Skip to main content
Coffee Talk
Business Observer Friday, Sep. 25, 2015 3 years ago

Appetite for data grows

Share
The tech community in the Tampa Bay area has picked up a lot of buzz lately, especially in startups and companies that are growing and hiring.

The tech community in the Tampa Bay area has picked up a lot of buzz lately, especially in startups and companies that are growing and hiring.

Behind the scenes of that growth is another rapidly expanding entity: Peak 10, a Charlotte, N.C.-based IT infrastructure and cloud-services company that recently opened its third high-tech data center in Tampa.

The latest complex is essentially a 60,000-square-foot, two-story fortress that can withstand Category 5 hurricanes and other calamities, say Peak 10 officials. “It's one of the most unique and advanced facilities in this region,” Peak 10 Tampa Vice President and General Manager Cheryl Kleiman tells Coffee Talk.

Kleiman declines to put a total cost on the project, only to say it's a multimillion-dollar development. Peak 10 purchased 6.88 acres for the project, on Park Edge Drive in Hidden River Corporate Park, near Interstate 75, in late 2013. The company paid $1.1 million for the site.

Peak 10 officials say the location, near the highway and also near the University of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center, a current client, is a key component of the new complex. “We need this for our organic growth and we need this for our customers,” says Kleiman. “Business has been robust.”

There are other perks for clients in need of data services: The building is located outside the area's flood zone and is built at a higher elevation — points Kleiman makes when she speaks with potential clients.

Peak 10 operates more than 20 data centers nationwide, including seven in Florida. Its three facilities in Tampa now cover 129,000 square feet.

Related Stories

Advertisement