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Web Host SingleHop Expands into Phoenix via IO Data Center

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Chicago-based web hosting provider SingleHop announced this week that it would expand its operations into a new , modular 2,500 square-foot data center in Phoenix, Arizona, using a facility operated by IO, a national data center provider with a significant Phoenix presence.

The expansion is big news for SingleHop, which announced its first-ever round of funding last week, closing on $27.5 million in funding from battery ventures. While the new facility deal has undoubtedly been in the works since long before the financing was closed, geographic expansion is exactly the kind of project that significant financing can help to facilitate.

SingleHop says the Phoenix facility provides a SSAE 16 Type 2 audit, and has Uptime Institute Tier 3 Certification for Design Documents, 10Gbps connectivity to server cabinets, public and private networks as well as connectivity to the company’s Chicago data centers. The facility is completely IPv6 compatible.

The deal is also an endorsement for IO – and for Phoenix as a geographic alternative to locating IT resources in California. Landing at number 25 on the 2011 Inc. 500 list, SingleHop is exactly the kind of fast-growing customer that big data center operators covet.

“This year has already been full of great news for our company and that continues today with this announcement. We understand that location does matter a great deal, especially to our international customers and that’s why we made the decision to expand to Phoenix,” says Zak Boca, chief executive officer, quoted in the press release announcing the new space.

SingleHop says it will use the new facility to provide customers with a choice of locations when deploying new resources – Chicago or Phoenix. The Arizona data center could be particularly appealing to West Coast companies, says SingleHop, providing a connection with 40ms of latency.

According to the press release, the first phase of new Phoenix data center will offer capacity for 2,500 servers. Its modular design will enable SingleHop to roll out new capacity a fraction at a time. The data center will serve as a third location for all of the company’s cloud hosting products.

This week’s expansion and last week’s financing are just two in a series of significant recent announcements for SingleHop, including the revamping of its Tandem reseller program to enable web hosting partners to resell SingleHop cloud hosting services, and the revamping of its service level agreements to make them friendlier with the SingleHop Customer Bill of Rights.

A lengthy interview with SingleHop co-founder and VP of marketing Dan Ushman appears in the upcoming spring issue of WHIR magazine, which lands next week. Check your mailbox, or check out the WHIR magazine digital edition to read it.

Talk back: Does the idea of a presence in Phoenix make SingleHop more interesting to you as a possible partner? Does SingleHop’s selection of IO as a supplier strike you as a positive endorsement of the company or the location? How do you feel about Phoenix as a near-alternative to locating resources in California? Let us know in the comments section.

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About the Author

Liam Eagle has worked as a contributor to the Web Host Industry Review since its inception in 2000, and as editor since 2003. He has been editor of the WHIR's print magazine since its launch. His daily involvement in the gathering and reporting of Web hosting news and his regular interaction with Web hosting leaders gives him an uncommonly broad appreciation of the issues and tends facing the business. Through his WHIR blog, Liam spots Web hosting trends and offers opinions on the industry-wide impacts of major developments and the motivation behind big announcements. Follow him on Twitter @liameagle

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  1. There's a cool, short animated video on the IO website showing how the company's modeular data centers work: http://www.iodatacenters.com/about-io/media-library/modular-data-center-video

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