Megaport moves on US market

Company plans to build US headquarters in San Francisco

After launching services in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong, Megaport is now targeting the US market with plans for headquarters in San Francisco.

The network interconnection provider will spend $10 million over the next 12 months in the US setting up its cloud interconnectivity service. It expects to recover operating expenses within this time.

The expansion includes sites in Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Ashburn, Chicago and Dallas where dark fibre infrastructure will be deployed to connect each of the data centres within the metropolitan region. Seattle will come online in September this year.

While the company couldn’t reveal how many staff would be employed in the US, it plans to double the existing workforce by the end of the fiscal year.

According to Megaport Americas and Europe executive vice president Brynn Maddux, enterprise customers want a better model for accessing cloud computing through network services.

“The Megaport platform gives customers greater flexibility through better commercial terms and instant provisioning capabilities into the cloud, along with access to new data centres and services globally as we continue our expansion,” she said in a statement.

Founder Bevan Slattery announced plans in January 2014 to introduce the company's 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network-as-a-service across the Asia Pacific.

Megaport’s offering is based on an interconnection fabric which allows service providers to use a single physical Ethernet interface to connect with other parties.

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