UK cloud firm ElasticHosts expands into Asia and Australia

The cloud hosting provider has expanded from five to nine datacentres in order to cut latency.

UK cloud supplier ElasticHosts is adding datacentre space in Asia and Australia as part of an international expansion plan.

The London-based company, which rents space in datacentres and provides a wide range of  cloud hosting and compute services for SMEs through a Linux KVM hypervisor, is adding capability in four additional datacentres.

"We are expanding from five to nine datacentres and going global by adding sites in Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as fleshing out the US a bit more by adding a site in Silicon Valley," ElasticHosts CEO Richard Davies told ZDNet.

The company is renting the new datacentre space from Vocus in Sydney, Equinix in Hong Kong, euNetworks in Amsterdam and CoreSite in the US.

Prior to the expansion, the company had two UK datacentres, in Portsmouth and Maidenhead, and three North American datacentres, in Los Angeles, San Antonio and Toronto.

The expansion is aimed at cutting latency, and dealing with issues of data sovereignty — that is, which country data is stored in and which local and international laws it is subject to.

"The location of the datacentres that your cloud services are delivered from matters because of latency and network speeds and also because of data storage and data storage jurisdiction," Davies said.

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