AT&T to Expand Data Centers in Boston, Dallas

AT&T (T) will expand its data center network, with plans to add 180,000 square feet of hosting space as part of a broader $1 billion expansion of its network. The additional space will be built out in AT&T’s 38 existing data centers around the world, with a focus on four markets: Boston, Dallas, Singapore and Amsterdam. The company’s 2008 expansion budget is 33 percent larger than last year’s, and is being driven by “explosive surge in data, voice and video traffic.”

The expansion, which will give AT&T nearly 2.3 million square feet of data center space, comes just six months after the company announced new data centers in Toronto and Piscataway, New Jersey. In late 2006 AT&T added data centers in Chicago and Shanghai, China.

AT&T’s network expansion also includes:

  • New undersea fiber optic cable capacity to Japan and Asia
  • New core MPLS routers in Europe, Asia and the U.S.
  • New network-to-network connections to extend network reach into high growth markets in Asia Pacific (India, Australia), Eastern Europe (Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Mongolia) and South America
  • The rollout of a global virtual private local area network solution, initially in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. By year-end 2008, AT&T expects to have an Ethernet footprint in 39 countries.

“Companies worldwide are responding to the exploding need to deliver voice, data and video in real time to their end-users, no matter where they are, no matter what the device,” said Ron Spears, group president, AT&T Global Business Services. “It is vital that we continue to invest in those geographies and services to meet this demand so our customers can connect their operations, partners and suppliers.”

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.