Roger Cockayne, former Hitachi Data Systems executive and co-owner of Hitachi spin-off HDSL, says Hitachi chose United's ethernet network to provide 1Gbit/s-plus speed services for its data centre clients because other offerings in the market wouldn't allow such a venture to run profitably.
"We chose United because we'd been waiting for the market to come up with this solution for years."
The company also looked at Tangent, but chose United because "we preferred its architecture". Tangent was a viable candidate, however, he says.
United's network makes it possible for HDSL clients to "keep disks mirrored across town in a cost-effective manner -- we have a massive central data vault in the middle of town that customers can drop their data second copies into".
Being a United partner allows that to be done without the client "having to pay a very expensive line charge".