Bluebird Network, a communications infrastructure provider and underground data center owner, has completed its $11.5 million expansion of their Bluebird Underground Data Center in Springfield, Missouri.
The project delivers more than 11,500 square feet of additional white space, increased power capacity, and efficiencies to enhance the data center’s value, reliability and capabilities.
Now offering a total of more than 29,000 square feet of white space, the expanded Bluebird Underground Data Center would feature significantly increased mechanical, electrical and power generation capabilities. The data center expansion includes: upgraded underground generating capabilities totaling 6MW of power, the latest lithium-ion Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), a third primary metered electrical grid connection – now totaling three diversified power utility feeds. And also new intelligent management systems to improve overall facility efficiency.
“Our customers now and in the future will reap the benefits of a world-class data center with unparalleled security,” said Michael Morey, President and CEO of Bluebird Network. “Bluebird’s strengths and communications infrastructure offerings underpin the success of a digital world. We thrive on helping businesses, hospitals, governments and other operations run lightning fast every day while offering them a way to flexibly grow.”
As part of this transformation, the Bluebird Underground Data Center underwent a full Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) platform implementation. It would allow the facility and Bluebird customers to benefit from enhanced, continuous operations monitoring. Already powered by 40 percent renewable energy, these monitoring capabilities can offer a wealth of insight into how the facility can be further optimized for the utmost efficiency and reliability.
“Being 85 feet below ground, a unique data center like Bluebird Underground requires a unique expansion strategy to empower dynamic and growing requirements, and that’s exactly what this addition has accomplished for our customers,” added Mr. Morey. “Our tenants have everything they need, including colocation services, remote hands, high-bandwidth internet access, and multiple data transport options – all from the highly secure and highly reliable location that is the Bluebird Underground. We’re thrilled to bring these enhanced capabilities to market, building on our trusted partnerships with our customers and further establishing ourselves as a major provider in the Midwest.”
The announcement follows the news of Bluebird Network unveiling the Springfield Internet Exchange (SpringIX) hosted in the Bluebird Underground Data Center. As the first exchange of its kind to support the region, SpringIX allows its members to offload local traffic and virtually peer with other content providers.