Introducing the Hybrid Data Center of the Millennia

dlrThe key to survival in a competitive business environment for the millennia is to employ cloud strategies that work.  For many of today’s companies, that means swapping out their monolithic cloud strategies for a hybrid cloud environment, which offers end users unsurpassed options that include the economical savings, scalability and responsiveness of public clouds coupled with the security, high performance and reliable infrastructure of a private cloud solution.  Utilizing hybrid models, business environments can distribute their workloads more effectively as well as bridge their legacy systems and state-of-the-art architecture in order to recognize considerable CAPEX and OPEX savings.

As Hybrid cloud continues to address the ever-changing the environment of enterprise IT architecture, it will also have a profound influence on the data center as we know it.

The hybrid data center, offers businesses a valuable location for their hybrid IT solutions by delivering connectivity to the most important cloud service providers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Internet Exchanges (IXs), network service providers, company-owned data centers and office locations, and more. Digital Realty, a leading global provider of data center and colocation solutions, offers customers these key data center facilities complete with a unique global portfolio of cloud-connected solutions that enable them to build, deploy and execute a successful hybrid cloud strategy.

Digital Realty’s GlobalConnect suite is designed to accelerate business growth while simplifying and streamlining hybrid cloud deployment by offering richer direct-connect options, a global data center footprint and enhanced support for hybrid data center environments.  The company’s connectivity solutions, Digital MetroConnect, Digital CloudConnect, Digital IPConnect and Digital PrivateLine, are available in over 130 data centers, delivering secure access to over 50 cloud service providers and 1,000 network service providers.  In addition, Digital Realty customers benefit from direct fiber connections to major cloud providers such as Amazon Web ServicesTM, Microsoft Azure and IBM SoftLayer, as well as dedicated cross-connects to VMware’s vCloudAir public cloud options for infrastructure, disaster recovery and applications.

Digital Realty will be launching its new suite of global connectivity solutions for hybrid cloud and data center environments at International Telecoms Week (ITW) 2015, taking place May 10-13 in Chicago, IL at the Hyatt Regency and Swissôtel Chicago.  ITW is the annual meeting point for the global wholesale telecommunications community, expected to converge over 6,000 delegates from 1,870+ companies representing more than 140 countries at its 2015 conference.

Discover how Digital Realty’s global connectivity solutions deliver the Right Workload, to the Right Place at the Right ValueTM by scheduling a meeting with a Digital Realty representative at ITW 2015 or stopping by the Digital Realty meeting area at the Hyatt Regency BIG Bar during the conference.

Digital Realty is also hosting The Cloud Ecosystem LIVE! Executive roundtable during ITW on Tuesday, May 12 from 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM in Alpine 2 in the Swissôtel Chicago.  Moderated by Digital Realty’s General Manager of Colocation & Connectivity John Sarkis, this exclusive executive roundtable will bring together thought leaders from across the cloud ecosystem to provide key insights into the delivery and adoption of cloud computing across various hybrid environments.  Participants will also explore how cloud adoption is changing the face of the business cycle, including driving business decisions and new revenue opportunities.  To join Digital Realty for cocktails, appetizers and great discussion at The Cloud Ecosystem LIVE! roundtable, RSVP here.

The Cloud Ecosystem is LIVE! at ITW’15

dlrForecast highlights for Cisco workload predictions indicate that by 2018, cloud data centers will be processing more than 78 percent of workloads.  The latest Cloud Computing research gathered by IDG indicates that 69 percent of organizations are utilizing the cloud to run their infrastructure or applications.  Gartner included Cloud computing as being named the first of its 2015 top 10 strategic technology trends.

Cloud has caused the industry to shift – creating a wave of change that has a direct impact on corporate IT departments across every supporting industry player globally.  As IT leaders continue to adopt the Cloud across their organizations, however, they must first ask themselves these key questions: What kind of impact does cloud have on the business cycle? and What are certain major cloud projects the industry is focusing on this year?

Experts from the cloud ecosystem, including Digital Realty, VMware, Level 3 Communications, EdgeConneX, euNetworks and Telstra, will provide expert answers to these questions and more and offer in-depth insights into the distribution and implementation of cloud computing within several hybrid environments as they come together at The Cloud Ecosystem LIVE! roundtable during International Telecoms Week (ITW) 2015 in Chicago, IL.  The discussion will be led by John Sarkis, GM, Colocation and Connectivity, Digital Realty and will take place Tuesday, May 12 in the Swissôtel, Alpine 2 at 4:00PM.  Attendees will also enjoy cocktails and light appetizers before, during and after the panel discussion.

Digital Realty is a premier provider of premium data centers and a Prime Sponsor of ITW 2015, with over 130 globally connected data centers across four continents and secure access to over 50 cloud service providers as well as 1,000 network service providers.  Designed to connect with customer cloud deployments and owned data centers, Digital Realty’s global connectivity solutions deliver the Right Workload, to the Right Place and at the Right ValueTM.  Digital Realty’s data centers in major markets are connected via Digital MetroConnectTM to enable the optimal mix of latency, location and value.  The company also features several OPEN-IX®-certified US locations and non-profit peering exchanges across the US and Europe.

International Telecoms Week (ITW) is the annual meeting point for the global wholesale telecommunications community, including Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 carriers, mobile / wireless operators, ISPs, VoIP providers and technology partners from the voice, data, satellite, sub-sea and fixed-line markets.  Over 6,000 delegates are expected to attend this year’s conference, taking place May 10-13, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency and Swissôtel in Chicago, IL.

To register for The Cloud Ecosystem LIVE! roundtable, please click here.

To request a customer meeting with the Digital Realty team during ITW 2015, click here.

PEN 2.0: The Next Evolution of Cloud Network

By: Jon Vestal, Vice President, Product Architecture, Pacnet

Over the past 10 years, cloud development and bandwidth-hungry applications such as cloud storage operations, videoconferencing and video streaming have continued their rapid proliferation in the market, consuming capacity and leaving traditional networks struggling to keep pace. Their propagation has spurred a growing customer need for a burstable hybrid cloud solution for Disaster Recovery, Ecommerce as well as flexibility in moving workloads from one location to another.  Moreover, today’s organizations also need compute, connectivity and storage resources to be dynamically scaled up or down according to demand. They also require access to these tools and systems without time or location restrictions, while still being able to maintain the utmost security.

As a result, we launched our award-winning Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN), the first pan-Asian Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) architecture to power cloud deployments in February.  The platform has proved to be a tremendous solution for our customers, enabling them to solve complex network challenges and build high-performance, cost-effective, scalable and cloud-ready networks.  Due to strong market demand, the platform was also extended into the United States in addition to deployments in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.  It is this same demand, coupled with new challenges spurred by rapid market advancement, which serve as the driving force behind Pacnet’s commitment to continued innovation.

Keeping Up with Advancing Technology

When our customers spoke, we listened – a nuance that I believe makes Pacnet unique amongst other providers.  In direct response to customer feedback and needs, we will be introducing the next evolution of the PEN platform, what we call PEN 2.0, in mid-September.

PEN 2.0 widens the scope of SDN, allowing a broader set of services in traditional network topologies to be deployed and scaled on demand.  For example, the platform allows carrier customers to create an individual network topology at a very granular level, eliminating complexity to create a clear network infrastructure.  PEN 2.0 further enables hybrid cloud deployment for our customers, facilitating connectivity from enterprise-class data centers and private clouds to any external cloud vendors and allowing customers to burst workloads from one end to another through our on-demand bandwidth.  PEN 2.0 also boasts a series of new features.

With the release of the enhanced platform, Pacnet has become the first carrier to deploy Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solutions in an OpenStack environment, including vFirewall and vRouter.  The integration of NFV into the OpenStack environment did not come without its challenges.  One issue faced by our development team was the inability to reuse network resources with the OpenStack networking module, Neutron.  For example, upon creating a virtual network, Neutron prevented the removal of a virtual appliance and its replacement with another virtual appliance while still leveraging the original physical infrastructure.  The issue was resolved when our developers accessed and modified the OpenStack source code to our specific needs – a key reason for Pacnet’s initial selection of OpenStack.

PEN 2.0 also features a Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) that connects multiple endpoints for different application environments with varying characteristics to meet specific customer needs. The introduction of VLAN has allowed Pacnet to have a dedicated Ethernet connection directly to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment, leveraging the PEN 2.0 platform to extend these circuits anywhere across a customer’s network.

The third and final new feature of PEN 2.0 is the integration of approval chains to ensure secure access to the service platform.  The approval chain allows customers to define their own workflows for the PEN 2.0 environment through the workflow management tool.  Only a series of users or user groups who have been granted permission are allowed to approve workflow / environment modifications.

The Twin Technologies

While SDN separates network control from the physical infrastructure such as routers and switches to allow support of a network fabric across multi-vendor equipment, NFV focuses on virtualizing network components, or decoupling important network functions from physical devices.  Essentially, it is the delivery of a virtualized router within the cloud.

Together, SDN and NFV are synergistic – capable of orchestrating the delivery of a virtual appliance and the network with no human interaction as well as enabling self-provisioning end to end.  SNS Research estimates that the SDN, NFV and virtualization will account for nearly $4B in 2014 alone, growing at a CAGR of nearly 60 percent over the next six years. By 2020, SNS estimates that SDN and NFV will enable service providers to save up to $32B in annual CapEx.

Tell us your requirements and business objectives now, and let our mighty PEN help propel your business.



Please welcome Global Data Vault to Data Center Discovery!

Global Data Vault provides Cloud based solutions for Cloud Disaster Recovery and Cloud Backup. Offering the fastest recovery and most complete service sets us apart.

Global Data Vault provides a fully managed service that stands ready when you are in need. Global Data Vault provides protection status data through a live portal. This allows you to rest assured your business is always protected.

Global Data Vault offers a number of solutions for mission critical environments including:

  • Cloud Based Data Storage
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Online Backup

For more information about  Global Data Vaultplease visit their profile in the Data Center Discovery global directory of data center solution providers

For more information about how your company can get listed in the Data Center Discovery global directory of data center solution providers please email


Lam Cloud launches FREE IT-as-a-Service interactive workshop

LamCloud_OrionWorkshop2_v3 (2) (1)

Lam Cloud and Orion System Integrators have launched a new series of monthly interactive workshops to help educate those looking for technology solutions.

These IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) workshops will be hosted by Lam Cloud’s partners at Orion Systems Integrators.

The workshop is FREE but seating is limited so register early!


For more information about LAM Cloud please visit their profile in the Data Center Discovery global directory of data center solution providers

For more information about how your company can get listed in the Data Center Discovery global directory of data center solution providers please email

For more information about how Data Center Discovery can spread the news about your data center event please email

Concert for a Cause: Lam Cloud to Host Salomé Chamber Orchestra Concert to Benefit Post 21 Club

Lam Cloud is proud to host a benefit concert for Post 21 Club of Bergen County, a New Jersey 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to create program and support choices for adults with Autism who have aged out of NJ’s special education system.  Post 21 Club also collaborates with and connects parents, service providers and funding resources to create opportunities for employment, socialization and daily living for adults with Autism.

The concert will feature the Salomé Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless string orchestra comprised of the top graduates from the Curtis Institute, Julliard, Princeton University, and Yale University. It will be held Thursday, June 19 at 7:30 PM (VIP ticket holders are encouraged to arrive at 6:30 PM) at the Conference Center located inside Lam Cloud’s Technology Campus.  Tickets for the benefit concert are available in three tiers:

  • VIP ($100 / ticket): Guest receive front row seating in the Lam Cloud VIP Lounge seating area and access to an open bar and hors d’oeuvres from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.
  • General Admission (GA) ($50 / ticket): Guests will enjoy a formal concert experience in an intimate setting with dessert and coffee to follow.
  • Standing Room ($25 / ticket): Standing room guests will be able to enjoy cake and coffee after the performance and leave their mark of support on the Lam Cloud ‘Wall of Hope’.

Lawrence Lam, Founder and President of Lam Cloud, also serves as the President and Co-Founder of Post 21 Club.  Through this benefit concert, Mr. Lam and the entire Lam Cloud team aim to raise donations that enable Post 21 Club to continue its mission and raise awareness of the issue to improve adult Autism supports, services and community interaction in the state of New Jersey.

Join Mr. Lam and the Lam Cloud team in supporting Post 21 Club and enjoy an evening of electrifying music for a great cause!  All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Post 21 Club.

Click here to purchase your tickets today.

To learn more about the Post 21 Club and to make a donation, click here.

To learn more about Lam Cloud, visit

For more information about Data Center Discovery, the global directory of data center solution providers, please email

Premiere colocation hosting provider Online Tech joins Data Center Discovery!

Online Tech leads in secure, compliant enterprise-class cloud and colocation hosting services. Online Tech’s Great Lakes data centers protect mission critical applications to ensure they are always available, secure, and comply with government & industry regulations. Backed by independent HIPAA, PCI, SOC 2 and Safe Harbor audits, Online Tech delivers exceptional experiences for companies in need of a strategic hosting partner.

Online Tech offers a number of colocation and hosting solutions in the Great Lakes area. Services include:

  • Cloud Hosting
  • Colocation (1/4, 1/2 and full racks)
  • Colocation Suites
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Managed Servers
  • Virtual Private Data Center

For more information about Online Tech’s FREE corporate profile in the Data Center Discovery global directory of data center solution providers

For more information about how your company can get listed in the Data Center Discovery global directory of data center solution providers please email

Cloud and Colocation industry leader Thin-nology joins Data Center Discovery!

Data Center Discovery is pleased to welcome Thin-nology to our global directory of data center industry companies.

Thin-nology offers over 10 years of experience hosting clients in a virtualized environment. Thin-nology uses its expertise to provide convenient, reliable, redundant and affordable solutions for small and large businesses. We are SSAE 16, Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, PCI DSS, and Gramm-Leach-Bliley compliant and we offer convenient Colocation and Disaster Recovery solutions. Thin-nology employs 24/7/365 Live Systems Engineers, On-Site monitoring, Notification of Service Issues, and Technical support to ensure that our customers are up 100% of the time.

Thin-nology can be found under these leading edge categories and specialties in the Data Center Discovery global directory.

Clouds and Cloud Services

  • Cloud Hosting
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Migration Services
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

Colocation and Hosting Providers

  • Colocation Hosting
  • Disaster Recovery

For more information about Thin-nology please visit their full profile in the Data Center Discovery directory.

For information about how your company can get listed in the Data Center Discovery directory please contact



Please welcome iomart to Data Center Discovery!

iomart Group plc (AIM:IOM) is one of the UK’s leading providers of mission-critical cloud and managed hosting services. iomart owns and manages a network of datacentres across the UK, has its own fast fibre network and offers a unique 100% uptime guarantee. It provides the physical infrastructure to support bespoke private and hybrid cloud platforms as well as the storage needs of enterprise business. iomart operates through a number of subsidiaries: iomart Hosting, Melbourne Server Hosting, RapidSwitch, Redstation, Backup Technology, Easyspace and iomartcloud.

Iomart provides a true one stop shop – from ground to cloud. The services that they offer include:

Clouds and Cloud Services

  • Cloud Hosting
  • Online Backup

Colocation and Hosting Providers

  • Business Continuity
  • Cloud Hosting
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Domain Name Registrar
  • Hosting
  • Managed Hosting

For more information about iomart please visit their profile in the Data Center Discovery directory.

OneBigDrive aims for 100GB of FREE cloud storage


OneBigDrive has joined the growing list of Cloud and Cloud Services companies that can be found in the Data Center Discovery global directory.

OneBigDrive provides cloud storage users with an easy-to-use one-stop solution for consolidating multiple free cloud storage accounts into one.

OneBigDrive provides a number of additional cloud based services including:

Clouds and Cloud Services

  • Cloud Based Data Storage
  • Cloud Integration
  • Data Protection
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)

OneBigDrive just announced that that their application is now integrated with joins Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive which are already available using the OneBigDrive application.

The addition of brings the total storage consolidated under OneBigDrive to 32 gigabytes of free cloud storage. OneBigDrive intends to consolidate more than 50 gigabytes of free cloud storage in April and aims to fulfill its goal of providing up to 100 gigabytes of consolidated cloud storage for its customers.

For more information please visit the OneBigDrive FREE corporate profile at Data Center Discovery

About Data Center Discovery: is a global directory of companies involved in the data center industry. The site is designed to be a resource for data center owners and operators and a powerful way for data center companies to get in front of potential new customers.

Hundreds of people visit our site each day looking for data center space, cloud services, software, contractors, engineers, and manufacturers. We would love for your company to be among the companies that searchers find when they visit our site. Basic profiles are FREE and easy to set up.