Mid-Atlantic Crossroads Taps Zayo for Colocation and Connectivity

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Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. has been selected by Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX) to provide data center colocation in zColo’s Ashburn facility and fiber connectivity to support MAX’s network services to its academic, research, government, scientific and business communities.

MAX is a center at the University of Maryland (UMD) that operates a regional advanced cyberinfrastructure platform.

Zayo’s colocation solution will provide a dedicated, private suite that includes more than 30 cabinets in its Ashburn data center for the client, which is optimizing and consolidating workloads.

Zayo expanded its Ashburn facility in 2018 and 2019, which now has more than 75,000 square feet and 15MW of power capacity expandable up to 40MW. The Tier 3 equivalent facility offers extensive carrier neutral connectivity as well as access to Zayo’s global fiber network.

“Zayo’s public sector customers in the Ashburn facility and the National Capital Region are transforming their IT infrastructure and moving to cloud adoption to achieve scalability, cost savings, security and more agile services,” said Joel Daly, president of Zayo’s zColo business segment. “Zayo’s multi-site data center portfolio, ability to customize and scale our solutions and capability to connect globally over our expansive network helped us earn this business.”

The transaction is one of several with MAX, which provides cyberinfrastructure to the national and global Research and Education (R&E) community. The focus areas for MAX include next-generation internet technologies, software defined networking (SDN), hybrid cloud environments, high-performance computing, big data driven domain science workflows and advanced cyberinfrastructure systems.

These projects are focused on integrating high-performance network, compute, storage and cloud services with the goal to develop advanced cyberinfrastructure systems supporting innovative domain science applications.

“After an extensive search of data centers in the DMV area, MAX found that zColo offered a complete solution for our customers,” said Tripti Sinha, executive director of Mid-Atlantic Crossroads. “We are confident that the Zayo team will provide a rock-solid solution—bringing security, power and cooling, national diverse colo and a global network all in one place. Additionally, their Tranzact platform makes it easier to price and order Zayo services which is a value-added feature.”

zColo’s 44 data centers have flexible space and power options to meet a wide range of infrastructure needs. zColo’s facilities offer the highest levels of physical security and compliance and provide back-up systems for full redundancy. zColo data centers also feature carrier-neutral connectivity and interconnections, including connectivity to Zayo’s extensive global network.