Carbonite Expands Boston Data Center

Online backup service Carbonite Inc. has signed a lease to triple the floor space of its Boston data center at One Summer Street, the carrier hotel operated by the Markley Group. The expanded space will allow Carbonite to continue its current customer growth rate through the end of 2008, when it expects to have additional data centers in operation.

“Even though disks and other equipment are getting smaller and data densities are increasing rapidly, we still need a lot more space to handle our rapidly growing customer base,” said Carbonite CEO David Friend. “So we are expanding the size of our Boston data center by a factor of three. We’ve been very happy with our relationship with the Markley Group. Later this year we’ll be opening data centers in other cities, but meanwhile we now have enough space in our Boston data center to carry us through 2008.”

Markley has invested more than $46 million in the One Summer Street facility, developing it into one of the leading data center and telecommunications facilities in New England. The building features separate AC power feeds from multiple power companies and has uninterruptable diesel backup power. The facility is guarded 24 hours per day, seven days per week and requires fingerprint ID and document presentation to gain entry.

Carbonite’s Online PCBackup service offers unlimited backup space for a flat low price. The company has backed up more than 2.5 billion files, has restored more than 160 million lost files for its customers and has users in nearly 100 countries.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.