Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s headlines from the data center and hosting industry:
Intermedia Opens First UK Data Center. Microsoft Exchange hosting provider Intermedia announced that it has opened its first data center in the UK. Located in Slough, UK this facility will support Exchange hosting customers in the UK, is ISO27001 certified and has completed a SAS70 audit. In 2009 Intermedia tripled its UK customer base with services like hosted Exchange, Office Communications Server 2007, SharePoint and support for BlackBerry, iPhone, Droid and other smartphones. "By opening this datacenter, we are able to deliver in-country hosted communications that save companies up to 90 percent versus the cost of operating the same services internally," said Jonathan McCormick, COO of Intermedia. Like its North American data centers, the UK facility will have redundant Tier-1 connectivity and hardware from Cisco, Dell and EMC.
Stream Achieves LEED Silver. Stream Data Centers announced that they have been awarded LEED Silver certification for its Ready-to-Fit data center facility in San Antonio, Texas. "Stream Realty Partners has been at the forefront of the sustainability movement as an Energy Star Partner and Board Director for the US Green Building Council North Texas Chapter," said Bill Moebius, Stream's Director of Energy and Sustainable Operations. "We are excited to continue this commitment through Stream Data Centers' development projects." The 150,000 square foot facility sits on a 33 acre site in Westover Hills, Texas.
Phoenix NAP adds TW Telecom. Phoenix NAP announced that tw telecom (TWTC) has established connectivity within the Phoenix NAP facility, and is offering its industry-leading Business Ethernet services directly to clients of the data center for their enterprise networking needs. "We are pleased to connect customers to this and other datacenters throughout the Phoenix metro and the country to help deliver greater storage efficiencies to our customers," said Ron Martin, Vice President and General Manager for tw telecom in Phoenix. Phoenix NAP also recently announced that Cox Business has expanded their fiber infrastructure in Arizona and that the two companies were strengthening their alliance to provide expanded security, redundancy and data center accessibility options for small and medium sized businesses. In January 2010 Cox announced plans for a $70 million Phoenix data center.