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Metro Atlanta’s status as ‘hub’ for key data centers is growing

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Facebook, CyrusOne, DataBank, and others have set up shop in the metro area

A rendering of the massive Facebook data center slated for development in Newton County.
Facebook, via Data Center Fronier

Metro Atlanta is quickly becoming what some call a “development hub” for data centers.

Data Center Frontier reports the region has seen a major influx of these tech facilities, calling metro Atlanta “a hot new destination for colocation providers and tech firms with big-data needs.”

This interest in stationing data centers in and around Atlanta was most recently illustrated by Facebook’s plan to build a $750 million, 970,000-square-foot center at Stanton Springs in Newton County, about 40 miles east of downtown.

Also aiming for a metro Atlanta entrance are tech firms CyrusOne, DataBank, Switch, and Digital Realty, among others.

CyrusOne announced late last year it will set up shop in Douglasville, with a 440,000-square-foot data center with 50 megawatts of critical power.

Partnered with Georgia Tech, DataBank has plans for a 94,000-square-foot downtown facility for “high performance computing,” according to Data Center Frontier.

A rendering of the public core of Midtown’s under-construction Coda project, which will include a high-powered computing center near Georgia Tech at Tech Square.
Portman & Associates

Tech firm Switch is shooting for a massive “cloud campus” to be built in Douglas County. The development will entail a whopping $2.5 billion investment to renovate one million square feet.

Also downtown, Digital Realty looks forward to an 18,000-square-foot multi-tenant data center.

Nevertheless, tech giant Amazon seems to be eyeing other cities in its search for a second home base, according to the latest third-party prognostication.

Meanwhile, Zillow is putting its HQ2 forecast money on either Atlanta or Northern Virginia.