Peer 1

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PEER 1 Hosting
Type Subsidiary
Industry Hosting
Founded 1999
Headquarters 1000 - 555 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC  V6B 4N6
Key people Lance Tracey and Mark Teolis, Co-founders
Tony Ciciretto, CEO
Parent Cogeco Cable Inc.
Website http://www.peer1.com

Peer 1 Hosting provides Internet hosting services that include managed hosting, dedicated servers, colocation, and cloud computing.[1] The company is headquartered in Vancouver, BC, Canada and a wholly owned subsidiary of Cogeco Cable Inc.[2] The company serves more than 13,000 customers from 19 data centers located in Canada, the United States and England.[3]

History[edit]

The company was founded in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1999 by Lance Tracey and Mark Teolis.[4] From the beginning, the co-founders targeted small- and medium-sized business customers.[4]

In 2004, the company acquired ServerBeach, a dedicated hosting provider located in San Antonio, Texas, for $US 7.5 million. ServerBeach had been started by Richard Yoo, who had served as the CEO of Peer 1 Hosting competitor Rackspace, who returned to RackSpace after the acquisition.[5] ServerBeach was the host for video hosting company, YouTube, which as it expanded powered expansion of the data centre. After YouTube was acquired by Google, the operations were migrated to Google data centers.[6]

In 2007, the company introduced an incubation program, that combined discounted hosting services with consulting assistants.[7] In 2010, the company built a new energy-efficient and green data center located just outside Toronto [6][8] which was followed by opening in November 4, 2011 of another green 58,000 sq. ft. data center located in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK.[9][10]

To provide Internet users with a visual perspective into online traffic flows, the company developed a graphical "Map of the Internet" that depicts the layout of all the networks that connect to form the Internet.[11][11][12][12][13][13] Much of the data was collected from the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA). The image shows a graph of 19,869 autonomous systems, joined by 44,344 connections.[11][12][13] In 2013, the company launched an interactive mobile app version.[14]

Acquisitions and growth[edit]

Peer 1 Hosting has grown through acquisitions:

  • 2004: ServerBeach and data center in San Antonio, Texas,[15][16] for $US 7.5 million.[17][18] Includes network points-of-presence locations in 17 cities across North America and Europe.[19]
  • 2005: Interland acquired for $14 million, including 115,000 square feet (10,700 m2) of data center space in Atlanta, Miami and Fremont, California.[20][21]
  • 2007: Last YouTube data leaves former ServerBeach site for Google in November.[22]
  • 2009: New data center opened in London.[23]
  • 2010: opens first energy-efficient data center outside Toronto.[8][24]
  • 2012: NetBenefit acquired for $38.5 million.[25]
  • 2013: Cogeco Cable Inc., the main unit of media and telecom company Cogeco Inc., acquired Peer 1 Hosting for C$526 million to expand its cloud computing and data hosting business.[26]

Products and services[edit]

Peer 1 Hosting offers:[27] colocation;[28] dedicated servers;[29] managed hosting;[30] private cloud services;[31] cloud storage;[32] hosted email;[33] and cloud-based graphics processing.[34][35][36] In November 7, 2011 Peer 1 announced launching its new cloud division Zunicore.[37][38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Webhostingjungle.com "Peer 1 Dedicated Hosting Review." Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  2. ^ Peer 1 Hosting website. "Investors" Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  3. ^ John Rath, Data Center Knowledge. "Roundup: CoreSite, Horizon, Peer 1, Akamai." May 12, 2010. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Stephen Ibaraki, Technet.com. "Fabio Banducci, President and CEO, Peer 1 Hosting shares his deep expertise." December 22, 2010. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  5. ^ San Antonio Express-News. "title." Retrieved on 7 January 2009.
  6. ^ a b Canadian Reviewer. "Peer 1 Hosting launches Largest Data Centre in Toronto." January 28, 2010. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  7. ^ Shane Schick, ITWorldCanada.com. "Peer 1 Hosting promises cheaper, easier SaaS for ISVs." November 28, 2007. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Kathleen Lau, Network World. "Peer 1 unveils flagship data centre in Toronto." February 16, 2010. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  9. ^ Peer 1 Hostings latest data centre opening, BBC South, November 4, 2011
  10. ^ PEER 1 Hosting Launches New Data Center, webhosting.info, October 18, 2011
  11. ^ a b c Matt Hartley, National Post. "Ever wonder what the Internet looks like?." March 7, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2011.
  12. ^ a b c Stacey Higginbotham, GigaOM. "Check out This Beautiful Map of the Internet." March 1, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  13. ^ a b c Tom Foremski, ZDNet IMHO Blog. "The Internet looks like a golden flower...." March 3, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  14. ^ Paul Sawers, The Next Web. "[1]." March 8, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  15. ^ MySanAntonio. "S.A. Web hosting business is sold." Retrieved on 7 January 2009.
  16. ^ Netcraft. "title." October 6, 2004, Retrieved May 1, 2011.
  17. ^ "Peer 1 Network Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire ServerBeach." (2004-10-5) Retrieved on 7 January 2009
  18. ^ "S.A. Web hosting business is sold.", San Antonio Express-News, Retrieved on 7 January 2009
  19. ^ ServerBeach Reaches 10,000 Server Milestone
  20. ^ Liam Eagle, theWHIR.com. "Peer 1 Buys Interland's Dedicated Arm." September 6, 2005. Retrieved May 1, 2011.
  21. ^ Netcraft. "Interland Sells Dedicated Server Business to Peer 1." September 7, 2005. Retrieved May 1, 2011.
  22. ^ "ServerBeach sends YouTube a video kiss-off", CNET (2008-2-11) Retrieved on 6 January 2009.
  23. ^ Charnell Lucich, Web Hosting Talk. "Peer 1 Hosting Opens Office and Data Center in the UK." April 27, 2009. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
  24. ^ Canadian Reviewer. "PEER 1 Hosting launches Largest Data Centre in Toronto." January 28, 2010. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  25. ^ Reuters. "[2]." June 6th, 2012.
  26. ^ Web Host Industry Review (WHIR). "Canadian Cable Giant Cogeco Completes PEER 1 Acquisition." January 31, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  27. ^ Webhostingjungle.com. "Peer1 Dedicated Hosting Review." Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  28. ^ Alison Sperling, Stack Overflow blog. "Alison Sperling, PEER 1 Hosting – Making your data center more awesome!." March 8, 2011. Retrieved May 1, 2011.
  29. ^ Kyle Brandt, Server Fault blog. "Managed Hosting Promotion with Peer 1." March 10, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
  30. ^ Eric Long, Ebusiness Blog. "Managed Hosting – Rackspace vs. Peer 1 Hosting vs. INetU. (Part 1)." November 6, 2006. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
  31. ^ Justin Lee, Web Host Industry Review. "Peer 1 Joins VMware Service Provider Program." August 17, 2010. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
  32. ^ David Hamilton, Web Host Industry Review. "Web Hosting Provider Peer 1 Hosting Launches Cloud Storage Solution Built on EMC Atmos." June 1, 2010. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
  33. ^ Kathleen Lau, ITWorldCanada. "Peer 1, Microsoft partner on new e-mail service." July 20, 2010. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
  34. ^ Maxwell Cooter, PCWorld Australia. "Peer 1 offers cloud-based high performance computing." September 19, 2010. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
  35. ^ Jim Davis, Tier 1 Research. "Peer 1 Hosting trials NVIDIA GPU cloud; is the GPU the next CPU?." July 26, 2010. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
  36. ^ ANDREW, Geek Central News. "Bringing the GPU to the Cloud." December 1, 2010. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
  37. ^ Web Host PEER 1 Creates New Division to Launch Public Cloud, Web Host Industry Review, November 7, 2011
  38. ^ Inside PEER 1's New Public Cloud Division Zunicore, Web Host Industry Review, November 7, 2011

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