Cologix completes first AI-ready data centre in Columbus

Cologix completes first AI-ready data centre in Columbus

Cologix, one of North America’s leading network-neutral interconnection and hyperscale Edge data centre companies, has announced the completion of its fourth and most comprehensive data centre in the region.

This expansion marks a significant milestone in Cologix’s commitment to meeting the growing demand for colocation and interconnection services in Columbus, Ohio.

“Over 10 years ago, we recognised Columbus’ importance as a technology hub for growing companies and decided to enter this market,” said Dawn Smith, President of Cologix. “The completion of COL4 comes at a crucial time with hyperscalers intensifying their focus on cloud regions and laying the groundwork for seamless AI integration with cloud services.

“This is the first colocation AI-ready data centre completed in Columbus and is poised to support this surge in demand. We look forward to continuing to deliver market-leading colocation and interconnection solutions for the Columbus market,” added Smith.

Cologix is currently one of the largest colocation and interconnection providers in the area with a portfolio of four data centres spanning a total of 500,000 square feet and 80MW of power. All four of Cologix’s data centres in Columbus are interconnected with a diverse fibre ring.

Additionally, Cologix has Ohio’s most comprehensive carrier hotel in its Columbus data centres as well as an interconnection ecosystem of 50+ unique network and cloud service providers, two public cloud onramps with access to Amazon Web Services Direct Connect and Google Cloud Interconnect and the Ohio IX Internet Exchange.

“Columbus is an attractive data centre market due to its geography, strong tax incentives and diverse economy,” said Ed Socia, Insight Director North America for datacenterHawk, a leading global data centre real estate analysis platform. “The data centre market in the region has an impressive average annual growth rate of 29.42%. Total commissioned power for data centres in the region has grown by over 1GW since 2020. Operators that have been able to secure a path to power are well-positioned in the market.”

Spanning an impressive 256,000 square feet across a seven-acre campus, COL4 is equipped to handle the growing influx of AI applications and offers unparalleled connectivity options and fully available power for businesses seeking high-performance data centre solutions.

The facility includes the following benefits and sustainable features:

  • Capacity: With 50MW of power across three data halls, COL4 is equipped to handle high-density workloads and the continued demand for cloud connectivity.
  • Connectivity: COL4 provides access to over 50 unique network providers in Meet-Me-Rooms (MMRs), ensuring diverse connectivity options for all customers.
  • Scalability: The facility offers scalable power options to meet diverse colocation requirements, providing flexibility and efficiency for enterprises of all sizes.
  • AI-readiness: COL4 is designed to support the surge of AI applications, providing the infrastructure needed for seamless integration with cloud services.
  • Redundancy: COL4 features redundant power and cooling systems, as well as robust network infrastructure, to minimise downtime and ensure continuous operation.
  • Security: The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art security measures to safeguard data and infrastructure, ensuring compliance with industry standards and regulations. COL4 has a bullet resistant security booth, closed-circuit television (CCTV) system and biometric scanners and badge access. Cologix has onsite 24/7/365 security personnel. It also has a K-rated perimeter security fence.
  • Green data centre initiatives: COL4 was built using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles. It has several EV charging stations available for all customers, employees, vendors and partners to use while at the data centre. The facility also utilises energy efficient LED lighting with auto off function throughout the building. Renewable energy power options and green roof capabilities are available.
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