Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN) has lit up its fourth data center in Charlotte, N.C., giving it a total of 27 U.S.-based centers where it can offer a mix of colocation, cloud and managed services to its growing business customer base.
Initially, the center will offer 39,300 square feet, with 10,380 square feet of raised floor space.
By using a phased approach, Windstream Hosted Solutions said it plans to expand the center to reach a total of 60,800 total square feet, with more than 20,500 square feet of raised floor space.
Similar to other locations, the Charlotte center will give business customers access to its suite of public, private and hybrid cloud products and traditional IP-based voice and data services.
Hybrid cloud is increasingly becoming an area where Windstream Hosted Solutions and other players can play a major role. According to a recent Infonetics report, hybrid cloud services are set to double by 2015.
Another significant element of this facility is its location. Charlotte has become a major hub for key market verticals such as financial services, transportation, healthcare, energy and education.
But these segments are just one part of the picture.
Kelly Morgan, research manager at 451 Research, said that Charlotte has also become an attractive hosting location for many of the top social media sites and content providers "due to the availability of inexpensive power, robust fiber network infrastructure, educated workforce, and the advantage of locating in a relatively protected area from natural disasters."
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