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Interactive Data upgrades US east coast data centre

17 June 2009  |  1565 views  |  0 Source: Interactive Data

Interactive Data Corporation (NYSE: IDC), a leading provider of financial market data, analytics and related solutions, today announced that it has completed a significant upgrade of its U.S. East Coast data center.

Opened in 2004 and located in Boxborough, Mass., this state-of-the-art 50,000 square foot facility is designed to provide 7 (day) x 24 (hour) x 365 (days per year) operational support.

Interactive Data's data center upgrade project has more than doubled the facility's capacity, while maximizing overall efficiency, particularly in regard to energy consumption. The upgrade includes the build-out of a new data center room with a highly redundant and high density power and cooling infrastructure. This room can accommodate 3,000-4,000 computer servers, which can help support the Company's data collection, processing and delivery requirements worldwide.

Enhancements to the Company's data center also include "green" energy capabilities for controlling power usage and heat generation resulting from utilizing the facility's IT equipment. For instance, Interactive Data's new electrical infrastructure features higher performance power distribution units that are designed to help contain operational costs. In addition, Interactive Data has installed energy-efficient in-row cooling units inside the data center and "chillers" located outside the building. These chillers utilize outside air when the temperature is approximately 50 degrees and below, reducing the amount of energy allocated to cooling.

"Interactive Data's mission-critical products and services are powered by our state-of-the-art data center, and our continued investment in this facility can help us to further scale our global business and meet the mission-critical needs of financial institutions around the world," said John King, chief operating officer for Interactive Data. "Our dedicated team of IT and operations professionals has implemented a variety of cost-effective measures to conserve space, maximize computing power and control energy usage. In a business environment characterized by volatility and high volume, low-latency data demands, it's important that we align our technology inology infrastructure to help ensure resiliency, reliability, high performance and efficiency."

Interactive Data employs business continuity practices throughout its data centers to support continued data generation and delivery to customers during events such as power outages and network disruptions. These practices include utilization of redundant resources such as high-availability servers, separate fiber optic cable feeds, dual diesel generators and back-up batteries. This infrastructure can enable Interactive Data to implement failover among its data centers in the event of a disruption in one location.

The Company's East Coast facility houses more than 60 employees and is supported by additional data centers around the world, including locations in Hayward, Calif., London (U.K.), Frankfurt (Germany) and Melbourne (Australia). Through this technological infrastructure, Interactive Data collects, edits, maintains and delivers data on more than 6 million securities.

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