PAETEC Ramps Up Cloud-Computing Strategy

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PAETEC Holding Corp., which owns a CLEC, a software division, a VAR unit and more, has expanded its cloud computing portfolio and is adding 13 data centers throughout the country to support that initiative.

The new cloud products for enterprises and midsized businesses include dedicated server, virtual server, managed storage and hosted Exchange. Virtual server will let businesses buy computing and associated storage on a per-logical server basis for a monthly fee. Dedicated server offers turnkey implementations within PAETEC’s data centers so customers can move to virtualization and cloud computing at their own pace. Managed storage features the ability to buy storage on demand. And hosted Exchange allows customers to use the Microsoft Exchange Email server from the cloud, with PAETEC technicians and engineers available for support.

“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," Arunas Chesonis, chairman and CEO of PAETEC, said in a prepared statement.

To support its cloud-services growth, PAETEC will add even more data centers to its network; the company is aiming for 13 new facilities by the end of 2012, for a total of 20. Data centers will be built in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and one more, undisclosed location. PAETEC so far owns data centers in Arizona (click to view image gallery), Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

PAETEC said the commission structure for cloud services is the same as its other network services. The range of commission is not the same for all agents and PAETEC does not provide those specifics to media.

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