ATLANTA, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP), a provider of intelligent IT Infrastructure services, today announced that its Dallas data center has received Green Globes® certification, following a detailed review process by the Green Building Initiative (GBI). The achievement marks the first Green Globes certification of a public data center in the state of Texas.
Internap's Dallas data center is a high-reliability, high-density facility that provides comprehensive IT Infrastructure services – including managed hosting, colocation and a global, performance-optimized IP network, backed by a 100% uptime Service Level Agreement – to the area's diverse range of enterprises. Opened in December 2011, the state-of-the-art data center serves customers with 55,000 square feet of net-sellable floor space that incorporates efficient design and operational practices from the ground up.
A green building guidance and assessment program, Green Globes helps commercial building owners advance environmental performance and sustainability through a rigorous online assessment and comprehensive site visit and evaluation by an independent, third-party evaluator. To achieve Green Globes certification, Internap adhered to numerous standards including consuming fewer fossil fuels, reducing greenhouse emissions, conserving water, reducing other forms of pollution, minimizing impact on the land surrounding the building and offering a better working environment for occupants.
"Tremendous energy usage accompanied by unique requirements can make data centers a difficult fit for sustainability programs. However, the new construction project for the Internap data center in Plano, Texas, is a great example of sustainable success in the design and construction of a commercial building of this type," said Glen P. Haydu, GGA, Green Building Initiative. "Internap did an outstanding job of maximizing energy and resource efficiencies as well as creating an environmentally-sound working space for its employees."
Specific highlights that contributed to Internap's Green Globes certification at its Dallas facility include:
Water conservation – Internap reduced potable water use to nearly 40% below the recognized American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standard.
Energy efficiency – More than 90% of Internap's appliances, computers, monitors and printers are Energy Star compliant. In addition, Internap achieved a lighting power reduction of 27% below the recognized ASHRAE standard, in part by establishing occupancy sensors and individual lighting controls for users.
Reuse of building materials – Internap eliminated the environmental impact of a new construction project by reusing an existing building with connections to public transportation and established infrastructure in the area, such as banks, restaurants and shops. Nearly 20% of the new building materials used in renovations were manufactured with recycled materials. Additionally, Internap was able to avoid sending almost 85% of its overall construction waste to landfills, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the building's impact on the environment.
Improved indoor air quality – Internap used low-emitting materials throughout the construction of the facility, as well as Green Housekeeping and Green Pest Control Services.
"With energy use spiraling in data centers, it has become more important than ever to drive efficiencies across all possible areas throughout the data center – from design and equipment to operations and processes," said Randy Ortiz, director of data center design and engineering at Internap. "Working with the Green Building Initiative helped us to realize our goals of attaining the highest environmental efficiency standards at our Dallas data center and continuing to set the bar for our new facilities going forward."
In addition to the Green Globes, Internap is working toward LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and Energy Star certifications at its Dallas data center.
Green Building Initiative (GBI) GBI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches for commercial construction. GBI is the exclusive U.S. licensee of Green Globes®, a revolutionary green building guidance and assessment program that offers an effective, practical and affordable way to advance the overall environmental performance and sustainability of commercial buildings. www.thegbi.org
About Internap Internap provides intelligent IT Infrastructure services that combine unmatched performance and platform flexibility to enable our customers to focus on their core business, improve service levels and lower the cost of IT operations. Our unique trio of route-optimized enterprise IP, TCP acceleration and a global content delivery network improves website performance and delivers superior end-user experiences. Our scalable colocation, managed hosting, private cloud, public cloud and hybrid offerings provide enterprises the flexibility to adapt to changing business needs and future-proof their IT Infrastructure. Since 1996, thousands of companies have entrusted Internap with the protection and delivery of their online applications. Transform your IT Infrastructure into a competitive advantage with IT IQ from Internap. For more information, visit http://www.internap.com, our blog at http://www.internap.com/blog or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/internap.
Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include statements related to the benefits expected to be achieved by the design of environmentally sustainable data centers. Because such statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors include the actual results of environmentally sustainable commercial building design; the actual performance of our products and services; our ability to respond successfully to technological change; the availability of services from Internet network service providers or network service providers providing network access loops and local loops on favorable terms, or at all; failure of third party suppliers to deliver their products and services on favorable terms, or at all; failures in our network operations centers, data centers, network access points or computer systems; our ability to provide or improve Internet infrastructure services to our customers; and our ability to protect our intellectual property, as well as other factors discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Given these risks and uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. We undertake no obligation to update, amend or clarify any forward-looking statement for any reason.