Alamy Opens West Coast Data Center

Posted on 8/31/2011 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (2)

Alamy has extended its server infrastructure to NYI’s data center in Los Angeles, to serve the company's growing West Coast customer base. Searching for images on the West Coast will now be as fast as on the East Coast.  NYI successfully oversaw Alamy’s upgrade for North America, and now the company will manage the West Coast activity.
Richard Taylor, Head of Production at Alamy, commented: “We continue to sign deals with international companies to expand our global footprint. We are also committed to ensuring that service levels and speed remain as consistent as possible for our global client base. As such, we will be making further announcements in relation to infrastructure upgrades, underpinning our planned growth.”
Fabienne Read, US Sales Team Manager at Alamy, added: “Our plan is to make Alamy the fastest stock photography site in the US, and we have already seen a real appetite from West Coast clients for both the size and eclectic nature of the Alamy collection.”

“What Etsy did for the arts and crafts community, Alamy is doing for photography,” added Phillip Koblence, VP Operations, NYI. “Our team thrives on creating custom infrastructure solutions for such dynamic and disruptive start-ups.”

Copyright © 2011 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to:  


  • Charles Cecil Posted Aug 31, 2011
    Could anyone explain why the speed of the search would previously have been slower on the West Coast than on the east? I thought that individuals' internet speeds vary depending on their local service provider, and in some countries this can be rather slow, but how is Alamy's opening a "data center" in Los Angeles able to speeed up the users' image search? Doesn't this depend on the speeds available from our service providers, wherever we happen to be located? Chuck

  • James West Posted Sep 1, 2011
    Hi Charles - speed of your ISP is certainly a factor in how fast the web in general will be for you, but geography is much more important. Even travelling at the speed of light, images delivered to a customer screen in LA from NYC will take significantly longer to load than had the same content been sent from somewhere in LA (up to twelve times faster by our measurements).

Post Comment

Please log in or create an account to post comments.

Stay Connected

Sign up to receive email notification when new stories are posted.

Follow Us

Free Stuff

Stock Photo Pricing: The Future
In the last two years I have written a lot about stock photo pricing and its downward slide. If you have time over the holidays you may want to review some of these stories as you plan your strategy ...
Read More
Future Of Stock Photography
If you’re a photographer that counts on the licensing of stock images to provide a portion of your annual income the following are a few stories you should read. In the past decade stock photography ...
Read More
Blockchain Stories
The opening session at this year’s CEPIC Congress in Berlin on May 30, 2018 is entitled “Can Blockchain be applied to the Photo Industry?” For those who would like to know more about the existing blo...
Read More
2017 Stories Worth Reviewing
The following are links to some 2017 and early 2018 stories that might be worth reviewing as we move into the new year.
Read More
Stories Related To Stock Photo Pricing
The following are links to stories that deal with stock photo pricing trends. Probably the biggest problem the industry has faced in recent years has been the steady decline in prices for the use of ...
Read More
Stock Photo Prices: The Future
This story is FREE. Feel free to pass it along to anyone interested in licensing their work as stock photography. On October 23rd at the DMLA 2017 Conference in New York there will be a panel discuss...
Read More
Important Stock Photo Industry Issues
Here are links to recent stories that deal with three major issues for the stock photo industry – Revenue Growth Potential, Setting Bottom Line On Pricing and Future Production Sources.
Read More
Recent Stories – Summer 2016
If you’ve been shooting all summer and haven’t had time to keep up with your reading here are links to a few stories you might want to check out as we move into the fall. To begin, be sure to complet...
Read More
Corbis Acquisition by VCG/Getty Images
This story provides links to several stories that relate to the Visual China Group (VCG) acquisition of Corbis and the role Getty Images has been assigned in the transfer of Corbis assets to the Gett...
Read More
Finding The Right Image
Many think search will be solved with better Metadata. While metadata is important, there are limits to how far it can take the customer toward finding the right piece of content. This story provides...
Read More

More from Free Stuff