Colocation is beginning to move into smaller markets. DC Corp is opening a data center in West Virginia, a state that hasn't traditionally been known as a colocation market. The company is retrofitting a 180,000 square foot building with 11,000 square feet of office space. DC Corp is a build-to-suit data center were the customer can choose its build-out options.
“Our main focus is the federal government, as we are strategically located outside the DC blast zone,” said Chuck Asbury II, CEO of DC Corp. “We will also target higher education institutes with our access to dark fiber and Internet2.”
DC Corp’s facility is located in Martinsburg, West Virginia within the John D. Rockefeller Science and Technology Center which is located 90 minutes from Washington DC in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. The data center is expected to have positive economic impact on the local area through increased IT employment opportunities.
DC Corp designs custom solutions for the customer. The company says it takes into account every detail from mechanical and electrical engineering, data facility construction, commissioning, and to a variety of staffing and support options. DC Corp offers complete flexibility, customers can fully or partially select vendors to do any or all portions of the work. This includes from infrastructure and installations all the way to configuration and services.
Why West Virginia? The company outlines some of the state's selling points:
- Low risk of natural disasters
- Convenient access from New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, DC. It’s within 500 miles of 50% of the U.S. population
- Low-cost energy averaging 40% savings over surrounding states.
- The cost of living in West Virginia is 5.4% below the national average.
- Workforce has turnover rates among the lowest in the country.