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Feb 10, 2014

New Secaucus data center supports hybrid IT infrastructure

Ansley Kilgore

Can colocation be agile? Yes. The new Internap data center in Secaucus, N.J., supports a hybrid approach to infrastructure, giving IT organizations the ability to combine colocation and cloud in the manner that best suits their application requirements.

A recent grand opening event featured industry analysts and customers, and highlighted real-world examples of how colocation is an essential part of a scalable, reliable infrastructure.

Raj Dutt, Internap’s SVP of Technology, moderated a panel of customers, including Outbrain, eXelate and Shutterstock, where each discussed how they use colocation to build and manage a distributed app at scale. A traditional product like colocation can be agile and quick, as evidenced by how Outbrain pushes around 100 changes per day to their production environment. eXelate uses colocation along with Internap’s bare-metal cloud to extract large quantities of online and offline data. The ability to spin up additional server instances through the API is critical for their real-time data analysis.

Dutt expounded on the need for a hybrid approach, which includes using a combination of colocation and cloud, as the best way to build an infrastructure that meets the unique needs of your applications.

The Secaucus data center includes future-proofing features such as high-density power up to 18kW per rack and a concurrently maintainable design to ensure high availability and redundancy. The facility is located on a higher elevation than other data centers in the NY/NJ area, placing it outside the 100- and 500-year flood plains. The state-of-the-art facility supports the NY metro area and beyond, and is a strategic part of Internap’s plan to continue building out a footprint of premium, geographically-distributed data centers.

Learn more about Internap’s NY Metro data center and sign up for a tour.

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Oct 1, 2013

Data centers of the future, no flux capacitor required

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18 kilowatts (kW) is a lot of power.

According to eia.gov, the average US residential utility customer consumes just 1.3 – 1.8 kW of electricity. So 18 kW is about the same amount of power being used in 10 to 14 average US homes.

18 kW is also the equivalent of about 24 horsepower. That’s enough power to run a very nice riding lawn mower. Or keep two average American cars with air conditioners running, cruising along at 60 mph.

An 18 kW tankless water heater can deliver 105-degree water from input water at 62 degrees at a rate of 2.5 gallons per minute. So a never-ending supply of comfortable hot water in your shower is just 18 kW away.

This is possible because 18 kW can be used to generate about 61,400 BTUs per hour of heat. A burner on your gas stove might offer up to 12,000 BTUs per hour. A wood stove that might be used to heat a small home is probably around 55,000 BTUs per hour.

And in case none of that hit home, 1 BTU = 252 calories. So 18 kW is the calorie equivalent of 28,132 Big Macs per hour.

Got it now. 18 kW is a lot of power, right?

Aside from being able to share some “interesting” trivia, I thought 18 kW was interesting because Internap now has customers using 18 kW per cabinet in our data centers. And not just one cabinet here or there, but a cage of 30 cabinets using up to 18 kW per cabinet. And it’s not some monstrous football field-sized cage. It’s a tidy 576 square feet of space. That’s right, better than a half a megawatt in less than 600 square feet. It’s not quite 1.21 gigawatts, but some say that at 10:04pm on Saturday nights, this space can actually travel through time.

Of course, Internap customers know all about time travel. They’ve been to one of our facilities, where instead of confining your business to 2005, we have solutions for today’s users. Like the fastest, most consistent Performance IPTM service. Like a flexible AgileCLOUD and hosting solution. And now also including ultra-high power dense colocation services.

Does your organization want to get back to the future? Learn more about high data center power density in our Next-Generation Colocation white paper. Or, come see what 18 kW of power looks like in person by touring our New York metro data center.

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Sep 24, 2013

Ten innovative features that your data center can’t live without

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NY_skyline_300x150Are you looking for a data center provider that can meet the needs of your business as you grow and scale? Cutting-edge data centers provide state-of-the-art features that can help you maximize performance, lower costs and increase efficiency.

Internap’s New York Metro Data Center offers some of the most advanced features available. The list below includes ten features to look for when evaluating innovative data center and colocation space.

  1. Wide breadth of services to build the best fit for your needs
    The NY Metro Data Center offers a flexible menu of Cloud, Hosting, Colocation and Hybrid infrastructure services to help you build the optimal environment for your particular needs.
  2. High-density power allows you to scale in place
    With power configurations up to 18kW per rack, you can simply add power as you grow – instead of adding a new physical footprint – and avoid incremental equipment costs, installation fees and hassle.
  3. Customer portal gives you a single-pane-of-glass view into your infrastructure
    View and manage your colocation environment remotely with our customer portal. Reboot servers, check power utilization and environmentals, monitor bandwidth and hybridize your infrastructure all via a single interface.
  4. Hybridize your environment easily within the same data center
    Seamlessly connect your colocation, managed hosting and cloud environments to maximize performance and lower bandwidth costs.
  5. Concurrent maintainability maximizes uptime and performance
    More than just N+1, industry-leading data centers are designed for concurrent maintainability of electrical and mechanical systems, resulting in maximum uptime and performance for your applications.
  6. Performance IP™ service enables optimized connectivity
    Internap’s Performance IP™ service provides optimized links up to 10GB through seven top tier carriers. In addition, our facilities offer a robust carrier Meet-Me-Room, including alternative transit and local access options.
  7. Energy-efficient design supports a “green” working environment
    Designed to achieve LEED certification, our facility’s efficient design components include outdoor air economizers, variable frequency drives on chillers and pumps and cold aisle/hot aisle containment zones.
  8. State-of-the-art security features ensure your equipment is highly protected
    Our facility’s comprehensive security measures include 24/7 on-site security personnel, closed-circuit television, as well as biometric, electronic and key card locks.
  9. On-site experts proactively monitor facility performance
    Our experienced team of data center engineers and technical support staff are on-site 24/7, proactively monitoring facility performance and resolving issues before they impact your business.
  10. New York Metro location offers convenience and accessibility
    Located in Secaucus, N.J., our facility is within easy access of the bridges and tunnels into Manhattan, the NJ Turnpike, the Secaucus Junction train station and the New York metropolitan area’s three international airports.

Learn more about the New York Metro Data Center here.

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Sep 17, 2013

Industry News: Data center expansions meet growing demand for services

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Within the data center industry, new technologies are being deployed at a very fast pace. The future of data center environments and how they will be managed is the focus of many conversations. Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software implementation is on the rise, and many data center providers, including Internap, are expanding, building and otherwise adding space to keep up with the high demand.

In the past few months, a number of data center expansions and build outs in the New York metro area have been announced as a result of the growing demand for data center services in the region. In fact, later this year Internap will unveil our state-of-the-art New York Metro data center, located in Secaucus, NJ.

So, with all that in mind, we thought this might be a good time to do a roundup of some recent articles about what is happening across the data center industry as a whole:

  • Optimizing Physical Infrastructure to Get More from Virtualization and the Cloud
    Tips and approaches to manage the onslaught of digital data and its impact on a data center. If ignored, the benefits of virtualization and cloud computing can be severely constrained in meeting highly dynamic compute power demand.
  • Colocation has role to play in growing cloud landscape
    Many companies need to put some systems in the private cloud because public cloud technologies are not a perfect fit for some applications and services. This is where colocation comes into play. Colocation can provide an ideal path to the cloud. However, not every company has the kind of data center setup needed to host a secure, reliable and high-performance private cloud.
  • DCIM software implementation, cloud use on the rise in data centers
    Moving data offsite to a cloud or colocation provider and using data center infrastructure management tools are common practices in enterprise data centers. In fact, recent IDC data reflects DCIM software is growing in popularity and taking hold as the trend in data outsourcing continues.
  • Defining the New Data Center Operating System
    There is a paradigm shift occurring in the modern data center, which is at the center of any major organization. As more systems are being placed within the data center environment and new technologies are being born directly within a cloud infrastructure, there needs to be a way to better manage all of the services being relied upon. This is forcing a look at how the future data center environment will be managed.

New developments in colocation management and data center services are an important aspect of establishing and managing the right IT Infrastructure for your business.

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