North Carolina Data Center Real Estate Market Receives Sentinel Investment

Sentinel Data Centers announced on Sept. 18 that the company finished construction on the initial phase of its North Carolina data center (see link for our NC data center list). The first phase build-out of the Durham facility offers 50,000 square feet of space and 8 megawatts of power. At design capacity, the facility will span 420,000 square feet gross and 200,000 square feet of net IT space, becoming the first multi-tenant data center in the Durham region for mission critical enterprise applications, according to the company.

One of the unique features of Sentinel’s design approach is “multi-tiering” of redundancy, which allows each user to deploy a customized level of resiliency zones. Customizable and flexible managed services also extend to “on demand” footprint and capacity extension. These data center design features ultimately allow tenants to deploy real-time changes and additions to infrastructure and expect immediate response. The data center is Sentinel’s third facility, including a 330,000-square-foot New Jersey data center designed as a Tier III+ facility. Sentinel also announced the development of a single tenant, 131,000-square-foot, New York data center for Bloomberg earlier this year.

Other features of the North Carolina data center include:

  • 3 to 4 cent power rates
  • A PUE among the region’s best
  • A “Research Triangle” location, popular for research, science, government and defense investment
  • Carrier-neutral, with multiple network providers available at opening
  • Capacity to host containerized or modular IT deployments
  • Office space, disaster recovery and storage areas

“We are gratified that our design and construction teams have executed on our vision to bring a wholly new, higher quality and lower cost data center model to the region,” stated Sentinel co-president Todd Aaron. “North Carolina is a truly exceptional state in which to do business, and we are grateful at the reception our model and the North Carolina facility have received both from local companies and from out-of-region enterprises seeking to leverage the state’s attractive occupancy economics.”

Turnkey Wholesale Now in N.C.
As data centers for lease and sale continue to arrive in the region, the Sentinel facility marks the first wholesale colocation in the Research Triangle Region. Founded in 2001, Sentinel has serviced many of the country’s leading financial services, healthcare and biotechnology companies. The emergence of wholesale colocation in the North Carolina data center real estate market is a milestone, following single-tenant development by Apple, Google, Facebook and numerous government agencies. Sentinel Wholesale colocation is another option for data center finance and data center management in the region.

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