NAP Of The Americas Data Center Is Being Expanded

Downtown Miami’s NAP of the Americas is already one of the most important data centers in the world, and the owner is now adding capacity.

Data center operator Equinix says the first phase of build out of the fifth floor has now been completed, at a cost of $60 million.

A second phase is also in the works.

The six-story, 750,000-square-foot building is built with 7-inch thick steel-reinforced concrete walls. There are three radomes on the roof, with satellite dishes covered so that no one knows where they are pointed (for security reasons).

Buildout of a new ground floor entrance area to the building is expected to be completed in February 2019, and completion of the second phase of the fifth floor buildout is also planned.

About 90% of data traffic from Central and South America passes through the building, and the region is forecast to have the highest growth in Interconnection Bandwidth in the world through 2020.

 

Read moreBBC: Behind the scenes of Latin America’s internet ‘brain’

Equinix: Why Miami is Latin America’s Center of Interconnection

 

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marc
3 years ago

The concrete barriers used throughout downtown while necessary should be made to not stick out so much. Maybe require the use of bollards or some kind of design elements to not make them look like buildings are under siege or perpetual construction.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Conceal bollards with planters. The city needs plants and trees and the building needs protection – win!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Need much wider sidewalks to have planters.

awo
3 years ago

The concrete barriers should be placed in the traffic lane and made to extend the sidewalk.

Anonymouse
3 years ago

If Amazon wants HQ2 to target LatAm then being right next to this puppy seems sensible.

Anonymousg
3 years ago

I agree.. we’re the Gateway city to LATAM if that’s where Amazon plans to expand into.

Anonymousg
3 years ago

The present & future of tech.. Network Communications and Cloud computing hub.

GBA
3 years ago

There are discussions that Swire’s climate ribbon will be used to chill the raised-floor space. That is what these renovations are all about.

Reality
3 years ago

Another win for the climate ribbon!

Conga
3 years ago

Weren’ They supposed to cover this eyesore of a building with LED screens…at least that’s what Miami World Center shows on its renderings

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah and now Miami World Center doesn’t have it in its renderings.

Anonymous
3 years ago

This is a serious piece of hardware that needs no LEDs. I wish it looked even more utilitarian like the Lloyds of London building.

suomynona
3 years ago

Those buildings look nothing alike haha.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Looks like they will have a higher demand for Network degrees 🙂

aceraroja
3 years ago

I know this building is necessary but I wonder if the ground floors could feasibly accommodate some retail. If not they should build a giant vertical forest around this because it truly is a horror to behold.

Anonymous
3 years ago

reminding everyone that this eye sore will be there for all of MWC and Paramount and Amazons tech hub corner

Anonymous
3 years ago

and possibly cancer from who knows what is going on inside the building? or do the thick walls protect, lol

Anonymous
3 years ago

Knowing Miami that building may be where they store all the cocaine.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Hey look, another sidewalk closed without any accommodations made for Pedestrians.

SOP for Miami area.

Anonymous
3 years ago

side walk is not closed just blocked off from a possible vehicle crash.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Forget it. People like him say the word “pedestrian” when they’re trolling for thumbs-up votes.

Anonymous
3 years ago

TY. I stand corrected.

Anonymous
3 years ago

The building is a fortress. Pedestrian interaction is unfeasible. However, I would have expected NAP to sell for redevelopment and move elsewhere. Will those antennas get the reception they did before all the skyscrapers in and around Worldcenter were approved?

Oscar
3 years ago

As I understand it, you cannot feasibly relocate this. In addition to the antennas, there are physical cables passing through the building that carry the Internet to Central and South America.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Fiber-optics

Anonymous
3 years ago

If the cables are extended elsewhere and then the facility is moved however… For example, run them under the Miami River to somewhere around MIA.

Oscar
3 years ago

These are cables that go underground and then transverse the ocean to connect Central and South America to the Internet. They’re not extending them or re-running them or moving them anywhere.

Anonymous
3 years ago

impossible to relocate this piece of important infrastructure.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Nothing is impossible.

Reality
3 years ago

This building is so unique to Miami. Historic status should be considered.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Agreed, but it needs a 10 story parking pedestal first.

awo
3 years ago

ha