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Equinix Palo Alto SV8
529 Bryant Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
  • 45,319 Gross SqFt
  • 1.6 Megawatts

Equinix SV8 is the home of the legendary Palo Alto Internet Exchange.

Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10
11 Great Oaks Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95119
  • 290,349 Gross SqFt
  • 23.3 Megawatts

The three 3 building Equinix campus in Silicon Valley lies to the far south in San Jose, yet it is one of the best-connected data centers in the Bay Area.

200 Paul (SFR1) Digital Realty
200 Paul Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124
  • 425,000 Gross SqFt
  • 15.0 Megawatts

SFR1 (200 Paul Ave.) is the best connected building in the city of San Francisco. The 5 story building was built in 2001 and was renovated in 2014.

  • Utility: Silicon Valley Power
  • Owns Owns the Building

CoreSite's Santa Clara Campus contains 5 datacenter buildings. (SV3, SV4, SV5, SV6, SV7 and SV8)

Vantage Santa Clara SC1
2820 Northwestern Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95051
  • 375,000 Gross SqFt
  • 75.0 Megawatts
  • Two (3) 50 MW dedicated substations on-site
  • 45 MW of critical IT load operational

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




Top Data Center Providers in San Francisco Bay Area

Sites Sites Gross SqFt Gross SqFt Power (MW) Power (MW)
Digital Realty Trust 23 505,406 20.50
Cyxtera Technologies 6 399,889 25.50
Hurricane Electric 3 256,000 17.50
RagingWire 1 245,000 16.00
CoreSite 10 236,032 22.00
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Largest Data Centers in San Francisco Bay Area

Gross SqFt Gross SqFt Power (MW) Power (MW)
200 Paul (SFR1) Digital Realty 425,000 15.00
Vantage Santa Clara SC1 375,000 75.00
Santa Clara (SC1) Digital Realty 360,000 36.40
2045 & 2055 Lafayette - Digital Realty 300,000
Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10 290,349 23.30
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Data Center Construction in San Francisco Bay Area

Company Region Name Site Name Building SqFt Gross SqFt Power (MWs) Estimated Launch
STACK San Francisco Bay Area STACK Silicon Valley 7.0
1547 Critical Systems Realty (fifteenfortyseven) San Francisco Bay Area 400 Paul Ave (1547) 187000 54225 12.0 Jul 01 2020
RagingWire San Francisco Bay Area Ragingwire Santa Clara SV1 160000 16.0 Jun 01 2020
Total 187000 214225 35.0


January 2018

DCF SFBA Market Overview

December 2018

JLL's Northern California data center outlook (H2 2018)

Cooling infrastructure on the roof of the Vantage Data Centers V2 facility in Santa Clara
Attendees play shuffleboard during the grand opening party for the V6 building on the Vantage Santa Clara Campus
One of Equinix's NOCs is located at SV2 in Santa Clara
Street view of AT&T's data center in Palo Alto
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley near Highway 101, this data center is strategically placed on major fiber routes and near three cost-effective sub-stations of the power grids of Silicon Vall...
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.
The data center is expected to be completed in Spring of 2019.

The V2 facility on the SC1 Campus
Posted in Vantage Santa Clara SC1 Source: Vantage
Cooling infrastructure on the roof of the Vantage Data Centers V2 facility in Santa Clara
Cooling Infrastructure on the Roof of the V2 facility
Posted in Vantage Santa Clara SC1

Cooling infrastructure on the roof of the Vantage Data Centers V2 facility in Santa Clara

Source: Vantage Data Centers
Customer Colocation Area
Posted in Vantage Santa Clara SC1 Source: Vantage
Vantage V5 Data Center
Posted in Vantage Santa Clara SC1
Rendering of V6
Posted in Vantage Santa Clara SC1 Source: Vantage
Aerial View of Vantage's First Campus in Santa Clara
Posted in Vantage Santa Clara SC1
Attendees play shuffleboard during the grand opening party for the V6 building on the Vantage Santa Clara Campus
Playing Shuffleboard in the Data Center
Posted in Vantage Santa Clara SC1

Attendees play shuffleboard during the grand opening party for the V6 building on the Vantage Santa Clara Campus

Source: Vantage
Exterior of 1350 Duane (SV2)
Posted in Equinix Santa Clara SV2
One of Equinix's NOCs is located at SV2 in Santa Clara
Equinix NOC at SV2
Posted in Equinix Santa Clara SV2

One of Equinix's NOCs is located at SV2 in Santa Clara

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 from the Street
Posted in 360 Spear - Digital Realty
Outside of SV8
Posted in CoreSite SV7 Source: CoreSite
SV7 Chiller Plant
Posted in CoreSite SV7
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley near Highway 101, this data center is strategically placed on major fiber routes and near three cost-effective sub-stations of the power grids of Silicon Vall...
Exterior of 1201 Comstock
Posted in 1201 Comstock - Digital Realty

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley near Highway 101, this data center is strategically placed on major fiber routes and near three cost-effective sub-stations of the power grids of Silicon Valley Power

Source: DRT
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
Colocation Area at 1500 Space Park
Posted in 1500 Space Park - Digital Realty
The data center is expected to be completed in Spring of 2019.
Rendering of Vantage's New Campus in Santa Clara
Posted in Vantage Santa Clara SC2

The data center is expected to be completed in Spring of 2019.

Empty Lot in a Satellite Picture Taken Before Start of Construction
Posted in Vantage Santa Clara SC2 Source: Google Maps
Front Lobby of HE's Fremont 2 Site
Posted in Hurricane Electric Fremont 2 Source: he.net
Entrance at 48233 Warm Springs Blvd
Posted in Hurricane Electric Fremont 2