GI Partners has completed the acquisition of Des Moines-based colocation provider LightEdge. LightEdge operates seven data centers in Kansas City, Des Moines, Raleigh, Austin, and Omaha. Anschutz Corporation has owned the majority of the firm since 2018. CEO of LightEdge, Jim Masterson, said h...
Los Angeles is the second largest data center markets in California after the Bay area.
LA as a Network Gateway to Asia
Los Angeles started as a telecom hub, a place to interconnect long distance voice traffic, not as one of the original Internet interconnection points. The telecom interconnection was driven by the number of transpacific cables that land in Southern California. As many as six transpacific cables extend to the One Wilshire data center building.
Downtown Los Angeles Market
Downtown LA contained most of the early data centers. The downtown buildings were converted office buildings such as One Wilshire, 600 W 7th, and the Garland Building. Converted office buildings do not make good bones for racks of heavily loaded servers.
Outside of Downtown LA
As the LA market matured, larger purposed built data centers sprouted outside of downtown. Power is less expensive in the LADWP service area and El Segundo became a focal point for new data centers. Initially lead by Equinix LA3 and LA4, then by Digital Realty, and T5.
Los Angeles Colocation Providers
- CoreSite is a dominant provider in Los Angeles. The company has the largest presence in One Wilshire (known as LA1) and their 900 N Alameda site (LA2). LA2 is tethered to LA1 with high count fiber on diverse paths.
- CoreSite LA1 Address: 624 S Grand
- CoreSite LA2 Address: 900 N Alamenda
- Equinix has 6 sites in LA. Including a large space in 600 W 7th and two data centers in El Segundo.
- Digital Realty in LA has 4 sites
- Companies such as QuadraNet or Colocation America can resell colo as cabinets, cages, or the RU (as low as 1U) in a handful of major LA data centers.