DataBank to invest $30mn in edge data centres
The Dallas-based information management and security company, DataBank, to invest $30mn in EdgePresence - an owner and operator of multi-tenant, edge computing points-of-presence (PoPs) called EdgePods – or EDCs.
The move comes hot on the heels of an investment in Zayo Group, which tripled the company’s footprint, and will enable DataBank to upgrade its present legacy systems to those engineered and managed by EdgePresence.
The Georgia-based provider builds and runs modular, purpose-built EDCs that include physical security features, monitoring, critical power, and cooling facilities.
EdgePresence’s modular data centres currently provide space, power, bandwidth and interconnection across US markets. The investment therefore will boost DataBanks position as an information management and security company that offers customised technology solutions to businesses.
Situated at strategic locations, the new EDCs mean DataBank can colocate its customer workloads, reduce inactivity and boost performance for certain applications. EdgePresence technology has advanced capabilities that up-scale DataBank’s edge strategy and will enable it to maximise performance when 5G networks are fully implemented.
Speaking of the announcement, , remarked; “With the continued expansion of 5G and internet infrastructure, we are seeing the need for geographic-specific colocation solutions. EdgePresence’s modular installations will allow DataBank to deploy these targeted solutions for specific applications and use cases where traditional data centre options are not optimal.”
He added: “The combination of DataBank’s expanded footprint with zColo facilities and EdgePresence modular solutions will allow us to offer customers almost unlimited geographic flexibility for their IT infrastructure.”
EdgePresence also recently partnered with the industry-leading Digital Colony portfolio company, Vertical Bridge. The move means EdgePresence is currently deploying at over a dozen Vertical Bridge locations. The collaboration of technical assets will speed up the creation of new infrastructure solutions for cloud, content, and technology customers.
commented; “EdgePresence has been establishing an important beachhead at the ‘far edge’ since 2018. By joining forces with DataBank, we’ll act as a force multiplier for their edge data centre strategy, helping to bring data centres closer to the data pools being created by users, enabling next-generation, data-localisation strategies and applications for 5G and IoT."
NKG1 opens BDx Nanjing data centre campus
Big Data Exchange (BDx), a pan-Asian data centre company has launched its Nanjing data centre campus in China with the opening of its first facility, NKG1. The company said they “celebrated” the launch of the campus, located in the Yangtze River Delta, one of the nation's richest regions and its largest import and export base.
Following its certificate of completion from the Urban and Rural Construction Bureau of Jiangning District in Nanjing City, the NKG1 campus is “now serving customers”. Construction on the Nanjing campus began in February last year.
"We worked through the challenges of completing a major construction project during the peak of the pandemic because customers were anticipating this launch to support an unprecedented surge of growth and capacity requirements”, said Bill Gao, EVP & Chief Executive Officer of BDx Greater China.
"The launch of NKG1 enables BDx to have new world-class data centre infrastructure in China. It also lays a solid foundation for BDx to provide OTTs, financial services institutions, and Fortune 500 MNC customers with high reliability, high redundancy, and low latency solutions”, he added.
What does the NKG1 data centre include?
According to BDx, the NKG1 facility is the first data centre in the city to earn the Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Design Documents and offers 4MW of IT power for colocation. NKG1 is powered by two separate 10-kilovolt feeders from two substations that aim to provide the NKG campus with 60MVA of total power sanctioned from the grid.
During COVID-19, BDx says that its design and construction team focused on safety to ensure that the project was completed safely and without incident. This enabled the company to add critical capacity to this region and respond to the accelerated shift to digital environments that caused a surge in demand for data center services. “Research shows that demand hasn't dropped as the economy reopens”, BDx said.
The launch of NKG2
Due to rising demand in China’s data centre market, BDx plans to launch the second phase of its Nanjing campus, NKG2, by the end of this year. “NKG2 is designed to be minimally manned and almost lights-out — a reigning philosophy across BDx's data center cluster. In addition, its highly automated features make for a more sustainable data center environment”, the company said.