As we embark on a new year, the NYI Team would like to thank our customers, partners, and friends for your ongoing support.
Here are some highlights from a busy 2023!
In This Issue…
- Facilitating Cost-Effective Connectivity
- Launch of Broad Street Connect @75 Broad Street
- Update on 60 Hudson Street Operations
- New Additions to the NYI Team @ 60 Hudson
- Partnership with HudsonIX
- Update on NYI Chicago
- Thought Leadership: Carrier Hotels
- Participation in Industry Events
- Update on the Nomad Futurist Foundation
- Connect with Us
Facilitating Cost-Effective Connectivity
Launch of Broad Street Connect @ 75 Broad Street
NYI has launched Broad Street Connect, a New York City interconnection hub, in strategic partnership with JEMB Realty.
Broad Street Connect offers cost-effective colocation and interconnection services at 75 Broad Street, a building with a storied history and an abundance of telecommunications assets. Situated within the heart of the Wall Street area, the location is perfectly suited for clients with multiple connectivity and redundancy requirements.
Update on 60 Hudson Street Operations
There has been a lot of activity at our 60 Hudson Street facilities this year, with new clients joining us at both NYI-NY2 and NYI-QTD (formerly Equinix NY8) to take advantage of the exceptional redundant interconnection capabilities we offer.
We are committed to providing clients with as many options as possible when it comes to connectivity, both within and beyond 60 Hudson Street.
Our growing in-building interconnection ecosystem includes Internet exchanges, Software Defined Networks (SDNs) and Cloud Onramps including DE-CIX, NYIIX, Megaport, Console Connect and Packet Fabric.
Additionally, NYI’s regional metro connectivity capabilities have grown, both in terms of scale and resilience, connecting 60 Hudson with additional interconnection points. Clients can now seamlessly connect to the Equinix Secaucus campus, 75 Broad Street,165 Halsey Street, and the Shirley transatlantic cable landing station through Long Island Interconnect.
Additions to the NYI Team @ 60 Hudson
We are thrilled to announce two new key team members who will help NYI continue to deliver innovative solutions for our customers:
Jeff Burns joined NYI as Data Center Manager. He has 20+ years of experience working in colocation in the New York area, both as an engineer and assistant manager. For the past five years, he oversaw the 60 Hudson facility for Epsilon Telecommunications, along with their North American points of presence. Originally from Maine, Jeff has a musical background and studied bass viola prior to moving to New York City.
Bakhyt Akhmedov (Baha), a seasoned professional, joined our NYC operations team, bringing a wealth of experience to NYI. His expertise includes IT, systems administration, fiber deployment, and building server infrastructure for disaster recovery. His prior experience includes AT&T and significant experience in the banking sector. In his free time, Baha exercises his passion for fishing which he developed after an initial move to Maine from Kazakhstan.
Partnership with HudsonIX
NYI’s strategic partnership with Hudson Interxchange (HudsonIX), a premier high-density datacenter provider at 60 Hudson Street, grew substantially in 2023. NYI worked closely with HudsonIX to establish a physical Cross Connect Fabric between the facilities to provide enhanced connectivity options.
The partnership benefits customers across both companies. NYI clients who require larger scale deployment at the Edge have access to HudsonIX infrastructure, and HudsonIX clients gain access to a full range of managed services and seamless interconnection capabilities.
Update on NYI Chicago
The NYI Chicago facility welcomed new clients this year and expanded its carrier ecosystem, adding to extensive existing connectivity capabilities that include direct access to 350 E. Cermak, Chicago’s major interconnection hub. Stay tuned as we have lots of exciting new developments on our Chicago 2024 roadmap!
NYI COO Phillip Koblence was a speaker at the Bisnow DICE Midwest event where he participated in a panel on the Evolving Data Center Landscape in Chicago and the Greater Midwest.
Thought Leadership: Carrier Hotels
Given the expansion of our interconnection offering, NYI had a strong focus in 2023 on examining and articulating the evolving role of carrier hotels, typically urban buildings with a storied history—like 60 Hudson Street in New York City or 350 E. Cermak in Chicago—that served as early 20th century communications centers and have now morphed into powerful digital interconnection hubs.
NYI was highlighted in the Data Center Dynamics Magazine (Issue 49) which explored the rebirth of carrier hotels. Phillip Koblence was interviewed by DCD journalist Dan Swinhoe for his insights on Carrier Hotels in general and specifically within the New York City datacenter space. Learn more in DCD Magazine.
Phillip was also invited to moderate a panel at this year’s Structure Research infra/STRUCTURE Summit in Toronto which focused on the relevance of Carrier Hotels in a changing digital infrastructure landscape.
Phillip shared his thoughts and summarized the panel insights in a LinkedIn article “The Value of Carrier Hotels in the Age of AI” which generated a high level of engagement. See the article
Participation in Industry Events
2023 was a busy year in terms of the digital infrastructure and interconnection conference circuit. NYI team members attended events across the country to hear the latest trends, participate in panels, and share news about our capabilities. In addition to Bisnow DICE Chicago and the Infra/STRUCTURE Summit, we had a presence at PTC in Hawaii, Metro Connect in Fort Lauderdale, AFCOM Data Center World in Austin, Channel Partners Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, ITW in National Harbor, Bisnow DICE Northeast in New York City and DCD Connect events in New York City and Virginia.
We look forward to another exciting year of industry insights and sharing to be kicked off at PTC’2024 in Hawaii next month.
We are delighted to share that NYI Co-Founder & COO Phillip Koblence has received the prestigious iMasons 2023 IM100 Award for his outstanding contributions to the digital infrastructure industry. These include being a pioneer in the NY metro market, facilitating high-touch solutions, launching initiatives to raise industry awareness, defining global interconnection standards, and having a strong customer experience focus.
Giving Back: Update on the Nomad Futurist Foundation
The non-profit Nomad Futurist Foundation, co-founded by Phillip Koblence and futurist Nabeel Mahmood made great strides this year in terms of introducing the world of digital infrastructure to the next generation. Several strategic partnerships with school districts were established, enabling Nomad Futurist to bring their awareness building presentations to high schools. In response to high levels of student interest, the Foundation also partnered to provide data center tours and is working on establishing internships for high school students.
Phillip Koblence led a diverse panel of industry leaders who shared stories about their entry into the datacenter space with 220 high school students at Mountain View High School in California. Students were particularly fascinated by the special guest — Data Center in a Box!
NYI is a proud sponsor of the Nomad Futurist Foundation’s important mission to help ensure the future of the digital infrastructure industry.
Connect with Us
We are very excited about 2024 and look forward to supporting your evolving infrastructure, network, and interconnection needs, so please stay connected.
If you plan to be at PTC’24 in Hawaii this month, drop by the NYI table at the Tapa Bar to say hello!