WP Engine Unveils One-Tap Payments On World’s Largest E-commerce Platform

LONDON, UK – WP Engine, a company that powers amazing digital experiences for websites and applications built on the WordPress platform, today announced its integration with Payment Request, a new API for the open web that allows easy one-tap checkout for buyers when visiting e-commerce sites. As the first managed host provider to integrate with the new API, online stores utilising the WP Engine E-commerce Toolkit for WooCommerce will be able to deliver a better overall user experience with fast and easy payments that streamline the checkout process on shopping sites.

According to a Google study, nearly two-thirds of mobile purchases are made on mobile sites versus mobile apps, but conversion rates on mobile sites remain only 33 percent of that on desktops—largely due to the fact that mobile purchasers online have lacked the ability for a one-tap checkout.
Today, powered by the Payment Request API which will be supported by Google’s Chrome 53 for Android, WP Engine’s One-Tap Payment feature will allow users to do just that and improve conversions for merchants by dramatically simplifying and accelerating their checkout process. The new technology removes the need for users to enter payment and shipping details with each purchase, instead allowing end users to use payment information stored in Chrome to easily pay and ship with a few simple taps. By streamlining the checkout process, merchants can accelerate both the frequency and amount purchased by mobile users when visiting an online store.

“Buying things online via mobile can be a frustrating experience for users due to having to manually type in information over and over again – resulting in shopping cart abandonment for merchants,” said Lisa Box, Vice President of Business Development for WP Engine. “WP Engine is dedicated to helping e-commerce companies make sure not only their customers are having a great user experience, but that the companies themselves are using the right tools to grow conversion rates and hit business goals.”

American-made lifestyle apparel brand Oscar Mike, whose focus is on creating apparel to help injured veterans participate in adaptive sporting events through the Oscar Mike Foundation, has already realised immediate benefits from implementing WP Engine’s One-Tap solution and the easy-to-integrate Payment Request API.

“At Oscar Mike, a sale isn’t just an opportunity for profit. Any friction during the ordering process directly impacts our ability to make a difference,” said Mindsize Managing Partner Zach Stepek. “So when WP Engine came to us with the chance to integrate with Google’s new Payment Request API, we jumped at the opportunity to create a better user experience for our customers. We expect the ability to check out with just one tap, without having to fill out lengthy forms, will greatly reduce the amount of friction it would otherwise require to make a purchase.”

The WP Engine E-commerce Toolkit for WooCommerce enables WP Engine customers to quickly and easily launch e-commerce solutions to deliver better user experiences and customer-merchant interactions. The solution is available today for WP Engine customers using the WooCommerce platform, which powers approximately 30% of all online stores, making it the global leader among e-commerce platforms.

Launch of New Philadelphia Point of Presence Latest Move in Hurricane Electric’s Domestic Network Expansion

PHILADELPHIA – Hurricane Electric, the world’s largest IPv6-native Internet backbone, continues to expand its global network with the launch of its newest Point of Presence (PoP) in Southeastern Pennsylvania at the Equinix Philadelphia PH1 IBX Data Center, located at: 401 North Broad Street, Suite 990, Philadelphia, PA 19108. This is Hurricane Electric’s first PoP in the state.

Home to a flourishing tech market that’s fostering growth at both well-established companies and burgeoning start-up’s, the Equinix PH1 Data Center is ideally situated in downtown Philadelphia and will provide premium connectivity options to one of North America’s key metropolitan areas. The city features a dense concentration of network, cloud, and IT service providers and is one of the fastest growing network traffic routes in the country. Offering more than 26,000 square feet of colocation space, the PH1 facility supplies a full range of premium colocation, interconnection and support services to a wide range of secure digital ecosystems.
This latest Point of Presence will offer tenants at the Equinix Philadelphia PH1 Data Center the opportunity to exchange IP traffic with Hurricane Electric’s vast global network. Hurricane Electric has over 17,000 BGP sessions with over 5,800 different networks via more than 151 major exchange points and thousands of customer and private peering ports. The new Philadelphia PoP will also provide access to the company’s extensive IPv4 and IPv6 network through 100GE (100 Gigabit Ethernet), 10GE (10 Gigabit Ethernet) and GigE (1 Gigabit Ethernet) ports and as a result, both new and existing customers will be able to experience increased throughput, reduced latency and improved reliability.

“As Philadelphia continues to cultivate one of the country’s fastest growing markets for a variety of technology industries, we’ve seen a strong rise in demand for affordable high-speed IP transit in the area,” said Mike Leber, President of Hurricane Electric. “The launch of our first Point of Presence in Pennsylvania is a major step toward meeting this critical need. We plan to continue building our presence throughout the Mid-Atlantic in order to help support businesses as they increase their capacity and drive growth in the region.”

About Hurricane Electric
Fremont, California-based Hurricane Electric operates its own global IPv4 and IPv6 network and is considered the largest IPv6 backbone in the world as measured by number of networks connected. Within its global network, Hurricane Electric is connected to 151 major exchange points and exchanges traffic directly with more than 5,800 different networks. Employing a resilient fiber-optic topology, Hurricane Electric has no less than four redundant paths crossing North America, three separate paths between the U.S. and Europe, and rings in Europe and Asia.

In addition to its vast global network, Hurricane Electric owns and operates two data centers in Fremont, California, including Fremont 2, its newest 208,000 square foot facility. Hurricane Electric offers IPv4 and IPv6 transit solutions over the same connection at speeds including 10 Gbps and 100 Gbps Ethernet.

For more information on Hurricane Electric, please visit http://he.net.

LeaseWeb Joins Microsoft Cloud partner network as Tier 1 Provider

Amsterdam, NL – LeaseWeb, one of the world’s largest hosting brands, has joined the Microsoft Cloud partner network as a top-level, Tier 1 provider. LeaseWeb will combine Microsoft technology with LeaseWeb’s hosting expertise and global reach to develop and deploy sophisticated, flexible hybrid cloud solutions.

“The Cloud partner network elevates LeaseWeb’s existing relationship with Microsoft to allow us to work collaboratively to define, evolve and grow the market for hybrid cloud-based services,” said Robert van der Meulen, Technical Evangelist of LeaseWeb. “Achieving this status is a major milestone and the result of a lot of hard work by our product and operational teams.”
LeaseWeb has been delivering and managing Microsoft solutions as part of its portfolio for many years. Joining the Microsoft Cloud partner network is a natural next step to become more closely involved with the ongoing development within the “Microsoft Cloud Technology Stack”.

The Microsoft Cloud Platform based on Azure like services can provide a consistent infrastructure across customer datacenters, Microsoft Azure and service provider clouds. Microsoft works closely with Cloud partners to technically validate services and enable best-practice solutions for hybrid cloud deployments.

“As part of the Microsoft Cloud partner network, LeaseWeb is joining a select group of strategic service providers that can deliver differentiated, value-added services to end customers based on the Microsoft Hybrid Cloud vision,” said Aziz Benmalek, Vice President for worldwide Hosting & Cloud service providers. “Through the combined cloud expertise of Microsoft and LeaseWeb, customers receive flexible solutions that are easy to maintain, manage and upgrade.”

As a hybrid cloud provider, LeaseWeb provides a whole range of hosting solutions that integrate the best-in-class services offered by companies like Microsoft with LeaseWeb’s hosting platform. This allows customers to use these services solely or in a combination of dedicated and cloud servers. Blending these services can optimize performance and significantly reduce costs, while also providing access to LeaseWeb’s 24/7 support, proprietary CDN and tier 3 data centers.

LeaseWeb is one of the largest Microsoft Hosting partners in the Netherlands. By becoming part of Microsoft’s Cloud partner network, LeaseWeb can better help customers running a Microsoft stack to consume services in a datacenter that blend well with their existing environments. “Membership in the Microsoft Cloud network allows LeaseWeb to take advantage of Microsoft investments, training and support to more easily provide Microsoft technology-enabled solutions to customers,” said Arno Witvliet, Chief Sales Officer of LeaseWeb.

Document your design systems with Fractal

By now, many of us are familiar with style guides. But there is a new breed of design system documentation gaining steam: the pattern library. The major difference between the two is the primary source of the tool’s documentation. 

A style guide’s documentation tends to originate from a markdown file, so to show the markup the author is often forced to copy and paste it into the markdown. This is nearly impossible to maintain when fitting multiple components together.

A pattern library, on the other hand, treats our component HTML files as first class citizens. Each component gets its own page, where it displays the markup and rendered HTML directly from the HTML file. This ensures the HTML files and documentation never get out of sync.

Pattern libraries are often built using a templating language rather than plain HTML. Templates can include variables and other logic, then we can pass in various sets of data, allowing variations of a component to be displayed. 

It is possible to combine several templates to create more complex displays, or even full pages. These files are so flexible they could even be used in production! Any changes made to our pattern library are automatically picked up by our website, as all markup – for the library or for production – originates from a single set of canonical templates.

Enter Fractal

Created by Clearleft, Fractal helps you build and document web component libraries, and integrate them into your projects. In this tutorial we’ll take a closer look at how it works (download a finished version of the demo at here).

Fractal is a Node.js module that is installed via NPM. First you want to install the module globally so you can generate a new project:

npm install --global @frctl/fractal

With this package installed, create a new project:

fractal new project-name

This command fires up an installation guide that walks you through the setup process. It will ask you for the title of the project; the names of the components, documentation, and public folders; and if you’ll be using Git for version control. Once those questions are complete, Fractal will install all the required modules and set up a folder structure just as specified. 

If you want to skip the global install and create the project manually, the manual install instructions can be found at here.

Spinning it up

Now you have a fully installed Fractal project, spin it up by stepping into the project folder cd project-name and running the Fractal sync command. This starts a local server, watches the files for changes and automatically starts Browsersync:

fractal start --sync

And just like that, you’ve got a working instance of Fractal. Open your browser of choice and navigate to http://localhost:3000 to see the start of your new Fractal project. To avoid requiring everyone to install Fractal globally, create a script in your package.json that calls the Fractal binary.

 "scripts": { "fractal": " ./node_modules/.bin/fractal start --sync"

Now you can use npm run fractal without having to install anything globally.

Adding a component

Now you’ve started a Fractal project, it’s time to add some components. The starter files come with a component called ‘example’, but we’re going to get rid of that and make a new one from scratch. 

One of the best things about Fractal is that you can organise your components however you like inside the components folder, and it will automatically mimic that organisation in the pattern library navigation. 

For the first component, we’ll create a new primary button inside a button  folder. To do that, create with a template file at components/buttons/primary-button/primary-button.hbs. Fractal supports Handlebar templates out of the box, so use the .hbs file extension:

<button class="primary-button">{{text}}</button>

The {{text}} string inside the button tag is a variable placeholder, and this lets you reuse the template, passing in different values for text from the data file. 

To create the data file, use the same base name as the Handlebar file, but with a different yml extension. Now the primary-button.config.yml sitting inside the components/buttons/primary-buttons folder should look like this:

title: Primary Button
context: text: Click Me

All of this together creates your first new component, the Primary Button, a member of the Button category, with the text: ‘Click Me’.

Component variations

Fractal supports variations of the same component, allowing us to display the same component with various modifier classes or attributes. So let’s say we wanted to have the option of using a dark themed button. We could create a new template file called primary-button–dark.hbs next to our original template (the double dash denotes these component variations). In this template we’ll apply a modifier we can hook into to attach new styles.

<button class="primary-button" data-theme="dark">{{text}}</button>

Now when we write our CSS, we can include the following selector to alter this template with modifying styles.

.primary-button[data-theme="dark"] { }

Data variations

Just as we can define variations by creating multiple template files, we can also create variations within our data. We can do this inside the primary-button.config.yml file by adding a variants array.

title: Primary Button
context: text: Click Me
variants: - name: Download context: text: Download Now - name: Install context: text: Install Now

This will create new variations named ‘Download’ and ‘Install’, with different text passed into the button. A more practical example might be if you were using this same primary-button.hbs template in Fractal as well as production. In this case, rather than creating a brand new template for your dark theme, you could pass the theme value in as a variable and use the data variations to show all the different button themes.

<button class="primary-button" data-theme="{{theme}}">{{text}}</button> title: Primary Button
context: text: Click Me theme: light
variants: - name: Dark Theme context: text: Click Me theme: dark

Handling other assets

Fractal will also handle files other than markup and data. Any CSS, JavaScript, images or other assets that you add to the  component  folder will be displayed in the ‘Assets’ tab. You can specify a README.md file for the component so that you can write notes about how the component is used, or link to other parts of the documentation.

Next steps

Repeating the previous example for all of your core components creates a useful catalogue of your site’s main building blocks. But the real power of a pattern library comes from the ability to combine these pieces together. Be sure to check out the Fractal documentation to learn how you can start creating more complex components by combining smaller atomic elements to create larger ones.

The docs folder is a great place to put traditional style guide information and supplementary notes. This might cover things like onboarding documentation, guidelines on your brand’s voice and tone, lists of colours and variables, and so on. It follows the same folder-based navigation as components do, and if you organise your files within subject folders you’ll find navigating the Fractal docs a breeze.

Fractal also supports more complex data sources. If you need to generate a large set of data for a template, or want to pull it in from some third party API, you can use component-name.config.js to return a JavaScript object in place of the YML file data.

Lastly, Fractal allows you to use a number of different templating languages. Be sure to check out the full list in its documentation. And most of all, have fun!  

This article was originally published in net magazine issue 285, buy it here

Top Black Friday 2016 deals for artists and designers

It’ll soon be Black Friday, and here at Creative Bloq we want to help artists and designers grab a bargain. You haven’t got the time to keep refreshing Amazon’s Black Friday page and track down the best deals, right? So we’re going to do the hard work for you, and unearth the best discounts for you to peruse.

For some stores, Black Friday has started already – so we’ve set up this page to add any conspicuous bargains we’ve spotted. We’ll be sticking with products that are of specific use to web and graphic designers, as well as digital, traditional and VFX artists – if you want the latest consumer electronics deals head to our sister site TechRadar who have that covered.

We hope you find a good deal on what you’re looking for – and if you’ve spotted a deal we missed, please be so kind as to share it with the community in the comments below!

New Apple MacBook Pro 13″ without Touch Bar – Save £150/$100!

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Cogent Extends Network to New Continuum Data Centers

WEST CHICAGO, IL – Data center operator New Continuum Holdings Corporation (“New Continuum”) is pleased to announce that global telecommunications provider Cogent Communications has extended its fiber-optic network into New Continuum’s West Chicago data center enabling it to offer its full suite of connectivity services, including Dedicated Internet Access, IP Transit and Ethernet VPN services to New Continuum customers.

“Extending Cogent’s fiber network into our West Chicago facility is critical to our development of an ecosystem. We have focused significant resources and energy toward building rich connectivity offerings in our facility,” said Eli D. Scher, CEO of New Continuum. “Our customers’ applications range from a variety of IT and managed services to cloud and content applications and disaster recovery. In almost every instance adding a carrier like Cogent will add value to their processes to be able leverage another powerful global network for a variety of IT solutions.”
New Continuum’s West Chicago data center is designed for high performance computing applications. The facility boasts true 2N power infrastructure, high density, adaptive cooling in a secure and scalable environment. With the addition of Cogent, New Continuum is able to offer unparalleled value to customers seeking to leverage its combined best in class data center and network infrastructure.

About New Continuum
New Continuum Data Centers (“New Continuum”) is a multi-tenant data center operator in the western Chicago suburbs. New Continuum operates an 80,000 square foot, purpose-built, concurrently maintainable facility in West Chicago, IL, and offers highly flexible wholesale and retail colocation services to enterprises and small businesses. New Continuum’s products range from basic colocation to private cages, private suites and secured data halls. Additionally, New Continuum offers unique connectivity and peering solutions through its partnership with United IX (http://www.unitedix.net). New Continuum’s 2N power design can accommodate some of the highest density cabinet footprints, and with its efficient technologies and robust cooling infrastructure it can deliver leading edge PUEs. To learn more, please visit http://www.newcontinuum.net, or call 877-432-2656.

RapidScale Launches Citrix ShareFile Offering as Part of Its Business Apps as a Service Strategy, CloudApps

IRVINE, CA – RapidScale, a leader in managed cloud services, now provides, manages and delivers a leading Citrix ShareFile experience. After analyzing several solutions, RapidScale ultimately decided on the robust application to enable secure and easy-to-manage file sharing for users, specifically in the SMB space.

“ShareFile was the most mature small to medium business file-sharing system that we had seen, and it keeps maturing – Citrix is ahead of the game,” says Randy Jeter, RapidScale CEO. “When we look at who’s going to simplify the delivery of applications, we believe Citrix is going to have a big play in that long term. We’re winning because our customers are analyzing what we recommend, and telling us that choosing ShareFile was a great decision.”
Specifically, ShareFile offers secure sharing of files and data, easy management across a multi-tenant environment, and quick, simple delivery of applications through CloudPortal Services Manager. It also enables RapidScale’s team to give customers a proof of concept environment. The application ties seamlessly into RapidScale’s Business Apps as a Service solution, CloudApps, which offers business applications built directly into a customer’s virtual environment.

RapidScale has plans to launch hundreds of industry-based applications through CloudApps in the next 24 months with a focus on being the market leader in the area of Business Apps as a Service.

View the recent Citrix Case Study on RapidScale: http://rapidscale.net/rapidscale-launches-citrix-sharefile-offering-part-business-apps-service-strategy-cloudapps/

About RapidScale
RapidScale, a managed cloud services provider, delivers world-class, secure, and reliable cloud computing solutions to companies of all sizes across the globe. Its state-of-the-art managed CloudDesktop platform and market-leading cloud solutions are the reasons why RapidScale is the provider of choice for leading MSOs, VARs, MSPs, Carriers and Master Agents throughout the United States. RapidScale is not only delivering a service but also innovating advanced solutions and applications for the cloud computing space. RapidScale’s innovative solutions include CloudServer, CloudDesktop, CloudOffice, CloudMail, CloudRecovery, CloudApps, and more.

Infomart Dallas Earns Uptime Institute’s Management & Operations Stamp of Approval

DALLAS – Infomart Data Centers, a national wholesale data center provider, today announces that its Infomart Dallas facility has been awarded Management & Operations (M&O) “Stamp of Approval” Uptime Institutecertification by Uptime Institute, the globally recognized data center authority. Earning the M&O Stamp of Approval certification verifies that the company’s critical facilities management at Infomart Dallas is among the best in the world. Uptime Institute created the M&O process by working with industry-leading firms to develop and institutionalize a set of operating practices and criteria for best-in-class critical infrastructure management and optimal data center performance.

Infomart Data Centers has been a longtime proponent of the M&O Stamp of Approval Program. The company was a founding member of an M&O Coalition that helped establish the Management and Operations Program Objectives five years ago. Infomart Dallas, the state’s largest data center and hub of connectivity for the Southern U.S., offers over 100 MW of power and more than 75 on-site carriers. In addition to the M&O Stamp of Approval, Infomart Dallas has also achieved SSAE Type II, SSAE 16 SOC 2 Type II, PCI DSS, and HIPAA / HITECH certifications.
Uptime Institute’s education, research, assessments and consulting span all aspects of business-critical IT infrastructure and facility management. When making an M&O assessment, the advisory organization evaluates wide-ranging criteria, including staffing and organization; preventive and predictive maintenance; personnel training; planning, coordination and management practices; and operating conditions. Unlike other data center operations certifications for security, management controls and process documentation, the M&O Stamp of Approval is specifically designed to address the content of the policies and procedures that affect data centers and mission-critical performance.

“We extend our sincere congratulations to Infomart Data Centers on achieving M&O Stamp of Approval certification of its Dallas facility,” states Lee Kirby, President, Uptime Institute. “Achievement of this award at its third data center reflects Infomart’s ongoing dedication to improvement of organizational excellence and service quality.”

To learn more about Infomart Data Centers’ Dallas facility, visit www.infomartdatacenters.com.

About Infomart Data Centers
Founded in 2006, Infomart Data Centers (formerly Fortune Data Centers) is an award-winning industry leader in building, owning and operating highly efficient, cost-effective wholesale data centers. Each of its national facilities meet or exceed the highest industry standards for data centers in all operational categories of availability, security, connectivity and physical resilience.

Infomart Data Centers offers wholesale and colocation facilities in four markets throughout the United States: San Jose, Calif.; Hillsboro, Ore.; Dallas; and Ashburn, Va. For more information, please visit www.infomartdatacenters.com or connect with Infomart on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Uptime Institute
Uptime Institute is an unbiased advisory organization focused on improving the performance, efficiency, and reliability of business critical infrastructure through innovation, collaboration, and independent certifications. Uptime Institute serves all stakeholders responsible for IT service availability through industry leading standards, education, peer-to-peer networking, consulting, and award programs delivered to enterprise organizations and third-party operators, manufacturers, and service providers. Uptime Institute is recognized globally for the creation and administration of the Tier Standards & Certifications for Data Center Design, Construction, and Operational Sustainability (1000 certifications in over 80 countries) along with its Management & Operations reviews, FORCSS® methodology, and Efficient IT Stamp of Approval.

Uptime Institute — The Global Data Center Authority®, a division of The 451 Group, has office locations in the U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, U.K., Spain, U.A.E., Russia, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

NYI and Megaport Partner to Enable Cloud and Peering Interconnection

NEW YORK, NY – NYI, an end-to-end managed IT services provider that enables its customers to overcome critical business challenges by utilizing hybrid-IT solutions, announces that Megaport (USA) Inc, the US subsidiary of Megaport Limited (ASX: MP1) (“Megaport”), global leader in SDN-based elastic interconnection, established a strategic point of presence (“PoP”) within NYI’s New York and New Jersey data centers. Megaport’s Software Defined Network (“SDN”) will provide NYI customers with direct, instant, scalable access to major cloud service providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, as well as interconnection to leading internet exchange service providers. Megaport customers can directly connect to NYI’s full suite of infrastructure services, including colocation, cloud computing, bare metal, and managed hosting services. The combined offerings allow NYI customers the ability to create directly connected, scalable, hybrid and multi-cloud environments that offer high performance, as well as cost savings.

Megaport pioneered the first platform that allows companies to instantly manage its connectivity from anywhere, on any device. Offering elastic interconnection services, Megaport empowers customers to right-size their capacity by tapping into a global, on-demand SDN. Integration with the Megaport API allows for full automation of provisioning functions. By establishing PoPs in NYI’s New York and New Jersey data centers, NYI’s clients can tap into Megaport’s elastic interconnects.
“The New York City metro is a dynamic and thriving market for technology services,” said Denver Maddux, Chief Executive Officer of Megaport. “It is home to many innovative tech companies and enterprises that are shaping cloud architecture, Internet of Things, and various as-a-service models. NYI is one of those companies enabling the evolution of the IT model. Their wide range of innovative services, high level of service quality, and the strategic locations of their data centers makes them an excellent partner to further the execution of Megaport’s strategy in New York and New Jersey. We are truly excited to work with such a passionate and innovative company.”

“Megaport is changing the way that companies interconnect with its seamless, innovative connectivity platform,” states Phil Koblence, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of NYI. “Now, Megaport clients and partners can instantaneously connect through one port and gain access to all of our infrastructure services, as well as tap into multiple service providers across the Megaport fabric. We see tremendous value in this partnership as it extends our full range of services across a wider distribution network globally.”

NYI is hosting a launch event for Megaport at the Alliance for Downtown New York’s (ADNY) Lower Manhattan HQ (LMHQ) in New York City on November 16, 2016. To register to attend, please contact jsa_nyi@jaymiescotto.com.

NYI owns and operates data centers in the U.S., and offers colocation, managed services, managed hosting, disaster recovery solutions and cloud computing. Marked by 100% uptime, NYI facilities are SSAE-16, HIPAA and PCI compliant and offer 24x7x365 onsite support. For more information on NYI’s enterprise grade infrastructure services, please visit www.nyi.net.

About NYI
NYI enables companies to overcome critical business challenges — by utilizing our agile Hybrid-IT solutions and professional services capabilities across multi-cloud, bare metal and colocation — all on a single platform. Leverage NYI as part of your IT team — available 24/7 to assess, advise, optimize and deploy proven solutions — allowing your business to innovate, grow and succeed. Multi-Cloud – Colocation – Bare Metal – Professional Services – Disaster Recovery. NYI is SSAE16/SOCI/PCI/HIPAA/HITECH Compliant.

About Megaport
Megaport is the global leading provider of Elastic Interconnection services. The Company’s global Software Defined Network enables customers to rapidly connect their network to other services and data centres across the world. Services can be directly controlled by customers via their mobile devices, computer, or our open API. The Company’s extensive footprint in Australia, Asia Pacific, North America, and Europe provides a neutral platform that spans many key data centre providers across various cities. Megaport is an Amazon AWS Technology Partner, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Partner, and Google Cloud Interconnect Partner.

Zayo Acquires Data Center in Silicon Valley

BOULDER, CO – Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO) has completed a $12.8 million acquisition of a data center in Santa Clara, the company’s first data center in Northern California. The Bay Area represents one of Zayo’s most extensive metro dark fiber footprints encompassing 1,500 route miles. The expansion is driven by strong customer demand in Northern California leveraging interplay between data center and Communications Infrastructure

The facility, located at 5101 Lafayette Street, includes 26,900 total square feet and three megawatts (MW) of critical power. The location is adjacent to the recently completed Levi’s Stadium and connects to multiple data centers in Silicon Valley via Zayo-owned fiber assets. The facility also includes high-efficiency power and cooling infrastructure, seismic reinforcement to “1.5” and proximity to Zayo’s long haul dark fiber routes between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
With the high concentration of technology, content companies and research labs, Silicon Valley is a highly strategic location for Zayo. This facility complements zColo’s strong nationwide footprint, which is experiencing demand from cloud, content, service providers and traditional enterprise firms.

“We have long targeted Northern California as an expansion opportunity for our zColo data center business. The quality and high-power density of this facility is perfectly matched to the requirements of our leading-edge, Bay Area customers,” said Chris Morley, COO at Zayo.

The acquisition will contribute over $1 million in incremental annualized adjusted EBITDA.

About Zayo Group
Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO) provides communications infrastructure services, including fiber and bandwidth connectivity, colocation and cloud services to the world’s leading businesses. Customers include wireless and wireline carriers, media and content companies and finance, healthcare and other large enterprises. Zayo’s 112,600-mile network in North America and Europe includes extensive metro connectivity to thousands of buildings and data centers. In addition to high-capacity dark fiber, wavelength, Ethernet and other connectivity solutions, Zayo offers colocation and cloud services in its carrier-neutral data centers. Zayo provides clients with flexible, customized solutions and self-service through Tranzact, an innovative online platform for managing and purchasing bandwidth and services. For more information, visit zayo.com.