Agile Acquires Gannett Operations Center, Data Center, And PDNS
The move expands the company’s network and IT infrastructure capabilities nationwide.
AGILE has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Gannett’s primary data center located in Silver Spring, Maryland, Gannett’s private digital network connecting this data center and company headquarters in McLean, Virginia, to carrier neutral facilities, as well as Private Digital Network Services, LLC (“PDNS”), the partner firm that assisted in building and maintaining Gannett’s Private Digital Network. AGILE has begun to integrate its legacy, multi-site data center colocation business with these new private digital network capabilities. In addition, AGILE now operates Gannett’s private digital network and provides data center and network services to Gannett under a long-term master services agreement.
“We look forward to continuing our working relationship based on a long track record of strong performance from what is now the AGILE team,” commented Jack Mundie, VP Enterprise Computing and Risk Management, Gannett Technology.
This transaction represents a substantial expansion of the client base, physical assets and technical capabilities of AGILE.
“We are honored and proud to now serve as an important component of the backbone for Gannett’s online content distribution and look forward to expanding our offerings for current and future AGILE clients,” commented Jeffrey Plank, President and CEO, AGILE.
AGILE will manage Gannett’s private digital network core, which was developed with PDNS supporting business processing and content delivery, both digital and print. The agreement allows AGILE to leverage additional networking assets within Gannett, including the fiber ring located in Phoenix, Arizona, and capitalize on a multi-gigabit backbone with Points of Presence (PoPs) in more than 100 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. Network enhancements gained through the acquisition also include a diverse path fiber network and direct fiber connections to two of the largest Internet exchanges in the world.
The acquisition includes significant physical assets to complement AGILE’s two other facilities, adding a 65,000 sq-ft building in Silver Spring, Maryland — a highly desirable location in one of the most important data center regions in the world. The building encompasses a 21,000 sq-ft raised floor data center and 30,000 sq ft of workstation office space along with disaster recovery seating. The facility has 300 tons of N+N redundant cooling and a 550 kVA N+N UPS system. The Silver Spring site has N+N Redundant generator backup and a total site capacity of 4Megawatts. AGILE also operates facilities in Princeton, New Jersey, and Allentown, Pennsylvania.
“We have provided compute, storage and network services to Gannett as a service provider for years, and look forward to partnering with our new colleagues at AGILE to continuing meeting or exceeding our clients’ expectations,” said Bob Henley, chief operations officer, AGILE and CEO, Private Digital Network Services, now a wholly owned subsidiary of AGILE.