Cologix(TM), a network neutral interconnection and data center company, today announced a new 28,000 SQF data center expansion in downtown Minneapolis at 511 11th Avenue. The facility will come online within 2014 and the new data center will double Cologix’s footprint in the building, making Cologix the largest tenant in the carrier hotel. Customers in the facility will enjoy the same unique direct access to Cologix’s Meet-Me-Room, which presents more than 70 network providers.

“We continue to see strong demand in Minneapolis across all customer segments and increasingly from financial institutions and large enterprises,” explains Grant van Rooyen, Cologix President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our new data center will provide all our customers with more of the highly robust infrastructure for which we are well known and the benefits of the broadest connectivity choice in the Upper Midwest, all within easy access from IT offices in and around downtown. The new capacity will also support content and cloud providers who are recognizing Minneapolis as an ideal peering market, and the new edge of the Internet.”

“The Midwest Internet Cooperative Exchange (MICE) has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Cologix in the 511 Building throughout its formative years,” explained Shaun Carlson, Network Engineering Manager, Arvig and member MICE Board of Governors. “In the past year MICE’s average traffic has quadrupled and we are seeing increased interest from networks and media providers alike in Minneapolis as a peering alternative to Chicago. Cologix’s new downtown expansion is good news for the peering community as it will provide new capacity to attract additional peers to the budding community.”

According to 451 Research, Cologix is the only data center provider in Minneapolis that focuses exclusively on colocation and interconnection. At full capacity, Cologix’s new facility is designed to support 600 incremental cabinets. For more information on the Minneapolis market and interconnection community, please contact MIN.Sales@cologix.com.

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