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      The Flagship Series: Montreal Data Center Market Overview


      Montreal is gaining global prominence as a data center hotspot. While the market is still smaller than that of its Canadian-counterpart, Toronto, professional organizations are taking note of the opportunities to be had in this Quebec-based market.

      Named the “best location in the world to set up a data center” by the Datacloud world congress, Montreal won the Excellence in Data Centres Award in June 2019. And datacenterHawk notes that they believe Montreal will soon overtake the Toronto market as the last two years have seen rapid expansion. The major industries using this data center space in Montreal include technology, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, tourism and transportation

      Roberto Montesi, INAP’s Vice President of International Sales, said that the data center market is growing fast in Montreal because of the low cost on power and land taxes. “The colder temperatures also permit us to run free cooling up to 10 months a year,” he said, noting that Montreal and Canada have a great relationship with the U.S. “It’s an easy extension for any American business to come up to Montreal and have access to so much great talent in our industry.”

      Considering Montreal for a colocation, network or cloud solution? There are several reasons why we’re confident you’ll call INAP your future partner in this competitive market.

      INAP’s Mark on Montreal

      INAP maintains four data centers and POPs in Montreal, including three flagship facilities. INAP’s Saint-Léonard (5945 Couture Blvd) and LaSalle (7207 Newman Blvd) flagships are cloud hosting facilities operated by iWeb, an INAP company.

      INAP’s Nuns’ Island flagship at 20 Place du Commerce offers high-density environments for colocation customers. The Nuns’ Island facility is a bunker-rated building and functions on a priority 1 hydro grid, the same as hospitals in the area. In addition to these features, our expert support technicians are dedicated to keeping your infrastructure online, secure and always operating at peak efficiency.

      Each INAP Montreal data center features sustainable, green design with state-of-the-art cooling and electricity that’s 99.9 percent generated from renewable sources. Customers are able to connect seamlessly with other major North American cities via our reliable, high-performing backbone to Boston and Chicago.

      Metro-wide, our Montreal data centers feature:

      • Power: 20 MW of power capacity, 20+ kW per cabinet
      • Space: Over 45,000 square feet of raised floor
      • Facilities: Designed with Tier 3 compliant attributes, located outside of flood plain and seismic zones
      • Energy Efficient Cooling: 2,500 tons of cooling capacity, N+1 with concurrent maintainability
      • Security: 24/7/365 onsite personnel, video surveillance, key card and secondary biometric authentication
      • Compliance: PCI DSS and SOC 2 Type II

      Download the Montreal Data Center spec sheet here [PDF].

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      Gain an Edge with INAP’s Connectivity Solutions

      INAP’s connectivity solutions and global network can give customers the boost they need to outpace their competition. And Montreal is the perfect place to take advantage of INAP’s connectivity solutions. “We also have fiber rich density coming up from Ashburn and Europe. This makes us a great location for customers looking for Edge locations,” said Montesi.

      By joining us in our Montreal data centers, customers gain access to INAP’s global network. Our high-capacity network backbone and one-of-a-kind, latency-killing Performance IP® solution is available to all customers. This proprietary technology automatically puts outbound traffic on the best-performing route. Once you’re plugged into the INAP network, you don’t have to do anything to see the difference. Learn more about Performance IP® by reading up on the demo and trying it out yourself with a destination test.

      INAP Interchange for Colocation

      Considering Montreal for colocation, but not sure where the future will lead? With INAP’s global footprint, which includes more than 600,000 square feet of leasable data center space, customers have access to data centers woven together by our high-performance network backbone and route optimization engine, ensuring the environment can connect everywhere, faster.

      With INAP Interchange, a spend portability program available to new colocation or cloud customers, you can switch infrastructure solutions—dollar for dollar—part-way through a contract. This helps avoid environment lock-in and achieve current IT infrastructure goals while providing the flexibility to adapt for whatever comes next.

      INAP Colocation, Bare Metal and Private Cloud solutions are eligible for the Interchange program. Chat with us to learn more about these services, and how spend portability can benefit these infrastructure solutions.

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      The Flagship Series: Seattle Data Center Market Overview


      It’s fitting that a city known for its cloudy days in home to two of the largest players in cloud computing. The Seattle data center market is growing, bolstered by local industry, Northern California-based expansions and cloud infrastructure investments from Microsoft and Amazon.

      Home to coffee, technology and online retail conglomerates, Seattle’s other major industries include aerospace and health care. The burgeoning cloud market is fueled by relatively low power costs and connectivity options available to the cloud computing businesses in the city and surrounding suburbs. The area also experiences months of cool and rainy weather, allowing for free cooling for the data centers located here, a benefit for data center operators and tenants alike.

      The demand in the Seattle data center market is high, with a new absorption rate of 25.3 MW. In 2019, the average size of deployments was on the rise, with many users requiring multiple megawatts plus room for expansion.

      Considering Seattle for a colocation or network solution? There are several reasons why we’re confident you’ll call INAP your future partner in this competitive market.

      INAP’s Flagship Seattle Data Centers

      INAP, which was founded in Seattle in 1996, maintains two flagship facilities and a POP in the market. With our suite of Connectivity Solutions – Cloud Connect, Metro Connect and Network Connect, you can reliably link your infrastructure with endpoints in public clouds throughout Seattle and around the globe.

      Connect to Chicago and Silicon Valley via INAP’s reliable, high-performing backbone, and benefit from Metro Connect fiber that enables highly available connectivity within the region via our ethernet rings. Paired with Performance IP®, INAP’s patented route optimization software, customers in our Seattle flagships get the application availability and performance their customers demand.

      Here are the average latency benchmarks on the backbone connection from Seattle:

      • Chicago: 49.2 ms
      • Silicon Valley: 19.0 ms

      Our facilities in Seattle offer over 101,500 square feet of space, with 57,000 of square feet of raised flooring. NOC and onsite engineers with remote hands are available 24/7/365.

      Download the overview of INAP’s presence in Seattle here [PDF]

      140 4th Avenue

      This Tier 3, carrier neutral, SOC 2 Type II facility in downtown Seattle offers interconnectivity via high-performing direct backbone connections to Chicago and Silicon Valley on INAP’s high-capacity private network.

      • Space: 40,000 square feet
      • Power:3 MW
      • Network: Performance IP® Mix—AT&T, Cogent Communications, NTT, Zayo, Comcast, Verizon, INAP

      Download the spec sheet on this downtown Seattle flagship data center here [PDF]

      3355 120th Place

      Our Tier 3, carrier neutral, SOC 2 Type II facility located just outside of downtown Seattle is concurrently maintainable, energy efficient and supports high power-density environments of 20+ kW per rack.

      • Space: 65,000 square feet
      • Power:6 MW
      • Network: Performance IP® Mix—AT&T, Cogent, NTT, Zayo, Comcast, Verizon, INAP

      Download the spec sheet on this Seattle flagship data center here [PDF]

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      Spend Portability Appeals for Future-Proofing Infrastructure

      Organizations need the ability to be agile as their needs change. With INAP Interchange, INAP Seattle data center customers need not worry about getting locked into a long-term infrastructure solution that might not be the right fit years down the road.

      The program allows customers to exchange infrastructure environments a year (or later) into their contract so that they can focus on current-state IT needs while knowing they will be able to adapt for future-state realities. For example, should you choose a solution in a data center in the Silicon Valley, but find over time that you need to be closer to a user base in Phoenix, you can easily make the shift.

      Colocation, Bare Metal and Private Cloud solutions are eligible for Interchange.

      Learn more about INAP Interchange by downloading the FAQ.

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      The Flagship Series: Silicon Valley Data Center Market Overview


      As the preeminent technology hub of the U.S., it should come as no surprise that the data center market in Silicon Valley is among the largest in the country, and it’s only growing. New space is slated to come online over the next few years, driven by (and in some ways dependent on) the technology sector. Other industries that drive demand in this market include mobility, IoT, financial technology and bioscience.

      Santa Clara specifically houses the majority of data centers in this market and is appealing to providers and users for its relatively low electricity costs. And despite the premium on real estate in the region, as well as the fact that the region is prone to earthquakes, proximity to corporations and end users makes the Silicon Valley market a key location for many companies, driving continued growth.

      Considering Silicon Valley for a colocation, network or cloud solution? There are several reasons why we’re confident you’ll call INAP your future partner in this competitive market.

      INAP’s Santa Clara Flagship Data Center

      INAP has seven data centers and points of presence in Silicon Valley, and an additional four locations in the Bay Area and Sacramento. The Silicon Valley flagship facility is located in Santa Clara at 2151 Mission College Blvd. The 75,000 square-foot data center is designed with Tier 3 compliant attributes and offers 10 MW of utility power.

      The flagship, as well as INAP’s other data center locations and POPs in this market, provide a backbone connection to Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas through our high-capacity private network. INAP’s Connectivity Solutions product suite provides high availability and scalable connectivity services across our global network, allowing customers to build the high-performance network their applications and users demand. Paired with Performance IP®, INAP’s patented route optimization software, customers in our Santa Clara flagship get the application availability and performance their customers demand.

      Here are the average latency benchmarks on the backbone connection from Santa Clara:

      • Seattle: 19.0 ms
      • Chicago: 51.0 ms
      • Los Angeles: 9.3 ms
      • Dallas: 39.7 ms

      Download the spec sheet on our Silicon Valley data centers and POPs here [PDF].

      The flagship includes the following features:

      • Power and Space: 24-inch raised floors, high-density configurations, including cages, cabinets and suites
      • Facilities: Break rooms, meeting rooms, onsite engineers with remote hands, 24/7/365 NOC
      • Energy Efficient Cooling: 1,200 tons of cooling capacity and N+1 with concurrent maintainability
      • Security: Key card access with secondary biometric authentication, video surveillance with a minimum of 90 days video retention, 24/7/365 onsite personnel
      • Network: Performance IP® mix (AT&T, Cogent, Silicon Valley Power (Dark Fiber), Zayo, CenturyLink, Level 3, XO Communications, Comcast) for patented traffic route optimization, geographic redundancy and Metro Connect fiber that enables highly available connectivity within the region via our ethernet rings
      • Compliance: PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOC 2 Type II, LEED, Green Globes and ENERGY STAR, independent audits

      Download the spec sheet on our Santa Clara Flagship data center here [PDF].

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      Gain Reliability, Connectivity and Speed with INAP Performance IP®

      In a market that requires low latency and high availability for some of the world’s most trafficked applications and websites, INAP’s Performance IP® is a game changer. Our patented route optimization engine makes a daily average of 500 million optimizations per POP. It automatically puts your outbound traffic on the best-performing, lowest-latency route. Learn more about Performance IP® by checking out the video below or test out the solution for yourself by running a destination test from our flagship Santa Clara data center.

      Spend Portability Appeals for Future-Proofing Infrastructure

      Organizations need the ability to be agile as their needs change. With INAP Interchange, INAP Silicon Valley data center customers need not worry about getting locked into a long-term infrastructure solution that might not be the right fit years down the road.

      Colocation, Bare Metal and Private Cloud solutions are eligible for Interchange. The program allows customers to exchange infrastructure environments a year (or later) into their contract so that they can focus on current-state IT needs while knowing they will be able to adapt for future-state realities. For example, should you choose a solution in a data center in the Silicon Valley, but find over time that you need to be closer to a user base in Phoenix, you can easily make the shift.

      You can learn more about the INAP Interchange by downloading the FAQ.

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