Bluebird Network acquires Iowa data center

Jan. 8, 2021
Bluebird Network has purchased the ColoHub Data Center previously owned by Geneseo Communications in Bettendorf, IA.
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As reported by our sister publication Lightwave, Bluebird Network says it has purchased the ColoHub Data Center previously owned by Geneseo Communications in Bettendorf, IA.

The facility, Bluebird Networks’ second data center, will extend the fiber network service provider’s operations in Iowa as well as Illinois, according to the company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The ColoHub facility will pair with Bluebird’s underground data center in Springfield, MO to offer expanded options for moving applications closer to the edge or establishing a disaster recovery location.

Bluebird sees the newly acquired data center as centrally located to serve such markets as Cedar Rapids, the Chicago suburbs, Champaign-Urbana, Peoria, and other major cities. 

“For years Bluebird has been steadily expanding their network in a dedicated and sustainable way,” said Mike McClain, president and CEO of Geneseo. “We know Bluebird and the leadership team will leverage the splendid work accomplished by ColoHub and take its capabilities to new heights with excellent support for our customers—both current and future—in concert with Bluebird’s standards of integrity, accountability, and adaptability.”

Bluebird’s footprint covers more than 9,800 fiber route miles with more than 60,000 on-net and near-net buildings and 151 points of presence (PoPs) across the Midwest. Its service area includes such cities as Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield (MO and IL), Tulsa, Peoria, Rockford, Bloomington, Normal, and the Quad Cities.

“In 2020, we expanded and densified our fiber network infrastructure across several territories throughout the Midwest,” said Michael Morey, president and CEO of Bluebird. “Expanding our data center offerings, fortified now with a second facility, is part of our mission to empower businesses and offer a total communications solution.”

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