, it is important to start talking about what quantum computers would do if they got powerful enough. In short, general purpose quantum computation would unravel the most basic building block of the modern internet: encryption. Without encryption, our banking, shopping and commerce would cease to function. Once bank account information gets inside a firewall it is fairly safe, but while it’s traveling through the switches and routers on its way to its final destination, that information is readable by dozens of machines. We get around this using cryptography. To read the full article please click...

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Host in Ireland to Unveil ‘Irish Pavilion’ at Datacloud Europe 2016 in Monaco, June 8-9

Event Coincides with Host in Ireland Being Recognized as the Only Non-Governmental Nominee for the Data Center and Cloud 2016 EMEA ‘Location of the Year’ Award DUBLIN, IRELAND – May 31, 2016 – Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, today announces its participation at Datacloud Europe 2016, taking place June 8-9 at The Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Host in Ireland will be a Gold Sponsor of this year’s conference and alongside partner companies Future-Tech, Cork Internet Exchange, IDA Ireland, Primary Integration, and CBRE will be a featured organization in the “Irish Pavilion,” an exhibit focused on the advantages of the Irish hosting ecosphere.  In its 12th year, Datacloud Europe 2016 is the Continent’s premier global IT infrastructure and cloud event. President and Founder of Host in Ireland, Garry Connolly, will participate on the panel “Data Center Location, Renewable Energy, Costs and Outlook,” taking place on Wednesday, June 8 at the Datacloud Theatre at 2:20 p.m.  During this session, Mr. Connolly will join representatives from BroadGroup, Invest in Denmark, Lefdal Mine Datacenter AS, Rittal, The Node Pole, NxtVn and LuxConnect S.A. to discuss the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland.  As global corporations seek security, renewable energy, connectivity and cost control in their data center hosting environments, Europe, and specifically, Ireland, is well-equipped to meet...

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China Telecom and Hutchison Global Communications Sign IPX Peering Arrangement to Enable Greater Mobile Operator Coverage in China

Originally posted to Data Center POST by Kathy Xu On Monday, May 9, 2016 at 12:00 p.m., Hutchison Global Communications Limited (HGC) President of International and Carrier Business, Andrew Kwok, and China Telecom Global Limited (CTG) Executive Vice PresidenDatat, Ou Yan, met in the International Telecoms Week (ITW) Press Room to sign an official peering agreement between their unique Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX) networks. This collaboration will enable HGC’s service provider and Mobile Network Operator (MNO) customers to expand their coverage across mainland China, generating the opportunity to reach more than 200 individual mobile users via a highly diversified network. In addition, CTG’s global coverage will be extended by way of the expansive Hutch-IPX network reach. In working together, these two organizations enable one another to meet the demands associated with growing traffic generated by 4G data roaming, mobile signaling and Voice-over-IP (VoIP) solutions, as well as advanced IP services including Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE), HD video calling, media content delivery and OTT services. HGC has previously partnered with CTG for voice and mobile; however, this new agreement will enable the exploration of new business opportunities. To read the full article please click...

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Webair Completes New Physical and Virtual Meet-Me Rooms in Its NY1 Data Center

Webair announced that it has completed the build of its new Meet-Me Room (MMR) and corresponding network fabric platform in its NY1 data center.  The MMR enables Webair to enhance its direct, secure and fast connectivity to premier carrier hotels, leading cloud providers, and global Internet exchanges, in addition to an expansive suite of fully managed infrastructure solutions deployed on-premises. A driving force for the build-out was the unprecedented growth of premier carriers building into the facility.  Providing NY1 customers with endless connectivity options, Webair’s advanced interconnection fabric enables businesses to directly connect their hosted infrastructure to leading public clouds, global Internet exchanges and interconnection fabrics such as Console and Megaport. NY1’s MMR and network fabric also extends into the New York metro area’s largest Points of Presence (PoPs), including 60 Hudson Street, 325 Hudson Street, 111 8th Ave., and 32 Avenue of the Americas. This allows customers to directly connect to any third-party network at these locations. Through these physical and virtual cross-connects available in Webair’s NY1, customers can also access an expansive suite of fully managed infrastructure solutions that are installed and managed on-site, and can be activated immediately. These include enterprise Public and Private Clouds, Storage-as-a-Service (SaaS), Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS), Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS), Managed Firewalls, Load Balancing-as-a-Service, and Enhanced IP Transit with built-in DDoS monitoring and mitigation. By providing these managed services within NY1’s “four walls,” customers...

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Compu Dynamics Expands with the Opening of a New Beltsville, Maryland Sales and Operations Center

Compu Dynamics announced it is opening a new sales and operations center in Beltsville, Maryland, which is the company’s first expansion outside of Northern Virginia, and is dedicated to servicing the existing Washington, D.C. and Maryland client base as well as supporting the continued growth of the organization. The new 3,000-square-foot Beltsville, Maryland office is strategically located to service government, enterprise, and third-party data center providers.  The Maryland region is known for a talent-rich pool of senior-level sales and technical professionals that will be instrumental in fostering Compu Dynamics’ growth in the market and the company has plans to extend this team by with additional exceptional technical and sales professionals throughout 2016. “Compu Dynamics’ expansion in Maryland enables us to increase our capabilities in a key market, and positions the organization for continued growth.  Bringing our dynamic mechanical and electrical workforce closer to our clients aligns with our mission, vision and values,” commented Compu Dynamics President Steve Altizer.  “This dedicated facility represents our commitment to deliver against the demand for our services from federal and state government entities along with the education, healthcare, life sciences, and colocation providers.” Compu Dynamics is creating a paradigm shift in the way people think about data centers, from their colocation deployments to greater HVAC and electrical needs. As companies evaluate their options and migrate applications to the cloud, their infrastructure in on-premise and...

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GTT to Present at June Investor Conferences

McLean, VA, May 25, 2016 — GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE: GTT), the leading global cloud networking provider to multinational clients, will present at the following investor conferences in June: On June 1, Rick Calder, GTT CEO, will present at the Cowen and Company 44th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, taking place in New York, at 8:45 a.m. ET and meet with investors that day. Also on June 1, Mike Sicoli, GTT CFO, will meet with investors at the Craig-Hallum 13th Annual Institutional Investor Conference, taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On June 7, Mr. Sicoli will present at the Stephens Spring Investment Conference, taking place in New York, at 11 a.m. ET and meet with investors that day. On June 14, Mr. Calder will present at the William Blair 2016 Growth Stock Conference, taking place in Chicago, at 11:30 a.m. CT (12:30 p.m. ET) and will meet with investors that day. Webcasts of presentation sessions and a copy of the company’s latest investor presentation can be found on the company’s website. About GTT GTT’s global Tier 1 IP network enables clients to connect to any location in the world and with any application in the cloud. Our cloud networking services provide a better way for multinational clients to reach the cloud. Clients trust us to deliver secure solutions with simplicity, speed and agility. For more information, visit www.gtt.net. GTT Investor Relations: Jody Burfening/Carolyn...

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Standing Out in the Cloud

Originally posted to Equinix by Maurice Mortell, Garry Connolly is president of Host in Ireland, an organization dedicated to promoting Ireland as an optimum location to host digital assets. I spoke with him about what makes the country stand out from the crowd. We also talked about how Irish customers stand to benefit from Equinix’s recent acquisition of TelecityGroup. What are the key benefits of choosing Ireland as a data hosting location? At Host in Ireland, we have been saying for many years that the growth in our hosting industry is due to Ireland’s unique blend of features – namely, the “5 Ps” (policies, pedigree, people, power and pipes). Of course, power and pipes are a given in any location that wants to be seen as a world-class location for hosting. In Ireland, the two North America fiber cables installed in 2015 reinforce Ireland’s commitment to renewable energy. But what is driving our sustainable growth and makes us different is our policies, pedigree and people. We are one of only two nations in Europe with both a data protection commissioner and a minister for data protection. We enjoy political stability, have favorable corporation tax structures and an outstanding data protection commissioner, Helen Dixon. Add to that the fact that data is written into the DNA of Ireland – ever since IBM came here in 1956 – and we serve as a very attractive...

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Extending the Edge: New Thinking on Data Security

Originally posted on Data Center POST Security, like most aspects of IT infrastructure, has historically been a siloed function. Focused on protecting data, applications, network connections, and with the advent of BYOD (bring your own device) policies, network endpoints, it is a practice that, for most companies, evolved in a reactive fashion – new technology acquired and implemented based on a specific need. It is not uncommon for a medium-to-large company to have 50 or more different security technologies in place. While fiscally inefficient, this approach has been somewhat effective up to this point in dealing with the types of attacks launched against it. The threat landscape is currently changing more rapidly than ever, forcing businesses to shift to a more forward-thinking security model. The need to effectively address attackers who constantly evolve focus, attack approaches, and targets has never been greater. The need calls for a proactive approach and an overarching security plan. Cybersecurity today Cybercriminals, buoyed by jurisdictional issues and anonymity, today have greater expertise and more resources at their disposal than ever before. The internet brings everyone one mouse click closer to these bad actors with some commenting that they seem to be bolder and more aggressive than ever before. As a result, we are seeing an uptick not only in the number of threats, but also in the complexity of attacks and the severity of...

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