Level 3 announced in August that it has opened a new Virginia data center, expanding its worldwide footprint of facilities.
The new data center in Herndon, Virginia has achieved the highest of Level 3’s performance ratings, earning the designation of a Premiere Elite facility. With such a certification comes multi-tier security, fully redundant, high-density power and cooling systems and the ability to connect to Level 3’s global network. Facilities of this type are designed to meet the connectivity demands and strict operating requirements of enterprise customers.
Level 3 operates more than 350 facilities worldwide and their new Virginia data center is the third in North America with a Premiere Elite distinction. Other Premiere Elite facilities include a San Francisco data center and an Omaha data center. As well as being a carrier-neutral facility, the Virginia data center offers cloud services, managed technical support and on-site security.
The addition of another high-capacity data center will be beneficial to the company as it continues to boost the revenue base from its enterprise services. In the second quarter of this year, Level 3 reported increased revenues of 11 percent from its Core Network Services, reaching $984 million. The location of the Virginia data center in Herndon is also strategic as it is home to multiple federal agencies and large companies.
“The Northern Virginia market is one of the top three data center markets in the world according to Ovum’s global data center tracking information,” states Mike Sapien, principal analyst from Ovum Global Enterprise Services. “Enterprise customers are seeing improved economics in using outside data centers, as well as avoidance of the capital to upgrade their aging private data centers.The use of external third-party data centers are necessary to address expanding their global coverage, increased use of cloud services, and improving application performance.”