Data Center Finance: Alpheus Communications Acquires StratITsphere Colocation Unit

Alpheus Communications announced in August that it had acquired the retail colocation business unit of StratITsphere, a Houston data center provider. StratITsphere will continue to operate its 93,000 square foot data center in Houston's Energy Corridor, with a focus on serving wholesale customers. 

Along with the acquisition, the two companies also formed a partnership that includes an Alpheus long-term lease for 12,000 square feet of space in StratITsphere's Houston facility. The deal will dramatically expand Alpheus' Texas data center footprint and offer SSAE16 certification, A/B diverse power and dedicated, secure mechanical aisles. The Houston site will receive disaster recovery services from Alpheus' Austin data center, which was recently expanded due to customer need.

"StratITsphere's data center is uniquely designed to provide customers like Alpheus with a differentiated product in the Houston market," said Darin Cook, CEO of StratITsphere Data Center Solutions. "The partnership with Alpheus allows us to focus on wholesale customers needing greater than 5,000 square feet of data center space."

The addition of data center space in Houston allows Alpheus to appeal to Texas-based multi-site customers looking for backup and redundancy services from one provider using a single infrastructure. Enterprises interested in increasing their business continuity and disaster recovery efforts will greatly benefit from the partnership.

The Houston data center is connected to Alpheus' metro fiber network, which has been growing in recent months. In June, the company announced that it plans to spend up to $12 million to expand the footprint of its fiber optic network in major Texas cities like Houston and Dallas. Adding size to the cable network allows Alpheus to better provide to businesses with multiple sites that are interested in alternative sources to connect their office locations and data centers.