Tuesday Bytes: Digital Crossroads, Equinix, Segra, Altibox

November 10th, 2020 by · Leave a Comment

A couple new data centers, some metro fiber, and a submarine cable RFS:

Digital Crossroads has taken its unique new data center project live in northwestern Indiana. The project has transformed the former State Line Generating Plant in the city of Hammond on the shore of Lake Michigan into a $40M, 105,000 square foot data center. It leverages cooling water from the lake and a direct fiber connection back to key destinations in Chicago. They have pre-leased about half of that space already. We had Digital Crossroads CEO Peter Feldman on here to talk about the project a year and a half ago.

Equinix is adding yet more space down under. Yesterday they announced the expansion of their footprint in the western Australian city of Perth via the buildout of a third IBX facility. PE3 will be the company's 18th location in Australia, and will be adjacent to PE2 and connected via a secure link bridge. When complete the project will offer some 1650 cabinets within a square footage of 114,200. Both the Indigo and Australia-Singapore cable systems terminate at Equinix's Perth campus.

Segra has picked up a high profile client in northern Virginia that has little to do with the data centers there. The Loudoun County Public Schools have tapped Segra for network services, specifically connectivity between several network hub sites and some 100+ other locations. Segra has built out additional network within the county as part of the deal, infrastructure that will no doubt support future projects as well.

And Europe saw a new submarine cable go live this past week, albeit a small one. According to Altibox, the Skagenfiber cable between Norway and Denmark is officially ready for service. It's just 173km long, connecting cable landing stations in Hirtshals and Larvik with 48 fiber pairs and a total theoretical capacity of 1920Tbps. The cable will offer an alternative route to Scandanavia and a lower latency route from Oslo to many European market destinations.

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Categories: Datacenter · Metro fiber · Undersea cables

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