DigitalBridge partners ImpactData to provide digital infra

DigitalBridge partners ImpactData to provide e-learning infrastructure

14 September 2021 | Natalie Bannerman

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DigitalBridge Group (DigitalBridge) has formed a partnership with ImpactData to deliver digital learning infrastructure for underserved communities.

ImpactData partners with colleges and universities to build secure colocation data centres that give enterprises reliable access to their workloads while facilitating digital expansion in underserved communities.

“In today’s world, digital connectivity is a critical resource that is not fully accessible to everyone. As a result, the digital divide is becoming wider, and our personal and professional lives increasingly rely on better, faster, and more dependable digital infrastructure,” said Marc Ganzi (pictured), chief executive officer of DigitalBridge.

“We're excited to be a part of ImpactData’s vision to create ‘mini cloud’ regions and digital learning hubs on the campuses of HBCUs, giving diverse communities better access to the resources they so desperately need.”

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, ImpactData is launching a network of distributed, edge data centres built on an inclusion-based delivery model. With DigitalBridge, ImpactData will first partner with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to deliver proximate, high-powered data centre capacity.

In turn, this connected ecosystem will enable enterprises to use their “Data for Good” to advance student learning, sustain HBCUs, and transform historically underserved communities.

“The DigitalBridge team’s 25+ years of converged network-building experience will be invaluable as we create a new class of integrated digital learning infrastructure that fosters more interconnected campuses and communities,” said Terry Comer, chief executive officer of ImpactData.

“We look forward to collaborating with DigitalBridge and our other valued partners to offer a cost-effective, yet secure, hybrid cloud solution that extends digital connectivity to the edge while giving enterprises access to a more diverse, ‘career-ready’ pipeline of talent.”

In addition, ImpactData is exploring attractive markets to pilot its cloud centre model, including Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Nashville, Birmingham, and Charlotte.

Once completed, the company expects the cloud centre model to deliver participating HBCU institutions recurring revenue streams, research level connectivity, on-campus innovation & entrepreneurship labs, commercial partnerships, as well as community-based workforce training programming.

“Our partnership with DigitalBridge provides a unique opportunity to establish high-speed connectivity and data infrastructure on HBCU campuses nationwide, sparking digital transformation in underserved communities that need it the most,” added David Calloway, chief operating officer at ImpactData.