Alpheus Communications lights up new Dallas data center

Alpheus Communications, a Texas-based regional CLEC, unveiled its second data center in Dallas on Tuesday as part of an expansion effort targeting its growing base of business customers.

Two key characteristics of this new data center are that it is served by a diverse fiber route with a 200G DWDM optical connection to its fiber backbone, and it gets its power from one of Dallas' major electrical grids.

Having the right combination of network capacity and power means new and existing customers will have peace of mind knowing that this new center will be able to meet their needs and provide necessary route diversity in the event of a disaster.

As seen with other data centers, Alpheus' new addition offers a number of traditional amenities, including raised floor space, true 2N power to every cabinet and fully redundant HVAC system with N+1 cooling. It is also SSAE 16 SOC 3 certified. Area businesses that decide to locate their equipment in this data center will also have customizable options for racks, cabinets and cages.

Scott Widham, CEO of Alpheus Communications, told FierceTelecom in a recent interview that the expansion of its data center footprint is part of a broader strategy it is taking to increase its presence in the managed hosting market. In addition to colocation, the service provider is ramping up efforts to deliver a set of disaster recovery and other managed services to area businesses.

"Right now, we have four data centers and we'll sell space and power, but we want to have some kind of hosted computing service as part of our package," Widham said. "We're trying to figure out where the sweet spot is because there's so much out there that's free with Amazon and others you have to hit the market just right."

In deciding which data centers to extend its network to this year and throughout 2013, Widham added, Alpheus is taking a careful approach.

"We're spending a lot of capital building to data centers that make sense," he said. "There's a lot of data centers that are 100 percent full and don't have a lot of carriers, but there's others that have 12 carriers in them and are empty so we have to be somewhat selective as we build to these."

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