Cyxtera expands data center capacity in top tier North American markets

Cyxtera has announced an expanded footprint to serve enterprise and service provider customers with a new data center in Silicon Valley and additional capacity in its existing facilities in Silicon Valley and Chicago. The new Silicon Valley data center, located in Santa Clara, is a 9 MW data center currently under construction and is expected to be ready for customers in late 2022. The company is also adding capacity in existing facilities in Silicon Valley and Chicago in July and December of 2021, respectively.

Cyxtera’s new Silicon Valley facility, which is being built by wholesale data center developer Prime Data Centres, is a four-story, 121,000-square-foot data center that will be Cyxtera’s third building at its SFO4 data center campus. The carrier-neutral facility is strategically located at the center of major fibre routes following diverse paths to the top Tier 1 long-haul and metro providers, with access to new dark fibre routes to all major interconnect facilities in Silicon Valley. One of the facility’s most significant advantages is its proximity to the thriving Bay Area, where it can meet the demand for ultra-low latency workloads and deliver content closer to the edge.

“Our customers and partners require access to world-class colocation services and seamless interconnection solutions in top tier markets,” Nelson Fonseca, president & CEO of Cyxtera, said. “By adding a new facility in Silicon Valley and bringing more capacity online in our existing facilities there and in Chicago, we’re able to continue delivering Cyxtera’s innovative solutions to even more of our existing and prospective customers.”

Via Cyxtera’s digital exchange, customers at the company’s Silicon Valley data centres have access to Enterprise Bare Metal offerings, a wide range of networks, and direct, low latency connectivity to major public cloud providers. Cyxtera is adding approximately 1.6 MW of capacity at its SFO1 facility to support increasing demand from customers for premium retail colocation services to enhance business performance and facilitate their digital transformation efforts. The data center is Energy Star certified for energy sustainability and built with seismic bracing to meet Seismic Zone IV compliance.

“The world-class quality of Cyxtera’s data center facilities in top-tier markets continues to drive robust demand from our existing and prospective customers,” Randy Rowland, cyxtera’s chief operating officer, added. “In analysing the opportunity to grow our presence in both Silicon Valley and Chicago, we saw significant upside potential to drive growth for our business while delivering the leading-edge solutions our customers have come to expect from Cyxtera.”

By adding approximately 2 MW of capacity to its ORD2 data center, Cyxtera will provide customers extended access to world-class digital infrastructure options with ultra-low latency for mission-critical workloads. Located in Elk Grove Village, IL, only 3 miles from O’Hare International Airport, ORD2 offers enterprises the flexibility and customer-focused innovation they require via a comprehensive portfolio of data center and interconnection services.

“As the world in 2020 grappled with the pandemic, enterprises shifted their processes and infrastructure toward digitalization at rates not previously seen,” Jonathan Schroth, research analyst on the data centre infrastructure and services team for 451 Research, a part of S&P Global Market Intelligence, concluded. “This resulted in strong demand for data centre space from cloud and IT service providers. The momentum in business strength witnessed by many data centre operators in 2020 seems to be persisting.”

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