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Bluebird Network, a communications infrastructure provider and data center operator headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, has opened a network Pointy-of-Presence (PoP) in the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis Technology Center (STC) in Kansas City, Missouri, to support carrier-grade fiber internet, cloud access and data services to STC’s clients.
Through a partnership with LightEdge Solutions, Bluebird has created a PoP in the Hunt Midwest data center to service data-hungry organizations. This initiative would strengthen Bluebird’s capacity to empower local companies by allowing them to continue to extend their network and communications infrastructure delivery.
“The digital world spins faster each day and Bluebird is focused on giving businesses the tools and technology to keep up,” said Trent Anderson, Chief Revenue Officer of Bluebird Network. “When an operation has inconsistent Internet or can’t evaluate their business in real time, production slows and money is lost. We’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
Cloud Services, Edge Computing
Bluebird’s 10,000 route miles fiber network is now available to all new and current tenants in the SubTropolis facility. This build would bring a powerful and diverse fiber connection to the Hunt Midwest Meet-Me-Room (MMR), which might be an added benefit for carriers and businesses co-locating in the LightEdge data center inside the SubTropolis.
“Cloud services are increasingly being pushed closer to the edge,” said Mike McHenry, Vice President of Cloud and Product Architecture at LightEdge. “Having partners like Bluebird that can help our customers with their connectivity needs is a critical component to delivering our services to enterprise customers.”
“We’ve been pursuing Bluebird for years to connect in here,” said Mike Bell, Senior Vice President of Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development. “It’s always good to have another carrier in STC allowing people to choose our location and it’s a testament to Bluebird’s network. It’s a win-win for both sides.”
Bluebird Networks provides an array of services including dedicated Internet, Ethernet solutions, Private Cloud Connections, dark fiber, wavelengths, colocation, and more. One other benefit of Bluebird building into the SubTropolis might be the ability to connect LightEdge clients to other data centers.
Referencing the Bluebird Underground Data Center in Springfield, Missouri, Mr. Bell said, “Having two underground locations with a fiber provider, how much safer can you be?”
Bluebird’s Underground Data Center is a colocation facility designed to N+1 standards at all levels of vital infrastructure, 85-feet below ground. The firm also owns and runs the Bluebird Quad Cities Data Center in Bettendorf, Iowa, which would add an extra layer of redundancy to its current data center services.