I’ll be traveling next week, so if I’m a bit slow responding to anything big that’s why. In the meantime, here’s a Friday look at news from the data center space this week.
Equinix announced two new data center projects, one across the pond and the other down under. In London they’ll be opening their sixth facility, LD6. It will cost some $78M in capex, be located in Slough (big surprise) and have some 8,000 square meters in total capacity. Phase 1 will be ready in the first half of 2015. The other will be their first in Melbourne (ME1), cost $60M, and will be in a new 105,000 square foot building shell. The target date there is Q4 of this year.
Goodbye Savvis, hello CenturyLink Technology Solutions. The cloud and data center division of CenturyLink has finally been brought under CenturyLink’s unified brand. The Savvis name will surely persist for a while out of sheer inertia, but this rebranding was going to take place sooner or later.
BYTEGRID made good on its promise to further expand its footprint in the Midwest by inorganic means. They have entered the Chicago suburbs with the purchase of a facility from an affiliate of the insurance outfit CNA Financial Corporation. The purchase gives them a 70,000 square foot facility in Aurora that will feature 34000 square feet of raised floor space. CNA will still be there as a client taking up 30% of that.
And out in California, Vantage Data Centers has won a key customer expansion with an unnamed global e-commerce enterprise. The deal expands an existing relationship by 1.5Mw for which they built out some 7,200 square feet in four months. That gives them 26MW of critical IT load in Santa Clara.
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Several sources are reporting the facility that ByteGrid acquired is in Kane County, IL. This is incorrect. It is in DuPage County, IL. 4267 Meridian Pkwy Aurora, Illinois 60504-7901
There also is (was?) a Unite Private Networks fiber route right along there. It connects the Zayo (AboveNet) POP at 1952 McDowell to the Sprint MSC nearby. I say was because it’s not on their web site anymore. I’m sure the fiber is still there, but I don’t know who lays claim to it anymore.
The City of Aurora also has fiber along that road. They spun some of it out to non-profit OnLight Aurora, whom has been very difficult to work with.
The UPN fiber is still there and being used by UPN.