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Software-based elastic interconnection provider, Megaport, is investing $10 million to build an on-the-ground presence in the North American market as part of its global expansion.

The company, founded by telco entrepreneur Bevan Slattery, who also founded NextDC, says it will spend the $10 million over the next 12 months establishing a US headquarters in San Francisco, with further expansion into other the markets including Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Bay Area, Ashburn, Chicago and Dallas.

The first market, Seattle, is slated to come online in September, and the company says it will recover operating expenses for its US operation within the first twelve months.

Brynn Maddux, EVP of Americas & Europe for Megaport, said the company’s global expansion was part of its plans to meet the growing demand for scalable cloud interconnectivity services, global partnerships and accelerated success in Asia.

“Enterprise customers are demanding a better model for accessing cloud computing through network services and are looking for solutions that adapt and evolve with their business,” Maddux said.

“The Megaport platform gives customers greater flexibility through better commercial terms and instant provisioning capabilities into the cloud, along with access to new data centers and services globally as we continue our expansion. Ultimately we help our customers optimise their network and data center investment through our global services interconnection fabric.”

Shortly after launching in Australia, Megaport expanded market coverage into New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong due to what it says was high demand through global partnerships and a requirement for change to the connectivity landscape.

Maddux, who before joining Megaport executed strategy and deployments globally for Microsoft, says Megaport has leveraged the global relationships and success they have formed in the Asia Pacific region for the US launch, with major cloud and content players joining the fabric in every mutual market.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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