DALLAS — DataBank purchased an existing facility that will become the future home of DEN5 — DataBank’s fifth Denver data center — and augment capacity to meet the accelerating demand for mission critical IT infrastructure in the Denver market.
By purchasing an existing light industrial facility that can be rapidly retrofitted, DataBank furthers its strategy of owning and controlling the real estate beneath its data centers, and accelerates the pace at which it can bring new capacity online. The 108,000-square-foot building will ultimately provide 75,000 square feet of raised flooring and 15 MW of UPS power designed to accommodate high-density computing, enterprise, and hyperscale workloads.
The new DEN5 facility is adjacent to DataBank’s existing DEN2 data center, which has been in place since 2011, providing a convenient campus environment across which customers can confidently expand their IT infrastructure. In addition to being carrier-neutral itself, DEN5 will be able to leverage the staff, resources, network and carrier access of DEN2, further accelerating deployment and enhancing scalability. The initial DEN5 build will feature one data hall of 30,000 raised square footage and 6 MW of power, with expansion capacity of two additional data halls. Denver is at the heart of the Front Range area, a strong center of growth for startups and venture capital in the tech industry.
The region has technology, research and education assets — and Denver had developed its own Tech Center area long before the dot com era was established. A recent Forbes article ranked Denver and nearby Fort Collins in the top five for businesses and careers, citing the “very educated populations and the global companies that are headquartered in the area.” The area also has more than a dozen major federal research facilities.
“The investment in this new campus responds to Denver's need for colocation, connectivity, and cloud services, solidifying its status as a prime location for enterprise-class data centers,” said Raul Martynek, DataBank’s CEO. “With this acquisition, DataBank will bring to the Denver market both high-value IT operations jobs and the reliable IT infrastructure our customers need to create a limitless digital future for their business.”