EdgeConneX® has announced that it will go live at the end of Q1 2015 with three new Florida-based Edge Data Centers®. These new facilities will be located in Tallahassee, Jacksonville and Miami.
Today's endusers want instant access to social media, video and gaming Internet sites via laptops, smartphones, tablets and other devices everywhere. The insatiable demand for this content is creating information bottlenecks and delays in metro areas previously overlooked by Internet infrastructure companies. In October 2014 for example, 72.3 million Americans streamed 7.1 billion minutes of sports content over smartphones, while an additional 79 million streamed 8.7 billion minutes of content, according to Nielsen, a leading consumer research company. In addition, smartphone usage in America alone rose from 30 percent usage among the population in 2010 to a staggering 75% usage by the end of 2014.
Heavy user demand for Over-The-Top (OTT) content in under-served cities is creating new opportunities for Internet infrastructure providers. EdgeConneX specializes in supporting content providers and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) at the edge of the network where bandwidth-intensive and latency-sensitive content and applications must reside for performance and security reasons.
"The Internet is served from one of nine peering points across the US today, which worked fine for email. Our Edge Data Center locations in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, and Miami increase Internet performance significantly and provide a better Internet experience for end-users. Browsers search faster, videos stream without interruption and applications deliver time-sensitive data…on-time," remarks Clint Heiden, chief commercial officer, EdgeConneX. "The domestic demand for content has outgrown the Internet infrastructure that exists today. EdgeConneX is rapidly building infrastructure in new markets to bring the Internet local across the country, creating the Internet of Everywhere."
EdgeConneX has deployed in 20 markets utilizing a unique and patent pending data center model. Each Edge Data Center is fully automated, scalable to over 3.2MW of power and capable of delivering over 20kW per rack.
Enterprise Florida president & CEO Bill Johnson says, "Florida's information technology sector continues to grow and companies like EdgeConneX are helping to diversify that sector. These data centers in Tallahassee, Jacksonville and Miami will create important capital investments in those regions and further strengthen Florida's position as a business super-state. Florida is the third-largest state for high-tech establishments, and nearly 250,000 Floridians are employed in the technology sector today. We look forward to the growth of EdgeConneX across the state."
All three of EdgeConneX's Florida Edge Data Centers will officially launch by the end of the second quarter, 2015.