Verizon to Expand Data Center Network

Verizon said it will build more data centers due to demand for web hosting services.

Telecom giant Verizon told analysts today that the company plans to build additional data centers this year. "We've had incredible demand for web hosting all year, and so you'll probably see us do some more build-outs to try to meet the demand," said Doreen A. Toben, Verizon's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "It's really been an expanding product segment for us."

Toben's comments were made during Verizon's quarterly conference call with securities analysts (full transcript at Seeking Alpha), and she gave no indication of the scope of any expansion. Verizon Business includes the former MCI data center business, which has facilities in Seattle, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Los Angeles, Richardson (Dallas market). It also includes former Digex faciltiies in Beltsville, Md.; San Jose, Calif. and London, England.