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Apr 10, 2018

6 Things to Consider When Shopping for a Data Center Services Provider

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Choosing the right data center services provider for your company is an important decision.

Every business has its own unique needs. But what works for your company may not be the right choice for another. In each instance though, there are six critical attributes you should always look for when selecting a provider.

Experience

Experience is one of the most important qualifications a provider should have. Check for the number of experienced employees on staff, as well as how many years of experience they have within the IT industry and certain platforms. Another thing to keep in mind is whether their experience is general or focused on solutions that fit your exact business needs.

Expertise

In addition to experience, look for a provider with expertise in your specific industry. If your business is in manufacturing, it doesn’t help to have a provider specialized in telecommunications companies. Ask for relevant case studies and try to find successful examples that fit your business in size, scope and budget.

Check for all necessary certifications and expertise in the platforms and software that you’re currently using. If your equipment and software don’t match the certifications of your provider, you should have serious questions to ask during introductory meetings.

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Facilities

It’s true you can’t judge a book by its cover, but it’s also true that first impressions matter. You want to work with an IT infrastructure provider with top-notch data centers in locations that are convenient for your business. (Shameless plug: INAP has 56 Tier 3-design data centers in 21 metropolitan markets across the globe.)

Some of the most important things to consider about the facility include:

  • Power density
  • Available footprints and services offered
  • Heating and cooling capacity
  • Data and physical security
  • Fire and natural disaster protection

Reputation

The reputation of your IT provider is important to keep in mind as you progress through your selection process. Ask for references and follow up with them. Making the extra effort to reach out for testimonials early on will reap dividends later.

It’s important to find a vendor with a proven record of success. You should be concerned if your IT provider cannot direct you to successful case studies, happily satisfied customers or a long record of completed projects.

Communication

When something goes wrong, you want an IT provider that is available and easy to reach. Can they easily address concerns? Do they pick up when you call? If your provider is hard to contact during the selection process, imagine what it will be like if your networks are down and your projects are on fire.

Look for clear and effective communicators with high availability. You’ll be trusting your infrastructure with this vendor; you want to make sure you can maintain a working communication with them. Finally, find a provider who can give an honest and unbiased opinion on what they feel is the best service offering for your specific needs.

Cost

Let’s be honest, in the end, it usually comes down to costs. But remember, you get what you pay for.

Ideally, your provider’s rates shouldn’t fall too high or below industry standards. If rates are too high and outside of your price range, it’s okay to walk away. However, be equally wary of a provider promising rates that fall well below market price.

A provider offering rates significantly below market value should be viewed with skepticism. Assess whether they are truly providing the services they are offering. Providers who come in below could be skimping on services or quality. Network and server availability and reliability isn’t something worth bargaining for. Be wary of bottom barrel prices from any IT infrastructure provider!

The INAP Solution

Ultimately, you want to select a provider that you trust to keep your infrastructure secure and available. That’s a crucial assignment, so you want to be supremely confident that they’ll be able to do the job.

INAP has the expertise, experience, world-class service and quality facilities to provide your business with robust and cost-effective infrastructure services and solutions. Whether your business requires colocation, managed hosting, cloud or network services, INAP has the solutions to give your company the competitive advantage.

Contact us today and speak with an INAP specialist about how our data center services can help you meet your business needs.

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Mar 19, 2018

Living on the Edge: The 411 on Edge Data Centers

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Today’s users demand access to high-quality content at faster speeds and reliability than ever before. For businesses to continue to supply always on websites and applications, their physical infrastructure needs to adapt.

The vast majority of the internet’s computing power stems from only a handful of major markets. In the U.S., 60 percent of all colocation comes from the top 20 markets. Data storage is even more centralized with 70 percent of the market being sourced from six major markets.

This centralization is harder to maintain though, as the needs of mobile users grow both in raw numbers as well as geographic area. As demand for content grows outside of the major markets, the underlying infrastructure becomes strained as data is sent from major markets out to other computing centers.

What is an Edge Data Center

One response to changing online needs has been the rise of edge data centers.

Edge computing is a response to a fundamental law of data storage and delivery. Essentially, data is processed more efficiently when the computing power is closer to the thing or person generating it. Thus, as the need for internet services grow, the physical “edge” of the internet also needs to grow to match demand.

A few years ago, NetworkWorld published an article that still accurately lists seven criteria for defining edge data centers. Here are three points that stand out about edge data centers.

1. Location, Location, Location

One of the key qualities of edge data centers is that they should be located near the edge.

For instance, Phoenix-area businesses looking for an infrastructure provider close to home traditionally have relied heavily on Los Angeles for their computing needs. However, as the amount of content being shared online has grown, providers have spent resources to route data from centers in the largest cities to metro areas on the edge, such as Phoenix. (Shameless plug: INAP has data centers in Phoenix and other edge cities.)

2. Majority of Local Traffic

The point of building data centers in these edge cities is to bring your infrastructure closer to the eyes that will be viewing your content. Therefore, edge data centers need to be serving the markets in which they are located.

Using the example above, if the majority of end users for these Phoenix-area businesses are located in Arizona, it makes more sense for these companies to have their servers closer to their customers.

Sure, those end users will likely receive the same quality of content regardless of where the servers are physically located. However, depending on the type of information that’s being sent, that latency might be noticeable. Edge data centers allow businesses to put servers and information closer to the people who will be accessing it – both digitally and physically.

3. All the Bells and Whistles

Just because these sites aren’t necessarily built in the most populated and largest markets doesn’t mean they shouldn’t include the same features and updates as the facilities in the world’s largest metropolitan areas.

The data centers in edge cities should be Tier 3-designed and built with the same power, reliability and redundancy requirements as similar facilities in the world’s largest markets. (Another shameless plug: All of INAP’s data centers are Tier 3-type regardless of market.)

How to Get Your Infrastructure in an Edge Data Center

If you’re looking to increase your content delivery to regions outside of major computing markets, INAP has you covered. We operate in 56 data centers around the world in established and growing technology hubs.

Our facilities are equipped with top-of-the-line technology and solutions to improve your infrastructure, including colocation, managed hosting, cloud and network services. Contact us today and a data center specialist will help you determine the best services and location for your business to ensure your servers and environment are placed close to your end users.

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Feb 21, 2018

The Importance of Redundancies in Your Infrastructure

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In December 2017, an electrical fire knocked out power at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

The outage forced the FAA to issue a ground stop for hours in Atlanta, canceling thousands of flights and stranding thousands of passengers at the world’s busiest airport. The power came back on after about 11 hours, but it took days for the airport to return to normal operations.

The outage created a financial ripple effect, impacting the airport, airlines and travelers. Delta Air Lines uses Atlanta as its major hub and reported the outage cost the company up to $50 million.

Just imagine if something like this happened in your data center or to your network.

Why Your Environment Needs Redundancies

This scenario illustrates why it’s so important to have built-in redundancies in your environment.

Redundancies work by placing multiple channels of power or communication within your infrastructure and network. Think of your redundancies as insurance against failures. If you have multiple paths of connection, the loss of a single path would be inconsequential because your connection would be switched to another source.

To be fair, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport did have a redundant power system in place. Unfortunately, the fire was so intense that it damaged the two substations providing power to the airport, including the backup system.

When you consider the financial, technical and PR damage caused by unplanned outages, it’s almost a no-brainer to include redundancies in your footprint.

Physical Redundancies

The first level of systems you need to consider is physical-level redundancies which back up your utilities, such as power and water. Adding these redundant systems will help eliminate single points of failure in your environment.

If there is an unplanned disruption or scheduled maintenance, these secondary components will automatically take control, keeping your servers and applications online. A setup like this is necessary for your critical applications. (Shameless plug: INAP’s Tier 3-type data centers include N+1 concurrently maintainable design.)

Network Redundancies

A network-level redundancy involves the use of both redundant links as well as network equipment, such as routers and switches. The concept is similar to a physical-level redundancy – should your main communication path go down, your servers can use your backup links to maintain availability and keep your business online.

In layman’s terms, consider your network redundancy like directions you’d get from your car’s GPS. If you are driving down the highway and there is an accident, your navigation system will divert you to a route that’s less crowded. It may not be the shortest route in distance, but it ends up being the quickest to your destination.

Of course, your network-level redundancy won’t have unlimited paths from which to choose like your car GPS. It will only work with paths that you’ve already established as your backups.

Facility Redundancies

Even with the best redundancy plans, there are always situations that are out of your control. Whether it be a man-made incident or natural disaster, there are certain instances in which an entire data center (or even city) could go offline. To keep your business up and running should the unthinkable happen, it’s important to consider facility redundancies.

Facility redundancies are very similar to disaster recovery solutions, but rather than having your backup site on standby for failover, you are normally running off servers in both locations. For instance, if you have a footprint in Atlanta and Dallas, you would set up your environment so it is equipped to handle your entire infrastructure should something happen in one of those sites. (Shameless plug #2: INAP has 51 data centers in 21 metropolitan markets around the world that you could utilize for your footprint.)

Implementing Your Redundancies

Implementing redundancies within a network or infrastructure is more than simply duplicating all your connections. Redundancies are necessary for maintaining availability, but when used in excess, they can be a drain on overall speed and performance.

It can be possible for a network to be overbuilt. When implementing redundancies, the key is to create backup paths built for efficiency, speed and availability. This means having a clear design that considers current failing paths and builds redundancies to fit exact pain points.

Remember, every IT network is unique. It’s important to be acquainted with your network’s strengths and weaknesses. Assess where your business’s connections terminate and where your resources are most available.

The best way to ensure you’re doing it right is leaving the strategy and setup to the experts. Our team has experience providing the best possible networking and infrastructure services for some of the most successful businesses in the world. INAP’s concurrently maintainable data centers are designed with built-in redundancies, so your network and servers will remain online even if there’s a disruption. Contact us today to learn about how we can provide a footprint for your infrastructure that’s always online, so you can focus on your core business.

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Feb 14, 2018

10 Things You’ll Love About HorizonIQ Data Centers

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It’s a classic love story.

You meet, and it’s love at first sight. The first few weeks and months are great. Your partner supports your interests and you really enjoy the time you spend with each other.

But after a few months, you begin to notice some imperfections. Perhaps your partner isn’t quite as reliable as you’d like. Or maybe it’s a distance thing. And when you need help the most, your partner isn’t there for you.

So, you begin thinking, maybe this relationship isn’t for you. It’s time for you to break up with your old infrastructure provider.

Why You Should Make HorizonIQ Your Infrastructure Soul Mate

When considering the features you look for in your infrastructure soul mate, you’re probably after reliability, power, scalability, and security, among other things.

HorizonIQ’s data centers check off everything on that list (and more!), making our facilities the perfect match for whatever solutions your business requires.

Here are 10 things you and your company will absolutely love about HorizonIQ’s data centers.

Easy to Access

Our data centers are easily accessible to most major international economic and tech hubs. HorizonIQ has 51 data centers and 90 points of presence in 21 global metropolitan markets – from North America to Europe all the way to Asia and Australia. And most of those markets are linked via HorioznIQ’s reliable backbone, which ensures your business and servers are always connected, regardless of location.

20 kW Per Cabinet

You know that 90s song by Snap! “I’ve Got the Power?” It might as well be the unofficial anthem for HorizonIQ’s power capabilities. Our premium colocation facilities allow you to increase your power at the cabinet level up to 20 kW, all without adding to your existing footprint.

Highly Reliable

What good is a data center if it isn’t available? HorizonIQ’s service has greater than 99.999 percent reliability, meaning your systems are virtually always online. Plus, our concurrently maintainable design means you don’t have to worry about downtime for planned (or unplanned) outages.

24x7x365 Support

Our NOC team is among the best in the business. HorizonIQ data centers have experienced engineers and technical support on-site 24x7x365 who will monitor performance and resolve issues before they impact your business. Plus, our facilities all feature round-the-clock security to ensure no one gets in who isn’t supposed to be there.

Scalability and Flexibility

Your business priorities change, and our data centers make it easy to add to your environment. HorizonIQ’s configuration allows you to increase power, performance, and storage without adding to your footprint or moving equipment.

Wide Range of Services

HorizonIQ data centers have a robust portfolio of colocation, cloud, managed hosting, and network service offerings across our 51 locations. Want to connect your existing infrastructure to the cloud? We’ve got you covered. How about adding to your storage capacity within a managed footprint? You’ve come to the right place. Bottom line: HorioznIQ has the services to meet your unique business needs.

Fully Redundant Design

When the power goes out, you want to make sure your servers stay online. That’s why HorizonIQ’s data centers are built with N+1 redundancy. So, in the unlikely event that something knocks out the power, cooling, or other vital systems, your network and business will keep running.

Diverse carriers in MMR

Our data centers feature anything from a few dozen to a few hundred carriers in our state-of-the-art Meet Me Rooms. Our facilities also offer alternative transit and local options, so you’ll be able to find the connections you need to access your colocation or hosting environment.

Strict Compliance

Data security is a major issue, and HorizonIQ’s data centers meet or exceed all of the domestic and international standards for compliance. Our solutions will ensure your sensitive information is safe and your infrastructure remains HIPAA and PCI-complaint. Plus, HorizonIQ’s data centers are audited annually, and you can utilize these reports for your internal compliance requirements.

We’re Going Green

HorioznIQ realizes the importance of conservation and sustainability. So, we built our data centers to be energy-efficient while at the same time maximizing the performance needed to power your applications. Our eco-friendly data centers have received LEED Gold, Green Globes, and ENERGY STAR certifications.

We’re Ready for a Long-Term Relationship

The thing to love most about HorizonIQ data centers is how they can help your company reach its business goals. Whether you need hosting solutions for your IT infrastructure or are just looking for services to migrate your existing environment, you’ll find all of the solutions your business requires in our top-notch data centers.

Whether you’re ready for a long-term relationship or suffering from a fear of commitment (you know who you are), we invite you to learn more about how HorizonIQ can help your company grow. Contact us today and our data center specialists will help determine the right solutions for your business needs.

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Jan 8, 2018

3 eLearning and Online Education Tech Trends for 2018

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Learning in the Online Classroom.

Online education has become a staple of modern learning.

Originally conceived as a supplemental tool to traditional classrooms, online education has emerged as a serious alternative to the physical classroom environment.

Rising costs for tuition and attendance, as well as greater exposure of online devices, has pushed the market for education away from brick and mortar schools to personalized curriculums online. And as data from online education becomes more available, you can expect education to become even more personalized and customizable to the individual student’s needs and expectations.

INAP has identified three tech trends that will shape online education and eLearning in 2018.

1. Gamification in Online Education

One of the first trends, gamification, has already been in use by several online educators.

For example, Khan Academy ­– a free online resource providing tutoring in subjects such as mathematics to art history – has used gamification since its inception. In Khan Academy, users are given experience points and badges as they complete courses and assessments. The in-game achievements simulate the progress-oriented narrative of popular video games.

This game-like behavior has been shown to increase student engagement and improve overall outcomes because learning models that incorporate game-like experiences provide an immediate sense of purpose and achievement.

Expect more eLearning organizations to utilize or improve their gamification techniques in 2018.

2. Augmented Reality in Online Education

Augmented reality (AR) is another emerging technology that can be applied to online education. This technology changes aspects of a viewer’s surroundings without removing the physical reality.

The potential for AR use in education is enormous. For instance, students learning about ancient history can use augmented reality to enter a Roman house or see themselves draped in the armor of a Roman centurion. The enhanced visual experience can help students better conceptualize and digest their educational material. This can be especially important for remote students, who can feel disconnected from their learning environments.

AR’s ability to foster interaction with learning materials gives the remote classroom a solution to help solve the physical disconnect between remote students. In addition, it can make the overall learning experience more fun and engaging.

3. Personalized Lessons in Online Education

Both AR and gamification play into our final trend, which is an increased personalization of the learning experience. After cost and accessibility, perhaps the single greatest advantage that online education has over traditional methodologies is the potential for personalization and customization.

In a traditional classroom, the instructor’s attention needs to be divided among several different students with different learning abilities; whereas, online education allows for students to each receive a tailored experience.

Much of this is possible because of the data-rich environment in which online learning lives. With rich data available, instructors can find trends and patterns that best fit their students’ needs. This is only going to increase as data becomes more available. Lesson plans and curriculums can be customized to fit student needs in both pace and depth of content. When students receive lessons that cater to their strengths and needs, their education benefits.

The Right Underlying Infrastructure

Proper online education providers need significant and reliable infrastructures to operate. You wouldn’t learn anything from an eLearning service with resources that are always unavailable or slow.

To prepare for the demands of online students, eLearning platforms and applications require solutions that are high performing with reliable uptime and low latency.

As an IT infrastructure provider, INAP helps some of the most successful education technology organizations with their performance needs. INAP has a variety of different solutions catered to the unique requirements of eLearning companies. Whether it’s colocation, managed hosting or cloud solutions, INAP provides data center services that will match your project needs and budget.

Contact us today to learn about our flexible and scalable solutions to keep your education technology at the head of the class.

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Jan 3, 2018

4 Online Gaming Trends You’ll See in 2018

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Game On!

In the world of online gaming, 2017 brought its own surprises, accomplishments and achievements.

From the explosion in eSports participation and viewing to growth in virtual and augmented reality gaming, 2017 set many of the trends that will likely continue to grow in the new year.

Here are four patterns you need to pay attention to in 2018.

1. The Growth of eSports Leagues

The first trend is incredible growth in eSports and eSports leagues.

What was once a pipe dream of gamers has become a multimillion-dollar industry. In fact, industry experts predict that eSports could generate more than one billion dollars by 2020.

Hi-Rez Studios runs one of the more successful eSports leagues and championships for its popular SMITE game. Now in Season 4, the SMITE Pro League includes teams from around the world competing on both PCs and consoles. Every match is streamed live on the internet, and fans have the option of purchasing season passes which grant them access to see every event.

Each season ends with the world championships at the Hi-Rez Expo held annually in Atlanta, which also includes competitions for Paladins and Hand of the Gods. (Shameless plug: INAP is the title sponsor at this year’s event.)

With more eSports leagues and competitions on the way, 2018 will likely see further increases in audiences, revenue and market share.

2. Virtual and Augmented Reality

The next trend is a continued push toward virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology.

While the initial buzz and hype behind VR have begun to subside, several publishers and manufacturers are making significant strides towards bringing the technology to a wider market through increased investment and more content.

And while still small by standards of the wider video game industry, VR technology continues to move into expanded markets and has sales figures to prove it. Oculus’s Gear VR recently shipped over five million units, and the PlayStation VR sold more than a million headsets in less than a year.

While developers continue to experiment with creative ways to implement VR into gaming, it’s more likely we’ll see advancements in AR technology in the next year. There hasn’t been a major AR gaming breakthrough since 2016’s Pokémon Go (Remember when everyone was running around your neighborhood trying to catch digital creatures?), but retailers have discovered unique ways to add AR into the consumer experience. In fact, IKEA has been doing it for years.

Since AR does not require the use of expensive equipment like headsets nor the need for as significant an investment compared to VR, it’s just a matter of time before an AR developer comes up with the next big online or mobile gaming sensation.

3. Diversity and Inclusion

Boys aren’t the only ones playing video games. More than 40 percent of all gamers in the U.S. are female, and this change in audience is being reflected on the screen.

More games are being developed that feature minorities, women and other underrepresented communities. We Are Chicago has earned critical praise for its unique storyline and depiction of an African-American growing up in the city’s South Side. Nintendo Switch’s highly anticipated Seasons of Heaven will tackle unique character viewpoints in a puzzle adventure game based on a protagonist with Asperger syndrome. And writers revealed in an Overwatch comic series that popular character Tracer is gay.

Expect this diversity and inclusion trend to continue in 2018 as an audience eager for roles that no longer play on stereotypes is influencing publishers and developers to craft stories that include more voices and perspectives than ever before.

4. Make Way for Indie Game Developers

Independent game publishers and studios are expected to take a big step in 2018. Independent game makers have been on the rise for the last several years, but their growth has accelerated with new trends and technology sharing to foster a democratization of game development.

One of the top reasons independent game makers can compete with industry giants is due to digital downloads. Independents create and publish games without being forced to make deals necessary to secure shelf space in retail stores. This has leveled the playing field and allowed smaller game makers to sell directly to their consumers and target audiences.

And it appears to be working, as more games are published every year. A 2016 study of all the games on Steam ­– a digital distribution store for online games – revealed nearly 40 percent of available titles on the service were released that year.

Full Speed Ahead in 2018

As the world of online gaming moves into 2018, the industry will move to adapt to its changing circumstances and environment. But some things will remain the same.

At the heart of every online gaming experience is a powerful and robust infrastructure that gives gamers a seamless adventure with no lag. Contact INAP today to learn how our high-performance IT infrastructure solutions and data center services can provide your users an optimal gameplay experience with low latency, even during peak periods.

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Dec 15, 2017

3 Reasons You (And Your Business) Should Be Excited About Our Expanded Dallas Data Center

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UPDATE (4/30/18): Our Dallas data center expansion is complete! We’re proud to say our facility now includes over 30,000 square feet of Dallas data center white space and increased power capacity, exceeding 6 MW in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan market. Our Dallas Colocation site is designed with Tier 3 attributes, SOC 2 compliance and 100 percent uptime. Plus, we’ve added a second Meet Me Room to provide carrier and network redundancy for providers and customers.

Don’t just take our word for it, come and see our impact on the Dallas data center market for yourself! Join us on May 23 for our data center in Dallas expansion grand opening. RSVP today for your free ticket. The list of Data Centers in Dallas is expansive, but once you see what INAP has to offer, you’ll understand what makes us different. 

Everything’s Bigger in Texas

If you haven’t heard by now, INAP recently began construction to expand our main Dallas data center.

In fact, our CEO Pete Aquino even laid the first floor tile in what will be the newest data hall in our data center in Dallas facility.

While we are excited about our expansion in the Dallas data center market, our new space also provides some big advantages for your infrastructure needs.

How Our Dallas Data Center Expansion Impacts You

INAP’s premier Dallas data center is already one of our top facilities, offering a full range of services and solutions with 100 percent uptime SLA, enhanced connectivity and 24x7x365 support and security. And now it’s going to be even bigger and better and should top your list when evaluating the Dallas data center market.

Here are three ways our Dallas data center expansion will benefit your business and IT infrastructure.

1. More Space

By adding more space to our data center in Dallas facility, we’ll have more room to accommodate your growing needs. When establishing your data center footprint, it’s important to think about the future. What’s the sense in investing your time and money in a solution that doesn’t align with your growth strategy?

The biggest benefit of adding more space means you’ll have more room to grow. The existing space in our North Dallas data center had already reached more than 75 percent capacity, so by expanding, you’ll have the ability to plan ahead and utilize available cabinets as your business needs evolve.

Of course, with INAP you also have the option of adding to your density without increasing your physical footprint. So, regardless of the type of growth you require, if you find yourself in a position where you need to scale up quickly, we will provide personalized solutions for your unique business environment to have you up and running quickly.

2. More Power

You’re probably wondering how all that extra space will impact the availability of power. After all, an abundant supply of power is essential for businesses looking for reliable and high-performing solutions for their websites and applications.

Our Dallas data center already features state-of-the-art technology and power density up to 20 kW per cabinet. But, if we learned anything from the 90’s sitcom Home Improvement, we could always use more power.

This expansion will add at least an additional two megawatts of critical power to our overall facility, which gives you peace of mind knowing you won’t run out of juice when you scale up your footprint and power consumption. Plus, our fully redundant system ensures your network is always powered and you’re never left in the dark.

The bottom line: You’ll always have the power you need when you need it in our expanded Dallas data center.

3. Location, Location, Location

Nothing is changing about the physical location of our Dallas facility. It’s staying in the same building.

But by expanding, you have more opportunities to house your environment in our prime location and take advantage of one of the best IT infrastructure markets in the country.

The region offers lower costs on power and has a wealth of tech-savvy workers. Plus, the city is positioned in the middle of the country with easy access to both coasts and the Midwest states, giving your business a strategic advantage and providing direct connections to other sites across the country via INAP’s backbone.

Expansion Without Compromise

INAP remains committed to providing the best data center services to power your business. Our new space allows us to expand without compromising the high-quality solutions and Tier III-type infrastructure with 2N redundancy and 99.999% guaranteed uptime that you’ve come to expect.

To learn more about how your business applications and infrastructure would benefit from the services at our expanded Dallas data center, request a call from us. An INAP representative will reach out to discuss your specific needs.

Our Dallas data centers are conveniently located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex:

  • Flagship Dallas Data Center
    1221 Coit Road
    Plano, Texas 75075
  • Dallas Data Center
    1950 N Stemmons Fwy
    Dallas, Texas 75207
  • Data Center Downtown Dallas POP
    400 S Akard Street
    Dallas, Texas 75202

More About Our Flagship Dallas Data Center

Our flagship Dallas data center is located at 1221 Coit Road, Plano, TX 75075. This Dallas colocation data center connects to Atlanta, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago and Washington, D.C. data centers via our reliable, high-performing backbone. Our carrier-neutral, SOC 2 Type II Dallas data center facilities are concurrently maintainable, energy efficient and support high-power density environments of 20+ kW per rack. If you need colocation Dallas services, or other data center solutions in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, contact us.

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Jul 16, 2013

Do you speak data center?

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Do you speak data center

Language is important for communicating with others and navigating your way in life – whether it is around a city, medical situation, or data center. To express your requirements or evaluate services, it helps to share a common understanding of terminology. Here is a sample of key terms that speak to your data center needs and highlight Internap’s approach within our data centers.

Uptime – Measure of availability. Internap offers a 100% uptime Service Level Agreement (SLA) guarantee for IT infrastructure and IP.

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) – Backup power supply that, in case of power failure or fluctuations, allows enough time for an orderly shutdown. Internap offers properly sized units that maintain operations until generator power kicks-in in the event of power loss, supporting our 100% uptime SLA.

Computer Room Air Conditioning Units (CRAC Unit) – Monitors and maintains the temperature, air distribution and humidity in the data center. State-of–the-art units control the ambient temperature in the room based on ASHRE industry standards.

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) – Surveillance cameras to view and record activity. Rigorous security is maintained in data centers 24/7 through strategically placed cameras, HID card access, biometric scanners, and on-site security personnel.

Cabinet/Racks– Physical unit to house customer devices in a data center. Locking cabinets and racks with scalable power can safely host valuable equipment.

Cages– Mesh enclosed areas that are occupied by a single customer. Internap provides an optimum, cost-effective area that is calculated based on your specific requirements.

Scalable Power Density – Power in kW per unit area. Scalable power density up to 18kW per cab is available, allowing for cost-effective, flexible solutions.

SOC2 – An independent, professional audit of security, availability, process integrity, privacy and confidentiality. Data centers with SOC 2 certification offer stringent control systems that safeguard customer data and resources.

To discuss your specific data center requirements and learn how to customize the best colocation, managed hosting, or cloud solution for your company, contact Internap today.

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Jun 18, 2013

Industry news: cloud and colocation services offer data protection and security

Ansley Kilgore

Whether you’re trying to protect your data from a natural disaster, or concerned about meeting compliance or regulatory requirements for data storage, colocation and cloud services can provide peace of mind for your business. While there are many reasons to take advantage of colocation services, improved security and data protection can be some of the most important.

Below is a collection of articles to provide insight into the security capabilities of colocation and cloud services.

NIST releases cloud security documentation
The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently revealed a new standard document designed to accelerate cloud adoption in government settings. The guidelines are focused on helping public sector organizations establish cloud computing use models that are secure enough to meet stringent government requirements.

Colocation hosting offers value as a data protection strategy
Colocation providers offer remote storage, network security, firewalls and physical protections for your data. Access to your servers can be better controlled in a secure data center than in most office buildings. Colocation services can also help control access to your internal networks, making sure that only those who are authorized can access confidential data and company information.

Active Hurricane season predicted — colocation can be an asset
Colocation providers that offer complete infrastructure redundancy help minimize the risk of data loss in the event of a disaster. Data centers with reliable N+1 design and concurrent maintainability, such as Internap’s New York Metro data center, can protect against outages. When evaluating data center providers, make sure their facilities have the right infrastructure design and preventative maintenance in place so that your data and equipment are protected if disaster strikes. Since natural disasters are unpredictable, no data center can guarantee that your servers won’t go down, but data center facilities and colocation services can be a key part of your disaster recovery strategy.

Keep security in mind when choosing a cloud provider
The public cloud created security concerns initially, because multiple organizations were sharing resources from the same cluster of servers. If one company experienced a breach within its virtual machine, it was possible that other organizations sharing the same resources could also be affected. However, with dedicated private cloud options and secure networks, cloud providers can successfully protect data and avert threats.

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