PAETEC Holding Corp. (NASDAQ GS: PAET) officially opened an expansive, high-tech data center today in Andover, MA, approximately 24 miles north of Boston. This new flagship center will help customers maintain their critical data, server operating applications, network, and communications assets. It also represents a major step forward for the company towards supporting cloud computing.
The center not only serves companies in New England, but those nationwide with a need for geographic redundancy or a presence on the East Coast for reduced latency. The two-story, 92,700 square feet facility includes nearly an acre of raised floor space available for customers to collocate their servers, routers, and other communication equipment.
“Moving business applications from the desktop to the cloud will bring efficiency not possible before,” said Arunas Chesonis, chairman and CEO, PAETEC. “With our expertise in telecommunications and data convergence, we’re in a leading position to support the shift towards cloud computing and can provide our customers with a comprehensive set of managed service solutions to meet their business goals.”
The new data center marks the first of many steps PAETEC will take over the next 18 months to open eight more data centers across the country, with new centers in Houston, Milwaukee, and Phoenix scheduled for later this year.
The Andover center will offer Data Backup and Recovery to ensure regulatory compliance, disaster preparedness, and business continuity, as well as Dedicated Hosted Services and Shared Web Hosting based on a customer’s need to either maintain complete administrative control or completely outsource network monitoring and management.
“We’re utilizing our more than ten years of data center experience along with our advanced portfolio of communication solutions,” added Chesonis. “As a result, we’ve built an infrastructure that will responsibly serve our customers’ needs now and in the future as we continue our data center expansion efforts, implement virtualization, and provide server consolidation, content acceleration, and software as a service offerings.”
PAETEC’s data center solutions are hosted in its highly secure central office and data center collocation sites around the country. Supported by a staff of 11 with a 24×7 Technical Assistance Center (TAC), the Andover center with connections to a diverse OC-48 fiber ring has redundant power to the grid, backed-up by five 1400 horsepower, one-megawatt generators with 30,000 gallons of diesel fuel. To keep the center at an optimum temperature for customer equipment, the center boasts 2000 tons of cooling capacity, which will pull from outside air in winter months to help reduce energy costs and overall consumption for increased efficiencies.
Across the nation, PAETEC has 1.4 million square feet or more than 32 acres of data center space. It serves customers in financial services, government, healthcare, higher education, and hospitality industries.
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced the availability of direct connectivity into global financial markets technology company BATS Europe, operator of a European Multilateral Trading Facility (MTF). This will give Level 3
MegaPath Inc. announced the company’s Duet with MPLS and Managed Security service was named a recipient of the 2009 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award by Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC). The award, announced on June 25, 2010, recognizes leadership, vision and the most innovative products on the market.
“Companies are looking for customizable communications solutions that will grow with their business,” said Beth Tyebjee, SVP of Products and Project Management, MegaPath. “Duet with MPLS and Managed Security provides large enterprises and small business customers with an innovative solution that simplifies the management of critical voice and data capabilities. This recognition by TMC highlights our ability to deliver leading products that set the standard for the industry.”
MegaPath’s Duet with MPLS and Managed Security service enables businesses to consolidate all their voice and data communications over a single high-quality and high-performance private network. It also allows organizations to control and secure remote access to corporate IT resources, enhancing employee productivity and reducing the risk of lost data. MegaPath leverages its all-optical nationwide network and MPLS routing infrastructure to ensure Quality of Service (QoS), so business-critical applications like VoIP and enterprise solutions are prioritized for the highest level of quality. In addition, MegaPath tailors its SSL VPN service offerings to meet customer needs with the company’s Corporate Access SSL , Retail Access SSL and Business Continuity SSL services.
“MegaPath has been recognized with a 2009 Product of the Year Award for their admirable efforts in the advancement of voice and data communications,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “Duet with MPLS and Managed Security has shown benefits for its customers and provides ROI for the companies that use it. Congratulations to the entire team at MegaPath. I look forward to more innovative solutions from them in the coming year.”
MegaPath’s services are consistently recognized for innovation and industry leadership. Most recently, CRN included the Company on its 2010 VAR500, a list of the top technology integrators. Also, Unified Communications named Duet with MPLS and Managed Security the Product of the Year for 2009. The Company’s Managed SSL VPN service was recognized by Internet Telephony and Customer Inter@ction Solutions magazines as a 2009 Product of the Year. Other honors include, two consecutive Product of the Year awards from Internet Telephony for MegaPath’s Duet service and Unified Communications’ recognition of the company’s Site-to-Site MPLS VPN service as its 2008 Product of the Year.
Communications is always cited as priority number one in the drama that unfolds when natural or manmade disaster strikes and puts lives, property, and business assets at risk. With that in mind, AT&T*, working with local officials and business leaders, is conducting a full-scale disaster recovery simulation
With businesses looking more closely than ever at the economics of cloud computing, Verizon and IBM have expanded their relationship to deliver Managed Data Vault – a new private cloud service that provides secure, quick and reliable daily backups, and fast recovery of enterprise information.
Available from both companies, the new solution is designed to automatically transfer data from a client location to a specially designed off-site data center via Verizon’s secure high-speed private network. With Managed Data Vault, businesses can realize off-site data protection at onsite speeds while taking advantage of usage-based utility to meet data growth without limits.
Many companies today still transport their backup tapes by truck to an off-site location – a process that has proven to be a slow and unreliable approach to archiving – adding security concerns, time, complexity and cost to the data protection process.
“Through this exclusive relationship with IBM we are meeting a void in the online data protection market,” said Kerry Bailey, chief marketing officer for Verizon Business. “We know that enterprise clients struggle with how to efficiently back up and restore data securely while mitigating the inherent risks such as loss of data. By working with IBM as part of our overall cloud strategy, we are bringing to market an innovative solution that will help our clients maintain the stability of their business.”
Don DeMarco, IBM vice president of Business Continuity and Resiliency Services, said: “Managed Data Vault offers a broad array of enterprise data protection, not just for files, but for very large data stores and transactional data base content. Today, enterprises have different ways to address specific scenarios. Managed Data vault is a single, secure solution to help clients retrieve a file, restore a device, or recover from a serious outage emergency. Working with Verizon, we are addressing the needs of enterprise users with large data footprints, whether it’s 15, 50, 150 terabytes or even more.”
According to industry experts, the global backup and restore market will grow by about 4 percent annually and is currently sized at nearly $3 billion.
Managed Data Vault Ideal for Discriminating Companies
Verizon and IBM will leverage each other’s complementary capabilities to deliver the new solution. Verizon will provide its suite of leading global private data network solutions along with data center expertise, IT consulting services and application-aware capabilities, which give visibility into utilization and latency. IBM will supply backup infrastructure and management capabilities, supported by its extensive information protection expertise and more than 40 years experience in business continuity and resiliency.
“Partnerships are truly strategic when each party brings a different value proposition to the table,” said Melanie Posey, research director at IDC. “The combination of Verizon’s secure networking expertise and data center capabilities and IBM’s long history of providing electronic data management and protection solutions yields a unique end-to-end backup and recovery solution that is integrated with an enterprise’s existing wide-area network environment and fully managed in the cloud.”
Ideal for global enterprises with stringent security and performance requirements, Managed Data Vault is an excellent match for the financial, retail and health care services markets. The service is well-suited to a diverse mixture of applications, databases and operating system (OS) support services and comes complete with IT consulting services support to help organizations manage through this process.
This solution will initially be available to Verizon and IBM clients in the New York City metropolitan area.
Converged IP and IT Services Via a Cloud-Based Model
Verizon is leading the industry toward an “everything-as-a-service” (EaaS) model where cloud-based converged solutions are securely delivered through managed and professional services over the company’s global IP network. Verizon is assembling the key components of that unique and powerful approach to serving enterprises, and its new agreement with IBM is one more step in that evolution. The EaaS platform – with Verizon’s global IP network and data centers as its foundation — will enable enterprises to do business better by getting what they need, when they need it, where they need it.
MegaPath Inc.announced that its Managed SSL VPN service has received the 2009 Product of the Year award from Customer Interaction Solutions magazine. This annual award recognizes the best, brightest and most innovative solutions brought to the call and contact center market in 2009.
“The call center industry is growing; as is the number of companies employing home-based agents. Given this trend, businesses require connectivity solutions that provide reliable and consistent access to corporate information from remote locations,” said Beth Tyebjee, SVP of Products and Project Management at MegaPath. “This recognition of our Managed SSL VPN service from Customer Interaction Solutions demonstrates MegaPath’s ability to provide solutions that meet the needs of an increasingly mobile workforce.”
MegaPath’s Managed SSL VPN service provides organizations with a secure and cost-effective solution that offers users clientless, anywhere access. With this service, businesses can control and secure remote access to corporate IT resources, enhancing employee productivity and reducing the risk of lost data. MegaPath tailors its SSL VPN service offerings to meet customer needs with the company’s Corporate Access SSL, Retail Access SSL and Business Continuity SSL services.
“I am pleased to honor MegaPath for its hard work and success. MegaPath’s Managed SSL VPN service has demonstrated excellence in contact center technologies as well as providing ROI for the companies that use them,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “For 12 years, Customer Interaction Solutions magazine has been honoring innovative companies for their contributions in advancing technologies and application refinements.”
MegaPath is consistently recognized for its innovation and industry leadership. In 2009, the Company was recognized for its year-over-year growth by Deloitte with its third consecutive appearance on the Technology Fast 500 list. The Company was also named one of the Top 500 Technology Integrators on the VAR500 and one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States by Inc. Magazine. In addition, MegaPath’s Dan Foster appeared on CRN’s 2009 Channel Chiefs list.
MegaPath’s services continue to receive industry accolades. The Company’s Duet
Multi-location businesses can now simplify, streamline and achieve better cost savings for their networks with a new enterprise-class, multi-site SIP trunking solution unveiled today by XO Communications (OTCBB: XOHO). XO Enterprise SIP is a powerful communications solution that gives customers the flexibility and scalability to transform their distributed voice network architecture to a more centralized and cost-effective VoIP solution.