DirecTV taps ViaWest for digital entertainment datacentre support
Gabriel Miramar-Garcia
| 20 September 2014
DirectTV has selected ViaWest to support its critical network infrastructure for digital entertainment services.

The satellite company serves more than 37 million customers in the US and Latin America, and was looking for a new provider of colocation space, reliable power and cooling as the company moves its production environment into a new location.

The news comes as the satcaster continues to expand its programming availability throughout the Americas, including the recent launch of its premium NFL Sunday Ticket package throughout Latin America. DirecTV will deliver up to 12 matches every Sunday for 17 weeks, dedicating nine channels to broadcast the games in the Spanish language.

"We chose to work with ViaWest because they deeply understand complex datacentre builds," said Paul James, senior vice president of finance for DirecTV. "We have extensive power needs and were impressed with ViaWest's ability to help us forward plan our space, power and cooling needs, and the company's willingness to make a long-term commitment to us. ViaWest has shown that its team is capable of handling these challenges, and we look forward to a fruitful partnership."

ViaWest's 27 enterprise-class datacentres located across the US support both production workloads and disaster recovery solutions. The company provides technical and customer support for its colocation, cloud computing and managed services suite.

"ViaWest has a long and successful history of working closely with customers to deliver tailored solutions that solve business problems," said Nancy Phillips, president and CEO for ViaWest.

"We are proud to bring DirecTV's mission-critical enterprise production environment into one of our enterprise-class facilities. We look forward to a strategic long-term partnership with DirecTV to support its datacentre strategy as its business grows."