International colocation provider Serverfarm, a large data center developer/operator now managing over 700 sites in more than 40 countries, has announced the addition of 110,000 square feet to its Atlanta data center. The addition of colocation space in Atlanta is the result of the modernization of an underutilized facility that was acquired in 2017.
In 2017, Serverfarm purchased a data center in Suwanee, Georgia. The tenant, a worldwide technology business, had built the facility as an enterprise data center, but it only used roughly a fourth of the building’s capacity.
Serverfarm’s operations and development role was expanded this year, with the company acquiring and maintaining the client’s mechanical and electrical infrastructure to support their IT capacity, as well as expanding capacity, primarily for the quickly increasing customer. The 153,000-square-foot structure has a total capacity of 14 megawatts.
“We saw an opportunity to cost-effectively add capacity for this client, who was bursting at the seams but needed a more efficient data center strategy, while also applying our signature efficiency- and sustainability-focused data center management approach to this facility,” said Mario Calderone, Vice President of Real Estate for Serverfarm. “We firmly believe that the greenest data center is the one that doesn’t need to be built at all. Through this Atlanta project, we’ve opened up more than 110,000 square feet of available data center space to the local business community, preventing a new data center build.”
Data Center Management as a Service
Serverfarm’s network of owned and managed assets covers 700+ sites across 40 countries, with more than 1 million square feet of data center space and 45 MW of electricity. Serverfarm’s Atlanta facility, which has capacity for new business and service provider clients, would provide low power costs, minimal natural catastrophe risk, and a fiber-rich digital environment. Serverfarm’s DMaaS solution (Data Center Management as a Service), powered by InCommand, combines data center architecture, IT administration, and colocation to give data centers a cloud-like experience.
“About a decade ago, our customer built and managed their entire IT infrastructure environment in-house, which was a common business model at the time,” said Avner Papouchado, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Serverfarm. “But over the years, as enterprise IT grew in complexity and high-growth companies needed to focus on scaling cost-effectively, that approach has evolved. Forward-thinking enterprise leaders now believe their critical infrastructure is best left in the hands of data center and IT experts who manage those environments day in and day out and can streamline their overwhelming CapEx investments into predictable OpEx. We’re thrilled to be a part of this customer’s extraordinary growth story and to serve Atlanta’s top businesses with sustainable, affordable and well-managed data center capacity.”