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Coca-Cola sells Atlanta data center to Rackhouse

(http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/content-tracks/colo-cloud/coca-cola-sells-atlanta-data-center-to-rackhouse/98435.fullarticle)

As it plans to move more applications into the cloud The Coca-Cola Company is selling its Atlanta data center to Lincoln Property Company subsidiary Rackhouse for an undisclosed sum. The multinational will continue to rent the space until next year, after which it plans to relocate its IT and cloud services to another facility.

Always Coca-Cola?

Headquartered in the Georgian capital, Coca-Cola announced plans to sell its 90,000 sq ft (8,400 sq m) data center last year, intending to shift 50 percent of its workloads onto the cloud by 2019, up from 20 percent last year. Amongst others, the beverage company uses Google’s Cloud platform and AWS services.

Tony Bartlett, Lincoln’s executive VP, said: “As enterprise users migrate out of corporate-owned facilities to the cloud, in many cases they are leaving behind excellent real estate that can be repurposed, creating great investment opportunities.”

Once Coca-Cola has vacated the premises, Rackhouse will seek out other colocation customers.

In 2009, Coca-Cola began outsourcing its IT in the Atlanta facility to Hewlett-Packard to increase productivity. Then, in 2011, it entered a partnership with Cisco, which would create 20 virtual servers to reduce the amount of physical infrastructure the company needed for Ethernet connectivity, and avoid having to build a new data center.

The same year, Coca-Cola tasked HP with the consolidation of 348 locations across Latin America.

Last year, the company launched a €48m ($54m) data center in Greece, built to serve 28 European countries and operated by Greek telco OTE.