A CLS colocation facility bringing together subsea and terrestrial routes in one place
When NJFX broke ground in September 2015, Founder and CEO Gil Santaliz had a vision to create a true CLS hub; connectivity in a neutral environment at the cable landing station where competition could be fostered to benefit customers and collaboration could occur to increase connectivity and diversity for all. Today, that vision has been fully realized, just three years after the inception of this truly unique facility.
NJFX has experienced unprecedented growth, securing its position as major a hub of connectivity for North America and beyond. NJFX is the only Cable Landing Station (CLS) colocation campus in the U.S offering Tier 3 carrier-neutral data center capabilities. NJFX’s 64,800 square foot facility is strategically located 64 ft above sea level in a Category-5 hurricane resistant building. This location currently provides direct access to three unique subsea cable systems bypassing congested legacy routes in New York City and Miami, interconnecting North America, South America and Europe.
By the end of the year, a fourth cable system will be online, bridging NJFX to the Nordic Gateway. NJFX will serve as an on-ramp solution into the Havfrue Cable System. This system will stretch 7,200 kilometers from New Jersey to Ireland, Denmark and Norway. This cable system unlocks one of the few genuinely sustainable solutions in the data center industry today.
The site also houses seven independent U.S. fiber backhaul routes. This combined connectivity has made NJFX an industry leading, carrier neutral colocation facility that has not been replicated elsewhere on the Eastern seaboard.
“It is crucial to have clarity in global connectivity,” says NJFX Founder and CEO Gil Santaliz, “The availability of multiple routes both subsea and terrestrial is crucial to become a true CLS hub. A cable system cannot land at a site and be stranded with one backhaul provided. Multiple backhaul routes create truly diverse options, which in turn can allow both for collaboration, as well as competition. If one carrier is not providing necessary interconnection, with a robust ecosystem, there are half a dozen other choices.”
Santaliz has proven himself as a thought leader through key speaking engagements at several high-profile industry events such as PTC, Capacity Media and Submarine Networks EMEA. He is honored to be a part of the Submarine Networks EMEA 2020 Advisory Board, as well as the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) Advisory Board. The company has earned several awards and recognition which highlight the company’s most recent achievements, including just recently being shortlisted for Capacity’s 2019 Global Carrier Award: Best Data Centre Innovation.
In the coming months and years, Santaliz and NJFX will continue to focus on cultivating New Jersey’s digital economy with a planned campus expansion that will allow for more data center capacity. This, in part, will allow New Jersey to compete with leading data center locations like Ashburn, VA, where tax incentives have brought a significant tech economy to the region.
NJFX is smashing the model of a CLS as being a quiet place that is seldom visited. The CLS can no longer be a passive location serving a singular purpose, it must be more than just a landing point that provides connection to a faraway hub for carriers.
Today, NJFX serves as a landing point that is the hub itself, bringing unprecedented capacity and connectivity to North America, South America, Europe and the Caribbean. The company is proud to celebrate its three-year anniversary with its robust ecosystem of partners, carriers, customers. Happy Anniversary and here’s to an even bigger year ahead!