Edge data center provider EdgeConneX is planning to increase its footprint in at least six locations across North America, adding up to 50MW of total power capacity. This will include expansions in Atlanta, Denver, Miami, Phoenix, Portland and Toronto.
The expansion now announced by EdgeConneX includes the building of second and third data centre facilities in some of the markets which will “evolve these Edge Data Centres into campus-like environments that contain a robust ecosystem of networking, content, cloud and IT service providers interconnecting and growing at the Edge”.
Randy Brouckman, CEO of EdgeConneX, said: “For over five years, we have been building Edge Data Centers for the service provider community, creating a vibrant, localized service delivery enablement platform made up of a diverse customer ecosystem. (EdgeConnex Expansion).
UK’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has said that from October, no new data centers can be added to the Climate Change Agreement (CCA) which grants a reduction in energy-related taxes for data centers, even though the scheme will run till 2023. The techUK body says this will distort the market, giving some players an unfair advantage, while at the same time putting the UK’s data center business at a disadvantage compared with the rest of the world, according to a late April article from Data Center Dynamics (UK Ends Data Center Energy Subsidies).
Detractors complain the move will distort the market by making things cheaper for existing operators, and penalizing new ones; it will put UK businesses at a competitive disadvantage compared to those based outside the UK; it will discourage inward investment at a time when Brexit is already putting off long-term planning; and it “punishes” growth.