DataBank, a leading provider of enterprise-class colocation, interconnection, and managed cloud services, announced the addition of more than 22,000 sq ft of data centre space to its ATL3 facility, bringing the total capacity of the site to more than 44,000 sq ft of white space.
The expansion is expected to reach completion in the second quarter of next year, and will take place at DataBank’s third location in the Atlanta area, where the company’s advancement is in lockstep with important growth in the region’s data centre market, and local economy at large. Atlanta’s data centre leasing activity rose 92% in the first half of 2021, the third highest in North America.
This rise in data centre activity is driven by increases in consumer use thanks to thriving industries like healthcare IT, fintech, logistics, and manufacturing – sectors heavily dependent on strong communications infrastructure. The growth is on an upwards trajectory marked by US$1bn of venture capital investments over the last year alone, representing an influx in demand for cloud storage.
Atlanta data centre market
“We’re excited to add this much-needed capacity to the Atlanta market,” says DataBank Vice President of Construction Tony Qorri. “The construction project will increase the IT capacity of the site from 1.5MW to 6MW, and increase total raised floor space to 72,000 SF. We expect many of our current clients to take advantage of the newly available capacity as the construction carries on.”
This is to say nothing of Atlanta’s tech industry itself, which accounts for over 12% of the city’s economy. The recent addition of billion dollar investments from major cloud and OTT players only underscores the point that Atlanta is emerging as the internet hub of the southeast United States.
“There is a reason some people call Atlanta the Silicon Valley of the South,” explains Qorri. “We invested in Atlanta when it was viewed as a secondary market, but it is outgrowing that now. It’s a top data centre market, and we love being in the middle of it. We’re proud to have been a part of the city’s business growth, and with this new expansion we can help propel Atlanta’s tech community into an exciting new future.”