Steady State in Seattle

Jason Galindo • July 19, 2022 • 3 minute read

Hybrid IT, Enterprise Bare Metal, Colocation in Data Centers

The Spheres bring to mind everything that Seattle has come to embody in the 21st century United States – innovative spaces, environmental awareness, and some of the world's largest tech companies. While Amazon might be the driving force behind the Spheres, it’s certainly not the only major tech company making its presence felt in and around the Emerald City – Microsoft, Google, Apple, Tableau Software, Dell, Expedia Group, Accenture, the list goes on.

And it’s not just technology companies that have set up shop. The city is also home to companies running the gamut from gaming, SaaS, and manufacturing to life sciences, pharmaceutical, healthcare, start-ups, and retail. On the surface these verticals might not appear to have much in common, but in each case, data (and the ready, secure access to it) makes or breaks them.

CapEx and capacity

While public cloud has been described as the holy grail for data compute and storage, increasingly, companies are realizing that it isn’t the end all, be all. Some companies are hesitant to place mission-critical or sensitive data in the public cloud, whereas others find that skyrocketing data storage costs put public cloud out of reach. And that’s not even taking into account egress fees should they want to migrate their data elsewhere.

Even so, the opportunity to move cloud use and storage costs from CapEx to OpEx is often too attractive to pass up. Accordingly, companies are adopting hybrid strategies, where they pick and choose what goes into the public cloud and what stays on-prem or housed in a colocation facility. A hybrid strategy provides the best of both worlds — the speed and agility of public cloud and the control of on-prem or colocation – and is fast becoming the norm rather than a trend.

Whether a customer has exceeded their on-prem data center’s capacity, is looking to outsource their power needs or is in need of redundancy, Cyxtera’s Seattle facilities offer customized planning approaches that align with a company’s growth strategy.

Case in point

At Cyxtera, we understand that enterprises’ needs vary and that no two hybrid strategies will be the same. Our tech and operations teams work together to create efficient and optimal solutions, as in the case of one of our newest customers, a public research facility located in Seattle. They had outgrown their on-premise data center and needed an external solution that provided N+1 redundancy.

Our SEA teams provided the customer with a growth strategy that met their budget and technical requirements by designing and maintaining an environment suitable to host the compute clusters the customer needed to achieve their daily simulations and experiments. With a land-and-expand approach, our Seattle facilities offer customers room to grow their business, with options from single racks to full cage build-outs.

The business environment

With two Energy Star-certified facilities located in close proximity to Sea-Tac International Airport and minutes from downtown Seattle, our NVIDIA DGX-ready data centers can control environments for steady state production apps and critical AI workloads while minimizing environmental impact. Enterprises deploying their IT infrastructure at either of our SEA data centers benefit from a reduced carbon footprint with ample bandwidth to support their growing business, backed by a 100-percent uptime SLA.

And by taking advantage of Cyxtera’s  Digital Exchange, enterprises can deploy every piece of their IT infrastructure on-demand to quickly scale operations and expand into new markets. Click-to-provision access to HPE and Nutanix servers is available through Cyxtera’s Enterprise Bare Metal, and gives customers the financial and operational flexibility of cloud with the control, performance and security of enterprise-grade dedicated infrastructure. Meanwhile, for those looking to minimize upfront costs and total cost of ownership, SmartCabs offers a predictable and effective pricing model that accelerates a company’s time to market but without the risk of overprovisioning.

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Jason Galindo

Market Account Director for Seattle