Expedient has launched services from a data center in Columbus, Ohio, previously operated by an insurance firm.

The company this week announced that it has added a former Nationwide data center near Columbus to its portfolio.

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Expedient's new data center in Ohio – Expedient

Located at 281 E. Powell Road in Lewis Center township, the 102,000 sq ft (9,475 sqm) facility offers 39,600 sq ft (3,680 sqm) of raised floor space and connectivity via four carriers. Built to Tier III standards, the site offers 3MW of initial power capacity that will be increased to 7.5 MW in the future.

"We are expanding our footprint to meet the rapidly growing demand for our services," says Bryan Smith, CEO of Expedient. "This facility helps us deliver transformative IT and emerging AI capabilities to our client's data across various cloud environments. It is our Cloud Different approach that accommodates enterprise applications running on a variety of different platforms, allowing clients to transition to the cloud at their own pace and access value-added managed services effortlessly.

"In addition, clients can co-locate equipment they own and have it directly adjacent to their Expedient cloud platforms, which eliminates all network latency and data transfer fees, resulting in savings of more than 20 percent on their typical cloud costs."

The expansion is the company's 15th data center in the US. Now known as CMH3, it is the fifth and largest in Ohio and one of three around Columbus.

Nationwide Mutual Insurance has seemingly sold the facility to Expedient in a sale-leaseback type deal. According to BizJournal, the facility was built in 1985 and upgraded in 2004.

"Expedient has expressed interest in this facility for a while. Modernization of our infrastructure has allowed us to decrease our footprint to less than half of the facility, so it made logistical and financial sense to move forward and partner with Expedient," said Nationwide chief technology and information security officer Todd Lukens.

Nationwide Mutual Insurance previously sold a New Albany data center – originally built in 2008 – to Stack in 2019.

Landmark Dividend buys Expedient-occupied data center in Pittsburgh

In other recent news, Landmark Dividend has seemingly acquired an Expedient-occupied data center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Landmark's website lists a Pittsburgh on its portfolio page that matches 810 Parish Street.

It's not clear when the facility changed hands or who it was bought from. The site offers 1.8MW across 26,000 sq ft, according to Expedient's website.