Roundup: SoftLayer, Power Loft, Level 3

Roundup: SoftLayer says it will open new data center pods in Dallas, Seattle and northern Virginia, adding capacity for another 20,000 servers. Also, Power Loft opens for business and wins NVTC Green Award, and Level 3 expands relationship with ClearWire.

John Rath

December 2, 2009

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Here’s a roundup of some of some of this week’s headlines from the data center and hosting industry:

  • SoftLayer continues data center expansion. SoftLayer Technologies announced the opening of three new data center pods in the Dallas, Seattle and northern Virginia data centers.  The new pods add capacity for 20,000 additional servers, bringing total capacity to more than 45,000 servers. "These three new pods meet the customer demand increases that we expect in the very near future," said Lance Crosby, CEO of SoftLayer. "And they are only preliminary measures in our growth strategy for 2010. We have some big plans which we can’t wait to share with everyone."  SoftLayer has standardized on the pod architecture for data center design, allowing them to optimize space, power, network, personnel and internal infrastructure. The company recently announced that it was on track to report more than $80 million in revenue for 2009 and raised $20 million to fund the continued growth of the company.

  • Power Loft opens Virginia Data Center: Power Loft LLC announced the substantial completion of their first data center, Power Loft @ Innovation. Located in Prince William County, Virginia, this 225,000 square foot facility has signed an international IT technology outsourcing company as its anchor tenant, and was recently awarded the first Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Green Award. "Power Loft is in the forefront of creating energy efficient data center space," said Bobbie Kilberg, President & CEO of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC).  “Having our company singled out to receive the NVTC Green Award, turned four years of hard work into a very unexpected night of celebration for us all," said Jim Coakley, CEO of Power Loft LLC. "We are veryproud to be so honored and we commend the NVTC for elevating the visibility of the many companies in NorthernVirginia who are making an increasingly positive impact on our environment.”

  • Level 3 to support Clearwire's 4G network. Level 3 Communications announced an expanded relationship with Clearwire Communications Tuesday to support their CLEAR 4G WiMax services.  The agreement provides Clearwire with network transport services as a part of their deployment of CLEAR WiMax services in major metropolitan markets across the United States. Level 3 will provide high speed connectivity to Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington D.C., Houston and the Bay area.   CLEAR 4G WiMax is a next generation mobile internet solution from Clearwire that claims to be 4 times faster than 3G.  Clearwire has been growing rapidly and in their third quarter 2009 results reported that 4G network coverage increased by 67% to over 10 million people.  They also recently had a $1.564 billion equity financing round. Is there a map for that? - you bet.

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