March 26, 2012 – IT infrastructure outsourcing provider Latisys plans to add 72,000 square feet of data center space in the U.S. and introduces its self-service on-demand portal in response to the growing enterprise demand for Infrastructure as a Service.

Latisys will build one brand new data center, a 23,000-square-foot space in Denver expected to open by the end of 2012. In addition, it will build out three other existing facilities in Ashburn, Virginia (26,000 square feet of new space by fall 2012), Irvine, California (13,000 square feet of new space by the end of 2012) and Chicago (10,000 square feet of new space by the end of 2012). Counting these additions, Latisys will have 500,000 square feet of total data center space at its seven U.S. locations.

The provider also announced the availability of Latisys Cloud, an on-demand IT infrastructure services offering. Latisys Cloud features enterprise production security, performance management and support, which includes multiple quality-of-service levels that customers can assign to various applications. The pay-as-you-go offering is restricted to customers.

CEO Pete Stevenson said in a news release that the moves announced Monday give Latisys more breadth to build and provide infrastructure and data services.

"The data center has become the commerce zone of the 21st century," said Stevenson. "There is no longer a commodity relationship between suppliers and buyers of IT.”

The 18-year-old provider specializes in co-location, managed hosting and services, and disaster recovery, and counts Microsoft, IBM, Dell, Cisco and Red Hat among its partners.