City Network, a European provider of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) based on OpenStack headquartered in Sweden, has launched its public cloud service, City Cloud in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, thus moving into the Middle East and adding another yet another region to its offer.
As in other parts of the world, customers to City Cloud can purchase server and storage capacity as needed and pay for the capacity they use. They can choose to run their entire infrastructure on City Cloud or use it as a hybrid solution combined with private or outsourced data centers or other IaaS providers.
“In an increasingly regulated world where digitization puts enormous pressure on data capacity, there is a substantial demand to operate and store data in a location of choice,” Johan Christenson, CEO and founder of City Network. “In particular, the new EU data protection regulation, GDPR, is a major driver for this need. Therefore, close proximity to our customers has always been a key part of our growth strategy and the news we are announcing today follows this strategy. In Dubai, and throughout the Middle East, there is strong demand from both European and local customers to use City Cloud in response to these market trends.”
The expansion to the Middle East has been preceded by a significant geographical expansion throughout the world. At the end of 2016, the company started operations in Japan and thereby entered the Asian market. Since earlier City Cloud is available in both Europe and North America.
“City Network is a long-term OpenStack contributor, and it is encouraging to see them expanding aggressively to serve new regions and industries,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director at the OpenStack Foundation. “Their expertise around security and compliance brings an important dimension to the OpenStack ecosystem. Adding the first OpenStack public cloud availability zone to Dubai is a great milestone for the community and City Network.”