Roundup: Active Power, Interxion, LayeredTech

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Here’s a roundup of this week’s headlines from the data center and hosting industry:

11 Megawatt Flywheel order for Active Power: Critical backup power systems manufacturer Active Power, Inc. (ACPW) said Thursday that it has received its fourth multimillion dollar order from “one of the world’s largest Internet search engine providers” for its high efficiency CleanSource UPS (uninterruptible power supply) systems. The UPS equipment will provide power conditioning and protection to nearly 11 megawatts of critical IT load in one of the customer’s mission critical data centers located in the United States. Equipment will begin shipping in late 2010 with final shipment and installation to take place in early 2011. “Once these systems are installed in early 2011, Active Power will have deployed more than 36 megawatts of UPS equipment for this strategic customer,” said Jim Clishem, president and CEO, Active Power. “Our ability to deliver reliable, cost efficient UPS systems has been broadly tested and endorsed by the customer across multiple datacenter sites. This is one of many examples of the continued market validation of our solutions across a variety of very demanding application environments.” While the company did not identify the search engine customer, Yahoo is known to use Active Power technology in several of its data centers.

Interxion selected by Burgundy. Interxion announced an agreement with the Nordic multilateral trading facility (MTF) Burgundy to move its matching engines to Interxion’s Nordic Financial Hub in Stockholm.  “New trading opportunities are emerging in the Nordic markets following the increasing fragmentation of the markets,” said Kevin Dean, Chief Marketing Officer, Interxion. “This is fueling increasing demand for colocation and proximity hosting services to the Nordics liquidity venues in order to reduce latency. Banks’ statistical arbitrage desks and high-frequency traders are now locating their trading platforms in Stockholm as the Nordic markets are becoming more competitive.”

Layered Technologies launches new customer portal.  Layered Technologies announced that its enhanced Web-based customer portal, called Pentagon 3, will include added monitoring capabilities and deliver greater convenience and visibility to customers through highly intuitive and customizable features.  “Layered Tech continually strives to develop innovative solutions and tools that not only meet customers’ needs, but also make managing and observing their hosted environment, whether it be a few servers to several hundred, as simple as possible. The latest version of our customer portal will do just that,” said Terrance Bush, COO and CIO of Layered Tech. Pentagon 3 features include the ability to tailor ‘data dashboards’, access to additional purchasing options, access to the VMware Console, and full view of the R1 Soft Back-up Console.

Internap selected by Doyenz. Internap Network Services (INAP) announced that Doyenz, a cloud-based IT services platform provider, is leveraging Internap’s advanced data center and IP network capabilities to ensure the integrity of its Shadowcloud offering.  Doyenz considered other data center providers, but selected Internap because of their ability to offer a 100% uptime SLA, conformance to SAS70 Type II practices and their worldwide footprint with premier IP network. “As a cloud-based IT platform provider, our entire business relies directly on our data center – its reliability, scalability, security and network performance,” said Frank Fulton, vice president of delivery at Doyenz. “In essence, our channel partners and their customers are buying the ‘availability’ of our Shadowcloud environment, so our number one objective is to ensure optimized access at all times. Internap provides this with its SLA-backed availability and performance – which is truly unique in the industry – giving us confidence in our service delivery and allowing us to focus on other core business activities like further developing the platform itself.”

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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