That's where places such as the Involta data storage center in
"We're almost at capacity," said
Early Involta local customers such as
Involta, formed in 2007, has six other data centers, all outside
Companies "with aging equipment that starts failing and needs more maintenance" are choosing to move their data to third-party data storage centers such as Involta's, Lehrman said. "Data storage is not their core business."
Additionally, he said, it often costs companies less money to send their data to a third-party center than it does to build their own centers.
So far, Involta is the only third-party data storage center in
The Akron Involta building already has one data "hall" -- a 5,000-square-foot room -- filled with cabinets, or racks, holding servers and other equipment that serves 15 to 20 customers. Now, the company is planning to install additional equipment for future customers in a second data hall -- a now empty room -- in the existing building.
"This is 12 to 18 months ahead of where we initially thought we'd be," Lehrman noted as he toured the
Data centers don't generate a lot of jobs but the pay is about
The new servers, switches and routers, like the existing equipment, will be hooked up to Involta's own electric substation. Two diesel generators are on hand in the event of an outage. A battery backup system holds the electrical load until the generators start.
"There are lots of layers of redundancy," Lehrman said. "It only takes a fraction of a second to go down."
Lang, the manager of the data center, pointed to a special overhead cooling system that is used to distribute cool air onto the heat-generating equipment. A matching system will be installed in the new hall.
It helps to keep electricity costs down, Lang said, noting utility costs are a major cost of operating a data center. Lehrman said the center daily uses the same amount of electricity as a small village.
Lehrman expects business to continue to grow, and he said that once the second data area hall is at capacity, "the next phase will be a whole new building." It would be constructed to the east of the current building. No timeline for construction has been set.
Involta received local and state financial incentives to construct the initial building in
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