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Red Hat Enterprise Linux Customers Can Move Subscriptions to Google Compute Engine via New Cloud Partnership

cloudfingerstockRed Hat announced on Monday a partnership with Google that will enable its customers to move Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions to Google Compute Engine using Red Hat Cloud Access.

Red Hat Cloud Access allows customers to “bring-their-own-subscription” from select certified cloud providers and move their Enterprise Linux subscriptions from on-premise to public cloud.

Google Compute Engine came into general availability last year, offering Red Hat Enterprise Linux in limited preview.

The collaboration is possible because of Google’s recent membership of the Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider program. Through this program, Google is able to provide solutions that extend the functionality of Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud solutions. Google is the second partner to earn designation as a Red Hat Cloud Access-enabled partner.

“As customers move to the cloud, they want flexibility and portability, which is a key component of our vision for the open hybrid cloud is to enable freedom of choice across both new and existing heterogeneous infrastructures,” Tim Yeaton, senior vice president, Infrastructure Group, Red Hat said. “By collaborating with Google to offer Red Hat Cloud Access for Google Compute Engine, we’re bringing even more choice to the open hybrid cloud: whether on-premise or in the public cloud with Google Compute Engine, customers can rely on their Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions to meet their needs.”

The consistency that Red Hat Cloud Access provides is important to enterprise clients using Red Hat technologies in a hybrid cloud implementation. Red Hat also owns the customer support through this model, giving enterprise customers peace of mind in the public cloud.

Zayo Acquires Dallas Provider CoreXchange

serverszColo, the colocation division of international bandwidth provider Zayo Group, has acquired CoreXchange, a data center and managed services provider in Dallas, Texas.

The purchase provides xColo with one new stand-alone data center, located at 8600 Harry Hines Boulevard, as well as an additional 12,000 square feet in CoreXchange’s suite in the Dallas Infomart at 1950 N. Stemmons Freeway. The transaction was funded with cash on hand.

This increases the zColo footprint by 18,000 square feet in Dallas, to more than 34,000 square feet. Zayo currently operates colocation facilities at 2323 Bryan St. and the Dallas Infomart, where zColo will gain an additional suite with this purchase.

While CoreXchange’s space is located completely in Dallas, Texas, the company recently said that only 20 percent of its customers are actually within the region, thanks in part to it’s online ordering portal, ColoUnlimited.  As a part of the acquisition, Zayo will also assume ownership of ColoUnlimited. zColo will continue operating ColoUnlimited in the Dallas market before integrating into Zayo’s recently announced Internet Portal, Tranzact, in the second quarter of 2014. Tranzact will enable transactional ordering capabilities across zColo’s national data center footprint.

Adding the CoreXchange facilities increases Zayo’s footprint and options for its customers in the Dallas metro area. Zayo has a strong fiber network in the Dallas area, spanning more than 500 route miles and reaching more than 250 on-net buildings.

“Dallas is one of the world’s leading corporate headquarter hubs and has seen tremendous growth in the high tech and energy fields,” said Chris Morley, president at Zayo Group. “Expanding the zColo footprint not only provides more alternatives for colocation in the Dallas market, but provides easier access for customers to tap into Zayo’s international Bandwidth Infrastructure footprint.”

CoreXchange was founded seven years ago by industry veterans from The Planet, Rackspace, NTT/Verio and Exodus Communications. One of those veterans was Peter Pathos from The Planet, which was acquired by GI Partners and merged with SoftLayer. The Planet, which was known for dedicated hosting by the time of its acquisition, was actually started as a colocation company. CoreXchange rose out of those foundations as The Planet moved away from colocation.

Zayo has continuously built its zColo colocation business through acquisitions. The company acquired CoreNAP in Austin, Texas in 2013. The company also recently expanded in Miami Florida.

UK and Canadian Companies Consider Data Sovereignty Key Factor in Web Host Selection

servers1Security and data privacy are the top reasons 25 percent of Canadian and UK businesses are planning on moving their company data outside of the US, according to a study released by Peer 1 on Wednesday.

While performance and reputation are still important considerations for the majority of companies choosing a hosting provider, security is by far the biggest consideration with 96 percent of respondents citing security as their top concern. In fact, nearly 70 percent of respondents said they would sacrifice performance to ensure data sovereignty.

Peer 1 Hosting commissioned the study of 300 businesses in Canada and the UK to provide a look at how privacy concerns are impacting hosting decisions.

Despite the concerns for their data, and 82 percent of companies indicating that privacy laws are an important factor in determining which countries to host their data, more than half of companies surveyed host most of their data in the US.

According to the survey, Canadian companies are more likely to move data from the US, with one in three reporting to have plans to move away from US data centers.

“With data privacy and security concerns top of mind after NSA, PRISM and other revelations around the world, businesses in the UK and Canada are taking real action,” Robert Miggins, SVP business development, PEER 1 Hosting said. “Many are moving data outside of the US, and even more are making security and privacy their top concerns when choosing where to host their company data. It’s clear that hosting and cloud providers need to take note and offer their customers true choice in terms of the locations and environments where they store their data, ensuring they can maintain security, compliance and privacy to the best extent possible.”

The survey provides even more evidence that the US government’s surveillance program has done more harm than good, especially for service providers in the US. Recently, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said the NSA’s surveillance program hurts confidence in US cloud computing services, which this study shows to be the case.

In August, a report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation predicted that concerns around NSA surveillance could drive up to $35 billion of cloud business away from the US over the next three years.