Offers “Alternate Route” Dark Fiber Service Between Northern Virginia and New York City Internet Node


News Summary:

  • Sabey Data Center Properties announced today that United Fiber & Data has signed an agreement to establish a major presence at its premier NY data center Intergate.Manhattan.
  • Sabey’s new Manhattan data center with its strategic market location, storm proof facilities, unparalleled infrastructure, and state-of-the-art physical security, will provide United Fiber & Data with unmatched opportunities to expand their customer base.
  • With its unique assets, Intergate.Manhattan is on a path to becoming the foremost carrier hotel on the East Coast, and will soon house additional service providers from both the U.S. and Europe.


Full Story:

New York, November 13, 2013 – Seattle-based Sabey Data Center Properties announced today that United Fiber & Data (UFD), the provider of an alternative fiber network between New York City and the Washington, D.C. region, has signed a licensing agreement to establish two redundant network points of entry at Intergate.Manhattan, Sabey’s new lower Manhattan data center.

Based in York, PA, UFD has built a proprietary, “next level” (NXT LVL) dark fiber network that connects two large Northeast U.S. Internet hubs – Manhattan and Ashburn, VA — along a first-of-its-kind route that passes through New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.  UFD’s network bypasses the traditional I-95/Amtrak corridor that most service providers follow.  Instead, the UFD network follows a pathway outside the East Coast “single points of failure” from natural and man-made hazards and connects top financial exchanges and global destinations for Internet peering and high-bandwidth networking.

UFD is pursuing an aggressive installation at Intergate.Manhattan and plans to “go live” on December 15, 2013.  One of its customers, Datagram, a major web hosting company, is also a colocation tenant at Intergate.Manhattan.

John Sabey, President, Sabey Data Center Properties, said, “UFD’s decision to establish two redundant points of entry at Intergate.Manhattan is hard evidence that our digital data center at 375 Pearl Street is also ideal for carriers.  Our storm proof, mission critical infrastructure, is consistent with UFT’s mission to build a network that is virtually immune to the hazards that threaten other systems.”

“Sabey’s Intergate.Manhattan facility is one of New York City’s key data center locations,” stated Christopher Lodge, President and Chief Operating Officer of United Fiber & Data. “New York is a critical strategic location for international carriers, and Sabey provides top-notch interconnection and colocation to global service providers from its 375 Pearl Street location.  UFD is proud to offer highest-quality, reliable and redundant connectivity solutions to Intergate.Manhattan.”

Sabey, one of the largest privately-owned multi-tenant data center owner/developer/operators in the United States, commenced 24/7 operations at Intergate.Manhattan earlier in 2013.

Daniel Meltzer, Sabey Vice President of Sales and Leasing, said, “We are delighted to have UFD as our newest carrier at Intergate.Manhattan.  We believe that their new fiber and access to other data centers in the NY Metro area will be a benefit to our tenants and other carriers here at IGM.”

Additional carriers, including some from Europe and Asia, presently are in negotiations with Sabey Data Center Properties and are expected to sign licensing agreements soon at Sabey’s Intergate.Manhattan.

About Sabey Data Center Properties

With a portfolio of more than three million square feet of mission critical space, Sabey Data Center Properties is one of the oldest and largest privately owned multi-tenant data center owner/developer/operators in the United States.  Sabey specializes in scalable, custom-built solutions including data center ready shell space and fully turnkey data centers managed by Sabey’s award-winning critical environment staff. Consistently recognized for its reputation for operational excellence through its world-class data centers and sustained uptime, Sabey boasts one of the most sterling tenant rosters in the industry.

About United Fiber and Data

United Fiber & Data (UFD) offers a superior alternative for fiber networking and broadband solutions.  From dark fiber to Ethernet wavelengths and Internet access, UFD’s privately-owned and operated network provides clients with a reliable, low-latency DWDM fiber network.  UFD’s network presents the next level of true, physical diversity and unrivaled business continuity – strategically designed to bypass single points of failure between New York City and northern Virginia.  Enterprise companies, financial institutions, government and carriers can utilize UFD’s unique, diverse fiber routes for fast and secure network connectivity opportunities.

About Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) is the leasing agent for Intergate.Manhattan.  It is one of the world’s leading commercial real estate advisory firms, providing a fully integrated platform of services to prominent multinational corporations and institutional investors across the globe, as well as to occupants, owners and developers of real estate on a local, regional and national level. NGKF, together with its affiliates and London-based partner Knight Frank, employs more than 11,000 professionals, operating from more than 340 offices in established and emerging property markets on five continents. NGKF’s Data Center Consulting Group has emerged as a market leader for 21st century data center strategies, management, evaluations and performance. It assists regional, domestic and multinational organizations with an array of services inclusive of all data center related activities. Its global team includes subject matter experts in every region of the world.  The group’s unique structure ensures consistent service across geographies and service-lines with expertise and experience including that of a staff of engineers and data center designers.


Data Center Knowledge

AMS-IX Opens Internet Exchange in the New York Market

November 6th, 2013

Dupont Fabros Technology

An aerial view of the DuPont Fabros NJ1 data center in Piscataway, New Jersey, which will be one of the sites for a new Internet Exchange from AMS-IX. (Photo: DuPont Fabros Technology.)

By: Rich Miller, Data Center Knowledge

The European Internet exchanges keep coming. The latest provider to enter the US market in AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) today announced plans to create an exchange spanning four data centers in New York and New Jersey. The move reflects growing momentum for Open-IX, the movement to spread the European model for exchanging traffic between major networks.

AMS-IX USA Inc. has struck deals with Digital Realty, DuPont Fabros Technology, Sabey Data Centers and 325 Hudson in the New York/New Jersey area to build and operate a distributed Internet Exchange, named AMS-IX New York.

AMS-IX says it will also deploy new Open-IX exchanges in the Chicago and Silicon Valley markets, which will go live in the first and second quarter of 2014, respectively. This new business initiative is a response to the certification process by the Open-IX Association for the setup of neutral and distributed Internet Exchanges in the United States.

Surge of Entrants from Europe

This makes AMS-IX the third major European exchange operator to enter the US market this year. The London Internet Exchange (LINX) is launching the LINX NoVa exchange across three sites in northern Virginia, while Frankfurt-based DE-CIX is setting up an exchange in the New York market.

The recent rise of the Open-IX movement has reinvigorated efforts to bring the European approach to exchanges to the US market. In the European interconnection model, Internet traffic exchanges are managed by participants, rather than the colocation providers hosting the infrastructure. This model has struggled to establish itself in the U.S., where peering has been focused on commercial exchanges, especially those operated by Equinix. The Open-IX framework is emphasizing a neutral governance model and the technical compliance of any participating data center providers.

The new AMS-IX exchange will be spread across three data centers in Manhattan and one in central New Jersey:

  • Digital Realty Trust, 111 8th Avenue, New York
  • DuPont Fabros Technology, Piscataway, NJ
  • 325 Hudson Street, New York
  • Sabey Data Centers, Intergate.Manhattan (375 Pearl Street) in New York

AMS-IX said it could add more locations in the New York market if it sees market demand and interest from other data center providers. In Amsterdam, the AMS-IX exchange platform is distributed across 12 different data centers serving more than 600 IP networks from around the globe. Established in the early 1990s, AMS-IX has a traffic peak of around 2.5 terabits per second.

“The opportunity to start neutral, distributed Internet Exchanges in the US with the endorsement of the Open-IX community fits our strategy of building Internet Exchanges in connectivity hub locations around the world,” said Job Witteman, Chief Executive Officer of AMS-IX. “We believe the model will bring the North American IP interconnection market tremendous value by decreasing complexity as well as the associated costs. AMS-IX is committed to bringing about this market transformation, and is pleased to have found initial partners in two major market participants Digital Realty and DuPont Fabros Technology.”

“We are pleased to be collaborating with AMS-IX on this important initiative,” said Michael Foust, Chief Executive Officer at Digital Realty (DLR). “By helping establish a truly open Internet Exchange environment, we are supporting the Open-IX community’s desire for neutral exchanges that are more efficient and cost-effective than those available today. The end result for our customers will be access to enhanced interconnectivity and Internet peering capabilities.”

Customer Benefit Seen

“Building upon our carrier-neutrality principle, we are glad to support the Open-IX Association and encourage the deployment of the AMS-IX New York Internet Exchange in our Piscataway NJ1 data center,” said Hossein Fateh, President and Chief Executive officer of DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT). The AMS-IX Internet Exchange at NJ1 will complement the network providers and the New York Stock Exchange currently providing connectivity services to our customers. We expect our customers to benefit from this open Peering and Interconnectivity environment.”

“We are very happy to partner with AMS-IX New York on this important market-changing initiative. Offering more choice in the New York City market to carriers and customers is good for everyone,” added John Sabey, President of Sabey Data Centers.

AMS-IX New York is currently accepting orders in the 111 8th Digital Realty facility, where it says it is ready to provision customer ports.

“With our experience of building and managing Internet Exchanges in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and East Africa we have a blueprint for rolling out new exchange platforms,” Henk Steenman, Chief Technical Officer of AMS-IX. “All of the configurations, management and monitoring systems are pre-defined and ready for deployment. The main priority is to extend the organization, the team and to deploy the equipment and local Dark Fiber between the several data centers, as well as with other companies that are willing to partner with AMS-IX, and are Open-IX certified and commercially feasible.”