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ARIN 44 Day 1 Daily Recap

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“Do you know why spiders make great web developers? Because they’re great at finding bugs.” (We heard a lot of great jokes throughout today’s Halloween meeting, so thought we’d share one of our favorites here.)

Welcome to Austin! Today marked the official start of ARIN 44, and we’ve been off to a great start with a lot going on. For those who are unable to be here in person, it’s easy to join us remotely for tomorrow’s session. You can watch our online webcast, follow along with our live transcript, and participate through chat. Register before tomorrow so we can add you to the chat rooms. Here’s a bat’s eye view of everything that’s happened so far at ARIN 44. Happy Halloween!

A Spooky Good Time

Yesterday afternoon began with our Fellows Meet and Greet where
our ARIN 44 Fellows and their mentors mingled and introduced themselves. That
was followed up by an informative Newcomer Orientation. During this
presentation, Leslie Nobile, Senior Director of Global Registry
Knowledge, provided a short
overview of ARIN, what to expect at ARIN 44, and how to participate at the
meeting. Directly following the orientation, Sean Hopkins, Policy Analyst, gave
his Policy Development Process (PDP) tutorial to help guide newcomers through
our PDP and give them the knowledge to engage comfortably in policy discussions
throughout the meeting.

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Thursday morning greeted us with crisp air, hot coffee, and nice
conversations before we began the first official day of the meeting. John
Curran, ARIN President and CEO, presented opening announcements. Following
that, John Sweeting, Senior Director of Registration Services, presented the Internet Number Resource Status Report, which is prepared by all five of
the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). Cathy Aronson, our IETF Reporter, took
to the mic next to offer her crowd-pleasing IETF Activities report, which received several
compliments. John Curran then opened the policy block and shared information
about the Adopted IPv4 Waitlist Policy Recommendation before we dove into our next
policy discussion of the meeting:

  • Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2018-6: Clarify
    Reassignment Requirements in 4.2.3.7.1
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After we returned from a refreshing break, we picked up where we left off in the policy block with:

  • Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2019-1: Clarify
    Section 4 IPv4 Request Requirements

John Sweeting returned to the mic to present his Policy Implementation and Experience Report before Alicia
Trotman, ARIN AC Member, presented the next Recommended Draft Policy.

  • Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2019-3: Update
    4.10 – IPv6 Deployment Block

Richard Jimmerson, Chief Operating
Officer, offered an interesting presentation about what ARIN has been doing to
promote IPv6 adoption over
past few decades, and shared what we plan to do moving forward into 2020. We’re
also seeking your feedback on what else we can be doing to promote IPv6. Email
us your thoughts at get6@arin.net!

After lunch, we returned to listen as Wendy Leedy, Member
Engagement Specialist, provided details about our upcoming ARIN election. Following that, we heard
speeches by all our candidates for the Number Resource Organization (NRO)
Number Council, ARIN Advisory Council and Board of Trustees. We were then
treated to an interesting (and brand new) Board Candidate Forum. The Board of
Trustees candidates sat down to answer questions posed by you, the community. Be
sure to cast your vote in this very important election!
Voting is now open and closes Friday, 8 November at 6:00 PM ET.

After the break, we headed into the final four draft policy
discussions of the day:

  • Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2019-8:
    Clarification of Section 4.10 for Multiple Discreet Networks
  • Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2019-10:
    Inter-RIR M&A
  • Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2019-15:
    Hijacking Authorization Not-Intended
  • Draft Policy ARIN-2019-17: Returned Addresses
    to the 4.10 Reserved Pool

We followed the policy block with an Open Microphone session, before John Curran closed us out with a special toast to Susan Hamlin, Senior Communications and Member Services Director, to congratulate her on her upcoming retirement. We want to thank Susan for her nearly 20 years of service to the ARIN region and wish her a happy retirement!

If you’re interested in taking a closer look at any of the
presentations we heard today, head to the ARIN 44 website. Now we’re off to the ARIN Social
tonight where we will network with our fellow meeting attendees and celebrate
Halloween with good music and a costume contest.

See you back here tomorrow, and don’t forget to vote!

Trick or Tweet

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Do you trust your domain name registrar?

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Read the terms, but also consider which company you trust to hold your domains.

My story this week about Uniregistry adding a late renewal fee has snowballed. People actually read Uniregistry’s terms for perhaps the first time, and they didn’t like everything they saw.

The language suggests that Uniregistry can take your domain away without giving a grace period. That would obviously be bad.

But take a look at many other registrar’s terms of service and registration agreements and you’ll see something similar. They often reserve the right to not allow renewal past the expiration.

There are other terms in agreements, especially registry agreements, that let many parties take your domain name away.

Despite what Uniregistry’s terms say, the company told Website Hosting Review, “Uniregistry.com has never and will never simply appropriate someone’s domain name immediately upon expiration.”

Ultimately, choosing which registrar you work with comes down to more than a question of what’s in their legal terms. It comes down to a question of trust. Who do you trust to serve as your registrar and not screw you?

I’ve observed the trust factor of various registrars ebb and flow over the years. Sometimes it’s because key personnel leave or the company is taken over. Sometimes the registrar is run unethically, other times it’s run ineptly.

I definitely encourage domain investors to read the terms they agree to. But I also suggest that they think about which registrar they trust.

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CAPRE’s Data Center Round Up for October 31, 2019

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Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for October 31, 2019:

  • Digital Realty To Acquire Interxion in Largest DC Acquisition Ever: Digital Realty and Interxion will combine their businesses to create a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions. Interxion shareholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 0.7067 Digital Realty shares per Interxion share. The transaction values Interxion at approximately $93.48 USD per ordinary share or approximately $8.4 Billion USD of total enterprise value, including assumed net debt. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by shareholders of Interxion and shareholders of Digital Realty. Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein will serve as CEO of the combined company.  Interxion Chief Executive Officer David Ruberg will serve as the Chief Executive of the combined company’s Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) business, which will be branded “Interxion, a Digital Realty company” at the close of the transaction.
  • Aligned Energy Breaks Ground on Second Salt Lake Metro Data Center: Aligned Energy, a leading data center provider offering innovative, sustainable and adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions for cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers, announces the expansion of its Salt Lake Metro data center campus, breaking ground on a second facility in West Jordan, Utah.  The expansion is driven by the addition of a new anchor customer as well as demand for adaptable, scalable data center infrastructure in the Western technology hub. Aligned’s SLC data center campus will feature the Company’s patented Delta Cube (Delta) cooling technology, which allows customers to scale up to 50 kW per rack without having to reconfigure existing infrastructure, disperse equipment, or require large-scale CapEx investments — all while maintaining industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and utilizing up to 80% less energy and 85% less water. Combined with Aligned’s patented CACTUS unit, this cooling solution delivers efficiency at any load, in any climate, regardless of location to support customers’ sustainability goals.
  • Maincubes Expands Network in Germany with a New CO2-Neutral Data Center: maincubes is expanding its network of highly available data centers: In addition to the data centers in Amsterdam and Frankfurt, the data center operator is planning a further data center in the Rhine-Main area, which will focus on sustainability in particular. Approximately 8,500 square meters of white space are to be built on five floors – with CO2-neutral operation and specific offers providing customers with a secure and climate-friendly home for their infrastructure. More and more companies are opting for colocation and are thus looking for a strategically central region such as the Rhine-Main area. Here, they benefit from direct access to the world’s largest internet hub, DE-CIX. With FRA02, maincubes continues its expansion course and at the same time sets an example for sustainable customer orientation.
  • Zayo Announces Largest Capacity Wavelengths Deal: Zayo Group Holdings has signed a deal for the largest amount of capacity sold on any route in a single deal in the company’s history. The deal will provide the customer with approximately 5 terabits (Tb) of capacity to connect key data centers. “Our customers are no longer talking gigabits — they’re talking terabits on multiple diverse routes,” said Julia Robin, senior vice president of Transport at Zayo. “Zayo’s owned infrastructure, scalable capacity on unique routes and ability to turn up services quickly positions us to be the provider of choice for high-capacity infrastructure.”

  • Bitmain Selects DMG to Manage North American Facility: DMG Blockchain Solutions has entered into a preliminary agreement with Bitmain Technologies to provide hosting and management services for Bitmain’s Texas facility. 50 MW of power are currently available, with the potential to expand to 300 MW, making it one of, if not the largest bitcoin mining facilities in the world. Bitmain and DMG will work together to expand the capacity and to ensure efficient operations of Bitmain’s newest technology ASIC miners. DMG’s CEO, Dan Reitzik commented, “Being chosen by the world’s leading bitcoin mining company is a great testament to the capabilities of DMG’s mining team. Over the past several months, Bitmain visited many large facilities throughout North America including DMG’s flagship facility in British Columbia, Canada. We look forward to working together to build and manage North America’s largest and most efficient mining facility, running the world’s most advanced crypto mining technologies.”

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Plesk APAC Partner Day 2019 brought together leaders in hosting and the cloud industry

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The Plesk APAC Partner Day 2019 event kicked off in Singapore on October 11, bringing together the web hosts, tech enthusiasts, and like-minded people in the industry.

With the theme “Drive Digital Transformation Now”, the event explored what’s new in Plesk Obsidian, a look behind the development of Obsidian, WordPress Community insights, valuable marketing tips, and much more.

Plesk Obsidian is a powerful management platform for servers, websites, applications, as well as hosting & cloud businesses. It became generally available this month only. Full details and the new features of Plesk Obsidian are available here.

Along with these, the Plesk APAC Partner Day 2019 also provided a platform to the attendees to meet peers, inspiring speakers, and explore new opportunities to network and connect with experts and leaders in the industry.

There were around ten sessions about Plesk Obsidian, Managed WordPress hosting, the impact of digital transformation on the web hosting industry, expanding business with Acronis, etc.

These were the key topics discussed at the event:

  • The Rise Of Plesk Obsidian – Jan Löffler, CTO, Plesk
  • A look behind the scenes of Plesk Obsidian Development – Andrey Kugaevsky, Senior Program Manager, Plesk
  • Vickson’s Diaries – Vickson Tan, Graphic web designer and digital marketing strategist, Exabytes
  • Bloggers need Managed WordPress Hosting too! – Liew Cheon Fong, WordPress consultant
  • How to build a WordPress Millenium Falcon with Plesk Extensions – Markus Galler, VP of Sales, Plesk
  • Stranger Things on WordPress Hosting – Sam Suresh, Founder of MU DOT MY PLT
  • Patricia’s Guide to the Galaxy – Patricia Hillebrand, Director of Global Channels, Plesk
  • Automating protection and expanding business with Acronis – Oleg Prosvetov, Technology consultant, Acronis
  • From Complexity to Simplicity – Maik Broemme, Senior Product Manager, Virtuozzo
  • How Digital Transformation affects the Hosting Industry – Gavin Gibson, COO and Co-Founder, Dreamescape Networks, Singapore; Andy Saw, COO, Exabytes Networks; Manoj Dhanda, CEO and Founder, MicroHost
Also read: Web Werks announces partnership with Plesk to offer fully integrated hosting services across India

The Plesk APAC Partner Day 2019 was a great success, with positive responses from the web hosts, partners, and other attendees. If you attended the event, let us know your experience via the comments below.

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phoenixNAP Launches FlexServers, Offering Vertical CPU Scaling on Bare Metal Servers

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Phoenix, AZ, october 29, 2019 – phoenixNAP®, a global IT services provider offering security-focused cloud infrastructure, dedicated servers, colocation, and specialized Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) technology solutions, today announced availability of FlexServers, a revolutionary new bare metal server platform based on 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors. Enabling unprecedented agility for organizations to scale among seven different Intel Xeon Scalable CPU performance configurations with a reboot, FlexServers provide a new level of infrastructure efficiency.

Developed in collaboration with Intel, the FlexServers platform is built for data-driven organizations that handle intensive and evolving workloads such as high-performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence/deep learning (AI/DL), and machine learning (ML). Using a customized Intel Speed Select technology, the solution is unique in its ability to allow users to modulate CPU characteristics up to 7 different performance configurations simply by requesting a server reboot. With the ability to change CPU configurations without hardware updates or complex installations, organizations can improve the efficiency of their IT infrastructure and more flexibly plan their IT budgets.

“Collaborating with Intel for years, we are the first IT services provider to implement and present its configurable Intel Xeon processor technology to the public,” said Ian McClarty, president at phoenixNAP. “FlexServers utilize 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors with enhanced configuration flexibility to allow for vertical CPU scaling without hardware updates or migrating data. We can simply reboot a server per client’s demand and provide them with new capabilities in a matter of minutes.”

“Intel strives to introduce capabilities in our platforms that increase value for cloud service end-users and simplify their IT operations.” said Jason Grebe, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Cloud Platforms and Technology Group at Intel. “phoenixNAP is now offering our new, unique software-configurable 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors that enable users to precisely dial in the optimal performance level for their workloads and budget on the same server.”

Compared to the previous generation CPUs, the 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors provide a higher per core performance, new built-in AI acceleration with Intel Deep Learning Boost technology, plus support for greater memory capacity and speeds and, as a custom FlexServer option, support for Intel Optane DC persistent memory that additionally help in accelerating performance of data-hungry workloads. These features make FlexServers ideal for companies with highly dynamic and complex workloads such as high-transaction databases, deep learning, media, gaming or HPC.

As a global IT services provider, phoenixNAP enables deployment of these servers in five strategic global locations – Phoenix, AZ, Ashburn, VA, Chicago, IL, Amsterdam, NL, and Singapore. The available service configurations include dual processor (2S) servers with 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs with performance configurations ranging from 20 to 48 CPU cores and base frequencies from 2.1 to 2.7 GHz.

“With Intel Deep Learning Boost instruction sets, FlexServers provide a powerful platform for AI-focused inference workloads,” said William Bell Executive Vice President of Product at phoenixNAP, “At the same time, increased core counts and clock speeds of these Intel Xeon Scalable processors further improve performance of enterprise-focused applications and highly virtualized environments. We are thrilled to collaborate with Intel on this launch and be the first provider in the world to publicly offer a possibility of vertical CPU scaling on bare metal.”

“With the introduction of FlexServers we aim to provide unmatched value and flexibility not seen before on bare metal server platforms,” said Martin Wielomski, Director of Products – Infrastructure Services at phoenixNAP. “Flexible pricing options based on CPU scaling and our global deployments provide new level of agility to our clients not just on the technology level, but also from a business perspective as they enable them to run their operations with more confidence.”

To learn more about FlexServers and order, visit phoenixnap.com/servers/flexservers

Intel, Xeon and Optane are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.

phoenixNAP is a Premier Service Provider in the VMware® Cloud Provider Program and a Platinum Veeam® Cloud & Service Provider partner. phoenixNAP is also a PCI DSS Validated Service Provider and its flagship facility is SOC Type 1 and SOC Type 2 audited.

ABOUT PHOENIXNAP

phoenixNAP® is a global IT services provider with a focus on cyber security and compliance-readiness, whose progressive Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions are delivered from strategic edge locations worldwide. Its cloud, dedicated servers, hardware leasing and colocation options are built to meet always evolving IT businesses requirements. Providing comprehensive disaster recovery solutions, DDoS-protected global network, hybrid IT deployments with software and hardware-based security, phoenixNAP fully supports its clients’ business continuity planning. Offering scalable and resilient opex solutions with expert staff to assist, phoenixNAP supports growth and innovation in businesses of any size enabling their digital transformation. Visit www.phoenixnap.com and follow us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and YouTube for more information.

MEDIA CONTACT

Bojana Dobran
Senior Marketing Specialist
phoenixNAP
bojanad@phoenixnap.com
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BREAKING CRE NEWS: Fed Cuts Interest Rates for Third Time in 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an unprecedented move, the Federal Reserve has decided to cut interest rates for the third time this year. The decision comes as the U.S. economy continues to show slow growth, largely thanks to highly publicized trade disputes as well as weak global growth. The federal funds rate will hover between 1.5% and 1.75% for the time being, and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell made a strong hint that the rates would stay at that rate for the foreseeable future.

According to Powell, 1.5%-1.75% is “likely to remain appropriate” for what the Fed expects to happen to the economy — specifically moderate economic growth, a strong labor market an inflation rate of ~2%. Powell also advised that if any of those indicators significantly change, the rate would likely change accordingly.

Consequently, traders welcomed the news, and Wall Street closed at a new all-time high. The S&P 500 index increased by 10 points, or 0.3%, to 2,046, which is a new record closing high. Meanwhile the Dow Jones industrial average almost hit its own record high too; it gained 116 points, or 0.4%, to reach 27,188.

“The Fed pretty much signaled they are in pause mode and will wait to see if we continue to see positive developments with the US-China trade war. The outlook on the economy was upbeat and this was unnecessary as they have given many hawkish hints that they could be closer to bending back toward rate increases. Inflation is anchored, albeit somewhat firmer recently, but nowhere near running the risk of running hot,” said Edward Moya, of top trading firm OANDA. “Powell delivered a hawkish cut that has pretty much locked the Fed into keeping the rates on hold in December and possibly into the spring, despite huge geopolitical risks from the trade war and Brexit. A lot could go wrong in a moment’s notice and this may go down as huge policy mistake.”

Regional Presidents Esther George of Kansas City and Eric Rosengren of Boston, voted against the reduction (as they did during the previous cut), with both taking on the opinion that the committee should have kept the rate at its former figure.

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Best Web Hosting in Singapore — Go Global or Stay Local?

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Time to check out the Asia-Pacific hosting market.

After all, 49% of online users come from the largest and most populous continent.

In case you’ve missed it, we already covered the best hosts in the UK, Australia, Canada, and India.

But all eyes are on Singapore now. The tiny Asian island nation is actually a key technology and communications hub. This is why web hosting in Singapore is such a hot topic right now.

Before we dive into it, let’s have a fun history lesson.

Do you know where the name Singapore comes from?

The literal translation of the word from Sanskrit/Malay means Lion City. Legend has it that a Sumatran prince saw a lion on the shores of the island and wanted to celebrate its majesty.

But wait a minute.

There are no lions in Singapore!

On the other hand, there are plenty of tigers, which was probably what the prince saw.

Can you imagine if he called it Tiger City? It would be something like Harimaupore or तिगेर चित्य in Sanskrit.

Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it?

But enough about history — you are here to find out all about the best Singapore hosting providers. And that mission starts with understanding the local market.

Singapore Hosting Market

The hosting industry in Singapore is booming. There is more than enough customer demand, and the technological environment is suitable for continuous growth.


In fact, the Singapore hosting market processes over 2.5 billion GB of data daily.
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The country is a preferred choice of many major companies like Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to best serve their Asian audiences.

Global commercial real estate corporation Cushman&Wakefield recently voted Singapore as the “Most robust Asian market for data centers.”

Everything sounds dandy and peachy.

There is one problem, though.

Singapore is running out of land.

Despite historical territorial expansions, the island country is still one of the smallest in Asia, spanning a mere 725 square km (about 280 square miles). Singapore is even behind Palestine and Brunei in that aspect.

The land shortage and rising operational costs are the two pressing issues the industry needs to tackle. If hosting providers find a way to overcome them — it’s smooth sailing from there on out.

So which are the best local and global web hosting companies in Singapore?

Let’s find out.

Best Local Hosting in Singapore

Our first stop is the regional market. Singapore hosts seem in tune with the technology trends, but do they have what it takes to fend off the big international corporations?

1. Exabytes

+ Feature-rich plans

+ Free SSL

+ Daily backups

+ Free domain whois protection

Score: A

Price: from S$3.99/mo


Exabytes is one of the two largest hosting conglomerates in Singapore. The company was established in 2001 and now powers over 100,000 websites.
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The Exabytes services follow three distinct principles — Simplify, Innovate, and Grow.

In its 18 years of existence, the host has won numerous awards for innovation and business excellence.

Exabytes utilizes some of the best SG servers in two strategically located data centers — in Paya Lebar and Tai Seng Drive, Singapore.

Exabytes Features

Being a part of a large conglomerate with strong financial backing means you can afford to be a bit more generous with your offers.

Exabytes takes full advantage of that freedom.

The provider flaunts three luscious-looking shared hosting deals:

Best web hosting in Singapore - Exabytes plans

The entry-level plan gives you 10GB disk space, 20GB monthly bandwidth, and ten email accounts. That’s not too shabby, especially considering you also have an SSL certificate, daily backups, and domain protection included for free.

Going up the ladder, you get significantly more server resources and the ability to host a large number of websites on a single account.

You can upgrade each package to a Premium one, аnd from what I can gather, that switches your disk space to SSD, turns bandwidth to unlimited, and adds a free domain name.

The price tags look quite affordable for shared hosting in Singapore as well. Even the tier-3 package stands at S$7.99, which can beat many well-known global providers.

Best web hosting in Singapore - great deal meme

Exabytes Support

Exabytes advertises across-the-board support services. You have access to a 9-to-5 GMT+8 phone line, plus chat, email, and ticketing services.

So far, so good.

The first time I tried the messenger, it seemed to connect me immediately. I started things off with a playful “hello.”

Silence.

After a couple of minutes, I wasn’t sure if my response got through, so I tried the much more аnxious-sounding “hello, anyone there?”

Deafening silence again.

I sat around for ten more minutes, but since there was nothing to do, I just left.

I later got an email explaining the live chat was only available during business hours, GMT+8 time.

Nothing on the window indicated the support was offline, but ok, let’s give it another go.

This time I did get through to an operator who, in all fairness, was able to answer my questions.

But boy was he slow.

Each reply took at least a couple of minutes, even though my queries were pretty straightforward.

For what it’s worth, Exabyte’s knowledge base is full of useful tutorials and guides, so if you are into self-learning — you can go from there.

Verdict

Exabytes provides some of the best SG website hosting services for a number of reasons. The company keeps a fine balance between features and price in order to serve businesses of various sizes. The lack of adequate live support is an alarming fact, but the host tries to compensate with extensive tutorials and self-helpers.

2. Vodien

+ Fast servers

+ Unlimited data transfer

+ Advanced security and monitoring

Score B+

Price: from S$10.00/mo

Vodien Internet Solutions is the other significant name on the Singapore hosting stage.

The host started operating as a graphic and web design business back in 2002 as Vodien Studios. Three years later, it changed course and rebranded to what later became a top web hosting company in Singapore.


In 2017, DreamScape Networks acquired Vodien Internet Solutions for a reported fee of nearly $30 million.
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Today, the provider is responsible for the hosting services of 210,000+ websites.

Vodien Features

Even though Vodien’s primary focus is Singapore, the company also employs data centers in Australia, the US, and the UK.

The key here is freedom of choice.

That’s why Vodien ensures you have enough shared hosting deals to pick from:

Best web hosting in Singapore - Vodien plans

As you can see, there are five plans at your disposal:

  • webValue
  • webPlus
  • webExpert
  • webElite
  • webUltimate

Three aspects separate the packages — amount of space, number of websites, and email accounts.

Apart from that, it’s a pretty straightforward deal. You get a cPanel with unlimited subdomains, parked domains, and FTP accounts. You can activate a free SSL and add a secure HTTPS connection, so all your visitors feel safe. The backups happen on a weekly basis.

Standard stuff, but enough to get your project on the road.

Vodien Support

Unlike Exabytes, Vodien advertises 24/7 support across multiple channels. You have a phone line, chat, email, a rich tutorial archive.

Everything seems perfect…a little too perfect.

I already found a few discrepancies on the Vodien website, so I was eager to clear things out with an actual person.

There was a chat popup, and this is where I first headed.

You know how these support messenger apps always ask you for your name, email address, and a short question as a topic of conversation?

Imagine my disbelief when I went through those only to get a “your EMAIL has been sent” message.

A few hours later, I got word from Vodien, stating my “question” is not clear enough.

Best web hosting in Singapore - oh really meme

Of course, it’s not clear. I just wrote “ecommerce shop Singapore” imagining I was heading to a live chat with a real person.

I replied with a few queries, but this lack of live chat continued to bug me.

Was I wrong?

Did I not see support was available only during business hours?

Did the chat have an offline message?

Once again, I checked the website, and there it was — 24/7 support, live chat, currently online.

Second try — same thing — thanks for your email.

This suspiciously seems like false advertising for me.

Update: I received a reply the next day, offering an apology and explaining that when the live messenger gets too busy, new entries jump straight to email. Some indication on the popup would be great, but I’ll take that reasoning.

Verdict

Vodien holds the #4 place (and first among local hosts) in terms of market share in Singapore for a reason. The company provides a stable and reliable service with plenty of options for different types of clients. Customer support is the only apparent problematic area that Vodien might want to improve.

3. APC Hosting

+ SSD storage

+ Advanced security with Imunify360 and Cloudflare

+ 30-day money back guarantee

Score B+

Price: from S$5.00/mo

APC Hosting was founded in 2003 and has been going strong ever since.

The provider offers a full range of web services — Linux and Windows packages, Cloud VPS and Dedicated servers, even co-location deals.


APC Hosting powers 10,000+ clients and their 20,000+ websites in its Tier-III+ facility in Jurong, Singapore.
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The company supports a range of extra services, such as server management, email spam filtering, and DNS hosting.

Even though it serves clients from all over the world, APC gives its fair share to the local community, organizing and sponsoring many cultural projects and events.

APC Hosting Features

APC Hosting offers three shared hosting plans, called Basic, Standard, and Professional.

Whichever you choose, you can upgrade at any point. Any leftover time will be added to your new package and billed at the new rate.

Best web hosting in Singapore - APC Hosting

First thing you might notice is the storage space — much less than what most providers in our web hosting comparison have to offer. The key is it’s SSD. It works like a rocket booster for your website and makes up for a much more secure and reliable solution.


All APC accounts pack a free SSL certificate, Cloudflare CDN, and an automatic script installer.
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If you need to host unlimited websites — you will struggle to find a better partner than APC Hosting. Unlike most hosts, there is no cap on the number of projects, even on the smallest package.

Pricing looks affordable, and as the APC support confirmed, the renewal rates are the same as the introductory ones.

The three packages come at S$5.00/mo, S$10.00/mo, and S$15.00/mo accordingly. Prepaying a year in advance saves you two months’ fees on the Standard and Pro packages.

APC Hosting Support

I was already getting used to providers of web hosting in Singapore not following up on their support promises.

So when I got connected to a live person in less than a minute, I was ecstatic.

APC quickly managed to turn my smile to a frown when the operator started taking 3-4 minutes for each reply, sometimes even without checking my entire questions.

All I wanted was to clear out a couple of billing and WordPress concerns but to no avail.

At one point, the operator told me this was not a sales chat (even though I chose this department specifically), and he was, in fact, part of the technical team.

Even better, I have some tech questions for you…

Best web hosting in Singapore - Uh-oh

I don’t think he saw that coming.

After another few minutes of waiting, I just left the chat.

I later got an email with an answer to my question, but that was far too long of a wait for a simple query.

APC hosting adds access to a phone line and messaging system, which is available Mon-Fri between 9 am and 6 pm GMT+8.

Internal ticketing is open 24/7 for technical support.

Verdict

When it comes to reliable website hosting in Singapore, APC Hosting is up there with the big boys. The company has a strong focus on performance and security, as its hardware infrastructure makes apparent. Support is not APC’s strong suit, but at least they are present. A smart choice for startups and SMBs.

4. Usonyx

+ No traffic caps

+ 7-day backup restore

+ Tuned for performance

Score B

Price: from S$9.00/mo

Usonyx is one of the oldest web hosting providers in Singapore.

Founded way back in 1997, the company mainly targets Cloud VPS and Dedicated Server users. The extensive server knowledge and strive for innovation allowed Usonyx to quickly expand and add extra services for domain names, WP websites, and more.


In 2014, Usonyx was acquired by leading Asian web server and hosting provider Exabytes.
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To this day, Uso continues to develop and implement new security and optimization solutions utilizing cloud tech.

Usonyx Features

Four shared packages currently fill up the Usonyx portfolio:

  • BeCloud10
  • BeCloud20
  • BeCloud30
  • BeCloud50

Those numbers apparently relate to the number of mailboxes or databases on each plan.

Best web hosting in Singapore - Usonyx

Apart from the features above, there is not much separating the deals. They all carry the option of unlimited-everything in the cPanel — subdomains, parked domains, FTP accounts.

But that’s pretty much it.

No intricate security optimizations or fancy add-ons. Not even as paid extras, as far as I can tell.

Looks good enough for startups, but growing businesses might find the feature set insufficient at some point.

Usonyx Support

When I first learned Usonyx was under the Exabytes command, I only had one thought in mind.

Please let it have its own support team.

Please let it have its own support team.

Please let it have its own support team.

…it did not have its own support team.

My live chat experience was identical to the one at Exabytes — either unresponsive or slow operators with limited knowledge.

Usonyx mostly operates through phone (9-17 GMT+8) and emails for sales and technical queries.

I found no knowledge base, but there is a helpful blog, which seems to be regularly updated with articles about the hosting basics.

Verdict

Usonyx is a prominent Singapore server provider with long experience in the hosting business. The company knows heaps about hardware and how to make it run faster. Its shared packages pack more than enough storage space while putting no cap on data transfer. As with other local hosts, support assistance is quite basic, so it’s not the best choice for beginners.

Best Global Hosts

Time to expand our horizons. Which are the top global names worth mentioning when we look for Singapore hosting?

1. SiteGround

+ WordPress-optimized plans

+ Remarkable support

+ SSD storage space

+ Free SSL and CDN

Score A+

Price: from S$5.99

SiteGround is a company that needs little introduction.

In fact, I’ll let the numbers do the talking.


Since 2004, SiteGround has grown to 500 employees in 4 international offices, servicing over 1.8 million domain names.
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The company offers probably the best Singapore WordPress hosting, hands down. The active participation in the evolution of the CMS has earned the host an official partnership recognition from the WP developers.

If that’s not enough to convince you, don’t worry, we’ve got a lot more coming your way.

SiteGround Features

SiteGround ensures even its lowest-cost offering is good enough for most new clients. Growing bigger, you have enough options to scale without any service interruptions.

Best web hosting in Singapore - SiteGround plans

Feature-wise, SiteGround has a lot to offer to anyone looking for web hosting in Singapore, especially compared to local providers.

Each package comes with a free SSL, Cloudflare CDN, daily backups, even SSH access for the technically-versed.

Moving up, you can benefit from advanced WordPress features, a proprietary caching plugin, and prioritized support.

There are so many features I am sure to miss some good ones.

Despite this abundance, the introductory prices are not off the roof. In fact, with the StartUp plan coming at just S$5.99/mo, you are looking at quite the cost-effective deal.

If you like SiteGround, it’s best to go for a longer-term plan so you can secure the promo rate for the whole length of the deal. After that, renewal prices tend to be much steeper, so you have to rearrange your budget.

SiteGround Support

When hosting companies focus on technology and features, customer support often takes a back seat.

That’s not the case with SiteGround.

Not only do they offer 24/7 support services via live chat, phone, email, and ticketing, but they are actually doing it right.

Connection to the chat? Immediate.

Have sales questions? Nothing you cannot ask.

Need WordPress-specific help? That’s the place.

You have no idea where to start? Your operator will patiently walk you through the steps.

There’s little they can’t do, really. Even in such rare cases, they’ll escalate your issue to a superior and still have it resolved in no time.

This is exactly how efficient support should operate.

Verdict

Siteground is a great all-round company with substantial experience behind its back. The host balances a wide range of services with competent support assistance. The fact that SiteGround utilizes web servers in Singapore makes it all the more lucrative for businesses in the Asia-Pacific region.

2. Hostinger

+ Very affordable

+ Fast servers

+ Easy website builder

Score A

Price: from S$1.09/mo

Hostinger is a Lithuania-based hosting provider with over 29 million users worldwide.

How does it do that?

The company employs a business strategy which targets local markets and absorbs popular hosting providers from the region. By pairing up speed-optimized hardware with amazingly low prices, the host is able to dominate the market for low-budget solutions.


Hostinger ensures optimal global coverage with servers in key locations in the US, the UK, Netherlands, Lithuania, Singapore, Indonesia, and Brazil.
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By a rough estimate, the employee-owned provider gets 1,500 new signups daily, which is a new client every five seconds.

Yep, by the time you read that last sentence, Hostinger already had at least one new user.

Hostinger Features

Hostinger offers three packages for shared clients — Single, Premium, and Business. The first one lets you host a single website, while the latter two give you the option of 100 different projects.

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What are the perks you can get, regardless of the chosen plan?

Newbies will surely appreciate the easy drag-and-drop site builder, which will make their first experience with websites quite enjoyable.

Resource-wise, you are definitely getting more than you bargained for. All plans come with a lightning-fast SSD storage, and you don’t have to worry about reaching bandwidth limits either.

Watch out, though!

If you are looking for email hosting in Singapore, Hostinger might not be the best pick. All shared plans only include a single mailbox, and should you need more — you have to add an email hosting package as well.

Of course, all minor inconveniences fade out when you take a look at the price tag.

Starting at just S$1.09/mo, Hostinger is by far the cheapest provider I found in my Singapore hosting review.

Hostinger Support

Offering your services so cheap means you have to “compensate” with something else, and customer support is often the first victim.

This is why my expectations from Hostinger were not particularly high.

Boy, was I wrong.

Each time I contacted the support operators through chat, I got immediate replies. Sure, they were not always super in-depth, but enough to help even the ones with no experience in the field.

One thing I found particularly enjoyable.

Whenever I asked for something that was not possible with Hostinger, the operator always gave me suitable alternative offers from one of its sister companies.

A vast network of partners works miracles in that aspect.

Verdict

Hostinger is all about serving clients on a budget. Among other locations, the company utilizes a Singapore data center, which makes it a perfect choice for startups in the Asia-Pacific region. Despite some minor hiccups, Hostinger’s price-quality ratio is simply unbeatable.

3. GoDaddy

+ Perfect uptime

+ Free domain

+ DDoS protection

Score B

Price: from S$8.16/mo

GoDaddy is one of the biggest web hosting companies in the world (if not the biggest).

But how did that come to be?

GD was one of the first hosting providers in existence, and it put its head start into good use. Despite walking up a rocky road paved with scandals and controversies, the Arizona-based provider has expanded with gargantuan steps.


Today, GoDaddy services 19+ million clients and 78+ million domain names from 14 offices around the world.
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The host has acquired a number of web service companies in the last decade, most notably Media Temple, ManageWP, and Sucuri.

GoDaddy Features

You can choose between four robust plans with GoDaddy. On the Economy deal, you can host one website, but all limitations are off with the Deluxe, Ultimate, and Maximum packages.

Linux and Windows projects are both welcome.

Best web hosting in Singapore - GoDaddy plans

All plans come with a free domain, control panel with a one-click installer, and 24/7 security monitoring. The downside here is the HDD storage, which is much slower than SSD.

You can find other helpful extras in the more expensive deals, like free SSL and private DNS, but all in all, there isn’t a lot to work with.

The lack of cool add-on features wouldn’t be so alarming if it weren’t for the price.

Hosting a single small website will cost you at least S$8.16/mo, and that’s including the introductory promo. After the initial billing period, your monthly fee can reach S$12.25.

Not suitable for those with shallow pockets.

GoDaddy might not be a worthy competitor for fastest web hosting in Singapore, but its 100% uptime test scores certainly make it one of the most reliable.

GoDaddy Support

GoDaddy and I have a long history when it comes to support conversations. Time and time again, I’ve tested the customer care operators as part of my GD reviews.

If there is one thing that remained constant all this time, it is their mediocrity.

GoDaddy seems to outsource its support services in search of cheaper labor, which inevitably reflects on quality. The operators often service multiple brands, offer limited help, or sound like robots.

Not the kind of assistance you would hope for.

In an effort to compensate, GoDaddy opens its phone lines for clients from over 40 countries.

Self-learners can check out the archive of tutorials and how-tos.

Verdict

GoDaddy might be a company of formidable size, but there are far better contenders for best web hosting in Singapore. The GD packages are quite limited, and client support is below par. The host might stack well against local providers, but not so when it comes to international competitors.

Our Methodology

The hosting market is heavily saturated.

I mean, how can it not be?

A few hundred dollars for server rental, a little technical know-how, and you can start doing business in a day.

In fact, that’s what the plethora of startup hosts are trying to do on the current market.

The problem is their glory is often short-lived, and you can wake up one morning without a website and no warnings or explanations whatsoever.

To avoid this risk and many more, we have selected the web hosts on this list after careful analysis of the following:

  • Uptime — Any reliable Singapore host knows how to keep its client accounts online, no matter what. This includes reliable data centers, constant monitoring, and effective redundancy policies.
    We created accounts with all reviewed hosts and set up the StatusCake scanning tool to perform checks every 15 minutes. For more reliable results, we have been monitoring the uptime statistics for a minimum of one month.
  • Features — Starting a new venture or growing an existing business can be quite burdensome. You have to think about speed, security, user navigation, optimizing processes — plenty of problems to make your head spin. All the best Singapore sites have one thing in common — a reliable hosting provider behind them.
    We have reviewed each host’s in-built and add-on features to see how sufficient their offers are long-term. The more freedom and options you have — the better.
    Especially if it fits your budget.
  • Support — Building your online business does not have to be a solo adventure, so your host must be able to back you with professional support. We are not just talking about reading from a script and answering limited sales questions — we searched for the fastest, kindest, and most knowledgeable only.
  • Price — Finding the cheapest hosting in Singapore does not necessarily mean you are getting the best deal. Quite the contrary — hidden fees, steep renewal rates, and low service quality are often associated with suspiciously low pricing.
    Our price analysis included both introductory and renewal rates, converted to Singapore dollars. We compared that with the range of features to determine the cost-effectiveness of each host.

We hope our checks will be useful when it comes to making a final decision but, just in case, here are a few things you can test for yourself.

Five Things to Check Before Buying from a Singapore Hosting Provider

Picking your hosting provider in Singapore is quite similar to the process in other emerging markets. Once you determine if a local or global host would be your best bet, you can shortlist some candidates and check the following:

1. Connectivity Speed

The connectivity speed measures how fast data travels between your device and the web server. As you can imagine, that directly affects your page load times. Connectivity comprises of two separate metrics — download and upload speed.

Download speed outline how fast information travels from the server to the user device. It affects things like viewing a website, receiving an email, or downloading an app.

Upload speed relates to the data rate from the user device to the server machine. It can influence anything from uploading site changes to sending an email or sharing a file.

The good news is you don’t have to be a client to get an idea of those. You can ask your host for a speed test file to do a quick check. Any reputable provider of email and web hosting in Singapore should keep one on every server location for this particular reason.

2. Sales Assistance

The first line of support can often be the make-or-break factor in a hosting deal. Regardless of the user’s level of knowledge or experience, the provider needs to ensure they get as much extra help as they need. To what extent depends solely on the host:

  • account questions
  • first-level technical assistance
  • billing and refund queries
  • account ownership arguments

Usually, hosting companies refrain from giving too much (if any) technical assistance over live chat, but you can still get an idea of their overall support level.

Simply contact them on whichever channel you find most convenient (chat, phone, email) and test the waters with some sales questions. While you probably won’t get much in terms of their know-how, you can easily determine if the operators are fast, polite, constantly pushing links, etc.

3. Pricing Structure

Who doesn’t love a good deal?

There are plenty of those in the hosting industry.

70% off.

Get two months free.

No-cost add-ons.

You can have it all.

Dazzled by the sweet price tags, we often forget to look at the big picture.

In reality, you can find many extremely cheap Singapore hosting providers, but how many of them are budget-friendly in the long run?

When you search for a new host, make sure to check the fine print in its promotional deals.

Are there any conditions to secure the promo rate?

How long is it good for?

What prices should you expect come renewal?

What are the cancellation and refund policies?

Budgeting is not a day-to-day task, so you should have a clear idea of what you’re getting into.

4. Data Center Locations

Server location is one of those factors that can further reduce your page load times.

How?

The logic is simple.

The closest your server is to the user trying to open your page — the quicker your data transfer connection. After all, there is less distance to travel, right?

That’s why, if most of your visitors come from the Asia-Pacific region, it makes a lot of sense to look for web hosting in Singapore or Indonesia or somewhere in the area.

Reliable global providers utilize multiple data center locations for worldwide coverage, so local companies are not your only choice here.

5. Online Reviews

What better way to learn more about a company than reading what its clients have to say?

Customer testimonials online have proven countless times that a business is only as good as its clients say it is.

Beware of underwater mines, though.

It’s not the host’s fault every time a customer is unhappy. But some people are determined to vent out their frustration regardless of the facts.

The solution? Again — look at the bigger picture.

Check out different sources and read enough reviews to get a general feel of the strong and weak points of your potential candidate.

If you like what you see — you are a go from there.

All of the above factors are essential for any hosting provider, but are there any specific benefits that make us choose local over global?

Importance of a Good Web Hosting in Singapore

The mere fact that you probably searched for “SG web hosting” (not to be mistaken with the SG abbreviation in SiteGround) can mean one of two things:

a/ You reside in Singapore

b/ Your main audience resides in Singapore

Whichever of the two, a local company can be beneficial in many aspects. Think of:

  • perfect server location
  • local support operators
  • optimized speed performance
  • tailored solutions

In many ways, a local provider will be able to meet your hosting needs. It can work great if you have a project centered around the Asia-Pacific region or a growing business in Singapore.

It all depends on what you prioritize when searching for a host.

Conclusion

So? How do you like dem apples…well…reviews?

I know it’s a lot to take in, but I am sure everyone can find a bit of useful info they haven’t considered before.

The hosting market in Singapore is quite exciting, and local providers do their best to withstand the pressure of international giants. There are plenty of clients for everyone, but hosts will have to figure out a way to find more space to accommodate them first.

Maybe the time has come for underwater data centers?

Anyone…anyone?!

FAQ

Q: How much does it cost to make a website in Singapore?

A: Even though operational costs like electricity and data center rentals are pretty high in Singapore, local hosting providers manage to maintain very affordable price rates.

Startups can find deals that go as low as S$3.99/mo or host a more resource-demanding project for about S$20-30.

Still, hosts in Singapore are not so generous when it comes to account features and add-ons, which is definitely where more expensive international providers come in.

It all boils down to the extent of your needs (and budget).

Q: Is Bluehost good for Singapore?

A: Bluehost is one of the oldest and most prominent global hosts, housing millions of websites from all over the world. You can rely on the company’s long-time experience and robust servers to launch and keep a project online.

But Bluehost is not such a great choice in Singapore for a number of reasons. For starters, being owned by EIG, the host’s only data center is in the US. Apart from the inconvenient location, the many subsidiaries of the international consortium also share the same support.

In short, Bluehost didn’t have enough to make it to our Top Hosts list.

Q: What is the best web hosting in Singapore?

A: Pinpointing a single best provider of web hosting in Singapore is rather useless. With an industry so saturated, providers tend to cater to different client groups and experiment with their offers. For example:

Host A has a package with basic features for beginners at an amazingly low monthly rate.

Host B bets on high-end technology for maximized website performance…at a price.

Host C heavily focuses on WordPress and how to get the best out of the most popular CMS.

So which one is the best?

Depends if you ask the newbie, the business owner, or the WP user.

 

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Digital Realty To Acquire Interxion in Largest DC Acquisition Ever

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SAN FRANCISCO and AMSTERDAM — Digital Realty and Interxion will combine their businesses to create a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions. Interxion shareholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 0.7067 Digital Realty shares per Interxion share. The transaction values Interxion at approximately $93.48 USD per ordinary share or approximately $8.4 Billion USD of total enterprise value, including assumed net debt. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by shareholders of Interxion and shareholders of Digital Realty.

The combined company will extend Interxion’s successful strategy of creating and enabling valuable communities of interest in Europe by extending it across the combined company’s global footprint. This combination will build upon Digital Realty’s successful track record of hyperscale development and will represent an extension of the connected campus strategy that empowers enterprise customers to leverage the right products – from colocation to hyperscale footprints – to create value by efficiently deploying critical infrastructure and seamlessly connecting to a robust and growing universe of cloud platforms and connectivity service providers. The combined company will be uniquely positioned to meet the growing global demand from cloud platforms, service providers and enterprises seeking colocation, hybrid cloud and hyperscale data center solutions as IT architectures are re-engineered to support the explosive growth of data in modern business models.

Interxion’s European business (currently consisting of 53 carrier- and cloud-neutral facilities in 11 European countries and 13 metro areas including Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris and Interxion’s Internet Gateway in Marseille) is highly complementary to Digital Realty’s European footprint, given Digital Realty’s established presence in London and Dublin. The combination will create a leading pan-European data center presence, offering consistent, high-quality services with low-latency access to approximately 70% of the GDP in Europe.

Interxion’s well-established relationships with leading global cloud, digital media platform operators and multinational enterprise customers are expected to significantly bolster Digital Realty’s existing European platform. Similarly, Digital Realty’s relationships with many of the leading cloud platform operators and global enterprises along with its access to low-cost capital will meaningfully extend the breadth of the combined company’s value proposition to a global customer base. The combined company’s enhanced capabilities to address and solve the public- and hybrid-cloud architectural requirements of its global customer base will allow it to build upon each company’s current relationships with leading global customers while also enabling it to effectively compete in the broader target markets.

Interxion has a robust pipeline of data center development projects currently under construction, with over $400 Million USD invested to date and a total expected investment of approximately $1 Billion USD. These projects represent roughly a 40% expansion of Interxion’s standalone critical load capacity, are significantly pre-leased and are expected to be delivered over the next 24 months, representing a solid pipeline of potential future growth for the combined company. In addition, the combined platform will maintain strategic land holdings in key growth metros across Europe, providing the potential for significant long-term development value creation.

The size and scale of the combined company is expected to produce a highly efficient cost structure and industry-leading EBITDA margins. The combination of the two companies is expected to create an opportunity to realize cost savings. Upon closing, the transaction is expected to enhance the combined company’s long-term growth prospects and is expected to improve its cost of and access to capital.

“This strategic and complementary transaction builds upon Digital Realty’s established foundation of serving market demand for colocation, scale and hyperscale requirements in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific and leverages Interxion’s European colocation and interconnection expertise, enhancing the combined company’s capabilities to enable customers to solve for the full spectrum of data center requirements across a global platform,” said Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein.  “The transaction is expected to be accretive to the long-term growth trajectory of the combined organization, and to establish a global platform that we believe will significantly enhance our ability to create long-term value for customers, shareholders and employees of both companies.”

“We are excited to deliver this compelling opportunity for all our stakeholders while bolstering our ability to offer a truly global platform to serve our customers’ needs,” said Interxion Chief Executive Officer David Ruberg.  “As part of Digital Realty, stakeholders will have the opportunity to continue to reap the benefits of the value that we have created via the communities of interest approach in our carrier- and cloud-neutral European data center portfolio.  They will also be able to participate in the value created by extending our approach across Digital Realty’s global footprint, complementary customer base and significant presence in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific.  We also believe our stakeholders will benefit from Digital Realty’s investment grade balance sheet and lower cost of capital.  We look forward to working closely with Bill Stein and the entire Digital Realty team to consummate the transaction and combine the best of our companies to build the world’s preeminent data center provider.”

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Bill Stein, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Realty

Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein will serve as CEO of the combined company.  Interxion Chief Executive Officer David Ruberg will serve as the Chief Executive of the combined company’s Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) business, which will be branded “Interxion, a Digital Realty company” at the close of the transaction.  Mr. Ruberg is expected to transition out of the role as Chief Executive of the EMEA business at some point within approximately one year of completion of the transaction.  Mr. Ruberg will lead the combined company’s effort to organize and execute a program to identify and develop high-value communities of interest across the combined company’s platform.  He will play a leadership role on certain of the combined company’s key global customer accounts, bringing to bear his longstanding relationships and thought leadership.

Digital Realty Chief Financial Officer Andrew P. Power will serve as CFO of the combined company.  Digital Realty EMEA Managing Director Jeffrey Tapley will work jointly with Mr. Ruberg on the integration of Interxion’s and Digital Realty’s businesses.  The board of directors of the combined company will consist of nine board members designated by Digital Realty and one board member designated by Interxion.  Laurence A. Chapman, the current Chairman of the Digital Realty Board of Directors, will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the combined company.

Digital Realty and Interxion employees will play a pivotal role in the success of the combined company and will be treated accordingly.  Digital Realty and Interxion believe the employees of the combined company will have expanded career opportunities based on the expectations of enhanced growth prospects for the combined company.  The process of transitioning from two separate organizations to a combined global entity will be fair, consistent, and transparent, recognizing the importance of preserving the rich cultural and country diversity within the combined business.

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

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

  • Stream Data Centers Commissions New Hyperscale Data Center in Garland, TX: Stream Data Centers, an industry leader in providing premium data center solutions, announces the formal commissioning of its newly constructed DFW VII hyperscale data center in Garland, TX. With this 138,000 square foot facility, Stream has positioned itself to meet ongoing demand for colocation and connectivity solutions from enterprises and hyperscale cloud providers in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The Dallas Fort-Worth area is the second largest data center market in the US and continues to attract enterprises and cloud providers with affordable power rates, tax incentives and an environment safe from natural disasters. Key features of Stream’s DFW-VII facility include a 138,132 square feet of purpose-built, structurally enhanced data center, expandable to approximately 400,000 square feet; two 40 MW utility feeds from a new on-site Oncor substation; two diverse telco entrances with multiple fiber providers and a strong mix of local, long haul and dark fiber providers; and a location outside the FEMA 500-year flood plain.
  • INNIO Launches Fast-Start 3-Megawatt Natural Gas Generator Solution for Data Centers: INNIO Jenbacher has announced the launch of its new Jenbacher J620 fast-start natural gas generator for data centers. The Jenbacher J620 fast-start natural gas generators not only deliver significant advantages for data center backup operations, but they also provide benefits when running parallel to the grid and in island mode. With built-in fuel storage from the highly reliable natural gas grid, data center operators avoid limited run times and generator refueling. Compared to standby diesel-fueled generators, they also offer emissions reductions of up to 90% for nitrous oxide and up to 25% for carbon dioxide, giving users the flexibility of longer run times. Together with the generator’s fast transient response, users can monetize what otherwise would be stranded assets.
  • Everstream Investing $27 Million USD in Milwaukee Fiber Network: Everstream has announced its expansion into the greater Milwaukee area with the construction of two fiber rings that encircle the western suburbs and touch the western part of downtown Milwaukee. The first 172 network miles will be lit in November. By the end of 2020, the network will encompass more than 560 miles, creating a dense metro network covering the greater Milwaukee area. The Milwaukee expansion deepens Everstream’s overall Midwest footprint. Everstream is dedicated to building an enterprise-grade fiber network to support Milwaukee and its businesses as they scale and grow in the coming years. Its network buildout includes the construction of new small cell sites to provide high-bandwidth connectivity to the city and businesses. This will also deliver the increased bandwidth and data required to support the upcoming DNC.
  • Nutanix Partners With Hardis Group to Deliver Innovative IoT Solution for Supply Chain Operations: Nutanix has announced a partnership with Hardis Group, a consulting, digital services and software publishing company, to deliver Vision Insights powered by Xi IoT, an innovative solution to manage supply chain operations efficiency. Available now, Vision Insights powered by Xi IoT is a supply chain optimization solution comprised of Hardis Group Vision Insights software running as a container on the Nutanix Xi IoT platform. This solution will help companies harness the potential of cognitive services (image and voice recognition), IoT, edge computing, and machine learning technologies to dramatically improve efficiency, traceability, and safety of logistics and supply chain operations in warehouses, factories and distribution centers. In a new survey of 2,650 IT decision-makers around the world by Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Nutanix, IoT and edge computing ranked highest among other high-impact technologies and trends as having a “significant impact” overall on respondents’ businesses.
  • Humana and Microsoft Announce Multiyear Strategic Partnership: Humana and Microsoft have announced a strategic partnership focused on building modern health care solutions for Humana members aimed at improving their health outcomes and making their health care experiences simpler to navigate. Using the power of Microsoft’s Azure cloud, Azure AI, and Microsoft 365 collaboration technologies, as well as interoperability standards like FHIR, Humana will develop predictive solutions and intelligent automation to improve its members’ care by providing care teams with real-time access to information through a secure and trusted cloud platform. As a first step in the seven-year partnership with Microsoft as Humana’s preferred cloud provider, Humana will modernize its technology platforms and aggregate data on Microsoft Azure.
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Uniregistry adds “late renewal” fee

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Registrar will charge a fee if you renew domains in the last ten days of the grace period.

Uniregistry sent a notice to customers today informing them that it has updated its Terms of Service, including adding a “late renewal” fee for domains renewed toward the end of the grace period.

The fee applies to domains registered during the final ten days of the 40 day grace period after a domain expires.

Uniregistry says it’s making this move in response to customers trying to renew at the last minute and missing the deadline:

We have observed a small number of incidents where some customers delay renewing their domain names until the last possible moment, as an expense management technique. While customers are entitled to manage their payment practices as they see fit, this practice has consumed an inordinate amount of customer support time and expense when customers fail to appropriately time these late renewals. In order to dis-incentivize this practice, we have instituted a nominal “late renewal” fee, which we hope will allow us to maintain lower costs for all of our customers.

The email notice doesn’t link to the actual terms of service, but the new language is in section 2.13.

It’s unclear how much the late renewal fee is. The Terms refer to Uniregistry’s pricing page, which does not currently list a late renewal fee. Presumably, it will be less than the $50 restore fee for .com domains. [Update: it will be $10 when it is imposed.]

There are two benefits to waiting to renew a domain. First, depending on how the registrar auctions expired domains, it could give you some intel into the domain’s demand. Second, it postpones the renewal expense.

But I’ve never really understood the expense management side of this. You effectively get 30-40 days of “free registration” but only one time. During this time, your domains will point to registrar default servers so your for-sale landers will not appear. If you really need this extra grace period, you should probably re-evaluate your finances.

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