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Feb 14, 2018

10 Things You’ll Love About HorizonIQ Data Centers


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 30, 2018

Two of the Biggest Data Center and Colocation Myths Debunked


Data Centers Are Here to Stay.

Data centers play an essential role in the storage and management of a company’s data and digital information.

Large corporations may opt to store their digital information within their own data centers on site. However, many organizations rely on other companies to run the data center and will pay for the power and space – this service is known as colocation.

Colocation provides safe, reliable and affordable options that are essential to the growth and operation of many organizations and businesses. But due to the integral role they play, colocation and data centers are often also subjected to industry myths and misconceptions.

Here are two of the most common misunderstandings about data centers and their services.

Myth 1: The Growth of Cloud Computing Will Render Colocation Obsolete

One of the most popular data center myths is that the rapid expansion of cloud computing and services will eventually eliminate the need for data centers and colocation services.

It is true that the cloud has grown astonishingly in the last several years and this growth is sure to continue to rise; however, fear of the cloud’s size and strength is misguided. The cloud has not replaced onsite servers, so it’s unlikely it will replace data centers and the need for colocation.

Many businesses make use of cloud services to facilitate and improve their businesses processes, but very few businesses move all their data to the cloud. In most cases, living completely out of the cloud simply isn’t feasible. Some organizations just feel more comfortable storing sensitive data on-site or in dedicated data centers. While cloud computing is certainly growing, it is not growing monolithically. And as a result, blended infrastructure, with both cloud and colocation environments, are among the most popular setups for businesses.

For example, a business may choose to outsource repeatable business practices, such as emails or internal documents to the cloud, but that same business would choose to keep sensitive information and data housed within a personal server within a data center.

The growth of blended infrastructure solutions means that both colocation and cloud services will continue to have a role in handling the IT infrastructure needs of the future.

Myth 2: Data Centers Can’t Handle New Workloads

A second myth is that current legacy data centers lack the capabilities necessary to handle new IT workloads.

These infrastructure doomsday scenarios generally focus on the assertion that data centers lack the physical space and necessary power to properly handle our modern IT needs.

But once again, the reality is far less dramatic than critics suggest. New technologies and innovations in cooling and power usage allow data centers to be radically more efficient. So, while the amount of data being processed may increase, the amount of power being used stays relatively constant.

It is true that data centers need to adapt to a changing IT landscape; however, this change can be both sustainable and gradual. Rather than focusing on the dramatic, data centers can improve upon existing equipment. Data centers can continue to train and retain good employees, thus keeping performance and efficiency running at an optimal level. While new problems and situations may arise, data centers can still thrive in the current IT environment.

How Can Data Centers Support My Needs?

Data centers continue to play a valuable role in handling IT needs for organizations and businesses. Finding the right data center for your business is often about finding the provider who can give you the services and products you’ll need to keep your business applications running smoothly.

INAP’s data center specialists can assess your organization’s needs and find the right plan that fits your scale, scope and budget. Contact us today to learn more about INAP’s data centers and colocation services.

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Dec 15, 2017

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


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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Sep 27, 2012

A dirty cloud making you feel guilty? Opt for green data instead.


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This week there was a lot of chatter on our social media channels on green data centers after the New York Times published a report that kept many of us awake at night. This report left many consumed with guilt and remorse at the idea that most data centers, by design, consume vast amounts of electricity from the grid.

Spending on cloud infrastructure has doubled to $4 trillion since 2005 and with the rise of big data, energy efficiency and environmental issues are becoming significant factors that add to the purchasing equation. More and more users demand almost immediate response times and reduced latency, putting many businesses at risk if they fail to meet the expectations. This high maintenance relationship leaves us with the need to find the right infrastructure; one that is both reliable and consistent, while keeping environmental considerations in mind.

Understanding power consumption and addressing the growing need for green data center services appears to be a challenge, however, feeling guilty is never part of the solution – acting smart and educating oneself is part of it.

Smart companies such as Internap are constantly leading the way in innovation by implementing leaner technologies that process power and energy sources with sensitivity. Since it’s more and more difficult to find blameless activities these days, I recommend you become more demanding with your data providers and learn more about their sustainable construction practices.

We are very open and forward about ours. After all, two of Internap’s data centers have been recently awarded with “green” accolades. The Dallas data center received a LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is one of the primary rating systems for the design, construction and operation of energy-efficient buildings. A Gold certification is given for buildings that are designed and constructed with sustainable concepts and practices that substantially reduce the building’s impact on the environment. It was also the First data center in Texas to receive a Green Globes Certification following a detailed review process by the Green Building Initiative (GBI). Green Globes helps commercial building owners advance environmental performance and sustainability through a rigorous online assessment, comprehensive site visit, and an evaluation by an independent, third party evaluator.

Other encouraging news comes from Internap’s Santa Clara data center which ranked 65 on the InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators for green achievements. In the construction of its Santa Clara data center, Internap implemented cutting-edge efficiency practices that deliver major operational benefits and align with its corporate commitment to utilize green data center design techniques, wherever possible, in both new and expansion projects. The 36,000 square-foot Santa Clara facility houses a variety of sustainable elements, including green power, renewable energy becoming the first commercial data center in the U.S. and the first non-governmental building in California to receive the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globe® certification, a green building assessment and rating system. Earlier this year, the data center was also awarded LEED Silver certification and received Silicon Valley Power’s 2012 Energy Innovator Award. These initiatives, among others, reflect our approach to innovation and commitment to sustainable construction practices and significant reductions in energy.

Next time you lose sleep over how environmentally friendly you really are, think beyond composting and recycling. Learn how your data is hosted and how it is managed.

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Jun 29, 2012

Data drives demand — all the way to the west coast


Data drives demand -- all the way to the west coastIt’s no secret demand for data center space is on the rise. The technological capacity to store information has roughly doubled about every three years since the 1980s, to the point that 90% of the data that exists on Earth has been created in the last two years alone, according to IBM. Pretty amazing to think about. Co-founder and CEO Hossein Fateh of Dupont Fabros Technology, one of the wholesale data center sector’s largest players said, “We believe that cloud computing, gaming, data retention and processing will continue to grow significantly year over year.” Mr. Fateh, I couldn’t agree more. I’ve written about the demands of big data before and can attest first hand to the influx of gaming clients and cloud computing requests here at Internap. The need for additional data center space isn’t something we see slowing down anytime soon.

In fact, we’re getting closer and closer to the launch of our 10th data center, and the excitement is building — literally. Construction is well under way as we prepare to set up shop in Los Angeles — Hollywood baby! The addition of this facility located in the Redondo Beach area will give us 55,000 more square feet of highly-scalable and highly-efficient raised floor space, expanding our growing family of premier Internap data centers located in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle and Silicon Valley.

The skinny on our newest addition? The L.A. data center is tracking LEED Platinum certification, the highest level of LEED certification available. With the ability to support 12kW at the rack level, the advanced infrastructure design boasts concurrent maintainability, which takes reliability to a whole new level. Plus it will come already fit for hybrid hosting — giving clients the ability to connect colocation, managed hosting and cloud environments into one secure, locked-down Layer 2 Virtual LAN (VLAN) connection. L.A. will also feature some of the most posh amenities I’ve heard of in a data center including an espresso bar, Xbox lounge and multiple customer work areas.

I recently had a chance to get the scoop on this new facility from some of the key players involved in its design and construction. Check out what they had to say in this video.



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