American cloud and colocation provider DataBank started construction on its 20MW Salt Lake City 5 facility, set to open in Q4 2019.

Located in DataBank’s Granite Point Campus in Utah, Salt Lake City 5 (SLC5) is the company’s fourth data center in the state and 16th nationwide.

The construction site – DataBank

Utah expansion

The company said about the state: "Utah’s high elevation and dry desert geography allow us to efficiently cool our data centers, the state also touts some of the lowest occurrences of natural and man-made disasters in the United States.”

SLC5 will have five 10,000 sq ft (930 sq m) data halls with 36 inch raised floor across a total area of 90,000 sq ft (8,400 sq m).

Kevin Ooley, President and CFO for DataBank said: "We designed the Granite Point campus with our customers' power and expansion requirements in mind, which were also the underlying reasons we designed and operate our own N+1 power substation. SLC5 offers customers redundancy at every level along with the ability to securely and reliably deliver applications and content."

Since being acquired by a group of investors led by Digital Bridge, DataBank has expanded its footprint from six data centers in three markets to 15 data centers in eight markets across the US.

DataBank currently operates in Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Dallas, Kansas, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City. But, it has the highest concentration of facilities in Utah.