Cox Business hooks up Ariz. SMBs with NAP connection

Fri, 05/14/2010 - 8:35am
Mike Robuck

Cox Business has teamed up with Phoenix NAP, which is a new data center and network access point, to offer small- and medium-size businesses in Arizona additional services.

The partnership will provide added security, redundancy and data center accessibility for SMBs across the state.

"Cox Business is significantly expanding our fiber infrastructure in Arizona. Our alliance with the Phoenix NAP enterprise will provide a new layer of connectivity and security options for growing businesses in our competitive market," said Hyman Sukiennik, vice president of Cox Business.

Phoenix NAP has 148,000 square feet of raised-floor data center space supported by divergent network feeds. It combines medium voltage power distribution delivered by four 10 megawatt feeds running along diverse paths from the electrical substation, N+1 Cummins backup generators, S&C PureWave UPS systems and McQuay Modular Central Plants to promote concurrent maintainability. Cox Business said this allows aspects of the power or mechanical distribution chain to be serviced without losing any operational performance.

The Phoenix NAP facility overlays 12 layers of security from mirrored windows, bio-metric vascular screening, ex-military-armed security guards, a custom mantrap with double-lockout technology, including iris scanning that meets banking standards to a team of 24/7 first responder engineers who constantly monitor all systems, networks, power, heating, cooling, natural disasters and anything else that could pose a threat. Phoenix NAP is also a PCI DSS-validated service provider and an SAS 70 certified facility.

Cox Business has built dual fiber entries into the building, supported by redundant network switching centers. The connections reside on multiple, high-bandwidth OC-192 fiber rings. Cox Business said it could serve as the primary and back-up network for all data center customers to meet their business continuity requirements.

"We're glad to be able to offer Phoenix NAP customers reliable access to Cox Business solutions to support their business-critical applications. Our data center is designed to accommodate small- and medium-size businesses while offering them an enterprise-quality colocation facility, and the partnership with Cox Business strengthens the value proposition for these customers," said Ian McClarty, president of Phoenix NAP.

Last year, Cox Business announced it had tapped into i/o Data Centers’ Phoenix One colocation facility, as well as the SuperNap colocation facility in Nevada.

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