EarthLink expands data center, fiber network footprint

EarthLink (Nasdaq: ELNK) on Tuesday set forth plans to simultaneously expand its core fiber and IP-based network and build out four additional data centers to support its emerging cloud hosting platform.

The service provider said that by integrating the additional data centers with its expanded IP network, it is creating what it will be an "end-to-end cloud fabric to meet the growing demand for highly-secure cloud hosting and IT services."

By establishing agreements with a number of colocation provider partners service provider plans to expand its cloud hosting platform into four data centers in San Jose, Chicago, Dallas and Miami throughout 2013. In addition, the CLEC will equip its existing data center in Rochester, N.Y. with its cloud architecture early next year.

Over this cloud architecture, EarthLink will provide a host of IT solutions, including cloud hosting, virtual desktop, security, colocation, back-up, and application solutions.

Upon completion, EarthLink will have a total of eight data centers, all of which will be connected to its nationwide IP-based network.

All of the data center footprint will be interconnected with an extended fiber network that will incorporate next-gen optical transport capabilities stretching from Miami to Virginia. As a result, it will increase capacity in major markets including Ashburn, Va., Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., and Orlando, and extend its fiber network into Texas, adding seven major markets including the rapidly growing DASH (Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston) segment.

Besides supporting its growing cloud initiatives, the new capacity will enable EarthLink to offer new native 100G transport services across its fiber footprint complete with necessary network redundancy and diversity.

The latest network build between Miami and Virginia follows an effort announced earlier this month to expand a long-haul network route from Memphis to Chicago, which is set to be completed by the end of the year.

On Tuesday, the service provider reported that Q3 2012 financial results came in just above analyst estimates with revenues of $334.8 million--down 1 percent from Q2--and net income of $1.4 million, or 1 cent per share.

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