The Internet has become an integral part of our day-to-day lives. Accessing e-mail, news, connections and data can be done not only over computers but mobile devices and laptops as well. So when it comes to our expectations for Internet performance, we expect quality and speed, anytime, anywhere, and for a low cost.
As European businesses continue to place more and more of their data and applications in the cloud, demand is rising for European data centers that help enterprises comply with European data regulations.
To meet this demand, Interoute, a provider of cloud services, including voice, video, computing and high-capacity international data bandwidth and network infrastructure, recently expanded its Ghent data center to accommodate up to 8,000 servers for hosting and colocation. The expansion will help meet the demand for Interoute’s growing VPN and colocation business and cater to the needs of the growing number of biotech and green energy enterprises in Belgium.
The building is ISO-27001 certified and has a Power Usage Effectiveness classification of 1.4.
Interoute offers two IP transit services – Global Transit and Euro Transit. Global Transit includes a full Internet routing table and Euro Transit includes a partial routing table for customers looking to optimize European connectivity and reduce total cost of transit. Its connectivity portfolio includes MPLS, Internet access, IP transit and Ethernet services connecting to other Interoute facilities in Amsterdam, London, Paris and Frankfurt.
Jan Louwes, executive vice president, Enterprise Solutions, Interoute, said in a statement, “As European enterprises grow the need for European data centres which can host and secure critical data and applications within European national boundaries is increasing. This new data centre in Ghent gives customers a highly resilient, secure facility with ultra-low latency fiber optic connectivity into Interoute’s pan European network.”
Interoute’s VPN and colocation business is already being used by Domo, a provider of IT business intelligence solutions, Van de Velde, a manufacturer of luxury lingerie, and Eandis, a Flemish natural gas and electricity distributor.
Jan Dezutter, sales director, Interoute Belux, said, “With the investment in the Ghent data centre Interoute shows it is committed to the Belgian market and the growth we are seeing in data centre and Cloud based services here. With the Ghent data centre directly connected to other in regional data centers in Brussels and Oostkamp, we are ideally placed to fulfill all technical and service requirements for Belgian companies looking for a federated or twin data center strategy.”
Edited by Blaise McNamee