Level 3 Expands San Francisco Data Center

Level 3 Communications is adding what it calls high-density, enterprise-ready space to its San Francisco data center to accommodate enterprise growth.

Level 3 says the new facility allows customers to design their own space, which can be easily scaled as their businesses grow and allows enterprises to control the costs of expansion. It also gives instant access to increased network capacity and direct connectivity to Level 3’s global network. Level 3 also manages the facility, eliminating operations, administration and maintenance expenses.

"Enterprises can face challenges with the reliability and growth of critical applications that are not closely situated to the network core," said Mike Benjamin, vice president of data center product management. "Customers benefit from using Level 3’s data centers because we offer direct connectivity to our infrastructure, which can enhance reliability of business applications and, in turn, enable businesses to expand more quickly."

This facility features high-density power cabinets and suites, multi-layer security with 24×7 closed-circuit video and alarm monitoring; dual-authentication security; fully redundant, uninterruptible power supply; industry-standard heating, ventilation, and air conditioning; support for 200 watts per square foot power density; and customer work stations and conference-room facilities.

"Based on our estimates ranking Level 3 as a top 10 multi-tenant data center provider in the U.S. in terms of 2011 revenues and 2012 projected revenues, Level 3 is competitively positioned to attract a broader set of customers with its enterprise-ready data center services," said Sean Hackett, research director at 451 Research. "Enterprises of all sizes are recognizing the benefits offered by modern collocation services, and our research shows significant demand from both enterprises and service providers in the San Francisco area."

451 Research estimates the overall multi-tenant data center market in the U.S., valued in 2011 at $15.8 billion, is projected to grow at 19.2 percent CAGR through 2013.

Level 3 has more than 350 data center and colocation facilities globally. The company says these facilities allow customers to expand their enterprise application resources rapidly and to enhance business continuity programs. Connectivity among sites is available via Level 3’s 165,000 intercity, metro, and subsea fiber route miles. Level 3 has a network presence in more than 45 countries.

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