An illustration of the 970,000 square foot first phase of the Facebook Data Center in Newton County, Georgia. (Image: Facebook)
The Atlanta data center market is becoming a hub for new development. Recent headlines from Data Center Frontier cover a plethora of new data center projects in the market over the past few months.
Facebook’s plans to build a $750 million data center near Atlanta make it especially clear the region has emerged as the hot new destination for colocation providers and tech firms with big data needs. See below for an overview of new developments in the Atlanta data center market, and how the influx of new players is boosting the profile of the Atlanta region:
Ready for Hyperscale? Supply and Demand Trends in the Hot Atlanta Data Center Market: Facebook’s decision to build a $750 million data center near Atlanta adds some hyperscale heat to the rising profile of the Atlanta region, which is already seeing new projects from providers targeting the enterprise market.
Recent Developments in Atlanta
The past few months have been busy for the Atlanta data center market. In addition to Facebook, we’ve seen CyrusOne, DataBank, Switch and Digital Realty all announce significant expansions.
Read on for the latest developments in the Atlanta data center market and stay abreast of the developing colocation hotspot:
Facebook Will Build $750 Million Data Center Campus Near Atlanta: Facebook’s data center infrastructure just keeps growing. The social network will invest $750 million in a new data center campus in Stanton Springs, Georgia, about 40 miles east of downtown Atlanta.
CyrusOne Confirms Plans for 50MW Atlanta Data Center Campus : CyrusOne has confirmed plans to build a 50 megawatt data center campus near Atlanta, which is quickly becoming a major hub for new development.
DataBank Project is Latest Win for Atlanta Data Center Market: DataBank has announced plans to partner with the Georgia Tech on a new HPC center in downtown Atlanta, continuing a series of major wins for the Atlanta data center market.
The Keep is Coming: Switch Plans Huge Atlanta Cloud Campus: Switch continues to build out its national footprint of massive cloud campuses, announcing plans to build more than 1 million square feet of data center space on a new campus near Atlanta.
Digital Realty Expands Connected Colo Footprint in Atlanta: Digital Realty is building on its Connected Campus strategy in Atlanta, where it is adding 18,000 square feet of raised-floor space in 250 Williams, with fiber connectivity to 56 Marietta.
Sale-Leaseback Deals Abound in Atlanta
Another trend that has popped up in the Atlanta data center market — as well as the industry as a whole — is sale-leasebacks. “The rise of the service provider and the decline of the enterprise data center are intersecting in the sale-leaseback, a real estate strategy that provides benefits for both parties,” Data Center Frontier editor Rich Miller noted in this summary of recent deals, including several in the Atlanta market:
Data Center Sale-Leaseback Dealers on the Rise, Expect More in 2018: 2018 is shaping up as a big year for sale-leaseback deals, due to the increased number of properties available and more service providers embracing the strategy as an attractive way to expand into new markets.
The exterior of 250 Williams Street in downtown Atlanta, where Digital Realty is adding 50,000 square feet of data center space. (Photo: Digital Realty)