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TWC Commits to $85M Data Center Expansion

Mari Silbey

High demand for video and IP-based services has prompted Time Warner Cable Inc. to invest US$85 million in an expansion of its data center in Centennial, Colo.

TWC wants the existing facility to be on a par with the east coast data center it opened last year in Charlotte, N.C. (See TW Cable's $82M National Data Center.)

The new National Data Center West will increase Time Warner's storage and application capacity by 75 percent. By the time the expansion project is complete, TWC will have invested more than $141 million in the facility.

The move isn't unusual: Major cable companies are bulking up on their data center assets to meet the needs of their data and video-hungry customers. In addition to TWC's, Comcast Corp. has invested heavily in setting up high-powered data centers in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago and Northern California. Such regional hubs house huge libraries of video content, which are now centrally managed rather than distributed across smaller video-on-demand servers across the country.

In Time Warner's case, the company says both of its main data centers will support core triple-play applications as well as new smart home services, email traffic, billing records and backend employee operations. When it's complete, the expanded facility in Colorado will cover 170,000 square feet, include 1,600 racks of equipment, and support 6,400 kilowatts of critical load.

Time Warner is also aiming for Silver Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification, a designation that would certify the facility's eco-friendly construction.

— Mari Silbey, Special to Light Reading Cable

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