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The San Francisco Bay Area Data Center Map Has 117 Sites

List of San Francisco Bay Area Data Centers:


Site name Gross SqFt Usable SqFt Power (MW)
Equinix Palo Alto SV8 45,319 17,081 1.60
Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10 290,349 23.30
200 Paul (SFR1) Digital Realty 425,000 15.00
CoreSite Santa Clara Campus 265,000
Vantage Santa Clara Campus 375,000 75.00
1100 Space Park (SCL1) Digital Realty 167,951 9.00
1201 Comstock - Digital Realty 24,000 2.25
1500 Space Park - Digital Realty 51,615 4.90
150 S 1st - Digital Realty 179,489 65,000
1525 Comstock - Digital Realty 29,234 4.50
1547 San Francisco (400 Paul) 54,225 12.00
1725 Comstock - Digital Realty 21,000 3.38
2403 Walsh - Digital Realty 103,940
2820 Northwestern - Digital Realty 40,000
2950 Zanker - Digital Realty
3011 Lafayette - Digital Realty 6.00
3105 Alfred - Digital Realty 27,000 4.50
3205 Alfred - Digital Realty 6.00
34551 Ardenwood - Digital Realty 307,657
360 Spear - Digital Realty 154,950 7.40
365 Main (SFR2) Digital Realty 226,981 90,000 15.00
365 San Jose 15,819 7,000 0.40
4650 Old Ironsides - Digital Realty 84,383
4700 Old Ironsides - Digital Realty 90,139
47700 Kato - Digital Realty 183,050
720 2nd - Digital Realty 122,000 80,000 19.50
Apple Newark CA 40.00
Atlantic Metro San Jose SJC1
AT&T Hayward
AT&T Palo Alto
AT&T Redwood City RWC1 62,516 33,155
AT&T San Jose SJC1 25,000
Cerulean
China Telecom Santa Clara
Cogent Oakland 17,000
Colocation America - San Francisco
ColoCrossing SJ1
ColoServe San Francisco 20,000 16,000 2.00
ColoXchange Sunnyvale 35,000 5.00
CoreSite Milpitas SV2 76,676
CoreSite SV1 55 S Market 85,000
CoreSite SV3 50,000 50,000
Cyxtera Santa Clara SC4 100,000 52,126 8.00
Cyxtera Santa Clara SC5 103,940 36,961 8.00
Cyxtera Santa Clara SC8 90,139 37,581 10.00
Cyxtera Santa Clara SC9 124,383 23,199 10.00
Cyxtera Sunnyvale SN1 76,573 6.00
Cyxtera Sunnyvale SN2 24,000 6.00
DataPipe Silicon Valley One
EdgeConneX Santa Clara 30,860 22,000 2.00
Element Critical SV1 56,773 4.00
Equinix San Jose SV13 35,000 21,635 12.00
Equinix San Jose SV3 103,420 54,488 4.60
Equinix Santa Clara SV14
Equinix Santa Clara SV15
Equinix Santa Clara SV16
Equinix Santa Clara SV17 95,000 50,000 9.00
Equinix Santa Clara SV2 160,000 74,973 7.40
Equinix Sunnyvale SV4 119,756 6,722 4.30
Equinix Sunnyvale SV6 32,000 18,520 1.10
Evocative Emeryville EM1 15,042 0.54
Evocative San Jose SV7 21,000 0.75
Fibernet San Jose 94,750 69,000 8.00
Fortress Data Center-San Francisco 5,000 1.00
H5 San Jose 30,000
Hosting.com San Francisco
Hurricane Electric Fremont 1 45,000 2.50
Hurricane Electric Fremont 2 208,000 15.00
Hurricane San Jose 3,000
Infomart San Jose 80,000 43,000 9.30
Integra San Francisco 6,144 1.75
Internap Oakland 6,250 6,250 0.75
Internap Santa Clara SJE-011 73,000 36,000 4.50
Internap Santa Clara SJE014 7,500 7,500 2.00
Layer 42 Mountain View
Layer42 Santa Clara
Level3 San Francisco (200 Paul) 11,000 2.00
Level3 San Francisco (Berry St)
Level3 San Francisco (Emeryville)
Level3 San Francisco (Oakland)
Level3 San Francisco (San Jose)
Level3 San Francisco (Santa Clara)
Level3 San Francisco (Sunnyvale 1)
Level3 San Francisco (Sunnyvale 3) 197,100 44,590
Level3 San Francisco (Townsend)
Level3 (was GX) San Francisco (425 Brannan) 2,300
Level3 (was GX) San Francisco (Sunnyvale) 1,300
Level3 (was GX) San Francisco (Sunnyvale II)
Level3 (was TWTC) San Francisco (501 2nd)
Level3 (was TWTC) San Francisco (Walnut Creek)
Microsoft San Jose (Prospective)
NaviSite Santa Clara 25,000 6.00
NTT San Jose
NTT Santa Clara
Peer 1 Fremont
Peer 1 San Francisco 1,200 0.11
QTS Santa Clara 80,000 53,000 11.10
Rackspace San Jose SJC2 65,000 5.40
Santa Clara (SC1) Digital Realty 360,000 36.40
SunGard San Ramon 53,200 15,000
Tata San Francisco 60,000 20,000 1.50
telx San Francisco 50,000
telx SCL1 2,846 0.15
Terremark Pleasanton 21,000 8,700 0.32
United Layer-SF7 5,000 4,000 1.00
United Layer-SF8 2,500 0.60
United Layer-SF9 35,000 25,000 1.50
Vantage Santa Clara V5 V6 21.00
Verizon San Francisco 109,000
vXchnge Santa Clara 83,000 30,000 7.00
XO Fremont
XO San Francisco 12,000
XO San Francisco 651 Brannan
zColo Santa Clara 26,900 13,600 3.00
2045 & 2055 Lafayette - Digital Realty 300,000
2334 Lundy Place - Digital Realty 130,752
2401 Walsh - Digital Realty 169,598

Bay Area Sub-Markets

The San Francisco Bay Area is also known as Bay Area or SFBA. The Bay Area includes three (3) submarkets.

  • San Francisco
  • East Bay, which includes the area East of the Bay including, Oakland
  • South Bay (aka Silicon Valley) includes the Peninsula and South Bay. Major South Bay cities are San Jose, Palo Alto, Santa Clara. The greatest concentration of data centers is in the South Bay.

Hazardous Risk Profile:

There is an ever present risk of Earthquakes through out the Bay Area. Although seismic risk remains constant, many of the Silicon Valley tech companies have chosen to colocate near their headquarters.

Data center providers have invested capital to mitigate the risk to their buildings if major earthquake occurred, however, a major earthquake can make it difficult to reach the data center. Additionally, power feeds and fiber cuts happen, leaving the data center isolated.

Tax Incentives:

The State of California does not provide tax abatement incentives for data centers. However local municipalities do offer incentives. For example, there is no city user tax in the City of Santa Clara, which is worth a 5% savings.

Electric Utility:

The Bay Area Industrial Power rates average between 9 and 16 cents per kWh. A shining star in the market is Santa Clara. The city has created a building boom for data centers with its low power rates.

Silicon Valley Power, a not-for-profit municipal electric utility, provides industrial electricity at rates 20 to 40% lower than the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) service areas. Silicon Valley Power is owned and operated by the City of Santa Clara.

Silicon Valley's Network Connectivity

The Silicon Valley metro area enjoys good network connectivity due to the number of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) and Interconnection Hubs. Equinix runs the two largest IXPs, First and since its founding,

Equinix has run the Equinix Exchange which extends to many of the Equinix sites in the metro. Second, the PAIX, which is the Palo Alto Internet Exchange. The PAIX has a long history which started in the 529 Bryant Street Building. It was a competitor to Equinix Exchange until Equinix acquired Switch and Data in 2010. The SFBA is fortunate to also have non-profit exchanges in the Bay Area. The non-profit IXPs SFMIX and AMS-IX BA are smaller but provide healthy competition.

The following buildings have the best connectivity (ordered by number of networks)

  • Equinix San Jose campus (SV1, SV2, SV10)
  • Equinix Palo Alto (SV8)
  • CoreSite San Jose (SV1)
  • 200 Paul (Digital Realty)

San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland CSA Demographics

The Bay Area MSA has a population of over 8.8 million people. The CSA stretches from Wine Country in the North to Silicon Valley in the South and counties near Oakland to the East. (Source: Wikipedia

Multi-Site Colocation Providers

  • Equinix
  • Internap
  • Digital Realty (via Telx data center acquisition)
  • CoreSite has a large multi-building campus in Santa Clara, plus 55 S Market in San Jose and Milpitas.
  • CenturyLink (via Level3) have multiple sites that offer retail data center space.

Single Site SFBA Colocation Providers

  • EdgeconneX, H5, and Hurricane Electric, and vXchnge have a single data center in the region.

Wholesale Data Center Providers

Despite the higher electrical utility costs, there are many wholesale data center providers in the Bay Area.

  • Digital Realty: After swallowing up Dupont Fabros (DFT) and Telx, Digital is the largest wholesale data center provider in the SFBA.
  • Vantage Data Centers is building their 2nd campus in Santa Clara
  • CoreSite's Santa Clara campus continues to expand




Street view of AT&T's data center in Palo Alto
Exterior view of the original Palo Alto Internet Exchange (PAIX) building
Sign describing that the SV8 location was also the first school in Palo Alto. Established in 1893.
Equinix doesn't charge for **everything.** Equinix offers complimentary cabinet and rack screws in the San Jose data center
Equinix SV10 represents the newest state-of-the-art Equinix International Business Exchange [IBX] center. This client's 183,000 gsf building consists of a two-story, steel framed building with prec...
55 S. Market is an iconic 1980’s era building in the historic core of downtown San Jose.
CoreSite SV4 was completed in 2011
Workers putting on insulation to the exterior of SV7
Street view of AT&T's data center in Palo Alto
Exterior View
Posted in AT&T Palo Alto

Street view of AT&T's data center in Palo Alto

Source: Google Maps
Exterior view of the original Palo Alto Internet Exchange (PAIX) building
The Original PAIX Building
Posted in Equinix Palo Alto SV8

Exterior view of the original Palo Alto Internet Exchange (PAIX) building

PAIX Building
Posted in Equinix Palo Alto SV8 Source: Equinix
PAIX Building Sign
Posted in Equinix Palo Alto SV8 Source: Wikimapia
Telephone Co Building Sign
Posted in Equinix Palo Alto SV8 Source: Wikimapia
Sign describing that the SV8 location was also the first school in Palo Alto. Established in 1893.
PAIX - First Elementary School Sign
Posted in Equinix Palo Alto SV8

Sign describing that the SV8 location was also the first school in Palo Alto. Established in 1893.

Source: Wikimapia
Rendering of SV10
Posted in Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10 Source: Langan
Equinix SV10
Posted in Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10 Source: Paradigm Structural Engineers
SV10
Posted in Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10 Source: Paradigm Structural Engineers
Exterior View of SV5
Posted in Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10 Source: Equinix
Equinix doesn't charge for **everything.** Equinix offers complimentary cabinet and rack screws in the San Jose data center
Free Cabinet and Rack Screws
Posted in Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10

Equinix doesn't charge for everything. Equinix offers complimentary cabinet and rack screws in the San Jose data center

Source: Equinix
Arcade Play Area for Techs
Posted in Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10 Source: Equinix
Equinix SV10 represents the newest state-of-the-art Equinix International Business Exchange [IBX] center. This client's 183,000 gsf building consists of a two-story, steel framed building with prec...
Newly Constructed SV10
Posted in Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10

Equinix SV10 represents the newest state-of-the-art Equinix International Business Exchange [IBX] center. This client's 183,000 gsf building consists of a two-story, steel framed building with precast concrete, with 114,500 gsf of Data Hall space situated on two floors and supported by six emergency generators. The cooling system was through exterior IDEC units located in a 34,000 gsf, 2-level yard with the equipment situated both at grade and atop an elevated mechanical platform to provide direct air cooling into the Data Hall.

Source: Paradigm Structural Engineers
55 S. Market is an iconic 1980’s era building in the historic core of downtown San Jose.
Recently Remodeled Lobby of 55 S Market
Posted in CoreSite SV1 55 S Market

55 S. Market is an iconic 1980’s era building in the historic core of downtown San Jose.

Source: DCM
CoreSite's Market Post Tower (SV1)
Posted in CoreSite SV1 55 S Market
200 Paul After Renovation
Posted in 200 Paul (SFR1) Digital Realty
CoreSite SV7 from the Air
Posted in CoreSite Santa Clara Campus
CoreSite SV4 from the Air
Posted in CoreSite Santa Clara Campus
CoreSite SV4 was completed in 2011
SV4 at 2972 Stender
Posted in CoreSite Santa Clara Campus

CoreSite SV4 was completed in 2011

CoreSite SV7 Completed
Posted in CoreSite Santa Clara Campus
SV7 Near the End of Construction
Posted in CoreSite Santa Clara Campus Source: MATT Construction
Workers putting on insulation to the exterior of SV7
SV7 Under Construction
Posted in CoreSite Santa Clara Campus

Workers putting on insulation to the exterior of SV7

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Top Datacenter Providers in San Francisco Bay Area

Sites Sites Gross SqFt Gross SqFt Power (MW) Power (MW)
Digital Realty Trust 24 3,198,739 133.83
CenturyLink | Level 3 14 200,700 2.00
Equinix 11 880,844 63.30
Cyxtera Technologies 6 519,035 48.00
AT&T 4 87,516 0.00
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Largest Datacenters in San Francisco Bay Area

Gross SqFt Gross SqFt Power (MW) Power MW
200 Paul (SFR1) Digital Realty 425,000 15.00
Santa Clara (SC1) Digital Realty 360,000 36.40
34551 Ardenwood - Digital Realty 307,657
2045 & 2055 Lafayette - Digital Realty 300,000
Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10 290,349 23.30
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