Three organic data center expansion projects worth keeping an eye on:
Yesterday, Equinix announced a significant new buildout over in the London metro area. The data center heavyweight plans to build another facility in the English hub, more specifically on its Slough campus to the west of the city. LD7 will cost some $120M and initially add 1,750 cabinets with potential expansion to 2,650. Just because it’s LD7 doesn’t mean it’s the company’s seventh facility – they sold the old LD2 and LD7 to Digital Realty two years ago as I recall. When this new one comes online in Q2 of next year, they will have nine facilities in the London market.
Last week, Netrality completed a renovation to its St. Louis facility. The data center at 900 Walnut now has a new managed Meet Me Room, adding additional interconnection capacity and options and further complementing their other St. Louis facility at 210 North Tucker. Netrality has been steadily improving all six of its locations this year, but I’d say the company is due for a new inorganic opportunity, maybe out west somewhere.
DataBank was also busy out west last week with an organic project. The data center operator has completed its third data center out in Kansas City. KC3 adds 25,000 square feet of raised floor space and 3MW of power capacity in this phase. When complete that will expand out to 106,350 square feet and 8MW. It is of course hooked up to KC1 nd KC2 via diverse dark fiber routes. Kansas City was one of the original markets DataBank was in when Digital Bridge acquired the company.
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