By MARLA PISCIOTTA
For The State Journal
MARTINSBURG — The first large-scale, state-of-the-art, custom hybrid data center in West Virginia, DC Corp, is expanding from 180,000 square feet to a new total of 280,000 square feet and plans another similar expansion in the new two years.
"Our current facility is operational and currently has two large commercial customers that require data center stations," DC Corp CEO Charles Asbury said.
The original 180,000-square foot facility includes conference rooms and client-leased office space.
Asbury said DC Corp's new raised data center space will cost $100 million and will cover 100,000-square feet of space.
Groundbreaking for the expansion took place Oct. 24, but the data center got its start in Gerrardstown in 2011.
Asbury said this is the first custom-built data center in the United States.
"Each module is built to suit the customer's needs and requirements," he said. "The customizable options offered at set prices, a first in the industry," Asbury said.
There is enough rental space for between 50 and 100 tenants. The data center itself is customized with service centers, IT equipment, network equipment and storage.
Each center is climate controlled and has its own UPS backup power devices and HVAC.
Asbury said his data center is bringing to the area dark fiber from the Washington, D.C., and New York City areas.
"Basically dark fiber is an unlisted internet connection," Asbury said.
"We have invested over $100 million in this expansion and will be investing between $75 and $100 million in another 100,000-square foot expansion in the next two years."
Asbury said the location of the data center is perfectly suited for a disaster recovery site for the federal government because it is located a little over 90 minutes from Washington, D.C.
He said his company looked at the possibility of locating in Capon Bridge but was concerned about the employment staff in that area.
"There are more IT-savvy people in Martinsburg," he said.
"We plan on opening the 100,000- square foot expansion in the third quarter of 2014 and employ over 50 staff members," Asbury said.