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$120M AUBix data center to become economic driving force, bridge state’s technology gap

Governor Kay Ivey (R-AL) on Monday announced that AUBix LLC plans to open a $120 million state-of-the-art data center in Auburn that will serve to benefit communities across Alabama by providing a technological edge to businesses and individuals alongside enhanced access to high-speed internet.

Construction has begun on the firm’s new 40,000-square-foot facility on Samford Avenue, just outside Auburn University’s campus.

The governor praised the investment and the project’s collaborative effort.

“This investment is evidence that Alabama continues to grow its high-tech footprint and the innovation capacity of its economy,” Ivey said. “I want to congratulate the team in Auburn for their success with this project. Our data shows strong job growth in various regions in the state, and I am delighted in those opportunities for our citizens throughout Alabama.”

AUBix LLC, a firm founded by Auburn businessmen, will build and operate the secure, compliant multi-tenant data center. The release states that the facility is designed to bring technology parity to underserved communities throughout the state.

CEO and co-founder of AUBix Andrew Albrecht believes the data center will spur economic growth throughout the Yellowhammer State.

“Our goal is to provide customers with secure and compliant infrastructure to host internet applications locally, as well as significantly higher internet speeds and the choice of national/global carriers who compete for their business,” said Albrecht. “In turn, that will attract new businesses to the state, support all levels of academic initiatives and research, and bring value to the communities we serve.”

AUBix is expected to become an economic catalyst for the regions and communities it serves, enabling digital transformation for businesses, supporting academic research and development, and providing access to high-speed internet.

Alabama Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield views the data center as vital infrastructure.

“The state-of-the-art AUBix data center in Auburn will optimize growth opportunities for businesses in many parts of Alabama by addressing their critical competitive need for reliable broadband service,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “By enhancing the information technology infrastructure in our state, this facility will provide a spark for the future.”

According to the release, one key benefit AUBix will bring to businesses is increased access to global internet exchanges through multiple high-speed fiber networks. AUBix will become an internet exchange for the existing network service providers in the area, enabling them to leverage their high-speed regional and global networks and improve the performance of internet applications.

“The additional capacity and services AUBix will bring to local business and educational institutions is as groundbreaking as when Interstate 85 was built in the 1960s,” Auburn Mayor Ron Anders said. “Auburn will now be able to better serve IT-related business enterprises and, with that, bring desirable, knowledge-based, high-paying jobs to Auburn. On top of that, the significant revenue this project will bring will greatly benefit our school system, which we all value. I am grateful for the trust and investment of the owners and their partners in our community.”

AUBix tenants will benefit from infrastructure that exceeds industry standards, rules and regulations for cybersecurity, healthcare and financial services. AUBix will offer 22,000 square feet of available data center space and more than 3 megawatts of critical power capacity across two data halls with redundant power and cooling. The initial 40,000-square-foot buildout includes customer office space, conference rooms and tenant equipment storage.

Alabama Power Company will provide the critical power supply to the data center in Auburn and has long supported the establishment of data centers as part of its economic development strategy in Alabama.

The electric utility praised the project as crucial to future economic development efforts.

“Technology resources and connectivity are essential for our customers and businesses in our state,” said Jeff Peoples, executive vice president of Customer and Employee Services at Alabama Power. “Having the technological infrastructure that AUBix will provide strengthens Alabama’s competitive advantage. We’re proud to support economic and community development projects that bring new businesses to our state and help them thrive.”

Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL

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