Edge computing specialist DartPoints has acquired Metro Data Centers in a deal that will give it access to the growing hyperscale cloud ecosystem in Central Ohio.
Launched in 2014, DartPoints emphasizes edge computing with their aim to build a national network of micro-data centers. Their modular “building block” micro-data centers allow for quick and cost-effective deployment in secondary markets while allowing scalability for different customer needs.
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With a new capital partner and CEO, DartPoints says it is ready to move ahead with a deployment of a regional network of edge colocation centers, and may also seek to grow through acquisitions.
Private equity firm Astra Capital Management has acquired a majority interest in edge computing specialist DartPoints, and says it will invest significant capital to expand its network in North America.
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DartPoints was an early mover in edge computing, launching back in 2012. The company is in growth mode, with new modular data center deployments at telecom towers and universities.
DartPoints, which launched in 2014 with an ambitious vision to build a national network of micro data centers, is planning facilities in five new markets.
Modular design and lean construction methods are playing a major role as the data center industry expands in new places. As data moves to the edge of the network, data centers are being right-sized to fit the demands of these new markets.