DartPoints buys Metro DC in continued expansion
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 , 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 .
Cologix invests in hybrid cloud connectivity across Canada
Canadian and US data centre operator Cologix is investing in two data centres in Canada, in response to “record growth in interconnection in Canada,” reportedly due to “accelerated customer demand to access clouds, software, networks and other key stakeholders at the edge.”
In order to meet this increased demand for interconnection to support public and hybrid cloud services, Cologix has invested an undisclosed sum to acquire an interconnection facility from Zayo Group Holdings in Vancouver, and add a further 10 MW of IT capacity to its existing hyperscale facility in Toronto.
Cologix's CEO, Bill Fathers, noted that “We continue to invest in deep connectivity and scale in Canada in response to accelerated demand for cloud deployments at the network edge,” adding that Cologix currently hosts 75% of Canada’s direct cloud onramps in its data centres, as well as providing its customers “access to thousands of miles of dark fiber routes in the provinces of British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario.”
Fathers also emphasised the fact that “This site acquisition in the heart of downtown Vancouver, where data centre space is in short supply, fits into Cologix's interconnection growth strategy by continuing to expand our Canadian footprint to support edge cloud traffic growth."
Located in downtown Vancouver, the new site purchased from Zayo Group Holdings is located at 175 West Cordova Street. The site comprises more than 65,000 square feet of real estate, and Cologix plans to begin expanding the facility immediately, adding an additional 4.2 MW of capacity in the coming year.
Cologix’s Toronto data centre TOR4, is connected to an extensive dark fibre network which adjoins it to the company’s largest data centre in the city, TOR1. The newly announced expansion will add a further 10 MW of capacity to the site, as well as expand its total floorspace by approximately 50,000 square feet.