The Pan-European provider Interoute made it clear this week just what it is focusing on for 2013 with a three pronged expansion of their cloud presence. Interoute's paths is one of the cleanest fusions of fiber and cloud out there, with little copper or legacy voice services getting in the way or needing to churn off.
On Monday Interoute added a fifth virtual data centre location, expanding into its Paris facility. That gives them one VDC cloud node each in a single city across five countries, as their other nodes lie in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Geneva. Next up I'm guessing is either Dublin or Stockholm.
Yesterday they gained a partner, working with Arrow Electronics to offer the same VDC services on the latter's ArrowSphere. It's an online platform connecting cloud service providers with resellers across the EMEA region, giving them more potential feet on the street.
And this morning they launched Cloudstore (left), a business appliance marketplace of their own. They've built it as a cloud app using their own virtual data center infrastructure, aiming to use it to more effectively sell their own integrated ICT offerings directly to enterprises and online businesses.
There are many more pieces to the cloud puzzle left to put together, but a picture of Interoute's overall setup is definitely starting to take shape. As they fill out their cloud offerings though, they may also see themselves as a platform for consolidation if the European M&A market does start to heat up further.