INAP announces 2nd phase of flagship L.A. data center expansion

Feb. 1, 2021
1.8 MW facility expansion boasts above-average PUE by leveraging outside air as the main source of cooling in the data center.

INAP on Jan. 13 announced the start of the next phase of its Los Angeles-area flagship data center expansion. The new power upgrade begins six months after phase one, which added 12,000 square feet and a 2.5 MW transformer to the facility. When all phases are complete, the project will increase the data center's total power capacity from 1.4 MW to 3.2 MW of critical load.

Strategically located approximately 15 minutes from LAX International Airport, the 101,000 square foot data center, located at 3690 Redondo Beach Ave., Redondo Beach, Calif., is among INAP's most in-demand facilities in North America, states the provider. The expansion was initiated in June 2019 to accommodate the growth of several key customer environments, as well as broader supply constraints and demand for secure hybrid infrastructure services in the L.A. data center market.

INAP projects the completion of the phase two expansion by the end of March.

"The ability to invest in our customers' growth and technology transformation is INAP's paramount consideration when planning and executing projects of this scale," commented Mike Higgins, Senior Vice President of Operations at INAP. "Given the immense challenges posed by the pandemic, we're thrilled by the superb performance of our data center operations team, who've kept the expansion on schedule, all while operating a high-traffic, live facility under stringent health and safety protocols."

Spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for enterprise colocation, cloud, and multi-platform, low-latency network connectivity is projected to rise nationwide in 2021, according to INAP's annual State of IT Infrastructure Management report, published in December 2020. According to the report, fifty-nine percent of IT infrastructure managers say their organization is changing where they operate their infrastructure as a result of the pandemic, and of that group, a majority are considering solutions that combine the benefits of colocation, enterprise private cloud, and multi-cloud connectivity for their mixed workload environments.

"Top-tier colocation and secure enterprise cloud, coupled with high-speed, low-latency networking to the hyperscale public platforms, are the critical building blocks of a successful enterprise hybrid infrastructure solution, and the pandemic is only underscoring that reality," said Joe Corvaia, Chief Revenue Officer at INAP. "For businesses to best operate, scale, and transform their technology landscape with velocity, there is no-one-size-fits-all approach to cloud transformation. Many of INAP's Los Angeles-area customers are taking advantage of our flexible hybrid portfolio and solution spend portability program, which will empower them to migrate to the right environment at the right time for their organization."

In addition to high-density, high-availability colocation footprints and 24/7 remote hands support, the provider notes its Redondo Beach facility provides access to INAP's route optimized Performance IP service, private backbone connections to Silicon Valley, Phoenix and Dallas, and direct connections to hyperscale cloud providers via INAP's Cloud Connect solution.

The company says its flagship facility, built in 2012, will now boast a power utility efficiency (PUE) of 1.4—an above-average mark for multitenant data centers. In addition to an optimized UPS design, INAP cools the data center with air-side economizers, which use outside air to significantly reduce the energy burden of HVAC systems. For more information, visit www.inap.com.

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