The $120 million AUBix Data Center in Auburn held its grand opening Monday, bringing local and state dignitaries together to tout its possibilities for bringing technological parity to underserved communities.
“I’m thrilled to see the AUBix data center project come to fruition and begin serving the high-tech needs of Alabama businesses,” Gov. Kay Ivey said at the opening. “This project is a success for not only Auburn but the entire state of Alabama, equipping our rural communities to compete in global marketplaces.”
The multi-tenant data center, founded by Auburn businesspeople, will “give East Alabama a critical edge in cyber,” said Rep. Mike Rogers. “There are many ways this data center will benefit our communities.”
In addition to working with businesses, AUBix supports academic research and development and provides communities with high-speed internet. It will serve as an internet exchange for existing providers.
“AUBix is addressing the increasing requirements for high-speed computing and cybersecurity compliance by providing state-of-the-art infrastructure and services,” said Andrew Albrecht, co-founder and CEO of AUBix. “In addition, we are committed to increasing the technology-enabled workforce in the region by partnering with academic institutions.”
The 40,000-square-foot facility includes office space, conference rooms and equipment storage.