This deployment will support QTS’ recently announced Switchboard interconnection platform. Switchboard enables self-service ordering and fast, one-to-many provisioning of local, metro, carrier, long-haul, and cloud services via a single port. This innovative platform offers rapid and secure connectivity for QTS’ 1,100 enterprise and government customers and serves nearly all network use cases.
In a significant step forward for its hyperscale computing ambitions, QTS Data Centers has formed a joint venture with global infrastructure investor Alinda Capital Partners that could provide up to $1 billion in funding for future data center construction. The initial focus of the partnership will be the QTS campus in Manassas, where the company has just delivered the first phase of a new data center for a leading cloud service provider. The 188,000 square foot facility will be the first asset in the joint venture, in which QTS and Alinda will each own 50 percent. These joint ventures with investors are becoming an important tool for data center companies to fund growth, and provide a vehicle for investors to gain a foothold in the data center industry as it emerges as an important new asset class.
What makes Dallas a hot spot? One key draw is power. Essentially, the country is blocked off into three main grids with Texas having its own. So, a big company may want to diversify its data centers’ access to energy, if another region goes down, according to Travis Wright, vice president, Energy and Sustainability at QTS.
QTS’s CloudRamp is the first colocation service to be offered through the AWS Marketplace, which is a unique route to market for a colocation provider. The offering exposes QTS’s services to a new set of prospective customers that are already engaged with public cloud services. The company says it has gained numerous clients via the Marketplace offering, driving a fresh business strategy and sales approach. QTS reports that CloudRamp attracts a significant number of new users each month. The vendor also points to its service delivery platform as introducing opportunities to address specialized use cases.
In the spring of 2010, QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS) purchased the former Qimonda semiconductor plant located on a 220-acre campus in the White Oak Technology Park in eastern Henrico County. QTS renovated and modernized the site into a 1.5 million-square-foot mega data center encompassing a 110-megawatt substation offering robust power, fiber, water, and physical infrastructure. The facility has grown and evolved to feature diverse and abundant connectivity for hybrid colocation and hyperscale data center solutions, including carrier-neutral cloud interconnection, in-building access to 17 on-net carriers, multiple fiber routes, third-party-neutral internet peering exchanges, and direct access to the world’s largest cloud platforms.
Pure Storage is only one of several vendors who is capitalizing on this trend. “The private cloud vendors, including brands like Nutanix , Dell EMC, and Red Hat RHT -0.02%, continue to grow steadily and there are hardware-centric, software-oriented and hybrid offerings to meet every need,” says David McCall, VP of Innovation for QTS Data Centers.
“This data center restored an iconic building and gave it a 21st-century purpose,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a statement issued for the grand opening. “Chicago is a global hub for innovation and technology, and this QTS data center will help the city build on that reputation for years to come.”
The data center in the United States is deployed in a QTS facility, a leading provider of hybrid colocation and mega-scale data center solutions. The facility meets the high performance connectivity and energy efficiency standards. Moreover, the data center is certified to the highest market standards: SSAE 16, ISAE 3402 SOC Type 1, SOC Type 2, ISO 27001, PCI-DSS and LEED . The QTS facility provides highly secure, local hosting for their clients in the United States. The infrastructure is built in accordance with the Uptime Institute’s Tier IV standards.
As the cloud market evolves, customers are becoming increasingly savvier; with a better understanding of what’s par-for-the-course and what makes a provider truly unique
As Clint Heiden, chief revenue officer at QTS, explained, enterprises in healthcare, financial, manufacturing, and other industries that built their own data centers about a decade ago are now realizing it can cost hundreds of millions of dollars to get those facilities up to modern standards. They’re also realizing that they need a lot less data center space for the same infrastructure, “making a refresh very cost-prohibitive,” he added. Increasingly, they’re turning to colocation as the alternative, where they can both get up-to-date infrastructure and access to cloud providers, often at a lower cost than keeping everything in-house.
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It’s known as a “greenfield” data center. But it all starts with dirt. In this case, it begins with a 24-acre land parcel in Ashburn, Virginia in the world’s busiest concentration of cloud computing infrastructure. In less than a year, this piece of open land was transformed into a data center housing servers to deliver Internet services.