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Lightwave Avenue Data Center

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M5 Hosting Data Centers – Lightwave Avenue (LWDC)

M5 Hosting has a presence in two of San Diego’s premiere colocation facilities. Both provide for all planned maintenance to be performed with zero impact on operations. Both are SAS-70 Type II certified and audited annually. We maintain a private, leased, dark fiber transport connection between the two data centers, and each data center has it’s own redundant Internet connectivity in addition to the private, high-speed, transport between facilities. The facilities are 13 miles (21km) apart. Please see below for more detail on our Lightwave Avenue facility.

Lightwave Avenue (LWDC)
M5 Cloud Zone CA2

This 80,000 square-foot facility is located in the San Diego Spectrum area of San Diego, California. This facility has a long history of securely housing some of the most critical applications there are; US Department of Defense, 911 Emergency, Public Safety, Law Enforcement and Department of Corrections. This facility was reborn as an Internet Data Center after a multi-million dollar efficiency and modernization upgrade to the power and cooling systems performed by American Internet Services in 2008.

Data Center Space
  • Built-to-spec private colocation cages
  • Locking colocation cabinets in 13u, 17u, 26u, 44u and 54u increments
  • Shared cabinet space in 1u increments
  • Advanced Hot Aisle Containment
  • Roof rights with excellent line-of-site
Cooling Systems
  • Full data-grade HVAC with N+1 redundancy
  • <72°F ambient air temp
  • 45% humidity (+/-5%)
Certification and Sustainability
  • SSAE 16 SOC 1 Type 2
  • SSAE 16 SOC 2 Type 2
  • SSAE 16 SOC 3 Type 2
Fire Detection and Suppression
  • Dry-pipe, pre-action, double-interlock fire suppression system
  • Zone-specific discharge
Network Connectivity
  • Multiple fiber vaults with diverse entry points
  • Large carrier-neutral meet-me room
  • M5 Hosting network upstream providers at this location: Level 3 CommunicationsCogent, and American Internet Services (with peering to over 100 Networks via the Any2 Exchange at One Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles)
  • Private Layer 2 transport to our San Diego Tech Center – SDTC location.
  • Multiple fiber providers on-site including: AT&TCogentCoxLevel 3TelepacificTime Warner CableTW TelecomXO and American Internet Services.
Physical Security
  • 24x7x365 on-site security staff
  • Camera with remote door release at facility entrance — only authorized personnel are allowed to enter
  • Biometric hand scanner at man trap entrance
  • Card access control at all interior doors
  • CCTV digital surveillance cameras with 90 day data retention
  • All client equipment is registered upon arrival and can only be removed by authorized personnel
Power Systems
  • 9.1 Megawatts from SDG&E
  • 2N and N+1 AC UPS power plants
  • A/B, 208v/120v power distribution
  • Standard 12 KW per rack (or higher contingent upon client requirements)
  • N+3 emergency generator configuration
  • Minimum 48-hour run time fuel capacity
  • Multiple fuel providers with 4 hour response or better
Client Support Services
  • 24x7x365 on-site support staff
  • Remote hands services
  • Shipping and receiving with loading dock