A colocation services consortium led by Jamestown Properties with partners Amerimar Enterprises, Inc. and Hunter Newby, on Monday broke ground on a new carrier-neutral interconnection facility in New York City's Hudson Square area.
Like many colocation buildings, 325 Hudson Street was redeveloped in the late 1990s as telecom center and then later acquired by the colocation consortium earlier this year.
The new 10-story, 240,000-square-foot telecom building will offer business and service provider clients direct access to transatlantic cables and major metro and regional fiber providers.
"With New York City's rising demand for connectivity driven by Internet services and application development, Jamestown is proud to draw on the legacy of innovation in this space that began with our investments at 111 8th Avenue and Chelsea Market," said Michael Phillips, COO of Jamestown, in a release announcing the new center.
The combination of these three companies is certainly crucial to developing this partnership. Having a partner like Hunter Newby, a co-founder of interconnection company Telx and later Allied Fiber, will provide the group with the neccessary telecom knowledge to build a facility that can attract high paying service provider customers.
In the first phase of building out the new center, the site will feature cage and cabinet spaces in addition to a large Meet Me Area (MMA) that will allow potential customers to make physical interconnections with one another.
A service provider trying to serve a multisite customer outside of its territory will be able to establish an External-Network to Network Interconnection (E-NNI) agreement with another carrier partner to deliver their service to other locations, for example.
Developing this new facility comes at a time when there's a growing demand for carrier-neutral connectivity in the New York and New Jersey Metro markets. The ongoing trend by service providers to deliver new cloud-based services to both large enterprises and even SMBs looking to offload non-essential functions such as e-mail management is driving increased demand for new data center space.
According to a recent TeleGeography report, "colocation sites built in the past two years are filling at a faster rate than comparable sites were last year."
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