In Omaha, Power Upgrades Attract Level 3

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Level 3 Communications announced this week that it is deploying a new enterprise-grade data center facility located in the Scott Data Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Level 3 selected the Scott facility to address increasing demand for higher density application servers and storage environments.

The Scott Data Center in Omaha, Nebraska is set to complete a 15 month renovation project that updates and expands the 110,000 square foot multi-tenant facility. The infrastructure updates are set to go live on July 1, and featured the renovation of 50,000 square feet and the addition of a separate 30,000 square foot power plant to house 2.5 megawatt generators.

These upgrades will allow the company the ability to deliver approximately three times the amount of power to customers, including Level 3 (LVLT).

“Enterprises and government agencies increasingly demand protection for critical data and applications to ensure their ability to maintain the continuity of their business operations and avoid any potential disruption,” said Mike Benjamin, Level 3′s vice president of data center product management. “In today’s environment, customers need more redundancy, power and cooling systems; however, achieving this top-tier reliability can be cost prohibitive for many organizations. With this new facility, we can offer customers all of these benefits while minimizing the financial burden of owning and maintaining their own facility.”

The renovated facility offers its customers remote monitoring access, so companies can track energy usage, temperature of the servers, server speed, power output and other factors from anywhere. There are plans to renovate the remaining 30,000 square feet of data center space in the coming years.

In operation since 2006, the Scott Data Center started at 50,000 square feet and added 30,000 square feet in 2008. The data center sits in the Scott Technology Center campus, which was established in 2002 when Level 3 Communications chairman Walter Scott Jr. and the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation invested in a an initial 60,000 square foot facility to serve as a technology incubator for industry, government and academia.

In 2011 the company received Uptime Institute Tier III Design Certification, and in June 2012 it received an Uptime Institute Tier III Construction Certification. This puts the company as the first data center in Nebraska and the second of only two multi-tenant data centers in the United States to achieve both Tier III Design and Construction Certification.

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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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