A week after buying two cloud hosting firms, acquisitive managed services provider Six Degrees has splashed out on datacentre interconnection specialist Datahop to lay a key foundation for its network growth plans.
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Datahop's network consists of a resilient, high-speed fibre ring connecting 21 points of presence (PoPs) in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris.
The acquisition gives Six Degrees access to most of London's datacentres - including Interxion, Iomart and Level 3 facilities and 16 new PoPs. It also marks its first major geographical expansion across the English Channel.
Following the acquisition, the group plans to embark on a major upgrade of its network that will see it launch a next-generation VPLS-enabled datacentre interconnect fabric. It says this will enable multi-gigabit port capability for distribution of its portfolio.
"This marks a significant step-change in the scale, reach and capability of the Six Degrees network. Datahop's technologies will allow us to deliver higher bandwidth and a broader range of services to our customers," said managed data division MD Daniel Lowe.
The purchase will also mark a significant step in the group's ambitious growth plans. Last week company sales and marketing boss Campbell Williams told MicroScope that Six Degrees hoped to be in a position to mount a serious challenge to market leaders such as Rackspace by the end of 2012.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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