Telx Scales Out in NJ With First Greenfield Project


The new Telx NJR3 data center in Clifton, N.J. is the first facility that Telx has built from the ground up. (Photo: Rich Miller)

CLIFTON, N.J. – If you’ve lived in a lot of houses, you know what you like when you’re ready for a new home. Telx has spent the last 13 years deploying colocation space in many of the nation’s most prominent data center hubs. But it’s never had the opportunity to build a new facility totally customized to its own needs.

Until now. Telx has just completed the NJ3 data center, a $200 million greenfield project that marks a major expansion of its footprint in the greater New York market, where the company got its start. Building from the ground up allowed Telx to customize the 215,000 square foot building to the needs of the New York market, where demand is driven by financial services customers with exacting requirements.

As it designed and built NJR3, Telx was able to incorporate its experience as a tenant with feedback from existing customers.

“Because we operate in carrier hotels and buy from wholesale providers, we can observe what works and what doesn’t and implement the best practices,” said Michael Terlizzi, Executive Vice President of Operations for Telx, who oversaw the Clifton project. “As part of our customer survey, we asked what they’d like us to do, and where they’d like to be. That guided us to what we’ve built here. This is all based on our customer demand and requests.”

Leading With Security

What customers are demanding, clearly, is security. In January Telx purchased its NJR2 data center building at 100 Delawanna in Clifton from Mountain Development Corp., along with the adjacent land that houses NJR3. Now that it controls the property, Telx has built perimeter fencing equipped with an anti-climb design and fiber optic intrusion detection system. Infrared cameras monitor the grounds and parking lots, while a vehicle barrier and multiple guard houses restrict entry to the site. Once inside the building, access is managed with biometric systems based on fingerprint or iris recognition.

The three-story design places mechanical and electrical infrastructure on the first floor, with data halls on the second and third floors. Each customer floor will house three data halls and one “CRAH gallery” to house air handlers.

One of the key advantages of the new building is that it will support higher power densities and larger customer footprints than previous Telx data centers, many of which were constrained by the limitations of multi-tenant skyscrapers in central business districts.

Telx has completed the first of six planned data halls, each encompassing 15,000 square feet of technical space and supported by 2.7 megawatts of power capacity. Air handlers for cooling reside in a separate “CRAH gallery” on each floor rather than within the data halls, allowing more space for cabinets. Each of the customer floors will feature three data halls and one CRAH gallery.

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About the Author

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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  1. We provided and installed the perimeter security for Telx are NJR3