SOUTHFIELD — 123.Net, a Southfield-based telecommunications company, this week announced plans to open a new data center in Southfield.
Officials with 123.Net said the company has purchased a building that will become the company’s new headquarters and Michigan’s largest data center, with more than 100,000 square feet of data center space.
The new headquarters and data center, at 24700 Northwestern Highway, currently houses several telecommunication carriers and has 3,000 sq.ft of move-in ready data center space, and will be the latest addition to 123.Net’s portfolio of telecommunication services including voice, Internet and collocation services.
“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,” stated Dan Irvin, CEO of 123.Net.
123.Net is currently based nearby at 24275 Northwestern Highway.
Plans are in place to develop the new data center into a carrier-neutral, Tier 3 and Tier 4 data center space, the first of its kind in Michigan. The center will also be an Internet Exchange, a place where Internet service providers, 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 use the latest energy-efficient technology to reduce energy costs by 60 percent.
“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,” said 123.Net channel sales manager Dave Curran. “The carrier-agnostic approach of 123.Net’s four data centers provides access to a marketplace of suppliers.”
123.Net’s portfolio of communication solutions includes voice, VoIP, metro ethernet, fixed wireless with speeds up to 1Gbps, collocation, and wholesale carrier services.
123.net was founded in 1996 and currently operates a 40Gbps+ IP network connected to multiple global transit carriers, including Level 3, Savvis, Cogent, Global Crossing, Comcast and others. Its metro fiber rings and long-haul fiber networks span more than 1,000 route miles and cover more than 75 points of presence across Michigan.