Governor Ivey, Mayor Randall Woodfin, and others attend the opening of the DC Blox Birmingham Data Center

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April 29 2021 07:00 pm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Governor Kay Ivey, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and others attend the DC BLOX opening in Birmingham.

Information provided by DC BLOX Press Release

DC BLOX is a multi-tenant data center provider delivering the infrastructure and connectivity essential to power today’s digital business, announces the opening of its fourth data center facility in Birmingham, Alabama.

The first phase of the facility, now customer-ready, delivers up to 5MW of power, 18,000 square feet of white space and 13,000 square feet of office space, featuring conference rooms, demo space, hoteling cubes and workstations.

This location is DC BLOX’s flagship facility and is capable of expanding to over 200,000 square feet with over 60MW of critical IT load to serve as a technology and innovation hub for the surrounding area.

WATCH: Governor Kay Ivey, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, and others attend the opening of the DC Blox Birmingham Data Center.

As data centers move more toward the edge of the network to accommodate a growing number of applications demanding local processing and storage – low-latency, high-capacity connectivity is a key component of this evolving architecture.

DC BLOX’s Birmingham data center offers access to the company’s full breadth of solutions including cloud storage, colocation, and rich connectivity to support enterprise, government and education customers, as well as managed service providers, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies and content providers that do business in the Southeast.

The facility is part of DC BLOX’s private, high-speed network fabric, which provides 100Gb+ bandwidth, low latency connections to Internet Exchanges, access to numerous carriers across data centers and secure cloud connectivity.

“We live in a digital age, and the world is not standing still. DC BLOX’s new data center is certainly a welcome addition to the Birmingham community,” said Alabama Governor Kay Ivey.

“It will connect the city with high-performance networks to ensure business continuity, and ultimately, it will drive the digital economy. In addition to elevating Birmingham’s technological capabilities, the new data center will bring several high-paying jobs for Alabamians. DC BLOX’s efforts are a much-appreciated investment into Alabama’s future success, and their increased presence in this great state will help propel us forward.”

DC BLOX offers the highest data center performance, reliability and connectivity available in the markets it serves. The company is dedicated to meeting the infrastructure needs of businesses and communities in emerging and underserved markets throughout the Southeastern U.S., where robust connectivity and Tier 3 data center availability is limited.

This new local data center enables Birmingham-area businesses and government entities to offload the cost and complexity of managing their own data centers and provides the connectivity needed to address an increasingly distributed IT ecosystem.

The grand opening of the Birmingham, AL data center is taking place on July 11th. “This DC BLOX data center is a major addition to the City of Birmingham and the Titusville neighborhood,” said Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin.

“This data center will help strengthen Birmingham’s future economy in a more digital world, as well as utilize a long-vacant property to revitalize the surrounding area in one of our neighborhoods. We look forward to a long relationship with DC BLOX and helping them connect companies to the world.”

DC BLOX worked closely with the following to bring the project to Birmingham: Alabama Department of Commerce; Birmingham Business Alliance; Jefferson County Commission; City of Birmingham and its Department of Innovation and Economic Opportunity; Jefferson County Economic and Industrial Development Authority; Birmingham Industrial Development Board; Alabama Power Co.; Spire; Economic Development Partnership of Alabama; and the Titusville Neighborhood Association.

“We want to thank all involved for their role in bringing this to fruition,” said Jefferson County Commission President Jimmie Stephens. “The State, City, County and business leaders all worked together to make this possible. We appreciate DC BLOX having the confidence in our region and committing to our collective future.”

“With construction designed to withstand 150+ mph winds, N+1 power and cooling systems, a fully protected private network and enhanced security developed to accommodate Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) standards, the Birmingham facility is designed for security and reliability,” states Mark Masi, DC BLOX Chief Operating Officer.

“Our data hall is designed to accommodate cabinets of varying densities and can be adapted for custom solutions as well.” “We are thrilled to be joining the Birmingham community,” adds Jeff Uphues, Chief Executive Officer of DC BLOX.

“The State of Alabama and the City of Birmingham care deeply about the prosperity of their citizens and are working to bring in companies like ours to invest in their communities and bring jobs to the region. They understand that a data center is core infrastructure that attracts other technology-dependent companies, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.”

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