Bluebird Chooses Digital Realty’s Property in Downtown St. Louis for Network Hub
Bluebird Network Chooses Digital Realty’s 210 N. Tucker Property in Downtown St. Louis for Network Hub
210 N. Tucker to Provide Critical Infrastructure and Power for Growth of Bluebird Network’s Broadband Services in the Midwest
Company Release – 03/26/2012 07:00
SAN FRANCISCO, March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR), a leading global provider of data center solutions, has signed a long-term lease agreement with Bluebird Network for Powered Base Building® space in Digital Realty’s 210 N. Tucker property in St. Louis, Missouri. Bluebird Network (www.bluebirdnetwork.com) provides fiber optic services in Missouri, Illinois, and surrounding states. Bluebird operates the merged networks of Missouri Network Alliance, Illinois Network Alliance, and Bluebird Media. Bluebird Network will build out its own dedicated data center facility within its leased space at the 210 N. Tucker property, which will support its network of over 5000 route miles providing broadband services to rural and underserved communities.
“Working with Digital Realty allows us to move ahead quickly on this data center project,” said Michael Morey, President and CEO at Bluebird Network. “The new improvements to the property, including additional power, enhanced infrastructure and connectivity, combined with its central business district location offers us everything we need to support our company’s growth as well as provide excellent service to our customers.”
“We are proud to be working with Bluebird Network on this critical regional project, and we look forward to being its long-term data center partner,” said Glenn Benoist, Vice President, Portfolio Management at Digital Realty. “The improvements we have made at 210 N. Tucker over the past year have been significant and have made it one of the most desirable data center properties in the Midwest thanks to its ample power, enhanced infrastructure, low utility rates, extensive connectivity and excellent operations team. It is an ideal location for companies like Bluebird Network that are building out their computing and network infrastructure in Missouri.”
Located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, 210 N. Tucker is an 18-story building that offers over 300,000 square feet of space and the design flexibility that customers need to support their unique data center requirements. Powered from Ameren UE’s underground power grid with multiple feeds and back-up generation on-site, 210 N. Tucker is a carrier-neutral facility serviced by multiple fiber providers that we believe offers the best array of connectivity options in St. Louis. 210 N. Tucker is also connected to the Digital Realty-owned facility at 900 Walnut via 400 strands of dark fiber.
About Bluebird Network
Bluebird Network, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, was formed by integrating three companies: Bluebird Media, Missouri Network Alliance (MNA), and Illinois Network Alliance (INA). This integration created a leading Missouri and Illinois telecommunications company that provides 6,000 miles of high-speed broadband and fiber optic connections to Midwest communities. Currently, the Bluebird fiber network has over 100 Points of Presence (POP) sites spanning the Midwest and includes POPs in the core cities of Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Tulsa. Additionally, Bluebird has a national reach through its partner, INDATEL Group, which connects the fiber-optic networks of independent telephone companies across the United States. More information available on the Bluebird Network website: www.BluebirdNetwork.com.
About Digital Realty
Digital Realty focuses on delivering customer driven data center solutions by providing secure, reliable and cost effective facilities that meet each customer’s unique data center needs. Digital Realty’s customers include domestic and international companies across multiple industry verticals ranging from information technology and Internet enterprises, to manufacturing and financial services. Digital Realty’s 102 properties, excluding three properties held as investments in unconsolidated joint ventures, comprise approximately 19.1 million square feet as of February 27, 2012, including 2.4 million square feet of space held for redevelopment. Digital Realty’s portfolio is located in 31 markets throughout Europe, North America, Singapore and Australia. Additional information about Digital Realty is included in the Company Overview, which is available on the Investors page of Digital Realty’s website at http://www.digitalrealty.com.