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vXchnge Portland, Oregon: Colo Data Center Spotlight

By: Ernest Sampera on December 17, 2021

Location is a critically important consideration when organizations go about building an IT environment capable of carrying their business into the future. For many years, limited connectivity options forced companies to confine their deployments to data centers located in infrastructure-heavy areas along the eastern seaboard or in the thriving technology hubs of California. Thanks to the steady expansion of high-speed internet service and innovations like edge computing architecture, today’s organizations have more options available to them when building their data center location strategy.

Key Considerations for Your Data Center Site Selection

When evaluating where to locate IT equipment responsible for hosting workloads, vital data, digital media, and applications, there are several factors that need to be considered. Even in cases where a company decides to migrate entirely to the cloud and do away with their physical assets (a strategy that often comes with diminishing returns), it’s still important to think about where the cloud provider’s infrastructure is located and what impact that might have on IT performance.

Location Consideration 1: Proximity to End Users

For all the groundbreaking innovations in fiber optic cabling, the very best connections are still bound by the laws of physics. Even under the most favorable conditions, data packets traveling over an internet connection cannot exceed the speed of light. Although these connections can reach incredibly high speeds, they still suffer the effects of latency over long distances. Unfortunately, today’s customers have come to expect high speeds from all network services and are quick to seek alternatives when forced to wait. Placing IT assets in a data center location capable of supporting an edge computing network that reduces the distance data has to travel can improve response times and create a superior customer experience.

Location Consideration 2: Power Grid Stability

Even a small, regional data center requires a lot of power to support the servers and equipment within their secure walls. Despite having multiple redundancies in place, they must still depend upon the local energy grid to support everyday operations. An unreliable or outdated electrical infrastructure can wreak havoc on a data center, forcing it to resort to backup power or even suffer extended periods of downtime. Placing assets within a facility that’s connected to a state-of-the-art grid that incorporates conventional power with renewable energy sources helps to ensure that key applications and data will be available at all times.

Location Consideration 3: Vulnerability to Natural Disasters

While many disasters are unpredictable, recent history has shown that the odds of a severe weather event battering the east coast or wildfires overwhelming electrical grids are fast becoming routine occurrences. By placing critical IT equipment in locations prone to such events, organizations are leaving their business operations vulnerable to forces beyond their control. They can put their systems on much firmer and predictable footing by turning instead to regions that are less frequently impacted by natural disasters.

Why Store Your Business Data in Portland, Oregon?

Routinely cited as one of the most environmentally conscious cities in the world, Portland enjoys a mild climate and is home to a growing number of innovative tech startups. The city is ideally positioned in the Pacific Northwest, allowing it to quickly connect to larger tech hubs such as Seattle and Silicon Valley to both deliver digital services and provide backup options for disaster mitigation and recovery strategies. According to 2020 US Census data, only eleven states grew more than Oregon over the last decade, making it a burgeoning potential market. But that potential extends beyond the state’s borders as well, considering that it’s bordered by three of the states that grew even faster (Washington, Idaho, and Nevada) and only one state away from the fastest growing state in the US, Utah. 

Home to 60 percent of the state’s population, Portland also supports one of the nation’s busiest ports and is well connected along the Pacific Coast thanks to its rail lines and airport. The city continues to make improvements to its power grid, committing to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2050. This makes it an ideal location for future reliability, as well as providing ample opportunity for organizations to roll out new technology services to support the green economy.

Meet VX OR-01: Providing Oregon’s Top Data Center Features

Located just 12 miles from Portland International Airport, VX OR-01 is a 42,000 sq ft edge data center engineered to deliver fast, reliable connectivity throughout the Pacific Northwest and surrounding regions. Featuring a 100% uptime SLA and supported 24x7x365 by a Bell Systems-trained remote hands team, vXchnge’s Portland colocation facility is the perfect home for organizations looking to expand their footprint in the western US.

vXchnge Portland Colocation Data Center Features

  • Cloud and connectivity exchange with direct cloud on-ramps
  • Carrier neutral ISP options
  • Industry-leading DDoS solution
  • Operations Service Support Center (OSSC)
  • in\site intelligent monitoring (DCIM)
  • Supports 4-20 kW per cabinet
  • 2 MW of generator backup with automatic transfer
  • N+1 UPS system
  • N+1 cooling infrastructure and CAC pods
  • SOC 2 Type II, ISO/IEC 27001:2031, HIPAA/HITECH, and PCI DSS compliance
  • 24x7x365 on-site security and Remote Hands support

How Portland’s Data Center Features Can Benefit Your Business

Optimized to meet the operation demands of today’s digital-first companies, vXchnge’s Portland data center services provide the connectivity options and reliability you need to undertake your digital transformation. Whether you need to implement a hybrid or multi-cloud deployment or adopt an edge computing strategy to reach a wider customer base, our Portland colocation facility delivers low latency performance combined with control and transparency (thanks to the in\site intelligent monitoring platform).

The team at vXchnge is backed up by a proven track record of customer satisfaction and uptime reliability. Our enduring dedication to providing visibility and outstanding service can help your organization reach its full technology potential in the State of Oregon and beyond. To schedule your tour of our Portland data center, talk to one of our colocation experts today.

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