The 2014 opening ceremony in Chaska, Minnesota. From left to right: Mark Windschitl, Mayor of Chaska; Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President and CEO - Minnesota High Tech Association; Nancy Phillips, President & CEOof ViaWest; Katie Clark Sieben, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development; Todd Meester, Regional Vice President and General Manager, ViaWest (Photo: ViaWest)

ViaWest Opens Doors at Minnesota Data Center

Colocation and managed services provider ViaWest broke out the giant scissors this week as it opened the doors on its newest data center in the Minneapolis market in Chaska, Minnesota.  The new facility will offer  70,000 square feet of raised floor space and 9 megawatts of power capacity. The company expects the data center to achieve a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.4, and will seek Tier IV design certification from the Uptime Institute.

“We are excited to offer a wide scope of customized IT solutions to our customers, as we do in all 27 of our data centers throughout the U.S.,” said Todd Meester, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Minnesota for ViaWest. “We focus on the customer above all else, and our solutions are built around them in every way possible. From compliance to scalability to peace of mind, our facility is an exciting addition to the business community in Minnesota.”

ViaWest marked the launch of its newest data center with a grand opening celebration attended by Katie Clark Sieben, Commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for Minnesota.

“We would like to thank ViaWest for choosing Minnesota for their expansion that will mean more than $60 million in new private investment for the state, as well as new, high-quality jobs added to our workforce,” said Sieben. “Our goal is to make Minnesota the heart of the data center universe, and businesses like ViaWest are helping us to move closer to that goal.”


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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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