The Planet, a global leader in IT hosting, has announced the official opening of its first international data center in London. For customers with European end-users, the new facility offers geographic redundancy, enhanced performance and Gigabit connectivity. The new facility is the company's eighth data center, and joins its seven domestically located data centers in Houston and Dallas.
The Planet's popular Virtual Racks, the fastest-growing solution in its product portfolio, are the exclusive offering for the new European operation. The Virtual Rack solution the optimal platform hosting choice for powering customer applications provides flexible scalability and rapid provisioning as IT requirements grow. Customers with multi-server environments leverage increased performance with a private backend network to ensure all servers are properly linked and communicate securely. Load balancing options ensure Web traffic is optimally managed by the available servers. In a limited-time promotion, the company waives all set-up fees for customers in the new data center.
For multi-server environments, the Virtual Rack has been a highly effective solution for our customers, since it offers flexible scalability, said Bryce Edwards, general manager for The Planet's Complex Infrastructure line of business. Customers often start with just one or two servers, and appreciate the ease of adding new boxes. They can choose from a portfolio of dedicated firewalls and load balancers, and all European servers come with Gigabit uplinks. In particular, this platform is ideal for multi-tier Web applications.
The London data center features up to 20kW of power per rack, backed by N 1 redundancy on generators, transformers and UPS systems. Customers gain access to a 10GB private fiber interconnect to The Planet's core network through its Ashburn, Va., data center, as well as local connectivity to Tier-1 providers and the major European peering exchanges.
London-headquartered TelecityGroup, which operates 20 network-independent data centers across seven European countries, provides the facilities for The Planet's new data center. Procedures in the new facility comply with ISO 9001:2000, which benchmarks quality processes for data center operations and management.