Cloud services firm Colt Technology Services is opening up enterprise access to what the company claims is the largest data centre footprint in Europe.
The company said its cloud services – which include platform management, IT as a service and managed storage offerings – will offer data centres in 20 European cities. Additionally, the company will offer support to customers in 15 different languages.
Colt vice president of portfolio and strategy Jon Bennett said: “Our enterprise cloud services are designed to deliver scalable cloud solutions as well as flexible service and commercial levels delivered via our service catalogue.
“After consulting closely with our customers, it is clear that being able to offer infrastructure, platforms and workloads will give the CIO confidence that they can focus on delivering business objectives, rather than managing technology.”
The company hopes that its wide range of data centre locations and extensive portfolio of services will appeal to customers looking to perform large-scale IT automation projects and cloud migration initiatives and desire multiple data centre locations for performance and stability.
In addition to the performance benefits, cloud platform providers have pointed to the presence of local data centres as an important privacy and compliance initiative. With many government agencies and regulated industries wary of moving data to a physical location in a foreign state, having a data centre within the country's borders has been a growing concern.
In the UK, cloud providers such as Salesforce have announced plans to bring their new data centre facilities to London in order to provide localised services.
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