World’s Largest Data Center Opened in New Jersey

April 06, 2011 / Elizabeth Buckley, Commercial Property Analyst

The world’s largest data center located in Edison, New Jersey, was officially opened last week by i/o Data Centers, a company that designs, engineers and delivers data center services and products for the world’s largest enterprises, governments and service providers. The digital company, based in Phoenix, Arizona, opened its third and largest data center, which now occupies the former New York Times facility.

World’s Largest Data Center Opened in New Jersey

On the other hand, i/o is also raising funds to produce more modular data centers worldwide. Led by its existing investor, Sterling Partners and some new investors handled by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, the company hoped to raise $105 million.

Located off of Exit 10 of the New Jersey Turnpike, a toll road in the state, the digital company’s data center’s location once housed warehouse and printing of the New York Times.

The 830,000 square feet data center, according to company information, will be providing its users with fiber optic connectivity and immediate capacity from two of the biggest IP backbones in the globe, which is located next to one of the Northeast Region’s leading and powerful power switching stations.

For the site selection, i/o chose UGL Services — a company that provides corporate real estate services, facilities management and business process outsourcing services, to conduct the complex site-selection process, which took two years, before the data center’s final leasing agreement were signed and finalized.

According to the Vice President at UGL Services, James Cali, the company’s ability to understand the general real estate and other very important elements allowed UGL to deliver complete technology solution.

Besides i/o’s new facility in New Jersey, the company also has other locations in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona. The data center’s leasing terms and agreement were not disclosed in the company information.

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