Savvis Broadens Cloud Footprint With Massive Data Center Expansion

Cloud provider Savvis

The push includes expanding five existing data centers and opening a pair of new data centers. Along with cloud, the company said the increased footprint will also help the company bulk up its managed hosting and collocation services.

Savvis, which was founded in 1996, was acquired earlier this year by giant telco provider CenturyLink for $3.2 billion purse -- $2.5 billion in cash and stock and $700 million in Savvis debt. CenturyLink's Savvis acquisition is part of a major cloud computing push by traditional telecoms, carriers and cable companies.

According to Savvis, the company plans to open new data centers in Seattle and Piscataway, N.J. later this year. On top of that, it will add to existing data centers in several major north American cities, including Atlanta, Boston and Toronto.

Savvis' Atlanta data center saw the addition of 25,400 square feet of new space, which opened on July 26. On October 15, Savvis' Boston data center will feature 13,500 square feet of new space. And on November 15, Savvis will open up 5,500 square feet of new space in Toronto. The new data center in Seattle opened on September 1 and features 27,100 square feet, while the Piscataway, N.J. location will open November 15 and feature 26,000 square feet.

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Once the new and expanded data centers open, the company's total compliment of data centers in North America, Europe and Asia will be 50 strong, the company said. In total, the company will launch 100,000 square feet of new raised floor space as a result of the five-city expansion, which bumps Savvis' total sellable data center space to 2 million square feet.