Former VAR turned data center operator Atlantic.Net will continue building out its cloud platform by adding three more data centers, the company's CEO told CRN on Friday.
The cloud provider, based in Orlando, Fla., will inaugurate a facility in New York in May, followed by its first data centers outside of North America -- one in London and another in Singapore -- by July, said CEO Marty Puranik.
Those top-tier data centers will offer co-location and cloud services, joining the three Atlantic.Net opened last year in Toronto, Dallas and San Francisco, and its first facility in its home state.
The company's growth is largely because of changing dynamics in the channel, Puranik told CRN.
With the advent of the cloud, solution providers are becoming more specialized and focused on specific verticals. That makes them more likely to find customers -- or for customers to find them -- who are more geographically distant.
"In the traditional VAR or integrator space, customers were all local," Puranik told CRN. "Now you're seeing a shift where they've developed a specific skill set in a technology -- they are experts, and they are seeing clients come to them from overseas."