Did you know that Atlanta is considered the Silicon Valley of the South? An excellent article written by Kay Hocutt in the Atlanta Business Chronicle lists some of the reasons:
“Atlanta, home to 13,000 tech companies, is well positioned right in the top ten (of top data center markets).
What helps keep Atlanta and Georgia competitive is the low cost of doing business. Georgia’s sales tax — approximately 6.97 percent (average combined state and local rates) — is much lower than surrounding states, which is particularly attractive when clients are building out infrastructure with hardware, cabling and other needs.
Operational costs in Georgia are also generally lower due to inexpensive energy. Georgia’s power costs are 50 percent of the national average with average industrial power rates at 5 cents per kilowatt hour and as low as 3 cents per kilowatt hour when power is purchased in advance.
Georgia’s geographic location is also advantageous due to a low frequency of natural disasters.” Thanks to Kay Hocutt, senior project manager with Colliers International’s technology solutions group. The Technology Solutions Group provides consulting services to IT leaders on data center consolidation and cloud services migrations.