tw telecom and NYSERDA Announce Co-location Expansion

Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:57am EDT

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-Leverages tw telecom's network capabilities to deliver industry leading co-lo

ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- tw telecom, (Nasdaq: TWTC) a
leading provider of managed voice, Internet and data networking solutions for
businesses, today announced the expansion of a state-of-the art, 13,000-square
foot co-location facility with the New York State Energy Research and
Development Authority (NYSERDA).  The facility, to be located at the Saratoga
Technology + Energy Park((R)) (STEP((R))) in Malta, is scheduled for tenant
occupancy in the first quarter of 2010.  


"Co-location facilities are becoming more and more strategic to enterprise and
government customers as they search for the most cost-effective IT
infrastructure expansion, as well as, business continuity and disaster
recovery solutions," said Dan Maynard, vice president and general manager for
tw telecom in Albany.   "This facility will be equipped with green and
emerging technologies to be extremely energy-efficient and to reliably store a
customer's data.  It also supports the state-of-the-art power and cooling
needs of our customers." 

"I applaud tw telecom's decision to locate their second Capital Region
co-location facility at the STEP," said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and
CEO of NYSERDA.  "Home to clean energy and environmental technology companies
working hard to advance Governor David A. Paterson's clean energy agenda, STEP
is a natural fit for tw telecom to locate as the energy-efficient and
environmentally-friendly technologies to be deployed at the site will reduce
energy consumption and help improve our environment."  

tw telecom co-location facilities throughout the country protect customers
from the risk of downtime and its Ethernet and voice services improve the
quality of a customer's network while reducing its costs.

Technical assistance provided by NYSERDA's New Construction program identified
several design features that will significantly reduce electricity load and
add to environmental sustainability within the facility that go above and
beyond what other centers currently use.  For example, cooling of data centers
consumes large amounts of energy.  While most existing facilities use
inefficient direct-expansion air cooled HVAC, this new facility, located at
STEP, will use water-cooled, high efficiency chillers and what is known as a
water-side economizer that utilizes cold winter air to aid in providing the
necessary data center cooling. 

Server cooling, another large consumer of energy within data centers, is
impacted by hot and cold air mixing within the data center.  The tw telecom
facility at STEP will achieve hot aisle/cold aisle efficiency through a raised
floor design, server layout, and physical separations between hot and cold
aisles; known as "blanking" to ensure that cold air is fed to the front of the
servers and hot air is exhausted and removed from the space.  Many data
centers do not adhere to this design guideline.

In addition, tw telecom is taking advantage of NYSERDA's lighting program and
specifying high efficiency T8 lights controlled by occupancy sensors to ensure
the lights are only on when people are in the facility.  

tw telecom connects nearly 10,000 U.S. commercial buildings, more than any
other competitor, directly to its own national fiber network, and continues to
be one of the top three providers of retail Ethernet ports in service, as
ranked by Vertical Systems Group, a leading industry analyst firm.  With its
fiber network, IP backbone, and global IP VPN reach, tw telecom has the
network capability, robust product portfolio and national/local customer care
teams to support mission critical enterprise applications and to deliver the
industry's most sought after customer experience. 

"Ultimately, we connect customers locally and across the country with quality,
reliability and scale, thereby adding value to our vast fiber networks,"
Maynard said.  "That is the power of tw telecom - networking and co-lo
solutions that customers demand and depend on."   

About STEP
STEP is a knowledge-based community with significant resources for clean
energy and environmental technology companies locate, build, and grow.  Its
strategic location in New York offers a marketplace committed to clean/green
technologies and enables companies to tap into a highly-skilled workforce and
state-of-the-art facilities.  STEP's campus like setting, proximity to
universities, the Luther Forest Technology Campus, and the area's clean energy
manufacturing and research companies creates an opportunity for synergy and
collaboration.   Please visit

About tw telecom
tw telecom holdings inc., a unit of tw telecom inc., headquartered in
Littleton, Colo., provides managed network services, specializing in Ethernet
and transport data networking, Internet access, local and long distance voice,
VoIP, VPN and security, to enterprise organizations and communications
services companies throughout the U.S. and globally.  As a leading provider of
integrated and converged network solutions, tw telecom delivers customers
overall economic value, quality, service, and improved business productivity. 
Please visit for more information.  

SOURCE  tw telecom holdings inc.

Patrick Mulcahy of tw telecom holdings inc., +1-303-566-1470,; or Sal Graven of NYSERDA, +1-518-862-1090, ext.
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