A former mine built into the side of a dolomite mountain in the Ozarks will house backup data for thousands of financial institutions. Jack Henry & Associates (JKHY), which provides IT automation and processes ATM and debit card transactions for 8,700 banks and credit unions, will house its backup data center in The Mountain Complex 
, a mission-critical facility located just outside Branson, Missouri.
The Mountain Complex is a 3 million square foot storage center complex, with about 300,000 square feet of space under development as mission-critical data center space. Jack Henry will consolidate disaster recovery operations from six sites around the country, CEO Jack Prim told local media 
The Mountain Complex has offered co-location and off-site data storage for about a year through an alliance with CenturyTel. The facility is above ground and built in the side of a mountain, allowing for a constant 65 degree temperature without some of the challenges associated with underground facilities. The site has 34-foot ceilings, and doesn’t allow trucks or trains inside to protect air quality, according to the company web site.
The Mountain Complex joins a growing list of underground data center facilities seeking to attract disaster recovery business. They include:
- StrataSpace , a 500,000 square foot underground data center outsider Louisville, Kentucky.
- The SpringNet Underground , as 56,000 square foot data center located 85 feet underground in a limestone cave near Springfield, Missouri.
- Cavern Technologies , a 200,000 square foot facility near Kansas City that is 125 feet underground.
- The InfoBunker , a 65,000 square foot ultra-secure underground data center in Iowa, built in a decommissioned Air Force bunker.
- The Westlin Data Center , which provides 40,000 square feet of underground data center and office space in Lake Conroe, Texas.
- The Bunker  is a 10-year old ultra-secure colo facility built in a former nuclear bunker in Newbury, England.
- Iron Mountain has a data center within its huge underground records storage facility  near Pittsburgh, previously known as the National Underground.
- Mountains West Exploration Inc.  (MXWI) entered the data center business last month with the acquisition of Secured Digital Storage, and plans to develop former military ammunition bunkers as ultra-secure storage.
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 The Mountain Complex: http://www.omuvs.com
 local media: http://www.sbj.net/article.asp?aID=91113746.87185802.1032629.78072902.4046794.148&aID2=79424
 StrataSpace: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/Jan/24/huge_data_bunker_planned_in_louisville.html
 SpringNet Underground: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/Apr/04/missouri_data_bunker_gets_hospital_tenant.html
 Cavern Technologies: http://caverntechnologies.com/drecovery.html
 The InfoBunker: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/May/21/infobunker_nuke-proof_iowa_data_center.html
 Westlin Data Center: http://www.westlin.com/
 The Bunker: http://www.thebunker.net/
 huge underground records storage facility: http://www.computerworld.com/databasetopics/data/story/0,10801,87797,00.html
 Mountains West Exploration Inc.: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/Nov/09/mountains_west_buys_bunker_storage_firm.html
 Rich Miller: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/richm/
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