Data center outsource firm connects new facility with fiber

JUNE 29, 2009 -- Lifeline Data Centershas deployed the CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform from Ciena Corp. to provide high-performance, low-latency connectivity over dark fiber.

JUNE 29, 2009 -- Lifeline Data Centers, an Indianapolis-based provider of strategic data center outsourcing facilities and services, has deployed the CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform from Ciena Corp. (search Lightwave for Ciena) to provide high-performance, low-latency connectivity over dark fiber between its existing data center in downtown Indianapolis and its new 460,000-sq-ft data center facility 12 miles outside of the city.

Serving healthcare, retail, government, biotech, and other industries, Lifeline Data Centers provides customers with data center space and outsourcing, as well as managed IT services and access to more than 20 service providers. As part of a project to expand its capacity, Lifeline is transforming the former Eastgate Mall -- one of Indianapolis' first retail shopping centers -- into a data center, which currently includes 65,000 sq ft of space and will ultimately house 460,000 sq ft spread across five buildings on the property.

After reviewing various options for connecting the two sites, Lifeline secured dark fiber and deployed Ciena's CN 4200 at each data center to meet its connectivity requirements, the system house reports. Ciena says that key selection criteria included the platform's flexible support of multiple services, carrier-class reliability, and the ability to grow capacity in increments, which enables Lifeline to buy and deploy only the capacity it requires when it needs it without sacrificing system capacity.

"The ability to offer our clients a network optimized for speed and reliability is critical to both our business and theirs," said Rich Banta, founder and CTO at Lifeline Data Centers. "Ciena's CN 4200 provides a carrier-class network foundation that allows us to control costs while delivering advanced connectivity services to our customers that complement our state-of-the-art data center facilities and managed services."

Lifeline is using the new data center connection to transport customer traffic between sites, backhaul traffic from the new site to connect to service providers in their original data center, and to directly sell its own bandwidth.

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