While the Facebook pages of Shopify merchants will be served out of Facebook’s data centers, those businesses’ digital storefronts created by Shopify will soon be hosted in RagingWire facilities.
Following Facebook’s announcement this week of a partnership with Shopify to enable Facebook users to buy products from Shopify’s 175,000 sellers without leaving Facebook, NTT Communications-owned US data center provider RagingWire said it has added Shopify to its list of colocation customers.
RagingWire has data centers in Sacramento, California, and Ashburn, Virginia. It is also building a new campus in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. A company spokesman declined to provide details on Shopify’s deployment, such as the amount of capacity the web company is taking and where, citing confidentiality agreements with the customer.
The deal is part of a data center expansion initiative for Shopify, according to a statement by Dale Neufeld, the company’s director of technical operations. The company said it has processed more than $10 billion in sales across 150 countries since its founding in 2004.
RagingWire, which builds large-scale data center campuses and counts Twitter as one of its customers, was acquired by NTT last year for $350 million as part of the Japanese telco’s global data center business expansion push. NTT bought an 80-percent stake in the company that started in Sacramento.
The acquisition gave RagingWire access to capital to fund further expansion, such as the latest Dallas build.