123.net opening state’s largest data center in Southfield

It’s being called the largest data center in Michigan, and it’s setting up operations in Southfield.

123.Net is building 100,000 square feet of data space at 24700 Northwestern Highway, where several telecommunications carriers currently operate. 123.Net provides voice, internet and colocation services and it will use the new data center to develop what’s known in telecommunications as Tier 3 and Tier 4 data center space, the first in Michigan.

123.Net describes the data center as “an Internet Exchange, a place where Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telecommunications carriers, content providers, web-hosters and cloud providers meet to exchange IP traffic with one another. 123.Net is also working with engineering firms to utilize the latest energy-efficient technology to reduce energy costs by 60%.”

123.Net CEO Dan Irvin says in a statement that the facility will be a draw for companies around the country.

“As 123.Net continues to grow, and the demand for world-class data center space increases, we have decided to develop a facility that will allow businesses in Michigan and across the country to have access to a premium facility in the Detroit area,” says Dan Irvin, CEO of 123.Net.

The facility will offer a data center so that companies don’t have to build their own.

“Businesses are choosing colocation at 123.Net’s facilities over other options to avoid the risk, capital expense, and potential pitfalls of owning and operating their own data center. The carrier-agnostic approach of 123.Net’s four data centers provides access to a marketplace of suppliers,” Dave Curran, Channel Sales Manager at 123.Net. says in the statement.

Writer: Kim North Shine
Source: 123.Net and Automation Alley