FLORHAM PARK, N.J., May 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Global Crossing (Nasdaq: GLBC), a leading IP solutions provider, today revealed plans to open a hosting data center in London to serve customers in Europe, and has relocated its data center operations in the Miami area to accommodate the housing and hosting needs of United States customers interested in connectivity to Latin America. To illustrate its commitment to enhancing its hosting and data center business solutions, the company also has created a new executive position to oversee its hosting strategic initiative.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J., May 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Global Crossing (Nasdaq: GLBC), a leading IP solutions provider, today revealed plans to open a hosting data center in London to serve customers in Europe, and has relocated its data center operations in the Miami area to accommodate the housing and hosting needs of United States customers interested in connectivity to Latin America. To illustrate its commitment to enhancing its hosting and data center business solutions, the company also has created a new executive position to oversee its hosting strategic initiative.
Gabriel del Campo, who currently manages the company's incumbent data center business in Latin America, will serve as Global Crossing's new vice president of data center services EMEA and global data center product management.
"When we completed our acquisition of Impsat roughly a year ago, we emphasized the close alignment of our two businesses, and in particular, the opportunity to introduce existing Impsat services to a wider, global customer base," said John Legere, Global Crossing's chief executive officer. "Our existing hosting infrastructure is world class. This expansion aims to capitalize on the rising demand for data center services, where supply has become increasingly scarce across Europe, and to accommodate the needs of U.S. businesses seeking connectivity to the Latin American region. It's imperative to Global Crossing's customers that we enhance and expand this valuable capability."
"Delivering this capability to enterprise customers in Europe beginning with our London facility is a cornerstone of our strategy to support their critical business needs," echoed Anthony Christie, managing director, EMEA. "As we hone our focus on this crucial market segment, we'll continue to refine this strategic growth area and to firmly plant Global Crossing in the minds of existing and prospective customers."
According to Gartner, the world's leading information technology research and advisory company, if significant new data center space is not brought on-stream in high-demand areas like London, there will be no free space left by the end of the decade.*
"The general improvement in business conditions is causing organizations to come back to the data center market with greater overall demand than has been seen in recent years," said Scott Morrison, research director at Gartner. "The increase in demand for data center services is being driven primarily by internal enterprise requirements, including the growth in content-rich applications, data storage needs and virtualization. These are more robust indicators for positive mid-term growth in the industry than the supply-led expansion of Web-facing solutions in the dot-com era."
Consolidating our data center services with our Miami operations offers expanded physical facilities and enhances services provided to customers previously served out of a former Impsat facility in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The 650-square meter upgraded data center boasts a world-class infrastructure and quality standards, including state-of-the-art secure client support, such as a redundant power system for generators, rectifiers, UPS and air conditioning.
Under del Campo's leadership, the Latin American team built Impsat's existing successful data center business from the ground up. In addition to his other responsibilities, he will guide the development of common standards, best practices and processes to support the evolution of what has been a regional business into a global one.
"Global Crossing's hosting business is focused on addressing enterprises' increasing demand for integrated Information Communications Technology (ICT) solutions," explained del Campo. "Our emphasis is on solutions. We recognize the enterprise market's need for converged services that go beyond data, video and voice integration, to integrate and combine IT services with telecommunications, Internet, security and VoIP."
Global Crossing's growing data center footprint currently offers world-class facilities in 60 major cities worldwide to provide businesses access to critical customers and business partners. Global Crossing housing facilities allow customers to seamlessly link sites to virtually any location around the world within the reach and capacity of the world's most extensive global IP network. The benefits of Global Crossing colocation facilities also include receiving consistent and similar services throughout the world and the ease of one-stop shopping for ICT, On-Demand and Continuity solutions.
Global Crossing offers solutions that allow customers to focus on their businesses while Global Crossing manages and administers the entire IT infrastructure and network for them. Global Crossing's hosting solutions provide customers housing, equipment, storage, backup and monitoring, as well as managed services that free them to run their application or Web site.
On-Demand Solutions let customers use what they need when they need it, including network capacity, storage, processing power and managed services. They enable customers to respond rapidly and adequately to the demands of their clients or other business opportunities.
Global Crossing Continuity Solutions provide preventive tools and redundancy capabilities that keep businesses running or help minimize any potential economic losses caused by an unexpected incident. Interruptions in service could be caused by natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, or floods, or by social problems, fires or technology problems.
Several of Global Crossing's data centers in Latin America have received a Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) 70 review, which is a widely recognized auditing standard that evaluates the design and operating effectiveness of controls that have specific objectives, such as the security of financial information. This review is especially important to large businesses and is being increasingly accepted by government organizations and private companies that seek an independent opinion to confirm the effectiveness of a provider's processes and internal controls structure. It also simplifies their auditing processes and potentially can save them time and reduce their costs.
ABOUT GLOBAL CROSSING
Global Crossing (Nasdaq: GLBC) provides telecommunications solutions over the world's first integrated global IP-based network. Its core network connects approximately 390 cities in more than 30 countries worldwide, and delivers services to approximately 690 cities in more than 60 countries and 6 continents around the globe. The company's global sales and support model matches the network footprint and, like the network, delivers a consistent customer experience worldwide.
Global Crossing IP services are global in scale, linking the world's enterprises, governments and carriers with customers, employees and partners worldwide in a secure environment that is ideally suited for IP-based business applications, allowing e-commerce to thrive. The company offers a full range of data, voice and security products to approximately 40 percent of the Fortune 500, as well as 700 carriers, mobile operators and ISPs. Its Professional Services and Managed Solutions provide VoIP, security and network consulting and management services to support its Global Crossing IP VPN service and Global Crossing VoIP services. Global Crossing was the first global communications provider with IPv6 natively deployed in both its private and public backbone networks. Please visit www.globalcrossing.com or blogs.globalcrossing.com/ for more information about Global Crossing.
* Gartner "European Data Center Colocation Pricing," by Scott Morrison, November 19, 2007.
Statements in this press release about expected future events and financial results are forward-looking and subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially, including risks referenced from time to time in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Global Crossing undertakes no duty to update information contained in this press release or in other public disclosures at any time.
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