Telx Scales Out in NJ With First Greenfield Project


Rows of computer room air handlers line the “CRAH gallery” inside the Telx NJR3 data center in Clifton, New Jersey. (Photo: Rich Miller)

Telx designed the building to minimize roof penetrations and avoid having water pipes above the server space, so the chillers are housed on the rooftop, directly above the CRAH galleries.

The building is supported by two separate utility feeds, and features a 2N configuration for UPS equipment and N+1 redundancy for generators, with three 3-megawatt generators installed on the roof to support the first phase. Fiber enters the building through multiple conduits, providing connectivity from Zayo, Sidera, LightPath, FiberTech, Level 3, Verizon and XO Communications, among others.

That connectivity has always been a key piece of the business equation for Telx, which was once branded as “The Interconnection Company” (having since added “and Data Center). The company got its start providing interconnections at New York’s major carrier hotels at 60 Hudson Street and 111 8th Avenue. Customers at the NJR3 facility will be able to connect smoothly with operations at those two sites, as well as the existing 211,000 square foot NJ2 site next door.

Touting TCO for Financials

Telx believes it can offer an attractive pricing story in Clifton, especially for financial services firms.

“The Telx Clifton Campus was originally designed to be a lower TCO alternative to the typical Telx carrier hotels at 111 8th Avenue, 350 Cermak, and 60 Hudson Street,” according to Shawn Kaplan, General Manager of Financial Services at Telx. “By leveraging LEED design criteria and highly efficient datacenter design techniques, Telx is able to hit a very aggressive price/performance ratio compared to the exchange colocation facilities. This efficiency in itself makes NJR3 an ideal location for back-testing engines, back-office systems, development and other trading support systems.”

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Telx is also emphasizing NJR3’s location outside the region’s FEMA 500 year flood zone.

The new capacity comes online at a time when multiple providers are adding capacity in the market, with Digital Realty, Internap and CoreSite also bulding new facilities in northern New Jersey, and meaningful capacity available in central Jersey as well.

Terlizzi says the market for retail colocation space remains strong. “We understand that there’s a fair amount of capacity here, but that’s mainly wholesale space,” he said.

Telx will hold a grand opening event for NJR3 on June 19 from 3 to 7 p.m., featuring former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, now a football analyst for CBS Sports.


Michael Terlizzi, Executive Vice President of Operations for Telx, inside a data hall in the company’s new NJR3 data center in Clifton, New Jersey. (Photo: Rich Miller)

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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