DigitalOcean's new Amsterdam data center signals European expansion, eyes Singapore as its next target

December 2
2:04 PM 2013

Software Design Description (SDD)-only web hosting and cloud infrastructure provider DigitalOcean announced its launch today of its flagship data center in Amsterdam on a blog post. The new data center signaled the company's expansion in Europe as it quickly grows its market share holding as a leading cloud services provider. The company also indicated plans for another data center to be established in Singapore in the next two months, and said it had shipped its equipment to start its Asian explanation plans.

Its new data center in Amsterdam, TechCrunch noted, is the company's second facility in the city. Telecity hosted both data centers but are located in different buildings for specific purposes. Amsterdam 2 has private network and an improved network design derived from high-end Juniper routers. TechCrunch said DigitalOcean intended to offer these types of features in all of its data facilities in the near future, but the only other facility that has the same features as Amsterdam 2 is the second data facility in New York.

DigitalOcean explained the benefits of Shared Private Networking in its post, which read, "Shared Private Networking will allow users in that data center to set up features such as database replication, file storage, and host-to-host communication across a private network. Traffic sent across the private network does not count towards the account's bandwidth costs."

DigitalOcean chief executive officer and co-founder Ben Uretsky said last week to TechCrunch that despite the clamor for the company's data center in Brazil, he said the country's high import taxes and poorly laid out network infrastructure had made it more challenging to expand in the Latin American region. Uretsky revealed, on the other hand, that the company will be expanding in the UK after it finishes building its data facility in Singapore.

Uretsky revealed that scaling is the company's main problem, and that data centers would allow the company to address capacity problems and meet demand moving forward.

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