US Internet outsourcing specialist Exodus Communications is taking its first steps into Europe.
The company said it will use its $200 million worth of fresh funding for its European and Asia Pacific expansions.
"We are prospecting at this time for a location in the UK and plan to open our first international Internet Data Center there by the end of 1998," said Mark Bonham, the company's vice president of marketing.
Earlier this year Exodus opened an initial office in the UK as a server hosting facility for managed services to US firms with a presence in Europe.
A pioneer in Web hosting services, Exodus began serving Internet-based businesses such as Web publishers and now aims to help corporates build transaction-based Web sites.
Exodus already runs seven outsourcing data centres in the US. "We continue to manage all the critical performance requirements that affect the productivity of corporate Web site's such as back-up power, fire suppression, on-site security and network availability," said Bonham.
It recently rolled out an Internet disaster recovery service. "As companies add electronic commerce applications to their sites, it becomes critical that they be able to maintain those operations at all times," said Bonham.
The different levels of coverage range from a simple back-up server that starts-up when a customer's Web server goes down, to a redundant service with identical servers sharing Web traffic at two Exodus data centres.
Although the market for such services is still small, research group Dataquest, predicts the total co-location market will grow to $2.6 billion by 2001.
Exodus has a programme called Partnering For Success which includes Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, Silicon Graphics and At Home. Exodus is also in the process of setting up additional alliances which include an OEM reseller alliance, technology partners and solution integrators. The company which went public in March, expects to announce these new relationships within the next few weeks.
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