CyrusOne, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cincinnati Bell and data center colocation solutions provider, broke ground on the 57-acre parcel of land it purchased in Chandler last fall for a 1 MSF Massively ModularTM data center.

It was the second data center to break ground in Chandler this week. NextFort Ventures, a provider of energy-efficient modular data centers, also broke ground on a new data center.

“We are confident that CyrusOne’s innovative design paired with the excellent operating environment the Phoenix market offers, is an ideal combination for delivering the high-density, mission critical solutions we’ve become known for, at a scale unmatched by our competitors,” said Kevin Timmons, chief technology officer, CyrusOne.

“In total we’re delivering a cost-competitive alternative for our California clientele looking to secure company data away from the earthquakes and other natural disasters experienced there.”

Planned for completion in 1Q 2013, the data center is expected to become the largest of its kind in the country with 110 megawatts of power capacity, delivered from a substation to be built on the property. JE Dunn Construction Company is the general contractor and Patrick Hayes Architecture will handle the design.

The company’s Massively ModularTM design delivers energy optimization and just-in-time inventory to meet customer demand.

“While Phoenix has a longstanding history of corporate data centers and disaster recovery environments, it is now truly maturing into one of the top data center markets in the country with the addition of national colocation operators like CyrusOne,” said Mark Bauer, managing  director of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Data Center Solutions Group. “Over the next year, the market will experience increased competition as it continues to be a favorable marketplace for users looking for colocation space.”

The Massively ModularTM approach enables CyrusOne to commission large data center facilities in approximately 16 weeks, beating the deployment capabilities of the data-center-in-a-box solutions currently being marketed.

“We are differentiating ourselves in how we bring our products to market, and with the products themselves. In comparison to other facilities in Phoenix, the immense scale and modularity of CyrusOne’s facility delivers unmatched economic benefits to customers. Its location with respect to power and fiber infrastructure access ensures customer confidence, and the best-in-class office space keeps our customers comfortable while they work, including amenities such as an espresso bar,” Timmons said. “There’s nothing else like it in the industry.”

The groundbreaking comes on the heels of an industry peer review session the CyrusOne executive team hosted in late April. There were interactive sessions with the general contractor, architecture firm, and CyrusOne mechanical and electrical engineers engaged for the Chandler project, in an effort to further optimize the facility design plan.

The CyrusOne facility was the second data center to break ground this week in Chandler.