, Inc., a global leader in data center infrastructure, broke ground on a new 88,000 square foot data center in the town of Eatonville. The groundbreaking is the first step in constructing a seven story world-class data center and corporate office for, Inc.  Founded in 2003, HostDime has been part of the Orlando community since its inception and currently employs 120 staff locally in the area. At capacity, the new facility will house 200 employees.

The project was first announced last year and the land purchase was finalized in May 2016.

“We’re delighted to see HostDime is expanding its world headquarters in Orange County and creating high value, high wage jobs in our region,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “Thanks to our strong workforce, our expanding high-tech assets and robust, innovation-driven economy, Orange County provides the ideal location for their operations.”

Many businesses around the world rely on HostDime’s infrastructure to locate their data in the cloud.

The building’s modern design was conceptualized by Baker Barrios Architects, Inc.  Unlike typical buildings, this world-class data center will require high-end technological infrastructure such as dense fiber connections, highly redundant power infrastructure, 10 megawatts of electrical power, solar panel installation, top-notch security systems, and the infrastructure to handle a Category 5 hurricane. Due to the nature of the business, this facility also requires a three point check in system to prevent unauthorized access to the facility. 

The new HostDime facility will eventually combine the current corporate headquarters near UCF in Research Park with the current data center HostDime operates in Central Florida.  For the near future, both data centers will operate concurrently to handle demand for data center space in the region.

“Congratulations to, Inc. on their expansion and continued investment in our state,” said Mike Grissom, Executive Vice President of Enterprise Florida, Inc. “Florida’s growing IT sector continues to have a tremendous impact on our economy, thanks to leaders like HostDime.”

Partners in the expansion include Enterprise Florida, Orlando EDC, Orange County, and Duke Energy.

“HostDime’s growth is truly a success story for the Orlando region and demonstrates the strength of our innovative technology industry,” said Crystal Sircy, Executive Vice President of the Orlando Economic Development Commission. “Their decision to expand in Orange County is a testament to our talent pipeline, dynamic business environment and the high quality of life.”

“HostDime’s new center will fill a growing data storage need while revitalizing the Robert Hungerford Preparatory High School site. This will attract new high wage jobs and a significant capital investment to the community,” said Alex Glenn, Duke Energy state president – Florida. ”Duke Energy is proud to help bring HostDime to Eatonville and serve the new facility.”  

The structure will be fully owned, operated, and occupied by HostDime. The facility is projected to be completed in 2018.