More growth for ATL data center market

Here’s more good news for the Atlanta data center marketplace.  The Atlanta Business Chronicle reported in this week’s edition that more downtown Atlanta real estate will be converted into data center space.  The article reports that:

Westplan Investors Inc., owner of the 21-story 55 Marietta Street building…said last week month it would begin converting 200,000 square feet for more data centers”

Factors and trends cited as contributing to the transitions include:

  • “55 Marietta is 50% vacant”
  • Telx (56 Marietta) and Quality Technology Services (1033 Jefferson St.) see steady demand for data center space.  Telx for example has 56 Marietta almost 100% leased”
  • “All the buildings are located near dense fiber optic infrastructure or, like 55 Marietta, a major Internet exchange where several telecom carriers converge”
  • Data center “Demand is spiking as companies focus on their core businesses and outsource data hosting and management.”
  • “relatively inexpensive and stable electricity supply also draws power hungry data centers to the region…averages 6 to 7 cents per kilowatt hour”
  • “proximity to globally connected Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport”

The 55 Marietta conversion further solidifies Atlanta’s position as a national hub for data center activity.  The Atlanta area already hosts major data centers of both the colocation and corporate enterprise types.  Residents with significant data center footprints include, Google, E*Trade, Coca-Cola, Home Depot, HP, GE, QTS, RIM and Internap.  The QTS facility at 1033 Jefferson is also noted as:

“the world’s second largest data center, a nearly 1 million-square-foot giant”

It’s activity like this that led Tier1 Research to declare Atlanta:

“one of the fastest-growing markets in the United States for data center demand and construction”

Way to go ATL!

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