Data Center Operator Digital Realty Plans $22M Atlanta Expansion
Friday, March 17th, 2017
Digital Realty, a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced the opening of a new facility in Atlanta comprising approximately 18,000 square feet of capacity and representing a total investment of approximately $22 million. The new Digital Realty facility at 250 Williams Street is connected via high-speed fiber to the company's existing facility at 56 Marietta Street, the region's premier interconnection hub. Digital Realty's Atlanta connected campus offers all the advantages of an internal network of over 11,000 cross connects between more than 300 customers, including 150 cloud, IT infrastructure and network providers.
"The rapid growth of hybrid- and multi-cloud strategies among innovative enterprises is accelerating the need for colocation facilities in many major metro areas,*" said industry analyst, Liz Cruz, Associate Director at IHS Markit. "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 serve as an enabling factor in the city's and its businesses' ongoing financial success."
The Atlanta metro area is an appealing interconnection location for enterprises, telecommunications 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. It is home to more than 13,000 technology companies, including leaders in financial services, transportation, healthcare, IT, telecommunications and Internet security, as well as more than 30 colleges and universities.
"This expansion builds upon our leadership in the Southeast region, giving our customers new ways to connect, extend their reach and find new business opportunities," said Chris Sharp, Digital Realty's Chief Technology Officer. "Our track record, network choice, solution flexibility, interconnection capabilities and ecosystem deliver exceptional quality and value, and provide assurance for business continuity. We are very pleased to build upon our existing footprint in Atlanta and to continue growing our relationships and community in this developing technology center."
Digital Realty offers a full spectrum of global data center solutions. The company owns and operates 145 properties encompassing approximately 23 million square feet across 33 global metropolitan areas, enabling customers to expand from a single cabinet to a multi-megawatt facility as their needs grow, with no change in providers and no interruption in service. The company's Service Exchange interconnection platform, launched in November 2016, facilitates direct, private and secure connections ("virtual cross connects") to multiple cloud service providers – including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure – as well as telecommunications providers and other Digital Realty customers worldwide. Customers can actively manage their virtual cross connects through MarketplacePORTAL, Digital Realty's award-winning online customer platform, and scale the bandwidth of their connections up or down as needed.