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The Stack Archive Press Release

Europe’s most distributed cloud comes to America

Thu 10 Apr 2014

Interoute Virtual Data Centre takes its IaaS cloud platform global

London, 18 June, 2014 – Interoute, owner operator of Europe’s largest cloud services platform, has today launched a new Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC) zone in New York in a move that will further expand its cloud services globally. With latency as little as 68ms1 between Interoute’s London and New York VDC zones, users of Interoute’s IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) platform have the benefit of a low latency, globally distributed cloud at their fingertips.

Interoute CTO, Matthew Finnie, commented, “European developers and businesses with their sights set on the US need more than just a data centre to effectively gain a foothold there. They need a networked cloud to give them the speed and performance to compete. Interoute VDC provides massively distributed cloud architecture, globally, and we’ve thrown in the network for free. Opening our first US zone in New York is part of Interoute’s expansion beyond our European base, following the launch of our Hong Kong zone earlier this year.”

Interoute has VDC zones in eight countries across the globe, with six in Europe. Interoute VDC is built into the foundations of Interoute’s international MPLS and internet backbone, a key part of the internet in Europe, bringing businesses closer to their customers. The network extends beyond the data centre, providing connectivity to customers worldwide.

Interoute VDC customers are given access to the entire network of computing resource across the platform and can choose to create custom compute and storage in any location globally. Customers can also use quick deployments from the Interoute CloudStore to instantly create their machines through a series of simple menu-driven options. Interoute VDC offers the option of public, private (MPLS) or hybrid cloud services as standard, defined at the network level.

Customers have the flexibility to move and store data where it is needed, whether that is in Europe, North America or Asia. This high level of location density and automation means customers can restrict their data to a single location or distribute it rapidly across new geographies and markets to provide a faster end-user experience by minimising latency in their cloud architecture and help ensure business compliance with relevant data legislation. Because the computing power of Interoute VDC is built into the network, data transfer between international Interoute VDC zones is free.

Jon Collins, Principal Advisor at Inter Orbis & Analyst at GigaOm Pro, commented: “Much of the focus in recent years has been on Infrastructure as a Service aspects of cloud computing – that is, how to make best use of the vast pools of hosted, virtualised servers now available. The benefits of this approach are widely appreciated and give us a direction of travel for future development. As our understanding has increased, so has the awareness that the traditional approach to cloud computing of “somewhere” in the cloud, without taking physical limitations of transmission into account, limits the potential scope and sophistication of applications. The next phase in development is total integration, incorporating networking constraints and opening the door to a massively distributed approach to computing. This shift will see increasing emphasis on the network as a differentiator, as use of the cloud continues to grow.”

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