Host.net Buys Hostway Data Center

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Florida colocation provider Host.net has acquired a 12,000 square foot data center in Ft. Lauderdale that was previously occupied by Hostway and Affinity Internet/ValueWeb, the company said today. The deal continues strong growth for Host.net, which acquired WV Fiber last year.

“The move into Ft. Lauderdale reflects Host.net’s strategy of expanding in its existing markets to better service our customers needs,” said Jeffrey Davis, Host.net’s co-founder & CEO. The new owner plans to add more than 40Gbps of lit Internet and transport connectivity and upgrade the cooling and electrical capacity of the building.

“Customers and partners have been asking Host.net to consider opening a Ft. Lauderdale facility to provide additional geographic diversity and business solutions, which is in line with the company’s long-term strategic plan,” said Chief Marketing Officer Lenny Chesal.

“Host.net’s expansion has capitalized upon the growing trend in the business community to outsource IT infrastructure; increasing awareness of the need for business continuity and disaster recovery services; increasing demand for managed IT services; and meeting regulatory compliance demands. Host.net allows customers to cost-effectively manage and accelerate their growth, due to the importance of having a trusted and scalable partner.”

Host.net was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. The Ft. Lauderdale facility was originally operated by Affinity Internet. After Affinity was acquired by Hostway in 2007, the companies attempted to migrate customers from the Ft. Lauderdale facility to a Hostway-owned data center in Tampa. The move went badly, leaving some customers offline for days.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief 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.

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