Telehouse America this week become the latest colocation provider to introduce a modular data center offering, which it calls Data Center Anywhere. The New York company said Tuesday that it will partner with Future Tech Enterprise to offer flexible data center designs that can be deployed at a customer premises.
Telehouse which operates says the new service extends its offerings for customers who may be wary of shared space at third-party colocation centers.
"We're trying to bring value outside the data center," said Fred Cannone, Director of Sales and Marketing for Telehouse America. "As far as we're concerned, this is drilling down to customer needs, particularly for larger customers. Adding Data Center Anywhere allows us to custom build the solution and any space for customer designates. The client can manage it themselves or we can manage. It now gives them an option."
Telehouse follows the lead of Phoenix-based colocation provider i/o Data Centers, which said last month that it will expand to the New York market with a large facility in New Jersey that will be built around its i/o Anywhere modular data centers.
Cannone said modular offerings offer the combination of control over IT assets and rapid deployment of additional data canter capacity, which will be of interest to companies in financial services and pharmaceuticals, two industries that drive demand in the New York region and have significant regulatory and compliance requirements.
"Clearly a product like this speaks to a couple of verticals, especially financials and government," said Cannone. "It doesn't mean we'll be taking up trailers. It will provide scalability options. The Future Tech solution with iFortess can build a very efficient data center facility."
The iFortress modular design from Future Tech Enterprise features a snap-together solution comprised of floor, wall and ceiling panels that can be configured to customize a facility as small as 80 square feet or as large as 80,000 square feet, according to Future Tech. Customers can choose a ceiling height of 9, 10 or 12 feet, and the structure can operate indoors or outdoors.
Telehouse America is a pioneer in the colocation business, having launched in 1987 as a joint venture between Japanese telco KDDI and partners in the banking and securities industry. After many years of focusing primarily on colocation, Telehouse America introduced managed services offerings in 2009. The company operates facilities at The Teleport in Staten Island and 25 Broadway in Manhattan, as well as a data center in Los Angeles.