Oct 29, 2020

DartPoints buys Metro DC in continued expansion

Data Centres
Edge Networks
colocation
US
Harry Menear
2 min
As part of an ongoing strategy to increase its presence in underserved markets, DartPoints has acquired Ohio-based data centre company Metro Data Centres
As part of an ongoing strategy to increase its presence in underserved markets, DartPoints has acquired Ohio-based data centre company Metro Data Centre...

Texas-based edge data centre provider DartPoints is continuing the expansion of its edge data centre network into Tier 2 markets and beyond. The newly announced acquisition of Ohio headquartered edge data centre operator Metro Data Centres is the latest step in the company’s investment in increasing its footprint across the US. 

In August of this year, DartPoints announced its expansion strategy to acquire and build new colocation and edge facilities throughout the Southwest, Southeast, Upper Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions of the US. The announcement came following the acquisition of a majority share in the company by Astra Capital Management, which is reportedly funding the expansion. 

“We’re going to have an aggressive deployment plan, and an aggressive acquisition plan,” said Scott Willis, president and CEO of DartPoints, said in a statement at the time. “We’re looking for prospective targets that are a good fit in our strategy.”

It would seem that DartPoints has found its latest good fit. 

Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, the company operates a single, high-tier colocation facility serving the Central Ohio region. 

In a company press release, Willis commented: “The acquisition of Metro Data Centres is a prime example of how we are executing on our strategy for regional growth aimed at improving interconnectivity. Metro Data Centres’ solutions enable DartPoints to immediately deliver our capabilities into this exciting market and surrounding locations. The Metro Data Centres team has a long history of bringing innovative solutions to their customers, and we look forward to having them continue their work as a part of the DartPoints team.”

The edge data centre market has grown steadily over the past few years, reaching a total value of $5.5bn last year, and expected to grow at a CAGR of 23% between 2020 and 2026. By 2026, the market is expected to exceed annual revenues of $20bn

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Apr 12, 2021

Target joins Open Compute Project to become platinum member

Networking
EdgeComputing
Technology
Partnership
Sam Steers
2 min
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U.S retailer Target will join the Open Compute Project as a platinum member, the first major U.S retailer to do so after seeing record growth last year...

U.S retail corporation Target will join the Open Compute Project (OCP) as a Platinum member following record growth for the company in 2020.

The announcement was made during an ICCON conference hosted by the U.S retailer last week, and the partnership aims to expand the development of edge computing use cases within the company. 

The retailer is the first major U.S retailer to become a platinum member, paving the way for others to join the partnership in the future. 

"We are very excited to join the OCP and partner with the community on new use cases for networking and edge computing," said Mike McNamara, Chief Information Officer of Target.

He added: "This type of open and increased collaboration will help us all create better technology that’s purpose-built for enterprise needs."

Target also has a distributed footprint, which McNamara says can influence new OCP use cases for networking and edge computing.

This news follows a rise in growth for the organisation in 2020, with customers shopping with the retailer and using their "same-day services."

The Open Compute Project claims that it allows Target to partner with industry leaders in cloud technology, as the majority of the retailer's success "is supported by underlying technology," says Target.

Bill Carter, CTO for the Open Compute Project Foundation, believes that joining the business is not a first for Target.

He said: “Working together and open sourcing is not new for Target. Many of the retailer’s engineers have already been involved in various OCP Projects and we’ve seen tremendous value from their participation.

"Today’s announcement further demonstrates Target’s long-term commitment to advance and contribute to the open source community for the benefit of all,” concluded Carter.

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