AT&T Opens New UK IDC

(Ping! Zine) – AT&T* is investing further in its European hosting capabilities with the opening of a second London IDC (Internet Data Centre) to meet growing demand in the region for hosting and its portfolio of services.

The IDC, 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.

“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.”

Steve Caniano, Vice President, AT&T Hosting and Cloud Services, said: “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. 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.”

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 HostingSM is AT&T’s next-generation utility computing service with managed networking, security, storage and application acceleration for businesses. Its utility computing features are an ideal solution for organizations whose business needs are seasonal or unpredictable, or where end-user traffic spikes are a given. Customers such as the AT&T Williams team benefit from AT&T Synaptic Hosting, which gives them access to more capacity ‘on demand’ and allows for increased video-casting, webcasts and rich media content on the team website.

The opening of the IDC forms part of AT&T’s planned $1 billion 2010 investment programme, which also includes 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).