How Does Network Connectivity Play Into the Phoenix Data Center Arena?
by Josh Anderson
PHOENIX, AZ — The concluding panel at CAPRE’s Greater Phoenix Data Center & Cloud Infrastructure Summit, Colocation & Traditional Data Centers and Providing Value and Security to Enterprise Clients featured a deep dive into a mainstay of the data center game. And just like with the components of the broader industry, part of that discussion, moderated by Steve Altizer, President of Compu Dynamics, LLC, zoomed in on connectivity.
In Ashburn, over the last dozen years, Loudoun County has done some pretty dramatic things with tax incentives. Power pricing has always been good, and the region was home to a large number of smart people and thousands of acres of cheap land. All of these things converged into massive developments of data centers,” recalled Altizer. “Network connectivity was one of the first things that existed very early when Equinix, WorldCom, and AOL were first movers in the County.
“I didn’t hear much talk today abut network connectivity in the Phoenix area, but I’d like to explore that a little bit with the panelists here, because I know that’s a pretty key factor in the data center business,” he continued, before calling on some help from his panelists. “Can you tell me a little bit about how networks play into your business? How important they are what you’re doing with them? ”
First to respond was Ian McClarty, President of Phoenix NAP. “That was one of our visions – how to get more network providers into the Phoenix metro region which, first of all, don’t exist,” he revealed. “We can go after AT&T, CenturyLink, Level3, etc., etc. but how do you go after the more interesting ones, the international ones, like TATA or Telasonera or TransTelecom? So that’s something that we actively did in the Phoenix metro region. we harnessed our own spending power on infrastructure services, and we actually partnered with companies and other large-bandwidth users in the space to really work on bringing in connectivity to the Phoenix metro space.
“I think that now we’re in a good position to be closer to a Tier I city, from a network perspective,” asserted McClarty. “And we also have an exchange that is a non-profit, and there are multiple facilities here that happen to be growing. People are putting down multiple gigs today, and I just see more and more future growth in the space.”
Next, McClarty handed off the microphone to his co-panelist, Nat Tafuri, Vice President of Operations at Zcolo. “Obviously Zayo is a network infrastructure company with networks all over the U.S. [We have] high- density fiber networks in all of the major markets – first tier, second tier, third tier,” he shared. “Zcolo being just a small part of Zayo, we love nothing more than to bring in as many network providers as we can, because we listen to our customers. we hear them saying, we want options, we want diversity. So we continually drive for that, and what’s great about Zcolo is that we leverage that Zayo fiber connecting to all of the carrier hotels.”
“Zayo is in every carrier hotel around the US – One Wilshire, you name it, we’re there,” he beamed. “We have colocation facilities in all of these buildings in addition to building outside of these buildings, to being able to tether that to those carrier hotels to offer that kind of connectivity. So the network is critical and zayo is well-positioned to give customers what they’re looking for.”
Stay tuned to future Insider Reports for more coverage of CAPRE’s Greater Phoenix Data Center & Cloud Infrastructure Summit.