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Red-Hot Cloud Storage Startup Wasabi Opens New Data Center

‘The demand for Wasabi hot cloud storage has even exceeded our predictions,’ says Wasabi Technologies CEO David Friend.

The fast-growing storage startup founded by former Carbonite CEO David Friend officially opened its fourth data center location in Virginia on Tuesday as Wasabi Technologies’ customer base continues to grow.

"The demand for Wasabi hot cloud storage has even exceeded our predictions,” said Friend in a statement. “Customers migrating from on-prem storage to Wasabi understand the importance and relevance of storing data in the cloud to remain competitive. Typically, storing data in Wasabi costs less than just the annual maintenance fees for other on-prem storage equipment and most enterprises know that eventually all data will be stored in the cloud.”

Boston-based Wasabi said the new data center is due to “record demand” from its customer base, which is increasing at over 20 percent month over month. The new data center, located in Iron Mountain’s facility in Manassas, Va., will bring more connectivity options and access to customers around Wasabi’s cloud storage solution.

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The new data center joins Wasabi’s other centers located in Ashburn, Va.; Hillsboro, Ore.; and Amsterdam.

“With the opening of our newest U.S. East Coast data center, our current and potential customers have access to the most affordable and best performing cloud storage solution available and can have the confidence that Wasabi will grow and scale with their future data storage needs at the industry’s best rates,” said Friend.

Wasabi co-founders Friend and CTO Jeff Flowers founded Carbonite together in 2005. The company became a leader in cloud backup over the next decade before Flowers and Friend departed in 2015 to form Wasabi.

The company says it offers cloud storage that is one-fifth the price and faster than competitors such as Amazon S3. Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage is enterprise-class, tier-free and allows customers to store infinite amount of data affordably with no data egress charges or API fees. Wasabi provides an S3-compliant interface to use with storage applications, gateways and other platforms.

In April, Wasabi launched its first partner program, the Wasabi Partner Network. The volume-based incentive program is fueling growth at the company, said Wasabi.

Wasabi said it plans to open multiple additional data centers in the near future, including in Japan with new partner NTT Communications Corp.

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