TWC Opens New National Data Center

MSO Broke Ground On Denver-Area Facility In Mid-2013
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Time Warner Cable took to its corporate blog to announce the grand opening of its new National Data Center in Centennial, Colo., a facility that complements TWC’s data center in Charlotte, N.C.

TWC opened National Data Center East in 2012, and following the completion of National Data Center West in December, brought the Denver-area facility online over the weekend, TWC integrated communications manager Ryan Kelly noted in this blog post.

Together, those facilities service TWC’s “entire footprint from Maine to Hawaii,” alongside the ability to handle growth for “years to come,” he added.

TWC, which is in the process of being acquired by Comcast, broke ground on the $85 million Denver-area data center in mid-2013. The 6.4-megawatt, 160,000-square-foot facility supports the MSO’s video products, including its IP-based TWC TV app, IntelligentHome management service, email services, billing records, high-speed data and phone services,  and TWC’s business class services.  To ensure redundancy, there’s two sources of power running to every server, and the facility is backed by three 3-megawatt engine generators.

 “If we’re going to become a cloud company…this is what it takes to be in the cloud business,” Jim Ludington, TWC’s SVP of technology and business operations, said in this video about the project, which includes a time-lapse of its construction.

The new data center is “basically providing the technology, the network, the hardware to make sure we have rock solid reliability for all of our customers,” Rod Brown, TWC’s senior director of critical infrastructure, explained in that same video.

TWC said the energy-efficient design of National Data Center West allows it to be cooled for free  approximately 80% of the year, noting that it’s aiming for the facility to achieve Gold LEED certification in 2015.