Irish court gives $1 billion Apple data center green light

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Apple may proceed to build a 850 million euro ($ 1 billion) data center in Ireland, the High Court ruled on Thursday, bringing relief for the government after a two-year planning delay which it feared could hurt its reputation with investors.

Apple in February 2015 announced plans to build the data center in a rural location in the west of Ireland to take advantage of rich green energy sources nearby.

Planning permission was granted by the local council six months later, but a series of appeals blocked Apple from beginning work.

High Court judge Paul McDermott on Thursday dismissed two separate appeals against the planning permission, clearing the way for the project to proceed.

Ireland relies on foreign multinational companies for the creation of one in every 10 jobs across the economy and sees major investments such as data centers as a means of securing their presence in the country.

A similar Apple center announced at the same time in Denmark is due to begin operations later this year and Apple has announced it will build a second data center there.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar met Apple executives last month and said they had made clear their frustration with the planning and judicial delays and warned the process would color decisions that they might make about future investments.

The government has said it is considering amending its planning laws to include data centers as strategic infrastructure, thus allowing them to get through the planning process much more quickly.

It has said it will be one of the biggest capital investment projects in the west of Ireland, providing 300 construction jobs and 150 on-site permanent jobs.

Writing by Conor Humphries and Padraic Halpin

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St. Louis Companies Combine Technology for World Class Data Center


St. Louis, Missouri (PRWEB) June 11, 2015

Hostirian, a St. Louis based Hosting and Managed Services company, has chosen Enlogic cabinets, cold-row air containment and intelligent PDUs managed by No Limits Software’s RaMP Data Center Infrastructure Management for their new data center. Both Enlogic and No Limits Software are also headquartered in St. Louis.

“We love that we can work with local companies providing world class solutions for our newest data center in the Globe Building,” said Ken Cox, Vice President of Operations at Hostirian. The 26,000 square foot data center in downtown St. Louis is the largest carrier hotel building in the region. “The new cold-row containment pod provides 800mm wide cabinets, multiple PDUs for redundant power, and make a great home for your equipment,” added Cox. Both of the Hostirian data centers are SSAE-16 compliant, offer HIPAA compliant hosting, and security includes video surveillance, RFID badge readers, and 24x7x365 onsite team members.

Enlogic is a global power management provider and winner of the 2014 DCS Power and Cooling Product of the Year awards. They offer a full lineup of data center solutions including intelligent PDUs, smart cabinets, air containment solutions, and a comprehensive line of environmental monitoring devices.

No Limits Software is a leading provider of data center management solutions, including asset and change management, capacity planning, and real-time monitoring. Their RaMP software is the only DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management) solution which provides auto-discovery, automated change management, and real-time monitoring of virtual machines, IT equipment (servers, network, storage), and facilities equipment (power, cooling, environmental). “We’re excited to be working with Enlogic and to be a part of one of the premier data centers in St. Louis,” said Dave Cole, president of No Limits Software. He adds that “the Hostirian team is very professional and their new data center is absolutely first class.”

About Hostirian

Hostirian is a St. Louis Hosting and Managed Services company providing Cloud Servers, Colocation, and Managed Services. Their around the clock Operations Support Services supplement customer teams by offering Help Desk, Monitoring, and SOC. They have 2 fiber connected data centers and over 14 years of experience working with small to medium sized businesses.

Learn more about Hostirian at http://www.hostirian.com.

About Enlogic

Enlogic was founded in 2011 by a group of former APC/Schneider Electric technology executives dedicated to providing innovative solutions to better address growing data center energy management needs. With a commitment to continuous innovation, Enlogic has become the technology leader and expert in data center energy management, helping data centers across the world to discover waste, improve operational efficiency and optimize energy utilization

Learn more about Enlogic at http://www.enlogic.com.

About No Limits Software

No Limits Software is a leading provider of data center management solutions, including asset and change management, capacity planning and real-time monitoring. Their RaMP DCIM flagship solution allows you to more effectively manage your data center. RaMP eliminates the need for physical audits, dramatically reduces the time to find and repair equipment, improves system availability and increases data center energy efficiency by providing accurate real-time monitoring.

Learn more about No Limits Software at http://www.nolimitssoftware.com.







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OneNeck? IT Solutions Earns ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Certification at Three Midwest Data Center Locations


Minneapolis (PRWEB) May 12, 2015

OneNeck® IT Solutions announced today it has earned ISO 27001:2013 certification at its Tier 3 data centers in the Midwest. Today’s announcement follows the company’s 2014 news that its Eden Prairie, Minn. facility was ISO 27001:2005 certified. Now, in addition to its Minnesota facility, OneNeck data centers in Des Moines, Iowa and Madison, Wis. are also ISO 27001 certified. The scope of the certification has also been expanded to include OneNeck’s headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz.

ISO 27001 is a global security standard that sets requirements for the industry’s Information Security Management System (ISMS). In order to earn ISO 27001 certification, a company’s ISMS is reviewed. In addition, the review process includes scrutinization of the company’s information security controls to ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability of all sensitive information assets.

“We pursued this certification to assure our customers we were meeting the most widely accepted security management parameters in the industry,” said Clint Harder, CTO and senior vice president of Product Strategy at OneNeck. “Having an objective third-party assess our systematic approach affirms we are managing sensitive customer information and following internationally accepted best practices.”

The ISO 27001 ISMS at OneNeck was certified by BrightLine, a leading provider of attestation and compliance services. BrightLine is a CPA firm, an ISO Certification Body, a PCI Qualified Security Assessor, and a FedRAMP 3PAO.

The certification verifies that OneNeck is following the standard ISO information security management protocols and best practices as they relate to the company’s colocation services and operations at their headquarters in Arizona, as well their data centers in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The ISO process includes a Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle for continuous quality improvement.

    Planning includes a review of policies and procedures; it looks at how and what is done to secure the environment and comply with the ISO 27001 standard.
    “Do” looks at implementation of policies and procedures.
    “Check” reviews internal audits, measures process performance, and reviews the effectiveness of the ISMS.
    Act is the action phase and includes making refinements and corrective actions based on the output of the check phase.

“Earning ISO 27001 certification is an ongoing process,” Harder added. “It ensures that OneNeck’s information security measures continue to be strong and effective. For our customers, it means we are ‘audit-ready’ which is critical to our customers with heavy compliance requirements. In fact, by achieving this certification, it helps streamline the due diligence process many of our customers must go through on an annual basis.”

OneNeck also regularly submits itself to third-party audits including a Type 2 SSAE 16 (SOC 1) examination, PCI DSS, HIPAA/HITECH AT 101, of which some of the control activities defined by OneNeck management align with ISO 27001.

To learn more about OneNeck, visit oneneck.com.

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OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, employs approximately 630 people throughout the U.S. The company offers a full suite of hybrid IT solutions including cloud and hosting solutions; ReliaCloud® enterprise cloud services; managed services; ERP application management; professional services; and IT hardware. OneNeck has Tier 3 data centers in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona, Oregon and opening in July 2015 in Denver, Colorado. Visit oneneck.com for more information.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®), headquartered in Madison, Wis., operates OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, TDS Baja Broadband LLC, and BendBroadband. Combined, the company employs 3,300 people. Visit tdstelecom.com.

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS] a Fortune 1000TM company, provides wireless; wireline and cable broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately six million customers nationwide through its business units, U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecommunications Corp., OneNeck IT Solutions and BendBroadband. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employs 10,600 people. Visit tdsinc.com.







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