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Internap Opens New Data Center in New Jersey

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With its 75 Broad Street facility in Manhattan nearing full capacity, Internap is adding some much needed space in the New York metro market. Internap is opening a hybrid data center in Secaucus, New Jersey, the third company-controlled facility in the New York area and 12th nationwide. The new facility features high power densities of up to 18kW per rack and will allow customers to scale in place by scaling power densities within their rack rather than consuming additional floor space.st

The Secaucus facility will add 55,000 net sellable square feet over time to Internap’s existing data center capacity. This is valuable space given the strategic importance of the New York market for key data center customer segments. According to 451 Research, multi-tenant data center utilization in the New York metro market is expected to reach 94 percent by 2014.

Internap’s 75 Broad Street facility in nearing full capacity. The company has also announced plans to move out of its space at the prominent 111 8th Avenue. Internap says it will be migrating customers out of 111 8th Avenue and into Secaucus throughout 2014 until the lease expires at the end of 2014. Internap’s decision to migrate its operations out of 111 8th Avenue illustrates the shifting tides in the greater New York data center market, which has seen a flurry of new projects emerge in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and questions about Google’s plans for 111 8th Avenue.

“IT infrastructure services are playing an increasingly powerful role in delivering a competitive advantage to Internet-centric organizations through agility, scale, performance and control,” said Mike Higgins, senior vice president of data center services at Internap. “Our new Secaucus facility will empower customers across a range of industries in New York and beyond – from mobile app developers and digital advertisers to financial services and Fortune 500 companies – with high-performance, hybrid infrastructure services designed to meet their application needs throughout the complete business lifecycle.”

The facility employs an N+1 design with concurrent maintainability, ensuring maximum uptime and infrastructure redundancy. Other facility features include:

  • Construction includes high-efficiency UPS system, outdoor air cooling system and reclaimed building materials, in accordance with Internap’s green building practices.
  • Internap’s PlatformConnect service, with Layer 2 VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network) technology, allows for the seamless, cost-effective hybridization of its virtual and bare-metal cloud, managed hosting, colocation, storage and other infrastructure services within the Secaucus facility and between other Internap data centers.
  • All IT infrastructure services are backed by a 100 percent uptime Service Level Agreement (SLA).
  • Convenient location offers easy access to Manhattan, the N.J. Turnpike, the Secaucus Junction train station and the area’s three international airports; one of the only facilities in the region that is outside the 500-year flood plain.

Internap will offer its entire portfolio of services out of the Secaucus facility. The company has increasingly shifted to a hybrid infrastructure focus over the years as well as has been touting the performance benefits of its bare metal cloud. Its two clouds are AgileCLOUD (virtual servers) and AgileSERVER (bare metal). Internap will also offer managed hosting, private cloud, IP route optimization and colocation out of the facility.

Distil Networks Customer Win

The company also announced a cloud customer win in the form of Distil Network, a cloud security provider that protects against malicious website bot attacks. Distil distilled its IT infrastructure from five different providers worldwide to Internap’s bare metal cloud and managed hosting in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Santa Clara, Amsterdam and Singapore. Internap’s footprint and ability to provide hybrid IT infrastructure at scale was behind the decision. It also allows the company to go through a single provider rather than several, as well as save time and resources in terms of man-hours. It simplifies the logistics of running the previously more elaborate setup.

Distil Networks says it’s already seeing benefits, including a double-digit performance increase, which proves critical in blocking malicious bots. The company’s net savings from moving was initially 10 percent for the cost of services alone, and the company expects long-term efficiencies and economies of scale to generate triple these savings over the next few years.

About the Author

Jason Verge is an Editor/Industry Analyst on the Data Center Knowledge team with a strong background in the data center and Web hosting industries. In the past he’s covered all things Internet Infrastructure, including cloud (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), mass market hosting, managed hosting, enterprise IT spending trends and M&A. He writes about a range of topics at DCK, with an emphasis on cloud hosting.

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