Lightwave – San Diego Data Center

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AIS Lightwave Data Center (LWDC) is an 80,000 square-foot purpose-built colocation and cloud services data center located in the San Diego Spectrum area of Kearny Mesa in central San Diego.

AIS Lightwave Data Center

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As our headquarters and flagship site, Lightwave is an SSAE 16-compliant, SOC 1, 2, and 3 audited facility that features an impressive 9.1 Megawatts of power, N+1 or better redundancy on all data center systems, and security protocols required by leading businesses in the most stringent verticals.

Originally designed to support a large defense contractor, Lightwave is built to rigorous standards complete with redundant power and cooling systems plus multiple generators. LWDC is able to sustain utility service outages without service interruption.

As a carrier-neutral facility, Lightwave is a premier point of interconnection for many of the world’s leading carriers and network service providers. Clients can choose amongst the portfolio of managed AIS BusinessConnect network connectivity services including performance-routed IP and seamless Layer 3 VPN transport to any remote AIS data center.

Colocation space offerings at Lightwave range from large wholesale-sized private suites and custom cages down to affordable multi-sized locking cabinets.

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San Diego Data Center Space

  • Private suites from 100 to 5,000 sq ft
  • Built-to-spec private colocation cages
  • Locking colocation cabinets in 13u, 17u, 26u, and 54u increments
  • Shared cabinet space in 1u increments
  • Roof rights with excellent line-of-site (LOS)
  • On-site office space available

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

Cooling Systems

  • Full data-grade HVAC system with N+1 redundancy
  • 72?F ambient air temperature (+/-2 degrees)
  • 45% humidity (+/-5%)

Physical Security

  • 24x7x365 on-site security staff
  • Camera with remote door release at facility entrance – only authorized personnel are allowed to enter
  • Geometric hand scanner at man trap entrance
  • Card access control at all interior data center doors
  • CCTV digital surveillance cameras with 180 days storage on all main data center areas
  • All client equipment is registered upon arrival and can only be removed by authorized personnel
  • Shipping and receiving area is isolated from the colocation floors

Fire Suppression

  • Dry-pipe, pre-action double interlock fire suppression system
  • Zone specific discharge

Client Amenities

  • Shipping and receiving with loading dock
  • Client staging area with secure storage
  • Client work area equipped with desks, wired Internet
  • Facility-wide free wireless internet access
  • Ample on-site parking
  • Client lounge equipped with full kitchen, food, beverages, and TV
  • Conference room with projector and video conferencing

Regional Network

  • Multiple fiber vaults with diverse entry
  • Large carrier-neutral meet me room
  • IPv6 data center support
  • Option to access AIS performance-routed blended network: AT&T, Comcast, Cox, Level 3, Savvis, Sprint, Verizon, XO & peering via Any2 & CENIC International Internet Exchanges
  • Layer 3 VPN transport to any remote AIS facility
  • Multiple fiber providers on-site including: AT&T, Cogent, Cox, Level 3, TelePacific, Time Warner, TW Telecom, and XO
  • Cross Connect to the LWDC meet-me room and inter-cabinet via any media type

Client Support Services

  • Dedicated data center support center
  • 24x7x365 on-site support staff
  • Remote hands services
  • Managed tape rotation

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Company Profile

  • Public or private equity funding
  • In business for at least 10 years
  • HQ and management based in the United States
  • Profitable
  • Audited financials from a national CPA firm
  • Operates multiple data centers in multiple geographies
  • Can provide numerous reference accounts

Data Center Structure

  • Square footage
  • Separate service galleys
  • Onsite office space available
  • Truck / shipping bays (#)
  • Shipping / receiving area isolated from colo floor
  • Client staging area with secure storage
  • Burn-in / staging area available
  • Major delivery services available
  • Easily accessible from airport / highway

Surrounding Area

  • Not located in flood plain
  • Not located in flight path
  • Not adjacent to highway with hazardous shipping
  • Not adjacent to railroad tracks

Environmental Threats

  • Earthquakes
  • Tornadoes
  • Hurricanes
  • Tidal flooding
  • River flooding
  • Tsunami
  • Blizzards / hail storms

Backup Power

  • Backup generators onsite (#)
  • Total backup capacity currently available (MW)
  • Hours of diesel fuel runtime w/ onsite supply
  • Response time for contracted fuel resupply delivery
  • Battery backup capacity at load (minutes)


  • Redundant compressors / chillers (#)
  • A and B power feeds to each cooling system
  • Ambient air temperature and tolerance
  • Ambient humidity and tolerance
Compliance / Certification

  • SSAE 16 SOC 1 Type 2
  • SSAE 16 SOC 2 Type 2
  • SSAE 16 SOC 3 Type 2
  • 21 CFR Part 11

Access Control

  • Perimeter fencing
  • 24 x 7 x 365 onsite security staff
  • Closed circuit TV surveillance w/ 90 days storage
  • Customer defined access lists
  • Visitor tracking
  • Geometric screening
  • Mantraps
  • Card access control at all interior data center doors
  • Locking cabinets, cages, and suites
  • 24 x 7 x 365 customer access without delay

Tier 1 Network Carriers

  • AT&T
  • Comcast
  • Cox
  • Level 3
  • Savvis
  • Sprint
  • Verizon
  • XO

Network Connectivity

  • Cross-connects available via any media type
  • Cross-connect fee ($)
  • Carrier-neutral data center
  • Onsite meet-me-room
  • Diverse fiber entry vaults
  • IPv6 available
  • Performance-routed blended IP bandwidth available
  • Private data transport between data centers
  • Dark fiber available
  • Roof rights and wireless service available

Support Services

  • Remote hands, Smart hands
  • Rack-and-stack
  • Tape rotation
  • Structured cabling
  • 24 x 7 x 365 onsite operations staff
  • Facility-wide free wireless Internet access
  • Client lounge equipped with kitchen, beverages
  • Conference room with projector

AIS Lightwave – 9305 Lightwave Ave, San Diego, CA 92123

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