Cyxtera expands US presence in Silicon Valley and Chicago

Cyxtera’s US footprint now includes more capacity in Santa Clara and Chicago, as well as a new data centre scheduled to come online in 2022.

Florida-based data centre operator Cyxtera, in response to growing demand in some of the US’ fastest-growing data centre markets, is expanding its footprint in Chicago and Silicon Valley.  

“Our customers and partners require access to world-class colocation services and seamless interconnection solutions in top tier markets,” said Nelson Fonseca, President & CEO of Cyxtera, in a statement to the press. 

Fonseca added: “By adding a new facility in Silicon Valley and bringing more capacity online in our existing facilities there and in Chicago, we’re able to continue delivering Cyxtera’s innovative solutions to even more of our existing and prospective customers.”

Silicon Valley 

In order to expand its leased capacity in the US’ capital of tech, Cyxtera has pre-leased the entirety of a 9 MW data centre in Santa Clara

The facility, which is owned and operated by Prime Data Centers, is currently under construction and, when completed, will deliver around 121,000 square feet of space across four floors. 

Jeff Barber, EVP Sales and Marketing at Prime, commented that Cyxtera’s global reach and footprint make them a key partner in Prime’s efforts to expand its presence, both in the US and overseas markets. "Prime strives to develop creative and transparent partnerships such as this, where both parties can realise not only economic benefits but also gain efficiencies via unique and flexible contract structures designed to support the specific needs of the tenant,” Barber added in a statement to the press. 

Australian multinational investment firm Macquarie Capital recently committed to investing $5bn into Prime Data Centers - an impressive sum, given the company’s relatively small regional footprint that remains confined to California - in order to spur the company’s attempts at developing a more globalised footprint. Currently, in addition to its facilities in California, Prime has revealed that it has active developments underway elsewhere in the US, as well as in Europe. 

 In addition to the pre-lease of Prime’s Santa Clara campus, Cyxtera is adding approximately 1.6 MW of capacity at its SFO1 facility in Silicon Valley. The expansion comes, Cyxtera announced, in response to “increasing demand from customers for premium retail colocation services to enhance business performance and facilitate their digital transformation efforts.” 

Chicago 

In a less-sizable expansion, Cyxtera is also growing its existing footprint in Chicago with the addition of 2 MW of capacity to its ORD2 data centre, located close to O’Hare International Airport. 

“The world-class quality of Cyxtera’s data centre facilities in top-tier markets continues to drive robust demand from our existing and prospective customers,” said Randy Rowland, Cyxtera’s Chief Operating Officer. “In analysing the opportunity to grow our presence in both Silicon Valley and Chicago, we saw significant upside potential to drive growth for our business while delivering the leading-edge solutions our customers have come to expect from Cyxtera.” 

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