AT&T Opens New London Data Center

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AT&T is opening of a second London IDC (Internet data center) to meet growing demand in the region for its hosting services. The data center, which will also incorporate a new network node, is AT&T’s third in the UK and will be one of the company’s 38 global IDCs, which collectively provide over 2.6 million square feet of secure hosting facilities across five continents and support over 400,000 devices. AT&T has designed the power infrastructure at the newly-built site for high availability and to support high-density computing.

“With demand for managed hosting and cloud services growing globally, we are further investing in providing enterprise-class infrastructure capabilities and advanced network based services to our customers,” said Steve Caniano, Vice President, AT&T Hosting and Cloud Services. “With the opening of this state-of-the-art IDC we are building on existing demand for managed hosting and co-location services in EMEA, and expanding our network, while looking ahead to the growth of cloud services.”

“This expansion reflects AT&T’s investment both in the region and in hosting services for our European customers,” said Andrew Edison, head of AT&T’s business in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “It forms part of our plan to invest $1 billion this year to meet the evolving needs of our multinational customers. Investments like this mean they will be able to experience all the benefits of cloud services and gain further advantage from our network and global footprint.”

With Gartner estimating that the worldwide market for cloud services will grow to $148.8 billion by 20141, AT&T’s cloud-based services combine the intelligence and strength of the AT&T network with flexibility of cost and capacity. AT&T Synaptic Hosting is AT&T’s utility computing service with managed networking, security, storage and application acceleration for businesses.

AT&T’s 2010 investment plans also include enhanced IPv6-capable MPLS nodes in Europe; a new AT&T Business Exchange node in the Netherlands to support AT&T’s Telepresence Solutions and new AT&T Telepresence Solutions rooms in Belgium (Brussels), UK (Redditch) and Slovakia (Bratislava, Kosice).

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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.

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