Tampa 3, Peak 10 Inc.’s newest, most advanced data center, is now open for business. A national IT infrastructure and cloud services provider, Peak 10 anticipates that the new 60,000-square-foot data center facility on Parkedge Drive in the University of South Florida area will have a significant impact on Tampa and the local technology community.
According to Peak 10 vice president and general manager Cheryl Kleiman, who oversees the company’s Tampa operations, the new facility is bringing business growth to the area.
“Companies across a diverse range of industries are being affected by trends in mobility, social media and Big Data, as well as by changing regulatory requirements for handling data — particularly in healthcare and in industries which handle credit card data and other private, personal information,” Kleiman says. “They want more security and faster, easier connections to cloud services. Our new data center increases our capacity to deliver high-performance, secure colocation, cloud and other services that these companies need to gain and maintain a competitive edge.”
Kleiman notes that Peak 10’s expansion in Tampa will also help the company to continue to work with and enhance the local technology community. That includes the many technology events the company hosts, including the upcoming lunch-and-learn event on October 8: The Edge of Cyber Security with BAE Systems and Fortinet.
In addition, Peak 10 works closely with the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, which unites the region’s technology leaders to work together to put Tampa Bay on the map as a center for technology and innovation.
“The organization’s primary initiative is to build the local technology workforce, and Peak 10 has been an active participant in these efforts,” Kleiman explains. “In addition to company visits, mentoring opportunities, project-based internships and other programs, Peak 10 has participated in the Exploratory Lab Boot Camp.”
“It’s a STEM-focused program for college juniors and seniors. Success in today’s society and going forward is going to require a strong knowledge base in technology and the sciences. We are helping prepare students for the real world by exposing them to the skills needed by businesses in the technology industry.”
Peak 10 also provides tours of its technology facilities and presentations to various groups including the Hillsborough County Economic Development Council, the Tampa Chamber of Commerce CEO Council and the Tampa Innovation Alliance, a partnership between Busch Gardens, the University of South Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center and Florida Hospital Tampa. A number of technology events are also regularly held at Peak 10.
In addition, Peak 10 is collaborating with the Tampa Innovation Group. Its primary focus is the transform almost 15,000 acres of neglected North Tampa neighborhoods into a flourishing economic environment and innovation zone.
Kleiman, herself, is active in supporting the Tampa community. She serves or has served on the boards for Tampa Bay Technology Forum, the Economic Development Council, the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.
Peak 10’s impact on the local community also includes its many charitable activities. Among them is the Miles for Moffitt 5K, an annual fund raiser for Moffitt Cancer Center, and the March of Dimes March for Babies. The company also participates in annual food, clothing and toy drives for Metropolitan Ministries, which serves poor and homeless families in the area, and has helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity.
“Tampa is an exciting place to be, and Peak 10 is thrilled to be able to contribute to its success,” Kleiman says. “We try to show our appreciation by giving back to the community professionally and in terms of our participation in charitable and economic development activities.”
“We live and work in the Tampa area, and are committed to doing what we can to continue making this a great place to be.”
The opening of the new Peak 10 facility brings the company’s entire Tampa footprint to more than 129,000 square feet in three separate facilities, and its total Florida footprint to roughly 230,000 square feet. The company celebrated the data center’s grand opening on September 24. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Peak 10 owns and operates 25 data centers in key U.S. markets and serves a diverse range of customers in the U.S. and abroad.