This week QTS continued its evolution as it announced a restructuring that sharpens its focus on the hyperscale opportunity, including a major step back from in-house cloud computing and managed services, which had been a pillar of its “3Cs” approach to the market. QTS says its will focus on providing colocation “on-ramps” to major clouds, rather than delivering those cloud services itself.
It seems there’s always a data center rising over an open field in Data Center Alley. But the new QTS Data Centers facility is rising higher than most. It will be the first three-story data center here in Ashburn, the cloud computing hub in Northern Virginia.
StrataCore, the premiere IT services broker in the Pacific Northwest, and QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of secure, compliant data center, hybrid cloud, and managed services, worked together to provide a high-quality data center solution to meet the unique business needs of a large, multi-billion-dollar retailer in the Pacific Northwest.
QTS is the first to be chosen by the global cloud provider, ahead of much larger competitors such as Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX) and Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR). With the new turnkey CloudRamp solution, QTS is aiming customers that need to deploy a hybrid cloud infrastructure immediately and/or temporarily (for a cloud migration project, for example). The client gets a cabinet that’s set up in advance with redundant power and pre-wired for high-speed connectivity to AWS and to the internet.
The two firms recently announced a hybrid IT partnership, where QTS will provide CloudRamp, the first pre-built, preconfigured colocation offering available on the AWS Marketplace. The partnership also features joint sales and marketing efforts.
QTS Realty's CloudRamp is the only colocation offering on the AWS Marketplace and this partnership with Amazon Web Services could become a game changer. However, based upon the recent QTS Investor Day presentation, it remains uncertain how fast this nascent joint sales effort will ramp up. The partnership between QTS and the world’s largest cloud service provider is the first of its kind in the industry.
Unlike the typical private connectivity services data center providers offer their clients, QTS has prepared data center infrastructure in multiple locations that’s set up to connect to AWS immediately. All the client has to do is buy the service through AWS Marketplace and get their hardware to one of the QTS data centers where it’s offered.
"This is not just a DirectConnect partnership or services offering that many colocation providers announce on a regular basis, which are typically not sanctioned nor in collaboration with AWS," QTS VP of Commercial Channels Frank Eagle told CRN. "They're going to be able to, without any interaction with a human, acquire colocation services in our CloudRamp model."
Mississippi, Rhode Island, Maine, and Connecticut are pooling their resources on a cloud-based unemployment insurance platform expected to reduce operational costs by as much as 40 percent. The system, which is hosted and maintained QTS, is FedRAMP compliant and capable of accommodating legislative differences between states.
Facebook is planning to build a $1 billion data center in eastern Henrico County, Virginia, multiple sources told the Richmond-Times Dispatch. The project at the White Oak Technology Park will feature 970,000 square feet (90,116 sq m) of data center space and associated facilities in its first phase, but could eventually grow to span 2.5 million sq ft (232,258 sq m). White Oak is already home to a 1.3m square feet (120,773 sq m) QTS data center, set in a building that once used to house a semiconductor factory.
Today, hyperscale cloud operators are increasingly dominating the cloud landscape. But, it’s important to understand why and the business drivers behind this growth around hyperscale data center operators. Consider these five benefits and strategies when working with hyperscale data center environments.
One of North Texas' biggest data center projects is going to get a lot bigger. QTS Data Centers four years ago expanded into the Dallas area with its purchase of a 700,000-square-foot building in Irving. Now the Kansas-based data center company has started an expansion that eventually will more than double the size of its facility, which started life as a chip plant.