Disaster recovery specialist SunGard Availability Services has leased 123,000 square feet of space at 1500 Spring Garden in Philadelphia to expand its rapidly-growing data center operations in the city, the company said today. The new data center expands on existing facilities at 401 North Broad Street and 833 Chestnut Street, giving SunGard more than 350,000 square feet of space for its Philadelphia operations.
"The new facility extends SunGard’s position in providing a robust, resilient infrastructure," said Arjun Moorthy, vice president of infrastructure at SunGard Availability Services. "It is a state-of-the-art data center in terms of systems redundancy, uptime and efficiency. The center also supports best practices in energy efficiency to help advance both SunGard’s and its customers’ sustainability strategies."
SunGard has invested $25 million in the new site, and has just opened the 19,000 square foot first phase. The facility will be completed in four phases, and upon completion will span an entire floor of the building.
SunGard occupies seven floors at 401 North Broad Street, Philadelphia's leading carrier hotel. SunGard said 401 North Broad couldn't support the required power density the company was seeking for the new space. With space available just two blocks away at 1500 Spring Garden, the expansion allowed SunGard to diversify its footprint while supporting higher power density.
SunGard says its concentration of business continuity and disaster recovery facilities is the largest in Philadelphia. SunGard Availability Services employs more than 400 employees in Philadelphia while SunGard overall employs 2,700 employees in the Greater Philadelphia region.
SunGard’s managed IT services allow customers to run business systems and applications at a SunGard facility rather than build and support their own data centers. In addition to redundant power and cooling infrastructure for IT equipment, SunGard also provides office space for employee workstations in the event of a business disruption. The company has more than 4 million square feet of operations space.
"This new facility provides customers with advanced IT capabilities and frees up their IT resources for more strategic endeavors within their organization,” said Dave Colesante, senior vice president and managed services general manager at SunGard Availability Services. “Leveraging SunGard helps customers to lower data center costs while also helping improve system and application uptime.”