As the markets for cloud and edge computing continue to grow, EdgeConneX has added capacity in major regional markets in the United States. The company’s strategy has been to build an initial data center in a market, and then expand in phases to support additional demand, matching its capital spending to its customers’ rowing appetite for space and connectivity.
EdgeConneX accelerated that strategy with today’s announcement that it will add nearly 20M megawatts (MWs) of new capacity across its existing footprint in the Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, Miami, Detroit, and Chicago markets.
The company said the additional space will provide “critical capacity” to support the demand from network, content and cloud solutions providers. It reflects a trend in which cloud providers have been boosting their presence in regional markets as they move content closer to end users.
“We have always focused on building data centers where, when and how our customers want capacity to support their business,” said Phillip Marangella, Chief Marketing Officer at EdgeConneX. “Our strategy of listening to our customers to provide tailored solutions for them that span hyperlocal to hyperscale data centers is what makes us unique.
“These planned expansions, necessitated by the growing volume, variety and velocity of data our customers are driving, highlight the accelerating need for digital infrastructure and capacity to best support their customers,” Marangella added.
EdgeConneX was an early player in edge computing, and is distinctive in its attention to evolving workloads and their requirements. The company built data centers at key network “pain points,” designed to handle high-density racks and operate without on-site staff. That vision has positioned EdgeConneX as an experienced hand in a young ecosystem, where the customers range from startups to tech giants.
Last year EdgeConneX was acquired by EQT Infrastructure, launching a new chapter in a journey that has focused primarily on data centers in regional markets. As its name implies, EdgeConneX had edge content delivery in its DNA, well before edge computing was the new hotness.
EdgeConneX has capacity expansions planned for additional markets throughout the U.S., and now operates more than 50 facilities in 35 global markets.