CyrusOne LLC of Houston broke ground of their 1 million square foot data center in Chandler which will serve the I.T needs of large companies on the West Coast. It will be the largest data center in the Phoenix area and the second largest in the U.S, smaller only to the 1.1 million square foot Lakeside Technology center in Chicago. The data center will feature 90,000 square foot of multitenant office space, one of the largest speculative offices since the recession hit.
While the company would not disclose the project’s cost, citing competitive reasons, CyrusOne Chief Technology Officer Kevin Timmons said it is employing a new design for the facility that it has dubbed “massively modular.” “That means the data center’s interior will be built in phases as needed to accommodate new customers”, he said. “The first phase is expected to be completed by the beginning of 2013”, Timmons said.
“No customers have signed on yet to use the data center, but CyrusOne is in discussions with ‘big names.’” “We have a number of dedicated customers who follow CyrusOne wherever we go,” Timmons said.
CyrusOne is a subsidiary of Cincinnati based telecommunications carrier Cincinnati Bell Inc. It is a developer and operator of large data centers where high speed web access and space can be rented by customers for their internet connected digital computing and storage devices.
“The massive co-location center will employ about 50 technicians, administrators and other staff when completed”, Timmons said. The project is likely to create a large number of jobs as the center is frontrunner to become a hub for related businesses and web hosting customers that will rent space in the adjacent offices.
The data center’s 57-acre site, near Germann and Price roads, will feature a 110-megawatt power substation being built by SRP, the largest dedicated substation for any existing data center in the U.S., and one of the largest substations in the Phoenix area.
“The property was ideal because of its size and proximity to several telecommunications carriers’ fiber-optic Internet backbone infrastructure, allowing redundant, high-capacity bandwidth”, Timmons said.