Level 3 Communications has been having more fun these past couple of years than it has in a long while, and you can tell because they're actually getting to build things again. Today they unveiled a new 12,000 square foot data center in the colocation metropolis (data center alley sounds so small) that is Northern Virginia.
The new location is at 524 Van Buren Street in Herndon, and is of the Premier Elite vintage that Level 3 has been adding. Of the 18 they have in place, only 3 so far have been added in North America (Omaha, San Francisco, and now Herndon). The bulk of the others actually derive from Global Crossing's data center buildout efforts prior to the merger, especially in Latin America where they have 13. I expect they will be adding a few more both here and in Europe over time.
These smaller, enterprise-focused data centers are rather different from the type Level 3 built back in the dot com boom. They are also a key piece of the company's resurgent enterprise strategy, which has finally begun to bear real fruit this year in the form of actual profits. When the tw telecom deal closes in a couple months, their enterprise customer base will swell even more dramatically in North America.