In Spite of Recent Superstorms, NYC Data Center Expansion Still a Priority

New York City in the Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy

This is surprising — at least to me. Despite the angst that Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene caused data center providers and their customers in the New York metro area over the last two years, businesses still want to expand their data center capacity in that low-lying, suddenly storm-surge-prone area.

According to a new survey for data center service provider Digital Realty Trust, 65 percent of the 148 companies surveyed that definitely plan to expand their data centers want to do so in New York City or its environs. This flies in the face of speculation that big New York companies would put more of their new data center firepower far from the coast.

Financial services companies and exchanges clustered in New York obviously need some compute power nearby to reduce latency on trades, but data center experts said those capabilities could be parceled out judiciously to local data centers while most of the other heavy lifting could be shipped off to facilities far from the coastal flood plain.

According to the new research:

“The majority of respondents who definitely plan to expand in 2013 would prefer to locate a new or expanded data center in New York City (65%); Los Angeles (47%), Dallas (36%), Chicago (31%), San Francisco (30%) and Phoenix (28%) are other U.S. cities mentioned often.”

———– View the complete article on GigaOM.

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About Five 9s Digital, LLC

Five 9s Digital is a data center real estate company offering data center development, investment sales, real estate advisory, and colocation and wholesale data center selection and procurement services. Five 9s Digital has been involved in the development and ownership of multiple mission critical facilities from single user build-to-suit facilities to multi-tenant data centers. Five 9s Digital brings a wealth of experience, background and expertise in providing solutions to the data center arena. Due to the specific and yet evolving requirements of mission critical end users in today’s world, Five 9s Digital is able to offer real solutions, real facilities, and real choices due its extensive and up-to-date knowledge base. Five 9s Digital is a Best Data Sites Certification Alliance™ member.
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