Facility provides colocation for high-tech corridor between Boulder and Denver
Customers, community stakeholders and Zayo employees celebrated the grand opening of a fourth zColo data center in Colorado earlier this week. Called the “NAP of the Flatirons,” the facility is located in Westminster off Highway 36, designed to serve the high-tech corridor between Boulder and Denver and the underserved northwest quadrant of the state.
“This is a strategic location for us, providing an access point for a growing base of Boulder and Northern Colorado businesses,” said T.J. Karklins, senior vice president of Zayo’s colocation. “With an energy efficient architecture and redundant infrastructure, the data center gives this area the high-quality colocation, extensive network-neutral connectivity and access to our cloud and managed services.”
Formerly a high-security commercial data center acquired in September, Zayo has further upgraded security for its colocation customers. Entry requires multi-factor authentication and escorted entrance into the facility through four security doors and a “mantrap.” Security in the receiving area, including the loading dock and storage room, has also been enhanced.
Energy efficiency is also a priority at the Westminster facility as it is across Zayo’s colocation data centers. Currently, 10,000 square feet of space is available, with the capacity to expand up to 1.5 megawatts of power. As part of the renovation of the site, Zayo installed a highly efficient power supply.
NAP of the Flatirons expands Zayo’s infrastructure footprint in the state to four data centers and more than 4,000 fiber route miles, including extensive metro fiber in Denver, Colorado Springs and Boulder. This facility will provide a high-speed tether to zColo’s data center and interconnect location in downtown Denver.
The facility will also house Zayo’s first Innovation Center, designed to serve the infrastructure needs of the Front Range starup and accelerator community with services sized and priced to meet their needs. Zayo is now working to finalize plans with community, commercial and accelerator partners, and expects to fully launch early next year. “We are so excited about the Innovation Center, which will support the strong base of entrepreneurs and early growth companies in this area,” said T.J.
In addition to serving existing and new customers, Zayo plans to support the infrastructure needs of the Front Range startup and accelerator community from this facility. The facility also houses a second Zayo Network Operations Center, which provides 24×7 monitoring of the U.S. network.