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NEW YORK (July 15, 2014) – In an effort to meet the growing demands of the United Kingdom's rapidly burgeoning technology and information sector, DigitalOcean today announced it is expanding its European presence with a new London data center [LON1]. With two data centers already operating in the Amsterdam region, LON1 marks DigitalOcean's third facility in Europe, and strengthens the company's commitment to bringing its simple, reliable cloud hosting solution to developers globally.
"As the U.K. is experiencing a boom in both tech and entrepreneurship, it is a top priority for DigitalOcean to ensure that innovative companies there have the tools and support they need to continue to grow and succeed," said DigitalOcean CEO Ben Uretsky. "This new data center was created to bring the best cloud infrastructure experience possible to developers in this fast-moving and exciting region."
DigitalOcean selected the London location to provide U.K. developers a native location to service their customers. Due to government regulations, the European Union's Data Privacy Directive currently makes it difficult for data to be moved outside of the region.
LON1 will be running the latest version of the company's backend codebase, allowing for IPv6 support on all "Droplets" – the company's branded term for cloud servers. The new codebase provides benefits such as actions that can be initiated without needing to power off a Droplet (e.g. snapshots and enabling/disabling networking services), as well as a more reliable backup service architecture overall. IPv6 can also be added to existing Droplets without the need for a reboot.
DigitalOcean will continue to invest heavily in their infrastructure as more regions are added throughout Europe and beyond. The company recently announced the opening of their first location in Asia, and will be mandating IPv6 support locations moving forward.
DigitalOcean is the cloud of choice for developers around the world to create modern applications. With a community of more than 3.5 million developers and a global network of data centers, we focus on open source and simplicity to allow developers and their teams to spend more time on innovation instead of managing complex infrastructure. For more information, visit https://www.digitalocean.com or follow @digitalocean on Twitter.