Amazon adds a Cloud region: Central Canada

Amazon announced at AWS Executive Insights a new AWS region called Central Canada with two Availability Zones, which adds to the regions already presents on the american soil: Northern Virginia, Ohio, Oregon, Northern California and AWS GovCloud, thus bringing to 15 the number or global regions with 40 Availability Zones.

Just last year AWS opened its first office in Canada, despite having tens of thousands of clients, and last august it added CloudFront sites in Toronto and Montreal to satisfy the request. The nes region will be hosted in Montreal data centers.

“For many years, we’ve had an enthusiastic base of customers in Canada choosing the AWS Cloud because it has more functionality than other cloud platforms, an extensive APN Partner and customer ecosystem, as well as unmatched maturity, security, and performance,” said Andy Jassy, CEO, AWS. “Our Canadian customers and APN Partners asked us to build AWS infrastructure in Canada, so they can run their mission-critical workloads and store sensitive data on AWS infrastructure located in Canada. A local AWS Region will serve as the foundation for new cloud initiatives in Canada that can transform business, customer experiences, and enhance the local economy.”

The new Central Canada is available for all AWS service including S3, EC2 and RDS. The first January 2017 a new AWS office in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) opened.

Amazon adds another AWS region: London

Amazon announced the expansion of AWS in Great Britain with the launch of a new European Region -London- with 2 Availability Zones. This is the third European region and the 16th worldwide, and fills in a dynamic context that appeals a lot of investments like the UK.

The project of this region predates Brexit, and for sure calms those English clients that faced that unclear situation caused by the referendum (law in terms of privacy not necessarily uniform with European counterparts where the other two regions -and until then, only AWS Euro regions).

The government too will take advantage of the londonian AWS region by transferring their infrastructure into the Cloud: a £3,5 billion saving is estimated by Liam Maxwell, National Technology Adviser at the gov’t.

Europe will have a fourth region in 2017: France, with datacenters in Paris.
A new region will be opened in Asia: Ningxia, China.

HPE to acquire SimpliVity

HPE announced a $650mln agreement for the acquisition of SimpliVity, a startup in the software-defined hyper-convergent infrastructure (HCI) field.

According to a study by Gartner, the HCI market will experience a positive trend in the next five years; the growth in the year 2016 was 79% and it’s estimated it will reach $5bln in 2019, instead of the actual $2bln, thus representing almost a quarter of the integrated system market.

“This transaction expands HPE’s software-defined capability and fits squarely within our strategy to make Hybrid IT simple for customers,” said Meg Whitman, President and CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “More and more customers are looking for solutions that bring them secure, highly resilient, on-premises infrastructure at cloud economics. That’s exactly where we’re focused.”

Several companies own obsolete IT systems that are not adequate anymore for their needs; an hyper-convergent system integrates the computational, storage and network part in a single and preconfigured system that can be managed with a software platform.

The hardware offering by HPE (and storage with 3PAR) combines with the technologies by SimpliVity in order to offer hyper-convergent solutions with unique benefits for clients.

CloudFlare buys a datacenter in Panama

Cloudflare announced the acquisition of a datacenter in Panama, thus bringing its offer in 50 different Countries in the world. It’s the 102nd datacenter of the company.

This is a strategic acquisition not just in a panamese-related perspective (the economy of the country is one of the fastest-growing in Central-South America, and the TLC sector offers plenty of opportunities), but also in a wider perspective which includes the regions of Central and South America: the fifth CloudFLare datacenter of the continent, excluding US and Canada, will bring benefits and development outlooks to the whole continent.

GoDaddy revokes 9000 bugged SSL certificates

GoDaddy revoked 8951 SSL certificates as a precautionary measure after the discovery of a bug in the certificate validation mechanism.
The bug has been introduced by accident during routine check on the code at the end of July 2016 and it has been discovered at the beginning of January 2017.

The problem is caused by a random code provided to the client by GoDaddy which is placed in a specific directory of the web site, the system then checks the presence of such code with a HTTP or HTTPS request. If the code is present, the domain control successfully completes; before the bug, an error was reported when the HTTP state code was different than 200 (success).
The configuration change of the library that regulated the process made it not to raise an error also with a code different than 200, and as many web servers are configured to return a 404 error with the request URL (and with with random code), all servers configured in such method would verify the condition of a successful domain validation.

No exploit attempts are known at the moment; the code has been corrected and updated and the affected certificates have been validated again.

OVH announces 3 datacenters in Great Britain

After Australia, Poland and Singapore, OVH announced 3 new datacenters in Great Britain.
The first one, located in London on a 4.000 square metres surface, will be opened in May 2017 and will not offer any colocation service.
A second and a third datacenter will be launched at a later time and will offer backup solutions. A datacenter will be located in the suburbs of London, the other one at a geographical distance such as it will be considered as a disaster recovery site.

The 3 new datacenters will be interconnected with vRack, the private network infrastructure developed by OVH.

The development plan will continue in 2017 with the building of datacenters in Germany (Frankfurt), US, Italy, Spain and Netherlands with the goal of offering services to more than a million clients thanks to 11 datacenters on 4 continents.

Samsung to invest $150mln in startups

Samsung announced the creation of the $ 150mln Samsung NEXT fund for startups in the Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and other advanced fields.

“Our investments bring the power of the Samsung platform to startups to accelerate their growth and ultimately their success,” said Brendon Kim, VP and Managing Director of Samsung NEXT Ventures. “The Samsung NEXT Fund expands our global reach and capabilities, while increasing Samsung’s access to more great ideas, products and talent.”

Samsung previously financed startups such as Converge Industries, Dashbot, Entry Point VR, Filament, Intezer, LiquidSky, Otto Radio, 2Sens, SafeDK e Virtru with Global Innovation Center, which undergoes a re-branding operation.
Further information are available on the official website


CentralColo expands with a new datacenter in Virginia

CentralColo has acquired a datacenter in Virginia from The Meridian Group, a real esate fund, as announces

The Tysons Technology Center, that’s the name of the datacenter, is located in Vienna (Virginia) on a 25.000 square meters surface and is actually used by other tenants, Leidos being one of them. The overall investment is estimated to be around $96 mln.

CentralColo was founded in 2015 by Arman Kahlili with funds from Industry Capital, a private equity company Kahlili himself is part of; it also received a fund from Safand Limited (Dubai).


United Internet acquires the german provider Strato

United Internet announced the agreement with Deutsche Telekom for the purchase of Strato, a provider owned by the getman telcom giant. The deal is estimated to be around €600mln.

Strato is a Berlin-based company with more than 500 people and mainly aims to clients in Germany and Netherlands, with more than 2 million contracts; the offering includes domains, email-Websites packages, servers, webshop, online storage and individual higher tier hosting solutions. Datacenters are located in Berlin and Karlsruhe.

“The acquisition of Strato will enable us to expand our leading market position in the European hosting and cloud application business and drive the consolidation of a market which is currently still strongly fragmented. In future we will offer our customers products and services with even greater performance,” states Ralph Dommermuth, CEO of United Internet, in his summary of the reasons for the planned acquisition.

“We are delighted by United Internet’s investment. The cultures of the two companies fit perfectly together,” commented Dr. Christian Böing, CEO of Strato. “We will use the resulting potential and synergies from the combination to drive growth in the hosting market and offer our customers even better products.”


Equinix buys 29 datacenters from Verizon for $3,6bln

After purchasing 40 datacenter from the Telecity group at the beginning of 2016, Equinix recenly came to an agreement with Verizon for the purchase of 29 datacenters in the US and South America for some $3,6bln. The closing date is expected for the second half of 2017, as we read in a public statement released by Equinix

Those 29 datacenters, which are located in strategic areas like Bogota (Colombia), Sao Paulo (Brasil), Miami (FL, US) and Culpeper (VA, USA), allow Equinix to expand in South America and strengthen the interconnections between the North part and the South part of the continent, and to be the reference hub of an area -the one between Washington DC and Virginia- that is the place of several private and governative agencies.
“This unique opportunity complements and extends Equinix's strategy to expand our global platform. It enables us to enhance cloud and network density to continue to attract enterprises, while expanding our presence in the Americas. The new assets will bring hundreds of new customers to Platform Equinix while establishing a presence in new markets and expanding our footprint in existing key metros.” says Steve Smith, President and CEO, Equinix.

The portfolio consists in 29 datacenter with 900 clients and 250 employees which will be hired by Equinix.

The trade won’t have any impact on Cloud and Hosting product clients by Verizon, which will continue to access them as usual; Verizon, who still maintains 27 datacenter in Europe, Canada and Asia-Pacific, in a note explainsexplains that “This transaction aligns with Verizon’s strategy to focus resources in areas that will help drive digital transformation for enterprise customers, while providing world-class service.”


GoDaddy purchases Host Europe Group for $1,79bln

GoDaddy announces the agreement for the purchase of Host Europe Group (HEG) for a total amount of $1,79bln; the closing is expected in the second quarter of 2017.

HEG’s portfolio includes more than 1,7 million clients, brands like 123Reg, Domain Factory, Heart Internet and Host Europe, offices in Germany, Great Britain Spain, France, Romania and Bulgaria, in addition to an important share of the Cloud market in the UK and Germany.
HEG is also the main organiser of events and conferences like World Hosting Days and NamesCon.

"GoDaddy has successfully expanded its international business to 56 global markets over the past four years," said GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving. "HEG has built an impressive business that generates strong top-line growth, high margins, and industry-leading customer satisfaction. By joining forces with HEG, we accelerate our expansion into Europe with the delivery of a broader range of cloud-based products, built on a single global technology platform, and supported by unparalleled customer care to help small businesses and web designers succeed online."

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