As the cloud wars extend under the ocean, colo is coming to cable landings. At sites stretching from Canada to the tip of Florida, colocation providers are building data centers at the sites where undersea fiber optic cables arrive in North America.
These projects reflect the expanding geography of the data center business, as content providers and cloud companies seek new ways to move data around the world. Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Amazon are all investing in undersea cables, in some cases seeking new landing sites to diversify their network infrastructure.
Several entrepreneurs see an opportunity in this trend. Cable landing sites usually feature minimal infrastructure, perhaps a manhole near the beach where they come ashore and sometimes a small facility operated by the phone company or cable owner. From there, fiber routes carry the data to carrier hotels in major cities like New York or Los Angeles.
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