Data Center Wars Phoenix – An Oasis of Megawatts
On a recent trip to Phoenix I was able to get a good look at what this fast growing metropolitan area, now the 5th largest in the US, has to offer in the way of data center facility and service options. It is definitely a fresh, vibrant market full of new capacity and innovative approaches to serving the thriving local economy. It is also an attractive disaster recovery option for those seeking an area well buffered from most natural disaster occurrences.
The backdrop of the visit to Phoenix was my attendance at an open DeltaForceIT (http://deltaforceit.com/) event that was hosted at the Viawest data center facility in North Phoenix. DeltaForceIT is the brain child of Sean Patrick Tario, a Northern California based data center industry author and trainer. He is also the CEO of Open Spectrum Inc. (http://openspectruminc.com/), a firm specializing in consulting on the buy side of the data center marketplace. This training is like no other that I have seen in the industry as its primary focus is to provide a greater understanding of how the data center marketplace works from a business standpoint versus having a primary focus on the best practices surrounding the technical engineering of data centers.
It was great working with Sean and the group in attendance from CyrusOne, PhoenixNAP, Viawest and the team from Silver Star Communications that flew all the way down from Wyoming. Everyone was there to gain a better grasp of what makes the rapidly growing data center industry tick and to become more fluent in the language of the data center. I am quite impressed with the DeltaForceIT curriculum in fact Kiamesha Global is now partnering with Sean around the delivery of its content both locally within our Texas base and around the globe.
“I am thrilled to have Todd and his team at Kiamesha throwing their weight behind DeltaForceIT moving forward. They are the ideal partner for us, as they have deep experience working both on the buy and sell side of the data center industry and a track record operating as true value add consultants for their clients.” Sean Patrick Tario, CEO, Open Spectrum Inc & DeltaForceIT
Phoenix Providers Visited
Our gracious hosts at Viawest provided the group with a tour of its relatively new operations in the Phoenix market. The Viawest facility was originally built only a few years ago by Cox Communications for their own internal purposes, sparing no expense. Cox now serves as the anchor tenant for the property after selling to Viawest. With 42,500 square feet of raised floor designed to accommodate 250+ watts per square foot it is a well built, carrier neutral, and high security option in North Phoenix for clients looking to expand in the region.
PhoenixNap, a privately held firm and data center that is located just south of the Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. They serve as a hands-on colocation provider that offers a number of managed hardware and cloud based service options. They run a high-availability, high density colocation site with a multitude of carrier options as well. Its operations are definitely designed for those who are enamored with security, as their setup was as elaborate as I have seen.
CyrusOne, a publically traded company headquartered in Texas, is a relatively new player in the Phoenix area, but has been successful in a making a splash with its master plan for a 1,000,000 square foot campus sitting on a large piece of land in Chandler, in the Southeast part of Greater Phoenix. This campus originally broke ground in June 2012 is already quite large as they have been successful in leasing the first phase and now on to the second with its now trademarked Massively Modular® Data Center Technology.
Nextfort, another new player to the Phoenix market with its first site launched in late 2013 in Chandler almost next door to the CyrusOne and Digital Realty Campuses. Nextfort however has taken a modular approach to their design, offering private, walled-off, fully metered suites that can accommodate @ 20 high density cabinets at extremely aggressive price points.
Additional Phoenix Data Center Colocation Options
For a complete list of all colocation options within the Phoenix market, I highly recommend you check out the Data Center Market Report Sean and his team have created after hours of research and touring the local market.
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