AT&T has opened another datacentre in London that it said will help it meet growing demand from businesses for hosted services and applications.
The datacentre is the firm's second in the capital and third in the UK.
"There is a real demand from businesses in many metropolitan centres for managed hosted services, so we are continually looking to expand our offering to meet this," said vice president of AT&T's hosting and cloud services, Steve Caniano.
"We are keen to offer high levels of reliability and resilience with our datacentres and so have built in a 99.999 per cent reliability service level agreement (SLA), which is something businesses really like."
He added that the new datacentre is already hosting services for customers.
While demand for hosted services is certainly growing, Caniano conceded that some businesses are still reluctant to put mission-critical applications in the cloud, due to issues of reliability and security. Also, he said, many firms want to continue sweating their existing assets before making the move to hosted environments.
"For a lot of businesses they only really look to the cloud after a compelling event, most often when their current infrastructure becomes unsuitable for their requirements," he explained.
"Understandably, many are happy to let their current investments remain in place at the moment, rather than head to the cloud."
Caniano said the datacentre had taken 18 to 24 months to develop, and that the firm already has plans to extend it to meet predicted future growth in hosted services.
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