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July 14, 2009

Cox Business Completes Network Extensions to Data Centers

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Cox Business has announced that it has completed fiber network extensions to one of the largest commercial data centers in the world.
According to Cox (News - Alert) Business officials the i/o Data Centers' Phoenix ONE colocation facility represents more than 530,000 square feet of data center space for businesses to house enterprise and mission critical IT systems.
Officials said that the customers in the recently-opened data center now have the ability to select Cox to provide reliable network connectivity for their hosted business needs.
"Cox has an established track record of providing secure and reliable data transport solutions for commercial businesses and communications carriers of all sizes," said Hyman Sukiennik, vice president of Cox Business Arizona, in a statement.
Sukiennik said that the i/o Data Centers' Phoenix ONE facility houses some of the world's largest corporations and Web properties, giving Cox Business an opportunity to serve an entirely new set of businesses.
i/o Data Centers' Phoenix ONE facility includes approximately 460,000 square feet of raised floor and utilizes advanced power, cooling and access control systems to ensure "always on" service.
Phoenix ONE features multiple telecommunications carriers to provide broad Internet bandwidth options and create network redundancy.
Cox Business built dual fiber entries into the building, supported by redundant network switching centers, the company said. The connections reside on multiple OC-192 fiber rings, the highest network bandwidth available. The company can serve as the primary and back-up network connection for all data center customers to meet their business continuity requirements.
"Because many of the servers support business critical applications, customers at our facilities are very concerned about reliability," said Anthony Wanger, president, i/o Data Centers, in a statement. “We're glad to be able to offer our customers access to a variety of tier 1 carriers, including Cox, to provide that reliability.”
Cox Communications is a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company with 6.2 million total residential and commercial customers.
The third-largest cable television company in the United States, Cox offers an array of advanced digital video, high-speed Internet and telephony services over its own nationwide IP network.
Cox Business is a full-service, facilities-based provider of communications solutions for commercial customers, providing high-speed Internet, voice and long distance services, as well as data and video transport services for small to large-sized businesses.
Back in May, Cox Communications had announced that it has expanded its fastest broadband service to residential and business customers in Northern Virginia.
Powered by DOCSIS 3.0 technology, Cox’s Ultimate Internet service delivers some of the fastest broadband speeds available in Fairfax County and Fredericksburg at up to 50 Megabits per second downloads and 5 Mbps uploads.
The third generation of cable’s Data-Over-Cable Service Interface Specification service introduces channel bonding, a technology that can bond parallel cable channels to transmit data at faster speeds. Speeds are further enhanced with PowerBoost, a cable-exclusive technology that provides an extra burst of speed when it’s needed.

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Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan