Located in the heart of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region inside the Capital Beltway, Silver Spring, Maryland is ideally suited to support national, southern Maryland and northern Virginia colocation customers.
Just recently AGILE gained a foothold in this highly desirable location when it acquired Gannett’s primary data center located in Silver Spring, Gannett’s private digital network connecting this data center and company headquarters in McLean, Virginia, to carrier-neutral facilities, as well as Private Digital Network Services, LLC (“PDNS”). PDNS is the partner firm that assisted in building and maintaining Gannett’s Private Digital Network. Integrating its legacy, multi-site data center colocation business with these new private digital network capabilities, AGILE will now operate Gannett’s private digital network and provide data center and network services to Gannett under a long-term master services agreement.
AGILE already operates facilities in Princeton, New Jersey, and Allentown, Pennsylvania. The acquisition of the Silver Spring facility includes substantial physical assets to complement AGILE’s two other facilities. The 65,000 square-foot building encompasses a 21,000 square-foot raised floor data center and 30,000 square-feet of workstation office space as well as disaster recovery seating. The site also features 300 tons of N+N redundant cooling and a 550 kVA N+N UPS system. The Silver Spring facility also has N+N Redundant generator backup and a total site capacity of 4 MW.
Moving forward, AGILE will manage Gannett’s private digital network core, which was developed with PDNS supporting business processing and content delivery, both digital and print.
“We look forward to continuing our working relationship based on a long track record of strong performance from what is now the AGILE team,” remarked Jack Mundie, VP Enterprise Computing and Risk Management, Gannett Technology.
Notably, the agreement also allows AGILE to leverage additional networking assets within Gannett, including the fiber ring located in Phoenix, Arizona, and capitalize on a multi-gigabit backbone with Points of Presence (PoPs) in more than 100 major metro areas across the U.S. Among the network enhancements gained through the acquisition include a diverse path fiber network and direct fiber connections to two of the largest Internet exchanges in the world.
This transaction will significantly expand AGILE’s client base, physical assets, and technical capabilities.
“We are honored and proud to now serve as an important component of the backbone for Gannett’s online content distribution and look forward to expanding our offerings for current and future AGILE clients,” stated Jeffrey Plank, President, and CEO, AGILE, concerning the development.
Bob Henley, Chief Operations Officer, AGILE and CEO, Private Digital Network Services, now a wholly owned subsidiary of AGILE, also commented.
“We have provided compute, storage and network services to Gannett as a service provider for years, and look forward to partnering with our new colleagues at AGILE to continuing meeting or exceeding our clients’ expectations,” Mr. Henley remarked.