||One of the keys to any colocation and interconnection facility is power — and the requisite cooling capability. As it built out its newest facility in Clifton, New Jersey, that was among the many factors Telx had to consider, and find the right partners to make the project a success. After just more than two months from the start of the project — yes, just two months — Telx today officially opened the facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony preceded by a roundtable discussion that included a number of key Telx partners and industry experts. (Telx EVP of Operations Michael Terlizzi is pictured at below doing the honors.)
I was fortunate enough to attend the event, and learned quite a bit about the facility and the data center space, including what it takes to actually build out a facility like this one.
For its energy needs, Telx teamed with local utility PSE&G, who also participated in today’s festivities by way of a short address by Gregory Dunlap, Director, Large Customer Support & Area Development for PSE&G — which includes responsibility for managing relationships with PSE&G’s largest commercial, industrial, and governmental customers, like Telx. Dunlap explained that the utility company prides itself on partnering with many of the best businesses in country, a category into which he quickly placed Telx.
The data center market is growing nationally, as well as in the New York Metro region, and PSE&G has committed itself to, as Dunlap put it, “getting it right,” and ensuring they are able to provide the reliability and capacity to support the growth in industry, as well as the growth Telx anticipates for itself. That vision is clearly in alignment with what I heard from Telx, which is opening the site now, with expectations of rapid growth, as enterprises, network operators, and content deliver providers increasingly look to benefit from the combination of colocation and interconnection that has helped Telx grow to what is now its fourth Metro New York site. Importantly, all four sites in New York and New Jersey are connected by a DWDM ring, providing its tenants even greater connectivity and redundancy options.
In fact, one of the reasons Telx chose the Clifton site is its ability to grow with its needs — Telx has first right of refusal for additional space. Growth in the New York area is why it needed to extend its presence in the region in the first place, which now includes more than 400 carriers, exchanges, and enterprises. By the way, Terlizzi told me the initial data center build-out is nearly accounted for already.
Another key element of the rapid development of this facility was Fortress International Group (formerly Rubicon Professional Services), which came up with a creative plan for quickly and efficiently completing the project. According to Bill Perrone, SVP of Strategic Development at Fortress, this projects stands out among the many Fortress has been a part of in the New Jersey market. Specifically, it was a result of near-perfect alignment of PSE&G, local authorities, and creative planning that included finding best-in-class contractors to ensure compliance with requirements of both the Township of Clifton and the building landlord, Mountain Development Corp.
In fact, nearly everyone from Telx with whom I spoke today noted how easy Mountain Development has been to work with. (Look for a series of video interviews from today’s event to be posted to the Colocation community and the TMC Newsroom very soon.)
One of the creative things Fortress did to ensure this project would be completed successfully and on time was, rather than developing the facility and then outfitting it with specific hardware, it worked the other way around. Using immediately available inventory from dealers and embedding those into the facility design saved both time and money — both of which are precious commodities.
When it came down to it, in order to extend its presence in the ninth largest metro market for colocation services, Telx had no choice but to find a physical building that was well suited for the strain it will have to endure, both in terms of power, cooling, and networking infrastructure, but also in terms of natural hazards — which Telx says the 100 Delawanna Avenue site has been purpose built for.
That was the only way it could ensure its customers would have the reliability and resiliency the require to keep pace with the continued growth of high-bandwidth applications and services, many of which are bow being delivered via a SaaS model — which is among the drivers of Telx’ growth. In addition, increased broadband penetration rates and a growing movement towards all-IP networks is adding to the need for network operators, content providers, and enterprises to connect to numerous peers and partners — the private peering model that Telx’ interconnection business and its entire ecosystem is built upon.