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CAPRE’s Data Center Round Up for September 30, 2019

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Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for September 30, 2019:

  • CyrusOne Cements Eligibility for Tax Incentives in NoVa: CyrusOne has qualified for tax incentives in Loudoun County, exempting customers from sales tax payments on all equipment deployed in our data centers located in that county. While customers typically look to minimize lease and power costs, taxes often get overlooked and can make up a significant hidden cost. The tax incentive will dramatically decrease the cost of deploying computer and network equipment in CyrusOne’s facilities, allowing CyrusOne to focus on lowering customers’ total cost of ownership. With more than 70% of the world’s internet traffic passing through Loudoun County’s digital infrastructure, there is also a unique opportunity for retroactive tax refunds from expenses dating back to 2014.
  • Google to Go East: Google Cloud will open a Polish cloud region, located centrally between its German cloud hubs and its easternmost and northernmost outpost in Finland. “As part of our commitment to Poland and broader Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), we will also open a Google Cloud region in Warsaw, Poland. With this new region, Google Cloud customers operating in CEE will benefit from low latency and high performance of their cloud-based workloads and data. Designed for high availability, the region will have three zones to protect against service disruptions, and will launch with our portfolio of key products, including Compute Engine, App Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Bigtable, Cloud Spanner, and BigQuery,” wrote Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud in a blog post.
  • Edgecore Networks cross-contributes Designs for a Family of Cell Site Gateways across TIP and OCP Open Communities: Edgecore Networks, the leader in open networking, today announced a series of cross-contributions of Cell Site Gateways across the Telecom Infra Project and the Open Compute Project communities. The contributed products enable service providers to deploy 4G and 5G services with the economics of disaggregated open network technology. The AS7316-26XB cell site gateway design and specification, that was contributed to OCP in October 2018, has now been contributed to TIP’s Open Optical & Packet Transport project group. The AS7315-27X-DCSG cell site gateway specification, which was developed as part of TIP’s Disaggregated Cell Site Gateways (DCSG) initiative and contributed to TIP, is now also being contributed to the OCP community. This family of contributed designs will accelerate service provider adoption of open networking options to meet the increasing bandwidth and service demand in the upcoming 5G rollouts. 
  • Alibaba Introduces First AI Inference Chip: Alibaba has unveiled its first AI inference chip today, a neural processing unit called Hanguang 800 that according to Alibiaba quickens machine learning tasks dramatically as well as makes them more energy-efficient. Hanguang 800 is already powering features on Alibaba’s e-commerce sites, including product search and personalized recommendations, and will be made available to Alibaba Cloud customers in the near future. Alibaba says that the chip has enabled them to reduce the processing time for one billion images from one hour down to five minutes.
  • QTS Atlanta Metro Data Center Approved for New Sales & Use Tax Exemptions: QTS Realty Trust’s Atlanta Metro mega data center has achieved qualification as a Certified High-Technology Data Center by the state of Georgia. The qualification follows passage of Georgia HB 696 that created an exemption for sales and use tax on certain equipment to be used in high-technology data centers. Over nearly five years, QTS and the Technology Association of Georgia have introduced, sponsored and stewarded the passage of HB 696. The legislation modernizes Georgia’s data center tax policy enabling the current tax exemption to be applied to colocation and hyperscale data centers with a minimum investment of $250 million and will significantly benefit QTS’ Atlanta Metro and Suwanee data centers and their tenants. The exemption is retroactive, and enables QTS and tenants to receive a tax refund on qualified purchases subsequent to July 1, 2018.

 

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CDN Provider Cloudflare Announces Support for HTTP/3

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CDN company Cloudflare has announced support for HTTP/3, the new standard of the web that would make the Internet faster, more secure, and more reliable for everyone.

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Web Werks announces partnership with Plesk in India

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Global data center and cloud services provider, Web Werks, has announced a partnership with Plesk – the management platform designed to help IT specialists.

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maincubes One of the Few Independent Data Center Operators Left in Amsterdam

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Earlier this month, we saw global hostingprovider Leaseweb selecting maincubes’ Amsterdam AMS01 facility to further expand its data center presence in the Amsterdam area. Arno Witvliet, managing director of Leaseweb’s Netherlands operations, referred to maincubes as “one of the few independent European colocation data center operators still left in the Amsterdam area.” Actually, he’s quite right.

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Cybersecurity Challenges Facing Small and Medium Enterprises (and How to Overcome Them)

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Media coverage of cybersecurity breaches naturally focuses mainly on big players such as Equifax, Marriott, Sony and Target. However, this only looks at the tip of the iceberg. Below the surface, SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) are also in the line of fire with hackers who often choose to attack the less well-known organizations.

This article looks at the specific challenges that SMEs face in securing their networks from cybercriminals and will also explore several security models smaller businesses could adopt to overcome obstacles.

SMEs are in the Line of Fire in the Cybersecurity War

The first fact that SMEs need to get used to is that cybercriminals are more interested in attacking their organizations than they may think. In fact, hackers often prefer to target SMEs rather than going after the bigger fish. There are several reasons for this:

First, small businesses are seen as low-hanging fruit that is ripe for the picking. SMEs’ limited budgets mean they tend to lack the in-house expertise to properly secure their networks. SMEs are also less able and/or willing to invest in the leading (and most expensive) cybersecurity solutions, which means their systems tend to be far easier to hack into using the dark web equivalent of off-the-shelf technology. Once within the perimeter, attackers can then more easily move horizontally through different systems without triggering intrusion detection or prevention devices.

SMEs are also less likely to have robust training in place to prevent human error, which is still the most common factor associated with a successful cyberattack or data breach. These enterprises often cut costs by relying on remote freelance workers and using commodity-grade cloud software products like Dropbox or Salesforce. They are also more likely to allow employees to use their personal devices to connect to the internet — a high-risk activity that is at the root of many successful hacks and can lead to the spread of so-called ‘shadow IT.’

Mobile employees often connect to numerous networks during the course of their working day, mainly through wireless channels like public WiFi, 4G and even Bluetooth. With each new network connection comes another potential channel for a cyberattack.

Without a clear ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) policy in place, mobile devices could be used to download unofficial apps or to access a public WiFi hotspot. Both of these practices can lead to the devices being hacked or their messages intercepted. Enabling mobile access to sensitive data may even be against some compliance rules, putting companies at risk of incurring hefty fines.

Despite their size, SMEs can still have access to large volumes of sensitive data and may be run by high net worth individuals. Ransomware designed to steal, expose or lock away data can therefore be an effective tactic to extort payments from small businesses, particularly when data breaches could lead to staggering fines that could send a small or medium business under in a heartbeat.

Leading SMEs tend to leverage innovation and unique tactics to achieve success, which means that cybercriminals could threaten an SME’s competitive edge by stealing intellectual property. The insecure networks operated by small businesses are also often treated as a ‘watering hole’ from which hackers can infiltrate the networks of larger clients.

This is exactly what happened to Target. Hackers managed to break into the systems of a smaller air con provider and then used privileged access to hack into Target’s network and steal credit card details.

It’s no secret that SMEs face a considerable challenge when it comes to securing their networks. Not only are they required to provide the same cast-iron protection around sensitive customer data as larger enterprises do, but SMEs also have to do it with a much smaller budget. If they don’t, catastrophic losses could ensue.

Coopetition and Cloud Computing: Pooling Resources

So, what can an SME do to bolster its defenses against hacktivists and data thieves?

The two best strategies are coopetition and cloud computing, both of which enable businesses to pool resources, but in very different ways.

Coopetition: Serving Shared Interests

Coopetition is the strategy of cooperating with competitors in order to achieve shared goals. For coopetition to work, the businesses involved have to carefully balance shared gains against private gains. All parties need to understand how they can work together to increase the size of the pie with the understanding that they will ultimately be competing for the largest slice of that same pie.

When it comes to cybersecurity coopetition, pooling resources to invest in the best tools and bring in advanced technical professionals can benefit all businesses involved. As long as each company’s data is kept separate and one company doesn’t have elevated privileges, this arrangement can overcome the financial limitations that SMEs typically struggle with.

SMEs are in a far better position than their larger cousins to engage in coopetition. Their processes tend to be less constrained and their hierarchies less defined, enabling them to change strategies quickly.

Leveraging Distributed Computing in the Cloud

The ultimate way to pool compute resources is by adopting cloud computing. Again, this is often quicker and easier for SMEs to implement than larger companies because they don’t have to deal with the hassle of decades-old legacy hardware consisting of multiple dependencies.

Keep in mind, though, that migrating to the cloud doesn’t guarantee security by itself. Although the public cloud providers are responsible for securing data within their networks, businesses still need to choose and configure security products or services correctly in order to protect data on their side of the public cloud gateway. However, cloud-based security products are cheaper, more scalable and easier to maintain than standard hardware devices. They are often provided as managed ‘pay as you go’ services with skilled technicians employed to monitor for security events.

Of course, moving into the cloud requires careful planning. For starters, there are several competing public cloud solutions on the market. To help you decide between Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP) or Microsoft Azure, consulting with a cloud specialist is highly recommended (e.g. telecom RFP consultants). These specialists can also help you weigh up the costs and benefits of various deployment options, including a cloud direct connect, which is a more secure connection to your cloud services that by-passes the ‘wild west’ of the internet.

Creating a Security-First Culture

While coopetition and cloud computing can provide the additional resources needed to shore up network defenses, this is no substitute for employees who are security-aware. In fact, even the most powerful enterprise-grade security services can be neutralized quite easily via misconfiguration or weak security policies.

Despite decades of high-profile data breaches, many businesses still bolt cybersecurity onto their in-house literature almost as an afterthought. To protect themselves from hackers, business owners need to revisit their strategies and rework them to put security at their heart.

Cybersecurity training would play an important role in ensuring that both new and existing staff members are on the same page when it comes to security best practices. Topics to be covered in full should include phishing, password hygiene, message encryption, compliance, BYOD policy, software update management and  suspected cyberattack response.

To reinforce the message, regular refresh trainings should be scheduled, with outcomes tied into appraisals.

By combining pooled resources, effective training and a security-first culture, there is no reason why an SME’s network can’t be as secure (or even more secure) than that of a big, multinational corporation. Security is a big challenge for those on limited budgets, but it is a challenge that must be — and can be — overcome with the right resources in place.

About the Author

CAPRE’s Data Center Round Up for September 30, 2019 7Ben Ferguson is the Vice President and Senior Network Architect for Shamrock Consulting Group, an industry leader in digital transformation solutions. Since his departure from Biochemical research in 2004, Ben has built core competencies around cloud direct connects and cloud cost reduction, SD WAN providers, enterprise wide area network architecture, high density data center deployments, cybersecurity and VOIP telephony. Ben has designed hundreds of complex networks for some of the largest companies in the world and he’s helped Shamrock become a top partner of the 3 largest public cloud platforms for AWS, Azure and GCP consulting. When he takes the occasional break from designing networks, he enjoys surfing, golf, working out, trying new restaurants and spending time with his wife, Linsey, his son, Weston and his dog, Hamilton.

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CAPRE’s Data Center Round Up for September 27, 2019

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Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for September 27, 2019:

  • Databank and Veeam Provide Compliant and Secure Backup for Microsoft Office 365: DataBank, a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, connectivity and managed services, announces Backup for Microsoft Office 365 in partnership with Veeam Software, the leader in backup solutions that enable Cloud Data Management. This combination of two proven industry leaders eliminates the risk of losing access and control over your Office 365 data including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Microsoft Teams. Veeam delivers unmatched scalability, providing a multi-repository, multi-tenant architecture, which enables protection of larger Office 365 deployments, with a single installation.
  • Green Mountain selected as Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Partner: Green Mountain has announced it has been selected as a Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute partner connecting in Stavanger. Azure ExpressRoute connections bypass the public Internet and offer more reliability, faster speeds, predictable latencies and data privacy. An increasing number of companies deploying a hybrid cloud strategy has driven a need for a private connection between public cloud providers and a company’s data centres – Azure ExpressRoute is an answer to these requirements. With a fast and reliable connection to Azure this solution is well-suited for high availability scenarios including business continuity replication, periodic data transfer, emergency recovery and so forth. As an Azure ExpressRoute partner Green Mountain can simplify the connection to Azure for Norwegian clients and secure a resilient, high-speed, low-cost connection.

  • Interxion Partners with Global Internet Exchange Leaders For On Demand Peering: INTERXION HOLDING NV has partnered with the leading European Internet Exchange operators AMS-IX (Amsterdam), DE-CIX (Frankfurt) and LINX (London) to develop a common, standardised Application Programming Interface (API). Interxion are consuming this IX-API to deliver customers on-demand remote peering, providing access to peering services from all Interxion data centres across Europe. Interxion’s collaboration with the Internet Exchanges automates peering by leveraging common standards and delivers frictionless on-demand remote peering services to the primary Internet Exchanges in Amsterdam, Frankfurt and London from any Interxion data centre, alongside access to cloud services. By partnering on this effort, Interxion’s data centres become a one-stop-shop for customers to access colocation, cloud and peering services. This ensures an exceptional user experience as it enables them to offer services in many cities efficiently.

  • Iron Mountain and Hyland Partner to Automate Document Retention and Improve Compliance: Iron Mountain Incorporated and Hyland, a leading content services provider for organizations around the globe, today announced new capabilities to improve retention policy management for records and information stored in Hyland’s OnBase enterprise information platform. The new solution, Governance Rules as a Service, integrates Policy Center’s cloud-based policy management platform with OnBase to match record classes with document types and populate appropriate retention rules in OnBase with a single click. The solution delivers automation of policy and assures compliance through the consistent application and execution of retention rules.

  • Contegix Appoints Partha Teerdhala as Chief Technology Officer: Contegix has named tech industry veteran Partha Teerdhala as its new chief technology officer. Teerdhala will be responsible for driving the technology and product direction for the company. He most recently served as vice president of cloud services at Century Link where he was responsible for a $450M product portfolio. With extensive experience across public, private, hybrid and multi-cloud platforms and application services, Teerdhala brings deep expertise in cloud-based managed applications to Contegix.  Prior to Century Link, he held leadership roles at Verizon Cloud and Neustar in product and technology.

 

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Hybrid IT Solutions Firm NYI Joins Independent Data Center Alliance

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NYI has joined the Independent Data Center Alliance, an industry-led group of single-digit data center operators with a mission of advancing the market presence of independent data center operators.

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Rubrik, NetApp Launch Joint Cloud Data Management Solution

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Rubrik has collaborated with NetApp for the launch of ‘Rubrik Cloud Data Management for NetApp StorageGRID.’ The solution combines Rubrik’s platform with object storage to automate data lifecycle management through Rubrik’s control plane, while using StorageGRID as a cloud-scale object-based archive target.

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ARIN’s Policy Development Process – Coming Soon to Wherever You Are

You asked, we delivered. At a recent Public Policy and Members (PPMM) Meeting we had a request from the community to offer the Policy Development Process Tutorial as a webinar, and we thought it was a great idea! At the start of each PPMM meeting, we offer a Policy Development Process Tutorial and a Newcomer Orientation for those who are new to an ARIN meeting and want to learn more about what to expect. We are now excited to offer this information to a wider audience to encourage more participation in developing policies for the ARIN region, and to make it more accessible for interested Internet community members.

Is this webinar for you?

The answer is most likely yes! This is a great opportunity
for newcomers to ARIN’s Policy Development Process (PDP), and also for seasoned
veterans who are looking to refine their skills. This tutorial is advantageously
taking place right before ARIN 44, so it’s
a great opportunity to brush up on how policies work at ARIN, and to learn
about the ways you can participate in the process.

What should you expect?

This tutorial will include an overview of what Internet
number resource policy means to you, steps from proposal to policy, and the key
players in moving the process along. Some of the topics we’ll discuss include:

  1. What Internet number resource policies mean to
    ARIN and to you
  2. How these policies are developed by the ARIN
    community
  3. Who participates in the PDP
  4. When key PDP steps occur
  5. Why you should get involved
  6. Where you can get started

Ready to sign up?

It’s really easy to join. Register for this free tutorial by
signing
up here, and we will email you the details that you’ll need to join us. We
will be hosting the webinar twice in the month of October. You can sign up for
whichever one best fits your schedule.

  • 3 October 2019
    • 1:00 – 2:00 PM (EDT)
  • 23 October 2019
    • 1:00 – 2:00 PM (EDT)

As always, we truly value input from our community. We are
excited to bring this community suggestion to life, and we look forward to
sharing information about our policy development process to encourage more
participation.

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CAPRE’s Data Center Round Up for September 26, 2019

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Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for September 26, 2019:

  • Data Foundry to add 27,000 Square Feet of White Floor Space and 4MW to its Houston 2 Data Center Campus: Data Foundry will construct a new 27,000-square-foot data hall with 4 MW of capacity as an addition to the company’s 350,000-square-foot master-planned Houston 2 data center campus in the Greenpoint district. Driven by customer demand for more capacity and Houston business growth, the project is expected to be completed and ready for customer deployments in Q4 2019. Houston 2 provides dedicated office space, lockers, showers, a washer and dryer, a break room and a kitchen, provisioning for tenants and employees who may have to remain at the data center throughout major weather events. Data Foundry’s facilities not only protect mission-critical IT infrastructure, they protect the people who run it and the customers who utilize it, ensuring business continuity 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • NYI Joins The Independent Data Center Alliance: New York Internet (NYI) has joined the Independent Data Center Alliance (IND-DCA), an industry-led group of single-digit data center operators with a mission of advancing the market presence of independent data center operators. By joining the alliance, NYI will leverage its core competency in delivering a comprehensive set of high-touch hybrid IT and edge solutions across cloud, colocation and bare metal to meet growing global demand for next-generation connectivity. By becoming a member of the IND-DCA, NYI aligns its capabilities and market presence to more effectively provide and promote its flexible integrated hybrid IT solutions and strategic partnerships in key markets across the U.S. Having just acquired a new facility in Chicago, the company’s expanded footprint will offer both new and existing clients additional options for disaster recovery and business continuity while providing international clients access to its substantial footprint in New York City and low-latency access to the Chicago market.

  • QTS and Metro Fiber Networks Announce Availability of Strategic Dark Fiber Network at the QTS Richmond NAP: Metro Fiber Networks, owner and operator of 100% underground dark fiber network solutions in Virginia, and QTS Realty Trust, a leading provider of hybrid colocation and mega scale data center solutions, today announced that MFN has completed the build-out of MFN’s all-underground strategic high-count dark fiber network into QTS’ 1.3 million square foot strategic mega data center in Richmond, VA. Metro Fiber Networks is now offering dark fiber solutions providing new opportunities for customers in need of colocation connecting to the world’s lowest latency, highest capacity subsea cables, MAREA and BRUSA, that terminate in the QTS Richmond Network Access Point. The QTS Richmond NAP is a major connectivity hub in the Mid-Atlantic region offering hyperscale and enterprise-grade hybrid colocation solutions. The carrier-neutral facility offers customers access to a multitude of terrestrial fiber networks, sub-sea cables landing in Virginia Beach, cloud ecosystems, SDN-providers and Internet Exchanges.

  • Compass Datacenter Receives Award for Work With Veterans: Compass Datacenters’ CEO Chris Crosby was recently given an award of recognition for Compass’ work with veterans over the years. Salute Mission Critical is an organization that is focused on taking veterans and training them for work in the data center field, and Compass has been using Salute grads for years. Compass Datacenter’s CEO Chris Crosby says the decision to partner with Salute was an easy one for him, not just because of the great cause, but because of the quality of talent they receive.

  • TierPoint Announces Hosted Private Cloud Powered by Nutanix AHV: TierPoint, a leading provider of secure, connected data center and cloud solutions at the edge of the internet, today added a Nutanix AHV hypervisor based offering to its earlier announced managed service, Hosted Private Cloud powered by Nutanix Enterprise Cloud software. AHV is Nutanix’s native, enterprise-grade, high-performance virtualization platform that is license free and integrated with the Enterprise Cloud OS. On its near-term product roadmap, TierPoint is also developing a Nutanix-powered Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution, with native Nutanix replication and DR run book orchestration.

  • T5 Data Centers Names Jason Walker as New Senior Vice President of Business Development: T5 Data Centers, the industry leader in building and operating secure, customizable hyperscale computing environments, today announced the appointment of Jason Walker to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Business Development. In his new role, Walker will leverage his extensive experience in the data center industry to accelerate T5’s growing portfolio of global data centers and services. Jason comes to T5 from Schneider Electric where he worked for the past sixteen years, most recently as Managing Director, Cloud and Data Center Service Provider Segment. Jason brings more than two decades of data center and IT enterprise expertise to T5. Walker’s unique perspective to understanding the full cycle of a customer deployment will represent T5 Facilities Management and T5 Construction Services extremely well.

 

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