Hosting Provider Leaseweb Upgrades Network to Support Speeds of 100Gbps

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Leaseweb, a hosting company with services including dedicated servers, cloud, CDN and more, has executed a major expansion of its network in their Amsterdam AMS-01 data center. This would enable further network growth for its high-bandwidth customers within media and gaming, paving the way for applications that benefit from 100Gbps connectivity.

Bart van der Sloot
“We finally see that 100Gbps technology offers the economics we need to provide bandwidth at competitive price levels, so we’ve deployed new generations of rack switches, aggregation switches, and routers,” said Bart van der Sloot, Managing Director, Leaseweb Network.

The network expansion builds on Leaseweb’s rack-to-web redundant network architecture and the dual vendor approach for core and border routers, initially connecting to 5 ‘Tier 1’ IP backbones with multiple 100Gbps ports – as well as to Leaseweb’s own global network which provides direct connectivity to over 8,000 ISPs through private and public peering. The architecture and technology used will be the foundation for all Leaseweb’s new data center networks, as well as for expansions in current locations.

“This expansion addresses the strong growth we see in the bandwidth requirements of our customers, especially in the media and gaming markets,” said Bart van der Sloot, Managing Director, Leaseweb Network. “We finally see that 100Gbps technology offers the economics we need to provide bandwidth at competitive price levels, so we’ve deployed new generations of rack switches, aggregation switches, and routers. Initially, this enables redundant 100Gbps uplinks from customer racks to our core network.”

“It also paves the way to deploy servers with 25Gbps, 40Gbps or 100Gbps interfaces,” added Mr. Van der Sloot. “We don’t see a strong market requirement yet for those – but we want to be prepared. The network expansion supports all functionality available in existing networks, including e.g. DDoS IP Protection, Private Networking and Floating IP’s.”

Leaseweb operates 19 data centers in locations across Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, all of which are backed by its worldwide network with a total capacity of more than 5.5 Tbps.