Although California is not a state that offers incentives specific to data centers, Silicon Valley shows no signs of depopulating anytime soon.

A spokesman of the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development recently commented, “Companies are just building them here because it makes sense.” 

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Several of these data centers are concentrated in San Francisco. Given California’s digital-friendly business climate, most San Francisco data centers are doing well, but the three profiled below appear to be leading the pack in growth, innovation, and capital.

Fortress Data Centers

Fortress Data Centers opened a new data center in San Francisco to meet the incessant demand for local colocation and business continuity resources.

Located at 274 South Brannan Street, the new facility offers instant access to eight on-net providers, while over 12 more remain easily available. Phase One of the general opening made over 5,000 square feet available to colocation clients, along with 1 megawatt of power with the ability to scale according to client demand.

Presently offering over 105,000 square feet of rentable space, the six-story building, including offices and retail tenants, is centrally located in San Francisco’s SOMA (South of Market) district. It is known locally as the ‘Fiber Depot’ due to its data center and telco client concentration.


Telx has 20 carrier-neutral data centers located in 13 key US regions. Taken in their entirety, these facilities represent 1.3 million square feet of data center storage space and thousands of connections to major global networks.

SFR1, the Telx San Francisco facility located at 200 Paul Avenue, is one of Northern California's leading data center and carrier resources. The five-story, 425,000-square-foot building is seismically rated for protection against earthquakes, which is a major bonus for clients who need solid business continuity capability. 

200 Paul Avenue facilitates access to many of the foremost domestic and international carriers, with its carrier density making it an ideal access point for the northern US and Asia, the East Coast, and Telx data centers in Santa Clara and Los Angeles. The outcome of such favorable connectivity is a steady influx of customers.


CoreSite, a leading provider of data center products and services, has a thriving San Francisco facility (SV2) that offers direct access to several national and international carriers and ISPs, ensuring the carrier variety needed for business continuity.

The SV2 data center has 76,000 square feet of colocation space available to accommodate customer requirements. Its reliability, 100% uptime record, and scalability make SV2 a colocation source for cloud service providers, tier 1 carriers, social media networks, and digital content creators.

The Bottom Line

The Bloomberg Technology Summit published a report confirming that San Francisco was a national leader in tech job growth, rising nearly 52%. This surging talent pool manifests itself in top-of-the-line data centers, whose service quality and range attract customers and capital in mass quantities.

Does your company use any of these San Francisco data centers? If so, have you found them to be a good value? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments box below.

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