The rise of cloud computing has brought an increased demand for space and servers, and to that end, SingleHop plans to open up a new data center in Amsterdam backed by fully 2,000 servers to produce the kind of computing power that can help meet the demands of an increasing cloud-hungry community.
While objectively, a 2,000-server facility like the kind that SingleHop is putting in sounds substantial, it only gets better when considered against the overall proportions of server power at SingleHop. The new facility would augment SingleHop's server capacity by around 20 percent, and also give SingleHop a better position going into the wider European market. Further, the facility is set to run on exclusively green power, and is set to have a connection capability with a wide variety of systems, including Cable & Wireless, AT&T, BT (News - Alert) and several others. The Amsterdam data center will also be powered by SingleHop's own LEAP3 platform, allowing customers to manage their own data quickly, easily, and from computers or even smartphones.
SingleHop's COO, Andy Pace, further elaborated on SingleHop's plans to augment its server power, saying, "With demand for hosted infrastructure and cloud computing growing quickly in Europe, this facility helps position us to satisfy this demand with our award-winning automated approach to infrastructure hosting that can have clients up and running in minutes."
Just to sweeten the deal, SingleHop has a special promotion in mind for its new users. The first 150 customers to reserve a server in the Amsterdam data center--which is set to open in just over three weeks--will get a variety of premiums. Not only will SingleHop double the available RAM (News - Alert) and bandwidth for life at no extra charge, but it will also take 10 percent off the monthly invoice for the first six months, and the servers will go online right from the word go on opening day. Prices for those interested start at $170.10 a month, going as high as $981 a month, depending on the desired level of service, responsiveness, and storage on hand. All servers offer unlimited inbound bandwidth, and offer at least 10 terabytes worth of outbound bandwidth.
The stakes in such an effort are profoundly high; with Gartner (News - Alert) estimating that $677 billion will be spent worldwide over the course of the next three years on cloud services, it's clear that the cloud market is a substantial one. With Western Europe set to be the second largest market in the field, SingleHop's bid to bring more service to the region is a smart one, and a move that should pay big dividends before it's all said and done.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey