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Storage Services Sprout in Europe

The concept of specialized storage service providers is beginning to catch on in Europe as well as North America, judging by the arrival of a new startup in this field, Paris-based Storage Telecom.

Storage Telecom yesterday announced first-round financing of 19 million euros (US$16.4 million), led by Spectrum Equity Investors (see Euro SAN Startup Scores $14M).

Storage Telecom was founded by Charles Kopff, previously head of Hewlett Packard Co.'s European network and infrastructure consulting business, and Patrick Bayle, previously EMC Corp.'s country manager for France.

The company has partnered with Hewlett Packard and Brocade Communications on the equipment side. It's also partnering with Cable & Wireless, LDCom Networks,
and IXEurope for telecom infrastructure and colocation facilities.

It has equipped one data center belonging to each of its telecom partners with HP and Brocade Fibre Channel storage servers and switches and linked these over dark fiber to form a triangle around Paris. The company wouldnt say whose optical switches it’s using for this. Unidentified C&W customers are already buying the service for remote mirroring and backup, according to Bayle. C&W is reselling Storage Telecom's services through a co-branding deal.

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