Evoque Data Centre Solutions is a colocation company that operates worldwide, bringing colocation services to customers that require secure, highly available and redundant environments for their data storage. They specialise in offering both colocation and consulting services, putting a premium on creating a robust, high performance infrastructure.
In terms of data storage, Evoque boasts a wide range of options for their customers. They offer locked cabinets and cages, cross-connects and structured cabling solutions. Their data centres all have a large number of remote hands available, and aside from pure data storage solutions they also offer a consulting service designed to help businesses that want to increase their presence in the cloud.
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Evoque has a powerful presence within the USA. America is home to 18 of its 31 data centres, with sites in cities like New York, Miami and San Diego. However, this strong localisation is supplemented by a fair global presence, with data centres in hubs such as London and Amsterdam in Europe, Shanghai and Tokyo in Asia and Sydney in Australia. Evoque employs around 300 people, spread out across their global data centres.
All of the data centres utilise N+1 redundancy, as well as standard cooling towers and VESDA fire protection systems. They all have an impressive 99.999% SLA availability.
The company is owned by Brookfield Infrastructure, a global manager of infrastructure assets that has experienced almost double the annualised returns of the S&P 500 over the last decade. The infrastructure giant acquired 31 data centres from AT&T for $1.1 billion in early 2019 and used these to form Evoque. These assets were generating around $300 million in annual revenue under AT&T, and Evoque seeks to outperform this through a carrier-neutral strategy, moving away from the AT&T exclusivity. One of the ways they are doing this is through a recent partnership with Megaport to bring to their customers the ability to connect to multiple cloud providers when needed.
The company serves around 1,100 customers, of which 15% are represented by AT&T. These customers are from a wide range of sectors, from utility and energy firms to transport, communications and healthcare businesses.
Ethics and Energy
All of the company’s ethical practices are available on their website, and they highlight that they comply with SSAE and ISAE regulations. They are also fully PCI DSS and HIPAA compliant, conforming to FedRAMP and FISMA regulations as well. As they are a very young company, there is not much information available about their energy usage, and so it is unclear what their approach is regarding renewables.
AT&T Dependence and High Localisation
The announcement of the deal between Brookfield Infrastructure and AT&T was not heard immediately by all of their customers, making the transition away from AT&T dependence quite difficult for Evoque.
Also, the company has a high concentration of data centres in the USA, which makes it a great solution for companies trying to grow their business within the world’s largest economy. However, there is much to be done in terms of worldwide expansion if they want to become a global cloud computing giant and move away from AT&T exclusivity.