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Verio Opens D.C. Data Center

Internet business services firmVerio Inc. this week opened a new data center in the Washington, D.C. area in an attempt to extend its services to customers.

Located in Vienna, Va., the center will be used to offer a variety of services, primarily Web hosting. It is connected to Verio's high-speed Internet backbone and will be able to handle data at speeds up to 155 megabits per second, upgrading to 622 megabits per second in early 1999, the company said.

"The new data center's proximity to MAE East and other private-peering exchange points means our customers will enjoy faster Internet access and better overall performance," said Chris DeMarche, chief technical officer for Verio.

"We are staffing the data center with engineering teams that will provide hands-on local customer support for Internet connectivity, Web hosting, co-location and a range of other business Internet services."

In addition to the data center, the company has been on a buying spree recently. It has acquired a slew of Internet service providers, Web hosting companies and network firms in the past few months, and was recently allotted $400 million for further acquisitions.