North Carolina Draws Data Center Support Firms

Data centers are highly-automated facilities, and don’t usually create huge numbers of jobs. State governments offering large incentive packages for data centers argue that landing a large project has a multiplier effect – that huge server farms will attract additional companies and high-tech jobs, creating high-tech ecosystems.

There’s evidence that this strategy is working in North Carolina, which has been among the most aggressive states in pursuing data center projects. Integrated Electrical Services (IES) said today that it has expanded its physical infrastructure practice to Hillsborough, North Carolina.

“Our leading financial and information technology customers have data centers in the Southeast,” said Don Fishstein, President of IES Communications. This office enables us to enhance our onsite presence with these long-term and expanding customers.”

IES offers data center design and installation, as well as materials warehouse and pre-fabrication for data centers. The new office houses data center design and installation personnel and functions as a materials warehouse and pre-fabrication facility for the surrounding data center installations. The new office supports recent large IES data center projects for customers located in Greensboro, Maiden and Kings Mountain, North Carolina and Boydton, Virginia.

IES didn’t identify the customers, But Apple operates a data center in Maiden and Microsoft has a facility in Boydton. Both Walt Disney and Wipro have data centers in Kings Mountain.

Integrated Electrical Services, Inc. is a leading national provider of electrical infrastructure services to the communications, commercial, industrial and residential markets.

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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.

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  1. The growth of the data center industry and all the support services it draws is continuing good news for North Carolina. However, it actually started many years ago when a number of forward thinking folks developed the concept of a "high tech" park, located between Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, to attract major new companies into our state, and that area is known as Research Triangle Park (RTP) with major presence by Glaxo, IBM, EPA and others. Since then, other areas of the state including the coast through the western mountains continue to attract such major clients as those mentioned above. Further, there has already been a proliferation of support companies in the past 30+ years providing the hardware and services needed by the increasing data center population in this state. This includes major sales and service representation by all major providers of data center infrastructure items, including a number of manufacturers of such items as uninterruptible power systems and server racks who are headquartered here. There are significant numbers of consulting engineering firms, technical site property manager companies, design/build, and onsite maintenance groups all well capable of providing needed services to the complete range of IT sites from server closets to mega centers. Companies considering locating in North Carolina would be wise to check out the local talent before deciding on design and build providers.