August 10, 2012

Norwalk to be Cervalis' newest backup data site

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Shelton IT-services vendor Cervalis will be sole tenant in the planned Fortis Data Center to be built in Norwalk.

Shelton information-technology vendor Cervalis signed on as sole, long-term tenant for a 167,691-square-foot backup data center to be built in Norwalk's NordenPark – its third in Connecticut, authorities say.

The lease gives landlord Fortis Property Group the greenlight to begin construction of the Class A office building at 10 Norden Place, in the shadow of NorthropGrumman's production facility.

Brokers in the deal claim the Cervalis lease is the biggest signed in Fairfield County this year. They also insist the Fortis Data Center is the largest build-to-suit project in the county in more than a decade.

The Stamford office of Jones Lang LaSalle and Howard Properties Ltd., of White Plains, N.Y., partnered in the tenant's lease. Cushman & Wakefield of CT Inc. represented landlord FPG Norden DC.

John Stoddard, a Jones Lang vice president and data-recovery leasing specialist, declined Friday to cite lease terms or duration, when the data center will open, nor would he disclose its price tag.

Cervalis and Fortis officials could not be immediately reached Friday for comment.

Given the building's size and the extent of technology necessary for it to function adequately, it's likely the edifice won't be operational until mid- to late 2013, at the earliest.

Cervalis has two other backup data sites in Fairfield County, mainly in the Stamford area. The IT vendor currently has some 300,000 square feet of backup-data storage facilities in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey to serve a wide range of corporate and small-business clients, authorities said.

Swiss bank UBS also runs a data-recovery center in Shelton.

Such facilities typically brim with powerful data banks capable of storing massive volumes electronically that can be tapped in the event customers' main data banks lose power or are corrupted due to hacking or terror attacks, or other natural or man-made disasters.

However, their colossal electricity needs means they are limited to areas with adequate power substations and other uninterruptible distribution networks to ensure they are running at all times.

According to, Norwalk city planners formally approved construction of the two-story building last September.

Though only a few Cervalis employees will actually be housed there, the building is tagged as office space under Norwalk's zoning guidelines.

In addition, the structure is designed such that, if Cervalis doesn't renew its lease, it can be reconfigured to accommodate multiple office tenants.

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