Lightwave – San Diego Data Center

AIS Lightwave Data Center (LWDC) is an 80,000 square foot facility in the San Diego Spectrum area of Kearny Mesa in central San Diego. Originally built to support a large defense contractor, LWDC is built to the most rigorous of standards, with 2N redundant power and a dedicated central plant for cooling. As a carrier-neutral facility, with multiple fiber vaults providing diverse points of entry, Lightwave is a premier point of interconnection for many of the world’s leading carriers and network service providers.

Lightwave offers colocation, cloud services and direct connectivity to AWS and Microsoft Azure at One Wilshire Blvd (OWB).


Lightwave offers fully featured colocation services capable of serving clients of all sizes from large wholesale-sized private suites and custom cages to dedicated full or partial locking cabinets. Clients can select from our portfolio of managed network connectivity services including performance-routed IP and seamless Layer 3 VPN transport to any remote AIS data center.

Cloud Services

Lightwave offers AIS Cloud services and direct connectivity to AWS and Microsoft Azure through One Wilshire Blvd (OWB). Clients with equipment at any of the AIS data centers can access Lightwave’s cloud services over our private MPLS network.

Private Network

All AIS data centers are connected by a private MPLS network, providing full network interconnectivity between all AIS facilities. The AIS network allows clients to take advantage of fast, secure, geo-redundant backup and recovery from other AIS data centers such as Van Buren in Phoenix.


Lightwave Data Center is located in the San Diego Spectrum area of Kearny Mesa in central San Diego. Located minutes from all five major San Diego freeways, making it one of the only major Southern California IT service destinations able to be reached quickly, even during rush hour. And not being located on the San Andreas fault, San Diego is not prone to the seismic activity affecting Los Angeles and San Francisco, making the city a relatively safe location for a data center. The California Department of Transportation recently completed improvements to all overpasses to make sure they can withstand a 7.0 earthquake, making the city infrastructure more resilient in the event of a seismic incident.

All AIS Data Centers provide:

Redundant Optical Network

Our private, secure MPLS network provides low-latency, redundant Layer 3 VPN service between each facility and allows real-time service delivery from multiple points on the Internet.

Connections to Major Providers

Premium Blended Bandwidth with Tier 1 carriers AT&T, Comcast, Cox, Level 3, NTT, Sprint, Verizon, XO and direct peering via Any2 and Cenic International Internet Exchanges. Transport and MetroE providers include AboveNet, AT&T, Cogent, Comcast, Cox, Integra, Level 3, SRP, TelePacific, TransTelco, TWC, Wilcon, XO and Zayo. Additional connections available through premium providers.

Cooling and Power

AIS has the capacity and capability to provide power and cooling for high density cabinets, up to 15kW without any special considerations. 2N redundant power distribution, including UPS and generator with a dedicated central cooling plant is standard at the Lightwave and Van Buren data centers. N+1 is provided at Tech Center and Fiber Alley data centers. Custom cooling and Cold Aisle Containment is available for loads greater than 15kW.


All AIS data centers utilize ITIL v3 service architecture and pass periodic SSAE 18, Type 2, SOC 1, 2, and 3 audits.


All AIS data centers feature a full range of modern security measures, including 24x7x365 onsite personnel, remote door release at facility mantrap and entrance, geometric hand scanners or biometric readers, digital card access at all data center doors, and 90 day storage on the CCTV digital surveillance system. All client equipment is tagged upon arrival and logged for monitoring.


AIS operates 6 enterprise class, carrier-neutral data centers. Located across San Diego and in Phoenix, Colocation with AIS offers convenient access and full integration across all network facilities.

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Strong data center and IT solutions are essential to our ability to innovate, deliver, and grow. Hansen owns and operates data centers in Australia and the U.K. and we felt that the services offered by AIS were a good fit for our needs in North America. AIS meets the high standards that we deliver from our own facilities. Andrew Hansen, managing directorHansen Technologies

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