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U.K.'s ElasticHosts opens cloud data centre in Toronto

A hosting company based out of the U.K. is hoping that a data centre located in Toronto will convince Canadian businesses fearful of the U.S. Patriot Act to take a cloud computing approach to managing their IT infrastructure.

ElasticHosts this week announced an expansion of its footprint in the North American market that also included a facility in Los Angeles. The company already offered hosting services out of San Antonio, Tex. in addition to its main office in London.

Like many others, ElasticHosts offers servers which companies can use to increase or decrease the computing capacity they need on demand. The company has traditionally found traction in the U.K.'s small and medium-sized enterprise market, and will be offering a five-day free trial. Compute capacity is billed by the hour, starting at six cents per hour, or $44 per month.

Richard Davies, the company's president and founder, said the company hopes to set itself apart in the market by offering services that are more flexible and easy to use than what is normally targeted at customers.

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