In early June, Peak10 announced that it would be breaking ground on a new 60,000 square foot Florida data center in Tampa Bay.
The $11 million project is the company’s first facility to be fully designed and constructed from scratch and, once complete, will enable Peak10 to reach 600 additional customers. The Tampa Bay data center will consist of three separate structures, with phase one expected to be operational by early 2015. Phases two and three will be constructed over the next five years.
The Florida data center is located in Hidden River Corporate Park and sits on almost 7 acres of land. The three buildings will consist of 23,600 square feet of office space and 36,400 square feet of data center space in two stories. The facility is situated outside of the city’s flood zone, on high elevation and will be built to withstand a category 5 hurricane. The office windows will be capable of protecting against 150 mph winds due to the use of a high-impact glazing system. The Tampa Bay data center will also employ a six-point physical security system and offers the potential for 25,000 square feet of expansion space.
“This facility will meet hurricane weather ratings for the Tampa region, making this a very sound facility for the IT business community,” said David Jones, Peak10 president and CEO. “Adding a new facility across town from our existing Tampa data centers provides additional redundancy, and is connected via Peak10’s reliable network to our nine other major metropolitan locations,” said Peak10 president and CEO David Jones.
Peak10’s? newest facility gives the company a presence in Tampa of over 129,000 square feet across three different buildings. Peak10’s total Florida data center footprint includes almost 230,000 square feet from six separate facilities. The newest location marks the company’s twenty-sixth data center in the U.S.
Tampa-area Welcomes New Construction
Tampa’s politicians and members of the business community are optimistic about the draw the new site will have on companies. Officials are hoping companies will relocate or expand in the Tampa area, especially those in the target industries of defense, life sciences and cyber security.
Rick Homans, president and CEO of Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp., praised the new facility, emphasizing the importance of IT to the core industries at work in Tampa. Tampa Hillsborough, which helped Peak10 expedite their permitting process, believes the Florida data center will increase Tampa’s standing with data-sensitive industries.