There's been a flurry of announcements in the past week about new data center projects and expansions in "second-tier" markets around the country. As we've noted before, the demand for data center space extends well beyond the core Internet connectivity hubs. Here's a roundup:
- DataChambers is expanding its data center space inside its hardened underground facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the company said this week. DataChambers will expand its footprint within its Salem Business Park facility, which is 18 feet underground and previously used as a design and fabrication site for nuclear missile guidance systems. This is the second major expansion initiative for DataChambers this year. In March the company opened an 85,000-square-foot facility at Ridge Creek Business Park in Charlotte.
- Reynolds and Reynolds will build a $23.8 million data center on its Kettering, Ohio campus with the help of a property tax abatement officials say helped prevent the company from building the facility in Texas. The company will save $430,000 in property taxes over the five-year life of the 25 percent property tax abatement, city officials said.
- Ntractive LLC, which develops web applications for small business management, has completed its new data center in Grand Forks, North Dakota at the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center. Its first product, Elements SBM™, is a software-as-a-service offering that is designed to automate, organize, and improve business processes for small to midsized companies. Based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Ntractive recently closed its Series A round of financing through angel investors and RAIN Source Capital.
- Cleveland colocation provider Expedient has completed the fourth phase of a $2 million data center expansion, adding 3,800 square feet to its Cleveland facility. "We have already started planning a new $10 million dollar facility due to the rate in which we have been filling our existing Cleveland data center," Expedient vice president of sales Bryan Smith said.