Colocation and managed services provider Data Foundry has expanded its footprint in the northern Virginia data center markets, taking a business suite inside Equinix’s DC10 Ashburn facility. DC10 is unique on the Ashburn campus as it is divided into dedicated suites rather than retail colocation racks and cages.
This is an expansion of Data Foundry’s presence in Virginia, which it initially established in 2003. The new suite gives Data Foundry a well connected presence in the heart of Data Center Alley.
“As a provider of global data center services, we either own and operate our own data centers or we deploy within the most secure, reliable and connected facilities in the world,” said Shane Menking, President and Chief Financial Officer of Data Foundry. “It’s exciting to expand our East Coast presence in response to existing customer demand and at the same time be able to serve companies based within the Virginia market.”
There’s continuing growth in general in Virginia’s Data Center Alley. Eight million square feet of data center space is currently either built or under construction. Equinix’s initial campus in Ashburn has filled to the point where the company has filed plans to build a second mega-campus in the area.
Equinix introduced Business Suites to capture the middle ground between retail and wholesale colocation. A recent tour of Equinix’s DC10 revealed that space is running short. Data Foundry was attracted to the site’s access to a high concentration of IT, telecommunications, biotech, federal government, and international organizations in the region. Equinix plays an integral part in connectivity in Ashburn.
Data Foundry customer Apptix, which is headquarted in Herndon, is excited about the new facility nearby. Apptix offers business communication services like MS Exchange email hosting, hosted VoIP, mobile Exchange hosting, SharePoint hosting. It will expand into Data Foundry’s new facility.
“Having partnered with Data Foundry for several years in Austin, we’re excited that Data Foundry is expanding its capabilities within our Northern Virginia backyard,” said Peter Walther, Vice President of Business Operation at Apptix. “The proximity between our corporate headquarters in Herndon and their new Ashburn data center enables Apptix to more effectively leverage Data Foundry’s capabilities to enhance our service for our blue-chip channel partners and global customer base.”
Data Foundry owns and operates four data centers in Texas and offers a suite of global colocation and managed services in data centers located in Ashburn, Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. Its presence in Texas, particularly Austin and Houston, is sizeable and growing. The company recently broke ground on a 350,000 square foot, 60 megawatt facility in Houston.