Cloud-hosting provider Internap Network Services Corp has opened a new data center in Secaucus, the third in the metropolitan area for the information technology company.
Atlanta-based Internap said its expansion into a Secaucus building at One Enterprise Avenue North is part of a strategy to build a footprint of data centers across the country — it has 12 nationwide — with a focus on growth around New York City.
Mike Higgins, senior vice president of data center services at Internap, said the new center wills serve hundreds of Internet-centric customers including app developers, digital advertisers and financial services companies.
Internap said the 101,500 square-foot building in Secaucus will provide a full range of hybrid cloud, hosting and collocation services.
The company plans to migrate customers to its new building throughout 2014 from a Manhattan site on Eighth Avenue whose lease is about to expire.
"We were running out of space," Higgins said. "We needed to grow for our customers in that market; it's a very strong market."
The company cites a study by 451 Research, which says multi-tenant data center utilization in the New York market is expected to reach 94 percent by 2014.
In choosing the Secaucus site, Internap said the combination of proximity to New York, the New Jersey Turnpike and the area's three international airports stood out. Plus the property sits outside the 500-year flood plain.
Higgins said the data center in market in north Jersey, particularly around Secaucus and Clifton, is among the strongest in the country. The area also has the advantage of less expensive real estate and power costs than New York, he said.
The Secaucus facility will add 55,000 net-sellable square feet over time to Internap's existing data center capacity in the New York area, which includes a site on 75 Broad St. in lower Manhattan that is nearing full capacity.
Internap reports about $280 million annual revenue and employs 750.