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KPNQwest Opens Paris CyberCentre

[London, ENGLAND] Pan-European network services provider KPNQwest officially opened its Paris CyberCentre on Thursday, its fourteenth hosting facility in Europe.

To underline the new facility's importance in the company's overall European coverage, KPNQwest is calling it a "mega-CyberCentre" -- and says it sets new standards in providing a secure hosting environment for enterprise-critical applications and content.

Among its features are round-the-clock guards, CCTV, ID cards, Palm Print biometric scanning, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) systems, Argon-based fire suppression equipment, fully redundant UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) and back-up diesel generators.

Eric Joulie, managing director of KPNQwest France, said the new center would be "the ultimate answer" to customer concerns about security, scalability and connectivity.

"The opening of the Paris CyberCentre gives our customers access to the latest in application hosting and infrastructure provision," said Joulie.

KPNQwest is currently deploying a 12,500-mile fiber-optic network connecting 50 cities in Europe. It has already opened CyberCentres -- none of them "mega" -- in Vienna, Prague, Tallinn, Helsinki, Paris, Karlsruhe, Oslo, Lisbon, Madrid, Bucharest, Zurich and London.

Besides the new one in Paris, the other very large installation is in Munich, Germany. A third is being built in London and is expected to be operational by mid-May.

From the new Paris center, KPNQwest will offer the full range of its services, including complex managed hosting and AIP (Applications Infrastructure Provider) solutions. It says it will be able to deliver a "unique value proposition" to enterprises and service providers alike.

Backing up the service at the various facilities is what KPNQwest calls the "virtually unlimited bandwidth" of its EuroRings network. This network now reaches over 500 POPs in 13 countries and links seamlessly with Qwest's 25,500-mile IP network in the United States.

Increased demand for secure hosting services in Europe is leading vendors to take some extreme safety measures.

For example, U.K. provider C2 Internet recently located a facility in the Hack Green Nuclear Bunker -- formerly part of NATO's strategic defense against nuclear attack. Its 2-meter thick reinforced concrete walls and steel blast doors are probably more resilient than even the defensive measures taken by KPNQwest. But maybe some providers are just a bit too pessimistic about the future.