Cloud firm Webair invests millions into New York data centre
Wed 29 Nov 2017
Infrastructure service provider Webair is investing $20 million (approx. £15 million) in its New York data centre over the next four years.
The firm will carry out a number of upgrades at its Long Island facility, driven by its recent acceptance on to New York’s Empire State Development program. It has also recently received an allocation of 1MW of hydropower from local authority scheme ReCharge NY.
According to Webair, demand for low latency compliance cloud and managed hybrid infrastructure is growing. The upgrades being carried out are intended to meet this growing demand, with the installation a third generator as well as further UPS and HVAC capacity in order to support the additional 1MW of load.
As well as the planned installation of 200 new high-density cabinets and the necessary containment and DCIM systems to go alongside these, the data centre will have increased disaster and ransomware recovery abilities, including an off-site backup that replicates customer data to Webair’s global facilities or the cloud, in real time.
The site already meets Tier III requirements, making it the ‘most redundant data centre east of Manhattan.’ It serves private and hybrid cloud needs, as well as storage and colocation.
Webair CEO, Michael Christopher Orza, said: “As an owner-operated New York-based company, Webair has made considerable investments in personnel and infrastructure at our NY1 facility to continue supporting our customers for the next 20 years and beyond.
“Our services are relied upon by many New York State-owned organizations. As a result, the State has provided Webair with tax rebates and other incentives to ensure low energy costs and the additional resources we need to grow our ecosystem of private, air-gapped cloud services and address mounting customer demand for managed infrastructure.”
The New York based firm has been operating for more than 20 years and provides cloud and managed infrastructure services, through its data centres in New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, Amsterdam, and in the Asia-Pacific.