Monday, October 23, 2017

Digital Realty invests $22m into one of the US’ fastest growing tech markets

Companies expands data centre footprint which accounts to more than 140 properties totaling over 22 million sqf across 33 global metropolitan areas.

Global data centre services provider Digital Realty has opened a third data centre in Atlanta, Gerorgia, in an investment that has topped $22m.

With the hub, the company has added to its growing global footprint of 22 million sqf, 18,000 sqf of raised floor space.

The data centre building, also known as the American Cancer Society Center, sits at 250 Williams St and has a total area of one million sqf.

The facility is directly connected to the provider’s 160,000 sqf data centre at 56 Marietta St.

The new Atlanta hub has an internal network of over 11,000 cross connects between more than 300 customers, including 150 cloud, IT infrastructure and network providers.

Chris Sharp, Digital Realty CTO, told Data Economy: “Atlanta is among the nation’s fastest growing tech markets and one that we feel is well-positioned to take maximum advantage of our comprehensive enterprise, telco and cloud interconnection options, from our Internet exchange to our Service Exchange, with private access to AWS, Google and Microsoft Azure.

“We will continue to work closely with the thousands of tech companies in the region to ensure that our offerings meet their innovation needs, and that availability matches demand.”

According to Digital Realty, the Atlanta metro area is an appealing interconnection location for enterprises, telecommunications providers and cloud providers given its low cost of occupancy, reliable power, robust fiber infrastructure and peering capabilities in addition to its low risk of natural disasters.

The region is home to more than 13,000 technology companies, including companies in financial services, transportation, healthcare, IT, telecommunications and Internet security, as well as more than 30 colleges and universities.

Industry analyst Liz Cruz, Associate Director at IHS Markit, said: “The rapid growth of hybrid and multi-cloud strategies among innovative enterprises is accelerating the need for colocation facilities in many major metro areas.

“Atlanta is one of the country’s fastest-expanding tech markets.  The additional data center capacity provided by this expansion will help fuel the region’s technology growth and enable the city’s and its businesses’ ongoing financial success.”