Peak 10, a national provider of IT services, today is breaking ground on a 60,000-square-foot data center facility in Tampa, its first such facility designed and constructed completely from the ground up.
David Jones, president and CEO of the Charlotte, N.C.-based IT firm, said the "newest generation of data centers" will provide redundancy for Peak 10's existing Tampa centers and tie in to the company's nine other metro locations.
The new two-story cloud and data center, which will serve up to 600 more customers once complete, will be located on a seven-acre parcel in Hidden River Corporate Park near the University of South Florida. It brings Peak 10's Florida footprint to roughly 230,000 square feet.
News of the multi-million dollar project drew kudos from area politicians and economic development officials as a way to lure more companies to relocate or expand in Tampa Bay, particularly in target industries like life sciences, defense and cyber-security.
"In every one of our target industries, IT is the backbone, and we need to stay current to stay relevant," said Rick Homans, president and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp., which helped Peak 10 expedite permitting for the site.
No government incentives were involved, Homans said.
The project will be built into three separate data centers, with the first center opening in early 2015 and phases two and three completed over a five-year period.