Data Center Links: Equinix, Internap, PEER 1

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Here’s our review of some of this week’s noteworthy links for the data center industry:

Equinix Opens Miami Data Center. Equinix (EQIX) announced it has opened MI3, a new Boca Raton data center, serving the greater Miami metropolitan area and critical overseas connectivity to the commercial centers of Latin America. With a strong demand for network customers looking for connections to Latin and South America the Equinix MI3 data center will be a key hub for domestic and international routes, adjacent to several landing stations and offers the lowest latency route to Brazil via GlobeNet. Customers already at MI3 include Allied Fiber, Cogent Communications, FiberLight, Inteliquent, Neutrona Networks, Sidera Networks, and tw telecom. “We are seeing strong demand from network, cloud and content customers looking to leverage MI3 for access to the Latin American market,” said Charles Meyers, president of Americas at Equinix. “With the MI3 facility, Equinix can offer access to the lowest latency route to Brazil and provide a full range of managed hosting and colocation services delivered by ALOG from our three Brazil-based IBX data centers.”

Internap adds energy efficiency certifications.  Internap Network Services (INAP) announced that its two company-owned data centers in California have achieved additional green design and energy efficiency certifications. The newly opened Los Angeles data center has received Green Globes certification by the Green Building Initiative (GBI). Features noted in the certification include a nearly 50 percent reduction in energy use for the entire facility compared to similar buildings, purchasing 100 percent of electricity from renewable sources, and re-using more than 99 percent of the exterior structural components and almost all additional materials from recycled content from pre- and post-consumer materials.  The Santa Clara data center has received ENERGY STAR certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Energy saving features at this facility were an energy performance rating of 100 – twice the national average for data centers, 36 percent less energy consumption than the national average, and greenhouse gas emissions that are 36 percent below the national average, based on an analysis of the data center’s power consumption, utility provider and the power plant. “We view green design, energy efficiency and sustainability as much more than checklist features, but rather a holistic approach to creating the optimum facility for IT Infrastructure that is as good for our customers’ IT needs as it is for the surrounding community and environment,” said Randy Ortiz, vice president of data center design and engineering at Internap. “These additional certifications underscore Internap’s leadership in designing, building and operating state-of-the-art green data centers.”

PEER 1 and Arrow ECS form alliance.  PEER 1 Hosting announced a strategic alliance with Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions that will offer Canadian companies PEER 1 Hosting’s global hosting solutions through Arrow ECS’s network of channel resellers. Arrow ECS provides a data-driven vision and direction with companies like PEER 1 Hosting to help its solution providers deliver services and solutions that create business value and empower them to drive data center transformation for their customers. “Adding Arrow to PEER 1 Hosting’s SMART Partner Program will help us better deliver Infrastructure-as-a-Service to Canadian companies,” said Mike Mayer, Executive Director, Worldwide Channel, PEER 1 Hosting. “Our partnership with Arrow will allow customers to access our world-class hosting services such as managed hosting, colocation and cloud, while maintaining relationships with vendors they already know and trust.”

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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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