April 11, 2013
New data center at Albany's nanocollege to create up to 1,000 jobs
By: Pam Allen
Source: The Business Review
A plan that consolidates the state's 50 data centers to two buildings
at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering could attract
as many as 1,000 new private-sector jobs to the Capital Region.
jobs would be created as fiber-optics and companies move to the area or
hire additional workers to support operations at the data facility.
State leaders expect the merger to bring between 500 and 1,000 new jobs
to the Albany area over five to seven years.
Under the agreement
with the state and the nanoscale college on Fuller Road, the state will
lease 45,000 square feet of space in two campus buildings at a cost of
approximately $4.5 million per year. The lease is for 15 years and has a
potential five-year extension.
State employees will staff the data center.
first phase calls for leasing 10,000 square feet at the nanoscale
college starting in September of this year. The remaining space will be
occupied in 2014.
The consolidation, which was announced April 10,
is expected to save the state $300 million that it would have cost to
build a new data center, and more than $500 million over the next 20
years by moving the existing data sites from leased space to state
The College of Nanoscale Science is recognized as the
world's most renowned nanotechnology research center. It has grown from a
single building in 2002 to a $14 billion complex where students,
educators and researchers from 250 private companies work side-by-side
in shared lab and research space.