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Softlayer launches new datacenter

Sun, 28th January 2007, 02:38

Earlier this week SoftLayer Technologies announced the addition of a new datacenter designed to create maximum automation, efficiency and control in all facets of the outsourced environment. With over 500 watts per square foot and several hundred tons of cooling capacity, the new facility is created for mass deployment of infrastructure with a power rating of 12kW per rack. "Traditionally, legacy facilities average 80 to 100 watts per foot and are designed for 2kW per rack," said Lance Crosby, President and CEO of SoftLayer. "Our new facility was engineered for mass scale hosting that includes a very dense server installation."

According to Mr. Crosby, extensive design and engineering expertise went into the planning and build out of the new datacenter. "This system has been thought out, tested and retested by some of the greatest minds in the business," he said. "We want to consistently provide our customers with the best in quality and service."

Phase One of the new datacenter went online with 5,000 square feet of usable datacenter space able to house over 12,000 servers. The datacenter has a long-term capacity of over 50,000 servers in a footprint of 20,000 square feet.

Sam Fleitman, COO of SoftLayer believes that creating new generation datacenters is a necessity. "The rising challenges of the new Web 2.0 movement, virtualization, and grid technologies include keeping up with network and infrastructure requirements," he said. "Servers are smaller, faster, and hotter; SoftLayer is responding by focusing on lower voltage processors, high efficiency power supplies, and increased circulation and cooling to maximize the density of datacenter resources."

Mr. Crosby concluded, "Our goal is to stop server sprawl, wasted space and power and bring the datacenter back inline with the present and future needs of our customers. We don't waste time, money or resources and therefore, our customers don't either."