By Lori Hawkins – American-Statesman Staff –
Fueled by growing business demands for highly secure electronic services, OnRamp on Thursday will open a new data center in Southeast Austin.
The 42,000-square-foot data center at 7000 Burleson Road is less than 2 miles from the company’s existing 22,000-square-foot data center on Montopolis Drive.
Austin-based OnRamp says it built the new data center in response to the expanded need for highly protected private data for health care, technology and financial services companies.
“We’ve seen incredible demand for high-security hosting, specifically in industries where companies are having to deal with the realities of sensitive data that needs to be compliant with government agencies and regulatory bodies,” said CEO Lucas Braun. “Hopefully this new data center gives us long legs to continue our growth in Austin.”
The federal government has funded efforts that have moved health care companies toward electronic systems. That industry conversion, plus tight federal standards for data security, has spawned growth in the data center business.
The new OnRamp facility, which cost about $10 million to construct, will offer services including high security hosting, cloud computing and disaster recovery services. The center will serve customers across the country and internationally.
The project is the latest big data center built in Southeast Austin in the past several years. Data Foundry built a 130,000-square-foot center on Smith School Road in 2011, while Houston-based CyrusOne built a 40,000-square-foot center in the Met Center II business park. The area attracts data centers because it is close to high-speed fiber communications networks and because there is ample electrical power from Austin Energy.
OnRamp was founded in 1994 by entrepreneur Chad Kissinger as a local dial-up Internet service provider. It eventually moved into the data center business, and today it has about 350 customers.
In 2009, Kissinger sold the majority ownership of his company to a group of investors in a $10 million transaction. He remains involved in management.
OnRamp employs 50 people in Austin and 10 in Raleigh, N.C., where is operates a 12,000-square foot data center.