UUNet Opens Two More U.S. Data Centers

BOSTON (04/25/2000) - UUNet Technologies Inc. has opened two more U.S. data centers in the New York metropolitan area to serve customers who need colocation hosting services in the Northeast.

One new center in Carteret, New Jersey, has 80,000 square feet (7,200 square meters), and the other in Elmsford, New York, has 100,000 square feet .

Colocation hosting allows customers to place Web servers into a facility managed by UUNet, which provides technical support and security. UUNet also will install servers and hardware, although many customers prefer to handle that themselves, said Mitch Ferro, UUNet director of hosting products.

UUNet, owned by MCI WorldCom Inc., now has 13 data centers open globally and plans to open at least five more in the U.S. by the end of this year, Ferro said. The company's strategy is to integrate the data centers into the UUNet Internet backbone network so that customers can have their servers located close to the backbone infrastructure.

Many UUNet customers tend to be "extremely bandwidth intensive," he said.

"Dot-com" companies focused on electronic commerce, Internet service providers, large portals and the like form a core of UUNet's client base.

The two centers announced today are open now for general availability, and will be followed next month by a new center opening in Dallas. Other centers slated to open this year are in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Boston.

Centers are expected to open next year in Atlanta, Seattle, Houston and Miami, Ferro said.

UUNet, in Fairfax, Virginia, can be reached at +1-703-206-5600 or on the Web at http://www.uu.net/ or http://www.uunet.com/.

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