New York City Awash in New Data Center Capacity

By Doug Barney

New York City is a great and at the same time terrible place to build data center capacity. The good part about it is that a huge slice of the global economy runs through Manhattan and nearby boroughs. Having high performance computing capacity as close as possible is critical.

However, the Big Apple has a big price tag. IT is expensive, power is expensive, and real estate? You’d have to be Donald Trump to afford it!

That’s why so many New York companies either establish data centers well away from the city, including places like Scandinavia where you can save with natural cooling, or move over to data services.

Those barriers didn’t stop two data center companies, InfoRelay Online Systems and 365 Main from expanding their metro computing footprint.

InfoRelay was the most recent player to expand, having built its second New York data center, this one right in Lower Manhattan. The new data center has a bunch of global networks running through it, including AboveNet, AT&T, Level 3 and Verizon. That gives the Virginia-based colocation and MSP company 15 data centers in total.

 “Demand for data center real estate driven by the insurance, financial and web hosting sectors has contributed to our latest facility opening,” said InfoRelay Marketing Coordinator Jonathan Maxim. “A number of InfoRelay clients sought out data centers with higher availability that still offered competitive pricing. We worked with them to remove any bottlenecks in their expansion efforts.”

Meanwhile 365 Main, which helps support InfoRelay, recently doubled its capacity in New York.

InfoRelay uses 365 Main for its managed services.

“Our managed services and cloud business thrive in 365 Main’s carrier neutral data centers, so it’s very reassuring to have them available to support our growth,” said Russell Weiss, President at InfoRelay. “Beyond that, we appreciate their exceptional customer service and capable approach, which always makes working with them easy. The company is a true partner in our growth strategy.”

InfoRelay has two main areas of managed services, managed Leased SAN and NAS Deployments, and managed VPNs and firewalls.

On the storage side, the InfoRelay service is meant to replace the need for a SAN, and the basic service start at 3TB and can go up to 480TB and beyond.

The managed security is built around Cisco PIX or ASA firewalls, and includes VPN functions.

“We also offer services that allow us to monitor the status of the devices and filters to ensure that all firmware, rules, and versions are up to date. This guarantees that any security vulnerabilities are patched as soon as they are found,” the company said

Edited by Jamie Epstein

MSPToday Editor at Large

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