Navajo Community to Develop Data Center

NOVA Corporation, an information technology company owned by the Navajo Nation, has announced plans to build a 50,000  square foot data center and office building in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The facility will be a “greenfield” project, starting from scratch on barren land at Albuquerque’s Mesa del Sol development. The project will feature a 25,000 square foot data center and 25,000 square feet of multi-use space for  hands-on training, and business incubation of Navajo students, employees, and entrepreneurs.

“We are thrilled to offer a place where Navajo people can learn about information technology through hands-on experience” said John Snider, president and chief executive officer of NOVA Corporation.  “NOVA Corporation believes in giving back to the Navajo people by improving their quality of life through education programs and increasing job opportunities.  The data center and business incubator will give us more ways to train Native Americans and help develop the skills needed to thrive in life and business.”

Geography, DR Factors in Site Selection
The data center will be used for colocation, disaster recovery, and cloud-based initiatives.  “After looking at several different sites, NOVA Corporation determined that New Mexico was the best place for the data center due a number of factors including its geographic location” said Snider.  “Geographically, Albuquerque provides a stable location without serious risk of natural disasters, ability to utilize ambient air cooling, and reduced risk of targeted threat to the area.  It is also located near the Navajo Nation which will allow us to generate jobs and incubate businesses for the Navajo people.”

NOVA Corporation and Mesa del Sol finalized the land deal on June 1.  The company expects to break ground on the new center between six and 12 months.

Founded in 2004, NOVA Corporation is the first tribal owned 8(a) company of the Navajo Nation and is affiliated with the Diné Development Corporation (DDC).  The company specializes in ITIL Business Process Improvement, SharePoint knowledge and collaboration environments, and network enterprise services.  NOVA Corporation’s customers include state and federal government offices, the Department of Defense, and commercial companies.  The company has offices on the Navajo Nation reservation in Window Rock, Ariz., and in Albuquerque, N.M. and Chambersburg, Pa.

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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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  1. lee

    And here again taxpayers monies being wasted on another Navajo Corporation. People need to look deep into this company as to looking in to the money wasted on the nova Corporation. This company has received millions of dollars from taxpayers. They have promised jobs to the Navajo people, but yet move their company back east and now they're saying they're and now they're going to build in Albuquerque New Mexico. So how does this help Navajo people that are over 2 1/2 hours away. Again being a taxpayer I would like to see this project stopped due to the waste of federal money.

  2. lee

    It is a well known fact that data centers are costly to run so again who gets stuck with the bill, taxpayers. I would understand had their own money at stake but they do not.