Those are some of the features of the first phase of a new data center that has opened in
On Wednesday, the
"It's all about data security," said
The building is 420,000 square feet in total, but the company has built out 50,000 square feet of space specifically for storing computer servers. They're targeting larger companies that need to store lots of data, and also need to keep it private, as their customer base. Baker said that could include businesses that need to store health or financial data that also abide by federal privacy regulations.
The total build-out of the first phase was about 120,000 square feet, which includes the dedicated computer storage, as well as office space and rooms that house mechanical or electrical equipment.
He said they now employ more than 20 people.
He showed off one of the five long, white-colored rooms that the company wants to fill with other businesses' computer servers. His voice echoed slightly as he moved in the room, and overhead lights turned on and off with motion sensors.
The room is designed to allow cool air from the floor to be sucked into the computers, and for hot air ejected from the machines to be routed into the ceiling and cooled before it cycles back into the room.
There's also a raised floor system, he said, with concrete-reinforcements underneath that can support 5,200 pounds per tile.
Previously, the building was a window manufacturing plant.
"Data centers are not going to produce a lot of jobs," she said. "I think all things being equal, taking a vacant property and putting a good reuse into it that enhances our tax base is positive for the county."
"They located the facility here in order to serve companies and organizations already based here in the Triangle, and allow companies to move forward without having to make that huge capital investment," he said. "I really look upon this as something that's going to make our community infrastructure more robust."
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