Iron Mountain Incorporated® has announced that it has started construction to expand its data center campus in Phoenix, one of the fastest growing markets in the U.S. The new 550,000 sq-ft, 48-megawatt (MW) multi-tenant and cloud facility is designed to meet the security and performance expectations of the largest public cloud providers and maintain the stringent compliance requirements of global enterprise and public sector customers. Iron Mountain commemorates the start of construction with a groundbreaking ceremony today with guests U.S. Congressman David Schweikert, Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo, Phoenix City Council Member Kate Gallego and representatives from the Arizona Commerce Authority, City of Phoenix, Office of Community and Economic Development, and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

The new data center will be built on a nine-acre parcel adjacent to Iron Mountain's existing 38 MW data center in Phoenix. The new building will help serve the growing demands from new and existing customers — including public cloud providers, financial services, aerospace and technology companies that will benefit from access to 25-plus carrier and network connectivity providers already deployed on the campus. Like other Iron Mountain data center facilities, this new facility will support key standards such as ISO 27001, FISMA High, PCI-DSS Level 1, HIPAA, SOC 2 Type II and SOC 3.

The first of two phases of construction, scheduled for completion in June 2019, will deliver 24 MW of capacity as part of Iron Mountain's estimated $430 million investment in the campus over the next five-year development plan. When combined with current and potential capacity, the Phoenix campus can support up to approximately 100 MW, and Iron Mountain's total data center portfolio potential represents more than 285 MW globally.

"As one of the fastest growing major markets in the U.S., and the 12th largest data center market globally, this expansion opportunity in the Phoenix area is an exciting opportunity for us," said Rick Crutchley, vice president and general manager western region, Iron Mountain Data Centers. "The expanded campus will meet the growing demand from hyperscale, public cloud and global enterprise organizations that appreciate the Phoenix market's unique combination of low power costs, outstanding tax efficiency and low geographic and weather-related risks. We'll be well positioned to bring our capabilities to support customers' needs well into the future."