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August 14, 2014

Texas ISP Data Center to Provide Service Beginning in 2015



By Casey Houser
Contributing Writer



A Texas-based Internet services provider announced this week that it has found the first carrier to provide service from its new data center in Houston.

Data Foundry, one of the first Internet service providers in the U.S., which now provides data center outsourcing and data recovery solutions, announced Monday that Zayo Group (News - Alert), LLC, a provider of bandwidth infrastructure, will be the first company to utilize the new Data Foundry Houston 2 Data Center.

The announcement states that Houston 2 is currently being constructed and is on track to open by Q1 2015. It is a 350,000-square-foot facility that Zayo, and likely others, will use to provide dark fiber and similar IP services to customers. Edward Henigin, CTO of Data Foundry, spoke in more detail about the partnership that exists between the two companies.

"Zayo will be one of the first carriers to build into our new Houston 2 data center," Henigin said. "We will open the facility with multiple carrier options ready to service our customers on day one, and look forward to offering Zayo's services as one of these options."

Zayo will reportedly be building fiber optic connections from Houston 2 to areas around Houston, and Data Foundry will then be able to use those fiber connections to offer service to its regional customers.

Just over one month ago, Zayo filed for an initial public offering that was then valued at $100 million. The company has been seemingly rising and falling at the same time by acquiring nearly $3 million in debt in recent years but also, in the nine months previous to March 2014, bringing in $826.5 million in revenue that represents an 11.3 percent growth over the same time last year.

It has been purchasing data centers and technological necessities at a quick rate, so this latest deal with Data Foundry may come as little surprise to anyone in the know. Zach Nebergall, vice president of dark fiber at Zayo Group, was quoted in the Data Foundry news release that Zayo's network runs through 45 states and eight countries. The deal here may only serve to strengthen its massive network; however it will have a long way to go to make up for the debt it has accumulated.




Edited by Maurice Nagle
 
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