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Cleveland: The Emergence of a Next-Gen Tech Hub

02/06/2024

Involta’s Role In Expanding a Key Midwest Market’s Digital Ecosystem

Over the past several years, Cleveland, Ohio, has been rapidly transforming into a burgeoning tech hub, and Involta has been there every step of the way to support this exponential growth. From major investments in digital infrastructure to fast startup growth to a growing pool of tech talent, the city known as the “Rock and Roll Capital of the World” is rocking the Midwest and the greater U.S. as an innovative tech leader. In fact, when it comes to cities with the most significant technology growth potential, Cleveland ranks #6 out of 102 cities across America, according to the Technology Hub Index (THIS).

Hotbed for Healthtech Innovation

As a top market for mission-critical industries, Cleveland has quickly become a hotspot for startups and healthtech enterprises. With several major hospitals and medical research facilities located in the area, such as the Cleveland Clinic and the UH Cleveland Medical Center, the city is gaining traction as the place to be for healthcare innovation, attracting world-class researchers, entrepreneurs and investors. Many healthcare and biomedical companies are setting up shop in Cleveland and the greater Ohio area to explore groundbreaking developments in the treatment of hundreds of diseases, including heart disease, cancer and pediatric conditions.

Quality of Life and Affordability Draw Top Tech Talent

Beyond the appeal of being a hotspot for tech investments and startups, Cleveland serves as an attractive destination for talent and tech companies, offering an affordable cost of living, high quality of life, low operating costs for businesses and close proximity to Columbus, the Silicon Valley of the Midwest.

With housing costs significantly more affordable than the U.S. average, more than 58,000 tech professionals call Cleveland home. Nestled on the banks of Lake Erie and just a few hours away from Columbus, the city provides countless tech opportunities, cultural attractions and outdoor activities for residents and visitors.

What’s more, the Northeast Ohio area graduates over 1,600 qualified tech professionals each year and is becoming a key location for conferences and events, drawing in trailblazing technology professionals looking to propel innovation forward. Last October, the city transformed into the Land of Trailblazing Tech, hosting six major tech industry events with more than 10,000 tech professionals from across the world.

Involta’s Commitment to Cleveland

Involta owns and operates four data centers in Northeast Ohio. Our Canton, Akron I & II and Independence facilities provide nearly 130,000 square feet of world-class enterprise colocation space and are diversely connected to each other, including a fiber ring that provides millisecond latency between the Akron and Independence facilities.

We introduced our data center in Independence, located just 15 minutes from Cleveland, in 2017. In 2022, we added 14,000 square feet of space and an additional 1MW of much-needed power to the facility to meet the increasing demand for enterprise colocation in Ohio’s Northeast corridor. Now spanning 40,000 square feet, the Uptime Institute Tier III, 5th-generation facility brings the company’s total capacity across Ohio to 10MW. Involta’s data centers are equipped with 24/7/365 monitoring, redundant backup power and HVAC, specialized fire detection and conditioned data center space to accommodate several cabinets of mission-critical IT infrastructure. 

In addition to serving the Cleveland area with industry-leading hybrid IT, cloud computing and data center services, the Involta team is active in the community, and we are dedicated to leveraging our time, talents and expertise to ensure a brighter future for generations to come. Through the Involta Cares program, our employees proudly host annual holiday drives and participate in several volunteering opportunities throughout Ohio, including the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank, a program dedicated to fostering literacy and a love of reading by distributing free books to children in need through collaboration with community partners.

Cleveland: An Up-and-Coming Tech Market

A leading market for attracting tech-focused investments and top tech talent, Cleveland is undoubtedly emerging as a standout city for advanced innovation to support a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare and other top tech-focused industries. Involta is proud to be at the center of it all, delivering the connectivity, colocation and IT solutions that will ensure enterprise growth and digital expansion across the state of Ohio, the greater Midwest and beyond.

To learn more about Involta’s Cleveland data center facility, in addition to other Ohio facilities, visit our Ohio data center page.

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