The Howard Street corridor’s main technology hub is getting a facelift, and high-tech Baltimore businesses will benefit
BALTIMORE, MD – May 1st, 2017 – High tech Maryland company, AiNET is investing in Baltimore’s future. Historically, one of the secrets to Baltimore’s success in the past was the industrial infrastructure that supported its world class manufacturing economy. Rail lines, port facilities and other forms of infrastructure made possible the city’s manufacturing base.
Though the factories are mostly shuttered these days, the city has begun to pivot towards the digital economy, with new companies, new jobs and new industries popping up. The city has lacked the digital infrastructure to support its burgeoning tech sector, until now.
AiNET is set to invest $5 million in capital improvements into One Market Center (at 300 West Lexington Street), transforming the city’s major telecommunications hub into Baltimore’s largest commercial data center. The 220,000 square foot campus will be expanding, adding 15,000 square feet of raised floor space to its already existing data center facilities.
The improvements will consist of new HVAC, power and connectivity systems, more fiber, and high security technologies in order to make the data services in the building more reliable, flexible and secure.
Many industries that the region wants to attract and retain, including healthcare, high tech and financial services, rely on high quality data center services to meet their regulatory, compliance and security commitments. AiNET’s data center upgrades will provide the security, reliability and scale that these industries require.
“Recently, nearby companies have had to go out to other states to try to get access to the type of facilities that we’re building,” says Michael Fox. “Baltimore and Maryland have been losing high tech companies to northern Virginia and New York for two decades. We’re upgrading and establishing infrastructure that can attract and retain these next-generation businesses- with all the jobs and economic activity they bring with them – to the heart of the city. These are the businesses that can drive the type of growth that made Baltimore great.”
“Plus,” Fox laughs, “every IT guy in the state hates driving to Northern Virginia.”
AiNET’s data center expansion will facilitate next-generation hybrid cloud environments, as well as Flex-Power colocation, robust fiber networks, rich managed data center services, and connected technical office space — allowing customers the flexibility, reliability and agility needed in today’s competitive and rapidly changing IT landscape.
For more information about One Market Center, please visit the www.ai.net/onemarketcenter