Internap Opens New Boston Data Center

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Internap Network Services (INAP) has opened 15,000 square feet of data center space at 50 Inner Belt Rd. in Somerville, Mass. The expansion is the first phase of growth in the new 45,000 square foot facility, which is adjacent to Internap’s first Boston market data center.   

The new data center opened with an anchor customer in online backup provider Carbonite Inc., which has tripled in both revenue and subscribers over the last year. “For Carbonite, our data center is mission critical to the service we deliver for our customers,” said Keith Cooper, president of Carbonite. “We conducted a thorough evaluation of the data center colocation market and found that Internap not only had a premier physical facility with state of the art security, power and network connectivity, but also could handle our rapid growth plans both here and in other geographies.”

Last year Carbonite tripled the floor space at its data center in One Summer Street in Boston.  The company also has opened a data center in China. Carbonite says it has backed up more than 25 billion files and restored more than 2 billion files.

The new Internap site at 50 Inner Belt features a three-foot raised floor and supports 150 watts per square foot of power density. Internap  has incorporated numerous energy efficiency features, including air economizers, circuit level power monitoring and custom-built cooling systems that ramp up and down based on temperature changes. NSTAR, the Massachusetts electric and gas utility, presented an energy efficiency rebate check to Internap for $453,000 in recognition for the green initiatives in the building.

A full description of the facility is available on Internap’s web site (PDF).

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief 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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