SunGard plans big data storage center in Rancho Cordova

Another data center is coming to the Sacramento area.

SunGard Availability Services of Wayne, Pa., said Tuesday it will open a 69,000-square-foot center in Rancho Cordova on May 1.

The center at 11085 Sun Center Drive will provide data storage and other information-technology services to companies primarily in the Bay Area.

Like others of its kind in the Sacramento region, the SunGard center will market itself as a safe, reliable place for data operations, far removed from the Bay Area’s earthquake zone.

Despite the weak economy, the company was ready to expand in California at the time the Rancho Cordova location became available, said Lance Hanchey, SunGard vice president for operations.

“We strategically look to enter new markets all the time,” Hanchey said. “Aside from the recession, it was a good time to expand our footprint in California.”

The company already operates facilities in San Ramon, Cypress and San Diego. The privately held firm says it generates more than $5 billion a year in revenue.

The Rancho Cordova center will employ eight workers, plus security guards and other contract employees, Hanchey said.

SunGard joins a growing industry in Sacramento. Other significant data centers in the region include RagingWire Enterprise Solutions, Herakles Data and Advanced Data Centers.

Data centers, also known as server farms, are large buildings that provide much of the information-technology backbone for banks, health-care companies, dot-coms and other clients.