Switch & Data Facilities Company General Information
Switch & Data Facilities Co Inc. is incorporated in Delaware. It is a provider of network-neutral data centers that house, power and interconnect the Internet. Content companies, enterprises, and communications service providers rely on the Company to connect to customers and exchange Internet traffic. It has built a reputation for world-class service, delivered across the broadest colocation footprint and richest network of interconnections in North America. The Company operate 34 sites in the U.S. and Canada, provide one of the highest customer satisfaction scores in the industry, and are home to PAIX(r)-one of the world's first commercial Internet exchanges. In its data centers, it provides network-neutral interconnection and colocation services. Its network-neutral data centers are specifically designed to house the networking and computing equipment its customers use to aggregate and distribute data and digital media content. These data centers provide colocation services including space, security, and redundant power and cooling, thus allowing customers to avoid the costs of building and maintaining their own data centers. Cisco predicts that global Internet protocol ('IP') traffic is expected to quintuple by 2013. Growth in Internet traffic is being driven by increasing broadband penetration, the proliferation of bandwidth intensive services, the rise in online usage and the maturity of online business models, among other factors. There are two primary types of colocation services: network-neutral and network-specific. Several industry trends are to increasing demand for high-quality, network-neutral interconnection and colocation services. The Company provides network-neutral interconnection and colocation services and certain other services to its customers. Its data centers provide its customers with a reliable, secure and climate controlled environment for their networking and computing equipment. Its colocation space includes secure cabinets, racks, and cages. The Company provides both alternating current and direct current power circuits at various amperages. Its network-neutral interconnection services provide its customers with two primary options to exchange network traffic: direct connections with each other utilizing its cross connect services, or peering connections with multiple customers utilizing its Internet exchange services. Its marketing organization is focused and supporting its sales efforts through a comprehensive approach, including creating service solutions and implementing channel marketing initiatives. The market for its services is highly competitive and it competes mainly based on available capacity, network density, quality of service, location, and price. The Company considers its trademarks 'SWITCH AND DATA,' 'PAIX,' 'TECHSMART,' 'MetroPAIX,' and 'SINGLECNXT' to be materially important to its business, and these trademarks are renewable for their statutory terms. The Company is subject to various environmental and health and safety laws and regulations, including those relating to the generation, storage, handling, and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes.