Going ‘green’ at your data center building

More Processing Power, Less Heat and Power Requirements with New

 Eco-Friendly Servers

 

SAN DIEGO — Feb 16, 2007 — Faster processing speeds have made way for advancements in science and medicine, as well for the elevated popularity of consumer products such as iPods and Blackberries.  But this speed comes with a price, ultimately affecting the bottom line of companies and the environment.

The doubling of processor speed approximately every 18 months has also roughly doubled the rate of heat and power consumption for computer processors as well. This has caused a great deal of alarm among industry and government leaders over the past couple of years as they grapple with ways to advance technology without draining precious energy sources. Meanwhile, the lifetime operating cost of powering inefficient servers and cooling them with air conditioning has become a growing concern among data center managers.

In the last year, several computer manufacturers have introduced “green” servers. These eco-friendly servers, they say, will save money, space and power, and will reduce the overall heating/cooling requirements.  Green servers create less heat and require less power, but have greater processing power than previous generations of microprocessors.

Just last year, Congress approved legislation urging Americans to “give high priority to energy efficiency as a factor in determining the best value and performance for buying computer servers.” Sun Microsystems, for instance, sells servers that use a low power “CoolThreads” microprocessor that uses less power than an average light bulb. Intel’s green processors are expected to consume about 30 watts less than the company’s older models.  Sun, HP, IBM, Advanced Micro Devices, Dell and other companies have also created The Green Grid, an organization that promotes power efficiency.

This action couldn’t have come at a better time as companies and even entire regions have begun to suffer from the effects of energy hungry computer servers.

“Electricity, its generation and the heat it can produce is a relatively old technology. In the co-location world, the demands of increased electricity usage to fuel robust microprocessors is creating lost heat that is difficult and expensive to cool,” said Jerry Morris, founder and general manager of NextLevel Internet, a leading San Diego-based Internet Access and Co-Location Provider. “For example, many co-location facilities in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York are quickly running out of power and, more importantly, the environmental control systems to adequately deal with the heat produced by the power hungry servers.”

Morris pointed out that for every 1x Amp used by a server, approximately 1x extra Amp is required at a co-location facility to cool the air, moderate the humidity, run the fans, power the routers and light the building.

“This is why power costs are so high in closely controlled co-location environments,” he said. “It’s also the reason why you may no longer be able to fill your co-location space from top to bottom with servers.

“It’s no secret to me why Google is semi-secretly building its new data center next to the Columbia River – unlimited power and cooling,” Morris added.

In order to save energy, resources and the environment without compromising their computer networks, Morris said companies must first ask, “How much power do I need and how much will my power cost?”

The following are several key questions companies should ask their Internet Access or Co-Location Provider about when creating or keeping a data center green.

• How much power do my servers consume?

• What is the wattage target per cabinet?

• What is the facility’s desired target for humidity?

• What is the Co-Location Provider’s guarantee from a temperature perspective?

• Do I have hot aisle and cold aisle designations? This means the opposing aisle’s servers are blowing heat into the same aisle and not blowing hot air into the cool intake aisles.

• Are the cooling units on the interior or on the exterior of the building?

• Is the local power company limiting the ability to expand, given the square footage of the co-location facility?

• Does the co-location facility have the ability to co-generate power?

• Does the facility have alternative or preventative cooling measures? For example, some co-location centers are introducing coolant type liquids into the cabinets to cool the servers. Additionally, last November, Hewlett-Packard Co. unveiled its “Dynamic Smart Cooling” for data centers, which has heat sensors on cooling racks that send signals to a control panel that adjusts the air conditioning output.

• Is the data center actively monitoring my power consumption and giving me timely reports?

The first step in deciding to go green in your data center is making sure you can get an accurate and detailed monthly electrical usage reading and bill. The usage reading is important because it’s difficult to do an accurate “bottom-up” accounting for power consumption in a data center. Companies also need to know how much money they are spending on electricity so they can have a baseline for calculating the return on investment (ROI) for any changes or adjustments when purchasing the more “capital intensive” green servers. From an ROI perspective only, it may make sense to purchase the higher heat producing servers if you only have two-to-three servers. As the company expands, however, you may want to look at greener solutions, despite the higher initial cost of the green servers because you would otherwise have to expand your space and power requirement more quickly than you might have anticipated and that can be very expensive.

The second step in going green at the data center is determining where the electricity is going. Air conditioners, environmental control systems and power converters can gobble up nearly half of an energy bill but it’s hard to really determine how much electricity they consume without first knowing how much electricity your servers are currently consuming.

Older facility equipment can also be a hidden energy drainer. Companies should figure out what their oldest equipment is and see if it needs to be updated.

Another factor to take into consideration when going green in the data center is your company’s growth. Some businesses may need to increase their space, number of applications and energy consumption, which all need to be considered when upgrading servers and data centers.

“Today, the first thing companies should do is consider switching to green server solutions,” Morris said. “Given the right conditions, the ROI can be significant. We had a client go from four cabinets loaded with power and blowing out hot air to two cabinets that are blowing out cool air in comparison. It saved them money and space and our environment is better because of it.”

About NextLevel Internet, Inc.

Founded in 1999, NextLevel Internet is a business-to-business co-location, Internet, and managed data services provider that matches its customers’ needs with the highest quality deliverables and customer service available. The company specializes in providing service to companies whose loss of Internet connection will result in the loss of life, money or reputation.

NextLevel Internet provides only the best clear channel connectivity direct to a fully redundant Tier 1 Internet backbone with unbeatable value. NextLevel Internet is managed and operated 24/7 by seasoned Internet and data professionals who understand that impeccable service is paramount. Certified engineers (CCNA™, CCNP™, MCSE™) and highly trained personnel handle all of its client requests from complex design and build-out to simple routing, DNS, IP allocation, router replacement, and tail circuit issues directly and immediately. NextLevel Internet monitors its network connections through its Network Operation Center (NOC) 24×7 using ICMP/SNMP sampling.

For more information on NextLevel Internet, call 858.836.0703 or visit www.nextlevelinternet.com.

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NextLevel Internet Expands with the Addition of Orange County Internet

NextLevel Internet, Inc., Southern California™s leading mission critical Internet access provider, has effectively extended its burgeoning Southern California network with the integration of Orange County Internet, which was acquired last month. Jerry Morris, general manager and founder of NextLevel Internet, said the company now provides best-of-class service to companies and organizations in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego counties.

“NextLevel Internet has now effectively expanded its network reach for vital services such as disaster recovery, voice over Internet protocol, and virtual private networks, but we have also lowered the overall transport costs for businesses that want to privately connect their offices throughout these markets,” Morris said. “We continue to build on our base of mission critical clients who absolutely require network services that feature our award-winning engineers who man our Help Desk and provide proactive monitoring and creative solutions to ensure a 24/7 connection.”

Morris cited the American Red Cross and Golden Hour Data Services as two of the mission critical first responders that NextLevel Internet has serviced with Internet bandwidth, monitoring and technical support. “In a disaster, communications and information are critical elements to an immediate and safe response,” said Morris. “NextLevel prides itself on providing Internet access for not only these types of organizations, but also companies that cannot compromise when it comes to providing 24/7 service to its own customers or employees.”

He said that NextLevel Internet recently acquired access to the new Tustin Data Center, a 90,000-square-foot, state-of the art co-location facility that provides its Orange County clients with a central, safe and secure location for their networks.  cold, ‘s clean and it has plenty of uninterruptible power”  said Morris. “More importantly is it provides the physical security and virtually unlimited bandwidth required to prevent network downtime. Furthermore, we now can offer this facility at a time when many Exchange Carriers are running out of co-location space and power.”

About NextLevel Internet, Inc.

Founded in 1999, NextLevel Internet is a business-to-business co-location, Internet, and managed data services provider that matches its customers’ needs with the highest quality deliverables and customer service available. The company specializes in providing service to companies whose loss of Internet connection will result in the loss of life, money or reputation.

NextLevel Internet provides only the best clear channel connectivity direct to a fully redundant Tier 1 Internet backbone with unbeatable value. NextLevel Internet is managed and operated 24/7 by seasoned Internet and data professionals who understand that impeccable service is paramount. Certified engineers (CCNA, CCNP, MCSE) and highly trained personnel handle all of its client requests from complex design and build-out to simple routing, DNS, IP allocation, router replacement, and tail circuit issues directly and immediately. NextLevel Internet monitors its network connections through its Network Operation Center (NOC) 24×7 using ICMP/SNMP sampling.

For more information on NextLevel Internet, call 858.836.0703 or visit www.nextlevelinternet.com.

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NextLevel Internet Selects NetSapiens’ SNAPsolution™ for Business Communication Services

NetSapiens and NextLevel enable delivery of reliable VoIP services

to small and medium-sized businesses

 

SAN DIEGO, CA, November 7, 2006 – NextLevel Internet, Inc., Southern California’s leading mission critical Internet access provider, has selected NetSapiens’ SNAPsolution as its preferred turnkey VoIP solution for the company, and for its small and medium-sized business customers.   NetSapiens®, Inc., based in San Diego, CA, simplifies the delivery of voice and multimedia services by providing an end-to-end, fully integrated and tested solution.  The SNAPsolution integrates applications software, hardware and services that enable competitive providers, including ISPs (Internet Service Providers), to quickly deploy services for increased revenue.

 

“We have evaluated many VoIP solutions, and haven’t found anyone better than NetSapiens to deliver Hosted PBX services to small and medium businesses,” said Jerry Morris, Founder & General Manager, NextLevel Internet.  “We have been carefully planning our VoIP strategy over the past number of years, and with NetSapiens have found that the reliability and flexibility of their products and services match up well with our client-focused, and mission critical business.”

 

NextLevel Internet prides itself on delivering high quality and highly available Internet services to its clients.  These are clients who would lose money, reputation, or life if their Internet connection goes down.  NextLevel monitors its network connections through its Network Operation Center (NOC) 24×7 using ICMP/SNMP sampling.  NextLevel also administers QoS (Quality of Service) on both the client side and in its MPLS based network and monitors the network proactively, which is ideal for VoIP.

 

 

“We are pleased to have NextLevel as our client and partner,” said Anand Buch, Co-Founder and CEO of NetSapiens.  “As the premier regional ISP, NextLevel is different

than larger ISPs in that they can focus their energy on providing customized service to their customers.  This philosophy is similar to NetSapiens’ as we also adapt to our clients’ needs by customizing applications and deployments, which is consistent with our vision of how service providers will further evolve in the VoIP marketplace.”

 

 

 

About NetSapiens

NetSapiens simplifies the delivery of IP voice and multimedia business communication services by providing turnkey solutions.  NetSapiens’ SNAPsolution™ integrates applications software, hardware, and services that enable competitive providers to quickly deploy services for increased revenue.  These applications range from pre-paid calling, Hosted PBX, to unified messaging, conferencing, and call center solutions.  NetSapiens owns and developed the core technology, IP multimedia platform (applications software) and integrates the hardware and services needed, thereby eliminating interoperability issues that are often present in multi-vendor VoIP networks.

 

For more information, please visit www.netsapiens.com.

 

About NextLevel Internet

Founded in 1999, NextLevel Internet is a business-to-business co-location, Internet, and managed data services provider that matches its customers’ needs with the highest quality deliverables and customer service available. The company specializes in providing service to companies whose loss of Internet connection will result in the loss of life, money, or reputation.

NextLevel Internet provides only the best clear channel connectivity direct to a fully redundant Tier 1 Internet backbone with unbeatable value. NextLevel Internet is managed and operated 24/7 by seasoned Internet and data professionals who understand that impeccable service is paramount. Certified engineers (CCNA™, CCNP™, MCSE™) and highly trained personnel handle all of its client requests from complex design and build-out to simple routing, DNS, IP allocation, router replacement, and tail circuit issues directly and immediately. NextLevel Internet monitors its network connections through its Network Operation Center (NOC) 24×7 using ICMP/SNMP sampling.

For more information on NextLevel Internet, call 858.836.0703 or visit www.nextlevelinternet.com.

For more information, please visit www.911enable.com.

 

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Level 3 to Acquire Broadwing Corporation

Level 3 Communications, Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Broadwing Corporation. Under the terms of the agreement, Level 3 will pay $8.18 of cash plus 1.3411 shares of Level 3 common stock for each share of Broadwing common stock outstanding at closing. In total, Level 3 currently expects to pay approximately $744 million of cash and issue approximately 122 million shares.

Broadwing, based in Austin, Texas, delivers data, voice and media solutions to enterprises and service providers over its 19,000 mile intercity fiber network. Approximately half of Broadwing’s revenue comes from the wholesale market, with business customers comprising the remaining revenue.

“The acquisition of Broadwing is consistent with both the Level 3 wholesale market strategy as well as our more recent entry into the enterprise market,” said James Q. Crowe, chief executive officer of Level 3. “We believe the combination of Level 3 and Broadwing will create value for our investors through the elimination of duplicative network and operating costs, the addition of a solid revenue base, and a further strengthening of our financial position.

“Broadwing has made great strides with national enterprise customers as a result of their strong product portfolio and national sales teams. This creates an exciting opportunity for us to leverage both of these capabilities to accelerate the growth of Level 3’s Business Markets Group.”

“We are confident in our ability to successfully integrate Broadwing,” said Kevin O’Hara, president and chief operating officer of Level 3. “We have completed the majority of integration efforts from our WilTel acquisition under budget and ahead of schedule. The integration activities for our more recent acquisitions are also on plan.”

“Bringing together the resources and talents of Broadwing and Level 3 is an exciting opportunity for our company, allowing us to capitalize on the strengths of both companies and on advances in technology,” said Steve Courter, chief executive officer of Broadwing Corporation. “The combination of our two operations will create a powerful company in the global telecommunications industry with strong growth potential.”

“During 2006, Broadwing has grown revenue and improved its margin profile,” said Sunit Patel, chief financial officer of Level 3. “Broadwing has had success with expanding its enterprise customer base and service offerings as well as its transport business. We expect the combined operations to directly benefit from these efforts.

“Broadwing is expected to contribute positive Adjusted OIBDA in 2007, and even though we expect integration efforts to extend into 2008, we expect Broadwing will generate approximately $200-$250 million of Consolidated Adjusted OIBDA in 2008.

“Including the benefit of synergies and the cost of integration including capital expenditures, this transaction is free cash flow positive in 2008 and should contribute over $200 million of free cash flow in 2009. Total integration costs are expected to be approximately $110-$130 million.

“We expect the transaction to further improve Level 3’s financial position and reduce leverage given its expected positive Adjusted OIBDA contribution and Broadwing’s approximately $150 million of net cash as of June 30, 2006.”

As of June 30, 2006, Level 3 had approximately $1.4 billion of cash and marketable securities on hand as adjusted for the acquisitions of TelCove and Looking Glass, the sale of Software Spectrum and the redemption of its outstanding 9.125% Senior Notes due 2008 and 10.50% Senior Discount Notes due 2008.

Closing is subject to customary conditions, including receipt of applicable state and federal regulatory approvals, and is also subject to the approval of the stockholders of Broadwing. Closing is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2007.

Level 3 will hold an investor and media conference call today to discuss the announcement at 10 a.m. EDT. To join the call, please dial (612) 332-1025. A live broadcast of the call can also be heard on Level 3’s Web site at www.Level3.com. An audio replay of the call will be available within 24 hours after the call through the Web site or by dialing (320) 365-3844 – Access code 845296.

Level 3 was advised on the transaction by Evercore Partners, JPMorgan and Merrill Lynch & Co. Level 3 received legal representation from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc (Nasdaq: LVLT), an international communications company, operates one of the largest Internet backbones in the world. Through its customers, Level 3 is the primary provider of Internet connectivity for millions of broadband subscribers. The company provides a comprehensive suite of services over its broadband fiber optic network including Internet Protocol (IP) services, broadband transport and infrastructure services, colocation services, voice services and voice over IP services. These services provide building blocks that enable Level 3’s customers to meet their growing demands for advanced communications solutions. The company’s Web address is www.Level3.com.

“Level 3 Communications,” “Level 3? and the Level 3 Communications logo are registered service marks of
Level 3 Communications, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Any other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. Level 3 services are provided by wholly owned subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc.

Forward-Looking Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, (i) statements about the benefits of the acquisition of Broadwing by Level 3, including financial and operating results and synergy benefits that may be realized from the acquisition; Level 3’s and Broadwing’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements contained in this presentation that are not historical facts; and (ii) other statements identified by words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates” or words of similar meaning. These forward-looking statements are based upon management’s current beliefs or expectations and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies and third-party approvals, many of which are beyond our control. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements: (1) whether the stockholders of Broadwing approve the proposed transaction; (2) the satisfaction of the other conditions specified in the merger agreement, including without limitation the receipt of required governmental approvals of the proposed transaction; (3) the ability to successfully combine the businesses of Level 3 and Broadwing; (4) the realization of revenue and cost synergy benefits from the proposed transaction; and (5) operating costs, customer loss and business disruption following the merger, including adverse effects on relationships with employees. Other important factors that may affect Level 3’s and the combined business’ results of operations and financial condition include, but are not limited to: increasing the volume of traffic on Level 3’s network; developing new products and services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; successfully completing commercial testing of new technology and information systems to support new products and services, including voice transmission services; stabilizing or reducing the rate of price compression on certain of our communications services; integrating strategic acquisitions including the acquisition of Broadwing; attracting and retaining qualified management and other personnel; and the ability to meet all of the terms and conditions of our debt obligations. Level 3’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current Reports on Form 8-K and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings discuss the foregoing risks as well as other important risk factors that could contribute to such differences or otherwise affect our business, results of operations and financial condition. The forward-looking statements in this release and the related conference call for analysts and investors speak only as of the date they are made. Level 3 and Broadwing do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date such forward-looking statement is made.
This press release shall not constitute an offer of any securities for sale. The proposed transaction will be submitted to Broadwing’s stockholders for their consideration. Level 3 and Broadwing will file a registration statement, a proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant documents concerning the proposed transaction with the SEC. Stockholders of Broadwing are urged to read the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC when they become available, as well as any amendments or supplements to those documents, because they will contain important information. Stockholders of Level 3 can obtain more information about the proposed transaction by reviewing the Form 8-K to be filed by Level 3 in connection with the announcement of the transaction, and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC when they become available. You will be able to obtain a free copy of the proxy statement/prospectus, as well as other filings containing information about Level 3 and Broadwing, at the SEC’s Web site (http://www.sec.gov/). Copies of the proxy statement/prospectus and the SEC filings that will be incorporated by reference in the proxy statement/prospectus can be obtained, without charge, by directing a request to Level 3, Investor Relations, 1025 Eldorado Blvd., Broomfield, CO 80021, 720-888-2500 or to Broadwing, Investor Relations, 1122 Capital of Texas Highway South Austin, TX 78746-6426, (866) 426-7847.

Level 3, Broadwing and their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Broadwing in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of Level 3 is set forth in the proxy statement on Schedule 14A, dated April 6, 2006, as supplemented, for Level 3’s 2006 annual meeting of stockholders. Information about directors and executive officers of Broadwing and their ownership of Broadwing common stock is set forth in the proxy statement on Schedule 14A, filed with the SEC on March 24, 2006, for Broadwing’s 2006 annual meeting of stockholders. Additional information regarding participants in the proxy solicitation may be obtained by reading the proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed transaction when it becomes available.

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Jeff Posner is new VP of Finance and Marketing at NextLevel Internet

Jeff Posner had been named Vice President of Finance and Marketing for San Diego-based NextLevel Internet, Inc., Southern California’™s leading mission critical Internet access provider, according to Jerry Morris, general manager and founder of NextLevel Internet.

As Vice President of Finance and Marketing, Posner will be responsible for all corporate finance activities as well as directing NextLevel’™s marketing efforts, customer referral program and directing sales in the Orange County market. NextLevel provides business class Internet connectivity to San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

“Jeff’s extensive knowledge of database marketing, years of proven success in the Orange County Internet market, and the completion of his MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, brings a tremendous amount of strength to NextLevel Internet,” said Morris. “Jeff’s ability to consistently deliver high quality results in a team environment makes him an excellent addition to our organization as we continue to expand throughout Southern California.”

Previously, Posner was managing partner of Orange County Internet LLC, a privately held company that was acquired by NextLevel Internet in September. Orange County Internet provides business class Internet connectivity to Orange County, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Posner has also worked as an independent direct marketing consultant and as a general manager of an international direct marketing company headquartered in Santiago, Chile.

Posner earned a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Joseph H. Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. A resident of Del Mar, Posner is the founding president of the Network Professional Association’s Orange County Chapter. He is also a member of the UCSB Alumni Association, Southern California Wharton Alumni Club, and a volunteer with the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

About NextLevel Internet, Inc.

Founded in 1999, NextLevel Internet is a business-to-business co-location, Internet, and managed data services provider that matches its customers’ needs with the highest quality deliverables and customer service available. The company specializes in providing service to companies whose loss of Internet connection will result in the loss of life, money or reputation.

NextLevel Internet provides only the best clear channel connectivity direct to a fully redundant Tier 1 Internet backbone with unbeatable value. NextLevel Internet is managed and operated 24/7 by seasoned Internet and data professionals who understand that impeccable service is paramount. Certified engineers (CCNAâ„¢, CCNPâ„¢, MCSEâ„¢) and highly trained personnel handle all of its client requests from complex design and build-out to simple routing, DNS, IP allocation, router replacement, and tail circuit issues directly and immediately. NextLevel Internet monitors its network connections through its Network Operation Center (NOC) 24×7 using ICMP/SNMP sampling.

For more information on NextLevel Internet, call 858.836.0703 or visit www.nextlevelinternet.com.

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