Fiber, Tax Incentives, 5G & New Investors | Takeaways from Mike Lash’s State of the Market in Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA – CAPRE’s Fourth Annual Greater Atlanta Data Center & Cloud Infrastructure Summit kicked off with a keynote presentation titled “State of the Greater Atlanta Data Center Market,” by Mike Lash, Senior Associate at CBRE Data Center Solutions, a firm which manages 80 Million square feet of raised floor space within enterprise, colocation and hyperscale data centers. In this keynote, Lash offered a lay of the land of the data center industry locally to Atlanta to illustrate that data centers aren‘t going anywhere, but who owns them and how they’re being constructed is changing. After some remarks about the national data center industry as well as the the scene more local to Atlanta, Lash offered some big-picture takeaways from his presentation -- highlighted below. Drivers to Atlanta "Let’s talk about the drivers to Atlanta. Why is Atlanta so amazing? Why is this tiny little town a primary data center market?" asked Lash. "Well, it has a lot to do with the terminus. All of the fiber does end here. We have major dark fiber backbones that support a lot of the providers. But also, there are other things. The cost of power, for example. Now, cost of power is confusing, because you have to hit certain thresholds…but just looking at market prices, we’re at the bottom of the rung. There are providers today that are enjoying three and a half-cent per kilowatt hour, or even below. They’re enjoying sub-three…