Thursday, October 19, 2017

New York’s largest colocation data centre comes of age

Located at the iconic 60 Hudson building in Lower Manhattan, facility occupies now more colocation square footage than any other in the metropolis.

The largest single footprint data centre in Manhattan, New York, has been upgraded to answer internet connectivity demand from all sectors in the Big Apple.

The data centre, built in one of the most connected buildings in the city is operated by DataGryd.

The company has for several months been working on a $100m upgrade to the infrastructure at Art Deco building at 60 Hudson St, in the lower part of the island.

The facility now counts with 15 MW of power used to service the 180,000 sqf of colocation space availability. The whole 60 Hudson building offers 1.8 million sqf of space.

The data centre has also been subject to upgrades to the used cooling technologies which are now Datagryd’s Microgryd Shell consisting of an onsite natural gas combined cooling, heating and power plant (CCHP) with traditional mission critical backup systems.

UPS and battery backup have been built as N+1, as well as the cooling system.

Generators and mechanical infrastructure have been placed on the 24th floor of the building, while the data centre and further available space are located on floor 5 to 8.

DataGryd also uses the mezzanine and third floor for electrical infrastructure such as substations, and the ground floor to store 26,000 gallons of diesel fuel.


The company boasts it has more than 300 telecommunications and data network providers available at the site.

In a statement, the company said: “The data centre is designed to meet the increasing demand for data processing and storage centres in New York’s urban market, one of the world’s most concentrated hubs of internet connectivity.”

DataGryd was founded in 2012 and the Manhattan data centre was launched in 2014.

The company is not the only colocation company in the building. Former Telx, now Digital Realty, is another player sitting at the 60 Hudson St address.

Digital Realty’s data centre occupies 60,000 sqf and provides access to over 400 carriers, financial exchanges, application providers, media and content providers.

However, in the race for the data centre operating at the highest high, 60 Hudson lags behind the 32-floor Verizon Building at 375 Pearl Street, also Manhattan.

Operated by Intergate.Manhattan, the building offers up to three million sqf of colocation space and has a power capacity of 40MW.