Insurer Plans Data Center in Lansing, Mich.

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Jackson National Life Insurance Co. is planning to build a $26 million data center at a site in Lansing, Mich., reports the Lansing State Journal. The new facility is designed for expansion and can “serve as a backup in case anything happens” to the company’s primary data center at its headquarters, which is also in Lansing. The $21 million primary data center was completed in Jan. 2008.

Jackson National said it hasn’t finalized a decision. The company is looking to local officials for $1.4 million in brownfield redevelopment funds for its proposed expansion into a 31,700 square foot former warehouse at 2005 Seager Street. Lansing officials want to keep the high-paying IT jobs in town, and are keen to redevelop the warehouse site, which was previously occupied by a trucking company.

The project would undoubtedly be good for Lansing, but raises a familiar question: how much distance is needed between a primary data center and a backup disaster recovery site? It looks like the proposed expansion site is about 12 miles from the company headquarters, where the paper says the primary site is housed.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large 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.

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