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Former HP data center sold

The former Hewlett-Packard data center at 9700 W. Bethel Court, Boise, has a new owner. The Benaroya Co. and Real Property Investors, doing business as BCC RPI Boise LLC, bought the 60,252-square-foot building from Hewlett-Packard.

Benaroya plans to lease the facility to tenants who need data center space, spokesman Marc Nemirow said. Tenants will use the data center’s servers to store, back up and access their data. The secure center has substantial power capabilities and is equipped with backup power.

“It’s important to companies to have immediate access to their data, and secure access,” Nemirow said. “Some companies are required to have a certain level of security and access difficult to provide in the typical work environment.”

Bellevue, Wash.-based Benaroya’s recently completed South Hill Data Center in the Seattle area is designed to serve large users. Nemirow said the company has had many requests from data center users that are small or mid-sized. The company believes the new Boise Data Center will meet that demand, he said.

Idaho has many of the types of organizations that traditionally benefit from off-site data centers, such as financial institutions and medical providers, Nemirow said. Benaroya did not have tenants to announce as of June 2.

The building, vacant since mid-2008, is fully operational and ready for occupancy. Benaroya plans to employ, on-site, several people with information technology and engineering skills when the first tenant moves into Boise Data Center, Nemirow said. The number hired is yet to be determined.

The building’s purchase price was not disclosed.

Benaroya and Real Property Investors develop, buy and manage property. They focus on data centers, office, retail and industrial properties. In Meridian, they bought the former Jabil Circuit building and later sold it to the Meridian School District.

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