European host Interoute announced on Wednesday the launch of a service package providing one year of free cloud hosting for startups and developers.
The Jump StartUp package gives users access to Interoute Virtual Data Center (VDC) for up to a year, during which they can use tools and storage to a maximum value of 1,200 euros.
Interoute is the owner operator of Europe’s largest cloud services platform, and its network covers Europe with 60,000 kilometers of lit fibre. The free Jump StartUp package includes access to both the Paris and Berlin VDC zones and free data transfers between them, and customers can use the two zones to speed up service availability by distributing computing functions within the network.
Subscribers to the free service will receive 2vCPU, 2GB of RAM and 60GB of storage. Interoute’s full VDC service operates on a pay-as-you-grow pricing model, and includes access to the full European network, which includes 102 cities.
The free service offering follows a busy year for Interoute. Since expanding its infrastructure just under a year ago, the international telecom has launched a cloud firewall service, an integrated cloud platform and app marketplace, and integrated NetApp Storage Virtual Machines into its VDC.
Armed with this upgraded portfolio of services, Interoute can use its latest promotion to grow its share of a market which is primed for major growth. An Interxion study released Wednesday reported that European revenues from cloud services are expected to rise dramatically.
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation suggested in August that concerns sparked by the PRISM program could drive 35 billion dollars away from US cloud providers by 2016, mostly from the European and Asian markets. In a blog post earlier this year, Interoute CTO Matthew Finnie said “the only rules that are relevant to data are the local ones.”