Monthly Archives: June 2013

Server Farm Realty Delivers State-of-the-Art Data Center in Chicago

Server Farm Realty Chicago Data Center

SFRlogoAn exclusive ribbon-cutting event occurred in Chicago today for a major new data center.  Server Farm Realty LLC (SFR), one of the nation’s most innovative data center developers, proudly unveiled their newest, state-of-the-art data center facility in Chicago.  This watershed event, an invitation-only unveiling ceremony, included dignitaries such as Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Peerless Network’s CEO, John Barnicle and Server Farm Realty’s CEO Avner Papouchado.

The Server Farm Realty Chicago data center serves as a key interconnection point to a number of global network providers.  The facility, located at 840 South Canal, features 450,000 total square feet that formerly housed a General Electric Co. (GE) factory and served as Northern Trust’s data center and operations hub.  Server Farm Realty invested over $220M to redevelop and transform the building into a Tier III data center.

The facility is situated in an eight-story building, delivering approximately 20 MW of power to over 138,000 square feet of raised floor data center suites.  Designed for 100% availability, the building also boasts a very green Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.4 or better – one of the lowest in Chicago.  The building has 4 MW critical load to five (floors 1-5), 250 pounds per square foot loading, and two carrier-neutral meet-me-rooms with dual fiber entrances.  There are two floors of trading space (floors 6 and 7), with 24 x 7 building operations for global market trading.  The facility includes a large selection of carrier choices including: AT&T, Verizon, 360 Networks, Cogent, CFN, Fiberlink, Level 3, Centurylink, XO, Sunesys, Zayo, Intellifiber, PAETEC, and Global Crossing.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel had significant praise for what Server Farm Realty brings to Chicago.  The workforce, coupled with accessible real estate and an abundance of power all centrally located with extensive communications infrastructure leading in all directions leaves no doubt that the city is well- positioned to attract more business and job opportunities.

Chicago is an ideal location for secure, low latency network infrastructure.  In addition to being a global data center hub and interconnection point for virtually every major fiber network, Chicago boasts some of the lowest Total Cost of Occupancy (TCO) for data center users, as well as a vast array of real estate options.  The city’s deregulated power market offers cost-effective power rates from a wide variety of vendors, while its mild climate yields substantial energy savings for approximately the first half of every year.  This combination of regional advantages and technical features make SFR’s newest facility a strategic and key asset for tenants looking for reliable, secure and scalable data center space in the Chicago market.

For more information about Server Farm Realty, its data center facilities, and its build-to-suit, custom data center solutions, visit

Data Centers & Top Commercial Properties Go Green with Silver Bullet

Silver Bullet Cooling Tower

Screen Shot 2013-02-25 at 9.02.33 AMIn the Washington, D.C. area, the legendary Willard InterContinental Hotel and top D.C. property developers Lerner Enterprises, Carr Properties and WC Smith, have partnered with Silver Bullet, a cutting-edge water treatment company, to introduce a commercially available system that dramatically increases building sustainability by cutting water, electricity and toxic chemical use in commercial buildings and data centers across the District.

Sustainability has gained a lot of momentum.  In D.C., Mayor Gray established the Sustainable D.C. initiative and the federal government enacted Executive Order 13514, an integrated strategy towards sustainability and a clean energy economy.  With these incentives and new ability to save on building operating costs, many commercial properties, particularly data centers, have jumped on the sustainability and clean energy bandwagon.   Silver Bullet’s innovative water treatment system helps these enterprises save on time, energy and money.

The Silver Bullet system provides a safe and highly efficient treatment that serves as a biocide that reduces and eliminates scaling and significantly reduces corrosion, while increasing energy efficiency and reducing water consumption.   Up to half of a building’s water use is from cooling towers, which provide cooled water for air-conditioning, manufacturing and electric power generation.  Significantly more water is used by data centers.  A typical 15 megawatt data center could use up to 360,000 gallons of water a day keeping all those servers and equipment cool enough to operate effectively.  By targeting this component of building and data center infrastructure for efficiency with Silver Bullet’s water treatment system, facility owners can immediately realize significant savings in electricity, water, labor and maintenance, while meeting corporate and government-directed sustainability goals, and saving money.

For Lerner Enterprises, one of the largest private real-estate developers in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, Silver Bullet estimated that water to fill more than 75 Olympic sized swimming pools was saved since installing the first system in 2011.  Silver Bullet systems are currently installed at 19 of Lerner’s properties, and that number continues to grow.  Lerner expects to save millions of gallons of water and tens of thousands of kilowatt hours of electricity, allowing for a decrease of overall operating costs and an increase in the sustainability of their properties without any investment of capital.

Silver Bullet estimates for the historic Willard InterContinental that nearly half a million gallons of water and 14,000 megawatt hours of electricity were saved since installation.  The company estimates that WC Smith has saved more than eight million gallons of water and 140,000 megawatt hours of electricity at its 298,000 square foot Federal Gateway office building since installing Silver Bullet in August of 2011. Silver Bullet is also helping the Department of Defense meet its sustainability goals. Its system at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), located in the Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is saving over 1,000 megawatt hours of electricity and over one million gallons of water per year.

If Silver Bullet’s technology were installed on 20,000 cooling towers, just one percent of the commercial cooling towers in the United States, water savings could top 10 billion gallons a year and reduce electricity consumption by more than 1,200 megawatts of power.

Silver Bullet’s goal is to save customers water and energy, and reduce their operating costs while eliminating the use of toxic chemicals.  Silver Bullet was recognized with the 2012 Best Venture award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for its cost- effective and environmentally responsible water treatment solution.

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Global Capacity to Present One Marketplace to the Pennsylvania Telephone Association

One Marketplace

PTAMembers of the Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA) will want to come to the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA to hear about Global Capacity’s One Marketplace.  Ben Edmond, Chief Revenue Officer of Global Capacity, will be presenting on the topic of “Enabling Reach: The Solution to Connecting to a Global Ecosystem of Local Network Providers.”

Mr. Edmond will join an elite group of industry experts at the PTA’s Small Company Meeting on June 6, 2013.  During his presentation, he will advise attendees on Global Capacity’s One Marketplace and its role in enabling a ‘new era’ of collaboration amongst the telecom industry’s network of buyers and sellers.

The presentation will further provide an inside view into how local operators are interconnecting at key aggregation points in order to extend their network reach, while simultaneously automating pricing for a competitive advantage against larger players in the global marketplace.

Globalization for businesses and consumers is a reality.  With regulatory changes squeezing profits and increasing competition, local network operators are challenged with expanding network services beyond their footprint, marketing on-net assets to a broader set of customers all while continuing to reduce costs, increase services and operate more efficiently.

Global Capacity’s One Marketplace provides customers with network connectivity solutions that extend their network reach efficiently and cost-effectively, delivering the network coverage service providers require without the complexity of managing multiple suppliers.

To schedule a live demonstration of One Marketplace, visit

To request a copy of Ben Edmond’s presentation, Enabling Reach: The Solution to Connecting a Ecosystem of Local Network Providers, including market demand maps for Pennsylvania, visit

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EdgeConneX to Create Small Cell Network in Northern Virginia

SmallCellAnother “small cell” success story is on the horizon.  Fresh off plans to kick-off a Vermont solution, EdgeConneX, a provider of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), space, power and connectivity solutions that uniquely combine mobile, wireline, and data center services bringing data to the edge of the network, recently announced their next small cell initiative to benefit the Northern Virginia region.

EdgeConneX most recently announced their Vermont initiative, a deployment of a rural small cell network for CoverageCo, a provider of carrier and technology-neutral cellular coverage services to underserved markets.  Their second project, already underway, is the development and deployment of a small cell network for a high profile, urban Northern Virginia mixed-use class “A” residential and retail properties.  This second project shows significant interest from the real estate developers and municipalities in leveraging the technology for the expansion of cellular network coverage.

The small cell networks solve the problem of mobile network expansion in light of the exponential growth and demand of high bandwidth mobile requirements from video and data traffic.  The networks are constructed with low-powered radio access nodes, strategically placed within small distances that extend service coverage into traditionally hard-to-reach areas such as mountainous regions, high-rise buildings and campus-style developments.  Small cell networks are compatible with a wide range of mobile technologies including GSM, CDMA, LTE, and WiMax, expanding the reach of both 3G and 4G networks.

EdgeConneX, with several small cell networks completed and in progress, has become the leading provider of these solutions in the market.  Small cell networks have become more and more important to real estate developers in search of affordable enhanced cellular network coverage.  EdgeConneX’s ability to design, construct and manage small cell networks for communities and businesses will improve communication capabilities within large developments throughout the country.  EdgeConneX is partnering with companies, communities and developers seeking superior cellular coverage for their customers.

EdgeConneX’s small cell network solutions are groundbreaking in that they are proven to allow carriers, municipalities, corporate campus environments, building owner-operators, and others the opportunity to address capacity constraints and expand coverage capabilities while overcoming certain physical challenges faced by today’s wireless networks.  Small cell solutions enable seamless connectivity for today’s increasingly connected consumer.

For more information about EdgeConneX and its leading infrastructure deployment solutions for expanding and improving access to mobile and data communications, visit


Ethernet Proves a Cost-Effective Network Solution, but Price Disparities Remain

Median 10 Mbps vs. 100 Mbps EoMPLS Circuit Prices, Q1 2013

Screen Shot 2013-06-04 at 8.28.56 AMEthernet private lines provide a flexible, cost-effective alternative to legacy SDH/SONET technologies. Nevertheless, new data from TeleGeography’s Ethernet Pricing Service reveal that there are widespread geographic disparities in Ethernet over MPLS (EoMPLS) price levels and structures.

The lowest prices for point-to-point EoMPLS circuits are found on routes between major cities in Europe and the U.S., and on trans-Atlantic links. In Q1 2013, the median monthly price of a 10 Mbps circuit was $446 between London and Paris, $896 from Los Angeles to New York, and $652 from London to New York. Trans-Pacific and intra-Asian prices are significantly higher. In Q1 2013, the median price of a 10 Mbps circuit was $1,706 per month between Los Angeles and Tokyo and $1,863 per month between Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Regional differences are also apparent when examining the cost associated with increasing capacity. On major terrestrial routes in Europe and North America, the median price of a 100 Mbps EoMPLS circuit was approximately twice the price of a 10 Mbps circuit, at $948 per month between London and Paris and $1,869 per month between Los Angeles and New York. Upgrading to 100 Mbps circuits in Asia can be far more costly. The median price of a trans-Pacific 100 Mbps EoMPLS circuit was $6,613 in Q1 2013, about four times the price of a 10 Mbps link, while the median Hong Kong-Tokyo 100 Mbps price was $8,258, or 4.4 times more than a 10 Mbps circuit.

Ethernet prices and the multiples associated with upgrading capacity can vary dramatically by market. Nevertheless, Ethernet provides a cost-effective solution for enterprises looking to purchase higher capacity services. Paying two to five times the price for 10 times the Ethernet capacity equates to significantly less than paying the long-standing SDH/SONET multiple of 2.5 times the price for just four times the capacity.

TeleGeography’s Ethernet Pricing Service benchmarks the price of long-haul and international Ethernet service by provider, capacity, service, and route. It provides PoP-to-PoP monthly lease charges from 66 carriers on 198 key routes for:

  • EoMPLS
  • EoSDH
  • EoDWDM
  • VPLS

Pacnet Expands Sydney Data Center

Pacnet- Sydney

PacnetPacnet unveiled another 350 racks with 3 megawatts of power in the second phase of their data center build-out in Australia’s largest city, Sydney.   As the Asia-Pacific region’s leading provider of integrated network and technology solutions for enterprises, service providers and carriers, Pacnet has closely monitored the increasing demand for high-density colocation and cloud services in Australia.

Sydney is a key part of Pacnet’s expansion plans and will continue to be a strategic locale to accommodate the region’s future growth.   Located in the central business district of Sydney at 133 Liverpool Street, the second phase of the Pacnet data center expansion delivers 13,950 new square feet (1,295 square meters) of gross Tier III data center space with an additional 350 racks and 3MW of total power to the facility.

The Pacnet Sydney data center is built to exacting standards for high availability environments and mission-critical equipment.  The facility is a great alternative for any organization to consider for colocation.  Combine that with a location in the Sydney central business district and you have an ideal choice for firms making a technology move using services through a cloud platform.  For companies viewing Asia as an opportunity for business expansion, the Sydney data center offers a gateway for cloud and data computing resources through interlinking to Pacnet’s other 27 facilities in the region, including China.

Through this expanded facility, Pacnet continues to strategically invest and grow its data center footprint in Asia-Pacific to address the high-power, high-performance and high-efficiency needs of global enterprises looking to deploy cloud applications and multi-site projects.

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