Data Holdings expands Milwaukee data center
Milwaukee Business Journal
June 20th, 2019, 5:15pm CDT
Data Holdings expands Milwaukee data center Jun 20, 2019, 5:15pm CDT To meet a growing demand for connectivity, cyber protection, and data storage and usage in Wisconsin, Milwaukee-based Data Holdings is expanding space at its data center site on West Highland Boulevard.
The company, founded in 2013 as a subsidiary of Potawatomi Business Development Corp., is currently adding 7,500 square feet of service space that’s expected to be completed by August.
The new suite is being marketed for single use by a company or it can be split into smaller designated spaces, said Paul Hoesly, chief financial officer at Potawatomi Business Development Corp. The cost of the project is between $1.3 million and $1.5 million, he said.
Potawatomi Business Development Corp. is the economic diversification business of the Forest County Potawatomi Community, which owns and operates Milwaukee’s Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.
The new space was designed to fit one rack of network and computing equipment per every 30 square feet, Hoesly said. Racks are built to various heights, but most racks can stand 6 feet and hold 42 stacked network devices. At 7,500 square feet, the new suite at Data Holdings can hold 250 network cabinets, which hold the racks, Hoesly said.
The data center currently features rack power density up to 30 kilowatts per cabinet. As Data Holdings continues to meet demand, the company has more room to expand, Hoesly said. Within the current building, the company has another 6,500 square feet to 7,000 square feet available. To the west of that building, Data Holdings owns a green space that’s available for a 40,000-square-foot data center, he said. In that building, 30,000 square feet would be dedicated to a new data center and 10,000 square feet for infrastructure and building support.
Those expansion plans will begin to take action once the company gets to a critical occupancy rate in its current facility, Hoesly said. The goal is to have the current building at full occupancy within the next 18 months.
Nick Williams - Reporter Milwaukee Business Journal