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NC Research Campus adds IT company DataChambers to its roster

June 12, 2013
Jun 12, 2013, 12:51pm EDT Updated: Jun 12, 2013, 4:22pm EDT

Jennifer Thomas, Staff Writer- Charlotte Business Journal

The N.C. Research Campus is a 350-acre life sciences and biotech hub in Kannapolis.

The newest tenant at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis will be an information-technology services company.

DataChambers, headquartered in Winston-Salem, announced Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with campus developer Castle & Cooke Inc. to construct a 50,000-square-foot data center.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We don’t think the region is being served by what’s already there. We felt there was sufficient demand,” says Nick Kottyan, chief executive of DataChambers.

Plans call for that facility to be rated to withstand hurricane-force winds. It will feature state-of-the-art systems for power, security, HVAC and network connectivity. The building also will incorporate the latest LEED standards developed by the U.S. Green Building Council for energy-efficient operation.

That building could open during the second quarter of 2014. About 20 jobs will be added, with salaries of between $70,000 and $90,000.

That data center will meet the company’s needs in the Charlotte area for the next 36 months, but there is potential for growth, Kottyan says. DataChambers could expand its presence at the research campus to as much as 200,000 square feet in the future based on demand, he adds.

“There’s sufficient land for us to build additional space on the campus,” Kottyan says.

That 350-acre biotech hub is focused on health, nutrition and agriculture. The public-private partnership is home to operations of eight N.C. universities and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, as well as private companies that include Dole Food (NYSE:DOLE), General Mills Inc. (NYSE:GIS), Monsanto Co. (NYSE:MON) and LabCorp. (NYSE:LH)

DataChambers will serve as a resource to attract new companies and research organizations to the NCRC and the region, says Clyde Higgs, vice president of business development for Castle & Cooke.

Much of the scientific research being conducted there involves significant amounts of data.

“This is a significant cog in our machine. It just makes us an attractive place for organizations to locate,” he says.

But DataChambers reach won’t be limited to the campus, Higgs adds. He sees a client base in the Charlotte region and throughout the Southeast.

“The syngergies, innovation and opportunities that will result from this will have a great benefit for the Charlotte region,” says Margie Bukowski, president and chief executive, Cabarrus Economic Development Corp. “So much of the world’s attention right now is focused on big data.”

Cox says his organization played a role in recruiting DataChambers, including providing the initial lead.

Data Chambers offers a full range of management and monitoring services for businesses as well as colocation, cloud solutions and backup and recovery option.

The Kannapolis data center further expands DataChambers’ footprint, Kottyan adds. In addition to its Winston-Salem location, the company plans to open a 50,000-square-foot facility in Raleigh in two weeks.

DataChambers has approximately 40 employees — a figure that’s expected to grow as that new center comes online.

“It’s a natural extension,” Kottyan says.

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