Web Host The Planet Announces Launch of London Data Center

February 3, 2009 – (HOSTSEARCH.COM) – Web host The Planet has announced the launch of a data center in London, UK, it was reported recently. The company, which bills itself as “the global leader in IT hosting”, will open the center in April 2009 and the move comes as a response to “customer demand for both international and globally redundant hosted infrastructure”. This is the company’s first venture into the European market.

“For the past 18 months, we’ve evaluated international markets that are of strategic importance to our planned global expansion, and Europe has been at the forefront of those discussions,” suggested Douglas J. Erwin, The Planet’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We’ve had serious customer interest, which underscored that the time was right to move forward.”

“We’ve made substantial investments in our data centers and our network over the past two years, including the recent addition of new peering points on the East and West Coasts of the United States,” he added. “Our storage cloud and CDN products also provide global access points. With 42 percent of our customers located in international markets, we expect considerable interest in this new operation.”

The Planet’s new center offers up to 20kW of power per rack, backed by N+1 redundancy on generators, transformers and UPS systems. Customers benefit from a 10GB private fiber interconnect to The Planet’s core network through its Ashburn, Virginia data center. The center also provides local connectivity to Tier-1 providers and “major European peering exchanges”.

The Planet has entered a a colocation agreement with London-based TelecityGroup, which operates 20 network-independent data centers across seven European countries. Procedures in the new facility comply with ISO 9001:2000, which benchmarks quality processes for data center operations and management. The first data center operator to adhere to a new “EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres,” it is also a member of the Green Grid.

“The Planet has established a strong reputation for delivering high quality, reliable hosting and Web services,” suggested Managing Director for TelecityGroup UK and Ireland, Mr. Adriaan Oosthoek. “I’m delighted that TelecityGroup will play a crucial role in supporting The Planet’s roll out into Europe, by hosting and maintaining their infrastructure in our new highly resilient and secure Powergate data centre. We continue to be the data centre of choice for leading U.S. businesses expanding into Europe.”

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