Switch and Data Expands at Westin Building

Colocation and interconnection specialist Switch and Data(SDXC) has expanded its data center space at the Westin Building, the largest carrier hotel in Seattle. The new suite adds nearly 9,000 gross square feet of additional capacity to Switch and Data’s existing facility at the Westin, where it now operates 65,000 square feet of space.

Switch and Data said the expansion was needed to meet high customer demand for interconnections at The Westin Building, a major communications hub for IP traffic traversing the Northern Transpacific undersea fiber route between North America and Asia.

The new space can support power densities of 200 watts per square foot, and was finished in December, completing Switch and Data’s 2008 capacity expansion plan.

“Our Seattle market expansion builds on our plan to help our customers accelerate their Internet-centric businesses with high performance and availability,” said Ernie Sampera, Senior VP of Marketing for Switch and Data. “Switch and Data facilities give our customers access to a critical mass of network and bandwidth providers across the broadest footprint of key communications hub markets in North America.”

More than 20 networks have a presence in Switch and Data’s four suites in the 34-story Westin Building, which was built in 1981 and contains approximately 185,000 square feet of technical space, including colocation space and meet-me rooms to support its communications and technology tenants.

Switch and Data also operates a Seattle data center at The Securities Building Technology Center at 1914 Third Avenue. Switch and Data has interconnected its two Seattle sites to increase connectivity options for its customers.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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