Maryland's network infrastructure is getting a boost this morning via a partnership between two independent players in colo and fiber. BYTEGRID and FiberLight have teamed up to roll out a dark fiber interconnection service they're calling "Maryland Connect".
BYTEGRID's 214,000 square foot campus in Silver Spring, Maryland will be brought onto FiberLight's regional and metro dark fiber footprint, giving the data center operator the ability to provide pipes from its cages out to enterprise and federal sites across the DC metro area. With the cloud now at the forefront of everyone's minds, having big enough pipes to connect to it is becoming a key concern, and that will inevitably be leading to closer and closer collaboration between data centers and fiber operators.
With big projects down in Georgia and out in Cleveland to go with its Maryland campus and an appetite for further expansions, BYTEGRID is clearly on offense. But Maryland is their home turf, and FiberLight seems like a natural partner in helping them take on the competition across the Potomac in Ashburn.
FiberLight has been very busy lately down in Texas, but they've got a 600+ route mile footprint in the greater DC metro area. A few years back they invested a lot of money and effort in the region, including a unique buildout to Culpeper and Charlottesville in northern Virginia and 104 route miles in Baltimore amongst others.