Atlantic.Net unveils New York datacentre and sets out UK expansion plans

SSD-based cloud hosting firm opens datacentre, while setting out its UK expansion plans

US cloud hosting provider Atlantic.Net has set its sights on expanding to the UK, after opening its fifth datacentre in New York.

The Orlando-based company specialises in the provision of solid-state disk (SSD) drive-based cloud servers to the developer community, and is opening its new site to help the sector tap into the growing demand for mobile and apps based around software-as-a-service (SaaS).

The new facility is located around 11 miles outside of Manhattan, and was sited there, explained Atlantic.Net president and CEO Marty Puranik, because of New York’s growing developer community.

As such, they will be able to draw on the datacentre to deliver a wide range of apps to their customers, based on the Lamp, Lemp, Node.JS and Django web application frameworks.

“The biggest concern for our customers is latency, and New York City is kind of at the epicenter of the developer community,” said Puranik. “So, by putting our nodes as close as possible to their customers, they’re going to have a much better experience.”

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The facility spans seven floors, covers 179,000 square feet and is operated by datacentre operator Telx, with Atlantic.Net quoting a power capacity of 4000kW.

The site is also secured using a biometric card key system, and benefits from on-premise security 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. 

Now it’s in place, the company is planning to open similar sites in London and Singapore later in 2015, said Puranik, having already set up shop in Dallas, San Francisco, and Toronto over the past year.

“We’re seeing a big increase in the adoption of our technology, with our primary focus on the developer market and that part of the market is growing really fast because of mobile apps and software-as-a-service,” he said.

“The biggest advantage of using our technology would be around databases, as they can read and write data much faster than a traditional hard drive because of the SSD component.

“It’s what they’re really good at. And that makes a big difference in all areas, as every website has a database component,” he added.

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