CDW Berbee Confirms Wisconsin Data Center

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IT solutions provider CDW Berbee confirmed today that it will open a new enterprise data center and office building in Fitchburg, Wisconsin in 2008, providing 70,000 square feet of additional space and doubling the company’s data center capacity. The company broke ground on the project today at the Fitchburg Technology Campus, near CDW Berbee’s corporate headquarters. The new data center will be CDW Berbee’s third and is expected to begin serving clients next spring. Fitchburg (pop. 22,000) is a suburb of Madison, Berbee’s headquarters and Wisconsin’s second-largest city.

“The new facility will be built with more than twice the power and cooling specifications of our existing data centers,” said Phil LaForge, director of CDW Berbee’s Hosting and Managed Services Practice. “When combined with managed services, it will provide our customers with a robust and resilient hosting platform that will help grow their business, reduce cost and achieve regulatory compliance.”


The company, previously known as Berbee Information Networks, was acquired in October 2006 by CDW Corporation (CDWC), a leading provider of technology products and services to business, government and education. “The ground-breaking for our new enterprise data center comes as we approach our first anniversary with CDW,” said Paul Shain, senior vice president of CDW. “It testifies to our tremendous growth in the last year and highlights strong growth prospects for 2008.”

Local officials were pleased with the expansion. “Since CDW Berbee opened its doors in 1993, they have brought more than 500 new jobs to the state of Wisconsin,” said Fitchburg Mayor Tom Clauder.

CDW Berbee provides hosting, colocation and managed services from offices in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. CDW, ranked No. 342 on the Fortune 500, is a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government and education. In 2006, the company generated sales of $6.8 billion.

Future CDW Berbee data center

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.