The Baltimore Technology Park (BTP) is a 30,000 square foot colocation center that opened its doors this week, hoping to attract businesses seeking mission-critical storage. BTP is owned and operated by Alabanza, one of the world's largest specialists in reseller web hosting - selling a large chunk of web space to a single customer, who then subdivides the space and resells it to hosting clients. While Alabanza's business relies upon sophisticated automation and provisioning, BTP is offered as a carrier-neutral colocation facility ("pings, power and pipe") with managed services available for a fee.
A key sales pitch is the need for increased document retention, a trend driven by new laws such as HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley. Target clients are described as companies confronted with "constraints, continuous upgrades to software and equipment, and the growing need to store, secure and audit large amounts of data due to regulatory demands." BTP's location in a Focus Area of an Enterprise Zone allows it to offer tax incentives, including a 10-year, 80% credit against local personal property taxes.
"Our mission was to build a regional data center facility that addresses the space, connectivity, security and power needs of business owners, both large and small," said Thomas Cunningham, President of BTP. "By focusing on colocation, flexible build outs and infrastructure critical for disaster recovery solutions, we are offering an attractive solution for business needs."