Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller

Marc Ganzi believes edge computing is going to change the digital economy. As our devices become more distributed and mobile, delivering data requires infrastructure in more places. That includes a diverse range of technologies spanning data centers, enclosures, wireless towers, distributed antenna systems and small cells.

As CEO of investment firm Colony Capital, Ganzi hopes to conquer the edge amid a convergence of technologies, companies and investors. The primary vehicle for this strategy is DataBank, a colocation provider that has become the platform for a series of acquisitions to implement a “digital playbook.”

“Edge computing is a huge opportunity and we’re helping DataBank capitalize on it,” Ganzi said last week on Colony Capital earnings call. “This is a story about executing on converged networks.”

Colony Capital is bringing together colocation, modular data centers, small cell networks and fiber to create a converged digital infrastructure. That effort has accelerated in 2020 as DataBank has acquired zColo and invested in modular specialist EdgePresence, massively increasing its data center footprint and edge capabilities. These deals also create more opportunities to work with other Colony portfolio companies like Vertical Bridge and ExteNet, which provide tower and antenna infrastructure for carriers.

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