As any chamber of commerce employee will tell you, the Triangle doesn't need more cowbell it needs more data centers. And it's been a good week for data center lovers.
Last week, EMC Corp. announced it plans to build a new data center in Durham County.
This week, Freudenberg IT is opening its third data center in the Triangle. The company, which hosts and manages other companies SAP management software systems, currently has 50 employees in the Triangle and is looking to hire more.
The company's existing data centers are in Research Triangle Park. The third one will open Thursday in Morrisville.
Eric Patow, the company's senior vice president of sales and business development for North America, said Freudenberg IT's business continues to grow despite the global recession.
He said companies can save money and gain expertise by outsourcing their entire SAP operation to Freudenberg IT.
Freudenberg IT is a part of the Freudenberg Group, a German conglomerate with 439 companies in 52 countries and roughly $8 billion in annual revenue.
Freudenberg IT was formed in the 1990s to take advantage of the parent corporation's familiarity with SAP. The Freudenberg Group was one of the first company's to use SAP software more than 30 years ago.
The company's first two Triangle data centers opened in 2006. Patow gave the usual reasons when asked why Freudenberg IT chose to settle in the Triangle.
"The climate," he said. "The talent pool here is fantastic."
Patow said Freudenberg IT's data centers are not the "ping and power" type that act simply as giant server farms. He added that the jobs the company is hiring for are high paying and require a person to be highly trained in SAP systems.
"You need a high intellectual capital to run those systems," he said.