The Value of Tier IV Data Centers

Our multi-layered approach to security begins with the physical security of your data, and is why we deploy our cloud in Tier IV Data Centers that enforce the most stringent security policies available of any data center option. 

Two of the IT Industry’s most respected governing bodies established a series of Tiers describing the requirements for infrastructure and availability of data. Tier I is the least demanding – basically just a server room. Not a viable option for business-critical computing demands. On the other end of the spectrum, Tier IV is exceptionally rigorous, with requirements such as:

  • Full redundancy of subsystems
  • Compartmentalized security zones with biometric access controls
  • Independently dual-powered cooling equipment
  • Fault-tolerant electrical power distribution

To meet our commitment to delivering best-in-class services, WHOA.com has exclusively deployed our secure cloud in leading Tier IV Data Centers across the United States.

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Tier I - Tier IV Data Center Features

FeaturesTier ITier IITier IIITier IV
Single non-redundant distribution path serving the IT equipment        
Non-redundant capacity components        
Basic site infrastructure with expected availability of 99.671%        
Redundant site infrastructure capacity components with expected availability of 99.741% -      
Multiple independent distribution paths serving the IT equipment - -    
All IT equipment must be dual-powered and fully compatible with the topology of a site's architecture - -    
Concurrently maintainable site infrastructure with expected availability of 99.982% - -    
All cooling equipment is independently dual-powered, including chillers and heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems - - -  
Fault-tolerant site infrastructure with electrical power storage and distribution facilities with expected availability of 99.995% - - -  

Our Tier IV Data Centers

NAP of the Americas

Our Tier-IV class facility was the first purpose-built, carrier-neutral Network Access Point (NAP) and brings together massive and diverse connectivity from more than 160 carriers with some of the world’s largest and most demanding websites.

Miami is ranked as one of the top-five most connected cities in the world and the only city in the country where optical, Ethernet, voice, and Internet traffic are handed off in one location: the NAP of the Americas.

This unique facility provides a secure, reliable carrier-neutral facility with direct backbone access to the world’s major carriers.

  • Location:  Miami, FL – with the data center floor built 32 feet above sea level and designed to withstand Category 5 hurricane-level winds.
  • Size:  750.000 square-foot data center
  • Redundancy:  Tier-IV class facility with redundant power and cooling infrastructure.
  • Availability:  100% availability guarantee for all power and environmental systems
  • Security:  Security personnel 24 hours a day.  It is so secure, that the third floor is dedicated to U.S. federal government users only.
  • Carriers:  More than 160 global carriers providing connectivity, and 15 domestic fiber backbones in the facilities.
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EQUINIX

Equinix, Inc. connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most interconnected data centers. In 33 markets across five continents, Equinix is where companies globally come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies. 

Equinix operates state of the art IBX centers in the Washington, DC metro area in a campus environment and is one of the largest Internet exchange points in the world.

 
  • Location:  Ashburn, VA
  • Size:  222,358 square-foot data center
  • Redundancy:  Tier-IV class facility with redundant power and cooling infrastructure.
  • Availability:  99.999+% availability guarantee for power, 99.99+% for environmental systems, and 99.99+% for cross connect availability.
  • Security:  Security personnel 24 hours a day.  “Man trap” entry, perimeter fence and gate, Motion Detection, Hand Geometry Readers, Fiber Vault.
  • Certifications:  SSAE 16 SOC-1, Type II Certified, LEED Gold Targeted
  • Connectivity:  100MB GigE and 10GigE Internet Exchange Ports

SUPERNAP

The most cost-efficient, mission critical, high-availability technology environment on the planet. 

No other facility in the world is built, functions, offers or looks like the Switch SUPERNAP. SUPERNAP facilities are the first and only carrier-neutral colocation data centers to be certified Tier IV Gold in Operations by the Uptime Institute, and also certified Tier IV in both Design and Facility categories. SUPERNAP also meets and exceeds the standards of IEEE, ANSI, ASHRAE, 24/7, ISO 9001, SAS 70/SSAE-16, BICSI, the Green Grid Association and more.

  • Location:  Las Vegas, NV
  • Size:  2.3 million square-foot data center 
  • Redundancy:  Tier-IV class facility with redundant power and cooling infrastructure.
  • Availability:  100% uptime guarantee for power, 100% uptime for environmental systems
  • Security:  Security personnel all directly employed by Switch
  • Carriers:  50+ carriers with 26 carriers on-net
  • Certifications:   IEEE, ANSI, ASHRAE, 24/7, ISO 9001, SAS 70/SSAE-16, BICSI, the Green Grid Association
  • Connectivity:  Connected by the SUPERLOOP (17,000 gig)
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