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Roundup: Equinix, Power Assure, Radware, Savvis

Sanofi consolidates Asia-Pacific footprint at Equinix (EQIX), Power Assure gains investment from Dominion Power, Radware (RDWR)announces new ADC platform, Savvis completes SSAE 16.

Here’s our review of some of this week’s news in the data center industry:

Sanofi joins Platform Equinix.  Equinix (EQIX) announced that Sanofi, a global and diversified healthcare leader, has consolidated its data center operations in Asia-Pacific from six data centers into just one Equinix data center. Sanofi will use the Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data center to support business operations from a private cloud in order to provide a stable operating environment with higher levels of collaboration and performance. The 10GB dark fiber connectivity and high power density of up to 8kVA allows Sanofi to deploy a full range of software and business critical applications to its offices from a single location within Asia-Pacific. "We are pleased to have Sanofi join Platform Equinix and help the company to accelerate business collaboration while maintaining a competitive edge in the healthcare industry," said Samuel Lee, president, Equinix Asia-Pacific.." This clearly demonstrates our capabilities to provide a high level of professional service and connectivity to customers across a wide range of industry verticals. Sanofi can further benefit with access to Equinix Marketplace, which allows businesses to create custom profiles, search for and discover new service providers and partners."

Power Assure receives $1 million investment.  Power Assure announced that Dominion Energy Technologies, Inc., has invested $1 million in the company, joining ABB Technology Ventures, Good Energies, Point Judith Capital and Draper Fisher Jurvetson as investors in Power Assure. Dominion's investment completes a $14.5 million round of series B financing, and brings the grand total of funds raised to $29.75 million. The additional funding will be used to expand Power Assure’s sales and marketing for continued growth of its data center infrastructure and energy management solutions. Dominion is the primary electric utility in northern Virginia, where data centers are major consumers of electricity. "Not only is Dominion one of the largest power companies in the country, they are also leading in the area of smart grid innovation," said Brad Wurtz, president and CEO, Power Assure.  "In order to help our customers connect to the smart grid and take advantage of the many revenue-generating services offered by the Independent System Operator’s (ISO’s), we have found a partner who can bring the skills and resources needed to execute quickly. Dominion has shown a determination to stay on the cutting edge."

Radware announces fabric for ITaaS economy.  Radware (RDWR) announced the next phase of its Virtual Application Delivery Infrastructure (VADI) strategy featuring new application delivery controller (ADC) platforms, enhanced data center management and orchestration interoperability, complete support for leading hypervisors, and new AppShape technology to provide the industry's first application delivery fabric. By implementing Radware ADC Fabric within virtual data centers and replacing traditional ADCs with vADC instances, IT managers can now assign a vADC instance per application, department or customer, essentially creating a fully virtualized application silo. Radware also announced AppShape, a new ADC Service for simplifying and optimizing application deployment with a holistic view from the application perspective. "Radware recognizes not only the technological, but also the economic demands placed on enterprise and carrier data centers today," said Avi Chesla, chief technology officer, Radware. "Through our VADI strategy, we now introduce a new application delivery abstraction layer technology which allows organizations to shape our application delivery tools to meet exactly their business needs, removing traditional complexities of ADC administration associated with networking, computing resources, high availability, security and more – letting companies to really focus only on their business' application.

Savvis completes SSAE 16.  Savvis, a CenturyLink company announced that it has completed its annual Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16 and International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3402 combined examination. The SSAE 16 Type II SOC 1 report encompasses selected Savvis systems and the suitability of the design and operating effectiveness of applicable controls. "Completing the SSAE 16 requirements reflects our commitment to our clients and international security and control standards," said Jeff Von Deylen, senior vice president, global operations and client services for Savvis. "This reinforces to our clients that we have the highest standards of processes, controls and procedures in place and can safely manage their IT needs."

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