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Data center real estate market in North America

Boston

Published three months ago

19th

In supply of data center real estate, measured by commissioned power

20th

In demand for data center real estate, measured by TTM absorption

21st

In hyperscale owned facilities, measured by operational power

Access Analytics

Real estate supply pipeline

Rank amongst North America markets

19th

Commissioned

Colocation power commissioned within the market, measured in MW, includes preleasing

13th

Available

Colocation power commissioned and available within the market, measured in MW

22nd

Under Construction

Speculative colocation power under construction within the market, measured in MW

21st

Planned

Speculative planned colocation power that hasn't yet broken ground, measured in MW

About Boston

Boston is a data center market that traditionally attracts regional users because of the attributes of the city. Boston is attractive to companies because it's one of the largest cities in the Northeast and has the ninth largest economy in the US, which creates a geographic area with a competitive colocation market. Boston is situated within 500 miles of major areas like New York, Northern New Jersey, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Montreal, and is a termination point for an undersea cable running directly to the UK and Ireland. Boston also has a highly diverse and healthy economy, with twelve Fortune 500 companies headquartered there, and an unemployment rate below the national average. Influential educational institutions like MIT and Harvard have also helped Boston become one of the world’s leading cities in biotech research.

Data center development in Boston occurs in both the downtown area and outer suburbs of the city, a trend found in other US data center markets as well. Because downtown areas are typically rich in both power and fiber infrastructure, certain buildings in these areas offer shell lease opportunities for datacenter providers and users. Downtown Boston is home to Markley’s massive carrier hotel, a 920,000 sf building offering both colocation and cloud. This building also provides access to over 80 network providers and the Boston Internet Exchange. Cogent, CoreSite, and INAP all operate facilities located on Innerbelt Road, which is in close proximity to the downtown area as well. Providers like Digital Realty and CenturyLink are located further out in the surrounding suburbs, primarily in Waltham, Needham, and Burlington. Digital Realty is the largest data center operator in Boston, with 20 MW of commissioned power spread across the three facilities they own in the Boston market.

Largest colocation providers

Measured by total commissioned power

Digital Realty
Markley Group
CoreSite
Access Analytics

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