PAETEC Targets Mid-Market in Expansion of Cloud Services, Data Centers

Enteprise CLEC PAETEC Holdings is working up plans to build new data centers, as well as introduce an expanded range of services, the Fairport, NY-based company announced. Management foresees ongoing high demand for integrated telecoms/computing services among businesses, particularly among mid-market sized businesses.

"With the advent of high-speed networks and continued migration of network intelligence into the cloud, the need for these network-based services has increased dramatically and we see that trend continuing into the future," said Arunas Chesonis, chairman and CEO of PAETEC. "Given our historical expertise, nationwide network, deep customer base, and skilled employee base, I believe PAETEC, unlike any other provider, will be extremely well positioned to serve mid-sized and enterprise organizations."

PAETEC has been one of the most aggressive CLECs to seize the cloud and managed service opportunity. Through both acquisition and asset investment, PAETEC is trying to establish itself as an industry leader in the fast evolving space.

Its expanded portfolio of cloud services comprises Virtual Server, Dedicated Server, Managed Storage and Hosted Exchange service suites. "Looking at the products and services that were already available in the market, we saw very strong solutions for small business and start-ups and increasing competition for the large enterprise but very little that was appropriate for the needs of our mid-market customers," said John Chapman, chief marketing officer. "Unlike other cloud infrastructure providers focused on leveraging commodity hardware, we believe the cloud data center must offer the same performance and reliability of which our customers have become accustomed."

PAETEC offers integrated IP, voice, data, security, storage and Internet services to businesses in 86 of the 100 largest US metro areas. With data centers in seven US cities, the company plans to build new ones this year in McClean, Va., Tampa, Columbus, Detroit and Charlotte. Data centers in Dallas, Chicago, northern California, Rochester, NY, Pittsburgh, Denver, Atlanta and somewhere in the Pacific Northwest are slated for 2012.

Written by Michael Standley at 00:00
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