Atlanta serves as a hub for transportation and global logistics, and is ranked 5th in overall employment nationally. It has also been named the nation’s 2nd most wired city, and as the most favorable U.S. city for data centers. Ranking in the top 10 as an “American City of the Future,” by FDI Magazine, Atlanta has a reputation as a well-tuned economic engine, and as one of the crown jewels of the Southeast.
Emerging centers of excellence include more than 300 bioscience companies that have operations in or expanded to metro Atlanta. The city is also home to 26 Fortune 1000 companies, and global technology leaders with core disciplines in digital content and distribution, software publishing and internet security.
The Southeast's largest concentration of telecommunications companies can be found at Digital Realty's 56 Marietta Street data center facility. Atlanta is a major interconnection point between Florida and New York and Digital Realty's downtown facility sits on top of most of this fiber. As a result, businesses have more choices for carrier-neutral interconnection, colocation and data center access from this location compared to any other in the region.
Digital Realty acquired this 160,000 sq.ft. interconnection and colocation facility in 2004 and today is the building's interconnection area operator. ATL1 complies with or exceeds International Telecommunication Union (ITU) industry standards.
Located in suburban Atlanta, this 250,000 sq. ft. facility is located just 30 minutes from the Hartsfield International Airport, and 25 minutes from downtown. The facility was built in 1998, renovated in 2007, and offers 32 MW of power. It is occupied by three large tenants from the managed services, telecommunications and healthcare services industries.
The highly improved multi-tenant data center facility benefits from a robust electrical system which offers 25kV diverse underground power feeds, dedicated HVAC infrastructure and two diverse underground exterior pathways which support the facilities telecom network access. Situated in one of the major emerging markets, Atlanta offers electric rates that are significantly lower than the national average, and a favorable tax structure catering to data centers.