Posted by Heidi Schwartz
Level 3 Communications, Inc. has announced the expansion of its global data center network with the opening of its newest facility in Herndon, VA. The new facility achieves Level 3’s highest rating as a Premier Elite data center by offering fully redundant, high-density power and cooling systems, multi-tier security and direct connectivity to the global Level 3 network. These features provide enterprise and government customers with the necessary capabilities to manage rapid data growth and ensure business continuity.
Level 3 operates more than 350 data centers worldwide, comprised of Premier Elite, Premier Select and Premier facilities. The Northern Virginia data center is one of three Premier Elite facilities in North America. Additional Premier Elite facilities are located in San Francisco and Omaha.
“The Northern Virginia market is one of the top three data center markets in the world according to Ovum’s global data center tracking information,” states Mike Sapien, principal analyst from Ovum Global Enterprise Services. “Enterprise customers are seeing improved economics in using outside data centers, as well as avoidance of the capital to upgrade their aging private data centers. The use of external third-party data centers are necessary to address expanding their global coverage, increased use of cloud services, and improving application performance.”
“Cloud-based services and mobile applications are increasingly critical to an organization’s ability to focus on core initiatives while driving efficiency and growth. Successful use of these new technologies requires a thoughtful network strategy with direct access to networked data center facilities as a core component,” said Paul Savill, senior vice president of Core Product Management for Level 3. “Level 3’s Premier Elite data center facilities offer an ideal off-site space to house power-intensive applications, support business continuity, and grow an organization’s global IT footprint with minimal capital investment and reduced operating costs.”