August has been a busy month for Five 9s Digital and data center certification in North Carolina. Two new data centers have recently hit the market and achieved the exclusive Best Data Sites Certified™ status. Here we are going to profile both of the new data center opportunities.
Lenoir Powered Shell Data Center
The Lenoir Powered Shell Data Center, the first of our two data centers to be profiled, is located in Caldwell County, North Carolina, just a few miles from Google’s massive data center campus. This pre-vetted region in Caldwell County is also home to a recently transacted Best Data Sites Certified™ data center. In June of 2013, CentriLogic acquired the data center from data center operator and hosting services provider Dacentec.
The existing 117,600 SF Lenoir Powered Shell Data Center is now Best Data Sites Certified™. High level features relevant to certification include abundant, low cost, scalable power provided by Duke Energy; diverse fiber connectivity; excellent water and sewer infrastructure; and a low natural disaster and man-made threat risk. Other factors include an acreage footprint that is prime for expansion, and a scalable source of power to suit end-user needs.
Triangle NC Data Center
The second of our two data centers to profile is the Triangle NC Data Center, located in Cary, North Carolina. The existing 30,000 SF data center is located within the data center hub of North Carolina as a part of the Raleigh-Durham market, which is also home to the Research Triangle Park and another Best Data Sites Certified™ data center (Raleigh-Durham Data Center).
The Triangle NC Data Center, similar to the Lenoir Powered Shell Data Center, benefits from abundant, low cost, reliable power from Duke Energy. The data center also offers diverse fiber routes connecting to the facility, an excellent water and sewer infrastructure, and is located in a region empirically known for its low risk of natural disasters. The secured location is also at a very low risk of man-made threats.
Recent BDS Certified™ Data Center Transactions
Towards the end of 2012, multiple Best Data Sites Certified™ data center properties transacted in the marketplace. In November, Bed Bath & Beyond purchased a 50,000 SF BDS Certified™ data center shell in Catawba County, North Carolina. DataChambers also purchased a certified data center in October in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina.
North Carolina data center operator and hosting services provider Dacentec Inc. retained the services of Five 9s Digital to represent them in the sale of their data center and operations. Their Lenoir, NC data center was BDS Certified™ in 2012 and, in June of 2013, the data center and operations were acquired in a deal by CentriLogic.
Best Data Sites Certification™
The data center site selection process can be a lengthy, costly, and inconsistent science. Best Data Sites Certification™ is a consolidated standards system whereby the strictest industry site selection requirements are used to evaluate potential data center sites and buildings within a weighted scoring matrix.
BDS Alliance™ and the BDS Standards™
The BDS Alliance™ is an independent board comprised of data center professionals and companies. The alliance is charged with the creation and continued evaluation and maintenance of the BDS Standards™. These standards are key to creating an efficient, reliable, and cost effective data center site selection evaluation process.
Certification and Economic Development Partnerships
Over the past few years, data center recruitment efforts have become increasingly collaborative in nature. The same can be said for Best Data Sites Certification™. Economic development groups, land and building owners, and utilities companies have partnered together throughout the certification process, seeking to improve their region’s competitive advantage as it relates to landing new data center initiatives.
For more information on Certification, either of the profiled data centers mentioned in this article, or other data center opportunities, please contact Five 9s Digital.
-March 27, 2013
Five 9s Digital and Romans Properties represented an institutional buyer in the acquisition of a 143,000 square foot fully leased data center at a price of $19.5M.
The fully leased data center is located in Morrisville, which is near Raleigh, North Carolina.
Data center real estate advisory firm, Five 9s Digital, represented Centurylink along with the Newmark Knight Denver office in the lease renewal of its 10,000 square foot data center in the Powerhouse Square building in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Avison Young represented the Landlord in the transaction.
This follows a recent deal Five 9s Digital completed in Raleigh on behalf of Centurylink transacting on an excess 50,000 square foot data center that was sold to DataChambers at the end of 2012.
For additional information regarding Five 9s Digital national data center advisory and investment services, please visit www.Five9sDigital.com.
North Carolina is experiencing an unprecedented boom in data center development and market activity. This boom may appear to be a spontaneous event; however, it is the result of a number of key moments; some planned and some fortuitously unintentional.
Textiles & Manufacturing North Carolina began building its textile and manufacturing industries in the early 1800s, and by the 1920s, had established itself as a center for the industries in the United States.
North Carolina maintained its dominance through most of the 20th century. By the 21st century, a combination of free trade regulations and fierce price competitions from other countries gave way to the steady relocation of these industries overseas.
Infrastructure & New Ideas For nearly 200 years, the state developed a diverse and robust infrastructure designed to fit the massive power, water, and sewer demands of the textile and manufacturing industries.
With their departure, this sturdy and vast system throughout the state needed a new purpose; something long lasting that could readily embrace the growing technological needs of the 21st century.
The Research Triangle Park In the latter half of the 20th century, a group of North Carolina’s best political, economic, and academic leaders gathered to forge a new future for the area, rooted in research and development.
This resulted in the development of the Research Triangle Park; a 7,000 acre parcel of land that is home to more than 170 companies. The area became a nationally recognized community for technology, research and development, and a highly ranked collegiate university system.
Last month, we announced the approval of tax incentives for Bed Bath & Beyond’s new data center to be located in Claremont, North Carolina. We are happy to share that the transaction was finalized this week and Bed Bath & Beyond will commence the process of transitioning the existing 48,000 SF building to the home of its new data center. The total initial investment by Bed Bath & Beyond is estimated to be $37 million.
Five 9s Digital partnered with the building owner in 2011 to take the existing facility to the market as a data center due to the many benefits of the location including the scalable power infrastructure, fiber connectivity, water and sewer capacity and lack of historical natural disasters. The building was Best Data Sites Certified by Mission Critical Consultants. Jones Lang LaSalle represented Bed Bath & Beyond in the transaction.
An existing 82,500 square foot data center facility is now available in the Raleigh Durham, NC market. Five 9s Digital, a mission critical real estate solutions company, is acquiring the facility and offering it for lease. Josh Price, Director of Marketing & Research with Five 9s Digital noted, “This facility is ideal for colocation and managed services companies, hosting, financial institutions and similar corporate data center initiatives looking to enter the Raleigh-Durham market. It is unusual to have a facility with such great infrastructure in place offering millions of dollars of cost savings to be passed along to the end user.”
The building has existing 3 feet raised floor in place, 10,000 kw of power infrastructure, numerous fiber providers, redundancy features and is located in an excellent area of Raleigh-Durham, adjacent to the Research Triangle Park. Additionally, the data center is located within Duke Energy’s footprint offering highly reliable, low cost power to the facility.
The building has recently been Best Data Sites Certified™, www.bestdatasites.com, by Mission Critical Consultants as a viable data center location, which incorporates a comprehensive evaluation of site infrastructure, connectivity, hazard avoidance, and numerous other factors.
“The Raleigh-Durham data center facility also offers speed to market,” states Josh Price. Additional information and a full brochure can be viewed online. Tours are available upon request.
Disney plans Cleveland County data center
Charlotte Business Journal – by Ken Elkins
Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Turns out it is Walt Disney Co. that’s building a data center in Kings Mountain.
And it’s a big one: a $200 million investment on 26 acres.
Cleveland County records show that Disney bought the land in the Kings Mountain Data Center Park.
Sources say Disney paid $250,000 an acre for the land, or a total of $6.5 million.
Cleveland County has been abuzz for six months with reports that a big-name entertainment company was planning the data center in Kings Mountain.
But county officials and Pete Marin, president of T5 Partners, which owns the park, don’t want to talk about the project.
The counties west of Charlotte have attracted some of the country’s largest data centers in the last four years. Those include Apple Inc. in Catawba County, Google Inc. in Caldwell County, Facebook Inc. in Rutherford County and Wipro Ltd. in Cleveland County.
Date: Friday, June 10, 2011, 6:00am EDT
There’s an iCloud looming over Maiden. And it’s not a bad thing.
This week, Steve Jobs, chairman and chief executive of Apple Inc., stood before a screen showing the company’s $1 billion data center in Maiden to announce a new service that will move a lot of digital storage to the computer “cloud.”
The iCloud will be grounded on the massive racks of computer servers that fill the 500,000-square-foot server Catawba County building.
To Catawba County, the 15 seconds of fame that Jobs offered in front of the tech world at Monday’s announcement — documented in Internet videos and bloggers’ posts — could boost the region’s already-blossoming data-center fortunes.
“If you’re a chief information officer for a company and you don’t look at North Carolina in your data-center search, you’re probably not doing your due diligence,” says Scott Millar, executive director of the Catawba County Economic Development Corp.
The counties west of Charlotte have attracted some of the country’s largest data centers in the last four years. Those include Apple in Maiden, Google Inc. in Caldwell County, Facebook in Rutherford County and Wipro Ltd. in Cleveland County.
This week, the Charlotte Business Journal also learned that Walt Disney Co. has paid $6.5 million for land in Kings Mountain for what is thought to be a $200 million data center.
Apple confirmed in the summer of 2009 it would build the Maiden server farm. Like most data-center projects, employment there would be small — 50 jobs. North Carolina won the high-profile project with $53.3 million in incentives from state and local governments.
In April 2010, Apple began advertising for employees there. One source says the Cupertino, Calif., computer giant actually opened the center in September.
As technology companies move more toward cloud computing, the Charlotte region has a lot to attract more projects, says Doug Hollidge, chief executive of Five 9s Digital in Charlotte, a developer and manager of data centers. “I envision substantial expansion potential within North Carolina and the region due to the accessibility to highly reliable, low-cost and robust power infrastructure, high bandwidth and availability of suitable data-center sites,” he says.
Catawba County is seeing an uptick in the number of data-center inquiries, Millar says. In that county, there are reports that Apple plans to double the size of its 500,000-square-foot facility.
Cloud computing moves many computer applications and information storage to data centers. For Apple, iCloud will mean downloaded music would be available to consumers on many platforms, from desktop computers to personal digital assistants.
When Jobs stood before the screen showing the huge Maiden data center, he pointed to two dots on that image. Those dots are people, he says.
He was speaking Monday from the Moscone Center in San Francisco during the Worldwide Developers Conference.
“We are ready, we think, for customers to start using iCloud, and we can’t wait to get it in their hands,” he says.
Millar couldn’t resist joking this week about Catawba County’s knowledge of data centers and cloud computing.
“I don’t know what an iCloud is,” he says. “I think it’s an old Rolls-Royce. You know I don’t know anything about that. And as far as I know, Steve Jobs hasn’t been in town.”