Cologix gains entry into Jacksonville, Fla. Market via JAX acquisition

Cologix, a neutral interconnection and data center provider, has added Jacksonville, Fla. to its growing list of markets by acquiring the JAX Meet Me Room (JMMR) located in the carrier hotel at 421 W. Church Street.

By acquiring JNMR, Cologix adds a key meet me room and data center in a market that appears to be on the verge of becoming a key interconnection point in the Southeastern U.S.  

Having a meet me room in Jacksonville means it can become an entry points for other service providers and businesses looking for a route into Latin America.

"The submarine cables slated to land in Jacksonville create an opportunity for networks to deliver traffic directly to South America without the additional cost, latency and hurricane risk that comes with traversing through Miami," said Grant van Rooyen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cologix, in a release announcing the deal.

Already delivering services to over 20 service providers and a number of financial, cloud and enterprise customers, the JAX Meet Me Room operates over 9,000 square feet in the 421 W. Church Street carrier hotel as well as the building's meet me room.

Through this acquisition, Cologix now operates 16 neutral data centers in six markets, including Dallas, Jacksonville, Minneapolis, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

Cologix's investment comes at a time when incumbent telcos and competitive providers such as CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) and Zayo have been allocating capital to expand their fiber networks in Jacksonville.

CenturyLink in May connected its metro fiber network to third-party data centers and enabled business customers in the area to get access to a broader array of data and cloud-based services, including Internet access, IP-VPN and Optical Wavelength service. Leveraging the USCarrier assets it purchased in 2012, Zayo announced in February that it would expand its overall network into the market.

For more:
- see the release

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