Jan 8, 2021

Bluebird Networks buys Iowa ColoHub data centre

data centre
fibre
connectivity
colocation
Harry Menear
2 min
The acquisition of the ColoHub data centre from Geneseo Communications strengthens Bluebird Network’s connectivity in the Midwest
The acquisition of the ColoHub data centre from Geneseo Communications strengthens Bluebird Network’s connectivity in the Midwest...

Bluebird Networks, a Midwest-based data centre operator and digital infrastructure service provider, announced this week that it has purchased its second data centre from Geneseo Communications.

The new data centre, located in Bettendorf, Iowa, is a 57,000 sq ft ColoHub facility (renamed as the Bluebird Quad Cities Data Centre) with 6 MW of IT load capacity. The building was originally built as a grocery store, and later converted into a crypto mining facility which briefly vied for the title of the largest bitcoin mine in the world.

The purchase continues Bluebird Network’s habit of purchasing unique facilities. The company’s other data centre is located 85 ft underground in the city of Springfield, Missouri, surrounded by solid limestone, which helps with cooling and humidity control. The underground facility was recently expanded, with additional power backup capabilities and an additional 11,500 sq ft of whitespace. 

Bluebird was purchased by Australian investment banking group Macquari back in early 2019, and has largely focused on expanding its fibre network infrastructure - which focuses on covering rural and isolated areas across the American Midwest - over the past two years. 

The company recently completed 2,500 fibre route mile multi-network integration project, bringing the company’s total network coverage to more than 9,800 fibre route miles of high-speed broadband across the region. 

“Our fiber is as unique as our employees. We can get you a connection from Davenport or Chicago to Kansas City or across the country on our network. We’re connected to the Midwest’s most highly-valued internet exchange points and are continuing to expand and strengthen our network footprint and fiber services across Illinois,” commented Michael Morey, President and CEO of Bluebird Network. 

He added that, “In 2020, we expanded and densified our fibre network infrastructure across several territories throughout the Midwest. Expanding our data centre offerings, fortified now with a second facility, is part of our mission to empower businesses and offer a total communications solution.”

The new facility, according to Bluebird Networks, enhances the company’s existing offerings, creating another option for its customers to move their applications closer to the network edge, in addition to providing disaster backup recovery and redundancy for customers who already use the company’s first data centre for storage and other digital infrastructure needs. 

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Jun 14, 2021

Inside the future of Ireland’s subsea cable landscape

Interxion
AquaComms
euNetworks
IDA
4 min
Meet the industry experts sitting down to discuss subsea cabling, digital transformation, Data Gravity, and the fate of Ireland’s digital economy. 

On Tuesday, June 15, 2021, experts from Aqua Comms, GTT, euNetworks, the IDA, and European data centre leader Interxion will take part in a virtual panel to explore the evolving relationship between subsea cabling, digital transformation, Data Gravity and the future of Ireland’s digital economy. 

You can tune in to the event, which is taking place between 10:30 PM - 11:30 PM JST on Tuesday, here - or view it later on-demand. The hour-long panel will also conclude with a 20 minute Q&A session with the audience, moderated by Interxion’s Senior Director of Market Development, Mike Hollands

The Gateway to Europe

Since the first transatlantic cable was laid in 1858, briefly connecting Newfoundland and Valentia Island in County Kerry, Ireland has served as a critical gateway for North American organisations looking to gain access to Europe. 

Today, some of the largest firms in the world, like Pfizer, Janssen, Zurich, Metlife, Google and VmWare use Ireland for their European Headquarters. The combination of an English-speaking workforce (a boon made all the more important as Brexit makes the UK and the north of Ireland an increasingly complex environment that provides diminishing opportunities to access the rest of Europe), a cultural and regulatory landscape that welcomes foreign investment, and world-class connectivity makes the country an unparalleled choice for firms looking to establish a foothold in the EU. 

As a result, Ireland has become one of the world’s leading data centre hubs. And, thanks to the exponential growth of Data Gravity, and the increasingly essential nature of digital infrastructure, Ireland’s role as a launchpad into Europe is only likely to grow more prominent.  

The future of Ireland’s digital economy is, experts from Interxion argue, closely linked to its ability to provide connectivity between Europe and North America. The further development of the country’s subsea cable industry will form the keystone of the discussion being held on Tuesday, as experts from throughout the industry share their insights into the challenges and opportunities that face operators working towards a more connected future for Ireland. 

Meet the Experts 

On Tuesday, speakers from the IDA, Aqua Comms, GTT Communications, euNetworks, and Interxion will discuss key themes, including key facts about Ireland’s existing subsea infrastructure, plans for the future of the industry, the challenges that need to be overcome, the interaction between subsea and terrestrial networks, and the next steps in Ireland’s role as the gateway to Europe. 

Ciarán Delaney

Ciaran Delaney, VP of Operations and Optical Engineering, GTT
Ciaran Delaney, VP of Operations and Optical Engineering, GTT

Ciarán Delaney has served as the VP of Operations and Optical Engineering at GTT since 2017. With more than 10 years worth of experience in the telecoms industry, he’s a leading expert on transatlantic connectivity, with an in-depth knowledge of both submarine and terrestrial cable systems.  

Nigel Bayliff 

Nigel Bayliff, CEO, Aqua Comms
Nigel Bayliff, CEO, Aqua Comms

Currently serving as the CEO and Director of the Board at Irish submarine cable firm Aquacomms, Nigel Bayliff has more than 30 years of experience in the telecom infrastructure market. His past roles have granted him unique perspectives gained from buying, building and running international submarine cable networks as an operator as well as developing and implementing cables as a constructor. 

Toby Williams

Toby Williams, Head of Infrastructure Investment, euNetworks
Toby Williams, Head of Infrastructure Investment, euNetworks

As the Head of Infrastructure Investment at euNetworks, Toby Williams has spent over a decade developing digital infrastructure throughout Europe, Ireland, and the UK. He has also done extensive work developing dark fibre networks, which are a key component in providing the agility and capacity necessary for operators to overcome the challenges posed by Data gravity. 

Shane Nolan

Shane Nolan, Head of Technology and Emerging Business, IDA Ireland
Shane Nolan, Head of Technology and Emerging Business, IDA Ireland

The Irish Investment Development Agency (IDA) is one of the key drivers of overseas investment in the country, and is responsible for the attraction and development of foreign investment in Ireland. Shane Nolan has worked in various roles throughout the IDA for more than 18 years, and is currently serving as the organisation’s Head of Technology & Emerging Business. 

Mike Hollands 

Mike Hollands, Senior Director of Market Development, Interxion
Mike Hollands, Senior Director of Market Development, Interxion

Interxion: A Digital Realty Company, is one of Europe’s leading data centre operators and, as part of Digital Realty’s Platform DIGITAL, is taking a leading role in raising awareness of the threat posed by Data Gravity. Mike Hollands has served as Interxion’s Senior Director of Marketing Development & Strategy since 2017, and is a 15 year veteran of the industry. At Tuesday’s event, he will serve as moderator, guiding the discussion surrounding the evolution of Ireland’s role as a gateway to Europe and regional data centre and subsea cabling hub. 

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