Data center operator US Signal is building another facility in Michigan, on the outskirts of Detroit, which it says will total 100,000 square feet of technical space once completed.
The company says the project is driven by increasing local demand for cloud and hybrid IT solutions, with fewer organizations willing to own or operate their own data centers.
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US Signal will offer its usual combination of colocation, cloud hosting and disaster recovery services in the new facility, located in the Van Buren Township, thirty miles outside Detroit.
The company has another two data centers in Michigan, in Grand Rapids and Southfields, as well as others in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio.
The new facility will help foster technical jobs in the Detroit area, and, according to EVP of operations Dave Wisz, will "enable organizations throughout the region to take advantage of both geographic diversity and lower latency," by bringing their equipment and cloud hosting services closer to where their customers are based.
Though not a Tier 1 data center market, Michigan is well-served by infrastructure operators: it is home to the Switch Pyramid campus, which launched last year with 225,000 square feet of white space and the potential to expand this to 1.8 million square feet. It is also the chosen location for Ford's $200 million data center announced earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT II has a data center in Flint, which it bought in 2016 along with another facility in Alpharetta, Georgia.