Dallas-based company putting data center in Midtown at Georgia Tech

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Dallas-based company putting data center in Midtown at Georgia Tech

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A Dallas-based company will partner with Georgia Tech to build a 94,000-square-foot data center near the Tech campus in Midtown Atlanta.

Construction of the project will begin late this year and take about 12 months to complete, according to Kevin Ooley, president and chief financial officer of DataBank. 

The center will be part of a larger, mixed-use project already under construction in Technology Square by Portman Holdings.

Plans call for the data center to eventually have scores of renters, said Ooley, who is also an alumnus of Georgia Tech. “Georgia Tech will be our anchor tenant.” 

Ooley declined to say how much the project will cost.

And while only a relative handful of people will be employed by DataBank at the new center, Ooley argued that the center and its technology will spur job creation as client companies use the connections and servers to run and expand their businesses. 

Running the center might create fewer than 20 jobs, he said. “Data center operations don’t require dozens and dozens and dozens of people.”

The 12-year-old company manages and develops data centers in which customers can bring their own devices or use infrastructure provided by DataBank. Atlanta will be the seventh city in which Databank will develop a data center.

Construction of the project will start late this year and take about 12 months to complete, Ooley said.

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