Disaster recovery specialist Data Based Systems International, Inc. (DBSi) is building a 228,600 square foot data center in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley as part of the state’s Wall Street West initiative, the company said Friday. DBSi has begun work on its Advanced Technology Center (ATC) on the TEK Park campus in Breinigsville, Pa. and hopes to complete the facility late this year.
TEK Park is a seven-building complex that was originally developed by AT&T Bell Labs as a research center. The MRA Group bought the property from TriQuint Semiconductor in 2005 for $9.3 million. TriQuint inherited the property in 2003 when it bought a division of Agere Systems, a Bell Labs spinoff.
“The addition of TEK Park further enables DBSi to provide the greater New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Central Pennsylvania corporate markets with secure hosting and disaster recovery services outside of the metro threat zones,” said William Bachenberg, CEO of DBSi. “The existing power infrastructure at TEK Park will allow the facility to support very high density deployments of blade servers and other technologies.
“The very competitive operational costs inherent in northeastern Pennsylvania joined with DBSi’s ability to deploy cost-effective Tier III and IV capable data centers made TEK Park an obvious choice to augment our existing capacity,” Bachenberg added.
DBSI will receive $1.67 million in funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, including a low-interest loan, grant, and job creation tax credits,
Wall Street West is a partnership of more than two dozen organizations and agencies working to promote northeastern Pennsylvania as a destination for backup data centers for Wall Street firms.
“While northeastern Pennsylvania is already a hub for financial-services and insurance companies, Wall Street West further strengthens the region providing a required service to companies in New York City and New Jersey that must protect their shareholders from the type of damage done on September 11, 2001.” said Jim Ryan, Director of Outreach at Wall Street West. “We are pleased and proud that DBSi is continuing to expand its facilities and capabilities in the region.”