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Compass to Build Data Center for American Electric Power
Illustration of a data center by Compass. Image by Compass Datacenters

Compass to Build Data Center for American Electric Power

Location for massive U.S. utility’s data center undisclosed

Compass Datacenters has scored another customer it will build a data center for. The customer is Columbus, Ohio-based American Electric Power, one of the largest electrical utilities in the U.S., which serves power to customers in 11 states.

Compass did not disclose where it will build AEP’s new data center or how much capacity it was contracted to build out. A standard Compass package is a 1.2 megawatt pod with all the necessary infrastructure.

The Dallas-based data center developer and provider has been around since 2011. The company’s business model has been focused on using its standard design to deploy data center capacity for customers in underserved second-tier markets.

Its clients include Iron Mountain, CenturyLink and Windstream. It also owns property near Columbus, where AEP is headquartered. Chris Crosby, Compass founder and CEO, told us in an interview earlier this year that developing the Ohio property was a primary focus.

In May, Compass closed a $100 million funding round it said would fund its next stage of growth.

“This new facility will provide AEP with enhanced control and the ability to do smart IT capacity planning, and that enhanced level of control allows the company to monitor and manage their facilities in a way that ensures the satisfaction of their customers,” Crosby said in a prepared statement.

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