Multiple unique fiber routes ensure diversity and avoid network crossings
EdgeCore Digital Infrastructure, a wholesale data center developer, owner and operator, today announced an agreement with Bandwidth Infrastructure Group (Bandwidth IG), one of the fastest-growing pure-play dark fiber providers, to connect EdgeCore’s Silicon Valley data center campus in Santa Clara to Bandwidth IG’s San Francisco Bay Area network with up to five distinct points of connection. The addition of new and unique fiber routes and conduits provides EdgeCore’s customers with diverse connectivity options and can mitigate the need to cross existing networks.
“Network diversity and reliability are critical requirements for cloud and technology companies searching for available data center space and power in Silicon Valley,” said Lee Kestler, CEO, EdgeCore. “We are pleased to partner with Bandwidth IG to provide EdgeCore customers in Santa Clara with highly diverse, fully underground fiber infrastructure that enables near-term connectivity as well as the capability for future expansion.”
The unique routes at the EdgeCore facility connect into Bandwidth IG’s San Francisco Bay Area network that spans more than 200 route miles from San Jose to Milpitas. The company has plans to build another 90 route miles in the area, providing critical infrastructure for a market where demand is high. To ensure network diversity and resiliency, several construction methods are utilized by Bandwidth IG during installations—bore to depth, buried fiber and cement and steel encased fiber.
“EdgeCore is a natural partner as we continue to expand our presence in the Silicon Valley market,” said Bruce Garrison, CEO, Bandwidth IG. “We recognize the importance of creating new fiber infrastructure for data center providers, like EdgeCore, so they can provide mission-critical services to their customers. We look forward to growing our relationship with EdgeCore by delivering purpose-built fiber infrastructure to our mutual customers.”
Today’s announcement is the latest in a busy year of growth and development for EdgeCore, the first of which was the groundbreaking of EdgeCore’s Silicon Valley data center campus in January. Upon completion, the LEED designed campus will support 72 MW of critical load across 540,000 square feet of space. In November 2022, EdgeCore was acquired by Partners Group, a leading global private markets firm, acting on behalf of its clients. Partners Group will invest up to USD $1.2 billion to fund the acquisition and buildout of existing and future data center sites.