Digital Realty Adds Colo in St. Louis Expansion

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The exterior of 210 N. Tucker, the St. Louis data center hub, which had a major power upgrade in 2010.

Digital Realty Trust will begin the expansion of its colocation offering in St. Louis, where the data center developer has just completed a major expansion of power and space at its 210 N. Tucker property.

Most importantly, the improvements have added 16 megawatts of new power capacity, which effectively quadruples the power available to the facility. Digital Realty also completed the construction of new colocation data center space within the building, which is now available for immediate occupancy.

Digital Realty said last week that it will expand its offering beyond “wholesale” data center space as it looks to boost its revenue from retail colocation. Leasing more colocation space allows Digital Realty to take advantage of its ownership of some of the Internet’s most connected buildings, including connectivity hubs in major cities.

More Power = More Data Center Space

That includes 210 N. Tucker, an 18-story building in downtown St. Louis that offers 300,000 square feet of space. The property is a carrier-neutral facility serviced by multiple fiber providers , and is also connected to the Digital Realty-owned facility at 900 Walnut via 400 strands of dark fiber.

Digital Realty began its upgrades at 210 N. Tucker in 2010. The additional power capacity will allow the company to lease additional data center space in the building. Digital Realty will continue its upgrades in coming months with the development of an additional 10,000 square feet of space in the property and 600 kW of available power. The projected completion date is the third quarter of 2012.

“This has been one of the most significant construction projects in St. Louis because of the size of the investment as well as the long term benefit we believe it brings to the local economy,” said Glenn Benoist, Vice President, Portfolio Management at Digital Realty. “210 N. Tucker is now one of the most desirable data center properties in the Midwest, providing world-class infrastructure in the heart of St. Louis.”

Lease With Netelligent

Digital Realty also said it has signed a long term lease agreement with Netelligent Corporation for the recently completed data center space at 210 N. Tucker. Netelligent is a leading provider of managed and Cloud based services.

“This newly expanded space will allow Netelligent to grow our service portfolio beyond hosted voice, Infrastructure and e-mail solutions,” said Steve Busselman Netelligent’s Sales and Marketing Director. “The demand for innovative cloud services like virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and disaster recovery have grown beyond proof of concept and is now main stream.”

About the Author

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.

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