Apr 20, 2021

EdgeX opens in the U.S. following acquisition of first site

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Sam Steers
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EdgeX, a new US data centre company, has launched after purchasing its first site in Oklahoma
A new data centre company has launched in the United States after acquiring its first site in Oklahoma city.
 
Formed as part of a three-man leadership by data centre veterans John Parsons, Terry Morrison, and Octavio Morales, EdgeX has acquired its first site, which plans to target verticals in financial services, digital content distribution, insurance and enterprise applications.
 
Parsons, Morrison and Morales all have a combined experience in the industry spanning more than 75 years.
 
Describing how the company launch came about, John Parsons said: "In the middle of a pandemic, we saw an opportunity.
 
The world of remote working and distance learning exploded, and data centres along with cloud companies and service apps were in high demand," he said.
 
He added: "This facility will be the first of many as we continue to look for opportunities to extend the edge."
 
Having purchased the site on 2 April, EdgeX is already eyeing new business opportunities, and promoting its central U.S. location as an asset for potential customers.
 
The site is located at 4442 Newcastle Road in Oklahoma City and is 65,000 sq ft in size with two 10,000 sq ft data halls.

 

EdgeX: Meet the Founders
 
Before creating EdgeX, John Parsons co-founded Perimeter Technology Centre (PTC) with EdgeX partner Terry Morrison in 2002. Before being sold nine years later to TierPoint in 2011, PTC became the largest commercial data centre provider in Oklahoma.
 
Octavio Morales co-founded TierPoint in 2003 in Spokane, Washington D.C. It was sold in 2012 before Morales left TierPoint in 2019.
 
Since 2012, John Parsons has also operated the private equity firm Crooked Creek Capital, whilst Morrision was the Chief technology Officer at Green Cloud Technologies.
 
Fast forward nine years and the data centre veterans have launched their own company in the U.S. which they hope to grow in years to come.
 
 

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May 13, 2021

Equinix: Digital leaders expect changes to working patterns

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A report released by Equinix has revealed that digital leaders expect long-term changes to how and where people will work.

A global report released by Equinix has revealed that digital leaders expect long-term changes to the way people work. 

As part of the report, the data infrastructure company surveyed 2,600 IT decision-makers from several different businesses spanning 26 countries in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions. The study also highlighted the biggest technology trends affecting global businesses and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted digital infrastructure plans. 

Talking about companies’ expansion strategies, Claire Macland, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Equinix, said: “Many companies are now investing more in their digital infrastructure to enable them to embrace a hybrid working model and thrive in the new world of work we all find ourselves in. 

“Despite headwinds in many sectors, many organizations are continuing to expand physically and virtually into new markets and regions around the world”, she said. 

The findings

The report drew the following conclusions: 

 

  • 64% of the 2,600 digital leaders surveyed believed there will be “long-term changes to both how and where people will work in the future.
  • 57% of global companies intend to expand into new regions despite the effects of the pandemic 
  • 51% of businesses worldwide say they have rearchitected their IT infrastructure so that it can meet the demands of remote and hybrid working. Digital transformation has also been accelerated due to an increase in businesses’ technology budgets. 

 

How might digital transformation be affected post-pandemic? 

COVID-19 has demanded that companies make several changes to the way that they operate, including digital transformation. According to the study, 47% of those surveyed reported that they have accelerated their digital transformation plans because of the Coronavirus pandemic. A further 42% of organisations said their budgets have increased to keep up with the growth of digital transformation. 

Another change in adapting to the pandemic was to businesses’ IT strategies with six in 10 companies saying that it has been revised in response to the situation. 58% said they are looking to invest in technology to “improve agility’ post-COVID. 

When asked about their priorities for their digital strategy, 80% of respondents said that digitising their infrastructure was of utmost importance, while 57% viewed interconnection as a ‘key facilitator’ of digital transformation. 

"This increasing focus on digitization and expansion is one of the reasons why Equinix has continued to invest in its own growth. We completed 16 new expansions in 2020—our most active build year ever—and expect to continue to evolve Platform Equinix to support our customers as they continue on their digital transformation journey”, said Claire Macland. 

Potential concerns disperse over expansion plans being halted by COVID-19 

The study has also revealed that organisations’ previous concerns that the pandemic will negatively affect their business expansion plans have been lessened. 

57% of businesses have said that they “still have plans” to expand into new regions and of that percentage, nearly two-thirds (63%) plan to do so virtually instead of investing in physical IT infrastructure. 

The full Equinix report can be found here. 


 

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