DAILYHOSTNEWS, October 14, 2011 – SoftLayer Technologies has chosen Amsterdam in The Netherlands for its European headquarters and first data center. The total investment is estimated to be $75 million initially in Holland and its European operations, which also includes new network PoPs in Amsterdam, London, and Frankfurt.
In line with these happenings, the company has appointed Jonathan Wisler as General Manager for European Operations and will also be recruiting a further 25 digital professionals to staff the new data center and support operations.
Jonathan Wisler said in his comments: “Given the overall size of The Netherlands compared to the rest of Europe, this country is one of the most advanced in terms of Internet infrastructure and networking. We’re seeing a thriving community of both established digital entrepreneurs and start-ups here. There is a terrific buzz, particularly in Amsterdam, amongst digital professionals. It’s exciting, vibrant and it’s lively—the perfect environment from which to launch our European operations.”
To make its presence felt, SoftLayer has joined the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX). In his welcome message, Job Witteman AMS-IX CEO indicated that, “as one of the world’s largest Internet exchanges, we’re delighted to welcome one of the world’s largest hosting companies into our Internet Exchange community.” “SoftLayer’s choice and business potential in Europe show a clear sign that regardless of the financial markets, our (Internet) Industry and the city of Amsterdam offer one of the best environments for companies, technology and engineering talent to thrive.” He continued.
The Amsterdam data center which opens in early November will feature the following; a capacity for more than 15,000 servers, a redundant network infrastructure, a fully-automated platform and a unique pod design concept.
With this, SoftLayer will have 13 data centres and 16 PoPs worldwide. Each data center is functionally independent with distinct and redundant resources, as well as fully integrated with all SoftLayer facilities.
About SoftLayer Technologies
Headquartered in Dallas, SoftLayer is the innovation leader in cloud, dedicated, and managed hosting, and the largest private hosting company in the world. SoftLayer provides cloud, dedicated, and seamlessly integrated computing environments.