The industry profile of the Utah data center market continues to change as the state increasingly becomes a major player on the national stage. While much of the attention centers on the National Security Agency’s massive Utah data center, there’s plenty of activity happening in the state’s enterprise data center real estate market.
C7 Data Centers, a Utah-based cloud and data center colocation provider that operates exclusively in the state, recently announced that it will launch its new facility in Bluffdale in October. Construction on the 95,000-square-foot Granite Point II facility began in February 2013 and is slated to conclude next month. Granite Point II will be a Tier III center, offering the highest level of state-of-the-art data center design available in the the company’s four facilities.
Besides its significant space offerings, the colocation facility will provide 10 megawatts of power and scalable layout plans to tenants with needs spanning from one rack to thousands of square feet. It is also expected to reach a 1.2 PUE rate, bolstered by innovative equipment deployments and Utah’s favorable climate.
“This data center is the culmination of years of listening to our customers, combined with our vision of what a modern data center should be,” stated C7 CEO Wes Swenson “It is truly world class and state of the art in every respect with a vision for the future. In this day and age, businesses are experiencing rapid IT growth but their data centers are aging. Granite Point II is truly a modern data center, built at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains, and will provide a terrific product for our demanding customers experiencing growth.”
C7 Intends for Granite Point II to Reside in Data Center Upper Echelon
According to the company, the Granite Point II facility offers the highest quality managed services currently available in the local multi-tenant data center market. Its other specifications include standard 48U cabinets with 36-inch raised floors, as well as comprehensive monitoring, ambient air cooling and actuated cooling methods that respond to variations in server heat loads. The data center also offers data center layout solutions that can directly benefit the IT staff of the data center’s clients, particularly for C7’s out-of-state clients, which account for 75 to 80 percent of its business. Among the amenities include 25,000 square feet of office suites devoted to tenants’ IT support staff, as well as fiber infrastructure that connects personnel straight to the data center floor.
Swenson stated that one of his company’s top objectives with the new facility was to sufficiently address and alleviate the concerns that IT staff have about investing in a third party colocation provider, including security, disaster risks, latency and cost-effectiveness. He stated that the innovations concentrated in the Granite Point II facility put in on par with the colocation data centers offered by other leading companies in the Utah market as well as those in nearby Las Vegas, Phoenix and Denver.
C7’s current colocation facilities include:
- Granite Point I, a 65,000-square-foot, Tier III facility in Bluffdale, which opened in 2010
- City Creek Data Center, a 10,500-square-foot, Tier III facility in downtown Salt Lake City, in operation since 2006
- The Timpanogos Colocation Data Center, a 10,500-square-foot, Tier III facility in Lindon, open since 2008