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Bluebird Network Announces Network Expansion into SubTropolis Technology Center in Hunt Midwest’s Kansas City Cave Facility

Bluebird Network | November 23, 2021

Bluebird Network, a communications infrastructure provider with 10,000 route miles of fiber and operator of two data centers, now supports carrier-grade fiber internet, cloud access and data services to the SubTropolis Technology Center (STC) in Kansas City, Missouri.
Bluebird recently established a point of presence in the Hunt Midwest facility to support data-hungry businesses via a partnership with LightEdge Solutions. Continuing to expand their network and communications infrastructure delivery, this development furthers Bluebird’s ability to empower local businesses.

“The digital world spins faster each day and Bluebird is focused on giving businesses the tools and technology to keep up,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.”

Trent Anderson, Chief Revenue Officer of Bluebird Network

It’s no secret applications and data housed in the cloud is quickly becoming the way of the future.

“Cloud services are increasingly being pushed closer to the edge,” said Mike McHenry, LightEdge VP of Cloud and Product Architecture. “Having partners like Bluebird that can help our customers with their connectivity needs is a critical component to delivering our services to enterprise customers.”

All new and existing tenants within the SubTropolis can now leverage Bluebird’s world-class fiber. Bluebird also boasts some of the fastest circuit turn-up times in the industry, made even easier by existing infrastructure within the cave.

This build brings a powerful and diverse fiber connection to the Hunt Midwest Meet-Me-Room – an added benefit for carriers and businesses colocating in the LightEdge data center inside the SubTropolis.

“We’ve been pursuing Bluebird for years to connect in here,” said Mike Bell, Senior VP 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.”

One other benefit of Bluebird building into the SubTropolis is the ability to connect LightEdge customers to other data centers.

Referencing the Bluebird Underground Data Center in Springfield, Missouri, Bell said, “Having two underground locations with a fiber provider, how much safer can you be?”

Bluebird’s Underground Data Center is a facility built 85-feet below ground to N+1 standards at all levels of critical infrastructure. Extending an extra level of redundancy to their existing data center services, the company also owns and operates the Bluebird Quad Cities Data Center in Bettendorf, IA.

Supporting increased productivity and innovation for businesses for over 20 years, Bluebird supplies robust and reliable fiber services necessary to thrive in the next era of digital transformation. The company provides an array of services including dedicated internet, Ethernet solutions, Private Cloud Connections, dark fiber, wavelengths, colocation, and more.


About Bluebird Network

Bluebird Network is a communications infrastructure provider and data center operator. Since 1999, Bluebird Network, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, has provided internet and transport services, via its fiber infrastructure, to Carriers and Enterprises in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, and the surrounding states. Bluebird owns two data centers: an underground facility in Springfield, MO, and a facility in the Quad Cities. Bluebird operates over 10,000 fiber route miles of high-speed broadband and fiber-optic connections with over 74,000 on-net and near-net buildings and 151 Points of Presence (PoP) sites spanning the Midwest, including the major cities of Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield (MO and IL), Tulsa, Peoria, Rockford, Bloomington, Normal and the Quad Cities.

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Inspur Information Partners with Atos Poland to Bring Leading IT Infrastructure Solutions to Local Customers

Inspur Information | November 28, 2022

Inspur Information, a leading IT infrastructure solutions provider, is expanding its local capabilities in Europe, signing a cooperation agreement with Atos Poland. As the latest channel supplier addition, Atos’s value-added expertise will further strengthen Inspur’s commitment to providing leading IT infrastructure solutions to the European market by strengthening Inspur’s local solutions and services capabilities for a superior customer experience. A cooperation for leading IT infrastructure solutions Atos Poland is a part of Atos Group, present on the Polish market since 2000. Currently delivering world class services in digital transformation, decarbonisation, cybersecurity, cloud and high-performance computing, providing tailored end-to-end solutions for all industries. Inspur Information and Atos Poland have formed a new partnership in IT infrastructure that will give Atos Poland complete access to Inspur’s comprehensive server portfolio and storage devices to provide the best possible IT solutions to its Polish customers with a potential of expansion to other European markets. Through this cooperation, Inspur Information will better leverage its rich experience and expertise in full-stack AI solutions, liquid-cooling technologies and emerging applications to empower the intelligent transformation of local customers, and power Atos’s leading IaaS, smart city, and IoT solutions. "I am very happy to announce the cooperation agreement between Atos and Inspur. “Inspur and Atos joining forces will offer innovative and sustainable solutions to our clients in Poland with better service and accessibility than ever before.” Jay Zhang, VP of Inspur Global Business and CEO of Inspur Europe “As a global leader in digital transformation, we are thrilled to be using Inspur’s world-class IT infrastructure solutions in our tailored end-to-end IT solutions. Inspur has rich, innovative, and leading products which have been widely used for both the cloud and AI,” said Tomasz Radomski, CEO, Atos Polska. “Our customers will enjoy greater access to more powerful solutions that can handle any scenario.” Strong channel partnerships for strong growth “In Europe, for Europe” is Inspur’s commitment to the EU market. It is rooted in the concept that being local creates better solutions and better experiences for the customer. Inspur has made channel partnerships key to its business strategy, anticipating a majority of its business in Europe will come through channel partners over the next three years. Inspur Information is committed to providing leading products and solutions to European customers and together with its partners, plans to achieve a double-digit growth annually. About Inspur Information Inspur Information is a leading provider of data center infrastructure, cloud computing, and AI solutions. It is the world’s 2nd largest server manufacturer. Through engineering and innovation, Inspur Information delivers cutting-edge computing hardware design and extensive product offerings to address important technology sectors such as open computing, cloud data center, AI, and deep learning. Performance-optimized and purpose-built, our world-class solutions empower customers to tackle specific workloads and real-world challenges.

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NTT Opens New Data Center in South Africa to Support Growing Digital Economy

NTT Ltd. | October 27, 2022

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Spectra Logic and iRODS Consortium Partner to Provide Glacier-Like Tier of Storage for Data-Driven Organizations

Spectra Logic | September 26, 2022

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