Green House Data Boosting Visibility of Colocation in Wyoming

9 Sep 2013 by Technology

"Green House Data, a colocation provider based in Cheyenne, Wyo., is adding a data center in the city to offer more companies a data center on the home range. The cloud and colocation services provider, which already boasts one data center in Cheyenne, broke ground on a new 35,000-square-foot facility on August 28. The project’s initial construction phase is due for completion by the end of the first quarter of 2014, according to the Wyoming Business Report.

It will be the second facility in the Cowboy State for Green House, which also offers data centers in Newark, N.J. and Portland, Ore. The new data center, located in the developing Cheyenne Business Parkway district, will cost $35 million to construct. Among the facility’s amenities will be newly installed 100 Gbps power lines, which will offer speeds not currently available anywhere else in the state. This growth was made possible partly through a $2.25 million grant by the State Loan and Investment Board to make data centers in Laramie County more competitive with national rates, according to the Report. The new space will offer 800 rack cabinets and strive toward a Power Usage Effectiveness rate of 1 to 1.14, which would put it in the upper echelon of data centers in the country. Overall, the company offers cloud services to 120 clients across 28 states and four countries.

“We began planning a new build as we neared capacity in our current facility, ” stated Green House Data president Shawn Mills. “We’re now above 95 percent occupied, and this expansion will help position our existing customers for growth as well as allowing us to offer colocation and disaster recovery options to organizations on either coast.”

Transforming Old Cheyenne into a Data Center Powerhouse
Cheyenne’s location in the U.S. Rocky Mountain region puts it at a low risk for natural disasters that trouble data center operators and tenants alike, as well as offering resources for sustainable business practices. It’s also well-situated in proximity to Midwestern business hubs like Salt Lake City, Omaha and Albuquerque.

Green House prides itself on its commitment to sustainable energy consumption, and anticipates that the grant for faster gigabit speed will increase the viability of their services for enterprise clients. According to their website, their data centers are 40 percent to 75 percent more energy efficient than the average data center. Low energy prices in Cheyenne, as well as access to alternative energy sources like solar and wind contribute to low consumption expenditures. Once the new facility is completed, their two Cheyenne data centers together offer:

45,000 square feet
100 percent SLAs for power, uptime and cooling
N+1 electrical and cooling redundancy
100GB fiber from Zayo, CenturyLink, Level 3 and Charter
Compliance with SSAE 16 Type II, HIPAA and PCI
Sustainably powered, highly efficient facilities
100% free cooling
Concurrent maintenance
Green House officials stated that such upgrades, as well as tax laws and energy use standards that are supportive of data center colocation and out-of-state tenants, are vital to the continued development of such key technology in the region. Wyoming Business Council CEO Robert Jensen spoke to the need for sustained support in a recent interview with the Casper Star-Tribune.

“Whether you like it or not, incentives for businesses to locate one place over another exist,” Jensen told the news source. “In a perfect world, the market would dictate where people go and it wouldn’t be influenced by outside forces. But that horse left the barn decades ago.”"

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