It's been a good week for Birmingham, Alabama, which has seen the announcement of two significant data center development projects:
- AT&T has announced that it will invest $40 million to upgrade its data center in Hoover, Alabama. The renovation process will take approximately 20 months, according to a company spokesperson. The upgrade is part of an ongoing expansion of AT&T's global data center network.
- The Southern Co., the Atlanta-based parent of Alabama Power Co., said that it will invest approximately $20 million to build a new data center in Birmingham to support its operations across the Southeast. The 72,000 square foot facility will be located at a site in Jefferson Metropolitan Park Lakeshore in the Oxmoor Valley.
The projects in Birmingham provide yet another example of the growing demand for data center services in second-tier regional markets beyond traditional telecom hubs in New York, northern Virginia, Silicon Valley, Dallas and Chicago.