PeakColo Expands to Chicago Market

After raising $7.5 million earlier this year, Denver-based PeakColo said it would use the money to expand into new geographic markets. It is now expanding into Chicago through partnership with PlusOne.

Jason Verge

December 19, 2012

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Denver-based Infrastructure as a Service provider PeakColo has expanded its cloud, adding its seventh cloud node in Chicago in a PlusOne facility. PeakColo now has six cloud regions, with the others residing in Seattle, Denver, New York, New Jersey, and in the UK.

The company is partnering with PlusOne, a Chicago-based data center service provider, to provide low latency services in that region. “The opportunity to accomplish this expansion with PlusOne not only supports our business model but also enhances it with their exemplary operational model,” said Luke Norris, CEO and founder of PeakColo.

PeakColo raised $7.5 million in growth equity capital from Meritage Funds and Sweetwater Capital last September. The company stated its intentions of using the money to expand into additional geographic markets at that time. Now we know Chicago was one of those markets.

The company offers hosted private cloud (called RedCloud), hosted public cloud (BlueCloud) and it allows white-labeling of its cloud services, which allows resellers to go to market with their own cloud offerings under their own branding (WhiteCloud). Its white label cloud seems to be catching on.

"Interest in PeakColo’s white-labeled cloud services has grown exponentially," said Norris. "Our customers demand presence throughout the US, and the addition of our Chicago cloud node ensures we remain one of the fastest enterprise clouds in the marketplace."

PeakColo also offers colocation, which it positions as more of a compliment to cloud services than a primary offering, meant for legacy applications or as part of a migration plan. PeakColo cloud is built atop VMWare vCloud and NetApp.

PlusOne provides mission-critical solutions to a broad range of industries including media, healthcare and telecom. Its flagship data center is located in downtown Chicago. Kevin Francis, Director of Real Estate for PlusOne said, “The growth and technical requirements presented to us by PeakColo, while demanding and leading-edge, were accommodated in our standard operating model. We are excited to have PeakColo add PlusOne as a major PeakColo cloud service node.”

In addition to space, redundant power and cooling, PlusOne offers redundant 10Gbps+ bandwidth, expert remote-hands, 24x7x365 dedicated on-site staff, and other value-added support services to complement its core colocation services.

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