Thursday, July 23, 2015

Telx Joins FASTER Transpacific Cable Project

Telx is joining the FASTER transpacific cable system project, which will offer an initial capacity of 60 Tbps when it enters service next year. It will connect the west coast of the U.S. to major Asian cities including Chikura and Shima in Japan.

The FASTER cable system will land in Oregon and can be accessed via a distribution Point of Presence (PoP) in Telx's PRT1 (Hillsboro, Oregon) data center, just outside of Portland. Telx's PRT1 Hillsboro data center is a carrier neutral hub for transpacific and terrestrial cable systems in the Pacific Northwest. Upon completion, FASTER will have an initial capacity of 60 Tb per second and will address the unique traffic demands for broadband and mobile content between Asia and the United States.

"We are excited to develop our relationship with the FASTER consortium through the support of this cable system. Users will be able to easily and securely interconnect their traffic at our data center in Hillsboro," said Tony Rossabi, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Strategy, and Sales, Telx. "This network infrastructure represents our commitment to the Pacific Northwest, and we look forward to persistent growth in the region."

The PRT1 data center has achieved significant growth in terms of carrier interconnectivity. Additionally, Telx has a growing presence on the west coast, with data centers located in California (LOS1, SCL1, SCL2 and SFR1) Oregon (PRT1) and Washington (SEA1).

The FASTER consortium is comprised of six parties, including China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and Singtel. The system is expected to begin operating during the second quarter of 2016.

http://www.telx.com

Initial Capacity of FASTER Trans-Pacific Cable: 100G x 100 Wavelengths x 6 Fiber Pairs

NEC has been selected as the systems supplier for a new Trans-Pacific cable that will boast an initial design capacity of 60 Tbps: 100G x 100 wavelengths x 6 fiber pairs. It is believed to be the largest design capacity on this route.

The FASTER cable will connect the west coast of the United States with two landing stations in Japan.  The US$300 million cable is targeted to enter service in Q2 2016.

The project is backed by a consortium of six companies: China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and SingTel.

http://www.nec.com/en/press/201408/global_20140811_01.html

Digital Realty to Acquire Telx for Data Centers and Internet Exchanges

Digital Realty Trust agreed to acquire Telx, a national provider of data center colocation, interconnection and cloud enablement solutions, for $1.886 billion from private equity firms ABRY Partners and Berkshire Partners.

The combination is expected to double Digital Realty's footprint in the rapidly-growing colocation business, as well as provide Digital Realty customers access to a leading interconnection platform.

As of March 31, 2015, Telx managed 1.3 million square feet of data center space operating out of 20 facilities across the country, of which two are Telx-owned, 11 are leased from Digital Realty, one is partially sub-leased from Digital Realty and an unrelated third party, and six are leased from third parties. Telx's flagship facilities include its NYC1 data center at 60 Hudson Street in Manhattan, which serves as a nerve center for international communications and offers access to physical connection points to the world’s telecommunications networks and Internet backbones. Telx occupies multiple floors at 60 Hudson with interconnectivity to more than 400 carriers, financial exchanges and application, media, content, and software-as-a-service providers with just a single connection. Telx operates other NYC data centers at 111 8th Ave. and 32 Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave).

As of March 31, 2015, Digital Realty's portfolio consisted of 130 properties, including 14 properties held as investments in unconsolidated joint ventures, comprised of approximately 22.1 million square feet, excluding approximately 1.2 million square feet of space under active development and 1.3 million square feet of space held for future development, located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

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