That the colocation business is expanding on all fronts right now is obvious, but the location chosen by Arizona's Phoenix NAP came as a bit of a surprise. They will be opening a new node in Amsterdam, taking up residence in one of the five facilities there operated by Interxion. The expansion is all about Phoenix NAP's cloud and IaaS offerings, rather than the more traditional racks and such -- although they left the door open to those as well later on. They expect to be up and running by the second quarter.
It's interesting that in choosing to open an Amsterdam node they bypassed both the US east coast's data center hubs and the usual Frankfurt and London locations in Europe. Their willingness to go overseas first and face a market in which they will have to struggle harder to get a foothold suggests that they feel the cloud opportunities across the Atlantic are particularly ripe.
Meanwhile, Amsterdam probably wins over similarly well connected but larger London and Frankfurt markets because of its position between the two and ability to serve both at low latency. One wonders if they might have similar plans for a node in Hong Kong to match this one. Data Center Knowledge has additional details.
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