Digital Realty opens new Atlanta data centre interconnect

Digital Realty has opened a new data centre facility in Atlanta with 18,000 square feet of capacity representing a total investment of $22 million.

The new Digital Realty data centre in Atlanta is connected to the company's existing facility in Atlanta at 56 Marietta Street, the company’ major regional interconnect. Digital Realty's Atlanta connected campus offers over 11,000 cross connects between more than 300 customers, including 150 cloud, IT infrastructure and network providers.

"The rapid growth of hybrid- and multi-cloud strategies among innovative enterprises is accelerating the need for colocation facilities in many major metro areas,*" said industry analyst, Liz Cruz, Associate Director at IHS Markit.  "Atlanta is one of the country's fastest-expanding tech markets. The additional data centre capacity provided by this expansion will help fuel the region's technology growth, and serve as an enabling factor in the city's and its businesses' ongoing financial success."

The Atlanta area is a popular interconnection location for enterprises, telecommunications and cloud providers and is home to more than 13,000 technology companies, including leaders in financial services, transportation, healthcare, IT, telecommunications and Internet security, as well as more than 30 colleges and universities.

"This expansion builds upon our leadership in the Southeast region, giving our customers new ways to connect, extend their reach and find new business opportunities," said Chris SharpDigital Realty's chief technology officer.  "Our track record, network choice, solution flexibility, interconnection capabilities and ecosystem deliver exceptional quality and value, and provide assurance for business continuity.  We are very pleased to build upon our existing footprint in Atlanta and to continue growing our relationships and community in this developing technology centre."

Digital Realty operates 145 properties encompassing over 23 million square feet across 33 global metropolitan areas.  Its Service Exchange interconnection platform, launched in November 2016, enables virtual cross connects to multiple cloud service providers as well as telecommunications providers and has proved very popular.