DataChambers, a company renovating a Garner warehouse into a server farm that will add significantly to the town’s tax base, has a new – and familiar – tenant, customer and partner.
COR365, owned by the company that formerly owned DataChambers, announced it will open a new, secure storage vault for its clients’ digital back-up tapes. The 720-square-foot vault will be able to house 75,000 tapes.
“Looking at expanding into the Raleigh area when (DataChambers) approached us looking to do another model like the one in Winston-Salem and it just made sense,” COR365 CEO Chris Kelley said.
DataChambers specializes in IT service management; they work to ensure that in any disaster, servers continue running.
“They’re experts at where a physical piece of data is, we’re experts at where (online) data lives,” E.J. Schwartz, director of marketing at DataChambers said.
DataChambers owns the facility, and has retrofitted its 49,000-square-foot warehouse to protect it against Category 3 hurricanes. Four different systems would have to fail before the site lost power, two from the power company and two from DataChambers, according to DataChambers’ regional vice president Brent Wall.
DataChambers will host a media event on July 24 at it’s renovated, reinforced warehouse at 2100 Garner Station Blvd. DataChambers CEO Nick Kottyan and Garner Mayor Ronnie Willaims will attend.
For Garner, the investment in the storage facility will add to the tax base. Renovations and retrofitting will add to the tax value of the building and land, sold to DataChambers in September for $4.7 million and currently valued by Wake County at $3.7 million.
Even bigger numbers will be added through the installation of real property, the bigger source of tax revenue from industrial taxpayers. Schwartz said Phase 1 of its process will consist of a $10 million investment in real property. Schwartz said every customer – including COR365 – brings the company closer to moving on to future phases where tens of millions worth of additional equipment could be added.
Schwartz said plans to gain customers and move forward has gone well since the project started.
“We’re already in planning stage for another facility in Charlotte, and all that expansion is driven by customer demand,” Schwartz said.
COR365 would add another type of data security, adding appeal to customers as well.
“I wouldn’t call them a small step” in that direction, Schwartz said. “I would call them an excellent customer. And I’d really call them an excellent partner.”
COR365 will put “just south of $100,000” into upfitting and equipment costs for the site, Kelley said.
Neither company’s function is labor intensive. COR365 will hire two employees from the area, and DataChambers has hired six to work at the Raleigh facility.
An additional $10 million in taxable property in Garner amounts to $49,000 in taxes.