Intelligent CIO North America Issue 31 - Page 64


Bandwidth IG and Flexential bring additional dark fiber capacity to Oregon data center

A new agreement between Bandwidth Infrastructure Group ( Bandwidth IG ), one of the fastest-growing pure-play dark fiber providers , and Flexential , a leading provider of data center colocation , cloud and connectivity , will deliver more access to in-demand dark fiber routes in the emerging data center hub of Hillsboro , Oregon .

Bandwidth IG is expanding its Hillsboro area dark fiber network to include Flexential ’ s Portland – Hillsboro 2 data center . The expansion will deliver added capacity and diverse routes for customers and carriers utilizing one of the most sought-after data centers , known as the ‘ NAP of the Northwest ’.
Bandwidth IG will deliver connectivity through two new entrances which are currently under construction at the Hillsboro 2 data center . The services will be deployed this spring , allowing Flexential customers to meet growing demands for connectivity and ensure access to a diverse , redundant dark fiber network needed to empower modern enterprise applications . hyperscalers and enterprises , as well as other data centers in the region . We look forward to growing our relationship by delivering more diverse routes to additional Flexential data centers in Hillsboro .”
Flexential ’ s Hillsboro 2 data center has quickly become one of the most in-demand facilities for US-based and international customers . The site offers a dense ecosystem of carriers , service providers and enterprise customers and also delivers direct access to the New Cross Pacific and Hawaiki transpacific subsea cables providing direct , low latency connectivity between the US and Asia-Pacific . It ’ s also a preferred location for future subsea cables .
“ As demand for increased connectivity rises , it ’ s paramount for our customers that we introduce more diverse options to support their need for added capacity and redundancy ,” said Ryan Mallory , COO for Flexential .
“ Our collaboration with Bandwidth IG further expands our ecosystem enabling customers in the Hillsboro market to build and grow on our national FlexAnywhere platform , which now offers access to over 220MW and more than 3 million square feet of data center capacity .
“ We look forward to continued investment in the Pacific north-west region to solve capacity needs through increased fiber , conduit capacity and carrier density .” p
The addition of Bandwidth IG ’ s dark fiber network supports broader connectivity to Flexential ’ s three other data centers in Hillsboro , as well as additional data centers in the region .
The new connectivity will provide additional access to one of the largest scale data center footprints in Oregon , which will offer over 100MW of actively deployed capacity at Flexential facilities in the region at full build-out .
“ Hillsboro is a rapidly expanding part of our network because of its position as a global hub for connectivity and computing ,” said Bruce Garrison , CEO for Bandwidth IG . “ Working with Flexential is a crucial part of delivering much-needed dark fiber services to
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