1623 Farnam details Omaha edge data center expansion

June 16, 2020
$40 million facility expansion focuses on increased power and capacity.

1623 Farnam, a regional provider network-neutral, edge interconnection and data center services, today announced the details of its $40 million edge data center expansion.

The provider says the expansion includes significant upgrades to the facility's electrical power infrastructure, and increases colocation capacity by converting floors six through nine into usable data center space. The expansion further supports the increase in demand for interconnected edge data centers, and comes after 1623 Farnam's initial $10 million expansion last year to build out the facility's fifth-floor space, which it is currently filling.

The new construction will upgrade the facility's interconnection capabilities by adding additional cabling, vaults and new redundant electrical plans that will support up to 8MW of power to the facility. 

"Our prime location in Omaha is at the nexus of the country's east-west and north-south cable routes, making it important that we enable sufficient interconnection capabilities for our customers and partners," observes Todd Cushing, president of 1623 Farnam. "We are also increasing our capacity with build-outs to the sixth through ninth floors of the building to better accommodate existing and new customers."

With 75,000 gross sq. ft. available, the upgraded facility will house 9 floors total (plus penthouse, lower level and sub-basement areas), with 8 data center floors (2-9) at 6,400 gross sq. ft. per floor. The facility now encompasses 5,400 sq. ft. of total "white" data center space per floor, including 3,100 sq. ft. for cabinets per floor, at a 154-cabinet capacity per floor.

The N+1 concurrently maintainable facility includes both chilled water and air cooling options and provides 8MW of power on a uniquely redundant power grid. With SOC 2 Type 2, SOC 2 Type 1, ISO 27001 and PCI certifications, the infrastructure enables cloud on-ramps for Telia Carrier, Megaport, Google Cloud Connect, AWS and Microsoft Azure services.

1623 Farnam notes that its prime location at the center of the United States and in proximity to the largest Google Cloud node in North America and other significant hyperscale builds in the Omaha metro area makes it an ideal location for increased network and cloud capacity. 1623 Farnam is also host to the Omaha IX, offering robust peering capabilities, as well.

"There has been increasing demand in the data center space, especially now in the current global climate," concludes Bill Severn, executive vice president of 1623 Farnam. "This build is being carried out largely with our customers and partners in mind. Our new vaults have new conduit access to enable rapid deployment and provide ease of access for establishing new fiber connections. We understand that the quicker and easier we can make it for our customers to get into the building, the better. The global edge data center market is currently booming, with a predicted YoY growth rate of 8.93% by the end of 2023, as noted by Marketwatch. This makes the expansion of 1623 Farnam's edge interconnection facility crucial to serve this rapidly increasing demand; especially at a time when global internet usage has increased by as much as 70% due to the global COVID-19 pandemic."

The facility expansion will be deployed in stages throughout the third and fourth quarters of 2020.

Learn more at www.1623farnam.com.

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