When organizations develop an IT strategy to meet existing and future application needs, location should always be one of their key considerations. Placing workloads in the wrong environment could end up adding costly milliseconds to processing times or leave them vulnerable to crippling downtime. Identifying a data center market that can deliver the right connectivity options and edge computing capabilities at a manageable price point without sacrificing performance ensures that companies will have the flexibility they need to meet their evolving application requirements.
Metro Atlanta: A Data Center Market on the Rise
Although Northern Virginia remains the largest data center market in North America, the Atlanta area has emerged in recent years as the second most active market in terms of leasing activity. According to reports by CBRE Group, Metro Atlanta saw a record 70.42 MW of data center absorption in 2021, with much of it coming in the second half of the year. The total figure was a 287.3 percent increase from 2020, when the region ranked seventh among the country’s 17 leading data center markets.
Available data center space (vacancy) decreased from 14.5 percent to just 8.3 percent in 2021, and demand shows little sign of slowing down in 2022. That’s why the city has 160.5 MW of data center capacity under construction. Much of the growth is being driven by hyperscale projects and colocation providers. Some industry analysts have even taken to referring to Atlanta as the next major data center alley, especially with new subsea cabling projects in the Gulf of Mexico making Atlanta an appealing hub for connecting networks in North and South America.
Why Host Your Applications and IT Assets in Atlanta
Home to a little over six million people, the Atlanta metro area is the seventh largest city in the United States and one of the fastest growing over the last decade. This makes it especially attractive to any company that’s looking to connect their applications to large numbers of end users with low latency service. Just as the city has long served as a hub for air travel and commerce, Atlanta’s central location also allows it to easily deliver network services throughout the south. For businesses looking to expand their network reach from data centers along the coasts or the northeast, Atlanta provides an ideal edge computing hub.
Major corporations like Coca-Cola, UPS, Home Depot, and Delta Airlines call the Atlanta area home, making the city a hotbed of economic growth and innovation. The State of Georgia’s business-friendly policies have also encouraged substantial investments in the region in recent years despite the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest airport in the world, servicing over 75 million passengers in 2021. The city is also home to three of Georgia’s top universities: Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, and Emory University. All of these factors combine to make the city an attractive location for innovative companies and skilled professionals. In fact, according to a 2021 report, Atlanta ranks as the eighth-best city in the country for sourcing tech talent.
Atlanta also benefits from the State of Georgia’s robust energy grid, which is diversified among many different energy sources and lies within the Easter Interconnect that allows it to share energy with surrounding states. This provides the state with a great deal of flexibility and helps to avoid the kind of prolonged outages that can result in costly downtime. The city’s geographic position far from the coast also affords protection against hurricanes and storm surge that frequently impact cities along the Gulf of Mexico. Although the occasional winter freeze is not uncommon, the city rarely faces extreme winter weather conditions like those that disrupted power distribution in other areas of the country in recent years.
Meet Evoque Atlanta
Located in nearby Lithia Springs less than 20 miles from Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, Evoque’s Atlanta colocation data center provides a wide range of connectivity options to customers along with low-latency ISP choices in a carrier-neutral environment. With more than 130,000 square feet of space, the facility also offers a number of amenities to facilitate hybrid and remote operations, such as customer lounges, meeting rooms, and workspaces.
Our versatile Atlanta data center allows growing and established organizations to future-proof their IT environments thanks to our innovative multi-generational infrastructure approach that provides customers with the freedom to change key aspects of their deployments as their application needs change. For businesses looking to build hybrid cloud environments that combine all the advantages of on-premises infrastructure with the expansive power of cloud computing, our Atlanta facility provides the right combination of security and connectivity options to build your ideal environment. We also offer planning assistance during the migration process to ensure that layouts, rack elevations, power distribution, and networking is optimized for evolving business requirements.
Atlanta Data Center Features
- 137,203 sq. ft. data center; 67,675 sq. ft. of raised floor
- Standard cabinet: 45U 42" deep 4 & 6 kW
- Standard cage capacity: Up to 300 W/sq. ft.
- Higher densities with build-to-suit
- Cloud-enabled with Evoque Connectivity Suite and Megaport
- 100% SLA on power, network and bandwidth
- 2N UPS redundancy
- N+1 standby power, VAC distribution, & chiller redundancies
- 24x7 onsite staffing
- Minimum of three levels of physical security, including mantrap
- Access control with card, bio-scanner, or mobile device NFC authentication
- PCI-DSS, ISO 27001, SOC 1 Type I, SOC 2 Type I & II, SOC 3, ISAE 3402, CDCMP, NIST-800, & HIPAA compliant
How Evoque’s Atlanta Data Center Features Can Benefit Your Business
Whether you’re trying to break into a new market, update your legacy infrastructure, or optimize your network services, Evoque’s Atlanta data center location can deliver the combination of connectivity, reliability, and versatility you need to complete your digital transformation. We offer low-latency performance, cost savings, and unmatched choice to ensure that your applications and data always have access to the resources and services that will keep your business on the cutting edge to meet market demands.
Our experienced data center team prides itself on satisfying our customers and delivering high levels of uptime reliability. We put the needs of your applications first to help you stay a step ahead of the latest technology trends in the State of Georgia and beyond. To learn more about our state-of-the-art Atlanta data center, talk to one of our colocation experts today to schedule a tour.