Iron Mountain Kicks Off Pennsylvania Data Center Expansion

The expansion includes an additional 20,000 square feet of data center space and a new customer welcome center.

By Robert Demeter

Iron Mountain's Pennsylvania data center
Iron Mountain’s Pennsylvania data center

PittsburghIron Mountain Inc. recently announced the expansion of its underground data center campus in western Pennsylvania, located outside of Pittsburgh in Boyers, Pa., which will further enhance the physical security capabilities of the facility. State Senator Scott Hutchinson and Representative Tedd Nesbit joined Iron Mountain at the groundbreaking ceremony last week.

The expansion includes an additional 20,000 square feet of data center space and a new customer welcome center. It will feature three megawatts of move-in ready capacity built to support the requirements of Federal Agencies, Fortune 1000’s, as well as healthcare and financial services companies.

Located just outside the main underground facility, the new space will enhance security of customers’ shipments to the data center, such as servers and other hardware components, with RFID tracking added to the data center network operations. The welcome center’s amenities include conference rooms, office space, a lounge and kitchen, as well as an extended parking.

“For years Iron Mountain’s facility in Boyers has had a major impact on our local economy and it’s encouraging to see the company continue to make significant investments in our community,” said Sen. Hutchinson in a prepared statement. “I look forward to finding new ways that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania can partner with Iron Mountain to promote job growth in our region.”

The 200-acre Iron Mountain campus is one of the most secure multi-tenant data centers in the region. Located more than 200 feet below the surface, the underground facility leverages geothermal cooling for optimal power usage effectiveness. By December 2016, the entire campus will feature 100 percent renewable power sourcing.

“Our customers appreciate the reliability gained operating 200 feet below the earth’s surface, sales tax incentives available from the Commonwealth and regulatory and security support that complies with the most exacting Federal and private sector requirements,” said Mark Kidd, senior vice president & general manager of Iron Mountain Data Centers.

Most recently, Iron Mountain broke ground on an 83-acre data center campus near Washington, D.C.

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