In the INAP Executive Spotlight series, we interview senior leaders across the organization, hearing candid reflections about their careers, the mentors who shaped them and big lessons learned along the way.
Next in the series is Jeff Atkinson, Chief Information Officer. Atkinson recently stepped into this role with INAP, taking on the CIO mantle in April of 2019. This post is a departure from our usual format, as Atkinson had the opportunity be interviewed by IDG Connect for their CIO Spotlight series, allowing readers to “discover more about what makes today’s CIOs tick.”
In the article linked below, Atkinson shares how he discovered his passion for information systems, what he’s learned from his career, challenges and goals he faces in his CIO role and advice for aspiring IT leaders. He also spoke on the IT roles that are most difficult to fill:
“IT roles are becoming much more dynamic and less specialized. Therefore, the best IT personnel will be diversified and need to have a range of skill sets. It may be less about finding those personnel and more about creating them within the team you already have by providing those opportunities for growth and training.”
Atlanta is the Southeast’s leading economic hub. It may be the ninth largest metro-area in the U.S., but it ranks in the top five markets for bandwidth access, in the top three for headquarters of Fortune 500 companies and is home to the world’s busiest airport[i]. It should be no surprise that Atlanta is also popular and growing destination for data centers.
There’s plenty about Atlanta that is attractive to businesses looking for data center space. Atlanta is favorable for its low power costs, low risk for natural disasters and pro-business climate. The major industries in Atlanta include technology, mobility and IoT, bioscience, supply chain and manufacturing.
Low power and high connectivity are strong factors driving data center growth in this area. On average, the cost of power is under five cents per kilowatt-hour, a cost even more favorable than the 5.2 cents per kWh in Northern Virginia—the U.S.’s No. 1 data center market. Atlanta is on an Integrated Transmission System (ITS) for power, meaning all providers have access to the same grid, ensuring that transmission is efficient and reliable, according to Georgia Transmission Corp.
Noted in the Newmark Knight Frank, 2Q18—Atlanta Data Center Market Trends report, the City of Atlanta is invested in becoming a sustainable smart city. Plans include a Smart City Command Center at Georgia Tech’s High Performance Computing Center and a partnership with Google Fiber.
Economic incentives also aid Atlanta’s data center market growth. According to Bisnoow, legislators in Georgia passed House Bill 696, giving “data center operators a sales and use tax break on the expensive equipment installed in their facilities.” This incentive extends to 2028 and providers have taken notice. 451 Research noted that if all the providers who have declared plans to build follow through, Atlanta will overtake Dallas for the No. 3 spot for data center growth.
Considering Atlanta for a colocation, network or cloud solution? There are several reasons why we’re confident you’ll call INAP your future partner in this growing market.
The INAP Atlanta Data Center Difference
With a choice of providers in this thriving metro, why choose INAP?
Our Atlanta Data Centers—one located downtown and the other on the perimeter of the city—offer a reliable, high-performing backbone connection to Washington, D.C. and Dallas through our private fiber. INAP customers in these flagship data centers avoid single points of failure with our high-capacity metro network rings. Metro Connect provides multiple points of egress for traffic and is Performance IP® enabled. The metro rings are built on dark fiber and use state-of-the-art networking gear from Ciena.
These flagship data centers offer cages, cabinets and private suites, all housed under facilities designed with Tier 3 compliant attributes. For customers looking to manage largescale deployments, Atlanta is a great fit—our private colocation suites give the flexibility they need. And for customers looking to reduce their footprint, our high-density data centers allow them to fit more gear into a smaller space.
To find a best-fit configuration within the data center, customers can work with INAP’s expert support technicians to adopt the optimal architecture specific to the needs of their applications. Engineers are onsite in the Atlanta data centers and are dedicated to keeping your infrastructure online, secure and always operating at peak efficiency.
INAP’s extensive product portfolio supports businesses and allows customers to customize their infrastructure environments.
At a glance, our Atlanta Data Centers feature:
Power: 8 MW of power capacity, 20+ kW per cabinet
Space: Over 200,000 square feet of leased space with 45,000 square feet of raised floor
Facilities: Tier 3 compliant attributes, located outside of flood plain and seismic zones
Energy Efficient Cooling: 4,205 tons of cooling capacity, N+1 with concurrent maintainability
Security: 24/7/365 onsite staff, video surveillance, key card and biometric authentication
Compliance: PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOC 2 Type II, Green Globes and ENERGY STAR
Download the Atlanta Data Center spec sheet here [PDF].
INAP’s Content Delivery Network Performs with 18 Edge Locations
Atlanta is one of INAPs’ 18 high-capacity CDN edge locations. Our Content Delivery Network substantially improves end users’ online experience for our customers, regardless of their distance from the content’s origin server. We also have 100 global POPs to support this network.
Content is delivered along the lowest-latency path—from the origin sever, to the edge, to the user—using INAP’s proven and patented route-optimization technology. We also use GeoDNS technology, which identifies user longitude-latitude and directs requests to the nearest INAP CDN cache, for seamless delivery.
INAP’s CDN also gives customers control of all aspects of content caching at their CDN edges—automated purges, cache warming, cache bypass, connection limits, request disabling, URL token stripping and much more.
Learn more about the INAP’s CDN here.
[i] Newmark Knight Frank, 2Q18 – Atlanta Data Center Market Trends
With its low risk of natural disasters, low energy costs and business-friendly policies, Phoenix, Ariz., has emerged as one of the fastest-growing data center markets in the U.S.
The boom is fueled in-part by the state of Arizona’s aggressive tax incentives available through its Computer Data Center Program, which encourages data center operation and expansion. Administered by the Arizona Commerce Authority and Arizona Department of Revenue, the program offers Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) and Use Tax exemptions at the state, county and local levels on purchases of qualified computer data center equipment delivered to and installed at a qualified facility.
For large-scale new deployments, this equates to millions in potential savings.
INAP is pleased to share that we’ve qualified for the 20-year tax exemption, meaning that new colocation customers can take advantage of these benefits at our Phoenix flagship data center.
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