The data center acquisition will significantly expand Peak 10 + ViaWest’s data center footprint in the U.S. Northeast region. The facility, previously owned by GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK), would be one of the largest purpose-built, stand-alone data centers with immediately leasable space in the greater Philadelphia market.
The added data center facility complements Peak 10 + ViaWest’s existing cloud node and advanced engineering team in Allentown, Philadelphia, and brings the company’s total operational footprint of 41 data centers in 21 markets to more than three million square feet.
With the deal, Peak 10 + ViaWest gains a Fortune 500 customer in Glaxo Smith Kline, which will continue to maintain its IT environment in the facility and leverage the company’s expertise in data center operations. GSK joins more than 400 current Peak 10 + ViaWest healthcare customers, demonstrating the company’s position as a trusted IT partner to the healthcare industry. The facility will provide Peak 10 + ViaWest with significant additional capacity for customer growth beyond the GSK deployment.
“For some time now we have sought to further expand in the northeast, and this facility met our stringent criteria in a way that no others had,” said Chris Downie, CEO for Peak 10 + ViaWest. “We are very excited to bring our customer-first culture – and the capabilities of our national data center platform and connectivity solutions – to the region.”
The new data center is located on 25 acres, offering expansion capacity to potentially double the amount of raised floor based on customer demand. The facility is designed to withstand natural disasters and various man-made risks and includes redundant power, fiber feeds, and advanced amenities supporting enhanced security requirements.
This data center boasts 2N+1 redundancy and the ability to provide a range of densities to meet the requirements of Peak 10 + ViaWest customers. It will also be a hub on the company’s recently announced 100 Gigabit U.S. backbone fiber network. The facility has substantial interconnection capabilities from several communications carriers. Peak 10 + ViaWest plans to increase access to more than 80 network carriers to provide customers with “true” U.S. and global reach.