May 17, 2020

DataBank acquires cloud service provider Edge Hosting

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Callum Rivett
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DataBank has bought cloud hosting service provider Edge Hosting
DataBank has acquired cloud hosting company Edge Hosting, which specialises in designing, operating and simplifying secure and compliant IaaS and PaaS M...

DataBank has acquired cloud hosting company Edge Hosting, which specialises in designing, operating and simplifying secure and compliant IaaS and PaaS Managed Cloud Hosting.

The deal will provide market expansion and additional expertise in the delivery of cloud solutions and managed services.

"Edge has built a great reputation for superior technical capabilities and proactive managed services throughout the industry," said Raul K. Martynek, CEO of DataBank.

"We plan to utilise the Edge team’s technical and process expertise to enhance our current managed service offerings, nationwide."

With "incredible synergies" between the two companies, Edge's CEO Vlad Friedman commented that he is "very excited" about the direction that was going to be taken.

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Friedman will transition to become the Chief Technology Officer of DataBank and will help lead product development for the new, combined company.

"DataBank is force-multiplier for us," said Friedman. "This deal will help open new doors for the Edge team and our customers."

"The diverse client-base of large enterprise accounts, as well as DataBank's large national footprint of top-tier data centre facilities, will help drive us forward."

Operating data centres across the US, DataBank has secured its position as a leading provider of cloud services, as well as providing enterprise-class data centre and interconnectional services.

Baltimore-based Edge Hosting, founded in 1998, pioneers outcomes-based strategy into managed hosting, growing over 20 years into a full service hosting and cloud service provider.

Edge Hosting also delivers comprehensive operational coverage of controls for FedRAMP, HIPAA/HITECH, PCI, SSAE 16/18 SOC 2 Type II and EU Privacy Shield Frameworks.

 

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Jun 8, 2021

Fastly's CDN Reportedly to Blame for Global Internet Outage

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Tilly Kenyon & Oliver James Fr...
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Multiple outages have hit social media, government, and news websites across the globe

A huge outage has brought down a number of major websites around the world. Among those affected are gov.uk, Hulu, PayPal, Vimeo, and news outlets such as CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, BBC, and Financial Times.

It is thought a glitch at Fastly ─ a popular CDN provider ─ is causing the worldwide issue. Fastly has confirmed it’s facing an outage on its status website but fails to specify a reason for the fault ─ only that the problem isn’t limited to a single data centre and, instead, is a “global CDN disruption” that is potentially affecting the company’s global network.

“We’re currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN services,” the firm said.

What is Fastly?

Fastly is a content delivery network (CDN) company that helps users view digital content more quickly. The company also provides security, video delivery, and so-called edge computing services. They use strategically distributed, highly performant POPs to help move data and applications closer to users and deliver up-to-date content quickly.

The firm has been proving increasingly popular among leading media websites. After going public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2019, shares rose exponentially in price, but after today’s outages, Fastly’s value has taken a sharp 5.21% fall and are currently trading at US$48.06. 

What are CDNs?

Content delivery networks (CDNs) are a web of small computers, or servers, that link together to collaborate as a single computer. CDNs improve the performance of internet-connected devices by placing these servers as close as possible to the people using those devices in different locations, creating hundreds of points of presence, otherwise known as POPs.

They help minimise delays in loading web page content by reducing the physical distance between the server and the user. This helps users around the world view the same high-quality content without slow loading times. 

Without a CDN, content origin servers must respond to every single end-user request. This results in significant traffic to the origin and subsequent load, thereby increasing the chances for origin failure if the traffic spikes are exceedingly high or if the load is persistent.

The Risk of CDNs

Over time, developers have attempted to protect users from the dangers of overreliance through the implementation of load balancing, DDoS (Denial of Service) protection, web application firewalls, and a myriad of other security features. 

Clearly, by the state of today’s major website outage, these measures aren’t enough. Evidently, CDNs present a risk factor that is widely underestimated ─ which needs to be rectified with haste. Content delivery networks have become a key part of the global infrastructure, and so it’s imperative that organisations start to figure out risk mitigation strategies to protect companies reliant on the interconnected service from further disruption and disarray. 

Over the coming days, both Technology Magazine and Data Centre Magazine will continue to provide updates on the current situation as developments are made.

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