ColoCrossing, a high performance data center solutions, cloud hosting and infrastructure colocation provider, is expanding its data center at Main Place and will soon be relocating its administrative offices downtown from Williamsville.
In Main Place, ColoCrossing is a tenant at the 365 Data Centers colocation facility. 365 Data Centers, one of the top U.S. colocation providers by market presence, has 22 carriers on-site, providing a diverse set of carrier solutions that continues to attract SMB and enterprise customers. ColoCrossing is the largest subtenant in 365 Data Centers’ Main Place location.
“365 Data Centers has a strong track record for delivering excellent reliability and customer service, and the speed at which they have delivered on their promises far surpasses other providers in the market,” said Joe Robinson, VP corporate development, ColoCrossing. “We continue to see high demand in Buffalo because it is extremely strategic for our customers to be centrally located between large markets such as Toronto, New York City and Chicago. 365 Data Centers gives us the opportunity to meet that demand and grow our business locally, while ensuring our customers receive secure and reliable service.”
With the recent pledge from IBM to add hundreds of jobs in Key Center’s south tower, along with Governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development plan, the region is increasingly morphing into an investment magnet. As the information-based economy continues to boom, data centers are strategically positioned as the “brick and mortar” underpinning the Internet, and the rapid expansion of information as well as growth of data and technology for businesses and consumers.
Founded in 2006 by Clarence high school graduate Jon Biloh, ColoCrossing operates a network of ten geographically diverse data centers throughout North America and continues to grow year after year.
There’s a misconception that the data centers employee few people. While Main Place has shifted much of the mall’s retail space to data center space, there are employees working on site. ColoCrossing has employees at the Main Place data center 24/7.
Main Place became the area’s carrier hotel when N.Y. Telephone set up its operations there on the third floor. Since gone, the infrastructure has attracted a number of telecommunications companies to the building including Verizon, AT&T and Century Link connecting to a data transmission line that links to cities worldwide. Main Place has data centers on the mall’s second floor and at least the first, second, fifth and eighth floors of the tower.
ColoCrossing currently employs 27 based out of an administrative center in Williamsville. That will change when most of the company’s administrative staff relocated to Delaware Avenue.
“We’ve leased about 9,000 sq.ft. of space at 325 Delaware Avenue and expect to be in the new space in two or three months once some interior work is done,” says Robinson.
According to Robinson, much of the company’s business is from outside of the region.
“We’ve had so much business flowing into Buffalo we’ve had to expand,” he says. “It is very cost competitive for firms to have their data center needs met in Buffalo compared to Toronto, New York, and even Europe. Low-cost power, real estate, and the proximity to the east coast is also a factor.”