Three bits of interconnection news, one sale/leaseback, and a partnership to catch up on as we start the week:
Fiber Data Internet Exchange has extended its peering fabric from Indianapolis out to St. Louis, enabling peers in each market to exchange traffic with each other. FD-IX operates interconnection and peering infrastructure at three sites in Indianapolis and two in St. Louis, as well as in other regional markets such as Altoona IA, Chicago, Houston, and Cleveland.
Cologix has added to its interconnection ecosystem in Minnesota. They recently announced direct connectivity to the Google Cloud Platform at its interconnection hub within the 511 11th Avenue South in Minneapolis. Cologix has four facilities in Minneapolis, but all within the 511 Buidling. The company has been in the hub since it acquired the Minnesota Gateway back in 2012, and most recently acquired one from vXchnge a few months ago.
EdgeConneX has also added some connectivity to Google's cloud. They have brought Google Cloud Interconnect into their edge campus in the Portland, Oregon marketplace. EdgeConneX's campus in Hillsboro includes two facilities already, with a third planned for development in 2021. When complete they expect to ofer 30MW of capacity.
Iron Mountain has found a buyer of 13 of its industrial facilities for $358M. Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust is acquiring the locations, totaling 2.1M square feet mostly in California, northern New Jersey, and Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. They'll use the net of $260M it frees up to reinvest in other growth opportunities, while leasing back the facilities from BREIT for their ongoing operations there.
Meanwhile, Lumen Technologies has added some automation capabilities to its portfolio. They have augmented their consulting services with some help from Itential, which specializes in intelligent automation for multi-domain networks. The two will work together to deliver network automation across physical, virtual, and cloud networks to the large enterprise market.
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