250 Williams St., Atlanta. (Photo: Cousins Properties)

Digital Realty Expands Atlanta Data Center Space

Digital Realty Trust announced the addition of an 18,000-square foot, $22 million Atlanta data center that will be connected via high-speed fiber to its massive carrier hotel located a little more than a half-mile away.

The fact that its 160,000-square foot 56 Marietta St. site has “no vacancies” coupled with continued demand prompted the multi-tenant data center provider to expand to the new downtown Atlanta site at 250 Williams St.

Although Digital will lease 50,000 gross square feet in the American Cancer Society building, as it is known, less than 30 percent of it will be used as raised-floor space for servers and computers.

See also: Atlanta Data Center Market Firing on All Cylinders

Digital Realty Vice President John Stewart told Data Center Knowledge that he expects the new space to be at capacity by the end of 2018.

Once headquarters for the 1996 Olympics, the Williams St. building went through a major expansion in 2012, making it the largest multi-tenant data center in the Southeast.

Called the Gateway to the Southeast, Atlanta is the third largest market for Digital, which owns, operates and manages server farms in 33 markets.

Digital, traditionally a wholesale data center provider, made retail colocation a major focus after it acquired the 56 Marietta site as part of its Telx acquisition in 2015.

Today, the $19.9 billion company says it owns more than 150 data centers spanning 26 million square feet, with 119 in North America, 30 in Europe, and seven in the Asia Pacific region.

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About the Author

Technology writer and editor Karen Riccio spent 15 years as managing editor for Data Center Management magazine, published by AFCOM – a leading industry association whose mission is to advance the professional development of individuals in the field of data center and facilities management. She is currently content editor for AFCOM.com as well as its weekly newsletter. Karen also oversees the Industry Perspectives section of Data Center Knowledge. She can be reached at karen.riccio@penton.com.

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