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Verio to Close Boston Data Center

Verio, a provider of Web hosting and other Internet services for business customers, will shutter its Boston data center as part of an ongoing restructuring that will see 36 facilities closed.

"In Boston, all customers have been notified and Verio is working with them if they choose to migrate servers to another Verio facility," spokeswoman Mona Peloquin said. "Verio data center operations staff will be onsite and will continue to work closely with customers through the end of April."

Five months ago, Verio, an NTT Communications subsidiary based in Englewood, Colo., announced an overhaul aimed at adding large, multinational corporations to its customer list while continuing to serve its core business of small-to-medium companies.

In all, 36 facilities, mostly older centers, will be closed. Affected customers will be have their services run out of "premier" data centers in Sterling, Va., or San Jose, Calif. The premier tag denotes more space (about 80,000 square feet total), around-the-clock support staff , and a managed hosting platform.

In some cities, arrangements were made with third party vendors, Peloquin said.

Also part of the cost-savings plan was the lay off of 650 workers. Only two workers will lose jobs as a result of the Boston closure.

Editor's note: Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the number of jobs cuts in Verio's restructuring. The correct number is 650.