CRG West Expands in Boston, Miami
April 15th, 2008 By: Rich Miller
CRG West has announced a major expansion of both power and space at its Boston data center, and has added connectivity in its Miami facility. The company has added an additional 17 Megawatts of power at 70 Innerbelt, its carrier-neutral data center in Boston, and will make another 130,000 square feet available later this year and in 2009.
Tenants have the option of leasing wholesale space supported by cooling or generator plants and finishing the technical space themselves, or having CRG West build them a completed colocation data center. CRG West will build and manage two Tier III central cooling and generator plants, which could be combined to provide Tier IV redundancy.
“The expansion blends the traditional wholesale data center and retail colocation models,” said CRG West Senior Vice President David Dunn. “Our enterprise data center offering allows a company to design and finance the improvements within the dedicated suite themselves or have CRG West build, operate and manage the environmentals as in a traditional colocation relationship. At 70 Innerbelt, the prospective tenant can determine the optimal balance between internal resources, IT timing and the balance sheet. We could even support data center container deployments; our facility will be that flexible.” Dunn said CRG West can deliver space within 90 to 120 days.
One of the new Boston customers is Eze Castle Integration, a fast-growing provider of technology and IT services to hedge funds and investment firms. Eze Castle recently licensed more than 40 cabinets at 70 Innerbelt. “We decided to deploy at CRG West’s Boston and Chicago data centers because we believe that they have developed highly reliable data centers in the Northeast and Midwest,” said William Tan, Chief Technology Officer of Eze Castle Integration.
CRG West also announced the expansion of cross connection offerings at its Miami Exchange data center facility. The 48,000 square-foot data center at 2115 NW 22nd Street offers colocation space in a building equipped to weather a Category 5 hurricane and deliver a critical power load of up to 170 Watts per square foot.
FiberLight, LLC now connects the Miami Exchange and downtown Miami with redundant fiber optic cables, allowing CRG West to provide tenants with cross connections to more than 100 carriers and services providers, substantially increasing network performance and peering opportunities. Tenants now have direct access to 10 international carriers and peering on CRG West’s Any2 Exchange.
“We understand how important interconnection opportunities are for our tenants,” said Dunn. “Not only do we have an excellent bricks-and-mortar data center, but we now provide tenants access to almost all networks and service providers that have a presence in South Florida.”
CRG West now operates more than 2 million square feet of carrier hotel and data center space in nine facilities in Los Angeles, San Jose, Chicago, Boston, Miami and New York as well as Washington, D.C. The company has been steadily increasing its national footprint of data center and carrier hotel properties over the last two years, as well as building its meet-me-room and interconnection business.