$60M in Alabama Data Center Development

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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About the Author

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.