Happy New Year! 2014 was a great year at Linode and we’re very excited about all the projects we have planned for 2015. Here’s a sneak peek at our datacenter expansion plans.
First, we’ll be expanding our presence in the Asia-Pacific region with a datacenter in Singapore. This new deployment will support all of the existing Linode services, including NodeBalancers, Backups, native IPv6, and features our latest generation SSD-based servers and 40 Gbit connectivity to each host machine. The facility will be a fantastic alternative/complement to our Tokyo location, with great connectivity to Australia, China, Hong Kong, India and the rest of Asia.
Most of the networking and server hardware has been installed, and our team hopes to have Singapore ready for customer Linodes
in the next few weeks by the end of April. Unfortunately, some Cisco gear is backordered until the beginning of April. In the interim, we are adding more transit providers and peers to improve connectivity within the region. (updated 2015-03-10)
We’re also expanding our European footprint with a deployment into Frankfurt, Germany. This will complement our UK-based facility. Interestingly, more than 35% of all European cloud traffic flows through Frankfurt and this location will enable customers to comply with Germany’s Federal Data Protection Act (a.k.a., Bundesdatenschutzgesetz (BDSG)) by hosting their data on German soil. Frankfurt is also centrally located in continental Europe, and we believe this will be a great location for all of Europe.
The Linode Frankfurt deployment will be coming in the next few months.
Our Tokyo facility has been a great success. So much so that we’ve actually exhausted all of the resources available there. Linodes in Tokyo are in limited supply and the datacenter is frequently sold out. While Singapore will be an excellent alternative for a presence in this region, we are also exploring a second Tokyo datacenter.
Stay tuned for the official announcements of these new locations and several other exciting developments coming soon!