Data center provider US Signal has officially opened its new data center in Van Buren Township, Michigan, sited on the outskirt of Detroit.

This Tier III facility currently spans 25,000 square feet (2,300 square meters) and it is the second US Signal data center to be built in the Greater Detroit Area. Depending on demand growth, the firm plans to expand the data center to about 100,000 square feet over four to seven years.

“US Signal has experienced an incredible increase in demand for off-premises services and hybrid cloud solution, both in Michigan and across the region. This validates our decision to strengthen our local capabilities with edge data center locations as neighboring businesses continue to thrive and seek off-premises solutions and regional IT resources,” says Dave Wisz, executive vice president of operations at US Signal.

“It also speaks of our determination to remain the local data center services provider of choice in Michigan, but this data center will also play a key role in supporting our nationwide clients with even greater geographic diversity and colocation choices. In the end, everyone will benefit.”

The new data center will now join the firm’s other seven facilities to offer cloud hosting, colocation, data protection, and disaster recovery solutions. The new facility will also feature US Signal’s Cloud Pod, which will enable private and multi-tenant cloud hosting, based on the VMware virtualization stack.

Deploying Cloud Pods within a data center adjacent to customer collocated hardware assets, allows them to get private Layer 2 connections to US Signal Cloud resources, or direct connection to hyperscale providers.

According to the Grand Rapids-based firm, these Cloud Pods will be rolled out to US Signal’s other data centers this year, starting with its Indianapolis, Indiana and Oak Brook, Illinois sites.

The new data center is said to have been accepting interested customers even before the official opening.