$60M in Alabama Data Center Development

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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.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief 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.