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Equinix Palo Alto SV8
529 Bryant Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
  • 45,319 Gross SqFt
  • 1.6 Megawatts

Equinix SV8 is the home of the legendary Palo Alto Internet Exchange.

Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10
11 Great Oaks Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95119
  • 290,349 Gross SqFt
  • 23.3 Megawatts

The three 3 building Equinix campus in Silicon Valley lies to the far south in San Jose, yet it is one of the best-connected data centers in the Bay Area.

200 Paul (SFR1) Digital Realty
200 Paul Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124
  • 425,000 Gross SqFt
  • 15.0 Megawatts

SFR1 (200 Paul Ave.) is the best connected building in the city of San Francisco. The 5 story building was built in 2001 and was renovated in 2014.

  • Utility: Silicon Valley Power
  • Owns Owns the Building

CoreSite's Santa Clara Campus contains 5 datacenter buildings. (SV3, SV4, SV5, SV6, SV7 and SV8)

Vantage Santa Clara SC1
2820 Northwestern Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95051
  • 375,000 Gross SqFt
  • 75.0 Megawatts
  • Two (3) 50 MW dedicated substations on-site
  • 45 MW of critical IT load operational

Bay Area Sub-Markets

The San Francisco Bay Area is also known as Bay Area or SFBA. The Bay Area includes three (3) submarkets.

  • San Francisco
  • East Bay, which includes the area East of the Bay including, Oakland
  • South Bay (aka Silicon Valley) includes the Peninsula and South Bay. Major South Bay cities are San Jose, Palo Alto, Santa Clara. The greatest concentration of data centers is in the South Bay.

Hazardous Risk Profile:

There is an ever present risk of Earthquakes through out the Bay Area. Although seismic risk remains constant, many of the Silicon Valley tech companies have chosen to colocate near their headquarters.

Data center providers have invested capital to mitigate the risk to their buildings if major earthquake occurred, however, a major earthquake can make it difficult to reach the data center. Additionally, power feeds and fiber cuts happen, leaving the data center isolated.

Tax Incentives:

The State of California does not provide tax abatement incentives for data centers. However local municipalities do offer incentives. For example, there is no city user tax in the City of Santa Clara, which is worth a 5% savings.

Electric Utility:

The Bay Area Industrial Power rates average between 9 and 16 cents per kWh. A shining star in the market is Santa Clara. The city has created a building boom for data centers with its low power rates.

Silicon Valley Power, a not-for-profit municipal electric utility, provides industrial electricity at rates 20 to 40% lower than the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) service areas. Silicon Valley Power is owned and operated by the City of Santa Clara.

Silicon Valley's Network Connectivity

The Silicon Valley metro area enjoys good network connectivity due to the number of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) and Interconnection Hubs. Equinix runs the two largest IXPs, First and since its founding,

Equinix has run the Equinix Exchange which extends to many of the Equinix sites in the metro. Second, the PAIX, which is the Palo Alto Internet Exchange. The PAIX has a long history which started in the 529 Bryant Street Building. It was a competitor to Equinix Exchange until Equinix acquired Switch and Data in 2010. The SFBA is fortunate to also have non-profit exchanges in the Bay Area. The non-profit IXPs SFMIX and AMS-IX BA are smaller but provide healthy competition.

The following buildings have the best connectivity (ordered by number of networks)

  • Equinix San Jose campus (SV1, SV2, SV10)
  • Equinix Palo Alto (SV8)
  • CoreSite San Jose (SV1)
  • 200 Paul (Digital Realty)

San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland CSA Demographics

The Bay Area MSA has a population of over 8.8 million people. The CSA stretches from Wine Country in the North to Silicon Valley in the South and counties near Oakland to the East. (Source: Wikipedia

Multi-Site Colocation Providers

  • Equinix
  • Internap
  • Digital Realty (via Telx data center acquisition)
  • CoreSite has a large multi-building campus in Santa Clara, plus 55 S Market in San Jose and Milpitas.
  • CenturyLink (via Level3) have multiple sites that offer retail data center space.

Single Site SFBA Colocation Providers

  • EdgeconneX, H5, and Hurricane Electric, and vXchnge have a single data center in the region.

Wholesale Data Center Providers

Despite the higher electrical utility costs, there are many wholesale data center providers in the Bay Area.

  • Digital Realty: After swallowing up Dupont Fabros (DFT) and Telx, Digital is the largest wholesale data center provider in the SFBA.
  • Vantage Data Centers is building their 2nd campus in Santa Clara
  • CoreSite's Santa Clara campus continues to expand




Largest Data Centers in San Francisco Bay Area

Gross SqFt Gross SqFt Power (MW) Power (MW)
Vantage Santa Clara SC1 375,000 75.00
Santa Clara (SC1) Digital Realty 360,000 36.40
Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10 290,349 23.30
Vantage Santa Clara SC2 21.00
Intel Santa Clara D2P3 21.00
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Data Center Construction in San Francisco Bay Area

Company Region Name Site Name Building SqFt Gross SqFt Power (MWs) Estimated Launch
Prime Data Centers San Francisco Bay Area Prime Santa Clara (Martin) 80000 9.0 Jul 01 2022
Amazon AWS San Francisco Bay Area Amazon 2305 Mission College Blvd 358000 60.8 Aug 01 2023
STACK San Francisco Bay Area STACK Silicon Valley 7.0
Prime Data Centers San Francisco Bay Area Prime Santa Clara 121000 9.0 Jun 01 2022
1547 Critical Systems Realty (fifteenfortyseven) San Francisco Bay Area 400 Paul Ave (1547) 187000 54225 12.0 Jul 01 2020
DRT San Francisco Bay Area 641 Walsh - Digital Realty 8.0 Nov 11 2022
Total 545000 255225 105.8


January 2018

DCF SFBA Market Overview

December 2018

JLL's Northern California data center outlook (H2 2018)

The data center is expected to be completed in Spring of 2019.
June 2021
Santa Clara industrial building at 2305 Mission Blvd. IPI Partners acquired the building in December 2019 in Santa Clara, part of an intricate series of deals that also enabled an Amazon unit to le...
Equinix doesn't charge for **everything.** Equinix offers complimentary cabinet and rack screws in the San Jose data center
Equinix SV10 represents the newest state-of-the-art Equinix International Business Exchange [IBX] center. This client's 183,000 gsf building consists of a two-story, steel framed building with prec...
The Bloom Energy fuel cell test deployment was 1 Megawatt

The data center is expected to be completed in Spring of 2019.
Rendering of Vantage's New Campus in Santa Clara
Posted in Vantage Santa Clara SC2

The data center is expected to be completed in Spring of 2019.

Empty Lot in a Satellite Picture Taken Before Start of Construction
Posted in Vantage Santa Clara SC2
Source: Google Maps
Large Conference room at SV11
Posted in Equinix SV11
Source: Equinix
June 2021
Empty cages at SV11 that are ready for deployements
Posted in Equinix SV11

June 2021

Source: Equinix
SV11 Lobby
Posted in Equinix SV11
Source: Equinix
Santa Clara industrial building at 2305 Mission Blvd. IPI Partners acquired the building in December 2019 in Santa Clara, part of an intricate series of deals that also enabled an Amazon unit to le...
Santa Clara industrial building at 2305 Mission Blvd as of 2019
Posted in Amazon 2305 Mission College Blvd

Santa Clara industrial building at 2305 Mission Blvd. IPI Partners acquired the building in December 2019 in Santa Clara, part of an intricate series of deals that also enabled an Amazon unit to lease the property and gain an option to potentially buy the site at some point.

Source: Google Maps
Rendering of NTT SV1
Posted in NTT Silicon Valley SV1
Source: RagingWire
Outside of EQIX SV6 at 444 Toyama Drive
Posted in Equinix Sunnyvale SV6
QTS at 2805/2807 Mission College Blvd
Posted in QTS Santa Clara
Conference Room
Posted in QTS Santa Clara
Outside of SV8
Posted in CoreSite SV7
Source: CoreSite
SV7 Chiller Plant
Posted in CoreSite SV7
Equinix San Jose Campus Aerial view
Posted in Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10
Rendering of SV10
Posted in Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10
Source: Langan
Equinix SV10
Posted in Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10
Source: Paradigm Structural Engineers
SV10
Posted in Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10
Source: Paradigm Structural Engineers
Exterior View of SV5
Posted in Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10
Source: Equinix
Equinix doesn't charge for **everything.** Equinix offers complimentary cabinet and rack screws in the San Jose data center
Free Cabinet and Rack Screws
Posted in Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10

Equinix doesn't charge for everything. Equinix offers complimentary cabinet and rack screws in the San Jose data center

Source: Equinix
Arcade Play Area for Techs
Posted in Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10
Source: Equinix
Equinix SV10 represents the newest state-of-the-art Equinix International Business Exchange [IBX] center. This client's 183,000 gsf building consists of a two-story, steel framed building with prec...
Newly Constructed SV10
Posted in Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10

Equinix SV10 represents the newest state-of-the-art Equinix International Business Exchange [IBX] center. This client's 183,000 gsf building consists of a two-story, steel framed building with precast concrete, with 114,500 gsf of Data Hall space situated on two floors and supported by six emergency generators. The cooling system was through exterior IDEC units located in a 34,000 gsf, 2-level yard with the equipment situated both at grade and atop an elevated mechanical platform to provide direct air cooling into the Data Hall.

Source: Paradigm Structural Engineers
The Bloom Energy fuel cell test deployment was 1 Megawatt
Equinix First Tested Bloom Energy Fuel Cells at the San Jose Campus
Posted in Equinix San Jose Campus SV1, SV5, & SV10

The Bloom Energy fuel cell test deployment was 1 Megawatt

CoreSite SV8
Posted in CoreSite SV8
Source: SV8
Entrance to 2805 Lafayette Street in Santa Clara
Posted in 2805 Lafayette Street: Digital Realty
Source: DRT