On November 19, 150 business and community leaders from Cabarrus County and throughout the Charlotte region braved cold and windy weather to attend a groundbreaking ceremony to welcome DataChambers to the NC Research Campus.
“In partnership with Mr. Murdock and Castle & Cooke, Inc., we will be building one of the largest, most state-of-the-art, third-party data centers in the region. It will be unmatched,” said DataChamabers CEO Nicholas L. Kottyan. DataChambers is a North State a North State communications company specializing in information technology services.
“We are proud to be here today,” commented David H. Murdock, NC Research Campus founder and chairman and CEO of Castle & Cooke, Inc. and Dole Food Company. “We continue to build. The new data center will be buried with a lot of work from all of the new companies that will be here.”
Steve Lommel, PhD, interim president of the David H. Murdock Research Institute, added, “We have entered the era of big data and it is transformative. DataChambers datacenter on the campus is a validation that the greater Charlotte area is a player in the big data arena. Datachambers is a natural fit for the campus as research is a big data generator, and the presence of Datachambers will help us secure and protect the data so it can best be made useable for new discoveries in health and nutrition.”
The 50,000-square-foot data center will be staffed by 20 to 30 IT professionals. Da3taChambers plans to host client systems at the new facility and to offer a variety of outsourced information technology services, including monitoring and management solutions, data backup and business recovery services. The new center will be built to withstand hurricane-force winds and will feature state-of-the-art systems for power, security, HVAC and network connectivity. It also will incorporate the latest LEED standards developed by the US Green Building Council for energy-efficient operation.
The facility at the NC Research Campus is scheduled to be completed by mid-2014. Charlotte-area businesses have been selected to support the project. Architects at Creech & Associates will design the structure, while McCracken & Lopez, PA, will provide mechanical, electrical and fire protection designs. Land Design is providing land planning and civil engineering. DataChambers currently operates data centers in Winston-Salem and Raleigh.
The DataChambers groundbreaking follows on the heels of last month’s ceremony that broke ground for a new city of Kannapolis municipal center and police headquarters that will be built on campus. In the last two years, the campus has also opened the NCRC Medical Plaza, Cabarrus Health Alliance headquarters, greenhouse facilities and speculative laboratory space in the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory building.
For more information about the NC Research Campus and available space, contact Vice President of Business Development Clyde Higgs. Media inquiries, contact Marketing Director Phylis Beaver.