Cervalis to Lease BTS Data Center in Connecticut

Cervalis LLC will lease a new-construction data center and disaster recovery center in Norwalk, Conn. The project is the largest lease in the county so far this year.

Cervalis LLC has inked a long-term lease to occupy a 167,600-square-foot, new-construction data center and disaster recovery center in Norwalk, Conn., though the particulars (exact term, lease rate) haven’t been disclosed. According to the parties involved in the deal, it’s the largest lease in Fairfield County so far this year, and the largest build-to-suite in the county in more than a decade.

The lease means that FPG Norden, a subsidiary of Fortis Property Group, can now go ahead with the development of the property, which will be on a five-acre site. Construction is slated to begin during the first half of 2013.

“Even though Cervalis currently has 300,000 square feet of data center and disaster recovery space operating in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, it needs new inventory continuously to satisfy the needs of its clients,” Howard E. Greenberg president of Howard Properties, told CPE.

Greenberg, along with John Stoddard, vice president of Jones Lang LaSalle, represented Cervalis in the deal. Jodie Dostal, senior director, Cushman & Wakefield of CT Inc., represented FPG Norden.

“Bringing a data center on line is a very long-lead proposition,” Greenburg said. “The provision of redundant sources of electrical power and fiber connectivity, along with the installation of backup generators, and significant electrical and HVAC infrastructure, takes a significant amount of time to put in place. If the building isn’t built to suit, there’s time required to customize it to fit the stringent structural requirements of a data center.”

Cervalis is a provider of IT infrastructure products, including business continuity/rapid recovery, managed hosting, enterprise cloud computing, managed security, managed storage, networking & telecommunications and colocation. Its new facility in Norwalk will be near NorthropGrumman’s production facility.

“Data centers that include disaster recovery space also need to be close enough to major business centers so that employees of the companies housing their servers in the data center can commute to the disaster recovery space to operate there remotely in the event of an emergency,” Greenburg added. “But they shouldn’t be so close to the business centers as to be affected directly by the emergency. Norwalk fulfills both of those requirements.”