Cologix has acquired Colo5, a colocation and disaster recovery provider with more than 225,000 gross square feet across two Florida data centers. The acquisition expands Cologix’s footprint in Jacksonville and adds Lakeland, Florida, as its eighth market overall. This is the ninth acquisition for Cologix. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jacksonville is a vibrant local economy, gaining importance globally with the multiple sub-sea cables landing there directly from Central and South America. Cologix recently entered the Jacksonville market through acquiring JAX Meet Me Room. JMMR is located in the carrier hotel at 421 West Church Street in Jacksonville, Florida. JMMR is rich in connectivity and Colo5 gives the company a sizable Class 5 hurricane rated data center of 125,000 square feet nearby to complement it.

The Lakeland facility has a lot of disaster recovery appeal. Lakeland is located centrally between Tampa and Orlando at an elevation of 197 feet (nearly 20 stories) above sea level. Its elevation and proximity to major market centers make it a natural location for primary or secondary IT sites for enterprises in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Colo5’s success in Lakeland and available capacity accelerates Cologix’s plans to expand in Florida by 18 months.

“Colo5 has built a highly robust and credible set of data center operations, validated by its impressive list of growing customers,” Grant van Rooyen, president and CEO of Cologix, said. “Part of what makes this combination so attractive is the fact that the Colo5 executive team is joining the Cologix team to help steward our continued growth and investment in Florida.”

“Joining the Cologix platform provides our customers key benefits that we could not have delivered as a standalone company,” Colo5 CEO Doug Recker said. Benefits of the deal for Colo5 customers include access to the Cologix meet-me-room in the carrier hotel, accelerated capital investment and seamless access to a nationwide data center footprint, he said.

With this acquisition, Cologix supports more than 850 customers across its North American data center footprint, which now consists of 20 data centers. Cologix now operates network-neutral data centers in Columbus, Dallas, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Minneapolis, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
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