Alestra Opens 3,250m2 Datacenter, Eyes Doubling Of Cloud, Hosting Operations

The 3,250m2 Alestra Green facility, which cost 780mn pesos (US$58.7mn) to build, increases the company’s total datacenter space by 270% and breaks new ground in terms of energy efficiency in Latin America, Alestra officials confirmed at the datacenter launch event on Thursday (Feb 6), in which BNamericas participated. The capacity will meet planned growth by the company, including a doubling of cloud operations in 2014 and a 115% increase in hosting, Ricardo Hinojosa, director of communications and marketing, said. Growth will partly be driven by a new service aimed at small and medium sized businesses, as well as new business intelligence, mobile applications and mobile device management (MDM) services. SUSTAINABILITY, SECURITY The datacenter is the first in Latin America to be powered by co-generation, Alestra said, with two onsite natural gas-powered plants providing combined capacity of 2.5MW. The co-generation plants will generate electricity to power the datacenter, with waste heat recaptured and used in a mechanical chilling system to keep the servers cool. The center, which took 10 months to build, will have a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of between 1.2 and 1.5, Alestra said. Compared to a grid-powered datacenter, energy savings will be “about half,” Miguel Ramos, head of datacenter operations, told BNamericas. Grid power, supplied by state power utility CFE through two substations, will provide backup power and cooling, with diesel generators providing yet another backup. The facility was also designed for maximum information security, with a level five ICREA rating and advanced CCTV and fire prevention systems. TELECOMS REFORM Mexico’s telecoms reform offers a “great opportunity” which the company must take advantage of, Raul Ortega, director of government relations, said ahead of the datacenter launch. Among the opportunities Alestra will seek to exploit through the reform will be the national rollout of broadband. The reform makes access to telecoms technology such as broadband a “fundamental right” for the public, Ortega said. 2013 RESULTS Alestra achieved record income of 4.9bn pesos in 2013, up 6% from 4.63bn pesos the previous year, while Ebitda was up 16% at 2.1bn pesos, Bernardo Garcia, director of administration and finance, said. The year also saw record investment by the company of 1.95bn pesos, compared to 845mn pesos in 2012. Alestra, based in Monterrey in Mexico’s Nuevo Leon state, is a subsidiary of industrial conglomerate Alfa and has been offering cloud-based services for more than two years including virtual computing, storage and security as a service. According to the Cisco Cloud Index, global IP traffic in datacenters will triple from 2012-2017.
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Government Agencies to Quickly and Cost Effectively Take Advantage of a Cloud Solution for Secure and Dedicated Project Management Environments Project Hosts, Inc. February 4, 2014 10:00 AM 0 shares . Government agency requirements. Project Hosts has more than a decade of experience in Microsoft hosting and cloud services and provides the necessary SaaS competencies to deliver Project Server 2013 and third party applications on top of the Windows Azure IAAS and PAAS cloud layers.Project Hosts delivers PPM Custom Cloud hosting and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions that, unlike public clouds, provide dedicated environments with the customized security, applications and real-time reporting requirements that U.S. Government offices and agencies require. Project Hosts utilizes Microsoft’s Azure platform. Azure was granted Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO) from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board (JAB) in September of 2013. The FedRAMP program supports the U.S. government’s “Cloud-First” initiative to enable U.S. federal agencies to use cloud service providers (CSPs). The FedRAMP program is designed to comply with the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA).Windows Azure is a secure and reliable cloud platform that enables companies like Project Hosts to quickly build, deploy and manage applications in a SaaS offering across Microsoft’s extensive network of datacenters. “By having a Project Server 2013 solution that is fully FedRAMP P-ATO approved and recognized as FISMA / NIST standards compliant, we will be able to deliver Microsoft Project private cloud solutions to far more U.S. Government agencies and departments,” said Scott Chapman, CEO and Co-Founder of Project Hosts.”A number of agencies have already approached us for hosting services, including the EPA — taking advantage of our ten-year experience in hosted Project Server while knowing that our solutions will be FedRAMP authorized later this year.” About FedRAMP : FedRAMP is a U.S. government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. The JAB is the primary governance group of the FedRAMP program, consisting of the chief information officers of the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. General Services Administration. About Windows Azure : Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. About Project Hosts : Project Hosts, Inc.
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