Hosting provider VPLS has completed the acquisition of its second Texas data center location (DA2). Financial terms of this acquisition were not disclosed. At the same time, VPLS has announced a significant expansion of the bare metal capacity of its San Jose data center (SV7).
The newly acquired data center property in Texas includes 18.8 acres of land and a 75,000 square foot, 10-megawatt facility that is currently 100% leased to a data and technology company. The acquisition provides VPLS with another “modern, well-run and maintained” data center as well as the property and expansion potential to support future data center developments.
The current data center in Texas supports 2.5 megawatts of critical IT load based on a 2(N+1) design and is expandable to 16 megawatts total. It is rated as a Tier III facility based on physical, electrical, and mechanical infrastructure. The resilient, purpose-built data center is also designed to withstand direct impact from an F3 tornado.
“We are thrilled to add this additional Texas location to our growing national portfolio,” said Jay Smith, Vice President and General Manager, Data Centers at VPLS. “The central US remains a strategically important market for our team and this acquisition was a great opportunity to expand our presence in this geography while also contributing to our revenue stream with a world-class client.”
“The acquisition of this Texas facility demonstrates our focus on growth in key markets,” said Arman Khalili, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of VPLS. “As our data center and network footprint grows, VPLS can immediately deliver our cloud-to-edge solutions and services to these strategic markets and surrounding locations. We look forward to broadening our offerings to current and future VPLS clients.”
Bare Metal Expansion in San Jose Data Center
The infrastructure expansion in VPLS’ SV7 data center in San Jose was driven by demand for VPLS’s bare metal server brand, Krypt.com, which offers direct connections with a capacity of over 200 Gbps to China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Mobile International.
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the facility offers colocation, managed services, private and hybrid cloud, dedicated hosting, and network and security services to start-ups and enterprises in Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area.
The additional capacity in the San Jose data center was achieved through an upgrade of the cooling systems, which unlocked an additional 250 KW of IT load. Replacing the aging mechanical equipment also benefitted the facility by lowering the site’s overall PUE from 2.1 to 1.35 on an annualized basis.
VPLS currently has over 600 servers being deployed in the San Jose data center with an additional 400 servers to be added over the next quarter, bringing the total number of servers in its network to over 10,000 and over 90,000 VPS under management.
The IP network capacity at SV7 has also increased from 205 Gbps to more than 415 Gbps of dedicated capacity. The additional bandwidth at the SV7 data center can be a key advantage for companies looking for increased connectivity: SV7 offers direct fiber link to major carrier hotels in Silicon Valley with over 200 Gbps of peering capacity, as well as direct connections to key carriers in China, resulting in the lowest latency to Asia from the continental US.
“Krypt.com from VPLS is an increasingly popular choice for companies looking for flexible and reliable bare metal or cloud servers. Our team has been able to meet this growing demand by quickly expanding capacity at our most strategic facilities, like SV7, all while controlling the underlying costs,” said Mohamed Arab, VP of Cloud and Managed Services at VPLS. “With this expansion, current and prospective customers will benefit from our world-class facilities, portfolio of complementary services, and extended low-latency access to other digital infrastructure options.”
The next stage of expansion for VPLS’ San Jose data center will be an electrical upgrade of 1.5MW and a corresponding IT load expansion that will be online in Q4 of 2022. Combined with the data center’s myriad of network carriers and partners, the capacity expansion at SV7 would provide a robust option for many companies seeking a reliable and flexible interconnection between key global and regional markets.