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projects & agreements NEW MIAMI EDGE DATA CENTRE PROVIDES ACCESS TO SEVERAL SUBSEA CABLES EdgeConneX has opened a second edge data centre in Miami, Florida, 10 miles north of the NAP of Americas, as LATAM customers’ demand soars. It provides access to several subsea cables, including Americas II, BDNSi, Columbus III, GlobeNet, MAYA-1, Mid-Atlantic Crossing (MAC) and SAm-1. The Miami Edge data centre has direct access to LATAM, South America and the Caribbean via dark and lit fibre for local customers, including wireless carriers, service providers, content delivery networks (CDNs), cloud providers and enterprises. EdgeConneX has arrangements with multiple carriers, including AT&T, CenturyLink, Comcast Business, Fiberlight, FPL FiberNet, NuVox, Windstream and XO Communications, for dark and lit fibre, as well as for out-of-band (OOB) signalling and dedicated Internet access (DIA) at the Miami 2 EDC. Located outside of the downtown Miami flood zone, the new Miami EDC acts as a direct gateway to the region’s primary subsea cable landing station. EdgeConneX also runs edge data centres in several other US states. In Europe, the company has one data centre currently operational in the Netherlands and two under construction in the UK and Ireland. In addition, the provider is considering setting up facilities in Austria, Italy and France. For further information visit: www.edgeconnex.com Buying local pays off for IT Protocol in continued partnership with Aegis Data When choosing a data centre, many organisations default to major cities to fulfil their checklist needs. But IT Protocol has found that going local pays off, after it was forced to relocate its data. IT Protocol went with Surrey based colocation provider Aegis Data, which has successfully provided it with the state-of-the-art facilities, easy access and transport links to London that it requires. Originally installed in another data centre providers pod, IT Protocol was forced to relocate owing to the sale of the site. IT Protocol looked for a provider to host and manage its sever and storage systems that was easily accessible to both themselves and its clients, some of whom are located in London. After some research, IT Protocol discovered Aegis Data located down the road in Godalming, with a main train station directly into the heart of London. Aegis’ facility provides highly resilient and optimised data centre environments for its customers’ mission critical IT. Its uniqueness comes from its ability to offer cooling efficiencies across all power densities as well as having the power headroom to allow for IT consolidation and growth. The state-of-the-art facility was exactly what IT Protocol required and one where they could be confident that their IT systems could reside in for a long period of time. For further information visit: www.aegisdata.net Scale computing and Brocade team up to give firm power and performance Thrasher has chosen Brocade switches to help meet the demands of business growth without overhauling its current infrastructure. Brad Fortney, IT manager at the Thrasher Group, arrived at the company in 2010 and quickly recognised that the storage environment wasn’t keeping pace with demand. Fast forward to the present day and Thrasher has larger storage demands than ever before. Aerial and drone mapping is used in data survey projects, generating huge video files which put a huge strain on the infrastructure. To combat this Thrasher began building a new data centre to support further growth, meaning the company needed more storage and a new switching network. This is where Brocade switches come in, enabling the company to add new services with storage intensive demands, while at the same time minimising investment and infrastructure management. The switches have achieved superior storage network performance, as well as reliability to keep projects moving forward. Two staff can also seamlessly support 280 employees and six locations for all IT requirements. For further information visit: www.brocade.com 53