Georgia Data Centers for Peak 10, COLO@, GM

There has been a considerable uptick in Georgia data center activity recently, as three operators opened facilities there since the beginning of the year. Peak 10, COLO@ and GM all announced the launch of new Atlanta data centers within the past few months.

Peak 10's Third Atlanta Data Center
At the beginning of September, Peak 10 announced the opening of its third Atlanta data center in the suburb of Alpharetta. With 15,000 square feet of new data center space – the initial build out of the new Georgia data center – the company now has a total of 35,000 square feet in the area.

Due to its pre-established service footprint in the state, Peak 10 already serves a number of clients in the region and hopes that the newly added space will bolster those abilities. As of Sept. 2, the Atlanta data center had one fully operational tenant.

This isn't the only expansion project in the works for Peak 10. The company also recently added space to its Cincinnati data center and began construction on a new Florida data center.

COLO@ Opens Second Atlanta Data Center
Over the summer, COLO@ also opened a new Georgia data center, the second in Atlanta for the company. The construction of the new facility is part of an overarching initiative by COLO@ to grow its service footprint and offer expansion opportunities to its clients.

During the initial steps of the project, the company decided to partner with Facility Gateway Corporation in order to streamline the establishment of the facility. Through this partnership, Facility Gateway Corporation owns the building housing COLO@'s new Atlanta data center.

The company's facility is HIPAA certified capable of providing network, infrastructure and other compliant IT resources for healthcare organizations. The data center also offers services for clients in a range of industries.

"Our new facility…is a great way to help us meet the growing customer demand that we've been experiencing in the ultra-competitive Atlanta colocation market," noted Ryan DiRocco, Total Server Solutions CTO.

GM Launches Atlanta Data Center
Another organization expanding its computing footprint in Georgia is GM, which announced plans to open an Atlanta data center in the suburb of Roswell. The facility will be the fourth U.S. data center for the automotive company and will house its research and development processes.

At the time of the announcement, GM noted that it was looking to hire approximately 1,000 technology workers to staff the facility and work on new design projects.

"Our strategy is to reach the top talent in the U.S. market and tap the nearby universities," said GM CIO Randy Mott. "These are going to be the best jobs in the IT industry over the next five years since GM is on a transformation journey."

Previously, GM relied on Electronic Data Systems, a company acquired by HP in 2008, for its IT processes. However, the company is now looking to better establish its own internal resources.