Bluebird Network acquires ColoHub, expands in Midwest regional edge data center market

Bluebird Network acquires ColoHub, expands in Midwest regional edge data center market

Communications infrastructure provider and data center operator Bluebird Network announced that effective December 31, 2020, it acquired the ColoHub Data Center, previously owned by Geneseo Communications, located in Bettendorf, Iowa. This acquisition strengthens Bluebird’s capabilities and fiber network footprint in Iowa and Illinois.

Purchasing a second data center enhances Bluebird’s data center service offerings, creating another option for customers moving applications closer to the edge and establishing a disaster recovery location to Bluebird’s underground data center in Springfield, MO. The site also brings new data center options to customers already in the region – further connecting the Midwest for a new era of productivity. A short drive from Cedar Rapids, the Chicago suburbs, Champaign-Urbana, Peoria and other major cities, this centrally located facility offers an alternative site for data center customers.

Paired with Bluebird’s world-class fiber network and following the recent completion of a 2,500 fiber route mile multi-network integration project, this data center bolsters the company’s already robust fiber infrastructure and strengthens their presence in the Illinois and Iowa markets, unlocking the ability to better service the cities of Rockford, Bloomington-Normal and the Quad Cities.

“For years Bluebird has been steadily expanding their network in a dedicated and sustainable way,” comments Mike McClain, President and CEO of Geneseo. “We know Bluebird and the leadership team will leverage the splendid work accomplished by ColoHub and take its capabilities to new heights with excellent support for our customers—both current and future—in concert with Bluebird’s standards of integrity, accountability and adaptability.”

Supplementing Bluebird’s unique Underground Data Center in Springfield, MO – the acquisition of ColoHub enables the company to readily support their northeast customers with low-latency communications and redundant data center services.

“In 2020, we expanded and densified our fiber network infrastructure across several territories throughout the Midwest,” adds Michael Morey, President and CEO of Bluebird Network. “Expanding our data center offerings, fortified now with a second facility, is part of our mission to empower businesses and offer a total communications solution.”

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