It’s very exciting for us to announce that we are extending our global reach in providing hosted Elasticsearch to our customers. In addition to many other locations around the world, we now have SoftLayer data centers available in these cities: Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Milan, Montreal, Queretaro (tech center in Central Mexico), Sydney, and Tokyo.

This marks another milestone for Qbox as we continue to execute on our plan to enable worldwide hosted Elasticsearch capability for all of our customers.

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On October 7, our infrastructure partners at Softlayer turned on the switch to their brand-new 15,000 server-capacity data center, their first in the land down under. As a result, Qbox customers can now provision their Elasticsearch instances there as well.

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Last week was not a good week for the public cloud infrastructure business or for the companies that depend on them. “>

To some degree, the struggle continues.

First, the so-called Shellshock Bash Bug (CVE-2014-6271), discovered in just about every server running Unix and its various flavors (including Linux, which is the OS for every Qbox node), made its appearance, requiring a system-wide patch, not only at the VM level but also at the root machine level.

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With thanks to our partners at IBM Softlayer, as of today, Qbox Elasticsearch instances can now be deployed in Toronto, London, and Hong Kong. While we already had options for London and Hong Kong with other cloud partners, this is a first for the 2nd largest country (by land mass) to our North. IBM has been aggressively investing in the Softlayer platform they acquired last year. There will be more announcements regarding how this positively affects Qbox customers over the next few days.

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When we asked our customers what we need to do to make Qbox the most reliable, most enterprise-ready solution, the #1 feedback has been to make it available across multiple data centers so Elasticsearch indices can be located close to existing data stores. This decreases network latency, enhances reliability, and makes indices more available globally. To this point, the Qbox team is happy to announce we just extended our leading enterprise-class Elasticsearch hosting to IBM’s SoftLayer Cloud.

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