DataBank Announces Strategic Investment in EdgePresence

prnewswire | October 21, 2020

DataBank, a leading provider of enterprise-class colocation, connectivity, and managed services, today announced that it has made a $30M strategic investment in EdgePresence, an owner and operator of multi-tenant, modular data centers, providing space, power, bandwidth, and interconnection across key U.S. markets. EdgePresence's Edge Data Centers (EDCs) are modular, purpose-built data centers, comprehensively and compactly designed to include critical power, monitoring, physical security and cooling. Located at targeted locations at the base of cell towers, key real estate, and enterprise campus locations, these EDCs will enable DataBank to colocate its customer workloads at the "far edge" to further reduce latency and improve performance for select applications.

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While overall bandwidth demand continues to grow exponentially, driving the demand for fiber deployments deeper in the network, new 5G applications such as augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) and autonomous vehicles bring new demands for low latency and real-time response, while the explosion of connected devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) drive new requirements for security and distributed intelligence.

Spotlight

While overall bandwidth demand continues to grow exponentially, driving the demand for fiber deployments deeper in the network, new 5G applications such as augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) and autonomous vehicles bring new demands for low latency and real-time response, while the explosion of connected devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) drive new requirements for security and distributed intelligence.

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Tucows Inc | October 25, 2021

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