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EdgeConneX to Launch Three Edge Data Centers in Florida

March 25, 2015

EdgeConneX has its sights set on Florida. It recently announced that it will soon begin operating three Edge Data Centers in Jacksonville, Miami, and Tallahassee in an attempt to improve end user experiences with streaming content from the Internet.

Clint Heiden, the chief commercial officer at EdgeConneX, stated plainly that the Internet was not always made for the amount of bandwidth users demand in the present day. Users want social media, Internet gaming, video, and other bandwidth-intensive content streamed directly to their desktop and mobile devices at a moment's notice, and EdgeConneX's data centers seek to give users what they want at speeds that are appropriate. The Internet of yesterday was fine for email, Heiden commented, but it needs modern data centers to bring it up to speed with present-day demands.

“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,” Heiden said.

Why Florida? Although EdgeConneX intends to reach across the U.S. with its data centers, it pointed out in this most recent announcement that Florida is a key location for many businesses. Therefore, it is not just individual consumers who have a demand for bandwidth; their counterparts in business also play a key role in that situation. Bill Johnson, the president and CEO of Enterprise Florida, notes that Florida is the third-largest state with regard to its high-tech businesses and that more than a quarter million people in the state work in the technology sector. The new Edge Data Centers can help deliver business content more quickly with their ability to transfer data at rates not previously available.

EdgeConneX has initiated a number of partnerships over the past year. Notably, its agreement with Integra has helped bring fiber connectivity to its data centers in locations such as Denver and Las Vegas. TMC noted that the agreement between the two companies would be ongoing and could result in providing fiber connections to Edge Data Centers across the U.S. The centers in Florida are expected to begin operations by the end of the second quarter of 2015.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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