The Atlanta Data Center Market

The Atlanta Data Center Market

The Atlanta data center market is growing. The area boasts strong power and connectivity infrastructure, allowing companies to strategically locate a data center in the city and greater metro markets. Over 55 colocation and enterprise data center users call the Atlanta market home.

Atlanta's data center market continues to grow because of the favorable business climate, competitive colocation/cloud environment, reasonable power cost, low natural disaster risk, and robust connectivity. Continued delivery of colocation and cloud options in Atlanta creates a competitive location for data center users and the power cost in the Atlanta market is competitive when compared to other major U.S. markets. Transactions in the market can be both small (0 kW-500 kW) and large (501+ kW), with active participation from financial, healthcare, insurance, technology, and telecommunications companies.

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Power Overview

The Atlanta electrical grid is robust and substations are plentiful. Georgia's energy providers are regulated by the state and the Georgia Power Company (GPC), an investor-owned electric utility, serves most of the Atlanta metropolitan area. GPC offers a diverse fuel mix for industrial power favored by both data center providers and tenants with environmental sustainability initiatives. Some of the outlying suburbs in the Atlanta market are served by Greystone Power, a member-owned local cooperative. Atlanta is unique in that over half of the available fuel mix is either clean natural gas or nuclear energy sources.

Connectivity Overview

Atlanta's dense fiber infrastructure is driven by high demand from the area's concentration of corporate headquarters. AT&T, CenturyLink, Cogent, EarthLink, Level 3, Sprint, Windstream, XO, and Zayo all run long-haul fiber connections through Atlanta's metro area. Regionally-focused fiber networks have been developed by Allied Fiber, Fiberlight, NetStream, the North Georgia Network, Sago, Spectrum Business, and Unite.

Hazard Risk Overview

Data center providers in the Atlanta market are at an overall low risk for natural disasters. Earthquakes are rare and the city is far enough inland from the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Ocean to be significantly damaged by hurricanes.

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