Sabey Data Centers Appoints Robert K. Rockwood as Eastern Region Head

Rockwood Will Fill a New Position Created to Direct Sabey’s Expansion on the East Coast

Seattle, October 6, 2015 – Sabey Data Center Properties announced today that it has appointed Rob Rockwood, (55), as Senior Vice President, Eastern Region, a new position created to direct the company’s expansion on the East Coast.

In his new position, Mr. Rockwood will supervise Sabey Data Centers’ business growth in the eastern United States as it continues to attract data center customers and office tenants to its million-square-foot Intergate.Manhattan data center at 375 Pearl Street in New York City and it proceeds with the construction and launch of the new Intergate.Ashburn data center in northern Virginia.

John Sabey, President, Sabey Data Centers, said, “Rob has an impressive scope of business and technical knowledge. He has deep experience with data centers and understands solution based selling to an educated customer base. He also has experience within the New York market and is very familiar with the Ashburn, VA product supply and development criteria for new data centers in that area.”

Mr. Rockwood most recently was the owner of Faris Group, a consulting firm. Prior to that he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of CoreSite, LLC, the national, carrier-neutral provider of data centers, colocation, and peering. At CoreSite until 2014, he was involved with virtually every aspect of data center development and management since shortly after the company’s founding in 2001..

Mr. Rockwood said, “I am very enthusiastic about the opportunity to be part of Sabey Data Centers’ business development team on the East Coast. I hope to reinforce the success of Intergate.Manhattan, and help direct the launch of our new data center planned for Ashburn, VA. Having spent many years in the Washington, DC and northern Virginia data center market, I can attest to its potential and importance within the data center industry.”

Mr. Rockwood holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in Construction Management from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy. Prior to entering the private sector, Mr. Rockwood was a combat engineer officer in the United States Army.

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 is proud to provide data center services to many of the world’s top financial, technology and healthcare companies.

Yahoo to Double Quincy Data Center Capacity Using Computing Coop Design

Yahoo announced plans to expand its already massive data center campus in a rural Central Washington town. The 300,000-square-foot expansion in Quincy, home to one of the largest data center clusters in the US, will effectively double Yahoo’s data center capacity there.

As a provider of digital media content and other web services, Yahoo, like its competitors, has to constantly expand its data center capacity to make sure it has the infrastructure in place to support new products and services and a growing user base.

Yahoo is using its unique Computing Coop data center design for the expansion, Mike Coleman, the company’s senior director of data center operations, said in an email. The shape of Yahoo data centers built using this design resembles shape of a chicken coop, hence the name. In fact, when the company first introduced the design about five years ago, it was called the Yahoo Chicken Coop but later renamed.

The shape maximizes the use of outside air for cooling and minimizes the need for electrical fans to pull air into the building. The coop was also designed to shrink the time it takes to bring new data center capacity online.

The announcement follows the launch of a massive Yahoo data center expansion in Lockport, New York. Lockport is a newer, East Coast counterpart to Yahoo’s Quincy campus. The company launched its first data center there – it was also the first place where Yahoo used the Computing Coop design – in 2010. It has since stuck with the design, using it, with slight modifications, for subsequent expansion.

Its other big US data center campus is in Omaha, Nebraska. Yahoo also owns and operates a data center in Singapore and leases space in numerous other US and international facilities.

Tax Breaks Fuel Data Center Construction

Earlier this year, state lawmakers approved an extension of tax breaks for data center operators which were set to expire. Companies that operate data centers in rural areas of the state are exempt from sales tax on purchases of IT and supporting infrastructure equipment.

“One of the reasons we decided to expand our data center in Quincy was because of the attractive rural tax incentives offered by Washington State,” Coleman said.

The state started providing tax exemptions for data centers in 2010, but the exemptions expired the following year. Washington Research Council, an economic development think tank, said the expiration resulted in a shift of data center construction to other states until the exemption was reinstated in 2012.

WRC estimated in a 2013 report, its latest on the subject, that companies had built about 2.5 million square feet of data center space in Central Washington between 2006, when data center construction in the region took off, and 2013. About 2 million square feet of that space was in Quincy, whose population is about 7,000.

Between 2006 and 2013, Yahoo, Microsoft, Sabey, Intuit, Dell, Server Farm Realty, and Vantage built data centers in the region, ranging from mid-size (Yahoo’s 45,000-square-foot facility in Wenatchee) to mega-scale (Microsoft’s 500-square-foot data center in Quincy).

What States Get in Return for Tax Breaks

States use tax incentives to attract data center projects as they do to attract other industries. A recent analysis by the Associated Press found that states issued about $1.5 billion in tax breaks for data center projects over the past 10 years. Data center tax breaks, however, have been controversial, because data centers aren’t massive job creators.

Making a “conservative” estimate, WRC said the 12 data centers built in Central Washington between 2006 and 2013 created about 480 direct jobs. Data centers also create indirect jobs, such as landscaping, maintenance, and security. The most important types of indirect jobs they create are through purchases of electric power and water, according to the organization.

The report identifies numerous other indirect jobs that result from data center operations, which are more difficult to tie directly to data center projects, such as higher demand for services like restaurants, healthcare, and education.

Data centers, like other commercial or industrial construction projects, beef up the local tax base. Quincy, for example, grew its assessed value from $260 million in 2006 to $1 billion in 2009, despite a downward trend in residential property value in the state, according to WRC.

It’s Not All about Tax Breaks in Central Washington

Central Washington has other attractive attributes for data centers in addition to tax breaks. It is in a geologically stable area, and the climate is conducive to using outside air for free cooling, John Sabey, president at Sabey Data Centers, a major Seattle data center developer and provider, said.

There is also an abundance of hydro power, which, at about $0.025 per kWh, comes at some of the lowest rates in the “developed world,” he said.

Sabey’s Quincy data center is next door to Yahoo’s campus there. Its customers in Quincy include large banks, large technology companies, a movie studio, and a major Content Delivery Network provider, among others, Sabey said.

Coleman also said tax incentives were only one of the reasons Yahoo chose to expand in Quincy. Climate and affordable clean energy were important factors in the decision, as well as access to a skilled workforce.

Welcoming a pioneering company for cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity service in New York City’s underground subway stations

New York, July 16, 2015 – Sabey Data Centers announced today that it has signed a long-term lease with Transit Wireless, the New York-based company formed to provide a pioneering network within the New York City underground subway stations, delivering wireless connectivity for cellular, Wi-Fi Internet access and  public safety services in 279 underground stations.

Transit Wireless will occupy 11,000 square feet of data center floor space at Intergate.Manhattan, Sabey’s facility in Lower Manhattan. Transit Wireless’ build-out at the space, to be completed later this year, will represent a major expansion of capacity for the company’s network of base stations throughout Manhattan and Queens. It is expected that by 2018, every underground subway station in the city will have cellular service and Wi-Fi connectivity. Currently, about 130 of 279 stations in New York City are completed, including the Fulton Street transportation hub, all of Queens, Midtown and throughout the Upper West side.

John Sabey, President, Sabey Data Centers, said, “We are proud that Transit Wireless selected Intergate.Manhattan as the location for its showpiece installation. It will be Transit Wireless’ focal point and its control center. Millions of subway riders will be connecting through Transit Wireless, and Sabey Data Centers will be powering those connections. This is proof, in essence, that data centers are the utility of the Internet Age.”

Sabey will provide Transit Wireless with floor space, utility power and condenser water for cooling. While building out its data center, Transit Wireless will also take advantage of Intergate.Manhattan’s infrastructure, including its un-encumbered roof-to-basement shaft ways for cabling and cooling installation.

“We are very pleased to announce execution of this lease agreement,” said William Bayne Jr. CEO of Transit Wireless, LLC. “This is a first class facility that will provision high quality infrastructure in support of our network deployment and operations, quality that fully aligns to the expectations of our customers and consumers. This facility will support a segment of our network covering downtown Manhattan and select Queens’ subway stations, some of the busiest subway stations in the region demanding highly resilient wireless connectivity.”

Daniel Meltzer, Vice President of Sales & Leasing, Sabey Data Centers, said, “This transaction is a trend setting milestone for Intergate.Manhattan because it’s our second lease for our powered shell product. Almost all of our leases up to the present have been for our wholesale turnkey data center colocation space.”

Transit Wireless is a subsidiary of Broadcast Australia Infrastructure, which acquired a 28-year contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in to design, build and deploy wireless infrastructure with the underground New York City subway stations.

The Brokers: In the lease negotiations, Alan Bonett and Bradley Cohn of Adams & Company Real Estate represented Transit Wireless. Sabey Data Centers was represented by Michael Morris of NGKF.

About Sabey Data Centers

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 operations team. 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 Transit Wireless

Transit Wireless has implemented a high quality, highly resilient network that enables secure private networks and public Wi-Fi. Transit Wireless was formed specifically to meet the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) requirement to provide a shared wireless infrastructure to enable commercial wireless services provided by AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon for New York City Transit customers within the underground subway stations and related opportunities.

Twitter: @TransitWireless | Instagram: @transitwireless | Facebook: Transit Wireless

About Transit Wireless WiFi

To connect to the complimentary Wi-Fi service, riders can simply select the SSID “TransitWirelessWiFi” and go to their browser before being connected to the Internet. Riders will also be able to browse daily New York City news and events from CityBuzz as they wait in stations. The new Transit Wireless Wi-Fi service allows riders to stay connected for up to an hour before having to log on again.

Twitter: @TWWiFi | Instagram: @TWWiFi | Facebook: TW WiFi


Axiom Fiber Networks Establishes Point of Presence (PoP) at Sabey’s Intergate.Manhattan

New York, NY – June 24, 2015Axiom Fiber Networks, a telecommunications infrastructure services provider operating in the greater New York City metropolitan region, announces it has established a Point of Presence (PoP) at Sabey Data Centers’ Intergate.Manhattan facility located at 375 Pearl Street in Lower Manhattan.

Axiom Fiber offers a dense, fiber-rich network and custom infrastructure services, purpose-built for wireless and wired applications. By establishing a PoP at Integrate.Manhattan, the company now offers Sabey customers seamless connectivity within a fully managed service offering. Axiom Fiber’s 20-mile, 864-fiber strand count core network uses the latest generation fiber and operates in close proximity to hundreds of bandwidth-intensive buildings throughout Manhattan.

“We look forward to offering Sabey customers fiber diversity on our reliable and purpose-built fiber network,” states Felipe Alvarez, Chief Executive Officer of Axiom Fiber Networks. “The Intergate.Manhattan facility is located in the heart of Lower Manhattan and co-locating there is an essential component of Axiom Fiber’s value proposition to service providers and enterprises needing secure and reliable connectivity in the area.”

Daniel Meltzer, Vice President of Sales & Leasing, Sabey Data Centers, says, “The consolidation trend in the dark fiber market is being reversed by a new generation of start-ups, such as Axiom. This is good for our customers, and our prospective customers, too. Like Axiom, Sabey Data Centers is targeting the larger content providers, financial services companies and telecom carriers in Lower Manhattan.”

Concurrently, Sabey Data Centers is creating a Constellation for its financial services/hedge fund customers, and Axiom Fiber plays a vital role in this business strategy. The Constellation is a combination of Sabey Data Centers’ assets and its business partners’ services expressly to assist financial services companies/hedge funds in the conduct of their business at 375 Pearl Street.  By partnering with networks like Axiom Fiber, Sabey Data Centers is able to leverage each partner and asset within the Constellation, which comprises stock exchanges, market data providers, integrators, telecom carriers, broker dealers and investment banks.

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About Axiom Fiber Networks

Axiom Fiber Networks provides telecommunications infrastructure services over its fiber network to carriers and enterprise customers in the greater NYC Metropolitan region.

We offer dark fiber and custom networking solutions, focused on creating the best customer experience from sale through implementation, and ongoing service life-cycle management.  Our business philosophy is based on offering operationally efficient solutions with flexible business terms, and delivered with speed, simplicity, and confidence.

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About Sabey Data Centers

With a portfolio of more than three million square feet of mission critical space, Sabey Data Centers 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 is proud to provide data center services to many of the world’s top financial, technology and healthcare companies.


The phenomenon presents huge opportunities for the built environment and the firms that design it.

By Daniel Davis


Google’s data Google’s data center in The Dalles, Ore., sprawls along the banks of the Columbia River.

Data is one of the biggest byproducts of the 21st century. Almost everything we do produces data, from swiping credit cards to emailing, “liking” photos on Facebook, and requesting directions in Google Maps. Meanwhile, an increasing number of gadgets in the built environment, such as thermostats and refrigerators, are bolstering the Internet of Things and relaying the data that they gather.

Some organizations have attempted to quantify how much data is produced daily (see examples by DomoIBM, and EMC Corp.), but the rate is growing so quickly that most estimates are obsolete. Suffice it to say, our production of data is exploding.


The tower at 375 Pearl St., New York, is now Intergate.Manhattan, a purpose-built data center campus by Sabey Data Centers.

Data has even manifested a physical presence. In New York, a new type of architecture is emerging in which large skyscrapers, such as 375 Pearl Street (commonly known as the Verizon Building), are being retrofitted into digital warehouses that accommodate computers rather than people. Similar buildings are popping up across the United States for the purpose of storing and analyzing data. These highly secured, windowless, and climate-controlled repositories are filled with our cat photos, banking transactions, and drunken text messages, not to mention all that data from the built environment.

Increasingly, the value of a business is tied to its ability to mine data. This is obvious in the tech industry, where companies like Google and Facebook have made billions from understanding the data produced by their users. But the abundance of data affects nearly every other industry as well. Even activities synonymous with intuition and dexterity, such as baseball, have been transformed by Moneyball-style data analysis.

In the field of architecture, data is having a similar impact. Not much has been written about these changes because, I suspect, architectural critics tend to frame technological developments as stylistic and philosophical transitions. From this perspective, the influence of data has failed to stand out against the far more conspicuous clichés of curvaceous facades and continental philosophies.

But when one examines what is occurring in practice, it becomes evident that data is changing architecture in the following three ways:

1. Clients are demanding data from architects

Clients are starting to ask architects to deliver more than just drawing sets. They are eyeing the data-rich BIM models that firms use to document projects as a way to supply data for downstream applications, such as facilities management.

With BIM achieving some level of maturity within the industry, there is a growing expectation that architects will produce datasets, such as the COBie (Construction-Operations Building Information Exchange) spreadsheet, as part of their regular deliverables. The COBie spreadsheet is essentially a list of building assets—such as chairs and HVAC systems—that the owner can then use to manage the facility. Next year, the U.K. government will require architects working on any publicly funded project to produce COBie spreadsheets. For architects, this means that their data needs to be as rigorous as their drawings.


Server racks inside Google’s data center in Mayes County, Okla.

2. Clients are demanding data from buildings
Clients have also become interested in the data generated by the buildings. As previously mentioned, everything from thermostats to doors is being connected to the Internet so it can broadcast its use. At last year’s Venice Biennale, the exhibition’s directorRem Koolhaas, Hon. FAIA, predicted that “every architectural element is about to associate itself with data-driven technology.”

This data enables building owners to measure and improve their facilities’ performance quantitatively. Many are already doing this—albeit in a limited sense—with their HVAC systems. But what we are seeing from innovative building owners is the use of data to conduct a holistic assessment of their performance. The Walt Disney Co., for example, combines location tracking with sales data and other user-experience metrics to optimize the performance of its parks. As more owners come to rely on building data to improve the performance of their assets, architects need to ensure that their buildings can supply this critical data.

Architects also need to recognize that clients are going to use this data to measure their own performance. Sustainable-building certification organizations, such as the U.S. Green Building Council, are already making moves to verify building performance using actual data (see LEED’s Dynamic Plaque).

Performance-based contracts, where a portion of an architect’s fee is withheld until post-occupancy data validates its prescribed design performance, are also gaining popularity. Captivating visualizations soon will not be enough to sell a project; firms will need to show that they can back up their predictions with real data.


Snapshot from Urban Layers, an interactive map of Midtown Manhattan’s building stock color-coded by age, developed by the architecture firm Morphocode

3. Data is changing the process as much as it is changes the output
The abundance of data may give rise to data warehouses and COBie spreadsheets, but the much more profound changes for architects will be procedural. For instance, using BIM to design and document a building has required a whole new set of business processes. The building might be visually similar to what would have been designed in the past, but everything behind the scenes, fromcontract wording to staff training, needs to be rethought.

If architects are to harness data from the built environment, even more significant procedural changes may be coming. How will firms verify the data they produce? How will they exchange data with project partners? Legally, who will be responsible for this data? What services can be sold around this data? How can firms learn from data? Will firms need to employ a data scientist?

For the firms that are willing to tackle these questions, data will afford a profound opportunity to quantify the value they are bringing to their clients. After all, the clients are demanding it.

Daniel Davis is a senior researcher at Case Inc. His views and conclusions are not necessarily those of ARCHITECT magazine or of the AIA.


Intergate.Quincy facility receives federal EPA ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy efficiency with the highest possible green score

SEATTLE, Wash. – Sabey Data Centers, the largest privately-owned data center owner, operator and developer on the West Coast , announced today that its Intergate.Quincy facility in Central Washington has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2015 ENERGY STAR certification with a score of 100 points, the EPA’s highest possible green energy performance mark.

John Sabey, President of Sabey Data Centers, said, “This certification confirms Sabey’s leadership role in energy-saving, efficient data center design, construction and operation. We are committed to building the best facilities for our customers’ IT requirements and for the environment.”

Broadly stated, the Energy Star certification signifies that an industrial facility performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

Intergate.Quincy sets a higher standard. The facility’s Energy Star efficiency performance rating of 100 is the highest level of power consumption efficiency and represents twice the national average for data centers. Intergate.Quincy’s energy intensity, or the amount of energy the data center consumes, is 33% below the national average, according to the EPA’s Statement of Energy Performance for the facility.

“Intergate.Quincy is a great example of how engineers and builders can partner with owners early in the development of a project to make smart decisions about the design that affect the long-term performance of the facility,” said Dean Allen, CEO of McKinstry, a nationally recognized construction, energy and facility services firm responsible for the design and construction of the data center’s mechanical systems.

On average, 87% of all the energy used at Intergate.Quincy directly powers its computing operations. Apart from IT load, cooling is the largest driver of electrical power in data centers. The dry ambient air in Central Washington offers an additional technique, evaporative cooling, to achieve cooling efficiency. As a result, mechanical costs are lowered by as much as 70%, dramatically increasing the number of free cooling hours. For more than 90% of the year in Central Washington, the combination of nature and engineering can make mechanical cooling unnecessary.

McKinstry performed a systems analysis early in the project development that determined an energy efficient system could be deployed without sacrificing reliability. The mechanical system is designed to scale to multiple Tier levels and respond to the needs of different clients. In order to ensure that the facility would perform at peak efficiency, Mobile Commissioning Assistants — data center environment simulators jointly created by McKinstry and Sabey — were used during the commissioning process to verify the design performance.

Mr. Sabey added, “During the EPA’s measurement period, we started up three data center modules at Intergate.Quincy that are not yet operating at their peak efficiency. We expect to run the facility even more efficiently next year, as our customers add load.

“Energy efficiency can also be cost effective,” he said. “It allows us to offer competitive rates to our customers by passing through the energy savings, and we do this in an area with the lowest electricity cost in the nation.”

Earlier this year, Sabey Data Centers announced that it has commenced construction of a second data center building as part of the company’s master plan for the 40-acre Intergate.Quincy campus. The new, 135,280-square-foot facility, known as “Building A,” will adjoin the similarly sized “Building C,” which is now almost fully leased. The Intergate.Quincy master plan also calls for a third building to complete a total of 405,000 square feet of data center space.

Electrical power in Grant and Douglas Counties in Central Washington is provided primarily from hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River. It is the world’s cleanest and renewable energy source, offered at the lowest power rates in the United States. As of today, the average power rate in Quincy is $.0265/kWh. Based on an annual use of at 1 MW, the annual cost of power at Intergate.Quincy is about $264,114, about one quarter the cost for the same amount of power in San Francisco.

About Sabey Data Centers

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 operations team. 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 McKinstry

McKinstry is a full-service, design-build-operate-and-maintain (DBOM) firm specializing in consulting, construction, and energy and facility services. The firm’s innovative, integrated delivery methodology provides clients with a single point of accountability that drives waste and redundancy out of the design/build process. With over 1,700 professional staff and trades people throughout the United States and operations in more than 20 states, McKinstry advocates collaborative, sustainable solutions designed to ensure occupant comfort, improve systems efficiency, reduce facility operational costs and optimize profitability “For The Life of Your Building.” For more information,



ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.

World’s largest exchange provider strengthens local platform

5 February 2015 by Drew Amorosi – Datacenter Dynamics

Telx partners with AMS-IX on New York-based internet exchange | Datacenter Dynamics

AMS-IX USA, the US subdivision of the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), will establish a point-of-presence (PoP) connection at Telx’s NYC2 data center in Manhattan. Located at 111 8th Avenue – in the Google-owned Port of New York Authority Building – the European-based provider will set up a physical exchange platform for internet related traffic at Telx’s colocation facility.

“AMS-IX New York provides a physical platform, deployed within five data center facilities, where parties can meet to exchange internet-related traffic with one another”, the two companies said in a joint statement. The IP exchange, or peering service, allows for faster, more stable, and more resilient network performance.

The first node on the AMS-IX New York exchange was announced in November 2013, when the non-profit service partnered with Digital Realty Trust to establish an access point at the colocation provider’s facility in Manhattan. Then, in April 2014, AMS-IX partnered with Sabey Data Centers on its second PoP connection within Sabey’s 32-story Intergate.Manhattan.

“This partnership enables AMS-IX New York and Telx to provide customers with additional peering opportunities to other connected parties on the platform, including those customers that are located in other data center facilities,” noted the joint statement. In addition to Telx’s NYC2 data center, the AMS-IX platform will connect the data center provider’s other Manhattan locations – NYC1 at 60 Hudson Street and NYC3 at 32 Avenue of the Americas.

AMS-IX first entered the US market in 2012; the company claims its New York exchange is the “only distributed and neutral Open-IX certified Internet exchange in the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area.” Open-IX is the industry organization looking to establish a standardized approach to internet exchanges, while diversifying an exchange market that is currently dominated by a handful of companies. The Open-IX approach removes the need for a commercial transit provider and allows parties connected to the platform to directly exchange IP traffic.

Open-IX members include internet exchange, data center, and networking providers, and the association provides endorsements for data centers and exchange operators that comply with its standards. While Equinix is the largest exchange provider in the US, AMS-IX has managed to score partnerships with other major players in market, including CoreSite and Telx.

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DE-CIX North America, subsidiary of the organization that operates the Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange in Germany, has joined forces with Open-IX and started the process of certifying its distributed internet exchange in New York as compliant with Open-IX standards.

DE-CIX is one of the three European internet exchange operators that recently moved into the U.S. market. Until now, it was the only one of the three that wasn’t involved with Open-IX.

Open-IX is an industry group formed by network and data center operators, as well as by several Internet giants, such as Google, Netflix, and Akamai, to bring more diversity to the list of Internet exchanges in the U.S., currently dominated by Equinix and, to a much lesser extent, a handful of other companies, including Telx and Verizon. The point is to increase diversity and bring down the cost of peering.

The non-profit has devised sets of certification criteria for exchanges and data centers that house them with the goal of creating distributed exchanges hosted across multiple data centers, making exchanges accessible to more users from more locations.

While many companies have staff on the Open-IX membership roster, there is a lot of uncertainty about the initiative in the industry. Many like the idea but remain unsure about the ability of Open-IX-certified exchanges to reach the critical mass of members necessary to become serious alternatives to the likes of exchanges operated by Equinix.

DE-CIX President Harald Summa made an optimistic statement about the future of Open-IX in the company’s release announcing this week’s agreement with the non-profit and plans to get its New York IX certified: “Open-IX has gained traction and proves to be valuable to the continued evolution of the U.S. Internet marketplace.”

European Exchange Invasion

DE-CIX launched its New York IX in the second half of 2013. LINX NoVA, Northern Virginia subsidiary of the London Internet Exchange, came online around the same time. AMS-IX (operator of the Amsterdam Internet Exchange) followed suit with the launch of a New York exchange in April of last year.

Both AMS-IX NY and LINX NoVA have been Open-IX certified. AMS-IX has also launched a San Francisco Bay Area Internet exchange, hosted by Digital Realty in San Francisco and CoreSite in Silicon Valley. Open-IX certification for AMS-IX is pending.

The nine switches that currently make up DE-CIX New York are hosted in seven data centers, located in Manhattan, Long Island, and New Jersey. Its data center providers are zColo, CoreSite, 325 Hudson, Telx, Telehouse, and Sabey.

The current DE-CIX New York topology, courtesy of DE-CIX:


DEC-IX Joins Open-IX, Wants to Certify New York IX

AMS-IX New York is hosted in five data centers in New York and New Jersey, provided by Digital Realty, DuPont Fabros, Sabey, Telx, and 325 Hudson. AMS-IX announced a plan to add a point of presence at a Telx data center within Google-owned 111 8th Avenue in Manhattan earlier this week.

LINX NoVA is hosted by CoreSite, DuPont Fabros, and EvoSwitch in Reston, Ashburn, and Manassas, respectively.

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Sabey Data Centers Receives the Data Center Blueprint Award for Its New Intergate.Manhattan Facility

Seattle, January 13, 2015 — Sabey Data Centers announced today that it has won DatacenterDynamics Magazine’s 2014 North America Data Center Blueprint Award for its Intergate.Manhattan data center at 375 Pearl Street in New York City.

The Data Center Blueprint Award entry criteria call for “new thinking that often paves the way for the next generation of data centers, especially with the challenges confronting the industry moving quicker and hitting harder than ever before. Design, project management and construction skills in the industry must continue to raise the bar in terms of innovation, efficient resource use, future-proofing and delivery.”

Sabey acquired Intergate.Manhattan, the 32-story, million-square-foot former Verizon building in 2011 in order to transform it into a 21st century telecommunications center.

John Ford, Vice President of Sales & Leasing for Sabey Data Centers, said, “The judges were intrigued by our plan to take an existing, virtually abandoned telecom tower building and repurpose it to its former use — but in a far more efficient and resourceful way, primarily as a multi-tenant data center.  We are honored and very proud to be recognized as a leader in the company of our peers.”

Mr. Ford added that the building’s original design was also ahead of its time, with purpose-built, huge exterior shaft ways  for roof-to-basement telephone cabling between floors and to carry the building’s electrical, plumbing and cooling systems.  “The original users were very aware of avoiding the tear-up of floors and disruption of in-place tenants and equipment to facilitate expansion.  We really seized upon that idea.  In fact, in most other building retrofits in Manhattan, existing stairway space and elevator shafts have to be sacrificed for this function.”

He said, “The challenge was taking a conventional data center blueprint – which is almost always a horizontal, modular technology — and converting it into a vertical modular technology.  And, we did it.”

Recognized as the ‘Oscars’ of the data center industry since the Awards’ beginnings in 2007, the DatacenterDynamics Awards celebrate innovation, leadership and ‘out of the box’ thinking across the data center industry, spanning 11 awards categories.

The DatacenterDynamics 2014 North American Awards Ceremony was held in midtown Manhattan on December 2, bringing together leaders in the data center industry. DatacenterDynamics Awards are run in the following locations: Europe, Latin America, Brazil, Asia Pacific, and North America.

About Sabey Data Centers

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 operations team.  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.