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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 2,504,725 149.13
Equinix 11 931,139 63.30
CoreSite 10 551,676 31.10
Cyxtera Technologies 6 519,035 48.00
Vantage Data Centers 2 375,000 75.00
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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
CoreSite San Francisco Bay Area CoreSite SV8 175000 108000 18.0 Nov 01 2019
Vantage Data Centers San Francisco Bay Area Vantage Santa Clara SC2 21.0 Apr 04 2019
RagingWire San Francisco Bay Area Ragingwire Santa Clara SV1 160000 16.0
STACK San Francisco Bay Area STACK Silicon Valley 7.0
Total 175000 268000 62.0


January 2018

DCF SFBA Market Overview

December 2018

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

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 Fremont 2 Colocation Facility is arranged with “warm and cold” rows. The front of each cabinet faces a cold row, drawing air from the front and venting through the rear to the warm row.
The new Santa Clara data center will be ready in 2020.
The Fremont 1 Data Center includes 12 rows of 84 cabinets each (1,008 total)
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
The site was previously built and operated by Infomart before rebranding to STACK in Jan 2019.
55 S. Market is an iconic 1980’s era building in the historic core of downtown San Jose.
Workers putting on insulation to the exterior of SV7
CoreSite SV4 was completed in 2011
CoreSite's SV8 building is starting to take shape. (January 2019)
EQIX SV17 is in the background
The 360 Spear data center is also pictured next to the 365 Main data center. Both buildings are owned by Digital Realty Trust
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...
The Bloom Energy fuel cell test deployment was 1 Megawatt
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
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
Outside of EQIX SV6 at 444 Toyama Drive
Posted in Equinix Sunnyvale SV6
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
The Fremont 2 Colocation Facility is arranged with “warm and cold” rows. The front of each cabinet faces a cold row, drawing air from the front and venting through the rear to the warm row.
Hot and Cold Rows
Posted in Hurricane Electric Fremont 2

The Fremont 2 Colocation Facility is arranged with “warm and cold” rows. The front of each cabinet faces a cold row, drawing air from the front and venting through the rear to the warm row.

Source: he.net
Exterior of 720 2nd Street in Oakland
Posted in 720 2nd - Digital Realty
Aerial View of 720 2nd and Port of Oakland
Posted in 720 2nd - Digital Realty
The new Santa Clara data center will be ready in 2020.
Rendering of SV1
Posted in Ragingwire Santa Clara SV1

The new Santa Clara data center will be ready in 2020.

Source: RagingWire
Rendering of the Base Isolation System
Posted in Ragingwire Santa Clara SV1 Source: RagingWire
Customer Colo Room
Posted in Element Critical SV1
200 Paul After Renovation
Posted in 200 Paul (SFR1) Digital Realty
Lobby Check-In Desk
Posted in Hurricane Electric Fremont 1 Source: he.net
The Fremont 1 Data Center includes 12 rows of 84 cabinets each (1,008 total)
12 Rows of 84 Cabinets
Posted in Hurricane Electric Fremont 1

The Fremont 1 Data Center includes 12 rows of 84 cabinets each (1,008 total)

EQIX SV14 at 2960 Corvin Drive
Posted in Equinix Santa Clara SV14
Exterior of 3011 Lafayette
Posted in 3011 Lafayette - Digital Realty Source: DRT
Entrance to 2805 Lafayette Street in Santa Clara
Posted in 2805 Lafayette Street: Digital Realty Source: DRT
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
The site was previously built and operated by Infomart before rebranding to STACK in Jan 2019.
Site Layout for STACK Silicon Valley
Posted in STACK Silicon Valley

The site was previously built and operated by Infomart before rebranding to STACK in Jan 2019.

Source: Stack Infra
Infrastructure Yard at the Infomart San Jose Site
Posted in STACK Silicon Valley Source: Infomart Data Centers
Chilled Water Pipes
Posted in STACK Silicon Valley Source: Fortune Data Centers
Utility Room
Posted in STACK Silicon Valley Source: Fortune Data Centers
Entrance to SV3 at 1735 Lundy
Posted in Equinix San Jose SV3
Overhead view of Equinix SV3 shows good asian food next door
Posted in Equinix San Jose SV3 Source: Google Maps
CoreSite's Market Post Tower (SV1)
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.
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
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

SV7 Near the End of Construction
Posted in CoreSite Santa Clara Campus Source: MATT Construction
CoreSite SV7 Completed
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 SV4 from the Air
Posted in CoreSite Santa Clara Campus
CoreSite SV7 from the Air
Posted in CoreSite Santa Clara Campus
New Chiller Enclosures at SV8
Posted in CoreSite Santa Clara Campus
CoreSite's SV8 building is starting to take shape. (January 2019)
SV8 Under Construction
Posted in CoreSite Santa Clara Campus

CoreSite's SV8 building is starting to take shape. (January 2019)

CoreSite's Santa Clara Campus
Posted in CoreSite Santa Clara Campus
EQIX SV17 at 3030 Corvin Drive
Posted in Equinix Santa Clara SV17
EQIX SV17 is in the background
EQIX SV15 at 2970 Corvin Drive
Posted in Equinix Santa Clara SV15

EQIX SV17 is in the background

Entrance to EQIX SV15
Posted in Equinix Santa Clara SV15
365 Main with the Old AboveNet Logo
Posted in 365 Main (SFR2) Digital Realty
The 360 Spear data center is also pictured next to the 365 Main data center. Both buildings are owned by Digital Realty Trust
365 Main with the Bay Bridge in the Background
Posted in 365 Main (SFR2) Digital Realty

The 360 Spear data center is also pictured next to the 365 Main data center. Both buildings are owned by Digital Realty Trust

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
The Bloom Energy fuel cell test deployment was 1 Megawatt
Equinix First Tested Bloom Energy Fuel Cells at the San Jose Campus
Posted in Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10

The Bloom Energy fuel cell test deployment was 1 Megawatt

QTS at 2805/2807 Mission College Blvd
Posted in QTS Santa Clara
Conference Room
Posted in QTS Santa Clara