VOL. 129 | NO. 227 | Thursday, November 20, 2014
Expedient Data Centers Expands to Memphis
By Andy Meek
Expedient Data Centers, a leading provider of cloud computing and other related services, has settled on Memphis as the site of its first data center in Tennessee.
Expedient currently operates 10 data centers in six markets, and its 11th is planned for 3180 Players Lane in Memphis, close to the TPC Southwind Golf Course and FedEx headquarters.
The company’s expansion to Memphis is part of widespread growth it’s enjoyed over the last few years. In the last year alone, for example, Expedient has invested $22 million in data center expansion for its 10 existing data centers, and the company plans to invest $6 million in startup costs and improvements to the facility it’s chosen in Memphis.
When it’s finished and ready to go, the new data center will include about 7,500 square feet of raised floor computing space. And at the moment, the company is in hiring mode, looking for engineers and sales members as it plans to hire about 20 technology professionals over the first two years.
“We find most of our customers really like to be within a couple of hours of their data and to really have a local touch and local access,” said Expedient vice president Bryan Smith. “When we looked at the market (in Memphis), we thought we really didn’t see anyone who looked exactly like us. We also thought Memphis overall is seeing a decent amount of growth going on as people transition over to hosted technology solutions, and that Memphis is becoming a center of growth in technology, especially in fields like health care.”
Expedient president and chief operating officer Shawn McGorry said that when the company is sorting through market expansion opportunities, what it looks for are places where the company can become a trusted adviser for IT infrastructure and cloud computing solutions.
Memphis, he said the company decided, is a place where Expedient will be able to do that, once it adds the city to its network of data centers that all offer a full range of managed services and connectivity as part of the company’s growing product suite.
Expedient serves a mix of local and national companies who decide to host critical business computing systems and related applications in secure, purpose-built redundant facilities. In tandem with the announcement of its expansion into Memphis, the company appointed Jim Kothe as regional vice president, overseeing the expansion in the Memphis area.
Kothe told The Daily News he’s relocating his family here as a result of the appointment. The company also says Expedient management will be in Memphis on a regular basis “laying the groundwork” for full-time operations.
A priority for Kothe will be to build a team of technology professionals as well as establishing strategic relationships with other technology leaders in the area. The company, Kothe said, “enjoys a thought leadership position in all of the markets we serve, and I look forward to providing that level of service” in Memphis.
Beyond Memphis, the company’s current markets include Boston, Baltimore, Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.