Six Degrees to beef up network with latest acquisition

A week after buying two cloud hosting firms, acquisitive managed services provider Six Degrees has splashed out on datacentre interconnection specialistDatahop to laya keyfoundation for its network growth plans. Datahop's network consists of a resilient, high-speed fibre ring connecting 21 points of

contract deal siri stafford.jpgA week after buying two cloud hosting firms, acquisitive managed services provider Six Degrees has splashed out on datacentre interconnection specialist Datahop to lay a key foundation for its network growth plans.

Datahop's network consists of a resilient, high-speed fibre ring connecting 21 points of presence (PoPs) in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris.

The acquisition gives Six Degrees access to most of London's datacentres - including Interxion, Iomart and Level 3 facilities and 16 new PoPs. It also marks its first major geographical expansion across the English Channel.

Following the acquisition, the group plans to embark on a major upgrade of its network that will see it launch a next-generation VPLS-enabled datacentre interconnect fabric. It says this will enable multi-gigabit port capability for distribution of its portfolio.

"This marks a significant step-change in the scale, reach and capability of the Six Degrees network. Datahop's technologies will allow us to deliver higher bandwidth and a broader range of services to our customers," said managed data division MD Daniel Lowe.

The purchase will also mark a significant step in the group's ambitious growth plans. Last week company sales and marketing boss Campbell Williams told MicroScope that Six Degrees hoped to be in a position to mount a serious challenge to market leaders such as Rackspace by the end of 2012.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Image courtesy: Siri Stafford

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