North metro Atlanta area remains prominent choice for technology companies

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) October 3, 2012— Partnership Gwinnett, the local economic and community development initiative, celebrates with the Gwinnett community on its consistent data center project wins, reinforcing the area’s reputation as a technology hub. Within the past 24 months, the community has witnessed the expansion, announcement and opening of many data centers—the most prominent being Advanced Micro Devices, Quality Technology Services, Peak 10 and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

“Gwinnett County is a vibrant community that understands the importance of technology to business development,” stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We are proud that Gwinnett is able to meet the many criteria data centers require and attract renowned organizations.”

Microchip technology firm Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) announced plans to open a $100 million data center in Suwanee, metro Atlanta. The company chose the Gwinnett location due to inexpensive power, available real estate and tax incentives offered by the area.

In November 2011, Quality Technology Services (QTS) purchased approximately 21 acres adjacent to its existing Suwanee Operations Service Center, a 370,000-square-foot facility, in anticipation of future growth.

Peak 10, a national cloud computing, data center and information technology infrastructure solutions provider, expanded its existing Norcross facility in August 2012, representing over $1 million in investment. The expansion included a new cloud cluster and an additional 2,500 square feet, increasing the data center’s overall space to 30,000 square feet.

Most recently, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta opened its $8 million data center; a project that is critical to the growing need for advanced IT services to effectively manage health records, extend healthcare delivery virtually, and enhance patient care and security for Children’s. The newly built 11,000-square-foot facility is located near Children’s Satellite Boulevard campus in Duluth.

“We chose Gwinnett County as the location of our state-of-the-art data center due to the area’s economic stability and accessibility to metro Atlanta and the Southeastern United States,” stated Praveen Chopra, CIO and Head of Supply Chain for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “This innovative facility helps us immediately improve productivity and allows for easier access to applications by clinicians, resulting in more time available for patient care.”

In addition, tw telecom, a leading provider of managed voice, Internet and data networking solutions, announced the expansion of its fiber network in late 2010. The expansion reached over 600 additional commercial buildings in metro Atlanta, including the Suwanee, Duluth and Norcross areas – all Gwinnett communities.

Assisting in the support and attraction of data center facilities is Partnership Gwinnett, an economic and community development initiative funded by public and private partners. Through the efforts of its Gwinnett Technology Council, a North Metro Atlanta Mission Critical plan was developed to help promote the establishment of data centers and similar facility types. In its efforts to attract one of Gwinnett’s targeted industry niches—data processing and security—the North Metro Atlanta Mission Critical whitepaper outlines the numerous resources available in Gwinnett and North metro Atlanta.

“Gwinnett’s location provides data centers with easy access to numerous assets available within the Gwinnett and North metro region—assets which are required for optimum data center operation,” stated Nicole Wright, Information Technology Solutions Project Manager for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “Our area boasts an extensive fiber optic infrastructure, competitive power rates and multiple service providers, which allows us to cultivate a thriving business environment.”

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