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Next-generation Managed Internet Route Optimizerdelivers cloud, hosting and colocation customer traffic over the fastest Internet path

 

ATLANTA ─ Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP), a provider of high-performance Internet infrastructure services, today announced the next-generation of its patented, intelligent routing software – Managed Internet Route Optimizer (MIRO) – which optimizes network traffic for applications and content running on its cloud, hosting and colocation services. Architected to navigate the increased complexity of the modern Internet, next-gen MIRO delivers faster, more consistent performance for today’s real-time, performance-intensive applications. Additionally, new HTTP caching and web acceleration capabilities in Internap’s CDN enable faster and more reliable delivery of dynamic site content.

 

With the “Internet of things” quickly gaining momentum, the number of connected devices is growing exponentially. A new app economy has emerged to fulfill insatiable business and consumer demands for mobile and web-based services, providing instant access and content delivery on any device, anywhere in the world. These changes have, in turn, created more traffic, networks and end points than ever before. Since 2004, the global routing table, which refers to the Internet’s total number of destination networks, has quadrupled in size. The result is a highly complex and congested system of networks that can significantly degrade the performance of Internet applications and services.

Next-Gen MIRO Delivers Infrastructure Traffic Twice as Fast as Leading Carriers

The next generation of Internap’s MIRO – which intelligently analyzes performance characteristics across Internet backbones and delivers traffic over the fastest path – is specifically designed to address this Internet evolution. Internap’s network engineering development team leveraged the company's almost 20 years of experience with route optimization and performance networking in the complete rebuild of the MIRO engine to support these new Internet requirements. Next-gen MIRO succeeds by continually probing all available network paths and making an average of 250,000 hourly routing adjustments in each of Internap’s 87 global network points of presence (POPs). The end result for customers, and their applications, is that MIRO delivers traffic an average of two to three times faster than other Internet carriers. While the major carriers deliver traffic over the worst-performing Internet path nearly 30% of the time, next-gen MIRO steers customers’ traffic across the optimal network path more than 99% of the time.

The result is fast, consistent application performance for Internap’s cloud, hosting and colocation customers. This is particularly critical for Internet-centric organizations that rely on guaranteed levels of performance and reliability for real-time applications ranging from ecommerce to online gaming and data-intensive workloads like analytics and mobile ad exchanges, among others. MIRO is also the intelligence underpinning Internap’s global Performance IP transit service, which is used by thousands of businesses around the world that require fast, reliable and consistent Internet connectivity.

In real-world tests of production traffic, next-gen MIRO delivered the following network benefits (which in turn enabled optimal application and website performance):

  1. Average latency: Next-gen MIRO reduced traffic latency by 44% and 64%, as compared to the best and worst-performing carriers, respectively.
  1. Successfully identified the best path: Next-gen MIRO identified and routed traffic over the best-performing network path more than 99% of the time.
  1. Performance consistency: Next-gen MIRO delivered traffic with nearly four times less variability than other carriers, leveling out traffic spikes for consistent, fast performance.
  1. Optimizations per hour: Next-gen MIRO identified the best Internet route more rapidly, making an average of 1,300 traffic optimizations per customer per hour.
  1. Network engineering resources saved: Each customer would need more than 300 qualified network engineers to achieve the same level of dynamic route optimization delivered by next-gen MIRO.

Next-gen MIRO is future-proof with IPv6-support and a new probing engine that allows the platform to scale linearly with growth in the Internet routing table and destination networks.

 

“For organizations relying on a new generation of real-time, data-intensive applications, network reliability and performance are increasingly relevant for their business success and end-user satisfaction,” said Steve Orchard, senior vice president and general manager of data center and network services at Internap. “Our next-gen MIRO technology clears an optimized path through the congestion of today’s Internet, consistently delivering performance without compromise for our cloud and infrastructure customers.”

Any single network carrier provides the optimal path for their customers’ traffic less than 20% of the time. Next-gen MIRO continually analyzes each network carrier’s performance characteristics, including jitter, latency and packet loss, and dynamically routes customer traffic over the best available path. Backed by a 100% uptime SLA, next-gen MIRO fuels optimized traffic and application performance across Internap’s cloud, hosting and colocation services, delivering best performance all the way to the end user.

Internap is currently deploying next-gen MIRO across its 87 POPs worldwide and expects to complete this deployment by the end of the second quarter.

CDN Delivers Advanced Application Acceleration for Hosting Customers

Internap has also enhanced its global CDN to provide improved performance, scalability, ease of use and a rich feature set for infrastructure customers. Robust web acceleration features provide end users with fast and reliable dynamic website content while giving web hosts the flexibility to tightly manage their sites. Key benefits to infrastructure customers include:

·         Increased performance: New HTTP caching engine and 100% SSD-based caching server infrastructure deliver higher scalability with a 3X increase in HTTP throughput resulting in faster, more consistent performance even under high traffic loads.

·         Better price:performance for cloud hosting customers: Transparent “universal transfer pricing” effectively balances bandwidth price and performance for Internap’s public virtual and bare-metal cloud customers through one bucket of usage for both IP and CDN traffic. Customers receive a fixed amount of universal transfer at no charge when they purchase a monthly commit for cloud services.

·         Improved flexibility: Provides more than 30 new configurable features – including advanced content security, an improved portal with more flexible configuration and enhanced reseller functions – along with a platform to rapidly develop new ones and respond to customer requirements.

The enhanced CDN is available immediately across Internap’s global footprint.

Supporting Materials:

1.      Blog: Internap’s Secret Sauce Just Got Better

2.      Performance IP™ data sheet

3.      Content Delivery Network data sheet

 

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About Internap

Internap is the high-performance Internet infrastructure provider that powers the applications shaping the way we live, work and play. Our hybrid infrastructure delivers performance without compromise – blending virtual and bare-metal cloud, hosting and colocation services across a global network of data centers, optimized from the application to the end user and backed by rock-solid customer support and a 100% uptime guarantee. Since 1996, the most innovative companies have relied on Internap to make their applications faster and more scalable. For more information, visit www.internap.com.

KEMP, Texas – Industrial lighting specialist Larson Electronics announces the release of a 13 foot mini light tower with 360° rotating capabilities. The LM-2S-7.2-13.2-MW-RB is a two stage light mast that provides a safe and effective way for operators to quickly deploy lights, security cameras and other equipment to elevations of thirteen feet.

The LM-2S-7.2-13.2-MW-RB produced by Larson Electronics features a rotating boom that allows for 360° of rotation, a removable mast head for storing mounted equipment when not in use, and a single hand winch for easy elevation. This light boom can be extended to a height of 13 feet for effective coverage and collapsed to 7.5 feet. The mast is elevated from 7’ to 13’with a 1,000 pound hand winch that is fitted with 3/16 inch cable. The 360° rotation is provided by a single T-Handle. By loosening the T-Handle, operators can rotate the mast with ease in either direction. It can be locked into place once the desired position is found by tightening the T-Handle. 

These light masts are typically mounted to trailers or other stable surfaces by a 15 inch by 13 inch, ¼ inch thick mounting base plate which has been predrilled to accept six ¾ inch anchor bolts. A 36 inch wide and ¼ inch thick mounting plate is attached to the upper section of the mast which provides a strong and stable platform for lights or equipment. When lowered to 7 feet, the mast can withstand winds up to 125 miles per hour. The light tower weighs approximately 150 pounds and can easily support and lift 100 pounds of weight.

“The LM-2S-7.2-13.2-MW-RB offers a fast and secure solution to elevate equipment up to 13 feet,” said Rob Bresnahan -with Larsonelectronics.com. “We can custom tailor these units to the customer’s requirements with longer sections and larger mounting plates if desired.”

Larson Electronics produces a full range of industrial and commercial lighting equipment, telescoping light towers, explosion proof lighting, and LED work lights. To view the entire Larson Electronics line of industrial grade lighting solutions, visit them on the web at Larsonelectronics.com. You can also call 1-800-369-6671 to learn more about all of Larson Electronics’ lighting products or call 1-214-616-6180 for international inquires.

Interconnection to One Marketplace Enables Off-Net Reach and Greater Ethernet Service Area
 

  • Global Capacity and 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network, LLC establish new wholesale agreement with a 10 Gig Ethernet interconnect at One Marketplace PoP at 21721 Filigree Ct, Ashburn, VA.
  • “With Global Capacity’s One Marketplace, 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network is able to expand our coverage and better respond to customers with a services portfolio scalable down to 10 Meg services,” says Sean Baillie, President of 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network.
     
  • Global Capacity gains access to high-bandwidth Ethernet services within 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network’s 800-mile footprint, further expanding the breadth of connectivity solutions delivered through One Marketplace.

CHICAGO, Ill. – Global Capacity, the leading network connectivity company, today announces a new wholesale agreement with 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network, LLC, one of the East Coast’s fastest growing fiber optic network service providers serving the Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia area markets.  24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network has selected One Marketplace Ethernet services to expand beyond its regional fiber footprint. 

Global Capacity’s One Marketplace provides award-winning, competitively priced, high-performance Ethernet network solutions that support the exploding bandwidth requirements for wholesale and enterprise customers.  With a 10 Gig Ethernet interconnect to Global Capacity’s One Marketplace Point of Presence (PoP) in Ashburn, VA at 21721 Filigree Ct., 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network gains a cost-effective solution for quickly and efficiently extending its network reach while simultaneously pointing demand at its high-end transport services.  Over the same interconnect, Global Capacity gains access to high-bandwidth Ethernet services within 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network’s 800-mile footprint, further expanding the breadth of connectivity solutions delivered through One Marketplace.

“With Global Capacity’s One Marketplace, 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network is able to expand our coverage and better respond to customers with a services portfolio scalable down to 10 Meg services,” says Sean Baillie, President of 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network.  “The automated design, pricing and ordering offered by One Marketplace allows us to manage operational costs and streamline service delivery as we expand our core dark fiber and colocation offerings to include high-performance, lit Ethernet services.”

One Marketplace enables customers to take advantage of near-ubiquitous network access by combining an interconnected, physical network aggregation platform with a Cloud application that automates the design, pricing, delivery and maintenance of network solutions.  One Marketplace provides network buyers and sellers with market-competitive network solutions, enabling both groups to expand the breadth and reach of their service capabilities while meeting growing supply and demand.

“We are excited to welcome 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network into the One Marketplace ecosystem, expanding the breadth and reach of Ethernet services for both our companies,” adds Ben Edmond, Chief Revenue Officer for Global Capacity.  “This mutually beneficial agreement supplies Global Capacity with high-speed Ethernet services across high-demand markets, while 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network benefits from Global Capacity’s cost-competitive rates and connectivity to over three million commercial Ethernet addresses.”

To learn more about Global Capacity and its award-winning One Marketplace platform, visit www.globalcapacity.com/one-marketplace.

 

About Global Capacity 
Global Capacity is the marketplace of networks, delivering ubiquitous network connectivity solutions via its industry-leading platform, One Marketplace. One Marketplace eliminates the complexity and inefficiency of a fragmented network market by combining an aggregated, interconnected physical network with a unique Cloud application that automates the design, pricing, ordering, delivery, and maintenance of network solutions. One Marketplace provides cost-effective, high-performance network solutions that support the exploding bandwidth requirements driven by the Cloud, mobility and globalization for wholesale and enterprise customers. Additional information can be found at www.globalcapacity.com or by connecting with Global Capacity on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network, LLC
24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network is a high-capacity transport and fiber network provider serving the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. metro area as well as Northern Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula. The company designs, constructs, and manages custom fiber networks for carriers, service providers, enterprise, and government organizations throughout the region. 24/7 offers a wide variety of network configurations including ringed, point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, and mesh topologies. 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network additionally provides major data and telecommunication carriers with high quality network solutions through its carrier-neutral colocation facility. For more information, visit http://www.247MidAtlantic.com or follow us on Twitter @247MidAtlantic.

Cloud storage now easier to deploy, easier to integrate, and easier to use

AUSTIN, Texas – Caringo®, the leading provider of object storage software, today announced a major upgrade to CloudScaler®, software that extends Caringo’s object storage with authentication, authorization, metering and S3 API support.

Enterprises and service providers use CloudScaler with Caringo object storage software to deliver a rapidly scalable private or public cloud storage service that meets any storage SLA, supports the S3 API, and is easy to manage and expand.

CloudScaler 3 enhancements:

•        Plug into any management, billing or cloud orchestration solution via an open management RESTful API.
•        Flexible identity management system support at the tenant and domain level designed for multi-tenant, single-site, MSP and reseller methods of service deployment.
•        Enhanced ease of administration and reduced deployment footprint by supporting Caringo’s native HTTP API and the S3 API simultaneously..
•        Streamlined deployment by enhancing the automated pre-flight checking of operating system setup, gateway configuration and object storage system.

Caringo S3 Application Verification Program:

Caringo is the first to introduce the ability for anyone in the cloud community to verify interoperability with CloudScaler for applications that support the S3 API. Now organizations can run any S3 application with Caringo object storage behind their firewall where they have control, guarantee security and manage performance.


•        Open to anyone who would like to verify interoperability between their S3 applications and Caringo object storage
•        Validators will be given free access to a testing account with all necessary credentials and quick verification guide
•        Once verified and approved, the application, along with attribution to the validator will be listed on Caringo’s website
•        Visit http://caringo.com/s3 for more information

“In working with some of the world’s largest enterprises and service providers on private and public cloud storage deployments, there was a clear need for storage software that can plug into various management solutions on the back-end and also plug into various applications on the front-end,” said Mark Goros, CEO of Caringo. “With the launch of CloudScaler 3 and the S3 Verification Program, Caringo takes a major step in solving these issues by making both service management and deployment easier for IT administrators and use of the service easier for their end users.”

Twitter @CaringoCAStor

About Caringo
Caringo develops object storage software that gives you control over any volume, flow or size of unstructured information; dramatically reducing complexity and costs while extracting maximum value and performance from hardware. Caringo's unique benefits are delivered through a symmetric architecture that enables massive scalability, elastic content protection, and automation of management in a comprehensive software suite. The result is the industry's most efficient object storage software ideal for cloud storage, big data, and active archives in any industry.

IT Appliance range supports businesses transitioning from Microsoft Small Business Server and Windows Server 2003 to a managed hybrid cloud

BATH, United Kingdom Zynstra, the pioneer in cloud managed server appliances, today announces the launch of two new products, SMB IT Appliance and Education IT Appliance.

Developed specifically to address the evolving needs of SMBs and educational establishments, the latest developments in Zynstra's product suite have been crafted in association with Microsoft and HP to meet the looming end-of-life technology dilemma that requires an infrastructure refresh for Windows Server 2003.

"We estimate that there are well over a quarter of a million organisations in the UK still running Windows Server 2003 and a large number also based on Small Business Server 2003, both of which are approaching end-of-life and in just over one year will no longer be supported by Microsoft," said Nick East, CEO at Zynstra. "Organisations affected by this need to be considering how best to refresh their infrastructure without incurring huge costs or overhauling their way of working. With this in mind we have launched two new solutions in our range of Cloud Managed Server Appliances to support the Microsoft partner base in managing the transition with their customers and provide a practical on-ramp to cloud services whilst preserving on-premise capability where required.”

The SMB IT Appliance caters for organisations with five to 250 IT users at a site. Users get all the comfort and control of on-premise IT but with the economics and service levels typically associated with public cloud services. This enables SMB's to securely run both local Windows and Linux workloads in virtualised containers, whilst also seamlessly connecting them to public cloud services though Single Sign On to applications such as Microsoft Office 365. SMB IT Appliance is delivered as a managed IT service for a monthly subscription by the growing base of Zynstra partners, making it completely hassle free for SMBs.

Targeted at schools and academies, the Education IT Appliance benefits from all the flexible features which make the SMB IT Appliance appealing and features an age specific content filtering capability from E2BN Protex which ensures pupils are protected from inappropriate content whilst accessing schools systems. Education IT Appliance is fully integrated with Office 365 which enables educational establishments to make the most of Microsoft's campaign offering free student access under its Student Advantage programme.

Mark Devereux, CTO at Concorde Solutions, was one of the first businesses to sign up to the new SMB IT Appliance and managed service. Commenting on the solution, Devereux said: "Like many businesses, our internal IT had grown incrementally with our business over the years but its underlying design had become dated, temperamental and was facing end-of-support. We had been looking for a platform built for our size and with a capability to grow with us but remove the mundane administration and management. Zynstra's SMB IT Appliance provides that solution. We can now focus our efforts purely on building our business and have the peace of mind that our internal and development IT platforms are being managed for us by a local and trusted partner for a predictable and, frankly, more affordable cost."

All of Zynstra's cloud managed server appliances are built on the HP ProLiant server range with the unique Zynstra software that enables local IT workloads to be run as a service in virtualised Windows and/or Linux environments. SMB IT Appliance and Education IT Appliance offer seamless integration to Microsoft Office 365 and offer a backup and disaster recovery service on Microsoft Azure and SSO to Azure hosted applications via ADFS. Users of both IT Appliances are also able to benefit from Zynstra's patent pending keep current and keep consistent technology which is "built in" so that organisations need not worry about having to update systems. With Zynstra's extensive software IP, each appliance is also provisioned, updated and managed from the cloud at a scale not previously possible.

Zynstra's SMB and Education IT Appliances are available with immediate effect.

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Fully Integrated Solution Delivers Reliable, Easy to Manage Data Protection, Backup and Archive

BOULDER, Colo. Spectra Logic today announced it has joined forces with CommVault® to significantly lower the cost of data protection, management and access. Data management and movement by CommVault Simpana® software, coupled with exceptionally affordable disk and tape tiers from Spectra Logic, remove the complexities of tiered storage and provide organizations with a powerful, simplified approach to managing massive amounts of information. The company also announced that it has been certified as a CommVault Technology Alliance Partner.

“Organizations worldwide face continuing challenges in managing and protecting their data, particularly with the prevailing desire to retain data for longer, often indefinite periods of time,” said Jeff Echols, senior director, product and solutions marketing, CommVault. “Combining Simpana software, which allows organizations to protect, manage and access information regardless of where the data resides, with Spectra Logic’s highly reliable nTier Verde disk and T-Series tape library platforms, provides customers with very affordable storage and effective, easy to manage data protection, backup and archive.”   

Ideal for data-intensive environments, the joint CommVault and Spectra Logic solution provides a scalable, cost effective data management platform that addresses the performance and storage requirements for secure, reliable backup and archive. The front-end architecture consists of the CommVault Windows CommServe® Server, which provides policy and configuration management, and CommVault Media Agent Servers (Windows, Unix or Linux), which intelligently index data copies and serve as data transport engines between backup/archive clients and backend media.  The back-end storage tiers consist of Spectra nTier Verde for nearline disk storage, and Spectra T-Series Tape Libraries for dense, low cost, long term data retention, backup and archive. Customers can confidently deploy the joint CommVault and Spectra Logic solution, which has been tested and validated as part of the Technology Alliance Partner program and is supported by both companies.

“Massive growth in storing and managing all types of data creates challenges that are driving many organizations to seek enhanced solutions for data protection and long-term storage,” said Bruce Kornfeld, acting chief marketing officer for Spectra Logic. “Pairing the powerful CommVault Simpana platform with Spectra Logic disk and tape technologies provides an extremely scalable, cost effective data management solution that will help organizations of all sizes spend less time and money today and into the future.”


Spectra Logic nTier Verde Disk and T-Series Tape Libraries
Spectra Logic nTier Verde simply affordable disk-based file storage system delivers easy installation, an intuitive user interface for effortless management, and an architecture that assures the highest level of data integrity. It is designed from the ground up as a backup and archive storage platform focused on data integrity, ease of use, scalability, and cost effectiveness. nTier Verde advantages include:

  • No previous storage experience required. Intuitive and intelligent web GUI interface for ease of configuration and management.
  • Half the cost of traditional file storage. Users can store more and spend less.
  • Reliability, high availability and data integrity. Includes nearline SAS drive architecture with enhanced parity options.


Spectra T-Series tape libraries offer highly reliable, high-density storage and seamlessly scale to exabyte capacity levels. Spectra’s tape libraries offer efficient, comprehensive library management tools and Spectra Certified Media that simplifies management, extends the life of tape media and drives, and ensures data is secure and available when needed.

Learn more about the new Spectra-CommVault offering in this solution brief.

CommVault Simpana
CommVault Simpana Software is comprised of data management modules built on a single unifying platform. Leveraging modern data protection techniques, Simpana software simplifies virtual or physical business critical application protec¬tion with point-in time recovery, improves backup performance while reducing storage and network overhead with source-side deduplication, and reduces production system overhead by performing backup, archiving and analytics from a single pass (Simpana OnePassTM). Self-service, eDiscovery, and a common management interface empower business users, legal users, and administrators with policy-based data access and control.

About Spectra Logic Corporation
At Spectra Logic we define, design and deliver innovative data protection and backup solutions through tape backup and disk-based backup, recovery and archive storage solutions. By igniting innovation we challenge expectations of the data protection market with intelligent, integrated, and simple to use backup and archive technologies. Throughout our 30-plus-year history we have delivered high-density, feature rich storage with unmatched service and support to customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.SpectraLogic.com.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 15:51

Permabit Expands Pacific Rim Operations

CAMBRIDGE, Mass – Permabit Technology Corporation, the innovative leader in data efficiency technology, today announced that it has expanded its presence in the Asian and Pacific Rim marketplace with a new public customer and added an experienced Asia Pacific sales executive to the team.

South Korea-based Samboo System Corporation recently integrated Permabit’s Albireo Virtual Data Optimizer (VDO) into its Any Storage Dedupe Software (ASDS) to provide customers with advanced data reduction benefits that substantially reduce effective storage costs.

“Our customers have sought ways to reduce storage expenditures without sacrificing storage capabilities,” said Yoo Chulho, CEO of Samboo. “To meet these expectations we are offering Any Storage Dedupe Software, which incorporates Permabit’s leading data optimization technology that helps us deliver highly efficient storage at extremely competitive prices.  While there were alternatives available, only VDO provided us with the complete, ready-to-run data optimization capabilities we were looking for that would allow us to quickly meet our customers’ needs.”

To address rising demand for data efficiency in Asia Pacific based companies, Permabit has brought on Duk Chun. Chun has a wealth of experience in managing and growing technology businesses in the region and previously served as Vice President of Asia Pacific for Fast Search & Transfer, a subsidiary of Microsoft.  He has held senior management positions in Asia Pacific sales, business development, and corporate development at Sun Microsystems and has worked for Silicon Graphics, MIPS Technologies, Andersen Consulting, and National Semiconductor. He holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and a master's degree in Engineering Management from Stanford University.

“Enterprises the world over who are looking for ways to overcome the increasingly prohibitive costs of traditional storage have come to view data efficiency as key to this objective,” said Tom Cook, Permabit CEO. “We have seen tremendous interest in our data efficiency technologies from OEMs across the Pacific Rim, and the addition of Duk Chun to our team will greatly accelerate our adoption in this region.”

Data efficiency is increasingly considered a must-have feature for the latest generation of disk and flash, primary, archive and backup storage across the data center and the cloud. Permabit’s Albireo line of products delivers deduplication, compression, thin provisioning and replication and can be flexibly integrated into existing or next-generation storage and platform architectures without negatively impacting product-specific capabilities or reducing performance.

The flexible architecture of Permabit’s solutions allows for simple integration across product offerings, including enterprise SAN, enterprise NAS, enterprise Flash, RAID controllers, data protection and the cloud. OEMs around the world have licensed Permabit’s technology to help differentiate their products, derive competitive advantage and accelerate their time to market.  

For information on incorporating Permabit data efficiency solutions in the Pacific Rim region, OEMS are encouraged to contact Mr. Chun directly at ">dchun@permabit.com

About Permabit
Permabit is a recognized leader in data efficiency technology, enabling OEMs to leverage their R&D investment, increase margin, accelerate time to market and achieve competitive advantage. Permabit Albireo software massively improves performance and efficiency of data creation, transmission and storage. Solutions built with Albireo are being delivered by leading hardware, software and service providers. Our public partners include Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), LSI, StoneFly and Samboo.
Permabit was founded in 2000 by a technical and business team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For more information, visit: www.permabit.com.

HONG KONG – Pacnet’s equity joint venture in China, Pacnet Business Solutions (China) (“PBS”) and China Telecom Corporation Chongqing (China Telecom) today announced a strategic partnership to advance data center and cloud development in the city of Chongqing.  Under the partnership, China Telecom will establish new Points of Presence (PoPs) in Pacnet’s Chongqing data center, CQCS1, enhancing its capability and helping propel Chongqing as well as the Liangjiang New Area to the forefront of the cloud computing industry in China.

The partnership combines Pacnet’s unrivaled infrastructure in Asia-Pacific with China Telecom’s extensive network reach to provide customers that are colocated in the CQCS1 data center with low latency, reliable bandwidth and fully diverse connectivity to critical hubs throughout an expansive footprint. CQCS1 is the first Tier III data center in Southwest China providing flexible solutions that meet the expanding business requirements of multinational organizations.

“Pacnet is honored to support the Chongqing municipal government in fostering cloud development to meet the growing power, efficiency and availability demands of this emerging telecommunications hub,” said Carl Grivner, Chief Executive Officer of Pacnet.  “A significant milestone for Pacnet’s business in China, our strategic partnership with China Telecom enables us to provide low latency and reliable services for customers with existing operations or expansion plans in Southwest China.”

Pacnet is the only foreign invested company licensed to provide data center network services in the city of Chongqing.

“We are pleased to be a part of this strategic partnership and paramount technical initiative.  The collaboration enables us to combine our extensive network coverage in China with a Tier III data center service delivered by a leading regional data center provider in order to effectively serve the growing cloud communities in Chongqing as well as the rest of the country,” added Zhaoqiang, General Manager at China Telecom Corporation Chongqing.

China leads the Asia-Pacific region in data center services demand.  Its Southwestern megacity, Chongqing, is growing at an annual rate of 12%, and has become a very important hub for Pacnet in China as well as the rest of the Asia-Pacific region. By 2017, the Software and Information Services industry in Chongqing is forecasted to reach $350 billion and e-commerce volumes are forecasted to grow to $250 billion.

Speaking at the agreement signing ceremony, Zhaogang, Chief Engineer, Chongqing Economic and Informatization Commission said, “Pacnet’s partnership with China Telecom will help drive new growth in software and information services for both foreign and local enterprises, further advancing Chongqing as a major cloud computing hub in China.”

This collaboration expands on the Pacnet and China Telecom June 2013 Master Service Agreement (MSA) to provide IPVPN, Internet and data center services to global enterprise and carrier customers as well as cloud service providers looking to establish or expand their presence in China, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing digital populations.

 

About Pacnet

Pacnet is Asia-Pacific’s leading provider of managed data connectivity solutions to major telecommunications carriers, large multinational enterprises and government entities.  Ownership of the region’s most extensive high-capacity submarine cable systems with over 46,000 km of fiber and connectivity to interconnected data centers across 14 cities in the Asia-Pacific region gives Pacnet unparalleled reach to major business centers in key markets including China, India, Japan and the United States.  Combined with a comprehensive set of managed network and value-added data center services, its assets and experience in the region help Pacnet service large businesses worldwide including Fortune 500 companies.  Pacnet is headquartered in Hong Kong and Singapore, with offices in all key markets in the Asia-Pacific region and North America.  For more information, please visit: www.pacnet.com.

Ciena’s converged packet optical platforms increase network resiliency and capacity for Continuum’s content delivery and financial service customers

HANOVER, Md. – Chicago-based colocation solutions provider New Continuum Holdings Corporation dba Continuum Data Centers (“CDC”) has selected converged packet optical solutions from  Ciena® (NYSE: CIEN), the network specialist, to connect its data center in Chicago’s western suburbs to key regional exchange points including 350 Cermak in Chicago. With Ciena’s platform, CDC will provide high-bandwidth, low latency 100G connectivity to support applications like cloud computing, storage networking and big data for service providers, financial service companies, research institutions and content delivery networks. Additionally, CDC will be able to offer carrier-grade connectivity to tier 2 and tier 3 networks as it builds out its peering and Internet exchange community.   The deployment is expected to be completed in July 2014.

Key Facts:

  • Continuum Data Centers is a premier, multi-tenant data center operator in the western Chicago suburbs. CDC operates an 80,000 square foot purpose built data center with N+1 configurations of all critical infrastructure.  Employing multiple energy efficiency technologies, and designed to provide the highest levels of service, the CDC 603 facility has robust inherent network capabilities and power resources.  CDC 603 has been certified OIX2 compliant by the Open-IX Association highlighting management’s commitment to transparency and connectivity.
  • CDC is deploying Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical platform equipped with WaveLogic Coherent Optical Processors and integrated switching capabilities. With this deployment, CDC will be able to offer high-speed connectivity and data center interconnect to service providers, large enterprises and peering partners.
  • Using the industry’s latest and most advanced coherent optical technology, the 6500 enables CDC to easily upgrade its existing fiber to 100G speeds by adding capacity and the ability to offer 100G transport. Ciena’s 6500 platform is a key component of the company’s OPn architecture which delivers the most critical network capabilities – scale, programmability and network-level applications -- to easily direct network behavior and satisfy user requirements.
  • This deployment further demonstrates CDC’s commitment to enhance its network to accommodate the changing needs of its customers. New Continuum recently announced that global Bandwidth Infrastructure provider Zayo Group, LLC, (“Zayo”), has extended its network into CDC’s 603 Discovery Dr. data center in Chicago’s western suburbs.

Executive Comments:

  • “To meet the demands of the market and our customers, we knew we needed to enhance our network with a highly scalable, best-in-class packet optical solution. The deployment of Ciena’s 6500 platform is a crucial part of our strategy to provide reliable, cost-effective, high-bandwidth connectivity for data center Interconnect and carrier-grade services.”

-          Eli D. Scher, Chairman and CEO of Continuum Data Centers

·         “With a growing portfolio that is increasingly driven by control and application software and a focus on addressing emerging customer segments in addition to service providers, we continue to lead the industry in the shift to virtualize the network for a vastly improved user experience. This deployment with a leading data center operator like CDC is a prime example of our ability to make networks of all kinds more efficient and scalable through openness and programmability.”

-          Duncan Puller, Vice President of Data Center and Cloud at Ciena

Technology Background:

  • The pioneer and market leader of coherent optical technology, Ciena has shipped 35,000 coherent 40G/100G line interfaces to over 150 customers across the globe, with more than 35 million coherent kilometers deployed.
  • OPn is Ciena’s approach for building open and programmable next-generation networks with flexible architectures and service offerings, providing differentiated network operator benefits for a myriad of applications, including: wireless backhaul, data center connectivity, cloud networks and private network builds.

Supporting Resources:

·    Product Overview: 6500 Packet-Optical Platform

·    Solution Overview: Datacenter Connect

About Continuum

Continuum Data Centers (“CDC”) is a multi-tenant data center operator in the western Chicago suburbs. The team at CDC has been at the forefront of the Chicago suburban colocation market for over 10 years, and has a track record of developing world class assets. The Company is currently re-developing to operate an 80,000 square foot, purpose-built, highly efficient Tier III+ facility in West Chicago, IL. CDC develops or seeks to own assets which are differentiated by their geographic location or other inherent traits. In doing so, the Company aims to consistently provide its customers with superior risk aversion profiles. CDC’s team has the experience and expertise to manage the needs of a diverse customer base, including trading and financial firms requiring high-density, efficient computation, as well as Enterprise and Fortune 1000 companies and retail customers requiring primary colocation. To learn more about Continuum, call 877-432-2656 or please visit www.continuumdatacenters.com.

 

About Ciena
Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. Ciena leverages its deep expertise in packet and optical networking and distributed software automation to deliver solutions in alignment with OPn architecture for next-generation networks. We enable a high-scale, programmable infrastructure that can be controlled and adapted by network-level applications, and provide open interfaces to coordinate computing, storage and network resources in a unified, virtualized environment. For updates on Ciena news, follow us on Twitter @Ciena or on LinkedIn
http://www.linkedin.com/company/ciena. Investors are encouraged to review the Investors section of our website at www.ciena.com/investors, where we routinely post press releases, SEC filings, recent news, financial results, and other announcements. From time to time we exclusively post material information to this website along with other disclosure channels that we use.