Two months into his tenure as vice president and general manager of Peak 10’s Raleigh operations, Robby Gauci is preparing to open the Charlotte-based company’s third data center in North Carolina’s Triangle region.
The center, which broke ground around in May, will be open by the end of 2015, he says. The new data center will bring Peak 10’s total footprint in the Triangle to more than 100,000 square feet, and it will include what’s called a state-of-the-art Technical Assistance Center to provide customer support. The center, located in Morrisville, includes about 17,000 square feet of raised data-center space and 10,000 square feet of office space.
Currently, Peak 10 has about 18 employees in the Triangle. Gauci expects that to increase with the new data center, but more significantly, he says, “I expect we’ll be able to serve hundreds more North Carolina customers.”
In total, Peak 10 has about 400 employees in 10 markets, including about 175 working in the Charlotte area. Earlier in October, the company announced that former Cisco executive Michael Fuhrman was hired as chief technology officer in Charlotte.
Gauci joined Peak 10 from TW Telecom, which was acquired by Level 3
“I knew the leadership, knew the culture,” he says. Having worked alongside Peak 10, he “jumped” at the chance to join the company.
And, in moving here from Miami, he’s coming to an increasingly data center-friendly state, as recently signed legislation incentivizes data center build out.
Peak’s expansion is the latest headline to hit the sector, after an announcement earlier this month that Windstream would be selling its own data centers to TierPoint.