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S&D Increases Power Standards

TAMPA, Fla. -- As Web 2.0 companies continue to deploy power-hungry servers to support rich content distribution, Switch and Data (NASDAQ: SDXC), a leading provider of Internet exchange and colocation services, will be ensuring an adequate supply of power and cooling to keep their businesses running. Switch and Data today announced that its new Dallas, New York Metro, San Francisco Bay Area and Toronto sites will be built to supply power and cooling at more than 200 watts of power per square foot. This power density is at or above that supplied by other national neutral colocation providers. In addition, all Switch and Data sites house direct current (DC) power plants and offer the option of DC power.

Web 2.0 refers to web-based communities which facilitate the sharing of content and information between users. These companies, as well as digital media and content providers and companies which provide web-based software applications, require increasing power density and cooling to store and distribute their content. According to a U.S. Government study released in August, the energy consumption of servers and data centers has doubled in the past five years and is expected to almost double again in the next five years.

Colocation customer demand for power and cooling to run the latest high density computing equipment continues to grow rapidly,” said Mario Galvez, Vice President of Product for Switch and Data. “Switch and Data leads the market with a new standard for power density and cooling capacity to give our customers the facilities they need to support their growth well in to the future.”

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