Colo5 plans to set up a $20 million data center in Lakeland. The center is all set to roll out in the year 2013, reports the company. The data center is likely to be set-up in the region of Jackosnville.

The Jacksonville data center has secured a 105000 sq ft space in the Lakeland Interstate Business Park. It plans to start operations by March 2013, according to an official press release.

The $20 million project is going to house a data center and a disaster recovery workspace, built in three phases in the next three years.

Colo5 in an official report said that this center would cater to the retail and wholesale sector. Colo5 is a firm that provides colocation facility to organization; it would be responsible in providing agile security to the IT infrastructure, and securing the data from theft, piracy, and infringement.

“It’s the right time to expand,” said Doug Recker, Colo5, in a prepared statement. “We are excited for 2013, and we’re ready to bring excellent customer service and flexibility to the data center industry in Central Florida.”

However, Colo5 did not divulge details about any local hiring. Scott Larsen, VP Colo5, in an interview to the ‘Ledger’ said that the company plans to hire about 20 people with excellent expertise.

Lakeland was chosen for the facility because of its freeway access, power costs, elevation, and the city’s fiber optic network, according to an official statement.

“They’ve been very successful in Jacksonville and have been named one of the fastest-growing companies in the area,” said Claudia Tritton, business development director for the Lakeland Economic Development Council. “They’re going to make a large capital investment in infrastructure, and that will help us attract similar industries.”

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