Top US Data Center Markets Absorbed 100 MW in First Half of 2015

Supply tightens, but a lot more new data center capacity is in the pipeline

Yevgeniy Sverdlik

August 10, 2015

2 Min Read
Top US Data Center Markets Absorbed 100 MW in First Half of 2015
Inside one of the Dallas data centers operated by CyrusOne, one of the Dallas-Fort Worth market’s biggest providers.

Hunger for capacity in primary US data center markets continues, with financial services, healthcare, social media, and other types of tech companies driving demand.

Wholesale data center providers have closed deals on just south of 100 MW of data center capacity in top US markets during the first half of the year, tightening supply and, in some places, pushing up rental rates, according to the latest market report by the commercial real estate firm CBRE.

Data center providers in those primary markets have reported lower vacancy rates in their facilities, despite the fact that many of them have a lot more capacity under construction. According to CBRE, about 100 MW of new data center capacity has been completed in the first half of 2015, and another 184 MW is under construction. There was only about 77 MW of data center capacity under construction in those markets this time last year.

CBRE considers Northern Virginia, Phoenix, Atlanta, Silicon Valley, New York-New Jersey, Chicago, and Dallas-Fort Worth to be the country’s primary data center markets.

Of them, you can find lowest-cost wholesale data center capacity in Dallas-Fort Worth, where rates in the second quarter ranged between $125 and $155 per kilowatt per month.

Data center lease rates in Dallas-Fort Worth stayed flat between first and second quarter, as they did in Northern Virginia, Phoenix, and Chicago. Rates went up from quarter to quarter in the other three markets.

Of those other three, New York-New Jersey was the priciest, where second-quarter rates ranged between $150 and $170 per kW per hour.

CBRE highlighted two data center markets in the report: Dallas-Fort Worth, which is seeing one of the highest rates of population growth in the country, as well as quick growth of the technology sector, and Jacksonville, Florida, a market that’s emerging as an alternative to Miami thanks to new subsea connectivity to Latin American countries.

“Jacksonville is becoming a cable landing destination as new submarine fiber cables from Latin America are coming ashore,” the report’s authors wrote. The city’s newly constructed submarine cable landing stations are for the Pacific Caribbean Cable Systems and the America Movil Submarine Cable System.

According to CBRE, Jacksonville offers lower-latency connectivity to Latin America, lower cost, and lower hurricane risk than Miami, where the massive NAP of the Americas, a formerly Terremark and now Verizon data center, has traditionally been the point of departure for connectivity from US to Latin America.

Read the full CBRE report here

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