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Press Release -- May 23rd, 2013
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ViaWest to Open 150,000 Square Foot Minneapolis Data Center in Q1 2014

ViaWest evaluated several key markets before completing the acquisition of 28 acres of land, existing buildings and infrastructure in a Minneapolis suburb

Colocation provider ViaWest announced on Thursday that its newest data center will be built in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The 150,000 square foot facility will be available in the first quarter of 2014.

ViaWest evaluated several key markets before completing the acquisition of 28 acres of land, existing buildings and infrastructure in a Minneapolis suburb.

ViaWest is the latest colocation provider to expand to Minneapolis. In March, DataBank Holding acquired colocation provider VeriSpace to expand into Minnesota, an area known for significant economic incentives for data center construction, cool climate, and a seismic zone rating of zero, according to the Q2 2012 Data Center Market Report for Minneapolis-St.Paul by Colliers International.

The Minneapolis facility will offer a suite of ViaWest’s wholesale and retail colocation, managed and cloud services. ViaWest says that it will deliver highly customized solutions via its new facility in Minneapolis as well.

“Demand within our hybrid niche has continued to increase and we have identified the Minneapolis region as a market in which our local approach to meeting customer needs with tailored solutions will be well-served,” Nancy Phillips, president and CEO for ViaWest said in a statement. “Following the ViaWest blueprint, we plan to plant our flag in Minnesota, become a part of the community by hiring local technology talent and elevate business growth throughout the region.”

ViaWest plans to apply for Uptime Institute Tier IV design certification for its Minneapolis facility once it completes its design documents. Its Las Vegas data center, which opened in February 2013, is the first colocation facility in North America to receive Tier IV design certification from the Uptime Institute. 

What do you think of the Minneapolis market? Are you planning on expanding to Minnesota as other colocation providers have done recently? Let us know in a comment.

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