Zayo Group Opens New Downtown Minneapolis Colocation Facility

zColo, the data center and colocation business of international bandwidth infrastructure provider Zayo Group, has opened a new colocation site located at the 511 Building data center in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The colocation facility will feature a glycol-based cooling system with N+1 CRACs and dry coolers, a single 2MW generator and 825 kVA of redundant UPS power. The data center will also include an electrical system with 2N configuration, biometric security and video surveillance monitoring.

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The 511 Building data center in Minneapolis

Once completed, the carrier-neutral data center facility will provide customers with the ability to access both Zayo’s and other carriers’ fiber-optic networks. Zayo owns and operates one of the largest metro fiber networks in the greater Minneapolis area. Additionally, Zayo leverages its long haul fiber network to provide connectivity to Minneapolis.

The 511 Building data center

“As providers look to move content ‘closer to the edge’ to improve performance and efficiency, Minneapolis is a growing and increasingly important exchange point,” said Corey Needles, senior vice president of operations at zColo. “Our new Minneapolis colocation site further enables zColo to provide comprehensive and cost-effective solutions to the growing number of Internet and content companies in the region. As a result of the strong demand for our colocation services in Minneapolis, the facility will be EBITDA positive based on signed customer contracts prior to opening.”

The 511 Building data center, also known as Minnesota Technology Center, is one of the largest carrier-neutral data centers in the upper Midwest. This telecom hotel offers access to 70+ fiber providers and up to 300,000 square feet of space to safeguard data and off-site disaster recovery. The facility is equipped for data centers, colocation, multi-tenant telecommunication switching gear, fiber network service providers, and optical cable backbones.

zColo’s U.S. footprint now totals 36 colocation facilities and more than 480,000 square feet of billable space.