SoftLayer Opens First European Headquarters and New Data Center in The Netherlands

October 13, 2011 by · Comments Off on SoftLayer Opens First European Headquarters and New Data Center in The Netherlands 

Web HostingDALLAS/AMSTERDAM — SoftLayer® Technologies, the largest privately-owned hosting company in the world has chosen Amsterdam in The Netherlands for its European headquarters and first data center.  SoftLayer is investing $75 million initially in Holland and its European operations, which also includes new network PoPs in Amsterdam, London, and Frankfurt. In addition, the company has appointed Jonathan Wisler as General Manager for European Operations. The company will also be recruiting a further 25 digital professionals to staff the new data center and support operations.

Jonathan Wisler, an Information Technology veteran and now General Manager for SoftLayer in Europe comments, “Given the overall size of The Netherlands compared to the rest of Europe, this country is one of the most advanced in terms of Internet infrastructure and networking. We’re seeing a thriving community of both established digital entrepreneurs and start-ups here. There is a terrific buzz, particularly in Amsterdam, amongst digital professionals. It’s exciting, vibrant and it’s lively—the perfect environment from which to launch our European operations.”

As part of its European drive, SoftLayer has also joined the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX). “As one of the world’s largest Internet exchanges, we’re delighted to welcome one of the world’s largest hosting companies into our Internet Exchange community,’” says Job Witteman AMS-IX Chief Executive Officer. He adds “SoftLayer’s choice and business potential in Europe show a clear sign that regardless of the financial markets, our (Internet) Industry and the city of Amsterdam offer one of the best environments for companies, technology and engineering talent to thrive.”

Jonathan Wisler explains, “SoftLayer is a name well-known in the US, but it’s already establishing a prestigious European reputation for delivering flexibility and control to businesses that live on a browser.  The technology approach is ground-breaking; the business model unique—we think that an increasing number of Dutch enterprises and organizations will quickly catch on to a new way of managing their digital infrastructures.”

“I think that Internet savvy small and medium sized businesses (SMBs), social media and gaming start-ups across Europe will be the early arrivals to our new Amsterdam data center. These are the types of companies that make up SoftLayer’s core customer base, companies that have their finger on the Internet pulse and need the levels of control and flexibility in the cloud that we can provide,” says Wisler.

At the end of October customers in Europe will be able to pre-order services to deploy, scale and manage their Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions based on SoftLayer’s unique public/private network infrastructure.

In early November, when the Amsterdam data center opens, SoftLayer will have 13 data centres and 16 PoPs worldwide. Each data center is functionally independent with distinct and redundant resources, as well as fully integrated with all SoftLayer facilities. The company’s global network fully integrates three distinct and redundant network architectures—public, private, and data center to data center—into the industry’s first Network-Within-a-Network topology for maximum accessibility, security, and control. Read more

Equinix To Build Third Data Center in Amsterdam

June 10, 2011 by · Comments Off on Equinix To Build Third Data Center in Amsterdam 

Webmaster ToolboxREDWOOD CITY, CA & AMSTERDAM — Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced plans to build a third International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center in Amsterdam (AM3), just six months after the official opening of AM2, the second IBX in the same market, indicating strong demand for Equinix data center services. The first phase of AM3 is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2012. The new IBX will be located in the Amsterdam Science Park, one of the most carrier-dense locations in Europe with more than 150 networks, and when completed will provide approximately 6,400 square meters of customer floor space.

“To announce three Amsterdam data centers in three years is a great measure of Equinix’s strategic and financial commitment to supporting the growth of its customers. The new AM3 IBX will meet strong local and global demand, while underlining Equinix’s commitment to building some of the most energy-efficient carrier-neutral data centers possible,” said Eric Schwartz, President of Equinix EMEA. “AM3 will further extend Platform Equinix in Europe, while supporting our growing global customer base with a full range of premium colocation, interconnection and support services for industry sectors including financial institutions, networks, enterprises, content, cloud and IT services firms.” Read more